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171  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: December 15, 2009 04:30:03 PM
Okay y'all, I got the second part of my already fabulous package from MsMia today when I got home and WOW.  I so needed this today as the pasts few days have been rough.  The reminder that God is always there for whoever needs Him is one that I really needed!

Here goes ...

The whole lot:

I was going to post an action shot of me with the very warm scarf, but I'm incapable of taking a decent picture of myself!  Suffice it to say that it's warm and cuddly and feels like a hug!

Cute lil angel that I'm taking to work:

Awesome handmade bookmark with inspirational quotes about God at the top (one on each side) - this is perfect because I was needing one!

Magnetic notepad:

Adorable little jar -

One of my absolute favorites - an inspirational mirror ... I'm debating between keeping it at home and taking it to work for me, as I think the message is one that my girls need to see more often!  Maybe I'll timeshare it!

A fabulous book with scripture verses ...

Sorry for all the pictures - and this isn't even all of them, but I couldn't decide which to post. Smiley

Thank you so very much, MsMia.  You completely and utterly spoiled me - twice, even!

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172  Homemade Beer Bread Mix in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: December 13, 2009 01:25:57 PM
I wasn't sure whether to put this in cooking or here ... I chose here since a) I'm not actually cooking, and b) these are gifts.

I used this recipe (I've made it before, and it's yum, though 1/4 c. of butter is PLENTY) and put the dry ingredients in large Ball jars.  Then I cut a square of fabric, put a rubber band to hold it and a pretty ribbon to hide the rubber band.  I printed off labels and directions onto card stock and used a 2" punch to cut them out.  Finally, I doublesided taped them to the jars ... I think they look rather pretty!

(ignore my kitchen in the background!)

Only problem is now I'm hungry for beer bread!  Smiley
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173  Re: Last Minute Christmas (US only) Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: December 12, 2009 10:27:01 AM
I received from the fabulous frogangel today!

First let me say I am in awe of her crochet skills because I got an awesome crocheted penguin that would have taken me days to do (the teeny octopus I made polligwogangel took me almost two hours!)

Anyway, on to the pictures ...

Here's the whole lot (card, penguin, knitting ornament and magnets):

Up-close shot of the penguin (who I need to name - suggestions?)

The awesome ornament (I wanted one for a while now so I'm super psyched I have one!  Now to get a tree to put it on! Cheesy )

And the magnets - penguins and doors (I love doors!)  They all came in a super nifty tin that I already have plans to re-use!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FROGANGEL! I adore everything!
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174  Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: December 09, 2009 07:04:38 PM
So after a REALLY long day at work, I got home to see an awesome package in my mailbox!

I got the yummiest soaps from Casey1201, along with an awesome resin pendant and some fun extras! 

The soap on the brown fabric is peppermint (which I'll be using first as it's Christmas-y), then the rectangle one is French vanilla latte (so yum), the pink one is cherries and cream (ditto - it smells divine) and then the lavender sugar scrub (lavender is one of my favorite scents!)

And a close-up of the extras and the resin heart pendant - it has sprinkles in it!

Thank you so very much, Casey! I love everything. Smiley
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175  Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: December 04, 2009 03:40:33 PM
I received from Douglas Fir today!  (Please unmask yourself!  I tried doing some detective work, but there are a number of people from your state!)

Here's my loot - I got totally spoiled.  I was on the phone when I was unwrapping and my friend said, "Kaz, it's so funny to hear you squeal like that!"  Yes, I am 30.  Yes, I do like presents.


Anyway, on to the loot.  A shot of everything all together... there's some absolutely GORGEOUS fabric, some amazing fabric squares in Asian prints, stitch markers, beads, zippers, a needle roll (squee!), a knitted penguin dishcloth (already next to my sink for when I do the dishes!) and three absolutely adorable Shrinky Christmas ornaments (one design straight from my wist!)

The straight-from-the-wist ornament (penguin and bunguin!):

The other two adorable ornaments (penguin and bunny!):

The dishcloth (penguin!)

The action shot of the needle roll, already in use:

Thank you SO SO much, Secret Santa!  I love everything!
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176  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: December 03, 2009 03:48:48 PM
I've received from the fabulous MsMia!  And she totally spoiled me (and on a day I needed some cheering, too)!

