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1  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: May 28, 2016 12:53:18 PM
Well, you are all gonna be jealous!

Here are all my goodies from isewcute.

Here are the gorgeous "small" bits

Love the coffin - tons of details, way more than show up in the photos.  But, man oh man the resin soap dish is FANTASTIC. Very cute, and just my style. (Also, I love candy corn.)

This is the cutest little journal - can you believe the awesomeness of the fabric?

But wait, there's more! i love this so much, an homage to my guy Max (who we lost to cancer last year) and our new gal Shayna!  Isn't it adorable.Love, love, love it! And I am totally in awe of her painting skills.

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2  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: September 12, 2015 02:12:02 PM
Okay, try number 3 at posting this!  I got super lucky and got a really fantastic package from Sonjaboo.  I really mean it - fantastic!  Even the box looked good.  And everything is packed in pretty scalloped black tissue paper and even a great ribbon. I always plan to package nicely - but end up worried about damage - so do a practice run for security - forget it's the practice - and tape it closed!  I've done that too many times to count!  Not SonjaBoo though - super cute packaging.  Secure too - it all came through with flying colors.

I love this pin, it will be my October accessory for sure. 

Really cute spoolie, uses those little cardboard bobbins too - I always think I will use those for something, now I know what.  The image on the card is from my favorite Graphic 45 paper line!

And truly, if that had been the whole package I would have thought I really lucked out.  Cute, well-made, just my style, who could ask for more?

But then there was Max!  We just lost Maxwell to inoperable bladder cancer.  It's been pretty sad around here.   I love that I get to put him on display now.  He makes me smile.
  Isn't that just the cutest thing?  Yes it is!
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3  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: September 09, 2015 05:17:44 PM
Talk about above & beyond!  Because we were the odd ones Grin I sent to KittyKill and she sends to SonjaBoo, who sends to me.  So, I am not supposed to get anything from KittyKill. But she is so awesome, she sent along this little goody anyway.  What a nice surprise.  (These photos are weirdly distorted - it's a regular sized wallet, not freakishly long!)

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4  Re: Altered Clock in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: August 27, 2015 02:14:46 PM
So, here's some clearer pics of one I did for the Vintage Halloween swap.


Before glass:

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5  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: August 27, 2015 02:04:40 PM
Whatever it takes!  You can probably see him better here. I find it weirder that someone put them in the domes to begin with!
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6  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: August 26, 2015 05:42:35 PM
Haha, after hosing up pics of things I made for myself I got smart!  Here's a pic without the glass 😉

You must have done great repairs, I can't see where you had to reglue!

(nice tiki ;-))
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7  Vintage Halloween Wall Hanging in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: August 22, 2015 07:43:14 AM
While I was waiting for my partner in the Vintage Halloween swap, I decided to craft a few things for myself as a warm up  Grin

I apologize for the photo quality - one more reminder I can't photograph through glass/plastic.

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8  Altered Clock in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: August 22, 2015 07:36:13 AM
Well, if anything this project reminded me of a few facts I had obviously forgotten!  1.  Don't forget to take "before" pictures.  I get so excited to get started on a new idea that I totally forget.  2.  If glass is involved, take pics before the final assembly.  I am not a good photographer.  I am totally not good enough to take photos through glass (or the cheap plastic equivalent)!  That being said, here are some pics of one of my latest projects.  Wink  This is one of my favorite creations.  Even my husband looked at it and said "That isn't for a swap is it?  You're going to keep that one, right?"  Since he never notices what I'm working on, this is a huge compliment - so we are definitely keeping it  Wink

Since I don't have a before pic, here's an idea of what I was working with - very similar to these, except someone had gone the extra mile and painted the wood a nice institutional green color, slopping the edges of the plastic domes as well:

In the finished project, there are two bookshelves, each containing a background paper (Graphic 45 Rare Oddities) that looks like apothecary type items and then actual items, like a shrunken zombie in a dome, the skeleton, a bat, etc.  Hard to see them through the glare.  The bird across the top is a piece off an old cuckoo clock. 
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9  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: November 07, 2014 05:52:43 AM
It has arrived! Check it out!
Pumpkin head. So cute, huh? Love his face. I cannot draw anything, so lovely details like this are never lost on me.

Totally just what I am needing for my poor achy wrists - fingerless gloves. And check out the wonderful mini canvas. Very nice.

AND - yep, there's quite a bit more - medium indeed - check out the rest of my haul.

So cute, right? Thanks Holistic Knitter. And extra thanks for persevering, I know you had a crazy lot going on!
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10  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: October 31, 2014 04:50:32 PM
For those of you who sent internationally, I know it took FOREVER for my package to travel from US to Wales (and it looks like it arrived kind of mangled in spots). I was worried it had been lost - guess it just takes that long.

Sorry, I haven't been good about commenting on all the awesome packages - they truly are awesome! Love, love, love this swap. I haven't been ignoring you all! Every single package has had something I really love in it!

I started this swap recovering from surgery on my right hand - just barely healed enough to allow me to participate - but enough - I wasn't missing it :-) But, typing is kind of a pain (literally ;-).  Thank heavens I sent early - as I had a little mishap a little over 2 weeks ago and am now recovering from surgery on my LEFT hand! Sheesh. Here's a photo of my souvenir from my trip to the UK!
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