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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  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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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  Dyed roving in Dyeing: Completed Projects by kbrison on: May 03, 2019 02:13:09 PM
I'm just getting into the basics of spinning so I jumped on the chance to dye my own roving to spin. A local fiber artist offers classes at a shop in Tulsa so I'll probably be taking more of her classes as opportunity allows.
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10  Re: Needle-Felted Squirrel Pals and Workshop in Felting: Completed Projects by kbrison on: May 03, 2019 01:59:00 PM
Can't say my little guy looks very squirrelly but he's as finished as he's going to get.

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