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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2015 in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 05, 2015 10:15:17 AM
nosetphot was my partner in the 'Keep Me Warm' swap.  She had asked for items to wear during the Mardi Gras.  I, in return, was VERY intrigued about the Mardi Gras.  As a child, I had a favorite book that was set in New Orleans, and as an adult, I want to visit all 50 states, and Louisana is one of the first I want to visit!

So we made an agreement that I would craft her a TON of items for the swap, and that she would craft me the minimum (which she didn't...take a look at the swap gallery...I LOVE my stuff!) and then send me some goodies from the Mardi Gras afterwards.

We're all home today from work and school b/c we are having a snowstorm.  DD goes downstairs to get the mail and comes up with the package, and says:  "I'm sorry, but I think something broke."  I shook the box gently, and it did sound like there was something broken, but then I looked at the address and said:  "I think this is my Mardi Gras stuff."

(Luckily, I was already in the midst of wrapping items for two swaps I'm in, so I had scissors ready to open the box.)

Keep in mind that she sent so many items that I had to take four separate photos across my livingroom couch and then three across the livingroom table.  Here goes:

Some highlights:

-I love the doubloons! 
-A Mardi Gras necklace modeled after the ones made in Czechoslovakia in the 1920's and 30's with glass beads.
-A card that has on the front where the battle of New Orleans was fought...and she took the photo!
-A Nyx purse from Float #17 that you post on your facebook page so they can see where their creations go.  (We don't use facebook in our house, but my son does, so I will send him a photo of it that he can post for me.)  (I don't know if nostephot remembers this or not...but orange is my favorite color and I love pocketbooks!)

She went WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND anything she had to send me...this was a package that made me cry. 

THANK YOU SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 28, 2015 07:40:34 AM
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3  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 Gallery (SO 2/23/2015) in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 23, 2015 01:03:04 PM
I received today from smileyogini!  Grin  It was funny too...I went outside to check to see if the mailman had come yet, to see FIVE boxes for me and the mailman walking away.  I yelled out to him:  "Sorry about that!" and gestured with my hand towards all the boxes...he was a good sport.  Grin  Anyhow, onto the package for THIS swap:

This is the skeins of yarn for the pattern she chose for me, the pattern itself, and some AWESOME sea turtle notecards.  And of course, the MYB itself!  (Sorry for the upside down photo...oy.)

Here is what was in the MYB:

-a pin that says:  'Yes, I'm a real live crocheter.  No, you can't touch me.'  (that made me LOL)
-a butterfly light up thingy that my DD will love (her Bat Mitzvah theme in June is butterflies)
-a tin of Altoids (these will be going to DS, he loves them and we have a mint joke going on)
-a size J metal crochet hook with a clay handle (I've always wanted one of these!)
-a clay sea turtle!!!!!!  Shocked  As soon as he rolled out of the ball, I determined his name was Ted.  Don't ask me why. 
-a small pink wooden box with a cute sea turtle painted on it (adorable)
-a small kit with rhinestones to decorate fingernails with (this will be going to my VERY girly younger DD)
-a reversible bumblebee/polka dot headband
-stitch markers
-row counter thingy
-a bumblebee themed pouch
-a clasp for a change purse (to go with the green yarn she said, to make a frog purse)  (don't worry, if you can't send me the pattern, my BFF LOVES that shade of green yarn, and I can use it for her)
-a white tote with sea turtles painted (?) on both sides (I just love totes!)
-a small roll of rainbow colored duck tape
-a package of travel tissues in a Hello Kitty theme
-a package of the smallest ladybug buttons I have ever seen!  Cool
-a skein of yarn in one of my favorite color combos:  pink/crme/tan
-a few skeins(?) of orange DMC floss
-a big green clay button (this will be used in a project for the aforementioned BFF)
-a tube of gold glitter
-two beautiful, abstract in nature, beaded pendants (I have the same findings you used to make them, and that is a brilliant use for them!  If you don't mind, I'm going to copy your idea at some point.)
-a FABULOUS bee themed with beads pocketbook-oy...I can't think of the word...you attach it to your pocketbook to add some spice to it b/c it's so cute...anyhow, it IS fabulous!

I hope I haven't left anything out, and thank you for the wonderful package, and thank you for organizing this swap!
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4  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 23, 2015 12:50:45 PM
kbrison, your package is now wrapped up and ready to go too!   Grin  (Will probably go out on Thursday when I get paid, along with Brianna B03's.)

I received my birthday package from BriannaB03 today!  Here it is:

(Errgh... another upside down photo...I'm sorry...)

Anyhow, what is in the photo is the envelope she sent the items in...she decorated it with a drawn on orange ribbon, a ladybug  Grin, words saying 'Happy Birthday'....it was nifty!  On top of the envelope is some of the birthday wrapping paper she used to wrap the gifts with (and it covered my address too).

