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11  Re: Frugal Living 2: Return of the Cheap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: May 10, 2010 04:35:33 PM
I just got mink_bikini's package, and WOW! She did an amazing job on the stuff she sent! I am so thrilled with everything.

I opened my package and found this cozy bundle.

Oh look! Cuteness!

Teeny leather bound book necklace. From my wists, as were a bunch of these goodies. Like this:

Cassette tape pouch! Soooo cute! Oh, look what's inside:

Eee! A teeny tiny granny square necklace (love!) and  some pretty poppy barrettes.

Pretty plaid covered-button bobby pins. Love 'em!

Emma made two of these gorgeous buttony throw pillow covers. Soooo pretty! I love them! Her workmanship is amazing, too!

And a super-cozy and soft crocheted pillow cover. Nice!

One of my frugal goals listed in this swap was to be better at planning meals and avoid eating out. Emma put together a wonderful meal planning notebook.

She also included a meals blackboard so everyone in the family will know what we're eating each day.

Thanks Emma! You were such an attentive, thoughtful, and high-quality swap partner. I really appreciate all the thought and work you put into each of these amazing items.
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12  Re: Gingerbread Hogwarts in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by yardenxanthe on: January 05, 2010 02:11:39 PM
Wow! That's crazy! You did a ton of work!

 Here, I was a nerd and I cut & pasted your pics here.

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13  Little Lowes Houses in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by yardenxanthe on: January 01, 2010 05:16:33 PM

I'm sure I'm not really a contender, but I had a great time making gingerbread houses this year! This was the first time I'd ever made gingerbread from scratch (instead of using either a readymade house kit, or graham crackers). I mixed up the gingerbread with my preschoolers one day, and baked it another day (actually, my husband rolled it out and made the house templates and components, which was awesome because I was kind of intimidated to come up with a template, and also, it made the project more do-able to tag team it). We made two tiny houses with templates taken from the measurements of these little wooden houses we made with the boys at Lowes (the home improvement store) at their build & grow clinic.

Each boy got to decorate a house. But they're so small they pretty much just hung out with me while I did it and they ate candy. Heh. We used a bunch of candy we got in bulk from Winco (plus some other random stuff I had on hand).

I'm only posting a pic of the first house we did, in keeping with the "one entry" thing.

My 3 year-old starting the project out strong. He even put some icing on the house.

Here's the house after his contributions. He then ate candy for about thirty minutes (and he even got sick of that!) but it was fun to have him standing there while I covered every exposed inch of gingerbread with candy. Fun!

The walkway was made with candy rocks and lemonheads and cherryheads.

The roof was made with those old lady stripey hard candies (the kind that are always stuck together when they're left in a bowl... I think they had that scene in Coraline.) I love the licorice mix that I used for random parts of the house (the round pastel with black dot ones, and the 3-part striped squares). It tastes awesome - a barely black licorice flavor along with chocolate or coconut or orange (depending on the color). I love black licorice, but that stuff is good in a different way.

Oh yeah, that's a chimney and the white thing is Santa standing on the roof.

Here's the back of the house that took on a Halloweeny feel thanks to the leftover candy corn from halloween paired with the black licorice.

Here's my two year-old surveying the house. I made gingerbread boys with the leftover scraps of gingerbread (they looked very bumpy/bad, but the royal icing helped a bit!). You can see that the house was pretty small...about six inches tall.

Anyway, it was fun to make! Thanks for letting me share pics with you!
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14  Re: Star Wars Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: November 03, 2009 07:55:06 PM

Here's my new baby Gideon with his awesome Star Wars onesies... thanks again the_trademarks... I will keep trying to get a pic of the Boba Fett t-shirt... sorry -- things have been crazy w/having the baby and adjusting to taking care of 3 littles!
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15  Re: " I can't wait till fall" swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: October 06, 2009 04:52:38 PM
woodland_faerie totally spoiled me!!!! Look at this great stuff!

I LOVE corduroy, and I LOVE brown! She made me an adorable little applique apple bag, and a Mai Tai baby carrier!!! Just in time for my 3rd son, who is supposed to be born this Saturday! He's gonna be such a cute fall baby in this carrier!!! Love it love it!

Look at this awesome apple clock!! It's so cool! I love it! We are moving in a month or so, and I can't wait to figure out which room it will go in! It's so cute!

And here are some piratey extras for my sons! We love pirates, so this is great!!

She also sent me some fall leaf cookie cutters (thank you so much - I am excited about those - I totally love cookie cutters!) and some warm drink yummies!

Thank you so much Erin!! You rock. You totally got me!
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16  Make an Atomic Starburst out of Recyclables in CHALLENGE 43 ENTRIES by yardenxanthe on: October 01, 2009 09:38:11 AM

I love a good starburst, and especially love the mid-century look of the George Nelson Ball Clock, which inspired my entry. I used drinking straws along with recycled milk jug lids to make this playful decoration, which would be a cute addition to a kid's room or playroom ( milk lids attached to the ends of the straws remind me of Tinker Toys!), or your room if you like bright colors! This would also be so cute as a clock, just add a clock-making kit to your materials list (or tear up a dollar store clock and attach it to your styrofoam disc).

