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1  Re: Christmas Stocking round 13 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: December 14, 2017 05:10:45 PM
I received a fantastic package of goodies from Averia!  She is a truly amazing lady who stalked me well.

The entire package wouldn't fit in one photo.  Look at the elegant stocking.  How did she fit all those packages inside it?

Detail of the wreath - darling little bird nestled in pinecones, holly, and ivy.  Averia chose different luscious shades of soft flannel for this wreath and it will match any room in my home.

Averia honed in on my fetish for table runners and mugrugs, and created this gorgeous set.
  Here they are on my table. 

She sent Pecan Delights and Lindor Hazlenut Truffles, which have been shared with family.  One of my favorite Christmas symbols is the star in the night sky.  Averia sent a journal with the star motif, and a set of gel pens that will come in handy with my card making.

    So pretty

HURRAW! brand lip balm is a favorite that I don't get very often.  Ave tucked 3 flavors into the stocking.  I am now well prepared for this winter.  She made bird ornaments that are simply amazing.   Check out the detailed stitching.   They are now hanging on our tree.     


Averia, thank you so much for the wonderful pressies!  Your thoughtfulness and creativity have made my Holiday Season extra special.

Happy Holidays, everyone, however you celebrate!   
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2  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by JS on: October 15, 2017 08:13:20 AM
Brilliant pouch tutorial, thanks for sharing it.

Quilting has been on my to-learn list for eons.  I've sandwiched some projects before but not officially cut and pieced things in a quiltified way.  For a swap, I dipped my toe in and *voila*

It is supposed to be a spool that has its last bit of thread.  Far from perfect but I learned a lot and look forward to more.   

This is the inspiration: 
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3  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: October 04, 2017 06:18:27 AM

JC here ya go!  It was fun incorporating Bugaboo1's fav colors in with the scientifical math-y stuff.

I'm contemplating making a similar one for Kidlet.  He plans to study astrophysics.  Maybe the square root of infinity....
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4  Re: Pumpkin Everything Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by JS on: October 02, 2017 05:15:58 PM
I am fortunate to be the recipient of patty_o_furniture's swap package.  She sent pumpkinated stuff galore.  Grab a drink, sit back, get comfy, while you admire her craftiness.

First off, pattyo sent oodles of this gorgeous shimmery pumpkin fabric.  The light plays on the gold and green highlights.  Shades of fall colors make this extra luscious.  I am already imagining several different projects for this. 

The rest of the loot - Take a look at the hand painted banner!  Each burlap flag has a different pumpkin painted on it.  This will dress up our mantle for autumn and Thanksgiving.  There were Reese's Pumpkin shaped pb cups in a decorated bag but they *cough* disappeared.  Teenagers (Not included in the package).  pattyo sent homemade lollipops that are pumpkin shaped and have the prettiest color.   She included her recipe so we can replenish when hers are gone.  Which will be soon, thanks to teenagers.  I locked one in a cupboard for later.  (A lollipop, not a teenager.) 


There is a paper centerpiece that will brighten our table, and baking cups with a fall motif.   Check out the hand carved pumpkin stamp with curled vine detailing!  So intricate.  The coiled copper necklace amazes me.  Simple yet complex and oh so pretty.  I'm wearing it now.   Did you notice her cute pumpkin stationery?


Patty sent a super fun dice game to play while making pumpkins!  This will be an awesome family activity.  She laminated the game instructions so no spills from overenthusiastic dice rollers will destroy it.  Lately it's tough to find things that families can do together, that don't take a lot of money or complicated components.  This is perfect for all ages.  Yes, even teenagers.  (Sit them next to great aunt Myrtle and see who creates the wackiest.  Careful though - she cheats.)

Now for the jaw dropping stunner. 

Pattyo sent a PUMPKIN EVERYTHING SWAP Word Search!  Not only that, but look closely:


Patty_o_furniture, this is beyond fantastic.  Your thoughtfulness and creativity are deeply appreciated.  Thank you so much!

 In case any of you wish to work the word search puzzle for yourselves, since you're in it and all, here are a bit closer views of the top and bottom halves.  Print and tape together Smiley  Let's see how fast we can find us all!
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5  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: September 30, 2017 09:54:40 AM
Each and every mug rug in this swap is fabulous.  I love the diversity of them and the creativity of their makers.

