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3331  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Re-purposed duvet fit for a Snow Ball on: December 20, 2009 02:51:43 PM
The dress is gorgeous (as is your daughter) but I love that you repurposed some fabric. Love the ingeniuity!
3332  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) - Lotsa pics on: December 20, 2009 12:27:46 PM
these look great, thanks for the very detailed tute.  I dont have any asian grocers near me, so what spices would I use for the spice mix??
3333  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your favourite christmas cookie recipes needed...please! on: December 20, 2009 12:21:15 PM
cool! thanks for those skoo. I never cook with margarine either, I much prefer the taste of butter.
3334  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Your favourite christmas cookie recipes needed...please! on: December 19, 2009 12:48:19 PM
We dont really have a christmas cookie tradition here in Ireland, but in the interests of having a 90% handmade christmas I thought I might make a bunch of boxes of cookies for family and friends. I am having trouble selecting recipes. There are millions online and i have a ton more in cookery books. i am looking for tasty, easy, fast, keeping cookie recipes. Have you a favourite one that you could share with me?..or is there a cookie thread somewhere that I havent found
3335  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: December 19, 2009 12:28:35 PM
Ok prepare to be extremely jealous. i got an amazing partner in SevsOnlyGirl and she completely spoiled me. She sent so much stuff that I tried to double up in some of the photos so that I wouldnt completely overwhelm you with pictures.
Something edible, a ton of candy,  and something to drink, holiday punch sachets. (they unaccountably didnt make it to the picture..Some of the candy is a little...um...nibbled too...!)

Something that is always in her purse
Something sentimental

This made me smile. she always has a notebook and pen in her purse. I was going to send her the exact same thing! except I forgot to put it in the package!..these pens are really nice to write with too. The pin was given to her by her sister and I was really touched that she sent it to me and its gorgeous!

My daughter specialises in taking particularly unflattering pix of me! this is the best one! I am wearing a gorgeous velvet top that Sevs sent me as   Something that I want it is so gorgeous. textures of clothing are very important to me, this is soft and gorgeous and very warm. Around my neck is something in her favourite colour Its a big bold gorgeous green stone, I am not sure what type, agate I think. As an extra she sent this fabulous crocheted scarf. I really love it, love the shade and its also so warm (essential at the moment as the weather here is freezing!) In my hand I have a real 'smores kit!!!   a winter essential We have tried to reproduce them as best as we could here in Ireland, but they dont sell graham crackers here, so now we get to try the real deal. Over our open fire in the sitting room. mmm..

Now this is a nice photo of my daughter. she scored some great extras, the tinkerbell nightie she is wearing. She wore it as a t-shirt all day. The christmas cross-stitch kit that she is busy working on, and the great sock slippers (I got a fun pair in red with santa fur on the top!)

something to wear and something from a favourite holiday She stencilled this excellent t-shirt as a witchy pagan type I love it!! and a santa ornament..he sadly lost the tip of his hat, but fear not...keep reading...

a kitchen essential, something that smells good,
she made the most fabulous lipbalm, pinacolada and root beer flavours..yummy and a rubber husband I lmao at that name, its a silicone jar opener, the most used thing in her kitchen , soon to be the same in mine. Also some more christmas stuff. I love these candycane carriers.

The other thing not pictured something not crafty is a book 'lamb' its sitting by my bed, next in the queue

and for those of you worried about santas broken hat...cease and desist your anxiety, here he is in all his glory, a dab of E6000 and he is happy

thanks so much SevsOnlyGirl, the package was amazing and I feel totally spoiled..

3336  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: December 18, 2009 08:37:33 AM
 I adore the fabric too. I only had a fat quarter, I found it in a market in London, it was ridiculously expensive, but I couldnt resist as it is so gorgeous
3337  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5 (Signups: CLOSED!) on: December 18, 2009 08:29:59 AM
I received the most fabulous package from SevsOnlyGirl. I have been so spoilt.
3338  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery on: December 18, 2009 04:38:23 AM
Sevs I am so glad you received and found some things in there that you like! The roses photo doesn't appeared to have survived the journey terribly well!

the other papckages that have been received have some awesome stuff
3339  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 16! (CLOSED; MAIL BY 12/21/09) on: December 16, 2009 02:51:12 PM
Maman congratulations!! that is the best kind of news

I am back from London...and hold the presses. I didnt buy anything craft related..some sharpies and a blank notebook dont count...got some ideas though.

its freezing here so off to bed to warm up
3340  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5 (Signups: CLOSED!) on: December 12, 2009 07:05:21 AM
oh. I didnt take pix before I sent either..
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