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1611  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Recycling/Eco-Friendly/Gardening/Hippie Swap (SU 2-4-11 to 2-25-11, SO 3-25-11) on: February 04, 2011 06:07:12 PM
Oh, I have to think long and hard about this one too! I had to skip the last Hippie Swap because I was too busy, but I have this great tie-dye kit that I'm dying to use... I just have to find time to sit down and fill out the questionnaire.

1612  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: February 04, 2011 05:52:48 PM
Oh yes, the double-hit of packages makes this swap particularly fun! And I love how long this gallery of utter fabulousness has gone on for - and we're not done yet! Cheesy

Suereal:  I think most of the stuff on the box was stuck on with heavy-body acrylic gel. I've only recently been introduced to it as an adhesive, and I'm totally sold. Since most of the bits and pieces were metal, they needed to be pretty securely fixed. Anything that needed less aggression got tacky craft glue, and some of the fine bits I did with Krazy Glue. Generally I'm not one to just glue things on - I prefer mechanical attachment - but it didn't really work in this case. I'm just relieved it all got there in one piece!

Here's another photo, which shows the colour a bit better.

Lylacfey: (Oh, behave!) I'm glad you liked the ATC - it just didn't seem to be going anywhere for a while but it came together in the end. The octolady is a couple of engravings Photoshopped together then printed and pasted on. She would make a great stamp, though!

Lelila: I really like your key box, and tying another key onto the outside makes it almost like you have to unlock it to get inside. And I totally covet that tiny antique die! (And the moose pin, of course, but there's a lineup for that already.)

1613  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Fairyland Theatre (too many pics) on: February 03, 2011 05:15:43 PM
I knew that was your work the moment I saw the thumbnail. Just brilliant - probably my favourite Knickertwist masterpiece yet, and that's saying a lot! I especially love the different creatures on it. What shows do you think the Fairies will perform there?

1614  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: February 03, 2011 04:54:37 PM
Okay, those are the tiniest origami stars I've ever seen! How are they even possible??? Love the ribbon wrap - elegant yet practical.
1615  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: February 02, 2011 08:11:36 PM
The world's smallest spindle inside the world's tallest matchbox! I love it!

Melladh, can you explain about shaking the kitten box? Does part of it move?
1616  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: February 01, 2011 06:49:25 PM
Matchbox #2 from thelastkodama has arrived safe and sound! And of course our conscientious organizer has kept entirely within the rules of the swap: just a matchbox, beautifully decorated but with no gimmicks or craziness; no extras (well, almost none); filled with tiny goodness that fits perfectly inside without exploding out. It was even mailed in a small padded envelope for under $2, just like she said it could be. You make it look so easy!

The box is covered in a luminously green batik fabric with a little ribbon pull. (A great idea!) The piece of eyelet lace was wrapped around the outside. Some might have cried "Extra!" at that, but it was physically attached to the box, so it passes as decoration. Hah!

Inside, all is perfectly-sized orderliness. It didn't even jam inside the box. (I'm afraid you may not find that to be true of mine!)

So from left to right starting below the empty box:

  • two inchies
  • three interesting metal beads
  • a piece of lovely Japanese paper
  • two green stone beads
  • four Hello Kitty stickers Cheesy
  • a penny flattened by a train on the railroad tracks (very cool)
  • a card of six tiny snap fasteners
  • a tiny phial that says "Elgin 809" containing lavender flowers
  • a small religious medal (of the Virgin Mary)
  • a coin sequin
  • a surprisingly heavy brass button
  • three tiny buttons
  • five wooden beads
  • a piece of quartz
  • a stone bear
  • a carved bone bead
  • two beads that look like teeth but are actually shell
  • six more beads in stone and glass
  • four postage stamps from Romania, North Korea, West Germany and Czechoslovakia

What wonderful, tiny stuff! The stamps were immediately pounced on by my partner, who is a stamp collector. The rest I'm already thinking about what I can make from each item!

Thanks for making this such a fun swap. I'm already looking forward to doing it again.

