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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: June 01, 2008 09:22:06 PM
Well, I guess I will post the yarn I dyed for elmpixie:



I also sent her some undyed wool for felting, but that just looks like a blob of off-white stuff so use your imagination there.
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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by liebschien on: May 26, 2008 02:25:06 PM
I claim catpants for A two-yard niddy noddy. This is my third claim this round, two sent.
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Hello! I'm in Florida, USA and this is my list:

CRAFTED:

I LOVE BambiKhantastic's octopus hoody: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=80615.msg846925#msg846925
I would love something like this as either a T-shirt, ribbed tank, or a hoody. What I love about it is the size of the image and the placement, the subject matter (sealife), and the artistic ability. These colors are great as is, but I would wear this or something similar in any colors. Size medium would be best and I love the plain Hanes tees in size L in the boys section at Wally World.
$I know hoodies are expensive so I will send you a hoodie to decorate for me  if you'd like.$

A colorful and/or decorated knee-length skirt
(About 20" - 21" long). A-line, wrap, or something that doesn't hug like a pencil skirt does. Please no ruffly ruffles, tiers, gathered waist or elastic waist. I'm size 4, but PM for measurements if necessary.

A pair of light-weight cotton pajama pants
with one or two back pockets. I can't have too many pairs of them. Thanks, Therisa, for the pair you made me!

MP3 player accessories.
I really need a casing for my earbud cords. I have a specific design in mind for a knitted casing that would be like a turtleneck that I could scrunch down when using them. I don't like to knit, nor can I get the hang of i-cord, which is what I think would be perfect for the task. I tried crocheting something, but it didn't work well. A pouch to keep the player and buds in would be neat, too, with maybe a strap on the pouch so I could hang it on a doorknob or hook so I will have a reliable place for it. Right now the whole contraption looks like a wiry dead worm that had its last and very painful throes of life on the couch, coffee table, or wherever I ended up tossing it.

Set of embroidered queen-size pillow cases.
Here are some examples of ones I like:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162104.msg1639401#msg1639401
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94274.msg913587#msg913587

A sturdy change purse.
Something with a little more oomph to it than a simple zippered pouch.
This is for all my coin change that wallows in the bottom of my pocketbag. Please make it so it closes all the way so the change won't fall out when I do cartwheels down the street. I'd also like it to be somewhat rigid, not floppy like how quilting cotton is. So I'm thinking materials like duck cloth, vinyl, heavy-weight interfacing, corduroy, leather, pleather, knaugahide, etc. would be well-suited for this project.
Here are some examples of ones I like:
http://www.shopkawaii.com/Ark-Road-Black-Cat-Coin-Purse-Chasing-Yarn-p/aff109.htm
http://haydenharnett.com/index.cgi?action=detail&style=CAPRIBLK&image=zoom&back=http%3A%2F%2Fhaydenharnett.com%2Findex.cgi%3Faction%3Dcoin_purses
http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/5/43/543970da417b067b25da191266454c6e-med
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp;jsessionid=AEABE77BCD9B0473BD57E56F3C4AA546.app11-node2?itemdescription=true&itemCount=60&id=14474118&parentid=W_ACC_BAGS&sortProperties=+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=
http://www.alwaysmod.com/unikko-medium-coinpurses.html

An Ewok Dog Costume.
Here's a pic of an Ewok: http://eegah.files.wordpress.com/2006/05/ewok.jpg
Here's a pic of my dog: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/502938220_a24413fd86.jpg?v=0
Wouldn't he make the cutest Ewok?

A knitted dog sweater.
Here are some I like:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/17687379@N03/2404358548/ (but more manly)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/herzogbr/315275198/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16435956@N00/1391488558
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8863942@N06/1494655985
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10138430@N03/859035700
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/buster/buster.html

HUGE WISH: A set of embroidered burp cloths
(hand or machine) with funny words like these:
http://plainmary.com/grossburpset1.html - but in girlie colors. My good friend just had a new baby girl and I would love to give these to her! But I can't justify spending that much on them when, if I knew how to embroider, I could make them myself for a lot less, you know? I'll be visiting her during the last weekend in May or maybe in June sometime and I'm so excited to meet the new addition to her family!

