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on: November 08, 2014 03:02:00 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by CabinArts
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Here are all of my lovely gifts together Smiley Frogg526 is my wonderful partner Smiley

Day 12
2 Adorable little gnome ornaments!!

Day 11
4 delicious smelling bath bombs! Vanilla, cinnamon, lemon, and peppermint/eucalyptus/vanilla!

Day 10
Ooh a Pinterest wish list cork wreath! I love it!!

Day 9
Pinecone owl! This is so wonderfully my Christmas style Smiley

Day 8
Pallet coasters!! Ahh I've been wanting these so much!! They are so perfect!!

Day 7
Another Pinterest giftie!! It goes perfectly with the wine cork wreath!

Day 6
Merry Christmas wooden banner!! This was on my Pinterest too!!

Day 5
Ahhhh!! I'm in LOVE!! Another Pinterest giftie and I SOOOO love this!!

Day 4
A most perfect super large scarf to go with the most coveted hat!

Day 3
A most gorgeous green knitted headband, I LOVE this SO much!!

Day 2
Noel hooplah! Ffrog526 your stitches are perfect!

Day 1
A fantastic super soft colorful afghan! I absolutely adore it!! I tried to bundle it up so you could see all of the colors and designs.

Ffrog526 you have completely outdone yourself! I absolutely love every single thing you sent! Thank you so very much Smiley

I'm posting pics of the items I made for Ffrogg526 since I think she's having posting trouble Smiley

Day 12
Wool and felt mug cozy and coaster

Day 11
Cocoa and snowman marshmallows and peppermint twisty sticks

Day 10
Miniature book (hand bound) (from her Pinterest)

Day 9
Paper ornaments

Day 8
2 Ornaments

Day 7
Fleece pocketbook/pouch (to match Day 6)

Day 6
Fleece messenger bag (from Pinterest)

Day 5
Handmade and embroidered notecards (from Wishlist)

Day 4
Embroidered ornaments (from Pinterest)

Day 3
Reversable super long bunting (Christmas and Halloween)

Day 2
Knitted and needlefelted Celtic bag (from Pinterest)

Day 1
Quilted and hand sewn Christmas wall hanging (from Pinterest)
on: November 08, 2014 06:07:39 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by quaggy
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kbrison sent me two boxes.  One was marked perishable so in the frig it went.  I got a pm saying it was ok to open as it included an extra Shocked  an extra!!!!! just look at this fantastic Nestle butterscotch fudge Shocked 2 round tubs and it tastes terrific.  OMG I love fudge, I am in heaven!!!!  I had the perfect dish to display it on. Popping 1 in the freezer for later....kbrison also sent me the recipe!!!!  Win win!!!!

Here is also a peek at all my pretty presents!!!!  Hoping to get my tree up over Thanksgiving break, then update a proper photo!!!!

Tree has not been put up yet...life happened but maybe by the end of this week......


So excited to start opening.....today I received 8 fantastic crocheted snowflake coasters....... could used then as ornaments  but so needed some seasonal coasters...these are perfect in size and they have a winter theme that I can use until spring  I do not crochet ...ummm maybe just a little but really no patience, they are perfect!!!  I also have a few packages labeled extras so I splurged and found inside this package some vintage buttons.....I am such a hoarder of buttons, can never have enough as far as I am concerned.....

And just look at this cute tissue paper sewing gingerbread...who ever knew!!!!!


Today when I opened I found two adorable ornaments!!  One is pieced from the perfect fabrics.  The stars are silver so shiny and bright.  I love this pattern and of course the cute little star button on top.  So well made!  Then also packed inside was an adorable felt snowman....Just look at his peppermint striped chenille earmuffs.  He is so cute and I have named him sparkle.......so need to get my tree up!!!!

sorry folks I am having trouble getting photos to rotate...worked well yesterday but can't seem to get it to cooperate today!


the gift I unwrapped yesterday was made to decorate me!!!!  I love snowmen and this wonderful snowman necklace on a silver chain just melts my heart!

Day 4

Today the gift that I opened was full of Christmas tree ornament hangers.....they could be used alone but I have plans to use them to hand my decorations and may just have to steal this idea and make more.


Kbrison is the best she sent me a PM pointing me in the direction of the next gift to open. I have been opening them as they are numbered small 1 small 2 etc. then move to medium 1 etc......  The next gift in line marked small day 5 was the one in question!  Karma, how cool is that? Todays gift was a charm bracelet that matched the necklace that I opened on day two....Plan was to wear the necklace today, which I did but I also had a matching bracelet....How cool was that?  Several co-workers attempted to make me be nice and give both away....but I held fast.....told them join craftster and you too can get some awesome gifts.....none of them craft so chances are slim.

Here is my necklace again!   I just love this set!

I managed to get ,y tree up today so I am adding a picture of it with my pezzies still to open.


Today I received the cutesiest  gift tags.  They have owls on them.  Super cute.  I do have a few packages to wrap so these will be put to good use!

