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11  Re: Woodland Creatures Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 23, 2016 06:53:08 PM
There are some amazing goodies in this gallery! I love the tree hoops, and the apron, and the wood burning and the peyote (?) jewellery and everything else as well!

I received my parcel today and I am so chuffed with it, kitty Anne got me spot on, and I now have total swap anxiety that what I sent isn't emough or good enough!!!

So I got:

Yummy chocolate that did not want to stay around long enough to have a pic taken...

A fabulously purple fabric basket which will be put to good use collecting scrap bits of wire ready for the bin:

A painted / drawn stone that I will have to set in jewellery as a pendant:

A delicious lip balm with a top hat wearing hat:

A lovely felt/cross stitched owl key ring which will actually go on my bag I think

A beautiful reversabile bag which I adore and will get a lot of use. It's nice and small but with a cross body strap, perfect! The fact that it's purple and has a unicorn on is even more perfect. My husband said "wow that's so you". It will get a LOT of use!

And last the piece de resistance for me, a gorgeous covered notebook and pencil with hedgehog topper. I love the fact this holds a pen/pencil so they are always together, the hedgehog is adorable and the fabric is beautiful

Thank you so much Kitty, this is in my top 3 swap parcels of all time!!!!
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12  A couple more rings, different to my normal style in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: January 25, 2016 04:07:50 AM
So, I've been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone lately and create things that are not my normal style. I've made myself two rings that are very different to what I make/wear, but I love them. Hope you like....

Amethyst and silver wire. This is a lot more delicate than anything I normally make or wear:

Then, I bought an absolutely stunning strand of Labradorite when I saw it I knew I had to fit as much as possible of it on a ring for myself so I could sit and stare at it all day long. This is very big and chunky, definitely a statement ring, but I adore it!

Really hope you like them Smiley
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13  Labradorite ring with purple and silver wire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: January 12, 2016 02:58:21 PM
On Saturday i am going on a wire work course. I am so excited! I made this ring to wear on the day. Pendant and bracelet will follow.

It is a Cadburys purple wire with one strand of silver. It is lighter than this pic...

But brighter than this one...

This shows it on my hand, it is definitely a big chunky one

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14  Bronzite and copper wire ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: December 30, 2015 11:06:50 AM
I have just made this ring for my mum using a bronzite stone and copper coloured copper wire. It's a size M-N. Hope you like Smiley
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15  Re: mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: December 28, 2015 04:51:45 PM
Ooo it turns out I do have pics of the jewellery set I made Edel for day 12:

The stones are Druzy on quartz and are very glittery!




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16  Re: mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: December 24, 2015 06:12:42 PM
Day  11

I love this, a terry pratchett themed cross-stitch, pillow case

I atent dead (apologies for the sideways post, but I am typing this in the dark with about two thirds of a bottle of sparkling wine onboard...


I'm so glad you like it, this is the thing that I did first and took nearly a week, when I was expecting to have it done in a day or two! Was originally going to send two as a large, but ran out of time so sent one as a medium (although it took a "large" amount of time!)

I was worried about it being so wonky but my husband who is a massive TP fan says It suits Granny Weatherwax as she is a wonky kind of character, so I am saying it was deliberate;)

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17  Labradorite and gold wire cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: December 22, 2015 11:48:05 AM
I've been making this cuff over the past couple of days to wear for Christmas. Hope you like Smiley
On wrist
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18  Moonstone and copper wire bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: December 11, 2015 12:55:42 PM
Here are a couple of pendants I've made over the last couple of days as Christmas presents Smiley the stones are rainbow moonstone and I've tried to capture the magic of their colours in the first pic xxx

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19  Re: mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: December 06, 2015 05:42:00 PM
Argh am I the last to claim my spot? Here are all my parcels waiting to be opened!

On the first day of Christmas my partner sent to me....

A beautiful lapis lazuli TOL pendant and pretty earrings to match Smiley

On the second day of Christmas my partner scared me!

I have a book I read in the toilet (sorry for TMI!) my husband has kindly leant me one of his two bookmarks as I don't have one.

