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1  Re: Wedding Gift - Napkins, Placemats, and Napkin Rings in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Babsy on: November 06, 2009 05:21:37 PM
What I did was I bought the pre-formed wire at Michaels used for making bracelets so that it would already have a curved shape.  I then began by twisting the wire around the silver ring with the word on it and threaded on some nice beads and finished it up by twisting the end back around the original ring again.  I kept them on a cardboard wrapping paper tube so that they'd keep their shape.  Maybe the picture below shows them better?

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2  Wedding Gift - Napkins, Placemats, and Napkin Rings in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Babsy on: November 05, 2009 04:28:28 PM
First off, I apologize if this is posted in the wrong area - it seems as if this section has all Wedding planning crafts and this is an actual Wedding gift, but I couldn't find where else to post it.

One of my good friends from high school was getting married and I decided that I wanted to make him something instead of just buying a gift or giving a gift of money - partially to make it more personal, partially to save money (hah!  that ended up not being the case).  The bride & groom were registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, so after browsing their registry, I got the idea to make them matching placemats, cloth napkins, and napkin rings.

I don't have too much experience with sewing - I can mend, I've used patterns to make things like my son's baptismal outfit, but this was kind of just a go with the flow thing and I was quite proud of how they turned out!  Especially being straight edges with straight lines on the fabric, I was afraid they would look all crooked, but they turned out good!



I really fell in love with the Napkin Rings that I made - each of them has a word on it such as "Appreciate", "Respect", "Honesty", etc.. and I thought it fit perfectly for a wedding gift.  I got all of the supplies for the Napkin Rings at Michaels.  I didn't want to give them away once they were done!

I also used a pattern to make a matching oven glove... but the oven glove would only have fit a child, so I didn't include that with the gift.  I stretched it and stretched it and now I am able to squuueeeeze my hand into it, so I figured I'd get some use out of it before throwing it away!
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3  Re: Baby Bump Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Babsy on: October 11, 2009 04:28:02 PM
Just figured I'd share with you guys -  here she is, 2 days old =]



Kirsten Nicole, born October 9th, 18 inches, 5 lbs 13 oz.

Shes too skinny to fit into newborn clothes and too long to fit into premies, so this onesie actually fits her better than any other clothes we have!  and, as you can tell from all the scratches on her face, we should have brought the mittens to the hospital, because by the time we got home to put them on she already did quite a bit Sad  but, at least she's protected now!
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4  Re: Baby Bump Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Babsy on: September 18, 2009 10:53:11 AM
I've been horrible - I received my package so long ago and still haven't posted it - I am sorry!  First off, I was TOTALLY spoiled, so I really feel bad even posting all of this.. lol, but here is my package from marcusandila...



This is the overall photo... I couldn't even fit it all into one.  I really, really appreciated the hard work that went into this.  Even though it's my 2nd child, it's my boyfriend's 1st, and he's pretty nervous about it, so half of this swap was for him!  He has always said he doesn't understand why I do these swaps, I think he finally realizes how cool it is to get a present in the mail for no reason what so ever =]



Here's my portion of the package.  There's a blanket, bib, burpcloth, sleeper, and shirt, all Pooh themed, because I like Disney characters.  Plus, a hat, headband, barrettes, and a magazine.  I can't wait to have a girl and do her hair all pretty!  That's one thing I never got to experience with my boy.. lol.



Now, here's his portion.  He's more into the "girly" stuff, and she definitely hit that on the head! =]  He got 2 bibs, a burpcloth, a crocheted hat with matching thumb-less mittens (which is great because I can't crochet or knit), a bottle, and...



Two amazing onesies.  I am so jealous that this was in his part of the package.. lol.  I think this is going to be her staple clothing.. we will just switch back and forth everyday and wash the other one on the day that it's not worn.  How's that sound? haha.  For those who don't play World of Warcraft, the lion is the Alliance emblem since both me and the dad play Alliance characters and "noob" is just a term for someone who is new/acts new to the game, so it fits perfectly =]

This helped us fill up our baby stuff so much more, it was perfect.  THANK YOU so much, Ila!
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5  Re: Back to School Swap in The Swap Gallery by Babsy on: August 31, 2009 01:40:19 PM
We just received our package, and - Wow! - we were spoiled!

Just to clue everyone in, my son, Jase, is 3 years old, and this swap was for him.



