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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas Gallery on: January 06, 2011 10:45:09 AM
Hoping that people still look at this thread!

After a loooong trial of our patience, IdlersDesign's package finally found it's way to me! She sent the first time in early November, yes the FIRST time, the Swedish postal service messed up, the package never got to me and it was returned to the Netherlands. So IdlersDesign sent again, and after another loooong wait (wonder what the Swedish postal service has been up to?? Huh) I finally got the package in my hands yesterday. And what a package, well worth the wait! Thanks for sending again Idlers!




She said I was going to be spoilt, but I did not expect this!!




This is one of the most amazing things I've seen, a garland of tiny origami stars (I haven't counted but there must be hundreds!), made from paper scraps and old magazines. I had it on my wist, but in color, and thought "that would be so neat in silver and white", something IdlersDesign caught onto. It looks great in the bouqet of spruce branches I use for a Christmas tree.




Beautiful handmade candles, molded from old candle scraps.




Another thing of my wist. I'm trying to minimize the amount of plastic I use, which is sometimes tricky when grocery shopping. If I'm buying onions, no problem, I don't need to put them in a bag. But with grapes it's more difficult. Not a problem anymore with these light-weight produce bags made from cheese cloth! (:




A really cool surprise: Soap nuts! I've been wanting to try these for a while now, but you can only buy them in really large containers here. Now I have enough to test 16 washes before I decide if I want to buy or not. (: Also note the container the nuts are stored in, it's made from rolled up newspaper that's been glued together. Very cool.




A beautiful, reversible tote bag made from cotton with an African print and lined with striped Linen. Pardon the picture, which doesn't do the bag justice at all, the only camera I have at the moment is my phone... :/




This little pouch contains a folded up tote bag. It will go into my purse so that I always have a bag when I need one. No more plastic!




Apart from the goodies I've mentioned so far the package also contained: Butterscotch bonbons in a tin, Paper for crafting, Japanese themed Craft magazine, a really awesome crochet shower pouf, a metal candle holder, More cheesecloth and some cute japanese fabric. And a Chocolate C for my fianc who was supposed to pick up the package in the city. Now my brother and father delivered it instead, so they shared the chocolate with him. (:

Oh, and I made little gift bags from the wrapping paper! (:

Thank you so much IdlersDesign! This was one of the best swap packages I've ever recieved! I really appreciate all the thought and time you must have put into it!  Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas Gallery on: November 12, 2010 01:09:13 AM
Wow, that's a beautiful quilt! And that knitted sachet, so cute. Smiley

Idlers Design: Still no package, but I think it's the snow slowing them. If it hasn't gotten here by next week I think I shall call TNT Sweden and ask them why they're holding on to my package! Maybe they opened it and decided to keep it...? Wink

edelC: PM me and we'll see if we can arrange something.

TSM: I still have the pattern and there's plenty left of the fabric...
Have you seen knitted/crochet bags where the yarn is actually cut up plastic bags? (Like this one http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=405868&ppuser=196658) So cool.   Cheesy
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas Gallery on: November 04, 2010 01:40:05 AM
It's such fun to see all the crafty frugal goodies. I love that brown scarf, looks very warm and cozy. And the garden organizer, what a clever thing, makes me wish I had more of a garden!

IdlersDesign sent to me the day before yesterday, so impatient optimistic me is now pasted at the kitchen table overlooking the mailboxes up the road, ready to race up there as soon as the yellow postcar pulls up!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: November 01, 2010 07:16:31 AM
Going to look for a box...
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: November 01, 2010 06:23:02 AM
My package is ready to send, so I'll bring it to the post office tomorrow  Cheesy

Oooh, how exciting!

I'm writing notes and wrapping wverything up. I should be able to send today or tomorrow myself...

(also enjoying some homemade pumpkin pie!) Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: October 27, 2010 01:19:52 PM
I highly recommend the Generation T books.

I love the generation T books! I'm making a braided bath mat from one of them. Any chance of a picture of your creation on the clothes board?


Swapwise I only have some stitching, hammering and folding to do before I'm done!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: October 22, 2010 01:48:36 PM
Just a quick update.
I've been working on some details on 2 mediums, and to my surprise they're almost done! Then there's just a few more smalls/spoilers, and those supplies I need to collect before I'm done. Unfortunately I'm working all weekend, so most of it will have to wait until next week...

Meanwhile, we had a load of snow dumped on us this night. Biking in to town this morning was an interesting project, really heavy wet snow and slippery ice in a dangerous yet thrilling combo! (Note to self: need to get out those winter bike tires) Anyway something strange is going on with the weather, it's only october and I don't live THAT far north...
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: October 17, 2010 11:27:32 AM
I've had a large piece of fabric in my stash for some time and I thought it was really ugly (and didn't understand how I can ever have bought it), but I now discovered it was the BACK of the fabric and the front is actually really really nice! So, I can use it for my next item for my partner.

Oooh, interesting....

I started the last project (no, the others are not completed yet) for this swap yesterday,  but now I've run out of material. It's not really something I can just buy, I'll have to collect it where I can find it... A little frustrating, I want to work with this particular craft now!  Tongue
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: October 09, 2010 11:15:08 PM
Rain really is excellent motivation for crafting, I spent yesterday by the sewing machine. Now I'm a good way through one medium and one small/medium... Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU CLOSED, Send by Nov. 12 on: October 04, 2010 01:09:00 PM
I think my partner and I have a small problem...too much inspiration! Guess that means a lot of spoiling  Wink

True. One small and one spoiler done. Several more to go!  Grin


Moi aussi, je parle un peu de francais! (not as much as I should after studying it for 7 years though...)


Impressive that some of you are almost done! Shocked
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