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11  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: December 10, 2013 04:19:34 PM
I'm long overdue in posting these photos.

On Thursday I received a wonderful stocking from fluffypants. It's timing couldn't have been better - it seriously cheered me up after a painful breakup the night before.

So without further ado - the photos!

Photo collage one includes;

  • A 520C Pantone Stocking! As a fellow design nerd, fluffypants knew just what would make me laugh...
  • Yummy smelling bath fizzies and candle - I LOVE a luxurious bath
  • A tea wallet and a mug rug, complete with pocket for hot chocolate and a spoon Cheesy
  • A handy pouch filled with chocolates. I love the fabric and may use this as my makeup pouch as I can't locate my old one
  • Postits, botanical ATC background cards and PURPLE beads!

Photo collage number 2;

  • Cute little snowflake earrings, and funky scrabble tile E earrings!
  • A gorgeous, sparkly, snowflake resin pendant
  • A pantone necklace made on the back of a domino - how cool!
  • Nifty buttons - you can never have too many buttons!
  • Sweet handmade note cards - they're tiny and so cute. I love the cupcakes, and the one that says "hats off 2 you"
  • Cute things! The ornament lis very soft, the yellow kitty is a measuring tape, and I need to decide how to paint my new Trikky blank figure

Thank you so much Fluffypants! Through this swap I feel like I gained so much more than a few awesome gifts - but a new friend as well.
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12  Re: Favorite Book Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: October 22, 2013 11:06:40 AM
I'm SO glad everything arrived in one piece... Maybe customs thought I was sending an animal brain, even though i marked crafted items on the customs slip...
But it looks like they poured out some of the liquid maybe? It it should more than cover the brain... hmmm

The brain is just made out of polymer clay, and I tinted the glaze with red food colouring in some places to look like blood. The liquid just just clear elmer's glue, again with some red food colouring, so if you want to top up the jar you can probably add more glue. I bought it at walmart. The food colouring in the glue was initially like floating whisps of blood, but it all blured out into the liquid by the time i sent that package... but it still looks like a brain in a jar  Roll Eyes

I hope you enjoy the books - you said you liked horror so i think they'll both have aspects that appeal to you, although they're more action/fantasy in some ways than horror.

Here is a photo of the brain when it was a little more "fresh"
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13  Re: Favorite Book Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: October 10, 2013 06:31:57 AM
Look at the lovely package that beeker sent me! It came just as I got back from my mini-vacation, so what a nicce treat!
I can't wait to read Julie + Julia, and try some recipes (the second book is a cookbook, and there are more recipes in the wooden recipe box!)

You can't see it in the photos, but the recipe box has some great food-related quotes on the sides and top Smiley

The wood-burned cooking utensils are too pretty to use - I'm going to have to display them somewhere they won't get mistaken for a kitchen-tool.. and the bookmarks are hilarious! I'll be using them for this book for certain.

Thanks partner!
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14  Re: Namaste - Yoga and Mindful Living Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: July 08, 2013 05:38:33 AM
So I had my post showcasing all of the goodies I received from Abbeeroad prepared, when I got distracted, and my session timed out... sadly I lost all the typing and then was away for the weekend.
So here's another try...

First up, a hand-stitched mandala inspired pin. I need to put some effort into finding a nice bag for my yoga blocks so I can showcase this at the studio! I love the wooden button at the centre!

TWO bracelets! The sparkly stones are really pretty, but I LOVE the wrap bracelet! I had pinned one very similar, but the black ribbon is very much my style, and I love the OM charm and stamped disc.

A many coloured beaded necklace - there are so many different beads, that i always find something new every time I look. I am crazy about the lotus-pose wire bent person on the green pendant - love love love!

Last, but not least, a prayer flag featuring one of my favourite sayings.

Thank you to Abbeeroad, and EVERYONE who participated in this swap. It warmed my heart to hear about everyone's positive experiences, and made my first swap organizing experience very easy. Many have asked for a second round, and I anticipate that I will be running it closer to the fall.

