One fun thing I got to do this week was to finish and send off my gift for the Craftaholics Anonymous' Handmade Gift Exchange. Put on twice a year, it's like a giant (giant as in 553 participants!) Secret Santa pool. The lady who drew me lives in Florida, and the lady who I drew is from Idaho, so it's a fun way to meet other creative people from all over the country.
My 'giftee' was Maryanne from Crafty Mommy Diva. It was really fun checking out her blogs and Pinterest page, but felt like a total stalker! There were a few things about her that I was trying to find out with all the searching...... first, did she have kids and what were their ages? ...and second, I wanted to know her personal style. You can ask your giftee questions through the gift exchange website, but I didn't want to let on anything about what I was planning to send. I lucked out on her blog, because she has a whole feature every week devoted to style. I was able to look back a few months and get a clearer picture of what she might like.
Here's what I sent Maryanne.
Lastly, I decided to make her little guy a robot. What boy doesn't love a robot? I wasn't sure what to make him at first, then I came across a cute robot pattern. Instead of following the pattern, I just created my own, and I think he turned out alright. I am sad that his body ended up a little lumpy! In hindsight, I probably should have overstuffed him.... but I wanted him cushy for snuggling. I really wanted to add buttons to his front, but since those could be choking hazards for his little sister, I just sewed on felt control panels. (BTW, those eyes are safety eyes, and should stay put really well) He's smaller than the bunny, so I hope I didn't cause any sibling rivalry!
It was really fun doing this gift exchange, and I will be doing it again this winter. I can't wait to see what comes in the mail for me!