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1  Robots and Aliens Swap (Sign up 10/01/2016 - 10/13/2016; Mail by 11/14/2016) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by JoyfulClover on: October 01, 2016 05:30:36 PM

(artwork by Matt Dixon(L) and The World of Blue Team (R))

Swap name: Robots and Aliens Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  JoyfulClover
Sign-up date range:  10/01/2016 10/13/2016
Date to send item by:  11/14/2016

Limited to a certain number of people? No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: No, I am not
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
- Is at least 18 years old: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
Aliens have landed on Earth!
Robots have taken over the sky!
<< Utter chaos ensues >> Golly Jeepers!  What's a mere mortal to do???
**arms waving wildly**

This swap is to craft TWO items one medium, one small in your partners selection of either a 2 robots, 2 aliens, or 1 of each (a robot and an alien).  Your personal selection may not be what you craft for.  You have the choice of size mix within the range listed below.

Minimum size requirement (like a roller coaster):

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Larger crafted packages are fine, but please make sure to communicate with your partner so nobody is disappointed (same goes for extras not necessary, but should be discussed). You must post once a week (at least every 7 days) within the thread so your partner and I know you have not been abducted by cranky aliens, disgruntled they were not asked to personally sit as your muse.  

**Danger!  Danger, Will Robinson!**  Please understand this is my first time organizing.  Feel free to offer suggestions or recommendations.  Any errors are 100% my own.

If you would like to participate, please complete the following and send to the organizer:

Name of swap:  
Craftster username:  
Email address:  
Your real name:  
Mailing address including the country:  
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?  (Yes/No)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (Yes/No)
Will you post once a week in the swap thread? (Yes/No)
Are you able to take photos of your received package? (Yes/No)
Will you post photos in the gallery to show to all-in-The-Land? (Yes/No)

Order Up!!
1.   What type of package combo would you like to receive?  i.e. Alien/Alien, Robot/Robot, or Alien/Robot
2.   List 5 of your wheelhouse crafts:
3.   List 3 crafts you would love to learn or admire:
4.   ALL CRAFTING IS GOOD, but is there a craft (for whatever reason) you would prefer NOT to receive?
5.   What are your preferred colors?  (as well as any metallics such as silver, gold, bronze)
6.   Do you have any preferred styles or esthetics? (steampunk, goth, DISCO??)
7.   Is there a particular artist you are drawn to? (either for this project or in general)
8.   What colors do you NOT like or do NOT desire for this project?
9.   Is there a style or pattern you would NOT like for this project?
10.   What are your favorite type of Aliens and/or Robots?
11.   What are your favorite Alien/Robot films, TV shows, or books?
12.   Do you have a pinterest, wist, or website to help direct your partner?  Please share!  
13.   Do you have any allergies?
14.   Are there any allergens in your home? (pets/smoke/other)
15.   Is there anything else you would like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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2  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: August 15, 2016 11:08:55 AM
I received from ysmeine today and she was so thoughtful in all her selections for me.

She chose my preference for lake/forest colors, and even carried them over into the tassels and the entwined hanging threads on a small wooden dowel:

ysmeines color family was wonderful very old world, muted.  Not a primary color ANYWHERE.  Swoon, right?  She also stitch signed her name and year (which I never remember to do and always regret it).  The front is a white/ecru linen and the back is a navy blue linen.  I have always loved how linen lends itself to an older feel, and the texture gives it a beautiful weight.  As I generally do not use this material, I love she chose it.

Here is a close up of the stitches.  She used several different types, and even included couching (the golden, middle thread).  Each leaf has the tiny tack at the top to give it the final shape, and meanders around like a happy river vine.

For lighting, I photographed it on a plain white wall, but I plan to have it on my dark midnight blue wall instead, so everything will pop. Thank you so much, ysmeine, a wonderful swap partner! 
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3  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: August 12, 2016 07:04:53 AM
Hey Abbeeroad

Yes, it's old skool macram using embroidery floss.  

Here's the center piece:

Then I cheated and stitched new fabric over a hot pad (so I wouldn't have to find heat resistant guts).  I have never mitered corners before and they turned out a bit wonky (sorry ysmeine), but...overall I'm satisfied:

thanks Always - Ysmeine said her favorite color was brown so I tried to use it often as the anchor color, but probably should have reversed it to show better? 
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4  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 (SU 6/26-7/9, SO 9/17 or 9/21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JoyfulClover on: July 03, 2016 08:07:34 AM
July 4th and I'm just here, kickin rocks:

Have a great holiday, everyone! Can't wait till we get partners!
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5  Re: Strange Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 30, 2016 07:48:35 PM
I received from LovelyMiss who made me the neatest Space Bear ever!

