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1  Re: The FABulous Gallery - Fill A Box Swap in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: December 11, 2008 11:52:24 AM

Here are so super cool things I received from CatarinaU!

First up, she made me a crochet "market bag"! I love it, it's gonna be perfect for carrying clothes back and forth from school and traveling! It hold so much stuff! I went through my hamper and stuffed a bunch of clothes in there and its still not full! There are two pictures because I think the bottom is so cool looking! :]


Next was this amazing crochet hat! The color combo and button detail is my favorite part! To be quite honest with you I rarely wear hats, but I LOVE this one and will be wearing it excessively! She also sent a matching set of crochet goodies, a headband, coin purse and iPhone cozy! So cool! :]


Catrina sent some really cool jewelry and this amazingly cute ornament from Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer [I think! I haven't seen that movie in forever so I could be wrong]. What is he made of?


She also sent these two gorgeous pendants, the tree of life one is totally cool in its freeform and organic-ness. Haha. Basically I love it! And the crochet one is gorgeous as well, I like how it caves in! Now I just need to find a cord to put it on and I'm set!

THIS IS WHAT MADE THE PACKAGE SMELL SO GOOD! Soaps and lotions. Really though they smell amazing, especially the brownish one! You can see the jar of lotion in the background!

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2  dragon scarf + robot scarf in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by lamamarco on: December 11, 2008 08:04:50 AM


I made this dragon scarf for a swap partner's son recently and she received so I thought I'd post pictures :] He is made out of fleece scraps I had leftover from making my brother a dinosaur costume a fews years ago, buttons for the eyes and nose, and felt for the teeth. It was fairly simple to make, and I am pretty happy with the final result although I suspect if I made another things might improve. In fact, I might even say he was cute!


That same partner also has another son who I thought deserved a scarf as well. Haha. He was more into robots so I ran with that. Using more of the left over fleece, fabric scraps and double sided fusible web I made a little robot applique patch thing and sewed it onto the fleece. That sounds way more complicated than it was.


What do you think?
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3  Re: The FABulous Gallery - Fill A Box Swap in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: December 11, 2008 07:52:52 AM
My partner CatrinaU received and asked if I would post pictures... so here's part of what I sent, I forgot to take pictures of a few things.

Anyway. She has three boys so I decided to make them gifts as well! Instead of wrapping them up I put their presents in drawstring bags so they can be reused for little toys and what not. Each one is based on their favorite colors and obviously their name, haha. For Timmy I made a robot scarf! Niko got a dragon scarf. And last but not least I made Adrian a soft yellow blankie out of t-shirt-y material. I read that he likes to steal yellow t-shirts out of his dresser and sleep with them, so voila!



For Catrina, I made a tote for her to carry around crochet projects and a matching hook case, but sadly I didn't get a picture of that, I hope you liked it Catrina!


I also included store bought toys for the boys and two knit dishcloths made with this pattern.

i am going to pick up my package in a few minuted when the PO opens, hee hee!
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4  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: October 10, 2008 02:50:48 PM

I received my last package from tattooedcrafter this week! She sent ribbons and some yarn in great colors, very earthy!

And last night I was able to put together my scarf! I absolutely love it!

I knew I didn't want such a long scarf [I prefer much shorter ones] so I cut each yarn in half and then assembled it. I also added some of my own yarns... and a few lengths of single crochet... there was a scarf on Craftster where she had done that so I stole the idea!

Oh and I received so much green and blue that it was a little overwhelming for my "earth-y" scarf so I decided to make two... the other one is currently in progress! TWO for the price of one! :]

On to the pictures! :] :] :]

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5  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 38 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: October 10, 2008 02:40:19 PM
I'm glad you like them addicted2knitting, they were fun to make although my fingertips are still all poked up! Thankfully I never jabbed myself hard enough to bleed. I refuse to use a thimble!

Here's what I got from Kartiana! She sent me the most gorgeous crocheted pendant and two paris of matching earrings! I absolutely adore the colors that she used and i must say she did an amazing job crocheting with wire! [I know it was a pain Kartiana!]

Thank you so much, I already wore the necklace out and got compliments! :]
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6  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: October 04, 2008 08:51:05 PM
I've gotten 2 more packages in the last few days.... wanna see what I got?!?!

From grieney...
Some fabulous blues + a bunch of awesome textures that are gonna look cool in my scarf!

From itsinmynature....
Great colors, I must say that the orange on is my fav!

Thank you both so much! :]
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7  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by lamamarco on: October 01, 2008 02:09:13 PM
I've received from hngoodlett and bperry042!

Look at the gorgeous yarns hngoodlett sent! All of them are such pretty fall-ish jewel tones! :]

Here is what bperry042 sent! :] Such cool textures and colors.

