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31  Re: Ongoing ATC Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: September 07, 2006 11:46:44 PM
I got a sweet ATC today from our fantastic organizer, Stifflersmom! Let me walk you through this super cool little package.

First, the ATC came in a nifty film vault check-out envelope:

Tucked inside was this fantastic specimen! NOTE: the blade of his scythe is attached by a brad so... it moves! Mwah-haha! Here it is shown in its fully extended glory -- right off the bottom of the ATC! (Be afraid. Be very afraid.)

And I think one of my favorite parts of these two pieces is how they look together. The reaper peeking out from this envelope really puts a new twist on the word "vault" and also makes you wonder about those "overdue penalties" that may apply. Even the phrase "RETURN DATE" at the top has a rather ominous feel. Check it out:

Thanks so much, Stifflersmom! And thanks for organizing this swap -- it's been so much fun!

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32  Re: Ongoing ATC Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: September 06, 2006 08:02:30 PM
Yay! I have more eye candy to share! Sorry I've been slackin' with the pics, but I have been painting day and night here. And not the fun kind of painting... unless you think painting the house is fun (which I do not).

But the porch is DONE! Yay! And here are the ATCs I've received this week. From gingerquilts... this little baby is hand quilted. Wow. I don't think I could even hand quilt something as small as an ATC. Way to go, lady!

This next one is from superstitch. She claims this is only her 2nd ATC, but I don't believe her! I love the construction on this one -- the stuff in the middle is squares of fabric that she sewed down. And then she put the stripe-y paper border around it and the word "Quilt" at the top. Nice work!

Thanks so much! I love them and they'll be perfect in my sewing room!
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33  Re: Ongoing ATC Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: August 29, 2006 06:49:14 PM
I received 2 awesome ATCs from OriginalYouth today! They're both Paris themed and they're going right up in my Paris themed bathroom! Sah-weet!

Oh la la!  Wink
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34  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - August 2006 in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: August 23, 2006 07:44:15 PM
I saw the awesome bowling pin that batgirl made sewpixie for the Scavenger Hunt swap (you can see it here) and I publicly posted that I had always wanted a bowling pin (don't know why... I just do). Well, xladyluckx piped up and offered to send me one. Yess! So I sent her a surprise in return!

Here's my awesome bowling pin:

Here it is in its "natural habitat" (on top of our entertainment center -- it definitely entertains me!):

In return, I post-stalked her. I thought she'd like a bag w/ skulls on it, so I made her one. I've made this same style bag as a "knitting tote" for some other swap partners, but she doesn't knit, so I tried putting a fastener on it. I'm still not sure about the magnetic fastener -- I think it may be too formal for an unstructured bag, but... she seems to like it, so that's good!

The back side uses a slightly different part of the fabric... bigger skulls:

Here's kind of a crappy interior shot (it's hard to take pics inside of bags!) showing the magnetic snaps and the interior fabric, which is a dark red sort of checkerboard:

(... and, apparently, the toe of my shoe)

Glad you like it, xladyluckx! I'm sooo happy with my bowling pin! Thanks!! Grin
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35  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - July 2006 in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: July 21, 2006 10:32:42 AM
Isn't my yarn beautiful?! I absolutely love it!!  Grin

And I am wearing my earrings today and every time I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I think, "Hey -- great earrings!" Yay!

Here is the diaper bag I sent TheBon:

If you're interested, you can see more photos of it at this post.
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36  Re: The Great Craftster Scavenger Hunt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: July 20, 2006 06:50:18 PM
All right! Even more photos! Forgive the long post... Im wordy. But at least theres pictures for distraction. Wink

Withough further ado, here is what I sent to Gingerquilts...

First, a noisy bracelet (I used the fantastic tutorial found here by Bonzo Spangley) that Gingerquilts had requested:

Im pretty pleased with how this turned out -- its my first time making a piece like this and Im proud to have used a lot of the items from the list (21) and still make something shell use (I hope!) From the list, I used:

