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1  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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2  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!

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3  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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4  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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5  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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6  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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7  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....


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!


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

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!

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)

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!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

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.)


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.

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8  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle 13 (FOCR13) in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 29, 2014 05:07:12 PM

(I am so sorry for the crooked photo!  Tongue)

I received from the very talented anna.washinn!  I received the beautiful, intricate, brilliantly made necklace!  She sent with it a lovely, large postcard which I am going to hang in my craft room.

It was such a tease, I got the notice in my mailbox last night after work-and after the PO was closed-that I had a package to pick up the next day.  I recognized the sender's name on the notice and it was SO HARD TO WAIT TILL after work today to pick it up!

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9  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Round 13 FOCR13 (Sign ups Sept13-Oct 17) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 12, 2014 09:42:13 AM

Here's a photo of what's going in the other pocket of the scoodie...this pretty mug I purchased!

A2K, I love what you are putting in for the raffle!  I KNEW it would be great!
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10  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 12, 2014 09:40:08 AM

This is a belated photo of what the superbly talented THE RAGING SLOTH sent me for a personal swap that I requested with her.

I saw the sea turtle stuffie she made for gotgrey in the 'Under The Sea' swap and my eyes bugged out of my head!  Shocked<------(like that  Wink)  I HAD to have one!  Luckily, The Raging Sloth agreed to a personal swap and I am so happy she did.

The fabrics, colors, and stitches she used on the turtle are amazing...I never tire of looking at him.  BTW, his name is Milo.  Cheesy  She was also kind enough to send stickers for my DDs, a sea turtle magnet, and sea turtle charms!

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