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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: October 30, 2012 10:34:57 AM
Wow, Kookaloo, you're on a roll! I really love that stitch that you're using for the cardigan, and especially the colors! Do you know if you can recreate that stitch with crochet?
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dotee Swap #13 Sign up 10/20 - 10/31 Send out 11/30 on: October 29, 2012 02:22:51 PM
Wow, these swaps usually fill up pretty fast, I'm surprised! Maybe it's the holiday months, with everyone making gifts and decorations? Anyway, I sent in my questionnaire just now and I'll be looking forward to the swap. I took a break from swapping and posting for a while because I was dealing with some real-life stuff, but I'm excited to be able to come back and join this one--glad to see some newbies as well as the regulars. These dotee swaps are my favorite!
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery on: June 24, 2012 06:55:18 AM
Well this one took a long time in coming. Unfortunately, Oodelally's first package got lost in the mail for some reason  Sad  But she was kind enough to make me a wonderful replacement package which arrived a short time ago, and it is lovely!

She made me a yellow submarine out of perler beads:



which I am keeping in my DIY shadow box, next to my perler bead Creeper (it's hiding, can't you tell?) Grin Grin Grin



and then this awesome Beatles stationary:





which is perfect, because I've been needing some more stationary and I LOVE these!

Thank you so much for the package, Oodelally, and thank you for taking the time to make a replacement, and also for co-hosting the swap! I had a lot of fun!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: June 24, 2012 06:49:07 AM
Oh cute! The little matryoshka butterfly looks so adorable! I'm loving the Picasso's women too, and as a book lover I can't help but love the writing inspiration dotee. I love her brilliant red hair.

I forgot to post pics of the extras I received from Bacettox and Rosie1981. Bacettox included a neat little pinback button and a postcard:



And Rosie included this lovely little book on a necklace!





Sorry it took so long to post these. I had them out of sight for a while because my son reeeeeally wanted to play with the necklace and I had to hide it so he wouldn't break it!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: hanging garden bags on: June 21, 2012 08:59:13 AM
Yeah, what in the world? I don't know why the judges would say something like that. I think it's a wonderful idea! I've seen all sorts of DIY hanging planters, but most of them just don't look the way I want them to. These are nice and pretty! And yeah someone up above said the fabric might rot a bit, but fabric is the best for these types of projects because it can be washed (if it's separate from the foil bags) and treated easily. And if it does rot, typically it's not that expensive (especially if you use leftovers from old projects and thrift store finds like me  Grin) I think you did a great job!

Awesome idea! I have been looking for good ideas for decorative plant holders. I can't afford to buy a bunch of flower pots, but someone gave me twenty plastic totes full of fabric. This is a great thing to use it for, and will give my yard some much needed colour while I am waiting for the flowers to bloom!

You should re-use the plastic totes to make the waterproof linings, and put the fabric on the outside!  Grin Grin Grin
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: June 04, 2012 08:03:05 AM
Rosie, I'm glad you liked your dotee! I was a little bit disappointed that I had to part with both of the ones I made this time around, but I know they went to good homes  Smiley

Here are the two I received from my partners. From Rosie:

I got a lovely little Luna moth!





I listed moths as one of my themes, and recognized this one right as I pulled it out of the package! Luna moths are a type of giant silk moth that grow to be several inches long, and are one of the most beautiful I've seen. She got all the markings and everything just right!



She also included some really cool extras, which I'm looking forward to using. I've already used some of the embroidery thread to make bracelets and necklaces. Thank you so much, Rosie, I love everything!

And from Bacettox:



It's a teapot dotee! She said this was her first time swapping dotees, but I wouldn't have been able to tell. I'm such a tea nut, and this little doll makes me smile every time I look at it, isn't it cute? She also included some really good candies, which I SHOULD have taken a picture of as soon as I got them, but...I've already eaten them.  Grin  They were really yummy. In addition, there was a really cool pinback button and postcard which I'll try to get a picture of later.

Thank you both, I love both of the dotees I got!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: June 01, 2012 07:32:59 AM
D: Looking at all these cute small dotees I have a feeling I made mine---too differently. (I'm not going to say "wrong", but maybe not like they were supposed to be?) QQ

Oh don't worry, I do that all the time! And part of the fun of the galleries is seeing just how far everyone can stretch the dotee idea without breaking the rules too much. Mine were pretty different this time around too.

I love all the ones I'm seeing so far, though--they all look so happy! That kitty is sooooo cute, and the I Love Lucy one makes me smile, as I used to watch that show all the time growing up. The monarch butterflies one is so peaceful, and I love the tie-dye fabric on that tree!

Also, I've received my last dotee from Bacettox yesterday, and it is adorable and perfect for me! I thought I had taken pictures of the other from Rosie1981, but they seem to have disappeared as soon as I wanted to upload them  Huh So I'll have to retake those before I'm able post them here.
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: May 26, 2012 04:18:49 PM
Sent this morning! A day late, but I did give my partners a heads up. The packages I sent were rather...large, but that was only because my partners and I agreed on extras, and the extras I chose did not come in small sizes!

Well, ok, maybe I did go overboard a bit. OH WELL!

Also, I have a lovely little dotee from Rosie1981, which I have to edit upload pictures of, as well as the sewing extras. They'll be in the gallery as soon as I get them sorted out!
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: May 22, 2012 09:05:54 AM
i'm hitting one wall after another.  i might be pushing the deadline Undecided i REALLY hate it when i can't send early, but i don't send unless i'm 100% pleased with what i have made.

I do too, although I usually don't manage to send all that early. I think it's best to make sure that you're proud of what you've made more than anything, though!

Mine are waiting on embellishments. Hopefully I can get them done tonight, because I want to make sure my packaging is perfect, and it always takes me a good amount of time to go through my stash to find mailers. I probably need to organize more...
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dotee Swap #12 - Send out 5/25 on: May 21, 2012 07:23:13 AM
Hey, I used my dotees as Christmas ornaments last year too! I loved it--my son kept wanting to grab them, but the tree looked so nice and whimsical Smiley

Well I managed to change a few things, and my dotees don't look so creepy anymore. Actually, they're kind of cute, so I'm happy with what I've come up with so far. That means I just have to worry about embellishments on my first dotee, and then I've already got the other one cut, although it should go pretty quickly now that I've got the kinks worked out.
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