Here is Space Bear in his full glory:

Can you believe it!?    We both made similar strange dolls! And LovelyMiss has a great eye:

Head - a hard silver front helmet, with a back made of some type of soft plastic (same as boots), with neon tubing at his neck (straws??):

Chest - A MINI GLOBE! with a moon, and angel to watch over, and a tiny deer:

Feet - soft plastic type material trimmed in white grosgrain ribbon, and a GRENADE! (this made me laugh):

I had a fun time checking him over to pick out what she used on each piece. The fake brown fur makes me think my Space Bear might be of Russian origin.  Plus, during his space downtime, he appears to be quite the fisherman (I love the wee orange fish on a chain):

But he is also a gardener (I'm claiming these as green hydrangeas):

My Space Bear is mounted on canvas, painted in acrylic and scattered with 3D stars.  I'm going to add in hook, so I can hang him at the top of my stairs. I love all the small details she included to make my Strange Doll so VERY strange.

Thank you, LovelyMiss!  I really enjoyed swapping with you!
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6  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: June 27, 2016 02:43:17 PM
*pointing* 'Claimed!' - Daryl, TWD

Day One:
Each gift has a sweet sketch on the outside package.
Neat Halloween brads, try to imagine more candy (totally ate them), and a pumpkin sketch with swirling fall leaves:

Sederick painted a Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde skull! He even painted the inside, and secured a rotating color light with an on off switch. And by secured, I mean it looks as if he did some mini soldering, and then fastened into place so it won't move.

I love the incredible duality of this skull. What a steady hand! It will be staying out year-round:

Day Two:
A wonderful CHARM LADEN bracelet. I think just about every link has something dripping from it, yet is relatively light. Sederick included these neat orange/fall beads. It kinda reminds me of a harvest moon. And I'm pretty positive each of the tombstones are handmade. Well done!

Also, fish hook earrings with sepia tones skulls. Yummmm!

Today's package is a sweet witch (matches the bracelet), dimensional stickers, and...more candy I already ate.

Day Three:
It's best to start with the package for this one. I listed loving gargoyles as one of my Halloween items. I know it's not standard, but I wrike what I wrike, right?

So when I saw the bag I tried NOT to get too excited. Hello, sweet gargoyle bag and pretty ghost white kitteh! Also...look. We all know I just ate the candy. But it was there. For real-sies.

 But in this case, it was the BEST kind of foreshadowing:


What up, little monsterous cutie!? He's cranky and crabby, just like I like em! He's super textured, and can you see the slight redish transparency of his front horns? He's even grasping his wings in dramatic intimidation. Swooooon!

He's cute coming AND going. Check out his rumpus:

Look at that little whippy tail! And the little cutie stamp. Reminds me of My Little Ponies (originals) which speaks to my 80s worshipping heart.

Minor bad news was he arrived in bits. Tail, horns, and one ear were all popped off! After my first moment of panic, I realized it was just at the connection point. Whew! I used all my epoxy, so instead broke out my glue gun and resecured his needed appendages.

Man. I do love this little guy. Thank you, Sederick. Totally nailed this one. He's in a permanent place on a mini ledge.

Day Four:

I'm starting again with the package as Sederick is King of Foreshadowing:

Looks like..are those insects over Mister Mummy? I also received more Halloween brads. And never forget about the invisible candy I ate. Like a child, no control.

THEY ARE! Bugs! Insects! I posted these individually instead of collage style, because the labels are hi.ste.ri.cal. for serious!:

Harry Grosseum Arachnis
Mulan Province 1911

Toomanyleggs Antbiteum
Morocco 1909

Disgustingus Beetleus
South America 1912

Scorpiones Buttpokerus
Nevada 1908
This specimen bit my companion
causing him great distress

Musca Domestica Biggie
gross - Saskatchewan 1902

Arachnida Arthropoda
Bigassium Harryus
Virginia 1904
This specimen seems to be very
common but hides quite well.
Extremely poisonous you
never know when they
will resurface

Each is mounted on black with gold burnishing. The insects are a beautiful copper, with sepia washed identifiers. I will be hanging these as a group. Welcome to my home! Here, look at my neat bugs!

Intermission: Bonus!
Sederick sent bonus items! The first is (I believe) his own artwork! Nice, digital print.

And then extra flat Halloweenie items. I have wanted to try out some book mods:

We now return to our regularly scheduled program
Day Five:

This bag features a sweet mouse with gobs of candy. Bet nobody can guess what happened to all of those. What's funny is, I'm not even a candy person! Swear! But your couldn't tell by the complete lack of sugary goodness here. Shameful, really.

