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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bird Spirit Dotee Doll on: Today at 03:33:39 PM
Oh it's fabulous!!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 123 (Febuary 2016) on: February 10, 2016 08:57:10 AM
I claim snowyangel for an Infinity Fashion Scarf,  due 2/24

2/0/0

Hi! My name is Olivia.  I'm from California, USA. I love to crochet, draw, paint,and sculpt. I love Nature, plants, animals, books, and art.  I tend to like things a bit creepy, but not quite to the point of disturbing. I am married with two boys and a cat. I'm a bit picky about color, and I apologize in advance for that.  For home decor I prefer Earth tones and black. Think rustic, think forest. For clothing and accessories, I wear only dark colors (mostly black) and grey.  I dislike pastels, brights, and primary colors.  I love lace and delicate floral prints, as well as tiny polka dots. I don't really like cartoony or scenic prints. I am allergic to wool, but only for wearable items. I am very sensitive to artificial fragrances and cigarette smoke.
Thanks in advance for any claims!

The quick and easy way; anything off my OWS pinterest board : https://www.pinterest.com/laachapa/ows-board/

Sewing & Embroidery
- sleeveless Victorian nightgown- petite Lrg - simple prarie style one - mid length - (I've always wanted one of these, is that weird?)
- embroidered pet portrait of my cat Gypsy (she's black) made to fit anywhere from a 4x4 to an 8x10 frame (photo available upon claim)
- a skeleton stuffie for my son (like a rag or cupcake style doll, but not necessarily either)- something sturdy enough to play with. He's 5 so it doesn't need to be baby safe
  He's been asking for one for over a year! some examples: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/453808099927621071/ , https://www.pinterest.com/pin/453808099925303982/
- quilted place mats - set of 4 (is 4 still a med claim? Claim 2 at a time if you feel that is more size appropriate, and I can mix and match in pairs.) - simple is fine- if themed, I prefer nature themes (please no farm animals, fruits, or checkered prints)
- embroidered brooch or pendant - bones, skulls, insects, plants, bats, cats - check my pinterst for other themes that I like
   I have already received these from Averia
- musical pillow case (or 2) - cotton print with music notes or classical intsruments (french horn a plus!!) - it's for my teenage son so please nothing "girly" or cartoony
 
Jewelry and Beading
- gemstone jewelry (no earrings please) My favorites are labradorite, rainbow moonstone, moss agate, snowflake obsidian, onyx, golden rutile quartz, and amber.
- a beaded moth brooch similar to this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/453808099927976724/ or this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/453808099927976681/
- a themed charm bracelet: black cats, toads, fungi, Kodama, memento mori, monarchs, the night sky

Bath and Body
- essential oils natural lotion bars!  Favorite scents are lavender, lemongrass, frankincense, rosemary, and patchouli but others are fine too (no cinnamon or clove please as they are a little too strong)
- essential oils natural bar soaps (no cinnamon or clove please as they are a little too strong)
- lip balms!  I have a serious addiction, partly due to chronically dry lips!
- bath bombs! No artificial fragrances please

Knits
- Nearly any knit wearable (except headbands & earwarmers) made in my current color crush: dark forest green - fingerless mitss are a plus, but seriously anything, I love knits! - please be aware that I cannot wear wool or alpaca!

Misc
- I REALLY want these for my son https://www.pinterest.com/pin/453808099927840489/
- screenprinted t-shirt with mushrooms, or pine trees (women's style T, size L)

Supplies (supply claims are fine - stash or second-hand supplies are fine!)
- artist paint brushes - I use small detail brushes the most
- micron pens - black
- mixed media moleskin style sketchbook
- any bamboo or wooden crochet hook/s (I have a J)
- sz 8 black glass seed beads, especially matte black
- any genuine gemstone beads - labeled please
- stretch magic jewelry cord
- yarn bee hint of silk yarn in lacquer (black) - available at Hobby Lobby
- Essential oils, cypress, amber, juniper berry, vetiver, rosewood
- white prismacolor pencils
- Clover yarn cutter pendant (prefer the antique gold color)
- calligraphy pen - the kind you have to dip
- calligraphy ink - black - really I need the pen first
- a pom pom maker
- any bead crochet books - I would like to learn Smiley
- 16 or 18 ct aida cloth - black or white - scraps 6x6 or bigger are fine!
- jewelry making pliers or wire cutters