This swap has really put me in the Christmas mood!   I decided to wrap a few packages today and use the tags that kbrison sent to me.  Don't they look fantastic.

I opened an extra just because......inside there were 3 Christmas cross stitch kits that will be started during my holiday time off that starts in 2 weeks I forgot to snap a picture so I will add those tomorrow!  But I also got 3 adorable gingerbread men ornaments......I usually have a gingerbread themed tree in my den but it has not been put up yet so for now they are on the one in the living room. I also took pictures of my first 2 ornaments hanging on the tree with my cut new hangers.


Todays gift was a soap making kit......I am so excited about this....I have never tried to make soap but have always wanted too.....and it is perfect  Tie Dye a favorite of mine. One of the shapes is a peace sign!!!!  My tree skirt is tie dye fleece  and I have  tie dye stars all over it!  again I think kbrison has been in my house.....gonna have to talk t BF about that.....maybe Santa gave her a key!!!!


Yesterdays gift was needed so very bad....Just look at these two dish towels...perfect for my kitchen.  They are double thick meaning the towel was cut in 2 and they look the same on both side, double thickness! I just love the crocheted button.  A craft I do not do well or I would probably make a hundred or so of these.

Day 9

Super spoiled today with not one but two mug rugs!  One is a seasonal snowman so love this cute fellow and look at the back...it was quilted with a snowflake!

mug rug two is extra special....parrots....and it was quilted with my user name quaggy.....hard to see in the photo. OMG do you see the skunk between the two snowman?HuhHuh I listed this as my favorite animal in so many swaps!  I call it my eye spy mug rug....I spy a racoon, 4 rabbits, a fox,   9birds, a deer 1 snowman and 1 snowwoman. I must say these are perfect and the binding was hand sewn and so professional.  Also a sweet treat to bake up.....

The back side fabric!

My coasters from a few days back!  just because..............

DAY 10

Todays gift was a double sided apron that I so needed.  I tend to make these for swaps but never me.    I love the fabrics that she used and have already put this to use!

DAY 11

I was so spoiled with this gift!!!  6 Reversible placemats..........the fabric is perfect......and I know the time and love that went into these.  from the decorative quilted stitching to the hand sewn binding........... I will cherish these forever!!!!!!

Day 12

A much needed new wreath......I have already placed it outside my front door.  It was night time so this is this best picture I could snap!!!!!!!

It was wrapped in a cute piece of gingerbread fabric that kbrison stitched together with a very long stitch so I could remove it easily and use the fabric for something else.  So thoughtful!!!!

I was so spoiled and had the best partner......we connected in our PMs to each other through out opening days....Tis the season for magic!!!!!
on: November 08, 2014 08:43:14 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by kbrison
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This spot's mine, all mine!
Three very large packages waiting on my doorstep. Yeah! Goodies from Quaggy!

There are so many packages that they cover most of my bed.

Several of the packages have these wonderful painted wood tags that will be hung on my Christmas tree once I get to open the packages.

We haven't started opening gifts and I'm already a very, very happy camper!
Day 1 - freezer paper to use for doing applique (according to Quaggy) except it gives me the perfect excuse to try my hand at stenciling. New craft skill, here I come!

Oops! Didn't know there was another gift inside the freezer paper until Quaggy cued me in. A sequined Welcome banner!

Then having very little self-restraint, I opened an extra too. Chocolate spoons! I consume my weight in hot chocolate every winter. Another perfect gift!

Day 2 - Gift tags. Had to do this in multiple photos because each group is so different. First up, wooden mittens.

Next, fabric stitched on cardstock.

Painted wood.

Laser-cut wood.

Day 3 - A pieced and quilted snowman banner embellished with embroidery and in my favorite colors. It's going on my craft room door for the entire winter.

Day 4 - A set of beautifully handpainted decorations that look professionally done. Quaggy did an excellent job on them. Then another extra - a bath bomb that resembles a lollipop.

Day 5 - Two needlefelting kits to make penguins. This is going to be so much fun to try.

Day 6 - A set of fabric bookmarks and novels to go with them. Can't decide which book to read first; they both sound great! Going to store the design for the bookmarks in my "Need to do this" file.

Day 7 - Another holiday quilt. This one can be hung on the wall or has a stand so it can be freestanding. The little red birds remind me of cardinals and my youth in Illinois and how much my mother loved to feed them every winter.

Day 8 - More painted wood ornaments. Wish I could have gotten a better shot of the fine detail work on the angel. It's amazing!

Day 9 - A snowman container stuffed with embellished holiday dish towels. Going to save the towels to use as liners for my cookie baskets and bread baskets at our extended family Christmas Eve dinner.

