My Package Pal – A Whisketeer!

April 2, 2013Allison Murray
My Package Pal - A Whisketeer! - Crochet a Clutch with Dream a Little Bigger

My Package Pal - A Whisketeer! - Crochet a Clutch with Dream a Little Bigger

Very recently I signed up for a fun little pen pal type of thing over at C.R.A.F.T and I was so, so excited. The gist is this: you sign up to receive a crafty package from someone somewhere on the globe and you send a crafty package to them. In fact, this is a pretty frequent occurrence over at C.R.A.F.T so keep your eyes peeled for the next sign up in a few months.

Since I LOVE getting stuff in the mail, just like a big ol’ kid, I knew that I wanted to do this. I clicked the little box that someone outside of the US was cool because that seemed exotic and even more exciting! A bit later I was contacted with my info. My package pal was Alice, a blogger over at Whisketeers (she’s totally a cat lady, too – how perfect is that?!) Head on over to check out her blog to see some killer roundups and lists, pretty photos (including of kitties!) and some totally delectable recipes.

My Package Pal - A Whisketeer! - Crochet a Clutch with Dream a Little Bigger

We quickly set out emailing one another to find out our favorites and whatnot so that we could have a killer swap! The big thing that I got from our conversations was that in Slovenia it is hard to come by baker’s twine and washi tape. So guess what? I ordered some up to send on over to Slovenia! But that just didn’t seem like enough so I busted out some of my favorite fabric from my stash and ran out to get some matching yarn. I modified my crochet eyeglass case pouch to be the size of a clutch and got to work. Instead of just sending over a handful of things, I sent them stuffed in a homemade purse!

Because our postal systems don’t always jive as quickly as we’d hope and I encountered some issues… the lady I bought the washi tape from wanted about $60 to send it directly to Alice – WHAT?! Since she wanted only $2.50 to send it to me state side that is the route I went but it added some extra days of delay. Since I was on my way out of town on vacation I had it sent there instead of my home which wouldn’t have done me any good.

My Package Pal - A Whisketeer! - Crochet a Clutch with Dream a Little Bigger

No, I didn’t send Alice my wallet It’s in there to show you the size of the finished project!

Unfortunatley I didn’t think to get pics of the tape and twine but I did get some fantastic pics of Alice’s new bag! To see what she sent me, click here! To make your own bag like this, use the crochet eyeglasses case as a guide but make that sucker bigger!

Think you’ll try to catch the next swap? I know that I will every time because I loved it so much! And be sure to check out Alice’s page Whisketeers and leave an encouraging note if you’re so inclined. :)

Comments (8)

  • Jamie

    April 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I LOVE the clutch you made! I would totally use it! Thanks for participating in PP!

  • Allison Murray

    April 4, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Thanks for the compliment and thanks for hosting such a fun swap!!

  • Mariah

    April 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I love it! I wish I was a crocheter… adding that to the list!

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Thanks, Mariah. Learning to crochet isn't as hard as a lot of people think. Plus there are tons of online resources including tutorials and videos. I think you should give it a go!!

  • Taylor

    April 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Just found your blog through craft gawker! I'm so in love! You post such cute projects and I love that you have a section just for crocheting! This will definitely be a blog I'll have to keep checking to see your new posts:)

  • Allison Murray

    April 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Thanks, Taylor. I'm so glad to have you checking things out around here!

  • Christy

    May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    I am infatuated with this clutch bag especially since it is basket weave with penguin print, The wood button was an earthy yet elegant, I love it.

  • Allison Murray

    May 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Thanks so much, Christy. FYI – I believe that particular button came from Hobby Lobby if you'd like to try and track one down :)

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