Thank you both! I am gonna stop by the PO tonight to see if there are any more packages for me! :]

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8  Re: oh so pretty beaded necklaces! (new ones on page 5!) in Crochet: Completed Projects by lamamarco on: July 18, 2008 02:52:02 PM

Thank you for posting these, and for the info on how you made them. If it were not for you I would have been very very very bored yesterday!

Here is my post with more info and pictures!
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9  b+w beaded & crocheted necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lamamarco on: July 18, 2008 02:51:08 PM

After seeing crafty_dame's post [link below] and beautiful necklaces, I knew I had to try it!

So I did it yesterday, its not hard at all and produces, really nice results. Plus its something you can pick up and put down. I started it after dropping off my car to get something that was recalled replaced and finished it after I picked up my car. Overall it doesn't take a lot of time, but then again I used pretty dang big beads, no seed beads for me!

Since you string the beads on first I ended up with less "chain" so its a bit tighter around my neck that I prefer, but oh well, the next one will be better! I used black crochet cotton, recycled black and white beads and an old clasp and extender chain off a broken necklace.

On to the pictures!

Comments? Criticisms?

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10  My room + craftspace [V 2.0] REALLY VERY EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lamamarco on: July 15, 2008 11:06:04 PM
Its really hard to post something on Craftster when you have a hell of a time organizing the pictures, random things on your computer stop working, the internet is INCREDIBLY slow because your brother is downloading music and movies nonstop and when you ask him to fix something he closes out of the browser with your half typed post!


Well this week my brother decided to move his room around so I got itchy to do the same.... I ended up not moving too many pieces of furniture around but rather a mega organizing overhaul. I really like to move my furniture around, like a lot. But it seems like I get to do it less and less seeing as how I am beginning to stumble on the perfect set up [using what available to me] The biggest thing for me is keeping my room area and craft area relatively separate. I just seem to work better like that. I think I've done a pretty good job of that, don't you think? And I must say I love the new organizing, its much easier to get supplies, clean them up and see what I have. There is now a place to organize all the paper and thing-a-ma-bobs I save for collaging [still have to organize those, but its all set up!], I have a place to store WIP's and my pegboard is better suited to my needs. Bliss.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and maybe gain a bit of inspiration or happiness. I know that my room might not to be to everyone's tastes but for now, it's perfect for me. I am grateful for what I have. As you can tell I tend to gravitate towards bright + fun colors and childish things. Haha. However much I wish I could have a sleek, simplistic, modern room, that's just not me. I am WAY to much of a packrat.


Here is the view as you walk in. Yeah my walls are painted lime green, I think its called Key Lime and from Behr. Yeah its kinda "in your face" but I've gotten used to it and it makes me happy :] Anyway, I use this little desk to throw stuff on as I walk in my door [purse, keys, phone] and to organize papers/mail/school stuff I might need later on or want to save.

Honestly the three magazine organizers are a life saver and probably the biggest improvement to my room this round. There are three categories, personal, school, and sports. I get a lot of swimming ribbons, hence the sports folder. And yeah bulletin board, self explanatory . The black boxes hold random electronic stuff, and the purple basket is full of little bags, coin purses, etc. Then there are my journals/sketchbooks/collage book thing-y and my camera.


So here would be my bed. I must admit, I'm not crazy about the bedding and have half thought out plans in my head for a duvet cover of some sort. Yes my bed is on the ground, I removed the frame this week and plan on getting small risers to keep it low. My nightstand if you can even call it that is a few of those bubble cubes so popular a few years back. The top just hold some money, my glasses, remotes and the like. Oh and handy dandy Febreeze. The next cube has my knitting and change jar. Under that is my swim stuff..... bag, suits, goggles and all that jazz. And my cute little fishy hamper has a few random skeins if yarn + the plastic bag yarn I made.

P.S. I know I spelled "persuits" wrong, its fixed now. I knew it looked kinda funny.

This picture gives a better idea of my bed "nook". I painted that wall with magnetic paint and has been quite fun to play with, I have your average assortment of magnets plus those kiddy alphabet ones and magnetic poetry. Fun when you are bored and lazy!

A close op of random jars that I like to keep, would that be a collection? See my little owl salt and pepper shakers?

And here is shelf number two! The purple box holds manuals and cords for my iPod and graphing calculator.... the lavender was a graduation gift from my Aunt. oh and the silver think you see is a lamp, its nice and bright so I can just have that on at night when I am journaling or whatnot in my bed. Then there is my eraser collection [I love erasers]a nd office supplies [tacks, post its, magnets].

What's that funny thing hanging under the shelf? I used a dowel and hung it under the shelf using loops made from ribbon and flat tacks.... There are a few soccer medals on it plus a lanyard, friendship bracelet, graduation tassel and grad night id badge. I hang different stuff on it periodically.

