I received from MommyTheMaid last night! The timing, as so often seems to happen with swaps, was great. I opened the package and immediately started laughing. Best. Hoop. Ever. Lissa, you are awesome - thank you!!!
I’m so sorry, Tanza. That’s rough. I’m glad you had seven good years with her, though. Good on you for rescuing her and helping her to have those good seven years. Blessings to you both.
Chrispykreme: “I actually hate Monopoly, because growing up, it just meant a game that never ends and you'll end up in arguments with your cousins.” THIS! This is EXACTLY why I hate Monopoly!
Do you enjoy getting edible treats as extras? If so; sweet, salty, or spicy? Mmmm, foodz. I like trying anything once, sweet being my favorite if I have to pick one. If you’re asking in regards to swap extras, sure, if you can find yummy things which are vegan, as I’m trying to switch to a vegan diet and am ridiculously easily tempted to throw the metaphorical baby out with the bathwater once I eat something that’s not vegan. If that makes sense. I’m underslept again today.
Any piercings? tattoos? or ‘weird' hair styles? Pierced ears, no tattoos, and decidedly boring hair to comply with a dress code. Not that I’m generally that exciting with my hair anyway – it’s generally longish, brown, and not fauxhawky or anything. I usually wear it up or partially up, just because having it touch my face bugs the bejeezus out of me.
are you a sports fan? if so what? also fav team(s) or individuals? Did I answer this one already? I can’t remember, oops! Nope, not much of a sports person. I was a basketball cheerleader back in high school, but that’s about as sporty as I’ve ever gotten, and I did that because I was a cheerleading fan, not a basketball fan.
What would you say your style is? This is hard, as I have a hard time dressing the way I’d like to. (The joy of being bigger than you’d like with not a ton of local access to spifftacular shopping and not quite enough confidence/money/energy to tackle ordering online.) I tend toward casual classic, I guess. I like to look put-together and feminine, but comfort is a must and my life calls for casual 99.5% of the time. I love cardigans like whoa. When I am a bajillionaire, I will have a hundred cardigans in all my favorite colors & styles. (But not v-neck. Oh, how I hate the v-neck cardigan!) I like sort of fifties style. Think modern-day-young-royalty-in-her-off-time, sorta, is what I aspire to. …Yeah, I have absolutely no idea how to describe my style. X) Anyway, lately I wear jeans, tops, and cardigans a lot. Also love skirts and dresses. I don’t wear a ton of logo t-shirts but I do occasionally.
Seeing-what-everyone-looks-like: Here’s me!
Uploaded with ImageShack.us I fall behind so quickly on this thread, but I’m SO glad for all the questions and answers, because I’ve learned a few things about my stalkee that I wouldn’t have thought to ask, and now I’m all gleeful because I have more ideas to play with. Yay yay yay.
Two cute notebooks covered with red vinyl - these are the perfect size to keep in my purse to jot things down so that I remember them, which I do a LOT, so these are extremely handy. And it will be nice to have some cute ones instead of the plain one I've been using!
Okay, so THENNNNNN there was a cute handmade paper box with a dog on it, which opened to reveal a really pretty wooden necklace with the kanji for "turtle." I love turtles, and Pinokeeo says that it's the healer in ancient languages - extremely cool and fitting! I'm wearing this right now, actually. I tried to get an action shot, but I just couldn't figure out how to today. It's especially cool because the cord is adjustable; I just have to slide it along itself to shorten or lengthen the necklace. It's a really nice touch.
And THENNNNNN I pulled out a string of colorful wooden beads. I'll admit, I cheated and read her note first, so I knew that they were meditation beads, which I've been wanting for ages. I'm trying to get into meditation a little bit, to help lower stress and help me focus better. It helps a lot to have something to focus <i>on</i>, though, especially something tangible, so I am really excited to get to try these out. The beads are all wooden, and they're from all the places she's visited in her travels, which I love, because it makes them sort of have a life before.
AND AND AND because I am spoiled... she also sent me an audiobook, Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi" which is awesome because I've been meaning to try Sue Grafton, a former coworker of mine loved her books, AND it's on audiobook, which is so, so, so nice. I have a hard time reading sometimes, and sometimes switching from visual input to auditory seems to be enough of a change of pace that my brain makes it work better, so I'm an enormous fan of audiobooks. I'm looking forward to reading this. AND a book of sudoku and other puzzles; the timing on this made me laugh, because I've spent the week doing online training for my new job, and I've been having a terrible time understanding some of it, and so have been thinking to myself that I need to find my long lost book of puzzles so that I can try to work on sharpening my cognitive stuff a little again. The timing on this was perfect. And last, but certainly not least, a very cuddly teddy bear, who I've not yet named but have already had a nap with. (Known him two days and already I'm sleeping with him? Oh dear! That's okay, he's been a perfect gentleman.)
See? Pinokeeo is awesome, and I am spoiled. The timing on this couldn't have been better - thank you so much. It's brightened up my whole week.
First, I received from mezofoprezo, who sent me this lovely journal: which I actually had a difficult time deciding how to add touches to, as I was pretty sure I was going to mess it up, it looked so nice the way it was.
Well, I'd just started writing in Keri's journal, when what should arrive but - ANOTHER journal! A mixup surprise, how exciting! This was one mixup I was super happy happened. This one's from yberry, all the way from Israel. Somewhere along the oceans between us, the package got a little wet, and so the super-pretty butterfly paper peeled up a little. I fixed it back up and it looks as good as new, I think, but this picture was taken before I fixed it, hence the little bit of rumpliness. See that sort of title page? The characters are (I think, if I'm remembering right... the journal's already been sent off, and my memory is not so great) Japanese for "pen pals", and the pretty soft colored background was done by Yael's little girl! It's a really neat touch.
