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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 09, 2007 08:34:34 PM

As promised, I've updated my previous post about the awesome package I received:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156971.msg1645341#msg1645341

(Honestly, my cat isn't that creepy in real life, just when she's sneaking up on a mirror.....)
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: April 07, 2007 08:09:06 PM
Hi everyone!

If I don't have notice that your last recipient has received by Tuesday, you'll have to re-make and re-send. Sad

Thanks!

Does this also go for partners who haven't communicated?  Huh Huh Huh
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 07, 2007 06:20:33 AM
I'm running late to travel this morning, but I wanted to post a pic of my super package from sparklypants before we hit the road:



When we get back, I will edit this post with better pictures and much gushing.  Everything was wrapped in awesome purple fabric: awesome purple bat hook, super-soft wrist cuff, hippo-head pouch (with suction-cup spiderweb inside), stuffie with attitude, and beautiful rainbow lizard mirror.  That's my cat trying to sneak up for another round of sniffing--she sniffed everything diligently, except for the stuffie, which she ignored pointedly.  I think she felt threatened.   Wink

Thanks, sparklypants, for an awesome package!

--awesome package post, part 2--

OK, so I've got all the close-up pictures ready to roll now.  I love my package from sparklypants!

First, a close-up of the bat hook:



I love the color and texture of the paint, and of course I love the rubber bat!  I had a hard time photographing this, because the paint apparently had a very attractive smell for Pandora Underfoot (the unusually creepy-looking cat trying to creep up in the picture above).  I needed a hook for my bathrobe, so this is perfect!

Next, the lizard mirror:



I love the rainbow effect of these little rubber reptiles, and this mirror is going to my office so that I have a place to touch up my lipstick after lunch when I'm teaching.  It is, however, coming back home for the summer, because it is too awesome to hang on a wall unseen during the summer months.

The hippo pouch:



I have a soft spot for hippos that may trace back to a childhood love of the game Hungry Hungry Hippos, and making this guy's head into a pouch was brilliant!  He has a little velcro closure on the back so that you can stuff him fulll of whatever you need to carry.  I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to keep in my hippo's head, because I'm waffling between wanting to use him all the time where people can see him and wanting to keep him safe at home so he stays looking nice.   Grin  There's also the cool suction-cup spiderweb that was in his head when he arrived--I put it back on the purple fabric to help it show up better than it did on my crappy carpet.

The wrist cuff:



This cuff is very super-soft, and it features a clever velcro closure for easier donning and undonning.  I wear wrist cuffs frequently to help with my tendonitis, so this is a great swap item for me!

And last but not least, the attitude-laden stuffie:



I love the expression on this stuffie's face!  This stuffie is not going to take any crap from anyone and is not easily impressed.  (It probably votes two paws down for every movie it sees!)  It's absolutely adorable, and, as I stated above, the cat won't go near it, which is pretty comical since she's such a world-class sniffer.

I loved this package, right down to the shiny purple wrapping, and I'm enjoying the contents thorougly.  Thanks, sparklypants, for an awesome swap!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 03, 2007 04:55:23 PM
That is a wonderful looking package!  Much of the jewelry is very striking.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 03, 2007 10:39:57 AM
Those are beautiful earrings!

Thanks for all the compliments on the sock llama--it was my first sock animal ever, and I completely winged it by glancing over the monkey and elephant tutorials posted in the toy section.

I uploaded a pic of the bunnies before I left for school this morning, so I'll pop that in here.  Excuse the overabundance of green--I needed a backdrop that wouldn't reflect, and I was taking these at the same time that I was taking the mock vacation shots of them in front of stone monument postcards for the paper-crafting bunny's scrapbook, so the book I used to raise them up past the white edge of the postcard and the paper grass that I put under them are serving as backdrops.  



They all have crafty usernames, some slightly punny, and I don't know if I can recall them off the top of my head.  I think the pink punk one, with her duct-tape wallet and pierced eyebrow, was PunxieBunny, the green stitching bunny with the knitting was bunneedle (knitting on toothpicks?  I don't recommend it  Cool ), the blue papercrafting bunny with the scrapbook is OrigamiRabbit, and the orange jewelry/beading bunny is beadyeyebunny, or something like that.  I have the original scrap of paper that I sketched their characters out on at home, so I could look it up later.

They're really easy to make, and if you're using the baby washcloths they wind up small enough to stick in plastic eggs, so non-crafting versions might make good Easter basket stuffers--they come in pastel, too.  If you want a little puffy part on the butt to stick your pom on, fold diagonally, then roll the washcloth up into a thin strip--there will be a thin little "tail" that hangs over the edge in the center, which should go the outside when you fold it.  If you want a flatter bunny butt, lay the washcloth out and, with each hand at opposite corners, fold those corners in toward the center until they meet in the middle and then fold those two rolls together into one strip (like folding a one-bread-slice sandwich).  For either version, fold your strip/roll in half, then bend the pointy ends backwards and secure with a rubberband.  Add whatever embelishments you want--eyeballs, noses, tails, ribbons, etc.


16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 09:09:44 PM
I'm so glad that you liked it!  I think you might find something non-consumable hiding out in your tea-box, though.  Wink
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 01:48:20 PM
I visited no less than  11 Dollar Tree stores (1 in Oshkosh, 1 in Fond du Lac, 1 in Neenah, 3 in the general Appleton area, 3 in Green Bay, and two more [Wausau, Chippewa Falls] when I went to visit my family) during the course of this swap, and I have to say that the selection varies greatly within a single chain.  Only one store had the safari animals (and farm animals), and less than half carried yarn, and a few of those only carried the patchy-dog Voodoo yarn in zombie green (excuse me, "oasis") and black.  I was amazed at how different the selection was within only a 20 mile radius!

The shadowboxes and plaques go perfectly!

And I'm thrilled that sparklypants likes the package, because I had a blast making it!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) on: April 02, 2007 11:29:04 AM
You gotta love The Hoff!
(It's just for today Cheesy  )

All the Hoff... none of the Hassel...

Leah is the bomb!  (But everybody already knew that...)

I am sad to see that you can't buy Hasselhoff's "Hooked on a Feeling" on iTunes, but he does have promising renditions of "These Boots Were Made for Walking" and "La Isla Bonita" available....
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) on: April 02, 2007 10:48:15 AM
So then I go here and it makes it all better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKu_QA8Bn9o

 Grin

GAWD BLESS HASSELHOFF!! That video just confirms the fact that a gold macaroni encrusted pie tin frame is the *only* way to to properly pay homage to his genius. Wink


I keep this link in reserve for whenever I'm feeling down.  I find that there are very few personal problems that watching this video a few times can't cure.  I mean, it has everything:

penetrating stares
dancing bears
weiner dogs
politically questionable use of Eskimos and African tribesmen
cube juggling
little girls on strings (frightenlingly over the line "yeah you turn me on")
scenic landscapes
fantastic scene changes
motorcycle stunts
flying (with and without arm-flapping) and air-summersaults
random owl masks
grandiose arm gestures and intense arm pumping
fish consumption
air guitar
multi-Hasselhoff duets

Everyday is better with a dose of Hasselhoff.  See?  I feel better already! Grin

(Thanks to Leah's favorite projects pics, I was able to finally see the larger version of that image.  Thank the makers of greenscreens that's just a sharpei leg!)
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 10:14:08 AM
The bloody shovel still cracks me up!

Three cheers for nail polish!


I daren't click on the link because of the possibility that it will turn up Cheesy Tongue

I'm giving up on it in hopes that by doing so it'll show up.  You know, that whole Murphy's law thing.   Tongue
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