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15  Re: NeedleBook Rd2 Swap - Gallery - SO 06/24 in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: June 26, 2013 06:06:52 AM
I received this cute needlebook from my partner amc- on tuesday. I love the yellow button detail! The pages inside are pink Cheesy
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16  Namaste - Yoga and Mindful Living Swap (SIGNUP 5/13/13-5/27/13 ; MAIL BY 6/28/13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by elyxandra on: May 13, 2013 02:55:55 PM


Swap name: Namaste A Yoga and Mindful Living Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: elyxandra
Sign-up date range: May 13-27, 2013
Date to send item by: June 28, 2013

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

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

Additional Age requirement? 16+

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:
This swap is for anyone who practices yoga, meditation, or who simply strives to live a positive and uplifting life. Living positively is a reward in itself, but sometimes we all need a little help to stay on the bright side. Please note, that this swap is not intended to be religious in nature, but if prayer or religion is important to your positive life path, please make a note of it in the questionnaire and discuss is with your partner once assigned.

This is a 4pt swap. You can make the 4pts however you like. The 4pts must be crafted by you. If you want to do extra, please make sure you discuss that with your partner.
Below is a guide to the points system.

Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Please PM elyxandra with your questionnaire if you want to join.

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: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Does your home have any allergens (smoke, pets, etc?)
Are there any themes your partner should avoid?
What kind of crafts do you enjoy making?
Is there a particular type of craft you would like to receive?
Do you have a pinterest or other link where your partner can find inspiration?
Is there a mantra, or personal affirmation that is meaningful to you?
Do you Practice yoga, meditation or positive living?
Where do you find peace (At home, in the woods, at the cottage)?
Anything else your partner should know?
Are you able to check in once a week and post pictures when you receive?



Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Ffrogg526 <-> Smileyyogini
amnesia <-> dreadlocklove
Abbeeroad <-> elyxandra
Eiseldora <-> blupaisan

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17  Re: Spell My Name Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: April 16, 2013 11:13:10 AM
I received from my partner Baloo yesterday - what a treasure trove of goodies!

E - Easter Egg, filled with my all time favourite, creme eggs! (They're all gone now)
L - Love Heart
Y - Yellow Butterflies
S - Seasoning Shakers
E - Elyse Bag - I love that it's personalized. Maybe I'll keep my notebook inside!

Because our names didn't match in length, she had to repeat 4 of the letters in my name...

E - Emerged Items - a bag filled with balloons and hidden treasures for jewellery making. This was a special treat to open - I'm looking forward to working with these!
L - Ladybird pins. They will go on my bulletin board by my desk for some cheer!
Y - Yummy Lollies - YES!!!!
S - Squirrel Penpot

Here is a look at some of the items that were hiding in the bag with the balloons
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18  Re: How To Train Your Dragon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: April 16, 2013 11:05:40 AM
Lucy me received form Whysteria yesterday!

She made me an adorable amigurumi Toothless! Isn't he the cutest?!

and also, a beautiful toque made in colours inspired by toothless (do you think toothless might be my favourite?)!
I love the purple and sparkle mixed in with the black.

Thank you thank you!!!
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19  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 2-Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: March 22, 2013 08:44:48 AM
It's my turn to post!
Yesterday I got a special delivery from RaraAvis!

The box was HUGE! Check out the size of this basket!

First up: Candy! (Missing: mini eggs, one gold bunny and a milky way caramel rabbit - they didn't survive long before being gobbled up my me and my dad. I'm looking forward to trying that peanutbutter coconut candy stick. I've never seen them before! I'm saving the peanut butter egg for last Smiley

Second: The extra goodies. Stickers and stamp and chickies, oh my! I'm going to stick the duck pins and pompom chicks around for some spring decorating. I'll have to make some easter cards with that stamp too - so cute! Love the beautiful pen as well.

Best for last: the crafted goods.
A spring wreath, a felted rabbit and a beautifully decorated portable art kit! I'm a lucky duck!

Here's a bonus shot of the felted bunny because he makes me smile.

There was also a beautiful purple fabric lining the basket that I'll find a way to make into a craft.

Thank you easter bunny!
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20  Re: Old Fashioned Book Lover's Swap GALLERY, send by Feb 26 2013 in The Swap Gallery by elyxandra on: March 01, 2013 07:57:06 AM
So many amazing crafts! I adore all of the Hitchhiker's stuff - one of my favourite books!
And the sewing-kit book is AMAZING!

Psyche and I decided to do a meetup-swap as we love so close to eachother.

Look what I got!!!

  • A READ hoop that is already on my bookshelf where I keep all of the books I haven't read yet.
  • A matching bookmark with a hand-stitched design
  • And not one, but TWO books! The Call of the Wild and Wuthering Heights!

Thank you Psyche!
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