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11  Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: August 26, 2012 01:52:56 PM
Well, who'd have thought I'd be #2 to post?  I went away for a couple of days and came home to find a package waiting for me.....ooooh, a surprise!!

The package turned out to be from Leslieshappyheart and I can't begin to tell you how lucky I am  Cheesy   My surprise is a wonderful fabric bag that is beautifully and most professionally done!  It is just a perfect size for carrying a work-in-progress project around with me.  I've been using one of those clear vinyl zipper pouches that sheets come in but this is far more elegant.  It zips closed and has one outer pocket on the backside and a pocket on the inside as well.

From the front:

and from the back:

the thing that makes it so incredibly special is that her design for the front came right from a post I made on my blog http://www.hog-hill.blogspot.com/2012/06/normal-0-microsoftinternetexplorer4.html.  For the first time ever I saw a Luna moth at my house earlier this summer.  My post has a picture of the moth and a haiku that I wrote, and Leslie reproduced my haiku right on the front of my new bag!!

And, as if that wasn't enough, she also sent a variety pack of glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread, which I've been dying to try out!  What she didn't know is that this pack of thread is just precisely what I needed to give an extra bit of Wow factor to the surprise I'm making for a certain other swapper.  How cool is that?

Thank you so much, Leslie, I'll treasure this bag.  PS  It must have the feline seal of approval, too, because one of my cats keeps trying to climb into it every time I turn my back!  Wink
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12  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: August 23, 2012 02:06:56 PM
So glad it arrived safe and sound, Sharalee!  I must admit I'm rather missing it. Cheesy  

Yes, always, the roof is a funnel, spray painted gold and trimmed with zipper teeth.  It's not actually attached because I liked being able to take it off to see the spool, but it could be glued in place if you'd rather.  The wire poking out of the chimney was wrapped in a stretched-out cotton ball to look like smoke but I think it probably fell off in the shipping.  The cotton wasn't glued on either, just sort of skewered on the paper-clip wire with the lower end tucked into the funnel spout, so you could probably replace it easily, Sharalee.  I'm so pleased that you like it - I enjoyed coming up with the little bits of decor!

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!!


Here's a pic with the smoke in place...
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13  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: August 18, 2012 09:39:34 AM
I received earlier this week from my partner, the ever-so-talented SharaLee!  I thought I would rather wait to open the house she made for me after I finished the one I'm making for her and she very kindly agreed to a delayed unveiling.  In the end, though, I couldn't wait   Tongue  and, boy oh boy, wait till you see...

I opened the package to find this Tiny House card and a cute altered tin with a little Tiny House scene (complete with swingset!) -  sweeeet!

I read the card and there was a note about something to do with the little house coming off of the tin - hmmmm, wonder what that means?  Turns out the tiny house is really a removable Teesha Moore patch with a matching scene underneath on the actual lid of the tin - sweeeeter!

Then I said to myself, "I wonder if the lid opens?" and not only *does* it open, there's a whole tiny "My Craft Room" shrine inside - sweeeetest!

and here's a closer-up shot so you can see the amazing detail - a cat by the door; a wee mousie hiding in the corner; a teddy bear; a clever little sewing machine with a mini heart art quilt in the works, a teeny tiny pincushion, and its own overhead light fixture; and some extra fabric draped on the counter in front of the window!!!

Thank you soooo much, SharaLee - I adore my tiny house!!  Cheesy
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14  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 80 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: April 08, 2012 07:43:31 AM
My most sincere apologies to quaggy  Embarrassed  I received a wonderful package from her a week and a bit ago and I'm only just now finally getting photos posted.

I can't even tell you what a terrific package this was - quaggy really went all out! The first part of the claim was for Teesha Moore patches and she sent these little lovelies...

I'm not sure what I'm making with them yet, but these ones will be front and center in whatever it turns out to be!

I would have been completely happy with the patches, but she also claimed me for supplies...and see what she sent
a boxed set of DMC embroidery floss with a little project booklet included, a bag stuffed full of buttons of all sorts, two smaller bags stuffed with character buttons and charms of all sorts, two fat quarters of batik fabric in my favorite colors and some lengths of sew-in velcro in colors!!  Shocked  I think there might also have been some blue velcro, but one of my cats has decided they're just right for dragging around the house so I'm having a hard time keeping my hands on them!

And here's a closeup of the contents of the two smaller bags - they're so cute!!  There's a set of pirate charms, a set of farm charms, a set of princess charms, cupcakes, cats, and more, and more, and more.

