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11  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
12  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...
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 14, 2012 02:27:17 PM
I've got all supplies needed for all my claims, and am struck down with Strep Throat now! So not being able to go to work = craft time! Smiley  So I'll probably be finished on Tuesday with at least 2 claims, probably all 3.
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast on: October 11, 2012 10:49:35 AM
My friends had such a great time with Bertrum, they are now contemplating doing local adventures with their own little creatures, not even visiting ones. This swap has really spawned a lot of activity here! Smiley  YAY!
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 3 - Sign-up through Nov 5 on: October 10, 2012 11:43:11 PM
Hello hello! I am a geeky gal who loves to craft, primarily sewing but also embroidery, knitting, woodworking, and electronics. I work for the local university, managing a pharmacy learning center. Its grand work I love my job!  And I love life its NEVER boring, theres always something to do! I live in a little fishermans cottage on the bluffs above Puget Sound.  I love my little old Nordic neighborhood (settled mainly by Nordic people working in the fishing, lumber and shingle industries). My cat Phoebe is a floofy 16 year old that I adopted at a few years ago from a friend, as her living situation had grown bad. She is the loviest, sweetest, most adorable floofy kitty ever. Music, reading and crafting are huge in my life. I am a HUGE fan of P.G. Wodehouse, Angela Thirkell, Patrick O'Brian, and Arthur Ransome.

Themes: nature, geeky/techy/math, water, outer space / planets, stars, animals (horses, draft horses, draft mules, cats, crows, birds, cows/oxen, buffalo, porcupines, red pandas, foxes, orcas Orcas ORCAS!!!), mountains, clouds, lighthouses, salmon, treeeeeeees, books, tea, 1920s, ferries (no, not fairies, ferries! WA State ferries to be exact!), sunsets and sunrises, lovely flowers, our Moon (my dad has experiments on the Moon! I feel a very personal connection to our lovely orbiting companion), kelp, waves, raindrops (I live in Seattle, after all!), oranges, birds birds birds. Old tractors. Farming. Trains. Planes. Automobiles.  Wink Jazz, bluegrass, classical, early music, blues, piano, harp..... gosh, so much!

No allergies but no smokers please if possible.

Etsy faves: http://www.etsy.com/people/camelama/favorites?ref=si_fav
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/camelama/
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/camelama
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/camelama/

Crafted items:
   SURPRISE ME!  Riff off of something on my faves/pins/etc, have fun!
   Re-usable Shopping bags (Seattle now has a plastic bag ban so all shopping is done with our own bags! Great to have a lot so you can rotate out and make sure you always have some in the car while others are being washed)
   Other bags of any kind: zip, drawstring, fold-over, clutch, etc.
   Reusable lunch bag set. I eat lunch at my desk, away from any kitchens etc, so a placemat & lunch bag are a must! I keep meaning to make myself more than one so its not always a rush to get it washed every single evening (cuz I eat messy sometimes!). Bigger is better than smaller, bag-wise, as I bring a lot of re-heat stuff and those containers a bulky!
   Knitting project bags. I always have 4 or 5 WIPs at one time so appreciate project bags!
   Knitting needle case/wrap/bag. Straight and/or circular and/or dpns.
   Thread-catcher to hang off of my sewing table.
   Mug rugs
   Case for my Kindle Fire (I have a lovely monster case from the Monster Pouch swap but I like to trade off!)
   Fabric/felt/metal/wood bowls, boxes, containers etc.
   Fabric-covered buttons
   Handmade buttons
   Teapot cozy (the big tent kind, not the kind that wrap around the pot - I have a lot of oddly shaped pots!)
   Coffee cup sleeves I get tea, not coffee, and the water from espresso carts here is always SO HOT I burn my hands! (precious delicate princess-and-the-pea hands, my friends tease)  So some good thick sleeves would be great. The coffee cart is just down the hall at work so its easy for me to grab a sleeve and go get a hot water refill!
   Tea towels! I love all kinds of kitchen towels but especially tea towels / dish towels, either with embroidery or cute fabric trim. My kitchen is cream and green but really any color combination works, my whole house is a mishmash of colors!
   Cat beds. Phoebe Cat loves to curl up in a ball and sleep in so many different spots in the house, would love some very basic little round cat beds to put in her favorite spots.
   Cat toys. Phoebe loves ribbons ropes and other dangly things, plus lurvs catnip and things she can rabbit-kick while on the nip high. Or catnip mice to carry around. (I have GOBS of organic catnip, so feel free to leave it for me to put in the catnip and close it up!)
   Pin cushions. I like pincushions that have low center of gravity, no glass/porcelain etc can you tell my cat LOVES pin cushions and pushing them off my sewing table?! LOL  Also like them rather thick, and without hard items on the top surface a lot of time I return pins and needles to the pin cushion without looking, so I dont want buttons in the way Ive broken too many needles that way already! Heh. Examples in my Etsy faves.
   Needlecase/needlebooks: I love these, love having one set up for each embroidery project in progress! No trouble finding just the right needle then!
   Fingerless gloves/mitts. My little cottage by the water gets COLD in the winter! These help me knit or type in the winter.
   Prints/paintings: I love little prints or paintings. Nothing big, nothing fancy lots of ACEO examples in my Etsy faves.
   Fridge magnets with STRONG magnets.
   Scarves!!!!!!  I love scarves. I wear a long black coat in the winter and I like to brighten it up with colorful scarves. Not TOO colorful tho for example, screaming neon not so much. But a bright color, that's fine.
   Brooches I wear these on my long black coat, or on the sweater I wear at work (my office is known as The Tundra, its so cold in here year round! I love it though!).
   Earrings I love bird earrings, colorful earrings, whimsical, dangly (but not TOO long, they get caught in my scarves in the winter, hehe!), silver. sparkly crystals. Or I've been wanting to recreate these dusty green grape bunch earrings I had once but have never found again.
   Bookmarks paper, metal, fabric, knit/crochet, embroidered, you name it! I have about 20 books being read at once so need a LOT of bookmarks!
   Good mugs for tea
- teabag dish (where you put your used tea bag after your tea is steeped enough)

