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21  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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22  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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23  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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24  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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25  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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26  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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27  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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28  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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29  Japan Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by zcrafter on: September 18, 2009 11:45:42 PM
I made this a few months ago for sparrowowl in the Send Me on a Virtual Vacation Swap. It's one of my favorite bags I've ever made -- really wanted to keep it! I used a man's oxford cloth shirt for the outside.

I painted the Japanese characters for city names on one side. On the other, I painted the symbol for "go" and the symbol for Japan. The paints are shiny, and I kept them in light colors so the bag would be more subtle and wearable without looking like a neon sign.

The lining is a small pink and green floral cotton.

It's quite roomy, with inside pockets. The wide fabric handle makes it comfortable to carry on the shoulder. It's kind of hard to see in these lousy pictures, but I used cotton yarn to make chain trim -- pink, off-white, and green -- and sewed them around the top.

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30  Painted pumpkins in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by zcrafter on: September 18, 2009 11:12:35 PM
This is a "commissioned" project I did a few years ago. A woman asked me to paint American flags on some pumpkins, and they turned out pretty well. She used them to decorate her porch, and the next year she asked me to do more.

It was a very easy procedure. I scrubbed the pumpkins with a vegetable brush, then transferred the designs using tracing paper and graphite paper. I painted the designs in bottled acrylic paints. When it was dry, I finished with a clear acrylic top coat to help it last longer.

Of course, it's a temporary thing, since the pumpkins will eventually rot. But so much fun! Of course, you could use any design. I think kids would love to see these painted with their favorite characters.

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