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Thank you to the people who played my little contest!! There were some great suggestions! I wish I could use them all. As it is, I’m torn between them. So here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to list my favorite names, and you must comment and tell me what you want. Some of you didn’t say whether you were a scrapper/knitter/crafter etc.

Thanks Ladies!!

My favorite names (in no particular order)

Oranginadreams (hehe)
Knitty Bitty
Scarves and Skeins
The Artful Scarfer
Strings and Things

Please comment with the gift you want!! (see the tab above: “Contest Contest”). And email me your address @ leslie_elaine@yahoo


My sister sent me a little goodie bag to inspire me to make something. It worked. It had a luggage tag, sheet music, some vintage trim, flowers, buttons. And a little felt heart that I embellished.

See? It’s “music in my heart”


There was a piece of bubble wrap that i used to apply some paint. Do you know what my new favorite thing is now? That’s right, painting with bubble wrap.


Then I made a Valentine’s day card for James. And, I’m just going to take a moment and say that this is the coolest thing I have ever made. Here’s a sneak peek (don’t look James!!) It started out bad. Like some science experiment gone wrong. But all I could do is keep going; I had to use the stuff Michelle gave me. And then, voila! It all made sense. I wonder if that is the secret to art. Or my art anyways.


And here are the layouts from my photoswap



And don’t forget to participate in my contest/giveaway!!!

Have any of you seen There Will Be Blood? Wow. What can I say about Daniel Day Lewis that hasn’t already been said? He is phenomenal. This movie is so intense. It’s not what I thought it would be, but it was still amazing. James keeps saying the above quote now. It’s kinda funny, out of context.
I have been promising you a RAK for a while now.We haven’t had a RAK here at oranginadreams in a loooong time. So, here we go.

One day, I decided to take every project that I never started and place it in the middle of my room. The pile was enormous!! Apparently, when it comes to crafts, my eyes are bigger than my proverbial stomach. I kept about half and the rest I’m giving away. I have several prizes up for bid.

1) an unused Life’s Journey 12×12 scrapbook


2) A Making Memories frame kit


3) 7 skeins of yarn. The color is a little off (those dark blue ones are actually a royal purple)


4) a wood album and matching frame, laser engraved


5)11 patterns. There are some cute crafty ones, some cute little outfits


6) an 8×8 scrapbook, matching papers and an album


So what do you have to do to win these lovely items?? Well, I have decided to start an etsy shop!! Mainly I’m going to sell hand knitted scarves. I’m terrible at naming things, it would take me weeks to come up with a name that I could decide on. So help me out! I need a name! Something fun, catchy, whimsical. If you leave a comment, let me know if you are a sewer, knitter or scrapper. Plus there will be extra goodies for you, too!!

Thanks for helping me out!

  • Gossip Girl (“Done and Done”)
  • egg nog (there’s like 10g of fat per glass!)
  • Stargate Atlantis (I’m a nerd)
  • Yahoo! Games (have you tried Chocolatier 2??!?!)
  • Nora Roberts (I can’t help it. I read everything she writes even though I don’t really like them!)
  • hand painted wool (it’s expensive but so worth it)
  • children’s books (Calvin & Hobbes, Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter)

That’s all I got off the top of my head. Been busy cleaning (it never ends) and working (my boss never stops sending me emails) I can say that my room has never looked better and I absolutely love it!
That of course, means I purged and I think I’m going to do a RAK/contest again. It’s been awhile since we had one of those at “oranginadreams”.

Stay tuned

I went to a knitting class on Sunday to make cabled hand warmers. So fun! I finished this bad boy and promptly went home to make the second one.

La di da… knitting the right warmer. Finished and now seaming it up. Wait! WHAT HAVE I DONE??

Here let me help you. (experienced knitter, I am sure you can see)


That’s right. I knit the left hand AGAIN! And I didn’t even notice until I was finished. But I didn’t have the heart to frog it. I also had James consoling me and telling me that it was ok and no one will notice.
Needless to say I will never wear these in public and have started making more. But I will follow directions.

So, I am so sorry to keep everyone waiting! A big hug and a kiss to everyone who participated in my little RAK! You ladies came up with some amazing ideas!!! I can’t thank you guys enough!

So, the winner is…

(insert trumpet fanfare here)

miss morgan! You have won the following!

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A Scenic Route paper kit (look at the little birdie), chipboard circles and diecut arrows. A stamp set from Stampin Up. The book “Coming Home” from Chatterbox and the Memory Makers Book “How to Organize Your Scrapbook Workspace”.

Thanks again! Like I said, it was really tough to pick just one because you ladies really came up with some brilliant ideas. So, I am going to send a little gift to my two runner ups!

michelle & nicole

I had so much fun doing this – I will have to do it again really soon!

I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway! I will be posting a winner tonight! Sorry for the delay – my sister and her family were in town this weekend and I got a little sidetracked! Stay tuned!

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2010 crafty:

  • curtains
  • 9 layouts
  • 1 knitted hat
  • 2 potholders
  • 2 mini collages
  • 2 cards
  • 2 knitted cowls
  • 2 knitted scarves
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