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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery on: May 30, 2008 03:56:32 AM
they do look great in real life too.  i wouldnae have guessed they were shrinkies.  they look cut from hard plastic, which is why i was fretting about the shredded state of kwk's fingers Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery on: May 29, 2008 11:40:58 AM
i'm a very excited little monkey Grin ... my parcel arrived today full of wonderful loot!  thank you kidwithkemikals.  i'm so chuffed  Kiss

[forgive me if i misappropriate the uses of some of the goodies, so please correct me i'm off base on some of these  Wink]

the box arrives...:
and my little one starts singing "happy birthday" (so that's for you, kwk Wink) and tries to thwart my attempts to open it.

things are bigger in america!:
then, i'm stunned by the size of the bubbles in the bubble-wrap.  as a self-confessed serial bubble-wrap popper, this is awesome!  my weapon of choice.  the good news is that my kiddo takes the bubbles to the bath with her so i can carry on opening my stash without sticky fingers in the way.

card & envelope:
kidwithkemikals made the cutest little handmade card & envelope to go with the gifties.  with a lovely bird cut-out and a strawberry stamp Smiley

cute subversive bookmarks:

black terracotta twins
then there's these guys.  if i'm right, they're chalkboard-painted pots so that i can write my herb names on them in chalk and not worry too much if the plant dies because i can re-purpose them for a plant-successor Smiley ... and this just in time because my lemon thyme and basil are looking for new homes.  yahoo, thanks!

natural fibre jewellery
spot on on this one!  i'm not a tremendous fan of flashy jewellery, so the natural stuff is ideal.  i'm not sure if you can see the detail on this, but it's got very pretty coloured beads and seashells woven in.  there's another little thingymajig with my name in beads which will find a home either on my keyring or my cellphone, both of which go missing far too often than is natural. sorry that this photo does not do it justice - i can't get close enough!

felt button-up pouch

this is in beautiful chocolate brown and blue with a cute little button.  very neat!  and a little friend of mine has already made himself at home:

arrrrr... pirate notions!

wonder what's inside...

funky little jolly roger magnet drops and seashells in resin.  by the time i got to this my kid was done in the bath and wanted to play with them.  MIIIIINE!  MIIIIIIINE!  we'll continue the battle tomorrow...  Cheesy

then, my personal favourite, right off my wist  Smiley

bird silhouettes
i don't even want to think of how many nicks kidwithkemikals got cutting this out, but they're amazing:  one black & one white.  i love them!  (or to quote my little one: "i yuv dem").  again, i'm not sure the detail is coming through on the photograph, but it's awesome work (and must've taken an AGE!)

thank you so very much, kidwithkemikals.  it's been so cool meeting you and getting this lovely stuff.  i hope that mine to you arrives by the weekend!

thanks again!


3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That Round 11 on: May 29, 2008 08:23:54 AM
South Africa here. 

May be interested, but would like to see the previous round swaps before I raise my hand all the way.  Can you point me to them?  I'm having trouble searching...  Undecided
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 29, 2008 07:53:25 AM
two good newses from meezer today:
it was kidwithkemikals (the awesomest swap partner in the swap partner universe)'s 21st birthday last week!

"happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear kiddo, happy birthday to you"

i didn't get a book in the post.  it's the package  Grin...  will tear open and post tonight.

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 28, 2008 10:34:54 AM
i hate to be over-optimistic, but i got a "a parcel that was too big for delivery is waiting at the post office for you" card when i got back from work today.

so, yee-haw, it's either my package or an order from the book club i belong to.  for the first time, i'll be cursing if i get a damn book  Angry

haha.  i've arranged for a long lunch to meet my brother at the airport and do some mad dashing about for other things tomorrow, so i'm hoping to sneak a clandestine trip to the post office in.  otherwise i'll have to wait for friday to pick it up.

i'm hoping that kidwithkemikals gets hers very soon too!   last update on the tracking number showed her parcel had left ZA and was airborne, but like avari says it only tracks until the airport and then it's up to the post-gods Undecided
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 20, 2008 11:36:16 PM
whooopee!  v. excited that kwk has shipped (and braved the postal postal workers, hehehe).

