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1  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: November 08, 2017 08:53:28 PM
Prepare to have your breath taken away, my fellow swappers, because StudioANF outdid herself!

First, my package arrived wrapped in pretty bid wrapping with Happy Mail written everywhere!

I unwrapped a mysterious black box with interesting markings.   Grin

Opening the box, I found ephemera and stickers and awesome cat paw stickies!
 and unicorns!

And my envelope (or perhaps it's better called an accordion box!)

beautifully closed with a ribbon and seal

Opening slowly
(check out the fabulous arrows!)

StudioANF focused on my nature theme and these are some of the many goodies inside:
"made by hand" tags and spiral paper clips

beautiful flowers, mushrooms and ferns (are you aware that StudioANF is an artist in the truest sense of the word!  check out her Etsy page for more!)

beaded clips (bet I could use these as place markers for crochet projects too!) and butterfly, circle and heart confetti!

pretty feathers!

lovely butterflies!

sweet mushroom magnets and more wax seals!!!

somehow the picture of the Gryffindor cards didn't make it onto my computer.  I'll have to fix that!  

I am absolutely blown away with this happy mail!!!!!!!!!!!  What an amazing package!!!!!!!  I am going to have so much fun with all these embellishments in my art journal, card making, etc...  

Thank you so very, very, very much, StudioANF!!!!!!!!!!!  (did I mention how blown away I am?!)   Cheesy
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2  Day of the Dead mug warmer in Crochet: Completed Projects by calixita on: November 03, 2017 08:26:47 PM
Made for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween swap.

other side:

no pattern.  I rather made it up as I went along.   Cheesy
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3  beaded vintage Halloween cat necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by calixita on: November 03, 2017 08:22:07 PM
I made this for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween swap.

It's based on this image.  https://halloween-fun.net/wp-content/uploads/halloween%20tag/Vintage%20Halloween%20Clipart%20Cat_11.jpg
I made my own pattern and worked it in two-drop peyote stitch.

I had a panic attack about two thirds thru as I was afraid if was beginning to resemble an offensive "black jigaboo" sort of image but one of my student worker suggested the addition of whiskers to fix the image as a cat.  Luckily that did the trick and I was happy with the result.

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4  Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween tree in Halloween Decor and Parties by calixita on: October 23, 2017 01:03:58 AM
Made for my partner in the 13 Days of Halloween swap:

With a Pringles tube for a base, I used layers of brown tissue paper and a black pen to create the bark texture.  More cardboard and orange ink was used to create the door.  My attempt at a proper hinge failed and I was reduced to using duct tape but a magnet helps keep it closed.  Then I filled it with candy, of course.  A crocheted Zero helps add to the proper spooky atmosphere of the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas movie!  It was fun to make!
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5  Re: 13 Days of Halloween round 9 in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: July 29, 2017 12:03:15 PM
This spot has been staked!
My pile of goodies from Monkey_girl!!!!

My partner FINALLY received the package I sent!  I'm so relieved!  In celebration of my package not going AWOL, I opened 2 days at once!

DAY 1:
monkey_girl made me a beautiful pouch to assist me in my on-going quest to organize my mess!  I love the bats and colors!

Inside I found 2 wonderful and witty notebooks and a fabulous sticker!

DAY 2:
Then I opened 2 wonderful fabric baskets!  I immediately filled one with various tins (altoid and otherwise).  I'm reserving the second one for now to best allocate it's use.  Thank you, monkey_girl, so much for helping me organize my shelves.  It's a long overdue project of mine!  I love the fabrics chosen!  bats, sugar skulls and the purple and black colors are perfect!!!!!

DAY 3:
Today brought me a sweet drawstring bag.  Inside I found oozing brain gum (sounds delicious!), skull beads and a beautiful pin!!

close up of the pin!  witches and cats!

DAY 4:
I opened a great smelling candle and a cute bat bag filled with goodies!

The candle does indeed smell magical!

The goodies:  more adorable little notebooks (guess which on is going to work with me tomorrow!), ghost bags, a spacey tissue holder, tiny kitty pictures to craft with, and an awesome skull necklace!!!

some close ups:

Today I unwrapped a wonderful tote bag!  I promptly packed it up to take to work with me!  It has a sweet Trick or Treat Guild patch on it!  

Inside were some  New Zealand chocolates!  They've got pictures of New Zealand birds on them and are filled with crunchies that pop in your mouth!

This one is a Moa, which I had to look up on the internet!  They're extinct now, alas.


I received a lovely Halloween collar!

Since I take horrible selfies, here's my cat modeling my new collar!

plus I haven't been sharing the wonderful cards that come with each present.  Here's a picture of them!

so cute!


Look at the lovely and elegant scarf I unwrapped today.  It makes me think of Poe!

I wore it to work today but since I stink at selfies, here's my cat modeling the scarf.

plus monkey_girl included at black leather bunny keychain!

very cool!!


Check out my new cool altered hand towels for this spooky time of year!


Today I opened a pretty lap quilt!  Its purple and covered with skulls!  Perfect for keeping warm on the couch while I craft away!

DAY 10

Ugh!  Computer issues kept me from posting for a while and I've been anxious to show off my goodies!

Just look at this beautiful handbound journal (made by monkey_girl's BF!) and equally awesome skull bracelet!!!

just look at how beautifully finished this journal is.

DAY 11

Today was for the kitty!!

adorable toys stuffed with catnip!  The ghost already looks dirty because the cat got to it before pictures could be taken.  Here's some action shots!
I think he's a happy cat!

DAY 12

It was so hard to get a good photo but here's my new fabulous mug!

It reads 'Keep calm and drink up' but when you fill it with a hot beverage, a zombie appears with the warning that the zombies are coming!  I love it!
I also found a fun magnet in my present!

