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1  Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: August 19, 2008 06:26:07 PM
Here is some shots I took before I sent my whimsy jar to prettyandpetite:

The Jar Itself:

The Goods:

Some closeups:

She said she likes to make jewelry so I kinda took that theme and ran with it, stuffing it full of charms, supplies, and a little bit of odds and ends. A note from when she received it: "I received yours today and I love love LOVE all of it! I am wearing the cupcake necklace AND the yellow necklace as I type (in an internet cafe) and I can't wait to get home to start making some jewellery!"

Hopefully prettyandpetite will be able to share the photos she took of the items soon. Smiley
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2  Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: August 19, 2008 06:18:37 PM
My Whimsies arrived from prettyandpetite! Here's an overall shot:

Unfortunately the container lid popped off and one of the candies broke so everything was covered in a fine candy powder.

The Parma Violets are my favorite!

A few favorite pieces

An awesome eggcup

And some various shots for you to play Wheres Waldo with to see my goodies:
(can you spot the soap, some beautiful fabric pieces, and a cupcake charm? Tongue)

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3  Re: Completely Random Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: August 19, 2008 06:09:03 PM
Oh, my goodness!! Have I been spoiled!! I ended up with the BEST swap partner on the planet! Truly! Saor was amazing, and I had a great time emailing back and forth with her.

First off... Look at that view!! I am just spoiled rotten, and not afraid to admit it! Look at the awesome tote bag!

A close up of the tote bag embroidery. This is so awesome! And so getting used. Last time I ran into the grocery store and bought one thing, I was thinking why don't I have my own bag for this? And now I do! And it's Titanic-ized! How awesome is that!?! (Plus, the flag from the logo is what my tattoo is on my back!)

These are the most beautiful pair of earrings! This fits right in with the rest of the jewelry I wear--and I will get a lot of wear out of this! In fact, everything she sent me is so amazing and so like me it's like she snuck into my bedroom and looked at everything I owned. In the letter Saor wrote me she said "I tried to go for a sentimental Edwardian Victorian feel for the jewellry." It's just perfect! That's exactly the type of thing I love.

A gorgeous kilt pin, which I've attached to my new purse!

The rest of the beautiful earrings that are going to be mine forever and ever and ever, all with beautiful names like "Titanic" and "Scarlett".

Socks, socks, oh my goodness, I love you socks! Striped in my favorite color! What could be better?? A cupcake flower pin, plucked straight from the cupcake tree! And a beautiful cuff that I will wear (Saor said she didn't make it, but I love it just the same!)

I've been drooling over these tree pins for what seems like forever, and Saor made me a beautiful one in sterling silver and Swarovski. This will indeed be a family heirloom!

One of my favorites (though I honestly can't pick just one!) is the scarf!! It's perfect, and has the beautiful cable running through it. I love it. And put it on immediately. Saor said "I think of it as something Cinderella would absently wrap around her neckl while she goes out to tend her roses--after she marries the Prince." How cute is that, and what a perfect description!

And she bought me Jane Austen notepaper and a Mr. Darcy magnet from the Jane Austen Center!! Even the ribbon says Jane Austen Center on it, with the little Jane Austen silhouette logo. The logo is to be my next tattoo--when I figure out where I want to put it--so I was particularly giddy for these.

And last but not least here's a beautiful post card, Jane Austen book mark and some yuuummmmyyy candy!

And, not pictured--Saor was sweet enough to send my sister (clovergrace) a pair of little green clover earrings since my sister helped me with some items for my half of the swap! She's already run off with them, which is of course the reason I couldn't get a photo.

Yes, I realize I've used WAY too many exclamation marks but every time I spotted something I got excited all over again! This was truly the best swap I've ever been in, and I couldn't have had a better partner!! Thank you SO much!!
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4  Re: i heart manatees swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: June 07, 2008 10:26:18 PM

I finally made my chocolate wrappers into buttons!! ^_^ Unfortunately I calculated the circle wrong on one of them, but the others worked brilliantly! Smiley
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5  Re: i heart manatees swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: June 05, 2008 10:38:50 PM
That is so neat! I love the little manatee bottlecap looking pin.

Shortly after I made my post of awesome stuff from Harvey I took a photo of the drawing her daughter made me, but I just haven't posted it. So, here it is, my manatee photo by my framed Cinderella frames! (Yes, I know I'm a little old to have Cinderella on my walls, but my walls are Cinderella Blue! They scream "CINDERELLA!" ^_^)

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6  Re: i heart manatees swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: May 18, 2008 07:31:54 PM
I received my items from Harvey yesterday! I had to work on Saturday (boohoo!) so this was an AWESOME pick me up after I got off work!! You have me pegged to a T!

