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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: December 22, 2010 05:38:20 AM
I apologize to SharaStar for taking so long to post her wonderful swap package that she sent.  Preparing for the holidays has been eating up so much of my time!  I absolutely fell in love with the Ganesha amigurumi doll that Shara posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360862.0 and she agreed to do a personal swap with me.  I sent her the yarn and squirrel from page 25.  This is the lovely package she sent me:

I felt very spoiled as soon as I opened the package:



Ganesha with the breathtaking sari fabric she sent me:



Other goodies included henna tubes, gorgeous green bracelets and gems:



Thank you so much Shara!  It was such a delight to receive the package, and I cherish the Ganesha doll. 
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2  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: October 07, 2010 07:25:44 PM
First off, I have been so impressed with the amazing books everyone has been making.

I was floored by the lovely package I received from Linsey (hgddm).  So much thought and talent went into it.  I felt truly spoiled by all the extras as well.

I must say that my photos do not do it justice.  I wish I could take some better ones in sunlight, but I am leaving on a roadtrip to Northern CA in a few minutes and there's just not time.  Undecided If you have some better ones, Linsey, feel free to post them or I will post when I get back.  I wanted to share what you made before I left though. 


She sent this beautiful leather notebook with blank pages


Closeup of the pressed rose petals on the cover (love the color!)


The inside


I'm going to be carrying this book around with me on my trip for sure.  It's the perfect size for travel journaling on the go.

She also made an even tinier book with a V on the cover for my first name


Some of the pages (this one also has room to fill with whimsy!)




She also made me this gorgeous ring:



And this card couldn't be more perfect:



Thank you so much Linsey!  The books you made are so lovely and perfect, and I adore the ring and extra petals you sent for me to craft with.  You are also an amazing artist and it was such a pleasure being partnered with you.
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3  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: September 30, 2010 08:39:05 AM
I received my final PostSecret the other day.  I would have posted sooner, but I was having camera issues.



"I want to travel everywhere!!"
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4  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: September 01, 2010 03:37:30 PM


"I want to get my co-worker fired!  Get the ax!  Fired!  She's so nice to everyone but stabs us all in the back + comes up with lame reasons I need to do her work."

Front:


"I pee"

Back:


"in the shower."



"At least twice in my life, I have found myself in a situation where I needed to hide a dead bird from my mother to protect her feelings."
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5  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: August 18, 2010 08:29:00 AM
And the rest that I have received so far:

Front:



Back:



"I thought Russia was the USSR till I was 14."

Front:



Back:



"I have an extremely irrational fear of necks.  I start to have a panic attack if someone touches or even comes close to touching the front of my neck; and even more-so if I see or hear about someone whose had a tracheotomy.  Just writing this secret is making me incredibly anxious."



Closeup of picture side:



"I think I might be pregnant but...

- I don't know what my boyfriend would say.
- I don't want to disappoint my parents.
- I don't have insurance until 9/1.
- I would lose my job.

+? -? I'm scared to take the test.  But, what if I want the baby?  pregnant?  not pregnant?"
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6  Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: August 18, 2010 08:21:43 AM
Here are the secrets I've received so far! 



"I pick my nose... and when no one's looking, I EAT MY BOOGERS!  YUMMY!"

Front:



Back:



"I have no idea who these people are!  I found this postcard on the way to my mail box on the day we got partners."



"I am a conservative republican in love with an illegal immigrant"


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7  Re: How My Garden Grows Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nessie on: May 22, 2010 06:18:54 PM
Here are pictures of my package to craftybeachgirl.

First, a gardening (or whatever she wants) journal:


Inside:



Wildflower seed tape in a decorated box:



Gardening apron and tools for her daughter:



The colors of the tools inspired the whole package.  Smiley

Detail:



There was also a flower pin that I didn't get a picture of.  Thanks for looking!
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8  A quilt for a snail picnic in CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES by nessie on: March 02, 2010 05:12:02 PM

This is my first Craftster Craft Challenge and my first quilt!  With spring coming, I realized that the little snails that my dear gave me for Christmas were going to need something for their afternoon picnics.  Even though there's still snow outside here in Minnesota, they decided to have an indoor picnic with tea and a snack of leaves in my living room as soon as it was finished:



I made the tiny cups, saucers and plates out of polymer clay and the leaves from paper.

Just the quilt:



The quilt ended up being a challenge indeed; first I cut tiny squares of fabric 3/4".  It was interesting to look for the tiniest prints I could find in my stash.  I handstiched 16 of them together in rows:



Then I stitched the rows together and machine stitched the edges.

A view of the back:



I tied the quilt with embroidery floss 'yarn':



The size:



A view of the wee squares:



I was so happy with how the snail quilt turned out that I think I am going to have to attempt a larger quilt one day; maybe something that's a bit more of a stash buster. 



Thanks for looking!  I hope you enjoy the tiny quilt as much as my snails do!

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9  A Journal for Dolphin - in a recycled vintage cover (pic heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nessie on: February 18, 2010 08:57:35 AM


I made this journal for a poet I know named Dolphin who runs a spiritual retreat up in the northern California mountains.  Because he spends the winter snowed in, I figured he needed a book to write in over those cold months. 

I used a vintage hardcover grammar book that had a beautiful cover but whose pages were damaged.  I removed the pages.  I bound multiple signatures in a variety of papers, some tea dyed and some handmade and glued them in the cover using the hardcover method. 





I altered the cover to hide the former book title using some handmade paper and tiny pressed leaves:



The spine:



Tiny envelope with a note in the front cover:



I wish I had more photos of the pages; I also included an attached ribbon bookmark.

One last photo:



Thanks for looking!  I appreciate any comments.
 
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10  Envelope Book for paper scrap storage in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nessie on: February 18, 2010 08:33:41 AM

This is a fairly simple stab bound book made from recycled envelopes.  My husband does a lot of cut up poetry, cutting words and phrases from magazines and putting them together.  Often, he'll cut out a bunch of scraps and not finish; this was my solution for those unfinished poems.  Now he can sort them by poem and keep them together. 



Inside:



Top view:



Thanks for taking a peek!
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