It has been my honor to be paired with Bugaboo1.  Look at the loot she sent:
A mug rug in my favorite colors, plus souvenirs of her vacation!
First, the mug rug:
She incorporated my love of coffee mugs and teacups into not one, but two quilted cups.  I love how the fabrics she chose are intermingled into both designs.  Separate yet matching!  The slate blue fabric really  makes them pop.  There are scattered teabags, mugs, cups, coffee pots, and flowers on the binding and back.
I have never been to Hilton Head Island.  The cute tote overflowed with taffy that is quickly didsappearing.  Bugaboo1 also included a pretty postcard of Spanish moss.   It's fun learning of the Spanish moss's legend.

Bugaboo1, you spoiled me.  I love my mug rug and the extra goodies you sent.  Thank you very much!

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6  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **SU Sept 10-24; Swap closes Nov 4/17** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JS on: September 24, 2017 12:26:06 PM
Jeanne's Swap Shop

*** CLOSED ***  

Smoke free home in Ohio USA (we do have a dog)
Measurements are approximate and are in inches.

Walker/wheelchair Tote -3 points. SALE 2 Points
13.5" wide x 13" tall.  Lined, interfaced, 2 interior pockets, loop for keys/pen.

Tummy Ticklers - 2 Points
Quick release hard candy lollipop molds with sticks.  These are reusable.  Instructions and recipe included.
Animal shapes - 2 mouse heads, 2 birds, 2 cats, 2 whales, 2 rabbits.

Scrappies - 1.5 points
Assorted fabric bits for small piecings or I-Spy.  Various prints, shapes, sizes.  Over 30 pieces.


Child Aprons - 1 point each
14" wide x 17" tall.  Lined.
Choose from (L-R): Animals; Elsa; Snowman; Sisters

Child Aprons - 1 point each.  Lined.  Choose from (L-R):  Train; Country Bear; Rainbow.
Train- 14.5" wide x 19" tall; reverses to fall fabric.
Country Bear- 14x17; reverses to navy.  Rainbow- 14x17; reverses to snowman.

Larger Child Aprons (2) - 1 point each.  Lined/reversible.  17" x 21"

Wire Headband - .5 Point each
Wrap around your head and twist.  It stays in place.  Integrate into a braid, use to make a rolled bun, or use for sausage curls.  Choose from 1 or 4.  (2,3 SOLD.)

Mug Rug - .5 points
Green theme reverses to blue surfing frog.

Pedal Pads - .5 points each.  
Approx. 9" x 6".  Choose from (L - R): Yellow; Teal/pink; Navy; Pumpkin.
These go under your sewing machine pedal to keep it from dancing around the floor.  Also great for keeping a remote from sliding off a recliner's arm, an alarm clock from dancing off the dresser, or the toilet paper from rolling out of reach.

Pet Kerchief - .25 points each.  Choose from Green or Yellow.
9.5" to point x 18"wide not including ties.  Green has short ties.  Yellow has long ties.

Pillow Case - 1 point each.  Choose from (L - R):  Beige, Teal, Snowman, Angel Bear.
Beige:  Yellowish with teal border, OOP fabric (Cherished Teddies or Daisy Kingdom, I forget which one).  20" x 35".    
Teal:  OOP fabric with yellowish border.  20" x 35".  
Snowman:  21" x 34".     Angel Bear:  20"  x almost 32"

Sewing Machine Cover - 1 point
17" wide x 12" high x 7.5" deep.  This was not made by me.  It came with a sewing machine that I recently purchased at a rummage sale, and fits snugly over the plastic carrying case.

Thanks for looking at my items!
Sent - Received

Bought/Claims made by me:
    fishstix43 to JS:  Quiltmaking Book: 1 point. (10/2)
    sheepBlue to JS:  Crayola Model Magic - White - 1 pt (10/13)
    Smeddley to JS:  Kitty Mug Rug (R) - 0.5 pnts; "Slightly Larger Blue Bun Bun"-0.25 pnts; Fat Quarter (left flannel)- 0.25 pts. (1 point) (11/3)

Sold/Claims from my shop:
  JS to RaraAvis: Pedal Pads- Teal/pink & Navy-Total 1 point (10/1) - mailed 9/25
  JS to kayrun: Taglet (.5pt) + Small Taglets - (.5 for both) = 1 pt total (10/2) -mailed 9/27
   JS to RaraAvis: Wire Headbands #2 & #3-Total 1 point (11/2) -mailed 10/27

Starting Points: 3  
   (+) Earned Points +3
   (-)  Spent Points  -3
Pending: 0
Current: 0


Thanks for all the fun!

