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11  Re: Inchies - it's a new year! Sendouts Feb. 16 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: February 14, 2010 08:09:45 AM
hi!  i have emerged from drowning land (now that i am finished with the frugal swap) and can post the three wonderful sets of inchies i have received so far.  i'd like to thank my partners (vinnie451, beckashell, and thelastkodama) for being PHENOMENALLY patient!!!!   Kiss without further ado, inchie awesomeness:

from vinnie451:

these beautiful fabric inchies should come as no surprise as they seem to come from the same sets as other partners of vin's have showed.  i LOVE them!  my favorite is the little green and yellow flower one, though they are all gorgeous!  i totally did not expect to receive fabric inchies (i didn't even think it was possible to use fabric in such an intricate way) so i was blown away by these!

NEXT!  thelastkodama:

first off, she sent me some awesome extras, apparently learning of my pirates of the carribean and xmen love through some clever stalking!

and her inchies...i couldn't get a good photo of these and had to scan them:

wow!  these are great!  i love how gorgeous some of these are despite being minimal ('water', the whale stamped one, the quote) - they are great.  i really love them all, though favorites i think are the jk rowling quote and the embroidered flower.  beautiful!

last, but definitely not least, from beckashell:

i too have received the awesome glued on card presentation - this is such a cool way to display them!  another great set.  i love the red and orange graphic one - seems so 70s to me, which i love.  also the 'appealing face' and the flower - both gorgeous. 

thanks so much to all my partners from whom i've recieved - your inchies should be on the way soon, and i hope they stand up to the ones you sent!!!  Smiley

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12  Re: silhouette ATCs- updated Feb7 w. new cards page 3 in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by bethiej78 on: February 11, 2010 06:52:13 PM
hey...i loved your technique so much i had to give it a try!!  here's a recent card i did for the ongoing atc swap - it's called "good night, mr. j"

thanks again for this great idea!
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13  Re: Frugal Living Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: February 10, 2010 07:44:47 AM
hi all!

received my GREAT package from lady4feet last night, and since it's a snow day here in jersey, I can post pics!!

first, a picture of the whole loot!

first, some cute fuzzy dryer balls... I asked for these because I had heard about them and thought they were cool, but anyone have tips on how to use them?  Do I use all four at once?  Are they meant to completely replace dryer sheets or work alongside them?  Either way, super excited to receive them!!

Next, some cleaning cloths - two double sided for heavier cleanups and four one sided for easier jobs:

i love this penguin fabric!  so cute!

plaid...looks like good sturdy cleaning material! Wink

next a couple of cloth napkins - I really wanted to cut down on my paper use, so this was key for me!!!  one harry potter, and a set of four 'fancy' napkins - darn right they're fancy!  i love that fabric!  it will look great with my plates!

finally, an awesome napkin/utensil roll-up!  this is so great, because i use so much plastic throw away utensils at work (because that's all we have).  now i can bring my own utensils and take them home to wash!  yay!

all rolled up

in action

and a matching napkin!

oh and I almost forgot - she also sent along a gardening magazine, some leftover seeds from her garden, and instructions on composting in a small space!!!  thank you so much!  i really want to get further into gardening, and this will all help!!!

GREAT PACKAGE!!!! thanks so much lady4feet!!!  you rock!
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14  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -January '10 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: January 30, 2010 09:41:11 AM
received two more great cards.  first, from munltstamper - my sleep/dreams card.  i love it!  it's so soft and textural, and what a cute take on the theme!

here's a view from the side:

she also sent me this cool bonus card that looks like objects under tinfoil to create a sort of false embossing look?  neat!

also, I received my cowboy bebop atc from thelastkodama!   how did you know???  without further ado, one of my two FAVORITE characters, EIN:

so freakin great - i love it!!!

thank you both so much!
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15  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -January '10 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: January 22, 2010 06:31:39 PM
wow - more great cards!  i love the vellum idea on the valentines card, and i'm impressed how many things you came up with for the finnish card, blupaisan!

i got two great cards myself today!!  the first is from terrabella - a beautiful card on my 'sewing' theme - which she says is her first fabric card - AMAZING!!!  i love the choice of fabrics - the blue and brown color combo is one of my faves!

next is my hiking card from blupaisan, but first look at the adorable modification she made to the notecard she sent with it.  i don't know how she figured out that i love lolcats but 'dis card is awesuhm' as they say:

and finally the actual hiking card itself, which is so great!!  i love the little hikers hiking up a hiking shoe!  so creative!

and though i couldn't get a good picture of it, on the back there is a decoupaged page from a book of different hikes - so awesome!

thanks to both my fantastic card makers - terrabella and blupaisan!
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16  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -January '10 in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: January 20, 2010 04:07:07 PM
lovely card--the wings look so fragile!

thanks so much, alwaysinmyroom!!! sorry i am a few days behind on the thread.  they are pretty fragile - they're made out of dried glue!!

and i'm so glad you liked it blupaisan!

there have been so many great cards already!!!  kartiana's textural card, the clever bow ties, the cute caterpillar with gender identity issues Wink, and the hilarious punny card!  you guys are so creative, and so inspiring!!! Smiley

as for my own card recently posted by kartiana, i am so bummed that it didn't come through the mail intact!!  Sad  next time i'll have to upgrade my gluing and e6000 the heck out of it.  here's the card before the usps said NOZ:

also!  i rec'd my autumn card today!!!  thank you so much kartiana, i love it!!! the texture is amazing.  i took a flat shot too just to show the texture!

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17  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by bethiej78 on: October 30, 2009 01:26:38 PM
here's my 2009 pumpkin.... my precious...

