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581  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery on: December 22, 2013 06:17:54 PM
Yes, CA, that tea is delicious!! 

Lol and day 2 is actually a sewing machine pin cushion! I should have added a note, haha, and sorry! But I guess it could totally work as an eye pillow too  Grin. Yeah, I mean, I meant to do that!
582  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 22, 2013 11:56:23 AM
Naantje, what a great idea!!!  I live in a very tiny apartment and all of our living "areas" just blend together. Literally, the kitchen/dining room/living room are all one space and I am forever trying to find a visually appealing way to separate them. This may just be the ticket!
583  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 21, 2013 10:39:57 PM
Oh my! I haven't posted anything this term, though I have been lurking. It has been crazy busy. Not just about Christmas, but life in general, some bad but mostly good. I have been crafting the while but we didn't have internet (except on my phone) for nearly a month. So, I'm about to do a huge crafty heap of goodness on you!

Class: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Make your own Christmas Tree kits.
Link: Pinterest!  http://www.couponclippingcook.com/candy-cookie-cones/
Description:  My husband and I love this place about 45 minutes Northeast of us called Apple Hill. In the fall and Winter, all of these farms are filled with craft booths and fair-type things and food. There are so many people and so much to do that you cannot make it to the 45+ farms. In the Fall, they have pumpkin patches galore and you can pick your own apples. However, if you go in the Winter, you can cut your own Christmas tree which is what we like doing as a family.
So, in honor of that and our recent trip, I made 7 kits for families to make their own Christmas trees but completely forgot to take a group picture. Its much like creating your own gingerbread house, but easier. Each kit contains pointed sugar cones, green food coloring and white frosting (to be mixed to get your favorite shade of green), mini candy stars, mini mint chocolate kisses in various colors, non parelleis, red pull apart licorice, large and small white round pearl candies, and candy coated chocolate covered sun flower seeds. Everything is completely edible and was created so the entire family, including preschoolers like my youngest, could get in on the fun. :-D

Class: History of Magic
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Sewing machine pin cushion
Link: I saw this http://icanfindthetime.blogspot.com/2010/07/sewing-machine-pin-cushion.html but pulled the pattern out of my head.
Description: I chose to craft something to help save money in tough economic times. Ive been doing a lot of research lately on times when the United States had suffered during either depressions, economic decline or wars and learned that women have had to learn to be thrifty. There are many phrases such as a penny saved is a penny earned and make do and mend that fly to mind. They used everything they had to avoid buying new. I love to craft but sometimes it can be expensive and so Ive decided to take a leaf out of their book and be thrifty. What is the point in buying a new pin cushion when I had all of the materials to make my own? So that is what I did. Everything I used to create this pin cushion for a sewing machine I already had in my stash. That definitely helped me save money.

Class: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Embroidered Needle book
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8832675@N06/6518499165/in/contacts/  The original link I found for a felt one of these is no longer an etsy shop, so I searched around pinterest and found one that was similar.
Description: The spider I observed was very studious. When poked or prodded in its box, it ignored me completely and just went on creating its intricate web. I didnt realize at the time that the spider was showing me how I must act while creating this embroidered needle book for a swap partner. I had many distractions from regular life, children, internet, television, etc, and I would need to slowly make it through to the finish. I did, after a long while, and wished Id only been in a box with a finger poke as a distraction!!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Hoot hoot
Link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79046368/adopt-a-baby-owl-angora-eco-wool-felt?ref=tre-567141698-16 I believe the person who did these actually knitted them instead of what I've done; below.
Description: Ive always fancied the number 2. Besides having the standard two arms, legs, hands, feet, ears and eyes, I also have two children. If I create something for one, the other automatically wants one as well, thus the creation of two little owls. I cut these out of some wool and alpaca sweaters I got from the thrift shop and stitched them up. The stuffing, buttons, etc. were all from my stash.

Class: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Title: full length fingerless gloves
Link: Ravelry!  (I used the entirety of this pattern but made the gloves long. I started with one hook size up and then adjusted to the "correct" hook size when I got to the wrist and hand portion.)  http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/crochet/crochet_pattern_pretty_wrist_warmers.php
Being that Europas surface is made of ice water, it would be absolutely freezing to visit. I created these full length fingerless gloves just for such an environment.

I have a few more but those will have to wait for another time. Also, i have LOVED everything I've been seeing in the thread!! I will be on much more now so will be able to comment. Have a wonderful Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) everyone!!
584  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery on: December 18, 2013 05:57:30 PM
I have Internet again!!!! I will be posting pictures and many, many thanks later tonight, after I pick my kiddos up from AWANA and get them to bed. I LOVE what I've gotten!!!! And I will have to come back on to comment on all of the awesome goodies I'm ogling from you guys. I love how easy it is to pin things to Pinterest Cheesy
585  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery on: December 14, 2013 03:14:55 PM
Hey guys!! I'm loving everything so far! I am going to post tomorrow afternoon. We just got back from Disney land and today is most definitely dedicated to unpacking and cleaning. Great job everyone!!
586  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 30, 2013 09:10:24 PM

Challenge: join the D.A. sign the parchment
Class: Ravenclaw
Title: little critters
Description: I was really torn between two crafts. I love both to crochet and to sew. I chose sewing simply because its something my little girls like to do with me as well. We got some scrap fabric and sewed a little owl for my oldest and a bunny for my youngest.

