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1  Cross-Stitch Baby Gifts in Needlework: Completed Projects by firebird1919 on: August 22, 2013 08:29:46 PM
I'm at that stage in life where a lot of my friends/coworkers are having babies, so I've taken to making gifts for the expected bundles of joy. These are three that all have cross-stitched patches sewn onto them.

This is a jacket for a coworker whose son was born in February- the jacket pattern came from a book called One-Yard Wonders, and the Apple cross-stitch pattern was created from a picture using a piece of Mac software called Stitches. I made it on Aida cloth, then cropped and machine-stitched it to the jacket.
Jacket back:


For another coworker, a hooded towel with the same Apple patch for his daughter born in January. The towel pattern is from www.sew4home.com. It's big enough for a toddler to fit into.

Lastly, same towel for a friend from grad school, with a dove on the hood. Daughter expected next month!
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2  Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: October 14, 2007 06:34:31 PM
Sorry I took so long, it took a while for me to get my packages and then life sort of exploded...you know how it is...

Well, my secret craftster Frozenboogereatr sent me:

For my Medium package, two lovely crocheted scarves! I love crocheted things, especially since I can't let myself learn (tendonitis + repetitive-motion = baaaad situation). I love them both!

For my Large package, I got a "Kiss the Flutist" bag, three music buttons, and (not shown) one of those "Rock is Dead; Long Live Paper and Scissors" Craftster bumperstickers...which promptly went on my blue foot-locker-esque trunk.

Thanks, Frozenboogereatr!
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3  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: October 02, 2007 03:07:52 PM
Oh, Look, presents! ...and a ferocious cat...
(Days 12-6 for dyingtolive)

My Days 12-7 from dyingtolive under my undecorated tree- in really cute paper with fun captions on the tags!

On Day 12, "Tis the Season" day, dyingtolive gave to me:
A bunch of Christmas-y stuff! And it's all fabulous. big glittery star ornaments, pen and sticky-pad, a whole set of cookie cutters (which I needed...I'll explain later...), holiday socks!, fun gift tags, 4 etched glass ornaments- pretty! Thanks, Krystle! I hope you like yours as much as I did mine!

On Day 11, "Junk in the Trunk" day, dyingtolive gave to me:
a GIANT mish-mash of papercraft supplies! Which is fabulous because papercrafts are something I'm always wanting to try out but never get to it for one reason or another...and here it all is!
-scrapbooking paper 12x12"...35?! loose sheets and 3 packs of 6 each- everything from colors and stripes to birthday prints (my birthday was thursday) to funny birthday cats to musical-inspired- this is going to last me a while!
-tons of stickers- letters, cat stickers, musical stickers (with a flute! Where'd you find it?!), leaves and hearts, foam shapes, fun quotations, work boots....I love stickers!
-8 decoratively-edge-cut blank cards with envelopes, and 2 white with pink edging cards with envelopes- for me to dress up with all these goodies!
-a bunch of magazine pages and paper things with Chinese characters all over them- some would say it's junk, but I say it's Chinese characters, which I love but find hard to come by!
-a little box of ribbons, brads, rhinestones, and other decorative embellishments (which my cat promptly knocked off the bed...)
-3 decorative red and gold Chinese-style prints- will be going on my wall very shortly!
-a little baggie of fun blank gift tags and other such fun punchouts....mini Uno game cards?! fun!

Thanks, Krystle, this is amazing!

On Day 10, "Mmm...Mmm..." Day, dyingtolive gave to me:
9 recipes and an embroidered apron!
I LOVE the apron! I know I've seen that embroidery pattern before and liked it, just can't remember the designer's name....and the recipes sound very yummy! Though I'll have to do the chicken salad without mayo since I'm allergic....but I bet it'll work out. Thanks Krystle! Time to get cooking! And to get my brother to bend to my will with that cheesecake...muahahahaha!

