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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Alphabet ATC STU Swap Gallery! on: February 07, 2009 04:03:02 AM
Here are the cards I received--they all came on the same day!

A very sparkly and cheery "S" for Snow from Twiztidblood--it made me wish that Kyoto would get more fun, powdery snow and less biting, dry cold.

A cute and classy "T" for Tuxedo from SewHelpme.

A cheeky and creative "U" for Undress from cclewis05.

and then...

This was my first ATC swap and I had a lot of fun making, receiving, and looking at everyone's cards that they've posted here!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Cheer Swap Gallery on: December 26, 2007 02:21:47 AM
I opened up my christmas package from the littlest ninja right before I left on vacation to Kyoto... I got some amazing origami themed art for my walls Cheesy
I'll post pictures as soon as I get back to my apartment on the 7th.
Thank you!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favorite "Weird" Food? on: December 10, 2007 06:41:45 AM
Pig stomach (cooked) and horse sashimi (completely raw) Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Cheer Swap Gallery on: December 08, 2007 08:39:42 AM
The penguins with the cute red caps/scarves are printed on the fabric.  But the littlest ninja left the top of the stocking blank so that I could personalize it, and I'm thinking about needle felting my boyfriend's name onto it, so I'll post pictures if I get around to doing it!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Holiday Cheer Swap Gallery on: December 07, 2007 04:23:11 AM
I was very happy to find a delivery slip in my mailbox today, and immediately went to the post office to claim my package from the littlest ninja.  I am so happy with everything--since this is the first holiday season I'll be spending away from my family and close friends, it was so nice to get Christmas things in the mail.  My apartment seems much more homey now ^_^

First, I have to show off how lovely the packages look under my mini Christmas tree (minus the package with the xmas decorations, because I opened it up to find shiny snowflake ornaments and hung them on the tree for the picture--they catch the light really nicely).

Here's a close-up of one of the snowflake ornaments:

Next, I peeked inside the "present for someone else" box, which she conveniently left unsealed so that I could have a look, and possibly personalize the stocking inside for its lucky recipient, my boyfriend.  (Who happens to like penguins, so this is perfect)

Finally, I opened a package marked "For merry making!" to find a bunch of cute patterned and snowflake bedecked bookmarks to give spread the holiday cheer to the teachers that I work with, and some Celestial Seasonings tea to spread cheer to my cold little self and whoever comes over to my apartment (I have such fond memories of drinking this tea as a kid, especially the peppermint and sleepytime flavors).  But the absolute best part... REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS.  I have missed these so much, and promptly ate way too many to mention here. 

All of this, and I still have my own package waiting for me to open it on December 25th! I can't wait.  To the littlest ninja, thank you so so much!  This package totally made my week, and I can only hope that you enjoy the stuff I sent half as much as I liked yours. 

Yay, consider me officially holiday cheer-ed  Cheesy

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 3 (aka the $5 or $10 swap) Gallery on: December 04, 2007 07:00:55 PM
I just got my package from itscute, and it's full of warm and wintry things!

First, a soft blanket with pink stars and a super cute matching scarf.  My apartment doesn't have central heating, so these will go a long way towards keeping me warm!  (blanket $2.49, scarf $2.00, plus extra yarn, which is good because I have been known to attempt knitting projects from time to time.

I also got some Baskin Robbins themed candy (kids here call Baskin Robbins "thirty-one"), and a gingerbread-house making kit--which I am incredibly excited about!  I've never tried to make a gingerbread house beyond some graham cracker creations as a kid, so I'm looking forward to trying it.  (candy $1.99 plus some extra free Halloween leftovers, gingerbread kit $3.99)

Finally, there were some free extras thrown in... a couple of cool pins (I love that sort of thing), and cute mailing labels.

Thank you itscute!  Final price tally: $10.47 (though she should be given a medal for paying the definitely non-budget-friendly postage to send all of this to me in Japan)
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bento Swap (Sign Ups 11/20-12/7; Send outs January 7) on: December 01, 2007 06:40:50 PM
Yay, I just sent in my info!  I've been waiting for a swap like this... I just moved to Japan in August, and I've been surrounded by beautiful bento box inspiration  Grin  soooo excited!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chocoholics Unanimous Gallery on: November 15, 2007 05:10:56 AM
So I received quite a few days ago, but still wanted to get in on the posting

Here's my cute chocolate themed clock and hair bands from Facesofyellow... I even tried to take pictures of the hair bands in my hair as visual proof of their cuteness, but taking good pictures of the back of my head was more difficult than I thought.  Of course, the delicious chocolate and almonds, milk chocolate, and rum flavored chocolate treats aren't in the picture because I have devoured them all!

And here's the swap package that I sent my partner... some chocolate themed postcards, blank journal, and "I love chocolate" bag, along with some random Japanese chocolates (including a pumpkin flavored one that I wasn't brave enough to try before sending... ^_^ )

I enjoyed everyone else's pictures--everything looks so amazing and delicious
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 3 (aka the $5 or $10 swap) Sendouts: Nov. 26th on: November 08, 2007 09:29:00 PM
I'm alive and crafting!  Still scouting around the local 100 yen shops (similar to dollar stores) to find the right stuff!
10  ASIA / Japan / Re: Wanted!! Craft lover in Japan on: October 29, 2007 05:53:05 PM
I just moved to Tochigi in August... it's about 2 hours away from Tokyo--but with the trains I could easily make it in to meet up during a weekend--I would love to meet up with other craftster people! ^_^
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