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1  Re: International Snack Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: June 17, 2011 05:06:41 AM
I received my parcel from Stephfro last week, so much of it has been reduced to empty wrappers  Tongue But here are some pictures at last- sorry for the delay!

Everything all together-

Ice cream Poptarts (half gone), Cinnamon Poptarts (all gone!), a bar of Reese's peanut butter chocolate (all gone!), Reese's Nutrageous, Reese's Fast Break (I just had half of this for breakfast Grin), Reese's Pieces (all gone!), Wonka Bottlecaps (tried), Wonka Rainbow Nerds (almost all gone!), Funyums onion rings (as yet unopened) and Mallo-Licious fizzy apple marshmallows (almost all gone!). Not pictured- the honey BBQ Fritos that I took to a work party. They were so good, everyone is trying to track down British things with the same flavour!

Stephfro has recommended that I put the ice cream Poptarts in the freezer and eat them cold- I haven't tried that yet, but they taste pretty amazing when they're toasted! The cinnamon ones didn't last long as my housemates and I had them for a lazy breakfast on Sunday- they made the kitchen smell glorious Grin

We used to get fizzy nerds in the UK, but I can't find them any more Sad I'm not so keen on the Bottlecaps, as I keep getting the root beer flavour, bleuurgh! But I've found the best (only? Tongue) way to eat Nerds is to just tip your head back and pour them straight from the packet! I'm going to be sad when they're all gone Tongue

Reese's! Thanks so much Stephfro, you completely catered to my love of everything peanut butter  Kiss
I'd tried Reese's Nutrageous and Pieces before, but not the Fast Break- for those in the UK, it's kind of like a Snickers bar, only there's a layer of peanut butter where the caramel and nuts should be- a much thicker layer Grin I sat in the garden on Monday with a book and the slab of peanut butter chocolate, it was heavenly (if heaven is somewhat melty!)

This is what the inside of the Mallo-Licious' look like! Stephfro said that her father loves them, but that she can't stand them- I'm still unsure, had better eat a few more Grin

And here's the beautiful picture Stephfro sent me! I love Alice in Wonderland, so it's perfect Grin the snacks also came in handy here, as the picture arrived rolled-up and wouldn't straighten out for the camera!

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2  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: January 30, 2011 12:39:50 PM
Here are a couple more for the gigantic hoop wall!

I was lucky enough to receive two hoops themed around Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen- the first is based on a plushie from my wist, and the second is Helena Bonham Carter's queen from the Tim Burton movie

please excuse the awful photos, i couldn't wait for natural light  Grin i wish i could show you all the perfect satin stitching in the first hoop, and all the tiny swirls and crosses that make up the second queen's beautiful hairdo

both pieces are framed beautifully as well- the disney queen has added black and burgundy ribbon and the burton queen has a playing card on the back

what inventive partners i have  Kiss !

massive thank you's to WhiteSheep and Teraspawn, and of course our super organisers! i might not see you all for the next round, but will be stalking the gallery for sure!
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3  Re: Sewists/Yarnies vs Papercraftsters Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: January 13, 2011 09:14:44 AM
here's the package i received from prettyinpaisley! it took its time reaching me, as we've had a ton of snow in the uk, and i panicked when i saw how beaten-up it looked! but everything inside was in perfect condition  Grin here we go!

first of all, a star made out of melty beads (that's what my mum and me always called them, i forget the proper name!!) on the note that prettyinpaisley wrote me (how did you know hibiscus are my favourite flowers (a direct result of my obsession with anything to do with tiki, or Lilo and Stitch Tongue) ?)

and next, a whole stack of envelopes made from recycled paper that looks like it came from a wildlife/nature magazine- sunrises, trees, fields, everything that's beautiful  Smiley these were hard to photograph due to their shiny-ness, but i stacked the ones with the boldest colours on top-

now, i'm just going to let the next item speak for itself! PiP made me an altered puzzle, and these aren't even half of the pieces she decorated, signed and sent me-

I can't imagine the amount of time that PiP must have spent searching my wists for inspiration for all these pieces! every one is unique, yet totally fits my tastes, and her artistic skills are just stunning!

thank you so much, prettyinpaisley, and thank you to mink_bikini for organising  Grin bring on the next round!
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4  Re: Key Themed Swap Gallery (Send outs 12/8) in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: January 13, 2011 09:00:23 AM
here AT LAST is the second part of my package! i can't apologise enough for my tardiness- life, as well as something being up with craftster photo hosting, just got in my way for a while! but enough of that  Smiley here we go!

