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151  Re: 2010 Garden-a-long? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by kaz814 on: May 20, 2010 06:19:28 PM
I finally uploaded the pictures of my porch garden! Smiley

My tomatoes (yellow boy on the left, riesentraube next to it), a sickly looking lettuce, and some dying rosemary (seriously, I can't grow it.  Ever.)

Thai Striped White Eggplant, basil, basil, basil:

Soapwort (going to see if I can make my own shampoo when I harvest) and sage:

Garlic and beans (either Blue Lake Bush or golden wax - I forget what I put where ...)

More Thai striped white eggplant:

Sugar Snap Snow peas and the other beans:

There's also a hanging basket of parsley (with a volunteer basil that must have dropped last summer when the basil bolted) and a window box of basil and cilantro. 

I also have a pair of mourning doves nesting on my porch (they evicted the barn swallows who were here last year and who had already made a nest for this year).  I'm hoping that the barn swallows conveyed our understanding to the doves - I don't mess with them and they don't divebomb me. Cheesy  So far, so good!
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152  Re: Pet Swap: Rodent Revolution 2 - Signups 05/14-05/28, Send by 06/30/2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kaz814 on: May 15, 2010 06:35:34 AM
This is my Gus.  He's four and a half (as best as I can estimate) and quite the bunny with Opinions.  He's my baby, though, and gives me bunny kisses and such.  He's pretty young in this picture, so his ears don't do that much anymore, nor does he hop up on the couch often (booooo).

And this is my Chloe, when I first got her.  She's not a healthy bun anymore, sadly, for all that she's the same age as Gus.  She's got a brain parasite that makes her balance off and her head tilt, so she gets medicine every day, and her upside eye now has a cataract.  Still, she's a very happy rabbit and doesn't let all this get her down.  She's the sweetest thing!

Funny thing is, I fostered Chloe in an attempt to give Gus a friend, and adopted her once I knew she was sick (because really, who else is going to adopt a sick rabbit?) but Gus still isn't fond of her, three years after I got her.  She loves him, though. 
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153  Re: How My Garden Grows Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: May 14, 2010 03:22:24 PM
Okay, here are my awesome goodies.  Yes, I took a lot of pictures!  Please ignore my kitchen floor!

First off, the card and a little piece of paper with tomato seeds in it!  I'm going to have to get a new pot to put it in!  Cheesy  

A gorgeous embroidered gathering apron:

with a close-up of the cherry tree and sweet bird:

A heatpack (though I think it'd work as a cold pack, too!)  It's filled with dried cherry pits - so cool!  I totally over-toasted the one I had so I was unable to use it since before the Snowpocalypse here.  I'm super excited to get a replacement that's far nicer!  (Do you think it can go in the microwave, Andrea?)

A very pretty recipe box with recipes (Rhubarb pie!  Tomato Pesto!  Something Swiss that sounds SOOO Yummy!)  The box goes perfectly with my curtains and may inspire me to actually paint as it's very close to the color I'm considering!

The extras: A turquoise glass candle holder that matches my bathroom PERFECTLY, some awesome coasters in my preferred theme of doors/windows/street scenes (so pretty!) and Swiss cookies in an amazing tin.  ETA: The cookies are DELICIOUS OMG!

And finally, the piece de resistance!  A windchime that's made out of shells and little silver sand-dollars.  It's absolutely GORGEOUS!  

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154  Knitted leaf wreath in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: May 07, 2010 09:29:27 AM
Well, given that I've gifted my mother with a plethora of dish cloths for her birthday, Valentine's and Easter, I knew I had to come up with something else for Mother's Day.   After perusing Ravelry for inspiration (she bought me some yarn and I wanted to use some of it), I came across this pattern for a knitted wreath.

I started out with a varigated yarn, so when it started going more red than purple, I decided to go with only seven leaves, instead of nine, but I think it turned out pretty cute.  It's small - 5-6 inches across, but it'll fit perfectly on a small wall.  I might do a larger one (with bigger leaves) for Christmas, in green with red beads.

