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1  I'm SO PROUD! Jewelry people will actually wear! :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 01, 2015 05:34:15 PM


(Again, I apologize for the upside down photo.)

The earrings I made in burgundy color seed beads to match many shirts I have in that color, as well as two scarves I've made with that color scheme.

The bracelet was made using memory wire and a jewelry making tool that rockmygypsysoul gave to me in the 'Mini 12 Days of Xmas' swap!  I absolutely love that style of bracelet!  I watched a five minute you-tube video on how to make them, and set to making one.  I already had the beads, and the 'Pandora style' beads I purchased in Florida in 2011 when we visited my MIL.  I was waiting for the right time to use them, and this was it.  I also used some expensive beads that I had purchased with no project in mind, I just liked the way they looked.  I love silver and glass so this bracelet really pleased me with how it came out.  I can't wait to show it off!



This bracelet was made using the memory wire, jewelry making tool, and a big box of beads that rockmygypsysoul had sent me in the above mentioned swap.  When my younger DD saw the bracelet I made for myself, she immediately wanted one for her!  I love it when someone asks me to make them something so of course I made her one right away!  Cheesy  rockmygypsysoul had sent me some great purple and pink beads that my DD would love, so I used those to make the bracelet and attached a small heart charm on the end using a jump ring.  I plan to give it to her for Valentine's Day (I tend to try to give small gifts on holidays that focus on food...they don't need any more sweets.)



This last photo is of an earring and necklace set for my BFF whose birthday is in February.  She has so much stuff and a tiny apartment and storage space, so I've been trying to give her small gifts that she can use/that have a function for holidays and birthdays.  Her favorite color is purple, and again, rockmygypsysoul had included some beautiful purple beads in the box she sent me.  The earrings and pendant are made out of the purple beads, and some iridescent blue/purple seed beads.
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2  Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 01, 2015 05:14:49 PM


(I apologize for the sideways photo.)

I also owe a BIG apology to BriannaB03 who sent me this extremely lovely and relaxing package for this swap!  My life has been VERY busy and I didn't let her and cabaute know that I had received right away.  I then took FOREVER to post photos of what she sent.  My former phone had gotten hacked and that was the one I knew how to post photos on.  I got a new iPhone and needed DH to show me how to post photos and this was the first chance he got.  I do apologize, and the amount of time it took me to post is in NO WAY a reflection of how much I enjoyed this package!

Here goes the description:  A selection of teas which I shared with my DS while he was here during Xmas.  He LOVES tea and always has a cup in his hand.  He said to thank you, Brianna, and I thank you too.  The blue items that look like bean bags can be heated up and will be great for me when I get a migraine, and also for DH, as he suffers from fibromyalgia-they say putting heat on the area that hurts helps relieve the pain.  She sent me a pretty bar of soap wrapped in a ribbon which I gave to my younger DD, as she fell in love with homemade soap after experiencing some that a fellow Craftster sent to me as an Xmas gift!  Brianna says she just learned how to crochet, and she used her new skill to make a soap saver pouch!  I love the colors she used, and I think she is doing teriffic in her ability to crochet!  I have so many leftover soap saver pouches from the ones I made as Xmas gifts that I will use the one she made me as a pouch to hold change, or other valuables.  Brianna also sent me a TON of lotion bars...she knew I was giving bath spa gifts for the holidays and she saved the day by sending me so many lotion bars b/c I ran out of soap to include in the spa gifts, so I added a lotion bar instead!  THANK YOU!  I haven't tried them yet but they smell SO GOOD and it is something that I've never had the chance to try, so I'm looking forward to it.  She sent a holiday card as well.

This was a thoughtful and generous gift and my apologies to both BriannaB03 and cabaute for it taking so long for me to post photos.  THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH!
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3  Keep Me Warm swap-Rd 4 (SU Dec 28-Jan 10; SO Feb 7/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 28, 2014 10:00:58 AM
Swap name:
KEEP ME WARM SWAP-ROUND 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LadybugsAndBumblebees
Co-organizer: Will recruit one if needed
Sign-up date range: December 28, 2014-January 10, 2015
Date to send item by:  February 7, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work:

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into the theme of "Keep Me Warm".  The wonderful brandyk is organizing the "Fill a Coffee Mug" swap at this time, so I am not going to make sending a hot drink/accessory/hot food (such as soup), a component of the swap this round-unless the partners agree that this is something they would like to swap.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

This swap will be for one MEDIUM and two SMALLS. (If you would like to send more, please discuss it with your partner first.)

By points:
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By time:
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By size:
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By price:
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to LadybugsAndBumblebees!

Questionnaire to answer:

Name of swap: Keep Me Warm Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
I understand that a tracking number or a copy of receipt is required for this swap:(YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to profile, blog, pinterest, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:

Anything else you would like to tell your partner?

PLEASE REMEMBER TO POST IN THIS THREAD BEFORE SENDING ME YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE, AS PER CRAFTSTER RULES!  THANKS!


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

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4  Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 11, 2014 04:14:13 PM


This is the delightful package I received from cabaute today!  I had a really gross day at work, so it was nice to come home to a swap package.

