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1  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 16, 2017 08:49:03 PM
The happy mail envelope and goodies I received from AIMR.

I love everything but to understand just how funny the last photo is and how very happy it made me you'd have to know some of the back story behind it. AIMR and I first became acquainted through the Quilt Block Swaps so, obviously, we both love quilts and we each have a ton of fabric scraps. Through the years we've exchanged many quilt blocks but we've also joked about our scrap hoarding and how we use them. I've sent her a starter kit for a Crumb quilt block (using fabric pieces as small as 9/16" square) and she's sent me a coaster set using very narrow strips left from some of her projects. This year my happy mail package to her included note cards displaying quilt block patterns using very small paper scraps, so she's retaliated by sending me material she's fabricated from infinitesimally tiny scraps of fabric and thread. I think she's won this round of one-upmanship! It certainly had me laughing! Now I just need to decide whether to frame the pieces or convert them into something else . . . maybe a small pouch?
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2  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 16, 2017 07:46:00 PM
I've received a yarn star from Acadian Driftwood. I can't be positive but it looks like she used a gold-printed paper from India that I sent her in an earlier swap as the center on  this side and another paper I sent her as the base for the other side. How fun!

Then edelC spoiled me by including candy bars with my Viking gnome. I love the gnome's multiple braids! DH and I did the DNA genealogy tests earlier this year and learned that our Irish ancestors showed traces of Scandinavian lineage, so I'm guessing that means we carry the blood of Vikings in our veins. Perfect year to add a Viking to our tree!

Thank you both!
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3  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 09, 2017 09:47:37 PM
Greybird's package to me arrived while I was out-of-state, so it's taken me longer than it should have to post photos. I love the artistry of the pumpkins on the envelope front. The stamp of the Weasley twins will probably be re-purposed to another project for my younger daughter who's a mega-HP fan.

She sent several envelopes made from calendar pages. I've opened them up so you get a fuller image of how pretty they are.

Next up, a sewing notions postcard to color and several glittered gift tags.

The green and floral papers on the left will make small card sleeves when folded and glued. The other shapes are creased and form match boxes when assembled. Another matchbox swap will be opening soon, so she thought I might like to join it. Greybird sent me the pieces I'll need to get started.
The paper cats are perfect for holding baker's twine (I have a ton of that!)but they'll also work well for ribbon or embroidery floss or even small amounts of specialty yarns. I have a ton of those too!

Then my absolute favorites! Miniature origami dresses and Santas. Although I do some origami, I've never tried anything that small. They'll be perfect on gift tags or scrapbook pages.
 
Thanks so much, Greybird! I'm really going to enjoy incorporating your gifts into my projects!
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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 (signups end 10/23, send by 11/20) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kbrison on: October 23, 2017 10:26:32 PM
I've only finished one example of my vintage wooden ATC. No two will be alike and each will be decorated on both the front and the back. I'm showing you both sides of the same ATC. They look a little dirty but they aren't. The Perfect Pearls I used on the Christmas carols just doesn't photograph well. Each image is also edged with gold metallic ink.
 
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5  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 04, 2017 09:20:52 AM
Haven't had Internet for the past few days (infuriating! frustrating! and big time annoying!), so am finally able to post photos of my mug rug and goodies from noooitaremybirthday.

I know you'd never guess, but nooo REALLY likes birds. This is the card she sent plus a cute ornament that my daughter's cats will destroy if I ever let it leave my craft room. On the positive side, the cats also kill bugs or any snakes that get in our garage so they're not all bad.


Then nooo was cleaning out some of her paper stash and sent some of it to me since I'm a cardmaker. As AIMR will swear, I love to use small bits of things in my crafting, especially fabric and paper, so I'm excited to start using these goodies.


These and the bird papers were some of my favorites. A chipboard dragon! How awesome is that!


Now for a teaser: the reverse side of my mat. If you look closely on the right hand side, you should see nooo's name integrated into all the other texts. Sneaky! But in such a cool way.


