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1  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: June 11, 2019 11:59:02 PM
Kwality570 sent me a wonderful package!!  As I mentioned yesterday, I told my partners that I enjoy being cozy and AMFKinney sent me a lovely cowl to keep me warm and cozy in the winter. Well, it turns out that when Kwality thinks cozy, she thinks cowl as well  Cheesy. She used her loom to create this soft double layer cowl out of merino wool. I dont think Ive ever owned a cowl before and now Im the proud owner of two! Thank you so much Kwality, I love it and am really looking forward to wearing it when it gets colder (though Im considering just wearing it now, but 1. I dont know that itll look so cute with a short sleeved v-neck and 2. While itll be convenient to dry any sweat on my neck as I attempt to wear it in the nearly 100 heat, it just wont have the same cozy effect as wearing it in the cold).  I like how itll go with most outfits due to the variety of colors!

Kwality also used fun and vibrant colors to create this set of notecards for me  I may just use them in future swaps! I had mentioned to my partners that Id like to start a bullet journal, so Kwality included some nice pens and sticky notes that I can use to make some beautiful spreads. She also included some shiny sticker paper and a handy magnetic pincushion.

I know there were a lot of succulent lovers in this swap and I want to warn you all that you may want to sit down before seeing this final image of amazingness
Are you sitting? Seriously, you need to sit. Okay, here it is:

My very own crocheted cactus complete with a flower on top and little buds on the sides!! This is the perfect example of an item I always wanted though I never realized it until I had it! Im not exactly green thumbed (read I forget to water my plants) so a beautiful green cactus that will never turn into a brown shrunken husk is ideal for me! And just when you think it cant get any better, it does! The cactus is a pincushion and the green and white buds on the sides are pins!! This cactus can make any project something to look forward to!

Thank you so much Kwality! I am extremely pleased with everything you sent me and I really enjoyed getting to know you throughout the swap!
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2  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: June 10, 2019 10:59:27 PM
Ive received from both partners!

I mentioned in my original letter to AMFKinney that I love being cozy, so she crocheted me a cowl to keep me warm and cozy on cold days. She used a mixture of colors I like to create it. The weather just turned hot here, but Im looking forward to wearing it come winter and I agree with her, I think Ill be quite cozy!

I feel very honored to receive the first iron on creations that shes made using her cricut! Ill be putting this bag to good use within the next few days Smiley. She also used her Cricut to decorate this water bottle. Its a little tough to see, but she personalized it with my name in a very glittery vinyl! She made the card as well! And last but not least in the following pic is a bar of chocolate that she picked up for me on her recent vacation to Ireland! Im very excited to try it!

Another thing that I mentioned in my original letter is that I really want to learn to quilt. AMFKinney sent me a helpful book and a mini quilt kit so I can dip my toes into the quilting world!

Did you notice earlier that I said Im honored to receive the first iron on creationS that my partner has made? Thats because she not only made me a bag, but she made one for my son as well! The front of the bag says artist in training and the back has his name on it!  She filled it with fun items for him including some gummies that we shared right after I took the picture.

Thank you so much for everything AMFKinney! Your package was very thoughtful and has me smiling from ear to ear!

Ill soon be posting pics from my other package that Kwality571 sent, but for now I must sleep before I stop making sense (assuming that I was in the first place  Wink.
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3  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: April 29, 2019 10:26:01 AM
I received from AMFKinney this weekend!  One of the first things I noticed when I opened the package was the coconut lemongrass chapstick.  It caught my eye because I remembered seeing it in an earlier package and thinking it probably smelled really good.  It does!  Here's a group shot of all the goodies she sent:

The coffee is vanilla flavored and smells really good!  I enjoy flavored coffees with flavored creamers and vanilla is the perfect accompaniment for most creamers, so I'm looking forward to drinking it!  I haven't tried the chocolates yet, but they look pretty darn tasty!

AMFKinney made a cute mug to go along with the coffee!  She also crocheted the washcloths!  I'm excited to use them and I like the colors.  They have a bright springiness to them that makes me smile.

AMFKinney crocheted this basket that I can use to hold craft supplies or anything else I need it to hold.  She also made some bath and body items, including a stick of lavender lotion, coconut lemongrass & milk chocolate lip balms, and lavender sugar scrubs!  I've tried all but the milk chocolate lip balm.  The lavender sugar scrubs left my hands feeling smooth and smelling fresh.  The stick lotion did a great job of moisturizing the extra dry spots between my fingers.  And the coconut lemongrass lip balm is the perfect consistency leaving my lips feeling moisturized, but not sticky.

Thank you so much Anne for everything you sent!!
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4  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: April 27, 2019 11:14:41 AM
I received from Kwality570!  

Here's a group shot:

We were partnered together some years back in a bookmark swap, so it made me smile that she sent along a bookmark as her purchased item.

Kwality hand-dyed this colorful yarn!  I really like the brightness of the yarn and the leaf-like crochet pattern.  Every time I look at the zipper pouch I'll associate it with spring!