She made me two very well crafted fabric topped dishtowels with the niftiest fabric.  Where do you get all this cool fabric, cabaute?  I love it!  She also sent me window clings, which are great b/c we are going to decorate the house this Saturday, and my girls love those cling decorations.

Thank you cabaute!
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5  It's going to be a sudsy holiday! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 09, 2014 05:58:43 PM
brandy and I have swapped a few times, and she knew I was in need of handmade soaps for some 'bath spa kits' that I was making many of to give away for the holidays.  At the time, she wasn't able to send me any soaps b/c they weren't ready.  (Which was fine, she made a TON of zippered pouches for me to use!)

But then I got a package in the mail yesterday.  In my haste to post a photo in a timely manner, in what I *thought* was the right spot-I made a mistake!  I posted it as a received package from the 'Quickie Stocking Stuffer' swap.  My partner for that swap let me know that she did not send me anything.  Oops!  So I went back and took a look at the card that came with the package and it was from the very thoughtful and generous brandyk!

I am so glad that my mistake was caught so that I can thank the correct person!  Here is a photo of what she sent:


She sent two pumpkin scented soaps which I immediately put in spa kits for two of my co-workers who LOVE it when all the pumpkin scented items come out in the fall!  I let my girls choose between the other two bars that were left and they used them tonight and felt all grown up and fancy!

THANK YOU SO MUCH brandyk!
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6  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 04, 2014 11:53:20 AM

These are terrific fabric gift bags that I will be using this year for my most special friends!  I specifically asked cabaute to use any other fabric than holiday themed, as I have friends of all religions, and she did great!  I love the fabrics she chose!  And there's so many of them!

These are two dishtowels with toppers so I can hang them from the handle on my stove.  The dishtowel part is so smushy, I know it will dry my dishes well.  Cheesy  Again, the fabric she chose for the toppers is awesome!

I forgot one fabric gift bag in the first photo, so here it is-again, fabulous!  She also sent me a "Santa's Hat" Hershey's kiss!   Shocked  I haven't seen anything like that around here...it made me giggle, it is so cute!

Holiday light socks, which are sorely needed, and a polar bear themed pad and pen-which will be going to my classroom tomorrow.

Earrings in one of my favorite colors and styles!  A "bobble head" snowman!  And a amazing beaded ladybug!  I had been eyeing this bug keyring at holiday fairs for weeks now, but couldn't justify buying it.  And I'm glad I didn't, b/c cabaute did!  Wink

An amazingly intricate and beautiful beaded lanyard (I wore it to work today!), ladybug buttons, and adorable little gel pens!

The two cute cards cabaute sent, which I will use to decorate my classroom with!

In addition to wrapping the gifts she sent me, cabaute also attached a little (or big) ornament to most of them!  I am bringing them to my classroom tomorrow as well.  The ribbon was on one of the gifts and I LOVE it so I saved it.  Smiley

A little makeup bag that I am going to use in the new _________ cabaute made for me!(scroll down)

A fabric basket-in great colors-that I have on my pinterest for my classroom, but now that I have it in my hot little hands, it might just stay at home instead!  Roll Eyes

OMG!  OMG!  OMG!   Grin Grin Grin Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  I'm going to let the awesomeness of this item stand on its own.

A detail shot showing the bead/ladybug zipper pull that cabaute added.  I love little things like that!  It shows that the person who made it was really putting their all into the craft, I think.

The tissue paper that was in the bag, which I will re-use, since it's so adorable!

THIS IS MY "STOCKING"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I asked in my questionnaire if whoever got me as a partner could make me some other item to hold things, since I've been in many of these stocking swaps and already have enough stockings.  Well, this basket is so big, I could fit one of my preschool students into it!

cabaute is one talented, thoughtful, and generous partner.  This swap package made me shout, tremble, and tear up.  

THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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7  Rainbow mandala! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 18, 2014 01:35:48 PM


I made this for someone who is very spiritual and I know likes mandalas.  This person has helped our family-especially our girls-a lot, so I attached items which represent things about us/our friend.  I also sewed on rainbow beads around the edges.  I'm not sure how you would display a piece like this, so I'm leaving it up to the recipient.  Wink
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8  Ruffle scarf & stash! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 17, 2014 12:28:05 PM


I haven't felt well lately, so I've been spending a lot of time resting in bed, looking at Craftster on DH's ipad.  I'm running out of things to read, so I went on the crochet board here and saw a post that fantasticmio did about ruffle scarves.  I tried to print out her directions, but I couldn't make it work.   Cry  But she got me inspired, so I did an internet search for directions and found some.  The red scarf is the result!  Cheesy  My first ruffle scarf (made for a friend/co-worker for the holidays).  My next one will be purple for my bff.  Roll Eyes

BTW...look at all the skeins I purchased over the summer!  The new Joann's near me keeps a lot of their clearance items in shopping carts near the entrance/check-out areas.  When I saw that the skeins were only NINETY SEVEN CENTS each, how could I resist??!!   Grin  I'm so glad I was able to figure out how to make them...what would I have done with all that yarn otherwise??!! Wink
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9  Infinity scarf with Turkish yarn! in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 11, 2014 06:49:31 PM


My friend/co-worker brought me back orange yarn with little fluffy, colorful tufts of color in it from her trip to Turkey this past summer.  (She also brought me back some white eyelash yarn but I thought that was just a bit too much with the business of the orange yarn.  Wink)  She's been asking me what I'm going to make with it, and I figured from the beginning I'd make a scarf...the skeins were not that big (she brought me back two).  But then I looked in my yarn stash and found a ball of plain white yarn, thought of an infinity scarf a co-worker was wearing on Monday, and thought that would be what I would make.

