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21  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: January 03, 2016 11:06:23 AM

Don't know where Jenn90000 went off to, but this is what I mailed to her a month ago.
Artists choice, I saw she likes Dr Who
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22  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: January 02, 2016 08:32:04 AM

rockingbearranch chose my retro clothing theme and made this very interesting card. I so wish I could wear a brimless hat like that, it just does not suit my face but I love them so. If this outfit were in dark brown I would so wear it!
I love the little tag attached and the sewing background.
Also got an extrie, owl.

love all the color and details.
thank you, Barb!!
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23  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blupaisan on: January 02, 2016 08:26:45 AM

anna.wahnsinn made this droolable bracelet for me. It is so very retro and I will be hardpressed to evar take it off!!
It is exactly exactly what I wanted. So many beads! It wraps around seven times.

somehow I do not think I can truly express how happy I am to have this.
thank you soooo much. I know it came late, but was worth the wait!!!
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24  Re: One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two (SIGNUP 12/31/15-01/10/16 ; MAIL BY 02/10/16). in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by blupaisan on: January 02, 2016 07:18:47 AM

Although most folks consider the European Starling to be a serious nuisance, I love 'em to pieces!

Years ago, I found one trapped in the wall of a school where I was a janitor. I heard desperate peeping behind the wall. Without question, I took a sledgehammer to the wall and popped him out. the nest was inaccessible so I took him home. My daughter and I raised him together. We named him Bobbity. He was such a love!

I well remember walking down the long hallway to the room where his cage was. He heard me coming and the closer I got, the louder his eager cries became. It was really odd to shove the food dropper so deeply down his throat at feeding time, but that is what was required.

Rosie and I taught him to fly. In my bedroom, I began by having him perch on my hand and I gently waved my hand up and down to unbalance him a bit, forcing him to open and exercise his wings. After some days of that, I plunged my hand down so radically that he was forced to fly. He would go across the room and land on Rosie's hand. then she would send him back to me.

Within 60 seconds of letting him go in the field behind the school in July, he zoomed in the air and caught a butterfly, something we had obviously never taught him to do. T'was truly amazing.

years later, I discovered that we could have 'taught' him to talk. someday fate will give me another one and I will teach that one to talk.
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25  One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two (SIGNUP 12/31/15-01/10/16 ; MAIL BY 02/10/16). in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by blupaisan on: December 31, 2015 09:49:54 AM


So many of us had a blast in round one. Calling all bird lovers to rejoin or come on over to the feeder for the first time!!
Tiny. That basically means ...
Swap size guidelines:
This swap will be for ONE TINY BIRD THING. Even though it will be small in size please put in our best effort to make the tiny thing amazing! What is considered tiny you ask? Well, let's keep it within approximately four inches in any direction , give or take.
Please plan on not including any extras unless you and your partner desperately want to.

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.
If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.
Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.
PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

Swap name: One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 12/31/15-01/10/16
Date to send item by: 02/10/16

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

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

Additional Age requirement?  no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO  yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO  yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO  yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO  yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO  yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO  yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  yes
- Does not have any birdpoopie feedback: YES/NO  yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap  One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two
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)

Would you like one partner or two?

Please list your favorite birds:
What kind of items would you like to receive? (plush, wall art, functional, jewelry, artist's choice...)
What kind of crafty skills do you have?
Are there any specific crafty skills you especially admire?
Anything you don't want to receive? (clothing, jewelry, etc.)
Are there any materials your partner shouldn't use? (leather, feathers, wool,..)?
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home (furry pets, smokers, etc.?)
Are you able to post pictures in the gallery?
Do you have an Etsy favorites or pinterest?

Is there any other information you would like your partner or the organizer to know?



blupaisan.....two partners
alwaysinmyroom......one partner
geekgirl1000100......two partners
lindyv321.......one partner
pinkmichk......two partners
HSG.......one partner
Onyxnox........one partner, willing to do a second if need be
artsycandice........one partner
volomortuus....one partner
gala_apples.... two partners
cmarion3......one partner
rjannelle......one partner, willing to up to two
Ludi....one partner
Allons-y....two partners
LimeRiot...one partner
Acadian Driftwood....one partner


sender:                                              recipient:

blupaisan (mailed)                   Allons_y (rec'd)
Allons_y                                              blupaisan
Allons_y                                              lindyv321
lindyv321 (mailed)                  Allons_y (rec'd)
geekgirl1000100  (mailed)                               Acadian Driftwood
Acadian Driftwood (mailed)                        geekgirl1000100(rec'd)
geekgirl10000100 (mailed)                              gala_apples
gala_apples(sent late w' comm)                                       geekgirl1000100
gala_apples (sent late w' comm)                                      rjannelle
rjannelle (mailed)                                           gala_apples
Onyxnox (mailed)                                            pinkmichk(recd)
pinkmichk (mailed)                 Onyxnox (rec'd)
pinkmichk (mailed)       volomortuus
volomortuus (mailed)                                    pinkmichk(recd)
alwaysinmyroom (sent)                                  artsycandice
artsycandice (sent)                                        alwaysinmyroom
HSG (mailed)                         cmarion3 (rec'd)
cmarion3 (mailed)                                 HSG (rec'd)
Ludi (mailed)                                                      LimeRiot(rec'd)
LimeRiot (mailed)                       Ludi (rec'd)