Also, extra skellies. Niiiiice

Sederick made a Day of the Dead themed skeleton with Autumn leaf wings.I REALLY want to know how he bent the knee without snapping him like a toothpick!

Narrow brush marks with repetitive, colorful dots.  Even tiny little beads on the wrists. And he has a hook at the back of his head for hanging.

Evil little pixie!

Day Six:
I was a little puzzled by today's artwork package.  But since I love aliens/space stuff, I didn't question it too much. I just figured, SWEET! I bet I can use him for something later!

Also, little dimensional skeletons.

BUT SNAP! Check out this sweet piece of altered art!

THAT'S RIGHT, PEOPLE! THE ALIENS HAVE ARRIVED!! And en masse! What is a group of UFO's called, anyway? A murder [of crows?] A knot [of frogs?]  probably just something boring. You know like, a fleet....


Anyway, here is an angle shot to show his 3D affect. 4 of the fleet are secured with foam to lift them off the cow pasture. The larger, mother ship is mounted just underneath the glass, also giving the frame a bleed affect.

I love this piece! I have an altered art pin board, but I am also currently hosting the Aliens and Robots Swap (y'all should come check it out. It's gonna be A.Time.!). Sederick definitely stalked me, because I didn't list this on my Q, and my package came way before I posted!

Thank you!

Day Seven:
Werewolf sketch and ghost sticker. Hummmmm...interesting

Until you see these suckers!

Seasonal dog collars for my puppers! Gah! I tried them on, and they both fit great! It's too dark at my house to get action shots, but I will do so tomorrow!

I love my puppers so much, I am thrilled beyond words to get something for them! I think these are the ones your wife made? Please make sure to tell her I said thank you!

Day Eight:
CANDY. Halloween brads (in plotting a craft for these guys) and a bag with dancing skeleton

A PIRATE shrine candle in really heavy glass!

Okay, it might not have been intended to be a pirate, but there ARE crossbones, and one of the things I listed was how I decorate for Halloween with some pirate motifs. Random, I know, but it works for me. So...I'm claiming pirate shrine candle. Already sitting out.

It finally stopped raining so I was able to take the puppers out in good light. Little Girl sat still as a statue (or a gargoyle!) and posed, Little Boy was a smidge more difficult. His groom is growing out and when looking at me, his drapey ears and fur completely covers the collar, so he has a profile shot.

Halloween prepped puppers:

Day Nine:
Super fun faux wine label stickers. I'm thinking about using these in papercraft project:

The bag features a graveyard, and I received a mini, painted coffin. The stippling is really well done, in mossy colors:

Inside the coffin is a creeptastic vingette! A scientific la-BOAR-ah-tor-ee (say it with a British accent. It sounds more legit.):

My favorite is the gazing globe and they ghosts with different eyes. Nice!

Day Ten
Happy little pumpkin on today's bag, and cardstock stickers:

A neat, Go Away box, FILLED with insects. Man, these need to be made into something, alright:

And buried underneath the crawlies...were these little gems:

That's right. Sederick made original art for me! I knew it was a stretch, but in my Q, I listed wanting to see what Halloweenies did in the off season.

So, he modded some table top cards into snapshots of mundane life moments:
Confused Dracula posting a dating profile on CandyConnections
Disgruntled Mummy, selling burgers and fries at the mall
Creature from Black Lagoon sweatin a wide awake baby
Ghost thrilled to get his soft serve ice cream at the carnival
Miami Vice Werewolf, pushin a grass cutter in his jorts

I can't express how much I love these little pieces of art. They are so bright and clever. These will be going in a frame.

Day Eleven:
Sederick is funny:

I should have taken a photo as to how he wrapped this gift. It was so intriguing! I both fiddled with it, and didnt, scared I would break it. I'm so glad I quit, because I may have snapped something.

This is Skinny Skeleton. 'Skinny' for short:

If you've ever seen Flat Stanley, you will get Skinny. His body is flat, black jean material, with a painted skeleton. His hands and feet are black SPOONS! His head is...I think it's lightweight pressed wood, but Sederick gave him dimension with perpendicular pieces, so he could fit a rotating color light inside. He's fun! I've already hung him in my kitchen.

I'd just like to give a shout out to my partner here. I mentioned loving assemblage. Sedericks wheelhouse is miniatures! The smallest I could get were peg people and mini plushes! Thank you so much for pushing outside your zone. I LOVE Skinny, and really appreciate your efforts.

