Monday, July 15, 2013

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Sweetening The Deal

Hum.

It's only 7 more days till my giveaway is over, and I have to be honest-- I'm a little disappointed by the lack of further interest in it. Thank you to those whom are currently participants and commenters-- you make my heart glow with warmth. On the brightside, I guess this means there's a bigger chance to win *wink wink*.

I thought I had a zipper to make the make up bag... but it turns out I didn't. What this means for the winner is that I'll be adding a few more things to the pile before the deadline.

Today inspiration struck me, and I thought it'd be really neat to create a mug cozy to add into giveaway.


Here it is all finished up! I made one for myself, since I am a huge tea drinker (hot and cold), I figured I'd get far more use out of it. I hope the winner is the same, hehe! This will be the one I put into the giveaway.

It's funny because that tiny little black applique on the skull is what sparked it. I used two others in the creation of the jewelry piece I promised to make for the giveaway.

But anyway, enough talk... here are some progression shots of the mug cozy as it is being made.





I was going to add in two, but I lost the inspiration for the one above it... and I don't I liked how I cut it, anyway-- the bias tape would've covered the skeleton's head.
The inner lining is felt, which makes a perfect insulator for those hot and cold drinks. The lining is a heavy weight canvas material to prevent any sweaty drinks from bleeding to the front of the cozy.

Here it is in action:


















Speaking of cute, I'm also quite proud of the necklace I made for the giveaway. I was bummed I couldn't tat it, but I figured that would be the case... I'm just starting to learn how to needle tat, which is a lot different than shuttle tatting.

I had some leftover applique trim that I cut into individual sections; I sewn them together to create a nice little center piece.


Then I tried my hand at a bit of knot tying-- like for hemp jewelry-- for the strand. I slipped in a few black seed beads throughout the length for added pretty.


A few minutes of digging around and I found some plastic pearl beads, purple ribbon rosettes, a charm, and a little length of chain-- perfect!



Next thing you know, I created a piece of jewelry from nothing but the scraps and things I had lying around, hehe.


I love it so much, I am going to use this same train of thought and creation to revamp an old necklace I made some time ago; I still have several applique pieces, lots of seed beads and string to make one more.

Stay tuned! These aren't the only things that will be added to my giveaway before the deadline (July 22nd)!

20 comments:

  1. The cup holder is sooo cute!

    I would have entered the giveaway, but I don't wear makeup, so it would have been wasted on me.

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    1. I am adding a few more non-makeup-wearer-friendly items, so if you do decide to enter, you could just opt out of the receiving the make up completely. This is going to sound greedy, but I wouldn't mind having the make up-- they are my favorite colors and brands, after all, hehe.

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  2. I didn't enter because I hadn't been a regular reader when it was announced. It didn't seem fair.

    I had to comment on the necklace, though. It's really gorgeous! And the cosy you almost made...well, spiderweb is one of my favorite designs!

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    1. I don't mind if someone's been a long time reader or not-- but I see where you're coming from. I tend to feel the same if I only just recently followed someone holding a giveaway.

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  3. Yes, same as with Pixie, I don't use much makeup so I think someone else should win it, otherwise I will just be giving it away. But I think your necklaces are lovely, and the mug cosy is stunning and such a clever idea!

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    1. Like I mentioned to Pixie, you could opt out of the make up if you like-- I don't mind, hehe ;)
      There will be plenty of non-make up wearer friendly items in the box to compensate for the make up goodies.

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  4. OMG that is SO cute. I've been out of the blogging loop for a few weeks or I would have entered - I will now for sure!

    The necklace is so brilliant, too. Very, very beautiful!

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    1. Wonderful!
      I'm glad you caught it in time ;)

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  5. Ditto for me, Madame MM. I didn't enter because I don't wear makeup. Far better it goes to someone who will actually use it! :o)

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    1. Might be redundant at this point, but just see what I said to Pixie and Laura-- the same can apply to you!

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  6. Oh, what a gorgeous cup holder - love it! And that necklace is super cute too.

    I think hosting a giveaway outside of a major blog party will always have problems pulling people in. There is just not enough traffic on any given week. Either way - better chances for me to win!

    But I am stealing your giveaway idea at 100 followers anyway :) (I have 5 to go). I think it's a great way to celebrate and to show some blog love to ones followers at the same time.

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    1. Yeah, I initially knew that I wouldn't get such a huge response-- but I did expect as little as 10 entries for all the readers I do have, hehe. I don't know the real reason, but I feel like a lot of them aren't reading my blog because they're truly interested in it... =/
      Hate to sound cynical, though.

      I am glad that the majority are those that stood by my blog for a while; commented, and gave me feedback. I find it quite enjoyable to write content people love reading.

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  7. I love the mug cozy and the necklace ! =)
    Oh, and I really enjoy hot tea =) Cold tea makes me think of "Ice Tea", but I don't think you had this in mind, had you ?

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    1. Thanks!
      You're right, I didn't mean iced tea XD
      I mean like a cold chai or earl grey on a warm day, hehe =P

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  9. The necklace turned out just great! lovely idea to use an applique as centerpiece

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  10. Love that necklace! I actually have not entered any blog giveaways for the last couple of years because I have a lot of clothing and makeup so I feel it would be better for someone else to be able to build their makeup stash/wardrobe. Either way, I do think the things you have made for it are lovely.

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    1. Thanks :)
      I suppose that is enough to stop anyone from doing so =P

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  11. I love it! Instant New follower!

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