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1  Re: I <3 the Dollar Store Gallery in The Swap Gallery by catango on: June 08, 2011 08:56:37 PM
Hot stuff from hautedog! Smiley  Here's a group shot, I had to stand like a million feet away in order to get everything in one picture:


A mask, three frames, two bags of bulbs, a coffee mug, two cat toys, two dish towels with cuteness added, a clever box, two storage boxes, a jar with more googlies, a coupon folder, two button kits, a basket of shells and two LED candles.... *phew*!!  I think she and I would have had fun shopping together, lol!

And onto my favs Smiley  This just cracks me up, it's a wood box covered in googly eyes...it's punny, get it?  get it?


Closeup of one of the dishtowels and a flickering LED candle that says "Smells Turn Me On" (it smells like vanilla!  perfect for evening picnics)


And, Vinny...well he just loves the cat toy:


In fact, he really, really, really loves the cat toy. This photo is going to give me nightmares, I can already tell Smiley


And my absolute favorite, how is this for hawt?  Meowrrr! Smiley


Thank you hautedogclothing!!! Everything was so much fun! Smiley





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2  Re: Geocaching / Letterboxing Gallery! (Send Outs 5-16-11) in The Swap Gallery by catango on: May 27, 2011 06:21:04 PM
I love this swap!! I got a box load of goodies from Wendie, and here they are, smartly covered so that I don't plow through the box without reading the note first.  Wink


Here's a pict of almost everything, one of my favorite items was the map and envelopes.  I've always wondered how people upcycled maps into envelopes, and Wendie sent me a mini-tutorial on how to do so.  PLUS an uncut map.  Bonus!  Smiley 


I also got some butterfly and rooster knickknacks that will be great to leave in caches, and do you see that wrapped package?  I got a pouch to take with me, and it perfectly fits that little notebook.  I love the geocaching feet and the logo zipper pull Smiley  Wendie gave me an extra one too.  I'm trying to be generous and say I'll leave it in a cache, but it'll have to take something very special for me to let go of it.


And finally, a bonus and my favorite item of the entire stash, a beautiful fabric headband that ties in the back.  Thank you for the overseas love, Wendie! Smiley





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3  Re: Frugal Living 4: Frugal is the NEW BLACK! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by catango on: May 06, 2011 08:40:51 PM
This was only my second swap, and Bergman was really, really awesome about it!  I just learned to sew, so one of the things I said I'd love, would be for a tutorial.  So she wrote one for me, on how to make a tote bag, AND sent fabric along with it so I could practice!  This community is just so giving and helpful, I really love Craftster Smiley  Without getting any more sentimental...I present the following Bergman amazingness:

Here is a totebag, five swaths of beautiful fabric, rick rack and a phenomenal tute on how to make the totebag.  I would have been over the moon if this was all that was in my package, but there was more!


Here is Vinny inspecting our brand new swiffer covers...these things are awesome!  You can see the sushi card in back, yum.


A thread catcher!!  Both the bag and the catcher are secured with velcro.  Ingenious!!  I've already put it to use.  What a concept.  It has already made a difference in my workspace.


And finally, just because there was still space left in the box, Bergman stuffed a bunch of notions in that she thought I'd find useful.  Check out those scissors charms.  Love them.


Bergman, you are cooler than a rocket pop.  Thank you so much!




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4  Wine charm bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by catango on: May 02, 2011 05:18:38 AM
There has been a set of wine charms sitting in our garage sale pile for over a year now...you know, those little rings that you're supposed to put on a wine glass?  It finally occurred to me that I could ransack it for a charm bracelet!  My favorites are the wedge of cheese and the bunch of grapes.  Everything else I already had in my stash.




Thanks for looking Smiley
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5  Made a Munu! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by catango on: May 01, 2011 12:26:12 PM
Due to severe procrastination tendencies, I was stuck two hours before my friend's kid's 2nd birthday party without a present.  I rummaged around my stash and found a sheet of red felt and some fiberfill.  "AH HA!" I exclaimed.  I remembered his mom telling me how hard it was to find Yo Gabba Gabba toys, and I knew that one of the characters was red.  Thank goodness for Google images.  I whipped this up and it was an instant hit.  Gratification point #1 was when dad said, "You made this?"  Gratification point #2 was when the little boy grabbed it ran around showing everyone and doing a little dance.  I'm sure it's totally demolished by now, but it turned out better than anything I could have bought!

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6  First attempt at applique! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by catango on: March 27, 2011 12:48:55 PM
So two of my close friends are popping out babies on almost the exact same day...which is super exciting, but which also means I need to double the baby presents I just got a sewing machine about a month ago and am slowly learning how to use it.  I saw a onesies thread on here that totally inspired me, and these were really fun to conceptualize.  Thank you Craftster muses!  Smiley


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7  Re: anthropologie necklace or accessory knockoff swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by catango on: March 21, 2011 08:09:16 PM
This was my very first swap, and I lucked out and got paired with NatACT!  She sent the most beautiful pieces all the way from Australia, I can't wait to wear them.  NatACT, thank you so much, your taste is incredible and I'm wishing you the bestest, speediest, easiest recovery ever!

First two I opened, this beautiful necklace and earring set!


A headband that I absolutely love love love!  It's so cute on.  Though, my cat managed to grab a mouthful and now it's missing a pearl Sad  No worries though, as I just happen to have the same size and color in my collection so it's an easy fix!


Finally, my all time favorite.  I have no idea where you got the parts for this, but I absolutely love it.  This length is very trendy at the moment, and I've been meaning to go out and find a similar necklace, but there's no way I would have found one as perfect to my taste as this.  You're the best!


Closer up of the pendant


Thank you so much!! Smiley
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8  Husband's Stolen Henley turned into Skirt + Bunny in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by catango on: February 26, 2011 08:37:32 AM
Okay, this is my very first post of a completed project.  I got a sewing machine for my birthday and am running all over the house repurposing fabric because I'm too scared to try anything on purchased fabric yet, lol!  I'm still intimidated when I walk into a fabric store, so I figure I'll snipe stuff out of my husband's closet for now.  Hopefully, by the time he notices, I'll be good enough on the sewing machine to replace what I've taken.

So this is what happened to a stolen gray henley.  The arms became a rice-filled bunny rabbit, the body became a skirt.  I'm not going to show you the waistband because it is just a mess.  My only hope is that it doesn't fall off at work.  But, I still love the flowers Smiley





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9  Gum Paste Roses in Dessert by catango on: January 21, 2011 12:34:25 PM
Hi everyone, I'm a n00b here but have been lurking around for several months Smiley  I'm not that great of a baker, but I love decorating cakes and have just started playing around with gum paste.  It takes some time, and I usually have to get up early Sunday morning in order to have a few quiet hours before the rest of the house starts waking up, but I love the process.  So meditative!  Here's a picture of one of my first roses.  It hardens up pretty good, so I'm thinking of ways to use it in some of my other crafty goodness.

Here's a link to the picture, I'd love to see what others have done!
 
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