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1  Re: Once You Pop Swap - Summer 2014 GALLERY!!! in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: June 16, 2014 07:39:49 PM
Oh, my, guys... this is epic.  Seriously... EPIC.  Pollyprissypants stalked me like a crazy person, and I am so happy she did!  Photos of the can of amazingness:  

Seriously, how cute is this can!  It's a little palm tree with felty leaves and yarny coconuts!  Adorable.  

Soap!  I love handmade soap.  Like, I have a little bit of a problem and spend WAY too much money on homemade soap, so I was super excited about this.  

Seed bombs.  I've been wanting some of these for forever.  I am torn as to whether I should spread the seedy love and "bomb" my neighborhood or whether I should just bomb the yard at my condo... I fear the "groundskeeper" will just mow over anything that grows, so I'm gonna have to mull this one over.  I may sneak them into community gardens around the city.  

Citrus coasters.  Aren't they adorable!  I kind of don't want to sully them with glass sweat.  There is a distinct possibility that they will be made into a summer garland to hang over the window in my sun room.  Yep.  

And the awesome picnic/beach blanket made from bandanas.  The pink sections are pockets that I can shove things into in order to "weight" the blanket so it won't fly away!  Brilliant!  

Thank you so much, pollyprissypants!  Everything is amazing, and you have mad stalking skills, girl!  
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2  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: February 26, 2014 09:20:43 AM
I received my sunshine from belladune last night, but the pictures I took were crap due to the lack of natural light, so I waited until this morning to post pictures after having some actual sunshine show up to help exhibit the awesomeness of the sunny box goodness. 

Here is a picture of *almost* everything (one thing is too awesome and amazing to be shown in any way other than on it's own!): 

Some of the loveliness in this photo includes some delicious tea (which I broke into last night... lemon ginger, yum!), that awesome saki cup, which I haven't decided if I want to transition to my teacup stash immediately, or use as a container for a candle first, the ribbon... which is particularly apt, because I was planning on buying some random yellow ribbons to make a sun pillow for my son to go with the cloud that I just made him, the pretty beads, some adorable little crochet motifs which will likely end up on a tote bag, the homemade pincushion in the little flowered jar, and coasters... I'm constantly losing coasters because my baby takes them, so they are always useful. 

Now, some closeups of my favorites: 

These are some pretty little affirmations, which I will find a super secret place for, so I can pull them out to remind myself of my own awesomeness on those really rough days. 

Absolutely gorgeous necklace... yes, I did in fact plan my outfit around this necklace today, thank you.  It's yarn wrapped washers and some wire wrapping.  Totally organic, but still edgy.  Very much my style, and the yellow and grey combo is one of my favorites. 

And finally.... the piece de resistance: 

Handspun yarn!  EEEEEEE!  I'm always asking for handspun yarn, but never receiving it, so I was totally excited when she offered and have been squirming to receive since.  I would have been totally happy to just receive this, but the rest of the package put it over the top.  I can't wait to dig into this with some needles.  Whatever I make (I'm leaning toward a loosely knit, open work scarf) will be for me and me alone.  I'm going to be a selfish little knitter and no one can tell me otherwise.  I love it so much.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, belladune.  I am humbled and happy, and filled with sunny joy. 
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3  Re: Valentine Hearts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: February 03, 2014 01:20:29 PM
I have received my awesome hearts from crescentfresh!  So fun, so different, and so lovely.  Here are some pictures to drool over: 

This one is stuffed and covered in pretty lace, gold, and mesh: 

These are Fimo, I believe, and so pretty.  The spikey one had a bit of damage in the post, but not too bad, and it's still pretty. 

And this one is pin weaving and her first time ever doing this style.  Isn't it pretty!?  I think I'm going to frame it in a bigger shadow box frame with black background.  It's probably my favorite.  Smiley

Thanks, again, crescentfresh!
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4  Re: Secret Santa 2013 Swap Gallery--Opening Weekend this weekend! in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: December 10, 2013 12:29:44 PM
I just have to share what I did with the awesome Granny Trees.  I crocheted a big string to make them into a bunting! 


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5  Re: Secret Santa 2013 Swap Gallery--Opening Weekend this weekend! in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: December 09, 2013 07:43:40 AM
I crafted for artista83.  She is having some broken computer issues, so I told her I would let everyone know she got her box, and enjoyed all her goodies, especially the fingerless gloves I knitted for her.  Here is a quick picture of all the crafted items I sent.  

