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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mushroom jar! on: May 21, 2015 03:26:44 PM

I don't know, mushrooms both creep me out and fascinate me!  I am more drawn to 'fairy type' mushrooms, and this is what this item is modeled after.

It's a glass jar with a brownish colored yarn crocheted cozy around it, with the lid painted and then covered with clear nail polish so the paint won't chip off.

I thought it was a pretty clever idea...I've never seen one that had the crocheted cozy "stem".

What do you think?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Patriotic Fabric Strips Wreath! on: May 19, 2015 05:09:19 PM

This is a small patriotic wreath I made!  I used the lid of a Haagen Dacz container (took out the middle), cut red/white/blue star fabric into strips and tied them around the lid.  Lastly, I tied a silver ribbon on it for hanging!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lime Green Summer Scarf! on: May 18, 2015 05:03:49 PM

This is a lime green summer scarf made using the shell stitch in crochet.  I used yarn given to me from smileyogini in the MYB swap (the lime green yarn) and the variegated yarn was $1 from one of the bins at a craft store.

I picture it as being the perfect accessory with a beautiful summer dress on a cool summer night at a party!  Cheesy
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / KEEP ME WARM SWAP GALLERY! on: February 04, 2015 05:54:19 PM
LadybugsAndBumblebees---nostephot  BOTH RECEIVED
brandyk--->sent to yofi on 2/5/15  BOTH RECEIVED
Daphadilly Art--->sent to mama24boyz on 2/7/15
yofi---->sent to brandyk BOTH RECEIVED
mama24boyz--->sent to Daphadilly Art on 2/18/15

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm SO PROUD! Jewelry people will actually wear! :) 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.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Keep Me Warm swap-Rd 4 (SU Dec 28-Jan 10; SO Feb 7/15) on: December 28, 2014 10:00:58 AM
Swap name:
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LadybugsAndBumblebees
Co-organizer: Will recruit one if needed
Sign-up date range: December 28, 2014-January 10, 2015
Date to send item by:  February 7, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work:

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into the theme of "Keep Me Warm".  The wonderful brandyk is organizing the "Fill a Coffee Mug" swap at this time, so I am not going to make sending a hot drink/accessory/hot food (such as soup), a component of the swap this round-unless the partners agree that this is something they would like to swap.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

This swap will be for one MEDIUM and two SMALLS. (If you would like to send more, please discuss it with your partner first.)

By points:
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By time:
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By size:
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By price:
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to LadybugsAndBumblebees!

Questionnaire to answer:

Name of swap: Keep Me Warm Swap
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?:
I understand that a tracking number or a copy of receipt is required for this swap:(YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to profile, blog, pinterest, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:

Anything else you would like to tell your partner?


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

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: November 26, 2014 06:55:20 AM
I often make handmade items for myself or as gifts for friends. When people see these items-most often co-workers and friends-they will want me to make one for one of THEIR friends, to give as a gift (i.e.-I just learned how to make ruffle scarves and wore one to work.  My co-worker asked me to make her friend, another co-worker, one for her to give as an Xmas gift.)

Do I charge my friends or co-workers for these items?  DH says no, but I feel that if I'm not choosing to gift it to you, then you should have to pay for it.

What do you think?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow mandala! 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
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ruffle scarf & stash! 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
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Infinity scarf with Turkish yarn! 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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