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1  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: July 11, 2014 08:55:10 AM
I do have a slightly better picture:

The background is watercolor, the bee is pen and ink, and then the flower is a "miner's lantern" from my yard (which is the flower shown in the background underpainting).

Also, I just wanted to point out that I was almost late sending because I considered starting over - I liked the underpainting so much I didn't want to cover it up!

(The animal cards were mostly for extra package integrity... but they amuse me so I'm glad you liked them.)
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2  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: July 03, 2014 11:34:07 AM
I received this lovely ATC from CDEeeek on my theme "dark moments in traditional fairy tales." In the Grimm version of the Cinderella story, her sisters cut off their toes and heels to try to fit into the magic gold shoe.

The poem reads:
There's blood in the shoe!
The shoe is too tight.
This bride is not right!

Not sure why my pics are sideways...

Here is a picture where you can see that the shoe is actually metallic gold:

This is just the kind of fairy tale moment I was looking for. Smiley Thanks CDEeeek!  
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3  Re: Fairy Tale Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dontneedaclassroom on: May 05, 2014 10:02:54 AM
Ludi - You have no idea how many places I looked for a monkey cookie cutter - the gorilla was the closest I got.  And I have to say I like your pendant even better than the painting.Smiley

The mirror is supposed to be attached to the hoop for hanging. Sorry it came apart in the mail! If you take the hoop apart you can just sort of jam the mirror in the inner ring (the wood stretches a little bit) and then when you put the outer ring on and tighten it, it's fairly sturdy. (#1)

Then you can hang the owl in front of the mirror by wrapping the chain around the fastener, or at least set it on the bottom and kind of lean it back. (#2)

And I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I really love those stacking character blocks Kittykill made.
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4  Re: Fairy Tale Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dontneedaclassroom on: May 03, 2014 02:33:59 PM
I got Ludi's awesome package the other day. We agreed to do two large items and maybe a little extra or two. - and boy was I blown away! (I'm so glad I sent mine before I opened Ludi's, I'd have been paralyzed by trying to compete.)

First, the cutest red riding hood! She's got a little weight in the bottom so she doesn't fall over. I can't get over her little basket.

Second, the crazy one - Scheherazade telling a story from the 1001 Nights. That background is entirely satin stitched, and her jewelry is all french knots. I love the little smirk on her face. Just wow.

And third, my personal favorite - the perfect Labyrinth pendant! It looks like maybe it was carved out of plaster of paris? But I have no idea how one would get the awesome claw that way. It seems sturdy enough to actually wear around and you better believe I will.

Thank you so much! These are gorgeous!
(This might set a record for number of exclamation points in any of my posts to date...)
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5  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: April 02, 2014 10:25:45 PM
I got my package from pjr107, and I couldn't be happier.

First, the cutest hat, here modeled by my lamp.

But the nonsense is all in the buttons - as the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy says, earth is (mostly) harmless.

Second, this doll in the true spirit of Hyperbole and a Half:

And here is an action shot of the doll with my deeply puzzled cat:

Thanks, they're great!
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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: March 05, 2014 03:18:43 PM
Maybe it's just my monitor, but I think this picture is a little closer to the true color of the amber card (the color is the whole point, haha):

I'm glad you liked it. Smiley Man, I'd love to have a spider in amber, that sounds so cool!
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7  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 11 GALLERY - Send out March 7, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: March 05, 2014 09:29:33 AM
All right, I finally managed to get my pics into a computer! Woo!

I got this lovely package from fancybutch after a long feud with the post office. I think I got most of my goodies into these pics:

The little cat is the cutest!

Lots of little textured things, and a wrapper for Monster Munch, which sounds truly monstrous but I hope you enjoyed eating it: Smiley

Lots of fun ribbon and transparent/textured paper, and I'm in love with the robot stickers:

And the little umbrella woodcut is so nice, I framed it as is and will be giving it to a friend for her birthday next week:

Thanks fancybutch!
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8  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: February 28, 2014 09:49:20 PM
I got an elegant card on my origami theme from vincentvanbuck yesterday!

The backing is black, but it isn't attached so I have more display options.

I clipped it together and hung it up for now. I'll have to think about whether to do something fancier with it.

Thanks, I love it!

この枯淡のATCをどうもありがとうございます。折り紙の切り紙 とは、きれいな駄洒落ですね。^_^ 封筒の字は上手なので、日本語を話せると思っている。それなければ、私は恥ずかしですわね。再びペアを組むなら、嬉しいですよ!(私の日本語は下手になった、すみません。)

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9  Re: OT Literary Thing and A Used Paperback Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: February 08, 2014 08:32:01 AM
I receved my package last night from lady4feet! She made me a lovely necklace with Alice-themed charms and the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. She picked the book based on my interest in the genres: "extremely competent characters", "jerks who get away with it because they're competent", and "beautiful writing". I have read it before (good try though!) but I liked it and I'm glad to have a copy. Smiley It's my own fault for working in a bookstore so long.

The charm necklace has three teardrops, a pocket watch, a teapot, a potion vial, and a lock&key clasp. But the real star of the show is the pendant, which is hand-stamped to say "we're all mad here" and has a pretty queen of hearts charm - just in time for Valentine's day. Smiley The picture doesn't do justice to the color, it really is a nice deep cherry-red.

Thanks lady4feet! It's always a pleasure to swap with you. Smiley
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2014 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: January 30, 2014 08:47:20 AM
So many lovely cards in the last couple of days! It seems like texture is a kind of unofficial theme for this round...  I especially love those skulls by Mostly Harmless. The loose, kind of goofy line and color is an unexpected treatment for skulls. So cool.

My lovely card from Helcura actually arrived on Tuesday, but I didn't see it until this morning (oops, teach me to put the mail on the desk and never look at it again...). It's titled "The Owl Flies Softly," for my natural science theme. It's so simple and clean, even with so much detail:

It'll make a great set with the apeiron card I got from kosmicgirl earlier in the month. Smiley The back of the ATC, and in the card it came in, say that she was inspired by how the design of owl wings makes their flight nearly silent. 

Also, a bonus - the card the ATC came in is so pretty it could almost be an ATC itself, with a little judicious trimming! Smiley The picture doesn't really do the colors justice, in real life the blue doesn't clash with the orange/green collage in the middle.

Thanks Helcura!
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