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1  Re: Giant Multi Theme Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: September 23, 2016 01:58:15 PM
I received from the glorious PromisedHeartbrk!  Get some tea and a snack, and settle down.  You will be amazed at what she sent me!


I LOVE the memory wire bracelet and all the different colored beads and the charms!  My breath was then taken away by all the gorgeous earrings she made me-in all my favorite themes!  I have the earrings and the bracelet on my nightstand, so I can wear them tomorrow.




I was already worked up about seeing the jewelry, but when I opened this!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked WOW!  She went with all my likes:  the bee theme, the saying, the tree, even to the batik fabric she used on the back!  And yes, the tree is stuffed and stands out!  DH and I want to change the art on the wall in our livingroom, and this will be one of the pieces that goes there.



My partner did great with the magnets...the sayings were right off my pinterest!  The magnets are now on the side of my microwave, with two other of my favorite magnets.  The honeycomb vase is so cool!  I wish I knew how to make that kind of thing.  It's on my table now.  And not only are the tags she made me so nifty in so many ways (see all the thumbnail photos), but I am making scarves for a charity and they ask for a tag from the maker to be attached to each scarf-and now I have a ton of really great ones!  The lavender and the sachets!  When I opened up the box, I thought to myself that everything smelled like tea-it was the lavender (I drink lavender tea.)!  I already put each sachet somewhere and put the bag with the loose lavender in my nightstand drawer.  What an extremely thoughtful extra!  Thank you!



Ok, my friends, just a photo does NOT do this item justice.  Look at it for a bit...look at ALL THE BEADS used to make it...ALL THE WIRE WRAPPING DONE...THE COLORS...I am just totally amazed!  (It gets hung from the fabric loop at the top and the circles swirl.)  There's just no words to describe how much I love this item!  My partner MADE THE BASKET!!!!  I adore the colors and keep on trying to figure out how you did it.  The metal bugs are in the planters on my porch, the stickers are in my sticker box, the turtle magnet is on my fridge, and the sanddollar hook will be going up as soon as I figure out where I want it.



I was crying once I opened just a few items, and when I opened these, I cried harder.  Aren't they just beautiful?  Look at the talent she has and the detailed work she put into them, like wrapping the hoop and she even finished off the back of the hoops.  The 'Ohana' item went on my front door immediately, and I'm in awe of the different types of crafts my partner thought to do. The ohana item has different types of yarn/fabric fringe and there are tiny charms throughout!  (You must have a ton of different crafting supplies, PromisedHeartbrk!  I want to go visit you and you can give me a class!) The magnet is on my fridge.  It made me smile!

As carefully as I opened everything and tried to keep it's theme with it when I photographed the item, there was an item or two that I am not sure what theme they are for.  But I DO LOVE LOVE LOVE them, so here they are:



Hubby came home from work and saw this item on the table and really, really liked it-and he almost never comments on the items I get from swaps.  After I'm done posting everything, I'm going to go get a pillow form for it and put it on my favorite chair.  And the tray with the games?Huh  I ADORE THIS IDEA!  I put the game items under the living room table (it has a shelf) and I put some decorative rocks I have with motivational words on them in the tray.  I want to be able to look at the tray all the time!

I've been on here an hour posting everything.  I hope that I did post everything and didn't leave anything out.  Please let me know, PromisedHeartbrk, if I did.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for one of the most amazing swap packages I've ever received!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 27, 2016 01:05:48 PM
One last recipe to post!  This time for stuffed peppers!

4 medium green bell peppers, or use multicolored
1 pound ground beef, lean
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large jar spaghetti sauce (about 32 ounces)
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*I added some fresh from the garden cilantro
*I added half a can of diced tomatoes (drain liquid)
*You can add a vegetable into the mix
*You can top the stuffed peppers with some mozzarella cheese
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Brown the beef, adding the chopped onion and cilantro
Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds and fibers
Stuff the peppers with equal portions of the beef and rice mixture
Place the stuffed peppers in the crock pot and cover with spaghetti sauce

Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.  Or until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked and the peppers are tender.

