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1  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by razberryjam on: June 19, 2008 12:26:18 PM
Package Number Two!
An awesome kit for starting out with scrapbooking. I actually have a bunch of stuff from my roller derby days that I've been meaning to put in a book, so this is great motivation!

A second kit for learning to crochet. I'm afraid of yarn crafts, but I'll do my best!

Really beautiful fabrics for my sewing addiction. Tcha345 sent me a really nice assortment of styles and materials, and I can't wait to make things out of them...

Like maybe a bag! While I drink some coffee! These are some extras she threw in because she is just that kind of generous and awesome new friend and craft partner!

Thanks tcha!!!!!

Got my first package from tcha345!

First, items from her hometown. She sent me a hockey towel, a book on how to speak Pittsburgese, and an AWESOME dog puzzle made by two Amish brothers. I love dogs and she said this one reminded her of my pup. So sweet!

These items are the things she likes. She sent me a copy of the Phantom of the Opera (book version), a copy of her favorite Flogging Molly CD (which is awesome, because I studied abroad in Ireland and always wanted to get into FM), and a dragon statue and dragon claw necklace. Very cool!

Lastly, and my favorite thing, is this great little pillow. It's the letter Z from a scrabble board, and she is definitely good at scrabble - we've already played once on Facebook and she won. We're going to have a rematch soon. Smiley Scrabble is my favorite game also, and I really love the knitting and sewing time she put into this craft. Now I just have to make sure my dog doesn't eat it - he's been eyeing it since I opened the package!

Also, I received four very cool photos in a little scrapbook and a letter. Tcha345 sent me an additional letter after getting my package, which was a bonus treat. (I practically wrote a novel, and I'm hoping it inspired her to write more, instead of scaring her!)

Thanks Tcha! I really like my package and think we're going be great penpals!
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2  Re: Tutorial: Reversible tote bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by razberryjam on: May 01, 2008 07:31:46 AM
Thanks for the tutorial! This is the most complicated thing I've made to date, and your instructions made it pretty easy. Here's mine:

My dog likes to model my crafts. Or I like him to model my crafts. Smiley

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3  Reupholstered Kitchen Table Chairs in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by razberryjam on: November 24, 2007 05:22:17 PM
We got this beat up kitchen table from some friends, and I've been hating the fabric covering them for over a year. Today, I bought some new fabric, some new batting, and fired up the staple gun. From start to finish, this project took about 1.5 hours. Now I feel dumb for having hated these chairs for so long...


First, I removed the seats (which popped right out) and used a hammer to pull out the nails. Then I took off the nasty fabric and the even nastier foam and promptly threw them in the garbage.

I didn't exactly measure, but laid the now bare chair seat on fabric and new foam, cutting the foam to match the surface of the seat exactly, and the fabric a little bigger, since I would be stapling it to the bottom of the chair seat.

Staple, staple, staple, lay the seat back in the chair, and voila! Newly reupholstered chair cushions, and no more hating to sit in my kitchen!

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4  Re: DAY OF THE DEAD SWAP (round 2) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by razberryjam on: October 29, 2007 09:26:27 AM
Okay! I received from Balkadina a few days ago and am only now getting the chance to post the pics. For Day of the Dead, I received:

A really unique and lovely shrine, which was made from recycled and reused materials. I'm really into the environment and reusing everything I possibly can, so this was great craft-wise AND moral-wise. I love it!

Here's a picture of the front of the shrine, stamped with the rubber stamp Balkadina also made me:

A cool skull keychain and a little polymer skull charm. I put it on a necklace and am wearing it to work on Halloween with my bone print tights.

A really cool stamp of a skull. Balkadina said this was the first stamp she's made and she did a fantastic job!

Papel picado - I hung this in my office at work also. I work on a website that deals a lot with Mexican culture, so this will fit in year round.

A bunch of DOD themed magnets. I love magnets - the chili peppers are my favorite.

What a great swap! Also - and I hate to admit this - I am finally sending out my package tomorrow. I got really overwhelmed this month and am sending out two swaps late. Eek! It should get to you before Day of the Dead, though, and that was my goal!

Happy holidays, y'all!
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5  Re: NaNoWriMo Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by razberryjam on: October 29, 2007 09:19:46 AM
Yay! I got my package from seamshistoric on Friday and it was AWESOME!

First was an awesome pen holder. It was so crafty and colorful. Here's a picture of it all tied up and closed:

And here's what it looked like open:

So creative and adorable! And I love writing utensils and office things, so this is perfect!

Next was a knitted coffee holder-thing, which is very much like something that's on my wist. And it's brown, which is one of my favorite colors. I wish you could see the detail better, but it's really well made and so, so soft.

I am SO EXCITED about this coffee stuff. I told seams that I loved coffee, especially during novel writing time, and she sent me a bag of fair trade organic coffee and a bunch of flavor syrups. They look delicious, but I'm saving them for November. Just looking at the picture makes me drool.

Last but not least, a super cool notebook holder with more of the coffee theme (which I love!) This is going to be great, as I don't have a laptop and am hoping for tons of inspiration which will require me to jot down lots of notes and ideas when I'm away from my desk. Again, I love the colors.

Thanks for such a great swap, seamshistoric! And as for my partner - I am finally finished and am sending out tomorrow. I'm going to priority mail it and hope you get it before November 1st.

Good luck noveling, y'all!

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6  Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Swap in The Swap Gallery by razberryjam on: September 28, 2007 07:15:35 AM
Hey VegHeads!
I sent my crafts to ruckusgrrrl a few weeks ago and she received but hasn't had a chance to post any pics yet. I took pics before I sent and figured I'd go ahead and post them for her - I know she's super busy right now. Hope you don't mind!

Ruckusgrrrl was a great partner to craft for. We emailed a lot and when we were communicating we talked a lot about roller derby - i've been playing for a while and she's in the process of starting up a league in her town. So I used the Sublime Stitching pattern for this rollergirl and added some words to help inspire her. This was my big item, because it took forever:

Medium item was a recipe book. I binded the book myself and illustrated the cover:

And small items were magnets. The picture didn't come out that well, but the images on the magnets are close-ups of various fruits and veggies.

(first time using Craftster picture hosting - I hope I did it right!)
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