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21  Re: Verb Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by zendaisy on: October 03, 2006 01:03:34 PM
I got my package from the superb Haylie yesterday!  This is the most incredible package!

My verb was 'to illuminate'.

On top of the package was a note entitled, 'Read This First!', in which she requested that I open each item in order (they were all wrapped separately in tissue paper or bubble wrap), because some of the items go together.  On the bottom of the note were scratch-off stickers (like the scratch-offs on lottery tickets), and under each sticker was the name of an item.  This was such a fun, interactive idea--I got such a kick out of it!  (I didn't cheat, either, Haylie--and I have pictures to prove it! Cheesy )

So here are all the items together, prior to unwrapping.  (Sorry about the weird shadows--I was outside on my porch.)  The tag on Item 1 says:
1. To provide or brighten with light

and Item 2 says:
2. To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand

The first item was an etched glass candleholder with part of a quote by St Thomas Aquinas.  It says, 'Better to illuminate than merely to shine'.  I love quotations and have a whole folder full of them in my file cabinet--I don't think I had mentioned that anywhere at the time, but Haylie has great swap instincts!

Item 2 is a CD with tutorials Haylie wrote for stencilling and for papermaking--both things I wanted to learn.  The tutorials are funny and really well-written, and she even included a selection of stencil patterns!

Item 3:  Stencilling supplies!  Sheets of freezer paper, a pencil (red, which I had mentioned as a favourite colour), two brushes, and a bottle of white fabric paint.  I have been trying to decide what to stencil first!

Item 4:  Note-sized pieces of handmade paper in various colours and textures!  [Haylie, are some of these pieces the chocolate-nut paper you made in the tutorial?  I thought I recognised the texture. Wink  I'm keeping an eye out for that ice cream ATC in the gallery too!]

I love keeping a journal and started making my own blank books a couple of years ago.  Item no. 5 turned out to be a bundle of fabric pieces to cover journals with!  (The first one is so gorgeous it actually made me gasp--Haylie, you absolutely HIT IT with the colours!  Those are exactly the kind of colours I was trying to describe!)  The second one was stencilled by Haylie and the third by her sister (photos of them at work on them are included on the tutorial CD).  The fourth one is embroidered--a lightbulb with the word 'illuminate' underneath!

Items 6 & 7 (shown together here, but I opened them in order, I promise Grin ) are a chain mail bracelet with a magnetic clasp (which fits very well, by the way--and I love the clasp, because it's easy to put on one-handed) and a keychain with beads (red again, and just the right colour!) and my name on.

Item 8 is the most hilarious thing in the package.  This is my first swap, and when I signed up I tried frantically to scrabble together a swap info page because I didn't have that many posts and I wanted to give my partner something to go on.  At the same time, primarily for my own amusement, I also posted a 'dictionary'--a list of weird words, phrases, and in-jokes in use amongst my circle of friends.  I didn't even think she'd look at it, but she did--and she made me bookmarks based on it!  From left to right, they read:

...like one eye and it's colourblind.
Ring Bell for Smithers--If He Doesn't Answer, Do It Yourself
CAUTION: Pink Goat Crossing
Shut up, Viggo Mortensen!

The 'Shut up, Viggo Mortensen!' one was on top of the stack and was the first one I saw.  I laughed so hard I almost dropped them all off the porch and my dogs came over to see what was wrong with me.  (I showed it to Bryan, by the way, Haylie, and we stood in my kitchen--under the WWVD? poster--and cracked up for about ten minutes.)

I had to make these pictures tiny and compress the files in order to fit them into Craftster Picture Hosting, but there are better pictures--and close-ups of the candleholder, the fabric (including the embroidery she did!), and the brilliant, brilliant bookmarks--here, and I recommend you look, because all the stuff is awesome!

I am so, so impressed and touched by the amount of effort and thought and personalisation that went into this stuff!  Haylie, you did an absolutely perfect job, and thank you so very, very much!  You made my first swap WONDERFUL!  It's a good thing my neighbours' houses aren't really close to mine, because I was out on my porch shrieking and jumping up and down and laughing and taking pictures of things and just generally creating a spectacle for quite some time. Cheesy

Thanks again, Haylie; it was brilliant!
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