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301  Re: flat rate box June 2011 swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 30, 2011 03:21:31 PM
I knew you'd love that little jar of fruit!  I also received from Tygermane.  She sent me really lovely and useful things.  First up are buttons, bits/bobs and some silver colored jewelry findings that I immediately added to my stash.

Cute fabrics!  Soft kawaii flannel and a nice sized fleece pirate!

Cute cute fruit and veggie fabrics that I can use in many projects including an I-Spy quilt.

Thank you so much for everything, Tygermane!
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302  Solid Perfume Locket Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: June 23, 2011 02:11:49 PM
Thisbirdsabsurd is my partner in the Make A Friend swap.  This is a three part swap whose first package must focus on the sender vs. the partner.  One of the items I found in my first package was something that she thinks smells good, a vial of satsuma fragrance.  I have never heard of satsuma before but agree with her, it smells fantastic!  I decided when I opened it that I would use it in some way to make her something for package number two.  Since we raise bees, we've got beeswax for crafting.  I decided to make her some solid perfume using the satsuma fragrance.  I searched online for a locket that had some sort of opening in the top so the scent would be able to escape and found this lovely filigree one.  The idea is that body warmth will release the scent and it opens if she wants to apply the scent directly to her skin.  

Here is the locket I selected.  It came in a set, so I have others that I can play with for Christmas gifts.  It will be fun to blend some scents!

There are just three ingredients in the perfume.  Equal amounts of beeswax and a carrier oil.  I used sweet almond oil, which I have on hand for soapmaking.  I used a teaspoon of each for this project.  In retrospect, it was too much (but now I have some satsuma perfume of my own)!  I started with about 25 drops of the fragrance oil, tested it, and ended up adding an additional 20 or so.    

A makeshift double boiler!  An old pan heating water and a small glass jar to melt the ingredients.  This didn't take long at all.  When it was melted and scented, I just poured it into the locket and left it alone to harden.  I checked on it after about an hour and it was solid.  

After that, it required some basic jewelery skills to add a few charms and put it on a chain.  I covered an altoid tin to send it in.  If you make one, please PM me, I wanna see!
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303  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 23, 2011 01:48:59 PM

Package #2 Received from thisbirdsabsurd

You're welcome a million, thisbirdsabsurd!  Speaking of... I received my second package from her as well, and holy crap!  I am seriously in love with her art dolls and, as sheepishly as a shepherdess could, asked if she'd mind sending me a something for me to follow so I can make my own.  I not only got a pattern but an entire DIY kit!  It included her hand drawn pattern on heavy paper, cute fabric, an embroidery hoop (Would you believe my first? I will NOT be afraid!), embroidery thread and needles, and coordinating ribbon.  I can't wait to get started, I think everyone in my family is getting an art doll for Christmas this year.  LOL!

Some charms to embellish her, I love these!  

This cutie is going to be my salt cellar.  I immediately dumped the contents of my old cracked salt cellar into this little piggy.  Isn't he awesome?

I should have used something for scale, but this hand painted box couldn't hold more than a cup of beans, if that.  It's painted with a tiny primitive scene that represents our homestead.  A weeping willow tree, farmhouse, sheep and working border collie.  I'm in awe of her painting skills.  So tiny and beautiful!

But wait, there's more!  Check out the adorable felted lamb inside.  It's got a little heart hanging from it's collar!  Such great needlefelting skills!  I told thisbirdsabsurd from the start that I want to be her when I grow up and this is a perfect example.  

Here's another. O.M.G.  Can you believe someone would make this and put it in a box?  I know I'd have a hard time doing it!  The best part is the fabric selections.  All animals and bees and a sample of the butterfly fabric I sent her in box #1.  Love love LOVE it!  

Here's the back, more awesomeness.

And inside are some recipe cards tucked in.  Maybe I'll make this a recipe book!  Whatever I decide to do with it, it will be treasured always.  Thank you so much, Jen.  You really are a talented, wonderful person!   Kiss

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304  Harvesting Spring Honey in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: June 02, 2011 10:28:51 AM
We harvested the first of our Spring honey this week.  Our bees are doing very well in the little bee yard we've set up by our pond.  We've seen a bear in our back yard, thankfully it's never made it down to the hives! 

