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11  Needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: January 15, 2011 06:18:37 PM
This was made for a swap and it looks like she liked it!  I am loving this needlebook swap, so much creativity!  So here is the needlebook I made for my partner:

My first attempt at embroidery.  I've been messing around lately trying some stitches but this would be my first project from pattern to product!

And these are the little clay pins I made to keep the inside cheery!

Forgot to take a pic of the pieced back - it was a slightly wonky log cabin sort of thing.  I was hoping for very wonky but I cut too straight!  Smiley
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12  Re: needle book swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyDiem on: January 14, 2011 04:35:05 PM
Oh sweetness!  My little needlebook arrived today!  Can I just tell you for a moment that this week has been TERRIBLE!!!  I won't go into it but it's been astounding in it's awfulness - so how great to go to the mailbox today and find this sweet little rainbow needlebook!!

Oh Thanks Avesthel!  I love it.  It's so sweet.  I love rainbows and I am loving brown and blue together - but that little dot of orange on the fabric makes it perfect.  Thanks a bunch!  I hope you get yours today too and love it!  Smiley
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13  QR Barcode generator! (free) in Crafty Business Discussion by CraftyDiem on: January 14, 2011 12:47:09 PM

I don't sell anything but just for fun saw this and decided to try it.  You can VERY easily make one of those smart phone bar codes that links to your website (this one goes to my quiet little blog)!  I thought that would be great for Craftsters who DO sell things.  Smiley

For the website and all of their information (like what QR stands for) go here:

I hope someone finds that useful!
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14  present purse/messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CraftyDiem on: January 09, 2011 06:20:14 PM
I made this for my husband's stepfather's daughter.  (Step-sister in law?) for Christmas.  She loved it and wore it the whole evening! Smiley  I used this great tutorial http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/06/basic-messenger-bag.html.

Inside pocket:

Front of bag:

Back of bag and pocket:

It was my first purse and I pretty much made it out of desperation that she wouldn't like the cowl and wrist-warmers I had crocheted (but she did!)

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15  Photo coasters as gifts in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by CraftyDiem on: January 05, 2011 04:08:49 PM
Our daughter is the first grandchild on both sides.  Both my husband and I have parents who are divorced and remarried.  Thus my daughter has four SETS of grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents, and three aunts.

So for Christmas every year I have made ornaments with her photo on them in one way or another.  This year I was hoping for something different but still easy enough to be mass produced!  We decided to make photo coasters since it seemed relatively simple and would make a great gift.  It also met the most important criteria - CHEAP!  Smiley 

There are loads of tutorials out there for this but it's pretty self explanatory once you have the materials.  We bought a box of 100 white 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 bathroom tiles from home depot for $16 (we only used 60 and could return the rest if we were so motivated), some Satin finish polyurethane (the small container was more than enough) $6, 60 photos (10 sets of 6) from King Soopers @ $.10 a print $6.  We had Mod Podge, paint brushes, a paper cutter, and plastic for the table.  I bought baskets from the dollar store for each set ($10).  The cost of the tiles was $.47 each so for a set of six with a $1 basket it was under $4.00 each set.  The look on their faces when they opened it?  Priceless. 

Enough talk - on to the pics!

You've got to love a craft that a three year old can help with!

Husband asked, "This stuff dries clear, right?"


And ready for wrapping:

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16  Re: Needle Book Swap (SU: 11 Dec '10 - 31 Dec '10, SO: 01 Feb '11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by CraftyDiem on: December 22, 2010 12:52:27 PM
Needle little inspiration?  Hee hee.  It was bound to happen...

Anyhow I just came across this and wanted to share!


I'm looking forward to this swap!!  Smiley
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17  Re: November 2010 Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by CraftyDiem on: December 09, 2010 08:45:09 AM
Prepare for major cuteness!!  If you are sensitive to cuteness please avert your eyes - I will not be held responsible for cuteness overload!

So apparently on my wist was something created by RhymeswOrange!  I am a HUGE fan of Sesame Street and had seen her super cute wallet and wisted it!  She found it, claimed me, and sent this:



How great is that?  I even got to pick my characters.  I love Bert and Ernie - how Ernie is always trying to play and poor Bert always trying to stay so serious.  I'm totally Ernie and poor hubby is so Bert!  Smiley  And then everybody's favorite fuzzy friend, lovable, furry, old Grover.  Smiley 

Thanks so much RhymeswOrange!  I'm hoping to get your card made today! Smiley

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18  Re: November 2010 Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by CraftyDiem on: November 28, 2010 07:22:39 PM
What a super fun gallery!  How incredibly cute is that bracelet?  And I'm in LOVE with the SHRINKY DINK button!  Great idea! 

Just wait until you see the amazing kit I got from YumJello01!!  I'm so excited to use these:

I've been wanting to make my own cute magnets for a long time and now I can.  Do you see that long letter?  It is very detailed instructions for how to make them and what each of these things is.  So cool!!!!! 

And she sent me some already made ones:

Easy to get an action shot when nothing is moving!  (But I couldn't get a good shot of them with just the white fridge background!)

I will be gone for this week but I'm hoping to make some next weekend!!!  WOO HOO!   Grin  I'll post pics as soon as I make some.  Smiley
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19  Pill wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CraftyDiem on: November 24, 2010 01:03:16 PM
So - I would like to point out that I often have a lot of things going on in my mind.  I'm not forgetful, just remembering lots of things takes a certain amount of brain power.  So that being said, I've been struggling to remember to take the medicine I need daily in order to be healthy.  I needed a pill box.  My husband gave me one but it had only six boxes, and it was plastic.  I travel a fair amount (part of the problem) and I wanted something I could throw in my purse that wouldn't make noise.  This is what I came up with...

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20  Re: Craft storage in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CraftyDiem on: November 24, 2010 12:11:38 PM
I used to work in child care and have a few of those!  They are AWESOME!!!!  And your's look great!  Mine are, ahem, not as beautifully organized looking as yours:

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