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1  Re: Make me a purse and wallet swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 09, 2014 09:33:03 AM

This is a photo of the box that my items came in.  I just had to take it b/c I almost never get packages from outside the US, and this one was so obviously Canadian!  Grin

This is a photo of the box (inside the outer wrapping) that my items came in.  I had to take a photo of this too b/c it made me giggle...not only is it cute, but my partner in this swap listed Hello Kitty as one of her themes...if I had gotten my package sooner, I could have sent her items from me in this box.   Wink

THIS IS MY PURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Shocked Grin  I always ask for purses on the larger side b/c I never travel light.   Cheesy  This is amazing!  So beautiful, I'm almost afraid to use it!

THIS IS MY WALLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Grin Grin  It is such a piece of art!  I literally yelped when I opened the package and saw this!  And if you open the zipper in the back of it, the lining is green...just like the different shades of color the ocean can be!
...and a photo of the inside of the epic wallet!

She also sent two packages of CHOCOLATE COVERED SMARTIES, a KIT KAT BAR WITH FRENCH WRITING ON IT, and an AERO CHOCOLATE BAR!  I've never seen choc. covered smarties in the US, the kit kat bar with the French writing made me giggle (DS took French in high school all four years and still doesn't have a clue how to say anything... Roll Eyes), and the aero bar went to DH. 

Thank you so much, dfabbric, for an amazing package and twistedbeader, for organizing this swap!
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2  Frugal Living swap-round 6: Dance on Down to Frugal Town! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 05, 2014 02:32:09 PM

Please post your frugal goodies here!

sent & received
late with communication


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3  Re: July 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 24, 2014 10:02:21 AM

I also received from brandy today!  These photos are of the generous package she sent me!  She had claimed me for four pouches, but also sent four travel tissue holders (I already know who I'm giving three of them to!), and a re-usuable snack bag (ladybug fabric)!

The size and craftsmanship on these are amazing, and I turned one of the pouches around so you could see the bottom.  I don't know the name for it, but it's made so the pouch will sit flat.

I also posted a photo of the wrapping she used...so pretty, and I will re-use it!

I'm going to use these to put soap, soap savers, and a washcloth that I crochet in there for holiday gifts-these are perfect!  Thank you!

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4  Re: July 2014 Ongoing Pinterest Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 24, 2014 09:56:51 AM

This is a photo of the AWESOME water bottle holders that rscowtown created for me and my two DDs!  I am sooooo pleased with how they came out and especially that she made one for me as well!  Grin

The fabric choices are great...the inside fabric is different from the outside...of course I am partial to the orange one.   Wink

(Modeled by our preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'waterbottles...sorry') I was out of designer water, rscowtown!  Wink Grin)
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5  My Son's Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 23, 2014 06:51:34 AM

This is a blanket that took me roughly two months to make.  It is for my son to celebrate his getting his own apartment.  I didn't mean to make it this big, but it is, and boy is it HEAVY!  I have to figure out how to get it to him, and he doesn't live close by and I would have to put it in a garbage bag to transport it!  Roll Eyes
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6  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 23, 2014 05:42:32 AM

I'm so proud I can finally post photos of what I made!!!!!!!!! Grin

The first photo is of a blanket made from the pattern:  'All Squared Away', created by fantasticmio.  I am THRILLED with how it came out!  I will be donating this blanket to my Temple's Chinese Auction in November. It used up a TON of yarn from my stash!  Wink

The group of second items are crocheted pocketbooks that I am making for my students (the girl ones at least  Smiley) for Xmas.  They work up pretty quick, and again, are helping me to destash.