T-Shirt for the man in my life:
My man hates Hillary Clinton and he has been bugging me to make him a shirt that has a picture of her with devil horns and says "Hillary  is the devil!" but I don't have a printer that will do it.
Or a t-shirt with this image on it - http://www.sonheir.com/cubsjapanese.menjersey.php?gclid=CKqspY63_pICFRMHxgodnU4vGQ (he doesn't like the raglan style and wants it on a regular T-Shirt).
The shirt should be size Large in men's and a low-key color like cornflower, beige/khaki, gray, sage

One of those gorgeous slouchy neck warmers
in a soft cozy yarn.
I like these:
http://www.littleknits.com/proddetail.php?prod=HSLaceSmokeRingA49
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8548487

Sprite slippers like these (size 6):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15921435@N04/2230908475

CRAFT SUPPLIES:

A pattern to knit a scarf like this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53139463@N00/2233868318
Thanks, Sansa!

Scented fragrance oils for soaps:
I love the following scents:
 - peppermint
 - pine
 - cloves
 - cedar
 - coffee
 - patchouli
 - lavender
 - grapefruit
 - rhubarb

A sturdy rectangular container for a soap loaf mold.
Something that's about 5" wide and 4" high and about 12" long. I will be lining it with wax paper so it doesn't matter what it's made out of as long as the sides are straight, without any incline or decline, and sturdy.

Poly clay supplies and accessories.
I have plenty of clay and I'm starting to get the hang of it and I really enjoy the craft, but I could use some tools or other things I haven't been able to find in my neck of the woods. I would especially like some liquid sculpey or whatever it is that I can "glue" two bits of clay together before baking the piece. Another thing that would be cool would be one of those bendy slicers. A little rolling pin would be nice, too. I use a ball-point pen right now or something else that's handy, but those are just not all that great at rolling out clay. Since I am not that big into the clay craft yet, I am not sure what else I need or want, so whatever you think might be helpful or useful. I am not into those press molds, though.
Thank you, Avesthel!

Crafting Books/Magazines (used is wonderful!):
- "Omiyage : Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition" Thank you, Avesthel!
 - "The Best of Interweave Knits: Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years"
 - "The Knitters Bible Knitted Accessories"
 - "A Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton - Handkntting Collection number Two"
 - "The Crochet Stitch Bible"
 - "Moda-dea Accessories Collection 1"
 - "Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang"
 - "More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen"
 - "Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments"
 - "The Knitter's Book of Yarn"
 - Interweave Knits: Old issues (I don't have any issues at all)
 - Interweave Crochet: Old issues (I don't have any issues at all)

Cold- or hot-process soap making kit.
I really enjoy melt-n-pour soap making so now I want to take the next step up and graduate to the real thing.

Screenprinting kit.

Chain mail kit.

Spinning fiber for spinning yarn.
Plain or multi-colored. I would love some something a little more exotic than just plain merino which is what I had been spinning, but now I'm all out of it and I'd like something new to play with.

Noro Kureyon
in color #147

Noro Kureyon Sock
At least 2 skeins of the same color

Anchor Magicline Yarn No.2
We don't have this in the states and it is gorgeous! I love the ones with pink the best.

Jawoll Cotton Yarn
We don't have this in the states, either, and I love it! Color #0177 is my favorite and #0176 is my second favorite.

EXTRAS:

 - Knee-high or thigh-high socks or tights (garage sale, thrift store, unwanted, etc.)

 - Any and all sweets

 - Old (working) crock pots (garage sale, thrift store, unwanted, etc.)

- 1 Miniature container that can hold water - no wider than 1.5" (4.2cm) and about 3" (7.5cm) tall.

- A mirror on a keychain

There are more ideas on my wists list: http://www.wists.com/liebschien

Used, pre-loved, second-hands, hand-me-downs, and recycled things are fine with me.

I'll add more later if it comes to that.
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Colors:

I prefer to wear shades, tones, and hues. I don't usually wear white or off-whites, bright primary colors, or neon colors. My favorites are petal pink, blue/greens (teal, aqua, turqoise), black, greens (lime, olive, army, moss, avocado), baby or sky blue, plum, and rust. Please no brown. For other things like decorative items or accessories, bright cheery colors are nice in addition to the colors I like to wear.

