I recently made a bunch of gifts for my friend Sarabeth. It was really fun having the excuse to make things again. I had been planning to just make her a couple of things, but got carried away and made a bunch of stuff.
First, I made this tote. Okay, I made the transfer and ironed it on, but still. The graphic is from How About Orange. Love it. She even included instructions on how to change the colors, which is helpful for an Illustrator novice like me. I went with her original colors, but I could see making this in a variety of colors for different friends.
Sarabeth and I both love Once Upon a Time, so I made these teeny bottles inspired by the fairydust in the show. One has vintage beads, one has a Swarovski crystal flower, and the last has a vintage chandelier crystal.
Then I made her a paperweight using a beautiful vintage French hare image from the Graphics Fairy.
Here's the original image on the Graphics Fairy. Gorgeous.
I also made this altered bottle. It was my first time making one, and although it's not perfect, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I used vintage sheet music and ribbons and a rhinestone buckle.
And finally, I asked her what some of her favorite words are and stamped them on feathers. You know what? Stamping on feathers is hard. It took many tries and a whole pack of feathers and they still were a bit wonky, but she was happy and that's what matters. And I gave her a little jar to hold them in.
I was really apprehensive about giving her everything because some of it wasn't perfect. I'm not a perfectionist, but when you give handmade gifts, you of course want them to be as nice as possible. I wasn't sure if she would like it all, but she was crazy excited and surprised by everything and so that made me feel a lot better.
The fall semester started and so I am really busy once again. I probably won't have too much time to make things for awhile, but it was so fun to do all of this. Even though a lot of uses very simple techniques, I hadn't done anything similar to any of these little projects before except the stamp carving, so it was great to learn some new little skills. I even learned a new Photoshop skill (dropping an image into a frame for the paperweight).