It made my hand ache to crochet with the yarn b/c it was thick, and because I had to work around the fluffy tufts  Roll Eyes, but I really like how it came out.  I am going to wear it to work on Thursday.  I think my friend will be pleased with what I did with it. 
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10  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 08, 2014 03:59:39 PM


I GOT MY PACKAGE TODAY!   Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Wheeeeee!  Roll Eyes  I am home with my DD and I was SO hoping I would receive it today!  The above is a photo of what the wrapped gifts look like (before I hide them from myself  Wink)

*sings softly to myself*  Small paper packages, tied up in strings, these are a few of my favorite things....

HERE IS WHAT I RECEIVED FROM MY PARTNER (rockmygypsysoul) FOR DAY ONE:


I am really playing on my "Queen Bee" status  Grin and adore this mug!  I have used it already!  And I love the colors she used too!  Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HERE IS WHAT I RECEIVED FROM MY PARTNER FOR DAY TWO:

I have already hung it up on the wall going up into my craft room and put a photo of me any my son in it!  It's so great and colorful!

HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAYS THREE AND FOUR:



The items for day three are three little felt envelopes with little felt "papers" inside.  I love these b/c they are durable and reusable for my students when we learn about the post office.
The item for day number four made me go  Shocked!  I LOVE anything that is jewelry and is silver and about my children, and this item fit all three criteria!   Grin
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAY FIVE:

A box full of beads all the colors of the rainbow, memory wire, and jewelry "pliers" (I don't know what they are called.).  I love it!  I have always wanted to learn more about jewelry making, and I do really like the wraparound bracelets.  I can't wait till I have time to sit and make one!
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAY SIX FROM MY PARTNER:

rockmygypsysoul made this great painted on wood sign for me from one of my favorite "classroom" quotes on pinterest!  I can't wait till Monday to hang it in my classroom!  (All the other teachers are jealous of all the Craftster items I have.  Wink)
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAY SEVEN:

Ok, would it be cheesy to tell everyone that I used some white cotton fabric that I had in my stash, and a fabric stamp pad to make FABULOUS LABELS USING THESE FABULOUS NEW STAMPS??!!!  Including my coveted QUEEN BEE stamp?Huh??  And YARN stamps???  And even a butterfly stamp that can be used for my DD's Bat Mitzvah???!!!!  I AM SOOOOO HAPPY!
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAY EIGHT:

This gift is so awesome that I had to post TWO photos of it!  I am SO proud of my tattoos, but no one can see them unless it's the middle of summer (my back and ankles are covered with tattoos)...I'm indeed chubby Wink, and some would say I'm awesome too!  Roll Eyes  I can't wait to wear this shirt!!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAYS 9 & 10:


rockmygypsysoul created four beautiful works of art for me!  I want to wait till after Xmas when I have more money, to find some nice frames to put these in and find a special place to hang them.  They are so summery and they make me smile!
She also made me an AWESOME and COLORFUL wreath for my classroom in a rainbow of fabric colors, with a painted sign that says: Miss Barbara's Class.  I opened the gift this morning and brought the wreath to school and hung it up right away.  One of my students notices right away if something is different in the classroom, so she noticed it and she gives it two thumbs up! Grin
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FOR DAY 11:

A painted triptych!   Shocked  I love love love it!  I already laid out how I want DH to put it up on the wall in our livingroom....the way it's painted, it looks like a love story about us.  Just one bird in the small painting, then two birds who look like they're getting to know each other in the medium painting, and then two birds sitting "beak to beak"!  And it has cherry tree limbs in the painting-I love cherry tree blossoms!  THANK YOU  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
HERE'S WHAT I RECEIVED FROM MY PARTNER FOR DAY 12:

It is a beautiful rainbow beaded mobile!  I've already added some rainbow ribbon to the top, and it's now hanging in the corner of my bedroom!  It's beautiful!
(I'm sorry I switched up the postings for days 11 & 12.)
HERE ARE THE EXTRAS I RECEIVED FROM MY PARTNER:

and

A really nifty melty bead(?) shape of Texas!  I like the colors!  And a rainbow swirl pendant!  It's been so busy here I haven't had a chance to breathe but when things calm down, I'm going to find an outfit I can wear it with.  It's so cool!

Thank you, rockmygypsysoul, for the WONDERFUL gifts!  I can tell that you put a lot of thought and effort into each of them.  I am sorry that many of yours went missing, but I do hope you enjoy what did make it to you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!
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