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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: February 24, 2012 09:50:26 AM
Well I'm REALLY late with this (SORRY!), but I was out of the country for 10 days, then I was swamped with design work for bridal season.  I had to play catch-up after my vacation, and I'm finally all caught up (well, I have one bit of design work that I have to do today, but I'm procrastinating - other than that, I'm caught up).

I received from frosty772 the day before I left town.  These fun coasters and a very cute sleeve for my glasses.  Everything is so well-made - just lovely!

My daughter has claimed the pink coasters for herself, and my son claimed the other two.  But the glasses case is just for me, me, me!!  Grin

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and thanks again frosty772!!
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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: January 31, 2012 08:23:46 AM
Ugh, I'm a bad swapper!  SORRY that I'm late - last week totally got away from me (I had my bridal show last week and then I had a million things to do to get ready for my onslaught of bridal consultations that starts tomorrow)...  Phhhhhhew! 

So anyway, I received a fab parcel last week from texscrapper that included these sweet goodies:

I tried to do a close-up of the zipper pulls (which are FANTASTIC in real life - such a great variety and I just love the creative things you did with them!!)  The picture is a little blurry, but you can see them a *bit* better than on the owl fabric...

And this morning I whipped myself up a little eReader cover with that lovely owl fabric - I've posted that here

Thanks so much, texscrapper - it's all WONDERFUL!!
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3  eReader Cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by whats_her_name on: January 31, 2012 08:15:11 AM
I received an eReader for Christmas from my hubby.  He knew better than to get me a cover, figuring I'd rather make my own (smart man), and finally last night he offered to watch the kids so I could get it done...  I found the pattern on etys by BirdifulStitches, and away I went!  My generic e-reader isn't the same size as the pattern pieces, so I made one last night that was ENTIRELY too big - but that's what you get when you're functioning on 3 hours of sleep  Tongue  (my daughter had a nightmare at 2am and I couldn't get back to sleep afterwards - bleck!)

So after a good night's sleep last night (went to bed at 9pm and woke up at 7am - yay!), I tried again.  Aside from a couple little things that I'd do differently next time (mostly to do with the darned fusible fleece layer!), I'm very pleased.  My eReader fits perfectly, and I love that I've got little pockets, just in case. 

I received the owl fabric from texscrapper in the Ongoing Wish Swap, and I was excited to have the chance to use it - I love those owls (and now that my daughter has had a glimpse, she wants me to make her something with it too).

Anyway, so first we have to front view, closed.  I used a giant button that matched the green, and I just love it!

Then, the back view, closed - the extra fabric on the left side was a little mistake from last night's fiasco, but then I decided that I loved it, so I repeated it on purpose today.

And finally, the open view (this came out a bit blurry, sorry!)

So now my eReader can come along in my purse without getting destroyed!! 

Thanks for looking!
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4  Sunday Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by whats_her_name on: January 29, 2012 05:05:58 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!    We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there...  

This is the dress I made on Sunday - it's the Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress, and it's now availble as a printable pattern - - I think it was just $9 to download on the oliver + s website, and I was assembling my pattern in mere minutes.  Love instant gratification!

The pattern only goes to a size 5, but my daughter is a size 6, so I modified the pattern pieces and I did it *almost* perfectly, but I didn't think to lengthen the skirt pieces, so it ended up being a little on the short side.  So then at the last minute I added the bottom pink piece to try to add a bit of length - I ended up adding about 3/4" that way - a little more length, anyway!  Grin

I cut all the pattern pieces out last night (Saturday) and it probably took me about 2 hours to get all my changes worked out and then cut out.  Then today, I probably spent about 4 hours sewing it all together - or so; I was interrupted by my kids more often than not...  There are 6 panels in the skirt and a liner on the bodice.  I did french seams throughout to keep it clean inside, and then there's all that top-stitching.  It's truly beautiful in all its detail.  

I love how the pink and the yellow play off each other to make this a very bright, summery dress - It really looks so much better in real life, but I just couldn't get my camera to cooperate tonight.  Tongue

Thanks for looking!
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5  Saturday Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by whats_her_name on: January 29, 2012 04:57:13 PM
I made a dress for my daughter each day this weekend - sewing bliss!  Grin  We're going on holidays soon, so I wanted to give her a couple of nice summer dresses to wear while we're there... 

This is the dress I made on Saturday - it's the Oliver + S Popover Sundress, and it's a free download on oliver + s website.

I wanted to make this dress a little big, because I know she'll hit a growth spurt before summer, so I wanted to make sure it would still fit!!  In actuality, it'll probably fit her until she's 12 - it's quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be!!

It's a great pattern, and one I will definitely be using again - but next time I think I'll size it down a bit...  Wink
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6  Re: Scrap Happy Patchwork Swap GALLERY: send by 11/30 in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: December 14, 2011 09:09:28 AM
I have some serious catching up to do - I've not seen most of the posts in this gallery yet!!  Been away from my computer too much the last few weeks!!

I have received from Sharalee and I've been seriously spoiled (and my kids too!!)

First, she made this lovely bag.  Lots of detail went into each panel - truly made with love!

Next, a card wallet - perfect to put all my debit/credit/store cards into on the go.  Smiley  She even made the lovely charm!

Then a wristlet that fits perfectly - LOVE the colors and love the button.  It's fun!