My lighting was terrible as it was raining the day I packaged and sent.  But you can see that I made her some olive green fingerless gloves-- I think that was her biggest "want" from her list, and luckily, they're my favorite thing to craft.  They are quite long and super comfy with some nice lacework down the top.  I also knitted her a Japanese Fighting Beetle, as she loves bugs and beetles, and made her a zombie Santa ornament as a funny extra as she and her husband love zombie movies and shows, and, let's be honest, a zombie Santa is hilarious.  Glad you liked everything artista83!  I hope you have some better photos and action shots.  This one is quite terrible!   Undecided  
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6  Re: Secret Santa 2013 Swap Gallery--Opening Weekend this weekend! in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: December 07, 2013 10:32:04 AM
I received from our fabulous co-organizer kbrison, and man 'o' man was I SPOILED!  I really wanted Christmas themed or useable items, as I've been really overwhelmed with trying to prepare for the holidays.  Travel for both Thanksgiving and Christmas plus my baby's first Halloween and Birthday have made me totally stressed and not so much in the holiday spirit, but this really helped kick my butt out of Grinchyland.  This year our tree has to have baby safe ornaments, and I was sort of freaking out that I didn't have any.  Not any more!  I received so many amazing ornaments straight off my Pinterest! 

First, these gorgeous snowflakes, which I'm going to hang in the windows from fishing wire: 

Then, these beautiful quilted tree ornaments, which are just so lovely:

Then, some fab crocheted lovelies.  I'm a crocheter, myself, and love a granny square anything, but for some reason, I just haven't been able to motivate myself to make anything Christmassy the last couple of years, but when we were visiting family over Thanksgiving, my MIL had some amazing vintage granny stockings that had me hankering for some crochet.  This should do the trick: 

These trees are so great.  I love them.  I'm trying to decide if I might crochet a string to make them into a garland to hang from the mantle or if I should just leave them as ornaments.  Right now, they're happily dancing in my gaudy silver Christmas tree. 

Next, these so so so awesome Peanuts ornaments that I've been coveting, but again, unable to motivate myself to make for me. 

And their little outfits on the back!

Finally, and seriously, I'm just sitting here draping myself in it, even though it's totally inappropriate and weird, this amazing and perfect, and oh so loved and hoped for tree skirt. 

I have wanted a real grown-up tree skirt that wasn't a cheezy one bought at the Target for so long and this one is just so beautiful and perfect.  I teared up a little when I opened it and saw the pom poms and the little houses and thought about how much my little boy is going to love growing up and helping me put it around the tree every year and making up stories about the people in the houses and what's happening in the scene.  I'm a total sappy dork, but this really is so special and made me feel really loved and very much no longer Grinchy.  Thank you so much kbrison for making this such a special holiday for my family. 
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7  Re: BBC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: July 19, 2013 02:46:11 PM
Wow!  I love those sherlock bookmarks, and that dress is epic!  I received from jfer007... AWESOME!

She's an incredible cross stitcher.  I am both jealous and in awe.  I do not have the patience, though I wish I did.  I love everything I got.  Here is the group photo (sans candy and tea, which I have eaten my way through and put away in the pantry, respectively):

I'm in LURVE with the IT Crowd piece!  And, it's possible that I will have to hide it from the hubs, as he already threatened to take it to work with him, since he's a computer programmer.  

Here's a close-up.  She totally Pinterest-stalked me for this one!  

Then the awesome Sherlock hoop:  

My girlfriends and I just had a British Isles party and I made a really crappy free-handed t-shirt with this phrase on it.  jfer007's is way better!  

Then the Dalek Dishcloth.  Is it possible for a murderous alien robot to be cuddly?  I say yes.  

Finally, the awesome Torchwood domino tile pendant.  If only it came attached to Captain Jack Harkness.  A girl can dream, right?  

There you have it.  My lovely package of awesome.  I'm so excited about everything.  And there's no way I'm using the Dalek knit square to wash dishes.  He may just become my new blankie.  It's totally acceptable for a grown woman to have a blankie, right?  

Thanks jfer007!  I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.  
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8  Personal Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by sarahelise on: July 17, 2013 10:05:02 AM
Wow, this only took me a month to post.  Oh, dear.  Sad  Well, it is not a reflection on the items, that is for sure.  handmadewithlove and I did a personal swap for our birthdays after hitting it off so well in the Easter Basket Swap earlier in the year.  My birthday was in June, and I was out of town for the actual date, so I arrived home to a fun box of goodies, which was a nice welcome home! 

So, here is the box of goodies:

I guess the theme is "birthdays are my cup of tea!"  It was built around a quiet afternoon snuggling with a cuppa and a good book.  Everything was so thoughtful and sweet.  She really is so great at paying attention to details and really getting to the heart of what someone loves.  She stalked the heck out of my Pinterest (for both this personal swap and also for my son's Easter basket) and hit the nail on the head. 

