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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! on: December 14, 2014 12:10:18 PM
The little knit bag is a soap-saver, to be used just as you did.  I hate to waste anything, so I am always looking for ways to re-use things.  I have a soap saver that I made for myself, and I've had it for years now.

I hope you like the bag...I had fun going to Joann's and trying to find some sort of fabric that looked like water or had a water theme-to go with what was in the contents of the bag.  I was happy with what I found!

Oh, and cabaute, DH was drying the dishes the other day with a ratty old dishtowel I had, while the new one you made me was on the oven door right next to him.  I showed him that it was there, and asked why he didn't use that one instead.  His reply:  "It's too pretty to use!"  (Believe me, high praise from my DH!  Roll Eyes)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Box of Color Round 2? on: December 11, 2014 06:47:02 PM
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! 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!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Maaaaagic Yarn (Not really.. It's just beautiful, though) on: December 09, 2014 06:12:25 PM
I am making a crocheted "quilt" for DH and I.  The top layer is crocheted squares; made from special yarn (most of it is homespun).  The bottom layer will be cloth, and it think it will be a "tied" quilt.

So I would use the yarn for that...that is some special yarn!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Box of Color Round 2? on: December 09, 2014 06:06:30 PM
I would love to have signups begin around Xmas or immediately after, so that we could get partners soon after the new year.  But I have been waiting for this one as well, so I would go with whatever the consensus is.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / It's going to be a sudsy holiday! 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!

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOVEMBER 2014 - Gallery on: December 09, 2014 02:16:51 PM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!  Shocked Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery on: December 08, 2014 05:19:26 PM
The rememberance (sp?)plaque for your baby was an extra, I think.  But thank you for reminding me of it.  The poem on there was from a card I received when my beloved Grandma passed.  I still have the card taped to my bedroom mirror.  It reminds me of my Grandma, and also b/c I tell my children that before they were born, they were "stars in the sky".

If you look on the big star that is on the side of the plaque, you'll see that there is literally dozens of star shaped stickers on it...all the "stars in the sky"....
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery on: December 08, 2014 04:08:35 PM
Unfortunately, I did not take photos of rockmygypsysoul's swap package, and I guess that's just as well.  It would make me even angrier that items I put a great deal of time/money into are gone b/c of the PO.  I really worked hard on this swap, and I'm pretty upset about this.  I keep a swap notebook, so here is a list of what I sent, even if it didn't make it.  I'm sorry.

Here goes:

DAY 1:  A crocheted green wreath, with a rainbow of button colors on it, with a focal button that said "Imagine" to represent rockmygypsysoul's artistic side.
DAY 2:  Another crocheted green wreath, this time with school themed buttons on it to represent her husband, who is a teacher.
DAY 3:  A third crocheted green wreath, this one with paw-print  and bone buttons, and a paw print ribbon to hang it from, to represent her fur babies.
DAY 4:  A chocolate toffee candy bar from Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC.
DAY 5:  Two packs of mint hot cocoa mix
DAY 6:  A pad and pen set
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '______________________________________________________________________________________')
DAY 7:  A painted, heart-shaped, wood plaque (burgundy and hunter green) with a picture of her and DH from their wedding day mod-podged on it. 
DAY 8:  The same thing, but on a rectangle shaped wood plaque, of one of her dogs
DAY 9:  The same thing as above (All the photos were placed on top of scrapbooking paper on the wood...it really looked nice, I thought)
DAY 10:  rockmygypsysoul wanted a set of cards she could use to give to the males in her life (i.e.-DH, uncles, etc...).  I used a marbling technique on the cards that came out great, but my efforts at stamping them were terrible.  (I sent them anyway; hoping that one of the extras could make up for it.)
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '_______________________________________________________________________________________')
DAY 11:  A long table runner, crocheted out of cotton yarn in blue, turquoise, white, and a variegated yarn, with silver beads sewn across both ends.
DAY 12:  A black/blue/white crocheted lap blanket
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '________________________________________________________________________________________')
EXTRAS:  A moose & tree themed tablecloth, 4 moose themed placemats, 'Santa' themed travel tissues, "Home is where the heart is" themed pad, emery boards, pen, three small rolls of ribbon, and 2 candy cane pens.
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '________________________________________________________________________________________')
*The dog themed crafts were wrapped in paw-print themed wrapping paper.
*The gifts were labeled with hand stamped paper tags.

Was the box left out in the rain or near an animal that chewed it or something?  I guess I would feel better if I knew there was a "reason" this happened, as opposed to a PO worker's carelessness....

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bow Infinity Scarf on: December 08, 2014 03:42:16 PM
That's so cute!  Great job, and thanks for posting the pattern!
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