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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery on: December 01, 2016 08:59:43 AM
I love that sewing machine cover! I have a basic plastic one that came with my machine, but now I want a beautiful fabric one instead!


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2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 29, 2016 10:28:30 PM
Memorable stocking stuffer - on the first Christmas my husband and I spent together, I found some glass ball ornaments in my stocking. The thing that made them really special was that my husband had gone to a glass blowing gallery and made them himself! I smile every time I think of them 😊.


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3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 29, 2016 06:24:22 PM
Wow, all these people finished already!  I have several stuffers ready and have made good progress on the stocking, but I've still got a ways to go!

I feel the same way! I'm happy that I have more done than I'd realized, but with sendouts a week away, I'm starting to feel the crunch a little bit!


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4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery on: November 29, 2016 02:37:28 PM
I received my glampervan ornament as well!! Thank you so much Ninaprettyballerina, I love this fun ornament!



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5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 23, 2016 12:46:21 AM
My favorite handmade gift is a gift that I helped with.
My sister was pregnant with her third baby and super excited that it was a girl. The crib she had was a hand-me-down that someone had given her and had already been used by her two boys.  The crib had seen better days and was nothing like what she wanted, but she planned to make do. My husband decided to make and surprise her with a crib similar (but way better in my opinion) to the one she wanted.
My husband did most of the work, from creating the design in his head, to cutting out the pieces, to painting and putting it together. I created the ruffle for the top and helped with some sanding.
When my sister finished opening gifts at her shower, I put a blindfold on her and my husband wheeled in the crib. She didn't know what to expect and when she took the blindfold off, it was like she couldn't believe her eyes. She was in shock and it took her a few moments to compose herself. I think it may have been the most 'I can't believe this, I've never been happier with a gift' reaction that I've ever seen Smiley.
Here's a pic of the crib (this was the only picture that I could find).



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6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 16, 2016 03:52:52 PM
I agree with seeuudee, I would definitely sign up for that swap too!!
I have an idea for the stocking. I've seen it done before, so I know it looks really good, the only question is, do I have the skills to make it happen? I'm not sure. I guess I'll find out Smiley.


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7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery on: November 14, 2016 05:32:40 PM
I received my Christmas tree ornament from Quaggy today! I love how she outlined the edges! Thank you Quaggy Smiley.


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8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 14, 2016 01:56:06 PM

P.S I'm seriously jealous of anyone who has temperatures colder than 60 right now -3- Southern California can't make up it's bleedin' mind what season it wants to be in...I'm going to be receiving a stocking in summer. Seems not quite right  Grin Roll Eyes

I can agree with you about the So Cal weather! I've been having a difficult time lately deciding if I should dress my son in shorts or pants! I figure the temp will probably make a sudden dip and we'll be plunged into sweater weather!! 😊


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9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 13, 2016 09:40:10 PM
Describe your Christmas tree (either now or from childhood) -- is it themed?  Feel free to chat about other trees you've admired over the years as well!

Growing up, it was always exciting to go and choose out a live Christmas tree each year!  My sisters and I would decorate the tree with an eclectic selection of ornaments including homemade ones and 'Baby's first Christmas' ornaments from our first Christmases.  My dad was very adamant about only having one strand of tinsel per branch (something I didn't fully appreciate until I was older).  One year, we even went out to a Christmas tree farm and chose which tree to chop down.  I remember being excited about the fact that we were in the mountains complete with snow!

When my Grandma was alive, she had a beautiful tree with themed ornaments (I think the theme was something like blue and silver).  I remember being very skeptical at the thought of a tree where all the ornaments were a certain color, but once it was fully decorated, I couldn't believe how gorgeous it looked!

Now that I'm married, we have a fake tree that my husband had before we met.  I'd like to get a real tree, but am always concerned about it drying out too soon (I like to get the tree up as soon as I can after Thanksgiving, though in many previous years, I end up getting it up much later than I'd like).  I decided on our honeymoon that ornaments would be the perfect thing to collect when we went on trips.  That way, when we put up the Christmas tree, we can remember the places we've been together.  My husband and I were married about a month and a half before Christmas, so we didn't have a lot of money to invest in ornaments and decorations.  We ended up buying some inexpensive ornaments and have been slowly replacing them with ornaments that are more personal.  My husband went down to a glass blowing place and made me a few ornaments for our first Christmas.  It was a very thoughtful gift that still makes me smile.  After my son was born, I decided that I wanted to make an ornament each year that included a picture of him, so that every year, we would look back and remember previous years, but I'm a few years behind Sad.  I'm hoping to make the past two year's ornaments as well as one for this year sometime between now and Christmas. 
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery on: November 13, 2016 08:21:34 PM
I also received a super cute Adipose ornament from GrimInspirations (along with some sweet surprises 😊). I love it!! Thank you so much Grim!


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