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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: September 21, 2017 10:16:31 AM
Dino is home again! Technically he arrived yesterday but I couldn't get to the post office in time.

There are fewer chocolates than when I unpacked it. I had to pry them out of hubby's hands to get pictures... He really likes Hershey chocolate! There are some chocolate covered coffee beans that scare me a little since I'm a lightweight when it comes to caffeine, he he.

I'm very impressed by the scrapbook! It's got more goddies tucked inside.

Stickers! My crafty niece will steal them if she sees the cats  Cheesy

Also, a map to see where he's been.

I like the fold out pages made from postcards. There are lots of post cards and brochures stuck in there.

Locally made soap that smells really nice.

Necklace made from a pressed penny.
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2  Re: Adult Merit Badge Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: September 18, 2017 01:01:16 PM
I sent (laaate) and received today... After dropping my package off before work I checked the tracking and realised thanate's package for me had arrived. Sure enough, when I got home there was a notice to pick it up!

I was lucky enough to receive three badges!

This was the extra one. Ann power! Because we're both named Ann  Grin

Cat badge, and cat. I love that it's a yarny cat craft badge and the ball of yarn is a super cute detail.

And some days I feel like I need a medal for taking my meds. And now I have!

Thank you so much!
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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: September 14, 2017 02:37:40 PM
As promised, the pictures from our monday adventure:

I worked in the south central parts of Stockholm on monday. This square is called "Medborgarplatsen" or "Medis" for short. It means something like "citizens place". I snapped a photo of this fun statue but we didn't stick around. A couple of drunk old men were solving all world problems on a bench nearby...

Next stop, the Gudrun Sjöden store. She creates very colorful clothes with more or less crazy patterns. Pretty much the "kulturtant" (literally culture-old lady) outfit of choice. I like some of it, and the bench outside the store is cute Smiley

Photo taken from Götgatsbacken in between all the cyclists swooshing by on bikes. It's not the old town, but the buildings are pretty old still.

This is supposed to be the new Slussen once they're done digging and building. It's smack in the middle of Stockholm and when it's not all upside down it's a place where busses, subway and trams meet. Slussen means "the lock" (as in the kind of lock used in waterways).

Now this is the real old town. Narrow streets when used to modern standards but back then this was normal to good.

Gustav III with a seagull hat...

We found a letterbox. I had to fish it out with a magnet, and the stamp was mounted in the lid.

Other side of the road: The royal castle! Plus rows of tourist busses.

Another view of it from further away. It's not like one of those fairytale castles with towers and things, but pretty nice.

Dinner at wagamama. Japanese and asian inspired dishes that are usually super tasty.

Nom! Couldn't finish it all...
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: August 15, 2017 12:54:01 AM
Yesterday I received the photobook I ordered! I want plenty of time to get the package in order and I just know the last couple of weeks will fly past... I snagged a nice and large box at work today. Maybe a bit too large, but it's a start. I can probably fill it, and if it turns out too large I'm sure the kitties will love sitting in it, heh...

On sunday we had a little adventure! Here we are waiting for the bus early in the morning. Public transport is great! With a busride to the commuter train and just one stop to change to another commuter train I can get to Uppsala. My sister picked me up at the train station and we drove to a small place called Österbybruk for their annual wool market.

There were plenty of vendors, but also classes, exhibitions and talks. We managed to have a lot of fun despite the rainy weather. It poured down as we pulled into a parking spot, but soon clamed down. We could also spend some time indoors or under a roof.

Värmland and Jämtland are two Swedish sheep breeds. Jämtland is a merino-mix breed bred for Swedish conditions. Super soft! Värmland sheep is an old Swedish breed that almost went extinct, but there are around 4000 of them now thanks to careful breeding.

I actually didn't buy any yarn, but I was very inspired to start knitting something with the two lovely hanks of dark grey Gotland lambswool yarn I have at home. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotland_(sheep))

I love this artwork! Each square is made from a different technique (I'm guessing by different people too) and it's all natural wool colors.

All in all a great day!
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: July 30, 2017 04:05:12 AM
I thought our adventuring would slow down a bit after my vacation was over, but I had two days off in the middle of the week so I went all in and planned a geocache adventure.

When we finally got to the area I had checked out (yeah, I'm not the best att navigating while driving) we started walking towards the first cache. We found these guys on the way!