remember the box with the key charms and cabochons inside? here's the lid- those are tiny beads in the groove around the paper and transfers, and they're all shiny and multicoloured  Smiley - as well as the keyring my partner used to fasten the scroll of paper she sent by way of a letter, and another larger key with a locket attached (the locket had a picture of a key inside, but i think i'm going to replace it with a picture of my ukulele  Grin)

it was tough to get a close up on the gorgeous swirly locket, but here one is- i particularly like the wire wrapping on the keyring

here's the reverse of the box (such a beautiful choice of paper!), again with the keyring and locket

and believe it or not, that wasn't all!!

my partner also sent me a ton of black and blue stripy fabric, which has been stashed away- i'm thinking that once i get better on my sewing machine, i'm going to make a little victorian-ish pouch type bag to take out in the evenings  Smiley there was also an apron in a mustardy-brown-ish colour with green check ties which is living in my mother in law's kitchen, where we tend to make way too many cupcakes on the weekends  Cheesy

a huuuuge thank you to everyone involved! it's been A.W.E.S.O.M.E!
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5  Re: Key Themed Swap Gallery (Send outs 12/8) in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: December 30, 2010 11:14:47 AM
ok, so i'm still not having much luck with craftster photo hosting (don't even mention photobucket to me  Angry!) so this is just Part One of the gallery of awesome stuff received by me from Angelicasews  Grin

i seemed to have trouble photographing anything that had a shine to it in both natural and, um, unnatural light- i'm going to have to put my christmas money towards a camera, so i don't have to rely on my iphone! still, this is a photo of the mug that angelicasews altered with skeleton key rub-ons (she was kind enough to include the rest of the packet for me to use, they're pictured here) and the letter she wrote me on gorgeous textured paper

here's the first of the two beautiful altered jewellery boxes i received- the top-

the bottom (again, apologies for the shiny-ness!)-

and the inside-

Here's the inside of box no. 2-

which has the most delicate tiny key charms and cabochons stuck inside, my favourite is the one with the crown in the top left Smiley i'm afraid you're all going to have to wait for photos of the top and the bottom as photobucket is being a total pain!!

this is another extra Angelica sent me, a beautifully carved wooden key from an attraction that used to be near where Angelica used to live. it's very celtic looking, when the weather's better i might hang it in my garden and see if it attracts any fairies  Smiley

part two to come!
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6  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: December 29, 2010 05:30:50 AM
now an angel has been organised for sinellia, i'm here to post pictures of the hoop i sent her which seems to have got lost somewhere in the mail  Sad

sinellia and i both share a love for day of the dead themed crafts, so i embroidered this design from urban threads and backed the hoop with alexander henry skull fabric. i'm so sad and annoyed that it got lost  Angry but i'm really glad that sinellia will be receiving another hoop soon- i'm only sorry i wasn't in a position to make another one myself, especially after sinellia crafted such an awesome hoop for me! thank you so much also to all the organisers involved in this epic swap for their time and understanding  Smiley
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7  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: November 17, 2010 12:10:34 PM
i received this awesome hoop from sinellia way back in last week  Undecided work has been killing me but now i finally get to share pictures with everyone!

we both love day of the dead themed crafts, and i was lucky enough to get not one but two embroidered sugar skulls along with two beautiful flowers

that last flower is my favourite part  Smiley i love how sinellia managed to work with the fact that i'm not a huge fan of bright colours and still create a totally fitting hoop- thanks partner! massive thanks to our organisers too, i think this is the biggest swap i've ever seen  Shocked bring on the next round!
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8  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: October 20, 2010 03:38:48 PM
here are some (really awful!) pictures of the beautiful tiny book that i received from Ninja_Poo- after i found out she was also a fan of Carnivale whilst doing a little stalking, i messaged her and she agreed to craft me a book based on the show-

Ninja sent me a super sweet Totoro card, which i've posted alongside the book so you can compare sizes- the card is the size of a 6 by 8 photograph, i think

inside the front cover- tickets to the Carnivale  Cheesy as well as a bookplate made from vintage-looking paper- i don't think i can write my name small enough!

my absolute favourite page- Ruthie the snake charmer

this one shows off the textured, aged paper pretty well- i should point out that every page in the book has a hand drawn illustration on it  Shocked

and the best picture i could get of the binding-

please feel free to post some pictures of your own if you were able to take them before sending, Ninja_Poo- i feel terrible that i don't have any way to capture the awesome of this gorgeous book that you sent me  Embarrassed

i was able to take better pictures of the book that i made, as my dad was home from work for the weekend with his camera-

the little bumblebees are for granny weatherwax  Smiley i had made an 'i ate'nt dead' sign, but it was too big and kept falling off!