(used a stencil)

everyone else's look great!
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18  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: April 18, 2008 05:48:46 AM

Miss Beatrix arrived yesterday, but they made me sign for the package so I couldn't get her until today!  But I'm sure she wasn't lonely waiting for me because she brought home a friend, and so much more!  Loops this is an AMAZING package.  I now feel my package was crap.  And might be sending something a little supplementary as a feeble attempt to reach your level of greatness!

Here come pics!!!

The total lot (please note Miss B in the back in her awesome new sleeping bag and hat):

A beautiful scarf from the Cotswolds:

Lots of yummy looking foodies (I already ate the marshmallow bit!):

Brochures, a neat calendar, and an ADORABLE coffee wristlet/clutch:

Puzzles, postcards, keychains, cookbook:

Lovely keychain and coin purse from the Tailor of Gloucester museum:

And of course, the amazing scrapbook!! Loops I CANNOT believe this was your first scrapbook!:

Thanks for an AMAZING swap Ms. Loops.  You and MR took great care of Miss B, and she will treasure her memories for a lifetime.  Best of all, she is now "Miss Beatrix, World Traveler" rather than "Miss Beatrix, gift from former best friend!"  A much happier history!  THANK YOU!!

~May 25th~

Last night my Mom and I had tickets to see American Ballet Theater perform the ballet "Le Corsaire" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. So we smuggled Super Monkey into the theater in my purse, and he had a blast!

Here's Super Monkey inside the Met, sitting on the balcony right in front of our seats:

Reading the Playbill to figure out the (as a general rule) convoluted ballet plot:

Some of the cool lights at the Met:

More pics, as always, on the blog!

~May 11th~

Super Monkey and I had an exciting weekend, to make up for the crappy last week.  Last night I took him to a party, and here are a few of the highlights (as always, more on the blog).

Picking out what to drink:

Getting some lovin from my friend Danielle:

Riding my friend Mike trying not to get an FWI (flying while intoxicated!!)

Then today we went on a hike and picnic with my family to celebrate Mother's Day.

Hanging out in a tree:

On the picnic blanket pigging out:

The trail we hiked:

~May 7th~

I have been feeling sick for the past few days, so Super Monkey and I haven't been doing much.  Here we are having some noodle soup - the ultimate comfort food!

~APRIL 29th~

Today was a busy day for Super Monkey!!  His bio told me (as did SM himself) one of his favorite activities is kickboxing. Lucky for him I just so happen to take a kickboxing class every Tuesday at 6am! Here we are arriving at the gym, still a littly sleepy, since we had to get up at 5am to get there on time.

My instructor was so excited to have a new student!

She even gave him some personal instruction (that's him in the back!)

Later at work, he hung out in my cubicle:

And held a meeting in the boardroom:

The day ended with dinner at a Mexican restaurant with my friend Anne:

Many more pictures of today's adventures at work on the blog:   SM Blog

~APRIL 26th~

Today was an average day for me, not too exciting for Super Monkey.  In the morning I set about making a fruit smoothie for me and SM for breakfast.  He got impatient while I was chopping the fruit, and stole my strawberries (see that guilty look in his eyes?)

But then when I explained he would get some of the smoothie when it was finished he gave them back, but told me to hurry it up he was hungry!  When I finally gave him the smoothie he enjoyed it very much, and the cool sake glass I served it to him in...

After that we took a ride to one of my favorite local parks, so that I could get some exercise!  Here we are driving there (SM claimed this as his spot while driving so that he can keep his eye on the road AND me!):

SuperMonkey doesn't care for walking, he'd rather fly around, so while I walked he flew for awhile and then was intrigued by the dog park at my park, and silently observed from the car:

More pics on the blog, including pics of the beautiful park I took him to: SM Blog

~APRIL 25th~

When he arrived, Super Monkey immediately flew up to my chandelier and wouldn't come back down (he thought I had stolen the box in transit and tried to kidnap him!)

It wasn't until I showed him this postcard of his home addressed to me that he finally realized I was his hostess!

Partly to break up the embarrassing moment now passed, and partly because he'd been crammed in a box all week, SM decided to take a quick flight around the world (one of his favorite activities).  He likes to be like Superman and get exercise at the same time!

When he got back he was hungry so we had a snack, some of the lovely candy he brought at a hostess gift.  It was delicious, and unlike anything I'd had before!

On my way home from work last night I stopped at Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy something I had long desired - a recipe stand!  Tired of getting food on my cookbooks, and having to wash my hands every time I wanted to open to the page, you know?  So Super Monkey offered to use his super fast skills and put it together for me.  Here's an action shot of the putting together (I'm surprised it's not blurry he was so fast!) and a shot of him modeling the finished product:

So then I immediately set about making dinner.  SM hung around while I cooked.  Quite literally.

When I finally tucked him in for the night he made me promise to post this pic and tell Mr and Ms Loops that he said "Goodnight!"

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19  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 8 (CLOSING 4/14 @ 3PM PST;SendOuts April 19 & June 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bethiej78 on: April 14, 2008 06:17:03 AM
Ok!  Finally got my camera back!  We figured better late than never for pics!  And now Miss Beatrix...

Btw, she's a bit insecure about her nose.  She thinks it's too big.  Wink 

Here she is keeping me company while I have dinner:

And here she is getting ready to say goodbye to the apartment and all her friends!

She hopes someone nice will want to take her in!!
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20  Re: Scrap Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bethiej78 on: January 12, 2008 06:15:49 AM
got my stuff from sinisterbutterfli!  she sent me some beautiful kimono-type fabric, some useful solids, and a few cute prints.  here's a group shot, and some of my faves--

Thanks sinisterbutterfli!
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