It was Kate's wonderful suggestion to do a Valentine's Swap! Kate is a fantastic textile artist that I've had the pleasure to 'meet' through blogging. I was excited about this swap, because: not only would I be getting some of her wonderful art, BUT: she had commented several months ago that I should make a snail finger puppet. When I was thinking, "Hmmm, how can I incorporate a SNAIL into VALENTINE'S DAY?", there was that "Ah, ha!" moment of: make a Snail Mailman delivering Valentines! So that is what I did.
I had fun figuring out how to make his shell (kind of a sleeping bag roll with felt), and finished the edges with a blanket stitch in a variegated embroidery floss. His bag gets slung over his chest and shell.
Above: Close-ups of mail bag and little envelopes (addresses Photoshopped out for the ultimate in privacy). I had these little envelopes/cards in my Arsenal of Fun, and just had to draw on them and add the stickers. (Click on thumbnails for enlarged view.)
Above: This is the chocolate box that contained the Snail and his mailbag. I decoupaged Love postage stamps on the top of the box (to continue the postal-y love theme), then spray-mounted a white heart-shaped doily, a Dover publication vintage image, and used some scrapbooking letters for Kate's name.
Above, left: Another chocolate box, this time made to open like a "Soap Opera Box" (i.e.: you can just lift up the top). I crumpled up then smoothed out some brown paper bag paper, cut it an inch or so bigger than the box lid, and spraymounted it, cutting slits at the sides for easier fold-over. Added some of my collection of Love stamps and Air Mail stickers, then a little string. Makes me think of "Brown paper packages, tied up with string..."
Above, right: A sampling of felted wool balls that I've made, figuring Kate could use them in her artwork, or eat them for a FiberBlast. (Those blues ain't readin' true, wonder why that is. Tricky purples!)
Above: A few more goodies: candy for the family, some cupcake liners, and some red and pink fabric squares.
This was fun; thank you for suggesting/inspiring it, Kate! :-)