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1  Re: Hitting the Beach Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Houlihan on: July 19, 2013 01:13:20 PM
Look at all the fun and beautiful things. This gallery looks super! And to my wonderful partner: Thank you!!!!!! I love the wreath and the beachy-y jar is the perfect little companion!

Thanks!
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2  Sea Glass and Star Candle Beachy Centerpiece in CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES by Houlihan on: July 04, 2013 08:05:49 AM
 Smiley Hello! Here is what I came up with for the dollar store challenge: something fun and beachy for our porch.


Pillar candles, ping pong balls, glass beads,blue twine- like rope and two star shaped containers.


I took the twine stuff and hot glued it around the ping pong balls (this might be my favorite part).


Then I crushed up the glass beads and mixed with with mode podge and covered the larger star with that, which created a great texture. While that was drying, I scooped the wax out of the pillar candles and melted it to put in the glass star container. I used some of the larger pieces from the smashed up glass beads to show through on the sides of it. Voila! Star candle!


Then, I glued the covered ping pong balls underneath, glued the small star to the big star, placed some non-crunched up glass beads on top, and now I have a super festive centerpiece!
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3  Yay! in The Swap Gallery by Houlihan on: February 15, 2013 03:07:47 PM
Oh heavens, the best thing to get after 35 inches of snow shuts down our town for 5 days? A PACKAGE FROM AUSTRALIA- More specifically, my wonderfully crafty partner!!!!!
 Check out the beauty- Cadbury candy (You were so right, amazing!) a bag of various hearts, a keychain, personalized wine charms, a ridiculously perfectly done cross stich pillow and an amazing heart garland!! The card= super cute. Smiley






My partner is super talented!
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4  Re: Spell My Name Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Houlihan on: October 07, 2012 12:06:32 PM
K- Kitschy sparkly bow, R-Reversible apron, I- Irish Cookies, S-Shoulder Bag, T-Tee shirt, I- Irish tea, N-Needlework Kit


Sorry for the delay in posting this, was doing a Nat'l park tour out west. So good to be home though, and to come home to GOODIES!!!!!!!! Edel and I were so perfectly matched, you can't even imagine.

Here are all the super duper things in my package:


That's the package all nice and wrapped, you can see a little bit of the "I"rish treats behind them Smiley

A tea pouch! I LOVE this! Filled with delicious and wonderful tea, how fun!


Can anyone say, "New Library Tote?" Great fabric.


This apron is reversible, and on the back is this rich green color, which I love, but the printed fabric is too cute! I am so messy aprons are my favorite thing Smiley



I put this headband on the second I saw it, and I only took it off again that day to take the picture. So cute and so comfortable. I swear, it's like she could read my mind!


Okay, if I HAD to pick a favorite, this would be it. This is a sewing kit, with vintage accessories, MADE from vintage fabric. I'm obsessed, especially with the thimble. This was so cool and creative, I'm going to want to make these for everyone this holiday season Smiley


Ah! I love this. Such a cool stencil, I love it, love it, love it.

I'm still in a little bit of shock with how well we were paired, very cool. Awesome swap, really loved it!!!
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5  Re: Keep Me Warm Round Two Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Houlihan on: February 14, 2012 02:00:16 PM
I got such an awesome package in the mail filled with tons of stuff. I love it all! I'm surprised it all fit into the frame of the picture!



Where do I start?
The lovely scarf AND hat set?
The super cute PURPLE coffee cup cozy?
The cupcake bath bombs and the bath salts?
Maybe the three skeins of extra yarn that is in the cutest color combo ever? Or the delicious local coffee?
How about the box of awesome lemon ginger tea?
Or the really sassy teal thrifted purse (Which I love!!!)

As you can see, it's impossible to figure out where to start, especially with all the awesome stuff! I love it all, thanks so much partner!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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6  Re: Craft This Tote Round 2! - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Houlihan on: January 19, 2012 03:15:57 PM
Guys guess what I got in the mail today?!?!!?!? My ridiculously awesome first Crafster swap package from the super duper susanab!!!

