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1  Re: OTT 19- One Tiny Thing in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: August 15, 2008 01:53:12 PM
I received the most amazing tiny thing EVER from bhean!  She really managed to get who I am and make something that I will cherish for years to come!!

Here it is:

And a close up because it's too beautiful not to show:

Now, bhean did this on real vellum (so, that's animal hide, which I think is amazing!!!), and to make it a bazillion times more amazing, the did the gold detail with 23 carat gold leaf!!   Shocked Shocked

I tried to get a picture of it with the sunlight showing through, but of course the clouds rolled in before I could do so.

At any rate, I'm heading off to the big city tomorrow, and I'm going to find the perfect frame to put this in!  Thank you so so so much, bhean, for this!  I'm really in awe over the beauty and tininess of it! 
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2  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery August 2008 in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: August 15, 2008 01:46:05 PM
I received a sweet pressie from FlowerWitch yesterday.  I had surgery 3 weeks ago, and was feeling pretty miserable the first couple of weeks post-op.  Three weeks now after surgery, I'm still not feeling that great, and was having a HORRIBLE day when this arrived:

This is right off of my Amazon wishlist, and I'm just so flattered to receive it!  I feel as though I've met the nicest people here on Craftster, and this just really goes to show that there are some genuine people out there in the world!

Thank you so much, FlowerWitch!  You are an absolute angel, and the book really did make my day!  I even tried some French knots today, and they came out beautifully!!   Grin
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3  Re: Anatomy/Medical Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: August 06, 2008 04:56:10 PM
I received today, and whoo-hoo!!  My partner, LinzSerena, TOTALLY rocked my socks off!!!!!

Here's what I woke up to!!

What's in the biohazard bag?

A kidney wristlet!!  Linz said this is her first time making anything of the sort, and she did an AWESOME job!!  I thought that she'd been doing beaded embroidery for years!

Then some amazing resin necklaces, and an AIDS keychain (which I LOVE!), and the clamps too!

Linz is silly, and since I had my tonsils taken out because they were crappy, she sent me healthy tonsils!  I wore this today!  And I plan on wearing it when I see my ENT again!  LOL!

For my daughter, a felt body with the organs and skeletal system that can be removed and put back in place!  GENIUS!  My daughter immediately sat down and played with this, and was even putting the organs and bones where they belong after just studying it once!!!!!  Future doctor, perhaps?!?

Oh, and just so ya'll can get an idea of size...  My DD is 4, and the body on this is the EXACT size as my DD!  We had so much fun comparing the bones to her arms and legs!

And as if I wasn't feeling spoiled enough, I got these socks, which are totally off my Wist, and I'm so excited to have them!!

I also got syringe pens (which I've literally wanted for YEARS!!), in yet another biohazard bag!!

Also, but my batteries died before taking the last pic, I received a John Hopkins postcard and lanyard (where the lovely Linz works), AND AND AND!!!  She found 4 General Patton 3 cent stamps, which I have been looking for!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (squeals!!!)

If I'm forgetting something, apologies in advance.  I'm so thrilled with everything, and I was blessed with a wonderful and patient partner! 
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4  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: August 05, 2008 02:16:28 PM
And now for the lovely package I received from the amazing shirmung!!!

First off- a pink hat!  Yay!

Then a fleur de lis necklace (correct me if I'm wrong!)

A totally awesome tote bag- with clouds and bright sunny yellow fabric!  Reversible, which I'm going to choose depending upon my mood AND the weather  Cheesy

Some daisies- I LOVE getting flowers that won't die!  Smiley 

And lastly, and quite possibly the best thing EVER:

I think I died and went to Heaven!  LOL!

Thank you so so so so so so much, shirmung!!  I'm going to post a teaser for you later on this evening!  I just find it funny how our packages have some similarities!   Wink
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5  Re: Craft for my Person of Choice Swap in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: July 28, 2008 04:02:38 PM
We received from the fantabulous marcusandila today!!!   Grin  She crafted for my husband, and bless this girl, she did a WONDERFUL job considering my husband's themes!  I think he's incredibly pleased!!

Here was everything as we opened the box:

Ok, this was impressive as it!  Whoo-hoo! 

We took it out of the box, and saw this!!!

Then you open this box up (which I think my husband is going to use it to hold his modeling paints and such)

So, ok, now we have presents to unwrap!  Whoo-hoo!



My husband REALLY likes these, by the way!!   Cheesy  Men!



This is awesome!  I think he'd wear it to work if he could!  My man and his love of grenades!  LOL!



Here's a close up of the image!  This one got a big smile from him, which means he REALLY likes it!



Honestly, he really really loves this!  I had shown him soaps made with beer on Etsy, and he loved the idea!  For him to have a bar of some now is just awesome!! 

And we did open this last!

And for good measure, here's the only pic he let me take of him during the unwrapping process!  Shhhhh!  Don't tell him!!

marcusandila- you are such an awesome partner!  I didn't take a picture of the get well card, but it really meant a lot to me!  Thank you so so so so so so much for everything!  And thanks again for your patience with me right now. 
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6  Re: Giant Multi-Theme Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: July 27, 2008 07:06:50 PM
Ok, here are the wonderful goodies RondaS sent me!  I feel so totally spoiled!