587  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2013 -- Send Outs 11/27/13 on: November 30, 2013 03:36:33 PM
I did receive!! And I can't wait to open it lol! Yay!
588  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery on: November 28, 2013 12:40:13 AM
Yay! Yay! Woohoo!! I'm so nervousited!!! (MLPFiM reference, anyone?  Grin )

Oh my! I got my package in the mail yesterday and it looks amazing! All wrapped up and pretty.... Begging to be dug into! Haha but I will restrain myself. CabinArts sent me a message telling me to open Day 1 today so I did and it is amazing! I will post a pic in the morning when I can get to a reliable internet source.  Thank you, CabinArts! I love it and my girls went nuts with "oooh"s and "awe"s when we opened it :-D

Ok, here is what she sent me that I had to open on day One Smiley

so my kiddos get stickers and confetti, and it appears that I get a new letter stamp for every day! CabinArts is amazing! I've had this matchbox Advent Calendar on my Pinterest for ages and she was awesome! This is a LARGE item, btw, and we discussed that before she crafted and shipped so it was totally cool :-D

And a bag of "snow" balls!! We love it and have had several snow ball fights already Smiley

Here are our extras, too:

There are Nativity stickers, a kit to make your own heart shaped candy cane lollipops (super AWESOME! and also from my Pinterest), a cute little Christmas themed notebook, and these super cute Advent Scripture chains!

Here is a picture of all of the goodies minus the advent calendar and snow:

Day 2:
Some much needed sewing supplies! I'm always running out of thread or loosing my needles. Thank you!

Day 3:
A story bag! This is really cool! Basically, you begin a story and you pull an item out of the bag. Whatever item you pull, you work it into the story. Seriously, it was an hour before I got my kids to step away so I could take the picture. They love this thing!!

Day 4: I have two dish covers (LOVE!!), a towel and wash clothes in the shape of Christmas stars! These are so cute and perfect because I really don't have any Christmassy type things for my kitchen.

Day 5:
I am a super tea fiend - especially loose leaf tea. CabinArts is amazing and got me this delicious (I've already tried it!) chai tea that she pre bagged for me!! If that wasn't amazing, she made me this beautiful wool mug cozy and coaster with a cute felt book mark from my Pinterest! I love these and will be using them SO much! Thank you!!

Day 6:
I got some adorable Christmas ornaments!! So cute! The two crocheted stars are super sweet but I am in LOVE with that button Christmas tree!

Day 7:
She sent me this delicious bar of hand made Applejack Soap and it smells delicious!!! Also, there is a soap holder, which is awesome because now my soap won't disintegrate from sitting in soggy water. Love them and thank you!! It's all vegan, too! I've found that hand made soaps feel sooooooooo much better than crappy, drying commercial soaps feel.

Day 8:
CabinArts is a crocheting feind! Today I opened up this beautiful slouchy hat, fingerless gloves, and short scarf (the kind where you loop the hole over the flower and it stays close to your neck). I l love these and they are so cozy and warm!

Day 9:
So many wonderful things for day 9! I got a polymer clay making kit! There's a book on how to make beads and such, the tools to do it and the clay! Thank you!!! I am very happy and excited to actually get into this craft -  I see it and such beautiful things are always made!

Day10: My girls favorite Disney princesses are Rapunzel and Merida and wonderful CabinArts made some aprons! So cute and must have taken quite a while. My kiddos love them!!! We got to use them when we made Santa's Christmas cookies Wink

Day 11:
for today I received this beautiful hand felted Nativity! They are so soft and lovely. Thank you CabinArts!!

Day 12:
My day 12 goes with my Day 1 and I got all of the little extra bits and bobs for the Advent Calendar. Smiley

Thank you so much for being such a great swap partner and for organizing, Cabin Arts! We love everything and it was truly great fun to open up a new surprise each day. Thank you so much!!

And now to finish pinning EVERYTHING!! lol
589  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2013 -- Send Outs 11/27/13 on: November 28, 2013 12:35:30 AM
Whew! I got my package out just in time. Literally spun by the post office on our way out of town! lol, I swear. This has been such a fun swap and I can't wait for CabinArts to get to dig into it. I've definitely expanded my crafting abilities and dug deeper into ones I've dabbled in before. I'm thinking that after Christmas, I am definitely going to make some for myself.  Grin
590  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2013 -- Send Outs 11/27/13 on: November 21, 2013 05:36:35 PM
Whew! I've finished everything but the second large. I will be back to work on it tonight - I needed a break from that particular craft and it allowed me to finish up my medium that's been sitting around for a month lol.  I will be photographing and packaging on the weekend. I really really want to send out Monday or Tuesday but I have a feeling it might be closer to Thursday. I really want to put my all into this last piece and not peter out just to get it done sooner. I'm excited with how it is turning out and everyone who has seen it says they want it. I tell them they need to make their own lol.
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