If you follow me on Instagram you will know that over the last couple of months I’ve participated in not one, but two Harry Potter themed craft swaps.
In December 2016 I was made redundant and it took over 5 months for me to find work again. That’s pretty soul crushing, and my friends and my crafts kept me sane, in particular these craft swaps. With so much time on my hands, I really went over the top with these swaps! And luckily for me, so did my two AMAZING swap partners!!!!
Now that everyone has received their parcels, I can share both my creations and the amazing things I received!
Swap number one:
My partner was a fellow Gryffindor…
Some bookmarks and a Gryffindor headband that I made using my French knitting spool.
I upcycled this unicorn mirror with quotes about Unicorns from the Harry Potter books.
I turned an old box into a Hogwarts trunk with paint, paper rolls and decoupage.
I made Floo Powder bath salts
And I created a notebook that looks like Harry’s potions textbook, some coasters of each of the Hogwarts house animals, and a Hermione quote artwork !!
So much fun!
In round one, I received truly wonderful things from the host of the swap herself, the very talented Anna Ritson.
An amazing Gryffindor weaving
The world’s cutest Gryffindor Mandrake whose name is Mortimer.
A fabulous magic wand.
A gorgeous embroidered The Burrow.
The most inventive upcycled book on houseplants….
Check out the work Anna put into this!!
All the parcels were beautifully wrapped in Gryffindor-y colours, and some chocolate frogs included 😀
How lucky was I?
On to round 2, and this time my partner was a Slytherin, so I went all out with lots of snakes and plenty of green!
I was so in love with this patchwork bag that I had to make a Gryffindor version for myself. Funny story, for years after reading the books I felt that the Sorting Hat would see I belonged in Ravenclaw, so imagine my utter shock when I finally logged into JK Rowling’s Pottermore site and discovered I’m actually a Gryffindor!!
I also made
More bookmarks (I love making bookmarks and my swap partner said she is bookish!
A slytherin pom pom garland
A small slytherin decoupaged bowl
I included two snake bracelets. My parner’s patronus is a parrot, hence the green parrot bracelet too.
Hermione shadow painting on a HP book page
A Flourish and Blotts bookshop sign
Some potions bath salts.
A Slytherin quill
And felt pennant
And finally I ordered a pair of cute Slytherin socks from eBay for my partner…
Apparently the Chinese can’t spell Slytherin 😔
While making things for my swap partner, I also made some gifts for Anna, the host, as she had done me a big favour.
Anna is a Hufflepuff, so I painted her a badger..
Then I found a handbag at the op shop that resembled an envelope (although I had to trim off a whole lot of frilly bits!)
It made the perfect Hogwarts acceptance letter with an owl post key ring.
I almost kept This for myself!
Then I received a parcel from the 2nd swap partner, www.instagram.com/lisa_lou_ao
Holy moly, I was so totally blown away. This was just HUGE.
These miniature potions kits are amazing. The level of detail is insane!
The little chests are personalised with my name/initial.
Then there are these beautiful Weasley-themed artworks (I love the Weasleys!)
This one is one of my favourite quotes and is now residing in my bathroom
This fabulous Gryffindor scarf was wrapped around the Mrs Weasley painting:
A Harry Potter duck compliments the Arthur Weasley quote (and has indeed floated around in my bath!)
The Grim teacup….I love it SO much, I can’t even say!!!!!!
And the Hogwarts Castle embroidery perfectly fits withThe Burrow one Anna made for me. They live in my entryway and are symbols of home for me…..my happy places!
When I opened the next parcel the amount of work that went into, the creativity that went into it and the way it was so well thought of, the perfect gift for me actually brought me to tears.
Thank you so much Lisa for the worlds best dream catcher ever!!!
Then we have “Weasley ” the Pygmy puff …. so cute!
Some Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans
My very own Hogwarts Graduation Certificate
The cutest lion card!!!!
Honestly, the size of this box of goodness? Wow!
Lisa is a very very special, amazing, creative, talented woman.