Both journals are now added to and back on their way back to their owners, finally! Hooray!
Hooray, we have a swap angel! Welcome and many thanks, ksta!!!
Well I am excited for my package from ksta, but I am bummed that I worked so hard on my package for textbookcase and she is MIA. I didnt take photos either!! (learning the hard way again) ksta has been great about finding out what I'd like, and I turned her on to one of my favorite books.
Yeah, it's a bummer. :/ But hey, look at it this way. You've got some good karma coming to you now.
I come bearing pictures! I got an AWESOME AMAZING package from samann1121 a couple days ago, but I've been so busy time traveling and saving the world that I didn't get a chance until this morning to snap a couple of pics. You guys know how it is.
Without further ado... pictures!
First off, everything all together: (Please note the picture on the note samann1121 sent - mouse with watch. Coincidence? Or SERIAL KILLING MOUSE WITH SUPERNATURAL POWERS?! You be the judge!)
Eclipse emergency sewing kit This is so cute, and will be very handy because I'm a klutz and a mess and there's always something going wrong with my clothes.
Notecards of some of Isaac's paintings These are gorgeous, and I'm not sure yet how I'm going to manage to make myself send them off. I think my favorite is either the one with Peter and Simone under the umbrella (I just love that picture) or the one with Hero and the dinosaur. Because hi, how awesome is that?
Eclipse zipper pouch I looooooove this. It's so well made, samann! And the extra cool part, which my inner five year old is so excited about, is that IT GLOWS IN THE DARK! I tried so hard to get a picture of that, but my camera just wouldn't cooperate. But the edge of the eclipse glows, and so does the symbol. I love it.
Eclipse/symbol necklace This is SO AWESOME. No wonder you wanted to keep it, Samann, it turned out beautifully! Alas, the symbol broke in the mail, BUT the good news is that I have shrinky dink stuff so I'll just remake that one charm, and all will be as AWESOME AS EVER. My friends will be jealous, because it's way cute and we're all on a "geek bling" kick at the moment.
Heroes-themed magnetic poetry I can not tell you how many times I've ALMOST bought a magnetic poetry set, and then talked myself out of it. This is spectacularly cool - I've been having a lot of fun playing with it.
Thank you so, so much, samann1121! This was an awesome swap package.
First up: notecard puzzle pieces! These are so cool - she made a painting and then cut it into notecards that I can send one at a time to one of my penpals.
I'm going to have a really hard time mailing that off to somebody, because I really dig the painting. I LOVE this idea, though, so I'll make myself do it.
Next up: Stationery with hand drawn designs that I love, and a line-template for slipping under my paper when I write, because I like unlined stationery best, but I can't write in a straight line to save my life. This will be used a LOT.
Address labels! I have needed these SO badly!
A pencil box, which will come in very handy for overnights at my mom's (I can NEVER find a pen at her house) and my writing meetings on the weekends!
And my absolute, hands-down favorite thing: a wall organizer for all my penpal stuff! I have wanted/needed something like this for the LONGEST time, and have just not gotten around to making one for myself. I saw the cloth peeking out from your note, haroldlovesmaude, and I went :-XohmygoshIhopethat'swhatIthinkitmightbe AND IT WAS! I love it!
My writing group and I decided that we simply MUST dress up for the Harry Potter book and movie releases this summer. So we had a couple of marathon sewing sessions, and made robes! Four of us, four houses... one of each!
Here's our group together. (The robes don't really hang as strangely as mine - I'm the one on the far left - are in this picture. We used elastic as the fastener, and that's just not working out well. Skirt hooks are on the docket before the book release.)
Our wands, which we made from dowels and sculpey:
And my service dog's very complex and complicated costume:
And my service dog playing the part of a Hufflepuff unfortunately transformed into a poodle by a mischievous Slytherin during Transfiguration. The scarf was knit by our group's 'puff.
Other pictures from the event, including other folks' costumes, may be seen here.
I'll try to get some better, full-length pictures at the book release to edit into this post. Other things that I will get better pictures of at the book release: our House Unity pins and Dumbledore's Army pins, and my awesome Luna Lovegood messenger bag which turned into AwesomeSwapHaven07 with pins from one swap, an owl from another, and the bag itself from another.
Edited to add:
We used Simplicity 9887, with the modifications mentioned on costumebeginner.com, and also we winged it to make a full lining. It was a pretty forgiving pattern, and really easy to put together, once we figured out how to attach the lining so that the sleeves didn't do something funky.
I bought the 1941 Apron pattern from Calico Cat patterns months ago, but my sewing machine was still broken and life was busy. Now my sewing machine is fixed, and after a marathon couple of weekends making FOUR adult sized harry potter robes (that'll be another post soon) I felt like I could tackle anything. After those robes and their endless hems, this felt like a breeze!
I started mine first, but had to put it aside partway through to quickly make one for my friend Jaime's bridal shower. (Nothing like forgetting a gift until the day-of.) Here's hers, made with fabric I had on hand at the time, luckily her wedding colors (light green and blue):
Here's a close-up of the gem-initial-appliques I put on the pocket:
and the back. (No action shots of Jaime's, alas. I forgot to take my camera to the shower.)
So I got that squared away, and then I went to work on finishing mine. I used single-fold bias tape on hers, and double-fold on mine. No particular reason, I just didn't think about it.
It's kind of Strawberry Shortcake-ish. I dig it.
I made this pattern in a 2x (love that it had sizes) and I think I actually could have gone down a size and been okay, but this is really comfy, so I'm very happy. Loved the pattern - it was easy to understand and put together, and the paper it was printed on was a lot nicer than the tissue of the big company patterns, which was really nice to work with. I'll definitely be making this again.