Wish list:  glasses case/keeper, things with unusually patterned sheep, note cards, tags, artwork

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7  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by JS on: September 12, 2017 05:04:09 AM
That's a lot of tissue holders!  Everyone has been busy bees. 

For a recent swap, I made a quilted wall hanging (first time!) from stash.  It is supposed to look like a spool that is running out of thread.  The swap theme was pumpkin everything.

This was the inspiration (something found online - no clue who made it):   
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8  Re: Pumpkin Everything Swap SU 8/18 to 8/27 Send Out by Oct 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JS on: September 08, 2017 07:55:30 AM
I simply must share -- I perused the company that sells the Pumpkin Spice deodorant (Native) and ended up ordering some for my sons who are into "deodorant but not antiperspirant" and naturalish things.  I was tickled to receive this email:

J, Your Package Has Shipped!

Your bar of Native Deodorant was gently pulled by our team of experts and placed on a gold-trimmed pillow stuffed with the finest fibers known to man. Then, a team of six inspectors examined your deodorant under a magnifying glass, ensuring it was in perfect condition.

Once the inspection was complete, our veteran polisher (he was previously employed at the Tower of London, where he was responsible for polishing the Queens jewels) polished it as a quiet hush fell over the warehouse. This package is getting shipped to J, he whispered. Take good care of it.

We hope you had a wonderful time shopping at Native. In celebration, we have placed your name on our wall under the title Worlds Best Customer and assigned you a dedicated parking spot right upfront. Weve also hired a pilot to skywrite J Rocks! above the Golden Gate Bridge. Thank you for supporting Native!

If you have any questions about your package, please email us at support@nativecos.com.

As if that weren't enough to make you love being a customer, this note was in the package that arrived today: 

DH and I are still chuckling lol.  He wants to park in that reserved parking spot lol.
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9  Re: Junker Jane Style Dolls - July 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by JS on: August 21, 2017 06:24:29 PM
Wonderful dolls!  Yeah, there is something about these that makes them loveable...maybe it is because we see a bit of ourselves in them...I just love how each person adds personality with the choice of embellishments...

Can't wait to see more!

Absolutely true, they are all loveable.  It is amazing how each one of these creations is so different and loaded with personality!  All of them are fantastic.

Sharalee made me an exquisite witch!  Check out the stash she sent. 
In addition to the hand sewn dolly, cape, and hat, there are 5 fabrics, some beautiful embroidery floss in green and in multicolors, and a bag of charms, cogs, buttons, and trinkets.  She wrote a sweet note on a lovely card.

Here is her handiwork up close: 


I love her little pumpkin necklace and the pumpkin charm on her skirt.  Sharalee chose a zipper for the mouth and implemented a feather into the eye area  - so creative!
Look at the detailed stitching on the cape

As if the doll, fabrics, and embroidery threads weren't enough, Sharalee sent these pretties

Thank you very much, Sharalee!  I love every stitch and detail, and the extras have spoiled me.  It has been an honor to be your partner.
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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 134 (February 2017) in The Swap Gallery by JS on: April 15, 2017 06:25:25 PM

The mail carrier brought a box of goodies from our darling rscowtown!  And oh mylanta did she ever spoil me!  Check out these goodies - a huge bolt of Insul-Brite to make potholders, etc; beautiful knit items; and an adorable book of felt monsterlings to make!

She knit these using a variegated yarn with different purple hues.  The photos do not do them justice.  Beautiful and so soft.  *purrr*

Look at these gorgeous fingerless gloves!  Go ahead, be jealous, it's okay.


Oops, the book is backwards lol.  There are lots of ideas in its covers.

I love the versatility of the tube.  *Pose*  It can be a hat, a neck warmer/cowl, or a rolled up ear warmer.  With all the different colors, I can have multiple looks to match a bunch of outfits.


Kidlet helped tie the scarf into a fashionable mode.  *Strikes another pose*


I am beyond thrilled with these goodies!  Laurel, it means so much to have something made by your own hands, and I really appreciate the Insul-brite and cute felt monster book.  They will keep me busy with many projects.  Thank you very much!!!
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