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1  Re: Vintage /Thrift store lovers swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: October 04, 2009 12:15:58 PM
Here is what I received from my partner. It is all absolutely perfect. The sewing kit is adorable. I put it already to good use, hence why the needle book isn't in the picture (it is somewhere in the sewing room... I could not find it!).

Thank you so much!

first, a sewing kit, with vintage fabric as lining. I like it very much. Knitting needles (aluminium are my favourite, thanks!), vintage buttons, a knitting book (so handy, thanks again!)

a very nice sweater vest, hand knitted. Great job! It fits me perfectly and it is so pretty. The pattern is from the 1960s or the 70s and a copy was included. I carefully stored it in my pattern binder. Thank you!

the left-over yarn.The colour is perfect for a fair isle project I have in mind!  I will make good use of it.

Action-shot! My partner also sent me a very nice dark brown leather skirt, which I am wearing on this picture. It does not show very well due to the poor lighting, but it is a very fine skirt.

thank you so much!  Grin
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2  Re: Wist Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: October 04, 2009 12:04:12 PM
my partner really spoiled me with adorable tiny little things! There are so many. I hope I haven't left any out.

We decided, to save on shipping costs (I am in Canada, she in Australia, hence why it takes so long for us to receive our packages...), to send a lot of tiny items, wrapped in a big ball of yarn. The yarn has the advantage of shielding the content of the package from bumps. We also decided to send a few things particular to our countries.

So, here is the loot:

vintage buttons and handmade soap from a local company

felted wool cat toy (my bigger cat loves it. The other one is afraid of it, due to its size Wink ), a ring with a button, a necklace with a spider encased in resin

books and vintage Australian postcards:

vintage buttons, a key chain of a local bird, a cup holder (this sure will be handy!):

some local foodstuff (including genuine vanilla! hmmm!):

the skein of yarn! It looks hand dyed and spun. Did you do it yourself? What is its composition?

thank you so much! Cheesy Hopefully, my package should reach you soon dear partner. It has been, what, 8 weeks already?  Roll Eyes
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3  Re: The Super Sanrio/Kawaii Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: August 15, 2009 01:33:13 PM
I received from Tsubomi_chan. Thank you so much. You nailed me right, showering me with school supplies. I needed some Smiley They have already been put to good use. I do not know what my thesis advisor will think of the Hello Kitty paper clips, but it cannot be bad!

Here's the Sanrio loot first. I took several pictures, as I was worried I might have left something out.

There's an embroidered little pouch too, with a Hello Kitty princess. Thank you! This will make for a fine notebook, pencils and clip holder. There are lots of school supplies, as you can see, along with some bubble gum.

Now onto the crafted goodies!

There are some origami crane earrings. I love them very much! All I hope is that they will stay that nice looking for a long time, because they are just perfect for me and I will certainly wear them often.

There's a little friend which I immediately put on my office desk to cheer me up.

A big brown grocery shopping bag, with a transferred little raccoon on it. This will be perfect for grocery and/or library-raiding

There's also a skirt (reconstructed?). Too bad it is too small at the hips for me. I think I know how to fix it. I might just remove a few inches between the waistband and the lower part of the skirt (which would fit around my hips), and add darts to shape. Too bad for the length though, as it is perfect now. Well, I might come up with another idea to try to make it work.

Close-up of the little pin

Thank you so much!
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4  Re: Chocoholics Unanimous Round 5 Gallery of Sweet Chocolatey Goodness! in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: July 22, 2009 01:33:23 PM
I received today from theballandskein! She sent me so much! And it is all so great!

Inside this beautifully made bag...

were quite a lot of candies and chocolate...

a funny postcard (which I am going to hang in my office) and some lovely dark chocolatey-brown yarn (I can always use more yarn!)

some cute hair accessories and a pin

and a very pretty stripped shrug that fits me very nicely (is it crocheted?). It is dark teal and dark turquoise.

Thank you so much!

Now I feel a bit bad about having sent only two mediums and a small. Well, at least I sent tons of chocolate, so maybe that will do...  Embarrassed
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5  Re: Geek Chic gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: July 11, 2009 03:18:11 PM
Here is what I received (well, most of it...) from DarthSqurl. I was actually squealing as I was opening it!