Comments and criticism welcome!
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155  Re: Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: April 14, 2010 02:35:15 PM
Ooh, I received!  I will take pictures tonight or tomorrow (depending on if I can get dinner done before the sun goes down!) and post them.

It's an AWESOME package.

Okay, here it is!!!

The whole lot:

Closeup of the dishcloths and scrubbies:

The really awesome binder filled with a grocery list, a pantry list and a ton of very yummy recipes!  I am all excited to try some out!

Yaaaay!  Dryer balls and a swiffer cover!  *bounces*

And the piece de resistance - a FANTASTIC bag made out of old jeans.  There's gorgeous green fabric for the lining.  It is so well-made!  I can't wait to take it to the grocery store - everyone will be jealous!

Thank you SO SO much, Troublet!  You totally spoiled me!  Hee.  I love it all.
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156  Re: Handspun and Handcrafts gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: March 08, 2010 12:36:49 PM
I received from ariaya today!!!  She soooo spoiled me and I hope the package I sent to her gave her as much excitement as the package I got today gave me!

Top row: 
Romney - 190 yards, light worsted 2-ply - I love the rich, gorgeous jewel tones!
Merino-silk - 200 yards, light worsted 2-ply - oh, the colors in this are just gorgeous and it's so soft!

Bottom row:
Alpaca-silk - laceweight, 2-ply ... I can't wait to start experimenting with laceweight!
Camel-silk - fingering wt, Navajo plied - again, the colors are fabulous
Merino - thick-and-thin, 2-ply - hee - my college colors!

Thank you SO SO much, ariaya!  This was such a happy surprise to find in my mailbox after a weekend of being sick.  I love everything!
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157  Re: Organise me swap! Galleryyy in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: March 08, 2010 12:29:57 PM
I received from SprigofIvy today!  Smiley  Just what I needed to cheer me up after a weekend of being sick.

A thread catcher so I won't be covered in thread when I'm done sewing:

An apron so I won't lose things as I craft:

And a knitting needle roll for my large needles (I got one for my shorter ones that's all full from a previous swap!) ... I still needle to transfer the rest of my needles in:

Thank you, SprigofIvy!
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158  Re: Frugal Living Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: February 20, 2010 01:48:33 PM
Okay, as promised, here are the pictures of the awesome frugal items Craftrica sent me!

A group shot:

A very cute pad for writing shopping lists and some handmade cards and envelopes! 

Two dishtowels with some awesome embroidery (seriously, Craftrica is so talented!) The little birdy is saying 'Cheap!' as per my request.  It makes me laugh.

Some handwarmers (that I'm wearing as I type!) and an awesome dishcloth:

And last, but certainly not least, a guide for an indoor herb garden and some fantastic plant markers made out of seed packets and plastic, so they're all waterproof!

Thank you so much, Craftrica!  You totally spoiled me and I hope you liked your package even half as much as I love yours!
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159  Decoupaged Box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: February 09, 2010 12:55:17 PM
I hope I'm putting this in the right spot - if not, let me know and I'll move it!

Anyway, for the Organize Me Swap, I decided I just had to decoupage a box with little compartments for my partner.  I didn't get a before picture, but imagine a wooden box with red and green faux-victorian holiday people frolicking on the top and you're close (who knew that Pier One made mulling spices?)  Anyway, she likes red/white/black combo and Celtic, so I went with both of those.  I bought a pendant that looked Celtic (to me, anyway) to glue to the top as decoration and removed the little gold latch on the front to be replaced by a painted wooden bead.

It looks 110% better in my not-so-humble opinion. Smiley

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160  Project Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: February 09, 2010 12:51:04 PM
For the Organize Me Swap, my partner indicated she'd like something that could organize her crochet/knitting but could also be taken along.  I loosely based what I did on this tutorial by stitch81, but I mostly just went with what I had in my head and this is what resulted:

The inside:  I made a scissor holder and a little snapped pocket for yarn needles or other oddments:

The drawstring bag that holds the yarn and snaps next to the scissors and the needle pouch:

On the other side a pocket for whatever she wants to carry:

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