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1  Mason Jar Cozy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 26, 2015 06:31:12 PM
I saved this jar from being thrown out after a friend had given us some homemade soup in it.  I thought it was a perfect jar to make a cozy for.  I made sure that the cozy had an open weave so that the beautiful blue color of the jar could still be seen.  I used a leftover fabric scrap to decorate the lid.  What do you think?

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2  Crocheted star blanket! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 23, 2015 07:00:55 AM

I love this pattern!  It's a star shaped crocheted blanket in colors of:  crme, chocolate brown, and maize gold.  I enjoy making this blanket every time.  Grin
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3  Mushroom jar! in Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 21, 2015 03:26:44 PM

I don't know, mushrooms both creep me out and fascinate me!  I am more drawn to 'fairy type' mushrooms, and this is what this item is modeled after.

It's a glass jar with a brownish colored yarn crocheted cozy around it, with the lid painted and then covered with clear nail polish so the paint won't chip off.

I thought it was a pretty clever idea...I've never seen one that had the crocheted cozy "stem".

What do you think?
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4  Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 20, 2015 01:30:47 PM
I received from the talented texscrapper today!  I KNEW I was going to LOVE whatever she made me, b/c she is such a talented sewist!  Here's the photos of the greatness I received:


This is the outside of the HUGE messenger bag she made me!

This is with the top flap open...see the pocket?

This is what texscrapper called a 'hobo' bag and it's reversible (and has LADYBUGS on it!  Grin)!\

And last but not least...a cute little coin purse!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5  Patriotic Fabric Strips Wreath! in Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 19, 2015 05:09:19 PM


This is a small patriotic wreath I made!  I used the lid of a Haagen Dacz container (took out the middle), cut red/white/blue star fabric into strips and tied them around the lid.  Lastly, I tied a silver ribbon on it for hanging!
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6  Lime Green Summer Scarf! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 18, 2015 05:03:49 PM


This is a lime green summer scarf made using the shell stitch in crochet.  I used yarn given to me from smileyogini in the MYB swap (the lime green yarn) and the variegated yarn was $1 from one of the bins at a craft store.

I picture it as being the perfect accessory with a beautiful summer dress on a cool summer night at a party!  Cheesy
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7  Re: Yarnies Vs Sewists Spring 2015 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: May 02, 2015 09:22:53 AM
Get ready!  Another awesome package to post!  I just received mine from lonelygamerwife and IT IS THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!   Grin  There's tons of photos, so here goes: 


This is the front of an AWESOME PATCHWORK BATIK CROSSBODY tote bag!  Shocked

This is the tote when open, so you can see the fabric....

This is the great TURQUOISE back of the bag....

A ORANGE BATIK sunglass holder!

A crochet hook roll!  Check out the unique fabric she used!  (It's what she used to line the tote as well.)

This is a photo of the back of the crochet hook roll...

And a photo of the inside-WITH METAL CROCHET HOOKS! (my favorite kind  Cheesy)

Sorry for all the photos, but I just love it all so much and can see how much work went into making it all.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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8  Re: Common Ground 3 - GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: April 16, 2015 10:26:49 AM
My partner and I have both received from each other....Here's what she sent me!


A trio of great buttons!  Ladybugs, owls, and teeny-tiny little bees!


A beautiful ORANGE tree of life pendant that I will be wearing to work tomorrow and plenty of paint chip tags!


The orangest of orange skein of yarn!  I'm going to have to make something really fun with this!


ELEVEN magnets!  Two are of fairies, and the rest are of TBBT group!  They're already on my fridge.  Cheesy


A vintage butterfly girl standing on a mini ball of orange yarn that is in a "pool" of orange yarn, in a jar.  Well, if she had to be stuck in a jar, with the color orange is the way to go!  Roll Eyes Wink


Shame on me for not remembering the names of these style bags...you pull one handle thru the other and carry it that way...This bag is made with frog fabric on the outside and green fabric on the inside.  It's big too, which I appreciate!


A RAINBOW AND LADYBUG BIG TOTE WITH A ZIPPERED TOP!  LINED WITH ORANGE FABRIC!  Need I say more?  No, I don't think so.  Grin

Thank you so much bronzfrog!  I really love this package!
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9  Re: Spell My Name Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: April 15, 2015 09:57:42 AM
You ladies are cracking me up, although I WOULD wear a sash you know..... Wink

However, I received my package from my partner and, as the song goes:  "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens....brown paper packages tied up in string....these are a few of my favorite things....!  That held so true for my swap package.  See the photo below:



(She used brown paper bags, turquoise yarn, beautiful tags, and washii tape to wrap everything!  What a nifty idea, it was beautiful.)

