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11  Re: Christmas Stocking Stuffers 2009 version 2.0 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: December 25, 2009 08:09:09 PM
What a wonderful Christmas! I thoroughly enjoyed opening all my stocking stuffers and gifts from greenfaerie. She totally nailed it -- everything is exactly what I would have chosen for myself.

First, a shot of all the stocking items together:

As always, I apologize for the poor photos. I need a better camera.

She sent glue sticks, Earl Grey teabags, almonds, a lovely bar of aloe soap, a patchwork potholder, 2 light blue ribbon bookmarks, four beautiful handmade rubber stamps, a cute green retractable tape measure (already in my purse), two sets of stitch markers, marble magnets, a COEXIST hanger (closeups to follow), herb markers, a miniature footstool/pincushion, a letter Z ornament, the sweetest little duck, and two pairs of beaded earrings!


Now for the closeups. I had to select my absolute favs, cause otherwise I would take up the entire Craftster bandwidth! Here we go:

These stitch markers and earrings are made with wire wrapping, which I SO admire:

Action shot of one of the earrings. I put one pair in right away:

Rubber stamps, just as I wanted, of leaves, a pine tree, and the letter Z (which has special meaning for me):

Now, a group of things made with this beautiful natural-looking clay. I just love all of these:
herb pot markers:

A little ducky for my collection:

Isn't he the most adorable little guy?

And this -- I had tears in my eyes when I opened it. I've always loved the things that say COEXIST with each letter being a symbol of one of the world's major religions. WELL, greenfaerie made this hanger using that idea. (Sorry the pic is sideways -- it's been a long day.)

Here's  closeup of the last letter -- the T -- which is a Christian cross:

It's already hanging on my living room wall.

We also swapped a large item, and greenfaerie was SO generous. I received two beautiful items, which will both fit nicely into my home.

This cute clock, decoupaged with this uber cute paper of woodland animals -- I had admired the paper in another post, and she must have found the same paper:

THEN there is a gorgeous, soft woven table runner in several shades of green, embroidered with three pine trees. I am a total sucker for pine tree shapes:

No matter how I tried, I couldn't get a good picture of it. So greenfaerie, if you have better shots of any of the things you sent, please feel free to post them.

I feel completely and totally spoiled. The best part is the feeling that someone made things especially for me. Thank you, thank you, greenfaerie, for sending me a super Christmas in a box.
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12  Re: Christmas Stocking Stuffers 2009 version 2.0 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: December 19, 2009 07:31:27 PM
Well, greenfaerie gave me permission to open the outer box. Yay!

Here's a picture of everything. The two bigger packages make up my large item, and the rest are stocking stuffers. The photo really doesn't do it justice, cause my camera stinks. But anyway....

It's quite the coincidence that we BOTH decided to wrap in red and white. Hmm.. mental telepathy, maybe?

AND, wonder of wonders, I didn't sneeze a bit when I opened the box. Since greenfaerie has cats and I'm allergic to them, she took great precautions to keep me safe. Thank you, greenfaerie!

Now, six days till the big reveal.

 Cool Roll Eyes Tongue
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13  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: December 19, 2009 06:55:58 PM
Woo hoo! I am so happy because Crazy4Bags sent me the sweetest package. She did a super job of matching my tastes and wishes.

These photos are bad -- Crazy4Bags, please post better pics if you have them.

First, all the goodies:

In the background is a nice big piece of Christmas fabric that she used to cushion everything. I didn't measure, but it's about a yard and a half. I will definitely be using it for a tree skirt I'm going to make for next Christmas.

There is a yummy pair of flip-top mittens -- oh gosh, I've been wanting these! Then a set of three things she made for inside my purse,  and a big mug with a leafy design that says "Celebrate every day to the fullest" around the inside.

Then a jewelry box straight from my wist. (Closeup to follow)

AND a sweet apple scented candle AND cute little Christmas rubber ducky for my duck collection. My dog made a valiant effort to claim the duck, but I prevailed.

Closeup of the cosmetic bag, tissue holder, and checkbook cover made exactly to my wishes. Solid brown outside and pretty plaid taffeta linings:

Here's the jewelry box she fashioned, just like the one in my wist. This is adorable!

Action shot of the mittens:

They're purchased from a local business. So beautiful, lined, and with a button to anchor the flip top.

I am definitely spoiled. Wearing a huge smile today! Thank you so much, Crazy4Bags! I love everything.
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14  Re: Christmas Stocking Stuffers 2009 version 2.0 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: December 10, 2009 02:40:46 PM
Hooray! I received from greenfaerie today. Here it is:

Gosh, it's pretty. I wonder if I'm allowed to open the outside box.

