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21  Re: January Birthday Swap 2014 - Gallery and Discussion Board in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: February 04, 2014 08:57:11 PM
Gosh, a lot can happen in a single day! I sent a package to aunty.hela today.

AND I received TWO packages -- one from LadybugsandBumblebees, and one from leighi123. Both were filled with all kinds of birthday delights.

From LadybugsandBumblebees, a lovely crocheted market bag, a fabric bookmark, and a swatch of cute, leafy green fabric.

From leighi123, a set of beautiful fabric coasters and an equally beautiful luggage tag.

Thank you both! Photos to follow.

Meanwhile, I have photos of the sweet package I received from our fearless leader, phnxreign99.

When I opened the box, there was this knit fleece fabric. The note suggested that I use it, along with some pink, to make a coat for my dog Brooke. Here's Brooke modeling the raw material for her next piece of clothing:



Imagine my smile when I found, underneath the fabric, this convenient little stash:



I'm enjoying a piece as I type.

Then, the thing I was expecting, but it's much more beautiful than I had anticipated. A threadcatcher/pincushion/sewing caddy featuring -- you guessed it -- a green print! I love this.



Thank you so much, phnxreign99. You really nailed it!
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22  Re: Yarnies Scavenger Hunt Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: April 24, 2011 03:47:07 PM
I received the most specialest things from dharma_rebel! She definitely stalked me well and hit it on the nose for my tastes.

First, a group shot -- all the lovely scavengie thingies:


The only thing that didn't make it into my individual pictures is the something local -- lovely bottles of handmade body wash and lotion (on left in the pic above).

I was SO happy when I opened the package and found lots of lovely things selected and made just for me. This is one of the happiest things about swapping -- it makes me feel unique and special.

Some closeups:

Yarns. Something green (self-striping yarn, which I have been craving) and something recycled (turquoise sari yarn):

Aren't they beautiful?

Next, something dotted ( a jewelry roll to use for notions) and something related to M (stitch markers matching the fabric of the jewelry and some with leaf designs. I'm crazy for leaf designs):


Something funny (OMG, this notepad is hysterical. It's made for times when you need a quick comeback, and it has places where you can check "get a life" and such.


Sender's choice, an envelope inspiration journal modeled after one in my wists.This is so creatively made, with cherished images and words everywhere. Each pocket has a tiny bit of inspiration tucked inside.


I saved the best for last. Something hard, a heart-shaped stone to add to my collection:


It's all wonderful! Thank you, dharma_rebel, for all the sweetness. I'll be treasuring these things for a long time to come.
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23  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: April 13, 2011 08:07:51 AM
OMG slime mold! That is amazing and perfectly executed.

Since tristitia is having camera problems, she asked me to post pictures of the quilt I sent her. Here is the mushroom scene -- no slime, but plenty of fungi:



Closeup of leaves:



And detail of the mushroom:


This was great fun! I enjoyed putting together my first MAQ.
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24  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: April 10, 2011 10:37:51 AM
I received a WONDERFUL quilt from tristitia. She was inspired by an item from my wists, and what a perfect job she did. She definitely nailed my tastes. Here we go:



The detail is beautifully done. And I just love the colors. Closeup of the leaves and moon:


And the owl! Oh my, what beautiful detail:



I'm in love. Thank you so much, tristitia.
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25  Re: Invite Your Partner Round 17 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zcrafter on: February 27, 2011 09:55:00 PM
Here are the sweets I received from mandys_momma today. BTW, our theme was organization -- something I truly need!

First, this beautiful hanging organizer, which I plan to use for various craft supplies. I love the fabrics. She knew I love plaid!


Now here is something NO ONE else will have. I'm crazy for ducks. And here's a crazy duck, which happens to hold a bead organizer!  Makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it.

(Is that cute or what?)

To help keep my purse organized, mandys_momma made this uber convenient tea wallet.


Here's the inside, complete with some yummy teas she included.



And then, something I've been craving. A lovely, ingenious needle book, which happens to be made in some of my favorite colors. Take a look at this cutie:


And when you open it...

She even put some button-head straight pins in it. I think they're adorable.

Thank you, mandys_momma, for a great swap with such thoughtful, personal items. I am loving all of it!
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26  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!

Whew!

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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27  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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28  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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29  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.

 Tongue
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30  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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