Quaggy has been a real sweetheart and has posted photos of some of the gifts she sent me. I've been spending so much time at one of the Tulsa hospitals with my FIL that I was having a hard time getting photos taken. I feel like we've begun a great friendship and that's been the best gift of all!
Quaggy did miss a few things though so I'm posting the gifts she missed.
A patchwork mug rug and a ton of extras including a Santa mug, a Santa candy jar, candy that the chocoholic (me!) ate before it could be photographed, cocoa mix, flavored teas, a Yarnista calendar with knitting and crocheting quotes, and a felt Santa bowl.

Quaggy did such a professional job on my cute thread catcher with a peppermint weight to hold it in place as well as hold pins. Then she filled it with oodles of sewing goodies: thread, batik fat quarters (I LOVE batiks!), seam ripper, pins, two sizes of scissors, and brown Velcro. Guess that means I need to get sewing when things settle down.

I can't imagine having a better partner. Thank you so much, Quaggy!
on: November 09, 2014 04:38:18 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by alwaysinmyroom
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I'll be posting my goodies here!  This is my tree from last year.  We have to tie it to the wall because of the darn cats.

My lovely partner is stellato_escuro!!

My package arrived 11/24/14!
It was like a magic box:  I kept pulling packages out!

Here is my cat enjoying one of the boxes used to keep one of the packages safe:

Ready and excited for DAY 1:

DAY 1:

I got the cutest pickle to hang in my tree!  lol Our family is a bit nuts about finding the pickle.  We never had a prize or anything, but stellato's family did....a Toblerone candy bar!  I might start a new tradition this year! (or I might just eat it...)

I also opened up an extra...just in time for making some mulled cider!  mmmmm

Thanks! My day started off great so far.

Ready for Day 2!


Had to laugh when I opened these because I was just complaining to my mod buddies that someone is taking my coasters as fast as I can make them...(I suspect my brother and nieces...)...boy, did I need these NOW!  Lovely colors to use all year...and they even match my living room colors!  Love the different shapes!

This one is mine and all mine!

I also opened up an extra...Grin...new reeds for my fragrance bottle! How did you know I needed these? Shocked

What will Day 3 bring?

lol I think someone knows I collect stars...I was really sad that I did not receive any in the recent ornament swap... Cry
Now I have enough to string and make a star bunting!!!  I can crochet but have no patience for little items like stars and snowflakes...but I do have a lot of wonderful craftster buddies who send them to me...thanks!  Kiss

Testing the line up--- Grin

And, of course, excited already about Day 4!

I opened up Day 4 at midnight last night because I knew today was going to be so crazy busy!
I got a lovely wreath that I immediately hung on my china cabinet!  I appreciate that you respected my request to use what you had and recycled materials!  What a great idea for all of those bits of ribbon on packages! Grin

Just a little note since you are interested in Japanese culture:  the chrysanthemum red Noritake china tea set in my cabinet was given to my aunt by my parents when they were in Japan in 1952.  My aunt gave me the set last year.

I will get up a bit early tomorrow to open up Day 5!

My darn black cat woke me at 5 am...which is fine, because it gave me a chance to play a bit with my Day 5 gift: a hand carved stamp!  I use stamps like this for background for my altered art projects.  I have limited luck with carving stamps so this is greatly appreciated!

Ready for Day 6!


I found out over Thanksgiving that my two little great nieces have American Doll babies!  I wanted to make them something for Christmas but really didn't have doll clothes fabric...well, Day 6 solved that!  I am going to make them robes with this fabulous knit fabric and red flannel nightgowns that I have in my stash!  Perfect!  I love when that happens!  Thanks for saving me a trip to the dreaded mall!!! Grin

Edited:  There will be trip to the M-A-L-L after all!  Turns out the beautiful fabric is a beautiful infinity scarf!  ha ha ha The joke is on me and my fabric mind!!!  Picture to come!

Day 7--hurry up!


Sunday was the perfect day to open this next gift.  I hope I can post this without crying.  I lost my mother this spring and was not looking forward to the holidays at all.  However, with family and friends, I made it through Thanksgiving.
I find remembering the things my mom loved and the good times we had over the holidays really helps with the grieving process.

When I opened up this very personal and beautiful gift from stellato, I just cried.  What a special way to remember my mom!  I am going to leave this up all year.  It makes me smile and cry, but in a good way...thank you...if I get nothing else this swap, I would be happy with just this one special thing.  Thank you, dear partner!

There was a slot to put in a picture of my mom.  I put in her memorium info.

Can't wait for Monday evening to open up my next gift!


Once again, I left my camera at work!  But, I think Day 8 is going to be a favorite of mine!  I am an obsessive note taker...I got a beautiful notebook cover for my little memo pads (two were included!)...and, a little handmade journal for my crazy drawings and ideas!  I try to ask nicely for notebooks and notebook covers in swaps because I truly use them up quite quickly.  I am going to take them to work and take pictures there....plus, I need to start notes on what I need to get done before Christmas day! Tongue

Day 9 is approaching fast!


