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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 27 - Crafty Quickstep, SU Closed, SO Dec 15 on: December 15, 2014 07:01:08 AM
This morning has been a comedy of errors, from trying to create a password for USPS to print shipping (seriously, you'd think they're the FBI with their password requirements - 10 characters, upper and lower case letters, at least one number, at least one special character (but an exclamation point doesn't count, there's a list of something like 6 that are acceptable), oh, and you can't have a character repeat more than once) to their payment system apparently being on the fritz (they say they can't process my payment and yet it shows up on the credit card site as pending, so what is the major malfunction?!) and to top it off in the rush to try (and fail) to do that I taped up my packages without a note in them. But as I now have to go stand in what will undoubtedly be a large line at the post office after dashing to and from the car in what looks like it promises to be another downpour, I just can't even...

But they will get mailed today, I've gone through this much I'm not going to let it win.  I just have to keep checking with my credit card to make sure the pending charges and the adjustments all cancel out and I don't pay for postage they refused to let me print. :/

This is what happens when I try to do things the "easy" way!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: December 12, 2014 05:21:06 PM
I am behind on my commenting!  I've been working like mad on a swap project... while watching Xena... would that count for the New Zealand prompt?  Okay, a stretch too far, perhaps...  Wink

oddacity - nice fern badge, I adore silver and black, and the stitching is lovely!  And I am super-jealous of anyone who can spin.  I have a drop spindle but am rubbish with it (I put the "drop" in it, that's for sure...).

- I was an army brat, I feel you on the moving around, I'm having a hard time with the "hometown" prompt!  Nice frog, he looks so cuddly!  And the moose is cute!  I also was thinking Eye of Horace for Egypt, I think yours looks great even with the limitations of plastic canvas!  The dino sign is adorable, and your girl elf is cute, and the blue-footed booby... well, I have to admit it makes me snicker to say, because I'm still 12 years old a heart, apparently... Congrats on finishing all the prompts!  That's amazing!

- I like the wreath!  It's not that lopsided, and I really like the white and blue.  And, of course, everything you stencil is amazing!

gozer - I don't know how you work on doll clothes, they're small and fiddly, but those dresses are adorable!

artsycandice - Awwww, the bird and leopard puppets!  So cute!  And I want to make potatoes now, too, though I have no idea what I'd do with them...

FreakieGeekie - I like the purple stocking, though I understand about the brightness factor.  Looks amazing in the picture, though!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap Gallery on: December 12, 2014 05:07:29 PM
Suereal, I'm glad you at least say you're not too disappointed, after the package I got from you! 

First off, the box was packed with tassels which I don't have a picture of handy, but that's part of an agreement (you still have to tell me what you want for that, btw!).  I have plans for them...  but on to the package...

Bunnicula!  Anyone else love The Celery stalks at midnight?

I actually re-read the books as an adult, fully expecting to be completely disappointed and ruin a great childhood memory, but... it didn't!  I enjoyed them just as much!

Day of the Tentacle!  That and Sam and Max Hit the Road were my favorite computer games when I started playing them  Also, a lot of good memories of playing them with my hubby back before he was my hubby!

The inside is an old film canister, so he can hide things!

And those are great, don't get me wrong, but when I opened the next thing... I was speechless.  I made everyone in my office come look at it and most people loved it (a few said she was a little creepy, but I think that's just a doll reaction for some people).  Plus, I've been mainlining Xena season 1 while working on my IYP projects, so it was incredibly topical!

And the details!

Her skirt and chakram!  Yes, it's detachable!  And it slots into her outfit just like on the show!


Scabbard for her sword!

And even the little details on her outfit!

Thank you so much, she is incredible and I can't stop smiling!  Plus, I got to make all my FB friends incredibly jealous!  Cheesy Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery on: December 12, 2014 06:23:40 AM
How did I miss those last two packages? Love the dragonfly in a jar and the poodle moth! This had been an awesome swap gallery!
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 27 - Crafty Quickstep, SU Closed, SO Dec 15 on: December 11, 2014 01:28:10 PM
Ten episodes of Xena later and I'm thrilled with what I'm making, plus I've shown it to other people and they say they like it, so... I hope Kwality does, too! I thought I was done with Luckdragon's package, but now I'm thinking... not quite yet...

I should be fine to mail on Monday, though!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 11, 2014 01:23:59 PM
Poe looks like he's having so much fun! Willow is caught up in my pre-holiday stress, but we did go to the Natural History and Spencer Art Museums on the KU campus, and he helped with our annual gift-wrapping even with one of the nursing homes.

This was a temporary crochet sweater I made for him on the way to the nursing home, we stopped at an antique store on the way back and I found a similar sized bear with a more Christmas themed sweater he's wearing now!  Hopefully I'll get to download and organize some of the photos soon!
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 27 - Crafty Quickstep, SU Closed, SO Dec 15 on: December 09, 2014 11:01:08 AM
Jemimah, my Dad is living in Fiji right now, I once had to mail him a bow (archery) in a case and it was a whole mess about (kinda) jokingly being accused of being an international arms dealer... surprisingly, they relented when I assured them it was *unloaded*.  Also cost $500 to ship... O.o But smaller packages were reasonable, at least!  Have fun!

I have one package done and the other... I'm second-guessing myself (isn't that always the case?). I'll do more work tonight but if I don't start to love it I might pack it in. It's be hours and hours of work and I don't want to invest so much time that if I don't like it in the end I can't make something else!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap Gallery on: December 09, 2014 10:53:05 AM
Eeeeeeeee! More adorable characters and a squishy, loveable doll!  This gallery is awesome!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 08, 2014 12:14:49 PM
Oh, he died, all right, but your idea of a straw hat would have been perfect!  Darn!  *sigh*
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 08, 2014 11:52:09 AM
Awwww, I love that One in a Minion shirt!  How awesome!

I should have been working on my swap stuff, but zombie boy was taunting me.  No fear, I took care of that...

And now he can't taunt me any further, because... of... well, it's a long story.  But he is no more, and all he left behind was hurt, frustration, and a few pictures.  Farewell, creepy statue, you will not be missed!

Back to the sewing cave, to try to regain some of my dignity...  O.o
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