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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 30, 2015 04:57:23 PM


I received from Homerof2 today!  I had such a crappy and busy end of the day that all I could do was drive past my house on the way to pick up my girls and notice I had a nice big package on the bench on the porch of my house!

I couldn't wait to get home and open it!

The first photo is of the front.  Just beautiful!

The second photo is of the cute little heart and Canadian flag that she so thoughtfully added to the back of the wall hanging!

I'm thinking I'm going to hang it on the back of my front door... the reddish color matches our front door almost perfectly, and it will be something nice to see going down the stairs to the door!

Thank you so much, Homerof2!
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5  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 12, 2015 06:13:22 PM
I received a nifty set of large cards and envelopes, a nifty set of small cards and envelopes, and some ladybug buttons from lindyv321 yesterday!

Here's the loot!  Cheesy


The large set of cards were tied with flowery ribbon that had a sticky back.  I noticed today that my classroom door needs some decorating, so I'm going to find a place to use that cute little bit of ribbon!

Also, lindy, I'm curious, are the cutouts used on the cards made from a machine?  If so, what one?  They are so beautiful!

Thank you!
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6  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 09, 2015 04:54:33 PM
I FINALLY received kbrison's claim for me!  It was due here on the fifth, but it wanted to take the slow way round, which was fine, because----IT WAS SOOOOO WORTH IT!   Shocked

Here are the photos:  (Geez...my avatar is upside down, my photos are always upside down...I'm so sorry, kbrison.)



The first photo shows a set of lowercase alphabet letters for the feltboard at school, a package of the cutest FAT  Grin ladybug stickers, and a ton of leaf and ladybug magnets.

The second photo shows the outside of the EPIC wallet kbrison made me!  It is so cool, it should have a different name other than just 'wallet'.   Wink  Can you tell I'm impressed?Huh  And check out the nifty fabric!  Wink  And check out the beautiful card she MADE me!

The third photo shows the inside of the wallet...zippered areas, card areas, and a PEN AND PENCIL HOLDER!!!!!  This is such a helpful addition to the wallet!  I am FOREVER forgetting things and writing them down.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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.  

THANK YOU SO MUCH THANK YOU SO MUCH THANK YOU SO MUCH
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