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21  Re: Matchbox Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: June 19, 2012 02:32:51 AM

Here's the pictures of my matchbox from FrankSpinello  Grin

Just have a look at this pretty matchbox! It's very intricate and perfectly done!

and here are all the little goodies which were nestled inside!

Thank you very much FrankSpinello, this was a really fun swap  Smiley

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22  Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: June 12, 2012 12:42:23 AM

Teaser for Proxima    Smiley

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23  Re: Matchbox Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: May 29, 2012 01:06:06 AM

Yep, I also love the detail of the road inside the box and that beaded strand of DNA is very clever! That's the great thing about this swap, everything is so small it's a bunch of details that would be lost on something bigger.

FrankSpinello has received from me and we agreed I'd post pics for her.

I chose her tree theme, small rodent theme and bee theme.

- a wooden squirrel brooch (it lives in the tree)
- 2 glass beads (hoarded by the squirrel)
- 'dew drop' earrings
- foliage ring
- wooden bee magnet

I'm a little worried because it doesn't look like much in the pic but I can assure you I couldn't fit anything else in!

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24  Re: Matchbox Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: May 17, 2012 04:10:09 AM

Have a look at what I received from QueenofMarigold!

I was very amazed and I think you will be too  Grin

She followed both my colour theme and my "make do and mend" theme and came up with....this!

Yes adorable but keep looking, I opened it up to find... this!

A perfect little needle book which will be put to use right away and shown off to people at every opportunity.

Under that was... this!

Yep, a little mini matchbox with a separate little draw at each end containing goodies. Under this were two pretty paper cut outs which I forgot to photograph apparently (sorry) but will use in a project soon.

Thanks for letting me share my excitement and thank you QueenofMarigold for sending me such a little treasure!

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25  Re: Dragon Age Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: April 19, 2012 12:14:59 AM
Wow! What beautiful crafts! That book looks especially nice, can't see any dog slobber on it which makes it even better!.

I also apologise for not posting pics immediately, but here are the wonderful crafts I received from the very talented Innaura!

Wynne sent me a pendant with a matching pair of earrings based on the the amulet in the Aneirin storyline in the game: very sparkly!

Sebastian managed to find the ashes of Andranste and put them into a necklace for me: also very sparkly!

Remember the story Leliana tells in the game of the lady in Orlais who wore such an elaborate hairstyle she even went so far as to put birds in her hair? Well, prepare yourself:

Yes, quite amazing but even more amazing is this:

Yes Leliana is quite generous as is Innaura and now I too can wear birds in my hair without fear of any *accidents*: she also sent me a massive amount of sweets from the USA for me to try which I won't feature here as they're almost all gone and besides everyone would feel far too jealous  Grin

Thanks for the excellent swap experience, Innaura, you're a very skilled and thoughtful craftster!   
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26  Re: Dragon Age Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: April 11, 2012 02:37:20 AM
I have received from boxet and my goodness, she has some seriously well developed crafting skills, I'd never have guessed she was a first time swapper! All her future swap partners will be very lucky indeed to get her  Wink

Prepare yourself for a few pictures!

I was SO excited when I peeled off the postal covering to see this pretty parcel:

Inside that Justice left me his verses of dreams to fill with my dreams!

And inside! I was very impressed with the craftsmanship, I'd be so nervous trying to make something like this.

Wynne gave me this, reassuring me that she'll see the journey through as she's not the sort of person who leaves things unfinished:

Leliana gave me her very own chantry necklace:

AND a necklace and earring set her mother left her, which is just so touching and would have been unbearable to part with:

I loved discovering each of these handcrafted goodies in the parcel, I really appreciate all the effort that went into everything, your time and energy weren't wasted boxet, thank you!  Grin

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27  Dragon Age Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: April 02, 2012 12:34:22 AM

Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404548.0

Post your Dragon Age haul here!

crymson (sent & received)
endymion (sent & received)
boxet (sent & received)
Innaura (sent & received)
special_occasion (sent & received)

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28  Dragon Age Swap (SIGNUP Feb 26 - March 5; MAIL BY April 2) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by special_occasion on: February 25, 2012 04:31:11 PM

Swap name: Dragon Age Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: special_occasion
Sign-up date range:Feb 26 2012-March 5 2012
Date to send item by: April 1 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Youve gone through a lot with your party members in Dragon Age (Origins/Awakening and Dragon Age II if you choose). Three of these party members want to give you gifts just because!

