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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Halloweekend Swap Gallery! on: October 31, 2008 05:23:28 PM
I feel so horrible.  I haven't posted the photos yet of the wonderful halloween items that WyldFrye sent me.  I have been knocked out with a nasty cold for the past 2 1/2 weeks.  I'm finally back in the land of the living..I think.

I'll post the photos tomorrow but I wanted everyone to know how fabulous the package was.  She is soooo talented and I'm completely jealous of her sewing abilities.  the guinea pig has a place of honour in our living room..right near our girl piggies cage!!

Thank you soo much for the fabulous gift. Kiss Kiss Kiss
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: HALLOWEEKEND Swap! Signups are FRIDAY (9/26/08) - Sendouts are Monday (9/29/08) on: September 30, 2008 09:47:21 PM
I had so much fun doing this swap!!

Halloween is a huge hit in our house, it's funny, I don't usually od the dress up thing... but I decorate the house, the car...I'd decorate the cats, but they have claws and know how to use them!!!

I hope Wildfyre likes what I crafted, I just couldn't stop myself, I kept trying to add more and more to the box!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - Come and join the new September round! on: September 08, 2008 09:51:49 PM
Added some new goodies to my offer list!!

Purpleone: I'm not sure what size your looking for...I'm not a sewer so I'm making a few guesses and hoping that I'm answering your question! vest sizes are for adults: small 8-10, medium 12-14, large 16-18.  Next guess: with the material flat, the back panel's bottom edge is approximately 23 inches long.  Next guess: the whole fabric panel is 56 inches long x 26 inches high.  Are any of these guesses what your looking for?  If not...let me know and I'll make some more guesses!!!

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - September 08 on: September 06, 2008 04:35:39 PM
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I would love to claim one of the custom cats!  Any combination of purples, yellows or blues would be great - my sister is going to adore it!

Now for my list of goodies:

Pick any two lots:

Dolls - A collector's guide great for doll makers and doll lovers

Two cross stitch books - Christmas and FairyTales

1.  2 crossstitch "baby" booklets

2.  Fabric panel craft Kids Holiday Recipe book

3.  Guardian Angels crossstich book

4.  Travel/Road Trip scrapbooking sticker set

5.  Fabric panel Adult Winter Vest

6.  Christmas Cross stitch book

7.  Fabric panel Adult Harvest Vest

8.  Candlewicking Butterfly Kit

9.  QuickPunch kit Dog

10.  QuickPunch Kit Cat

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cat Shaped Luggage Tag on: August 31, 2008 09:21:07 PM
That is adorable!!!  Cute, cute, cute!!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - August round discussion thread! on: August 09, 2008 08:38:32 PM
Made some changes to my offers...check them out!!!  Oh, and I apologize in advance for the horrible photos...I can't decide whether it's me or the camera that is off!!!

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - August 08 on: August 07, 2008 12:21:18 PM
My very first time swapping!!!!  Hopefully I do this right, if I mess something up, feel free to reach through the computer and give me a little smack upside the head!

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 1
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I would like to claim the pirate and lace bag from the pick 2 section, and from the stamps I would love: Row 1 - Stamp 3, Row 2 - Stamps 1 &2, Row 3 - Stamp 1 and Row 5 - Stamp 4.

My offers - PICK ANY 2 Lots!!!

#1 Guardian Angels Cross Stitch Patterns

#2 Santa Claus & Magical Moments Cross Stitch Patterns

#3 Christmas Cross Stitch Patterns Book

#4 Merry Moose sewing project fabric

#5 Winter Vest Sewing Project Fabric - Adult

#6 Fall Vest Sewing Project - Adult

#7 3 potholders with flower outlines for needlework (all three are the smae flower)

#8 QuickPunch kit - dog

#9 QuickPunch kit - cat

#10 Candlewicking kit - butterfly

Sorry for the lousy photos....the camera (or maybe the operator) is having some sort of glitch!!!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The meaning of handmade holidays? on: July 31, 2008 08:35:32 PM
Homemade Christmas is the best....we still find things in the store and buy them, but in our home we have a special sort of Christmas rule.  My sister and I (both in our early 30's), own a home with our mother.  We're close knit, and we've built a family out of the friends that we love.  I mean, we do have blood family, but after the way my mother and father were raised (they didn't call it abuse back then), we're not very close to them.

Anyway...back to how we make our Christmas more fun is that we have a very strict budget.  We are each allowed to spend a total of $15 on each other - homemade doesn't count!

We can spend months on end finding just the right items...usually it's a funny kitshy thing.  We also wrap up freebies that we've recieved in the mail that we know the other would get a kick out of.  We put thought and feelings into each item and every holiday is memorable.  One year, it seemed that whenever we would make a shopping list, my mother would ask if we needed toiletpaper - to the point that it became a running joke - well, under the tree, wrapped up nice and bright was a four pack of toiletpaper just for her - and we have the photo of her hugging the dang thing!

We have friends that spend hundreds and hundreds on their kids and grandkids for Christmas and by the 26th of December, they're saying "thank God that's over for another year"....the money they spend and they don't get happiness from it or from their families that day.  It's sad.

I think "Homemade Christmas" refers more to taking the time to think about the ones you love, to taking the time to either make something or find them something that fits them.  Making memroies from being together, rather then for the money spent.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: most successful x-mas gifts!! on: July 31, 2008 08:21:01 PM
I nannied for a family one year and they had lots of money, therefore hard to buy for.  What I did was find a cute infant toy for the youngest (he was barely crawling), but for the older three children (4-8), I made a huge basket filled with crafting supplies.  I was able to use things I had in our craft cupboard, and fun things from the dollar store - crayons, markers, glitter, glue, coloured tape, construction paper, pipecleaners, googly eyes, shaper scissors and lots of stuff like that (the messier the better).  I had it hidden with the parents and they set it out on Christmas morning, she said the grandparents were a little annoyed, becuase the kids zoomed in on the fun basket and the high end expensive toys got pushed ot the side.  Overall, the basket wasn't expensive, but it took awhile to find all the fun stuff to add into it.

Oh, I also put in several colours of homemade playdough.

I think you could do one basket for the whole family - making sure that there is something in there that would appeal to each age group...or maybe do one basket that is for a family with teens or infants, but do up a couple of baskets for a family (one for the grownups and one for the kids who are older than infants but not yet teens).

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: My first felting! A guinea pig :D on: July 28, 2008 08:32:03 PM
She looks like my Lola...especially her rump...the way it sticks up a bit and the way the colours change from dark to light!!! Smiley

Your little pigger is adorable.

We take in rescue piggies and they stay with us permanetly(no re-homing)...giving them a forever home with us, right now there are 11 little piggers in our home, not to mention all the other rescue critters!
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