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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery on: May 26, 2014 01:52:19 PM
Sorry this has taken so long!  As Alexus1325 said, I was at the cottage for the weekend and had a course to take earlier today.  We did get to swap on Friday and I'd have to say as as beautiful as the gifts are, getting to meet my partner in person was an absolute highlight.  Never did I think this could happen.  We must be the only two Crafstster members from our region.

On to the goodies and man, I feel so blessed to have been offered this package!  Alexus definitely paid attention to my wishlist and crafted based on a theme I wanted to focus on, feminine energy.

Being so delicate, this one was brought into the coffee shop in a separate bag, meaning it's the first gift I looked at:



It's so soft and lovely to touch and look at, the doily and pussy willows do add that special touch.  I'm so happy to have received something I can hang on the wall, it's just what is needed in my living room!  Although it may not seem so, the branches actually come out in all directions so that's another need effect.  To the right of it, there's a rose quartz carved into a woman's torso.  The first thing that came to me as I held it was pregnancy, so I'm not sure if that was intuition foreshadowing something or what!?

Next are some awesome knitted slippers!  I've been wanting these so badly and because I can't knit, I've been relying on others' talents to get my feet in them.  The light blue yarn is some of Alexus' handspun yarn.  I think she posted to project to the Fibre forum and I commented that they reminded me of jeans.  At least, I think I commented.  I know the yarn stood out and I at least thought that.  Anyway, she chose it for this project and I love the speckles of colour.  And even though it's 30 degrees Celsius out, I'm wearing the slippers (have been waiting since I got them to put them on, didn't want to ruin them at the cottage).



This one was a bit harder to take a picture of while wearing but it's the Cove hat taken straight off my Pinterest list, again a knitted project!  Alexus said she used a bit pot for blocking, it had to accommodate my 28" head that has mature/thick dreadlocks.  It fits perfectly!





And last but definitely not least, another big project, a knitted freeform scarf!



I love this one, and will treat it will considering how long it took Alexus to make it, about 25 hours!  And I don't think that's counting the time it took to spin a few of the yarns she used.  I love the fact that this one uses wool to give it a rugged aspect, but the yarns are so fine and the leaf trim also gives the delicate/feminine touch to it.  The ends taper off but I couldn't get it into the picture without sacrificing some of the details.

All of these projects were firsts for Alexus and I'm glad she took the risk, it all turned out beautifully!  Thanks so much Alexus and let me know when you're in town so we can get together for some crafting!

ETA:  Oops, there is also a handmade spindle Alexus made me.  I forgot I packed it in my spinning tote in case I got around to some spinning at the cottage over the weekend.  I will try to take a photo of it and post a bit later.  Gotta go get dinner started.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: May 13, 2014 08:53:26 AM
I still have a few things to do before meeting up with my partner.  Where has this swap period gone?!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: May 06, 2014 11:54:44 AM
Check In #6 question:

If you could be any cartoon or comic book character, who would you be and why?

Maybe She-rah Princess of Power!  Or a ninja turtle.  Raphael was always my favourite.  =)
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: April 28, 2014 11:42:02 AM
"What was your absolute favorite movie as a kid?"

Hmm...  Maybe the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  I'm drawing a blank here.  I think I read far more than I watched movies.  The Sandlot was pretty good too!

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: April 21, 2014 04:00:36 PM
We have two kids, Ava is 6 1/2 and Brahmi just turned 5 at the beginning of March.  We also have a German Shepherd named Tia, who is 3. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: April 15, 2014 02:50:32 PM
I love the whittled knife and that Facebook reminder is absolutely hilarious!

Well, I've been working on a distance education course and haven't been crafting as much.  I do have some finished projects to post but they're for a swap so I'm going to hold off to post until my partner receives.

My son had to create an Easter/Spring Hat for their upcoming hallway fashion show.  We decided on a bird's nest.  Here it is:







I bought the paper shreds, plastic eggs, and "birds" (the chicks were the closest to birds I could find) at Buck or Two, and the rest of the supplies came from around the house.  Originally, we created a nest separate from the hat and wanted to attach it but things were getting lop/heavy-sided so we settled for glueing the paper to the hat itself.  The branch makes the project "stick out" a bit more.  =)
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: April 11, 2014 02:04:58 PM
I wanted to be either a vet or teacher.  Now I'm on my way to becoming a Personal Support Worker, then to Practical Nursing.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Stenciled Pottery on: April 10, 2014 09:51:08 AM
Oh wow, those are so beautiful!  I especially love the yarn bowl, great job!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Empty Bowls Fundraiser Pottery on: April 10, 2014 09:48:39 AM
I completely forgot to come back here..  Thanks for the kind words!

One of the organizers of the event (and potter) finished up my bowls for me.  Here they are:





I bought a ticket and ended up choosing this one at the organizers' request.  It was her favourite of all the 175 bowls made and said I'd be silly not to take it.  There were so many beautiful pieces to choose from and it was hard to decide but ultimately, I felt it would be a good souvenir as my first batch of pottery experiments.



Sadly, the origami started to crack before it was fired so the organizer had to do a lot of trimming to keep it pretty.  It's definitely not the end-result I was hoping for but unique in its own way.  =)



As soon as I can, I'd love to sign up for some classes!  I ended up going to Michael's today to get some Stonex clay for a swap project.  I'm not sure how it's going to turn out but considering I don't have access to a kiln, it's the best that can be done for now!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: April 07, 2014 09:37:53 AM
For the last six years, I've been a homemaker/stay-at-home-mom.  My youngest started school last September and while my plans were to offer Reiki treatments part-time, I've decided to return to college in the fall to become a Personal Support Worker.  I've started with some distance education courses, currently working on Abnormal Psychology, to reduce the workload a bit come September. 
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