When I get the chance, I like to travel, go backpacking, take bike rides, go kayaking, visit festivals, read on the beach, and just generally be outdoors and active. My style reflects these activities.

Thank you!!!

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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: May 22, 2008 10:29:51 AM
Here are the lovely pj pants Therisa made for me!

The fabric is really pretty.

She gave them an extra-long tie so I can pick how long I want it. I haven't changed it yet so it is still quite long.



And she gave them TWO back pockets! This is the first pair of pjs I've had with two back pockets and now I'm spoiled. Now I can carry both my mp3 player AND my cellphone in my pants at night!



Thank you, Therisa.  I love them!
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4  Decorated Flower Cupcakes in Completed Projects by liebschien on: May 12, 2008 09:02:14 AM
My sister came home for summer vacation and she brought a book called Hello, Cupcake! with her. Then she went and bought all the stuff to make the sunflower cupcakes because she fell in love with the ladybug! Here's how ours turned out:









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5  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: May 12, 2008 08:43:29 AM
Avesthel sent me a book I've had my eye on for the longest time and a jackpot of poly clay working tools!

It has taken me too long to post pics of them, but, better late than never so here they are:





I love everything and it's going to be tons of fun playing with the tools and sewing the awesome projects n the book (the cicada is my favorite!).

Thank you, Avesthel!!!

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6  Macro Challenge: "Spiky Spider" in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by liebschien on: April 22, 2008 08:08:29 PM
Here's my entry for the First Ever Photography Challenge!

"Spiky Spider"


Click the picture to go to a bigger size

There is a cactus garden on the golf course behind my mom's house where this fascinating creature lives and where I was able to get a couple of amazing shots!

It's a Spinybacked Orb Weaver spider (gasteracantha elipsoides). They build enormous webs, even though they are a mere 1/2" in size. They are also, if you can believe it, completely harmless to humans.
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7  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: April 21, 2008 03:16:57 PM
Samsara fulfilled my wish of a glasses case and she made me two of them! They are so pretty and just exactly what I was hoping for (the example I had in my list was made by her!). I love them! Thank you!!!!!



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8  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: March 26, 2008 02:31:59 PM
Slappersire, you put together a really thoughtful and amazing package! I looooove the fiber and the penguin gloves!

Grahairedoldlady sent me an incredible package, which I received today. I couldn't have been more spoiled!

I'm a photophile and this is going to get gushy so brace yourselves Wink!

Under the outer wrapping, I recognized the box - it was the box I sent my package in. And that box came to me from a different swap. Yay for recycling!

I love the massive amounts of stamps on it. Lighthouses, anyone?



Each package was lovingly wrapped and labeled.



They looked very pretty, but that didn't stop me from tearing into them!

Local was a skein of natural single-ply wool yarn!



I love this lopi style yarn and I can't wait to defile its pureness with loads of unnatural colors!

Round was a Magic Yarn Ball! Now I understand why this item is such a popular and recurring swap on Craftster - it was SO MUCH FUN TO UNWIND!



Yes, I sat there for a long while and unwound it. It's a good thing there were treats inside because winding yarn is hungry business! Look at all the wonderful Easter treats!



There were pencils, chocolates, a cute flop-eared pom-pom bunny, a gorgeous cotton wash cloth (I love these) she knitted, and a beautiful felted Easter egg she knitted, too! Not to mention the ball of yarn, which is full of pretty colors. The "Dashing" pattern included with it will be fun once I get used to the DPNs!

Green is really special. A little organic cotton purse in the shape of a shell in the most delicate green color I have ever seen.





It took my breath away. And it's perfect for the upcoming spring and summer!

"T" is a cute felted totebag that made me squeal in delight.



And then I opened it and squealed some more. It has all kinds of yarnie tools in it!


Yarn needles...


Plastic thingies (I don't know what they are, but hopefully, as I get more into knitting, I will need them some day) and needle point keepers...