Thanks so so much, quaggy, and thanks for your patience while I got the camera sorted out and pictures up.  Happy Easter, everyone!
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15  Re: Ongoing wish swap round 76 gallery in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: January 02, 2012 08:53:29 PM
Received my package from mini_mum... and it's terrific!!  Kiss

A lovely wallet - the inside is shown here.  For some reason my camera won't focus when I try to take a picture of the outside - I'm sure there's some reasonable explanation, but I sure don't know what it is!!  In any case, the outside is the same green that you see here and there's a button & loop closure.  It's the perfect size, with two card slots, a snap-close pocket for change and another slot behind.  Also included were some skeins of color-coordinated embroidery floss.  I can sense a new project in the making.  Roll Eyes

Thanks so much, mini_mum.  I really do love it.  It's just the right size and perfect pockets.  Hope things have settled down for you a bit and that you had a happy Christmas.

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16  Re: Scrap Happy Patchwork Swap GALLERY: send by 11/30 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: December 06, 2011 06:35:22 PM
Thanks for all the kind words about the mug rug and Christmas ornaments, everyone!

The Christmas ornaments are fab (would love to see a close up)

Here's a slightly closer look, I think...

They're really easy to make - I found them on a blog from New Zealand (must be something in the water over there to inspire all these crafty creations...)

When you get the four points stitched together it doesn't seem like it's ever going to work, but if you just keep turning the sides it eventually all falls into place. Then a quick press with the iron and they suddenly look like you knew just what you were doing all along!  Cheesy

I used a solid color (off-white) on one side of the circle.  To make them scrappy I made the other side by sewing together four 1/4 circles, 2 of each fabric.  I was going to use four different ones to keep with the 5 fabrics rule, but I thought it would just be too busy because they're not that large.  I hoped that 5 different pieces of fabric would be OK, even if they weren't 5 pieces of different fabrics, if you see what I mean.  Roll Eyes

Beautiful work on everything - far too many to list, but I'm very impressed with the quality of everything in this swap!!
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17  Re: Scrap Happy Patchwork Swap GALLERY: send by 11/30 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: December 01, 2011 04:53:52 PM
I received yesterday from Jessiesmudge and I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful my goodies are - I can only say that, as wonderful as the other items have been in this gallery, I wouldn't swap mine for any one of them! The colors are absolutely perfect - couldn't have fit me better if I'd chosen them myself.

Ready, set - here they are!


and backs...

The big square one is a beautiful potholder/hot pad - though I'm not sure I'll ever be able to use it that way for fear of damage.  It might just have to go on my wall, except then I wouldn't be able to see the equally gorgeous reverse side.  Hmmm, still thinking about that one.  Roll Eyes  Next is a beautifully scrappy needlebook, a nice large one with pockets on the inside of both the front and back covers. It will be just right for a traveling embroidery project kit, with room for small scissors and a few other odds & ends.  Then there's a lovely pincushion to go with the needlebook.  Jessiesmudge tells me it's filled with walnut shells (finely crushed, from the feel of it).  The filling makes it feel quite substantial and it surely won't go flying off the table when my back is turned!  I'm actually finding that it also works very well as a stress reliever, though that might not be quite what she had in mind.  Tongue

We're both working on limited budgets at the moment, so we agreed to go easy on the extras.  She did find this adorable cat (here's another one!) Christmas ornament from a local craft market.  The only trouble is I'm having to keep a stern eye on my cats, who are quite certain that it was clearly intended for their amusement!

Thanks so much, Jessiesmudge - you're the best!!  Cheesy

PS I was trying to be somewhat conservative with the graphics here, but if anyone wants to see more detail just say the word and I'll put up some closer shots.

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18  Just a little snowflake... in Needlework: Completed Projects by muddy21 on: September 14, 2011 05:14:17 PM
Here's one I made a while back... for the Hoopla Swap Round 3.  It's a 4" hoop and it was winter then, thus the subject matter.  Hard to believe we're coming 'round to it again. Shocked

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19  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap for August 2011 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: September 08, 2011 03:05:26 PM
Hi all,

I was away last week, delivering my son to Iowa for college, and when I returned I found this great ATC from jmiller. The theme was "celestial" - it's the Milky Way seen in the night sky with the LA skyline in the distance - so it includes my cityscape theme, as well!  It's hard to see in the photo, but there are some blue glitter-y bits in the Milky Way and it really does look like the night sky. Thanks!!  Cheesy

PS I turned mintdawn's UFOs right side up - check it out https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387210.msg4607628#msg4607628
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20  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap for August 2011 in The Swap Gallery by muddy21 on: August 25, 2011 06:59:18 PM
And catching up here on card(s) (!) received from mintdawn...they actually arrived several days ago but got mixed up in the shuffle of packing my son up for college  Cry

First is "doorways" and has art on both sides...


and back

Then she also sent a two-sided extra with gorgeous colors...
"Celestial" (with lots of glittery, sparkly bits in the background)

and "UFOs"

Thanks so much, mintdawn!!
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