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21  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 25, 2015 07:40:58 PM
Received my package from Calixita while I was out-of-town for a few days. Wonderful surprises to come home to. First the wrapped goodies. I've never had either of these candies, but loved both of them, especially the chocolate nibs.

A necklace she made for me. The black pendant is meant to resemble a stack of books as seen in the note of explanation she included. The message on the glass stone says "A well read woman is a dangerous creature." Absolutely love that!

A cookbook of my favorite types of recipes, breads and soups. Just need cheesecake recipes, then it would be beyond perfect!  Grin

A wonderful collection of tags she designed.

My favorites that may become part of an art journal rather than be used on gifts.

And the bookmark that I may have to fight off Zalphinian in order to keep it. Since her birthday was in January, a nicer mother might let her have it. Going to have to think long and hard on that idea since I really, really like it.

Thank you, Calixita! It's a wonderful birthday gift!
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22  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 25, 2015 06:14:28 PM
A few more finishes, crocheted shrugs for my great-great nieces' 18" dolls.
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23  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 06, 2015 01:26:31 PM
Finally finished a baby sweater I started about two decades ago.  No problem! Now it will fit the original intended recipients' child. Bad, bad Aunt Kathy!

I've cleared a lot of yarn remnants out by making pet blankets for our local animal shelter. Here's a sample.

And I've been making doll clothes for Barbies and 18" dolls - all for the great-great nieces' Christmas gifts this coming Christmas. I recently bought the patterns and the fabric for the sherpa vests; everything else is coming from stash.
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24  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 06, 2015 01:12:32 PM
Got rid of most of my pesky little balls and partial skeins of acrylic yarn by making some pet blankets for our local animal shelter. The two small ones measure approximately 18" x 24". The large is about 24" x 48". These are sized to fit the cages at the shelter. Each uses 3 strands of yarn crocheted together with an I hook and a single crochet stitch. To create some texture, even rows are worked in just the front loop of the previous row. I just knotted the strands together as each played out, crocheted over the yarn ends as I went, and only had the beginning and ending strands to weave in when I finished. Fast, easy, no-brainer that cleared a lot of stash and made nice, thick cushions for the animals.

Then I've been using my fun foam and felt stashes to make alphabet and shapes cut outs for teachers in our family. This is just one of the sets I've made.

I'm waiting for some other things to be received so I can post those photos.
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25  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 06, 2015 12:26:10 PM
Received my birthday package from LadyBugs on Wednesday and finally managed to get the photos uploaded today. Here are my goodies. The Mary Engelbreit note pad may not last long though; I'm an inveterate list-maker and note-leaver. Probaby hearkens back to my pre-retirement days as a teacher. Grin

A fantabulous collection of buttons.

Some of my favorites. The smallest buttons are especially appreciated since I'll use them on doll clothes I'm making for the great-great nieces.

Some washi tape, sugarless bubble gum, and a cute crocheted brooch that matches the super bestest part of the package. ('bestest' - I've definitely spent too much time with little kids recently. HA!  Like that could ever be the case.) The washi tape makes me think of a miniaturized version of bulletin board borders.  Cheesy

Then the ONLY action shot anyone will probably ever see of me online, wearing the wonderful infinity scarf that LadyBugs crocheted for me. Only took an action shot this time to show how well she nailed my color preferences, since this is the sweatshirt I was wearing when I opened the package. The shot is intentionally cropped and blurred because I hate posting photos of myself.

Then a much better photo of just the scarf.

Then, final shot is a teaser of something I sent her at the most difficult stage of its completion.

Thanks so very much for my birthday gifts, LadyBug!
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26  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentines Gallery Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: February 10, 2015 12:03:03 PM
Received a wonderful package from Brandyk on Saturday.
The heart is a large (about 8" x 9") notepad that she bought from the Eagan High Work Experience Program. I think the group may be something like the Junior Achievement program that my dad used to volunteer with. Love what the students were able to do with some paper and a die cut machine. I'm a list maker at heart, so this will be getting a lot of use! Then two sweet little heart candles that are almost too cute to use.

Two wooden spoons that she painted with chalk paint. These are going in my Dutch oven kit. People are always getting serving pieces mixed up at our group gatherings, so now I'll have a set that will stand out as being mine.  Cheesy

A sticky note holder and a handmade Valentine. I take a pad of sticky notes with me when I volunteer at our local food co-op, so this will keep them from sticking to other things in my purse. Yeah!

A felt heart banner that she handcut. And there are 13 hearts - my favorite number! Seriously!!

Three fudge pots and some hot chocolate stirring spoons. OMG! The fudge pots are so rich and decadent that I could only let myself eat two small spoonfuls at a time. Yummy!

And finally, a fabric basket that's going to be my new, in-the-works project holder. It's a perfect size to hold several skeins of yarn, hooks, plus a WIP, or cardstock, stamps, dies, and embellishments, or fabric, rulers, scissors, rotary cutter, small mat, etc. The only problem is deciding which I'll use it for first.  Grin

Thanks for being a great swap partner, Brandyk!
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 07, 2015 09:27:19 PM
Swap package has been received so I can post some more photos.
Four heart magnets cut from fun foam and magnetic sheets.

Four small gift tags.

Two button bobby pins and a heart-shaped yo-yo brooch.

A crocheted can/bottle holder.

A Valentine card. I was experimenting with washi tape and negative space.

A crocheted cowl from my partner's Pinterest boards.
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28  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 07, 2015 08:38:30 PM
Gaudi, 1/2 yard of cupcake fabric could be used as cuffs/hems on several pillowcases, face or backing for 2 placemats, mug mats, chemo caps or headbands. Any of these projects could cheer up a child.

As for the doll clothes, I'm starting to work on wardrobes for the dolls I'm giving my g-g-nieces for Christmas, so I love seeing what you make. I'll probably start posting doll clothes on a monthly basis soon.  Cheesy

I had a stash-enhancement trip today, so not sure I'm making much progress in destashing. I'm claiming it as a stash rotation process. Old stuff out; new stuff in.

These are the only things I've made recently that were entirely from stash. Not much of a dent in my supplies. Sigh.
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29  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 06, 2015 12:58:33 PM
Have been trying to clear out more WIPs and stash. Here are 26 readers I finally got laminated, cut to size, and bound. They'll be given to family members who teach PK-1. If anyone wants copies, these are all free downloads on Cherry Carl's website. Just Google her name to find hundreds of literacy materials.

Then, after frogging part of the hat once and completely frogging the entire hat later, I managed to finish crocheting this beret for my great-niece. It's made from Paton Metallic yarn. Although it looks like a flat gray color in the photos, it's actually a very shiny silver.
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30  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: January 12, 2015 11:12:38 AM
Never buy a cone of crochet cotton thread unless you want to see it forever!  Grin Last year I started using a white cone, a red cone, and two balls of blue for a tote bag, a set of placemats, and 10 coasters. This is what I've made so far this year, and there's still at least half a cone of white, 3/4 cone of red, and half a ball of blue left! I'm not sure what to make with the remainder.

I made the first bootie several years ago, but didn't like the pattern. We're expecting several additions to our extended family this year, so used that to motivate me to finish the pair. Still have too much of this yarn left though. May use it to make doll clothes or accessories.
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