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11  Re: Doctor Who Swap Round 3 Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: August 16, 2010 02:31:50 PM
I received today from the lovely knittychick!  I am so spoiled!  Wow, everythng is fantastic!  Here we go (and this is long!)

I open the package and see this:



But of course I'm looking at it sideways so while my brain went, TARDIS!  my eyes went, what the heck kind of TARDIS is this?  And then I saw the little light on top and thought, it's the Doctor Who logo TARDIS!
As is typical of the TARDIS, this one is bigger on the inside too:



This one just happens to have all of space and time inside!

And inside that voluminous TARDIS were these goodies!

Some t-shirts for me!
I really really want Amy's A necklace (the actual piece is so expensive! I looked it up), especially since my real name is Amy too.  So I got one!



I love the Daleks.  And really, what better use is there for a Dalek than this?



And I told knittychick that one of my favorite quotes was, "Lots of planets have a north!"  Especially since right now I live so far north.  So she made me this!



Not only is it the old Time Lord insignia in the middle (which I put on her shirt!), but lately I've been really loving the compass rose as a motif.  And it wasn't until I was taking the pictures that I saw the back!



Also in the bag were these shoes!



I laughed so hard as I was putting them on.  Two Daleks talking on my feet!  She asked if I liked bright green and I said I did-- and these are so awesome!
Here's the side:



Not only are they Daleks, they're iExterminate Daleks!

Obligatory action shot (cropped because I'm moving and my apartment is a disaster):



(That's the only action shot you get, because I live alone and my only mirror to take a decent self-photo is in my bathroom which is smaller than my closet.  And my closet is not very big.)

And quite possibly my favorite thing ever, the thing I have been squeeing about and pointing all over at things:



My very own sonic screwdriver!  The end is a little red flickery bulb and if you screw it in, it flashes like it's working!  (One of my "what would I absolutely love to get" things was a working (at least as far as Earth tech goes!) sonic screwdriver!)  Alas, it is not helping me clean the apartment.  Wink

Plus a little extra!



Fancy a jelly baby?  I always wanted to know what they tasted like!  The picture exaggerates their color, because in person they look kind of dull.  I guess I expected today's nearly fluorescent gummies.  But my shoes are fluorescent!  I was going to write, "I haven't tried one yet," but then decided I had to fix that.  They're tasty!  I see why the Doctor likes them so much.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, knittychick!  I love everything!
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12  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: May 07, 2010 05:43:11 PM
Finally, I'm home from work long enough to post my angel package!   Linnybelle angeled for me, and she went way beyond.

Here's everything: a quilt (A QUILT!!!) (it gets very cold up here-- as a matter of fact, it snowed today), a big tote bag for groceries or other shopping (everyone up here is very eco-friendly), and a tea wallet!  Perfect for my pocket at work.  She based the projects on a fairy tale I sent her; for a class project I wrote my life as a fairy tale, called The Little Princess and the Dragon.  It ends with the princess and the dragon merging-- the dragon was really a part of the princess, after all, and she realized it just in time-- and so she used the blue color of the dragon and purple for the princess.  The quilt is them merging, and it's got shinyness on the blue fabric!



This is the tea wallet, close up.  I love the music fabric inside!  And two delicious looking teas, a green tea and a ginseng tea.



Finally, the bag.  There are pearly decorative buttons!  And it's very big.  Almost too pretty for groceries!  ...but I could always take it to the yarn shop!  Wink



Thanks, Linnybelle!  I love everything.
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13  Re: Fairy Godmother Swap in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: December 04, 2009 12:04:27 PM
So, aisy gave me her home address, but she's at school until the 15th.  Her mom opened the package (with her permission, whew!) and took pics of what I made to show her.  I said I'd post my pics, and then she will post action shots after she gets home.

Here was my giant extra super large:

You see, whenever a new fairy godmother is born, all the other fairy godmothers dance and laugh and have a big party and throw streamers and confetti all over the place.  And the new fairy godmother picks up the streamers and uses them to make a necklace to hold her pixie dust, so she always has it handy.

And here is my extra:

But sometimes fairy godmothers run out of pixie dust!  Oh no!  So they go into the magical woods and use their forest-colored nets to catch more.  You can see the dust collecting on the tips of this net!

I wish I had clearer pictures.  The first one is very three-dimensional and wow, I tried it on for length and almost couldn't send it!

Hope you like them when you see them in person, aisy!
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14  Re: Fairy Godmother Swap in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: November 29, 2009 10:40:07 PM
Finally, I got batteries in my camera, and figured out how to crop my pictures, and took time out of the last minute prep of aisy's package to post these...

Here's what aisy sent me!

First, a cake box with pretty butterflies:


And inside the box, this cute fabric ring!:


Then a lolita crown (not pink! hee, I asked for not-pink.)-- and sorry for the strange cropping, but I prefer to only have teeny pictures of my face up, and not anything this big:


And a cute flower headband!  It's discreet enough to wear out but definitely fairy godmother-ish:


And perhaps the coolest thing, and what I think is a new craft for aisy, this book made into an awesome purse!


It has pictures of wintery things on the outside (how seasonally appropriate!) and a very Mary Poppins flair inside, I think. 

Thanks aisy!  Everything is so great!
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15  Re: Elements Swap Round 2 Gallery of Elemental Glory in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: September 11, 2009 09:16:47 PM
Get ready for another picture-heavy post-- but this one comes with a bunch of text too!