I love notebooks but haven't been able to find one I love with plain paper (ie not lined) but have been looking for one to sketch jewellery designs etc.

Edel didn't know any of that. But never the less I received....

More lapis on the bookmark which I still love, and beautiful magical mushrooms on the notebook, which led to a hilarious convo with my husband

Backstory: although I love magical mushrooms/toadstools I am phobic of them as a foodstuff. (Yes I know it's a crazy phobia!)

Me: wow it's mushrooms
Hubby: oh I better have it then
Me: no I love mushrooms
Hubby: sorry?
Me: NO I don't mean that, I love magic mushrooms
Me: No, I don't mean that either!

(Don't know if it's the same worldwide but here in England Magic mushrooms are an illegal drug)


Anyhow, thank you Edel I'm well chuffed with both days so far Smiley

On the third day of Christmas my partner sent to me two awesome tree decs that I love, they are SO clever! And I love buttons!

On the 4th day of Christmas my partner sent to me a lovely hanging heart ornament and something that I think smashed in the post Sad was it a button wreath? I have a glue gun so will have a play at fixing it!

On the 5th day of Christmas my partner sent to me, a fab Ratty stamp(?) which I love Smiley and a wonderful Arsenal pouch for my amazing husband Smiley Chris loves his new pouch and asked me to pass on his thanks. I love receiving things for him as I always struggle with what to make for him!

On the 6th day of Christmas my partner sent to me......omg.....beads! And earring hooks and beads and charms and beads! (I am slightly bead obsessed and love these, thank you, thank you!! Smiley

On the seventh day of Christmas my partner sent to me:

Heart shaped LED lights! Love them Smiley

On the 8th day of Christmas my partner sent to me, the most AMAZING ratty tote bag that I will be using regularly! I can't tell you how much I love this! I love handmade or unusual bags, I love and collect ratty things but struggle to find much, for some peculiar reason they're not very popular! And I am totally addicted to purple, so this bag is SO me! My husband took one look at it and said "wow that's very you"!!! Thank you so much Edel Smiley

It even has a pocket inside -look

On the 9th day of Christmas my partner sent to me, a stunning labradorite and (carnelian and Aqua marine???) pendant. I am seriously obsessed by labradorite and this is a particularly amazing one! Smiley did you make the setting for the stones yourself? It is so perfectly shaped for the stones!

Showing some of the amazing colour play in the labradorite

Every time I open a present I think wow Edel has made me the perfect item, nothing else can be as good as this, and yet, somehow everyday is just that little bit more perfect than the last!

When I knew I'd got Edel as my partner I hoped and wished she would make me a Top, she made one for me and one for my husband in a previous swap and we both loved them, mine grew tatty through over wearing but my husband wears his to this day (it was a good few years ago we swapped!

Anyway, without further ado my partner sent to me...

I love, love, love it! Thank you SO much Edel! Tomo I may even take an action shot!

Action shot as promised, though my husband didn't do a good job of capturing the rat!

On the 11th day of Christmas my partner sent to me, an amazingly awesome messenger bag! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this! Like many women I have a thing for handbags, but luckily for my husband I don't love expensive ones but quirky and/or hand made ones! This again is so me, I can't believe how well Edel got me this swap!

I can't believe I only have one present left! Anyone up for a 366 days of Christmas swap starting Jan 1st?

A pic of inside showing two pockets

I can't decide whether I am happy or sad about today's present! It is THE most amazing thing I've ever received in a swap so that makes me happy, but it is also the last of the two days and it has been an amazing swap - Edel,  I really hope I get to swap with you again, thanks for being such an awesome partner!

So, on the 12th day of Christmas my partner gave to me......a kick A quilt, a big quilt, a big purple quilt, a big purple kick ass quilt! It completely blew me away! I love love love love it! Thank you SO much! My husband couldn't get it all in the shot so I will take a better one over the next couple of days, but here is a picture so you can all see the awesomeness and the smile on my face!
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20  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 6 (green by 11/12, send by 11/17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ratfinkz on: October 27, 2015 07:06:58 PM
My finished trees Smiley
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