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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 05, 2010 06:01:17 PM
AAaaarrrggghhh!!!  The cruel crafty taunting!!!  LOLOLOLOL
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTSTT - One Tiny Star Trek Things Swap - Sendouts 5/1 on: April 05, 2010 04:26:02 PM
Oh, goldfishpollywog, *hugs* do whatever needs to be done.  As your partner, I don't care if you can't send for 3 months!  I don't care if you even have to flake!  Just take care of you family.  I hope everyone has safe travels.  *more hugs*
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 05, 2010 12:03:20 PM
OH, you are so close to safe-to-deliver mark!  Hang in there!  Yeah!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ghost Hunters/TAPS/GHI/GHA Ghostly Gallery! on: April 05, 2010 11:58:14 AM
OK, feedback should be posted for all of y'all.  Trying to get caught up and finish off a bunch of craftster loose ends.  Finishing all the swaps I'm in, and then that's it for swapping on craftster for me.  I love swapping, but I've got to take a break for financial reasons and also to, hopefully, find a differently crafting community in general.

I got a great package from Cheyenneswthrt07!  It came right in the middle of my yardsale, and the anticipation of getting to open it drove me nuts for a couple of hours!  LOL  

2 coasters in a bowl (the bowl also has TAPS stencilled on it) -- I cracked up giggling over the EVP one:



"Beads of Ectoplasm"  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is great!  (And, VERY useful!)



And, the very, very, very bestest thing --- a thick, SOFT, BEAUTIFUL, crocheted shawl.  This woman has crazymad crochet skills!  It is sooooo comfy!  I have a new favorite piece of cool weather clothing!!!  Funny story:  My aunt gave me a soft, knit, storebought shawl for Christmas that I really like, but it's teal which, while being a color I like, doesn't match much of my winter clothing.  I had been wishing for (and even wisted) a black shawl!  So, I am happy, happy, happy about this item!!!



Now, I can only hope my partner is as happy with her package.  *swap anxiety*  Nothing could match that shawl! 

10,000 thank yous, partner!  I am sooooo happy with my package!
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 05, 2010 07:03:40 AM
Can't get my gears going this morning, crafting or otherwise!  My eyes are far too crunchy for crochet, cross stitch, or sewing right now.  *sigh*  I got so much done yesterday, and I have/had great ambitions for today.  But, I am completely bled of energy, and I ache all over, all muscles and bones.  I don't know WTF is up with that!  It's happening more and more lately.  I just hung a load of laundry out on the line, and my body's acting as if I just ran a marathon!  Kiddo kept me up late with his coughing (poor thing) and my allergies are kicking my butt, but those are insufficient explanations.  All of my joints ache, I'm limping because the ankle I injured months ago has suddenly decided to hurt again, and my forearms and wrists are really tender.  *shakes head*  I am too young to feel this old.  And, feeling like this certainly doesn't help with the whole "eat better and exercise more because you are trying hard to lose weight" thing. (I want the first digit of my weight on the scale to be a 1 come my birthday in Dec.  It is sloooow going as I am a grotesque mutant.)  Anyway, I teach ESL at 11am, and I'm seriously considering napping until then and then taking a hot-water-heater-draining shower, but my mind is wide awake and plotting today's hefty to-do list so I doubt I'll be able to fall back asleep.  I am the epitome of "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."  *sigh*  Gotta get my momentum back!  Craftwise, I need to finish mapping out the pattern for my OTStarTrekT swap today (those dang Klingons are a tricky lot cross stitch wise!), sort through sewing patterns and find one I can size down to make one of the items Mizell wishes for in this swap (skinny, gorgeous, bombshell wench that she is! Tongue), and finish crocheting a baby blanket.  I've got a swap package going out in the mail today, and I need to drop off some hand-me-downs for a friend's grandson and some donations to the charity thrift shop I frequent.  I have several pairs of earrings beaded and need to finish attaching the necessary findings, some for swaps and some for the etsy I hope to launch at the end of this week *gulp!*.  Tonight, I've got some cross stitch I'd like to start for the gardening swap (2 tiny smalls) and, hopefully, also start the funny pattern I've found to make for Mizell for this swap.  I want to finish it the first half of this week so I can take it to find a $1 frame on Thurs. when I do my grocery shopping.  I'm also thinking of making one for another craftster friend (can't say who because it'll spoil the surprise --- she's on this thread) because it's just so hilariously appropriate for her household, too, bless her heart.  I also need to force myself to get serious about a freelance magazine article I've been tentatively nursing so I can get it out there submitted for publication (Acceptance for publication and money, please?!?!  Unlike most writers, I have not developed a thick skin and sense of humor about rejection letters, yet.  They are spirals down to crying on the couch for me. *whimper*) before regional writers' conferences' poetry competitions gear up (usually win some happy checks that way).  And, of course, a load of household chores await me today!  Tongue  The kitchen has gotten a liiittttttttle (ok, a lot) scary and is really in need of a wall to wall spring cleaning.

