Gifting ideas

I liked how the photo albums from last week came out so well that I did another one.  This time using 'Joy's Heart' in Lizbeth #159 Easter Eggs size 20. With flowers and butterfly in random colors.

I think these albums are great gift ideas - inexpensive to buy the album and quick to decorate to match the person you are gifting or just to have on hand for "emergency" gifting. The hardest part was actually finding the background paper to match the thread colors. This one has a white background with dabs of green ink.

Remember the buttons I decorated a while back? These are something else that would make nice gifts, for certain people anyway. When Odd Balls Yarn Shop was closing they had quite the sale and I picked up a bunch of buttons before they were gone.  For some reason I really like the idea of adding tatting and pin backs to these.  Some of the buttons are in kind of odd colors, making them a bit harder to match threads to.  This one is black so not that hard. I don't know if you can see the texture marks on the button in the photo or not.

The dragonfly is in Lizbeth #131 Vineyard Harvest size 20.  One of the photo albums that I used had a drawing of flowers and a dragonfly on it originally which inspired me to make a small dragonfly. I just looked at the picture and came up with the pattern but I'm sure I've seen it out there, or something very close.

Has anyone out there been doing any of the Shuttlebirds' Weekly Challenges?  I've done a couple, including #11 which was "Morgan Mouse".  #12 is Nancy Tracy's "Clover Drop Heart" which is a cute little pattern and not very complicated.  I thought it would look good on a photo album.

And I goofed it.

I made one chain a little too short.
This is what happens when you don't pay attention.
It's done in Lizbeth #117 Country Side size 20.
I guess I'll try it again - hopefully paying a little bit more attention the next time.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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