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1  Re: Two Things Combined Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: July 05, 2008 01:30:46 PM
I received from the supertalented Poppyache!!! It's a fantastic package, lucky me!!!
(And poor me, imagine the swap anxiety that lies ahead...  Roll Eyes)

Thank you so much Poppyache, I LOVE everything, it's totally made my day!!!

The themes she crafted to was: old/fragile, lacey, random and secret.

On to the pics!! It was all wrapped up beautifully:

First package I opened, a quilted pencil case with some lovely old lace and vintage pencils inside, + 3 lavendel bags. I needed a new pencil case so that's really handy too!

Next a lovely bib for my baby boy with Cristopher Robin embroidered on it, a romantic decorated photo album, some cards, and a fabulous secret book box!!

The inside of the box, full of secret treasure!!! A cute needle holder bird, a badge, a lace bracelet and two beautiful art objects in resin......... (+ a vintage scarf I couldn't fit into the picture)

Here is a close up of those cards, are they hand-drawn? They are beautiful either way!!

And I really needed a new key ring, only I feel like this is too precious to use...

(text says: secrets are made to be found out with time; if you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees)

And last but not least, these coasters, although I think I might try to find a frame and put the one on the right on the wall, it's gorgeous!

Thank you so much again Poppyache, everything is so well thought out and made and it has such a lovely look, you really spoilt me!!!!
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2  Shiny wave of sea glass in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by Ms Marple on: May 05, 2008 04:19:49 PM

Here's my entry to the lights competition!

It is made out of a cheap and appropriately wave shaped glass lamp from Ikea, which I have glued found sea glass onto. Incredibly, I found enough sea glass for this project during an one hour hunt on the beach - people throw a lot of stuff in the sea around here!!

Here's a picture of the work in progress:

The project was inspired by a tealight holder I made for the lovely Ralph in the FOUND! swap - but i couldn't send it because the grouting didn't work out!

I haven't decided if I should try grouting this one or not - I think maybe not as I don't want to spoil it - I like it as it is! What do you think? Grout or no grout? Any comments welcome!!

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3  Re: FOUND Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: April 16, 2008 06:35:37 AM
I've just received an awsome package from Ralph - thank you so much!!! I absolutely LOVE everything!!!

A handmade journal - the cover is from a children's drawing:

One of the pages, a letter bound within the book (there are more lovely touches like this in the book):

A lovely bracelet with found charms, the weirdest thing is how the fake ring on it looks really similar to my engagement ring!! I've included my ring in the picture so you can see, I really think that is strange  Shocked

Bottle cap earrings - unfortunately these didn't photo well no matter how I tried. They have a note written with 'found' in one and 'lost' in the other hidden under the beads, I love that!

A brilliant DADA style shrine to found and lost things, made out of a casette case, front:


And finally this is my favourite of all those lovely things, an absolutely delicious handkerchief book:

And a page from it, there are three of them, all so ethereal and lovely:

I really really treasure these things. Thanks for being such an inspiring partner!!

This has been a great swap!! Challenging, frustrating (when I couldn't find anything) but really FUN. Thanks to Scatter Kincaid for organising this, I think the gallery speaks for itself as how this has been a great creative approach to crafting!

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4  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: March 26, 2008 06:41:07 AM
Finally I've got back home and opened my lovely journal from Sasserdesas!!  Grin  Kiss

She got my taste spot on!! I asked for a sketchbook with mixed papers and a bit of fun and 'history' to it, and that I'd love a taste of the exotic Netherlands in it too  Grin

Here's the front:

And here's the paper:

I'm still trying to figure out the Dutch poem...  Cheesy

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5  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: March 02, 2008 09:11:05 AM

Thanks for the kind comments!  Cheesy

I have to admit I didn't do the owl for this swap, but for a project when I was doing a City & Guild in embroidery. It's been living in a folder on my bookshelf for the last 3 years, so when I saw that Sasserdesas had been in an owl swap -I thought aha didn't I have some owls about the place! About time it got to go to a loving home!!...

Here is a closer up if anybody's interested:

I complemented it with a mix of white / off-white papers inside too, thought that was a nice detail.

I'm quite proud of the stamp too, never managed that level of detail on such a small stamp. It's only the wonky bookbinding part that I wasn't so happy about  Roll Eyes
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6  Re: FOUND Swap (Send Outs 3/31/2008) <CLOSED> in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Ms Marple on: February 25, 2008 12:19:25 PM
My first find was waiting outside our door today!! It was far too disgusting to take in, so I took a photo...

I don't have a clue what it might have been the label of, but I like the name, it tickled my imagination...
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7  wrist warmers... in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ms Marple on: February 18, 2008 07:35:39 AM

I had some left over yarn and wanted some wrist warmers, so I made an adaption of this pattern


and came up with this:

I'm quite happy with them, only wish I'd finished them in October and not now when it's almost spring!...
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8  Sketchbook out of old dictionary in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ms Marple on: February 18, 2008 07:09:17 AM

This is my first attempt at making my own sketchbook from scratch!! I've been inspired by other posts on this board and thought how great it would be to have a book with lots of different kind of papers.

I got this old book at a clear-out in the library:

I used lots of different recycled papers, cut up life-drawings, print try-outs, user manuals, programmes from arts museums, envelopes from junk mail...et etc

I mainly used the great tutorial that rosered has posted https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6496.0 , but used a sewing machine for the signatures, and then hand sewed them together using the sewing machine stitches.

Maybe it's just me, but I love this start of the book with all the different stamps from it's time in the library:  Cheesy

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9  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: February 01, 2008 09:20:53 AM

I received from Raenef today!! Here's the stamp (apologies for bad job inking up)

Thank you very much, I love the personal connection  Cheesy (I am retraining from a scientist to a fine art painter myself, best thing I ever did!) Also many thanks for the extra goodies (some great stickers and origami paper that are sure to find their ways into my paintings too!!...) - wish I had thought of sending some to you too  Embarrassed Next time!...
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10  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ms Marple on: January 30, 2008 09:04:09 AM

I've received a very professional looking stamp from Babbetto!!

(pen for size...)

It's great, thank you!! I think I'm going to use it a lot!   Grin

I have to ask as well - what carving material were you using? It's inking up so well, even on my old knackered ink pad! I'd like to try to get hold of some of that...  Cheesy

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