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 27, 2016 12:58:34 PM
There's more  Grin:

I really like using my crockpot during the summer.  You can get a healthy, hearty meal, without having to deal with the kitchen getting hot.  The first meal I made was crockpot lasagne.  Hubby liked it so much the first time I made it that he requested that I make it again!  (Please accept my crappy photography...I tend to forget to take the in progress/finished photos or before we actually cut into the food.)

Here's the recipe (I made some changes and improvements.):

1lb. ground beef
29 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz. package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
*I substituted ricotta cheese for the ricotta cheese
*I added a half a can of diced tomatoes (drain the liquid)
*I used four chopped up fresh basil leaves from my garden
*I added one chopped garlic clove and 1/4 of an onion to the meat while I was browning it
*I used "oven ready" lasagne noodles...if you use the regular kind, the noodles will be more 'al dente' when it's done cooking
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-Spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray
-Brown the ground beef
-Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef
-Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crockpot
-Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (break them to fit better)
-Combine the cheeses in a bowl.  Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
-Repeat these layers twice.
-Top with remaining sauce and some mozzarella cheese.
-Cover and cook on warm for 6 hours and 45 minutes on high

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 27, 2016 12:32:56 PM
I'm expecting company to be coming over soon, so I'm going to post as much as I can now, and finish later if I have to.  Here goes:

This box was for my partner in the 'Unbirthday Swap'.  She mentioned on her questionnaire that she liked nesting dolls.  I happened to have some nesting doll fabric in my stash-I had purchased it with the intention of using it to make some TM patches.  I was going to make a nesting doll dottee for her out of it, but the fabric didn't lend itself to that.  So when I was out at Michaels one day with my DD, I saw the wood box and thought it would be a perfect thing to use.  The top is colored with sharpie marker, the dolls cut out of the fabric, and the side of the lid colored with sharpie marker.  I then coated the top with Elmer's glue.  I used the fabric for the sides and used the glue again to both to attach the fabric to the box and a coat over the fabric for durability.  I colored the underside of the lid with orange colored pencil.

This owl was also made for my partner in the 'Unbirthday Swap'.  She mentioned she liked Harry Potter in her questionnaire, so I went with that theme too.  I'm really proud of this.  It's supposed to be Harry Potter's owl.  I studied how a snowy owl looked online several times so I got the way they look done right for this item.  I think I did a really good job with that.  Of course, he has a Gryffindor scarf  Grin, and I used HP themed fabric for the back of the owl.  The pocket holds four pieces of cloth with each of the different Hogwarts houses. They go into the pocket in the back of the owl.  If the sorting hat is busy, then you can just put your hand in the pocket and pull out the name of the house you are supposed to be in!   Grin  (I felt very clever for thinking of that idea as well.  Roll Eyes)

I have a TON of yarn for various reasons, and am very motivated to give back to my Temple, which has done so much for me and my family.  Here's another blanket I made to donate to the Chinese Auction in November.

I don't know if this can count towards the '50 Projects' but I'm going to try anyway!  Wink  My younger DD really ran with the 'Pinterest Mondays' this summer and always wanted to tackle the biggest project she could.  This time, she wanted to make a rainbow layer cake.  As you can see, we used regular white cake mix from a box, and then we used food coloring to make all the colors of the rainbow.  All went well till we baked them.  They seemed to be taking a long time for such a thin cake (you use only 1/2 the cake mix in each pan for each layer, so the layers are thinner than a regular cake).  We did the "crumb" test, and they seemed to be done.  Sadly, they weren't.   Cry  But-there's an upside to this failure....I had used the extra cake batter and put it in a loaf pan and cooked that.  That came out fine so DD used food coloring to color the icing and made a rainbow cake that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 15, 2016 11:56:44 AM
I'm sorry I haven't been commenting on the beautiful items made for this craftalong or posting.  I have been making things but they are all for swaps, so I can't post them till my partner receives them.

Because it's too hot to do much but sit in my bedroom which is the only room that has AC  Tongue, I finished up this blanket to donate to my Temple's Chinese Auction in November.  (The blanket is pretty small, so it didn't make me even hotter to work on.)

That's the blanket in it's entirety.

And that's the stitches used and the border.  (Double crochet and shell stitch for the border.)
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6  Re: Unburthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 15, 2016 11:46:50 AM
I received from my partner, dinkime, today and was thrilled by what she sent me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here goes:

This is the exquisite unbirthday card that I think she must have made herself!  Shocked  Everyone in the family thought it was amazing!

