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1  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 26, 2019 09:14:15 PM
I've now received all of my ornaments so it's time to post photos.
Top row: vintage elf from endymion and metal Christmas tree with embossed envelope from BigBangMomma.
Middle row: two black mice and their cozy sock home from goldfishpollywog and a peace star from GatorWrangler.
Bottom row: a cute penguin, a Santa, and a quilted heart card from Thimbles71 and that cute redheaded girl from gigglygirl.
They're all wonderful and I deeply appreciate the time and effort put into each creation. Thank you everyone!

The photos were showing in three rows. Now they're individual rows. Wonders of the computer ghost.
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2  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2019 in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 13, 2019 07:19:39 PM
My goodies!!! Received a large pouch of goodies today (Nov. 23)! I'm not going to open it because I'm not sure that I can control my urge to keep opening things.  Grin I later received a box of goodies but didn't get a photo of that.

Left photo - The first 6 days in their fabric bags. The lovely lino print card was made by one of her friends and is the first print of that type I've ever received. Right (or lower) photo - The last 6 days in their bags.

Day #1  Edel knows I can't put up a Christmas tree because of my daughter's cats, so she made me a tree I can hang on the wall and a button wreath to attach to the wall hanging. I especially like all the batiks she used.

Day #2  a sweet pincushion in a silver photo frame (yes, I know it looks gold, but trust me, it's silver). Then an owl necklace because I'm wise, according to Edel.

Day #3  vintage and metal buttons plus two gorgeous bookmarks. The buttons in the clear bag have a Lion Rampant (a symbol of Scottish royalty) on them. Since my maternal grandmother's lineage traces back to King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, those buttons are especially precious to me.

Day #4  a ton of tags for birthdays, Christmas, and general purpose. DD#2 will get the HP tag. BBM needs the cactus tag. The baking tags will go on holiday goodies. The deer and pine tags will go on DH's gifts. Then I may just hoard some of the others.

Day#5  a cosmetic bag with TWO zippered compartments! I've been meaning to replace my existing bag because it's old (more than 20 years old), grungy, and too small so this wonderful bag will be taking its place on my Meet Up trip to Hawaii plus any other travelling I do.

Day #6  a pair of potholders - something I really need! The line that looks like a vertical seam is where the fabric creates a pocket for my hands to fit.

Day #7  reusable shopping bags, tea, and the fabulous fabric bag they travelled in. Both the shopping bags have an interior pocket and the purple bag also has an exterior pocket.

Day #8   OMG! A cook booklet from 1940!!! It talks about war food rationing, gives suggestions for stretching your existing resources, then gives recipes to use those same foods (beef tongue, heart, bones, suet). Makes me realize just how fortunate we are. Then a small wall hanging of a girl with a rainbow brolly walking in the rain. So very cute! Now to decide where to hang it so I'll see it often.

Day #9  a junk style journal that's actually three journals combined. It's filled with paper and quilted fabric embellishments, pockets and envelopes, an old photo of school girls crossing a street, a ration booklet, and a tax inventory from the 1800's showing the gentleman had to pay taxes on his five male servants, his dogs, and even the use of his family crest on his carriages. Amazing!

Day #10 a book of felting critters that's going to be very challenging. Think I need Perfectly Bohemian around to coach me through it, but it looks like fun. Lovely shade of lavender roving and some white as well; both colors that have been difficult to find locally.

Day #11 miniatures! Need I say more? I LOVE anything miniature. I remember seeing the Thorne dollhouse in Chicago decades ago and being enchanted with it. Of course, I didn't realize at the time that the chandeliers were created from real diamonds or how many other precious gems and metals were included. I much prefer my less valuable materials so I feel free to touch them. I've planned a Santa's workshop dollhouse and one for Halloween, but looks like I need to add Hogwart's and maybe a garden/farm as well. Now I need to felt some chickens or bunnies for the hutch. Not going to complain though when I have such awesome pieces to start with.