thank you so much for being my partner, Ninja_Poo, and huge thanks to Noo for being our organiser  Smiley it took a lot for me to join this swap, knowing how many seriously talented papercrafters we have on craftster, but everyone has been so lovely i don't plan to ever let the fact i'm a complete noob put me off from signing up for something different again Cheesy i can't wait to see what else is going to appear in the gallery- thanks again, everyone!
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9  Re: My Favorite Character Plushie/Stuffie Swap - Send out 10/08/10 in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: October 20, 2010 03:24:58 PM
I received the most evil, vile, despicable, and downright cute plushie from mama24boyz today- i hope that y'all are cowering in terror, because maleficent is about to crash this birthday party gallery!

as you can see, she has already claimed my brother in law's buzz lightyear blanket as her own  Tongue

as well as being beautifully made-up (her eyes are made from 5 (!) layers of coloured felt, and her lips are painted directly onto the crochet) she has a felt cape, wooden staff and poseable left arm

my pictures can't show off just how beautifully put together she is- please feel free to post some of your own if you got to take some before sending, mama  Undecided every little detail is perfect, right down to the stuffing, something i never manage to get right! thank you so much, mama24boyz, i hope my plushie reaches you soon, and safely!

thanks also to smmarrt for organising this awesome swap- i would definitely be up for a second round!
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10  Re: mini 13 days of halloween gallery round 2 in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: September 27, 2010 11:23:20 PM
Gallery spot, I choose you!

Day- Well, it's actually Day 12!
They say that even the most heavy, black and pendulous of clouds have a silver lining  Wink Although I got my package a day late, I got to open TWO days worth of presents all at once  Grin mwah hah hah hah hah! hah hah hah hah! hah hah ha*cough, splutter- curses!*h hah hah hahhhhhh!

here is my box, mostly obscured by my massive, and massively awesome, altered day of the dead pillowcase/gift sack- here are sugar skulls number one...

and two!  

they're decorated with a mix of paint, beads and embroidery, and the fabric in the background is covered in what look like large leaves, it's got a definite island voodoo vibe!

as well as the presents just visible in the box there, glamis included a german advent calendar (german christmases are considered the ideal here in england, where everything has gone a bit commercial, and i can't wait to try the german chocolate!) and some disney shrinkies which turned out to be too large for what glamis intended- here's belle, alice, the cheshire cat, and my favourite, stitch- nothing too spooky yet i'm afraid  Cheesy

glamis has left all my presents except for the 31st un-numbered, so this evening i picked the parcel labelled 'into the hood...'

it contained an absolutely stunning autumn-ish jewellery holder straight from my wist- it's like a giant needle book, you can pin things like earrings and necklaces in place and then display them or carry them safely  Smiley

i didn't get a picture of the inside, which is forest green felt and a gorgeous green tartan, but the outside is all soft and velvet-y and the fawn's spots are (i think) made with fabric paint. glamis' stitches are immaculate  Shocked  it's SO. FREAKING. CUTE!! ....sorry to disappoint the gore fans  Tongue

Day 11-

today i picked up a beautiful cardboard box containing two days worth of presents, both cryptically labelled *spooky twilight zone noise...*
i had to ask my fiancé to choose between 'shake me, baby!' and 'three of a kind', and he chose the latter- inside, i found three crocheted skull appliqués, one cute-ly gothic, one day of the dead style, and one (my favourite!) in turquoise with its own little beaded skull for detail. glamis and i must be on some psychic wavelength, as i'd tried crocheting something incredibly similar, before deciding to send something else in its place. i'm glad i didn't send mine, as glamis's are far more intricate and awesomely decorated Smiley here's the pic (you're all going to have to excuse the unmade bed!)

