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1  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - February 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: March 16, 2015 05:59:59 PM
I love that octopus moveable - so cute!

My card from AugustBell arrived today - a lovely little watercolor on the theme "your favorite bit of poetry." I love the color and the simplicity sets off the quote perfectly.

Thanks AugustBell!
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2  Re: Half-a-Hoopla Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: September 29, 2014 09:42:19 PM
I love the space oak tree. It make me realize that I didn't post any pictures of my hoop!

My phone's SD card died so I have 0 pictures of any part of this swap prior to last week. But the "before" that I sent to scarlet_nights was just a rocket ship:

scarlet_nights added a super-cute quote, Captain Kirk quoting Peter Pan: "Second star to the right and straight on til morning." She said the colors on the ship reminded her and her boyfriend of Starfleet uniform colors. Smiley

Thanks scarlet_nights!
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3  Re: Half-a-Hoopla Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; 1st ROUND MAIL BY 8/25/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dontneedaclassroom on: August 19, 2014 11:30:05 AM
Teaser pic:

Not sure exactly who I'm teasing in this scenario, admittedly. Smiley
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4  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: August 15, 2014 09:21:59 PM
Luvebuggy99, sorry it came apart in the mail! The mystery bits are magnets and decorative copper pieces. The two magnets hook together so that one connects to the shrine and the other can connect to a fridge. Or, since the magnet shape naturally leaves a hole, you can also use it to hang on the wall.

From the front, you just see the spiky part of the magnet. Then the two copper pieces make a cute little arch.

Also, I don't know if you noticed, but the two little fish rotate around so you can put them vertically to make the sign for pisces! Smiley
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5  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: August 13, 2014 10:20:09 AM
I just managed to get my pics from my phone to the internet, lol. I received this fun shrine/playset from Luvebuggy99! Two of my themes were "tiny dollhouse" and "the Odyssey" so this idea was pretty perfect.

Here is the box - the lid is Mt. Olympus so I can stand it against the wall and have Olympus standing tall above the other locations. You can also see Scylla (a sea monster), a Siren, Hades, and two buildings (do these represent specific places?).

There are also tiny figurines of Odysseus and Hermes, with a quarter for scale. I love that Odysseus can go in and out of his ship, and it made me laugh that Hermes has wings on the back of his shoes.

Here is a close-up of Scylla, my favorite of the tiny places:

So cute. It's going on my bookshelf right by my Homer-related books. Thanks Luvebuggy99!
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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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