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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 86 gallery in The Swap Gallery by KerrieRou on: September 17, 2012 03:55:09 PM
I received this package for Eiseldora on Friday! She claimed me for a cowl/neckwarmer from my pinterest.

Here's everything (the cowl, a card, a book and a bunch of teas! (One is missing, I had some tea right when I got the package!):

I told her to leave the color as a surprise, she used this pretty blue yarn. It's very cozy, can't wait till it's cold out to wear it! (sorry for the bad pic, the flash was bad in the mirror so I had to take it from the side)

LOOK! It's so big I can wear it as a hat lol!  =D

And here's the book alphabetically ordered happily on my bookshelf anxiously awaiting to be read  =)

Thank you so much Eiseldora - I love everything!!
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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap roung 85 gallery in The Swap Gallery by KerrieRou on: September 07, 2012 05:49:32 AM
I just received my FIRST EVER swap package from EdelC in Ireland!! It only took a week to get to me - I thought it would be much longer! (And it might have gotten here sooner....we just moved into a new house friday and checked the mail for the first time today...)

She claimed me for a Kindle Case.
This has been my Kindle Case since I got it 3 months ago. Wrapped in a wash cloth and secured with a headband....

And now! Edel used my favorite things and color - Birds, Trees and Aqua! I love it!

And these are the extras she sent!  =D  A plastic bag holder from my pinterest in bird/tree fabric, candy (which I just had for breakfast- shhhh). I had asked her to send some coins from Ireland, which she did, along with some stamps, an 'Ireland" pin, and Irish socks!!

Thank you so much Edel for all the wonderful things, and making my day! Yay for my first swap!  =D
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3  Bare Tree of Life with square bead backing in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by KerrieRou on: August 30, 2012 05:21:42 AM
I saw these large square beads at Michael's and thought they would make a great backing to a TOL pendant.

It too SO long to make! But I think the majority of the time was playing and figuring out exactly how I wanted it. At first, I was just going to bent the wire into a square right around the stone, but I needed to leave a little space on each side between the stone and wire so I could wrap the tree roots/branches...and it was really difficult to make a perfect square and get the stone centered. I decided to bend the wire odd ways around the stone - and I like it much better. And way easier! And I had to play around with the branches for a while since I've never made a tree without stones on the branches before - so that took a while.

I love the way it turned out, but it was a long process. I think it would take much less time if I were to recreate it though, since I know exactly how I want it.

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4  Tree of Life pendant with tear drop stones in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by KerrieRou on: August 12, 2012 06:41:50 PM
I recently started making these and I love them! I found these tear drop beads at a craft store, they were more expensive than most of the other stones but I thought they would look cool on a tree - kind of shaped like leaves!

I made these today, the tree is the 3rd one I've made and my favorite so far. I'm keeping this one for myself but I think I'll be going back for more of these beads to make others for gifts - I love the colors! The birds nest is the first I've made with gunmetal wire and I love the look of it.

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5  Homemade edible arrangement! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by KerrieRou on: August 08, 2012 06:27:50 AM
It's time consuming and it ends up being a bit of money (fruit is expensive, and you may have to buy the other items if you don't have them on hand), I understand why these things are so expensive to buy now! But, makes a great gift if the receiver likes fruit! My dance instructor was trying to eat healthy and loose weight, so instead of making a cake to bring to class, I made a fruit bouquet. I used various fruits, a ceramic pot for a plant, a foam block, saran wrap, cellophane, a flower cookie cutter, wooden skewers, and chocolate.

I looked at a picture of an edible arrangement to copy. I wrapped the foam block in saran wrap and put it in the pot so the dust wouldn't get on the fruit. I cut the pineapple with the cookie cutter (the middle of the flower is the hard core), and dipped a few strawberries in chocolate. Then i threaded the fruit on the skewers and stuck them into the foam. I wrapped the whole thing in cellophane for gifting, but I took pictures before wrapping

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6  My first day making jewelry! Tree of Life and Birds Nest pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by KerrieRou on: July 30, 2012 07:49:23 PM
I saw Phoenix Fire's Tree of Life pendants and LOVED them. I looked around for other wire projects and found the birds nest pendant which seemed easy and I really liked it.

I had a gift card to Joanne's, went today and got a bunch of beads and some cheap craft wire.

I made the birds nest first. I really like it - I would like to make some with a bird charm on it.

Afterwards, I made the tree pendant. This was much more difficult. I also kept having trouble because the wire kept kinking and breaking off when I tried to wrap it around the outer ring. A few happened right at the start so that wasn't too bad, just a little frustrating. I made the whole tree and once I put on the beads on one of the branches and tried to wrap it, it broke. I though it was unfix-able since there was no wire left to coil....but I was able to salvage it by threading a second piece of wire through.

Does anyone know if it is breaking just because it tends to break because it is thin and I am not use to using wire, or because it is really cheap wire? I don't want to purchase more expensive wire and break that too...I'd rather practice with the cheap stuff if that's the case.

Anyway, I really like how both came out. Going to make my Mom some jewelry for her birthday in a few weeks!

(The pictures came out really dark - sorry!)
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