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1  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: October 15, 2011 08:56:33 PM
I received my package from WeasleyIsMyKing today. I was so excited to open up a box full of treasures.

For my favorite class, Charms. A poster of Seven Basic Charms. It has the incantation and an illustration of what it does.

For my favorite house, I got some amazing jewelry. A charm bracelet (which could be for charms, too) and two sets of red and gold earrings.

I tried to get a close-up of the charms on the bracelet, but it was hard. I thought it was funny that we both used this owl charm on our crafts for this swap. There is also a lion, feathers, and a tiny charm that says "made with love"

For my favorite shop, I got owl post stationary from the Hogsmeade Post Office.

I can't wait to use these to write little notes. I love that each envelope and paper has a little owl on it.

Finally (my most favorite items) I got some bonus necklaces for my favorite magical creatures, an owl and a phoenix. It's hard to tell, but they both have sparklies on them. I loved everything, but I am especially psyched about wearing these!

Thanks so much to my awesome swap partner, WeasleyIsMyKing!
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2  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: April 16, 2011 08:16:11 PM
I got my package today. Yipee! First of all the box was giant! I didn't take a picture, but it was a really large box. Apparently it had to be because there were tons of items inside.

This cute bag with really cool details in the sewing and lots of pockets. I didn't get a picture of the sides, but they are tied and can be loosened to make the bag bigger.

Some extras. Snacks that I am supposed to share with my family, but we will see if that happens. Also small figures that will go to work with me.

Crocheted wrist warmers that I can dye myself.

A handcrafted fairy door. I have been wanting one forever. My stalker must have known how much I love trees. The design is perfect.

More extras! Beads with beading string and a notepad entitled "paper email." I use notes at work like crazy, they are all over my office.

An owl plushie. I said that I really admire people who can make plushies and now I have my very own. They buttons on the eyes are really cool looking in person.

I listed Harry Potter crafts as something I liked and now I have my own Gryffindor box with quidditch cards I can use for future paper crafts.

I specifically asked for something to help me keep track of my ideas and inspiration for crafts. My stalker upcycled an old book and turned it into a binder. She custom designed the sections to the crafts that I do. She also gave me some awesome paper cutouts. I think they are vintage. I love doing paper crafts and collages so I will definitely find a use for them.

Resin bottle cap magnets and a resin gnome key chain made from...wait for it...a SPOON! How clever is that? I collect magnets, so these are definitely new and distinct. Here is a close up of my little gnome.

A dachshund shirt. An arrow straight to my dachshund-lovin' heart. She used some different techniques, such as bleach pen and dye resist. She actually had a funny pun that she wanted to put on the shirt, but she didn't want to offend me. Turns out it wasn't that bad..."My wiener is huge in Japan."  Tongue

These may be my most favorite items. Two amazing necklaces and an acrylic ring. I have been wanting a red chunky bead necklace forever and the blue necklace has been on my wist, as well. She used swarovski crystals, which I think are so subtle and beautiful. I wanted to take a picture of me wearing the necklaces, because I really love them so much. But it's hard to take a good picture of yourself with no one home and without busting out the tripod. So here's me in the infinity necklace and close up of the ring (don't mind that my hand looks really old close up).

Last, but certainly not least. Of all these things I listed, I was really hoping I would get one of these...a new knitting needle roll. I tried to show both fabrics and the beautiful ribbon that was used. As you can see, my knitting needles have already moved in. It's beautifully made.

So, my stalker gave me a mathematical word problem to figure out who she is.

Drumroll please....
none other than video-game playing,
Jamba juice slinger,
humans vs. zombies survivor,
super crafty goktrose!!

Thanks so much goktrose! You went way above and beyond. I salute you!

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3  Re: OTHPT2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: March 31, 2011 07:54:34 PM
I got my amazing items from missmoppet yesterday. Her theory was she was sending one tiny owl post package. Inside were a Harry Potter hoopla (my very first) and some cool Potter-themed pins that I have been wisting forever!

Both items

Harry in an anime style (right?That's what you would call it). It's going up in my office tomorrow morning. Check out the beautiful hand coloring.

Cool pins that will be adorning my work bag. They are from Weasley Wizard Wheezes.

Thank you so much, missmoppet, for the way cool tiny items.
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4  Computer Hutch to Play Kitchen in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chrispykreme on: February 19, 2011 03:39:19 PM
My goal this past summer was to make my 2 year old son a play kitchen for his birthday. Play kitchens are super fun, but they can trend towards the feminine. I was inspired by all those other play kitchens on the net, and here is my product. I think it turned out great. I actually like playing with it was well  Wink

So, i started out with a computer hutch I got from Goodwill. It was just the right size. The narrow depth did present some challenges, but the height was perfect for a two year old to stand at and cook. My husband used a jigsaw to cut the hole out for the sink basin (which is the stage that is pictured). Other than a jigsaw, the only tool I really used was power drill/screw driver.

Here it is half-way finished. You can't tell, but there was actually a hard plastic "glass" in the oven window. He immediately broke it within 30 minutes of getting to play with the kitchen by, of course, standing on it. Boys can cook but it doesn't mean they have to be gentle.

I also went to the Habitat ReStore to get an old sink faucet and draw pulls to serve as oven knobs. The sink basin is part of our rice steamer that we never use. I reused old dish towels for the under sink curtains and an IKEA pillow case for the "window curtains." Here are some close ups of the different details.

Here is the birthday boy when he first saw his kitchen in the morning. (I had been working on it in the garage). You can also see that the "burners" are made from coaster and cds. Which after he broke the oven door, he immediately set out to peel up with his little 2 year old fingers. Apparently silicon glue is strong, but he's stronger.

