Carnival creations

Finally, I’m posting about the goodies I sent out to my swap buddy for the Carnival/Circus swap.

I didn’t take a photo of everything in the package, but luckily Kristal did! I had fun designing the tags for each package – I printed out two pieces for each, the red/white striped background and the blue ticket-shaped piece with a carnival-related phrase. I embellished them with stickers and scrapbooking bits and bobs.

Swap package!

And here’s Kristal’s shot of everything unwrapped. She mentioned that she likes lace, so I included some extra along with the stickers, tickets, and items I made.

Swap lovelies

I wanted to make clothing that evoked the circus or carnival, but wasn’t super literal. For me, circus-y stuff can cross the line to clowny pretty easily and I didn’t really want to go there. I thought that this combination of striped fabric with the large harlequin-type pattern worked well and felt appropriately festive.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Same goes for this sweater and skirt set. I wanted to have a hint of circus tent stripes in the top, and I think that it worked out pretty well. You can’t tell in the photo, but the black and blue stripes of the sweater have some texture to them – the black stands out a little on the blue. I didn’t want the skirt to be exactly matchy, and I think that it goes well but is still a bit different.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Finally, I made a custom Blythe tarot deck! I designed the card backs using a photo of Ellis as the centerpiece. I used some new-to-me photoshop skills to cut her out so that just her head would be featured on the cards and I’m happy that I know how to do that now. I used a free printable Ryder-Waite deck for the actual card faces.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I free-handed a knitted bag for the cards, and it turned out on the first try! I love it when that happens. The bag is gathered at the top, with eyelets knitted in for the purple drawstring.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I think that this project turned out pretty well!

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Overall, a successful swap! I’m going to have to do better at taking photos of everything before I send it out in future swaps.

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Blythe Swap: Carnival/Circus

Last month’s Blythe Swap theme was carnival/circus/fair, and I got an AWESOME package from my swap partner Kristal.

carnival/circus swap goodies

Check out all these goodies!!

carnival/circus swap goodies

Stickers! Lollies! Cotton candy! A pull ring! Clothing! A stuffie!

Here’s Willow modeling this romper set with matching bow. It’s so cute! I love that the fabric combination absolutely reads circus/carnival, but it’s not too clowny.

Willow modeling and sampling the goodies!

Also, get a load of that handmade cotton candy! It’s so creative and such a neat idea!

Willow modeling and sampling the goodies!

In addition to the romper set, here we have a lovely dress, too! Kristal mentioned that her sewing machine wasn’t cooperating fully, but you cannot tell AT ALL. Everything is flawless!

Willow modeling and sampling the goodies!

And check out this little guy!

Willow modeling and sampling the goodies!

What a cutie! I love that he’s kind of a little bit spooky – totally my style!

cute little guy!

Thanks, Kristal! You are a tremendous swap partner!

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