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1  Re: Bento Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by plumpossum on: January 10, 2008 01:36:32 PM
Hey everyone-

I just got my package from Guin (yay for first time swappers!) I haven't even finished opening it all the way but started cracking up immediately.

We sewed items out of the SAME EXACT FABRIC.  OMG I am dying about this.   Shocked Grin

Ok, I am going to continue opening my package now and post photos.

Edited to add:

Guin sent me a fantastic group of stuff!  Int he background is a HUGE furoshiki (which I knew absolutely nothing about until she sent it, and now I think I may have seen them before) along with a guide to folding furoshiki.  This is so exciting and it's big enough to use for all my bentos, and I cannot wait to use it!  I also got two sets of really pretty chopsticks, a recipe for quiche, some dried cherries, a bunch of little cookie cutters, two cloth napkins, some pocky, some gummies (which I've already gotten into) and some of that silly plastic separator grass which I have wanted for a very, very long time. 

Thanks Guin, you rock!
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2  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by plumpossum on: November 30, 2007 03:16:18 AM
Yes! You got it right, they are slippers!  I had to frog the first one twice because I had convinced myself that there was no possible way they were actually slippers.

Sweets- I only go to the big A.T. on special occasions.  What I hate is when you're alone in there and then the lady at the counter is like watching you like some kind of hungry vulture and she's like, "sooo do you wanna try something" and my knees start to buckle and give in and end up going home with a coupon for 20% off my next 2lb purchase of chocolate.  Woops.  Truthfully, I wanted to send Grahairedoldlady a jar of Krema peanut butter, but don't know where to get it outside of the airport.

On to my package from Grahairedoldlady!  (get ready, it's going to kill your computer with photo goodness)  I've got to put in here that I had probably one of the crappiest days ever yesterday, and I expected to come home and hang out and maybe if things didn't get better, they'd at least level off.  Well instead just more crap kept happening.  And then I opened my giant box from Micki!  She warned me that there was some spillage outside the stocking, but truth be told: only like 4 things actually fit in the stocking!  Opening the box was like digging through a bottomless well. 

  This is my indigo-purple colored stocking complete with snowman!  I couldn't get a good picture of this one

A birthday gift!  I haven't even opened it yet, and it's really heavy so I'm intrigued. Thank you so much for remembering!  Photographed with a pot holder and it's purple!!

Three adorable cookie cutter ornaments, I love these so much- thank you!  We haven't let our son see the train one yet, he'll run off with it and we'll never see it again.

Miscellaneous regional goodies, including maple candies & cream and some jerky (I'm sort of wondering if she put this in there for my husband, but well let's just say the husband never got to see it)

clothespin ornaments!

This photo I've dubbed "the stuff too pretty to use".  I have wanted a knit washcloth for a long time, got this fantastic one from my partner, and am so afraid that my husband is going to use it to scrub off bacon grease or something.  Also some fantastically brilliant vintage post cards.  Those suckers are probably getting framed, they are so up my alley.  And a few goodies for the boy too (he's already confiscated the books) and a magic towel.

Okay, so my thinking is that this is one of those wintery head covering things and it just happens to match my winter coat.  However, my husband pulled it out and goes, "well everything here is cool except for the knit tube top" so we've been calling it the knit tube top ever since  Cheesy  I tried to explain it to him.  He likes the tube top idea better.

This is a scarf, hat, and fingerless glove set and it is so incredibly soft and perfect and fantastic.  I wore the hat and fingerless gloves around the house all last night.  I'm really really excited about the gloves because I work in a renovated department store that is old and spooky and drafty (although at work we prefer to say it's the ghosts sucking out all the energy, they're the ones that never flush the toilets, too  Roll Eyes) and I cannot type with my gloves on when the building decides to be 40 degrees.  But I can totally wear these.  I am wearing the whole set this morning. 

I'm not even sure how to tell Micki how much I appreciate this package and how thoughtful it was- this lady is so talented and friendly.  Thank you so much for everything!!!

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3  Re: mythology swap in The Swap Gallery by plumpossum on: November 13, 2007 10:48:38 AM
Hey everyone-

My partner, sunshinexcolours, is having trouble with her camera, so this is my photo of the stuff I sent her.  The myths she chose were unicorns & fairies.  I only photographed the crafted stuff, I also sent her copious amounts of junk food and magazines (for boarding school survival):

Pictured is a pink t-shirt embroidered with fairy wings on the back.  The floss is blue and sparkly alternated with pink and cream floss.  The shirt was a little wrinkly in the photo, the edge lines are a little more defined (but it was freehanded, so it isn't perfectly symmetrical or anything either).

Also, and I really wish I took a better picture, the top left is a pair of fairy wing hair clips.  They are filigree wings with flower & leaf shaped beads strung onto them.  I also made a matching choker-style necklace (attached). 

The small bulbous thing is a piece of unicorn horn (polymer clay) with fairy dust in a glass vial mounted on a key chain. 