2. Bird (both flamingo and chicken charms)
7. A charm of some sort (duh)
8. A flying object (airplane charm)
10. A marine mammal (dolphin charm)
25. Book or part of a book (book charm)
32. Flowers (flower charm)
33. Glass (beads)
39. Potion (martini charm) (Id like to think its a cosmo, but that looks like an olive in the glass... ew)
43. Skulls (skull charm)
46. Something chocolate or chocolate related (box of chocolates charm)
50. Something lime green (a few of the beads)
55. Something medical (band-aid charm)
62. Anything that has to do with an eastern culture (chinese coin charm)
63. Something that is either much smaller or much larger, etc (all of the charms)
65. Something that makes noise (the whole bracelet!)
67. Something to do with flamingos (flamingo charm)
72. Something using a rock/stone (several of the beads)
81. Something with beads (duh)
82. Something with chickens on it (chicken charm)
91. The Eiffel tower (Eiffel tower charm)
97. Your partners shoe size (12. This one requires a bit of rule-bending, because there are 12 charms in the main part of the bracelet. However, while I was out charm shopping, I found the great Treasure Map charm, which I used as a dangle for the whole bracelet... I thought this bracelet could be a fun way for Gingerquilts to remember the Great Scavenger Hunt Swap of 06, which is kind of like following a treasure map! So there are 12 main charms and one dangly charm. That work?)

Here is the box that held the bracelet (full disclosure: I did not make this):

The box used:
9. A fruit (watermelon)
19. A touch of black (the seeds)
64. Something that looks like something else (its a box that looks like a watermelon, right?)

The next item was a bag to hold her knitting (or groceries). Its a bag without a lot of structure and no closure -- just good to throw stuff in. Its got pockets inside (good for needles, knitting patterns, and pens... if she uses it for knitting). Heres the exterior (the inset shot shows the length of the straps -- it goes over the shoulder):

And heres the interior:

This bag used the following items:
14. A pinup girl
32. Flowers (the roses)
43. Skulls
45. Something camo (the pocket inside is, indeed, camo -- Im sorry, Gingerquilts)
58. Something reversible (okay... this is pure stretch... since the inside of the bag is a hideous camo and red print combo and my hand sewing in there is atrocious. So you wouldn't want to turn it inside out... but ya could!)
70. Something triangle shaped (this one might not hold up in court, but one of the pieces of tattoo flash is a cross inside of a triangle...)
83. Something with complimentary colors next to each other (um... yeah. That would be the camo green and red inside the bag... at least they're hidden! [unless you reverse it, of course...])
86. Something with scales (mermaid!)
90. Tattoo flash (duh)

Next up is an item that I am ashamed to say was created entirely because I wanted to use items from the list. He was really hard to photograph, so if you're interested, you should check out the pattern for him here, which shows a much cuter version. My version is cuter in person (I think), but heres a cruddy photo (he's a knitted bunny):

The bunny used the following items from the list:

12) A paper clip (the wire used in his ears)
57) Something purple
59) Something soft (his tail)
60) Something soft and curly (his fur)
73) Something with rabbit ears (rabbit!)
96) Yarn (He's knitted)

Ginger and I had some of the same ideas for the altoids tin... we both used them to showcase our scrabble pieces, stamps, and polka dots... but hers was better. Smiley Heres mine:


And the bottom:

The tin used:

3. A black and white photograph (inside... read on for more info about it)
4. A blast from your past (the photo inside is from Cedar Point, where I loved to go as a kid) (and still do, but not as often)
13. A photo (this one was a gimme, since it also covers 3)
15. A postage stamp (inside the box)
22. Altoid tin (duh)
30. Coaster (haha -- Im so proud of this one. See the photo? Its a roller *coaster*. Coaster, get it? Tee hee.)
34. Hockey trading card (forgive me... it just fit well on the bottom. If anyone is at all curious, that's for an IHL hockey team called the Stockton Thunder. They play about an hour from here and we had season tickets last year. They weren't very good, but the games were loads of fun!)
41. Scrabble tiles (Hmm... I now realize that was plural and I only used one. Do I get 1/2 a point for that?)
56. Something paisley (the paper on the front)
78. Something with a TV/Movie theme (the postage stamp is from The Muppet Show)
84. Something with polka dots (the paper inside of the tin)

Inside of the tin were some magnets (54) depicting some themes from Gingerquilts' kitchen:

These include:
79. Something with a word or phrase in a non-English language
31. Cup
2. A bird
82. Something with chickens on it

My package also included tulle (51) for packing (it was leftover from a project I did several years ago -- glad to finally get rid of it!) and raffia bows (40) to tie things up. I even ended up cramming some Tyvek (52) in for extra padding.

I also included some chocolate bars (28) and a 1 button (27) that I didn't get a picture of.

