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81  Re: OWS Round 97 Discussion in New Swap Theme Ideas by Watsonc7 on: September 16, 2013 05:45:10 PM
I would be one of the "note-less" Ladybugs, and I'm not offended at your suggestion (or reminder) at all.  I realized that I hadn't put your note in the package as soon as I walked out of the post office.  You are so far the only person that I have forgotten, it must be fate lol.  I actually never did think to put the swap name on the note, that is an idea I totally need to do from now on so thanks for that suggestion.

I pretty sure I read that you can't take/post pics so ill post the stuff I made for your kids: 3 earbud holders, napkins, and reuseable snack bags.  Glad they liked them!

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82  Re: Ongoing Holiday List Swap Discussion and Gallery Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: September 16, 2013 01:52:51 PM
I received 2 coffee themed mug rugs from Ladybugsandbumblebees today.   I'm loving the coffee fabric!  It's hard to tell from the pics but she embroidered around a few of the teacups and teapots, and the edges are lined with tiny dark beads, and the backs are crocheted!  I had a few people in mind to give these to but I might have to keep one for myself!  Thanks Ladybugs!

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83  Re: OWS round 93-96 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: September 12, 2013 10:58:51 AM
I received a box of macaroni some house stamps today with a bonus tree from Lo{ve}, and they are crazy cute!  I'm already thinking I'm going to use the stamps on some winter cards I claimed in another swap.

I have to say when I saw the macaroni box I busted out laughing, and then 'ding-ding-ding' I thought it was a great wrapping idea.  I've been trying to think of ways to reuse/recycle materials for shipping and I never thought of food boxes.  My daughter totally eats the mess out of macaroni and I could probably use her drawings to wrap the boxes (I take pics of her drawings and make her art books, keep a few of my favs, and recycle the rest so our house isn't featured on Hoarders).  So thanks for the stamps and shipping ideas Lo, love them!

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84  Re: OWS round 93-96 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: September 06, 2013 01:52:48 PM
I can hook y'all up, I'm always up for personal swaps (though I might be a little slower than usual because I'm about to start the poppet swap woop woop), just message me if you want to craft anything off my holiday and/or wish lists (or pinterest craftster list).  The bowl holders were made with 100% cotton thread/fabric/batting so you can heat up bowls of food safely in the microwave. I'm planning on making lots of these for the holidays.

I got 3 beautiful TM patches from Kartiana today
 My favorite is this bird one, the detail is insane.  She obviously spent some time on these patches, they are very well made and bright and interesting, love them!

Thanks Kartiana!
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85  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: August 19, 2013 12:00:48 PM

Super excited and sad at the same time.....excited because I got some frickin awesome patches from Sarcastra, and sad because I won't be getting any more fun mail for awhile, booo.  It would be awesome if there were a monthly patch swap, they were so fun and easy to make!

Back to business.
Sarcastra made me an element patch that I'm freaking over.  Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.  So creative!  I love the circle shape and separation and the way a touch of color (I'm assuming markers) is smeared through the element embroidery....I just love it all, I totally sucked in my breath when I saw this

Next I got a really cool button patch for my button theme.  The fabric is really cool and I love how there are random buttons sewn on.  If you look really hard you can see tiny tiny black beads, it added a really cool texture.  This patch definitely had some time put into it!

Last, my patch kit.  Sarcastra totally spoiled me with not 2, but 5 pieces of fabric, packet of buttons, a packet of those awesome tiny beads, and 6 threads!  I was spoiled for sure.  I wish I would have thrown in extra fabric, it's the smallest thing to do but it makes such an impact to get little extras like that!

I had such a blast with my first swap, ill be stalking the boards for more TM patch swaps for sure.
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86  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: August 16, 2013 02:48:36 PM
I received from Noodle-bug today and ooooohhh I am giddy!  She took my button theme and nailed it! 
First, my favorite. I totally pushed on that button, I'm a rebel like that. The embroidery is really good, I need to practice my word embroidery for sure. 

Next, I love this button patch, it's so simple and cute!  The buttons are so pretty and shiny and I love how she embroidered circles around each one.

Finally, Noodle-bug hooked me up with some really cute fabric (note the button fabric!) and a huge handful of awesome buttons.  Love love love my kit.

Thanks so much Noodle-bug, I truly loved my package!
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87  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Watsonc7 on: August 11, 2013 08:39:59 PM
Thanks y'all!  I'm glad you liked them Sarcastra!  I'm uploading a few pics that might show the detail of the brown fabric I used in the grave, I couldn't see it on the other pics as well. The grave is definitely my fav patch of all the ones I did.  I didn't tie the fabric down so the fabric can be moved around and cover the skeleton a few diff ways.

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88  Mod Manicure --- A manicure case in CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES by Watsonc7 on: July 03, 2013 07:12:47 PM
Wow, the title was more difficult than making this project Smiley

This is my very first Craftster challenge woop woop.  It was a blast.   I knew pretty quick that I wanted to make a manicure roll up for my daughter.  We had a shopping spree at the Dollar store, we definitely walked out with more than the challenge limit, I had so many ideas on how to use each of the items!

So after picking the items I definitely wanted to use, I was on my way to sewing.

I ended up using 8 of the dollar items.  I also used a few bits of Velcro, 2 heart buttons and one square of dark purple felt from my own craft stash...I counted that toward the $2 I had remaining.

Here is my finished product:
I used 2 dish towels for inner and outer fabrics, I also sandwiched a nonslip rug underlay between them for extra padding.  I used green shoelaces as the closure.

I wanted the inside to be super functional so I decided to use a piece of dark purple felt as the nail painting mat.  The case is washable.....but I'm pretty sure nail polish is a beast to wash out, so a throw-away mat was the direction I wanted to go.  There is a little piece of Velcro under it holding the felt in place. I like the felt because once it gets all gunked up and dirty I can just cut another cheap piece of felt to replace it.  I used the pot holders as cushioned pockets to hold nail art and polishes, they seal shut with bits of Velcro.  I also found super cute heart and circle shaped body puff-rags that I just had to use!  My daughter has already used the green ones to take her nail polish off.  I also found a box of heart nail art and a crazy cute purple rabbit nail cleaning brush, my daughter is in love.

As soon as I showed it to my girl she immediately squealed, ran to get her polishes and immediately put her new manicure case to use.  She's my biggest fan!

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89  Kids drawings sewn into stuffties in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Watsonc7 on: July 01, 2013 05:39:08 AM
This is my first official Craftster posting so I can't post pics just yet, only the links...hopefully I get this right!

Our daughter has tons of cousins so last year I decided to start sewing for them.  This was my first attempt at sewing from drawings, I had seen the idea all over the Internet and thought it would be a blast to try it out!

A self portrait of our nephew

His little brother also did a self portrait of him swimming

The swimmer's back


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