Oh and the topography thingy on the right is a set of two iron on transfers for shirts or tote bags or whatever.  They are the image that is on the front of the envelope (very cool picture up close)

Because Janice is in England and originally from Hong Kong, I made sure to send her those little debbie christmas cakes that are all fluffy and sickeningly sweet.  Christmas wouldn't be the same without them. 

Janice is a great partner!
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4  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by plumpossum on: November 01, 2007 02:43:57 AM
Here's my little skeleton- all it is is black sweatpants (impossible to find for a 2 year old!) and turtleneck, painted with white fabric paint, which my husband then went over another layer in glow in the dark paint.  I think the make-up was actually the hardest part, two year olds aren't big on having their face done.  And he still has black eyebrows today  Cheesy

I figured I should keep the red eye in the photos, makes him look spookier.

I'm not sure why the photos keep coming out with halos, but wanted to throw in here that our cat dressed as a party animal:

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5  Phil Collins Rocks My World in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by plumpossum on: September 24, 2007 06:21:23 AM
So for my friend's 23rd birthday (back in April) I bought her and I tickets to see Genesis in concert.  I had this genius idea to make t-shirts for us to wear, and had never done iron-on transfers before.  Saturday morning I woke up really early, found some pictures of Phil Collins in all his glorious action, and made these beauties (they say Phil Me Up!). 

I can honestly say that we were the youngest, hottest, and coolest people at the concert, and had the best t-shirts.

My friend (on the right) is entirely responsible for the photoshopping, although we rocked so hard we could've made lightning strike if we wanted to.  We just, yunno, didn't want to shock the neighbors or anything with wielding our hard rocking weather controlling powers.

So has anyone found when using inkjet iron-on transfers that they have had issues with the transferred image "cracking"?  I am thinking I could just stick a piece of paper over the crack and re-iron that section, like maybe I didn't hold the iron over it long enough the first time- but wanted to check with the seasoned vets first.
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6  Re: Fat Girl/Fat Boy Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by plumpossum on: July 18, 2007 02:29:18 PM
I got my package from tucanchild!  I can't even sufficiently describe how well my partner understood my quirky sense of humor.  I love everything in it, I keep catching myself saying I have a favorite thing, but then I find something equally or more endearing about something else. 

I got some coasters with really lovely cross stitching in them (the funny part is, I pulled them out in order, and I have to think that you packed them that way on purpose), a trivet, a travel mug (which has already been pilfered), some lovely ephemera (yay! i love papery goodness!), a venus paper doll (ahhh I love it!), a cd that will be great for upbeat house cleaning, and a little spinner doohickey with options...do these things have names or not?

I'm also thinking that tucanchild has some kind of weird pact with her mailman because this stuff came really quick.

I love everything- thanks so much for making this a great first swap!

(and since I know you are all observant folks here, the afghans weren't done by me, but they are a crafty shout-out to my great grandma)
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7  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by plumpossum on: June 11, 2007 04:25:18 PM
Let me preface this with a question: is the degree of messiness proportionate to the level of creativity?  I should be winning some awards or something...

My craft space is also our home office & a guest bedroom (we have one of those inflatable beds that we pull out when company comes).  Nobody has slept in this room in the last 3 years...I can't think of a reason why Huh  Anyway, we have a houseguest coming at the end of the month and they are staying for several days, and I pretty much have 2 1/2 weeks to get this room in order and plan my son's second birthday party at the same time (since that'll be the same week).  Stressed much?

You'll see from the important financial papers that are all over the floor that I did try to organize this space a few months ago, and the piles of paper on the floor are a result of "cleaning out the drawers".

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8  Re: My little cowpoke's apron *a cute project for BOYS* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by plumpossum on: June 06, 2007 03:38:35 PM
I did use patterns, I don't have the name/number in front of me right now but I can find them if you're interested.  I am thinking they were both simplicity.  Either way, I started with the pattern and then went on my own course halfway through.  I was planning on doing a post to show their cuts a little better.

and now, ACTION POSE!  Cat on a lawnmower? check.  Toddler with mohawk? check.  Pint sized Converse? check.  Ready to get the chuckwagon rolling? you bet.

He should be good to wear it another 2 years.

Here's the apron bandits caught in the act, husbands love when you post pictures like this online  Grin:

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9  Re: My little cowpoke's apron *a cute project for BOYS* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by plumpossum on: June 06, 2007 02:59:23 PM
Totally off topic, but proof of Hancock's fabulousness:

Monet fabric (excuse the expression, that's the "I should've worn sunglasses" face):

Sourpuss (lemon) fabric:

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10  Re: Turning a wheelchair ramp into a raised vegetable bed/greenhouse in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by plumpossum on: June 04, 2007 03:41:17 AM
Update: The raised bed is doing really well.  These are our green beans at 5 days after planting:

and peas:

Now, these were taken on Saturday.  As of this morning they are way bigger.  The beans have grown approximately 1-2" in two days.  Pretty soon I'm going to have a giant chasing me. 

And to my husband's dismay- I was picking around our garage the other day and found another large pane of glass that doesn't seem to have a home.  MUHAHAHAHA.  It's big enough to get another bed going.  I am spotting glass and wood everywhere I go now, like there's an aura of goodness around them  Cheesy
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