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1  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: October 18, 2015 04:56:46 PM
I received an extra "little something" in the mail today from my partner.  Which just may one of the biggest understatements I've ever said/written.  I had admired a fabulous portable cocktail kit she had made.  (see that here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439132.msg5309764#msg5309764)
Well, she went and made me a spooky version of my own!!!!!!!!!!  It is so very very amazing!!!!

the back:

open it up and look inside!
2 decorated bottles, shot glasses, straws and drink decorations!

One of the bottles will soon be filled with the Asian pear-infused vodka that I recently made!  Who's got a cocktail recipe for me?

I never imagined anything so unbelievable was waiting inside the little package I opened.  My partner spoiled me beyond description.  I am left speechless!  I can't believe how unbelievably cool this cocktail kit is!  It will follow me to many lovely parties and gatherings and I can't wait for warm weather again so I can enjoy some outdoor cocktail hours!

Thank you, EdelC!!!!!  You are a generous crafter extraodinairre!!!!!!!!!!!  I was so lucky to be partnered with you!!!!!
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2  lace skull tee shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by calixita on: October 15, 2015 12:11:41 PM
Made for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween 2015 swap.

I crafted the skull out of bits of lace and sewed it on to the tee with tiny awkward stitches.  I'm not a sewer but I like how it came out.
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3  ouija crow taxidermy in Halloween Decor and Parties by calixita on: October 15, 2015 12:02:53 PM
Made for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween 2015 swap.

It doesn't show up very well but the raven is covered with black glitter and more covers the edges and where the glue may have seeped out while attaching it to the plaque.
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4  Day of the Dead shrine in Halloween Decor and Parties by calixita on: October 15, 2015 11:59:16 AM
Made for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween 2015 swap.

The box was once used to store library stamps back in the days before computers.   Grin
The flowers, heart, and crown are sculpted of clay.  The chair crafted from a champagne bottle top.  Plastic skulls covered with glitter, skull and heart beads are also piled about.  Papel picado was fashioned out of tissue paper.
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5  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: October 13, 2015 10:14:28 AM
Wow!  I love this swap!  There is so much cleverness in this gallery!  I've been waiting until it was full and then using my "pin" button to my heart's content!

Here's my photo of the shrine, EdelC.  Sorry stuff came unglued.  Although, it's probably a minor miracle it made the trip overseas as intact as it did.
It looks like you put the heart and crown in the same place as I.  I'm glad you like it.  I must admit to being proud of the heart as I'm rather new to working with clay.  One of my pre-med student workers advised me.    Cheesy
I can't stop petting my new journal.  Whether it's simply because I love the feel of the suede or because I've become mesmerized under the spell of an enchanted book, I am unsure.    Wink
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6  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: October 09, 2015 01:27:44 AM
The best photo I took of the crow "taxidermy". 
Glitter doesn't photograph well. 
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7  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: September 01, 2015 10:06:05 AM
All of my goodies from EdelC!

Some fun and fancy straws as extras (we share a love of cocktail hour!)

There was also some chocolate but that is long gone!  Hee Hee!

Day 1:
an awesome skeleton fabric pouch containing Halloween cookie cutters!!  The pouch is going straight to my craft corner to help me organize!  I love the fabric!

Day 2
on Day 2, I found the cutest skull pouch.  
And when opened, it contained sweet vintage Halloween magnets and more chocolate.  Yum!  It''s as if you knew that the other chocolate bars had already been consumed!   Grin

Day 3

I asked for some mini ornaments for my small Halloween tree and boy, did EdelC deliver!!!!
First up is a wonderful trick or treat bag!

Mmmmmm!  Candy!  and a pumpkin carving knife!
Then I opened a wonderful Dia de los Muertos ornament!

Such lovely designs painted on the face, glittery eyes and white teeth!  I love it!
And last to be opened but I think it's my favorite is a wonderfully detailed haunted house!

A cute ghost is peeking out the front window.

And a bloody trail out the back door to a fresh grave!  The roof came a bit loose in transit but a bit of glue will fix that easy peasy.
Here's my decorated tree!

I'm definitely getting into a Halloween mood now!!!

Day 4 (already!?)

Another awesome pouch!  (these pouches are going to help me get more organized, something I really need!!)  I adore the Mexican skull on the flowery background!  It even has skulls inside!