my goodies are on the back seat of my car, which i will drive to the shops a little later and ship (ahoy!) ... will let you know and will avoid making eye-contact with all labelling when it arrives.

it's been sent!  should take about 10 days to deliver.  shew! 
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 19, 2008 11:21:18 AM
holy ****!  Shocked

just came back from the post office with a box and a quote for shipment.  DHL is going to charge R2,300 (about $300), so that i'm afraid is off the cards.

airmail it will have to be (at half the above price but only trackable to ZA borders), otherwise what works out cheaper is to check it in at the airport as excess baggage, but i'd need to send 15kg of stuff.  maybe i'll add some gold bars to make the weight Smiley ... i could also pop it on a boat, but then you'd really only get it in four years' time.

going to have to practise my origami folding skills to get these things into a smaller box.  *scratches head*

next time i'm crafting a feather boa, a sheet of handmade paper and a deflated balloon animal  Grin
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 18, 2008 11:25:05 AM

i've got one thing left to do on each item (one of the "one things" being a pretty dauntingly major - in my book anyhow - thing  Cheesy) and then i'm placing my semi-precious cargo in the hands of the south african post office.

i'm going to see if i can get it off on tuesday by the latest so that - given the lag in shipping - kidwithkemikals doesn't have to wait until august (2009) for her goodies.

hmmmm. maybe i'll courier it - i'll have to eat toast and jam until pay-day, but may well be worth it.  i had a package from amazon.co.uk take well over a month to arrive last month.  ughhh, the cons of living in beautiful africa.  humankind may well have begun their evolution on this continent, but the postal service certainly hasn't.

just a question on shipping (not sure it applies to US-shipping, but maybe the antipodeon contingency can help out?), what do you describe the items in your shipment to be?  just "hand-crafted gifts" or "1x shrunken head keyring; 1x hessian underwear; 1x macaroni collage; 1x semi-completed mr potato head and an etch-a-sketch portrait of my dog (handle with care please)"?

yes, kidwithkemikals, that i'm afraid is what's in your box  Grin
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 Gallery on: May 18, 2008 11:13:02 AM

i'm joining some of you in feelings of nauseous inadequacy right about now Undecided.  [kwk, you said you liked photography.  find good angles, girl!]

though i have neither read nor even seen any of the potter franchise, i do like that bracelet's inventiveness, i do.  is it illegal to set fire to your craft items and copy a package from the gallery?  kekekeke.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 9 ( Partners Posted; Send Outs 05/22) on: May 10, 2008 12:30:32 PM
here's my twice-weekly check-in Smiley

1 large item done (missing some decoration), 1 small in progress, 2 small still on the drawing board, but a couple of options up my sleevies.

I have got my work cut out for me.

i read this a few posts back and thought that that would be nice.  i think my problem is i'm cutting out my work for myself  Grin

pixelpup mentioned one of her small items becoming a whopper.  my first was meant to be big in size and smallish in effort has turned into a... um... shall we say original piece.  it definitely has personality.  just got to find out whether it's an agreeable personality. 

some things i've learnt so far (don't worry KWK, this isn't a spoiler, most of my starters won't make it out my front door, unless in a bin liner  Grin):

  • nothing chews up satin quicker than a too-tight zig-zag stitch on its edge
  • bobbins are little bastards
  • irons are hot
  • don't use cheap cotton-thread to sew with.  it will make you angrier than you want to be
  • timewise, preparation > assembly
  • it'll never only take 15 minutes
  • the internet can teach you many things
  • if your finished project blows, pretend it's the effect you were going for
  • basting is the same as tacking (i hope)
  • topstitch is a very public stitch indeed
  • material/fabric shops have superlatively helpful people and dragons.  nothing in between
  • make sure the sewing machine needle is up before yanking your easy-to-tear fabric from it.
  • it is quite easy to accidentally sew things together that shouldn't go together, but it's also loads of fun to RIP RIP RIP it apart again
  • overlookers are looking worth the expense!
  • the threading instructions on a sewing machine aren't just suggestions
  • when the instructions say "press" (iron), you can sometimes get away with just "pressing"  Grin
  • measurements are good to stick to
that's my update for now.  got to look up how to do something on the web now and by google, i'd better find it!  happy crafting all!
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