Day #12  MORE miniatures!!! The gardening tools will go in a garden, of course, but now I definitely need to make a HP-themed castle to hold this fabulous bookcase and all its goodies! Edel made leather bound books for several of Harry's classes including pseudo diagrams, spells, and writing inside each. So tiny! Then she created a mandrake plant, a goblet (sorry but it's on its side in most of the shots), several canisters and bottles of potions and magical ingredients, a broom, a gazing ball. It's all wonderful!

This has been a bittersweet swap. Sad that it may be my last but so overwhelmingly wonderful to have been Edel's partner.
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3  Re: Shake Your Groove Thing Geezer Swap, Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 03, 2019 05:21:48 PM
The German and American postal systems FINALLY let go of my package from Anna. Once I saw the contents I understood why they didn't want to let go. It's awesome!

[FYI, the package arrived late this afternoon so the photo lighting wasn't too great. Since I've been called to serve on jury duty starting tomorrow, I don't know when I might get a chance to take better shots, so I'm going with these. The actual colors are much more vibrant.]

First up, master boards for papercrafting. Since my paternal grandmother was French, I especially like the fleur-de-lis on the bottom piece but both are very nice and will make great additions to my paper stash.

I've been learning to spin and weave, so Anna sent some of the yarn she's spun. The top piece is so much more even than anything I've created so far. I'll probably use it in my tapestry weaving projects. She also sent dark blue and variegated green roving for me to spin. That's going to be fun!

Anna knows I love chocolate so she sent a dark chocolate German candy bar (that I'm NOT going to share). She also included an ATC and a lovely card she made for her note.

I took a beading class with Anna at Asheville this spring so I was hoping for more of her beadwork. Boy, did I get lucky! She sent a necklace that will go with almost everything I own and is a perfect length for me.

Then this gorgeous bracelet that may have to go to the Hawaii Meet Up next summer . . . so perfect for a beach vacation!

And finally this marvelous sun catcher. Anna's bff Averia also loves blue so I'm making sure I never let her near it. Averia might make me feel guilty enough to hand it over to her. Not gonna happen!

Thank you again for all the beautiful roving, masterboards, and beadwork! You've been a great swap partner, Anna!
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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 10 (signup by 11/4, send by 11/27) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kbrison on: November 02, 2019 07:14:51 PM
Endymion, they're all so cute that I can't imagine any of us complaining about any minor differences.

Goldfishpollywog, thank you, thank you, thank you for increasing your offerings to six! That increases the chance that we might be lucky enough to get a pair of those adorable mice.

I finished my pinwheels and finally took photos. The fabrics differ slightly but all are red and white or red and cream. They measure about 3 1/2" in diameter and have candy cane baker's twine for a hanging loop.
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5  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2019 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 28, 2019 12:09:58 PM
I received a wonderful package from LBBB, photographed everything, then had to go out of town unexpectedly before I could post my goodies. Sorry for the delay but I really am happy about my package. Barb did such a cute wrapping job on everything that I've salvaged most of the elements to reuse on other projects. Then she made me two potholders which I desperately need, a candy corn ami, and she generously shared a ghost ami that she swapped for from smeddley in the STS.

One of my absolute favorite candies . . . old-fashioned horehound. Yum!

Some mummy socks, the fingerless gloves LBBB crocheted for me, a package of doilies decorated with pumpkins and other fall themes, cookie cutters, and plastic spider rings. The doilies were added to my papercrafting supplies and are going to be so much fun to use. And I didn't have a bat cookie cutter until now, so that may get quite a workout.

An action shot of the fingerless gloves for my always cold arms

A crocheted spider's web that DD#1 has claimed. My great-great nieces claimed the plastic spider rings, plastic flies, and cat erasers that were meant to decorate the web.

And the amazing candy corn purse that everything was packed in. It's hard to see in the photo but there's a row of matching glass beads dividing each of the colors. So pretty! LBBB mentioned that the handles had originated from blupaisan, so thanks also to her. I think I'll probably use it as a project bag so I can use the bag all year long. I think it would be perfect for holding my drop spindles and some roving.

