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571  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 27 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: December 13, 2007 10:03:24 PM
Ack, I am so sorry to my lovely swap partners for not posting these sooner! I am in a constant fight with my mom about keeping my crafting/swapping stuff off of the dining room table, and a couple weeks ago she threw everything in a box and stuck it in the spare room, including some things I needed to photograph. And you know, out of sight, out of mind...

Here is some felt I got from simplyfussfree for a project I am working on for my nephews (need to get working on it since it's supposed to be for Christmas!) I also got a couple awesome b&w phots for a different project (I think they were from simplyfussfree too...if I don't take pics quick enough some stuff slips my mind. My apologies if they were from someone else!)

And here are my goodies from Calluna~an awesome stretchy bracelet in blues and greens with the coolest beads, some fun vintage crochet books, a cross stitch kit, and a neat blue/green tie to use for material. I think I am going to turn it into a headband!

Thanks so much ladies, and again I apologize for the tardy pics!
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572  Calorimetry X2 (pic chubby) in Crochet: Completed Projects by MareMare on: October 29, 2007 11:01:49 PM
I worked up a couple of these for a swap. I kinda based them on the idea for the pattern found here: http://bronsfiberstuff.typepad.com/brons_blog_ii/2007/01/the_second_stor.html#comments
in terms of increasing and decreasing, but used different stitches. In the smaller one (silver button), alternating rows of hdc in the back loop, hdc in the front loop-kind of-to get more of a "knit" look, and in the bigger one (black button), single crochet seed stitch, which I not only really like the look of, but works up so quickly since it's so easy to crochet into the chains! Oh, and the awesome silver button came from Superhooker in a swap!

Close up of stitches:

mm, these pics are kinda poo, I might try to take new ones in the daylight tomorrow. I hope my swap partner likes these!
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573  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 27 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 29, 2007 09:45:08 PM
I got two packages in the mail a couple days ago, but had to get batteries for my camera.

Homerof2 sent me 4 awesome Annie's Favorite Crochet magazines--there are several projects I already want to make!

And she also sent me some great black and white pics of buildings and signs--I can't decide if I just want to hang them up or make them into a project...probably some of each!

And from CrossStitchinMomma I got some wonderful thick/textured scrapbooking paper in a bunch of different colors! I use this as the inside for paperback novel wallets, and I am so excited to have different colors!

Thanks ladies!
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574  No-fail bath bombs in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: October 21, 2007 11:02:58 PM
ETA: I had this just as a recipe in discussions, but decided to add a pic and move it to finished projects. Obviously the pic is of the half mold variety made using the pull apart Christmas ornaments and not my regular mini muffin tin bombs. To pack them in really firmly I push on the top with the bottom of a (clean) 16 oz amber glass bottle, it's the perfect size. The pic shows the bottom of the ornament, but I really used just the top half, it is a tiny bit bigger than the bottom, as you can tell by the fake pic of me pushing on the already dry bomb with the glass bottle. The top half has a little bit of a tab which is nice to hold onto and allows you to tap the bomb out easier than using the bottom half.  These bombs are eucalyptus rosemary mint. And the wussy little one on the right isn't a whole one, it's just what I had left over. Cheesy

I know there are a couple people having problems with pre-fizzing bath bombs, so here's the recipe I use. No spritzing with witch hazel and adding the citric acid at the end saves if from fizzing while you make them. You can leave out the SLSA if you don't like using it.

Bath Bombs

2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Corn Starch (if you don't want to use this, replace with sea salts)
2/3 cup Fine Sea Salts
*2/3 cup Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate (SLSA)* OPTIONAL

5 tablespoons any oil or butter (Try sunflower, olive, or sweet almond oil, or shea or cocoa butter. Melt butter if using and cool slightly)
4 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon Fragrance Oil
Coloring (water based, mp soap type colorants work best. If you only have oil based mix it in with your carrier oil thoroughly before step 1)

To add at end
1 to 2 cups Citric Acid (I think the higher amount of citric acid makes a harder bomb)

1. Add the oil, water, FO, and coloring and mix in one bowl. Of course the oil and water wont actually mix together, but get it all in there.  

2. In another bowl toss together all dry ingredients, except citric acid, being very careful with the SLSA since it is a superfine powder and will get up your nose and you will choke! You might want to wear a little mask at this point, Michael Jackson style.

