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11  Pair of underwater themed pillowcases in Needlework: Completed Projects by sonjabegonia on: August 26, 2008 03:23:41 PM
I made these two pillowcases in the completely random swap for someone who loved both Finding Nemo and the Yellow Submarine.  I wanted them to match, so the swirling fronds are the same design.  They were a lot of fun to create!

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12  Paisley on black bag in Needlework: Completed Projects by sonjabegonia on: August 26, 2008 03:17:57 PM
I embroidered this paisley on a little black bag for a swap earlier this summer.  I was inspired by another paisley post on craftster where someone drew their paisleys free-hand and just had fun embroidering.  I did the same thing with this one -- making color and stitch decisions as the design evolved. 

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13  Re: Bento Swap 2 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by sonjabegonia on: August 26, 2008 02:05:24 PM
Here is my lovely angel package from FlashleyAshley.  I love everything!  I also truly appreciate the time and effort put into the package.  Everything is so cute and is being incorporated into my bento lunches.  Thank you!!!

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14  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sonjabegonia on: August 26, 2008 11:50:22 AM
Here are all of the wonderful items I received from cinderblock.

A Hello Kitty bento box and notebook for that novel I need to write some day, pink and purple bracelets, a charm bracelet with shoes on it (so cute!) but it's hard to see in this pic, stencils/transfers from a fave artist of hers + a pic of her cat, a darling tote bag with the cutest little girl reading a book, and a coin purse made out of a cassette tape (genius!).

Now for a couple closeups --

Look at this bento box!  It's real wood and painted very nicely.  Inside, the dividers are movable to accommodate different meals.  She also made some cute felt food, a set of chopsticks and included one of her fave recipes. 

This bookbag is amazing.  I love the little girl -- she looks so happy reading under the tree. 

Thank you for such a great package.  It was fun swapping with you, cinderblock, and everything will be put to good use.   Smiley
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15  Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Round 5 in The Swap Gallery by sonjabegonia on: August 25, 2008 12:29:26 PM
This was such a great swap!  I'm now officially hooked on dishcloths.

I received from DJ dizzy dayna ages ago and have finally fixed my camera issues, so pics will be posted tomorrow.  Hooray!

And here are the wonderful dishcloths ---

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16  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by sonjabegonia on: August 25, 2008 11:55:24 AM

My tea towel has hit the road! 
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17  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sonjabegonia on: June 19, 2008 07:22:37 AM
Gallery of Wonderful Packages received from longtimegeek[/color]

I'm proudly posting pics from package #3.  This poor package had quite a trip from Colorado to Chicago.  It got to sit in countless post offices and be handled by a number of postal workers.  After loads of drama, I am now the proud owner of a beautiful piece of work from longtimegeek.  The package was well worth the wait!

First, the letter was enclosed in this handmade scroll.  I wish you could see the detail -- it's so nice!  What a great idea.

Next, the large crafted item, which is absolutely amazing!  The pictures don't do it justice.  I love french beaded flowers, so longtimegeek took that clue and made me the best miniature beaded Christmas tree I've ever seen.  I live in a condo and don't have a lot of room for Christmas decorations, so this is perfect.  I've included a close-up of the leaves to show off the amount of detail involved in this piece.  I love it!

Finally, the 3 favorites.  When I opened each one of them, I laughed because it showed, once again, how similar our tastes are on so many levels. 

Favorite chocolate -- Dove Dark (I prefer Dark as well!)
Favorite cookie -- Lorna Doones (my favorite too!)
Favorite movie -- Love Actually (I love Hugh Grant!)

It was a perfect end to a great swap.  Thank you for everything!

Woo hoo!!! Pics galore.

First off, package #2:

I was completely blown away by this package.  There were so many goodies that I couldn't fit them into one reasonable picture!

Here's a shot of all of the wonderful extras:

In my original questionnaire, I'd mentioned that I loved reading memoirs.  Also, longtimegeek and I share a love of books.  Well, here are 4 great memoirs and I hadn't read any of them.  I've finished one and am well on my way to finishing the second.  Also included are some fun pens/supplies/stickers/etc. 

The crafty craft that she knows how to do and I wish to learn is crochet.  I love knitting and understand it very well, but have a brain block when it comes to crochet.  With this kit, I can't imagine not being able to learn.

The book looks amazing -- great pictures and very informative.  My book is extra-special because there are additional post-its with more advice from longtimegeek!  I also received a swatch book with examples of the basic crochet "moves"  so I can see if I'm on track and some yarn to make my own swatches.  Finally, there is a beautiful handmade crochet hook holder that even includes crochet hooks to start me on my crochet quest.  I love it all!

The not-so-crafty craft is feeding my bento mania . . . and is also what I sent longtimegeek as my not-so-crafty craft to her  Smiley.  Lots of bento goodies were enclosed in the nicest lunch bag that ties at the top and will work with my bento boxes.  I also received a very handy sandwich carrier that doubles as a placemat when it's unwrapped.  Genius!  Also, perfect for me since I end up eating at my desk a lot at work.

And now, posting pics that correspond to my package #1 ramblings:

Hi all --
I'm not a very camera-literate gal, so my pictures are in the camera, but not on the computer.  I promise they will make it into this gallery!

In the meantime, a few thoughts about package #1 from longtimegeek.  Bottome line - I loved it!!!

Crafted items included:  a beautiful beaded daisy that gets added to my growing collection of french beaded flowers, a beaded pin of an insect (dragonfly, I believe) that will live on one of my winter pashminas, 2 crocheted dishcloths which are so great and it's such a coincidence that she sent these at the same time I started obsessing over dishcloths (darn dishcloth swap Wink), and a crocheted snowflake that immediately reminded me of my grandma (sniff, sniff). 

There was a long, detailed letter accompanied by a huge picturebook full of longtimegeek's life.  After reading the letter, looking at the pictures, and reading the picture captions, I 1) felt like I knew longtimegeek, 2) want to meet her personally and maybe even come live in their gorgeous house  Cheesy, and 3) owe her better stores from my life.

I'll also post a picture of the favorite things/Colorado items when I figure things out on my end.

Loved it all!!!
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