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1  Best friends forever spiral rainbow patch in CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: April 05, 2018 03:31:22 PM
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(Thank you to blupaisan who generously allowed me to use her computer to post my entry!)

My entry is a Teesha Moore patch that I made for blupaisan-my partner-in the current round of the TM patch swap.  We first became friends on Craftster.  When I went to meet her in person a few years later, she had made me a rainbow hoopla using beads.  It was an exquisite piece of art, and I still have it hanging up in my home.

I was inspired to make her a patch that was reminiscent of the hoopla she made me...I used rainbow colored varigated thread for the stitches.  The front of the patch is yellow, one of blu's favorite colors.  The back is one of her favorite fabric prints.  The button speaks for itself. Cheesy
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2  Re: Positive Affirmations Swap: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 14, 2018 10:07:10 AM
I received an AWESOME swap package from thatnate today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looky!  Shocked

Front of the mugrug.

Back of the mugrug.

A GORGEOUS embroidered tree with RAINBOW roots, on a fabric with ORANGE flowers!

I GOT A PATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I didn't realize how much I loved them till I got this one!   Grin  And it's raaaaiiiinnnnbbbboooowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to say...I've never swapped with thatnate before and we did not PM each other for this swap.  Yet, she must have stalked me so well to hit on so many of my favorite things to put together such a great swap package:  rainbows, tree of life, ladybugs, the color orange, cute woodland creatures (the hedgehog fabric)...

The mugrug is replacing the one on my end table right now.... Cheesy....I am definitely going to use the blue patch on the Teesha Moore pocketbook that I've been in the process of creating...I *might* use the tree on the tote too, I'm not sure....

Is all the embroidery on these beautiful items done by machine?
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3  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 12, 2018 02:51:51 PM
Hi!  I asked the multi-talented craftylittlemonkey if she would do a personal swap with me, after her posting the adorable little crocheted motifs she made.  She generously agreed to do the swap.  Here are photos of the awesome goodies, below:

The lovely orange box that everything came in!  How thoughtful!  (It now holds all the appliques you made me, and is in my fabric basket that I have all my crocheting UFO's in in the livingroom-so I can grab one for use on one of my projects right away!  Grin)


Said appliques:

CAN YOU SEE ALL THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She made a TON of them in SO many different themes, and they are ALL so dang CUTE!  And all I thought I was in for was a few mushrooms.... Wink

She also made items for my DDs, DS, and DH:  (Unfortunately, I gave DH his right away and didn't get a photo of it.  CLM has posted a photo of it in one of the threads, though.  She made him the squashed mouse bookmark!  HE LOVED IT!)

(Please note the attention to detail...I mentioned that my older DD likes Minecraft and the green pouch is hers... Smiley)

The small, wrapped, gift is for my son, which I did not open or give to him and will be saved for Xmas, as will the pouches for the girls.  CLM sent along extra goodies for me which are terrific:

The memory wire bracelet is made up of champagne colored beads and takes my breath away!  What also takes my breath away is the attention to detail and a person's likes.  Notice the beach themed charms on the bracelet?  I adore the beach, and my Craftster profile mentions my need for adjustable bracelets (due to fluctuating weight).  I also mention I collect buttons too....and she didn't disappoint!  (As a matter of fact, I used a button out of it the day I received it-I didn't want to have to walk upstairs and search for one in my craft area!   Roll Eyes)  The ladybug item is a needle minder!  I never heard of such a thing, and it is impeccably made!

Continuing... Grin

Those gelli prints that CLM was posting/asking about?  Well, they were FOR MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!  I love gelli prints, I love stationery, and look at what I got:

She sent me a set of 12, including envelopes.  I posted a range of prints here.  And take a friggin look at the back of the cards:

I ADORE that stamp, adore the ladybugs, and the fact that now when I send one of the cards out to someone, I will get all the credit for the gorgeous card!!!!!! Grin  Hee-hee!

Last, but not least-I love Garfield and she sent me a newspaper comic strip cutout of Garfield!  The theme of the strip was one that applies to me perfectly!  I taped it onto my calendar so I can see it all the time and giggle!  (It also touched my heart...my beloved Grandmother used to do that for me as well, and I miss her very, very much.)  CLM also sent along the ladybug stamp that she used on the stationery, plus two others:

I'm curious, CLM...do you mount these stamps onto a wood block to use them?

I received above and beyond what I expected!  And she put so much attention to detail for everything!

I still owe her her package, and it's almost done.  Will be sent out as soon as two simple things are completed.

THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO SWAP WITH ME CLM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/color]
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4  Re: Positive Affirmations Swap: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 12, 2018 03:46:27 AM
CLM, I love what you made for yourself!  (It's rainbow-licious!  Cheesy)

Here is what I made for myself:



It might not seem like much, but it is.  The "I AM" at the top reminds me to think of all the positive traits that I have (i.e.-"I AM smart, etc...).  The words on the bottom I recently heard somewhere and they really resonated with me.

Something that I have been wanting is a set of positive affirmation cards for me to be able to choose one and carry it around in my pocket.  When I need a lift, I can just take out the card.
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 02, 2018 06:13:58 AM
Quoting the famous-and oft spoken words of Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory':  "That's (this is) my spot!"   Grin Wink

I'm not going to put pressure on myself by listing a hard and firm list of 50 projects I want to complete.  I know there are some things I would like to have done this year, however, so I will post them here.  Then I'll just wing it!  Cheesy

1.  Super secret gift for person #1 for Xmas 2018
2.  Super secret gift for person #2 for Xmas 2018
3.  Super secret gift for person #3 for Xmas 2018
4.  Super secret gift for person #4 for Xmas 2018
5.  Super secret gift for person #5 for Xmas 2018
(These will basically be the same gifts, just personalized for each person.  I won't be able to post photos of them, but I will check them off as I get them completed.)

