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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Altered matchbox with wacky book inside on: December 11, 2014 09:05:50 AM

I had to use my awful  phone for that pic, but you get the general idea of how I inserted the inner bit of the matchbox to create a chimney complete with fire inside.
The best part of this project, however, is the tiny book inside.
Here are the words...

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the place
One Craftster was battling with glitter and lace
The stocking shed made was hung by the fire,
The last blasted stitches held together with wire
She wiped off some glitter, thinking perhaps
Shed never get around to that long winters nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
She sprang from her desk what could be the matter?
Away to the window she flew like a shooting star,
Nearly upending her best whimsies jar!
The moon on her snowman with the hand-crocheted bow
Gave the lustre of midday to objects below
When what to her wondering eyes did appear
But a popsicle stick sleigh and 8 Sculpy reindeer
And an amigurumi driver so lively and quick
She knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than send-out dates his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
On Fimo, on Fiskars on Elmers and Speedball
On Altoids on Strathmore on Singer and McCalls!
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall
Now dash away dash away dash away all!
As ModPodge before a wild hurricane dries
As it sets up quick right before your eyes
So up to the housetop his coursers they flew
The sleigh full of supplies and St Nicholas, too.
And then in a twinkling she heard on the roof
The delicate clacking of each Sculpy hoof
As she drew in her head and was turning around,
Down that amigurumi dude came with a bound!
He was dressed in faux fur from his head to his foot,
His yarn sadly tarnished with ashes and soot.
A large glue gun stick he had perched at his lip,
Cuz these days you know that smokings not hip.
He had a pilly face but a nicely stuffed belly
That shifted when he laughed much like Aunt Marthas jelly.
He was charming and sweet, a right jolly old elf
Our Craftster just grinned in spite of herself.
He spoke not a word (amigurumis cannot)
And the Craftster was eager to see what shed got!
Then laying an unravelling finger by his nose,
And with a slight bow, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a holler
And away they all flew, like floss two-fer-a-dollar!
But she heard him exclaim (as he pulled up his socks)
Your stocking is awesome!  Gonna go hit THIS ROCKS !

12  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap(sign ups Nov. 13-28, send outs Dec. 29) on: December 02, 2014 11:33:25 AM
finished with the outside of first box. very happy with it. Now to work on the inner part!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 - Gallery on: December 02, 2014 11:04:23 AM
some cards of mine that never got posted...
I made for Witchhippie for paranormal -

I made for WiccadWitch for spiders -

14  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap(sign ups Nov. 13-28, send outs Dec. 29) on: November 18, 2014 09:53:34 AM
soooo glad I checked the swap thread. did not know this was up for grabs. Just sent in my Q.  Excited!!!!!!
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery on: November 16, 2014 08:56:35 AM
That shrine is precious!
 Jen, I have been in your shoes so to speak. It is a dreadful feeling. Plus, to not be able to complete your obligations as you would like to feels lousy on top of that. I was totally saved by my meds. Hope you have similar success!!

Betcha that shrine was made by kwality570...
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Send out by November 15, 2014 on: November 16, 2014 08:15:52 AM

Here is the funny piece I received from BigBangMomma. I like the quirkiness of it and how the edges are done with layered tissuelike paper. Ok, I have heard of hashtags before, but I am clueless as to what they are and what they do.... need some modern types to chime in on this one...
I just noticed that the purple strips form a giant hashtag.  Cool! Thank you, BigBangMomma. nice job. I love humor.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 - Gallery on: November 16, 2014 08:11:53 AM
received two non-paper cards yesterday. They are so similar! makes me wonder if something is floating around the creative atmosphere...
from whatthepuck

I love lighthouses! This one is adorable. Stitches on it give it depth, too.

from psyche...

a gorgeous landscape. Love the multiple blues below and two colors of sun. Also felt.

thanks so much, Craftsters. It was eerie and wonderful to get both felt pieces in my mailbox at once!
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Fall 2014 ~ Send out by November 15 on: November 07, 2014 04:03:49 AM
finished and happy with how it turned out. If only I could make it to the post office during work hours (I have crazy 12 hour shifts with no break) I would like to mail it early. We shall see...
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap (Mail By 10/28) on: November 07, 2014 04:01:20 AM
Hey, Barb, what a clever way of displaying them!!

here is rockingbearranch mailed to me... a bunch of wonderful goodies along with a cool house

house outside above, and inside here...

and glued...

Details inside were so very precious it was hard to hide them by glueing it all together.

soooo many kitties.  love it!  thank you, rbr!!

And my last, from hazelly, as it arrived --

a ton of leaves perched on the roof (not gonna rake them off, and who would when they are so pretty!)
and more to put on the ground.
glued up...

thank you hazelly. Besides the lovely leaves, I best like the wee arched door and tiny witch.

Loved making and recieving these houses.
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery on: November 07, 2014 03:50:33 AM
Wow, such a lot of work went into that bookmark! Bummer that it was eaten by the mails.
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