Please choose three adventuring party members you would like to receive gifts from.
-   Adventuring companion 1 will send you a medium gift (between 2 to 3 hours crafting time)
-   Adventuring companion 2 will sent you a small gift (under two hours crafting time)
-   Adventuring companion 3 will send you a small gift (under two hours crafting time)

(Spoiler alert for mentioning one character if you havent completed Dragon Age Origins)

Nathaniel Howe

If you want to participate, please pm this completed questionnaire to me:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Are you willing to craft on behalf of Dragon Age I companions?
Are you willing to Craft on behalf of Dragon Age II companions?
Colours that make you cringe?
Colours you love to bits?
Anything in particular you have your fingers crossed hoping youll receive?
Anything in particular you really dont want to receive?
What kind of crafts can you do?
Chosen adventuring companion 1 (medium gift) name and relationship with them:
Chosen adventuring companion 2 (small gift) name and relationship with them:
Chosen adventuring companion 3 (small gift) name and relationship with them:
Are these adventuring companions giving gifts to you or the character you play (or your significant other)?
If the gifts are for the character you play please give a little information about who that character is:
Is there anything else you want your partner to know?

Please let pm me to let me know when youve sent and received and when you receive please post pictures in the gallery. If you can, take photos of your crafts before you send them in just case something happens to your partners camera and they cant photograph your crafting efforts. Don't be afraid to communicate with your swap partner, the better you know each other the better you can craft for each other and please pm me anytime about anything.

Lets make this a fantastic swap for each other!  Grin


boxet first time swapper  Grin


crymson <--> endymion
boxet <--> special_occasion
Innaura <--) special_occasion

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29  Re: Old Fashioned Romantic - gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: February 17, 2012 03:22:09 PM
Oh I can't resist, here's a picture of the wreath:

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30  Re: Old Fashioned Romantic - gallery in The Swap Gallery by special_occasion on: February 17, 2012 03:15:25 PM
Velvet rose and I received our packages from each other awhile ago so I apologise for not putting our photos up earlier. I have been moving house so I hope you all understand. Now to share!

Here is what I sent her please excuse out of focus pictures, poor lighting and murky background (beginning to move rush)

This is the box:

It's a VHS box covered in a rough silk and cotton woven skirt I found.

Here are the contents:

I went with a 'velvet rose' theme:

- earrings made from clear rose shaped buttons
- velvet and rose magnets
- a framed picture I found which made me think of similar eras
- a necklace which I added a yellow rose pendant to
- glasses case
- toiletries bag

They were all a joy to make and buy and I thought I had stuffed the box well until I received a very generously sized box from velvet rose:

A cardboard box which she had painstakingly covered entirely with lace and words and pretty papers. Note pictures now lit better, in focus and with pretty background: yep, I had moved and was settled  Wink

And here (prepare yourselves) are the beautiful things I found in the box:

I was amazed.

- sewn rose napkin rings
- two brooches
- a bracelet
- two notebooks (one plain for writing in, one scrap booked beautifully with pull out tag inserts)
- assorted laces
- pretty patterned papers
- pretty printed tags
- a velvet bag with flower embroidery on it (very luxurious)
- an intricate shawl
- decorated folders
- miniature crochet (I think?) doily like decorations which I'm actually going to hang at Christmas to add a bit of fanciness
- and the thing you've all been looking at and in awe of: a crochet (I think?) wreath of leaves and flowers which fits my head but has found itself being part of a center piece on the table so that everyone can see it and chat about it when they have a cup of tea at my place.

I know this is quite long so I won't post pics of all the individual items but if anyone would like a closer look at anything in particular I'll see if I have a pic and post it then.

As you can see velvet rose is a very talented and considerate swap partner and I had a lot of fun crafting for her as well. I only wish I had of sent her ten vhs boxes!

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