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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Birds Birds Birds r2 Gallery! on: June 24, 2010 11:22:42 AM
I am SOO SOOO SOOO sorry I am late getting these up, I feel terrible about it Sad  I had surgery on May 12th on my foot tendon and have had a lot of problems since then (infections, hospitalization, etc).  I'm finally home and well and was THRILLED to open my beautiful wonderful package today from spectrumsparksie.  She did an amazing job on everything and sent me the most wonderful package ever.  I can't thank you enough, seriously.  I LOVED every single item, you went over the top with amazing stuff.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!



A beautiful wind chime, I love it! 



little birds made of shrinky dink AND they are embossed, what a great idea and they look so professional.  There is a big bag of these, they are going to look so cute holding up my kids artwork and stuff. 



Fabric boxes, one looks like it will fit a box of tissues, the other can hold my Sharpie markers.  I LOVE the print on the fabric!!



This beautiful purse!  She said the fabric hand printed in Australia, I love it!!!



The whole package.  The bird tea towel is beautiful, it will look great in my kitchen, I'm actually going to stretch it like a canvas and hang it that way Smiley  Also, the frozen smiles ice molds?  I have wanted those for YEARS, I actually gasped when I opened them!!!  And at the bottom are adorable little note cards (I never have enough of those) with birds on them.

I am so blessed, thank you again!!  Everyone please tell her what a great job she did for me, I feel so terrible that I couldn't share this all sooner because she worked so hard. Sad
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spring Cleaning 2010: Fill a FLAT RATE Box; GALLERY send by 5/22 on: May 24, 2010 01:27:15 PM
I rec'd from OopsCreations and got a GREAT box of fabric, thank you!  She sent it right away, but I just had ankle surgery and was recovering from that and didn't realize that her package had arrived and was waiting in my craft room, thanks to my dear husband.  There is a lot of cool fabrics (you can't tell it in the photos but those ziploc bags are stuffed full).  Thanks again Oops!! Smiley



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Loom & I'm an idiot that can't figure it out, help? on: December 23, 2009 08:58:20 AM
There are videos on Youtube that you can watch.

Yeah, I've tried that.  They all stop after the first two rows, I need to know what happens after that.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Loom & I'm an idiot that can't figure it out, help? on: December 22, 2009 03:08:52 PM
I was given a set of circle looms today. I've tried ALL day to figure out how to make something on them, but all I get is a knotted mess that I end up having to cut off of the looms.  I've thrown away a lot of yarn today.

I follow the directions about wrapping loosely around each peg twice, then grabbing the bottom and pulling it over the top.  The directions then say to make another two rows, pull the bottom one over the top, etc and that the "finished knitting will emerge from the inside of the hoop".  But this doesn't happen.  It just gets tighter and tighter until the pegs are completely wrapped in yarn and there is nowhere else to go.

I've tried three different sizes, I've tried different types of yarns, I've tried making them tighter, looser, everything I can think of but NOTHING is working.  I do not know how to knit with knitting needles so none of the terms (cast off, cast on, purl, etc) mean anything to me.  I've tried watching videos on youtube, etc., but they always just do the first two rows, then skip to the end, not ever showing how they get to that point.

Can anyone help me with VERY detailed, preferably with photos of every single step necessary?  I tried to learn to knit the regular way and it was a disaster so I was so excited when I got these. 

I'm such an idiot, thanks for any help.   Cry
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 GALLERY! on: December 18, 2009 08:04:43 PM
I love looking at everything everyone sending/receiving!  Some of your packages are AMAZING, I can't believe how detailed and big your "small" days are, I can't wait to see what happens with the "big" days-lol!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 GALLERY! on: December 14, 2009 12:34:05 PM
Day 1 - no package
Day 2 - no package

On the 3rd day of Christmas:  Sock monkey knitting kit Smiley



Even if I never figure out how to knit, I know people who do, maybe I can talk them into making this for me Smiley

On the 4th day of Christmas:  Her card says "kind of a random day" but it is certainly a great one!!!





A bunch of homemade dog and cat treats for for our pets!  The dogs have already sampled and say they are DELICIOUS.  Brrrp (one of our cats) loves the catnip dipped bird, as you can see....



Beautiful embroidered note cards with my favorite flower - poppies!  I'm so happy she sent two of each design so I can keep one and send one.



A SUPER AWSOME planner with the Marimekko flower design on the front and my name too!  On the inside is the Swedish phrase (as on the rolling pin), I love it!



And the BEST thing ever, a Marimekko bag with a poppy print on it!  I love it, I've been wanting a bag like this for forever.  And now I have a matching planner to keep inside.  People with think I have it all together!  I don't know how you found this, iheartzb, but I love it, thanks!


