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1  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 12-Summer Fun Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: October 21, 2010 04:21:33 PM
hey ya'll.  i'm ashamed by how long it took me to get these pics up!!!  here's the fabulous loot that I got from katara, and the mementos of walter's trip to south africa.

the whole kaboodle

walter with a new friend he brought home!!! how exciting!  and a south african flag hat.

a page from walter's scrap book

another two pages - sushi expedition!

katara even wrote out a journal for walter in addition to making the scrapbook

one of my favorite items - a beaded SA bracelet

thanks so much for everything katara!!! you did an amazing job!
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2  Re: Disposable Camera Rd 7 - Click Here For Photo-ey Goodness! in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: May 22, 2010 02:21:34 PM
Hi all!  I've been so wrapped up in organizer duties, I've been remiss in not posting the great stuff I received from sweetyetevil!!!

First, the gorgeous frame she made me.  I told her my bathroom was tropical-fish themed, and she outdid herself making me a frame for that room!!!!!

Here it is:

And here's a close up from the side to show all the awesome texture she put into it:

And here are some of my favorite shots from the great ones she sent me!

THANKS AGAIN, BETH!!!!  Great swapping with you! Smiley
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3  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 12-Summer Fun Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: May 19, 2010 06:35:13 AM
Wednesday, June 30th

Today Kingsley and I took a road trip from North Carolina (where I had been visiting my brother) to New Jersey.  Will post some pics here and on the blog tonight when I get home from work.  Also coming soon?  Pics from my brother's wedding (which was this past Friday).

Saturday, June 12th

This weekend Kingsley accompanied me up to Boston to attend my five year university reunion at Brandeis.  I have some cool pics from this trip but I am saving them as a surprise for the scrapbook.

Saturday, June 5th

Today Kingsley and I went into New York to visit a friend!  Afterwards, we took some scenic photos by the Hudson River.  Here's one of the photos (the rest are on the blog!):

Friday, June 4th

Kinglsey has arrived!  Check out all the cool stamps on the envelope!

As soon as I opened up the envelope, Kinglsey bounded out!

He's such a gorgeous horse!  It must be his elfin blood that gives him such natural beauty! Wink  After I had a chance to visit with Kingsley for a few, I checked out some of the other stuff that came with him, like this awesome passport!

And check it out, he's already got a second stamp in it for his arrival into the US!

Kinglsey soon inquired if there were any other animals in the house, and I apologized for forgetting my manners and quickly introduced him to Beatrix.

Then, because it was Friday, and we were all tired from working (or traveling) all week, we settled in to relax and watch some Angel (which I've been rewatching lately for the first time since it aired on TV).

Hopefully the weather will be nice tomorrow and we can get out into town and Kingsley can start to see some stuff!

Anyway, just glad he's here!!!
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4  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 12 - Summer Fun! (S/U to May 13/10; S/O May 21/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bethiej78 on: May 12, 2010 09:48:09 AM
 Shocked Shocked Shocked

I totally didn't realize there was a limit - I should have looked!  I just sent in my questionnaire, hoping I made it in on time!!!

If I did, here's my LV:

His name is Walter and he's a teeny nerdy turtle.  So nerdy, in fact, that he should be wearing glasses and a pocket protector, but I don't know how to crochet (he was a present from Lasandri!)  He loves studying biology and watching tv procedural dramas, and he's a big environmentalist!  And he loves to travel - together, he and I have been to Thailand, Singapore, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Turkey! 

I hope someone will want to take him in!!! Smiley

And I have lots of adventures planned for whoever comes to visit me!
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5  Re: Firefly Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: April 22, 2010 07:12:42 AM
hey guys.  here's the package I sent to skotskipper402!

small item - jayne hat inspired jewelry:


medium item - blue sun totebag for grocery shopping:


Large item - this took me about 20 hours - it is a handpainted watercolor calendar.  I painted everything, right down to the black grid lines and dates (which unfortunately I didn't think to take a pic of the whole page).  I did some rubber stamping to embellish my designs, but the bulk of it (and the main image on each month) is hand painted.

