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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 127 (June 2016) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: August 30, 2016 02:58:21 PM
The mail carrier delivered this pretty purple necklace, courtesy of Angel anna.wahnsinn!  Each of the 12 strands has hundreds of itty bitty beads that Anne strung herself, and the clasp is easy to work for those bad arthritis days.  Purple and shimmery - I love it!  Thank you, Anne!  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated Smiley

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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: August 01, 2016 05:20:00 PM
Today I received a treasure trove of goodies from anna.wahnsinn for multiple claims!

She knew I was anxious to read Jane Austen's works, so she tucked PERSUASION and MANSFIELD PARK into the package.  I know I will enjoy reading them.

Anna made 3 necklaces, all different lengths, each with her personal touch, and each depicting one of my favorite things. 

The inscription:  "You've always had the power," from Wizard of Oz

Check out this adorable brooch.  It has a real pin cushion! and sewing themed charms.  I can't imagine the work involved in making this.  There are itty bitty holes in the base for sewing/attaching the pin cushion in place.

Anne, thank you so much for everything!  I appreciate each and every item you sent Smiley

(Sorry to post and run but we have a flooded basement to clean and a third sump pump to install.)

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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: July 23, 2016 02:51:03 PM
Okay, y'all ... sit back and be awed.  Today I received my package from Mlsocci74 and *Omigosh*  is it ever overwhelming!  She made me a kajillion billion (lots!) canning jar labels shaped like little mason jars plus not one, but two, lovely necklaces.  Here is the loot:

These necklaces have images from her own photography.  Aren't they amazing!  I love peacocks and those dainty flowers (I forget their name) were in our backyard when growing up.  Each necklace was packaged in its own pretty red jewelry gift box.  She coordinated the labels with their own tan colored gift box.  Check out the detail on those mason jar labels-- nothing is amiss, even the jar lid threads are there, as well as "Made with love" inscribed!  Also she added pretty brown and white threads for tying.  Our canning projects will have lovely identification.  I might even use these labels on gifts during the holidays.

Everything is fabulous, Mlsocci74!  Thank you very much! Smiley

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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: July 18, 2016 12:18:04 PM
Good luck with the selling venture, rscowtown.  Wow Averia, that light box sounds awesome. Smiley

Without further ado, may I present the package that I received from RaraAvis!  She claimed me for a mugrug and a supply item.  Here is a pic of the unwrapped loot.

Closeups of the gorgeous mugrug:  I love peacocks and the blue-green-purple end of the color spectrum.
Look at the pretty cobalt and turquoise on the back: 
All I can say is "wow," RaraAvis. Your choice of fabrics, the stitching, the peacock... such careful thought went into every detail.  I am truly awestruck.

She also spoiled me with not just one supply item, but oodles of D rings in various sizes and 3 different colors of webbing!  Look how pretty the webbing straps are when coiled together.

Look at the charming card that was enclosed, too.  Is it hand stamped on the front?  I love the rustic touch that it has.

RaraAvis, thank you so much for a lovely claim package!  Everything is awesome!  Smiley

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5  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by JS on: July 12, 2016 05:51:41 AM
I destashed a couple of plastic/flannel backed table cloths!  They have been made into reusable, reversible bowl covers.  They add a cheerful touch to a picnic or gathering.

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6  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 127 (June 2016) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: July 11, 2016 04:04:49 PM
*Squeals with delight*  Well lookie here what the mail carrier delivered from Averia!

She sent replacement blades for my rotary cutter, some sturdy pinking shears with comfort grip handles, and herb scissors! 
DH and I have been trying to have a garden and it will be great to snip parsley and other goodies with those multiblade herb scissors.  I've wistfully admired them from afar.  Now snipping will be much easier.  The pinkies will definitely get lots of use cutting fabric.  It's great to cut out a project and not have the fabric fray all along the edges.  The replacement rotary blades came at the perfect time - mine is dull and has been due for a switch.  All of the "sharpies" are greatly appreciated and will be used often!

Thank you very much for this awesome claim, Averia!  Smiley

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7  Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by JS on: January 23, 2016 05:08:15 PM
Thank you for the kind remarks Smiley  Yes I have searched ISMACS and other places for a Viscount manual.  Unfortunately the Viscount was not a popular brand.  There are manuals for other clones that are similar though, and hopefully I can figure out the basics.

Here is her mugshot:

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8  Re: DIY Bath Bombs in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by JS on: December 22, 2015 04:36:42 PM
This was such fun to make!  I have been planning for months to make these for MIL for Christmas.  I love the idea of giving something that is homemade, from the heart.

However, my batches have turned a brownish color while drying.  Would anyone happen to know why?  I used ingredients fresh from the store, and blue food coloring.  I made 2 different batches.  The only difference was 2 different brands of food coloring, thinking perhaps the coloring had been old in the first batch.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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9  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by JS on: November 05, 2015 03:47:29 AM
Wow, loads of awesomeness in here!  Not just the craftables, but the awesome caring hearts as well.  Sending prayers for those who are injured, unwell, or overwhelmed.  Congratulations for all the good things that have been happening!  (Too many to list individually and I'd hate to inadvertently leave someone out, so I hope that ^ blanket covers everyone.)

My "partner" sent some goodies for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap.  Without further ado, here they are!

I tend to make quite the mess when in the kitchen, so aprons get lots of use.  These are lined with a different fabric from their fronts, and are therefore reversible.  (One day I hope to be brave enough to make a fancy apron, like the gorgeous one I received in a previous swap!)  Some will be given as gifts.

For my hair, these wire headbands:

My (partner's) own design - a throw with pockets to hold that pesky remote, glasses, a small book, etc.  When folded in half, it makes a toasty wheelchair blanket.  This will be given to a nursing home resident.  Also, a stocking made in a nontraditional paisley print, with a black cuff made from a window topper curtain.    

Stockings depicting the wise men bearing 3 gifts (my personal favorite holiday symbol):

This tree skirt is from prequilted panels and has adorable angel bears.  It is lined with a subtle cottage print, making it reversible.

Check out this bagpipe pin cushion!  It was discovered at a thrift store and my partner snatched it up for me.  I'm not sure what the original intended use was for this.  I plan to use it for pins.  Somewhere in the cobwebs of my memory, it looks vaguely familiar... as if someone from here may have posted the same item a long time ago.  Does anyone remember this?

Thanks for looking.  Happy crafting/swapping to everyone! Smiley

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10  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by JS on: September 14, 2015 01:54:31 PM
**Posted late due to camera/internet upload not cooperating**
For my Fake Halloween Swap, my imaginary swap partner made a witch centerpiece with some creative twists.  The base is a cookie jar, with an "outfit" that can be removed and replaced for another holiday.  I love it!  The concept is darling, although the execution is far from professional - but it wasn't meant to be perfect Smiley

A closer look at the hat:  

The hair is cut in a wavy design
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