3. Add the liquid to the dry mixture and stir.

4.  Mix well with hands, while doing this start adding the citric acid.

5. It is ready to mold when it reaches pie crust consistency. Pile into mold cavity and push very hard down into molds.  

6. Tap molds out immediately onto a cookie sheet or wax paper to dry. You might want to try to use a paper towel, but that would be a bad idea.

7.  Let dry overnight and package the next day. Use slippery tub caution due to oils in the mix.

**Add 1/2 t Poly 80 to oils to make oil dispersible in water, optional.

Tips: I usually use mini muffin molds to make my bombs, to get them harder I overfill each muffin tin with the mix and push down on the top of it with a bottle that is the exact size of the muffin tin (I belive it's a 4 oz fo bottle). I remove from molds immediately.  Try to resist adding extra liquids even though it will feel very dry. Correct consistency is like slightly wet sand you find after digging down a little ways under dry sand. If it's too dry to hold together, add a few drops water or oil at a time, but try to do that before adding citric acid.

Makes 10 half spheres @ 2 oz. each. For one tub use 2 oz (half sphere).
Makes 18-22 mini muffins. Use 2 per bath.

* I added the SLSA for foaming. It was not in the original recipe and is fine without it, it is WAY more expensive than the rest of the ingredients, but I like them to foam and fizz. Some people are allergic to it, it is a surfectant.

Credit to Froggie from Yahoo groups who gave me the original recipe many years ago.
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575  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery October 2007 in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 19, 2007 11:46:14 PM
I did a personal swap with little green dragonfly, and she sent me these "snorks" for my nephews. They are so cute! I will try to get some action shots of the boys with them, they are 2 and 3 1/2 and they were kinda rubbing the snorks on their faces and necks, they're really soft! She also sent some Australian animal stickers, and some pirate stickers. The boys are going wild over the pirates, just the week before they got pirate accessories kits (eye patches, swords, telescopes) and every time they come over they take about 5 minutes picking out a sticker to put on their shirt "ummmmm ummmm ummmm that one! No, that one!" Oh, and I sent her a lip balm making kit, which doesn't seem so creative in comparison with these little cuties.

I give you~Snorks! They remind of that one star trek show, the trouble with tribbles or whatever they were called?  Thanks Little green dragonfly!

Using the  buddy system to climb the brita pitcher
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576  Re: Fall/Winter Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 19, 2007 09:45:57 PM
Yay, here are my goodies from Taloola! She made me a beautiful soft blue crocheted scarf (her first one!)
and a really neat braided fabric one! I love the colors on both.

She also sent a really pretty pendant, I love the shade of green!

Thanks so much Taloola! I got the package right after I got back from taking my GRE's, which not only were boring, but I didn't do as well as I had hoped on them, so it really cheered me up!
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577  Re: Low Pressure Try a New Craft Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 19, 2007 08:59:15 PM
I've updated the first page with send/receive information, please pm me if you see something that doesn't look right!

According to delivery confirmation kimnext received from me yesterday! Since I haven't heard from her I'm gonna post pics, I hope she likes everything!

Ok, first, I just wanna say, embroidery is HARD! And time consuming. And addictive!

For the small item I did a little flower and framed it. I wish I would have filled the leaves in and did some darker contrast stitching, but oh well!

For the large item I embroidered two bigger motifs on a half apron.

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578  Re: Ongoing craft kit wishlist swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 19, 2007 09:45:03 PM
Finally, here's pics of the kits I've received! Besides these 4, I've also received 2 other kits (embroidery and polymer clay) in other swaps, so I will have to do quite a bit of crafting to try everything out! But I don't know what to try first!

Fabric Headband Kit from omg_word.  I love love love the material!

Marble magnet kit from omg_word. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time fave books, I can't wait to make Alice magnets!  She sent glue, pictures, magents, index cards, and really great directions!

Mini Scrapbook Kit from zerocool. Cute tiny scrapbook, great directions and pictures, cardstock, stickers, charms, textured paper, tags, ribbons, and more! I'm going to make a scrapbook of my nephews!

Beginning ATC kit from mikkary. Blank Card bases and sleeves, full page sleeves, a huge bag of ephemera, 6 already made cards, templates for envelopes, an awesome hand carved lady bug stamp, a huge bag of fibers/ribbons/material, stamps, beads, a cd of images, and a bunch of other stuff!

