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1  Re: Pocket Letters Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 28, 2016 06:36:43 PM
I rec'd from sydney23. She did a 'mashup' of some themes using some of her favorite things from photography and history along with favorite songs inspired by them. I think it is a really clever idea. She also embroidered each card adding a really cool artistic element to the layout. So unique.

A few of the cards up close:
Gary Cooper (hubba hubba  Shocked )
song: Gambling Man by The Overtones

photo of a seance
song: In the Room Where You Sleep by Dead Man's Bones

photo by photographer Cindy Sherman
song: My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me by Little Green Cars

the back with all the goodies including some really cool multi-media trading cards, a packet of buttons!, and tons of awesome die cuts.

She also sent some local brochures which I love to receive. I love learning about my fellow craftsters and where they are from. It's so interesting to me. Thanks for indulging me!

Thanks again Sydney. Great swap!
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 25, 2016 06:51:27 AM
**This post was inspired by the other LV's that followed their hosts to work! I think it is so interesting to see what everyone does.

I brought Poundcake along to work one day to show him what I do. I am a histotechnician at the vet college for Michigan State University. Basically, I receive tissue samples that I make into slides for a pathologist to look at and determine what the animal maybe suffering from or has died of.
We obtain the tissue in a formaldehyde solution to preserve it. The tissue gets trimmed down to a small section and gets processed so that we can embed it into wax.
*No worries, Poundcake is safe. We do not have any biological hazards in our lab so the tissue is non-infectious and 'clean'.

1) Tissue in cassettes sitting in a bath of paraffin wax waiting to be embedded. (This embedding machine is ancient. We call it the Starship Enterprise because of it's shape.)
2) Open cassette with tissue.
3) Embedded tissue cooling on cold plate. We will pop these out of the metal molds and prepare them to cut.

Once in wax we can cut it into very thin slices and affix them to a slide. To do this we need a special machine called a microtome. It can cut very thin sections so that when a pathologist looks under the scope he can see the tissue at about the thickness of a cell.

1) The tissue cassette (now called a block) is securely placed here.
2) The bar is rotated forward moving the block holder up and down to shave off a section of tissue. Think roast beef slice, in a sense.
3) The knife is held here. It's a very sharp disposable razor blade.

The tissue is set to float on a water bath and picked up on a slide. The slide is stained with special stains and sent to the pathologist for review. They are also used as teaching for the students at the veterinary collage.

Poundcake was pretty helpful. He may have nodded off a bit once or twice but what can you expect, he is used to taking a nap mid-day!

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3  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 17, 2016 01:36:43 PM
I just found this amazing gallery TODAY! I'm not sure why it took me so long. Sometimes I can be such a scatterbrain. Embarrassed

Good lookn' gallery folks. As usual this gallery always has something fun and creative in it. I've just spent a good 1/2 hour marveling at the good stuff posted here. Like joyfulclover, I too am looking into the sharpie dyeing as well.

I rec'd from sharalee this weekend:
look at these awesome fabric flowers!

I need to know more about this technique sharalee...

not only a true statement but a really cute patch!

from my 'heart with wings' theme. LOVE this fabric.

my extras- which included a little sewing kit that I desperately need at work. So thoughtful.

Thanks for everything sharalee! Hope you are back on your feet again soon.
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 15, 2016 03:15:52 PM
Been fairly quiet in these parts for a few weeks so I've had a few nights to craft. Poundcake is a big helper. He's very supportive and has lots of creative ideas to share. Not mention his gentle reminder to not be so stingy with the glitter!
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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2016 in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 07, 2016 05:19:54 PM
Recently beautifulsoul and I decided to do a Pocket Letter personal swap and today I received this crazy cute pocket letter full of gnomes and other whimsy.

Look at this little guy! She even made his beard fuzzy with some cotton. Clever!

She picked up so many little things that I have on my profile like this frog prince. love!

And I am going to have to 'borrow' this idea- a blank illustration in a pocket for me to color. So creative.

Here's all the goodies. Among the cache, some really cool die cuts (including a heart with wings...a personal fave), pretty pieces of lace, and dainty little clips.

Thanks again Amber. So glad we got to swap and get to know each other. This is a beautiful addition to my collection.
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: July 02, 2016 09:53:13 AM
We need some rain here in Mid-Michigan! Grass is dry and brown. They've called off most firework displays because of fire hazards but that hasn't stopped the tiger lilies in my yard from blooming! The dry weather is keeping the mosquitoes at bay though. I have a Cedar Point trip planned for later in July so I am sure Murphy's Law will rear it's ugly head and we will be poured on for the duration of the trip. It's inevitable.
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7  Re: Pocket Letter Swap Round 2 - SU Jun 25-Jul 1 ; SO July 27 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by curiousfae on: June 28, 2016 05:09:00 PM
I made this for the last swap and it worked out really well. geekgirl requested a copy and I thought I'd offer it to you all as well. Just fill in the different frames with info about yourself ie. fave books, fandoms, music, family life, etc. I thought it was a fun way to list info, in lieu of a letter.
Let me know if the link has any issues or if you have troubles downloading.
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8  Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: June 27, 2016 05:25:14 PM
I rec'd this great pocket letter from Bec99. It's all about her and the things she loves.

love the ice cream cone ribbon!

each little card is decorated so pretty!

the back with all the goodies!

close up of goodies....my faves are the magnets (the boomerang is so cool)and the beautiful little photo of New Zealand and Australia (where she is from and where she lives) all of which are going up on my fridge now, that ice cream (project life?) card is sparkly and really fun, and tons of die cuts. She spoiled me!
Thanks again bec99!

p.s. tell me more about the little graphic of the girls please! i love it. (bottom pic, upper left corner).
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: June 23, 2016 08:11:36 PM
Beautiful weather here in Michigan but I've been stuck inside for three days organizing my craft room! It's finally done though and boy is it nice. Poundcake was pretty helpful but would often get side tracked by my sticker stash and glitter packets. During the cleanup we found my stack of ATC's and right away he picked out a self portrait of his 'mom', MountainsandClouds, in the stack. He's been quietly talking to her ever since. I think he might be a little homesick. I might buy him a little something tropical like a pina-colada tomorrow to see if that helps.  Off to Lake Michigan this weekend. Whoo hoo!
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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by curiousfae on: June 16, 2016 07:27:51 PM
Poundcake under the catalpa tree in our yard (please forgive the terrible filter...I was trying out a new app).

For the last few days of spring the tree flowers and the flowers eventually drop to the ground. The trees are beautiful in bloom and for a few days after our yard is covered in white flowers.
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