I am now the proud owner of not one, but two Kwality monster creations!  This little notebook is the perfect size for my purse.

And this cute little monster named Mortimer, is my first ATCoin!  The coin is such a fun medium for a Kwality monster. I'm going to adhere a magnet to the back so he can adorn the fridge and I can enjoy her cute creation anytime I need a snack (so all the time basically  Wink).

Thank you, Kwality570, I really appreciate the package you sent!  I enjoyed reading your letter and plan on responding when I get a little bit of quiet time.
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5  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 14 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: December 13, 2018 04:09:01 PM
I received a package stuffed full of good stuff from Lindy earlier this week.  Seriously, she sent a ton of fun and delicious extras!  It made me smile when I saw how many of the same types of things we sent each other.

The stocking:

The funny thing is that before I chose the design that ended up on Lindy's stocking, I too was playing around with the idea of adding snowflakes and actually created a mockup before choosing a different design  Cheesy.

Store bought goodies:

I have already opened up and enjoyed some of the chocolate and I can't wait to have a cup of minty hot chocolate!  The socks are tall and perfect for wearing with boots!  The little snowman under the Joy ornament is a pin and the snowmen at the bottom of the pic are salt and pepper shakers.  I love how little items like that can add instant festiveness!

We both made each other shirts with heat transfer vinyl Smiley.  This was the first thing I took a picture of so I could wear it right after I opened my package!

Lindy also made my son a fun coloring shirt and sent along a stocking for him to color as well! Lindy, this is such a fun activity, it's something that will appeal to kids of all ages, you should definitely make more of these!

She also sent a personalized goody bag full of fun things for him to enjoy!  It includes a paint your own tic tac toe set, a suncatcher & shrinky dinks to color, along with a tasty looking candy cane!  

Next up is some jewelry!  She sent a matching snowflake necklace and bracelet set.  I love the sparkle of the crystal part of the necklace!  Look at how cute the little tree in a jar is!  She completed it with snow in the form of iridescent glitter!

We both sent each other handmade ornaments and the funny thing is that we each sent a glitter filled ornament complete with a vinyl design  Cheesy.

We also both sent each other garland.  She sent this super cute red and white ball garland, which was ideal for my son's play house!  The house looked cute with just the lights, but the garland elevated it to a whole new level of festive cuteness!  

Lindy and I both made each other soy candles.  It turns out we're both new to candlemaking.  It made me smile that we both opted to try our hands at the same new craft to send to each other.  The dashing through the snow is the perfect size for the top of my hutch.  Lastly, is a cute embroidered cardinal hoop.  I have to admit, when I saw that Lindy and I were partners, I was hoping I'd receive one of her fabulous embroidery creations and she did not disappoint!

Thank you so much, Lindy!!  I really enjoyed being your partner and I appreciate everything you sent!
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6  Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: October 04, 2017 11:06:12 AM
I received from BigBangMomma last week! I was hoping to get the Christmas tree up before taking pics, but since I've yet to get it up, I figured I'd just post pics without it.

The box it was all shipped in was beaten up, but it didn't look like any of the gifts inside were affected! Three of these gifts are for my four year old and I'm sure he'll enjoy everything she sent him! I'm curious to see what number 7 is, it's round and hard, so we'll see if that's just the packaging or the gift itself! I'm looking forward to Friday!

On the first day of Christmas, BigBangMomma gave to me a gourmet dark chocolate bar containing pink Himalayan salt! I was about to take the pretty wrapper off and dig in when I realized I'd better take pics of it first Smiley. I have since enjoyed a few squares of it, yum!

Day 2 - BigBangMomma changed up the opening order of gifts so that my son and I can alternate between opening gifts. Today's gift was for my son and I'm assuming it's a medium or large. She made him a cute Santa Claus complete with a sled and reindeer! Her daughter helped her paint it all!
I'm very impressed with the little Santa that she crocheted (at least I think it's crocheted) and the whole set is the perfect size for my son! The deer are miniatures of the large wooden yard ornaments. My son is very happy with his gift and immediately tried to stick it in his mouth (a sure sign of approval Wink ).

Day 3 - BigBangMomma made me a winter themed pocket letter! I love the bright blue background! The snowman and presents are felt and the snowflakes are glittery foam. On the backside she included some extras of each, as well as some washi tape, ribbon, buttons, and paper goods. She also included a very nice and thoughtful little letter in the middle! This is only my second pocket letter and I'm pleased to have it as a part of my budding collection!

BigBangMomma, I love how we used the same theme in our pocket letters!! I smiled upon opening the one that you made me, knowing that you'd be opening your own on the following day Smiley.

Day 4 - I shared with BigBangMomma that my son loves to be read to and his current favorite book is 'Little Blue Truck.' She used that info to create this festive appliqu panel for him! It brought a big smile to his face when he opened it!
I love how BigBangMomma used the 'vintage truck with a Christmas tree in the bed' trend and incorporated the little blue truck into it! I'm going to hang this on my son's bedroom door to welcome all who enter his room 😊.

