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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by handmadewithlove on: June 06, 2013 08:34:43 PM
I had a lovely partner for the Easter basket swap in the early Spring and she suggested we do a personal swap for our birthdays.  She sent some very special items for my birthday last month and I loved it all.  Thank you, sarahelise for everything, you are such a thoughtful person.

I asked for a lightweight Spring scarf in an open, lacey pattern and look what she created.  I recently moved a little further north, so I still get to wear this scarf at night. I hope the photo does the yarn color justice---it's the perfect butter meets a daffodil shade of yellow.

It is long, so I can wear it many different ways

Close-up of the lacey pattern

She also made a drawstring bag out of a beautiful Spring fabric.  This is the second drawstring bag she has made for me and her patience with threading the drawstring is amazing to me.  I like these bags for projects on the go when I travel. I am in love with the gingham ribbon!  

Here it is lying flat

See how much it holds?! Very roomy.

Finished off with a cute zigzag stitch in light pink thread

Finally, she made a darling little crochet flower pin.  This accessory has shown up all over my wardrobe in the last month.  I have pinned it to a change purse, headbands, my shirt, and on and on.  It really is so versatile and I love things that are both pretty and functional.

On a headband

On a change purse

Thanks sarahelise for a wonderful package.  You are talented in so many areas!

I am sending your June birthday package out this weekend.  Smiley
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2  Re: One Little Pincushion swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by handmadewithlove on: April 18, 2013 12:31:48 PM
Hi, pincushion swappers! So many creative pincushions are being posted! As my partner said, I dropped her pincushion off at her house, where mine was waiting for me. It was very fun!

Here is my wonderful pincushion in a teacup---the 3D felting work is amazing! I am so impressed she can make animals and trees!

Look at the details, see the little mushroom and the rocks

The best part is all this creative cuteness is sitting in a lovely, vintage teacup---it even has the crackled glaze thing going on, which I find so charming.

This little guy will sit in his teacup, on top of my sewing table, and preside over his crafty kingdom for a long, long time.

Thank you, Perfectly Bohemian, I love it!
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3  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2-Gallery in The Swap Gallery by handmadewithlove on: March 13, 2013 08:14:57 PM
I am ready to share my amazing swap package! All the items are crafted in the perfect color scheme, so my partner has excellent cyber-stalking skills---though, she got everything so right, I am not fully convinced she did not drive halfway across the country and peak into my windows. Lol!  My partner and I agreed to extra crafting for each other.

Let me say in advance I am no photographer, so these photos do not portray how beautiful the items are.

Here is how everything looked right out of the shipping box:

I will start with the hand crafted items:

Two red and aqua patchwork baskets.  I have recently become obsessed with the red and aqua color scheme and have been thinking of this scheme for the guest room, and these baskets are a great inspirational jumping off point! Plus, she worked in polka dots, a favorite of mine!

Two soy candles, made in Mikasa "coventry" teacups---with the most delicate handles little handles.  I would love to drink my tea out of these teacups, if I ever work up the courage to burn the candles.

A crochet project bag, which I have desperately wanted. This bag looks and functions exactly the way I wanted it to.  I love the drawstring! I received this today and then got to use it this evening at a broomstick lace class I attended.  This bag holds an amazing amount---tonight I had two skeins of yarn, my crochet needle pouch, a notebook, keys, phone, and there was still room to purchase two more skeins of yarn at the class and tote them home.

Here is a view from the front.

Here is a view from the side (the mustard color paisley fabric is beautiful---paisley print, another favorite).

A Spring-themed table runner, which I also had at the very top of my wishlist.  This one is reversible, so it will be getting a lot of use. Here it is folded over so you can see what both fabrics are.

One side has a chevron print in Spring colors (my love of chevron print fabrics runs so deep, my partner told me it actually rubbed off on her during the swap Smiley). My ceramic Easter bunnies like how they look sitting on this table runner. See the pink pom pom trim?  It is such a cute embellishment.

The very sophisticated floral print side of the table runner.  I admitted to having a slight obsession with linen and the background of this fabric is a cream linen. I am already building a Mother's Day brunch tablescape around this runner. What beautiful, soft colors!

A granny square style crochet pincushion from my wish list, though this one looks like a cupcake and is much cuter than any of the ones I pinned.  Also, some tiny little knitted eggs---love that these can be re-used over and over.

Here is the underside of the pincushion:

A different angle on the front of the pincushion:

Probably the sweetest thing in the history of swapping----two bandanna bibs for my best friend, who just delivered her twin girls six weeks early.  This was above and beyond thoughtful! The bibs are made of pink floral flannel on the front and have brown fleece on the back. The card my partner sent is standing in the background and if you look very closely, you can see a chevron print bunny in the very center!!!!