Day 10

so yesterday i opened the 'shake it' box.... and found this amazing pair of librarian-themed pasties based on the ones in my wist! Grin

i also received a second pair of pasties  Shocked which are sadly proving impossible to photograph in unnatural light- i'll have to try again tomorrow morning. they are covered in sequins in autumn-y browns, silvers and golds, with some red and blue stars thrown in. i love them! but will not be providing any 'action shots'  Cheesy !

sorry for my extended absence, chaps, the laptop's been on the fritz! now we return to your scheduled programming  Smiley

Day 9- I thought this package labelled 'yum yum' was a little too flat to contain halloween candy!

it's another of Glamis' awesome jewellery holders, like the forest animal themed one above, only perfectly sweet lolita this time  Smiley it beautifully matches the package i opened next, by complete coincidence (i suspect spirits are at work!  Cheesy)

Day 8- necklace, charm bracelet, phone charm, brooches And magnets made from beads and poly clay

my iphone camera isn't up to close-up shots (i'll try and bust out the 'family' cam when my laptop is acting more acceptingly towards new devices). my favourite has to be the red cupcake brooch, it has iridescent beads for 'sprinkles'  Cheesy it was around this stage that i started to appreciate just how far above and beyond Glamis has gone, and how wonderfully i have been spoiled! just look at what I opened next!!

Day 7- A dark red stovepipe (it's a little too tall to be a top hat!) with black netting and an actually-pretty-creepy-looking grey skull around the brim; packaged in a stunning flocked box with a heart-shaped section cut out- glamis asked me to use recyclable packaging for her parcels, and now i feel really stupid for not thinking to include 're-usable' under that category  Undecided

Day 6's parcel was labelled 'Random Mix', and my fiancé opened the larger of the two packets, which contained bat-shaped haribo gummies- i think we all know by now that candy waits for no craftster Cheesy no pictures of that i'm afraid. the smaller packet contained this beautiful halloween-coloured, steampunk-ish charm bracelet-

it reminds me an awful lot of Deadwood, one of my favourite ever tv shows, the charms being a corset dress, a birdcage (with wee birdie attached) a penny farthing (Grin) a hand of cards, a gun, a decorative skull, and a beautiful open fan
again, my phone camera failed me on the details, but i got an action shot this time! and i think my sweet jewellery holder does a fantastic job of modelling once more  Smiley

Day 5- bookmarks! librarians can never have too many- the two cards i have are currently maxed out (shhh!) which means i have 40 books at home waiting to be started, finished, photocopied from, or taken back....
Glamis totally spoiled me with three different kinds- a crafty one, made from shrinky plastic and with a charm in the shape of a tiny pair of crane scissors- what an awesome slogan, by the way Cheesy!; a creepy one, where a poly clay zombie brain and foot are only connected by red, green and pink strands of embroidery silk; and my favourite, a cut out of Grindhouse's Cherry Darling, one-legged, pole-dancing, zombie-killing hottie  Kiss


Day 4- a particularly grey and rainy day here, so I opened the packet with 'the leaves are falling' on the label-

the earrings come straight from my wist, and i'm wearing them to work this sunday, where we're not allowed to dress up at all  Angry a subtle autumn reference is going to have to be enough to satisfy me until i get to take the train out of town for a party in the evening, but they're so beautiful and intricate, it's really not a hardship  Smiley the mushroom candles aren't out of their box yet, as the house is being redecorated- living room, hallway, staircase and landing  Undecided if they're not crushed by my dad or a builder then my stir-crazy cat will probably eat them! so i'm keeping them safe, but no way until next halloween!

Day 3

just, wow.

I think i mentioned a couple of times above that i have been spoiled beyond all belief by Glamis. This has just blown me away!

He really deserves a post all to himself on the needlecraft board. my favourite part has to be the reflection of Edward's face on his scissor blade- when i got the perspective right the second time i looked at the frame and worked out what it was meant to be, it almost brought a tear to my eye just like the movie! i really have no words to describe how impressed, lucky, grateful that i am to own this, and when i look at the parcel labelled 'do not open until the 31st', which Glamis has set apart as her best item, i can't even guess at how this swap could get even better! i feel like i owe Glamis a whole other bag of items, as i haven't spoiled her like this at all  Cry thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Day 2- the penultimate episode! I received a gorgeously creepy, as well as HUGE, chunky house, in my favourite shabby shades of cream-

i especially love the handmade paper backing- my mum sells this in her college supply shop and i always eye it enviously when i swing by to see her  Smiley

The 31st-

Y'all remember how I said that Glamis had spoiled me rotten?

It's my very own Sweeney Todd poppet, the first poppet I have ever received! I really can't thank Glamis enough, so I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves- suffice to say this is my best. halloween. ever!!

since i didn't dare let my cat near Sweeney- or let Sweeney near my cat  Tongue - here's a picture with one of my other swap plushies, Godric from true blood

I now know for sure that i'm going to have to dress as Mrs Lovett on one future halloween- i have the hair for it already  Cheesy

Thanks to everyone involved- especially Glamis! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
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