Thursday, February 3, 2011

How does one person get sucked into so many interesting things?

In a previous post, I had alluded to a new time sucker that I have fallen prey to.  What, pray tell, might this new thing be?  Swap-bot.  Swap-bot?  Yes, Swap-bot.

This is a wretched, engrossing, really fun website that connects you with other who like to swap postcards, artwork, crafts, letters, emails, all sorts of things.  I had checked it out because one of the couples that come into Mr. Food pretty regularly were teasing each other about it.  Let me tell ya, I was hooked within minutes!  Here is a place where someone else tells me what my theme or project is and I just run with it and let my creativity run wild.  What a nice break from designing and making for the purpose of selling or distributing.  I'm finding that it gets my enthusiasm up which translates over into my other projects.  Hooray!

So I have now signed up for six swaps so far, and completed two of them.  Now, have I taken photos of them so I could post them?  No, of course not.  I'm still learning to remember that if I'm going to blog about things I have to actually take pictures so that all of you out in cyberland can see what I'm talkin' about.

In an effort at self reformation here's a few little tidbits of what's being created for the swap world:

This little bunny is from an online tutorial from the purl bee.  The swap idea is that everyone takes this bunny pattern and creates their version to send to someone else.

My bunny is traveling with some fine winter duds all hand made by moi.

First some nice warm durable wool boots (from a recycled sweater) that have been custom made to fit perfectly.  Now, I know you can take them off, but I don't know if you'll be able to get them back on again.

No bunny's outfit is complete without some hand knit fingerless mittens.

And a chunky cowl to match...

and an upcycled sweater dress, warm and cozy, yet comfy and breathable all at the same time.  Also, does not wrinkle so perfect for travel.

And last, but not least, a traveling trunk with her little pjs for sleep overs.  Here's the little kimono style shirt...

And the coordinating pj pants.  Ahhh, so fun.

I have had a ball with this one and am having to restrain myself from making a million other little items to go with her.  I have to finish her eyes and then she's off in the mail

And the other project happenin' is this simple (but really sweet) little organic cotton washcloth for a spa swap.  My lucky recipient will be receiving this washcloth:

And these lovely bars of soap.  We were only required to send one bar but I couldn't choose, so I'm sending both!

 The one on the top is a Rosemary/Peppermint and the one on the bottom is a Rose/Patchouli/Bergamot (which is unbelievable and I don't even like patchouli but it so works here!)

All in all, fun, creativity inspiring and just wonderful to participate in!  Highly recommended to those of you who like this sort of thing!!


  1. I totally empathize with the whole getting-energized-by-new-projects-to-do-other-projects thing. Go get 'em!

  2. I love his outfit,thanks for following me You do some lovely knitwear,i used to a lot for my son when he was younger,but now he won't wear them!!!!!