The cache ended up being in that pasture behind a little hill and since I didn't fancy climbing an electric fence we just admired the set up from the other side of the fence before moving on. The caches were from a large geocache event last summer and they're super fancy.

Here we are on our way up a hillside to the next cache. It was just too pretty not to take a photo of.

This was our reward at the top! Geocaches always contain a guestbook of sorts for finders to write name, date and sometimes a bit more in. That flag is the log/guestbook! You can see a bunch of names on the flagpole. I told you the event-caches were fancy.

We continued over/across the wood covered hill and after much adventure we found another cache. This one was painted gold and filled with 50-öre coins. (It's half a SEK and so small a denomination they're not valid for payment anymore)

In the next one we found a mysterious note with the logbook... It's written in a scout chiffer and when I translated it at home it was a line from a song. (This one: https://g.co/kgs/adWfLM ) The visitors before us had written in the logbook that they found it by chance.

The last cache featured Karlsson-on-the-roof. Most of the ones we found were from the event that had an Astrid Lindgren theme. We had to get him down from a tree to find the cache. McCoy took a celebrity selfie before Karlsson "flew" back up.
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: July 21, 2017 01:53:17 AM
Ah, I need to sort out all the pictures...

This is one of my favourite pictures from our vacation trip. 3000 year old art Smiley

This is from the same day. This "farm" is part of Nordens Ark and they only have old domestic species. Ducks, rabbits, sheep, cows, chickens, pigs and goats. Blekinge duck to the left and Swedish blue duck to the right. We didn't stay long because the place crawled with small children trying to get in everywhere, including the places saying staff only.

We visited a few goodwill shops and antique shops during our vacation. I'll let you guess what this one was.

One turned out to have a "museum" in the back. It was soooooo crowded (both store and museum, but the store looked like an episode of hoarders, only slightly more tidy) and the store owner was kind of creepy. G commented that the museum had a bit much nazi stuff even for a historian to have around. Ahem. Yes. The places you find on accident...

Found some letterboxes... I don't know if it's my imagination, but don't the ground look super dry here? Not enough rain lately. I wish that would mean less ticks, but I had to evict a few after our letterboxing trip. Luckily they still crawled around trying to decide on a tasty spot.

And to end this on a tasty note: Yum!
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7  Re: Feminism & Diversity Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: July 20, 2017 12:40:54 PM
I received my package today!

They really look like they are painted with thread Smiley I guess I should have marked this as a mature image because of the text on the badge... not sure how many here understand swedish however...

Close up of the hoop.

I'm plotting where to hang it... Probably up in my craft room if I can't sneak it up in the living room somewhere...
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: July 10, 2017 09:50:45 AM
McCoy is vacationing on the west coast of Sweden now. There will be more interesting fotage, but for now I was only able to upload one of him helping me knit Smiley

Mandykaye has seen some of the more interesting ones on my instagram. I try to snap some pictures here and there and tag them with where we are.
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Annchen on: June 30, 2017 11:03:29 AM
Tonight McCoy helped tidy up in the craft room.

Ahem... this is the after picture. Sadly, it's a huge improvement...

Moving on... on wednesday we took McCoy to central Stockholm

Old Town was crowded as usual, but it's worth going there.

The SciFi bookstore is located there! Books, games, trinkets, movies. They have it all! Hubby stocked up on holiday reading and I bough a fun cardgame. I hope it's fun at least.

We went to the food court at a small mall called Ringen. They've got food from 11 famous chefs and a confectioner so everything is crazy good.

This is three dishes from Stefano Catenacci. Tuna, gnocci and dumplings. Everything was very tasty. I even liked the gnocci, and I normally try to avoid truffle. I didn't notice that when picking my dishes...
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10  Re: Feminism & Diversity Swap (SU Ends June 6th; SO July 12th) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Annchen on: June 29, 2017 12:14:11 PM
Meh... my post was eaten. Not much progress to report. I've started sketching out my "no clue what size it will be" item. I still need to refine the sketch before starting. Winging it in this medium tends to turn into disaster.

I found this fun sticker downtown yesterday. It says:
"Catriarchy against patriarchy" and under that "Pysen's little cuddle-army"

I also went to dye my hair pink yesterday. Not a feminist statement, but it made me happy Smiley

So, not much of a status report, but I'm off to research another idea...
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