And it also contained the Hard item: sea-creature stitch markers! I love them!



Having a little knitting notions tote like this makes me feel like a real knitter. Smiley

The Funny item is a tube of candy that has a little bunny rabbit with a button on his stomach:



It made me laugh because when you push the belly button (lol - I just got that!), his face spins and stops on a different expression:



So cute!

And now, for Sender's Choice, I was absolutely blown away. A sock knitting kit!!! It got me a little choked up and even now I'm still getting teary-eyed because it's such a wonderful and thoughtful gift, I felt overwhelmed in a very good way.



She included gorgeous striping sock yarn in my favorite colors, two sets of DPNs, what looks like the end-all-be-all book about sock knitting, and a really cute beaded satin dragonfly (my favorite!) bookmark! And, what's more, she called me a KNITTER!!! Cheesy

I have been swooning for while now and I should probably lie down before I get so high on yarn that I float away.

Thank you, Micki, for your thoughtfulness and your generosity. You really know how to make a fellow yarnie feel special... Smiley


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9  Pink Presto Chango Baby Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by liebschien on: March 02, 2008 07:12:36 PM
I know this sweater has been posted on here before but I am just so proud of making this that I want to show it off to everyone!





When I found out my best friend was having a girl this June, I knew I wanted to knit a sweater for her. I fell in love with this pattern and resolved to make one in pink. I hand-dyed the yarn myself.

The pattern is called "Presto Chango" by Valerie Wallis and can be found here:
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternPrestoChango.asp

I recommend it for any novice knitter. The construction was as simple as it gets and it went very quickly. The changes I would make if I were to ever make another would be to take three stitches off the length of each sleeve and decrease the width of the back by four stitches.

I am going to knit a hat out of the same yarn for the baby, too. If I have enough yarn left after the hat, a pair of booties will be next.

This is the first garment I've ever knit. I am considering it my graduation from scarves and now I'm ready to tackle an adult-sized sweater for myself.

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10  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by liebschien on: February 25, 2008 08:15:26 PM
Hey, everybody! Oohmybees sent me some amazing bargains!

They came in a box decorated with one of my favorite things, dragonflies:


And everything inside was wrapped in tissue decorated with dragonflies, too! It was very special and pretty:


She made me feel like a super model because she sent me a ton of clothing all tailored to me and my loves. She made t-shirts, a shrug, and a gorgeous dressy tank top.

Get ready to see "Crafter's Next Top Model!"  Wink

This babydoll tee has dragonflies above the little pockets:

(after this photo my camera died so the rest of the photoshoot is indoors at night. The lighting is not so good, but I did my best to take decent pics!)

And it has a colorful dragonfly on the chest. I love the decorations, the buttons, and the style. It fits me perfectly!


I love sea creatures and the octopus on this next little number is really special. This shirt is sooooo cool!

(I didn't even know it was a re-con until I read her letter. My jaw dropped!)


Awsome, right?

You won't even believe this next piece was handsewn. It is hard to do it justice with words so check it out for yourselves:

You can see the shaping even when it is just hanging there. It has a keyhole type opening in the front that I couldn't quite capture, but it is there and it really adds that special little something.

The material is breathtaking. A royal blue oriental brocade with a flower motif. So beautiful:


It feels like a million bucks when I put it on:

 I have a really hard figure to fit and this shirt is truly impressive because it somehow camouflages my huge bosom.  It fits me that great!

She also made me a velvet shrug. Luxury!

It's a deep midnight blue that really goes well with the brocade. Mmm...perfect.

Here's the back of it:

(Yes, that's a pair of circular needles holding up my hair hehe)

And she even spoiled me more by sending me the leftover fabrics she didn't use and the pattern for the tank top. Hmmmm.....
Anxious model?
or Psycho model?
I couldn't decide. They're both such fierce shots!

Thank you, K!
You really, really, blew me away. I'm so glad we were partners!


I can't believe she was able to do all this for under ten dollars, but here's the proof:

Black t-shirt: $1
Green t-shirt: $1
Grey t-shirt: $2
Blue velvet dress: $1
New Look Pattern: .10
Oriental Brocade: 4.75
Total: $9.85

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