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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 25, 2018 09:37:33 PM
More embroidery? Wow. Really well done, thanate. And I really love that fishy kitty cat.

And then Nooo takes the prize with those extras she sent. Such a colorful bunch of things and all the stuff she handmade is adorable. I love those little cat illustrations/stamps.

Oh, and curiousfae, I meant to say something about the stickers being stickers and then forgot! I am glad you found out on your own! Haha
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 20, 2018 07:58:07 PM
Oh my my, there are really great PLs here. I love the splattered paint/ink backgrounds on the Doctor Who PL. The embroidered one is just waaaay past my skill level. Rosie's PL is fun to look at with the image completely split up and then the colors are so lovely- I really like the flower crown. And then that travel theme is such a great theme to run with. All of the vintage pictures make me nostalgic for traveling with my grandparents when I was younger. It's a shame the photo uploading had to act up RIGHT when the gallery opened up. What a shame. However, it looks like most people managed and I'm so glad, because it's all amazing. I'm also so happy my PLs were well received. Can't wait for next round!

Oh, and I had problems viewing Nooo's pictures of my PL I sent her, so I'll just share two of the pics I have, just in case other folks had the same issue. Btw, Nooo, I hope all your life dramas and mental health problems simmer down. I knooooooooooow the feeling all too well. Take it easy <3



3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 11, 2018 03:27:27 PM
Oh wow. I love hereintherain's PL! I like seeing what people come up with when given the same themes. I also had curiousfae as a partner and I think my PL and the one from hereintherain are going to look good side by side  Wink .

Then I'm loving those colors and textures from witchhippie's PL. A travel theme is a really nice aesthetic. It makes me want to make Pocket Letters for my own traveling adventures...but now I think I'm just describing scrapbooking.

Well, folks, I was really spoiled for this swap. Nooo was my other partner. Be ready to feast your eyes on a fabulous Pocket Letter.

Check out this beautiful, weirdness. I'm really pleased when I receive crafts from people that really get me. The warm, fun colors and collaged-style are all so well executed. Nooo and curiousfae both used foreign language text as background pieces in their PLs and I reaaaaally like that. As someone that has lived in Florida all her life and doesn't speak any other languages, I'm always in love with the text and stylings of other cultures. It's such a visual escape.


Here are some much needed close up shots. Her drawings are hilarious and wonderful. I want millions now. Also, the symmetry in the layout is very pleasing. Also, only I would catch this, but there's small things that worked their way in, that weren't apart of the main themes, like the bee on the middle card <3


This little guy is adorable. The line work is stunning and that orangey-yellow is my favorite.


And now to the goodies! SO MANY. I don't know where to begin commenting on all of these amazing trinkets. Look at that witchy bookmark and the washi tape and the bird card!!!!!


The craftsmanship of some of the pieces are really really well made. Like look at the wooden pendants. Her About Me ATC is so great and so funny. There really is just so much here and I'm so grateful for every last piece. I think blue, sparkly earrings are even missing from the pictures because I was already wearing them. I could endlessly list what I loved about this PL. What a superb partner! Thanks for the match-up curiousfae!


Now I just hope my PLs live up to the standard...everyone has set the bar so high!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 08, 2018 06:07:25 PM
Kinda annoyed that the pictures didn't show off enough detail. So, here's a link where you can zoom in!
http://oi63.tinypic.com/dcx85h.jpg
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 08, 2018 05:55:03 PM
Ok, so I think I get the honor of posting pictures in the gallery first and I think this is an awesome way to start off. I received my first ever Pocket Letter from curiousfae. These were my themes:
1. Whimsical Collages and Weird Illustrations
2. French and Vintage
3. Monsters and Creatures and Ghosts and Aliens
4. Bohemian and Mismatching Patterns
5. Pinterest Inspired (https://www.pinterest.com/susieapple/)

And I feel like she easily hit every single one. She completely captured my aesthetic. The entire letter feels like it was ripped out of a strange, French, vintage encyclopedia. Pictures can only do this beauty justice, so onwards.

The packaging alone was well done. I threw my PL to her hastily in a cheap bubble mailer and now I'm ashamed. I just want to make a note, my boyfriend really "ooh and ahh"ed through the entire unpacking. I only mention it, because he's a harsh critique. He said the packing looked professional!  Grin


So, here's the wondrous, little thing. The colors are consistently pale, vintage shades. The illustrated faces are fantastic. I love them. There is so much to look at and every time I come back to them, I find more things tucked away.
FYI: I'm marking a couple images as mature, because there is tiny spot where you can see the f-word. It's hilarious and well placed and I don't think it should offend anybody, but just in case you are peering on with children or something, I thought it'd be nice to warn ya.
(BTW, curiousfae, your PL will also have the f-word on the front. Haha. We did not plan this, but we're apparently both fans of vulgarity!)
 
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Here are some close-ups that really let you see the fun details. The collage work is great and again, look at those fun illustrated faces! I love the colored string embellishments and the odd quotes that leave you developing your own whimsical stories.
 
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And lastly, we've got the goodies! I've got so many stickers and crafty odds and ends, I don't know what to do (except maybe sign up for another swap....) I love the paperclip-hand and the bee! I love all the french things and the flower stickers! All lovely things. And I learned so much about her in the letter, now I know we have in common. Sushi, coffee, ukuleles! Also, now I have some new podcasts I think I should check out!  Smiley Smiley Smiley


Curiousfae, this was just the greatest. Thank you for the PL and thank you for hosting! Making the two PLs for this swap stressed me out more than I thought it would, but I would definitely sign up again in a heartbeat. I'm a crafty masochist.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 Gallery on: June 07, 2018 05:20:46 PM
This is a test using photobucket. If the craftster photo-hosting doesn't get up and going soon, then I will have this as an option it looks like. Just uploaded this and then used the [ img ] brackets around the direct link...

I'll wait until tomorrow and see if we get any updates, but I am pleased to say, I received from Curiousfae and love-love-love my pocket letter. I also sent out both of my PLs, so Nooo and Curiousfae, expect your personal messages soon with tracking info!

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 (signup thru May 7; sendouts June 8) on: May 24, 2018 10:10:54 AM
I was going strong for a while and got a decent amount accomplished. I was trying to work on both PLs at the same time. Unfortunately, I started dealing with some lousy side effects from a new medication and I kinda lost a week of time dealing with it all. The week of the 27th, I'm going full force and gonna knock them out. I'm excited to get back to them!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 (signup thru May 7; sendouts June 7) on: May 15, 2018 06:09:06 PM
So, I'm just wondering what everyone else is doing with two partners? Are you working on both PLs at the same time and then plan to send them out near each other? Or, are you finishing one, sending, and then finishing the other, and sending?
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 (signup thru May 7; sendouts June 7) on: May 08, 2018 07:05:34 PM
I've been a little obsessive over this swap starting up, so I'm not gonna lie, I've been stalking it all day! BUT your reason for not posting partners is totally understandable. I guess this just gives me more time to keeping scrolling through Pinterest, seeking out more ideas... Roll Eyes
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pocket Letter Swap #6 on: April 27, 2018 09:59:27 AM
Thanks for bringing up the topic, curiousfae. I think most people on here are easy-going with what they receive. As long as I am sticking to their theme, I can't imagine anyone feeling like, "how dare she write me such a long About Me"!!! I just hope no one feels like things are unbalanced. Like does everyone feel like the washi-tape samples and the teabags are mandatory? There's always that fine line between wanting to follow the rules of the swap/craft, but then you also want to branch out and be innovative.

(P.S. I actually love the idea of washi samples and teabags, I was just making an example  Cheesy)
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