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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) 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

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) on: July 23, 2016 05:50:54 AM
Yayayay, I'm happy it got to you!  You are adorable and I'm glad you like your shirts Smiley   The owl fleece and Olaf blankie will keep your little girls toasty warm when you finish them.  They will cherish your loving creations.
I know I will love the items that you send me, and am excited to receive them.  It means a lot that you are taking the time to make something personal for me.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) on: July 18, 2016 05:05:12 PM
Happy Birthday to your mother!  Enjoy celebrating with her Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) 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

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question on making bath fizzy things on: July 18, 2016 05:41:09 AM
I use frosting containers for my larger mold.  I cut them down to about one third of their height.  They make  nice pucks that are easy to remove - gently turn upside down and press the center of the bottom.  Silicone would be easier though, as it is more supple.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Ideas Needed Please on: July 17, 2016 07:25:30 AM
So far, we will be taking a life sized jenga and some homemade playdough stuff.  Bubbles are fun too.  There are oodles of recipes for bubble solution, mostly with Dawn brand dish detergent.   What determines the ratio of ingredients?  Is it climate, high/low altitude, something else?  Some have teaspoons of sugar while others look diabetic.  Does the sugar/corn syrup/glycerin attract bugs?  I understand substitution of equivalents, personal preferences, and using what is at hand.  What is the purpose of adding baking powder?  Or cornstarch?

1. Exploratorium Bubble Formula: 2/3 cup Joy dishwashing soap, 1 gallon water, 2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerin
2. Cyndi's Bubble Recipe: 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy), 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of sugar
3. Homemade Bubbles: 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent, 4 1/2 cup water, 4 tablespoons glycerin. Note: The longer the mixture sits before using, the better results you'll see.
4. National WIldlife Federation Bubble Recipe: 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent, 3/4 cup cold water, 5 drops of glycerin
5. Marcia's Formula: 1 cup Ultra Ivory Blue, 12 cups water, 3/4 tablespoon glycerin. Leave uncovered overnight for the best results.
6. Ann Hallock's Recipe: 6 parts water, 2 parts Joy dishwashing liquid, and 3/4 part corn syrup
7. Bubble Town Quick Start Recipe: 1 part dishwashing liquid and 15 parts water
8. Big Bubble Magic's Basic Secret Formula: 1 part ultra-Joy brand or 1-1/2 parts "cooked" Dawn, 8 parts pure distilled water,1/4 part or less light corn syrup or glycerin. See website for more details on this method.
((What is cooked Dawn???))
9. Majic's Big Bubble Recipe: 11 cups Water, 4 cups Ajax dish soap (anti-bacterial works best), 1 cup corn syrup
(the above list found here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/9-ways-to-make-your-own-backya-86172)

... 4 cups warm water + 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap

MATERIALS FOR GIANT BUBBLES:
6 Cups Water
1/2 cup Dish Soap*
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1 TBSP Baking POWDER
1 TBSP Glycerin**
*Dawn Dish Soap (blue)

MIX-IT-UP
I used a large dishpan.  Slowly mix the ingredients together and avoid getting too many bubbles in it.  Then let it sit for 1-3 hours. The cornstarch is a little funny, but somehow it works!  Be patient with the solution, it will work and youll love it.  Please note:  Bubbles work best on humid or damp days.  Dry heat
..and the note ends there.

*Wanders around shouting "Tick tock!  Tick tock!"

... Now for the bubble wands .....

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) on: July 16, 2016 05:44:20 AM
Although it is wonderful to give/receive a handmade item, there is nothing wrong with supply claims.  I love the gizmos that I've received.  Not only are they helpful, they accessorize my imaginary Crafter-Who-Knows-What- She's-Doing- and-Does-It-Well costume! Smiley

What sorts of crafts do you all like to do?  What would you like to learn?
Machine sewing is my focus.  I'd like to learn to crochet or knit.  In school I did a lot of ceramics.  I loved throwing on the potter's wheel and working the clay.  I'd love to muck up again one day or tinker with polymer clay.   
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 128 (July 2016) on: July 15, 2016 06:53:33 PM
*Perks @ treadles ... oh, the history that machine could share if it could talk!  Same with the other VSMs.  Anne you have a nice collection of machines.

*Waves to Mlsocci74 and Averia

By the way Avie, that little blue herb scissors cleaner gadget is awesome.  Great invention!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Ideas Needed Please on: July 14, 2016 04:10:25 PM
petskin I love you for that!  Thank you so much!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: July 13, 2016 08:16:49 AM
CLM your friend will adore that SpongeBob!

*Ahem.*   The Robotics Team at my children's school is hosting a craft show fund raiser in August!  (Insert shameless advertising plug - They are great kids.)
I signed up, which means I'll be doing a good bit of destashing.  Hopefully some items will sell and I'll gain some shelf space.  This is the team's second craft show and I'm happy to support their endeavor.  Last year's event was loads of fun, gabbing with other sellers and stalking vendors' tables.  Due to friendly bartering, I came home with more than I took lol.  Any tips from you craft show sellers are greatly appreciated. Smiley
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