And inside, 2 fabulous bangle bracelets with skull charms!  I love their funky look!

My goodness, I love this swap!

Day 5
I'm opening my presents promptly when I get home form my evening shift job!  It's technically first thing in the morning at 1am!   Grin

Today, I unwrapped a wonderful little shrine!!  I love miniature things!
A wonderful graveyard scene crawling with sweet spiders!  I have a mild obsession with old cemeteries!

close up.  I love the spooky moon in the background!

The pedestal and the back are decorated with spiderwebs!

It has taken up residence next to my festive Halloween tree!

Day 6

Day 6 answers the question:  whatever happened to Count Dracula?

I unwrapped an elegant coffin.

Once opened, a dapperly attired skeleton with a wicked stake in his heart and a rope of garlic to prevent his return to un-natural life!!  So so cool!!

Day 7

I opened the most beautiful spooky bunting tonight!  

and it's 2 sided!  on the other side, anatomical hearts!

(forgive the pictures. My living room is currently in flux!)
Truly beautiful!  And once I get my living room in order, it will have a better setting!

Day 8

My cup runneth over with awesome pouches!!!

This one is perfect for taking projects to work!  I love the colors!!  Day of the Dead skulls never fail to make me smile!!

Day 9

Today's package was soft and when I opened it - behold!!

fabulous pillow covers!

Such wonderful crow and feather images!  I'm in love.  Please tell us how you created them, Edel.  I'm assuming you printed the fabric yourself and it's beautifully done.  I should dig out my iron to do them justice but frankly it's too late right now and I was in a hurry to show them off!  I love the beautiful crows and these will be on display year round, not just in the Halloween season!  They work so well in the brown and green colors of my living room!

Day 10

More Dia de los Muertos goodness!!!  Today I opened a beautiful table runner!!

This picture shows off the back as well as the cool skeleton images.  So colorful!
The only shot of my new table runner that the cat didn't completely ruin!

Day 11

I got the most fantastic painting for Day 11!  Edel recreated a wonderful image of Nosferatu from my Pinterest.  I love it so much!!

I love his ratty face and creepy long fingers and the blood splatters at the bottom!  He is so awesome!  You've got mad skills, EdelC!!

Day 12

Almost over!!   Cry  
Today I opened a fantastically sweet tshirt adorned with Jack Skellington!  It's wonderful!  So soft too!  


Day 13

Alas, the last day!  But I've enjoyed opening such wonderful presents over these last 13 days!
And today's is wonderful!
A beautiful and spooky handmade journal!

It's made out of soft, buttery suede and has such lovely, curious eyes peering out at me!

and the back:

I love the patchwork!  And the paper inside is wonderfully thick!  What a wonderful way to close out this fabulous swap!!!  Thank you so much, EdelC!!  You've been such a fantastic partner for this swap!!!
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8  peyote skull bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by calixita on: July 28, 2015 11:10:15 AM
I made this for my teenage niece.  For when she's feeling a bit "goth".

a close up:
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9  Re: 13 Days of Halloween 2015! in New Swap Theme Ideas by calixita on: June 12, 2015 08:11:19 AM
If I remember correctly, there weren't enough crafters interested in joining the last time a full 13 Days of Halloween swap was suggested.  I will almost definitely join a mini Halloween swap if it gets posted.  I tell myself that I don't "need" any more Halloween stuff but I never listen to myself anyway!   Grin  I actually just made myself a Halloween tree.

I was finally inspired to use some of the cardboard tubes I have been hoarding.
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10  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: March 31, 2015 11:41:40 AM
I found a package waiting for me when I got home from work last night (I work evenings so it was quite late).  Kayrun sent me such a wonderful box of goodies!!! 
This is the fantastic hoop she made for my hoopla wall!!

It's so beautifully done!!  Who doesn't love The Princess Bride!?  (I'll be honest, I wouldn't quite trust the person who doesn't.)   Grin
Then she spoiled me with extras!!!
a fabulous and sweet knitted mushroom for my mantel!!

I love the red and grey color combination!  The corner of my mantel is now filled with gorgeous fungi!!  It makes my smile to see it!!
And she also made a pretty toy for my cat!

He loves it!

Thank you so much, Kayrun!!  Your beautiful and thoughtful gifts have helped me stretch my birthday out far more than I deserve.   Cheesy  I love it all!!!
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