Several of the ideas that I had originally had fell through, including something embroidered (48). While I was poking around in the embroidery aisle, I came across a hilarious pattern that I thought Gingerquilts might get a kick out of called Chicken Romance, so I sent that along as well. I didnt get a picture of it, but I thought that name was so funny -- How could I resist?!

By my count, I used 56 items on the list. Of course, since Im ineligible to win, it doesnt matter, but I did try my best to use as many items as I could!

This was a blast and Im so glad you liked everything, Gingerquilts!
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37  Striped Diaper Bag (image heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by onetomatotwo on: June 28, 2006 09:32:55 AM
It's merely a humble diaper bag. But I am pretty proud of it, so I'm posting. This was my first foray into diaper bag-making (I've made other bags -- just not a diaper bag) and I think it came out really well. This was made for a personal swap with TheBon (This bag is for a friend of hers. In exchange, she is making me some beautiful yarn!) and we'll post in the personal swap gallery when we actually complete the swap, but in the meantime... I gotta show it off!

First, the photos:

Interior shot... this was hard to take, but there are a bunch of pockets in there... basically, all the way around. Also, this fabric does match the other -- I promise!

Here you can see a better shot of the fabrics matching... see the yellow? See the orange? Matching! This is a key (or pacifier) holder that actually goes inside of the bag, but I pulled it out for this photo to show it off:

Here's a close-up of the flapped pocket on the side. This thing was a bear -- I've never done one of these before, but the pattern was good and I think it came out pretty well. The only drawback was that there was a bit of hand-sewing here, which I hate. But it was only a measly 3", so I sucked it up and did it (well, I did whine a bit first):

And the other side of the bag has a gathered pocked with elastic around the top. Good for mobile phones or other easy-access stuff you want on the outside of a bag:

Now, the technical details:

I used a commercial pattern: Butterick 4560. I used View A and the only modification I made was to leave off the adjustable pad that goes on the strap. I found the strap to be cushy enough without it and, besides, I kept messing that part up. It was fiddly and a royal pain in the neck. So it's gone. Oh, and the pattern instructs you to sew two pieces together to make the strap length, but I had enough fabric that I ended up cutting it from one piece, which was nice and I would recommend if you can.

TheBon picked out the exterior fabric from Tonic Living (great site -- check it out!) and the pattern is Farrow, Fiesta. This company has fantastic customer service and sent me a sample of the fabric for free, even though they're in Canada and I'm in the US. Also, despite having to cross the border, the shipping was reasonably priced and quite speedy (I got my fabric in a week).

The interior fabric is something I stumbled on in a local fabric shop here -- it's a high-quality cotton, but I don't have the info on it. If you're dying for it, I might be able to track down some info. Even though it doesn't look like it in the photos, the fabrics match beautifully.

The pattern calls for fusible fleece for the interfacing. It's the first time I've used it and a really liked it. It made the bag sturdy, but still soft. I'll be using that again. Also, the bottom has a piece of plastic canvas in it (also called for in the pattern).

Thanks for looking!

edited to add: Those folks at Tonic Living are great! They're offering a 10% discount for everyone who reads this post. Use the coupon code CRAFTSTER. Sweet, eh?
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38  Re: FOC swap 2!! in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: June 19, 2006 10:47:40 PM
Once again, Madmatigan79 is proving herself to be the coolest partner in the world. Remember that great Thank you package she sent me last week? This week, she followed up with an *angel* package. That's right -- I got two angel packages in this swap. How lucky am I? One answer: Very.

Soo... Madmatigan79 knows that my household is very pro-Canada (were a hockey-lovin family and Ive got some not-too-distant Canadian roots) so she sent me a Canadian Wannabe package with all this great Canadian stuff:

From top right, going clockwise, we have:
- Sorry my photo makes this illegible, but that's a bunnyhug with bunnyhug on it. For those of you who dont know, bunnyhug is the term they use in Saskatchewan to refer to a hooded sweatshirt with pockets in front (no zipper). I love this phrase! Bunnyhug!!
- Mmm... delicious Canadian candy. There were actually 2 of those Coffee Crisp bars. Theyre realllly good. Ask me how I know. Wink And I looove maple sugar candies, so I cant wait to dive into those.
- Oh Canada! Cupcake Party Pack (that's right from the label).  We'll save those for a big Canadian party sometime -- cupcakes with Canadian flags in them!
- The book Weird Canadian Words, in which Madmatigan79 thoughtfully made some notes (I love the notes!) We have already enjoyed thumbing through the book and trying on some Canadianisms for size.
- A button that says, I <3 Regina, which is where MM79 hails from.
- A Canadian flag. Whee!
- A box containing several packages of Tim Hortons coffee. We're looking forward to a Canadian-style coffee tomorrow morning! Yay!

