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21  Re: Little Visitor Swap 15 (SU 3/12-3/19) FULL - SIGNUPS CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Lilibet on: March 13, 2012 11:10:55 AM
Here is Ellie

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22  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 5 in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: March 05, 2012 07:56:46 AM
While I have to start crafting like a madwoman, I received pieces back from two people. Two pairs for my Irish puzzle. I am in love, seriously!

These are the pieces I received from Luvebuggy99, quite a while ago *oh, the shame* I love the bling and the shoes!

With the little card.

Number one, with a delicious tartan look Tongue.

And number two. The yellow is gold, to be honest, but it didn't photograph so well.

And next up, my pieces from Rene24601. I'm in awe! She handpainted the two pieces. I mean, she PAINTED them. And with a very steady hand, rest assured.

All the pieces together.

Number one. The printed picture is related to the puzzle piece, as she painted a detail of the dress unto the puzzle. How amazing is that?! I love the way she explained it to me, and how I didn't really need it, because I'm a dance freak, and I sort of recognised the typical Irish dance dress embroidery. But oh, how I love it!

And number two, combing my love for Ireland, with my love for Irish dance.

Thank you ladies, you made me day! Before the show I kinda lost my drive to dance, because we kept rehearsing, but the actual performing gave me a boooost. We are now learning new things (the rocks!) and I'm excited.
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23  Just another baby blankie ;) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Lilibet on: February 12, 2012 02:36:17 AM
I still have to work hard to get to the skill that some Craftsters have, but I'm slowly getting there. This was a blanket for a friend of mine, who had a boy. Yep, a boy. But het favourite colour is purple, so I had to go with that. Credit to my sis though, for het colour choice. I sort of knew what I wanted, but she really helped me out.

Oh, and yes, I made a crucial mistake, that's why the blanket refuses to lay flat. The problem with colour changes is that you cannot go back once you've changed colour (at least, I cant't). So I tried to correct it in the bigger rounds, but to no avail. Oh well, as long as they'll use it to lay on top of the baby, it won't show  Tongue.

C&C appreciated.
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24  Simple monograms in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lilibet on: February 09, 2012 04:38:18 AM
We did a Secret Santa swap on our HP forum, and originally, I wanted to embroider the Slytherin crest. The cross-stitch one, from The Leaky Cauldron. I started really early, got on really well, and then discovered an unforgivable mistake at the very beginning. At first, I wanted to tear it out, gently, and start over. Then, when I realised time was ticking away, I tried to tear the thread out, ruining the fabric in the process. *sigh* I have not looked at it since then, too afraid that I have properly ruined it...

So, I needed a replacement, and noticed the Circus Alphabet on Urban Threads. I bought the entire alphabet, and used the A (for her name) and the K (for his name). My sister helped me with the colours, because she is a genius. It was my first time doing a regular embroidery work, I mainly cross stitch. But I like it, and I hope you do too...

Together with the other gifts...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Handwerken/Januari-februari2012005.jpg --> I just need to learn to make my lines more straight, I guess...  Undecided

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Handwerken/Januari-februari2012003.jpg --> yep, same story  Tongue

Thank you for looking!
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25  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: December 03, 2011 08:21:55 AM
NatATC must be too busy to post pictures, so I'll do it for her. I haven't got pics of everything, because some things were already wrapped up. Plus, I was in quite a hurry when I took those pics, trying to get to the post office as soon as I could.

This is what I got from the Craft Fair, one of the reasons why I delayed my package for so long. They are two iron-on patterns. One of a princess, for Nat's daughter, and the other is a pirate, for her baby boy.

My picture book. As you can see, I stuck so many pics inside it refused to lay flat in the end. The decoration on the outside is also all mine...

Inside the picture book. One of my favourite pages, about Triora, and Italian witch village. I especially love the pics on the right side, where you can see the mountains, while the sun is setting. A beautiful moment.

Another sneek peak. On the left side pics of our journey on the Bernardo pass, 2317m high, and the left side, BBQ with my best friends.

My favourite page, for sure! Made when we celebatred my mum's and dad's 30th wedding anniversary.

I then decided to let Nat know some silly things about Belgium. And asked my pupils of the 6th form to each write a piece about Belgium. I collected them in this, and glued it at the back of the scrapbook.

As I live in Belgium, there was no doubt I HAD to send this as well Wink. Chocolate!

Something to make. An elf on a Christmas bell... With everything inside the package, and a pattern, so Nat can re-use it as she likes.

Something to make, part II. Also a part of what I bought at the craft fair, as well as the elf above. This is just awesome, and sis and I bought a package for us too. On the right see, you see fabric with all kinds of Christmas balls on it. On the left side, a pretty backing fabric. The idea is to cut out the balls, cut out an identical shape in the backing fabric, stitch them together, and fill them. Don't forget some ribbon and they are ready for your Christmas tree. We are going to add bells underneath. Isn't this a brilliant idea?

