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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 17, 2015 09:48:51 AM
I received my 'What it means to be an artist' card from Mountains and Clouds:

and she even sent an extra card!!!

They are both so beautiful!!  Thanks!
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2  Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 17, 2015 09:33:39 AM
Prepare yourselves for some serious jealousy from my spoilage by midkiffsjoy!!  Joy decided she had too many ideas to stick with one so I seriously lucked out with my partner!  Wink (Though all the packages so far have been honestly fantastic!!)

So we have the trio come Valentine's Day...

Altogether, it stands about 8" tall or so.  Joy figured if she smushed all the pieces together it would fit into the 4x4 space  Cheesy

Then we have McGonagall!!

Aaaaaaaand an 'Always' heart ornament!!

It is super adorable and will be living on my diningroom wall!

Then we still have treats!  A big package of the most perfect thing you can ever hope to purchase:

And if that wasn't spoilage enough, she made toffee (my favorite!) shortbread cookies!!!  Shocked

A great big huge box of them (thank God because my husband is addicted to them and I want some, too!)!

My package also came as a howler, had HP valentines all over it, plus sent an adorable Valentine with a whole Snape and Lily scene!!  Awesome, awesome, AWESOME package!!!
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 10, 2015 06:33:28 AM
Oh my - there is SO much talent here!  All of these are fantastic!!  I do have the say the quote one is *so* well suited for my tastes and I am particularly jealous of that.

But now you guys can continue to be jealous of my collection!  Wink

So I guess this arrived yesterday but we didn't check the mail til this morning and lo and behold, my card from YennaMuffin:

This is "Mermaid Beauty" for my Positive Plus-Size Imagery theme!  It's gorgeous!!!  And once I have enough, this theme is going to go into an ATC display on the wall that my brother gave me for Christmas and this is the perfect start!  Thanks!
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 06, 2015 04:42:59 PM
I am a horrible human being!!  I never posted two of my cards received last week (for shame!!)!  Plus in the past 3 days I received FIVE new ones!!!  So hold tight, we have many cards ahead  Grin

Last week's -

From RockingBearRanch for 'What it means to be an artist':

From Acadian Driftwood for 'Harry Potter', this is "Gryffindor Lioness" (my house!!):

This week's -

From bunny1kenobi for my 'Flowers' theme, we have Bachelor's Buttons:

Allegrae sent a Scandal-themed card "Huck":

Calluna sent the 'Main Street Electrical Parade Turtle':

And 2 from spikefan - Damon Salvatore (from Vampire Diaries) and Dark Willow (from BTVS)!

Oh my gosh, everyone, these are AWESOME!!  I seriously love each and every one and am rapidly getting to that place many have you have talked about where I actually am going to have to start thinking of storage and display options!

Seriously, this has just been so amazing to see such a wonderful variety of talent! And they're mine now!!!  Grin  Grin  Grin
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5  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 13, 2014 01:13:45 PM
Eager for LB&BB to open Day 12 and hope she loves it as much as I did - it was hard to part with!! Cry  I also hope she gets a great picture because mine suck  Cheesy

Also, I love how she interpreted the triptych - as a love story.  I had envisioned it this way (excuse the mess) - the two canoodling birds are she and DH while the little ones on the bottom are DDs and one about to fly is DS.  I think it's wonderful either way and I really love, love, love that she could see a whole different thing with it!  <3
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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOVEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 08, 2014 08:44:32 PM
I received an awesome ATC from kwality570 for my 'hope' theme:

"Holding Onto Hope"
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7  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOVEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: December 02, 2014 07:53:43 PM
"Watercolor Petals" by ChameleonHound

My first ATC ever and I love love LOVE it!!  And my fam celebrated an early Christmas and I got an ATC display for my wall  Grin
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: November 30, 2014 10:07:42 PM

ALSO - should LadybugsandBumblebees come across this - STOP NOW (swap spoilers ahead)

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Alchemy
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Copper and the Deep
Brief Description:  Copper and water are an amazing combination, both visually and metaphorically.  I did quite a lot of monoprints (using a Gelli pad) recently, two of which paired copper and the ocean.
Project Picture: (it reads "Well I was born in the sign of water and it's there that I feel my best.  The albatross and the whales, they are my brothers." ) (this reads "There are oceans of feelings between us"

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Birds and Bees
Brief Description:   For the 12 Days of Christmas swap, I made a little triptych for LadybugsandBumblebees' family - cherry blossoms with a little bird family with her, her husband, the young two that are at home, and the older son who is off to college.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Arithmancy
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Just dance!
Brief Description: When I make monoprints, I use lots of different tools to create different effects but I made a couple of them without using any stencils, stamps, textured items, etc - just totally let things go as they wanted.
Project Picture: (reads "One must have chaos within oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.") (reads "Dance every dance you can.")

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Love Letters
Brief Description: There is definitely a lot I don't know and drafting patterns and sewing things DEFINITELY fits in that category.  But my swap partner wanted some felt envelopes for her classroom so I made these which took a RIDICULOUS amount of time due to my complete ignorance about how things work.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: Peony Transplant
Brief Description: For this painting, it hits the CoMC criteria twice - I combined two completely different styles and it was also incredibly challenging for me to paint.  The peony represents healing and when a peony is transplanted, it usually takes a couple of years to re-blossom but once it does, it stays strong for decades.  This painting is representative of many of my ongoing feelings of processing my miscarriage (and subsequently realizing children aren't going to happen).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: Icicle Wreath
Brief Description:  A family friend had an old wire wreath with some acrylic cubes on it that she gave to me.  It took more patience than I usually have but I remade it into something I personally find quite lovely!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: See the Truth, Speak the Truth
Brief Description: I am all about the notion of seeing things with sharpened vision - including how you feel about yourself and others.  These two monoprints represent seeing the beauty in someone else and understanding the beauty within, especially when others may others may not see it.
Project Picture: (reads: "Her eyes make diamonds look like loose change."
(reads: "You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, something not everyone knows how to love.")