Everything was stuffed in this fantastic bag. It is pretty big and roomy, very solidly made. I've used it for carrying lots of books already. It works like a charm. So stylish! I had been contemplating making myself a bag made of ties for a long time, but could never find enough time to get down to it. DarthSqurl, you read minds! (or at the very least did a great job stalking my wists)

Inside were the following:
A tweed cap. The lining is the same as the inside of the bag.

lego earrings and a vintage clip-on bow-tie (which I am going to convert to an hair accessory, I think):

a pencil case. Now, how did you make that? The fabric, on which the text is marked, is covered on the outside and on the inside by a thin coat of plastic or varnish, in order to protect it and render it water-proof. A very good idea, especially as I like writing with liquid ink. The Greek text on it is from Aristophanes' comedy The Frogs and is taken from the frog chorus. A good translation would be 'ribit, ribit'. Everything looks more scholarly when written in ancient Greek, now, doesn't it?

Magnetic bookmarks came in a small booklet made from pages of an old German textbook. The bookmarks are made from two very thin magnets connected together by a sheet of paper with an attractive retro design. You stick a page (or a few) between the two magnets and it holds your page. Of course, the magnets were very rapidly put to good use. These are the books I am currently reading for my thesis.

Now, three (yes, THREE!!!  Grin  Grin  Grin) fantastic t-shirts were included in package. When I said this purse was roomy, I meant it, because it all fit snugly inside.

The first is beige and looks tea-dyed. It has Charlemagne's monogram inked on it. "Charlemagne" was actually my childhood nickname.

Here is the design:

The second one, a bright 'blue-screen-of-death' blue t-shirt has a design inspired by the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch by Monty Python. Just plain wicked.

Unfortunately, I forgot the 3rd top, a light mint-green tank top, at my mother's house, about 1000km away from my university-city. It was much touted and flaunted at the Montreal Jazz festival though! It has a very nice design recalling gothic glasswork. I love it very much. I will have my mother mail it off to me and will get pictures as soon as I get it back. Sorry about that  Undecided

Now, isn't DarthSqurl just plain amazing?  Cheesy Thank you so much.
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6  Re: Super Simple Hair Doo Dads Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: July 11, 2009 02:49:20 PM
Here is what I received from Riechan!

Thank you very much!

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7  Re: Super Simple Hair Doo Dads Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: July 06, 2009 01:15:15 PM
I was off on a trip, during which I received from:

Very nice! I am particularly fond of the little bow with the black and white ribbon, but really I love it all.

Pretty Hate Machine:
That's the first time I receive something from Finland. Very nice! I love cloisonné and ribbons very much. Thanks!

Simply Fabulous:
I can never get too many owls. Thanks!

Actually, I had forgotten to take a picture of the other barrette that Simply Fabulous sent me.  I can be so scatter-brained...

Here it is with the owl one: a lovely cat!

Thank you so much everyone!
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8  Re: Viva la France (ou Francais) Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: June 13, 2009 01:35:56 PM
Here is what I sent to Scotskipper402. These are the pictures I took before shipping. Sorry if they are really no good (Scotskipper402, feel free to post better pictures!)

A book my partner wanted to read in French. I got it whilst rummaging through the book stores on St-Denis st. in Montreal. There where other editions, but I went strait for the oldest. It had the most character. Elle a du vécu! There is also a fur flower. I wanted to make a camellia, as my partner said she liked them, but I guess it looks more like a rose. 

A 'lavender' illustration I made

An art deco illustration (inspired by a well known French artist)

Nautical earrings (why, I am from northern France, so I had to include something like that!) and an art deco pin (inspired by glass work).

I hope you like it all, Scotskipper402!  Smiley
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9  Re: Viva la France (ou Francais) Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: May 28, 2009 01:56:15 PM
Here is what I received yesterday from Scotskipper402!

Thanks a lot.  Smiley

A marinière:

I am just back from a trip to Québec city, where it so happened that I bought two marinières. But that's all right, I can always use more of these  Wink

A small piece of silk with a great print (about 15cmX15cm) and a pin. I am not quite certain what I will be doing with it, but I am sure I will find a use for it before soon.

A dress reconstructed from thrifted garments:

It fits well and is very comfy. Thank you!
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10  Re: Decorated shirt gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eloise24 on: May 23, 2009 06:36:16 PM
I received last week from mermaidcafe

Thank you very much! It fits well, I love the colour (and the 3/4 sleeves!), and the design is great. I hope you liked mine too.

Close up of design

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