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51  Re: Dollar Store Swap gallery (round 3) in The Swap Gallery by gossamer_gull on: January 23, 2007 02:47:40 PM
I feel a little egocentric saying it, but I really regret not photographing my crafts; I worked hard and would've liked feedback.

Well, even if you don't have pics, maybe you can tell us what you made... Wink

True. And I can supplement said description with "before" pictures:

I didn't use the blue canister or the jelly-bracelets, but I used everything else:

$1 jute bag
$1 coaster set
$1 belt (though I only used the buckle)
$1 journal
$1 miniature Spongebob playing cards (not pictured)
$1 plastic tool box
$1 file folders
$1 grey placemat
$1 textured cardboard box
$1 I.D. holder

Over the design on the jute bag, I painted a purple-black tree on a teal-purple-blue background, and glued large artificial leaves around the border.

I painted the coasters a deep metallic blue and decoupaged celestial-themed paper to them. I did the same to the coaster holder, and affixed the silver sun belt buckle to it. (This is probably my personal favorite of all the items I made.)

The fish on the journal got covered with card stock and a Spongebob playing card (not part of the actual deck).

Diagonally across the front of the plastic tool box, I painted a "POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS" tape. I also glued a pair of miniature handcuffs to the front.

I filled the file folders with blank white sheets, then rubber-stamped "CONFIDENTIAL" across the cover of each. (Listy has an interest in crime tv and forensics.)

The grey placemat became a (very simple) handbag, with matching coin purse. I braided leather cords into a strap and added skull beads to one end before attaching it. (Inside the coin purse was a "bonus" gift that had nothing to do with the dollar store: I'd seen a bicycle-chain bracelet on her wists, and since I happened to have that very object and intended to craft with rather than wear it, I just passed it along to Listy instead.)

After removing the nature-bits from the lid of the cardboard box, I painted mountains (in green) on it.

The I.D. holder I left as is, but slipped a mini cross-stitched anarchy sign (red, with black back-stitching) of my own design into the photo pocket. (She likes punk things.)

Then I piled everything into a huge box and sent it away....
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52  Re: November 2006 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by gossamer_gull on: January 22, 2007 09:43:06 AM
I got a cool thank-you package from indieanajess. She included a wedding crafts magazine (from my own b-day wishlist) and some little...thingummies.

In case you can't tell, there are three little plastic pigs (which I think I need to use in some sort of nursery-story craft), a peanut-shaped eraser, and a figurine of a little heavily-armed elf-dude.

And she also sent a cool and cozy calorimetry.

(The button is red, and black-and-red is my favorite color combo!)

So you're welcome, indieanajess, and thank YOU! Cheesy
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53  Re: Fairytale Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gossamer_gull on: January 22, 2007 09:35:10 AM
So I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of the cool stuff I received from summerthyme.

First, there's a white scarf, representing the white cloth given to the goose girl by her mother. At one end are my initials, embroidered in red; at the other, three embroidered "drops of blood." (I hope everyone can see it okay; I had to hold the scarf down because it was a very blustery day!)

Here's the rest of my loot. She made me personalized "Goose Girl" stationery (with my name on top, hidden in this picture) and a blank "Goose Girl" greeting card. The other items are inspired by "Little Brother, Little Sister" (a.k.a. "The Enchanted Fawn"). One is a cool photo-collage image; the other is "Little Brother's Collar."

It's a bit hard to see the "collar" (which can be an anklet, though I've only worn it as a choker), but it's very cool. It's intricately-knotted pale green ribbon strung with oblong antique-gold beads.

So thanks again summerthyme!
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54  Re: November 2006 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by gossamer_gull on: November 29, 2006 12:51:44 PM
My bookmarks from missamorphosis:

Thanks again! Cheesy
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