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1  Re: Frugal Living swap-round 6: Dance on Down to Frugal Town! in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: August 25, 2014 10:26:48 PM
Thank you BigBangMomma for waiting so patiently while I upload pics of the goodies you made me!

This denim bag looks just like something on my "fragal" Pinterest board! AND, the timing was perfect since the old grocery bag I've been using for years a long time ripped.

And I LOVE this top! The colors, the floral pattern, the style... It's SO me!

Thank you so much, BigBangMomma! I love my package!

On another note, my _____ arrived in the mail, so I'll be putting the finishing touches on my project and sending out soon Smiley

Also, this isn't swap related, but I'd really appreciate if you guys sent good thoughts to the people in Napa, CA. A lot of my partner's family lives up there, and while none were hurt, two of his cousin's houses were damaged by the earthquake and his aunt's house was burnt down.

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2  Teesha Moore inspired patch wall hanging (LOTS of pics!) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Alatarial on: August 19, 2013 11:39:55 PM
Once you start making Teesha Moore patches, you get hooked! So, when my partner, MissCrafty29, mentioned that she would like a wall hanging and that she liked patches, I knew what to do Smiley I made this eco/vegan themed patch wall hanging and had a blast.

One of my favorite patches was the "mushroom" patch because all the stitching around the mushrooms gave it a sort of 3-D effect:

Some more patches:

I hand dyed/painted the fabric for these patches:

Annnnnd the "Earth" patch:

I was so in love with this wall hanging that a tiny part of me wanted to keep it, lol. Guess I better hurry up and finish my next patch project!
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3  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: August 19, 2013 11:03:15 PM
I received an ah-mazing package from WiseOne, today. She pretty much spoiled me rotten and sent me enough supplies to finish my purse!

She sent me a bunch of fabric for patch making, another bundle of 2-inch strips to make a purse strap, 8(!) patches for me to finish, and three awesome eco/nature-themed patches. She even sent me a flier for me to re-purpose because it looked like an image off of my pinterest! How thoughtful is she?!

I hope the pictures are OK. I've packed my camera already, so I've taken these pics with my phone.

Here's a group shot:

Here are pics of the finished patches:

Thank you SO much! I love my patches!!!
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4  Re: Hippy Swap Round 8 - Gallery of Hippy Happiness! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alatarial on: August 13, 2013 03:16:35 PM
I received a fantastic package in the mail yesterday all the way from Canada Smiley The package was wrapped in brown packaging paper and doodled on by MissCrafty29's little one. I couldn't wait to open it up!
I got a bandanna, a slouchy beanie, a shirt (but it fits me like a dress, lol), some cute bracelets, a pair of earrings, a necklace, two bars of soap, and a set of Canada pins.
Here is a group shot of everything:

Now, I have to mention, that once I opened up the package, before I could even see its contents, I could smell that there was something very fragrant in there. I couldn't quite pick out the scent... It smelled a little minty and lavendery?? As it turned out, I was smelling the Patchouli and Cinnamon soap in combination with the hemp soap.

Yup, it seems that this soap is a bit of an aphrodisiac. I'm not going to say anything more about that except that I think I'll accidentally misplace my partner's soap... Wink

I'm really loving the jewelry MissCrafty29 made me! They are straight out of my pinterest board! I'm especially loving those bracelets... How cute are those charms?!

And you didn't think I would end this post without some action shots, did you?

Me wearing the beanie:

Me wearing the shirt/dress:

I'm very short and petite so I'll probably wear this as a dress with tights underneath. And I hope you can excuse the bathroom selfie... There was no one around for me to coerce into taking a photo of me. I don't know if you can tell from the photo but misscrafty29 hand dyed this shirt/dress Smiley

She also embroidered the venus symbol (but with a heart) onto the arm. It looks a little wonky in the photo because I'm twisting in a weird way, but in person, it looks fantastic and I LOVE it! The feminist in me got really exited to see it!

Anyways, that's my awesome package! I loved it all! Thank you so much MissCrafty29!!
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5  Re: Hitting the Beach Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: July 13, 2013 06:19:54 PM
I received a fabulous package from Beunruffled yesterday!