DAY 13

so sad it's the last day!  but here to go out with a bang is a Halloween stocking!!!!!


Perhaps the Pumpkin King will have left something in it by the time I get home from work tonight!

Thank you so so much, monkey_girl, for all the wonderful Halloween goodies and for being such a great partner!!!!  This swap is always so much fun!

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6  13 Days of Halloween round 9 in The Swap Gallery by calixita on: July 29, 2017 12:02:29 PM
round 9 gallery

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers".-L.M. Montgomery

Post your goodies here!
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7  Re: 13 Days of Halloween swap (Sign Up 7/22-7/28, Send Outs 10/4-10/11) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by calixita on: July 27, 2017 10:12:00 AM
I'm going to end sign ups on Friday 7/28 at 5pm so I can get partners out quickly that same evening.  If anyone is still on the fence, you have until 5pm tomorrow to jump in on the fun!!!  Join us!

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8  Re: 13 Days of Halloween swap in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by calixita on: July 26, 2017 01:00:01 PM
And to our newly accepted participants:
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9  Re: 13 Days of Halloween swap in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by calixita on: July 24, 2017 12:58:44 PM
The participant list is getting longer!!!!!    Grin

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10  13 Days of Halloween swap (Sign Up 7/22-7/28, Send Outs 10/4-10/11) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by calixita on: July 21, 2017 05:09:42 PM
Swap name: 13 Days of Halloween Swap Round 9
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Calixita
Sign-up date range: July 22-28 5pm
Date to send item by: International:  October 4th
                              Domestic: October 11th

* This swap will not be taking first time swappers, sorry
* You must have completed 1 swap with positive feedback.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? 16+(if your under 18 yrs old, make sure you have your parents permission)

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that USPS Tracking number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Do you love Halloween? Do you think about Halloween throughout the year, not just in October?  Do you love opening presents?  If you answered yes to any of those questions then this may be the swap for you! This swap is a Mini 13 days of Halloween swap. Instead of opening all your presents at once like in other swaps, we count down the days to Halloween starting with 10/18. You will open day 13 on October the 18th, day 12 on October the 19th and so on until 10/30.  (This is a flexible time schedule however.  Please communicate with your partner.  If you or they need to adhere to a different schedule, that is, of course, okay as long as youve both worked it out beforehand.)
-You must post in this thread before signing up
-A minimum of 13 items, one for each day.
-At least 6 crafted items must be sent, equal to 5 small (Under $10 or under two hours to craft) and 1 medium (Medium = 2 or more hours to craft or $10-$30 dollars)
-Spoiling is okay but do not expect the same in return. If you would like to spoil, please discuss it with your partner!
-You must post in the thread at least once a week (or communicate reason you cannot)
-You must PM both your partner and organizer when you send and receive
-You must post photos in the gallery and if you cant please ask your partner to do so.  We all want to oooh and aaah over the goodies!

Some things to think about:

* I STRONGLY recommend that you have a Pinterest board for this swap, as it helps out your partner greatly. Please keep this updated and have at least 20 items on it. If you do not have a Pinterest board, please have another way to show items to your partner that you like (Etsy favorites, flickr, etc...)

*If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the same country as your partner. We do not need to tempt customs people to keep your package after you have worked so hard on it! Also, if you are sending baked goods you should make this the package that is opened on day 1!

*I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. Things can get wet from rain and/or snow OR things can melt in hot temperatures.

If you want to participate, fill in information and send to organizer calixita

Name of swap: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Round 8
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no):
Are you willing, if asked by the orgainser or co-organiser, to confirm that you have send your parcel(by either having a dc number or taking a photo of the receipt): YES/NO
Did you post in the topic thread?

Are you allergic to anything (skin/food)?
Do you have any allergens in your house?
Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
Would you be interested in spoiling?

Crafts I already know how to do:
(add more if necessary)

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:
(add more if necessary)

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT  _______________(fill in the blank)!

Supplies you NEVER have enough of:

Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

Your hobbies:

Do you like miniature things?

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Do you wear jewelry/other accessories (be specific...necklaces, bracelets, barrettes...)?

Favorite scents/smells:

Scents/ smells which you do not like:

Do you have a Significant Other(wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc?
      Do you have children?
      Do you have any pets?
      Would you like your SO, children and/or pets to be included in the gift receiving?

SIZES (If you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband, for example, just erase that line or make a note.)
tee shirt:
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):

Do you have a Pinterest, blog, or any other stalking site? List link here:

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?


Please list 5 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:

Anything Halloween related you do not want to receive:

Symbols/patterns you like (for example vampires, zombies, witches, black cats, ghosts, ect.):
Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Do you wear Halloween themed clothing/accessories?

Halloween Favorites:
Favorite Halloween/Scary movie(s):
Favorite Halloween Creatures (like ghosts, pumpkins, witches, zombies, etc):
Favorite Halloween Candy:
Favorite Halloween Symbols:
Favorite Halloween/supernatural (or other) TV shows/ series:
Favorite scary books:
Favorite spooky music:
Favorite animal(s) as they relate to Halloween (black cats, crows, owls, rats, ect):

Will you be having a Halloween Party this year?
Would you like your partner to help make your invitations or decorations (not guaranteed)?

Have you decided on your costume yet for this year?
    If yes, what will you be?

What rooms do you decorate with Halloween decorations:
    General Halloween decorations or themed?
    Specific Colors used in decorating?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts for day 13? (cookies, candy, ect.) YES OR NO

Anything else you would like your partner to know?

Previous galleries:
 Round 8 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448196.0
 Round 7 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440445.0
 Round 6 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435460.0
 Round 5 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427196.0
 Round 4 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410905.0



Status Colors
Green = Sent
Lime Green = Received
Purple = Sent and Received
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

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