You should all know by now that I love to take part each year in the DUST team kris kringle/Christmas craft swap. For those of you who can't remember, each of our participating members is assigned a recipient for whom they should make a surprise Christmas gift. This usually involves some (or a lot) of sneaking around to find out a recipient's likes and dislikes and is generally a lot of creative fun and great for team end of year spirits.
This year, my recipient was Donna of Donna Duncombe Designs. Donna creates the cutest crochet hooks with polymer clay handles, as well as digital stamps and scrapbooking sets. It didn't take much snooping to discover that Donna loves colour, and lots of it, so I started firstly with creating a bright and cheery cupcake/jewellery stand. The saucer part of the stand dates to the 1950s and 60s and I love the golden yellow of the rose design.
Because Donna is not just a creator of crochet hooks, but a crocheter herself, I also made her a craft tool pouch for storing her hooks. And of course, I just had to use polka dot fabric to spruce up the sturdy, but plain, outer fabric of the tool pouch.
I couldn't leave the outside of the pouch plain, so I added some giant polka dots in rainbow spot fabric. I had a lot of fun making this pouch for Donna and am seriously considering making some with reclaimed vintage fabrics/denims and doilies for Domum Vindemia - what do you think?
And has the delightful image of soaps at the top of this post got you wondering? Well, that was my lovely gift from Erin of Inner Earth Soaps. I have long been a fan and user of her products and she very thoughtfully sent me a package of some of my favourite scents - thanks Erin!