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11  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - October 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Yesa on: October 15, 2006 11:57:25 AM
Ah first I couldn't find the cable for camera and then my computer started going crazy (again)... So I couldn't post this the day I received, sorry!

I did my first private swap and my second swap ever with Bonbabbu. I was a bit nervous at first but everything turned out great. I sent her Finnish candy and postcards (so nothing crafty) and she promised to send me one of her felted pens and some surprise. And this is what she sent:

TWO lovely felted pens and some crazy candy I have never seen before. Thank you so much Bonbabbu, swapping with you was a great experience!
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12  Re: Foreign Exchange Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Yesa on: September 20, 2006 04:44:20 AM
I received!!

Bebopchan sent me some really cool stuff. Unfortunately my digicamera's battery just died after I took the first picture, so no detail pictures this time. I was lucky to have Bebopchan to be my partner because she could send me items from many different cultures! She has lived in Japan, has a Mexican background and lives now in the TX, USA.

The plushie is a Saguaro cactus man, he feels soooooo soft! And then there's some yarn I asked for, it's funny how Bebopchan chose the same color combination that I used for her scarf Wink So we both like the same colors!

Then there's some Mexican candy that I haven't taste yet, will do after posting this. Cute sushi coinpurse that had some stuff inside: two Japanese themed iron-on patches (really beautiful!), Japanese coins, a necklace and blue earrings (unfortunately I can't wear these as I told in the info - I don't have any pearcings. But I can hang these to my note board Smiley ).

There was also a CD full of music. Bebopchan, could you tell the song titles and the artists playing in it? I especially loved the female singer Smiley

This swap was real fun and a succesful first swap for me! Thank you Bebopchan for being such a great swap partner (and thanks for your boyfriend for making the great CD Wink )
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13  Re: Foreign Exchange Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Yesa on: September 13, 2006 10:36:26 AM
Okie dokie, I'll post some pictures Smiley

Here are the three things I did. A scarf (because of the cold winters we have here - the coldest temperature measured here is -51,5C (-60.7F) in 1999!), a cd full of Finnish music (plus the Finland song by Monty Python) and a kuksa keyring.

The scarf is an illusion scarf, so when you look it from the side, the stripes will show you the text "Suomi" (that's Finland in Finnish) and Hello Kitty at the end (because I thought Bebopchan would like it Smiley )

Kuksa is a traditional drinking cup from Lapland (the northern Finland). A real kuksa is carved from Birch and of course its also bigger than the keyring I made. Kuksa is often given as a souvenir and some hikers in Lapland carry it with them.

And here are the goodies I bought! There are candy (Finnish chocolate from Fazer, salmiakki (a bit salty tasting candy, popular Finnish candy) and of course xylitol gum, for xylitol being a Finnish invention), postcards, a guide book and some fabric.

The fabric is Finnish Marimekko design from the 1960's. This is the exact same fabric that can be seen in The Sex And The City season 6 as Carrie's curtains! How cool is that?

Here are some postcards with Finnish themes. First one has kids being in sauna, the second has Moomins characters by Tove Jansson, third has a picture or the northern lights (which are beautiful to watch, btw) and the last has a picture of painting made by Kaj Stenvall, a guy who's inspired by Donald Duck. I love his work.

Last but not least, the Finnish phrase book & dictionary. Bebopchan could speak me some Finnish to prove that she has read this through Wink

Agh, sorry about the long post and the many, many pictures. I hope I get Bebopchan's package soon so I can do another long post like this Cheesy
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14  Re: Toe sock Cthulhu (img heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Yesa on: July 22, 2006 10:59:01 AM
Ok here's a small tutorial just to show you which parts I used for what purpose. For all my sock monkeys I use this great tutorial.

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15  Re: Procrastination Station: Get Motivated! Never too late to join! in Craftalongs by Yesa on: July 21, 2006 04:26:26 PM
Haha I did it, now I can reveal my sock creature. It's Cthulhu monster by H. P. Lovecraft:

More here.

My old list:

1. Sock monkey Done!
2. Reconstruct a Happy Tree Friends T-shirt
3. Book binding

My new list:

1. Foreign Exchange Swap items by 21.8.
2. Lapland Shrine (almost forgot this)
3. Reconstruct a Happy Tree Friends T-shirt

So I'm having my first swap and I'm really excited about it. I want to make everything on time to have good feedback!
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16  First dress ever! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Yesa on: July 10, 2006 11:43:43 AM
I made a dress for myself to wear at my friends' weddings last saturday. It was really hot day, about +30 degrees celsius (86 fahrenheit). The dress was made from my own pattern using Lamby's great and easy tutorial! I also made a matching simple purse and crochetted a scarf (not showing in the pictures).

This is also my first posted project so I hope I did everything right Smiley
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