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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: November 20, 2012 12:02:54 AM

Oooooo that mini-painting is gorgeous!!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** on: November 11, 2012 01:31:22 PM
Hey Crescentfresh! You can see the grove your art reminds me of ... http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8492132

The aspen grove is along the Umtanum Creek Trail. The creek feeds in to the Yakima River, which winds winds winds its way down/over/up/across to the Columbia River, which leads to the Pacific Ocean. When I dip my hot hands into the cool creek in the summer, shaded by those aspens, I like to think I'm somehow touching the ocean. Wink 
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** on: November 07, 2012 05:20:57 PM
I received from Crescentfresh!

What a lovely swap partner - I am enjoying all her crafted items!

So, first up is a group shot:



She sent a reusable shopping bag, a hoop, and a fantastic painting!  The bag is a great brown/ruby corduroy, sturdy and washable and perfect for bringing home the heavy things like all the jars of pickles I love to snack on!   Wink

Now, just look at this wonderful happy colorful hoopla:


I LOVE THIS!!!!  Bird! Colors! Happy! Love love love. I have it in my office and every time a professor stops by with another (last minute) request, they say "Oh! That's wonderful!" and tell me if I ever don't want it any longer, I can give it to them to hang in their office. AS IF. This puppy is MINE MINE MINE!!!!!

And THEN. Then I got a painting.


I am telling you, she got me SPOT ON.  Autumn! Birches! Sunshine! It reminds me of an aspen grove that a friend and I hike to every year in the Yakima River Valley - we try to go multiple times a year in order to see it in all the seasons, and this makes me think of all those happy trips (including spotting a hawk on a nest in the grove one year!). This is getting a cute little frame this weekend, and will also hang in my office (which, while lovely in that it is an office and not a cubicle, consists of four bare icy blue walls - so all this color is so so perfect for brightening it up!).

THANK YOU thank you thank you.  Perfect swap package!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: November 07, 2012 04:40:25 PM
Received!!!

I'm so sorry for the delay, folks ... these illnesses are kickin' my tushie, I'm still not back at work full time and I fell asleep in the middle of eating a sandwich the other evening. Woke up to find the cat stealing the turkey out from between the bread - she had a look like "if YOU aren't going to bother eating it, I WILL!" LOL

So! I got two lovely packages for my birthday!!!

First off, I got a lovely package from Whysteria - she sent me some great little fingerless mitts and a cat toy for my floofy Phoebe!

Well, I have a photo of the mitts ... but the cat toy was SNATCHED from me the instant I opened the envelope, and Phoebe took it with her to bed and it's in the blankets now! I'll grab a photo tonight - she LURVS her new toy, and I woke up one morning recently to find her sitting on my chest, dangling it in front of my face - "play with me!". The toy was all drooly and quite the startling sight at 5am. LOL

So! My lovely soft comfy gray mitts - just perfect for me! And the lovely card she sent.





I am going to enjoy wearing these when it gets coooooold in my drafty little cabin this winter!!  Thank you SO MUCH, I keep petting the mitts as they are so nice and soft. And Phoebe has deemed your toy worthy of nesting with in the blankets, so that's a big two kitty-thumbs up!  Grin Grin Grin  THANK YOU!!!!!!


Then I got a box from ChevelleZombie, who really spoiled me!

Group shot:


She knitted me a scarf (will see that in another photo) and some nifty little coasters/mugrugs for me for at work (I eat lunch at my desk, I'm surrounded by biological labs ... the desk is the safest place!), and made a traveling tea kit for me!!!


The lovely mug she sent - oh I love the dots, so Mod! It's now my official afternoon tea mug. And it's sitting on the scarf she made, which is already around my neck. My office has been dubbed "The North Pole", it gets so freezing cold in here - so the scarf is a welcome addition!

Now it's Tea Time!


Contents:

Teas, sweeteners, lemon, mug rugs ... it's wonderful!!

THANK YOU!  I love my birthday package. (You'll notice only one packet of candy is pictured - the rest were hoovered up by me in a fever-induced sugar craving episode! YUM!!!)



Bless you both, and TroubleT, for your patience with me as I struggle back to feeling human again ... I've put myself on a swap moratorium for quite a few months, until I'm back to 100% health and caught back up at work. You two really made my birthday month - I was having quite the pity party for myself, I still haven't seen my parents and had my birthday cake!!! So your packages were VERY welcomed. You made me have an actual birthday!   Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast on: November 06, 2012 09:28:22 AM
Lunamione, that's a wonderful idea! I love the image of you rescuing a little someone from the thrift store. Smiley Smiley Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast on: October 28, 2012 04:18:54 PM
What a great package - the licorice ice cream has me very interested!  Smiley


I lost my little gnome in the Roaming Gnome swap when my partner went AWOL, I do miss her so much still!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 26, 2012 09:03:28 AM
Lovely! But I didn't make them for you.  Grin (I might be highly feverish, but I think I would still remember knitting something and mailing it out to you! LOL)
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 24, 2012 10:05:56 PM
Hey guys! Sorry for the radio silence from me - frankly, I've been asleep! I feel kind of like Rip van Winkle... lol

YOu see, strep turned into pneumonia and every single little tiny action became well nigh impossible! BUT everything is packed up and ready to go, and if *I* don't get to the post office tomorrow, my best friend or my neighbor will mail the packages on Friday. Also means I probably won't be able to pick up my packages from my PO box (stuff gets stolen from porches in my neighborhood so I use a box) until ... Mon? Tues?

I'm so sorry! Man, what a birthday month this turned out to be. My parents live an hour south and I *still* haven't been down to see them and HAVE MY BIRTHDAY CAKE.  My parents ate it! Mom called to tell me IT WAS DELICIOUS.  Now what kind of loving mother is that? LMAO (It's ok, really, as I know I will get another cake when I actually finally do get down there!)  And she says their birthday present to me is sitting there wrapped and waiting. Aaaaaaaaaaaa she's so mean.  Grin Grin Grin  (Good thing I love them a lot, heh heh)

And now I'm going back to sleep. So many unread posts in craftster but I just can't keep my eyes open!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 18, 2012 10:54:20 AM
Suddenly the candy is sounding much better..... Hope you feel better soon  Wink

LOL  Getting there!  It did give me lots of crafting time. Grin Everyone says drink honey stuff - i hate the taste of honey! Wink Heh. My sick-drink is grape juice. Makes everything happy - tastebuds, throat, tummy.

The cat was ECSTATIC - "the human is in bed and hasn't moved ALL DAY so I get to sleep on top of her all I want - oh joy, oh joy!"  Hee hee.


I did get to go out for dinner on my birthday, as that was before I knew I had strep. (oops!) Went to my favorite Chinese restaurant and had yummy yummy food - green onion pancakes, pot stickers, hot and sour soup, bbq pork, fensi noodles with tofu ... all the really good stuff. YUM.

This weekend I'm finishing the last of my projects and then mailing on Monday - and maybe one more claim to top off the month. Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 18, 2012 08:06:00 AM
I got strep throat for my birthday.  D'oh.  Recovering slowly...
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