I'm more than positive I was simply spoiled rotten. (I love it!) I don't even know where to start explaining how great everything was. The fabric on the Morsbag is perfect. I love crayons, probably more than an adult of a (semi) sane mind should. As if that wasn't exciting enough, a tiny drawstring pouch was nestled inside the bag.

Inside that!?!? A BOX OF BRAND NEW CRAYONS. One of my most favorite things in all the world.  And hanging from a little chain on the bag? An adorable plush birdie. Smiley

Before I forget, besides being packed full with goodies, it was wrapped so cute and happy Smiley

I got TWO mug rugs, which are super adorable. I love cupcakes! And she even made one for the hubby! They are kindred city dwellers. He loves it and now wants ME to make him one, too...I guess that's another thing to learn!

Also, a super upcycled notebook using a pizza box from a local pizza joint! That was such a clever idea! As you can see, she also included a delicious treat, which someone already got into...I'm not naming names!
I loved participating in my first swap and am anxious for her to get the package I sent. Oh, and I think it's possible I'm already addicted to swapping. Oopsies!






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7  Manicure Protecting Cute Cleaning Gloves in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Houlihan on: August 01, 2011 04:25:20 PM
Hi! I made this as part of a gift for a bridal shower. I didn't know where to post this project so I figured it could go under bath and beauty because they protect your hands/manicure.

The pattern was simple to make, I measured out from the wrist and then made room for seam allowances and the like. It's also my first project using a serger. SO FUN!

Anyway, hope you like it. You can't really see from this picture, but there is a large rhinestone glued to the ring finger on the left hand black glove. There is also a rhinestone glued to the layers of tulle on the wrist of the glove. The pink flowers I made by sewing a few synthetic flower petals together and joining them in the middle with a button.


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8  Not so fuzzy dice in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Houlihan on: July 17, 2011 03:01:00 PM
Hiiii! I finally completed a sewing project yay! My friend was looking everywhere for stuffed large dice, and they were nowhere to be found, so I made some!



This is how they came out. I used a remnant of purple fabric from the thrift store and an old printed sheet for the dots. Here's the sequence:


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9  Upcycled I <3 Earth Pillow in CHALLENGE 62 ENTRIES by Houlihan on: May 08, 2011 07:50:11 PM
I totally JUST finished this. After leisurely doing bits and pieces of it, I suddenly realized, "OOPS! I had better finish!" So, I had, from a giant box of thrift store clothing, a white sweatshirt and a green/teal jersey knit top and a blue jersey knit top. The second picture is just a progress shot of how I made the ruffle-things. I took a strip of fabric, folded in half, sewed, turned inside out, and quick ironed the seam so it was down the middle. Then I did a basting type stitch down the center and just pulled it until it bunched up. Depending on what angle you look at it, you will always see some white in the background somewhere, and I wanted it to be like the clouds peeking through, sort of like those aerial shots they do from space. I also put  close-up of the ruffle-things.






So, the materials are all upcycled/recycled, so the project itself was green, and I made the Earth heart shaped just for a little something extra. Fun!


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10  Yucky Silk Dress Re-do With Matching Headband :) in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by Houlihan on: February 03, 2011 05:01:03 AM
Hello!

For my project, I found a Floor length long sleeved silk dress that just looked horribly awful and had some stains on it. But, it was 100% silk AND a beautiful green! It was only $3, and had plenty of enough fabric for me to cut/hide the stains. Yay!



I was so excited for this project, because I had always wanted to upcycle clothing, but I rarely finish anything I start, so having a deadline was so awesome!



So basically, I used the long sleeves for the top part, gathering them and connecting a sort of funky collar. (I'm not really one for plain halter tops, so I had to mix it up a little bit.) Now it's an empire waist, with a completely open back (don't have a picture of that, camera died...Oops!)



Then I made a little headband out of some remaining fabric:



Things learned during project:
-Silk and I need to cultivate a better relationship, it really doesn't like me!
-Thank goodness for projects when you are stuck inside due to storm after storm after storm after storm....
- Cats will steal the hook parts of eye-and-hook closures. I am still missing three!


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