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1  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 1 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 15, 2018 05:56:32 PM

I received from gozer and just gahhhhhh! I want to slap these hideous beautiful faces!

Linda's sister, Gayle. Mildly unstable. Cat obsessed. And horrendous armchair artist.

The sometime's petty heath inspector, Hugo. (AKA Linda's ex-fiancee).

Mr. Calvin Fishoeder, their bizarre landlord and owner of The Wonder Wharf.

Finally, dear Louise dressed up for Valentines Day as 'nightmares'

She also enclosed those nifty Coin button holders:

I am fascinated by your medium (this is a different paper stock than I used) and technique. They look so real! And your shading is phenomenal. Thank you so much! I am almost done with yours!

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2  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 1 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 13, 2018 01:08:30 PM
Curse of the Bad Decisions strikes again!  pioneer9 received the coins I sent to her, but asked me to post photos because the lamination is causing fits with her camera. Whoop whomp

I tried mashups of all her topics and hope I got close! Enjoy!

* typewriter / X Company / whimsical animals
* crow / circus
* steampunk / anatomical heart
* inspired by Pinterest / whimsical monster
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3  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 10, 2018 02:04:07 PM
craftylittlemonkey is INDEED a prolific yet amazing crafter!

I have an intense love of books, but I had no idea when I started seeing the clm projects I would also be a lucky recipient!

The cover is in a blue batik which [I think] highlights all the tiny, scrappy little bits which is her hallmark. The small, kantha style stitches are just so fun.  Notice she stitched right on through the heart?

The paper bag stabilizer sandwiches are difficult to describe. The texture is strong, but flexible. And the juxtaposition against the threaded stitches is subtle but appreciated.

Some of the pages are darker:

Some of them have writing:

So many pages, y'all!

The spine features an ecru lace strip with the ribbon page holder woven through in 2 lovely colors. The back cover gives even more, scrappy pieces:

See the baby scissors?  I like the dark eggplant one on the right. So small!

Inside the front cover and again inside the back is a handstamped  message with our shared name. I didn't post a picture of it, but it's very sweet and made great impact.

Finally, I also have a little hand made scrappy card:

I imagine all the little bits from her, and her family, slowly collected in paper and fabric, reinvented, repurposed - all methodically stitched together - and sent to me. Perhaps living an extended life.

I'm so in love with seeing all the construction which went into the book. I've never made a book, but I think as makers we can all understand the sequence had to be considered carefully, and I dearly appreciate it.

Thank you so much, clm, for being such a generous giver.  You constantly inspire me.

Now. I'm off to work on my return to you!

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4  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 1 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: October 08, 2018 03:14:35 PM
I received from curiousfae today, and truly, how DO you pack so much into the tiny envelope?!

She and I both have a love for dry, snarky humor:

When some moments just aren't awkward enough, let's shove it over the edge.

cf (and gozer!) got me hooked on Bob's Burgers, and Gene really doesn't get enough love:

I can hear him saying these words. Hilarious!

I love to read (sometimes to the point where it's really obnoxious).


Look at this wonderful tree with a sweet hanging bat. Very tiny and delicate:

The tree looks like he has a face.

She also sent a fortune teller fish (my sister used to torture me with this guy) and a hoard of supplies! All the little papers and bits! I wish I would have done this, too:

Be careful around this little guy! He will rat you out!

Thank you so much, curiousfae! I can't believe its been almost 3 years since we first swapped!

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5  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: September 26, 2018 03:29:20 PM
I chose the scent of coffee! And was able to finally make a Stranger Things item for me!

Unfortunately, I didn't realize I ran out of brown for the coffee stain ring.  So I used my favorite color palette (which seems to imply wine to me). I had just enough of my [unsuccessfully] rust dyed fabric to finish.
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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap - The 10th Round Celebration! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 11, 2018 10:40:44 AM
My other partner confirmed she received last week.

Machine free motion stitched red panda, with 10 little whiskers

Fandom mashup of Harry Potter and coffee. Could double as a mug rug!  10 striped bands in Gryffindor scarf.

Showing some music stand love, and 10 beads on the star points:

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7  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 1, SU 9/6-9/16, SO 10/10 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by JoyfulClover on: September 10, 2018 10:27:24 AM
AC's email coupon was 55% off, so it was only 7.65. And since it was the 2nd trip, I did get it. So to get full value, I'm *squeezing eyes shut* gonna sign up for 3 partners! Will send tonight!

Still couldn't find it on Google, even with name and UPC. Le sigh

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap - The 10th Round Celebration! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 05, 2018 04:35:14 PM
I received from ale0059 today and was able to get photos before the light was gone.

First is a sweet patch showing some more rainy weather love:

10 little rain drops, one made with a heart, and all stitched with metallic thread. I have to really commit if I'm going to use metallic thread, because you have to work for that project!  I love the wonky  edges, and the colors are great!  Rain always reminds me of home, so this is good stuff.

Then, I get some Bob's Burger fandom love. The first one is from Bob, which I only have one other!

Hilarious, right?

And then Teeny Tina, proclaiming her self-confidence:

Thank you so much, ale0059! 

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9  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 04, 2018 03:54:52 PM
Photo hosting is still down. Bummah.  And had some problems loading to Dropbox (thanks for the tips, though Patraw!)

Regardless, I received a truly special package from kwality570. I am so flabbergasted by her talent. I practically shoved them in my co-workers face, pointing out all the best things. But then had my friend drop by who truly gets all the hard work that goes into making. She stood there pointing out all the same neat stuff. (She also thinks kwality is the bomb dot com.)

Anyway, I loaded to IG so everyone can see!


Although I posted a brief response earlier, photo hosting is back up and I wanted to make sure these we properly fawned over!!

Kwality570 made me my own Monster!

Meet Melvin! He says 'Meh', which makes me laugh because I say that A LOT. Maybe I'M MELVIN?! Look at the dictionary pages she painted! And his colors, with all his high/lows?  She has such an amazing grasp of color theory.

I seriously adore Bob's Burgers. It's not normal, I know. Well, Kwality saw me blab all over one of the other threads featuring BB's and she made me my own!  

Squeeee! Can you believe what you are seeing? Each little card is a mini work of art! And look how many there are!! If I were Teeney  Tina I would either be laying on the floor Uhhhhhhhhhhhh , OR I would start panting with crazed emotion.

Louise would love it so much she would slap it in the face!

Here is the back, with all these amazing little bits of ephemera:

Do you see the mini monster? Somehow I also scored a sidecar of art!  His name is Brutus!  With some mini monster discs...and one I gently cut off her shipping package. Muwahahah!  Check out the small fractal geode magnets.

She also sent some insect and fish bone gelli printed fabric:

I've been thinking a zipper clutch of some kind.

Finally, blank gelli  print cards:

The teal and green one really speaks to me. I think I will keep this one for me.

Kwality570 thank you so much, you amazing artistic being!  Both Melvin and Brutus have happy new homes.



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10  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by JoyfulClover on: August 29, 2018 09:18:41 AM
Thanks, ladies!  I think this is the only clover/shamrock I've ever done - it was fun to make something for me.

I picked it up at a local antique mall, but it seemed much more 80s (with a painted heart and hemp hanger).  Not all the wires around the rim are secured so it snagged the thread/skin a lot. I can't imagine it was meant for actual use.  It's 2 inches across. But I bet they're the same size.

Here's the original if you're interested.

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