Sorry if I miss anything tonight- I just ambitiously tried to read my DD her bedtime story, and now I'm in pain like you would not believe  Cry

Theme: Saturn
A Saturn/planetary bag

And it's innards  Cheesy

This AMAZING wall hanging!  I'm actually going to have my husband cut some dowel down so I can put this up this week!

Look at the rings all done in buttons!  It's AWESOME!

Theme- Weather
A wonderful weather center for me and my DD!  She's a little weather dork already, so this is perfect!

A cute little bear for my DD wearing a super cute dress with clouds and rainbows

Oh crap, I just realized that I didn't get a pic of the weathery cards- I'll post those tomorrow!   Grin

Theme- Houndstooth or black/white
A beanie and a tam (that's what they are called, yes?)

And because I LOVE the tam soooooooooooooooo much

This BEAUTIFUL bracelet- I'd wanted one of Ronda's hematite bracelets/anything since I first got on here, so this was awesome!

A super duper cute bag- makes me think of the bags my Grandma made when she was a young girl.  I never knew my Grandma, but I always carried around a bag that she made! 

And extra "vintage" buttons and bought headbands (now I had better do my hair so I can wear 'em!)


Theme:  Hello Kitty

For size reference, my husband is a little over 6 feet tall, and he's holding it up to the top of his head.  My DD just wanted to do what Daddy was doing, so I get two cute pairs of feet in the pic!

A HK bracelet and zipper pulls (which I'm TOTALLY putting the pulls on DD's backpack when she starts school this coming month!)

A really cute HK basket, which is going to find it's home in DD's room on her vanity  Grin

Here's a better shot of the HK charms

HK hairclips- once again, will be well used when DD goes to school.  I just won't say who'll be wearin' 'em!   Wink

Theme- No Doubt, Gwen Stefani
A POPPET!  And a cape for her!

Ok, ok, now I thought poppets were scary, but my Gwen poppet is kind of cute, and I think I'll need to learn to make poppet clothing so I can make her replicas of Gwen's outfits from previous ND tours!  LOL! 

And here are some patterns that Ronda sent as well, which will be used soon! 

Thank you so so so so much, RondaS!  I love everything, and truly enjoyed swapping with you!  And just so everyone knows, Ronda HAND SEWS everything!  And it's all amazingly well done and beautiful!

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7  Re: Giant Multi-Theme Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: July 26, 2008 06:52:39 PM
Yay!  I had already forgotten some of the stuff I had sent!   Cheesy  The moon was made (by me!!) with plaster, and then painted with silver paint.   Grin  I'm actually really glad that it survived the trip, because there's no way I'd be able to make another moon since I've mysteriously lost the mold!  LOL!

Here's a picture of the magnetic address book:

I'll be posting pics of what I received tomorrow!  Apparently, I left the camera on as I took a nap, so I'm having to recharge the batteries now!  DOH!!
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8  Re: The Super Sea Swap Splendid Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: July 26, 2008 08:54:52 AM
I just wanted to post a quick teaser for DangItJess since she's being so patient with me!

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9  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by bigfatroses on: July 12, 2008 07:05:52 PM
Here are a couple of new pics I'm rather fond of!

This one is of the English garden my neighbor has in her front yard.  The sculpture is actually made from wreckage from Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville on Sept 11th.  

This one is pretty self explanatory.  A lone beach chair.  I just liked the way it looked.  Smiley

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10  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bigfatroses on: June 23, 2008 11:43:50 AM
I received an awesome package from sactownsue!  I've got to apologize in advance for all the pics, but I'm giddy!!

Here's all the goodies out of the box:

Lovin' what I see so far, so I start digging through and I found this:

There's a beautiful butterfly clock, and some awesome rooster notecards!  YAY!  And also, this:

Then I found (and this was TOTALLY from my Wists!)

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!  *has headache from excitement*

And if that wasn't enough, she also sent me this:

I already know where I'm putting it!

I was also given two very awesome pieces of clothing:

I don't know if I'll end up using the shirt for myself or reconning it into something for my DD...  Lots of ideas to ponder!

I also got this (dies)

It's a size 4P, which I am far from being, but I'm sure with some creativity and a little bit of time, I can make this work!  LOVE the houndstooth!!  YAY!!

Now, for my DD's present!!  I'll just post the pics as I took them, because they are so cute!

And here it is upclose (my DD says it's a donkey, so even though it's really a dog, I suppose it will be a donkey for now!)

And lastly, here are some stickers!!

The price list:
FREE - stickers courtesy of In-n-Out Burgers
$  .69 - Frame for Butterflies - 30 % off 99c
$  .69 - Frame w/ working clock for flowers w/ butterfly - 30 % off 99c
$  .49 - Rooster notecards - 30 % off 69c
$1.50 - houndstooth Ann Taylor dress - 50% off 2.99
$0.99 - houndstooth & flowers shirt - 50% off 1.99
$  .50 - Origami paper finger puppets

From stash:
fabric & polyfil & ribbon for puppy dog for daughter
Gallery Glass paint

I'm so happy with everything!  I can hardly wait to put up the butterfly picture!!  Thank you so much, sactownsue!!  And craftydeb as well for being a wonderful organizer!!!!
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