Thanks everybody!

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579  Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 19, 2007 09:33:54 PM

Day 12 from Oops Creations:

2 Sets of cards and a magnet frame, ornaments that came in pouches--my favorites are the mittens. 12 Days of Christmas record bowl, with 2 journals, gift tags, and a magnet made out of the record cover.


Day 11

4 canisters to keep my desk organized with thumbtacks, paperclips (including some fancy ones), binder clips, and rubber bands, 4 magnet picture frames, and a little metal, paper covered "nest" with 3 robin's egg magnets! 2 painted/texturized picture frames with "love" and "family" on them and 2 awesome packets of handmade paper. 1 from lint and 1 from egg cartons, a really cool case with pockets for a notepad and pen! It closes with a flap and velcro.


Day 10

Books and hamsters! 2 of my great loves!

Hamster stuffies, Hamster notepads and card sets, hamster stickers and graphics, and hamster bookplates
(they didn't make it into the picture). Awesome black and white bookends that match a really cool canvas bag! Yay!

Book Ends! I not only totally needed these, but they will match the decor that I'm planning in my new apartment!

"A Book is like a garden carried in your hand." There's flowers on front and back of the bag.

Hamster notepads! The one on the right says "Books rule!"


Day 9 from Coryjo

Awesome purse kit! Pattern, d rings, zipper, and fabric fat quarters to make the purse! I can never have enough purse patterns, yay! She said she hoped it would bring a rainbow into my day (and it did!)!

Day 9 from Oops Creations

All kinds of cozy yummy stuff! Godiva cocoa, starbucks coffee, lots of tea, a really cool tea chest full of tea (how did you know I've been wanting a tea chest??, a travel mug and cozy, which I can always use since I'm in my work car 10 hours a day, the coolest candle with chamomile made in a tea cup, and yummy dark chocolate!


Day 8 from Coryjo

Awesome decorated candle holders and tea lights! Decorated with fun Christmas-y stuff!

Day 8 from Oops Creations

Fern goodness for my bathroom!

A stencilled vase (possibly my favorite thing so far!), handtowels, collaged framed pictures and oatmeal soap balls!


Day 7

Organizational tools! Binder with tons of dividers for patterns for all the crafts I do, swap notebook, crochet hook roll, apron, snowman stitch markers and a poly clay decorated container!

Day 6

Wooot!  A purse with the coolest fabric ever, small clutch, button bobby pins, a cute big bracelet, and 2 awesome headbands, the fabric is fabulous and I love love love the pattern! They have little ties that hang down, but it's still held on with elastic!

Day 5

2 great crocheted hats, a red fleece scarf, and two brooches!


Day 4

4 candle holders etched with "m"


Day 3

A large print of Link from Zelda (Windwaker) and matching notecards and journals. She handpainted the original picture! I <3 all things Zelda!


Day 2

2 Stockings for my sweetie pie nephews! They had cute stuffed mini snowman and santas and lots of candy inside! The boys were super excited to get extra stockings this year! And they love tootsie pops!


Day 1

A paper making kit! So cool, will just have to make the frame thing to get started! Complete with directions, add ins like botanicals and lint and some awesome samples!


And here's a few clickable pics of some of the things I sent Oops Creations, since she wasn't able to do clickable links


Day 1 and Day 4 Matching/Contrasting Table runner and placemats in blue and white polka dots

Day 2 A crocheted purse/bag in turquoise and navy and a sewn purse in flower print with dark blue contrasts and light blue lining.

Day 3 Coin purse with removable felted flower to match flower bag and mini wallet to match crocheted bag. Also an id/cash holder (clubbin' wallet) made out of a harry potter book cover

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580  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery September 2007 in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 18, 2007 11:33:28 PM
I just did a personal swap with Luxielou and she sent me an awesome polymer clay kit! I'm so excited to get started, I checked out a polymer clay book from the library today and was reading it at work all day!

Directions, along with a picture tutorial for an adorable covered altoid tin she made

A blade and roller

Magnets, Mirrors, and an Altoid Tin (still has altoids in it!) to cover

Some scrap clay, and really cute magets and a charm she made

4 canes Luxielou made!

And slices from each one, I had to see!

And, oh yeah, lots of clay!

Thanks Luxielou, this was a great swap and I can't wait to get started making stuff!
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