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41  Re: The Frugal Beader: An oxymoron? Will my dastardly cheap plan suceed? >.< in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Synne on: February 06, 2006 10:34:37 AM
you know those pill organizers, the ones for 7 days of week and morning, noon, night. i've been using those for sorting some of my seed beads. a really nifty idea, sometimes its a pain to open without them flying all over the place.

YES! I love these--I find them at the dollar store--there's a couple of different styles and some work better than others with the whole spillage thing. This kind works well:
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42  Re: DIY craft kit round II in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: February 05, 2006 02:15:41 PM
I received my package from craftykate today, and what a package it was!
She sent me not one, but TWO beautiful kits with great instructions--how to make a felted soap, and how to make mosaic votives, all wrapped up in lots of beautiful tissue papers:

The mosaic kit includes:
-SEVEN votive holders, in different shapes
-bags filled with large glass pieces, small glass pieces, and round flat marbles
-two packages of grout
-two sponges
-glass and bead adhesive
The felted soap kit includes:
-delicious smelling almond soap (one of my favorite scents!)
-lots of fun-colored felt roving

(close-up of the soap and rovings--sorry for the blurriness)
Did you notice that purple CD in the corner? It's got great, clear tutorials with pictures--check it out:

THANK YOU SO MUCH CRAFTYKATE! I'm so excited to get working on my soaps and votive holders!
And thanks to ladyfeet for organizing!

Also, Duckie, I'm sorry to hear your partner hasn't been on...I can put together a beading kit for you if they've flaked!
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43  Re: DIY craft kit round II in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: January 25, 2006 08:19:04 AM
Madchandler received my kit and is having computer difficulties, so here are the photos I took before sending:

That's the only picture I have of the "learn to crochet" kit--it includes:
-illustrated instructions with attached samples of the stitch (in red yarn)
-crochet hooks (a set of my preferred plastics plus an aluminum one)
-a stitch gauge/needle sizer
-notions: tapestry needle, tape measure, hair snaps (used as stitch holders!)
-stitch markers
-crochet booklet and magazine
-purple tote (bought--I'm a terrible seamstress...)
-skein of practice yarn and skein of pink boucle.
Close-up of the stitch markers.

She'd also mentioned that she wanted to learn jewelry-making, so I threw in a little bonus mini-kit with some beads and charms/findings:

(And yes, it's in a 7-day pill organizer--they're PERFECT for storing beading stuff!)
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44  Re: Unconditional swapper swap - DECEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: December 13, 2005 03:34:11 PM
I received my stationery/paper goods from classycrafter today! I spent all day in the library/lab studying anatomy of the head and neck and it made my day to come home to a lovely paper-filled surprise in my mailbox--check it out:

Tons of 8.5 paper in snowflake print (perfect for my holiday letters!), a pretty flower print, and a fun green/dots/circles print (my favorite one, I think!). A pack of cute letter paper with matching envelopes, and a set of 12 HILARIOUS cards. Here's a close-up of the crafty one:

it reads: "Before Martha's time (or before she did time), Jane was the crafty one."
The other two read: "Vicki hoped the sound of the ball dropping would drown out the huge one she let rip." (below a picture of a woman bowling), "When Bernie asked Madge what sort of books she was interested in, she told him checkbooks." (below a picture of a cheesy couple, with swing)
I already know the perfect people to send these to!
Thank you so much classycrafter, I can't wait to start writing!
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45  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - NOVEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: December 05, 2005 09:33:20 AM
Yay! I'm glad the penguin stuff arrived safely!
Here's a close-up of the penguin mini-ornament:

(couldn't resist showing him off a bit, he was my first Fimo figurine!)
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46  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - NOVEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: November 28, 2005 01:32:28 PM
I have to confess that I actually said "EEEEEEEEE!" while opening all of its goodness.
All the wonderfulness at once (why are my pictures always showing up so small?!):

I'd wished for altoids tins and a hobo bag, and not only did she send me three little and one big altoid tin (whoo! giant tin!) and TWO AMAZING HOBO BAGS, but I also scored:
-a bag of all kinds of buttons I'm already picturing crafts for
-a bag of assorted ribbons (some in bows! with rosettes!)
-beautiful fairy postcards, If you're afraid of the Dark, remember the night rainbow book, and typewriter key letter stickers! (pictured in inset)
-all sorts of trinkets, perfect for assemblage pieces, including an adorable sea turtle charm! (right inset)
-GOLD PEARL EX powder. My polymer clay is going to be SO MUCH MORE BLING THAN YOURS.
And of course, close-ups of the two fabulous bags:

