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1  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bigmouth on: June 27, 2011 06:13:58 AM
Wow, posting these photos has turned into a real drama!  My laptop is a total diva, and because of that, I just figured out that it is possible to upload photos to Craftster straight from my phone.  But then I couldn't figure out how to cut and paste the photo URLs into a post... so off to a borrowed computer I've gone. 

I received this lovely package from Keyzmasta:

The wreath is definitely going to be a favorite fall decoration around here.

Here are close-ups of the smaller items.  I really love the tree made with book pages!  Isn't it so cute and clever?



Thanks so much for swapping with me, Keyzmasta!  Hope you have a great summer!  Smiley
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2  Re: The Awesome Swap Gallery of the "Be Awesome" Swap in The Swap Gallery by Bigmouth on: March 13, 2011 08:22:01 PM
Glad you like the vase.  Smiley

Now, here's the awesomeness that had me in awesome giggles for quite some time.  Thank you, batgirl! 
Batgirl remembered I had said (back in the day) that I got a kick out of retro workout images.  She crafted me some awesomeness from a Jane Fonda Workout record album.
AWESOME!

Two Jane Fonda's Workout Record bowls:


A clock/memo board featuring Jane Fonda!  The four exercising women that aren't part of the clock are tacks!


A set of retro exercise images on magnets - and one more thumbtack.


So clever and fun!  I had such awesome fun finding more and more awesomeness in this package!  I know it looks like a lot, but Batgirl totally kept to our swap requirements, since she crafted with so many parts of the Jane Fonda Workout Record Album.  So clever!  Thank you, Batgirl!  It was awesome to swap with you!

Gah, I just previewed, and these pictures aren't as clear as I thought.  Sad
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3  Re: Michael Jackson...We love the gloved one gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bigmouth on: October 24, 2009 10:34:02 PM
Yikes, that was some bad touch-screen typing.  I'm back home and happy that the photos are finally uploaded!  They've been stuck in my phone for over a month now, and I finally figured out this evening how to outsmart the Blackberry and get the photos on my computer. 

Here are the MJ goodies I received from craftybeachgirl:  A cigarbox-style purse, a photocube with storage inside, and Michael Jackson buttons!

(I'm disappointed that it's much blurrier than it looked on the display screen... I really tried to show the package well in these photos, and I just wasn't successful... I think it's time for a real camera again...)

The back of the purse:


The photo cube:

You can't see every side at once, but there are different photos on each!

Thanks for swapping with me, craftybeachgirl, and sorry these photos didn't make it into the gallery until now.  I'd like to think the upside is that everybody gets to look at more Michael Jackson crafts again.  Smiley


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4  Auntie Bigmouth Stand-In in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by Bigmouth on: July 05, 2009 07:33:29 PM
My brother and I have odd senses of humor.  When my brother got ready to have a baby, I knew I needed to do... something.  He and I lived four states away from each other.  My new nephew wasn't going to be able to puke on me nearly as much as I would have liked, so I made a cuddly version of "myself."  I procrastinate like a champ, though, so I didn't get to work until I heard my nephew was born.  I worked through an entire evening on Photoshop and printing/preparing the inkjet printer fabric, and another trying to figure out how to attach two pieces of fabric with a needle and thread.

The final product--with darling nephew.


I can't show the original photos, because I lost them in a hard drive crash.  I used two different photos:  one for the body, and one for the head (because my face was straight-on to the camera in the photo I tried to use, so I found another I took of myself where I was flexing in front of a Rosie the Riveter poster--haha). 

I wanted sort of a South Park aesthetic:  big head, squat body.  I thought it would be easy:  Crop the head, and squish the body vertically.  Oh, how wrong I was.  The width difference between hips and ankles caused the body to turn into a wide diamond shape, and the feet pretty much disappeared.  (If I'd known that, then I would have stood with my feet apart to allow for easier proportions.  Oh, well.)  So I ended up cropping four separate pieces:  head, upper body, lower body, and feet.  The body sections each needed different "squishing," and I still ended up shaving parts of the side pockets from my jeans.  I had to make sure the top of each body piece matched with the bottom of the piece above it.  If I'd known how much work it would be, then I'm not sure I would have done it.  But I was pretty amused with the result.

I'm pleased to say that my brother (the baby's dad) laughed so hard that he was gasping for breath, and really looked like we might need to call an ambulance for him.

I'm also pleased to say that my nephew loved it.  I stuffed it so full, that it was the only toy allowed in his crib for quite a while.  I went to visit them when he was 21 months old, and the first thing he did after I walked in the door was to fetch "Aunt Bigmouth" from his room and bring her to me.  That resulted in an awesome '80s fist-pump from me.

And, just for fun, I took Little Bigmouth on a tour around my town before she went to her new home.  She drank coffee, talked on the phone, hung out at the bookstore, climbed a tree, and went shopping at CVS.
 
She drew a fair amount of attention from curious passerby!