I got another Christmas tree to add to my collection!  This is one that has been on my Pinterest for some time...a yo-yo tree!  The fabrics are really nice and even match my living room curtains!  Can't wait to put it in with all of the other trees I put in the windowsill!

Day 10 ready to be torn into (gently!)

DAY 10

Ok, Day 10 is my new favorite!!  First, it is recycled, second, it is colorful and fun, third, it is nicely done!  It is a salt box shrine!  Stellato--you need to do a separate post on how you did this!  I love it and now I am can't wait until our salt box is empty so I can try! lol and this is what the teaser picture was!! The berries and ribbon on top! Grin

Day 11 feels soft and squishy!

DAY 11
I got enough napkins for my whole clan!  These will be really nice for when we all get together for dinner!  I had been using so many mixed match ones so it will be nice to have some that are matchy!  Love the little trees...the plaid ones can be used all year!

Day 12---oh no! The last gift!

DAY 12 The Final Gift!

My final gift was exactly what I requested!  A piece of art for my CRAFTSTER ARTISTS ONLY wall! YAY!  love the theme (birch trees) and the colors!

We are having dreary weather so it is hard to show off the beautiful bright colors!

Thank you for a wonderful holiday swap!
on: November 10, 2014 06:34:51 AM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by gotgrey
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My partner was zigg13pra.
Extras: Chapstick, magic towel, poinsettia stamp, foam ornament kit.  
Day 1: a charm bracelet.  I put a charm on each day before Christmas.  Brilliant!

Day 2:Christmas count down chalkboard.  

Day 3:glitter, reindeer ribbon, reindeer and Christmas tree buttons, and Christmas stickers

Day 4:Candy!  All mine!!!!

Day 5:Ornaments

Day 6: 2 book marks

Day 7: I spy ornament

Day 8: Christmas scratchers

Day 9: One of my absolute favorites, batiks!

Day 10: 3 hand carved reindeer stamps.  Absolutely LOVE these!  I'm going to make some ornaments w/them.

Day 11: 4 Beautiful bright and colorful yarn floral coasters.  I'll use these year round.

Day 12: Kit to make reindeer ornaments.

on: November 10, 2014 01:10:34 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by lindyv321
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Thimbles71 seriously spoiled me and it's only the first day!  She sent me two packages with wrapped goodies then sent a 3rd box with some goodies since she didn't feel like the first two packages were enough... Let me tell you know the goodies in the 3rd box would have been enough so I know my future days will be awesome!  

Here is a photo of the wrapped goodies.  I love the way the packages were numbered

Day 1:
My own little Adipose!  He is going to hang out by the TARDIS

Extra: These sweet ornaments!

Day 2:
My son received a crochet Minecraft ornament!  He LOVES it!

SQUEEE a reversible Kitchenaid cover.  I LOVE the fabric!

Day 3:
My daughter received an Elsa ornament!  She is just beautiful and another great addition to our tree!

Lovely reusable snack bags

filled with treats!

Day 4:
OMG it's BABY GROOT!!!!!!!!!! I am in LOVE!  He is currently hanging out with Santa and a snowman until I can get him his very own pot.

Day 5:
Straight off my wishlist is an Arizona Cardinals Earwarmer!!!!!! So excited to rock this on Sunday for the game.  Maybe it will bring us some good luck.  Excuse the horrible selfie....

A plush snowman family!

and an amazing zipper pouch with the cutest Alice in Wonderland fabric (seriously Thimbles has THE best fabric!!)

Inside I found mini hoops!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been wanting these FOREVER so I can make some stitched jewelry.

Day 6:
I found a lovely crochet infinity scarf.  It reminds me of a candy cane.  Now if only our weather would cool off enough for me to wear it....

Day 7:
A wonderfully cute penguin mug rug!

Day 8:
Two hoops!  French Toast and English Muffin.  I have a spot in my kitchen for these guys

Day 9: Super cute wall quilt with an Elephant!!! Love it

Tons of ornaments.  Love them all!  My kids especially loved their Minecraft and Frozen ones.

Day 10:
An amazing fleece poncho!!! It is finally going to be cooling off here this weekend and I shall be wearing this for the first time!  Sorry for the not so great picture..

Last Extra of the bunch:
A super cute kitty pencil pouch I had pinned.  My daughter promptly stole this.

Day 11:
A wonderful pillow.  It's fits in perfectly with my other holiday pillows but will be out year round.

Here are all my Christmas pillows together on the bench where they live.

Day 12:
This is amazing and was on my wishlist along with the poncho.  I cannot even say how much I love this!!! Beautiful, wonderful peppermint blanket!

Thank you so much for a wonderful Christmas swap Thimbles!!! I loved every single thing and I hope you liked your package too!
on: November 08, 2014 03:59:39 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by LadybugsAndBumblebees
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I GOT MY PACKAGE TODAY!   Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Wheeeeee!  Roll Eyes  I am home with my DD and I was SO hoping I would receive it today!  The above is a photo of what the wrapped gifts look like (before I hide them from myself  Wink)

*sings softly to myself*  Small paper packages, tied up in strings, these are a few of my favorite things....