Here's the entire package - it was hard to fit it all into one picture!  (eek - Ignore our horribly messy craft/toy room in the background)

It's made up of..*deep breath*.. A book about Opposites using animals (my son is animal obsessed), a Create-your-own-Adventure with foam stickers book, which he has already started on, as you can see in the picture, some fun markers and smelly crayons (which, by the way, smell of the craziest things, such as "Baseball mitt", "Grandma's perfume", and "Koala tree".  Have you ever smelt a Koala tree?  Now you can.), a fun cigar "treasure box" as Jase has named it, a multi-subject notebook with his name and giraffes (his favorite!) on the front, a foam number puzzle, an Elephant and mittens (either knitted or crocheted, sorry I can't tell the difference!), and lacing cards.



I squealed when Jase pulled out the lacing cards - I have been wanting to either make him or buy him some of these lately, so that he can work on his hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity.  He will definitely get good use out of these!  Also, the E for Elephant plushie was perfect, as we have been doing a letter every day.  He's been carrying this around with him everywhere since opening the package. 
Last, he was confused as to why he got mittens in the summer time.  I told him that we will use them once it starts getting cooler out and he was still confused, so I cleared things up a bit and let him play with the web cam.



It's hard to tell because it's all piling up on the back of the chairs in this picture, but snow falls from the top of the screen and piles up on different surfaces - you can catch it in your hand, let it pile up on your head, or just wave your hands around and make a blizzard of snowflakes.  He definitely is looking forward to using the mittens for real, now Smiley

Thanks so much, Karen!

and this is from Jase -

hghkfkgkgfkkfgklf - "Thank you for my toys!"
jase  Kiss
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6  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade ornaments in Winter Holidays by Babsy on: November 27, 2008 07:36:23 PM
These are horribly difficult to properly photograph, but I figured, since I haven't seen anyone else post them, I would give it a shot (I've never posted anything before, other than swaps).



Extremely easy to make, just buy the clear glass ornaments, print a picture out on transparency paper, cut it to fit the ornament, curl it up and slide it in.  I once read somewhere that they recommend glitter, but as you can see from the ornament in the rear, it's not the best idea - too much static makes it cling to everything and it's hard to make out the photo, otherwise the other 2 photos are very vivid IRL.
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7  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap in The Swap Gallery by Babsy on: March 13, 2008 03:10:27 PM
Ahhh!! I am so fricken excited!  Tanzie TOTALLY spoiled me... I kept squealing with each item I took out of the box! 

There's so much to list, I don't even know where to begin!  She made me a scarf with an adorable bunny on it, a stuffed bunny, a goldfish pincushion (off of my Wist!), a felt name book for Jase (another thing off of my Wist!), hand-stamped bunny stationary, Easter themed ornaments, and then so much store bought stuff: 3 adorable stamps, easter cookie cutters, a bunny pen, chicky soap, tons of easter erasers, the tale of peter rabbit (jase will love reading this!) plus a matching notepad for it, another bunny notepad, tonka stickers, a plane making kit, clay, tons of candy, and a grow-a-pet bunny... which is funny.. because I got her the same thing in her package..ahah shh Wink   AH! there's so much I am probably even forgetting something!



Here's the ornaments - melted bead bunnies and glittery eggs!  I put them right up on this.. thing.. that I have in my kitchen that I like to decorate for the holidays, so it was perfect!



Close-ups of the scarf, bunny, and goldfishy:



Here's all of the pages in Jase's felt book:




ahh thank you thank you thank you!!!  I'm gonna go get Jase from the sitter now so he can come home and squeal as much as I did!!!
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8  Re: HP Favourite House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Babsy on: August 12, 2006 01:10:07 PM
OK sorry for being such a slacker and not posting my pictures as soon as I got my package, but here they are!

First off - Dorkariffic drew the cutest little design on the outside of the package that made me laugh so hard -



It says - "My owl was out of commission, so I'm sending via USPS instead."  and the owl says, "Dun wanna..."  SO CUTE!

Next, I got an AMAZING fitting shirt with the Griffindor seal on it - it fits perfectly, so I am excited (and wearing it right now!)



Then, I got a pair of snitch earrings, which made me sad because they fell apart while being shipped, but nothing a little clue can't fix and also timeturner, so she must be psychic, because right when I sent off the application to do the swap, I was like "darn!  I should have mentioned a timeturner!"  and she still made one  Grin



Last, she made my son, Jaesten, a Griffindor changing pad - which is adorable and extremely useful at the same time!  Here it is alone:



Then, I tried getting him to take a picture on it, but he just wanted to show off his toes:



At last, I got him!  Drool and all...




Thank you SO much Dorkariffic!  Towards the end of this swap I was like "You know.. I don't think I am going to do anymore swaps after this one..." but once I got my package it was so worth it - THANK YOU!!!!
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