Extras
- lego people (my 5-yr old loves them) even just parts as he's always loosing them!
- neat seed pods, pinecones, or acorns from your area (I like silly things like this)
- a few sticks of your favorite incense (i'm a total junkie)
- children's chapter books (Have your kids outgrown theirs?  They will find a loving and caring home with mine!)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: February 10, 2016 08:36:10 AM
This is what I get for hauling my crafts from home to my workplace in order to do more with them.... I get home, open the book where I keep them safe for travel, and all papers are there EXCEPT for the ATC I am working on and want to mail out today.  GRRRRRRR

I had that same problem for about 2 years while transitioning from my parent's house into my own apartment.  Originally I left a lot of stuff over there because I didn't want to cram my tiny apartment to the brim, but eventually the frustration of having that one craft supply that I needed to finish something at the wrong location, finally made me give up.  Now we live in an art studio/ craft store.  My family is so patient and understanding.  Grin 
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: February 09, 2016 05:01:33 PM
Thank you for the answers!  What are artist pens?

And about not wanting to buy textbooks in collage...when I was an undergrad, I used to photocopy the pertinent pages for what we were working on ATM, from a friend.  I learned to do that quick, when I had the same experience of the professors not using the books we were told to buy!  Sad

Well, I don't know that artist pens is the technical term, I just call them that since I buy them at the art store, or the art department of the craft store.  I'm referring to Micron pens, and Faber Castell pens, as well as Nano-liners.  Maybe they're illustration pens?  Or maybe I'm over thinking it and they're just plain old pens. Don't really know.   Grin
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Studio Ghibli Swap Round 2 sign up jan 1 - Jan 17; send out Feb 9 on: February 09, 2016 04:53:30 PM
There's a Ghibli STORE!?!?!?!  Shocked

Oh, and I sent!  Cool
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 122. 123. 124 on: February 09, 2016 12:40:31 PM
Has anyone noticed how much shipping has gone up!!??!!  Shocked Shocked Shocked
It is now $18.75 to ship a large flat rate priority mail box!!!

I'm currently feeling irritated about how the price of everything is going up, except for my labor.  No raise in 3 years.  How does that even make fiscal sense?  I guess I'm dumb, because I don't get it.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tufted Coquette on: February 09, 2016 09:03:16 AM
So freaking cute!!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Artificial Bonsai/Cherry Blossom Trees on: February 09, 2016 08:59:13 AM
What!?  Shocked
OMG these are awesome!  Thank you so much for sharing your process!!! Bookmarked and rocked!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- FEBRUARY 2016 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 2/1/16) on: February 08, 2016 12:19:36 PM
I claim blupaisan for signs of Spring, due 2/21

2/0/0

Hi! I'm Olivia, and I'm excited to be swapping ATCs again!  I'm from California (USA).  I love Nature and all it's creatures, and I am particularly drawn to those which are traditionally considered to be creepy. I love books, especially hardcover ones, and my favorite genres are horror, dark romanticism, gothic literature, and fantasy.  I'm not too fond of bright colors or pastels, although they are occasionally appropriate. Please no religion or politics.

MY THEMES:

carnivorous plants
memento mori
toads
fungi
scarab beetles
ravens
Princess Mononoke
moths
cabinet of curiosities
museum specimens
black cats
rare or odd plants
Nevermore
Medusa
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
surrealism
mummies
wolfmen or werewolves

10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Studio Ghibli Swap Round 2 sign up jan 1 - Jan 17; send out Feb 9 on: February 06, 2016 10:18:02 PM
All done crafting!! Tomorrow I will package it all up, and hopefully send out on Monday!   Cheesy
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