Then the best of a great package . . . drum roll please . . . the gorgeous flowers and word 'grow' on the front. Nooo used black scribble stitching and touches of white paint to give the piece something of a primitive, mixed medium feel that I adore! It may never see duty as a mug rug but be hung on my craft room wall instead. Thank you, nooo! You've been a great partner!
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6  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 - SU closed, SO 10/2 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by kbrison on: September 30, 2017 11:09:35 AM
Haven't had Internet for the past few days (infuriating! frustrating! and big time annoying!), so am finally able to post photos of my mug rug and goodies from noooitaremybirthday.

I know you'd never guess, but nooo REALLY likes birds. This is the card she sent plus a cute ornament that my daughter's cats will destroy if I ever let it leave my craft room. On the positive side, the cats also kill bugs or any snakes that get in our garage so they're not all bad.

Then nooo was cleaning out some of her paper stash and sent some of it to me since I'm a cardmaker. As AIMR will swear, I love to use small bits of things in my crafting, especially fabric and paper, so I'm excited to start using these goodies.

These and the bird papers were some of my favorites. A chipboard dragon! How awesome is that!

Now for a teaser: the reverse side of my mat. If you look closely on the right hand side, you should see nooo's name integrated into all the other texts. Sneaky! But in such a cool way.

Then the best of a great package . . . drum roll please . . . the gorgeous flowers and word 'grow' on the front. Nooo used black scribble stitching and touches of white paint to give the piece something of a primitive, mixed medium feel that I adore! It may never see duty as a mug rug but be hung on my craft room wall instead. Thank you, nooo! You've been a great partner!
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7  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: September 05, 2017 08:41:12 PM
I made over 140 tissue holders last month plus another 20 earlier this year. When I figured up the yardage, I was floored! I de-stashed 8 yards of fabric just making the simple things (35 went to charity, the other 125 are for a club event next month).
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8  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: June 28, 2017 07:24:36 PM
I've been crafting recently so thought I'd share some of what I've been up to. I bought these cross-stitch on wood kits several years ago, but never seemed motivated to make them. I've stitched on a variety of surfaces but this was my first time working on wood. I thought they turned out well enough that I wish I could find some punched wood blanks so I could create my own designs.

The two fairy gardens I made for myself. Our county fair created a new category for them last year, so I hope I can keep them healthy until this fall and enter them in competition. I have an extremely black thumb though, so I'll be holding my breath until September!
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9  Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 22, 2017 11:25:01 PM
I received a most wonderous package from Kittykill last week but haven't been able to post photos until now. My computer has been very uncooperative about letting me post photos. One day I can; then I can't for the whole next week. Aargh! First up are two sleds for my miniature Santa's Workshop. KK let me choose which designs I wanted, so naturally I went with Santa and Mrs. Claus. After all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, they like to relax by having some fun in the snow. If you could see these in person you'd realize that Kittykill almost needed a magnifying glass to stitch the designs.

Then she made a tote bag for all my craft projects. I crochet a lot and generally have multiple projects going at any one time, so there's no such thing as too many bags! Then she embellished the bag with one of her great embroideries! Birds and flowers always make me think of my mother. Mom was a great gardener and always had a ton of flowers growing in our yard. She was also my 4-H advisor for the bird watching club, so I come by my admiration for our feathered friends honestly. Note that Red Riding Hood has hitched a ride on the bag. She's a felt brooch that I had pinned on my pinterest boards. Love the surprise!

I also admit to being snarky sometimes when my cynical side pops out. Yeah, right! is one of the more common things you might hear me say, so Kittykill added that for me. Notice the bird's snarky smile. Love it! You've been a wonderful partner, Kittykill! Thanks so very much!
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10  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 19, 2017 11:35:01 PM
I tried out two new dessert recipes for a church dinner. Very fast and easy to make.
Philly 3-Step Lucious Lemon pie

Philly 3-Step Toffee Crunch Cheesecake & one of the green, leprechaun's hats I crafted.
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