Information leaflets about both Italy and Belgium.

Two books, for the kids. The upper one is from a Dutch author and it's a booklet without too much Dutch in it. So Nat can make up her own stories. The other one is a book from a German author. My sis' favourite when she was younger. About a little mole whe wants to know who pooped on his head. Simply hilarious. I included a full translation...

Two pencils, one with Miffy (Dutch) and one with Bumba (a Flemish character). Together with some delicious sweets!

Remember those pics about the San Bernardo earlier in this post (and in my regular updates)? To show that we really were ther, I bought these two keyrings. Yep, with the matching dog Tongue

Pretty stones from Italy...

A witch from Triora (it says so, right Wink, and a shell from the Belgian seaside. I hope it survived the journey.

And last bot not least, some typical Flemish sweets: Babelutten. I guess you can compare it to caramel sweets... But they are hard!

Sadly, I couldn't include a picture of the snowglobe I send her, from Finalborgo. The people in Italy wrapped it up nicely for me, and I didn't want to open it. Plus, I bought two charms, for luck. I have one here with me... It's a little coloured gnome on a 0.01 coin, on a glass stone. I think Nat has an orange and a blue one at home...

This is everything, wrapped up nicely, ready to go!

Oh, before I forget. There was something extra. I turned this picture -->

Into a poster, and sent it to Nat as well.

I hope she liked it...
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26  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: November 16, 2011 06:27:33 AM
After quite a delay (but that's because we agreed on being late) here is my package! Ellie came back with the most wonderful gift ever, and I feel so so so spoilt. If you thought you got something awesome, think again, because NatATC did an amazing job. I was and am seriously impressed.

The HUUUUGE package. I put my hand on the box for size reference. And the address, welll...

Once I teared the paper apart, this is what I saw. And I liked it!

This is just a part of the folders and extra information I received about Australia. Including that sweet owl pattern, ready to crochet. Yay!

The picture book! I now realise that I do not have any inside pics, because the book is very tightly bound. I'll try to do this later.

Two towels! Yes, two. A biiiig one, that I took to school with me today, because I am currently teaching about Australia (score!). And a smaller one, that you can see on the left side. It's a magic towel. I have to put it in water, and then it'll grow. Ellie's name is on it!

Australian chocolate! I already tried the cherry one, and it's yummy! Nat made me a personalised Ellie suitcase. Inside that suitcase, I found a lanyard (Craft Princess!) that I am now using for my school keys. It's so pink! And, inside as well, but well hidden, a koala pin (later to be seen).

An awesome passport, that I still have to check, with stamps from all the places Nat and Ellie visited. Neat!

More info and some cute bird cards. Nat used these to guide me through my package. So sweet.

Oho, surprises!

It's weird, but it seems like we had a serious connection during this swap. I bought Nat a snowglobe as well. I got two, one with land animals, and the other one with dolphins. They are so cute!

And then, I got this. This took me aback... I mean, what a gift, no? Dad thought it looked cheap, and a bit off. Until I opened it...

Be prepared to be amazed!

*happy dance*
My very own crocheted umbrella. What a colours, what a craftmanship. Seriously, I am in love!

I feel so flattered to receive this, and I cannot thank Nat enough...

And the more serious group shot...

I am over the moon!
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27  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Lilibet on: September 11, 2011 02:13:24 AM
Oh, such good news. You really make awesome progress indeed. How do you do that?

I make little progress, compared to everyone else here, but I am proud of what I can do in between teaching and correcting. Here are two pics. Bit wrinkled, but I just took the hoop off, eager to continue Wink.

I LOVE that little elfen door, with all those colours.
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28  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: August 26, 2011 01:43:40 AM
I have so many pictures left, but for now, I will settle for making you all drool... And you will, rest assured.

Two weeks ago, we had a bbq with the girls. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to craft together, as we usually do, but we had an interesting moment with chocolate instead. And Bubbles enjoyed it too...

Want some?

We got some money together to buy these chocolates, because they were sooo expensive. It's not the everyday chocolate. This guy mixes chocolate with unusual flavours, and brings tit together in beautiful chocolate art. He invented the 'art of coco sniffing' *not kidding*. I tasted several of them, and wow. I had lavender, passionfruit, chili,... Other interesting concoctions; rhum, wodka, cola (according to my friend, you could feel the fizz on you tongue), lemongrass, sake,... It was amazing!

For those who are interested: http://www.thechocolateline.be/
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29  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: July 25, 2011 06:53:26 AM
Bubbles went to Italy! And boy, she had a blast, if I say so myself Wink. I made over 600 pictures. *ahum* So, for those who like it, an overview.

In the car, between me and my sis, as we have just left our house in Belgium. Still fresh, still excited!

En route, next to a car with, well, let's say, geeks Tongue. They were guarding the car like hawks, communicating with each others via walkie-talkies, whilst going to the bathroom. Straaaange.