Now, for some extras!

A "Welcome" sign that is already hanging up outside.  My house is painted yellow, so this is a perfect match.  I listed vintage Easter as something I liked and I was so happy to receive something in that theme.

A polka dot tin and an egg-shaped box with a vintage Easter scene.  These had candy inside!

A handkerchief that is lovely and very special, and a pack of cute tissues (which is handy, since I don't know whether I can bring myself to use the handkerchief, as it is one of the more beautiful ones in my collection)

Thank you, sarahelise, for making my first swap so special---you were a wonderful partner.  I can feel the time, attention, and thought you put into every item.  This is the best Spring ever!!!

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4  Baby shower for twin girls in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by handmadewithlove on: February 08, 2013 07:26:19 PM
I made the decorations and favors for a baby shower at the end of January.  The baby shower was for an expectant mommy of two twin girls, and she selected a "non-traditional" color scheme of aqua, gray, and coral for the nursery.  This was such a fun color palette to work with!

I incorporated the nursery fabrics and colors into the decorations, in hopes she would be able to reuse the decorations in the nursery.

I made 42 felt poufs in various sizes, and strung them into garlands.  The nursery fabric had large-scale flowers and birds, so I cut out about 25 of the motifs to hang on the garland, and place on the food table to further incorporate all the colors.

For the favors, I made heart-shaped sugar cubes (to go with the "sugar and spice and everything twice" theme) and packaged them in small canning jars. To stay consistent, I topped the jars with fabric circles cut out of the polka dot nursery fabric, and tied on layered flower tags with baker's twine in shades of gray, aqua, and coral.

Now for the really fun part, the gift! I sewed up two fabric bins out of the nursery fabrics and then filled them with items off the registry.  Each bin was about 9 in. x 11 in. x 8 in., with a handle on each side, and little window on the front for a label (I used a heavy-duty sheet protector I had at home, but you could purchase vinyl off the roll).  I lined one bin with an aqua ikat fabric and the other with the same polka dot fabric I used on the favors.

Here they are all ready to be wrapped.....

And here are a few shots of them in progress...

I loved how these bins turned out, but they were such a challenge to make, I am not sure I would make them again! Lol!  

I used some leftover fabric scraps to make a nesting ball for the new mom to hang in a tree, so the little birds will have some very tasteful fabric scraps to weave into their nests. Ha ha! Thanks PerfectlyBohemian for giving me the advice to break out some of the grapevine, or I would have never been able to get the fabric scraps to fit.  

Thanks for looking!
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5  First time making baby burp cloths and ribbon tag stuffed toy in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by handmadewithlove on: February 07, 2013 08:09:05 PM
I sewed up two baby burp cloths and a little stuffed lion to welcome Baby Lillian back in December. Her parents selected pink and brown for her nursery colors, so I went with that color scheme.

For the burp cloths, I wrapped store-bought cloth diapers in cotton flannel, leaving about an inch border of the flannel to be seen all around the front. If there was ever a time to pre-shrink fabrics in the washer and dryer before sewing, it was for this project.  The cotton diapers shrank a tremendous amount and the cotton flannel shrank quite a bit, as well. I liked a lot of cotton quilting fabrics, better than the cotton flannel, but I read somewhere that flannel is good for a burp cloth because it is more absorbent and does not slide off your shoulder like regular cotton fabrics can.  The new parents said these burp cloths worked well, so I guess cotton flannel was an okay choice. Smiley

For the lion, I cut out two flannel circles from the scraps I had left from making the burp cloths, folded coordinating ribbons in half to make a mane, embroidered a lion face, put in a little poly fil and stitched it up---most of the ribbon I used for the mane was left over from a bridal shower I hosted over 5 years ago (I am such a craft supply hoarder. Lol!).

Oh, and a little crochet hat to match.

It is so fun to craft for babies!

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6  Heart Garland in Crochet: Completed Projects by handmadewithlove on: February 07, 2013 07:32:39 PM
I am getting into the Valentine's Day spirit by hanging a garland of small hearts I crocheted from yarn scraps.

I strung all the small hearts onto baker's twine and hung one garland from the fireplace mantle and a smaller garland over the doors of a china cabinet.

I really like the variety of colors, so these garlands just might stay up past Valentine's Day and transition into Spring! Lol!

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7  Framed Cross-Stitch Patterns for Birthday Gifts in Needlework: Completed Projects by handmadewithlove on: February 07, 2013 07:10:40 PM
I recently finished two cross-stitch patterns and had them framed for birthday gifts.

Hummingbirds and flowers for my grandmother's 92nd birthday

and a bicycle with the words, "It's all about the journey" for my mother's 60th birthday

Happy Birthday, special ladies!  Smiley
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