There were some festive unbirthday bows, which I am saving to use again!  (As well as all the tissue paper that was used for packing.)

TWO HOOPLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!  One in my favorite ladybug theme  Wink, and one in an inspirational theme which will be hung on one of my inspiration walls in my house.  I love them!

Two very unique items...one is a pendant with flowers in it and a bee on the side, and one is a big greenish bee which will be great to use in a project or to hang on a wall in my craft room.

This is a close up of the pendant...I have several items pinned that have flowers in resin in them and this one is sooooo gorgeous!

Correct me if I'm wrong, dinkime, but I think these are HAND CARVED stamps of a turtle and my favorite 'Queen Bee'  Grin!  I am SO impressed with how well you are able to get all the small details so neatly in the stamps!  Shocked

I'm not sure what the name of this type of book is called, but I call it unique and wonderful!   Cheesy  I love the paper that was used, the owl on the front, the house shape, the way I can add more pages if I want, and the cute little wire on top from the chimney to look like smoke!

Thank you so much dinkime!  I love it allllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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7  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: August 02, 2016 12:13:48 PM
I received from the talented, generous, and kind kbrison today!  As usual, she did not disappoint!  Here are the photos of what she sent:

kbrison and I both like mug rugs, and she also made me a cup cozy which is perfect b/c I've made it a habit to drink lavender & chamoille  (sp?) tea every night and the mug gets VERY hot!

Look at the different stitches she used on the mug rug!  Shocked

Two beautifully made dishcloths, and on the bottom is a bronze ring with a bumblebee image!  (I'm wearing it already!)

An orange apron!

It's reversible!  Shocked

E-6000 for jewelry (What about this kind is specific to jewelry?  It looks intriguing!  Cheesy), a black sharpie, and a bottle of fray check (I go thru this stuff like water!).

I also saved the nifty orange polka doted tissue paper the items were wrapped in.  Wink

Here is what kbrison said the commonalities were:

"The apron is because we both like to cook, the dishcloths because we both like to crochet, the ring because you like to wear jewelry and I like to make it, the mug rug because we both like them, the cup cozy to keep our hands safe, the E6000 because we both use it in our crafting, the Fray Check for when I sew and you make labels, the Sharpie because we both use them (and you asked for them in the birthday swap), and orange since it's your favorite color and there's a lot of it around our house. My husband, daughters, son-in-law, and DD#1's boyfriend all attended or graduated from Oklahoma State University which bills itself as the brightest orange in the nation (its school colors are orange and black)."

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 11, 2016 11:04:29 AM
I received some AWESOME patches from ale0059 today!  Without further ado  Cheesy:

I'd like to say I can pick a favorite, but I can't!  They are all so perfect!

Thank you ale!

P.S.-And the card is nifty too...that's why I included it in the photo.  Wink
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 04, 2016 03:50:51 PM
I have some photos to show of what me and my girls were doing in June and today:

Since the girls are out of school for the summer, we've declared Mondays to be "Pinterest Mondays".  Basically, that means that we each take turns choosing something either from our pinterest or just in general to do.  It adds some structure to the week.  My younger DD chose to make bath bombs.  We couldn't find round molds so we improvised using a popsicle maker, and then my younger DD just rolled the rest of the mixture into a ball with her hands.  They came out good, considering we didn't have enough of the ingredients!

We also like making our own pizzas, using our own homegrown basil:

Lastly, today we made some pico de gallo (sp?) to eat with our meal for the Fourth of July.  We used our own homegrown tomatoes and cilantro:

Here's the recipe for it:

1 1/2 lbs. plum tomatoes-cored, halved, and seeded (about 2 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup finely diced white onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt

-Cut the tomatoes into 1/4 inch pieces, and put into a bowl.
-Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
-Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for one hour for the flavors to meld.

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10  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: July 04, 2016 01:50:07 PM
I received from audio on Friday? Saturday?  Here are the photos of the nifty patches and extras she sent me:

And my favorites out of the bag:

Thank you so much audio!  You really paid attention to my likes, and I love the items you sent me!
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