Here we are gathering up the honey supers to bring into our kitchen for processing.  A honey super is the shallow box where bees store honey in beeswax frames of drawn honeycomb.  We always leave one super per hive for the bees.  It's what they eat over the winter.  Anything above their super is ours.   Smiley

They store honey in drawn beeswax honeycomb and cap it with beeswax when it's full.  A super full of honey is very very heavy. 

We use a knife to remove the beeswax cap that keeps the honey stored.  The beeswax cappings get melted down.  I use it for crafting candles, soap and solid perfume.   

We have a small extractor, which is just fine for our operation.  It's basically a plastic tank that holds two uncapped frames which are spun via a handle crank.  Centrifugal force spins the honey from the frames into the bottom of the extractor.

From here, the honey is strained into a holding tank.  From there, it's ladled into jars.   If you look carefully, you'll see newspaper spread on our kitchen floor.  It's potentially a messy job.

The best comb gets set aside for comb honey.  Instead of uncapping it, we cut it into chunks to fit into a jar.  Here is some cut comb waiting for honey to be added to the jar.

The finished product, ready for the Farmer's Market!  We'll harvest again towards the end of the Summer.  Our sourwood trees are just starting to bloom so the next batch will be sourwood honey, a local delicacy.   Any questions?  Ask away!

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305  Re: Shop the Swap 51 **Shops only!!** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: June 02, 2011 05:16:47 AM

Missing Willow's Shop is Closed

We are a non-smoking household in Virginia with a hairless cat and one indoor dog only allowed in her kennel.

Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers - 1 point

Knitting Book (new)- 1 point

Tea Cup Pincushion - 2 points

Miniature Witch Curio - 2 points
To get an idea of the scale, the crystal ball is a marble.

Close up of the spell book and the opposite side of the photo frame.  It has a flying monkey on one side and the Wicked Witch of the West on the other.

Rainbow Pet Food Rug - 1 point

An action shot of our Bindi with hers:

Sweater Vase - 1 point
Made from a felted sweater, this container has a plastic cup inside to hold water for flowers or pens/craft supplies.  

Homemade Laundry Soap
Two cups for one point.  Contains Fels-Naptha laundry soap, sodium carbonate and sodium tetraborate (borax). Use 1 Tbsp for a regular load, 2 Tbsp for an extra soiled load.    


Strawberry Cream Pie Soap - 1 point
This M&P soap has a vanilla scented crust topped with a layer of cream and strawberries, topped with strawberry glaze.  If you cut it into 4, you can get bath sized bars.  6 slices make guest bath sized soaps.

Dupatta - 2 points
Indian cotton dupatta with shisha mirror and bell trim.  Can be used as a wrap or can be upcycled into something fabulous.  

Tie Dye Scarf
- 1 point
This cotton scarf is from India and has beaded detailing on the corners.  Use as-is or upcycle.

Panel Skirt - 1 point

This wine colored panel skirt is sewn by me and shown worn with black harem pants.  It ties on one side and is trimmed with kuchi coins.  Should fit a dancer between 5'6" and 5'8".

Jams & Jellies - 1 point each
We had such an abundance of honey from our bees this year, I think I used honey in all of my canning so if you have allergies to honey, please be aware.  Where appropriate, I'm showing the ribbon earned from last month's county fair. These are all half pint jars.  U.S. shipping only please.

Cherry Jelly

Blackberry Jam

Raw Texel Fleece - 16 oz. for 1 point

Indian Coin Necklace - 1 point

Individual Soaps - 1/2 point each
Claim these M&P soaps as follows (clockwise from top left):
Canteloupe ducky
Lavender sheep (contains goats milk)
Cranberry flower
Strawberry sheep (contains goats milk)
Cucumber fish (small fish toy inside)
Chocolate cupcake
Peaches & Cream goat (contains goats milk)

Cigar Boxes for Altering - 1 point each.  Claim either as Sun Grown or Autumn Collection

Bag of Dominoes and Tri-Ominoes - 1 point
You'll receive a bag that contains 20 each of both dominoes and tri-ominoes.  

Earrings - 1/2 point each

Claim as blue earrings

Claim as green earrings

Claim as red earrings

Claim as orange & black earrings

Wedding Papercrafts book - Create Your Own Invitations, Favors and Decorations to Personalize Your Wedding.  1 point

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton - claim as Pink Flower - 1 point

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton - claim as Yellow Leaves - 1 point

Sewing Patterns - I inherited these, LMK if you have any questions.  They are 0.25 points each

Size 6-8-10.  Claim as 3597 (uncut).