Thanks again for being my partner, LBBB! It's always fun to be paired up with you!
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6  Re: Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 16, 2019 11:44:03 PM
My partner, hereintherain, sent her swap package some time ago but I've just been tied up with so many things that I forgot that I hadn't yet posted photos. I'm so very sorry about that. First up is a wonderful junk journal that she made. It's extra cute because the paper she used for the cover is a print of various book spines. Then there are numerous charms and beads dangling from the top of the spine. I especially like the skeleton key and the map pages!

Mini-me! complete with glasses, grey hair, jointed limbs, house dress, and even magnetic hands. I can't imagine the time or skill that went into sculpting her. Or the patience of letting her dry, then painting her. Then stringing her limbs together yet not letting the knots show. Wonderful job! For reasons that I don't understand, this photo has been rotated when posted even though the original file is vertical. I've tried to correct the orientation several times but no luck.

Thank you for sharing your skills with me, hereintherain, but especially for your patience when I bogged down and took so very long to finish mini-Lindsay!
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7  Re: Intro to Masterboard Technique Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: July 04, 2019 01:55:34 AM
I posted on the first page and would have sworn that I hit 'notify' so I could see everyone's lovelies. But I've been gone so much that I didn't follow up. I did wonder though why no one was posting to the gallery. Duh! So 6 pages later I've now seen the current crop of goodies and am posting my current collection before - yep! - I leave for another week.

From geekgirl

From gozer

From smmarrt

My envelope from smmarrt

My master boards from smmarrt

From Anna

I love them all and will definitely be ready for round 2 this fall! I'd say more about all the master boards but I'm leaving in just a few hours and I'd really like to get some sleep yet tonight. Thank you all!
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8  Re: Great British Bake Off Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 20, 2019 09:47:35 PM
I received a wonderful package from patty_o_furniture! A display stand, a large magnet (looks scrummy; looks hideous), two glass mugs that have been etched to read "Star Baker", three bars of soap (Mary's Rosace A L'Orange Soap, Paul's Christmas Entremet Soap, and Prue's Raspberry Blancmange Soap), and a thick cookbook that has some wonderful sounding recipes. The soaps look and smell like something you would find in an exclusive specialty shop and exhibit a skill level that I'm far from reaching. They really are almost too nice to use but I can hear CLM and edelc both telling me "use the good beads" so I'm sure I'll break down at some point and use them. But not until I've admired them for a good, long time.

Sorry for the sideways photo of the assembled display stand. I promise I rotated it to an upright position before I posted it but the rotation didn't last. The top two plates are the same size even though they give the impression that the top plate is larger than the middle plate. Isn't the ribbon bow at the top a nice way to finish off the piece?

And two recipes from the cookbook that I thought some of you might like to try.

Just realized that the layering and design of the soaps don't show because I wanted to show the labels. I'll photograph them from the top and add it to my post tomorrow.

Thank you so much, patty_o_furniture!
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9  Re: Intro to Masterboard Technique Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 20, 2019 09:00:41 PM
I love the pineapple board that BBM sent. It's the perfect weight for my cardmaking and will also be a great focal point. The glitter on the leaves is a really nice touch.

I also have received from kartiana. I tried several angles but the bottom piece just wouldn't photograph very well. The silvery top layer reflects the light so you really can't see the nice sub-layers except when you see it in person. The atc envelopes were a nice addition. Manga? But the green board is going to work especially well as a background for some of my cards.

Thank you both so much!
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10  Asheville mug rugs in Quilting: Completed Projects by kbrison on: May 03, 2019 02:49:53 PM
In February I made mug rugs for all the Asheville participants. Now my dear friend, craftylittlemonkey, has been nagging me to post photos of the collection so the craftsters have a thread to post their individual loot to.

A few of the mug rugs are simply rough strip piecing (nothing precisely cut or stitched, just down and dirty) but most use the crumbs quilt technique. Each of those use pieces as small as 3/4" square or larger. It's similar to a crazy quilt but much more random and no fancy embroidery used. The crumb quilts take much more time to complete and have between 13-30 pieces. Finished size = 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Happy, TJ?
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