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11  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 14, 2014 05:49:51 PM
I am also a late swapper...get out the whipping stick and beat me.

I am in Group 2 and 4. All mailed today except for sushipanda and gala_apples from Group 2.
Sorry. They are in the works and will be out the next day or so.

And I had a panic attack today...as I only had 7 envelopes to send.

I forgot that IsikkahJai is in both my groups, and I packaged hers together  Roll Eyes
I thought I lost somebody. Then I checked my notes.

This sure has been a whirlwind of a tornado swap  Grin But I have enjoyed the ride like a roller coaster. And learned a few things in the process. The last few pieces will be on their way. Off to craft on them  Wink


Edit to add: gala_apples goes tomorrow...sushipan da should go then, too. Off to doodle up Panda Monsters. And finish my final piece.  Grin

OK another edit: Has anyone painted with a pencil point? I am using lacquer...and don't want to mess up a good brush. For just a few outlines. So I will let you know how it goes. I don't have the cleaners for the brush. So brain says to me...make do.  Grin That is my style of art.

gala went today...

panda goes tomorrow. I have to guild her up with Testors. And a pencil tip  Cheesy Silly me. Talk about experimental. I will love to see how this one works.
12  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 13, 2014 07:00:49 PM
You never cease to amaze me cm3. And don't worry. I did not forget the inchie thing...I still have not found your original package...but it is here in all the paper mess. And I think it is better that I do not find it, yet. I have your newest outline patterns. Then I can make up my/your own. And not feel like I copy.

I like your art room. And I know what you mean about having it organized...and then Zinggggg. All havoc breaks loose. This go-around I have been trying to put back EXTRA!  Grin

I have had a wonderful day in all the paper mess. And washing the glue off my fingers.  Roll Eyes Still a few pieces to go, but I think I will make it on time.

And you paint standing up?? Even at the easel I sit on a stool. Countertop...stool. Office...comfy twisty chair. Sewing machine...another rolly chair. I guess I am just a lazy craftster  Cheesy Still on task. Just taking a breather.
Time for some music to jazz me again.

Here we go. Muppets, Jim Henson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV4F46N21PA Giggling, and no offense to our Canadian members. I just found this one to be an uplifting tickle.  Cheesy

13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Deity - The Sacred Elephant on: April 13, 2014 03:07:32 PM
Oh My Gosh! Totally strange, but I like it! The gilding of gold sets it off nice. And you have wonderful shading. And texture for the skin. {I have been up close with elephants, and know what they feel and look like} I can't wait to see your next in this series. Will you post it to this same thread? I also love the feathers.

14  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 13, 2014 02:52:18 PM
I am enjoying the gallery, too. And I keep taking out my received pieces and touching them  Grin Maybe fondle is a better word  Roll Eyes

Mr. Buck. La Sirena is just about finished. Final trim and lettering. It took me a while to find the right rock for her to perch on. Gotta love National Geographic! I love to do collage...and without a printer hooked up right now {brand new in the box since Christmas  Embarrassed...but computer issues at the moment}...I just had to make it up! I think you will like her.

Not to deter anyone {for other newbies like me}, but these little boogers take longer than I expected. Part of that reason is my supplies are stored all over the house. And the fact that I have been re-organizing things as I go.
We shall call that "House Clean Puzzle Time". Shocked But it sure has been a fun process. I've gotten to play with things that I forgot I had. And now am able put them somewhere that I remember.

I stopped for supper, but I will continue puzzling into the night to finish my last few. Double swap newbie...what was I thinking?Huh Tee hee. I love a challenge. Oh, and panic attack. I thought I lost sushipanda puzzle piece. But then I remembered, I stored it under the "to do" box to flatten the glue  Roll Eyes Silly me.


If you are scared...say you are scared. I hate my lettering skills. And she is so pretty...I hate to mess this one up. I have been practicing with different ideas for how to orient the letters. *sigh*. And did you know you can cut bingo chips with kitchen scissors? And use your nail file to smooth the edges  Grin? Just thought that one up. My typical, "now how I am I going to do this and make it work." kind of thing. Just a break from things. Sometimes it is good to walk away from your art. Sorry. Silly share. Happy puzzling for those of us last minute people  Grin
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: April 13, 2014 01:01:05 PM
that1girl, I am totally jazzing those sneakers  Grin I love all the booties, but those really made me giggle. And I like that you used a "neutral" color for both boy or girl. Although, they would probably also be snazzy in a hot pink!

sheepBlue...you have been busy! It took me a minute to figure out the first one...but I see it now. Bird skulls. I was thinking ice cream cones, or chicken legs  Grin I love them all. And the T-shirt is funny! And I love the bugs. And the sugar skull.

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Snoopy Pillow on: April 13, 2014 12:51:56 AM
She will love it  Cheesy Very nice work. And I, too, like the wonky. Life is not perfect. I think you did a wonderful job!
The lettering is indeed backstitches. It is harder to tell on Snoopy. Those might be closer to what is called the long and short stitch. But with embroidery...there is no right or wrong. Just wing it  Cheesy

I like that you added the "birthdate". And your special Mom message on the back. I have done that for my daughter before, too. And the fact that you used vintage {family} threads makes it even more special.

And I love Charles M Schulz. And anything Peanuts. I have a framed T-shirt that was banned from WalMart. It is Margaret. She says "Someday a Woman Will Be President". WalMart banned it because that did not fit with their Christian values  Tongue I hate that store. We are smarter than men!  Grin

Anyhow, I hope your tweener has a Happy Birthday. I just know she will enjoy your gift.

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a name for making a boxed bottom bag this way? on: April 12, 2014 07:46:29 PM
I have been hunting for you off and on all day, gal pal. Have not found a name yet. Sorry.
But there are all kinds of neat totes out there. And neat tutes for them, too.
Most of this box bottom bag like thing, they turn the triangle to the inside, and snip it off, rather than putting it opposite outside like you have done.

What I did find is this site:

She has lots of gear that she is promoting...but for people like me with limited craft stores....the links could come in handy.

And some of the items you can make do without, or make your own templates. I am not promoting her. Just sharing ideas of things to study. For new crafty ideas.  Grin I will keep looking for your envelope style/brown paper bag. There is so much out there!

18  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: April 12, 2014 09:10:29 AM
I received from sushipanda today....and ooooo pretty.
She of course included a panda for my nature theme, and also a really pretty butterfly piece.
She incorporated both of my themes of nature and texture.
They are brilliant. Off to PM her to see if she can post pics to the gallery  Grin

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: April 12, 2014 08:03:11 AM
I am LMAO!  Grin Just kidding. I really like your letteropener, pinokeeo. It has a very rustic sense to it.
I have whittled with white cedar before, and love the tranquility of "going with the grain", so to speak.
I am glad you are healing. Now you need to carve a paperweight, and your desktop will be complete  Grin Oh, and maybe a matching pencil holder cup, too. Just ideas.

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery on: April 12, 2014 07:42:09 AM
I rather enjoy CM3's pieces. And the little frog. Nope. Growing up in Florida...I hate the color orange, but she balanced it very nicely with the other citrus colors. It will blend in spendid with my hopes for my puzzle. Thanks CM3. And your sparkly and jewels set it off just grand.

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