So yes, I will be doing the 80's Fantasy Movie Craft Swap over at Meridian Ariel's Blog - closing date's today! I've been seriously indulging in watching some of these films I remember so well from growing up (although my other half would claim I've put him through some awful rubbish, which I'm afraid to say is true in some cases!). I really love Brian Froud's work and look forward to drawing some inspiration particularly from Labyrinth and Dark Crystal for my part of the swap. I have a feeling an amigurumi may appear, but I suspect it won't be a Goblin King!
The second swap I'm joining in opened today and is a Button Jewellery Swap, hosted by the lovely Sam of Incy Wincy Stitches. Sam was one of the people who sent granny squares to me from the last swap, so how could I resist?! Buttons are somewhat new to me as inspiration - I have loads, like most crafters, but have tended to think of them as afterthoughts rather than focal pieces. Coincidentally - just as I was writing the email for the swap - Purple Sparkle tweeted about these and these sweet little fabric buttons, so I decided that I really needed to tip out all my buttons and see what we'd got (and whether I could justify buying some - ain't Twitter grand; will blog about the naughty little treats I've just bought for myself on Etsy when they arrive!).
Quite some rediscoveries, today - I remembered Sam had sent some lovely buttons and felt pieces which I'd intended to turn into a hairclip for K, so that was the first order of business:
Making this required a hairclip, which entailed no end of digging around in my bureau. It's been an absolute tip recently - I haven't been making much jewellery as I've not been wearing any, having lots of little kids around a lot of the time. K helped me have a good rummage and I ran across a wire dragonfly I'd made and then cast aside. At the time I couldn't see how on earth I'd get it onto a brooch finding without it looking ugly, and anyway I wasn't too keen on the twisted body. Somehow it just didn't look right. But amongst my buttons was a large, shiny mother-of-pearl circular piece which was just begging to be a moon. Twenty minutes with some 28-gauge wire, a few shiny green-blue beads and the dragonfly was in flight. I can't for the life of me remember how I twisted this one but I think I might be having another go if I can find some more of these buttons!
I think that's more than enough for one blog post! We're away to the seaside again in a few days so I really must get my head down and crack on with the orders - and with the cardigan for my friends' new baby in New Zealand, due any day now. I have nice buttons for that, too - if you're passing through Bury St Edmunds, call into Wibbling Wools, which is apparently new, and have a nosy. Lovely yarns and nice staff; I wish them all the best (and wish I had a shop like that on my doorstep!).