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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: November 09, 2018 01:49:14 PM
OMG completely forgot we got our first snow last night.  It's a couple weeks early and was hard to get because it was night time, but the flakes were nice and large.  I'm sure a lot of kids were disappointed when they woke up this morning because it was already gone.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: November 09, 2018 01:42:01 PM
We have a sculpture park that I used to visit all the time in high school, but I hadn't been there in a while.  These two installations are new to me.  They do have other works that aren't giant things, but that's all I took pictures of on our quick stop.



Even though Orenji begged to help grout I wouldn't allow it.  That stuff gets everywhere!


I sold raffle tickets for my quilt guild's fundraiser, and Orenji made a new friend.



I started my seasonal job at Mother Earth Pillows sewing pillows and covers.


My friend Kevin came to our guild meeting and did a presentation.  These two got along just fine.

After voting we found this tree in a hallway.  I'm still not sure if it's cute or creepy.


I met some friends for a long lunch on Sunday, and we went to a Syrian restaurant that opened this year.  It was so good and I was so hungry that I completely blanked on getting a photo with my food, but here's one of Orenji and my empty tea pot and cup.  Roll Eyes


Last but not least, this week I had a consultation and prep work for getting my teeth fixed!  My Invisalign trays should be here at the beginning of December.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: October 30, 2018 04:26:07 PM
We've had a few nice days, so Orenji has gotten the whirlwind tour before it gets too cold.  Naturally a stop at the Arch is a must.


The City Museum is fun for children of all ages.  It's not a regular museum but more of an artist's playground.


Many commercial buildings and homes in the city are brick.  Here's a sample corner downtown.  I'm so used to it that it doesn't seem strange until someone came from California and marveled over it.  Apparently brick is a no-no there due to earthquakes.


We capped off our city tour with barbecue at Pappy's Smokehouse.


We had a chilly damp day last week, so the first batch of potato soup had to be made.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: October 30, 2018 04:17:22 PM
Alexampersandra, congrats on getting the job!

Ptarmic wumpus, I agree about Mood.  So many beautiful fabrics but priced high.  It's been years since I got to go fabric shopping in the city, and I am jealous!

PFD, your husband's artwork is gorgeous!  Does he work primarily in pencils?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: October 19, 2018 08:17:26 AM
I can only imagine what your husband must have thought when they had him sign for it!

I knew that partners would be assigned while I was away and that I wouldn't be able to send out until I returned, so it never occurred to me to tell him that a new LV might be arriving.  He said he had no idea what was supposed to be in the box, but when he saw the LV inside he laughed.  It's a good thing that you did the bag in a box thing, because if anything was loose it probably would have fallen out.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! on: October 17, 2018 04:15:06 PM
Orenji has made it to Missouri but clearly had some wild times before arriving.  DH had to sign for the package, but it looks like everything inside was OK.


This backpack was so adorable I couldn't stand it.  The picture is a bit fuzzy, but can you see the tiny notebook and pencil?
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 (SU 9/29-10/07 SO 10/10 and 02/04) on: October 01, 2018 10:48:00 AM
I'm always tempted by this swap, but I don't travel much or do very many interesting things. I mostly stay home & craft. Tongue

I'll have to think about things I could do & places I could go - my town does have a lot of tourist attractions, but many of them close for the winter.
Jump in!  Some of my LVs have had better adventures than others; it just depends on what's happening at the time.  Personally, I like seeing the everyday things of other places.  Food and architecture can vary widely from region to region, and I find it interesting what other people do for fun.  Maybe you will help us find a new craft!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! on: October 01, 2018 10:20:55 AM
Echo made it home safely from her trip to Virginia!  Here's a picture of all the loot,


and here's a closer view of the smaller items.


There is also a scrapbook with a metallic fish scale print on the outside, but it would appear that I forgot to include it in the photo.  Thanks, Alexampersandra!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! on: October 01, 2018 10:17:32 AM
Rey is back home!...
Thanks, Eamea! Rey had a great time with you, clearly  Grin

I'm sorry that Rey didn't have the time that Anana did.  Naturally, this past week we've had several adventures.  Roll Eyes  Somehow the scrapbook pages printed with black backgrounds.  I'm not totally savvy, but I added an Alpha channel and when I look in GIMP the backgrounds are the grey checkerboards.  It seems that somehow all but one page got black backgrounds in the conversion to jpg.  To make matters worse, they got printed on a slick photo-type paper rather than the cardstock I requested.  I could make the black work with metallic gel pens, but they just wouldn't work on that surface.  I had to resort to a silver Sharpie, but the point wasn't near fine enough to write the amount I intended.  I ended up with vague, general descriptions.  Undecided 
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 27 Gallery! on: September 19, 2018 08:30:21 AM
The good news is, (1) Echo and I were in PA for the whole thing, and (2) Virginia Beach was a weird little island of unaffected area... the quick southern turn toward NC and the subsequent northern swoop of Florence's path made a little bubble that contained pretty much just Hampton Roads, and it just sorta rained here
So happy to hear that you were spared!  What a mess; I feel so bad for the folks who weren't so lucky.
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