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1  Re: Dinosaur Swap Rd 2 in The Swap Gallery by pumpkinbear on: March 23, 2010 06:28:03 PM
Okay, get ready for awesomeness! My little girls are THRILLED with the package that we received from 6iggle yesterday.

Here they are, ripping it open, super-excited:

Can you tell what just happens to be on my older daughter's sweater?

This was an appropriate swap for her, especially.

Here's the note from 6iggle that they were SO excited to read:

And the surprise? In some of the eggs, it was this:

And in other of the eggs, it was this:

Did I mention that they were SUPER-excited?

So there were lots of other cute little gifties for happy little girls--

--but then, and this is so cool, 6iggle made coloring pages! The girls LOVE these. They've already done a couple:

--and there are more. There's this really great one, in particular, of two long-necked dinosaurs and some hearts. When they finish coloring that one, I'm going to frame it in their room.

AND there's a dino excavation kit, which Willow has been working HOURS on already, and a volcano kit, which I'm going to have to post a video of later--it's wicked sweet. But here's the best thing ever:

A dino playset! It's beautifully made, out of all kinds of fabrics, and the girls adore it. It has tons of little places for dinos to hide:

And there were also lots of foam sheets so that the girls could make some dinos to play on their playset, and 6iggle made them some foam dinos, too!

Willow took her new coloring book and crayons to her sister's dance class today, and the girls have spent practically the entire day playing with their playset, coloring dino pictures, making dino stuff out of foam, and playing with their new toy dinos. This package was a hit! Thanks, 6iggle!!!
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2  Re: Dinosaur Swap Rd 2 Sign Ups 2/1-2/15 Send Out 3/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pumpkinbear on: March 21, 2010 05:23:29 PM
It takes a grumpy amount of time for a package to get to Canada from here, so here's a preview of what I sent:

So excited for it to get there!
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3  Re: Read To Me Mommy Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pumpkinbear on: February 16, 2010 04:44:19 PM
Okay, get ready, because the swap stuff I got is AMAZING!

I have two little girls, and we homeschool, so I asked for educational or creative crafts, or other extension activities to use with the book. leigh123 sent us an awesome ocean-themed package.

Our book is Seashells by the Seashore. It's an ocean book, a counting book, a shell identification book, AND it's autographed by the author!

With it we got a ton of seashells that her little boy collected for the girls, along with ribbon and paint and other little things to decorate them with. So far, though, the girls are thrilled by sorting them and looking at them.

This matching game is really, REALLY cool. Tell me if I'm mistaken, but it looks like the images are hand-drawn, then printed onto fabric, then sewn? It's a perfect number of pairs, too, for my little people.

I love the fabric on this beach bag!

The girls played with their colored sand constantly, until now it's all a nice, uniform greenish-brown color, instead of the oceany blue and yellow and green that it started out as.

Finally, the roll-up ocean scene felt board is really special. The detail work on the felt pieces to go with it is incredible!

The girls LOVE their presents, and it's given me a ton of ideas of other activities do do for an ocean theme. Thanks, leigh123!
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4  Re: Alphabet ATC V,W,X Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pumpkinbear on: April 10, 2009 09:32:34 AM
It took me forever to figure out how to get a non-lousy shot of these awesome ATC, and then I figured out--scanner!

This is Xenograft, by KnickerTwist:

It's crazy how the proportions are perfect! The postage stamp details are really subtle additions, too, kind of like an inside joke.

This is X-ray, by TwistidBlood:

The x-rays are really nicely printed--I'm sure the black was part of the print, but it looks like a white print on black paper. Also, check out the three-layer action, right? It's such a clever way to add extra content.

This is V=Villain, by SheepBlue:

All the collage work is really neatly done, and there's so much content to it--photos, typing, colored pencil, drawing, print-outs. The effect is really sophisticated and complicated.

I wish I'd thought of the scanner idea in time to photograph my own ATCs, because now it's just my photos of those that suck.
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5  Re: Valentine's Classroom Card Exchange in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pumpkinbear on: March 08, 2009 05:42:02 PM
My cards are all tucked away now to be displayed for next Valentine's Day, but I thought you also might like to see how I displayed them in my house:

Ornament wire!
My girls both say that this one is their favorite:

Their other favorite pastime is examining all the cards and accidentally pulling them down:

I love all the detail here!

These, especially, dangle so well:

Such a fun swap [insert satisfied sigh here].
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6  Family-Wide Critter Caps (Do We Dare All Leave the House at the Same Time?) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pumpkinbear on: February 02, 2009 05:59:45 AM
So I made up this little hat with ears for my younger daughter:

And then I obviously made up another one for my older daughter.

But then I was all, "Hey! I want one of those!"

And then my husband took one look at mine, and he was all, "Hey, I want one of those!"

So now we're one of THOSE families--you know, one of the ones that matches:

I'm thinking of having a rule that we can't all wear our hats at the same time, but Matt says, "If you're on the same team, you gotta wear the same uniform." What do you think?

P.S. Momma and baby hats are sewn from stash faux fur. The Daddy hat is from an old wool sweater (unfelted).
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7  Re: Valentine's Classroom Card Exchange in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pumpkinbear on: January 22, 2009 07:03:19 PM
I was all set to post pics of the awesome cards I've received so far, but then I checked the gallery and...AWWWW! Everyone's playing nicely!

I can't stand not posting something, though, so here's yet another sneak preview of my cards in process:

Cause there's no such thing as too much hype?
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8  Re: Valentine's Classroom Card Exchange in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pumpkinbear on: January 05, 2009 07:23:05 PM
I'm trying to make my cards using almost entirely (I might have one cheat) recycled materials. Here's my sneak preview:

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9  Re: Christmas in July STASH BUSTER Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pumpkinbear on: September 09, 2008 04:19:05 PM
I received from my other swap angel yesterday, and I'm so happy with my package, JennyBear!

I accidentally set up the sin of avarice in my girls with this package, because as soon as it came they wanted to open it but I refused, because I wasn't sure if there were stocking stuffers for them inside. So they frantically watched me open the padded envelope above their heads and peep inside, and then when I said, "Yay! Ornaments!" and handed my older daughter the package, she grabbed everything and looked like this:

The ornaments are so cute, perfect for a house with little girls. You can see there the snowman head with his carroty nose, and the orange ornament with a face. So cute!

Here's the matching yellow ornament:

And here are the little ball ornaments, and the embroidered bird, which I really, really love:

So do the girls, because they then proceeded to fight over it:

I allowed this, because it was photogenic. That's totally okay parenting, right?

Thank you so much, my two awesome angels! I really loved your packages!
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10  Re: Christmas in July STASH BUSTER Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pumpkinbear on: August 29, 2008 07:20:20 PM
It's here! It's here! My angel package from RondaS is here!

My kiddos love play food, so RondaS crocheted them this stash of veggies for their stockings--carrot, corn, tomato, peas, and maybe a little eggplant/beet baby. The girls are going to love these.

The peas are my favorite.

My girls also have an absolute obsession with the ocean, so RondaS crocheted them these sweetie little ocean creatures--a sea turtle and a dolphin. The sea turtle's shell is like a little jacket that he can take off if he wants--a little jacket, y'all! I am possibly going to tell the girls that I made these myself. They're too young to know that I don't know how to crochet.

Here's the best, though: matching bracelets/necklaces for me and the girls! The meaning behind the stones is so perfect, RondaS. I'm really into the magnets, and of course the first thing I did was to attach the girls' bracelets to mine to make one super-fab bracelet just for me:

I really, really love all my stuff. This turned out to be a terrific swap, after all, and RondaS is a real angel.
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