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15  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: December 05, 2009 03:15:59 PM
It's here! It's here! My international package is here!

It's beautiful. And it sounds so nice. When I rock it back and forth, it makes this lovely swishing sound. Very soothing. It's nicely taped up and it's the perfect size.

Now, this is the thing. I didn't even ASK for pizza, so how did my partner KNOW that I love pizza? With pepperoni? Hmmm?

OH wait. I just found a list on the side that has a few hints, and indeed, it is not pizza. Oh gosh. It's wonderful. Oh my goodness. I can't wait!!! Sweet dreams will be mine until December 19.

Even the waiting will be fun! oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy
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16  Fulled Wool Striped Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by zcrafter on: November 07, 2009 08:08:34 PM
I just sold this purse, but really wanted to keep it! It's made using fulled wool from a thrift shop sweater.

Lining shots:

And a final closeup showing the front pocket detail:

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17  Re: Fulled Sweater Craft Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: November 07, 2009 09:05:22 AM
Here are the cute things I received from lydiaharper. I just love everything she made!

First, a group portrait:

An adorable tree stuffie (or small pillow) inspired by one from my wist, a warm headband and matching fingerless mittens in a beautiful fair isle wool, and a mug cozy for my teacup.

Here's a closeup of the tree, which will be added to my Christmas tree collection:

I just love the wool she used for the trunk! Is that perfect or what?

An action shot of the headband and mittens (ignore the model -- she's just me):

Blue is one of my favoritest colors too!

Action shot of the cup cozy:

It has the cutest applique of a teabag with tag.

Sorry for the blurry pic, but I wanted to show the adjustable strap. Lydia used the sweater ribbing for it -- what a great idea!

She did a great job of crafting everything to my taste. And this is her very first swap!

Thank you, Lydia, for the beautifully crafted gifts. You've been a great partner.
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18  Re: 44 Cent Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: November 05, 2009 07:40:49 PM
It looks like derscroot has been busy and hasn't had time to post photos. These are the things I sent to her.

Finger puppets of her favorite Harry Potter characters, patterned papers including some I marbleized with colored pencils, stickers of paints and brushes.

Closeup of the HP finger puppets: Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin, and HP himself:

Action shot of the three:

This has been a great swap! Fun, fun, fun. Thank you, lovesclutter.
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19  Re: 44 Cent Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: October 22, 2009 10:41:22 AM
Here are the goodies I received yesterday from derscroot. She did a great job of matching my style and interests.

First, all the stuff:

My camera doesn't do the best job -- or maybe it's the photographer!

She sent a burgundy fabric swatch that will go on a pillow on my sofa. She crocheted a lovely green vine that I'll use on a project. Also two cute notecards with a duck and tree, and the Japanese symbols for rain and tree. And some origami -- two bookmarks, a crane, and a bird. Even her letter was folded in a cute origami shape. Also -- I love this -- forget-me-not seed paper! Can't wait till planting time to use it.

Here are some scans that show better detail:

The amazing coincidence is, I have a piece of fabric that's the perfect plain coordinate for this! Is that cool or what?

Thank you, derscroot, for all the wonderful things.
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20  Re: 44 Cent Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: October 13, 2009 02:00:57 PM
Oh boy! I received the envelope from loves2experiment today, and she is a champion stalker. Everything is exactly to my taste. Squee!

First off, the envelope arrived in great shape with no postage due.

She made it from a recycled piece of paper that looks like HP printing instructions. And it fit the contents exactly, so I would say she folded it around them and then glued it together. Just guessing, of course.

And on to the delights I found inside. All together:

Closeups. These beautiful papers:

On on the reverse sides, more cool patterns:

More goodies:

There was a lovely big piece of watercolored paper. Did you paint this, loves2experiment? It's so pretty. And a real pressed leaf, which unfortunately was damaged in shipping. But it will still have a home here, don't worry. I love it!

And, some cute little leafy punched shapes. Green print on one side, cream print on the other.

AND, a fashionable tiny drawstring bag with a leafy design. It even has a gusset, so I had to turn it inside out to see how it was made:

She just turned up the bottom a little bit before sewing it. So easy. It's fun to learn new things in the Craftster classroom, eh?

But wait, there's more!

Textured paper with two friendly walking-away elephants. A piece of yummy blue textured paper. A quotation printed on vellum, "The way to be happy is to make others so." Three little embossed garden theme squares that I adore. And a paper cutout with more inspirational words.

Ahhhh. I feel so good. Relaxed and spoiled. Thank you so much, loves2experiment. It doesn't get any better than this.

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