Day 5 - BigBangMomma made me a Christmasy tote bag! I really like the Christmas tree fabric pockets on the outside and the contrast of the soft colors on the interior fabric! I think I'll take it with me when I go Christmas shopping!

Day 6 - BigBangMomma made this cute and festive towel holder and sent along a fun Santa towel to accompany it! I love adding small festive touches like this around the house!

Day 7 - BigBangMomma sent my 4 year old this cute little thermos. It has a pop up straw and is the ideal size for him! He got a lot of enjoyment out of pushing the button that caused the straw to pop up. He'd close the lid and push the button all over again. This is perfect for him to take to school!

BigBangMomma - Thank you for sending along such thoughtful gifts for Av, he loves them all!  I'm glad your kids are excited about their gifts, I hope they enjoy them Smiley.

I love that we both sent each other two similar items! Great minds... Wink

Day 8 - BigBangMomma quilted me this wreath wall hanging!  I'm going to put it in our entryway to greet people with Christmas cheer as soon as they enter the house! I know this has to be the second large as I can only imagine all the time and work BigBangMomma put into this, thank you, Laura!

BigBangMomma - I am so, so happy that Savannah likes her shirt!! I would've hated for her to be disappointed after waiting until day 8 to open.
I hope Jarron likes his gift tomorrow. Thank you for providing such helpful information regarding both of their likes!

Day 9 - BigBangMomma sent me this cute Christmas tree directional sign! She not only included the distances from my location, but she also included accurate direction arrows as well! This Christmas tree is now on display facing the correct direction so that all the arrows are accurate (at least according to my husband who seems to have a built in compass Smiley ).

Laura - I'm so pleased that Jarron likes his sweatshirt! I had fun figuring out what to make them both. I'm glad it all turned out to their liking! That's funny about the socks, I'm glad it worked out!

Day 10 - BigBangMomma sent me this cute little snowman box! The blue paint that she used provides the perfect background! I'm not sure what I'll put in it yet, but I think I'll save it for something special!

Day 11 - BigBangMama sent this pretty tea light luminary! I love the color of it and can only imagine how beautiful it will look with a tea light shining through (I plan on picking up some battery operated ones so I don't have to worry about remembering to blow them out)! It's perfect for my fireplace mantel!

Day 12 - BigBangMama sent these fun ornaments! The cute Santa and stocking can also be used as gift card holders! Thank you, Laura! I'm not sure if the Santa and stocking are knit or crocheted, but either way, you're quite talented!

Laura, you are correct in assuming that the middle 'geode' in your last gift is the soap and the others are the bath bombs.
I put Av's Little Blue Truck mini quilt on his bedroom door and he smiles and reaches out for it every time we go into his room Smiley. I enjoyed both creating for you and receiving from you. Thank you for all the gifts you sent! I hope you all have a merry Christmas!
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7  Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: December 16, 2016 03:55:05 PM
I just got caught up on the gallery, there are so many great stockings and stuffers!!

My son has been having some medical issues that in the past three weeks have resulted in a hospital stay and two ER visits (the most recent being this past weekend), so things have been pretty hectic around here and I haven't had a chance to post pics of my amazing stocking package yet. Thankfully, my partner and our organizer have both been very understanding! And now, for the Doctor Who stocking extravaganza you've been waiting for!

First off, the amazing stocking, complete with a TARDIS interior! The tenth Doctor is my favorite and I love this stocking!!

There were so many items inside the stocking, including these two shirts (I especially love the Bad Wolf graffitied on the Tardis!), these gloves that I'm in love with, and this glasses case that is perfect for me (my son wears glasses and I like to keep a case for them in my purse).

Not only were there two shirts for me, but there were two for my son! They're cute and they fit him perfectly!

BlushingBlueGrass also made me a mug with a quote from my favorite Doctor, as well as some earrings that I immediately recognized as sonic screwdrivers! She also sent some handmade soap that I can't wait to try out (the only reason I haven't used it yet is because I made myself wait to take pics first)!

On top of all that, she also sent some crafty extras (beads and DW fabric - woohoo!) as well as some tasty looking ones (I don't know who will be more entertained by 'The Super Dooper Reindeer Pooper, my son or my husband, lol).
Thank you so much for everything BlushingBlueGrass, I love it all! You were a great swap partner and I'm really glad we were paired together!

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8  Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 29, 2016 02:37:28 PM
I received my glampervan ornament as well!! Thank you so much Ninaprettyballerina, I love this fun ornament!

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9  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 14, 2016 05:32:40 PM
I received my Christmas tree ornament from Quaggy today! I love how she outlined the edges! Thank you Quaggy Smiley.

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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 13, 2016 08:21:34 PM
I also received a super cute Adipose ornament from GrimInspirations (along with some sweet surprises 😊). I love it!! Thank you so much Grim!

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