Craftaholics Anonymous: 2012 Winter Gift Exchange

I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring to you my most recent Craft exchange... and may I say best so far?! Linda, at Craftaholics Anonymous, hosts a semi-annual gift exchange and I'm happy to say that I was able to be a part of this time around! She used a website called Elfster; you sign up and it automatically pairs you with people. Then, you can use generated questions to find out what type of things your match is interested in. Pretty awesome!

My exchange match was Pam and she likes handmade things, collects starfish, and loves the colors turquoise and yellow. This is what I made her...

I really like making these Kokeshi dolls. They are traditional, Japanese wooden dolls and I think it's an awesome way to represent where I live. I talked to Pam and she said her daughter loves it! She carries it around with her and calls it her wood baby. She even slept with it!

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be a cool way to incorporate her love for Starfish without just handing her a starfish that I made from clay and calling it a day. I was hoping for the paint to be more turquoise-y, but overall I like how it turned out. I freehanded the writing & made the starfish from oven bake clay.

Lastly, I made a homemade post card & sent it with a little note about why and what I sent her. I got really into homemade paper after a visit to Okinawa World when we first got on the island. I made this particular one during my first try at it. I think it turned out great and was perfect for the holiday season!

As for what Pam made me... Well, that's the awesome part! I was so excited when I opened up the small box to find such great gifts! She really did an amazing job. She told me that she has an Etsy page and as soon as I find out what it is I'll add a link.

How awesome is this vest? Pam calls it the Euro Vest and sells them, which is why it's so important for me to find out her shop name (because I know you want one). The zipper on the back is faux, but adds a little pop of color that I love. It was perfect to dress up my gray sweater as I headed out for a night of fun with some lovely ladies.

I also got this awesome headband. It's not something I would typically buy, but it's something that I would pick up and think, "Man, this is awesome... I wish I could pull it off!" Well, today, I did just that... at least I hope so! I wore it and when the hubby got home he said, "It's different, but I like it!"

Overall, this was my favorite exchange. In fact, I've been searching the internet for another one. I'm thinking of even putting together one on this website! I know enough crafters that I think we could have a good turn out. With that said, be on the lookout at the beginning of the year for an email asking if you're interested... yeah, you! Ha! (Chels - if you participate, you have to actually make whatever you're 'thinking' about making... haha! Love youuu.)


  1. semperfiwifey@gmail.comDecember 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    You are full of fun surprises 'token young old soul'. :-) So glad to have you a my new friend. Now, teach me how to do some of these super cool crafts!!!

    1. I have some tricks up my sleeve! lol I'll teach you any time. It's kind of what I want to do, teach people how to craft - I'll give you details later. :) Glad you like the blog.

  2. Oh no! I just wrote a super long comment about how I love making paper, and accidentally deleted it. oh well. So cool to hear about and see all your adventures!!!

  3. Haha, thanks for calling me out!! I will sign up and I WILL complete a craft instead of just dreaming about it making itself :) LOVE you!

  4. I can see my mom enjoying that! I love reading about your adventures, Kassie!

    1. I think it'd be awesome if your mom took part. I bet she'd like it, too! Good thinking. :) I'm glad you're enjoying my blog.


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