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1  Re: Happy Birthday with a surprise inside! ;) in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 13, 2019 03:47:15 PM
Thank you and you're welcome, AIMR!  Kiss

BigBangMomma requested a photo once I glued the face on, so here goes:

DD and I have named him 'Cakey'.  Grin

(The inspiration on Instagram for Cakey  Cheesy used safety buttons for eyes, which of course I couldn't do since there was glass behind the crochet.  The cake also had pink crocheted cheeks, which I wasn't going to add to a gift that was for a man.)
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2  Happy Birthday with a surprise inside! ;) in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 05, 2019 01:47:52 PM
I don't think I've ever posted a tutorial on here before, so now is a perfect time to do so.

I showed DH a cute little multicolored crocheted birthday cake on Instagram, and he immediately wanted me to make him one for his birthday!  (He loves me making him things, it's so cute!  Cheesy)  That was during the summer and his birthday is the 21st of this month.  So a week or two ago I got crackin!

The cake on Instagram was basically an amigurumi, and had safety eyes and an embroidered mouth.  That's the only thing I don't have on his cake yet because I need to buy black felt to make those for this project, and I keep on forgetting to buy it.  Roll Eyes

I tried to match the colors as close as I could to the Instagram one (using stash!):

I wanted this birthday cake to be useful, so instead of stuffing it, this is how it kept its shape:

(I'm going to put gift cards and scratch offs in it.)

I then just chose which yarn to start with and crocheted a chain till it was snug around the jar when attached end to end.  I then used a half double crochet stitch around, and started the next color and so on and so forth till it reached the top lip of the jar.

Along the bottom, I used the white yarn to make "frosting".  All I did was chose a spot to start on the bottom and did a *half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet, half double crochet* then skip a space, do a slip stitch into the skipped space, and continue with the * to * till it's completely around the bottom.  (I used the same stitch on the lid around the outside.)

I was going to use pipe cleaners and crochet over them for candles, but then I realized that they would make it almost impossible to open the jar.  So what I did was first crochet a flat circle, the same size as the top of the lid.

This part is hard to explain because I made it up as I went along...Once I was finished making the flat circle, I continued by going in the loop that was closest to my hook and did a half double crochet in it.  I did that around and around and around, going towards the middle of the circle.  I think I did it twice for height.  When I got to the middle, I double crocheted for extra height there.

Here it is finished, without decoration:

I sewed on some funky strawberry buttons on the top to give it some interest and to make it look finished:

I used E-600 to attach it to the glass jar top and it's held like a dream.

And the finished product:

This is going to be my "go to" birthday gift for everyone now...it is so easy...took me maybe two nights to finish it.  Hope you like it!
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3  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 04, 2019 01:33:10 PM
Hello!  Please know that the amount of time it's taken me to post the wonderful ATCs I've received in no way reflects on how wonderful I think they are.  Finally, here's the wonderfulness:

These are from BigBangMomma and are for the themes of 'how to say husband in a different language'.  I love that she thought of sign language and actually drew a picture for how it's done!)  The other card is a 'musical theme' and an 'I love you more' theme (Two in one card! Cheesy) for my younger DD.

Here's the mini envelopes she put them in, which is wonderful!  So many of you have done that that I can now present the cards to my family in them.

This is a grouping of what geekgirl sent me!  A mixed media birthday themed card!  She also sent a page of a book in a language I don't recognize...geekgirl, could you tell me, please?  Thanks!  She also used some of her artwork on cardstock to make stationery.  How beautiful!

This was the envelope the entire shebang was sent in...I'm posting it because I love the swap specific stickers!  Cheesy

This lovely watercolor ATC is from greybird for my 'Xmas' theme.  I love how controlled she is with the watercolor!  I envy it!  (And that shiny washi tape is really cool too!)

These two cars are from irid3sc3nt for my Hanukkah theme and LGBTQ supportive theme!  I love the use of highlighters in the LGBTQ one, and the fact that it took me-Jewish and all-a few minutes to figure out the other card!  (The loaf of bread pictured is called 'challah' and the 'c' is silent.)

This loveable monster is recognizable to everyone on Craftster I am sure!  A wonderful kwality monster for my DH!

Check out the funny washii tape on the back of the envelope...and it really does smell like pizza!  I've never seen washii tape like that before!  Cheesy

This breathtaking ATC is in the theme of the quote on the card for my younger DD.  I adore it...all of it, and I know she will too!

A generous helping of ATCs from thanate!  The book one will go to my older DD, the lip one to my younger DD (she loves makeup), the lucky themed one to DS, and the moth one to DH.  Of course, I love all of these too!

And lastly, a grouping of all the ATCs for the month of November together:

I am so grateful that something told me to join this swap to receive ATCs for my family.  Every year, I have something Craftster made to give to my family and I'm glad that this will be no exception.  Thank you so much all of you.