The first item I pulled out was a darling manatee drawing. I'm guessing your daughter drew it? I have hung it on my bedroom wall. Kids--and a husband!! Tongue--are still a few years off in my future and this helped ease my aching ovaries. Wink (I don't get anything from children as often as I'd like to!) So tell your daughter thank you. I'll make sure to take a photo of it on my wall and post it on flickr in the next couple of days.

I also received an AWESOME Aussie origami book with some origami paper! I haven't gotten a new book in a long time and I'm very excited by it--and cute-ed out by all the little animals I can make! I'm going to bring this to work to entertain myself on my breaks.

I also received some really pretty, extremely lightweight notebook paper. This will be perfect for writing my friend in England--I can write more without worrying about the postage too much! (And it will be lightweight enough where I can use the awesome Frank Sinatra stamps I got at my post office earlier this week? Seriously--the postal clerk probably has never seen someone so excited about stamps before!)

I also received some awesome resin jewelry. I've got the makings to try resin but I've been too chicken to try, afraid it won't turn out. This has definitely lit a fire under me! I love the earrings and the necklace, and the magnets are awesome--I think I might put these on my file cabinet at work so I can look at them all the time.

And chocolate! And, you're right! I opened the chocolate carefully before I even read your letter so I could save the wrappers for something, maybe buttons or scrapbooking!! ^_^ And why the cord in the photo? Because she tied all the little packages with it and it was too neat to throw away! Tongue

BUT! I saved the BEST for last!

A manatee and a dugong stuffies!!! OH. MY. GOSH! If this was all you sent me I would have been in heaven!! I had one little manatee stuffed animal my dog snuck out of my room and used as a chew toy. These are way better than that one was! I keep picking them up and looking at them. These are something that's still going to be in my bedroom when I'm old and grey and my eighty year old husband will just look at me and shake his head. I can't tell you how awesome they are!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Everything I received was spot on, and I love it all! You had swap anxiety for absolutely no reason at all, I assure you! I love it all.

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7  Yellow Brick Road Jewelry Box in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by titancia on: April 09, 2008 08:26:08 PM
I didn't make the boxes (I got it Michaels...that place is a candy store!!) but i worked my bum off painting them!! Smiley

You can't really tell but after I painted the boxes yellow I sealed it with glaze mixed with PearlEx. It gives the boxes kind of a rustic, worn look but they also shine a little bit of gold. Just like the Yellow Brick Road!!

The front.

The back view (the other side is plain as well)

I opted to keep the insides natural wood so that if anything is kept inside there is no worries of it sticking to glaze or paint. I did paint and glaze the lips of the boxes, though.

The first thing I did was paint between the "bricks" a darker color than the rest of it so they'd pop out more.

This shot is more for my benefit. Smiley
This is the top of one of the boxes with my mom's Dorothy Tonner Doll standing on them.

I'm quite pleased with how they came out!! I'm not much of a painter and I'm still in craft-shock they came out the way I imagined!
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8  Where to buy add-a-bead jewelry? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by titancia on: April 09, 2008 09:21:45 AM
Does anyone have a wholesale source (or bulk source) for Add a Bead jewelry? I'm particularly looking for the cuff bracelets with the screw on beads at the end, not the cheaper ones that hook together. I've seen a lot of these sold with lampwork beads as the focal bead, and two silver beads on either side (they're "hugger beads" with plastic on the inside that hugs the cuff so the focal bead doesn't move).

I don't need sterling silver, but the cheapest ones I've found are still expensive! I can't find a wholesale source for the life of me. Do they not exist anymore? Please help. I'm dying to make myself some bracelets but I don't want to pay $7 each for these when I know there has to be a source for them somewhere. (I do have a wholesale license if that helps!)

Thank you so much.

P.S. Here's a photo of what I'm searching for:
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9  Re: Terrier in Needlework: Completed Projects by titancia on: August 24, 2007 10:08:36 AM
Aww, your friend's terrier looks kind of like my Winnie!! I don't know what Winnie is, mostly I figure she's a mutt, but I did some research and am fairly certain there is SOME sort of terrier in her. And yes, she's QUITE the trouble maker!!

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10  Re: Fill-a-Matchbox SUPPLY Swap R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by titancia on: April 22, 2007 02:19:50 PM
Here are my last 2 pictures!! I'm sorry it took so long to post them, I received them in the middle of last week...I've been sick with bronchitis and was so wiped out that I missed work every day but Friday, and when I got home from work on Friday I slept for 16 1/2 hours! eeps! So thank you for your patience--your boxes were a bright spot in quite an awful week!!

From the wonderful reethi

I was so spoiled to receive TWO!!!

Filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies!! I really can't pick a favorite... The ribbon, the beads, I'm so spoiled!! Smiley

And from the royal dragonslayer

I love LOVE LOVE the pincushion on top!! My sister was very jealous of it. Smiley

Lots of double decker goodness!! I was very excited about the purple googly eyes and the Holy Night ribbon. A strange combination to love, I know! Smiley

Thank you again to all my partners!! I had such a wonderful time.
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