She sent me a beautiful pink and grey infinity scarf!  I love it and will be wearing it this week!

She also sent me FOUR EXQUISITE stitchmarkers.....two with ladybug beads and two without.  

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5  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 23, 2015 12:39:16 PM

(Oy, upside down photo again, sorry...)

This is the great package I received from vixen72!

As you can see, there are two minions from the movie 'Despicable Me', two Minecraft cakes (You should try playing the game, vixen, it IS a lot of fun!  Cheesy), and a reeealllllyyyy long crocheted infinity scarf--so long it goes around my neck three times!   Cheesy  (I love the yarn you chose to make it with...I actually liked it so much that I made myself a scarf from it a long time ago, but not an infinity scarf.)  It's so soft and of course the colors are spot on!  Cheesy

Just an FYI for you, vixen, your package came to me open at the end where you are supposed to stick it together.  Maybe the weather weakened the stickiness?  Either way, you might want to tape the ends of your packages from now on.

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6  Re: KEEP ME WARM SWAP GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 10, 2015 03:21:31 PM
Heh-heh!  Aren't those surprise blankets you receive in a swap the best, yofi?  You'll see why I'm laughing in a minute, b/c here's a photo of the package I received from nostephot:

THAT'S MY BLANKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO soft!  It's OOOORRRANNNGGEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  On the back is imprints of reptiles?amphibians? Either way, I love those things as well...I've had two big frogs in the past, I now have one small aquatic frog, and I have three hermit crabs.  Anyhoo...so the back of the blanket is awesome and the front has FRIGGIN SEA TURTLES IN BATIK FABRIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I did indeed squee when I opened up the blanket!  (I have a similar one on the back of the couch that I received from Xmas from one of my students, but it is not nearly as nice as this new one. I've already told the family that they are to use THAT blanket and that I will use MY new one!  And, I have a stuffed/sewn sea turtle that I swapped with someone for over the summer that I keep on top of the blanket on the back of the couch, so it is perfect!)

I also received a soft purple slouchy hat, and a really nice multicolored infinity scarf which I like so much I am going to wear tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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7  Re: Box of Color Round Two in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 10, 2015 03:00:52 PM

Let's discuss the epic orangeness that is my swap package, shall we?  Grin

Here goes:

-A terrifically patterned, very orange pocketbook with LOTS and LOTS of pockets and a strap that ties at the top so you can make it any length you want!  (Great idea!)
-VERY orange stitch markers!
-Orange and white cotton yarn (always needed)
-A package of flower shaped orange buttons (I love buttons!)
-TWO spools of orange ribbon (Now needed more than ever, since my DDs got a sewing machine for Xmas...they are taking over my supplies as well!  Roll Eyes)
-A LONG (thanks) silver chain with TWO pendants!  One is a small silver washer wrapped with silver wire and different hues of orange beads (I love this idea too!), and the other one is an orange marble pendant (I love marbles too!)...Whistley must have tiny fingers and VERY good eyesight, as the swirls she added to the tops of the pendants are so SMALL and PERFECT!
-An orange pen
-Orange stamps which I will be bringing to school tomorrow to use with my students
-A picture frame pincushion made with ORANGE fabric
-An orange tape measure which I need to measure something for the 'Geezer' swap!  Cheesy
-A knot bag, which I have seen around before, but never had one and NOW I DOOOOOOOOOO!
-And finally, an AWESOME FAMILY STAMP that represents me and my DH and my two DDs and one DS....DH is a big bee, I am a big ladybug, the two girls are small ladybugs, and my son is a bee!  I LOVE how she interpreted my idea of a family stamp!  

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8  Re: Fill a "Coffee" Mug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 04, 2015 05:40:48 PM

(Oy.  Nothing is going right today except receiving this swap package.  I hope one of the mods sees that these photos are upside down and fixes them.  Thanks in advance, mods!)

Anyhoo....the first upside down photo is of TWO AWESOME knitted mugrugs!  One says:  "Keep Calm And Carry Yarn" and the other says:  "Ohana=Family"!  Two of my favorite sayings and I am AMAZED that she can knit WORDS!!!!!! Shocked Grin Kiss I love them!  There's also two soft dish/wash cloths and a nifty little chocolate almond bar that I'm going to surprise hubby with when he comes home from his work trip tomorrow.

The second upside down photo is of a beautiful turquoise (BIG) mug for me, and a funny travel cup for my son.  Yes, my son will LOVE it, b/c he has a very weird sense of style and humor.  Roll Eyes  There's also a box of RED VELVET TEA, which I never even knew existed and I can't wait to taste!  There is also a teacup pincushion, which I have passed on to my DDs, since they are learning to sew and are trying to make off with all my supplies!

Thank you again!
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9  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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10  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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