Shoulder pads (!) and a Parsons School of Design bridal veil pattern.  Both uncut.

These are juniors 3/4 thru 9/10.  Claim as 5666 or 3501 uncut).

Youth patterns.  Claim as 9936 or 3338.

Kids clothing.  Claim as 2885 (sizes 1-2-3, uncut), 6362 (size 2 Toddler), 3343 robe (size 4, uncut) or 7790 (18 months, uncut)

These are size S-XL.  All are uncut. Claim as 4808, 6835 or 7150.

Size 8-10-12.  Claim as 3227 (uncut), 5642 (uncut) or 6415.

Size 14-16-18.  Claim as 3135, 3444 (uncut) or 4463 (uncut)

These are size 12-14-16. Claim as 4004, 6879 or 5577 (uncut).

Size 12.  Albert Nipon.  I actually owned this dress in the 80s.  Uncut.

Size 10-12-14.  Claim as 3007 (uncut)

Size 14.  Claim as 9091

Claims from me:

Claims by me:
calluna - small Flat-Rate box-of-whimsies (1)

Starting Points - 8
Current Points - 7
Pending Points - 0
Total Points - 7
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306  Re: Shop the Swap 50 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: June 02, 2011 04:17:14 AM
Awesome!   If possible, I'd love some to match this hat from Cinnamon Teal (isn't it cute!?).  Do I send you measurements?  I have big hands...
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307  Re: Shop the Swap 50 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 27, 2011 12:53:08 PM
Claimed by raerae.  Thanks so much!

Peach Jam

Blackberry Jam
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308  Re: Shop the Swap 50 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 19, 2011 04:36:28 PM
Claimed by TSM.  Thanks Leslie!

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton -  Blue Flower
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309  Re: Shop the Swap 50 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: May 19, 2011 01:09:38 PM
Hi guys, I just added some fun stuff to my shop -

Wedding Papercrafts book - Create Your Own Invitations, Favors and Decorations to Personalize Your Wedding. -  1 point

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton - claim as Blue Flower - 1 point

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton - claim as Pink Flower - 1 point

1 yard of Moda quilting cotton - claim as Yellow Leaves - 1 point
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310  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 19, 2011 12:32:35 PM

Package #1 Received from thisbirdsabsurd

How lucky am I??  I received package 1 from thisbirdsabsurd this afternoon.  I am loving getting to know her via emails, PMs and now her first package.  As it turns out, we have a lot in common!  Here's a shot of everything I received.

She sent me Starbucks caramel coffee.  I am a coffee and tea addict and flavored coffee is the only kind we buy (and the nearest Starbucks is an hour away).  Can't wait to try it.  For her something local, I received Beach Blossom Honey.  My husband and I have our own bees and love to try different kinds.  Satsuma fragrance was something she thinks smells good and I totally agree!  I had to look it up, it's a Japanese citrus fruit and smells heavenly!  The enameled sheep and antique key are from her favorite store (fun!).  The Distress Ink and fabric are favorite craft supply/craft (I love that ink pad and sent her fabric, too.  We share that obsession)   Smiley

This little elf is handmade (!) and represents Christmas, her favorite holiday.  So cute (and so talented)!

Something to read is this charming antique book with the bonus of a very old pressed flower inside.  The weeping willow embroidery covers a sketch pad to carry in my purse.  That willow tree is patterned after our farm logo which my daughter designed.  So pretty and so personal.

Fabric bowls are for organization.  My husband already claimed one for his bedside 'stuff'.  Evidently MY cat (who sleeps inside his jacket all day while he works from home on the computer) broke his last one, which was made from ceramic.  

Parrot feathers!  Donated by her beautiful birds.  I'm going to have to think really hard about what to use them for... so precious.

Wow....Something from paper was a watercolor painting.  Of a goat.  Of one of my goats.  Of actually my favorite goat Hermione!  Thisbird's evidently been cruising my blog...  I have a place of honor planned for this.  What an incredibly talented, generous and sweet partner I have for this swap.   Thank you so much thisbirdsabsurd!!!

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