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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  Little Aviator in CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES by Summer6061 on: November 05, 2018 01:36:46 PM

I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out a cute costume that would work with my 5 year olds wheelchair (he doesn't understand the concept of Halloween or a costume, hence me being the one to make the decision rather than him). I finally came up with the idea of an aviator costume complete with an airplane. My husband came up with a design and managed to create an amazing plane, complete with a spinnable propeller! I was extremely skeptical when he said he was going to make it without wings for practical purposes (ie. entering through doorways) and utterly impressed when after seeing the design I realized that he not only managed it, but I didnt even notice the lack of wings!

The airplane body is made from a trash can and the details and framework are made from pvc piping. My husband did the designing, cutting, and painting and I helped put it all together.

Side view before the shark face

Front view before the shark face

The supporting framework (please excuse the messy shop in these pics!)

Once the plane was created, I worked on the face. I decided to spray paint some butcher paper and cut the face out of it. I used satin spray paint because I wanted the face to be matte like the plane body. I used my Silhouette software to design the shark face and the machine to cut it out (no easy feat because for whatever reason, anytime I have a project with a time crunch I run into issue upon issue with my silhouette machine, bleh!). Once I finally got it cut out, I used Elmers spray adhesive to attach the face.  

Right side view

Front/left side view

As for the rest of the costume, I purchased the jacket, scarf, and aviator beanie from Amazon.


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5  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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6  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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7  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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8  Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Summer6061 on: November 23, 2016 12:46:21 AM
My favorite handmade gift is a gift that I helped with.
My sister was pregnant with her third baby and super excited that it was a girl. The crib she had was a hand-me-down that someone had given her and had already been used by her two boys.  The crib had seen better days and was nothing like what she wanted, but she planned to make do. My husband decided to make and surprise her with a crib similar (but way better in my opinion) to the one she wanted.
My husband did most of the work, from creating the design in his head, to cutting out the pieces, to painting and putting it together. I created the ruffle for the top and helped with some sanding.
When my sister finished opening gifts at her shower, I put a blindfold on her and my husband wheeled in the crib. She didn't know what to expect and when she took the blindfold off, it was like she couldn't believe her eyes. She was in shock and it took her a few moments to compose herself. I think it may have been the most 'I can't believe this, I've never been happier with a gift' reaction that I've ever seen Smiley.
Here's a pic of the crib (this was the only picture that I could find).

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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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