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21  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 22, 2006 02:54:00 PM
I got home from my trip, and my verycrafty bracelet was waiting.

thank you!!  It fits great, and it's so colorful and noisy!  I'm thinking of adding an extender and trying it out as a summer anklet.  I'll be noisy with every step I take!   Tongue

I have now received all I was waiting for in this swap.  Thanks all!!!
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22  Re: Invite your partner swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 22, 2006 02:47:19 PM
I have a feeling I'm about to start a HUGE brawl and get kicked out of the prom...   Grin

okay, so you know how I'm always whining and begging for craft stuff that catches my eye?  ("YES!" the entire Craftster community yells.  Writer78 looks somewhat annoyed but continues.)  well, last week I saw the mini taco that new crafting celeb teapotdnky made as a joke in the huge "Invite your partner" discussion thread.  I immediately announced that I would be glad to own it for the rest of my life, if anyone felt inclined to send it to me.  (okay, okay, I'll change my screenname to "Greedy78.")  I even added it to my wists.

So I get this awesome PM from teapot asking for my address.  I shiver in delight, thinking I'll have a little taco just for fun, wondering what I'll do with it.  I leave for a few days on a trip, and when I return, the mail is waiting for me.  And there, in a little box, is...

...TEX MEX JEWELRY!!!   Grin  Grin  Grin

yes, she took the beloved taco of my heart and added two matching plates of burritos (with refried beans and all!) and made me a necklace!


I'm absolutely in shock.  This is one of the most creative, unique jewelry sets I've ever seen, and this gal just up and gave them to me.  I don't know what to say other than millions of THANK YOUs to teapot!

Action shot:

And the moral of our story?  Whining and begging pay off.   Wink

Seriously, I'm totally amazed.  My entire week is now made.

So, is this going to start a brawl for my date-stealing and blatant hogging of tacos??   Tongue
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23  Re: Invite your partner swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 13, 2006 05:13:00 PM
My partner for this swap is the wonderful meowari.  We were both in the Themed Altoid Tin Revamp/Fill Swap, and I got obsessed with an awesome revamp and mini journal she did (as a swap angel, no less!).  So I chased her down and begged her, and the awesome gal agreed to do another round of tin revamping/filling with me!

I sent yesterday, and - now, let's give props to the USPS when they're good - the package arrived today!  (Okay, so we live like an hour from each other, but still, I'm impressed!).  Here is the tin:

meowari gave me five themes to choose from, and I selected "cats."  I wanted to do it in a hip and non-cutesy way, though, so I did some craftster-stalking.  I found a post on the tattoo thread where somebody showed their space cat tattoo, and meowari posted about how much she admired it.  So I casually stole it and recreated it in embroidery.  Then I glued it into the Altoid tin, glued more black felt on the edges, and stitched it up for a more finished look.

The inside of the tin is lined in white scrapbook paper with little multicolor pawprints.  Inside are four goodies:

- A set of wild cat fake tattoos in a little envelope
- A framed pic of her pretty cat lounging in a cat bed that meowari made (and posted in a former thread, so it was there for the stalking!).  It's got a magnet on the back.
- A pair of yellow cat buttons - I wasn't sure what to make of them, so I thought meowari could decide that one.
- An embroidered drawstring pouch.  The fabric reminded me of the space cat from the tattoo, and the pink "meow" ribbon was the perfect complement.

there we have it!!  I hope this all gave meowari a big smile and made it worth her while to join up in this swap.  can't wait to see which of my themes she picked and what cool goodies she sends my way!

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24  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 10, 2006 11:16:03 AM
Here are the pics of all the goodies I got on Monday.  I'm still fighting this horrendous cold  Cry , so I have to go before I breathe on you all and infect you. 

hobbit mug from green monk:

mini cards from devilninny:

showing you the size of mini card:

incredible, glorious relaxation pack from licalee, minus the honey stick, which didn't have a really long lifespan:  Tongue
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25  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 06, 2006 03:23:04 PM
today I received 6 peppermint princess-pops from my buddy princessblueberry.  They're delish!  I have eaten two already!   Tongue

They look better/greener in real life; my scanner wasn't especially kind.  It's just jealous that I get to eat them, I guess!

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26  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 03, 2006 04:28:29 PM
yahoo!!  All the drawstring pouches have reached their new homes!  I had several different "extras" - rolls of ribbon that look like measuring tape; a pewter charm of a sea turtle; and "Swanky Hankies," fancy pocket kleenex that looks like fancy handkerchiefs.

so glad that everyone enjoyed!   Kiss
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27  Re: Spring Cleaning: Trade Craft Supplies INSTA-SWAP in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 02, 2006 05:24:16 AM
YAY, I love new supplies!   Grin  Qbmaya took good care of me.

The good stuff:

Yarn, foam mini shapes, gel pens, multicolor pencil, stickers, glue sticks, blue shiny fabric, flat marbles.

The great stuff!

Gorgeous fancy paper, scrapbooking "skeleton" leaves, thick board for creating journal covers, shiny Asian-character fabric, dangly beaded trim, and - COOLEST SUPPLY SWAP ITEM EVER - a soldering iron!!!   Grin  Grin  Grin  I've wanted to play with one of these - now I can fool around with metal working!!

Many thanks to Qbmaya, and thanks to Oops for creating this swap!
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28  Re: Gallery of booty from the Sweat Shoppe swap AKA... sampler swap (round 1 ;) ) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: May 01, 2006 07:43:53 PM
YAHOO, I got my first goodie!!  It's from heart-on, and it's four clever cards and a pair of pale mauve button earrings (whcih i love!):

My favorite cards says "You rule!" on the outside - and on the inside, a bit of measuring tape/"ruler"!  Made me laugh aloud!  heart-on, you are splendidly talented - thank you!!

Once Canada post gives heart-on the pouch I sent, all of mine will be delivered, and I will post the pics.
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29  Bad Dog in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by Writer78 on: May 01, 2006 09:12:12 AM
I absolutely hate it when people create lazy, unimaginative art pieces and excuse the lack of effort by saying, "It's for kids."  As if kids can't handle anything that doesn't have big shapes and primary colors?  This picture was just a framed 8 1/2 x 11 sheet printed with this simplistic, lame image.  
(First shot - in frame.  Second - scanned for detail)

So I said to myself, "You want to use big shapes and bright colors and call it art?  Fine - try this!"  I went to work cutting and decoupaging overlays, and that was how I came up with... "Bad Dog."
(First shot - in frame.  Second - scanned for detail)
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30  Re: Unconditional Swap April Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: April 25, 2006 03:28:51 PM
just look I got from our Miss Sarah-!  I asked for mini greeting cards, so she made me *10*!!  They look so professional - simple, clean, and elegant, with color-coordinating envelopes.  They're all blank inside, and most are general theme, with a few special like a "Thanks" and a "Good luck" and a "Congratulations."  My very favorite is the castle!!

Don't they look professional??  Couldn't you just reach through the screen and steal 'em?   Tongue

They came in a perfect, sturdy little box which is just dying to be theme-decoupaged and sent along in my next swap.  (You can see the lid in the picture below.)  Also included are some absolutely stunning little paper stars!  How do you even make paper stars?!  There's a bracelet and several loose stars.

These were better than I could have imagined.  I came home early from work with a sinus headache, and here was a little packet of craftin' love all the way from Scotland (!) to cheer me up!

Sarah-, this kind of sweet surprise reminds me of what makes swapping - especially unconditional swapping - so special.  THANK YOU.
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