I will say he is much gentler with his kitchen now. He got a chef hat and apron, as well as, some mommy-made felt food, for his birthday, so he loves to go to the kitchen to make us meals. I have a more detailed account of the process on my blog, with a break down of how much the project cost me.

(MODS: if it's not okay to link to my blog, let me know and I will remove the link).
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5  Re: Small Gnome Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: February 19, 2011 03:17:29 PM
I received my super awesome swap package from Saint_Angel today. I think Saint_Angel forgot this was a small swap because I got way spoiled!  Wink It was really overcast today, so it wasn't easy to get some natural lighting in the house. I hope the pictures do the objects justice. Okay guys, hang on to your socks because they are about to be rocked!

So everything was wrapped in brown craft paper and had little gnome drawings on them. It was hard to get a good picture, but here is one that came out okay. There was even a note to me using the gnome stamp I made for her.

A set of shrinky dink charms: a mushroom and gnome. I didn't realize that I had the gnome upside, but I hope you can appreciate how expertly done they were.

I also got a super cool gnome scissor cover. What a crafty cool concept! I never even realized such a thing existed and now I am thinking, this the exact one that I have always needed. It's made out of some cool materials. I tried to give a close up to show the different textures.

I want you all to meet my new little friend.

I know you all want to just snatch him right out of this screen. Well, my two year old saw this little stuffie and immediately hugged him and said, "Thank you mommy! Mine!" (I didn't have the heart to tell him that Mommy is not sharing.)

He decided he wanted to take a picture with the gnome, but he needed to wear sunglasses. He was delighted to discover that the hat is removable.

Last, but not least, is probably the coolest thing EVER...an Abbey Road cover notebook featuring the Gnomles! That's right! I have yet to come up with how I plan to use it because I am not going to waste it on grocery lists.

Thank you so much, Saint_Angel for being an amazing swap partner and thank you titaniumhip for organizing.
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6  Embroidered Money Envelope in Needlework: Completed Projects by chrispykreme on: January 03, 2011 06:35:39 PM
For Christmas, we gave a family member some money towards an elliptical trainer she's been saving up for. Well, I didn't want to just wrap cash in a box. This family member gave me her sewing machine, so I sewed together a quick envelope large enough to hold bills. I wanted to add something special, so I embroidered an elliptical trainer on the front, to tell her what the money was for.

I thought it turned out cute. My husband thought it was a "robot baby" (his words, not mine) until I asked him to look closer. I was proud that I was able to whip it together in an hour on Christmas Eve...one of those last minute Christmas ideas.

Close up of embroidery:
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7  Another Hunger Games swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by chrispykreme on: January 01, 2011 09:25:08 PM

Anyone interested in a swap based on the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? I just finished the trilogy over the holiday break and I am totally obsessed. I've never been a swap organizer, so if there is interest, we would probably need someone to step up and organize. I would love to see what totally crafty creations could be inspired by the books.
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8  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: October 26, 2009 08:53:48 PM
I got my awesome shirts from amaylikespunk this weekend. I love them all and I don't know if I could pick a favorite. I do have to say, getting him to stay still for more than 4 seconds to take a picture of some of the shirts was difficult, but hopefully I can do her hard work justice. They are just so cute.

embroidered "Night Owl" onesie...the owl is just so adorable

He wore his "Jude" shirt to the pumpkin patch on Sunday.

This onesie has the dachshund that wraps all away around the shirt. It's great because we have a dachshund named Liam that is like our other child. (After a day at the pumpkin patch, can you tell he is getting tired and grumpy).

The full on meltdown right before bed! But, his shirt says "My daddy is my hero." It has a detachable cape on the back. That was such a creative idea. On the back it says "I am his little sidekick." The cape has an embroidered logo on it.

(Sorry, my computer is going TOO SLOW tonight. I don't feel like rotating it.)

Of course a boy named Jude needs a Beatles shirt. It has the union jack painted on the letters, if you can't see the details.

These are gonna be shirts to treasure. Thanks to my amazing swap partner who had to whip out some new shirts after a laundry mishap and still made them awesome, even while being newly pregnant.
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9  Re: A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3 in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: September 16, 2009 06:05:46 PM
Well, both my partners have received my pictures. Here are some of my favorites. I didn't have a particularly exciting week. But, this is a good representation of all the normal stuff that happens.

(can you see my dachshund running in the background?)

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10  Re: Favorite Movie-In-A-Box Swap in The Swap Gallery by chrispykreme on: August 26, 2009 07:15:04 PM
I got the most awesome package today from taranehsbazaar! Feast your eyes on this (oh, there were Skittles too, that didn't make it in the picture, but I am tasting the rainbow right now).

So, my movies were: Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep, Shaun of the Dead, and Twilight. My partner and I decided to do crafts from all of our movies, instead of just one.

Amelie: this awesome crocheted gnome (I collect gnomes so this is perfect). I want to take him to work with me, but I work at a school, so I have to make sure the kids don't mess him up.

Eternal Sunshine: a Clementine hat with a color to represent every color of hair she had in the movie. It fits perfectly!

The Science of Sleep: an awesome typewriter pin cushion inspired by a crazy typewriter that was in Stephan's dream

Shaun of the Dead: check this awesome pouch. I love the fabric it is made of. My camera is out of focus, but even Shaun's work shirt  has his name on it.

Twilight: Bella's mittens and crocheted apple. I can't tell you how beautiful these mittens are. I don't think you could buy mittens this nice. Here's a pictuer of me doing my best Twilight pose.

Thanks to my amazing swap partner!!!!!!
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