Here is the sweetest Dalek bookmark (though I'm so in love with him that he may eventually get framed and hung up in my kitchen, cause I sort of want to look at him all the time!):

And this is her first time crocheting in the round!  She did so great.  Smiley  I love the color scheme, and since we just got a new chair (which you see in the picture, and which is very beige and boring compared to the Grover blue chair that we used to have) that needed some spicing up, this pillow is so perfect.  Makes my boring, but comfy, chair so much brighter and happier. 

Finally, she sent me some of her favorite lemon tea from Texas, where she used to live, and a totally fab brewing basket. 

I have a love hate relationship with loose leaf tea in that I love it, but have awful luck finding a brewing ball or spoon that is relatively easy to clean out, so I usually hate to brew it, because it means I have to figure out how to get into the little spaces to clean out the darn tea ball later.  This awesome little brewing basket is so great because you place the tea in it, place it in your mug, and pour the hot water over, pull it out, and it's nice and wide, so totally easy to clean out... No more getting out the cleaning toothbrush to get in the little nooks and crannies!  Seriously, such a thoughtful package!  I love it all, and it made my birthday so special! 
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9  Surfer Grandpa Pants in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by sarahelise on: June 26, 2013 10:01:14 AM
My family is wonderful.  Really.  They annoy the heck out of me, but they do fabulous things like give me bags of vintage fabric from estate sales.  In one of the recent bags, there were all these fun plaid shirt weight fabrics  I have a little guy who is skinny, but long, so pants are a struggle-- thank heavens for summer and shorts, I can just chop off all the too-short pants and make them into board shorts-- so I decided to use some of the plaids for making him some lightweight pants. 

I have the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner that has a really cute pant pattern in it that I've been wanting to try, so yesterday, after finding a ridiculously cute remnant fabric with whales all over it, I cut out the pattern pieces and went to town making the wee man some pants. 

I think they turned out really well.  I love how the fabrics coordinate and that they are reversible.  On the side with the whale print as the main fabric, I added a plain black cuff, as I didn't want upside-down whales when I folded up the cuffs on the other side.  I also used 3/4 inch elastic in the waistband instead of the recommended 1/2 inch, as that was what I had on hand.  Other than that, I made no changes to the pattern.

Plaid side:

Whale side (uncuffed so you can see the black part at the bottom):

This was a really quick and easy pattern, and I would have finished it in a couple of hours if I hadn't been sewing them only during baby naps.  Smiley   And I think he will be able to keep wearing them for a while since they are made long so as to be cuffed.  He'll be able to wear them this fall without the fold-over-- especially since he's skinny. 
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10  Stroller Bag a.k.a. Rollin' With My Mommy's bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sarahelise on: May 23, 2013 03:29:14 PM
I've gotten tired of trying to remember to grab everything I need for a walk with my little one.  I've also gotten tired of having to lug the diaper bag or transfer all the crap I tote about into my purse.  I also found a remnant of a fun fabric that I really wanted to use right away (totally weird for me, but I had a major crush on this fabric) and a ton of coordinating bits at home, so I found a pattern and started chopping away!  Here is the result: 

The navy print fabric is the one of crushes.  There was also the least of that one, so I had to be strategic about using it. 

Here is a close up: 

The ric rac separates the front pocket into two pockets.  It also serves the purpose of masking a seam where I needed more length of that orange swirl fabric.  I had enough... just not all in one piece of the right size.  Creative sewing.  Smiley 

It has side pockets that I'm sure are supposed to hold baby's things, but which will likely hold a water bottle or travel mug for mama, and a pacifier fob:

And seriously, look at all that real estate!  I can load groceries in this thing! 

It's held onto the stroller with snaps, so it's easy to take off and wash, as I will inevitably spill coffee on it. 

I used this tutorial for the bag: http://www.allfreesewing.com/Sewing-for-Baby/Free-Stroller-Bag-Pattern 

Some notes on the pattern.  There is an error in step 5.  If you decide to do this pattern and can't figure out the error, send me a message, and I'll let you know so you can avoid the seam ripper.  Also, I made the bag 15x15 instead of 18x15, as I just have a tiny umbrella stroller.  It was an easy adjustment, just change all the 18 inch pieces to 15 inches.  Finally, I wish I would have thought to put some batting into the straps that attach the bag to the stroller.  It seems a bit flimsy, but we'll see how they hold up.  The nice thing about homemade... you can just fix it if it doesn't work the first time around. 
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