Obviously, this isn't a new project.  My nephew is over three years old now.  Pardon me if you've seen this project before (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86422.0)--but I saw the challenge topic, and just had to share again.  Smiley
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5  Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster in Latest News by Bigmouth on: October 20, 2008 06:20:38 PM
I thought this ad was pretty crummy.  It's trying to look like a message inbox.

The speech bubble pops on and off.
I think this is problematic, because newer members might think it's a PM inbox.  (Or other members might think there's a redesign... or someone might confuse it for a PM inbox if they're watching TV while surfing... or something.)
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6  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 35 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bigmouth on: July 07, 2008 05:23:49 PM
A little late to reply, and I'm sorry about that! 
The fabulous mimiw picked my wish for a car litter (not cat litter) bag. Smiley
She sent me something fantastic--patchworked red & white ticking!  Convertible, so it fits different ways in the car!  It has a removable canvas  inside, which can be lined with pet litter bags.  Check out the possibilities...

Around the shifter:


Behind the headrest:


I decided that my favorite was sort of a hybrid.  Through the headrest, so it's toward the driver's seat:


It's better than I expected, and better than I would have imagined for myself.  Thank you, fabulous mimiw!  Smiley
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7  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bigmouth on: July 07, 2008 02:57:06 PM
So, before signups closed, I decided I wanted to take my action shot with some local scenery in the background.  It just seemed to match the swap.
So, here are the dish/washcloths I received from kayrun, along with the wonderful-smelling soap she sent as a bonus:


Thank you!  I think I looked like the weirdest photographer in the region today!
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8  Re: Shop the Swap 16 **Shops Only** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Bigmouth on: July 01, 2008 03:04:12 PM
Closed for moving!  Maybe I'll see you later this month.  Smiley

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.25 point each, or 2 points for all:
Hilarious polymer clay "fetos."  I bought these at a craft fair a few years ago, and never did them the justice they deserve.  I'd link you to the crafters' website, but it's a dead link now.  They called their booth "Cletus Fetus."
Each (except Bart) has a hole through it for your further crafting/decorating needs.
This is not a clickable thumbnail, in case you didn't figure that out. I'm ashamed by the amount of paper pulp that's apparently worked its way into the surface of the table.  Wink

Claim as:
Bart             Lisa         Maggie
Graduate     Pirate         Punk
Reg. #1       Reg. #2      Reg. #3

or as Polyclay Fetos (All)

One point:
Measuring tape pouch, Multi (3.5" x 4"; Velcro closure).



.25 point each:

Hook & eye bracelet:


Unusual marble magnets:

Produce bargains magnets (set of 4):


Low Calorie magnets (set of 3):




Supplies!
C'mon, claim these so I can put more up!  I'm moving very soon, and I need to get rid of a lot of craft stuff!  "Pricing" to sell!

1 point:  Big ol' piece of patriotic fabric.  Heavy cotton.  Probably from the 1976 Bicentennial!  I promise to send right away for your July 4 crafting needs!  Don't know the measurements, but I know it's really a big piece.


.5 point:  Retro gas station fabric.  Heavy cotton with a bit of spandex.  1/2 yard.  Check out the old-timey gas prices!  It'll make you nostalgic, or it'll make you cry... not sure which.  I had plans to make a bag or something for my car with it--but, meh, I'm moving, I don't have the time, and I need the space.  Please do it justice. Smiley


.25 point for 50 pages/pieces:  Ephemera for papercrafting.  I could do .5 point worth if you like, but there will be more repeats.  I have things from old magazines, old books, books in other languages, stickers, reprinted vintage ads, interesting old things a used book store leaves in a bin after they find them in books... etc.

.25 point:  old-school black floppy disks (14 of them).  Two of them have holes punched near the edge, because I planned to make a notebook with a floppy disk cover, but my metal rings were too big for the size I wanted to make.  Lots of crafting possibilities... but I don't have space for too many of those possibilities right now!  I'm moving!  Cheesy

.5 point:  Bubbly fun fur on sheer black backing.  Approx. 34" x 34".  On my screen, this looks kind of pink--but it's really a couple different (very bright) shades of orange.


.25 point:  Sandpaper!  3 2/3 in. x 9 in. pieces.  Variety pack with 2 pieces of coarse, 2 of medium, 2 of fine (150-100-60 grits).  Unopened package.

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Starting points this round: 6
Current points: 2
Pending points: 1
Total: 3

Items claimed by me:
teamwang to Bigmouth: Needle Felted Cactus - (2) Received.
mullerslanefarm to Bigmouth: Oatmeal milk & honey soap (1) Received.
mullerslanefarm to Bigmouth: pepper zest soap (1) Received.

Items other swappers claimed from me:
Bigmouth to RubyTuesday:  3 beading magazines, Circles pendant, Photo corners, tin copper wire (1 point). Sent and received.



 
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9  Re: Shop the Swap 15 **shops only** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Bigmouth on: June 20, 2008 08:05:52 PM
Open, and glad to be back!  Smiley
Click for larger images.

