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Package Pals!

I love creating things by hand, and I love that the Internet has allowed for  virtual handmade communities, marketplaces, and sharing spaces to exist. I read about Swap Bot a while back – it’s basically an online community with different, specialized “swaps” that are set up by other users. I was excited, especially since I love sending and receiving mail, but didn’t have the greatest experience. Obviously it is luck of the draw on who you’re partnered with (although there is a ‘rating’ system that strives to keep people honest). I had two ‘okay’ swaps and then a third where I never received anything at all. Womp womp. I put Swap Bot on the back burner, but a month or so ago I saw on the  C.R.A.F.T.  blog that she runs a somewhat similar handmade swap every few months, Package Pals!

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DIY Gifts: Computer Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Rest

I know there is a lot of chatter about DIY handmade gifts for guys – and this is a simple one! I made a set for my brother and brother-in-law but it would make a great gift for a teen or a woman as well. I picked a geek-chic computer themed fabric but you could easily personalize it with a favorite sports team, nice soft flannel, or upcycled fabric from a favorite shirt or blanket. I picture them using this at work especially – so hopefully they do!

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DIY Gifts: Only Hearts Club Doll Clothes

Only Hearts Club Doll Clothes - Swoodson Says

Do you have any young ones in your life that play with dolls? Those tiny clothes are crazy expensive!! My twin nieces who are 7 love these dolls, but the outfits in stores were $14.99 a pop. Yikes. A search for Only Hearts Club Doll tutorials and free Only Hearts Club patterns did not turn up much, but thankfully a random bulletin board clued me in to the fact that Blythe doll clothes fit Only Hearts Club dolls! Here is some visual inspiration,links, and my own pattern I used for the leggings.

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