The 411 about YSS

Swaps are invitation only. If you are a newbie and want to join our group, please contact me. My email can be found on my blogger profile at my regular blog yarnigras!

If you have swapped here before but were not invited to a swap, please contact me as it may be an oversight.

1. YSS swaps are meant to be a creative outlet and challenge but materials and shipping can add up so please budget around $20 minimum per swap.

2. If a newbie wants join, he/she must be invited by a group member. The person who referred the newbie will be responsible for him/her completing their first swap and must stand in for that person if he/she fails to follow through.

3. Do not cut corners. If you are too busy to be creative, don't swap this round. Again, this is a creative swap group.

4. Communication is key.

5. Wrap your items so everything arrives safely.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Better late than never

my many apologies for taking so long to share with y'all the cute little guy that i received from Spring for our nursery rhyme zombie doll swap.  last week's "cold front" (daytime high of 89, but less humid than normal) motivated me to get out to the garage where the bulk of my art supplies live and take a few photos.

let me introduce Jack, who appears to have been headed out on a 2 yr mission, but was waylaid by zombies. i love the inclusion of some tapered candles, inspiring the perfect (at least the idea in my head was perfect) photo shoot.

he brought with him some goodies.  there was some candy in there, but it has been some time since i received Jack, and well..

i was thrilled by the burlap rice bag that everything was contained in.  when i opened up the box my 16 yr-old son looked at me expectantly and i said to him "i said that the next one i BUY, besides, this is a different variety, and a gift, so back off."

just the day before, my neighbor gave me a different Royal Basmati bag, and when i walked in the house with it, my son (gazing upon it most covetously) said "that's the same one my dad has and carries stuff around in."  so i told him that the next time i had to buy long grain rice i would buy the same brand and give him the bag. and now i have a set -- or the beginning of a collection, because that's what we do, isn't it?

thank you Spring.  i know you put much thought into this swap, even with all the things that life throws at us. and thank you Valerie for hosting these swaps.  dealing with daily life, the plates full of elephant, and the occasional wrench thrown into our works, it sure is nice to feel the sense of accomplishment that completing a project like this brings.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Just because!

EEK!  Lookie what Chris sent me "just because!"   I had to share it here with all my zombie lovin' friends!

Look at her footsies...

Oh my goodness, totally creepy cuteness! Thank you SO much Chris!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A surprise!

I've been under the weather and actually crawled out of bed ALIVE today!

I decided better late than Kerry, THANK YOU for my lovely hostess gift!

She sent me a pattern for those cute knit zombie wash cloths, along with zombie playing cards and a mini zombie book mark!  ACK!  I love everything!

Here is a close up of the little zombie.  I love him.  I named him George and I will love him and squeeze him and call him my own...

Thank you Kerry, I adore everything!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dawn of The Dumpty

I am in LOVE with my new zombies. Chris spoiled me and sent not one but two zombies!  First she altered a doll to create a Jack and Jill zombie. Well really, Jack didn't make it down the hill, so it's just Jill. I think she ate his brains. Chris also included crafty baubles for mommy & daughter crafting, a book with a handmade bookmark, a mini notebook and a few preschool themed goodies for my preschoolers. 

 Chris was even kind enough to send doggie treats for Chunky and this amazing Rainbow Dodo bird for my daughter.  She loves it!!!!  My daughter and Chunky send their thanks to you Chris!

And if that wasn't already way more than enough, Chris created the most amazing Humpty Dumpty zombie for me. I am totally in L-O-V-E with him! He is amazing! Look at the little card Chris included. . . it reads "Dawn of the Humpty."

Here's Humpty Dumpty in on the nursery rhyme bookshelf along with one of Little Bo Peep's zombie sheep. 
Chris, you really spoiled us! Thank you!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sing a Song....

......of zombie birds!

So Sarah and I were partners this round and we both picked the same nursery rhyme.

Here is what Sarah sent me

along with the bird on the pie, she included a bottle of buttons and ribbon that had a blackboard label.  She also send a cute bird cage cut out wrapped with some rick rack and bobble trim.  She added a cute mini gnome kit which I am thinking of zombifying!  Thank you Sarah!!!!

Here is her altered version of the rhyme...

And here is what I sent her..

I forgot to take a photo of the stuff I made before packaging it....I made a bottle full of eyeballs I showed in the sneak peek and other things to go with each verse, along with paper birds for scrap booking, a pie bird and pot pie recipe, the "nose" which wasn't that great looking (haha) along with some honey and Mardi Gras coins and beads for money and jewels.  I also included a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond because it had the word blackbird in it!  It didn't fit the rhyme but I think it is a great youth book and worth reading.

Here is my take on the rhyme, I put it on a scroll and attached it to the bird's beak.  By the way, the guts will spill out of his stomach, I crocheted them and crammed them well as his brain, which is exposed.  I forgot to take an "aerial" shot!

Apparently, we both also like to bloodify our poems and packaging!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What an Amazing Package I received

I apologize for not posting more until now!

As I said before, Peter, Peter the Brains Eater arrived here on Monday afternoon and I couldn't wait to see what was inside the package that was sitting on my front step,


Of course Peter was in there, sitting on the pumpkin he has his wife stored in.

So amazingly cool

Then there was an amazing journal complete with really cool zombie pumpkin bookmark/slider

This awesome candy jar was also tucked inside - I had to take the entire package to work to show it off, my co-workers love to hear about these swaps and see what we make. This candy jar may have to go back towork with me. It is just perfect!!!

This amazing zombie head now hangs in my studio. I love this, kind of reminds me of a shrunken head :) Now, those amazing, colorful knitted creations in the background are so cool, I just can't stand it!

My picture doesn't do these justice, not only are they soft and beautiful, the pattern consists of a zombie walking and the word Zombie.

Here is a better picture

Kerry, I LOVE everything! Thank you so much. This was such a fun swap and I love that my zombie collection is growing. My co-workers are so impressed with Peter and his pumpkin full of wife is awesome! As always, you have outdone yourself!!!!

There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe ....

Debbie - I am in awe of your talent !!! Wow, there are no words good enough .... the zombie doll you sent me is FANTASTIC !!!

Swappers, I've come to learn (and particularly our group of uber talented zombie queens), are some of the most kind hearted, generous people I've ever met. The package Debbie sent me was an absolute feast for the eyes .... and her attention to detail - awesome.

So hop aboard The Zombie Express,  and join me, as I share my super awesome swap package with y'all ...

 Just look at her ........ Aren't her eyes awesome !!!! She even came with her own stand :-)


 Debbie's adaption of the nursery rhyme was very clever, and I love the way she presented it ...... in an altered book cover. So very clever.

 Next up, a photo album, that Debbie decorated the front of .... perfect for our Halloween Through The Years pictures.

 Lovely crafty goodies ..... some of my favorites :-)

 Debbie even made the card she sent ..... brilliant !!!!

Just look at these chips .... New Orleans Kettle Style VOODOO chips ...... Oh man they are so delicious !!! Don't tell anyone (especially not my kids), but they were my lunch today .... Yum, Yum, Yum ..... Soooo good :-)

Debbie, THANK YOU for an amazing package ..... you've inspired me to keep practicing (hey, I'm not complaining - just think of how many zombies I could have :-), my sculpting skills, so I can keep improving.
Your package made my day !!!!