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1  Re: Earring Binge Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: October 13, 2005 07:11:33 AM
I recieved my first pair! I love them!

(I teach art)
Thank you so much,
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2  Re: Secret Craftster Version 3.0~ Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: October 13, 2005 06:46:57 AM
my sweetie pie secret craftster sent me a wonderful package! She's so sweet. I totally know who she is, cause I crafted for her many times, but I feel like we're long lost friends, as I've gotten to know  her through the crafting . It was so good to hear from her.
Check out all the awesome thoughtful goodies she sent.

beautiful earrings! very stunning! I love those beads. and a teacher pin too!

2 Thomas shirts for my little fella. And some Thomas fabric too. I don't know if I've ever menchioned it, but my guy is obsessed with Thomas the tank engine!!! They will go perfect with his Thomas pants I made him.

also, beautiful stationary,and a scarf and hat set, a pretty pink boucle. I love that keyhole scarf! So great.
Not pictured is the Halloween portion, a Hallween tic tack toe, that my kids at school are playing with, and a bandana for my old blind doggy. Oh and a pumkin felt mirror.
My SC is so thoughtful and wonderful!
Thank you so much Catherine Zeta Jones. (btw, she's the perfect pick for the Wonder Woman movie don't you think. I won't go see it if it's not with her.)
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3  Re: **Fill a coinpurse round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: October 01, 2005 08:16:56 AM
I saw that my partner recieved her package, so this is what I sent. She's expecting so I thought I'd send her stuff she can use with her little one. I sent a diaper pouch, vs a coin purse. It fits a few diapers and wipes perfectly so you can keep your baby stuff neat in your bag, if you don't feel like hauling a diaper bag. I also added in a bib and burp cloth, a flower in that says "momma", and some crocheted back chenille jewelry with pink beads and some personalized stationary. I hope Sugargliders101 liked it.

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4  Re: Super-Fun 3-Month Swap Gallery Month 1 in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: August 29, 2005 04:53:41 PM
Oh good, I'm so glad that you liked it! As you can see, I got carried away with all the coordinating!
Here are pictures:

I don't have a picture of the bandana dress, but here's a similar one.

It's very simple, no pattern, just 2 bandanas, sew pockets at the top, seam the sides, leaving 5 inches at the top un seamed for the arms, and thread grosgrain ribbon through the pockets and tie. Simple and cute. Even better, use a fun print bandana like this one;

send me a picture of your cutie in it if you can when your camera is back up and running.
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5  Re: Favorite Fable Character Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: August 27, 2005 08:07:42 PM
I recieved a beautiful package from Simply! My picks were Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. Simply made a beautiful handmade Snow White doll with moveable parts and a hand embroidered face. I have never own anything like it before and it will be kept with my childhood collection of beautiful dolls. I love her!! Also there was an awesome box, I love that image, satin lined with a mirror (mirror mirror on the wall) and a pearl princess necklace/choker. What great work! Then there was a red crocheted hat, keychain, and pencil as well! What an awesome swapper. I had envied her work in othr swas, and was so glad to have her create these beauties for me.
Thank you so much!!!

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6  Re: Secret Craftster Version 3.0~ Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: August 27, 2005 07:57:26 PM
First of all, Florida friends, I hope everyone made it out of Katrina alright. I have had you in my thoughts. Please let us know how you are.

Second, Padray,
Aww, I'm so glad you liked it. Being a swap angel was my pleasure. I just make sure that I treat other swappers the way I would want to be treated. I'm really just sorry it took me so long. Thank you. I really appreciated that wonderful praising post. It is always worth it when someone appreciates the goodies. You are very sweet indeed.
I was really proud of that bag, and so glad it turned out as well as it did. I would have kept it if I wasn't so far behind, so I sent it out as soon as it was done. And it happily has a new home. I recycled the handles from an old broken bag of mine that was about 4 years old and I never could throw away. A set of D rings did the trick, some upholstery samples,  and voila, a new bag. Here are the pictures of what I sent.

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7  Re: Apron Obsession Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: August 01, 2005 05:09:21 PM
I can't believe I never posted! Shame on me! Now that I have a camera again, you can see how lavely this apron is! Thank you sedrasmom! Unfortunatly, these photos will not do the apron justice! The details are marvelous and the fabric is so beautiful! The neck ties are a slip knot! Those are scalloped edges! So clever!

I hope kmsmaverick can post pictures of my apron, as I was without a camera when I made it.
Thanks again!!! Great swap!
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8  Re: Fill a Coin Purse Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ithnkuno on: July 24, 2005 07:45:03 PM
finally, here are all the lovely things that sweet taloola sent me!
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9  Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by ithnkuno on: July 24, 2005 01:48:38 PM
I just opened today! Yipee! Check it out craftsters and let me know what you think.Items are momma/baby related.
It did take me the better part of a day to get it all straight, but this format is much much easier to handle. I have been looking for an online sales solution and thanks craftsters for pointing me in the right direction!wish me luck!