1617  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4! CLOSED Sendouts 2/18/11 on: February 01, 2011 03:58:20 PM
Hope the ice and snow isn't keeping too many people away from the Post Office. I got both my boxes mailed today, in advance of the storm. On the upside, a Snow Day away from work is a Craft Day at home!

Received my package from thelastkodama today. Pics later this evening.

1618  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: February 01, 2011 04:14:19 AM
Half the time I'm happy that I can only take on 5 swaps at once as I always seem so busy making and sending swap stuff, but at times like this I curse and think 'it's only one more little swap'!!!!

The early Craftster pioneers were very wise to institute that 5 swap rule!

I'm finally mailing my boxes today. They should have gone out yesterday, but I got to work and discovered I had only brought one of the two packages. And it was so cold that I just couldn't face the walk to the post office two days in a row. But today for sure!

I was wondering about the stitching on the robot ATC. (Glow in the dark? Yay!) It looked too carefully irregular to be machine-stitching, but I hadn't thought of using a mending foot. Beautifully done!

And I absolutely cannot believe you had even more packed into that box at one point. I hope you were wearing safety goggles when you did it - it might've exploded under the pressure!

1619  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: January 31, 2011 05:44:36 PM
Okay, these matchboxes are some of the coolest things I've ever seen on Craftster. I can't even name favourites anymore - my head is spinning!

And even more because I got my box from Suereal this afternoon. Holy cow! She totally walked all over the "no extras" rule - the box was about the size of three VHS tapes stacked up! "It's all padding" she says, but bubblepack was never this good! I don't even know where to begin...

Okay, here's everything that was in the box. The main (and most legitimate) packing material was a wonderful lot of wool suiting samples. I'm already dreaming of what I can make of these. So many of them! Then there was an envelope containing a card (with a wonderful image by ManWoman - I'm a fan) and an ATC (which we had agreed to swap), then the matchbox itself, wrapped in another wool sample. Even the string is fabulous. Plus there's a large wood and brass wall-mounted hook, a tiny bell in the shape of an owl and a squirrel-shaped spring clip.

Here's the hook (a wonderful thing in its own right) and the "tweed robot" ATC, which is pieced out of more wool suiting, with great hand-stitching, buttons and tiny studs. Brilliant!!!

Here's the matchbox itself, which I included mostly to show that the contents didn't quite all fit inside - something was already squeezing out. The box is covered in a mosaic of copper, gold and silver foil, each embossed with different patterns.

And no wonder it was bursting out - look at how tightly it's packed! I could barely slide the box open.

And finally, here's what was inside, referenced to Susi's itemized and annotated list. (Note the zebra-print lining in the box!)

 1. Small Mind Sector - everyone has someplace they would like to put something like this.
 2. 2 star stickers - For glitter
 3. Lady Bug stickers - it reminded me of the hibernating Lady Bugs in your yurt.
 4. Plastic dog tag - pretend they are wolf foot prints...
 5. Food grade silicon band. Just not something I thought you'd buy for yourself. Bundle asparagus and boil, for example.
 6. Automatic Transcribing Machine. A tiny steampunk writing bug. Carefully bend its legs so it stands. (I've glued them on 3 times with 3 different glues. Hope it holds.) It did.
 7. 3 shell buttons
 8. Small coin from my belly dance belt.
 9. Labyrinth
10. Token for Amusement only. That's exactly what I'll use it for.
11. Wolf and man dangles Obviously I love these!
12. 2 Scrabble tiles W & I
13. Knife, fork, spoon
14. Tiny key (vintage)
15. CN Tower I think this may actually be the Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls. More research is required.
16. Square sun button
17. Moon
18. Star
19. Rhino - I made this in college. A wonderful little charm made of brass and another metal (nickle?)
20. Handsome/Valuable clip One side says "HANDSOME" in tiny letters, the other says "VALUABLE"
21. Spool of thread
22. Skull - from Tibet and vintage Silver I think.
23. An armadillo.
24. Scissor
25. French paper clip
26. 12 tiny coins.

Thanks for all this wonderful, fabulous stuff. I'm going to go fondle it all again right now


1620  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery on: January 22, 2011 01:12:35 PM
Oh Jennie, I knew I could count on you! It's brilliant!

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