I got some super cute crochet footless sandals that I've been prancing around in all day, and a cute crochet bikini top!
I must say that she has some crazy mad crochet skills, and she used them to spoil me Cheesy

The great pics are also a courtesy of Beunruffled:

Now aren't y'all jealous?! Thank you so much, Suzanne! I love it all!
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6  Hitting the Beach Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: July 08, 2013 08:09:05 PM


late but in good communication
contact organizer ASAP

kittykill > Houlihan
Houlihan > kittykill

alatarial > Beunruffled
Beunruffled > alatarial

crazyda79 > midnight
midnight > crazyda79

reavesad > Haylie
Haylie > reavesad

Post all your beachy goodness here!
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7  Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: June 24, 2013 04:38:04 PM
My camera finally finished charging, so I've got some lovely pictures for you all.

First of all, chrmisha used Harry Potter stationary to write me a note...

I let chrmisha surprise me with whatever she wanted to craft for me, but I did -hint- that I loved the "always" quote and that a hoop would be nice. I wasn't sure what I would get (I love surprises) and now I LOVE what she made me!

A Snape and Lily "Always" hoop in metalic thread and with some cute charms, including a bottle of veritaserum!

The back of the hoop:

I also got this cute bracelet:

I LOVE my package! Everything in it is so me... I'm going to hang up my hoop right away, and I know that I'll be wearing the bracelet soon. Thank you so much, chrmisha! You rock!
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8  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alatarial on: June 24, 2013 04:27:00 PM
My camera is finally done charging, so here are  the pictures of the patches I received from StickerChic87.

One of my themes was "my favorite books" and both patches are of some of my favorite books. The first patch has arrows on it for The Hunger Games. The  texture is really great on this one:

The next patch is for A Clockwork Orange (it's the eye from the book cover). The eye was painted on there using a freezer paper stencil, making it truly one of a kind!

I just looove both patches! Thank you so much, StickerChic87!! My only "regret" in this swap was signing up for only one partner. I've become hooked on making these patches and seeing what others come up with.
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9  I made a dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Alatarial on: June 15, 2013 08:54:11 PM
It's been a long time since I've posted anything here. Rest assured, though, I haven't stopped sewing. I recently participated in a de-stash swap (Fill A Box Lucky 13), and I got some lovely fabric from underthemountain.

When I saw this blue bird/flower fabric, I must admit, I was instantly in love... I knew it would make an adorable garden dress. The, when I saw this dress I just knew I had to do a similar neckline. I wasn't sure if I had enough fabric to make the top, so I went ahead and made the dress...

After I finished, I had -just- enough fabric for a little shrug.

Please excuse the weird/awkward posing. My boyfriend was making me laugh.
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10  Hitting the Beach Swap (SIGN-UP CLOSED; MAIL by 7/13/2013) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alatarial on: May 27, 2013 02:16:14 PM

Swap name: Hitting the Beach Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Alatarial
Sign-up date range: 5/27/2013-6/15/2013
Date to send item by: 7/13/2013

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? 16+

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: YES
- 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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Summer has arrived! This swap is for those of you who want to hit the beach this summer and for those who want beach-inspired crafts. Anything you can take to a beach outing (swimwear, coverups, beach bags, etc.) or that reminds you of the beach (sea glass jewelry, beach themed shrine/shadowbox, seashell shaped soap, etc.) is fair game. If you need some inspiration, check this out!

This is a 4 point swap, where you will be crafting no more than two small items for your partner. This means that you can send one large item and one small, two medium items, or one medium item and two smalls. See below for a size chart.

Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

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

Good communication is required for this swap. You are expected to post at least once a week in this thread as well as PM your partner at least once a week, if only to say hi. PM the organizer and your partner once you've sent out and (for U.S. participants) include the DC#. If you are an international swapper, please take a photo of the shipping receipt.

If you want to join the swap, fill out and send in the following questionnaire to alatarial. Title the message Hitting the Beach Swap Questionnaire.  


Name of swap: Hitting the Beach 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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Does your home have any allergens (smoke, pets, etc?)
Would you prefer beach-inspired crafts or crafts that you can take with you on a beach outing?
What kind of crafts do you enjoy making?
Is there a particular type of craft you would like to receive?
What are your favorite beach-inspired themes?
Are there certain items that you DO NOT want to receive?
Do you have a pinterest or other link where your partner can find inspiration?
Are you able to check in once a week?
Are you able to post pictures when you receive? If not, will you ask your partner to photograph the items before they send out?
Anything else your partner should know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



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