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191  Re: Giant Multi-Theme Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: August 18, 2009 06:52:32 AM
I finally found time to edit and upload the pictures of the wonderful package that sarahj2001 sent me last week. Prepare your self for image overload Grin

Sarahj color coded the wrapping paper for each theme- what a clever idea! (pay no attention to the cat sniffing the gnome's crotch)

Gnome Theme:
Two great gnome stenciled t-shirts, a gnome stuffie, gnome resin pendant and shrinky dink and an awesome gnome cookie cutter.

Beer Theme:
A ducktape beer tote, beer soap, and bottle cap magnets from one of my favorite beers- Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss.

Tree Theme:
Two wonderful resin leaf suncatchers

Tree/leaf resin pendants and a tree shrinky dink

And a rock door mat that is already in it's new home on my front porch.

Prairie Theme:
Since there aren't any native Wisconsin Prairies where Sarahj lives, I sent her some seeds and other plant materials to craft with. She turned them in to some wonderful soaps:

Resin Pendants:

And a resin switch plate cover

Sarcasm Theme:
A really cool melted army man bowl. My husband was totally intrigued by this bowl and he kept trying to figure out how it was made Grin

Some wonderfully dirty broccoli and a resin pendant. There was also some great innanimate object face stickers that I can use to give faces to my stapler, phone, television etc. She also gave me a great puzzle piece cookie cutter.
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And finally something that I have been wanting forever- a knitted dissected frog. I cannot put into words how much I love this! It already has a special spot on my craft room wall!!

Thank you Sarahj2001 for a wonderful package!!!!
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192  Re: The Summer Slamdance! IYP13 gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 31, 2009 09:15:53 PM
I received a wonderful package full of beautifully crafted items from RhymeswOrange this week.
First up is a quilted wall hanging based off of one on my wist. I love the fabrics and the sewing is so good.

RhymeswOrange sent me a whole bunch of fiber for me to play with. This first picture is of some hand dyed millends from Sheep Shed Studio. The second picture is some unidentified fiber, but it looks like it has some bamboo or tencel in it. I love how colorful these two rovings are and I can't wait to spin them up!

Also included were some samples of fibers I've never worked with- cotton lint, silk and fake cashmere. Fun Fun!!

Next up is a really cute felted bead necklace. I really like the purple and lime green color combo.

Paper crafting items like stickers, paper punch, and sequins. I think I am going to use the sequins in my spinning, if I can figure out how to do it.

And I definitely saved the best for last. What is that?? Is that a Wookie in my garden?? Why yes, yes it is, but it isn't any ordinary wookie.

It's a magical Matryoshka wookie with lots of suprises inside!

I am in awe of RhymeswOrange's mad crochet and embroidery skills on these. The details are amazing. This already has a place of honor on top of my t.v. with my rubber duckies from my wedding cake- that is how much I love this! Grin

RhymeswOrange- Thank you SO much for such a thoughtful package!!!!
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193  Re: Fiber Friday - 24 July 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: July 24, 2009 04:30:06 PM
So many beautiful yarns! I really love Storm by veludo and Aphrodite by callmeflower9.

Here is what I have been working on lately.

Irish Spring:This is my last spindle spun yarn. It is 232 yards of BFL purchased from forestfiberworks on etsy.

Gritty Ocean: 196 yards. Merino from Gritty Knits plyed with purple thread.

Turquoise Dream: 30 yards. Blend of millends, mohair and silk from freestyle plyed with bamboo

Rainbow Snot: 178 yards. Merino (?) fiber from Fiber Monster plyed with yellow thread.

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194  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 24, 2009 04:17:25 PM
I thought I would share some yarn I spun from roving I received from freestyle. I call it Turquoise Dream. It is 30 yards of mill ends,mohair and silk roving plyed with some bamboo I had spun previously.


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195  Re: Handspun Yarn & Fiber Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 19, 2009 01:27:13 PM
I received a wonderful package from freestlye on Thursday that is full of beautiful fiber. I am so excited to use the rovings and batts!!!

First up: the rovings...
Roving 1: a mix of mill ends, mohair and silk that freestyle blended on her hackle

Roving 2: superwash merino

Roving 3: I don't remember what this was- but I love the earthy color combo.