I can't wait for Mizell's visit this summer!  Kiddo is very excited that Mizell's son is also a big Star Wars fan.  And, I'm eager to have a little baby girl to cuddle and spoil! Smiley  I actually DREAMT about their visit last night!  LOL

16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 04, 2010 06:50:18 PM
If you don't make slippers, lemme tell you about something I did with an old pair of hitops when I was a teenager.  I put a plastic bag down into each shoe and filled the bag with plaster and made a kickass pair of bookends.  Just an idea if you get foiled on the slipper idea.

17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 04, 2010 02:53:43 PM
I remembered Amy D.'s argument in The Tightwad Gazette which is something to the effect of:  A used item is just a new item that's been washed 10 or 20 times.  No one will be able to tell a difference after 3 or 4 washes and wears.  I was explaining this to my son in the thrift shop on Friday.

I have, luckily, raised my son to not have an aversion to used clothes.  He's not one of the "in" kids at school anyway (he's the quirky, smart, hyper one who is so different that he gets bullied) so he has no clue about Tommy Hillfiger (sp?) or any of that nonsense.  He understands that it's better to get 5 or 6 used books than 1 new one, 3 pairs of comfy used shorts than 1 pair of new from the store, and the like.  Plus, my mom spoils him with "new" stuff so he doesn't totally miss out on brand new loot (not that he'd care anyway).

The neighbors behind my back fence have their garden in, and I'm drooling with jealousy.  My best friend's son and husband are going to come till 2 patches for me one evening this week.  Squeeee!

I am very, very, VERY much using the items I received in round 1 and am eager to savor my round 2 loot!  Although, I've asked for dryer balls, and it's hang-the-clothes-out-on-the-line weather, so breaking in the new dryer balls will have to wait until the next long rainy stretch after receiving.  LOL

While cleaning house, I just brainstormed something I can make for Mizell's son.  I've got to carefully measure the fabric I'm using and cut oh-so-carefully to make sure there's enough to make 2 of the item because I know once my son sees me making one, he'll most definitely "need" one of his own.  LOL 
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 04, 2010 02:03:59 PM
LOLOL  Well, I have further bribery to insure Mizell and her kids' summer visit with me and kiddo.  I am NOT mailing a 30+ lb. box for this swap!  I culled through kiddo's outgrown clothes, and I have a STUFFED full huge laundry bag of sz. 8-14 clothes to hand down to Mizell's little boy.  Woot!  (Foolish local people didn't buy any of the cold weather clothes at the yard sale.  Does no one else shop ahead and stash stuff in the top of the closet?  Yet, these same folks will go pay full price at the Evil Empire in October.  *sigh*  Some of the summer clothes sold, but not a single long sleeved or heavy pants or jacket item at all.)

Am doing DRASTIC house cleaning today.  Much needed.  Having illness, injury, travel, and yard sale madness in the house lately, I am going crazy from the dust and clutter.  Major house overhaul today and tomorrow.  I have to work in short spurts so as not to piss off the bad disc in my back too much.  Happy discoveries while culling and putting up my cross stitch stash:  perfect items for both my partner in this swap and my partner in the gardening swap.  Hoodyhoo!  I don't even use a WIP bag for cross stitch -- I throw the current project in a ziploc and carry it in my purse.  I get stitches in, for example, while waiting in the pick up line at my son's school each afternoon. 

I have fabric set out for a 2 mediums for my partner and an extra (small) for her baby girl.  Have 2 extras set aside for her little boy, not crafted but pass-alongs from my son to hers (so proud of my son for being generous with his hand-me-downs!).  And, as I mentioned above, found a good small cross stitch (funny!) thing to make for her.

I freakin LOVE Mizell!!!

19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: How My Garden Grows Swap (sign ups CLOSED) Sendout by May 8 on: April 04, 2010 01:53:54 PM
*happy squeak*  I was just culling through my cross stitch stash, and I found a perfect small for my partner! Smiley  *back to drastic house cleaning*
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 04, 2010 11:07:24 AM
Whew!  Yard sale over.  Now, back to crafting!  Smiley
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