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11  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 30, 2015 12:24:41 PM
Claimed by La Chapa, thanks so much!

Card of blue buttons.

The 'garden' business card wallet in the bottom row center.
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12  Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: April 28, 2015 09:10:17 AM
Hi folks, I was getting my stuff ready for farmer's market opening day this Friday and found another set of pottery buttons.  Just added them to my shop.

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13  Re: OWS Round 113 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 21, 2015 12:02:28 PM
Edel, would you be OK with a surprise? 

Here's the jam packed package I received from crazyda79!  First up, some spooky papercrafting goodies.  I've admired this blood spattered ribbon in the past!  The skull is awesome.

A mixture of glass beads, spooky band-aids (I had no idea they made these!), some charms and a glow in the dark fly.  Ha!

A fun mixture of miniatures/whimsies, I already have a plan for the tiny flowerpot.   Smiley

An entire set of these fun Halloween bags. 

And.... a zombie sheep hoop to go with my odd collection.  Woo hoo!  crazyda79 said she was nervous as she had a lot of mixed reactions to it but beauty is in the eye of the receiver and I love it!  Thank you so much for making it just for me!
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14  Re: OWS Round 113 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 19, 2015 08:39:58 AM
Lo{ve} sent me the most generous and fantastic supply package ever!  I had Halloween fabrics on my wish list and boy did she deliver!!!  I don't already have any of these (and I have a lovely stash), it's wonderful how different fabrics are sold in different parts of the country.  I can only imagine what Halloween fabrics from other parts of the world are like. 

E-6000 and sculpey!  My current tube of E-6000 is almost empty and very gunked up.  I'd been eyeing these small tubes for my next glue experience.   Smiley

Eyes in three different sizes and some really cute dollhouse miniatures. 

I love everything, Lo{ve}, thank you so much!
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15  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 16, 2015 03:29:52 AM
Claimed by Lo{ve}: Beeswax votive candles.  Thanks so much!

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16  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 10, 2015 06:54:12 AM
Sold to sheepBlue: The big green and big brown buttons.  These are some of my favorite I've ever made, thanks so much!  I need to spend some time shopping this afternoon.   Smiley

Claim as big green, big brown or rose flowers
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17  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 09, 2015 06:08:53 PM
Spikefan now has all of my pottery and glass ring dishes claimed for a project she is working on.  Thank you!

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18  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 09, 2015 10:27:37 AM
Sold to loudxmouse, thanks so much for the claim!  If there is any further interest, just let me know.  I can get on making some more.

Beeswax Votive Candles (from our very own hives!)
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19  Getting Started With Bees in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 07, 2015 12:01:56 PM
We picked up two packages of bees and installed them into hives this morning.  The process can be quite mysterious and daunting so I thought I'd share how it's done.  Smiley  We ordered our bees in December and selected the first pick-up date (April 7th).  The bee supplier is about a 90 minute drive from here.  We arrived two hours into pick-up and they had already gone through almost a thousand packages(!)  Sorry for the huge number of photos, but I wish I'd had this step by step the first time we did this.

(These guys could have used some Craftster help with their signage...)

The packaging comes in three parts; the screened transport cage, a can of sugar water with three small holes punched in the bottom so they have food for their journey, and a little queen cage hanging inside.  Each package has about 12,000 bees inside it.

We (very carefully) drove home with them on the backseat floorboards of our car. 

Today was overcast and 65 degrees.  The perfect weather for this process.  The first thing we did when we got home was spray them with a good dose of homemade sugar water.  Simple syrup for those of you who enjoy the occasional fancy cocktail. Cheesy  This helps keep them docile during the process. 

There is a thin veneer of wood stapled to the opening, it just gets pried off with a hive tool. 

The sugar water can gets lifted out so you can reach inside and pull out that little queen cage.  As soon as it's out, we just lay the veneer back over the opening so the bees can't escape.

Here's a look at the queen cage.  She's in there with a few worker bees, that's her on the left.  The white stuff on the end is a sugary solid known as candy, and is blocked by a cork plug. 

The cork gets removed, exposing the candy to the hive bees.  It will take the hive 1-2 days to eat away the candy and release the queen and her attendants.  This gives them a little time to get used to each other.

The entire uncorked queen cage gets hung between two frames.  Now we're ready for bees!

Just gather your nerve and dump em in!

Use a soft hive brush to coax them down between the frames.

If you look really carefully, you can see they are congregated around the hanging queen cage.

The feeder box goes on top of the frames.  There is a pollen patty on one side, the other side gets a half gallon of homemade sugar water, plus everything left in the can they arrived with.  We go through about 5 pounds of sugar every week for 4-5 months out of the year. 

The lid goes on, with a rock to hold it down.  We'll remove the screened cages tomorrow.  There are always a few bees who stubbornly don't want to leave their transportation.  They'll find their way into the hive eventually.  I had every intention of repainting the hives this winter.  Oh well.

Our hives live in our front yard, about 25 feet from the pond's edge in full sun.  It's a great location for bees! 

If you're interested in learning about harvesting honey, check out my A Sweet Harvest post from a while back. 

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20  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 05, 2015 06:11:58 AM
Going to spikefan...  Two glass lined pottery ring dishes.  Thanks so much for the claim!

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