.25 point each, or 2 points for all:
Hilarious polymer clay "fetos."  I bought these at a craft fair a few years ago, and never did them the justice they deserve.  I'd link you to the crafters' website, but it's a dead link now.  They called their booth "Cletus Fetus."
Each (except Bart) has a hole through it for your further crafting/decorating needs.
This is not a clickable thumbnail, in case you didn't figure that out. I'm ashamed by the amount of paper pulp that's apparently worked its way into the surface of the table.  Wink

Claim as:
Bart             Lisa         Maggie
Graduate     Pirate         Punk
Reg. #1       Reg. #2      Reg. #3

or as Polyclay Fetos (All)

One point:
Measuring tape pouch, Multi (3.5" x 4"; Velcro closure).



.25 point each:

Hook & eye bracelet:


Circles pendant:


Unusual marble magnets:

Produce bargains magnets (set of 4):


Low Calorie magnets (set of 3):




Supplies!
C'mon, claim these so I can put more up!  I'm moving very soon, and I need to get rid of a lot of craft stuff!  "Pricing" to sell!

1 point:  Big ol' piece of patriotic fabric.  Heavy cotton.  Probably from the 1976 Bicentennial!  I promise to send right away for your July 4 crafting needs!  Don't know the measurements, but I know it's really a big piece.


.5 point:  Retro gas station fabric.  Heavy cotton with a bit of spandex.  1/2 yard.  Check out the old-timey gas prices!  It'll make you nostalgic, or it'll make you cry... not sure which.  I had plans to make a bag or something for my car with it--but, meh, I'm moving, I don't have the time, and I need the space.  Please do it justice. Smiley


.25 point for 50 pages/pieces:  Ephemera for papercrafting.  I could do .5 point worth if you like, but there will be more repeats.  I have things from old magazines, old books, books in other languages, stickers, reprinted vintage ads, interesting old things a used book store leaves in a bin after they find them in books... etc.

.25 point:  old-school black floppy disks (14 of them).  Two of them have holes punched near the edge, because I planned to make a notebook with a floppy disk cover, but my metal rings were too big for the size I wanted to make.  Lots of crafting possibilities... but I don't have space for too many of those possibilities right now!  I'm moving!  Cheesy

.5 point:  Bubbly fun fur on sheer black backing.  Approx. 34" x 34".  On my screen, this looks kind of pink--but it's really a couple different (very bright) shades of orange.


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Starting points: 3
Current points: 6
Pending points: 0
Total: 6


I need to mail:

I have sent:
Bigmouth to alteredmommy -pkg a AND b of translucent paper (.5), 100 piece ephemera (.5) black and white measuring tape pouch (1 )  TOTAL 2

I sent/they received:
Bigmouth to teamwang - Cigar Box of Whimsies - bottlecap bobby - Chinese Philosophy (set of 6) - total 1pt
Bigmouth to gavagai - Darice jewelry design board, a whole lotta keyboard keys, Whoawhoawhoa blue fabric and numbers hair clip + fish button clips - 1 point
Bigmouth to Bead brain - Dazzle Dye, Floral Velcro, 3 brass hoops, Fashion Beadz (1)
Bigmouth to ptarmic wumpus - Metal number embellishments and recycled belt parts (1)
Bigmouth to irid3sc3nt:  Garbage Pail Kids sticker cards, Tube of Whimsies, Sugar & Cream cotton yarn.  +bonus ball of black acrylic.  (1 pt total)
Bigmouth to sansa - Pendant:  Almost red, white, & blue -Red pendant - 41 skeins of embroidery floss, plus some more that are incomplete - 1 point total
Bigmouth to mimiw:  Seed beads and sketchbook (1 pt. total)
Bigmouth to MissDisney:  Avery 4"x6" landscape photo pages -  Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron-On Adhesive UltraHold -
ephemera for papercrafting 100 pages/pieces. (1 point total)
Bigmouth to MissDisney:  Panda bamboo yarn (1 point)



I received:
atsuko to Bigmouth: Natural stone pendant b-faceted blue stone with white veins (1 point)
atsuko to Bigmouth: Natural stone pendant c-green with layers (1 point)
Bead brain to Bigmouth:  Beaded yellow flower pen (2 points)
catpants to Bigmouth: reversible vintage lady pendant, button pendant, stamped strawberry pendant, vintage black button hair clip (1 point total)
teamwang to Bigmouth:  Beaver needle felted doll (2 points), needle felted Psychotic Gnome Doll (1 point)


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10  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Bigmouth on: June 01, 2008 01:05:51 PM
I think I forgot to post earlier in this thread.  Anyway, here's my offering.  Thirty pieces of handmade paper.  Each page is individually hand-formed. 

Smooth pink (8 pieces), lavendar blue with speckles (10), and chunky gray with colorful pieces (12).
Write letters on it, or use it for papercrafting!
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