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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 16, 2014 06:19:40 PM
My first of two sets today is from stillatthetop:

 
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Don't be scared, it's just a little bit of tasteful toplessness for La Sirena.   Wink  The bingo chips are a wonderful touch, and I really like La Muerte's scythe.

Next up are two pieces from rscowtown:



The images pop beautifully against the black background.  And yes, rscowtown, I definitely like the extra bit hanging off the edge.

Thank you for more wonderful pieces, ladies!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 15, 2014 07:22:36 PM
QUILLING!  What a perfect embellishment for puzzle pieces!  Consider that idea officially stolen for future rounds  Wink

I got pieces today from hazelly:



Oh, the craftiness!  I had some images like this posted on my Pinterest, I'm so glad hazelly went with a crafty theme!  They look wonderful, thank you so much.  Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 14, 2014 07:07:24 PM
How clever to outline the puzzle shape with a "bee line"!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 14, 2014 06:49:46 PM
Two sets to share today.  First up, from seeuudee:



She said that initially she struggled finding inspiration with the theme (after working on themes for 10 different partners, I totally understand!), until she found this awesome Mayan-themed set of images.  They're wonderful, seeuudee, thanks so much!  She also sent copies of all the other images from the set, so I have lots of cool extras to play with.   Cheesy

Next are pieces from smmarrt:



El Hongo!  It looks kind of flat in the picture, but the mushrooms are actually painted wood cut-outs, they really pop against the background.  The pic also doesn't really do justice to the pretty background color on La Corona.  Thank you both so much, ladies!
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 13, 2014 06:49:15 AM
Hi All,

I just wanted to confirm that for this round, even when returning finished pieces, we do NOT have to get a confirmation number, correct?  Of course I want everyone's pieces to be safely accounted for, but with 10 partners, I also want to make sure I can afford the postal bill.  Wink  (I am sending in bubble mailers for protection.)

5 out of 10 partners done.  I am getting them packed up now, so I can happily pile them up on the counter to mail tomorrow and get them off my craft table.  Besides going to church, my only agenda item for today is crafting for this swap -- so hopefully 12 hours from now, there will be another check-in with an "all finished" status.   Smiley

6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 07, 2014 06:58:39 PM
Only a week left 'til send-outs!   Shocked  I have a little catching-up to do: hopefully I can get some good work in each night after work this week.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 07, 2014 06:56:39 PM
Lovely pieces!  I especially like the comic text and the orange "J" monogram.

I have a couple more sets to share for my Loteria puzzle, first from sammylouise40:



A traditional "La Luna", and a non-traditional "La Xtabay" -- I love them both!  I had never heard of la xtabay before, but a quick Google search filled me in on a very interesting legend!  Great choice sl40, I think it is going to end up being one of my favorite pieces.   Smiley

And then, from Golden Sunshine:



Another La Luna (very fitting for her!  Group mates will understand what I mean  Wink ) and a La Rosa.  I would've never thought to add the colors of the Mexican flag, so smart!  Thank you for some more awesome pieces, ladies.

Gosh, now I'm feeling the pressure to deliver for my partners!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 05, 2014 04:00:29 PM
Both of the Disney pieces look just awesome!
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: March 30, 2014 03:05:31 PM
Checking in for the week -- I have one piece done, several more in progress.  Since I'm completely done with all my other swaps, I have nothing else to work on but this swap for the next two weeks.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong on: March 28, 2014 09:13:39 PM
I almost feel silly posting this, because a) it is not a craft at all, and b) it may be super obvious, but I had this light bulb go off, and I was so excited I had to stop what I was doing and implement this immediately!

So, I am one of those people who doesn't own a sewing machine, but still feels a compulsive need to start every trip to the craft store in the fabric aisles.  I have been storing my fabric in plastic drawers on wheels, but storage space in my craft closet is quickly becoming a premium.

Anywho, a couple months ago, I Pinned this idea for using a filing cabinet to organize fabric on hanging file folders:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/489977634431076389/

Which looks great and all, except for the fact that I have no spare filing cabinet at the moment.  As I was going through my pins, though, and came upon this guy again, it suddenly occurred to me that I could put my fabric on wire hangers!  Et voila:



I mean, I know that it is such an obvious thing (in fact, when I bothered just now to actually click on the Pin to the original link, sure enough, the blog posting had this very same idea posted), but what can I say, it didn't occur to me until now.  I actually ran out of wire hangers with a lot of fabric left to go, but I just picked up a load of dry cleaning this week, so more are on the way.  Wink  I have them secured to the hanger with a couple of large paper clips -- seems like they will hold just fine without sliding off the hanger.

As an added bonus, I get to delve into my OCD love of organizing.  Naturally, the fabrics are arranged into sections: first, primarily color patterns (ROYGBIV order, of course), then holiday fabrics hanging chronologically, and finally, themed fabrics alphabetized by topic.



And yes, that is (upside-down) George Washington with abs on that July 4th fabric -- now you know who's buying all those delightfully tacky holiday male pin-up fabrics at Joann.  Kiss
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