After I took the photo, I realized that I had actually forgotten some of the stuff (hard to believe, isn't it?!) She also sent DVDs of the show Trailer Park Boys (a Canadian favorite and also a favorite in our house) -- those are already cued up next to the TV. And a CD mix of Canadian music, A to Z. That's in my machine right now -- the CD is entitled Canada Rocks when you put it in the drive. I love that. And last, but certainly not least, a travel mug from Tim Hortons:

My bf and I will probably fight on a daily basis about who gets to use this -- there is already talk of making a schedule.

Thanks again, Madmatigan79! You rock!!
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39  Re: FOC swap 2!! in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: June 16, 2006 03:50:08 PM
Yay! I got another package today! That last package I got from Madmatigan79 was my "thank you" package. I think I may have miscommunicated that that was an angel package, but it was my thank you. Of course, she is an absolute angel because it was so totally awesome, but not in the "Swap Angel" sort of way.

Because... I received from my actual Swap Angel today! Thanks, casslyra! Since I had gotten the first small sendout, she signed up to send me the large sendout, a surprise, and a store-bought item. Wow, eh? She's a sweetie!

Here is the large crafted item -- a reversible tote (the interior is solid turquoise, which matches the handles):

And here is a store bought item and a surprise -- some pictures to hang on the walls of my Paris-themed bathroom and a whole bunch of notecards:

Thanks again, casslyra! It was so sweet of you to be my angel and your fast shipping was amazing!
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40  Re: FOC swap 2!! in The Swap Gallery by onetomatotwo on: June 12, 2006 07:11:34 PM

I got the most AMAZING thank you gift from Madmatigan79 today! It actually took me a little while to post because I was so excited about this package -- I had to calm down first! (Does that ever happen to anyone else?) I've finally resume normal breathing, so here's my post...

She knew that my partner had some trouble sending for this swap (thanks to Hertrigger, I now have an angel!) so she wanted me to have an awesome package. And boy, did I! I kind of forgot how much fun it is to get stuff in the mail! Especially when its friggin AWESOME!

She post-stalked me and found that I was a fellow Buffy/Angel fan. This apparently got her creative juices flowing in high gear. She got to thinking that Buffy would have/should have been... a knitter! I mean, its perfect, right? Pointy sticks = Slayer goodness!

So she made me an awesome Buffy-themed needle roll! First, theres the international sign for Slayer (ala the sign for Men or Women on restroom doors...) appliqued on the front:

The photo doesnt do it justice, but it is an awesome hot-pink corduroy with a sweet slayer appliqu on it! I know it looks fuzzy in this photo, but it is not fuzzy in person! It's crisp and beautiful! Madmatigan79, if you've got a better photo, please post it! You're an applique goddess!

Open it up and get that always helpful life reminder: What Would Buffy Do?

She would, of course, knit with the stake-iest knitting needles ever created!

I didnt do these justice with my photos, but these needles are fifteen inches long! The ones shown cross-wise are too big for my needle gauge, but the other two are 10.5s and 11s, so these are some huge stake-y needles! They would make a slayers eyes water with joy (I know they made mine!) Madmatigan79 made these! Theyre awesome! And even though they're huge, they're maple, so they're really light and smooth. I can tell they're going to be great to knit with. I cant wait to offer someone the business end of one of these things next time they mouth off to me when Im knitting in public!

And whats that little gathering of something shiny there? Why, stitch holders... slayer-style! Theyve got crosses on em!! Yes! I can ward off vampires at every turn!

And last, but certainly not least, she included the absolute dreamiest yarn I have ever touched. Seriously -- this photo doesnt tell the full story because this stuff is the Softest. Yarn. Ever. Im so impressed that you could give it up -- its absolutely breathtaking!

You were so much fun to craft for and this is one of the best packages to ever grace my mailbox. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Edited to add: I just re-read this post and am blown away by my excessive use of the word "awesome." I'm a dork. But... it really is awesome!
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