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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery on: October 23, 2012 08:03:22 PM
Bittersweet moment...I have released all the art into the wild!  I wonder if my partner will hear anything back.

I left the first piece at a craft fabric show.  I figured most of the people there were creative individuals who would enjoy a little bit of inspiration.  No one picked it up while I was looking around, but  I ended up circling back to the booth before I left and it was gone.



On my way home that night, I stopped by a new superstore.  It had just opened a few days before, so it was very busy.  During one of the brief intervals while I was the only one at the entrance, I slipped the art into one of the many shopping carts waiting for customers to take them for a spin.  It was still in the cart when I finished my shopping and I heard a mom tell her kid not to take that cart because there was something in it.  I left the art though, because I figured either a customer would actually look and see that it said "Free Art," or a worker would come across it and it would hopefully brighten their work day.



Later, I stopped by the library to pick up some audio books for my daily commute.  I left one of the canvases on the shelf with the mystery books.  It seemed to be an appropriate location.  It was near closing when I left it, so I'm thinking somebody probably found it the next day.



Later that week I went to the post office.  Again, it was close to closing time, so I left it in the lobby that's always open for PO box customers.



I left the last one at a gas station window.  The window gets a lot of traffic, so it seemed like it would be quickly discovered.



It's neat that some of us have dropped at the same locations in different cities.  It makes me wonder if I'll visit the library, post office, or gas station one day and come across a fun little craft waiting to be found!

This was a fun swap, thank you JMiller for being such a wonderful swap hostess!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery on: October 15, 2012 09:17:48 PM
I love seeing where everybody is abandoning!  It's really neat that we get to hear from some of the 'finders!'  I wonder if anyone will send my partner an email about the pieces I've abandoned... 

So far I've abandoned four pieces of art and have one left.  I have pics of all the abandonments, I just need to find some time to upload them.  Hopefully I'll get a chance soon! 
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Doctor Who Round 7 Gallery on: October 15, 2012 09:08:49 PM
There are so many neat things in the gallery, I've been able to look at them, but haven't had a chance to reply (I wish there was a mobile app because I usually check out the pics on my phone, but I always have difficulty writing replies). 

I've seen a lot of people have printed on fabric.  What methods do you all use?  I iron on some heat and bond and cut the fabric to regular paper size and run it through the printer no prob.  The only thing with this method is that then I have the heat and bond papered to the back.  So far it's worked out fine and I've just ironed the printed fabric onto whatever medium I'm working with (paper, wood, other fabric...).  But I'd like to know of another way to do it in case I don't plan on 'gluing' the fabric to anything.

Moving right along, I'm happy to report that I've received a great package from Bunnie Boo!  I had to go to the post office to pick it up and I was so excited, I ripped into it before leaving the parking lot!  I was very pleased with what I found!

I love this little guy!  I sat in the car and put him on my keys right then.  He's so cute!!


Next I found an excuse to begin a Hoopla wall!  Ten is my fave, so Bunnie Boo created this cross stitch pattern just for me  (thank you so much Debbie, it made me feel special to read that  Grin)!  She was afraid that his face is too chubby, but I think it's perfect!  I love that he has little rosy cheeks!



Next I saw a Dalek on some canvas.  At first I thought it might be a bag, but upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a cushion cover!  I love the placement and curve of the word "Exterminate."  I put it on a couch cushion as soon as I got home, and guess what...it fit perfectly!!



Last but not least was the heaviest item...  The pages are all unlined, so I'm excited to use this for some zentangles, ideas, and probably a lot of "Bad Wolf" doodling!  Bunnie Boo did a great job with the panels on this.  I'm not sure what she used, but it looks amazing!  The paint is two-toned, so it gives the journal just the right amount of character!   





Thank you for everything Bunnie Boo.  I love it all!

PS - I hope you receive your package soon and like it as much as I like mine.  I sent it nearly a week ago and it hasn't even made it out of the yet Sad.  I'm hoping it goes on a plane tonight, defies time laws, and makes it to you by the end of the week!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Doctor Who Round 7 Gallery on: October 08, 2012 04:21:12 PM
I am mailing out tomorrow (the Post Office is closed today  Sad).  I'm thankful that my partner has been so patient.  As someone said earlier in the thread, I promise, it's worth the wait - now I just hope my partner agrees! 
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery on: October 08, 2012 04:17:36 PM
I have abandoned two mini canvases so far!  I will post pics and include more details soon Smiley.

Also, thank you everyone for the comments on the birdhouses, I had a lot of fun making them all.  LeapFeetFirst, I can't believe how fall weathery your pics look, it's still very end of summer here.  You have the perfect backdrop for all those birdhouses!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - GALLERY on: October 06, 2012 07:20:28 PM
Wow, that's an amazing envelope, what a great thing to come home and find!!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery on: October 04, 2012 06:40:43 PM
I received from LeapFeetFirst today!  She made some amazing pieces of art on 3x3" canvases.  The pics aren't the best because all the art came prepackaged in plastic bags, so there's a little glare on all the pics - LeapFeetFirst if you have better pics, please add them Smiley.

The camera didn't do the best job of capturing it, but all of the art is amazingly textured with various textures!

The packaging:


The items:












I like how the paper part that says "Free Art" has a hole.  I'm thinking of maybe leaving it on a peg at the store... The back lets people know that the free art is theirs to keep or share.  It also has LeapFeetFirst's email address, so hopefully someone will send a message!

I had a hard time choosing, but I think I'm going to keep the "color outside the lines" canvas.  Thank you Melanie, I can't wait to abandon...now if I could just decide where... Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Doctor Who Round 7 Swap Sendouts 10/1/12 on: October 03, 2012 05:01:15 PM
I'm not surprised this season has sucked.  I've only seen 3 episodes so far, but the show has been going downhill since Moffat took over. 

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Covert Art Abandoner's Swap (SU Closed; MAIL BY 10/01/12). on: October 01, 2012 09:08:01 PM
I know - wouldn't that be adorable???  Or little elves climbing up a random hedge?  Think about it... it could be a swweeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeet swap.

Then think about a Valentines one - randomly leaving bits of arty love throughout the world at large....

Oh the possibilities, it could be so much fun! After Valentine's Day...Saint Patty's Day - imagine finding a tiny leprechaun hiding on the Lucky Charms shelf in the grocery store!

I am happy to say I sent today! And I've come to the conclusion that I either need to buy a postal scale or only make items that will ship in the flat rate boxes so I'm not surprised by shipping costs  Shocked.

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Covert Art Abandoner's Swap (SU Closed; MAIL BY 10/01/12). on: October 01, 2012 11:13:47 AM
Everything is packaged and ready to go! I'm gonna drop it at the post office on my way home from work.
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