This is the bigger of the two. I'd mentioned my favorite color was grass green and this basically embodies it! The lining is a bright green with lighter streaks, and there's grass on the front! I'd also mentiond that I'd like the bag to be big enough to hold a novel, and I don't know if you can see that well, but it holds BOTH a novel AND my knitting with room to spare! Plus those buttons on the front actually hide a snap closure.

This is so cute and snuggly that I just want to eat it all up. It's made out of soft green fleece and lined with scrumptious green fabric. The green is just gorgeous, and there's the most darling elasticized lace-trimmed pocket inside. It also holds a novel or my knitting perfectly. I am in absolute awe of her sewing skills, too--I wish I had a better camera so I could show you her perfect edges and seams. Beautiful!

I'm sorry I've gone on and gushed for so long, but I'm just so happy and grateful to Ms. Juniper for making all my crafting wishes come true. Thank you so so much. I am the luckiest girl in the world. *skips off to craft things instead of studying for her exams*

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47  Re: my ubernatural w/long sleeves - first sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Synne on: November 27, 2005 11:32:07 AM
I finally put the buttons on my ubernatural and thought I'd show it off: (please excuse the terrible photos, my usual photographer is out of town.)

So the first thing you might notice is that the fronts are uneven! Somewhere, early in my attempts to re-math the pattern, I went terribly terribly wrong--and I didn't notice it until I was blocking. The perfectionist in me is screaming, but I think it adds to the charm.
I made this in Bernat Cottontots, one strand of white and one of blue held together throughout. My only worry is that the cotton is a bit limp (I really hate the static generated by wool cardis in the winter, and I didn't have a good cotton blend in my stash.) and I wonder how it'll hold up with washing. On the whole I'm happy with it--it fits great and is really snuggly. I love the unfinished boat shape of the neckline and the shoulder YO increases.
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48  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - NOVEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: November 16, 2005 03:54:51 PM
It's been a great week for unconditional love Chez Synne! Look at the goodies I got from the talented aschnebly today!
I wished for a pin/brooch (citing the tape measure rosette) to pin my shawls together, and she sent me not one, not two, or even three or four, but FIVE awesome pins!
Check them out (along with her cute notecard)

I totally wanted kanzashi flowers!!! These two are going to go perfectly with all my clothes, the one funky and colorful, the other vintage and ladylike. I don't know if you can see, but the toile one has a cool retro-looking button with a ring of stars on it. The ribbon rosettes are in the perfect color--pink! (It really does look good on just about everyone!)
She even made me two baby ribbon rosettes--aren't they the most darling little things?

I might wear the whole family together on a blazer...
The requisite headless bathroom-mirror action shot (see? it goes perfectly with this capelet!):

Thank you so so much ashnebly for sharing your crafty talent with me!!! I can't wait to show them off tomorrow!
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49  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - NOVEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: November 15, 2005 09:50:21 AM
Yay! I'm glad you like everything Taloola! Here are the earrings I sent:

A blurry picture of the chicken stitch markers:

A slightly less blurry picture of the chickies before baking:

Good luck with studying! Craftster is definitely my study distraction of choice! (http://www.medicalmnemonics.com has a lot of mnemonics, some of which pertain to pharmacology. It's given me a few good ones!)
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50  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - OCTOBER (gallery) in The Swap Gallery by Synne on: November 14, 2005 05:36:50 PM
I got the most wonderful, beautiful, adorable stitch markers ever today from brena80!! Not only is she a fabulous organizer, but she totally spoiled me with these!
I'd lost my stitch marker container and these more than make up for their loss! (And you better believe I'm taking good care of these!)

I love the beads she used, they're all so brilliant and pretty! The one with the swirl of wire is my favorite out of these, but I love the glass flowers too.

Cutest. Animal. Charms. Ever. It's like I'll have pets for each of my WIPs! The monkey is my knitting's new best friend.
The pictures don't nearly do them justice. I was having a long Monday and her package really made my day. Thank you so so much!!!

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