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3851  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Medical Experament Switchplate Cover on: April 25, 2008 09:37:10 AM
I love things that make you look twice, too.  Or thing that you can look at over and over and still see more.  Anyway, I've made a lot of switch plates, but never thought of using velcro!  Great idea!
3852  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Medical Experament Switchplate Cover on: April 24, 2008 06:42:11 PM
I love it, too!  It's subtle enough you have to take a closer look before realizing what's going on.  Is the screw going to go through his nipple?
3853  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery on: April 24, 2008 04:53:40 PM
Hoo!  So, as I was uploading my pics to photobucket I noticed there were 16!  I don't think I'll post them all here, but I will do links, because those 16 were even after weeding out a few and I just don't think I can do the jar justice with fewer.

Ok, this is the box after opening, taking out the top couple layers, realizing I was going to take photos and putting them back.  I mentioned in the original swap thread that it sounded like the jar had broken, but it hadn't; the lid just came off and so the in-jar and out-of-jar contents were jangling.

Layer 2:
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Layer 3: Is that the un-broken (whew) jar I spy in there with some other goodies?  Indeed.

The Jar Itself: I noticed as I was resizing that this view doesn't show the ribbons and pearls of the garter, but it does show the most stuff.  Notice that the lid is full of whimsies!

When I was almost through unloading the jar I realized that there was probably a nice view from the bottom.  Glad I caught that in time!
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Contents of the jar lid:

Look at those cute animal rubber bands! I pulled out the tortoise and the hare just for you guys.  I love the skeleton hands!

Contents of the jar:

That was hard for me to photograph.  Here's a close up of part of it.
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The contents of the box outside the jar:

There's some guts (I love guts!), a frog stuffy (I love frogs), a Vampire in a Box kit, some mints with my name on them - the tin looks like a Massachusetts license plate with my name on it, a foam puzzle of a "digestant system" to name just a few things.  See a close up of my favorite part of the "digestant system" puzzle - a "locking" anus... I can think of a time or two when that would have been real handy.  Shocked
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The hand crafted whimsies - a dragon pin and a credit card cozy!

A better shot of the credit card cozy which is going to be very handy on evenings out when I want to take a small purse with just a card and ID!  It had some gold metallic shimmer, so it's glamorous!  Why didn't you send a real credit card, gossamer_gull?   Wink
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So just like a greedy kid, I was pouring through the box and taking photos before I read the note in the envelope  Embarrassed, but I learned that there is an "Art of Chinese Caliigraphy" and a Proper Penmanship Kit in my jar.  This photo is of the items from both of those.
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This thing cracks me up.  You can't see it inthe photo, but there are black bugs in that red bulge.
<a href="http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/?action=view&current=JOW-Swap13.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x256/TheMistressTLF/JOW-Swap13.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Couple things of note: In the close up of the jar contents you can see one of those pennies that you flatten at a tourist-type site.  I don't think she knew this, but I have a collection of those!  This one is from the Salem Wax Museum and seems to had a Day of the Dead skull on it!  Wee!  Also, there are several items in my jar that are not unlike items I sent in her jar!  Not exact matches, but similar in theme.  It'll be a few days before she gets hers so I won't say what. Annnnnnd I feel like I may have made out way better than she.   Cry

How's that for a loooooooong post?

3854  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap (CLOSED send-outs 4/23) on: April 24, 2008 03:16:28 PM
Holy cats!  I've just received and dutifully taken photos as I unpacked!  Couple things:
1. When I picked up the box, it sounded like the jar had broken but it hadn't!  The lid came off and there were extra out-of-jar items is all.  Whew!
2. I think that I got better than my partner is going to get in a few days.   Sad  I don't know if it's just swap anxiety going into overdrive or the real truth.  And it's likely going to be next week before I find out.

Okay - to the photo uploading & resizing!  Will post in the gallery soon.
3855  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: steel skeleton holding it's skin! on: April 24, 2008 01:30:28 PM
I agree about the stance - it totally looks like he's offering the skin. 
3856  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hubby's Lunch Bag on: April 24, 2008 01:18:56 PM
That is really nice!  I love how stiff it seems and the little ribbon and button closure.  It's not really feminine, but my guess is that they're still going to tease him.  Wink

It is actually 1/4" elastic.  And the button is a leather look and feel to it.  No teasing yet to date.  But I think that they are actually all envious because I make his lunch every day.

If I had to make it again, I think that I would of made it a little more square and bigger.  His shrimp salad container barely fit today!  Or maybe I could just get smaller containers. Smiley

Thanks again for the comments.

Home cookin trumps "cute cloth lunch sack" anytime! 
3857  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Macro Challenge entry: keeping my world in order on: April 24, 2008 12:57:06 PM
Oh, today I was at some friends' house and was checking out the boat he built and seeing all kinds of macro photography that I couldn't get because I didn't have my camera.  Arg!
3858  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my new flamingo tut on: April 23, 2008 10:07:19 PM
Very clever!  And thrifty!  What color legs to flamingos have?  I'd go for tights that color if you can.
3859  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Macro Challenge entry: keeping my world in order on: April 23, 2008 10:04:45 PM
I really like your photo!  I've been thinking about this challenge and wanting to steer clear of flowers, even though every season I take macros out in the yard.  You've piqued my interest in thinking on it further.

And I had an 7+ year-old Nikon with tape holding the battery door shut until about 2 months ago when it just vanished!  Ugh!  It was a decent digital camera in it's day and did all I needed it to and more, but then poof! gone like a sublimated compound.  So I finally gave up looking and got a new Sony.  I love it and will be really upset if my trusty old Nikon shows up. 
3860  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Pettiskirt on: April 23, 2008 09:57:41 PM
My goodness, that's precious!  I think that a top might just distract from all the frilly glory and the adorable face.
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