(And to those of you that I still owe ATCs to, they will be mailed out by the end of the week.  I have no appointments for tomorrow or Friday, so I will have lots of time to get them done.  Thank you for being so patient!)
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 23, 2019 08:06:06 AM
I had mentioned a few weeks back that I had had an interesting experience during a holiday craft fair and that I would post the photos I had about it.  I didn't do it then, but here I am now.

Here's the back story:  DH and I had went to a craft fair that was in a public library.  It was very enjoyable in that it wasn't like the usual craft fairs around here where it's really just a mix of commercially made stuff and handmade.  All the items in this particular craft fair were handmade, and done well.  Sooooooo..

Hubby and I stop by a lady who is selling tote bags.  The sign on her booth says that all the bags are made with recycled materials and I always like to support that.  She had a bag made out of a pair of jeans and I love those kind of bags b/c the denim, to me, is like a blank canvas-there to be decorated.  So I bought it ($25!!!!!  IMHO, worth much more than that.):

(Funny aside...the lady and I were standing there talking about the bag and she showed me how she kept the pocket there, but for "obvious" reasons, she sewed up the zipper.  I didn't say anything, but I'm thinking why not leave it alone and turn it into a pocket?  It took me till yesterday to figure out why.  I'll see if you guys can figure out why.  Wink Grin)

Next to the bags, she had the decorative covers that go over rectangle shaped tissue boxes that look like mini couches.  On one of the couches she had this sitting there:

I giggled and told her that I liked the _______ ________!  (I'm going the leave this here for you guys to figure out too, except that the answer is right below.  Grin)  I thought it was the funniest thing, so inventive!  And adorable!

So she gave him to me!

Ok, by now, I'm all smiles and giggles (It doesn't take much...  Roll Eyes) and looking at all the other things to see.  On one table there is a bunch of these in a bowl:

The lady said they were from her daughter's baby shower and were used to cover the tops of the wine bottles there.  She had extras so she was selling them at the craft fair.

Of course I thought it was a hat at first and I purchased it for Mr. Sparkles!  It even has a string attached to keep it on his head!  Won't he look cute in it?Huh!!!!!

Hope this made you giggle as much as it made me!  Grin
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5  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOV 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 23, 2019 07:37:31 AM
I am deeply sorry that I did not post these sooner.  Please do not think it is a reflection on how much I love them!  Without further ado, here goes:

The generous Linda P. sent TWO ATCs-one was an extra!  The husband one was the one she claimed, the other was for my son.

And look what they were sent in!!!!  I love this idea!

Next up is greybird for my 'Buckley the Minecraft Chicken' theme:

THIS IS PERFECT!!!!  If you are not familiar with Minecraft, it is an game that you can play on an ipad or such, and everything in the world is made up of squares.  Do you see how hard it must have been for greybird to draw this?Huh!!!  Do you see how perfect it is???  And I love that it's looking at me too!!!  (I'll make another post about the origin of the theme for this card, it's funny.

It was sent in this beautiful card featuring a bird and fall leaves on the front with a bottom of paper lace.  It was all embossed.  I took a photo of it but now I can't find it.   Tongue

Gozer created this understated, but perfect, ATC for my younger daughter.  I love the green shiny background and the white around the letters, and the lettering.  (BTW, gozer, I LOVE your return address/address stickers!  The snail is so cute!!!!!)

pioneer9 created the 'Teeny Little Super Guy' themed card below:

For those of you not familiar with the subject, the 'Teeny Little Super Guy' was an animated short on Sesame Street years and years ago.  Look it up on you tube, you won't be disappointed!  Grin

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 03, 2019 05:47:37 PM
I'm so glad that your soup came out good, BBM!

DH took me on a drive to the Hamptons today (way out on the very east end of Long Island), and as a surprise, took me to Montauk Point!  (think the very tip of one of the ends of Long Island...I forget if it's the north or south one, but it's as far east as you can go on LI)

We usually go to Montauk during the summer, but we didn't this year.   Cry  I was very happy we got there today, and not only did Mr. Sparkles go, but so did his new friend, Benny the Bison (from the meetup last week!)!  Here's some great photos of them:

This was spraypainted on the concrete leading to the Montauk lighthouse.  I think it explains the LV's growing friendship.   Smiley

There's pretty big dunes that you have to walk over to get to the ocean, and this was one of the types of bushes that grows along the dunes.  There was another bush there I was going to put them in, but it was full of really sharp thorns!  Thankfully, I noticed in time and we didn't use that bush.

When we've gone to this beach in the summer, there's hardly anything to find...shells, rocks, etc...  I don't know why, but there were these HUGE stones all over the beach!  Mr. Sparkles and I liked this rock especially b/c it was kind of colorful in the sun.

And I just have to end with this photo...didn't it come out beautiful???!!!!