And she wanted to send something for the kids, too, so she sent my son this plushie robot - my son has been asking for a robot for weeks now, and when he opened it, he said "THIS ROBOT IS TOTALLY AWESOME!!"  Later when he was trying to name the robot, he said "The only name I can think of is AWESOME ROBOT", and that's been his name ever since.  He also wanted to know if it was his "Share Day" (show & tell) because he wanted to show his whole class at pre-K.  Today is FINALLY the day he gets to take it to school to show everyone and he can't wait!

My daughter received this plushie bunny and she has been hugging & cuddling her every night on the couch and even takes her to bed, too.  The bunny had a flower pin on it, but my daughter's wearing that to school today.

And last but not least, some fabric.  The nude fabric is poppet skin!!  I've been wanting to make a poppet for ages, but I can't seem to find the skin (I've forgotten what it's called right now) locally, so Sharalee's generous gift will let me try my hand at poppet making - finally!  YAHOO!!

I might use the other fabric for a skirt or even a dress for my daughter, and then make a matching skirt or dress for her future poppet.  But first I have to learn HOW to make a poppet - so I'll be lurking on those threads throughout the holidays now!!

Anyway, thanks very much, Sharalee for the spoilage!!  I hope you like your parcel as much as we've enjoyed ours!!  Grin

Oops - there were also some poppet eyes, but I forgot to include those in the picture.
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7  Re: Journal Cover Swap--GALLERY!--Send Out Nov. 7 in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: December 14, 2011 08:56:06 AM
I am so sorry to be posting so late.  Too much illness around here and it just got away from me.

I received from MelMakesPretty quite awhile ago now, and everything was just fabulous!!  First, the journal cover:

She decorated it for my wedding stationery business - so I can use it for taking notes when I'm doing my bridal consultations.

Next, she made a coordinating chequebook - so I have somewhere to put the cash/cheques that the brides give me when booking.

And then some awesome extras - first, these adorable owls from my pinterest - I just LOVE them and I'm going to hang them in the kids' playroom...

And finally some fabric that is just to die for - I really want to see if I can get my hands on some more of this stuff 'cuz I just LOVE it!!!

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8  Shawl for my mom in Knitting: Completed Projects by whats_her_name on: November 09, 2011 02:33:04 PM
I made this shawl for my mom using Bernat Matrix ladder yarn.  I bought the yarn years ago and it's been sitting in my stash.  My mom started talking about a shawl that she wanted me to make, and when I whipped this stuff out she loved it.

It's the kind of yarn that looks like a different color depending on what you wear it with, so it's very lovely. 

In terms of knitting, it took me longer than it should have.  I must have started the darn thing about a dozen times before I got used to working with the ladder yarn; I kept dropping stitches!  When I finally did get the hang of it, it turned out beautifully.  

The only thing I don't like is how the seam shows up so much in the photo - you really don't get your eye drawn to it in real life the way you do in the photo...  

Front view:

Back view:

Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome.
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9  Re: Recipe Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: October 27, 2011 09:27:31 AM

Reserved for my gallery.

My recipes sent
Decadent Shrimp
Cracker Chicken
Cheesy Broccoli Bake
Silly Chili
Whipped Strawberry Sensation
Cheesecake Cookies
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond Bark

From tuba_nae
Easy Chicken Pot Roast
Rocky Road Bars
Homemade Ice Cream
Seven Layer Salad
Parmesan Cheese Chicken

From Brackish Potato
Chicken Pepperoni
Herbed Green Bean Casserole
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Pretzel Salad
Buttermilk Pound Cake

From navyblue4eight
Ham and Cauliflower Casserole
Slow Cooker Chicken Posole
Split Pea Soup
Sauteed Snow Peas
Lazy Weekend Bloody Mary Mix
World's Easiest Chocolate Cherry Cake

From idioskosmos
Glazed Turkey Loaf
Sundowner Cornbread
Cheesy Squash
Grandpa's Orange Ice Cream
Spinach Pockets

My Wish List
annigirl22:  Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
jl409:  Cauliflower Salad
crafty butterfly:  Pita Triangles
Helena Puck:  Brigadeiros
clementinefairy:  Tortellini Soup, Mexican Corn Chowder
gspinn:  Citrus Slaw
Nven:  Butternut Squash Risotto, Broccoli Soup
Murbeck:  Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, Best Ever Steak Marinade, Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Katfish:  Never Fail Fudge
Scriblette:  Spinach, Bacon & Citrus Salad, Spicy Gumbo
Banana731:  Brussel Sprouts that Even Kids Love, Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars
85%Confusion:  Honey Ginger Chicken Bites, Artichoke Olive Dip
DesignVigilante:  Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
PaleAngelLex:  Tomato & Mozza Salad
Skittlebub:  Chow Mein

Sirael:  3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip, 5 Minute Miracle Fudge

I only made it halfway through the list, so I'll have to add some more later; everything sounds so yummy!!
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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap ROund 73 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by whats_her_name on: September 19, 2011 08:43:14 AM
Aw, those poor little sweeties.  I hope they're getting lotsa kisses.   Kiss  Kiss  Kiss

I just received from PhoenixFireDesigns today and I am in LOVE with the pendants she made me.  They are stunning and I am going to have to wear them both at the same time because I never wanna take them off!  Wink  Seriously, PFD - your work is gorgeous.  Thanks again so much for claiming me!!

First, the autumn tree of life.  Such pretty stones - her note says there is garnet, red coral, red goldstone, citrine and topaz.  They are beautiful together!

And then the lovely nest pendant with peridot for my daughter's birth month - August (spring green), and blue zircon for my son's - December.  This is such a precious gift and I truly appreciate it so very much.

Thanks again!!!
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