OK, so that might look a bit odd, but it is the way my brain is working just now. There were a number of issues with shipping out of country, allergies, and folks who wanted one vs. two partners. The above is the result! (;
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26  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: December 29, 2015 04:45:46 AM
curiousfae mailed two at once, plus a stunning greeting card that I had to include in pics...

First ATC theme is puns or wordplay. She made this, as she knows I am nuts about kitties.

Ha ha! Not only did it include two of my likes and requests, but the background is (drumroll please) TURQUOISE! Woo hoo, love this card! I also had never heard of this particular word play so that is awesome too.

For my white, red, yellow theme....

I am not a yarnie so do not know if this is a knit or a crochet piece. Either way i keep staring at it, drooling, really I do, and it is GORGEOUS.

thanks so much, curiousfae!!
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27  too pic heavy for it's own good... redone lampshade (tute!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: December 26, 2015 08:06:10 AM

I profusely apologize for tons of fuzzy pics.  Had to use my phone which does not always cooperate.
My daughter (Acadian Driftwood) had an old shade I made many years ago that was fading fast. She asked for a redo for Christmas. I tried to copy the color of her newly painted bedroom walls. First I soaked the old shade in hot water for a couple of hours and pulled off the old paper and glue.

She loves kitties so that was my go-to theme. I decided to make up my very own technique!!  Tho they say there is nuttin' new under the sun so maybe it has already been done but who cares. I took a pointed tool and 'carved' pictures on the paper.

I lightly did penciling first to know where to go. then after 'carving' I heartily erased the pencil, often smudging the kneaded eraser into the grooves of the picture so as to get out every bit of pencil mark.

next I did a wash of acrylic over the whole panel and the paint seeped into the grooves of the carved pic. Woo hoo, my idea worked!

dried panels.

took more paper and painted those for side fixin's to go between glued on panels.

once dried, I marked and scored the back, to cut out six pieces and have a good scored line for when I needed to fold the long bits to glue on at the last.

normally, one uses official lampshade glue. I had none so used ModPodge and it worked just fine. used popstick to put glue on cage, layed panel on and massively pinned all round to secure to dry. YOU MUST BUFFER WITH THICKISH PAPER SO YOU DO NOT GET DAMAGE FROM CLOTHESPINS.

of course, the last panel does not have space to put clothespins so i just weighted it as best I could with three heavyish rulers. Worked fine.

careful about putting glue in the inner space, too little and it does not stay on, too much and it seeps out when you squeeze the strips on and it looks nasty wasty.
here are the side pieces, ready to get glued on.

start flush to top, leave extra at bottom to be trimmed when glue is dry.

see how the hand constructed cage is not perfect? there will be places at the top where even the most carefully cut strip will be fine on one side, sticking up a bit on the other. trim carefully after drying.

trim bottom of strips.

image, will not show every single one, as you are prolly overwhelmed already.


my fave.

thanks for looking!!  Questions welcome!!

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28  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: December 24, 2015 03:03:25 PM

got this lovely LOVELY card from cmarion3 today. theme is vintage clothing.

so much packed in this card. awesome images, wonderful drawings and colors, perspective so interesting. I just love this card!
words on back.... she loved hiding behind laundry on wash day.

thanks cmarion3. Love it!!
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29  Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! in Winter Holidays by blupaisan on: December 24, 2015 04:29:51 AM
"I never thought it was such a bad little tree...."

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30  Woodburned Chill Stick in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: December 24, 2015 03:57:29 AM

My daughter Acadian Driftwood is to be credited with this incredibly awesome idea. Years ago, maybe ten by now, she took a similar stick and woodburned a continuous line on it. when I was severely stressed (usually at a medical place giving blood which always sent me over the edge) I brought along my Chill Stick. Find the end of the line at one end, do not move your eyes from it as it meanders all over the stick and eventually winds up at the other end. not only wonderfully distracting, getting you out of your present bad moment, but it somehow relaxes the brain/emotions/mentality to have your eyes moving over this beautiful burn on a smooth stick.

I made this one for a friend and hope it works the same 'magic'!!
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