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311  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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312  Deer-Proof Your Garden - One Solution in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: May 18, 2011 05:50:12 AM
I planted English peas twice this Spring, and the deer came in and ate every single one of them.  I have big plans for my garden this Summer and refuse to battle both the bugs and the deer for my plants so I started doing some research.  The most promising solution I found was an invisible fence.  The premise is if you stretch fishing line between posts, deer can't see it.  When they walk into it, they freak out and run away.  We already had T-posts just sitting around, and I raided my husband's tackle box. 

Here's a close up of the fishing line in front of one of our garlic beds.  Please excuse the weeds.   Embarrassed  With all the work getting our garden in, we haven't had a chance to get the weed whacker out between beds yet.

The posts are set about 15-20 feet apart, and the line stretches horizontally about a foot off the ground, again about 5 feet off the ground, then in a criss-cross pattern between posts.

Here's a wide shot showing how we've got all of our beds protected now.  It's been 3 weeks since we installed this and have had no problem with the deer since.  It's too late to replant the peas, but the beans and soybeans are all sprouting unmolested, and all of my transplants look great! 

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313  Re: Shop the Swap 50 **Shops only** (sign up to May 23/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: May 03, 2011 06:52:00 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:
TheSapphireMoon - Moda blue flowers fabric (1)

Claims by me

Starting Points - 5
Current Points - 8
Pending Points - 0
Total Points - 8
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314  Hermione is All Set for the Royal Wedding! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 28, 2011 03:28:37 PM
In anticipation of the royal wedding I made my best milking goat, Hermione, a fancy hat to wear on the day.  Alas, I believe her invitation must have been lost in the mail.  Poor dear!  We'll just have to celebrate it here.  Wink

She's quite photogenic, she knows how to smize!

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315  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 27, 2011 08:57:11 AM
Sold to A2K.  Thanks so much, Tonya!

Peach Jelly

Blackberry Jelly
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316  A Spring Morning in the Greenhouse in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 12, 2011 07:23:36 AM
It's a hoop house, actually.  My genius husband built it for us from a kit.  It's got an interior raised bed.  We've been enjoying lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets all winter.

One of my requirements when we were deciding on the size was it had to be big enough for a table.  We've hosted luncheons and dinners out there.  Today, the table is holding my tea, cucumber seedlings and the season's final daffodils.  

I've had cut organic blue seed potatoes drying out there for a few days.  They're now ready to go into our garden bed.

We supplement our raised bed gardening with a lot of potted plants.  Tomatoes, hot peppers and cucumbers mostly.  For those of you who don't have the ground space to garden in, try some potted plants this summer.  We load our back deck with them.  I make my own potting mixture.  It's mostly garden soil, the kind you can get in bags at the garden center.  In a large container I add in some compost, a little peat moss, a few handfuls of vermiculite and about 1/4 cup of Soil Moist crystals to help the pots hold moisture.  

Today, I potted up tomatoes.  To cover those drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, I put in a layer of skirting.  That's the scrap fleece leftover from shearing.  It acts both as a barrier and helps with fertilization.  You can also cover those drainage holes with a bit of broken flower pot, fabric, packing peanuts, any number of things.

On top of the skirting I put a trowel of my potting mixture.  I tear the bottom of the peat pot that my tomatoes have been growing in and set it in the pot.  It's important not to touch the stem of a tomato.  Just touch the peat pot or the leaves if you have to.

When you pot up a tomato plant, it's important to plant it as deep as you can.  Just leave the very top leaves showing.  By doing this, the plant will develop more roots along the buried stem and will give you a more vigorous plant.  

We use the greenhouse as a season extender.  We'll keep our potted plants in there under protection until our last frost. Then we'll use it again at the end of the growing season for our plants when the first frost is predicted.
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317  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Discussion** in New Swap Theme Ideas by MissingWillow on: April 09, 2011 10:23:11 AM
I just added some Indian textiles to my shop (mirrored dupatta and beaded scarf).

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318  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 08, 2011 01:54:48 PM
Sold to Zelda_Suicide.  Thanks so much for the claim!

Upcycled Toddler Pants

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319  Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2011 in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: April 07, 2011 10:54:30 AM
Home Sweet Home Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2011

Crafty Housewares: General

Felt Circle Pillows! by mimiw

Crafty Housewares: Reconstructed

The Great Caravan/Trailer Makeover! by sparrowarms

Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) by Phantome

Interior Decorating

my green diningroom by miep

Little Mermaid nursery mural by chughes225

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening

Bird Nest Station by lunamadre

Grow Your Own Tomatoes from Seed by MissingWillow

Pet-Related Crafts

Dog crate kennel by 3RaysOfSunshine

Hooded Sleeping Bag for Doxies by LimeRiot
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320  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: April 06, 2011 02:21:45 PM
Sold to TLK - thanks so much!

Choli Pattern (out of print)

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

And a cranberry chrysthemum soap.
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