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11  Re: Unconditional Swap May Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 21, 2006 07:08:29 PM
Wanna know who's TOTALLY RAD?  alwaysinmyroom!  (yes, I just called someone "rad."  What can I say, I am a child of the '80s.)

She PM'd me in May to tell me that she wasn't able to make an official swap pick, but she wanted to make me a tote bag, one of the Uncon May items I asked for.  She asked if that was okay, for her to be my "secret swapper," and I said something along the lines of, "UmletmethinkaboutitforaminuteYES."  So off she went to sew me a tote, Angel of Swappyness that she is.

Today I got a packet in the mail and opened it up with curiosity, unable to match it up to the size/type of packages I was watching for.  Inside was a flipping sweet journal made of brown lunch sacks!

Throughout the pages, you can read the little lines and phrases she added; admire the pretty papers she used as pages (and write on them, once I stop gazing worshipfully and am ready to deface it with my pedestrian scribbles); and tuck little souvenirs in the bags.  (Okay, yes, you'd have to handle it carefully so's the little ephemera doesn't fall out of the bags.  But I think that's quite doable.)

And the topper?  This isn't *in place* of the tote bag (which would still be a gift, as she's under no official commitment/obligation on the bag) - this is *in addition to* my upcoming bag!!  She told me she was bored/impatient waiting to get something to finish the bag, so she made me this!

Now, if this isn't one RAD crafter, who is??
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12  Re: Felt Cakes! Now With Tutorial!!! in Completed Projects by Writer78 on: June 21, 2006 06:47:45 PM
The felt cake craze continues at the casa de Writer78.

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13  Re: Unconditional Swap June in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 19, 2006 04:30:11 PM
I'm so pleased the Ezri liked her tin-and-trinkets so much!  Here are my pics:

And today I received my creative writing inspiration packet from stellato_escuro!  She made me a bunch o' stuff:

- travel pen holder (it folds up and ties) full of pens
- pink notebook with inspirational quotes (including one by Edgar Bulwer-Lytton, the originator of the phrase "It was a dark and stormy night"!)
- notepad with a sparkly silver "Spunky" heading
- desk stander with creativity quotes
- stickers
- and most unique and intriguing, a set of "art cards" - I've turned them to show the array of photos/images, all of which are stirring my imagination!  On the backs are quotes about life/creativity and small envelopes for me to tuck notes to myself

The art cards particularly help me in the inspiration arena because I am very linear - I think in standard/logical patterns, so I don't tend to make off-the-wall connections that can lead to even better ideas.  The unexpected combinations on the art cards are just the kick-start I need!

THANKS, stellato!!
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14  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - June 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 13, 2006 05:31:08 PM
Okay, this is TOO weird and cool... First I got a boxful of unexpected surprises from MyrnaLoy last Friday (see my post on page 2).  Then on Monday, I bring my mail inside, and there's a big, puffy envelope.  I wasn't sure what it could be, as it didn't seem the right size/shape for the swap items I"m expecting.  So I opened it up, and there inside...

My friend Fidget stitched a sampler for me!!!   Grin  It reads, "Would that this garland fair/Might weave around thy life/A spell to shield from care/A guard from every strife."

I'm a renaissance faire junkie, and forest green is one of my favorite colors.  This piece just blew me away!  My sweet Fidget-friend (who sends me postcards out of the blue, just for fun) sat and did all this stitching for me!

I'm so humbled and grateful to have such good friends.  They take such good care of me, certainly far more than I deserve.  THANK YOU, Fidget and MyrnaLoy and all you sweet Craftsters who have been so kind to me for over a year now!   Kiss
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15  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - June 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 11, 2006 08:49:54 PM
Okay, this wasn't really a swap - it was a box full o' crafting love from my "cousin" MyrnaLoy!!  She and I met online years ago through a mailing list and joined up with cyber-families that have kept in touch over the years.  Our cybermoms declared themselves sisters, so Myrna is my cousin.

Years later, we both wind up on Craftster, and I have been enjoying seeing her incredible crafty talents.  The other day I got home from work and found a box waiting for me... she spoiled me rotten, just for the fun of it!!   Shocked  She gave me three items from wists and a then a bunch more goodies!

Myrna works for Starbucks, and I think I had mentioned my Friday lunch hour trips to the local Starbucks with friends.  So she sent me a stash of teas (in a nifty pink zipper pouch) and fancy coffee beans:

Then came a trio of wearable goodness - the postage stamp necklace from my (and everyone else's!) wist list (I know I'm making half of craftster jealous, here!!); a pair of awesome little dangly bird earrings; and a wrist cuff made from a tie.

Then something from my wists that I was DYING for - mini "credit card" journals!  Except she didn't just use fake credit cards - she used awesome Starbucks giftcards!!  Aren't these wonderful??  I'm still in that infatuation stage where I can't bear to write in them.   Grin  Once it wears off, I'll be able to use them, but for now, I'm just hoarding them and enjoying the thrill of ownership.   Wink

And finally - for maximum envy-inducing - here is the big present!  It's the patchwork shoulder bag that I fell in love with and put in my wists!

THANK YOU, thank you, MyrnaLoy!  You are an incredible person.

And the moral of the story?  Become related to MyrnaLoy.   Cool
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16  Re: Felt Cakes! Now With Tutorial!!! in Completed Projects by Writer78 on: June 06, 2006 04:34:21 PM
I made one for teapotdnky, as a thank you for a wonderful jewelry set she gave me.  I wanted to bring something to the pattern, but so much awesomeness has already been created!  My contribution, then, is drizzle frosting.

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17  Re: Invite your partner swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: June 06, 2006 04:26:46 PM
Okay, check it, peeps - first teapotdnky up and gives me her mini taco - first making it into a rockin' tex mex jewelry set - just because I asked.  (The set is already popping up in people's wists!)  Then my swap partner for the prom unfortunately disappears (she's been going through tough personal stuff; I hope it all works out for her), and guess who volunteers to step in?  teapot!!!  I just want to say a big THANKS to her publicly for being so generous.  People like this make Craftster the great place that it is.

I'm glad she liked the felt cake.  It was a blast to make, and it has inspired me to work on more when I can.  Just a small thank you for all the generosity!

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18  Pen holder in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Writer78 on: June 03, 2006 10:12:40 AM
I carry my stories-in-progress in a big 3 ring binder.  I used to clip a pen to the middle ring, but it wasn't a secure way to keep it there; the pen clips would eventually break off.  If I tuck a pen in the inner pocket of the binder, it stretches the plastic pocket and slips out.  I wanted a way to keep pens with the binder, so I made up a pen holder.

I used the lined zipper pocket tutorial (available in the Purses/Bags section).  Then I sewed about an inch and a half from the bottom, from one end to the other.  I lined up and marked where the three rings of the binder would clip together, and then I put in three grommets.  Voila!  Secure and pretty pen holder.

Since it came out a bit big, I added not just two pens but a tiny bottle of glitter that I got from goatgoddess as part of a swap - she marked it with an I for "inspiration."  So now I carry my inspiration with me!
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19  birthday present socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Writer78 on: May 27, 2006 09:20:49 AM
So I have this awesome friend, Neliamne.  And she knits like nobody's business.  And I have a birthday, and she makes me a present... knit socks!  This is especially awesome for me because I'm really tall and wear a size 12 shoe, so I have a hard time finding fun footwear in my size.

They're a blend of fibers that includes cashmere.  It's like wearing little clouds on my feet!  They're so soft and cozy.  THANK YOU, Neliamne!!

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20  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 27, 2006 09:14:47 AM
I converted my noise bracelet into an anklet.  I love it!

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