Saturday, March 21, 2009

Secret Crafty Santa in March: loot sent

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for Dudecraft's Secret Crafty Santa in March exchange. I listed the rules of the swap in my original post, but basically I had 2 weeks to make something crafty based on a complete stranger's list of 3 things she loves in life.

I got to make stuff for Kate, who wrote that she loves her 4-year-old son, dancing, and music.

I decided to send her a sampler pack of my floppy disk record player cards. I took lots of pictures along the way and wrote up a tutorial about making the cards a few days ago. And whaddya know, it got featured on MAKE magazine's blog! So hello to the bazillion new visitors who came this way via MAKE.

I also decided to include a little something for Kate's son, Teddy. What do 4-year-olds like? Their names! I engraved Teddy's into a little piece of stone tile and put magnets on the back so he'll have a special way to put his artwork on the fridge.

Kate lives in Massachusetts and I live in Oregon, so I decorated the package with cutouts of all of the states in between.

I engraved the stone with a sandblaster*. This is a photo of the tiles and the stencil I used. I'll be posting more in the near future about the sandblasting process.

*Thanks to Victory Stone Engraving, a.k.a. my dad.


  1. Wendy,

    Brilliant! It looks so great. I can't wait til she gets it so I can post it on DudeCraft!

  2. I got it! And I'm absolutely thrilled (of course), as is Teddy (he says Wendy is "wicked cool").

    I took pictures of the package before opening it, whereupon I realized the new camera wasn't sufficiently charged for more pictures, but I'll send 'em as soon as I can.

    Thanks for the wonderful, wonderful gifts!


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