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1  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: September 21, 2008 08:22:15 AM
Prepare to be jealous, all! I received from Pinklrt yesterday and I truly hit the jackpot. I am stunned by her thoughtfulness and creativity and the way she reformed my wayward craft room in one fell swoop. I haven't had enough processing time to get everything up in my craft room, but I will and soon the world will be mine.

Without further ado, photos of my awesome swap package.

First, the entire package (minus coffee cozy and recipe cards, which are pictured later below).

Pinklrt saw my sock monkey ironing board cover that I got from etsy and cleverly based all the swap items on that theme and that of extreme cuteness.

Below: 14" pillow forms, making over my previously icky 14" pillows from heck into snappy craft room jazziness.

Below: sock monkey and red-lined nesting baskets (red is my fave color and I also showed pinklrt a craftster thread of the most awesome craft room in red and aqua--she took it from there). Because my craft room functions also as a guest room, these babies will be great for corraling guest room hospitality items and my craft stuff. I love them! I will build a shelf in their honor.

Below: I told pinklrt I needed some wall art for this currently blank room, but it's gotta be functional, too, so ta-da--these terrific posting boards, two of each design. The blue ones feature a pocket! Whee! She even put mounting hardware on there for me! Yay!

Below: Coordinating marble pushpins for putting items on those boards! Whee!

Below: I am completely bowled over by this piece of amazingness! Pinklrt and I both love cupcakes, so she crocheted me a cupcake pincushion! Are you listening here? A cupcake pincushion! With rainbow "sprinkles" for pins! I am so lucky.

Below: A sock monkey coffee cozy! Whee!

Below: Some recipe cards that pinklrt made in a digital scrapbooking application. I can't wait to try them.

I am so lucky! Thank you pinklrt for the most amazing swap package i have ever received. I love everything.

P.S. Check out my flickr set of this swap to see both the things I sent and received. http://www.flickr.com/photos/themrts/sets/72157607401543555/
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2  Re: Two Things Combined Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: July 25, 2008 08:37:47 PM
I received my swap package today and I love it!  Shocked Woohoo!  Grin Thanks Bigmouth who made for me and Murbeck the person I made for, my awesome threesome partners! Wink

My themes were: pin ups, mythical creatures, desserts, and film noir and Bigmouth did a great job combining.

First, a shot of the whole lucky stash! 2 dishtowels, a full length apron, and a tray!

Second, a close-up of the dishtowels. Bigmouth used this beautiful lady from my wist on them, as she is both a mythical creature AND a pin-up girl!

Third, that clever gal added yet another theme by giving mermaid gal some cupcake boobs! Hee hee. (mythical creatures+ pin ups + dessert) Oh, and also she is serving up some might sassy pie. This is a detail of the apron which I am SO excited about for a bunch of reasons. 1) I have a great embroidered apron from my last swap, but I am freaked about laundering it because of the intricate embroidery. This one looks cute and has a place to wipe my hands. 2) It holds my iPod while I am rocking out in the kitchen, which I love to do! 3) It is a PERFECT fabric and item to put the mermaid embroidery I have been wanting to work on. 4) It is DARN cute. (stay tuned for an action shot!)

Fourth, a super cute tray that I think is totally handmade, yes? It is awesome--perfect for serving saucy desserts. This is a close-up of the detail. I think there are beads underneath the plastic wipe-clean surface, but they look like bubbles for the mermaid.

Thank you SO much Bigmouth! I love it! I don't even mind that the P.O. held it hostage for 8 days without so much as a nod to tracking updater. Smiley Thanks for swapping with me.

Oh wait! A bonus shot: apron and tray in action with me posing like the mermaid. I almost made it black and white to throw in film noir, but now I'm just getting silly...

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3  Re: Two Things Combined Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: July 15, 2008 07:40:44 PM
Awww, thanks! I am so happy you like it. The execution of the ouroboros was not what I had hoped for, although you have the THIRD version of it! Smiley Here's a tip: velcro melts under a hot iron (every time).  Roll Eyes

Here are some of my photos, although I don't know how much better they are. I am a notoriously bad photographer!

The ouroboros.

Me trying on the Gryffindor arm warmers. My friends were over to craft when I made these. I had to keep a close eye on them or they might have gone home in somebody's knitting bag! Ha. I will definitely have to make more of these for Christmas gifts.

Ouroboros eating its tail/everything in one tiny spot.

I loved doing this swap; can't wait to see what bigmouth sends!
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4  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: May 10, 2008 09:08:06 AM
Aww, I hate getting behind in this thread, but when I come back it's such a feast for my eyes! Yay!

Ritapizza, I am so happy you like your towel! I *love* what you did with the little pancake flippin' guy. You may not be confident in your satin stitch, but there's no need because that little guy's apron has the perfect texture--very impressive. You come up with great ideas!

Also, Dancingboots, I love Mace! Hilarious! Everyone was so creative with the spice theme and that towel turned out wonderfully--fitting for our fearless swap leader! Smiley

The jet set girl and pole-dancing fairy are also super cute. Well done everyone!

And now for my own update, I turned my swap towel into an apron. I don't know *what* my deal was, if my sewing machine had a case of bad juju or what, but I made about a billion errors making the apron. Even so though---I love it and it matches my kitchen because the top fabric is the one I used to make my kitchen curtains! Ha ha.  Thanks SO MUCH Squared Up for your part in this wonderful treasure!