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  In All Things
Brief Description: In Divination, we have to see the beyond and there is so very much that can block us.  For me, chronic illness and pain did so for a very long time but in the past year, through art, I'm finally starting to see more than my present moment.  This piece - which the picture does not do justice for - has bits and pieces from different things I've used this year when making art and as it moves up the canvas, there is less and less "junk" there.  But there are crystals and gems and some glitter all over everything and even among the "junk", there is beauty.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Flying
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Little Drummer Boy Cross
Brief Description: Painting on wood was my first love and sometimes I still go back.  "Little Drummer Boy" is my favorite carol so I whipped this up.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  O Christmas Tree
Brief Description: When it comes to growing pumpkins, it takes several months to cultivate a good crop.  For us crafters, Christmas tends to be the same way.  I made this lino cut and prints for Christmas cards early this year to ensure a smooth holiday season!!
Project Picture: (sorry the picture sucks!)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Every body
Brief Description: The oak tree is incredibly strong yet also changing every autumn.  Over the years, my body has changed and has often made me feel weak when it didn't seem like my body was how it should be.  Now I'm realizing that all bodies can be strong bodies.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Muggle Studies
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name:  Sisters for Infinity (and beyond!)
Brief Description: My sister and I have a lot of history and not all of it is good.  But we've still been really committed to making our relationship work and being a support for each other.  So I made two matching bracelets with the infinity sign as a reminder for both of us that we can count on each other and to remind ourselves to be loving and supportive.  I already gave her bracelet to her this week, so this just has mine  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: Tejas Heat
Brief Description: Just a little suncatcher I made for my swap partner with the old pony beads in the oven so she'd have a touch of Texas!
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: Rainbow Suncatcher
Brief Description:  In winter, it's more important than ever to enjoy what sunlight there is and my swap partner loves suncatchers and rainbow colors!!  (It's really beautiful in picture - these were just last-second-have-to-get-the-swap-package-in-the-mail pictures)
Project Picture: 

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Bertie Bott's Every Flavored Bean - PEACH
House:  Gryffindor!!
Project Name: He's peachy!
Brief Description: Peaches can represent love and good health so I made a little something for a friend who had a healthy baby boy in September!
Project Picture:
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9  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: November 13, 2014 01:40:49 PM
Staking my claim NOW THAT I HAVE MY PACKAGE!!!  YAY!!!

Here we go - items courtesy of LadybugsandBumblebees:

Day 1 - a lovely little wreath with neat rainbow buttons and a cute focal 'imagine' button!

Day 2 - a little teacher-themed wreath for the hubs!!

Day 3 - a third crocheted wreath for my pups!!

Day 4 - a DELICIOUS chocolate toffee bar which may or may not have been immediately consumed

Days 5 & 6 - an assortment of little goodies!!

Day 7 - a remembrance plaque for our baby we lost in a miscarriage <3

Day 8 - a wood plaque with a picture of the hubs and I from our wedding - it's been 7 years and it's still my favorite picture of us!

Day 9 - a set of moose in winter placemats! I love moose and real reindeer as holiday subjects!

Day 10 - a whole set of 10 cards!  I hate paper crafting and it's easy to get cards for women but tougher for men so LB&BB whipped these up with some awesome marbling and stamps!!

Day 11 - a tree and moose tablecloth!!  All these neutral colors are perfect in my livingroom and this tablecloth is actually already in use for my coffee table, tying Christmas in with my other decoration-less living room!

Day 12 - a crocheted blanket!!  LB&BB calls it a lap blanket but it's bigger than that and we love it!!  It has perfect colors for our livingroom and as you can see, Gus is already a big fan  Wink

It's a shame that we didn't get everything that was sent and LB&BB can't show off more of her awesome work but we do so love what we got!!  THANK YOU LADYBUGS&BUMBLEBEES!!!
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10  Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: July 21, 2014 02:27:23 PM
Okay I received my AWESOME package from watsonc7 and was so busy finishing up my stuff for her, I hadn't posted yet  Roll Eyes  Embarrassed  BUT prepare to be SUPER jealous!!!

Oh and these may be mildly unsuitable for work (NSFW) - just a bit of language - which I will tag but that usually comes up later than the pics, right?  Anyway...

For reference, these are my sweet things:

And OH how I do so love them!

So Christy made them into hoopla...

And then into mug rugs!!

They're in my kitchen colors but there is NO way these are going to be used as mug rugs - look at that detail!  Those are going up on the wall in our little diningroom!!

And then she ALSO made them into pillows!!  I have lusted after these pillows for so long!  My husband (who likes to ignore things like me needing to finish Christy's package  Roll Eyes) has been on me NON-STOP to whip up some pillow forms and get these on the couch!  Cheesy

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Christy spoiled me rotten, obviously did some serious stalking (like the fact that my baby girl has put on weight since we moved and she became depressed   Roll Eyes) and I just am SO EXCITED about everything - it's just perfect!!!  Grin Grin Grin
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