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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Upcycled pincushion from salt shaker on: March 08, 2014 01:44:32 PM

I made this upcycled pincushion from a salt shaker for the recent Box of Sunshine swap.  The salt shaker came from my local Goodwill store.  I must say that it's a good thing there wasn't a mate for it because I might have had a hard time giving them up!

I laid a piece of fabric down on the inside under the top holes before filling the shaker with polyfill.  My hope was that the fabric would keep the filling from creeping out through the holes over time. I didn't glue anything down because I thought the recipient might someday want to use it as a salt shaker again.  I found that the blunt end of a bamboo skewer was just right for stuffing the filling in through the plughole at the bottom of the shaker.  Bamboo skewers are wonderful tools!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) on: February 28, 2014 08:08:37 PM
I received a wonderful box of sunshine last weekend and I've been reveling in its brightness all week!! I have to send my most sincere apologies to my patient partner plaidpineapple for this very late posting of photos.  We had unexpected house guests last weekend and this week has just been nonstop real life.

First up the box of goodies (and the lovely yellow box is part of the package - it has a great little tie so it can be used for all sorts of organiz-ey goodness)

included were:
a handmade card (with a removable note inside so I can reuse the card)
a yellow on yellow patterned fat fabric quarter
a small orange-with-white-polka-dots notebook, just right for swapping notes, I think  Roll Eyes
a long strip of smiley face sun stickers
a pack of yellow seed beads (crying out to be used in a cuff bracelet, I think)
a roll of paper tape with summertime sayings (Lazy Days, Summertime, etc)
a small marigold color inkpad
orange sharpie
orange crayola lip balm
yellow and blue bakers twine (also used for the box tie)

the crafty goodness inside (and I have a hard time believing either of these was a small) was...

a wonderful glasses case (which I really need because I didn't have one at all!)
and a terrific traveling jewelry case with a necklace of small gold daisies included

Thanks so much, plaidpineapple!!  I love them all - and I can't tell you how glad I was that you made the outside of the glasses case in a flowery fabric because my son was hovering over it ready to grab it and run until he decided it wasn't quite manly enough.  Cheesy
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SU - Jan 17, SO - Feb 18) on: February 18, 2014 12:01:47 PM
A snow-covered box of east coast sunshine is headed west to plaidpineapple!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SU - Jan 17, SO - Feb 17) on: January 26, 2014 06:53:26 AM
I have finished my crafting.  Just need to find a couple more fillers and I am done.

Eeep!!  Well, I guess I'm not too far behind you, plaidpineapple! I have most of the fillers - just one more particular item to pick up if I can find the right grocery store  Roll Eyes  My son had his wisdom teeth out on Friday so we've mostly been hanging around the house this weekend.  Crafting is about 2/3 done - all planned and both items underway.  It's been very cold here in New Hampshire - perfect weather for spending my time thinking about sunshine.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery on: January 25, 2014 09:18:45 AM
The butterfly display is beautiful, MissingWillow - can you tell us how you did it?
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SU - Jan 17, SO - Feb 17) on: January 15, 2014 04:24:53 PM
It's been a while since I've joined a swap but I just couldn't resist this one, especially after seeing so many familiar names!  The days have been so gloomy lately and I think a shot of sunshine is just what I need...

I claim ENGRbyDAY for cityscapes!

Claims: 1
Sent: 0
Received: 0

I'm Marilyn, living with my two sons (18 & 20 years old), two cats and 5 chickens in rural New Hampshire about an hour north of Boston.  I've been away from ATCs for a while but I'm glad to be back.  Cheesy  I love watercolors, tramp art, mixed media, nature & science and will love whatever you send!


Cityscapes (DS #1)
Railroad trains (DS #2)
Aliens/Area 51 (DS #1)
Farming (DS #2)
Deep sea life
Silly science puns (Oxygen and Magnesium met at a bar and decided to go on a date I was like OMg!!!
Odd facts
Your local historical roadside marker/plaque/monument
Art Deco

Thanks for claiming me!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Little Pincushion swap gallery on: April 28, 2013 03:30:33 PM
Oh, dear...I think I got rid of a glass umbrella dish not too long ago.  What was I thinking!  Huh

I love that duck - so clever and cute!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Little Pincushion swap gallery on: April 22, 2013 07:23:17 PM
  And the cat is quite wonderful also.  Smiley

I love that kitty, too.  It looks very Breakfast at Tiffany's, sitting on its fancy cushion, doesn't it?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 on: April 22, 2013 06:19:31 PM
Received my underwater world pincushion from quaggy this weekend - in addition to the greatest pincushion ever, there were even a few extras tucked in the handy storage area down inside the base...

A seam ripper (yayy! for not having to always go to another room when I need one), a bag of buttons and a handy thread cutter so I won't have to carry scissors with me on the plane!

Thanks again, quaggy!
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