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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: December 09, 2017 01:38:25 AM
craftylittlemonkey was my partner in the holiday altered + mystery matchboxes swap and we also agreed on a side personal swap Smiley

In return for a skein of handspun yarn and some handmade notecards, she sent me crocheted holiday ornaments and one of her fabulous scrappy books!  I love it all! Cheesy

Thanks so much for swapping with me!
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2  Re: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: December 05, 2017 09:26:22 PM
Yay!  My matchboxes from craftylittlemonkey arrived today.  They were packed snugly in a holiday altoid tin to keep them safe during their travels Cheesy

Here's a slightly better view of the altered matchbox.  Yes, it's a hanging holiday ornament.  craftylittlemonkey, wherever did you find that snowman button?  It's perfect for the mini winter scene you created.  I can't wait to hang this on the tree Smiley

And for my mystery matchbox.  Oh my.  It was crammed with whimsies!  I love everything you sent, but that little bird is just too darn adorable!

craftylittlemonkey, thanks so much for being a fab swap partner  Kiss  I really had fun swapping with you!
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3  Re: Have a Snarky, Snarky Christmas Gallery in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: November 28, 2017 09:17:32 PM
Looks like I'm the first to receive Cheesy
curiousfae sent me a fantastically adorable sparkly snarky ornament for my tree!

It reads:
Kitty knew that no one was going to believe that he actually saw Santa. 
Even with witnesses.
Since just about everyone knew that Teddy was a liar and the snowman was probably drunk.

Thanks so much for adding some much needed snark to my holiday season! Cheesy
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4  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: November 18, 2017 03:35:51 AM
My happy mail from veghorsegirl finally reached my mailbox!  It was well worth the wait Smiley
My themes were science (chemistry), snarky humor, fortune telling, general geekiness & kawaii.

First, we have the envelope...so cute!

Crocheted goodies and hand drawn stickers and bookmarks Cheesy

And the cutest paper doll with cool outfits! 

Thanks veghorsegirl!  I love my happy mail!
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5  Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 (signup 10/29 - 11/10; send by 12/02) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by loves2experiment on: October 29, 2017 06:30:07 AM

GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453740.0

Swap name: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 10/29 (Sunday) to 11/10 (Friday)...or until swap has 24 participants
Date to send item by: 12/02/2017 (Saturday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 24
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 a tracking number is required for this swap: Yes
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: Yes

It has been ages since we've had a matchbox swap!
What's better than sending/receiving one matchbox for the holidays?  
Two matchboxes!!! Cheesy

Matchbox #1 (i.e. the altered matchbox) could be...
- a holiday ornament (free standing or with a loop for hanging)?
- holiday themed artwork?
- a mini shrine?
- anything your heart desires...as long as it involves altering a matchbox in some form!

Matchbox #2 (i.e. the mystery matchbox) could contain...
- a bunch of whimisies?
- an inflatable rubber duckie? :Cheesy
- cookies? candy? cash?? (kidding, just kidding...unless you really want to do that)
- anything your heart desires...as long as it fits in the matchbox!

For this swap, swappers will be sending just 2 matchboxes to their partners...no extras, please.
The mystery matchbox doesn't have to be decorated...it can be wrapped up as a gift for your partner to unwrap...or left unadorned.
You may use commercially produced standard sized matchboxes or opt to make your own matchboxes.  
Templates links:

If you want to participate, information to send to swap organizer (that would be me, loves2experiment Wink):

Name of swap: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017
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)

Favourite holiday motif(s)?
Do you have a pinterest account, website, etc.?
Please list anything you would prefer NOT to receive (includes allergies, religious symbol preferences, etc.):
Do you have any allergens in your home? (dogs, cats, cigarette smoke):
Anything else you want your partner to know:

By signing up for this swap, you agree to get a tracking number as per Craftster swap rules (or a receipt for international mailing) and PM it to the organizer and your partner.  It is a requirement to post in the swap thread so that you can keep up with swap-related announcements.  You also pinky swear that you will maintain good communication with your organizer and swap partner.

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

Merry Matchbox Makers:
1. blupaisan
2. thanate
3. cabaute
4. Onyxnox
5. craftylittlemonkey
6. rockingbearranch
7. SonjaBoo
8. loves2experiment

* = needs to post in swap thread!

blupaisan   <----->   SonjaBoo
thanate   <----->   rockingbearranch
cabaute   <----->   Onyxnox
craftylittlemonkey   <----->   loves2experiment

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6  Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by loves2experiment on: October 21, 2017 03:37:23 AM
Added a pair of earrings to my shop Smiley

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7  Re: Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017 - Gallery of Goodies... in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: October 17, 2017 03:22:27 AM
And I've received from Rosie1981 as well!  Today was a great mail day Smiley

Check out the terrific container she decorated.  The texture on the cap and all around the jar is super.  This will be a perfect addition to my Halloween dcor!...I love this so much!

And a terrific assortment of whimsies that was inside the jar.  I had so much fun checking out everything she sent.  Some of my favourites are the tiny books (with images on each of the pages), the teeny tiny lizards, the sugar skull, and the fun Halloween-themed soaps.  

Rosie1981, thanks for swapping with me!  Kiss
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8  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: October 05, 2017 03:00:42 AM
Abandoned the last of sheepBlue's whimsical creatures today.  Pete the tiger was sad to see him (her?) go Tongue

I found a bright spot at the base of a lamp post (near an alternative high school).
Just as I was done abandoning it and taking a picture, I headed back to my car and took a phone call. 
While I was sitting in the car, I saw two teenagers stop by, admire the festive zebra...and left it alone for someone else to discover.  I guess someone else will be taking it home Cheesy
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9  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: September 30, 2017 04:15:15 AM
Claimed by calluna...panta #2 Cheesy  Thank you!

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10  Re: Jar of Whimsies Halloween 2017 (signup 9/22 - 9/28; send by 10/14 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by loves2experiment on: September 26, 2017 05:03:38 PM
One "test" subject...completed Wink

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