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« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2008 10:14:42 AM »

Feast your eyes on the fantastic package I got from Martine!  I love everything!  She even wrapped items in newspaper with craft-themed images!

The first thing I opened:  a set of recycled pinbacks, redone with fabric scraps from her stash.  I love these, and I plan to wear them as a group of four.

A cassette wallet!  So fun!  And it's from an old educational cassette (even better).

A matchbook journal.  This is just great.  She made the outside from an old file folder box, and trimmed it with a chocolate wrapper from a fancy shop in Madrid.  She filled it with office paper that was printed on one side.  This is so well done.

And, my favorite:  this mixed paper journal.  The cover is made from the file folder box, and covered with an image from a 1963 science book (I can't even begin to address all the ways this is perfect for me).  The pages are salvaged from half-used thrift store notebooks!  She bound it all together with leftover embroidery floss.  And the results are just perfect.  Martine is really good at this.

Check out the pencils she put in to go with the notebooks.  They're made from paper (magazines and newspapers, I think) wrapped tightly around the lead.  I'm assuming she purchased these, because I assume you'd need a special machine to wrap paper that tightly.  Anyway, they're the perfect complement to the notebooks, and spot-on for this swap!

All these items are so great, and they're exactly the types of things I would have picked out for myself.  It's like she's known me for years, even though we've never met.  You can craft for me any time, Martine. Wink
Thanks for swapping with me, and thanks for organizing this fun swap.  I really enjoyed the challenge!

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« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2008 11:13:50 AM »

whhhhoooooowaaaa!!  check out those pencils!!!  that is toooo cool!  I've never seen that before!  wowzers!!!

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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2008 12:09:22 PM »

I'm glad you liked your package, Bigmouth!  And yes, heh, the pencils were most definitely purchased, but I thought I would throw a few in since I made you notebooks and the pencils just matched the swap theme so perfectly.

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« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2008 03:16:49 PM »

Ok, I just wisted those pencils.  They rock!!  Great package!

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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2008 06:57:51 AM »

^If you're interested, the ones I got were called "Translations Pencils" and I just ordered them from a shop online.  They should be easy enough to find through Google Smiley

« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2008 10:25:10 AM »


Being a paper fiend, I can't help, but be totally enamoured of Bigmouth's notecards (anti-abortion pamphlets, heh) and Martine's journals.  Very awesome.

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« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2008 12:29:55 PM »

I received today from Sera Unraveled.  She nailed my tastes perfectly.

First of all, a very clever wreath made from drinking straws and bits and bobs of recycled stuff, like soda cans and bottles cut into butterflies, a small bird's nest with two very small birds, lady bugs, butterflies, dragonflies, a turtle and a bee.  All my favorites.

Next, earrings and necklaces.  The first set is puzzle pieces, and they shimmer and change colors in the light.

The second set is computer keys.  I love these.

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And the last item, my favorite, is a clock.  I had asked for a clock for my craft room.  The clock face is from a puzzle box.

Thanks, Sara.  I love everything.  Awesome creativity.
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« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2008 02:26:42 PM »

I'm so glad you like everything.  I was really worried about the wreath.  it took me a long time to figure out what I was going to put on it.

The puzzle piece earings and pendant was made from a puzzle that had a different picture on it depending on which way you looked at it.  The red one was lions and the blue one was penguins and seals.

I really did have fun making everything.

I wore the earings you made me the other day at work.  One of the ladies I worked with asked what letters I had and why.  After I told her she said, "well it's a good thing your initials aren't F.U." Cheesy


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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2008 07:31:41 PM »

I loove that matchbook journal, Martine.  And the mixed paper journal.

Sera Unraveled - those computer earrings are a cool idea.  I wouldn't have thought to paint the keys!

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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2008 05:48:25 AM »

I really love everything in this gallery Smiley This swap has changed how I craft. I always think of what I can make from stuff before I throw it away now  Grin

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