6.  Participate in the OWS every month this year in order to create items for people and receive lovely items in return that I can gift to family and friends (for birthdays and holidays) who appreciate hand crafted items.  (Months participated in so far:  January)

7.  Create items for my etsy shop that are inspired by the $4(!) BIG skeins of varigated yarn that I saw at Michael's before the holiday and purchased about a $100(!) of!!!!!!!!!   Shocked  (Couldn't beat that price for that kind/amount of yarn.)

8.  Work on some slow cloth/boro stitching patches.  (Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but they are VERY calming to make!)

9.  I'd like to use my gelli plate and new paints and stencils that my BFF very generously gave me.

10.  Finish sewing the pineapple themed pillowcase for my son and give it to him for Xmas 2018.

11.  Complete a pineapple painting using a stencil on a canvas and put the special pineapple themed ribbon I purchased around it for said son.

12.  Possibly participate in the Ongoing ATC swap to stretch my artistic abilities and continue my lovely collection of these small works of art!

13.  Try out kittykill's tutorial for armwarmers.

14.  Try out a way to make a mermaid tail blanket that I saw on a Threadbanger you tube video.

15.  Decide on what charity I would like to support this year and what it requires me to do, and work on that.

16.  Make some more TM patches to add to my collection to make myself a pocketbook.

17.  Make some jewelry with the clamshells I found at the beach in the fall.
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JANUARY:
-crocheted market bag for BFF's birthday

-rainbow stationery made by me and my DD, using shaving cream and food coloring

-Pastel woodland colors baby blanket for DH's co-worker whose wife just had a baby


FEBRUARY:
-Items for my partner in the 'Keep Me Warm' swap


-Swap item for the 'Positive Affirmations' swap

-Cell phone purses for my shop




-Purse for my shop

-Another bag for my shop
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6  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 27, 2017 01:27:28 PM
And the last grouping of items from the last Secret Santa:


All the goodies in a group...


The black dots on the ladybug have sparkle on them!  I tried to capture it in the photo.

My DD LOVED the watercolor paints (That is what was wrapped in the plaid tissue paper, DD opened it up on Christmas morning.) and the little note that was enclosed with them-whoever sent them and thought to add the note, thank you.  It was very thoughtful.

I received sets of ladybug themed notecards from two Secret Santas, and they are both so unique and different!  I hope to have lots of etsy sales so I have the opportunity to use them all up right away!   Roll Eyes Cheesy

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 27, 2017 01:23:14 PM
Up next, from another Secret Santa:



This group of items was PERFECT!!!!!  I actually needed a package of gum for my pocketbook, so I kept one for me.  It's an ongoing joke with me and DS that I give him lots of breath mints and mint gum every Xmas (When he was about to go on his first date, he was being a PITA.  He asked me for a mint-he knew I always carried them-and I told him no, b/c I was aggravated with him.  I know, bad passive aggressive Mom.   Roll Eyes)  So DS got the other package of gum.  Grin  Hubby got the nifty rat ornament.  Was that burned and painted by yourself?  It's amazing!  And the bug stickers went into DH's stocking.  He loved them!

THANK YOU TOO, THIS SECRET SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 27, 2017 01:17:44 PM
I'm sorry to my Secret Santas for not being able to post sooner.  I had testing done in the weeks before Xmas and I was under extreme stress while waiting for the results.  Thank goodness, all is fine!  But that, paired with the "regular" stress that the holidays can bring...well...anyhow, here are the photos of my lovely goodies!


A friggin TON of whimsies and beads!   Shocked  


My favs:  small dolphins, small wrenches, and three (!) sets of earrings!

And the little pouch it all came in-ORANGE POLKA DOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheesy

THANK YOU SO MUCH SECRET SANTA!  I can't wait to make something with all these supplies!
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9  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 17, 2017 10:38:42 AM
Here is what I got from my lovely Secret Santa on Friday:

(I can't show how cutely they were wrapped b/c ding dong me took the photo with my address in it as well...they were wrapped in white tissue paper with variegated yarn.)


I was just so impressed by the handwriting that I had to share it!   Grin
A tote bag made using the most delicate ladybug pattern I've ever seen!  And an adorable crocheted mouse!

Back of the mouse just b/c it was so cutttteeeee! Cheesy
Annnnddddd.....

Some teas she/he thought I would like and a nifty looking card the note included was written on!


THANK YOU SO MUCH SECRET SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: December 13, 2017 03:15:59 PM
Here are the photos from my wonderful Secret Santa package, which I received this afternoon:


That cracked me up!


One for me, one for my older DD!  I love the wrapping and how the string is wrapped around it!


Could there be any more suitable beads (ladybugs and bumblebees) for me??!!  The washii tape is awesome and I need to figure out what to do with the two cute little scraps of ladybug fabric...maybe put it on my "happy board"...


And something that is not only beautiful, but sorely needed!!!!  I have been blessed in that my etsy shop has made enough sales for me to go thru all my ladybug themed stationery (I write my 'thank you for your order' in one and send it with the order).  I never would have thought to sew the fabric onto the card.  It looks like it was done by hand, too!

Thank you my Secret Santa who I know and who is such a kind person and I appreciate all the goodies!   Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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