I received my lovely package from DanniQuee today, and did she ever spoil me!  After how she gushed about the package I sent her, I felt spoiled already.  But of course I got a box, too!

First, I have to explain that I have a personal system of eleven elements.  I mentioned this in the questionnaire, but said that I didn't expect anyone to make me things for all those elements, because that would be way beyond the swap.  But DanniQuee liked the system, and after many messages and emails, made me this utterly perfect package!

(I should mention that it was shipped in a repurposed Hamburger Helper box!)

My system of elements goes Stasis, Metal, Earth, Wood, Fire, Lightning, Air, Fog, Water, Shadow, and Void.  (Stasis is bad.  It never changes.  Void is good.  It's the sum of all possible possibilities, and the place of enlightenment.  Shadow is the gateway, the door to enlightenment, where we must face our shadow selves, our doppelgangers, before we can proceed.)  This version is the progression, my personal hero's journey.

You can also make the middle seven into a nine-pointed star, and then place Stasis below and Void above the plane of the star... each element is related to its immediate neighbors.

So, armed with the entire creation story of this system (which is gift enough for DanniQuee to have read it all, trust me!), she made these beautiful things:

First, a necklace and bracelet with the colors I associate with each element, in the proper order!:


Next, the coolest pendant, inspired by something I have on my wist (at least, I think so!):

I told her that Void and Shadow were my favorites.  This one showcases Void, and is surrounded by the other elements.  It also has a steampunk flair which I really love!

Then, this:


...which contains all of these beautiful keys!  One for each element.  (I see the elements as dimensions, in a way.  Stages and metaphysical places.)

They're wood keys, wire wrapped with colors for each element!  I love skeleton keys.  I'm thinking of hanging them on my wall in a group...

And wow, I mentioned that I loved DanniQuee's books, and I got this gorgeous one:

Again with the key!

And just look inside!  I sent a list of correspondences, and I can't believe how many of them she incorporated into the book!
Stasis (broken out of with a labrys, a symbol I really love!) Metal, and Earth:


Wood and Fire:


Lightning and Air:


Fog and Water:


Shadow and Void!:


Pictures do not do this book justice.  I can't stop staring at it!  Every time I look, I see something new.

And as an extra, DanniQuee dug around on my wists and found out that I count the Red-Tailed Hawk as one of my totems.  (I tend to see them whenever I'm doing something right for me.)  She made this amazing shrine:

It's incredibly detailed, with dried leaves and grasses, something lovely painted like a red-tailed hawk egg, a flying hawk against a blue sky with puffy clouds, and a hawk perched protectively on the smallest branches of a tree.  (I couldn't get any better angles without obscuring my light source!)

I'm flabbergasted.  Thank you, DanniQuee, for such a phenomenal package!  I'm just glad you feel spoiled too!
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16  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: June 11, 2009 06:58:58 PM
Well, I finally got my box today!  I think the mailing process ate it, because I had to do a bit of repair work... Wink

We agreed on a smaller swap, so that's why this isn't so picture-heavy as some of the other ones!

My partner was rira and she sent me a cute mail and key holder:

with the word "believe" and some cute stick-fairies on it!

And these earrings and necklace:

The earrings lost some leaves in the mailing process, but I found one so I just have to fix it up-- it's somewhere in my pile of packing materials now.  And the leaf fell off the necklace but there was a little ring, so I put it on-- did I do it right, rira?  I like the asymmetrical style of it!

This was quite a fun swap!  Thanks, rira, for the package.
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17  Re: LGBT & Friends swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Innaura on: April 08, 2009 10:54:39 AM
Aaaaa!  I got my box today!  I'm so happy, I was squealing... but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I worked a 30-hour shift yesterday and drove home (barely made it!) to see a box on my doorstep!  What, can it be the Etsy order I placed last week?  No, even better!  It's my SWAP PACKAGE!

Here's the box, on my favorite post-call napping blanket:


And here's what was inside (along with two uber-cool stompable-in-frustration bags of air):


Hmm, what can be inside those bright red wrappings?

This!

A little bag perfect for my cell phone, or a credit card or a little bit of cash!  And so shiny!

And this!

A rainbow-proud name-badge holder, perfect length, that I asked for to spice up my work wardrobe!

And this!

OMG when I said I loved the labrys as a symbol, I didn't think I was going to get a whole awesome set complete with three of my favorite stones!  Rose quartz, amethyst, and sodalite, and awesome labrys charms!  The little cell phone one is perfect for my pager!  (My cell doesn't have a little bar for charms, sadly, but my pager does!)

And then this! (Watch out, it's a post-call action shot! ...that's the reason I didn't include my face. Wink )

A looooooooong rapunzel scarf that is so incredibly soft that I haven't taken it off my neck since I saw it.  Smiley  And bright and fun and rainbowy!  When I've had a long hard day at work, if I have the drive, I like to go to fabric stores and run my hands along the fabrics to get grounded again.  But now I have this scarf so when I'm too sleepy to drive that far, I can wrap myself in soft fluffy goodness!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHIBI NEKO!  And you thought you were spoiled!  Well, you spoiled me right back!  I love everything!  What a phenomenal first swap experience!

...and Ronda, I can only imagine all the yarn on your floor!  But don't worry, now it's all around my neck!
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