I also sent out a pretty big box of stash yarn and fabric to my partner in the 'Under the Sea' swap, but I didn't get a photo of that.   Roll Eyes
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7  FRUGAL LIVING SWAP-Round 6: Dance on Down To Frugal Town! (SU7/19-8/1,SO 9/8) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 19, 2014 09:47:54 AM
It's time for another round of the 'Frugal Living' swap!
(*Special thanks to kaz814 for allowing me to organize this round...signup info. borrowed from round 5.*)

Swap name: Frugal Living Swap Round 6: Dance On Down To Frugal Town!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'LadybugsAndBumblebees')
Co-organizer: Will recruit one if needed
Sign-up date range: July 19, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Partner info. sent on:  August 2, 2014
Date to send item by: September 8, 2014
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you save 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!  *There is a list of suggestions two posts down, to give you some ideas.*

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)

Crafting Requirements:

The crafting requirements for this swap is ONE MEDIUM AND ONE SMALL.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner!  Remember, this is all about frugality so do not feel obligated or pressured into sending more than the requirements.  If your partner mentions spoiling and you can't or won't, be honest!  We're all here to get a handle on saving and becoming more financially in charge of our futures, so no one is going to look down their nose at you if you don't want to or can't send more than the requirements.  Really.  Pinky promise!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price (though really, USE YOUR STASH!!!  The entire package should be less than a small!)
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient. If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!

If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer:  preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'LadybugsAndBumblebees')

Please fill out the questionnaire thoroughly!  If you're unsure of what you'd like to receive, check out the list below (two posts down).  It's hard to pair partners when I don't know what sorts of things you'd like to receive or what crafts you do!  Thank you so much!!!!

Name of swap: Frugal Living Swap-Round 6
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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What type of craft are you most comfortable doing (i.e.-sewn, knitted/crocheted, clay, etc...)?
What type of craft medium would you like to receive (i.e.-sewn, knitted/crocheted, clay, etc...)?
What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get?
What crafts would you be willing to make?
What crafts would not like to make?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)


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

Past Galleries for further inspiration:
Frugal Living 1 Gallery
Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery
Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Holiday
Frugal Living 4: Frugal is the New Black

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390975.0#ixzz37w01Z8Un
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8  Re: Crockpot Recipes and Tips in Recipes and Cooking Tips by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 10, 2014 03:04:48 PM
Ok, disregard the sesame chicken recipe that I posted, b/c I found a BBQ chicken recipe on Food.com (awesome site for crockpot recipes, BTW) that will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!

This was soooo good that I could only get a photo of it in the crock pot b/c the house smelled so amazing that we couldn't wait to eat it!  Here goes:

1-2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 18 ounce jar of BBQ sauce (All the reviews for this recipe on the site recommended 'Sweet Baby Ray's' BBQ sauce, that is what I used, and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
1 medium onion, sliced
4-6 hamburger buns

1.  Put the chicken in the crock pot
2.  Place the onion slices on top of the chicken
3.  Pour the BBQ sauce on top to cover the chicken
4.  Cook on high for four hours
5.  Shred the chicken
6.  Put it on the buns and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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9  Frugal Living Swap-round 6, anyone? in New Swap Theme Ideas by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 10, 2014 05:53:16 AM
There was some interest in this under "make me a recycled bag" topic.  I got permission to organize this round of the Frugal Living swap.

I was thinking of having signups from July 20th to August 1st.  Partners out on August 2nd.  Crafting time of four weeks from August 3 to Sept. 7th with sendouts on September 8th.

Anybody in?

If so, any ideas for a catchy title like in the other rounds?

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10  Re: Crockpot Recipes and Tips in Recipes and Cooking Tips by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 07, 2014 04:56:05 PM

Your friendly neighborhood crock pot convert is here again with yet ANOTHER good crock pot recipe to share!   Grin Roll Eyes  In my house, we rate the meals I cook on a scale of 1-10 (1 being terrible, 10 being awesome), since I'm still learning and want to know how I did.  This meal earned a solid 7 1/2 all around.  I think it would've tasted better if I understood how to add spices, etc... to improve it.  Also, DH thought the sauce tasted like BBQ sauce (it had many of the same ingredients, I can see why he said that).  Anyhow, here goes:


1 1/2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion (I chopped up half of a small onion.)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (I used fresh garlic from the jar.)
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water
sesame seeds

1)  Put chicken into the crock pot.
2)  Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic.  Pour over the chicken.
3)  Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours, or just until the chicken is cooked through.
4)  Remove the chicken from the crock pot, leave sauce.
5)  Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in three tablespoons of water and pour into the crock pot.  Stir to combine with sauce.  Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten minutes or until slightly thickened.
6)  Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to the crock pot.  You can leave the chicken in it and simmer on low or you can serve.
7)  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

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