I am really playing on my "Queen Bee" status  Grin and adore this mug!  I have used it already!  And I love the colors she used too!  Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have already hung it up on the wall going up into my craft room and put a photo of me any my son in it!  It's so great and colorful!


The items for day three are three little felt envelopes with little felt "papers" inside.  I love these b/c they are durable and reusable for my students when we learn about the post office.
The item for day number four made me go  Shocked!  I LOVE anything that is jewelry and is silver and about my children, and this item fit all three criteria!   Grin

A box full of beads all the colors of the rainbow, memory wire, and jewelry "pliers" (I don't know what they are called.).  I love it!  I have always wanted to learn more about jewelry making, and I do really like the wraparound bracelets.  I can't wait till I have time to sit and make one!

rockmygypsysoul made this great painted on wood sign for me from one of my favorite "classroom" quotes on pinterest!  I can't wait till Monday to hang it in my classroom!  (All the other teachers are jealous of all the Craftster items I have.  Wink)

Ok, would it be cheesy to tell everyone that I used some white cotton fabric that I had in my stash, and a fabric stamp pad to make FABULOUS LABELS USING THESE FABULOUS NEW STAMPS??!!!  Including my coveted QUEEN BEE stamp?Huh??  And YARN stamps???  And even a butterfly stamp that can be used for my DD's Bat Mitzvah???!!!!  I AM SOOOOO HAPPY!

This gift is so awesome that I had to post TWO photos of it!  I am SO proud of my tattoos, but no one can see them unless it's the middle of summer (my back and ankles are covered with tattoos)...I'm indeed chubby Wink, and some would say I'm awesome too!  Roll Eyes  I can't wait to wear this shirt!!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rockmygypsysoul created four beautiful works of art for me!  I want to wait till after Xmas when I have more money, to find some nice frames to put these in and find a special place to hang them.  They are so summery and they make me smile!
She also made me an AWESOME and COLORFUL wreath for my classroom in a rainbow of fabric colors, with a painted sign that says: Miss Barbara's Class.  I opened the gift this morning and brought the wreath to school and hung it up right away.  One of my students notices right away if something is different in the classroom, so she noticed it and she gives it two thumbs up! Grin

A painted triptych!   Shocked  I love love love it!  I already laid out how I want DH to put it up on the wall in our livingroom....the way it's painted, it looks like a love story about us.  Just one bird in the small painting, then two birds who look like they're getting to know each other in the medium painting, and then two birds sitting "beak to beak"!  And it has cherry tree limbs in the painting-I love cherry tree blossoms!  THANK YOU  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

It is a beautiful rainbow beaded mobile!  I've already added some rainbow ribbon to the top, and it's now hanging in the corner of my bedroom!  It's beautiful!
(I'm sorry I switched up the postings for days 11 & 12.)


A really nifty melty bead(?) shape of Texas!  I like the colors!  And a rainbow swirl pendant!  It's been so busy here I haven't had a chance to breathe but when things calm down, I'm going to find an outfit I can wear it with.  It's so cool!

Thank you, rockmygypsysoul, for the WONDERFUL gifts!  I can tell that you put a lot of thought and effort into each of them.  I am sorry that many of yours went missing, but I do hope you enjoy what did make it to you.

on: November 08, 2014 04:46:46 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by Thimbles71
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My pretty, pretty presents from Lindy (lindyv321)!

There's another box, but I'm not supposed to open until after the third day.  Smiley

Day One!  My very own advent calendar!!  I love it so very much!  Every year I say I'm going to make myself one.  Maybe I'll still do that - not this year - but it's so lovely to have this one in the meantime!!  And it's already stocked with goodies in every drawer!  LOVE!

Day Two!  Really snazzy paint-can style holiday decorated can.  I will put this to very good use after I finish off the treats!  And the treats are not long for this world.  Shhh.  I am dying to try the salted caramel hot chocolate.


Day Three!  Today's gift is a really fantastic wreath.  I love holiday wreaths so very much.  I would put one on every door if I could!  And this one is just lovely.  You can't tell from the picture, but it's actually on the inside of the door to my office, so that I can see it all the time.  Smiley

Day Four!  Today, I opened a hoopla!  One of my favorite things to receive!  I have a wall of hooplas from various swaps in my kitchen.  And this will fit in just perfectly.  It makes me happy.  Smiley

Day Five!  A supply day!  Love, love, love.  Today's gift is a gorgeous batch of felt, embroidery needles, scissors and a package of pretty, pretty floss.

Day Six!  How are we at the halfway point already?  YIKES!  Today, I got wine cork ornaments!  I LOVE wine cork crafts!  They're so fun!  And, I love wine.  Cheesy  But, that's neither here nor there.  But, it's fun!


Day Seven!  Today I opened a really beautiful white and blue felt garland.  It's so pretty!