On Day 9, "Stuck On You" Day, dyingtolive gave to me:
9 awesome marble magnets in a tin!
And the marbles have an iridescent finish, which I just love! They're nice and big too, perfect size for doing these. My 1/2" ones always feel too small. And I love that I got a tin with no lid, because I'm always putting things on my desk or bureau in tins but worry I'll lose the lids because I don't use them...problem solved! Thanks, Krystle, you rock!

On Day 8, "Get Crafty" Day, dyingtolive gave me:
A box full of trimmings!
Somehow I bet I can make it add up to 8, but it's way more than that. Lace, ribbon, rick-rack...all sorts of trimmings, which I never have enough of. Thanks Krystle!
(picture to follow)
On Day 7, "Crazy Day", dyingtolive gave to me:
7 things for my Cat!
That is, 5 felt catnip toys (which she loved), a "cat wand"- a stick with a long fleece ribbon to wave in front of her (endless hours of fun), and a lovely painted picture frame with my cat's name, Arwen, across the top. "Crazy Day" because my cat is CRAZY. She fits in with the rest of my household Smiley

On Day 6, "Keep In Touch" Day, dyingtolive gave me:
Six lovely notecards!
One "happy birthday", one "congratulations", and four for anytime- all lovely. Thanks!

On Day 5, "Reading Rainbow" Day, dyingtolive gave me:
Four bookmarks and a reconstructed journal!
How Krystle knew that I loved Nancy Drew books as a kid AND reading rainbow is beyond me, but she's psychic or something. She reconned the first Nancy Drew book into a blank journal for me...which I am In Love With. Along with it are four beautiful bookmarks, which I actually needed and will use quite a lot. Thanks so much!

On Day 4, "Yummy Day", dyingtolive gave me:
Two kinds of cookies and two rubber baking molds!
MMmmmm.....chocolate cookies and sugar cookies that smell DIVINE...they won't last long around here, trust me. And two rubber molds for (I think) baking a tree-shaped cake and santa-shaped mini-things. Or Jell-O molds? Or for candy? I'm lost but I think whatever they are, they're wicked awesome and will find more than one use! Thanks!

On Day 3, "Black and White Day", dyingtolive gave me:
A T-shirt, a scarf, and lip balm! The T-shirt is from a bumper sticker she saw on my wists..."Support Live Music...Kiss A Flutist"- This may be my new favorite t-shirt...sorry Zildjian shirt, you've been demoted...The scarf is wonderfully fuzzy and black and white, can't wait to use it! And I can NEVER have enough chapstick, these ones look so yummy! Thanks, you're awesome!

On day 2, "Hold Me" Day, dyingtolive gave me:
A fantastic tote bag and pouch for my business cards!
I can always use more tote bags to carry my multiple meals with me, and finally, something to hold my business cards. Thanks!

Krystle, this is fantastic! Several rubber ink stamps, several colors of ink pads, and several canisters of embossing powder, plus the heat tool and instructions. Oh man, now I can *really* get started on my papercrafts...I'll be sending a lot of cards to people this year! This is amazing!

And to top it off, I got a little birthday surprise- Chocolate and Starbursts! My life is now complete.

Thanks, Krystle, you've been such an awesome partner, I love all the stuff you've sent! Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope you enjoy your stuff just as much as I'm enjoying mine!

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4  Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: August 10, 2007 04:28:48 PM
At long last, I finally got my first package! It's a little crocheted ladybug wristlet-pouch, complete with legs. Ladybugs are my good luck charm Smiley Thanks Secret Craftster!

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5  Incognito instrument... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by firebird1919 on: July 17, 2007 07:55:59 PM
From the outside, it seems like a denim clutch purse....right?

Wrong! It's actually the cover I made for my piccolo case. Fully-lined with fun musical calico and padded for extra cushiony protection (in case I, you know, drop it or something). There's just enough room for my cleaning cloth and cork-grease to hide in there too. Snap closure.

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6  Re: Musician Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: April 01, 2007 12:30:03 PM
Well, after a looong time and the joys CanadaPost...I got my package from giggleycraft!

