My first go-around I carved stamps. My second year, I played with Shrinky Dinks!
Click on the label "Buffy Ornament Swap" to see all the posts showing what ornaments I received in exchange for mine. They're great fun.
This year, I decided to get old-school on myself. I used to be an avid cross-stitcher. One of my many talents, yes. I went on Etsy and found some terrific patterns for sale from seller "Velvet Elvii," so I purchased some.
I started out doing a regular old stitch. When I was done, I looked at my work and realized it was ginormous! How was I going to make an ornament out of this huge thing?
I decided to try again, this time cutting the stitching area in half. And this is where I killed my eyes. I wear contacts to see far but don't need them to see close. If I was wearing my contacts, my eyes could not focus on the teeny tiny stitching I was doing. I would have to take my contacts out every time I decided to work on my projects. The deadline loomed closer and closer and I actually asked the Buffyfest peeps to put me in a small group, because I was afraid I could not get these done in time.
And what did I chose to stitch?
To give you a sense of the size, here's a picture of the first one I did in the standard size along side the small one I did. The quarter is for size reference.
Then it was time to mount them and at this, I fail. I did not space them apart enough. Derrr! Even with an Xacto knife, I am full o failure. It was ugly and there was a lot of pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth. In the end, though, I think I fared well.
I am also including some spare inch Artist Trading Cards I made with a stamp I carved, for a swap back in March.
I will be mailing these out tomorrow or Friday to the 4 other people in my group. If you're interested in really cool cross-stitch patterns, check out Velvet Elvii on Etsy.