(this was the first time I ever tried to draw or paint a horse before! They are tough!!)

that's it!  I was pleased with how it came out and hope Melissa loved it as much as I did!  It was hard giving it away! Smiley
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6  Re: Firefly Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: April 13, 2010 06:34:25 AM
package in the mail!  some teaser photos for skotskipper!!


medium...hmm, what could it be?

and a few photos of the large...this thing took like 20 hours...i hope she likes it!! Cheesy
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7  Re: Firefly Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: April 07, 2010 07:06:01 AM
Received from Skotskipper today - prepare to be jealous!!!!

First, an adorable market bag (prefab but embellished by Melissa) - stencilled with Kaylee's name.

It rolls up into that tiny strawberry at the bottom left for easy carrying.  How clever!

Next, a cool scarf (sewn?) with squares of this brown sparkly fabric.  Seems sort of Kaylee like also.  And definitely lends browncoat cred!

Next, two sets of chopsticks - YAY!  I only had 1 pair before that I brought home from Thailand, and the decorative end of one had fallen off so they were different lengths!  Definitely made using them a challenge.  So Melissa got me these cute ones!

Also, what's that down there in the corner?  Looks like a Serenity keychain...let's take a closer look...

Wow!  A keychain from the movie's first week!  That's pretty special! 

Finally, my favorite and most cunning new item:

Yup, it's a Jayne hat.  Long desired and finally received!!!!  Thank you so much Melissa!  It fits my head perfectly.  I have my hair in a gel-encrusted bun right now otherwise I'd post an action shot.  Maybe in a few days!

Great package, thanks so much!  Yours will be on the way soon!!!

sidenote: this is my 1000th post!!! Smiley
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8  Re: Inchies - it's a new year! Sendouts Feb. 16 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: March 08, 2010 08:49:44 PM
hi guys! sorry i've been absent - it's been a crazy few weeks, lots of personal stuff goin on.  thanks to my partners for being patient and understanding.  here are the last of the inchies i've received!

from alorralora:

i think i agree with your pic for favorite! Wink  i also love the egypt one.

from ckchan:

i love the 'hello hello hello' one, and the one with all the gold sparkles.  i am a sucker for all things sparkly!

from knickertwist:

i love the fabric/beaded atc - great texture!

and last but not least, from spiffyhink:

i love that hand sticker too!! Smiley

thanks again everyone!
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: March 08, 2010 08:45:50 PM
hi guys!  i'm sorry - i've been completely remiss in posting the atcs i received in feb!  it's been a crazy couple of weeks.  but i am trying to make up for it now!!

first, from nooo - she sent the atc in such a cool way - i've never seen it done like this before.  she taped it with clear tape to a postcard, mailed me the postcard, and gave me instructions on how to cut the card off with an exacto.  check it out:

plus the card itself is so gorgeous.  this is one of the most beautiful atcs i've ever received!!!

next, from casey - my awesome sewing atc.  i love the dressmaker tape as ribbon - so cute and clever:

next, a beautiful hand drawn atc from blupaisan (charcoal) on my tomatoes theme.  mmmm, yummy!  can't wait till gardening season:

it came in this cute little envelope:

next, i received an atc from krafty_karasu on my 'autumn' theme.  i love the leaves - so well drawn - especially for being drawn by hand!!!  such a great job:

finally, i just received this atc from angelus on my 'batman' theme.  it is a funny little joke on all the implied homosexuality in the earliest days of the batman and robin comic:

thanks partners, you've all done an amazing job!! and there have been some great cards posted here in the last few days!!! and thanks to everyone i sent cards to for posting pics.  it's much appreciated!
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -January '10 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: February 15, 2010 07:12:37 AM
wow - more great cards!  love the cello!

i just received two more cards - from gossamer_gull and ficklepegasus.  thank you ladies - i love both the cards so much!!!

here's my batman card from fickle...

she freehanded the bat signal - tres impressive, no?

and my eyeglasses card from gull, it's an altered playing card, which amazingly, is the first i've ever received!!! it has great texture this card, i suspect the layer she drew on is a rice paper of some sort?  either way, love!

thanks again!!!
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