P.S. If anyone is wondering, the apron pattern is one I got from Amy Karol's book Bend the Rules Sewing which is wonderfully simple for beginners like me!
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5  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: April 30, 2008 10:59:01 AM
Wow--every time I leave this thread and come back, there are big treats waiting for me! I would have had a happy attack if that Gingey and Milk was on my towel, too, Sewsew! So cute rectangel!

But I had my own happy attack because I got my towel back day before yesterday. I wanted to wait and open it when I finished ritapizza's towel, so it would be a reward for my diligence! And what a reward! Thanks so much Squared Up group! I'm so impressed! Here it is:

Thank you thank you thank you thank you! I love everything. I'll post another update when I've added the apron tie fabric. (Btw sew~amy, I love the border you added to your already stunning under the sea towel!)

Here is my final contribution to this swap: a flying, fire-breathing dragon (inspired by a coloring sheet I googled for) for Ritapizza's "Things with Wings" towel.

And here's a little detail, my first foray into mixing thread colors which I maybe got into a bit too much. Ha ha.

I'll let Ritapizza post her whole towel when it arrives home--on its way this afternoon.Thanks again everyone! You have all inspired me to become a better stitcher (and designer, too!) and a much faster one, at that. I have loved being part of this swap! Yay!

P.S. Gatsbygirl, I have to join in the chorus: I love your pillow and the great use of the swap patches! Bravo! Great chair, too.
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6  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: April 16, 2008 11:53:34 AM
I am proud to present, on time (but just barely!) my contribution to Dancing Boots' towel. I call it: Dancing Boots. Smiley

It's kind of a long design, so here's the whole towel:

And some detail shots:

Nothing said "Dancing Boots" more to me than pink go-go boots with stars, so I added kind of a 70s rainbow and music just for kitsch...I mean kicks...both! I hope you like it Dancing Boots!

I am mailing it on my way out of town in 10, 9, 8...see ya! Smiley
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7  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: April 02, 2008 11:07:21 AM
***Belated progress report***

Hello everyone! Wow! You are all so busy! I expected to have a lot more time sitting around in hotels last week, so I took on something rather ambitious with rectangel's "spice girls" towel. Since I was so very wrong, I am now a day late and have been working feverishly just for that! Anyhow, many This American Life podcasts and my husband complaining I sing off-key when I am stitching to my favorite showtunes playlist... here is Chili Powder!

What else could you expect from the Lone Star State? Her mouth is a little more Ronald McDonald than I'd like, but overall, I am pleased with her--my first original design. Moreover, I think Ethel Merman would be proud.

Here is rectangel's whole towel with all the work so far.

I hope you like it rectangel! I'm sending out (priority again--sigh) to ritapizza this afternoon.

EDIT: OH. EM. GEE! I just went back and found rectangel's work on my apron and I am completely speechless! A pocket! Rick-rack! Molly at the campfire!!!! AHHH! I am so excited, I can't stand it. Molly and Matt (my husband) and I LOVE to camp and that is just how she looks when sitting by the fire. I LOVE IT! And thank you so much for the pocket! I realized after I sent it that I might be pocketless, but you have changed everything. And red rickrack! Oh thank you! Yay!
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8  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: March 17, 2008 08:51:20 PM
Wow! WOW! WOOOOOW! I am so impressed AGAIN!

Dancingboots, I love my little teapot and cup! So cute! That pattern was the inspiration for the cup of cocoa I put on Sewsew's towel. Thank you so much! I love it! I knew, of course, that I would love it. Everyone is doing great work! Yay!

Now, speaking of work--just a day or so later than I thought, here's mine. I have had a week (more like 12 days) like y'all wouldn't believe, but I did stitch a little. Actually, I am kind of embarrassed at how long this took me, seeing as I thought I'd choose something simple for a crunched schedule. Oh well. Here is what I put on millik's towel (pillow case)!

Yes, I am getting better with the images, but still not good.

Here is the whole thing with Sewsew's robot and millik's cool tattoo star.

Okay, now that things in my life have quieted down a bit, I am ready to settle back in to regular stitchin'.

BTW, this towel is headed to ritapizza via priority tomorrow. Sorry for the lateness! I hope you like it millik! Sewsew's cute buttons inspired me. Smiley

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9  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: March 02, 2008 02:40:25 PM
Umm...whoa. This tour is amazing. I am so floored by everyone's amazing work and OMG! I love that Ritapizza picked inspiration off my wist! I love the hula girl.

But, so far--there's nothing I don't love! Wow: the squid! the lady putting on stockings! the crafty robot! It's all too much awesome to bear.

My extremely humble contribution to all of this is a little bit of happy food I've cooked up for Sew-Sew-A-Gogo's towel.

It all started with the adorable little cupcake she sent me.

And then I added my two little people, so together, they look like this:

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10  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by CraftyMcGluestick on: February 25, 2008 04:54:25 PM
Wow--I feel like kind of an amateur compared to y'all, but I am thrilled to be in such amazing stitching company. I received Sewsew's towel today and it is SO cute! I hope whatever i come up with is worthy of its adorable-ness.

Here is my towel that I sent to ritapizza this afternoon. After I get it back, I am hoping to make it into an apron, so I just loosely basted the top part where it's going to be ruffled and attached to the waistband.

And a little detail:

Note: I just got a new camera and so far I have been taking the worst pictures known to humanity. But this should give you the general idea until I get a better handle on this thing...

P.S. I would really love it if everyone put their initials or name (real or craftster) next to the work they do on my towel.
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