Next, the batts...
Batt 1: a mix of mill ends and alpaca. This batt is sooo soft!

Batt 2: a mix of blue and orange merino

Batt 3: merino and firestar

Batt 4: merino and firestar. Both of the last two batts are so glittery and fun!!

And to top everything off- a hand dyed skein of yarn in a fun red and orange color. This yarn is a blend of silk,mohair and wool

Thank you so much for everything freestyle, you are a wonderful partner!!!
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196  Re: Summer Fill a Flat Rate box swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 19, 2009 01:03:34 PM
I received an excellent package from Pupper this week, full of fun craft supplies.

First up- She sent me a bunch of craft books, plastic canvas, extra envelopes, copper foil, polymer and modeling clay, scrapbook papers and scratchboard paper- which I've never used before, but I can't wait to try.

Next is a collection of yarn, pipe cleaners, pop tabs, hot pink feathers, glitter, embroidery floss, thread and a bunch of small craft kits.

And lastly, a set of acrylic paints and palette paper.

Thank you so much for everything, Pupper!
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197  Re: Summer Fill a Flat Rate box swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: July 13, 2009 12:08:40 PM
I received a wonderful box of goodies from katilady this weekend. She did a great job on her first swap and I cannot wait to use everything she sent.

First up is a collection of awesome paper ephemera like stamps, old letters, Asian themed paper, mullberry paper,music sheets and a Frank Lloyd Wright calendar.

Next is some awesome mixed media craft books and supplies like scrabble tiles, old photographs and altoid tins.

More art supplies including a handcarved stamp!

And finally bamboo knitting needles, bamboo yarn, soap and buttons.

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198  DIY Hackle in Spinning: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 10, 2009 07:19:19 PM
Using the instructions and videos I found on Yarn Zombie, I created my own hackle. This project was really easy and cheap to do- my favorite type of project!! The hardest part was finding the right combs, but after the third dollar store, I was finally able to find what I was looking for.

Here is a close up shot of the completed hackle.

A wider shot. I just use clamps to hold it to my table or counter top.

Here are some before, in process and after shots I took of some Sheep Shed Studio roving I dyed myself. I think I might have felted the fiber a little bit, so this was a good way to separate the fibers as well as blend the colors.

Fiber Before:

The hackle loaded with fiber. I got about one ounce of fiber on my hackle before it got too full. I think I am going to build a larger version so I can blend more fibers.

Another shot of the loaded hackle.

Using a button as a diz to pull the fiber off the hackle.

Half way through the process. I am going from right to left in this picture. You will leave some fiber behind as you pull the fibers through the diz/button

The after shot of blended roving

The fiber before and after:

And the fiber that is left on the hackle.

As of right now I have just been pulling the extra fiber off the hackle and storing it in a bag to either felt or use when I eventually get a drum carder. If anyone has advice on how to get more fiber off with the diz and leave less fiber behind, or any other advice- it would be much appreciated!!
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199  Embroidered animal quilt blocks in Needlework: Completed Projects by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:36:18 PM
My partner for the latest round of the "Invite Your Partner Swap" wanted me to make some quilt blocks with animals that represent each of her family members. I also did a koi quilt block because she had one on her wist.

First up: my favorite one- a happy little bumble bee. I love his smile Grin

I traced both the fox and bumble bee from clip art I found on Microsoft Word.

The frog and monkey came from an embroidery kit I got a few years ago.

The koi fish is an enlarged version of the one in the Doodle Stitching book.

For size reference, these were done on 8X8 squares of white quilters cotton. I used mostly stem stitch, french knots, satin stitch ,and split stitch and a fancy couching on the bumble bee.
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200  Re: Givers and Needers Swap R 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: June 08, 2009 05:25:07 PM
Here is my wonderful angel package from stereoette.

First up is a set of blank note cards that will be perfect for swaps.

Next is a measuring tape bracelet just like the one on my wish list.

And finally a really cool glass pendant as modeled by my clematis plant. This pendant is really iridescent and it is hard to get a good photo of it. I really love it though, and I have barely taken it off since I received it last week.

Thank you stereoette for being such a wonderful angel!!
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