Here goes the items:

B-for Box (DOTD is one of my favorite themes.)  If I'm not mistaken the roses are made out of clay, if not the skull too.  And the entire box, inside and out, is decorated with special paper.  I'm blown away. It's a beautiful item.

A-for Adorable stars-I love origami stars and have been collecting them a long time.  Still don't have too many, but these are the most unique of the ones I do have.  Their size is unique, as well as the paper she used to make them.  I love them!

R-for Rainbow yarn-I love rainbows, I love yarn...what else is there to say??!! Grin

B-for Bracelet mold-I have had this item on my Pinterest wishlist for years!  I love making things with resin!  I don't think I've ever seen one of these molds here where I live...when I opened up the item, I was like:  "Oh, a resin mold, how nice...but it's HUGE!"  Then I read the label and laughed at my goofiness!  Roll Eyes


A-for Altered Altoid tin-I was pleased when I opened up this package just seeing the outside.  But I could feel things moving inside and when I opened it up...that's what the bottom photo is of!  I think the bees and ladybugs are made of clay?  However it is all made, it's another item that has been on my Pinterest wishlist for years as well!  And it's so beautiful...

R-for Recycled silver wire Ring-another Pinterest want for years, and she delivered!  Other generous Craftsters have made me an earring set, and I have two of the pendants, but I needed the ring to complete the set!  Cheesy Do you see how well it's made and the beautiful beads she used in it?

A-for Art-This is an image that I had on my Pinterest...it reminds me of something special...I am FLOORED at my partner's artistic ability!  This item will be going on the wall above the TV in our living room.  I have a triptych made for me by rockmygypsysoul in the Xmas swap there, and a painting from another Craftster swap I've been in.  There was an empty space and now I know why it was there! 

Even the card she sent describing the items is breathtakingly beautiful:


This package was so well thought out, so much effort put into it, it was one of those swap packages that make you cry when you open it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Crystal, from the bottom of my heart!
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10  Re: Use What You Have Swap Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: April 03, 2015 06:56:52 PM


Someday I'll be able to post photos right side up. Hmmmm.....

Anyhow...thank you so much to brandyk for posting the photos that she had of what she sent me.  I was able to get my act together and take photos and post them myself.  Although they are so amazing they need no introduction  Grin, here goes:

*First photo is of a boxy pouch for my DS.  He is so hard to think of gifts for and he will love this!  It's going to be saved in my "holiday box" for him.

*A really big and cool canvas basket that is already in use, holding inventory....

*A crossbody bag for me to use when we go to the city to visit said son.  I'm always lugging around my big pocketbook and annoying everyone in the car; plus it's a pain to carry around.  Now I have something smaller and easier and MUCH MORE NIFTY-look at that fabric!-to use.

*The second photo has a package of mustache stickers (I joked with brandyk that I have a meeting on Wednesday that I don't want to go to...that maybe if I wore one of the mustaches they wouldn't recognize me and I wouldn't have to go??  Roll Eyes Tongue)

*One of those bags that I never remember the name of but you slip the smaller handle thru the larger one and carry it like that.  Again-THE FABRIC!!!!!!!

*Two beautiful notepads with covers that I think I will put in the holiday box to gift to my two BFFs.

*A sturdy ladybug pouch!  I use zippered pouches like crazy, so this was a welcome item.

*The third photo is of THREE SETS of PERSONALIZED pillowcases!  A monkey themed set for my younger DD, whose nickname is 'Monkey', a cat themed set for our animal loving older DD, and a beautiful set for me!  Receiving customized pillowcases in a swap always makes me happy.  The sets for the girls are going in the holiday box as well.  (I won't need to buy anything for Xmas thanks to brandyk!  Grin)

*The fourth photo is of a lovely lavender colored bag with a purple ribbon for a drawstring closure that is holding a beautiful bar of homemade lavender soap, with bits of loose lavender in the bag.  brandyk and I have become friends thru Craftster, and she knows I'm going thru a rough patch in my life, and she said that I HAVE to keep this item for myself, since lavender is soothing.  I am going to put it on my nightstand when I sleep and on the shelf next to the couch where I craft, so I can enjoy the scent of it.

*The fourth photo is also of A WEEKENDER BAG!!!!!!!!!  Yes, you read that right, and you can pick your jaws up off the floor!  And you should see the impeccable craftsmanship she achieves in what she makes.  I also included an interior shot so you could see the GREAT ladybug fabric, the size of the bag, and the fact that she included a zippered pouch that is attached to the side of the bag for basically a double pocket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

**Not pictured:  A set of paper butterflies and flowers that are going to be used for my older DDs Bat Mitzvah party in June.  I have received so many items for her Bat Mitzvah from so many people on Craftster.....I wish I could invite all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU BRANDYK, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!  THIS WAS AN AMAZING PACKAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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