Day Twelve:
Annnnnnd now I see why the dogs kept walking by, smelling the air!

Sederick - can you send me the tutorial you used for these? My puppers went bananas for them!

Day Thirteen:

Sederick wrapped up the package with some final sketches in my note:

There was a wee ghostie, too, but it's buried in the letter.

For a partner who said he didn't do extras...methinks his ' Not doing extras' and my ' Not doing extras' differ greatly! GOBS OF EXTRAS in the package and on the last day. And I love them, so I'm not complaining! But man, I shoulda sent extras!

And the gift!

Reuseable ghost bag, HUGE burgundy coffee mug (this is BEAST!), New teeth with my own bagged blood, a hand on a stick (who doesn't need to eat one of those in a lifetime?), neat magnetic container, dog biscuits for the puppers, candy corn coffee (are you kidding me with this??? Gah!), and, well, look. I'm nothing if not consistent...a missing bag of multi-chocolate coated coffee beans that's we're FRACKIN AMAZEBALLS.

Sederick - you (and Shannon) were wonderful to swap with. I'm sad it's over, but so happy we were paired, and hope you feel the same!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and Blessed Be!

\m/   JoyfulClover
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7  Robots and Aliens in New Swap Theme Ideas by JoyfulClover on: June 20, 2016 08:33:06 PM

I like robots. I like aliens. Would anyone else be interested in crafting either? Or both? If both, maybe 2 smalls? If one or the other, maybe 1 medium?

If there's interest I am willing to try my hand (first time) and organize/facilitate. Personal preference is a month craft time.
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8  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 18, 2016 06:35:29 PM
I received from rantyhippie!

She wrapped my package in a great Halloween fabric panel.  It's supposed to be a fun skirt and costume for a little girl but I am thinking it might make someone a great Halloween tree skirt!! 

Maybe add in some additional panels to make it a circle??

Very sweet.

One of my favorite things I listed for Halloween was "anthropomorphized objects and creatures" and I was thrilled to see rantyhippie chose to stitch up this happy (aka "creepy") guy from my pinterest:

HOW NEAT IS HE?? I love the gunmetal grey of the frame she chose - which is surprisingly heavy! - and how the scrollwork compliments her small stitches.  This adia is so stinkin tiny!

Seriously, check out his stitches!:

Being able to capture a transparent ghost with a gob-ton of xxxxxxxxxxx's just slays me. 

Thank you so much for being such a great swap buddy, ranty!  I just love my package!

\m/  Joyfulclover

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9  Re: Disney & Pixar Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 21, 2016 06:57:21 PM

I opened this FIRST and kind of melted a bit. I LOVE Treasure Planet and this reminds me of my favorite song from it "I'm still here" by the Goo Goo Dolls. LOVE! "You're gonna rattle the stars you are."

Whistley - this is lovely. Is this fabric preprinted, or did you use an image transfer onto fabric? And if so, what medium is it?

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10  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 21, 2016 06:06:58 AM
I received a happy little undercover package from pioneer9!  Which included FOUR gifts of FIVE fandoms!

The first two items scream of my childhood growing up in the PacWest:

1. A BLANK (which is my favorite -NO lines for me!) notebook with an Encyclopedia Brown dust cover for me to detective everywhere. The Brown Detective Agency sign in in the back (which was listed on my A):

2. A Mr. Yuk themed small painted container. Growing up these stickers were issued to the elementary school to plaster over things which should not be ingested.  This is the mascot:

For the adult fangirl, a Veronica Mars canvas wall art featuring her dog from the first season, "Backup".  I had a fawn colored pitty for 15 years, and without exaggeration, this little guys' form is hauntingly familiar to me.  Fandom AND personal connection.  I love this piece:

Finally, is THE.BEST.FANDOM.MASHUP.EVVVEERRRRRRR!!! (insert UFC announcer voice here)

A hoopla of Emily Strange, with one of her cats "Mystery" (get it?? undercover fandom + mystery???.  That pioneer9 gets the subtle jokes...) and Supernatural!!!   The ever-popular quote "Stay inside the salt ring". Which Emily would most assuredly do, as she does not socialize much: 

Emily is typically featured on a black background with white and red for color. Check out how pioneer9 handled her face, arms, and shoes - with some applique:

Do you see all those tiny, tiny, salt bit stiches??  Doesn't it make you want to lose your mind?

Thank you ever so much pioneer!  And thanks to gozer for organizing and all the other swappers for jumping on the undercover bandwagon.  If this ever cycles around again, I will be sure to sign up!



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