Day Eight!  More ornaments for me!  Yay!  A set of lovely embroidered ornaments!  Already hanging up in their new home.

Day Nine!  I'm late!  But, I wasn't late opening or enjoying my present for the day!  Freaking adorable little felt houses!  How cute are these?  They're already up with my decorations, looking absolutely lovely.

Day Ten!  These are so stinkin' adorable.  Super cute little snowmen ornaments!  They've taken up residence on my refrigerator.  Absolutely perfect.

Day Eleven.  Smiley  I'm so sad this is almost over!  Today, I opened a set of absolutely fantastic notecards.  The fox ones are absolutely spectacular!

Day Twelve!  Last day!  Boo-hoo.  But, still, a lovely, lovely day  I opened this positively gorgeous necklace and bracelet.  I put the necklace on immediately.  It really complemented today's outfit!  I love it so much.  I'm wearing it for our office open house tomorrow, too!  So pretty!  The bracelet is all kinds of awesome, too.  The colors are so vibrant!

I've had such a lovely time with this swap.  What a great way to start the season.  Smiley  Lindy was such an awesome partner.  Smiley
on: November 09, 2014 02:55:30 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by stellato_escuro
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Got my TWO boxes today! After the kids laid down for a nap, I was able to pull everything out and take a quick picture.

My husband walked by and said "Woah, it looks like you have a pretty great partner". But now that everything is here, it's 100 times more real and a 1,000 times more EXCITING! Incidentally, I am partners with alwaysinmyroom.

Day One!

I got an awesome wreath made out of paper flowers. And they are all blue and white, my favorite Christmas colors. I have been wanting to get enough wreaths for every door in the house. Yesterday, I hung up the two I have, and my daughter was upset because there wasn't one for her door. But...

...problem solved! Now she has one as well.

Day Two!

An awesome Christmas scene! This perfectly captures how I feel about winter. Whenever it snows, I love wandering through the trees and looking at everything sparkle. Alwaysinmyroom captured that in a teeny little glittery scene. I love it! Here it is in its new home...on the shelf with my family pictures.

Day Three!

So I am a baaaad girl and opened two days today! But to be fair, they were bundled together. I got popcorn a bag of green tea Kit Kats, green tea pocky, flower candies and two boxes of green tea cookies. Can you tell I like green tea? All of it was sitting in a really sweet handmade coil basket in blue, the best color ever! My husband was beyond thrilled about the Kit Kats. He fell in love with them two years ago when we went to Uwagimaya in Seattle and hasn't had any since. I let him have one, now I am off to hide them!

Tomorrow, I am opening my extras bag!

Day Four!
I DID end up opening my extras bag today! And then after ooohing and aaahing over literally every item, I promptly fell asleep in my chair. Because my daughter was at her grandmas. And apparently, I am 90. Anyway, here are the goodies...

Lots of green wool blend felt, soap by MareMare, sugar scrub by KittyKill, notecards, stickers for my daughter. The felt is sooo perfect because I just got a copy of Fa La La La Felt in the make a friend swap. So as soon as I get done with gifts, I will have to make some little felt trees. And I firmly believe you can NEVER have too many soaps. Smiley

I also got vanilla cream caramels, a beautiful Japanese book, a felt ornament for my dog and a vintage silk scarf. The scarf was her mother's I am so honored she passed it along. Truth be told, I teared up a bit when I read that. It is such a beautiful bunch of colors and I can't wait to wear it.

This was such an awesome package to open...it was like the surprises didn't end!

Day Five!

Another "ohmygoooooooddd" package! A giant bag of real green tea, two awesome Japanese mugs that are actually big enough for a good serving of tea and a winter-themed mug rug. All of this is going to get used so very much. Whenever we have anything remotely Asian-style for dinner, I fill my french press with green tea. No worries, it never sees coffee...don't want to mess with that tea flavor. Smiley But with these mugs, now I have good-sized mugs that actually fit with the style of dishes I am using. Once again, alwaysinmyroom hits a swap partner home run. I am seriously spoiled.

Day Six!

Day six was a gift for my little man. I had no idea what could be in a tiny package...it was little bow ties! So. Stinking. CUTE!! I have been dying to make him a little tie for Christmas, but I just haven't had the time. He is gonna be a hit at church. Smiley

Day Seven!

Today was supposed to be for my daughter and the 9th is for my husband, but I took some liberties. He will be out of town Monday through Wednesday, so I had them swap days. As an added bonus, that means she will be opening hers on her birthday! Anyway, Eric just started fly fishing this year, and he loves it. Alwaysinmyroom has a brother in law who makes flies, so in the envelope there were 4 hand-tied flies! And in case he does't catch anything, she also made him a big stuffed trout. These are hands down the coolest things he has gotten from a swap. And I think the trout on the card is a pop-out ornament. So cool!

Day Eight!

Besides the tea, this is my favorite gift so far. I love, love fingerless gloves, and these ones are wonderful. They are soft and light and I have been wearing them every day since I got them.