1. Necklace/bracelet/earring set. The necklace charms say "inspire" "love" and "create", and there are ladybugs on the earrings for good luck.

2. HUUUGE Gigantic bag for carrying my giant music folders and all the fun little things I have to take with me to rehearsal (piccolo, water bottle, flute stand, cork grease, screwdriver.....). It's been completely lined with white fabric inside and has a big pocket/divider in it so I can keep myself (sort of) organized.

Thanks so much!!! It's all fabulous!
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7  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: December 17, 2006 06:11:37 PM
Well I'm behind a few days...

Day 10: danderson gave me 10 Candy-Cane Reindeer! I was wondering why the box smelled so minty....I remember making these when I was in grade school! Oh the happiness!

Day 9: the "Official Random Stuff Day"...2 crocheted pincushions, one FQ with cats on it (squee!), 3 blocks of Sculpey, a crocheted gift bag, a jar of homemade blueberry jam, and ladybug stickers! Absolutely fabulous...especially the donut. My roomate, a crocheter, thought it was just the coolest thing ever. And since I didn't actually have any pincushions, it's perfect! Thanks!

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8  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: December 14, 2006 08:30:32 PM
So, sadly danderson was unable to get my Day 12 to me on time, so I'm jumping ahead and opening Day 11 today.

First, she sent everything in a lovely box! Yay boxes! I love boxes. She's also used really gorgeous gift tags, so I'll be including them in my post pictures.

On the 11th Day of Christmas my danderson sent to me:
11 Gift Tags! I love them, this is really quite creative of you! Thanks so much! They look like Santa's belly...hehehe! And they will go to good use. Whee!
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9  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round Six - October 2006 in The Swap Gallery by firebird1919 on: October 21, 2006 07:37:43 PM
I received my Tie-Dye kit from Miss Mermaid Strikes Back yesterday! I had to make the trek in the rainy-snow (yes, snow) to get it at the post office, but it was worth it.

There's a beautiful crocheted bag with a nice big piece of white fabric for me to dye and sew with, a white hat (fun!), three colors of dye, three squirt bottles, three pairs of latex gloves, rubber bands, a whole bunch of directions for making different tie-dye designs, some fun little marble magnets thrown in there for good measure, and a George Carlin cd (HOW did you know I love him?!!) I can't wait to get tie-dying- I'm already brainstorming plans for that fabric. Thanks so much, Miss Mermaid! And to her mom Dulcinea for helping out and mailing the package! You guys rock!
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10  Re: The Hobbit Swap (1 of 4) Sign Ups, 3rd June till 10th June in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by firebird1919 on: July 15, 2006 10:44:19 AM
H'OK, So, I received the most fabulous package from Crow Jane!

1. Throw pillow with "The Hobbit" in runes and an absoultely perfectly-cut Smaug...This will be perfect for use in my new apartment!
2. My very own Smaug! He's *sparkly* and soft and extremely well-made and I just love him!

3. "Thror's Map"- properly aged and everything! I think I may have to frame this for my wall because I just think it's the coolest thing ever. It came rolled up with a fun "Smaug's lair" maze puzzle, which I'm going to have tons of fun figuring out.

4. Elf-ears. Yes, I love the elves, and now I can be one. I burst out laughing when I pulled them out and realized what they were, and immediately put them on. Whee!

5. Green and silver leaf-beads- just like you'd find in Rivendell! I'm going to have a blast with these, I've got so many ideas for them!

6. Pipe-cleaner and puff-ball spiders and spider web. They spiders even have tiny googly-eyes. I haven't decided what to do with it yet but it's just so fun!

7. Leaf-shaped cat-toy, complete with bell inside. I'm not sure my kitty Arwen has figured out what to do with it yet, but she's an odd one...I'm sure I'll hear her playing with it when no one is looking.

Thank you so much Crow Jane!! I love everything! I just hope you like my package as much as I love this one! You rock!
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