We always have drinking straws on hand, and I have this recycled stuff hoarding problem (it's all for crafting, I promise!), so I was super excited to use up some of my milk lids. I have a few more ideas for milk lids, but sometimes the ideas are more plentiful than the time to carry them out (did I tell you I'm having a baby on 10/10?). The idea for this project was simple, but the materials provided me with a medium challenge in making it work!

I had everything on hand I needed for this project, but you might need to pick up one or two things to make it work for you. You'll need about an hour to put it all together. (I included foam stickers in my supplies photo because I thought I was going to incorporate them into the design, but I ended up not using them).

Project Estimate:

    * 5" Styrofoam disc, 2 for $1
    * Drinking straws, big package for $1 or on hand
    * 12 recycled milk lids, on hand
    * A piece of scrapbooking paper, on hand
    * Hot glue, on hand

Total: $.50 and up

Preparing Your Supplies:

Milk Lids: If your family drinks as much milk as ours does, it won't take too long to save up enough lids for this project. If they don't, you can use juice lids, soda bottle lids, wooden discs, or round game pieces (like checkers!). If you don't use any of these things, ask a friend to save them for you, or raid a public recycling bin (like at school, work, etc). If you go with milk or other food lids, be sure to wash them very well in hot, soapy water, and let them dry thoroughly before you begin. You can paint the lids in any color, if you like.

Straws: If you have bendy straws, cut them off at the bendy part.

Styrofoam Disc: Trace the disc on the wrong side of the scrapbooking paper and cut it out. Glue it to the disc. I used Elmer's glue.

Use a pencil to poke 12 holes in the side of your disc. I drew a grid on the back of the disc to help me space the holes.

Gluing plastic to plastic:

Drinking straws will melt and warp if you use a hot temp glue gun, and possibly even with a low temp gun. I put a dot of glue on the milk cap, let it cool for a second, and then held the uncut end of the straw up to the glue dot for 15-20 seconds to help it set.

Once the "lollipops" are made, attach them to the disc:

Hot glue will melt styrofoam as well, and any ensuing fumes aren't healthy! To avoid this problem, squirt a glob of hot glue on the other end of the straw, and allow it to cool somewhat, about five seconds. Stick it into the hole in your disc, and hold it there for 15-20 seconds to help it set.
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17  Re: Star Wars Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: September 19, 2009 09:15:15 AM
Here are a few pics... I don't have my good camera right now, and my 3yo won't stand still at all for them... I will post more when I can take them!

This is the awesome R2D2 shirt made for my 2nd son! It's so cute! Both boys love it.

Thank you so much the_trademarks! I promise I will post more pics asap!!
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18  Re: 50 States Block Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: September 17, 2009 10:36:56 PM

Here's my last block - Missouri with the Tom Sawyer fabric.
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19  Re: 50 States Block Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: September 03, 2009 09:39:58 PM
Oregon is super green...at least on the west side - lol.  You know what I think of, other than Crater Lake & jet boating down the Rogue River is the Pendleton store.  I went there once & unfortunately I was broke at the time or I would have gotten way more, but they had remnants of wonderful Pendleton wool!  And the remnants were like 1-3+ yards.  I still have some & was going to use a skirt I love (but is terribly pilled & stretched out) as a pattern to make a skirt or two.  And maybe a newsboy cap.  I wish I had an excuse to get back over there.  SIGH...

Sorry for the detour.   Grin

The Pendleton store is awesome. I went there last week to get some supplies for another swap, and they were out of something I really wanted, so I'm going back there tomorrow. I'm pretty sure I could spend a fortune in that store!!

I've been super careful up until now, but I guess sewing a 2nd round of blocks in one day did me in... CraftFail!

Oops! I did this to three of my blocks. Hello, seamripper.

And I have 2 versions of this block because the thrift store purple fabric I bought wasn't quite enough.

Here's version 2.

I chose the blue fabric (it has like dandelions on it) because it reminded me of all the wildflowers in Colorado plus it also reminded me of snowflakes. The white has grey trees on it, which reminded me of winter in CO, and the purple reminds me of the Rockies.

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20  Re: 50 States Block Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yardenxanthe on: September 03, 2009 05:47:02 PM
So it definitely looks like the Montana & the Oregon blocks have the same main fabric! Smiley

The main fabric really looks a lot like Oregon (reminds me of Crater Lake). The 2nd fabric is green because when I think of Oregon, I think of GREEN! And the 3rd fabric is kind of funny but I guess a lot of people in Oregon hunt (and it coordinated w/the other fabrics)... altogether the block is a little more rural than I wanted, but it was so hard to pick fabrics for my home state!!
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