Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Craftaholics Anonymous Summer Gift Exchange 2012

I've always wanted to participate in The Craftaholics Anonymous Gift Exchange and finally signed up this round. She does two gift exchanges per year; one in the summer and another around Christmas. I had so much fun doing this exchange that I think I'll sign up for the holiday exchange as well!

I just mailed out my gift last Saturday. I knew when I signed up that my goal was to make as personal of a gift as possible. Then I remembered that I had pinned a latitude and longitude address sign from etsy.com and I knew that was the perfect gift! And now that I've made one from my giftee, I'll definitely be making one for myself next! I am so happy with the way it turned out! I just hope that Barbara likes it as much as I do!

I hand painted the numbers, but traced a stencil to make sure they would look extra crisp.

I wanted it to look a little weathered, so I used the dry brush technique with just a small amount of white paint.

I used a compass rose symbol that I found on Google images. I think it adds that special something.

(I blurred out some of the coordinates for her privacy)

I received my gift in the mail yesterday all the way from Jessie in Florida. She made me some pretty little bracelets! Very thoughtful! Thanks Jessie!

I really like how this one looks ombre. So cool!

Both the kiddos are loving this one!

The gift exchange was lots of fun! If you've never done it, I would definitely recommend joining the fun!

Thanks for hosting such as awesome event Linda!!


Tip Junkie handmade projects


  1. Hi Tashia,
    Love the sign! That is such an awesome gift idea, even for a stranger! Thanks for linking up! I'm so glad you had a good time :)
    happy crafting,

  2. I love your sign so much! Can we get together for a craft date sometime and you can show me how to do this!? :)

    1. Thanks Mel! YES! We should definitely schedule a crafting date! This sign was sooo simple to make! Let me know when you're free.

    2. HI! I just found you thru the Whipperberry linky party. I love this idea (espcially for personalized Christmas gifts). Did you just google to find the latitude and longitude coordinates? And how does the dry brush technique differ from distressing? Thanks so much and I look forward to looking at other posts from your blog.

    3. Hi Diana!
      I did just google latitude and logitude. The website I used was itouchmap.com. It lets you enter a specific address. As for the dry brush technique, I decided to do that instead of distressing it with sandpaper because I used a Sharpie paint pen for the numbers and when I tried to sand it, it kept smearing the black onto the white. But I wanted it to look weathered, so I used a dry paint brush with a very small amount of paint (just on the tips, and dab off the excess) and brushed back and forth quickly. I was happy with the outcome though!
      I love the idea of doing this as Christmas gifts! I plan to do the same! Good luck on your signs and I would love to see how they turn out!
      Thanks for stopping by!