And here is another new addition, the "inspiration line". Lots of random papers, bits of things, fabric , blah blah blah. I used to hang things on my walls with tacks but after realizing that it probably wasn't a good idea when you change things up every few weeks I switched to tape, but I like this much better and so do my walls. Yes that's a shirt and bikini bottom hanging up there. They are there to remind me to do what I am supposed to, eat well and exercise. My mom was in an accident while on a trip so we spent a week in a different town eating at the hospital... In a matter of week I put on ten pounds and its kinda just snowballed to 15 since then. So its my reminder to accomplish my goal.

A few of my favorite things.


Cd shelf with DVD's, CD's and other random office-y things. Sudoku books anyone? Then there is my TV and Madge aka the dressform. Right now she is wearing part of a dress I am trying to work on but need help. Wanna help me?
You can see how that shelf has changed!

Here is the afore mentioned shelf in all its glory! I must say that those ever so popular wire rolling shelves are perfect for crafty rooms, they hold a ton of stuff and are sturdy.

Because I don't have a close up of the first shelf I ill point out everything in this picture. Sewing machine, shoe boxes holding WIP's [I even labeled them!], Dremel, and iron! Anybody have any fun crafts to do with a Dremel?

The top holds knitting needles [they were my great grandma's and were given to me by my grandma] which are hiding behind the plastic boxes of pom-poms, ribbons, bias tape, felt and thread. My buttom making machine and all the supplies for that are also up there.

The middle shelf is paper crafting and collage stuff. The black thing is gonna hold all my clippings, papers, etc for collaging once I sort them all. The "Cuties" box hold acrylic paints + paintbrushes and the box under that hold tempera paint. [I had to make 678567849 posters for yearbook last year] And finally there is a stack of magazines, a label maker and a box for 3D collage materials.

And the bottom shelf, this is probably why you all are going to think I am crazy. I have been obsessively collecting plastic bags for quite some time now and have amassed a pretty good sized collection. So I folded them and organized them by color and then out them in plastic tubs. Yeah. So much easier to find colors and specific types of bags..... I use them for plastic yarn and I've been experimenting with fusing them. :] Its fun, try it!

Here is the entire crafty side of my room. Sorry about the weird lighting, the sun shines right into my room as it sets.

A better view of the actually crafty parts. I used to have a huge desk, but I found i just left a huge mess on it and used it to store stuff. So a smaller desk forces me to be more organized and aware of how I craft. Since I use it as my computer table as well, as soon as I am done crafting I have to clean up if I want to get on the computer. It works!

The rolled up thing between the shelving and the desk is my rotary mat, I got a really really really good deal on a huge one at some holiday sale. And the white hamper in front of it holds my scraps of all sizes. When I'm not feeling too creative its fun to dig through there and play with the fabrics. :]


On the left side of the pegboard I keep my zippers, embroidery thread, beads, pin cushions and sewing box [on the shelf]. There is also scissors, embroidery hoops, circular knitting needles, rotary cutter and guide and tape. I kinda just organized and laid it out based on how my mind works... so it might look a bit funny to you!

On the right side shelf I keep my button organizer and glues and hanging there is jewelry making stuff, Creative Memories paper cutters, paper shelves for non scrapbooking paper [patterned and solid], and computer cords.


Here is the scrapbooking + stamping shelf. Or bookcase? At the very top there are stamps and markers, Sharpies, colored pencils and the like. The first shelf down has paper cutters, scrapbooking pens, drawers [shape punches, stamp pads, and random stickers] and acrylic stamp blocks.

Middle shelf holds albums, pages and unopened paper packs.

And finally the last shelf holds the paper organizer, patterned paper organizer, letter sticker organizer, idea binder, die-cut organizer, sticker binders....

And since I also live in this room, my closet holds my clothes.... the bar is sagging, because I took out the bottom bar and managed to squeeze everything onto on bar. In doing so I was able to put my dresser and another small bookcase in there for more crafting space! The dresser obviously holds more clothes and the shelf has school/reference books and a bunch of school stuff, binders, calculator, etc. Oh AND there is a bin of flip flops, haha. What kind of Californian would I be without 590245923485 pair of flip flops. ;] Stereotypes, ugh. I've had pen pals ask me if I meet celebrities all the time because I live in California. California doesn't equal Hollywood.

Moving on, my crazy lamp with purses hanging on it. And the best part yet! FABRIC, yummm. Pretty self explanatory yes? :] Oh and the swimming awards. I'm not a good swimmer, its just these past few years all the girls in my age group were worse, haha. Not so much anymore.

close up of fabric, who doesn't love fabric? Its funny to think that my stash started out in the plastic bin the now holds the white plastic bags.... I got it for Christmas one year and went fabric shopping with some of my gift money and outgrew it in a few days, haha.

The two bookcases, side by side. The one closest to the door just holds books, I put all the books I didn't need or love in the attic and just kept my favorites and the sentimental ones. :] The craft books have whole shelf to themselves and its FULL. I keep all my wrapping + packing supplies under the books. I save wrapping paper, bags, packing boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap and envelopes to use again, so I have a few things ;]

Thank you for looking! :]
- Lauren
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