Day Nine!

So after swapping day 7 and 9, my daughter ended up getting to open her gift on her birthday. It worked out quite well because my husband was out of town and her birthday celebration was delayed. She got a fish garland, and she was thrilled with it. We had to find a place to immediately hang it. So it's hanging on her headboard. Smiley

Day Ten!

Alwaysinmyroom makes some relaly fun paper art. And since se is Japanese and I love anything Japanese, she made a really sweet piece of art inspired by her heritage. It a beautiful little paper kimono with a coin in the center...very cool!

Day Eleven!
Pillow!!! I have been wanting some new pretty pillows for my living room, and now I have one. And this is perfectly timed. A few months ago, I had planned on painting the last wall of our living room. But than medical bills happened and painting got put off. So a fun new pillow added a little fun to my living room.

Only one more day to go...so sad!

Day Twelve!

A SWEET table runner! Look how cool it is! I unwrapped it and immediately put it on the table. And than, since it was dinner time, I used it right away. It works great and is the perfect length for our table.

Alwaysinmyroom, you were an awesome partner. I loved everything you made and all the extras you sent. I totally got spoiled this year. Smiley
on: November 10, 2014 12:54:28 AM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by gala_apples
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I asked Sheridan if she could package my stuff in as many different papers as she could, without forcing her to buy 12 different rolls of wrap. She managed 11 different. How f**king awesome is that?

Day One: I got supplies!

Day Two: A pretty pale green and blue plaid necklace, and it came in a silk snap bag!


This one's called Tabula Rasa

four lime bergamot scented soaps carved into the shape of limes Cheesy

Day Four: ornament!

Day Five: kickass toque with what I call hair-holes. I only wish I'd opened it before I went out, because it matched my outfit perfectly.

Day Six: Today my gift came in a pretty box:

A messy multistrand yellow bracelet. I love it, it's a great accent on all my Hufflepuff themed clothes.

Day Seven: All the supplies needed to start embroidering!

Day Eight: it's all over my craftster account and pinterest that I love zombies. And one of the possible things I asked for was a custom painted nutcracker because my family collects them and we have most of the "normal" themes. She put these together and made me an undead nutcracker!

Day Nine: Four beautiful pairs of earrings in a jewelled case.

Day Ten: I got two HUGE teesha more patches, they're both the size of my hand!

Day Eleven: a kickass embroidered Big Bang Theory hoodie for my mom (thank you, this'll make her Christmas)

Day Twelve: a Monty Python hoodie for my dad. It's actually a hunter green colour, and my dad will LOVE it.
on: November 10, 2014 07:49:54 AM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by SheridanLA
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My array of packages from gala_apples!

So I have decided my morning routine will now be eat breakfast, open present!
Day One is what I am calling crack in a bag... I'll admit it, I ate some with my cereal - like a tasty dessert. nomnomnom  it's sweet and crunchy and DELISH.

Day TWO - beautiful handmade cards for writing letters and thank you notes! SO pretty!

Day THREE - pretty little wreath ornaments.

Day FOUR: I am SO excited about this! I lost my sleep mask in my many moves and have been waffling about getting another one.. and now I have one even more awesome than the ones I've been looking at!!!

Day FIVE - sweet little TM patch ornaments!! (I LOVE that gala_apples understands my looooove of Christmas ornaments Cheesy )

Day SIX: Correction: TWO fabulous drawstring bags (shoe bags for travel.. will SO get used!)

One of the "extras" she included (I'm spacing them out for extra enjoyment!)

Day SEVEN: A stocking!! I loves me some stockings!

Day EIGHT: some lovely stamped leather bracelets Cheesy

Day NINE is this adorable Christmas bunting! It's a fun assortment of Christmas fabrics and I can't wait to hang it up properly Cheesy

Day TEN: A set of wonderful Christmas cards - now I have no excuse for not sending out cards this year!! Smiley

Day ELEVEN: This beautiful garland. It's a silver chain with round charms on them in different shades of blue with snowflakes glued on the larger ones. It's just lovely!

Then (I am glad I had saved these) I was having a crappy day which was brightened by these two lovely ornaments that were part of my "extras" Cheesy Aren't they adorable??

Gala_apples somehow knew I needed an actual set of napkins (rather than my normal hodgepodge that I've got going) and made me this bright, cheery, colorful set to add to my collection! Don't they just make you want to have a party?

Thank you SO MUCH gala_apples for all my wonderful goodies and for making my holiday cheerier!
on: November 13, 2014 04:14:29 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by Helena Puck
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Look at this! Isn't everything beautiful. This is my package from dinkime.

Day 1: Advent Calendar box- we draw a little containers of candy from the decorative container and follow the directions on the slip of paper. Today, we are to read a Christmas book.

Day 2: Snowflake hoopla!!!

Day 3: Whimsy Ornament ball- so freakin' cute!!! The ornament is filled with little Christmas minis and embellishments.

