Monday, May 7, 2012

Package Pals Craft Exchange

Over at C.R.A.F.T., Jamie hosted another great Package Pals exchange. This time around I got paired with Ami from AliLily. She is so fun and we have become great friends. Stop by her blog because she has great recipes, craft tutorials and you will LOVE the jewelry she makes!

Participating in Package Pals is a blast because not only do you get to make something crafty for someone else, but you get the surprise of an awesome package in the mail.

After getting to know Ami, I found out her favorite color was orange so I went with a totally orange themed package.
I got her a cute little matching stationary set and made a fabric covered box to put it all in. Then put in a decorated Hershey bar. The Hope Stone is a pocket sized painted rock with some inspirational scripture on it. I have a friend in New Zealand that makes them. It was perfect since it was painted with a sunset!

I made a tissue holder using the pattern from Very Purple Person. It was a bit tricky since the measurements are in centimeters but I got it all worked out. That was a first, so I'm glad I was able to do the conversions!

I had to put something in for her daughter Alice, so I had my sister make me a crocheted flower and I used that to make a hair clip for her. I noticed in Ami's pictures that Alie wears a lot of pink, so I thought it would be perfect.

The fabric scrap key chain is something I have wanted to make for a long time. When I went looking for the pattern, I realized just how much I had wanted to make it when I found that it was pinned to my sewing board on Pinterest 3 times! The tutorial is over at Craftiness is Not Optional and is so easy!

Bible Case Tutorial

My favorite part of the whole thing and what I did the biggest research on was the Bible cover. I wanted to make something really personal for Ami. As I got to know Ami more, I realized that the Bible cover was the perfect thing but I didn't want to make just a plain cover. My mother just recently got an embroidery machine so I decided to make Ami's cover personalized. Now in case she loses it, everyone will know it is her Bible!

The pattern is from Homespun-Threads. It's quite tricky to follow along. I found it easier to print out all the pages and flip back and forth through them all. 

I was really worried about it fitting since you never know what size Bible someone will have, but Ami sent me pictures and it fits like a glove! YEA!

Now, Ami was the most amazing Package Pal ever. The funniest thing was that we must have been on the same thought wave because we totally did favorite color themed gifts!

She sent me SO MUCH great stuff! She made 2 dry erase note boards and a cork board to go in my craft room and got matching push pins. She made an AWESOME sewing kit just like I had pinned on Pinterest and it was filled with all kinds of accessories in my favorite colors. Then she painted a heart shaped box and topped it with a rhinestone A. When I opened it, it had the most beautiful jewelry inside. Again, all in my favorite colors! Didn't I tell you she's an amazing jewelry designer?! She also got me this beautiful cross, which I love. Plus a reed diffuser too!

The sweetest part was that Alie painted me a butterfly magnet to go on my fridge. I hung it up right away and sent her a picture.

I tell you, if you haven't signed up before, you should totally sign up for the next round of Package Pals. She only takes the first 100 people, so you have to be quick!

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  1. Isn't Package Pals fun?! I think you two both got some really great stuff!

  2. Wow! Talk about awesome packages!! I just love all of the clever things you made for each other. Great work!

  3. Awww! Such a sweet post, Andi. I truly love everything you made and sent me. I especially love my new bible cover. I love that it has my name on it!! I was wondering how u did that. These package pal exchanges are so great aren't they! I'm so happy u were my parent this month. Not only did I get a bunch of awesome personal and heartfelt gift but I made an awesome new friend. :)

  4. I stumbled across your sweet blog yesterday and am so jealous. I want a Package Pal. Come check out my first ever giveaway.

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheery wave from Bev

  6. That sounds like so much fun, hopefully I can participate in the swap next time too! Would you mind taking a moment to check out my new shop?
    I would really appreciate it if you could also follow it! Thank you! x