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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  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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6  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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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2014 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: January 18, 2014 10:19:11 PM
I love the colorful layers combined with the shiny snowflakes. So cheerful!

I received my gorgeous ATC on the theme of "pre-socratic philosophers" from kosmicgirl:

The card is based around apeiron (ἄπειρον), which is a word that literally means "infinite" or "unlimited." It was brought into Greek philosophy by Anaximander ca. 600BC as a term for a sort of vital, non-elemental "background" that allows opposites to arise and serves as the wellspring of existence.

Kosmicgirl represented that here with the four classic Greek elements emerging from apeiron, but unified in style and color. So much meaning in such a simple card!

Plus, just look at these clean lines:

Thanks kosmicgirl, it's perfect!

Mini-lesson for the curious:

Anaximander (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaximander) was one of the very earliest Greek philosophers. Very little of his writing remains, but he was very influential; everything we know about him comes from later philosophers still arguing about his ideas. He was part of the first group of Greek thinkers trying to find a way to discuss and describe the world - especially the beginning of the world - without bringing gods into it. From a modern perspective, they were groping towards science, without any idea what that would look like. One of my favorite periods in the history of philosophy. Smiley
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2013 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: January 05, 2014 09:47:47 AM
I got my gorgeous card from cmarion3 on Friday. The theme was strong light and shadow/your favorite bit of poetry. Look at the fantastic painted (?) stripes and the eyes.

Plus, the eyes are actually 3-D, with mermaid tears adding depth and vibrancy.

This is my first ever ATC and I couldn't ask for a better one - thanks cmarion3!
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9  Re: Shelves for my markers! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dontneedaclassroom on: December 17, 2013 12:30:56 PM
I love the idea of just putting the markers out in cubbies - so convenient! Mine always end up everywhere, on the floor, under furniture, in my cat's lair...

I have a couple of ideas for ways to mount the cubby below the shelf, without trying to actually attach it to the shelf.

1.) 2 or 3 big ol' L-brackets and a black piece of plywood; drill the brackets into studs, put the thin black plywood on top to make a skinny shelf, and put the marker bin on it.

1.a) Or, if you don't want to see the brackets, since the marker bin will be filling the gap entirely, you could mount 4-ish smaller L-brackets upside down. Here is my terrible diagram:

2.) Build your bin out to be a floating shelf all on its own. A couple of bucks for more plywood (to make it deeper and construct the lip) and mounting hardware might be a worthwhile investment.

Anyway, it's looking good so far, if it was in my house I'd be calling it a day. Smiley
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10  Re: Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dontneedaclassroom on: December 15, 2013 10:10:19 PM
Wow, I love that Anoia shrine!

I received from lady4feet a couple of days ago, but it's been a crazy couple of days in between. Smiley She sent me a cute little card, a lovely bit of embroidery with one of my favorite quotes from the Tiffany Aching books, and my very own Ank-Morpork City Watch badge.

"Taint what a horse looks like, it's what a horse be." And look how cute the little horse charm is!

The badge is a transformer - it has a cord to wear it as a necklace, or I can flip up the ribbon and wear it as a pin.

The embroidery is already hanging on my gallery wall, and the badge is hanging on a keyhook by the front door in case any sudden crimes occur during important state dinners.

Thanks lady4feet!
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