I've bought from mamadelic already, got the best wonder woman totebag ever!
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10  monkey see monkey do, my little guy is turning 2 (now w/ pics!... lots of um!) in Party Planning by ithnkuno on: July 19, 2005 10:16:22 AM
I'm doing a monkey party at a local park, with  the party under the picnin shelter and little one can play on the little kid's play ground an dfeed ducks. I'm making monkey face invitations, and we're going to have a monkey "parade" where we march the kids around with instuments and noise makers. I'm looking for your crafty ideas to add to it. Cheap, think cheap, but cute. I have the time, not the money.

Thanks all
We had such a great time at the monkey party and I wanted to share some of the things I did with my crafty friends. So I'm showin off with some pictures. I hope someone can use some these ideas. It was a blast!

Here are the invites. Monkey heads (though the ears are awful small) that have the info inside. The wiggle eyes were very popular! I've gotten lots of compliments on them.

For his daycare, I made monkey cupcakes to send and share with all his school friends.  Totally made from a boxed mix, but I did banana flavored cupcakes with chocolate frosting, mini vanilla wafers for the mouth, and Hershey's Swoops cut in half for ears. The icing was that store bought gel kind. I was proud of these.
Monkey face

For treat bags I made simple monkey faces a la the Martha kids magazine layout, if you haven't seen it, find it, it was a party issue, really cute. The bags had inside, a CD of "Andy's favorite songs to monkey around to" from CDs I checked out from the library that he loves. Lots of Raffi. Hey, he's 2. Also horns and noise makers to make noise for the "Monkey Jamboree", Stickers, homemade lollypops (I'll get to that in a minute) and a bag of banana jelly belly jelly beans.

I made homemade lollypops from "Awesome crafts for kids" magazine by the Better Homes and Garden Creative Collection. Great magazine with great ideas for all to check out! I thought that the lollypops looked fun so I had to try it.  I made small ones for treat bags, and used the great big ones for a centerpiece. I wrapped each one with a treat bag (some that I had to cut down) Tied with a twist tie and curling ribbon, and stuck them in a metal tin vase I sprayed yellow with some floral foam inside. It was cute, and I sent everyone home with a lollypop as they left. Grown ups too! If you decide to try these, you just use hard candy, and melt it in the oven at 350 for no more than 5 min, keeping an eye on it. When its melted, place the stick on, twist and add sprinkles. Let it cool compleatly! And cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. The jolly ranchers and creme savers worked best! I didn't like crushing them, as the magazine suggested, It didn't work well for me, it just made a gloppy mess. Here are a few, unwrapped.

I made fun monkey pants for the occation. They were made from a pattern sent to me by edamame, who sent A an awesome pair of pants in the baby/child swap, and then sent the pattern later so I could make more. They were a big hit!

For an activity, since the kids are so young, we had a "monkey jamboree"! I passed out ttreat bags so I was sure evryone had one. Bags had inside noisemakers and flutes to play on.I have a kiddie kareoke machine, and we sang in it and danced and marched around with musical instruments. They had a ball! (That's A's girlfriend in the background, isn't she cute! They're going to get married someday.) In the invites I asked everyone to bring their favorite musical instruments for the Jamboree. Some did some didn't but it had them wondering what we were going to do.

My mom (she has a bake shoppe) made a monkey head cake and monkey cupcakes. Per my request, mom mad the monkey head red velvet! So the grown ups could get a laugh! We all asked for Bloody monkey head cake, but the kids were none the wiser. No one was traumatized.

A few other things I did, I set out his big 2 year old pictures in frames on a table for all to see and handed out wallets to anyone who asked. I didn't buy them to sit in an envelope after all, and it was a great way to make sure my friends had them.On the table with the pictures,  I set out a very lightly decorated scrap book page layout and left a pen and a note asking everyone to sign it for us for his scrapbook. (I did that last year too) I also posted a cute posterboard with the schedule, so that people would know when to expect things and to keep the party going along. I have been to many kids parties that drag on and kids get fussy and tired. It worked well. We kept as much to the schedule as was possible. Everyone knew to expect cake and presents within a certain time, and no one left early. I made sure to try to take pictures of A with his friends when he opened gifts and I plan to send pictures with his friends in the Thank you cards. Thank you cards are so important!!!!
I loved the park, it was only $20, and they come take the trash, but the shelters next to us had a a big party going and brought a stereo with rap music playing right next to our toddler affair, so next year we will book our reservation extra extra early and be sure that we are in a shelter off to ourselves!
Thanks for letting me share!
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