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71  Lsae: anthropologie necklace or accessory knockoff swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Craftsunderground on: March 08, 2011 06:52:17 PM
I received my package from Askaboutpickles and I am blown away and I think you all will be too. When we received our swap mates, Askaboutpickles sent me a list of pieces that she liked. I had already copied those same pieces into an inspiration folder. We were meant to be swap partners! I love everything she made. I am tripping over myself trying to upload these pictures because I have not downloaded pics from this camera before.
The first was inspired by the Marshmellow necklace. I love the color and textures of this piece and it is beautifully made. It certainly is a "statement" piece. The photo doesn't do it justice. Pickles, did you make all of that tubing? It's gorgeous!

The Antique Lace necklaces are better in detail and composition than the inspiration piece. And, she made me two! I love antique lace and these necklaces are exactly my taste. Aren't they stunning?


As if that weren't enough, she included THREE sets of earrings. I don't know which I like best. I can't wait to wear them. She really nailed the Anthropologie style and the craftsmanship is excellent.

The blue pin is another "extra" piece and I just love it. And, it's in my favorite color with a beautiful button detail.
Last, but not least, she included this green pendant "just for fun" as if receiving all of these beautiful items wasn't fun enough!!!

Pickles, I only hope you like what I sent you half as much.
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72  Re: needle book swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Craftsunderground on: February 11, 2011 04:52:34 PM
I received from Ramona Q and I couldn't be more pleased.


She embroidered the needlebook beautifully with vintage images: stork scissors; thimble; embroidery floss; needle and thread; and a strawberry pincushion. I love the vintage look.
Inside, she tucked some beaded pins. I love that, jewelry on my pins!
She also included some wonderful extras (in first photo). A White Stripes concert button--my favorite band; an art button (I will add it to two others I have and frame them); and a wooden spool that was once her Grandmother's. I was very touched by that.
Thanks, Ramona Q, for being such a great swap partner.
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73  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Craftsunderground on: January 23, 2011 08:07:23 AM
I received my scarf from Mod35tBabe. She is new to sewing, but she did a great job. She made a cowl from fleece that is soft and warm and attached a gem in my favorite color, green. I don't have anything like it. You can twist it and wear it a couple of ways.

She is a great swap partner. She mailed early, tried something new (and rocked it), and even included some Aussie extras, like Vegamite! Thanks so much Mod35tBabe. I love it.
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74  Easy Cabled Cowl from Thrifted Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Craftsunderground on: January 11, 2011 10:11:12 AM
This is somewhat a recon, but I posted it here because it required knitting skills and I think it would be of interest to other knitters. I purchased a sweater from the thrift store that was in a high-quality cotton yarn and a beautiful cable pattern, but the sweater was in a short style that wasn't "me". I removed the sleeves and unravelled the sweater from the shoulders down to a point where the sweater measured about 12 inches from the bottom ribbing. I picked up the stitches onto a circular needle and joined them to work in the round. (You do not have to join them. You could work on each side separately and then sew the side seams, but I prefer to work in the round). I used the unravelled yarn from the neck and one of the sleeves to knit a ribbed border that matched the bottom of the sweater. The result is a cowl that can be worn in a number of ways. It was made from a large-sized sweater, so it can be worn over the shoulders in a shawl style or draped in front as shown in the "after" picture.  I like to reclaim beautiful knitted garments that are no longer in style but deserve to be seen and worn. I would love to hear your comments and to hear from anyone else who is doing this type of thing.

Original Sweater

Beautiful cable work


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75  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/04, Send-outs 'extended' 09/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Craftsunderground on: September 23, 2010 05:18:44 PM
I received this charming bookmark from Tamalama. It says "So much yarn, so little time" It's the perfect bookmark for my One Skein Wonders knitting book. Thanks. Tamalama, I am just sorry I was out of town when you mailed it.

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76  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by Craftsunderground on: September 02, 2010 11:13:29 AM
I received a delightful beaded daisy bookmark with a quote from Oscar Wilde attached, "With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon who could not be happy?" Who indeed? I think it is charming and I love the quote. Thanks, NLLChihuahua!

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77  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 Gallery of Bibliophilic Love in The Swap Gallery by Craftsunderground on: August 30, 2010 05:44:16 PM
So far I have posted these in the wrong place...twice! Here, one more time, are the bookmarks I received from Dawn0684 and Pollyprissypants. Also, I now realize that the pictures are too big. I am, as my son would say, a newb. However, as I have said before (in two other posts) they are both lovely. I am amazed at how different everyone's entries are--so creative. Thank you both.



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78  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/04, Send-outs 09/05) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Craftsunderground on: August 30, 2010 05:02:29 PM
I seem to have posted my pics to the wrong place and I apologize for keeping Dawn0684 and Pollyprissypants waiting for the recognition due them. I've received two beautiful bookmarks. A beaded thong of smokey green beads and a hand-cut lettered quote from Oscar Wilde. Under the books you can see the pitiful scraps of paper that used to be my bookmarks (Shopping List, indeed). Well, no more! Jewelry for my books, how fab is that, and the quote is "Illusion is the first of all Pleasures." Reading is indeed an illusion and a pleasure. Thanks to you both. I can't wait until you recieve from me. I am mailing them tomorrow.





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79  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/05, Send-outs 09/05) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Craftsunderground on: August 29, 2010 05:58:53 PM
I've received two beautiful bookmarks so far. A beaded thong of smokey green beads and a hand-cut lettered quote from Oscar Wilde. Under the books you can see the pitiful scraps of paper that used to be my bookmarks (Shopping List, indeed). Well, no more! Jewelry for my books, how fab is that, and the quote is "Illusion is the first of all Pleasures." Reading is indeed an illusion and a pleasure. Thanks Dawn 0684 and Pollyprissypants. I can't wait until you recieve from me. I am mailing them tomorrow.



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