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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 (SU 03/16-03/29 SO 04/05 and 09/15) on: March 23, 2017 01:45:32 AM
Thinking of joining this round after watching the last couple.  Just not sure there's enough excitement happening here over the next few months. Hubby will be away for most of this swap and I'm a homebody when he's away haha.

Having a Little Visitor is a great incentive for getting out, at least it is for me: I get myself to places I've been meaning and wanting and planning to visit for ages (or again) but just never get around to on my own.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery on: March 22, 2017 12:22:12 AM
Alby has returned home with fun souvenirs and a flamingo and pineapple bedecked album:



Among his treasures are a magnet from Busch Gardens; a sticker and magnet from the Center for Biological Diversity (that neato deer head silhouette is a piece of copper sheet -?- with a tiny, strong magnet on the back); and a pin from the opening of a ThinkGeek store (if you don't know ThinkGeek, I urge you to check it out: http://www.thinkgeek.com/):



There's a wee leather pouch necklace I'm guessing came from a Pow Wow PFD and her husband attended, and a PFD-crafted domed pendant with a fun octopus image:





PFD also sent along a Mickey Mouse sticker and another with the three Hitchhiking Haunted Mansion Ghosts, a pin from Disney World, a Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey team) magnet and a stress puck (you know, for squishing), and some seashells gathered along Florida shores.

And here are just a few pages from the album....

Each page has a different paper print background; this one is perfect for the harbor view pictures:



Alby knows I'm a fan of anything miniature and eagerly pointed out the holiday village of Disneyland-inspired buildings under PFD's tree:



He was excited to show me pictures of his tiger cousins (both real and botanical) at Busch Gardens:



Among the ephemera tucked in the album are maps of Busch Gardens and Disney World, and on the inside cover is a map of the part of Florida around which Alby traveled with phoenixfiredesigns, from Orlando in the east to Tampa in the west, with colored stars at the various places they visited and a key noting what was at each location -- what a great idea!

Thanks, phoenix, and most especially for being such a great host to Alby!

PS - The ThinkGeek pin is currently adorning the t-shirt of my official Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey:


3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 (SU 03/16-03/29 SO 04/05 and 09/15) on: March 21, 2017 12:29:47 AM
Wishing I could ship myself off as a Little Visitor though...lol!

You and me both!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 (SU 03/16-03/29 SO 04/05 and 09/15) on: March 20, 2017 06:35:37 PM
Alby is ready for his close-up...and even more ready to be traveling again Grin



And welcome to mandykaye and the adorable McCoy from another returning LV addict!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: February 09, 2017 10:29:06 PM
Little House in the Pines -- that's what I'm calling the sweet mini quilt that arrived today from pioneer9:



Hard to see in the full picture, here's a closeup of the great fabrics she used for the trees, ground, and border:



The quilting is outline stitch in the ditch around the various elements...except for a hand stitched "banner" breezing up over the house and attached on either side to the trees.  pioneer used a light blue thread so it takes a moment to realize it's there and then to read what it says, but as soon as you do it makes you smile inside and out: "home" it proclaims---



Thanks so much, pioneer9, can't wait to get this hung up and on display!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Quilt Swap ... send by Feb 11 on: February 07, 2017 04:46:21 PM
Take a look outside -- do you see pigs flying?  You just might: my package is on its way with DAYS to spare before the sending deadline, a first for me in many, many years of swapping.  Whoo-hoo!

And also sent folded in quarters; I put strips of batting on the insides of the folds in hopes of preventing overmuch creasing.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: January 31, 2017 11:16:13 PM
Adorable is the exact right word for that toucan, and the binding fabric was the perfect choice!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Quilt Swap ... send by Feb 11 on: January 31, 2017 11:10:10 PM
Quilted and ready for binding!  Although I'm happy with the way this little quilt turned out, after reading all the posts about the fancy/tricky piecing so many are doing my swap anxiety is on the rise as what I made is pieced pretty straight forwardly (though with a fair amount of half square triangles and points) and more about the overall finished visual effect.  Where's a nail-biting emoji when you need one....
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery on: January 22, 2017 11:11:28 PM
First, the weather report -- rain.  Lots of rain...







It's been coming down from drizzle to downpour for much of the last 10 days or so, greatly needed precipitation in this drought-stricken part of the country.  We also got some pretty good winds for a day or two which left a lot of fallen palm fronds to be cleared from my driveway:



Fortunately, we had beautiful weather for the Women's March here in Los Angeles yesterday, where the number of participants has been estimated between 500,000 and 750,000!  This is at the intersection where Giles and I met up with several people from my union at the start of the event (sorry, don't know why the upload is so small, but hopefully you can get an idea of how packed it was):



I did get some pictures of Giles with my companions which I'll include in his album, but with the mass of people and then being on the move in the middle of everything, the only other shot I got that he's in is this one, watching a musician who was playing while we waited for the actual march to begin:


10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Quilt Swap ... send by Feb 11 on: January 22, 2017 12:03:32 AM
Top is done, quilt sandwich basted and waiting to be quilted...whoa, I am NEVER so far along so early!  Usually I'm still agonizing and researching and planning at this point.  Slightly stuck right now because ideally I'd like to use a particular specialty thread for quilting, but in looking into it I think doing so will require a fair amount of experimentation and trial and error (and possibly specialty needles) and still might not lead to what I'm picturing.  Thank goodness I DID get this far along this early!
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