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1  Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: June 11, 2008 08:38:01 PM
Three cards!  Yay!

"Crafts keep me alive"

"I've always wanted dreads, but was afraid of bugs"

"I joined this swap because I needed a reason to keep myself from jumping in bed as soon as I get home from work."
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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: June 11, 2008 08:05:26 PM
I received from Kimberly Pye!  I actually received on Monday, but my computer has been spazzing.  She sent me ink-jet shrinky sheets, some pink cotton yarn, and the cutest little ami pear from my wists!  I love the pear--and, evidently, so does my cat, as he keeps trying to steal it.  And I can't wait to use my shrinky sheets...

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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: June 02, 2008 03:06:02 PM
I got majorly spoiled by Klum78!  She sent 5 spools of thread, four vintage childrens' books (for collage), 5 magnetic snaps, 13 zippers, about a yard of awesome apple fabric and a bunch of those little grocery store stamps stores used to give out!  Here's the group:

Here's a close up of the zippers and thread:

The kids' books:

And those super-cool stamps:

Thanks so much Kimberly!
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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: May 19, 2008 07:50:47 PM
I received from asphaltqueen!  Prepare to be totally jealous!!  Now, keep in mind that she claimed me for yarn.  I bounded up the stairs to my apartment, and saw this:

Small box, yes?  So I'm all happy and skitter into the apartment, and after wresting the tape off...it was like Mary Poppins' bag!  Here's a picture of it all:

Yes, folks, that's 20 balls/skeins of yarn.  20!!!  In one little flat rate box!!  As if that wasn't enough, she sent me a wisty surprise--

I think I almost screamed when I saw it.  I LOVE it!  And I can't wait to start crocheting all that yarn!  Thank you so much, AsphaltQueen!! 
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5  Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: May 08, 2008 04:27:09 PM
I received last night from attentionspanofnone!  I'm just now posting (boo to neighbors putting a password on their wireless, lol), but I loved everything.  Without further ado...

The whole shebang...

I love this shirt!  I've called many things "field research," lol, and now I can just point to my shirt.

Cute little tote, good for sewing machine accessories

Beautiful, yummy-smelling flower (in the hearts) soaps

Great little dead worm stuffy...love the x'd out eyes!

And then, my very, very favourite things EVER:

What are those, you ask?  Why, they are FACE-EATING TUMOURS!!!  From my fave TLC-trainwreck-illness special.  Anyway, more specifically, they're barettes.  My hair is just a little too short right now, but I am so growing it out.  I estimate I'll be able to use my tumours in about a month Smiley
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6  Re: Fat girl/guy swap round 5 in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: April 29, 2008 05:55:34 PM
I received from JanelleLeigh!  I've been trying to post since Sunday with no success.  Without further ado, the wonderful things I received:

Beautiful, super-soft shirt, onto which Janelle sewed/embroidered a pink leafy image.  It's perfect for me!  I wore it all weekend.

Here's a close-up of the leaves.

Lovely frame in my favourite colour!

Super-useful green tin filled with fat-friendly word magnets.

Thanks Janelle!  Sorry for the posting delay. 
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7  Re: Favorite Color Swap - Winter 2008 in The Swap Gallery by pleaseelise on: April 02, 2008 08:18:46 PM
I received from Moecantsew!  Let me just say, she's the most awesome swap partner!  And eerily, we sent each other VERY similar packages, lol.  Just in different colours!  Without further ado...

I absolutely needed a new work bag, and had been meaning to sew one--and now I don't have to!  A close-up of the lovely pattern:

Also a beautiful, very soft capelet that I will be wearing every day once it warms up (sorry for the blurry pic):

And a flower washcloth, lovely soap, little crocheted birdy pouch, and wooden knitting needles:

Moecantsew is the best!  I'm sooo happy with my stuff!
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8  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 4 sendouts 2/19 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pleaseelise on: February 07, 2008 03:29:43 PM
Here are the pics--finally!  Bad weather here in Chicago delayed the battery-buying.

This is a group shot, although two things are missing--scaramouche sent me this supercute vinyl hanging toiletry case...which is currently enjoying use at my girlfriend's house (I'm there so often...*ahem*).  Also she made me a little wooden cat, which has apparently burrowed itself into a clutter pile somewhere.  Scaramouche, could you post pics of those?  Oh--in the pic are a crochet pattern book, a purse with a crocheted front, two little notebooks, one with a patchwork cover, and one of the three cat toys she sent for my kitties.  The other two are similar, and batted somewhere by the kitties.

One funny action shot.  Notice the green of the catnip bleeding through from the toy being licked...of course, the cats were being much, much cuter when I first got the package, but now that the camera works, there seems to be a cuteness strike.

I loved everything, and I can't wait to crochet some of those purses!  Thanks scaramouche!
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9  My sturdy work bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pleaseelise on: January 13, 2008 12:19:29 PM
This bag took me one evening to complete.  There are a few errors which I'm going to hide with embroidery once I have some time.  The base and straps are blue/grey wool, the body is a vintage floral print, and the inside fabric is a blue/grey and blue stripe.  It is really sturdy--holds my heavy laptop, plus all my work stuff.

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10  Hats from sweaters! (now with tutorial!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pleaseelise on: January 08, 2006 07:56:51 AM
I made these in about twenty minutes (each), and I hand-sewed them.  I got the idea from the book Super Crafty, which is a wonderful book!  I had several old sweaters that I loved but that were either too small or pilling in certain areas...so now I get to wear them as hats!  The little appliques are so fun to make, too.  It's a great project to do in front of the TV Smiley

Here's a written and hopefully understandable tutorial (I don't have pictures of me making the hats!):

1.  Lay the sweater on a flat surface, smoothed out

2.  At the bottom of the sweater (the nice, hemmed part), measure a half-circle that's 11 inches long and 7 inches high.

3.  After you mark the measurements, it helps to draw the semi-circle with tailor's chalk or something before you cut it out.

4.  You can either cut through both layers of the sweater, or just cut through one layer, turn the sweater over, and remeasure and cut.

5.  Put both pieces right-sides-together, and sew.  I hand-sewed using a blanket stitch, but if you plan to throw it in the wash, you should probably machine-sew it.  And because you're using the bottom of the sweater, you don't have to hem the bottom of your hat!

6.  You can decorate by adding bias tape (like I did on the zebra hat), felt appliques, buttons, ribbon, rick-rack...anything you want!

I hope that's clear.  Let me know if you have questions.
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