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41  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap Gallery on: March 11, 2017 04:30:05 PM
For some reason, I'm seeing all Camelama's photos upside-down. It may be just me, as I can no longer see SonjaBoo's photos at all, and they were certainly there this morning.

I'm glad you liked it - I hoped my muddle of ship motifs would pass muster. I have no idea what the top part of roof is - I think it might be half of a pomander, but that's little more than a guess. I've been saving it for something good, and this was it.

A great place to store keys and other precious objects.

42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 - S/U Feb24 thru Mar8, S/O April 10 on: March 11, 2017 12:05:33 PM
I ended losing electricity the morning of the 8th and just got it back on this evening!

Did you get that crazy wind storm on Wednesday, MK? It was alarming here in southern Ontario. Trucks blown over, lots of power outages (including a power pole toppled just a few blocks away, but amazingly we kept our power) and just walking on the street was difficult when a gust hit.

My current method for swaps is to print out my partner's questionnaire (with the send-out date written in big letters at the top) and I use that to make notes on as I'm stalking Pinterest, past swaps, etc. I list favourite colours, themes, possible ideas, etc. I find I forget this stuff quite quickly, and I'm always amazed to find when I'm done that I'd written down many of the things I ended up doing although I'd forgotten where I got the idea from. So I guess the ideas weren't forgotten, just absorbed.

43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap Gallery on: March 11, 2017 11:49:28 AM
Have I mentioned recently how constantly amazed I am by my fellow Craftsters' creativity? Well, I am. All the time. Like right now. Shocked

A bee tea party? How stupendous, brilliant and stupendously brilliant is THAT??! I love every single thing about this tea tin, inside and out. And then there's the EXTRAS!  Roll Eyes

And you did all this while you were so sick that you could barely lift your head off the pillow? Wow. If ever a swap package was worth the wait it's this one!

44  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap Round 2 GALLERY on: March 10, 2017 06:59:31 PM
 That was made with items I pick up on my morning walk at work on a former army base.  

What great stuff you find! I liked the lamp socket piece on the "relic" too, but it was the owl that made me grin the most. Sheer joy to look at! Grin

45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 - S/U Feb24 thru Mar8, S/O April 10 on: March 08, 2017 08:43:16 PM
I love the cigar box ukes, Carol! They're a form of assemblage art themselves. Cheesy There's a man who does one of the craft fairs here who makes them out of tins - biscuit tins, olive oil cans, etc. I had a friend who wanted to learn to play the banjo when she was younger because she said "I don't think you could ever be really sad when you're playing a banjo."

I'm looking forward to watching that Greg Hanson video. It looks interesting. It's also worth checking out any of Michael DeMeng's videos if you haven't seen them. His style isn't everyone's taste (though I love it myself), but what he says about his way of working is helpful, and he has lots of useful techniques for working with found objects.

Excited to have PerfectlyBohemian as a partner for this! Grin

46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8-SU: CLOSED; SO: April 3, 2017 on: March 06, 2017 04:27:34 PM
Now I wish I had asked for two partners!  Roll Eyes

Me too, but I know I made the right choice.

47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap Round 2 GALLERY on: March 05, 2017 07:32:40 PM
She IS beautiful! I love the way you folded the legs up - it's exactly the way a real spider looks.

I'm so glad you took good photos before sending. I sometimes forget or don't have time to do it, and I often regret that.

48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap Round 2 GALLERY on: March 04, 2017 11:57:43 AM
So I received my package from Griminspirations yesterday. Sort of. I've had a few things damaged in mailing over the years, although not many, but I've never seen anything as thoroughly demolished as this box.

The US Post Office had cocooned the whole thing in plastic wrap to keep it contained, and included a pre-printed note apologizing for the damage "by our highly sophisticated mechanized and automated equipment" and (thanks to the clear address label Maria had put on the box), it was delivered. It arrived along with an almost identically sized (as nearly as I can tell) box from SonjaBoo in the Altered Tea Tin Swap, so it looked like a before-and-after picture. Angry

Inside was just a jumble of mangled cardboard, shredded packing and minute fragments of glass and something that was probably polymer clay. I could tell that it had been packed properly, though, and nothing short of the massive hammer-blow it had received would have damaged the contents. But no amount of expert packaging could have protected it from whatever-the-heck happened.

But miraculously, it wasn't all gone.

Right beside the pulverized remains of what had obviously been a heavy glass jar was another tiny, wrapped package which I untied with a sinking heart, only to find this:

Look how tiny he is!

How could something as fragile as this tiny bell jar have survived the carnage? I don't know, but it makes me love him all the more!

Griminspirations did include some supporting material which, although a bit mangled, shows what I would have found if USPS hadn't had such a bad day.

I'm so sorry this happened to such a great object, and of course I would have loved to see it in person, but I hope my dear swap partner can post some photos so we can all see how fabulous it once was. In the end I have a good story and my precious little cyclops. Kiss

49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap Gallery on: March 03, 2017 08:25:25 PM
I received an amazing tin from SonjaBoo today!

It's a wonderful Steampunk-y verdigrised copper with watch parts, gears and a fabulous knob on top. Look at the great feet! And the embossed brick pattern is fascinating to look at and just as interesting to touch.

The top is embossed with a pattern of gears that looks almost Egyptian, somehow. You can see how beautiful the distressing on the metal is.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the inside of the lid, which has my name spelled out in little tiles.

And Erika said "I threw in a few extra things..." Holy cow! It was overflowing with stuff! There are fabulous laser-cut wood pieces, a whole bag of wooden Bingo numbers (I've always wanted some of those!), metal sign numbers, sparkly string, a glass phial, a crown and three New Year's envelopes that the small things were stuffed into.

Thanks for all of this wonderfulness! I can't tell you how much I love it. Kiss

50  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). on: March 03, 2017 05:00:26 PM
Thanks for organizing a terrific swap. See you all again next year

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