And we drive... It was a 11/12 hour drive to Italy, Diano Marina. When we drove to Italy, we slept in a hotel, to make it less dangerous for my dad, who's the only driver.

And so this was after the night in our Etap hotel. It was good to take a rest because I cannot sleep in a car, but boy, the matresses were soooo hard. Anyway, it was worth every penny though, with a decent shower and a good breakfast.

Aha, the Alps!

A quick stop in Ormea (after we totally lost our way in Italy and spent two hours driving through nothing but rice fields) where we say a Medieval spectacle. This thing with flags is something we do in Belgium as well, and it is said to be very very old. Just to be sure, each guy is working with two flags. Pretty impressive!

Just because I LOVE this shot!

Our first trip was to Finalborgo, and my sister can be seen here (can you see here), carrying Bubbles.

Oh, a harness. Bubbles loved it and begged for a picture. What could I say?

My lovely family, without the brother who stayed at home. Yep, we were in Italy, and what do you eat there? Icecream!

Which one is real?

A typical streetview in those tiny Italian cities. I have loads of pics like this, but I like them all...

A hallway under a cloister. I loved it there, nice and cool, with a gentle sea breeze.

Couldn't this be a postcard?

They like old in Italy. This one has a specific name, but I cannot spell it, really can't.

A view up in Triora, a witch village. I'm still reading up on what exactly happened there, but according to the legends, witches lived there, and were hanged/burned. Wonderful village, very spooky as well.

Oh, and complicated as well. You get easily lost there.

A mountain view from Triora (the way towards the village was scary!), with a setting sun. Just below where I'm standing was the witches so-called meeting place, where they played ball with children's heads. Nice.

*ahum* a bit of gushing rain.

And so we decided to visit Genoa. And I think you might like this, as this is the *fake* house of Christopher Columbus. We didn't go in, because it was beyond tiny, and very expensive to get inside.

Sneaky! We saw plenty of nuns, and Bubbles and I just couldn't help ourselves.

This is a bit of a teaser pic, because I don't know how well everyone here knows this movie...

Bubbles in Cervo, right before my camera died. A fisherman's village, with an impressive church. Yep, I have a lot of church pictures. Do you mind, Nat?

On the way back, we decided to go OVER the mountain, instead of going under (the tunnel cost us, the first time, 32. A ridiculous amount of money). It was wauw, I know no other words. Very impressive drive, awesome views, dangerous, and deadly cold! Can you see the road we're about to follow? Here another view: http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Bubbles/Itali2011564.jpg

On top of the mountain (where I also bought souvenirs for my lovely partner) it was coooold! Close to freezing. So my sister got dressed up Tongue. You most know that we left Italy when it was something like 30C.

To end up in less than 4C. *shivers* And the wind made it even colder!

Oh, and this was the mountain we 'climbed'.

I did not know this, but apparantly, a bag of crisps doesn't like a drive up that height. Once we were beyond 1500 m high, the bag just exploded. Just like that....

Lots of pics, but I want everyone to see!
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30  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lilibet on: July 04, 2011 05:48:35 AM
Right, time for Bubbles and me to do some serious updating. My sincerest apologies for the delay, but we've just come round from the Saturday party, and we're already going to the next. As I am typing this they are picking up the left-over drinks. Good, let get's going.

As I am aware that there's a time difference between Australia, first of all: it's now 14.39. Go!!

Bubbles arrived last week with some interesting extras. A small box of Vegemite, which I don't know, and, this is really strange, musk candy. I only heard of muysk being used in perfumes and shampoos, but musk candy is an entirely new concept. We're going to try it later this week, all together, and we'll let you know Wink.

On Tuesday, shortly after Bubbles arrived, I had my dance 'exam'. More an evaluation than a serious exam. That was the exact time for Mother Nature do decide on a huge thunder and lightnening show. Luckily (not for me, because I LOVE storms) the storm passed by, but not without showing us some great effects... The pics are not the best, my apologies.

This shows the colours much better. It was around 20.00 at the time... Normally still very bright in June, but not that particular day. You can see our church tower as well, oddly shaped.

While I was waiting for my turn, my friend brought me Cross Stitcher, my favourite magazine. She buys it for me, and this was the latest issue. Bubbles enjoyed it and wants me to make the windmills.

This is out teacher, writing down the verdicts. We hear our results tomorrow!

And this is my blue picture! I am lucky, with a blue Bubbles, but as I was wearing some blue socks that night Wink. Yep, my feet!

The day before the party, Bubbles enjoyed some Belgian fries with us. Mmmm, delicious! *and so unhealthy Tongue*

And last but not least, Bubbles with my mum, in her original wedding dress. Can you imagine she is only 53? The bouquet is an exact copy (minus the expensive lilllies) of the original wedding bouquet. And yep, that is our own garden!

I'm loving this!
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