Here's a group picture:

Included are three nativities, a birdy light-up glass box, a Nemo puzzle, FOUR bath soaks (relaxing milk, chocolate milk, vanilla milk and salt and soda - how did she know that I've been in the tub every night to warm up?), an adorable pen that scrolls two Bible verses about faith, hope and love when you click it, a metal bookmark that says Bless, and a handmade journal.

And now some close-ups!

Two little birdies on a glass box that has Christmas lights in it so it lights up!  The active shots I got were awful, so here it is, non-actiony.

Nativity #1 - so simple and yet still so beautiful and powerful.

Nativities #2 and #3 - (all three nativities are now on my nativity chest and it totally makes me happy to look at it!) The little figures are so cute in the one on the left!  And the one on the right is just fabulous.

An awesome handmade journal with inspirational quotes inside -

Thank you so much, MsMia!  You've spoiled me already!  Cheesy

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177  Fabric Basket Organizer in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: November 30, 2009 03:23:17 PM
For Christmas this year, I'm trying to make all my gifts.  I was stumped as to what to do for my grandparents, so I decided on a fabric basket.  They can use it to organize in their house, though I think I'm going to try to steer (ha) them to using it in the car, so I've added a few little 'on the go' things to the pockets (first aid kit, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)

And somewhat stocked:

(no idea what they'll need krazy glue for while on the road, but they can also put this in their kitchen or something, where it might also be useful!)

Comments and Criticism welcome!
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178  ABC Book (picture heavy!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 28, 2009 06:09:01 PM
So my almost-niece (best friend's baby) will be turning one in December.  To mark the momentous occasion, I decided to make her an ABC book, based on the one eternallyeve made, found here.

I appliqued the item onto the page and then labeled it with fabric markers.  I tried to use a variety of fabrics, to make it more interesting for her to look at/touch/play with.  There's also a single layer of batting in each page to make it soft.  I think it turned out pretty well ...

The cover ...

ABCD (Cricket is the cat ... you can't tell because she's all black, so she looks like a black blob!)  I used the inkjet printer iron transfer paper for the dog, cat, 'Daddy' and 'Mommy' pictures.  Also, please note the buttons - trying to start the kid off early in crafting appreciation!

MNOP (The octopus is one of my favorites!)

QRST (Q has to be quilt, right?  Not a perfect quilt, alas, but not half bad, either)

YZ end (Y had to be for yarn - her mother is a knitter!)

Constructive Criticism appreciated! Smiley
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179  Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 28, 2009 09:41:17 AM
I received!  Hee!  It was quite fortuitous, as I was looking out the window when the postal truck arrived.  I watched my postal lady walk in our lobby with an envelope and I was like 'ooooh - swap goodies, maybe?'

*bounces*  I was right!

Thank you so much, Secret Santa!!!  I *adore* everything (if my abuse of the exclamation point doesn't make it obvious!)

The whole lot - two zippers (eee!  I get to play with zippers!), a scrap of a pretty burgundy fabric, some lovely book fabric, a cute little card, and a domino pendant with 'Keep Calm and Carry On' on it!

A (crappy) close-up of the awesome pendant:

Sorry for the glare ... it was the best of the lot.  The colors are much darker in person.  I also tried to get an action shot, but ... yeah ... it's Christmas, not Halloween, so I wouldn't want to scare you. Wink  But, suffice it to say that I'm wearing the pendant as we speak!

Anyway, THANK YOU SO MUCH, Secret Santa!

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180  Elle the Elephant in Knitting: Completed Projects by kaz814 on: November 18, 2009 08:27:01 PM
My almost-niece (best friend's daughter) will turn one on Christmas.  Being a good auntie, I'm starting her off early on handmade gifts!  I've got something for her birthday (have to give her separate gifts, after all!), but for Christmas, I knit her an elephant based on Susan B. Anderson's pattern for Elephante.  I used a different size needle (3.5 mm, not 4) and my crochet hook was a G, not an E, but I don't think she turned out too badly!

The somewhat head-on view:

The full-on head view:

The side view:

And ... my favorite ... the back end:

C/C welcome!
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