I'm such a bad partner. I'm a little behind. I totally love everything. It's just been a crazy week.

Day 4: Christmas plates- Exactly what I wanted for a future Christmas party

Day 5: Cookie baking kit with gingerbread house wall cookie cutter, two mixes, and recipes

Day 6: Origami kits for my boys

Here are all the cool extras that were include. I also received an Olaf cup but my husband already ran off with it. He loves it!

Ugly sweat frame with stickers!

A Nativity Ornament Smiley

Nativity Ornaments to color, mini nativity ornaments, and erasers. I'm going to use these with my Sunday school class Smiley

Day 7: Infinity Scarf! Just my color. Looks great on me too but the picture turned out really blurry. It's hard to take a picture of yourself.

Day 8: Ribbon Christmas trees!!!

I love these so much because this year, we decided that because of lack of room and the cat who is terrified of the tree we were not putting up the tree this year.

Day 9: Owl needle felting kit Smiley Yay! I can't wait to start!!

Day 10: Santa Belly Hoop Smiley LOVES!!!

Day 11: Shirt making kit (a shirt for each family member)

Day 12: A beautiful scrapbook/photo album. I love it so much. We are really big into photos at our home. I have stacks that need a place. This is so perfect Smiley

Thank you for being my partner. Your selections for me are so incredibly thoughtful. I really loved everything!!!
on: November 20, 2014 05:54:32 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by Renstar
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Booking my spot for opening.  Cheesy

My partner is Grab a Coffee.

Note: I have forgotten to note that I also got loads of felted hanging ornaments and hungarian sweets in the box. (most of which have been demolished by my partner!!! ) AND, each of the packages have a little ribbon and handmade bead angel.

Day 12
Just waiting for the phone to sync to get this picture up.
A knitted infinity shawl / wrap from my pinterest.  This will keep me toasty.

Day 11
ooh, I haven't taken a pic yet, but this is great too.
Some amazing fabric mats with purpley bits

Day 10

Ear Warmers, 1 cable in neutral and a ribbed purple one.

Day 9

Awesome leg warmers with owl tops, already worn them Smiley

Day 8

Some *Purple* yarn Smiley

Day 7

More purple goodies - a bracelet and pendant:

Day 6
A skully scarf and some paprika, yum.

Day 5
A handmade mug from GaC hometown:

Day 4

Some awesome skull fabric. I also received a magnet which is on my fridge, I will get a pic later.

Day 3
Felt crafted hairclips, keyring and brooch in Purple   Cheesy

Day 2
Skully stuff  Grin Grin Grin Grin

A notepad from Hungary with some Hungarian wits and numbers for me to learn. Lots of space to jot down ideas.
And, some lovely with markers, that I have asked are handmade by grab a coffee because the beads are purple and green, which are my favourite colours.
An awesome start.

Another of the stitch markers:

The inside:

My Box!  Cheesy

on: December 02, 2014 02:41:27 AM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by Grab a coffee
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Hey Guys,

here are my goodies ... I don't know, how to post these (separately by days, separated posts?... HELP ME!) Smiley

DAY 4:
A super-awesome hat for my son! it was on my Pinterest site. (Unfortunately i love it more than my son, but we are watching a lot of Smurfs novadays...)

action shot:

DAY 3:
I've got a cute crochet set. some yarn, a crochet hook and a pattern:

DAY 2:
a small package - full of goodies:

Some Christmas hangings (love the fabrics!), and another package of embroidery floss (I can't have enough lol! Smiley Love those colors!)

DAY 1:

These beauties were included: a lovely wite-gold monogrammed stocking with some craft supplies for me (embroidery floss, felt and organza scraps!):

look at the details:

So, my partner is Renstar, she sent me 2 big packages:

there are 2 shoeboxes inside (one with a funny note:

And the small packages inside:

I am so excited! ... still! Smiley
on: November 08, 2014 03:55:21 PM 
Started by CabinArts, Message by rantyhippie
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Here is a teaser Pic of my goodies from Madmommymia. It is really hard to resist temptation but I put that box in my closet and I will not let myself take it out again until the first of the month!

Day one:

Embroidery floss!

Day 2:

A Dracula themed door hanger.

Day 3:

A felt craft book and some felt

Day 4:

A craft kit for me and my son to do together. It is for a dinosaur painting. I can't wait to do this!

Day 5:

A big book of knitting and crochet stitches.

Day 6:

A really cool fort making kit for my son. He is playing with the flashlight.

Day 7:

A cool wall hoop

Day 8

A hoopla from my Pinterest.

Day 9:

A super cute painting!

Day 10:

An awesome set of Addams Family nesting dolls! I love them!

Day 11:

awesome hand painted tree skirt! It is under my tree right now!

Day 12:

really cute quilt for my son. He loves it! Here he is playing with it:

Thanks again for everything, Madmommymia! Merry Christmas Everyone!
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