Craft supplies:
   Fabric any kind! Fat quarters, scraps, remnants, etc always find a use in my house. Content of fabric doesnt matter from cotton to slinky luxe stuff to suede, Ill find a use for it!
   Sewing thread
   FELT! I love felt with any amount of wool in it.
   Embroidery needles, embroidery thread, embroidery hoops etc
   Pins of any kind
   Buttons buttons buttons! I love opening up my button tin and seeing all the colors and picking out new favorites. 
   Ribbons, trims, etc

Extras:
   Tea (loose or bagged)
   Any local-to-you candy that you like! Or you can't go wrong with anything mainstream chocolate or mint!
   Local postcards
-  feathers
- leather laces (I make cat toys with these for shelter cats)

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast on: October 09, 2012 05:32:35 PM
Hey all!

Now that Megancrafts has Bertrum home safe and sound, I thought I'd post the link to all the Bertrum photos!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/camelama/sets/72157631493805734/

Whew! Looking back is fun, realizing all the times he came and had fun with my friends!  And I've realized there are even more photos to be uploaded, a few missing here and there. Goodness!!!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 06, 2012 06:59:33 PM
After your list is posted, it's a free form style claims. Look over the other lists and make your claim.  The others will make claims off yours. It's one big happy claim fest! Cheesy

See, that's what I was asking about - not the how to make a claim / when to send. Smiley  I wasn't sure if, as a birthday person, I also claimed on other people, or just sat back.  I'm off to stalk lists!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 05, 2012 11:57:06 AM
As a friend says, please describe this to me like I'm using crayons ... LOL  Smiley

This made me *snort* So cute!  Cheesy

Same friend always said he followed Peter Lynch's theory of investing: never invest in any idea unless you can draw it with a crayon. Smiley


So, now that I've posted my list, do I go claim something from another poster, and make&send it to them?  Or do I just sit and wait?

19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: October 05, 2012 11:44:31 AM
It scared me too, Bunnie Boo! But I dove in and didn't hit any rocks so far.  Grin  Come join us!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor 15 Gallery - Spring Festivities and Summer Blast on: October 04, 2012 02:10:52 PM
Bertrum's off back home and I thought I'd take a few minutes at work to finally photograph the goodies Lulu brought home ... I'm never at home when there's daylight! Always at work... the other night I even slept here. Sigh. Wink I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though!

So, on to the goodies!

First, Lulu came back with a wardrobe!!!  She is wearing a fantastic black and white furry viking vest. Grin (I forgot her helmet & braids at home, doh!) Then she also has a neon green vest, and a cute little flowery skirt.


Then Megancrafts made me this fantastic Pittsburgh hoop! I LOVE IT. I think I want to start an entire wall of just skyline hoops!!!


And then a felt badge! Megancrafts and I had each other as partners in a felt badge swap, so this made me SO HAPPY. I luuuuurv ketchup, and felt, so ta dah!


Wooo, more! Some great stickers - 3-D tea stickers and these *adorable* little kitty stickers. I never knew I needed miniature cutesy wutesy kitten stickers in my life, but now that I have them, I KNOW I NEED THEM. And I want to put them on everything. Report to the Dean? KITTEN STICKER! Budget status to the Chair? KITTEN STICKER! Supply request to Drug Services? KITTEN STICKER! I'm serious, I truly want to put them on EVERYTHING.


AND she sent me a local treat that I just *adored* from our felt badge swap - but I have no picture because um, I might have consumed it all within 24 hours of receiving. Oops. It was a bag of these great jelly beans called "Perfect Pectin" - my friends HOWLED at the name but loved the jelly beans and now they keep asking me when my "supplier" in Pittsburgh is going to send me more! HEE!

A few favorite photos from the photobook:









The Lolita Girls photos are some of my favorites, I'm fascinated by that dress-up form. Wink


THANK YOU Megan! Lulu had a FANTASTIC time and I just love everything you sent!  YOU ROCK!
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