My Obsession is Growing...Inch by Inch

Inchies are tiny 1" x 1" pieces of artwork and my new obsession! I made my first set last night and I've barely stopped crafting since then.

Here is a shot of a few of them next to a Quarter for scale.

Ocean/beach themed: made with watercolor pencils, magazine clippings, sharpie marker and glitter

Romantic Theme: made from torn pages of Othello, images from vintage cigar ads and words from my Scrabble dictionary

Silly Monster theme: made for a swap partner from watercolor pencils and construction paper

Super Mario themed: made for a swap partner with watercolor pencils and sharpie marker
And here's the whole lot that will be sent to my swap partner. If they were all lined up together, the whole row would only be 1' long!
Now that I'm going to have all these Inchies, I need to figure out something to do with them! Maybe magnets?

Woodland Embroidery Hoop

Every couple of months I organize a Hoopla Swap on Craftster. Embroidery loving crafters around the world swap stitched hoops with each other. It's always such a fun and talented group. I really enjoy every round!

Our most recent round was OTT (One Tiny Thing) themed so we're working on hoops that are 4" or less. One of my partners likes woodland creatures so this is what I came up with for her. I was inspired by a quilt I saw in a Scandinavian book.

I'm doing something quite different for my other partner but I'm having just as much fun with it. I'll post that as soon as she receives.

Mimosa Drinking Doves of Peace

My girlfriends came over on Saturday to craft! We had a great time drinking mimosas and making dove ornaments to decorate our houses and give as gifts. We used a pattern from the book Fa La La Felt and from start to finish I'd say they took us about an hour.

We did a photoshoot with them having a little bird-bath in our mimosa glass.

Claire's Bird:

Lisa's Bird: 

Lisa also made a super cute peppermint ornament using rolled felt, cellophane and a little ribbion but we didn't get a picture of it.

Adventures in Book Binding

Book binding is a craft I've always wanted to learn. I'd love to be able to make handmade journals and photo albums. I've been looking around for local classes to learn the technique but until I try the real thing, I gave this small version a try. I used this pattern and was really happy with how it turned out! I will be making more of these!

Carpe Diem Quilt

I made this wall quilt for a recent swap partner who likes skulls. There's nothing like a having a skull hanging on your wall to remind you to Seize the Day (or Carpe Diem)!

I like how it turned out - you almost need to stare at it for a minute before noticing the skull. I cut fabric for another one and will hopefuly find time to make it before next Halloween.

I found the pattern in the book, Whip Up Mini Quilts. I still need more quilting practice but I've been enjoying making these smaller quilts. They are much easier to manage in my small sewing machine.