On the 5th day of Christmas:

Package on the way.....also arrived 12/22!




Baking supplies! (just in time for baking day tomorrow).  Some measuring cups and spoons, some mixing spoons and super cute embroidered dishcloths with gingerbread people.  And a nice rolling pin with the Swedish phrase that means "Away is good, but home is best" Smiley

On the 6th day of Christmas:

Stuff to pamper myself with Smiley





Bath salts, an adorable eye mask with eyelashes embroidered on, homemade soaps, LOTS of socks (I'm an avid sock collector!!), lotions, body wash and body spray and of course, chocolates!

On the 7th day of Christmas:

Package on the way.....Arrived 12/22, yay!



A learning to knit kit Smiley  A loom thingie (which I've been looking at for months, but never bought one), some super soft yarn, something called "plarn" and a project bag to keep the yarn from getting tangled (or attacked by the cats).  I can't wait to get started and see if I can actually tangle some yarn together and make it look like something!!!

On the 8th day of Christmas - embroidery awesomeness!



She included hoops, pre-made lined cards so I can embroider designs on paper, transfers, embroider floss and a cute needle book with needles.  And most importantly, a VERY helpful book on how to do a million different embroidery stitches.  Thanks!!!!

And on the 9th day of Christmas - supplies!



a hand stamped apple totebag to hold all of the goodies in: two sizes of glue sticks, a big bag of cool buttons, three things of elastic (which I needed SO bad to finish my kids Christmas PJ pants!!!!), a pack of steam-a-seam, a glue gun, two stacks of scrapbooking papers and Sharpies!!!  Thanks a million iheartzb!


On the 10th Day of Christmas, iheartzb gave to me:


a giant wreath made from an embroidery hoop (some of the parts fell of, but I have glue handy!)


a pretty candle holder and some beautiful candles (I can NEVER have enough candles or candle holders!!!)


the cutest knitted(crochet?) Charlie Brown sweater ornament!  I love it and so does DH!!  A starfish made into a santa, a measuring tape made into a bow, then an ornament (love it!) and the best things ever, the gingerbread men cookie cutters I've been wanted for YEARS!!!!!


and a beautiful Christmas Memories album, what a great idea!!!!  It has a built in recorder so I can put a message or song on it (I think that's what it's for).  But I love it and I'm already putting things in it.  I'm a collector of small bits to remember things by so this is perfect.

Thanks SO much iheartzb, I love everything so far Smiley

On the 11th Day of Christmas, iheartzb gave to me:



lots of yummy goodies (pumpkin pinwheels, chocolate kisses, peppermint bark, chocolate caramel pretzels).  Mmmmmm.  Plus two awesome containers which I desperately need for sending cookies to school this Friday!  Smiley


I rec'd 12 very cool package bows made of recycled magazines - and matching gift tags (plus a bonus silver sharpie marker) Smiley



Yay for a great start!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 (CLOSED. Partners Posted; PMs coming tonight) on: December 01, 2009 01:52:11 PM
While I am not using a flat rate- we will see if that was a big mistake tomorrow, I was able to fit Days 12-4 in one enormous box.  It is the best packing job I have ever done in my whole life.

I used to pack airplanes for a living so I LOVE making things fit, I get a weird thrill from it-lol!  I had to use a gigantic box and send UPS, sometimes the USPS flat rate thing is a GOOD thing (esp if you're sending overseas) but UPS was a whole lot cheaper this time.  Plus the UPS guy probably loves me, I may have paid his entire salary this year between craftster and amazon Tongue
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 (CLOSED. Partners Posted; PMs coming tonight) on: December 01, 2009 01:49:29 PM
This has been so fun to do!  I'm really nervous about my partner liking everything though....

Me too!!!  But it's already gone and I've realized that I forgot some stuff, so I'm going to send another small package with the things I forgot.  She would never have KNOWN I forgot them, but I would have-lol!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 (CLOSED. Partners Posted; PMs coming tonight) on: November 30, 2009 10:05:50 AM
I shipped to iheartzb today - it is supposed to be delivered on December 3rd and it's all 12 packages.  I hope she likes everything, this was a HUGE project!!! Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sock &/or Glove Doll Swap - Send outs Monday 11/09/09 on: November 27, 2009 06:43:26 AM
I updated Page 1 - let me know if I am missing anything.

I will do a second round, if I feel I can organize. We'll see what my school schedule looks like. But if someone else is chomping at the bit to organize - go for it. I'll still participate.

You did a great job organizing this time, thank you!!!!
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