Oops, one more!  This was on the dunes, on the way to the beach...
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 28, 2019 04:07:15 PM
BBM, is SuzieQ sitting next to the pumpkin and the scarecrow?  I had to squint with my glasses on to see!  I adore the name of the town you live in and the name of the town that the school is in, tops that!  COOLVILLE!  Grin Grin Grin

Mr. Sparkles accompanied me to the meetup this past Saturday at calluna's and then at the farm that we all visited later.  Here are some fun photos from that:

This was an old piece of farm machinery on the land that calluna lives on.

This was a cute little house on top of a concrete brick structure that no one knew the purpose of.  The house was just the right size for him, but I told him he couldn't stay.  Cheesy

There's other photos of Mr. Sparkles, but I want to save them for the album.

Also, everyone at the meetup was very supportive of Mr. Sparkles!  They asked me where he was and kept on pointing out great photo ops! Cheesy

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8  Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland in Maryland by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 28, 2019 03:50:15 PM
I'd like to post some stuff about the meetup here too!

A jack-o-lantern mugrug from Averia, jelly with orange fabric AND rainbow fabric on it  Wink from calluna, an embroidered "craft army" patch and Craftster trading card from thanate, a tree of life necklace from underthemountain, some blue and white tye-dyed fabric from (I cannot spell her Craftster name for the life of me, so bear with me.)ptarmic_wumpus.  Calluna was also generous in sharing some "river sea glass" with us, and I chose a clear bonfire piece!

We spent half the day at calluna's adorable house and half the day at a farm that calluna sometimes volunteers at.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I learned how to process sheep's wool, and how to dye it with things from nature, and calluna taught me how to spin yarn using a drop spindle!  I also went on a fairy trail walk with thanate and her very well behaved and smart daughter.  

Others have posted photos of us and what was going on so I'm not going to post that, but you can swing by the LV swap gallery to see what Mr. Sparkles was up to.  Grin

One more thing...they had a wonderful gift shop at the farm and I purchased some fun stuff:

A ball of yarn made at the farm from start to finish, a stuffed bison which will be my next stuffie to send on another round of the LV swap  Cheesy, a little knitted sheep with a blanket on it's back that you can remove so you can "shear" it! Cheesy, a handmade journal, and a piece of wool that I saved from when I was working with it.

Oh, and one more thing...I made scarves for everyone at the meetup.  ptarmic_wumpus was a last minute addition, so her scarf wasn't quite done when I got to calluna's.  p.w. told me what her favorite colors were and I chose two:  red and yellow.  Not thinking that it would look like a McDonald's scarf or a mustard and ketchup scarf.  Tongue  Either way, I didn't finish it in time so when I got home I started on a new one.  p.t.-I think you'll like this one much better!

SUCH A FUN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 20, 2019 05:45:39 PM
Me and the fam went on a trip to the pumpkin farm today!  Here's some great photos of Mr. Sparkles with some of the nifty things we saw at the farm:

Mr. Sparkles with a pile of harvested brussel sprouts!  Mr. Sparkles agrees with me, the way they grow is so funny looking!   Grin

Mr. Sparkles in the corn maze!  Unfortunately, that part of Long Island got heavier storm weather than where I live recently and it caused a lot of the corn to tip over, flatten, or completely break off at the bottom of the stalk!  Shocked

Mr. Sparkles enjoyed the sunflowers the best, as I do!  His multicolored eyes matched the different colored flowers.  Cheesy

Mr. Sparkles and I were amazed at the three different colors of cauliflower there were!

This was the best pumpkin picking farm we've went to yet!  During the hayride, the man driving the tractor told us all about what they grew there, how you could use them in to cook with, how long they take to grow, etc...  Mr. Sparkles and I had the best seats, right behind the man on the tractor, so we heard everything he had to say!  Cheesy
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10  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2019 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 19, 2019 08:12:09 AM
My partner was kbrison, and I received today!!!!!  Take a look at all this Halloween goodness:

And look what was in the little coffin!

Isn't that cute??!!!

Ok, just to list what was in this awesome Halloween package, from left to right:  a Day of the Dead tote!  (kbrison very much dislikes this theme but she overcame it for me for this swap!  Grin  She has swapped with me before and knows I prefer some sort of closure on my bags, and she put a LLLLLOOOONNNNGGGG piece of Velcro along the top so it will close completely!  Wink), the extra Day of the Dead themed fabric, a LLLLLAAAAAMMMMMAAAA themed trick or treat bag!, a bag of popcorn, a measuring scoop, and a nifty little DOTD themed bag that you can actually use in the microwave to pop the corn in!  (I've never heard of such a thing, I can't wait to try it!), the card she made herself, a package of green finger lights, a package of Halloween themed cookie cutters, Halloween themed embellishments for a planner, orange string of lights, and a pair of Halloween socks.

Of course there was the coffin too!  Grin

Thank you so much, kittykill, for organizing this swap, and for kbrison for such a great swap package!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  Happy Halloween!
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