I don’t participate in many swaps. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I’m afraid I won’t have the time to make something well enough to be appreciated by the recipient. Below is something I made for a swap – my second swap ever. I met my swapee (is that a word?) Lori through my blog, but she doesn’t have a blog herself. Yet. We all know that once you start looking around, it’s not long before you want to join the fun yourself. Right?
The drawstring bag is for her 4 year-old son, and the purse is for her 6 year-old daughter. The green/blue bag is similar to bags that my kiddos carry their swimming stuff in. I sure hope he likes frogs. I actually used a pattern to make the bag: Simplicity 7161. The bag turned out fine, but this experience has further confirmed my dislike for most patterns. I found the instructions hard to follow, which is really weird because this is a Dummies pattern and I’m an experienced bag-maker. Is it them or is it me???
And I finished my yarn label collage!
I like it. I dilluted ModPodge 50-50 with water in a tray and lay the strips in there long enough to break up the paper a bit, then collaged away on a canvas. The canvas was painted a dark brown so that anything that shows through isn’t glaring white. I started with Matte ModPodge, then ran out and finished with Glossy. Glossy sure is stinky!