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7141  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Present for Grandma! Black Curacao Shawl on: December 27, 2007 06:05:09 PM
Wow! I love this so much I went and ordered the book as soon as I saw it! You did a fantastic job on this- thanks for sharing!
7142  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps (sign ups Dec 5-Dec 27, Sendouts Jan18) on: December 27, 2007 05:41:16 PM
Whoo-hoo! This will be great because I am eyeing a couple of other swaps, so I can work on this one over the weekend since I am on vacation!! Then I won't feel so guilty about signing up for another swap or two Wink
7143  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: December 27, 2007 05:39:48 PM
Snowflake is just adorable! Love her eyes! How did you do them? And, I love her sculpted mouth, too!
7144  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - SEPTEMBER (final month) on: December 27, 2007 05:37:51 PM
I haven't previously done any craft alongs.. but I would be interested in this one. Motivation.... Roll Eyes

Hey, you can join me! I got started on this way late and then got bogged down with other things. I have the October, November and Decemebr easy squares done. I'll be starting January this weekend, I think, especially since I am bringing my sewing machine to the repair shop tomorrow. I'll need other things to work on!
7145  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Rainbow Swap round?? on: December 27, 2007 05:32:26 PM
Whew! I just read through this entire post, and I can't believe I missed out on all of this discussion (probably because I was full up on swaps and stressed by Christmas so I was avoiding the swap ideas board).

I LOVE BOOKS! And, I'm so glad I didn't miss this swap!

And, while I don't remember all of the questions posed in the previous 26+ pages of posts, I'll try to do my best in a summary...

I love to read just about anything (fiction usually, but sometimes a good historical novel or a history written like a novel can draw me in). It's very rare that I don't finish a book all the way through, even if I don't like it- every book deserves a chance! If I get sucked into a series, I have to read the entire thing and I hate to read them out of order (and my Narnia series was numbered with Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe as the first book...it was a set I got as a kid in the 70s- so I read them in the order they were numbered, which isn't the order of the actual story line. Was it the order that they were written?). My favorites are probably mystery and crime, and stories with a strong female lead (love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon!). I love Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, John Irving, Bill Bryson, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Patricia Cornwell. I love adventure stories where people (especially kids) have to survive some momentous event on their own. And, someone mentioned Sharon Creech- I have loved every single book of hers that I have ever read (my favorite has to be Love That Dog- I cry every time). I love books that are classics, too. If I was stuck on a desert island, I think I'd bring my Douglas Adams Hitchikers Guide series (I have it in one volume...would that be cheating?). Definitely something I'd need to read again. As for books that I'm embarrassed that I own: I have a couple of Harlequin Romance novels from the "Blaze" series...sex on every other page gets to be a bit much after a while. And, a book that really made me think was Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (the sequel My Ishmael irritated me a bit, though. I got into reading through my mum. She used to read to us all the time and we always had books in the house. The first "big girl" book I remember reading was The Secret Garden. I remember my mom reading the opening chapters so we could get used to the way the housekeeper/maid talked. But, I finished it on my own. I ripped through Nancy Drew and started on the Hardy Boys and the Trixie Belden series. My access to books was limited to an every other week visit by the Bookmobile (my childhood fantasy was to be locked in the bookmobile overnight!)- three books at a time just didn't cut it! Worst book I forced myself to read...hmmmm...I don't remember...I've been reading this one book for almost 2 years now because I can't get into it...but I keep expecting it to get better...I don't even remember the name since it has been a while since I touched it...

That's all that I can remember for questions...

As for the actual swap, book, bookmark, totebag sounds great (even though I own a ton of totebags...I don't have one that is dedicated to books), but I'd be open to options if that's what my partner wanted (I'd really like a paperback book "cozy" for example- one of the pouch like ones to keep my books from getting mangled in my bag). And, while I don't have child, I am in a new position at my school (after 13 years of 7th & 8th grade science), as an elementary (K-5) science specialist so I'd be willing to do a secondary swap for a child if I could score a good kids science-y book. I have a few for my classroom, but I could count them on two hands and still have fingers left over Wink

So, I feel like I've missed out on the huge chat you've all been having, so I hope that you don't mind a late joiner!
7146  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: December 27, 2007 12:21:33 PM
Okay, after much swearing at the inconsistent stitching and bunching bobbin, I stopped in at the sewing machine shop (and found out that they sell notions like thread, buttons, zippers, etc.!) to talk to the guy. They didn't answer the phone when I called last week, so I figured I'd swing by while I was out. And, I'll be dropping off my machine tomorrow. It'll probably take a week to a week and a half. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

In the meantime, I'll be pulling together all of my poppet supplies, printing out the pattern and preparing the fabric with the freezer paper. So, when the machine comes back good as new, I'll be ready!
7147  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Furry Forest Creature Swap? on: December 27, 2007 08:10:44 AM
Hmmm...depending on the timing of this, I might join in!

And...bears, moose?
7148  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: December 26, 2007 07:16:40 PM
Is it possible to buy jo-anns fabric online? because that would rock!

Yup! And, if you sign up for their newsletter, they send you coupons in the mail!
7149  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What crafty type gifts did you GET? on: December 26, 2007 07:10:40 PM
Ooooh! I just saw one of those advertised in a magazine. It's definitely going on my wish list...
7150  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Grow-A-Bag (Bottomless Bag Challenge #11) on: December 26, 2007 07:08:37 PM
Where can I find the tutorial for this wonderful bag?  Thanks. Smiley

Hmmmm...I never got around to making one! Guess I need to work on that! Thanks for the reminder Wink
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