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1  Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: July 31, 2018 08:01:11 AM
Again, package confusion for me. This time, it was just due to LOTS of traveling and someone besides me checking the mail. But I got two more BOMB Secret Santa packages in the last weeks.

First, I got a package packed full of little ephemera bits for my letter writing.

Check out that lovely wrapping!




So, so, so many cool stickers for my letters, planners and some I may even share with my kids.


But this was the icing on the cake...sticker flakes! I love where I live, but some of this stuff is hard to find unless you only shop online. So Secret Sticker Santa, whoever you are, thank you!! <3

I got my other package sometime over the weekend. When we got back from camping yesterday I opened it and about cried.

This is right off my pinterest wishlist, and it is just the inspiration I needed right now. I have been feeling 1000% stressed with everything going on, especially getting ready for ArtWalk and a show I have after that. But this is going right where I can see it every morning. Thank you Secret Embroidery Santa! <3
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2  Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: July 09, 2018 01:23:26 PM


I got my package after a LOT of delays and confusion. It arrived while we were out of town on vacation for a week. Then it got mixed in with my mom's packages. We receive packages for a few families and friends because theft is so bad and I am home most of the day. To make it more confusing, my mom often just puts my name on her packages.

But once it got figured out, I opened it to find a lovely piece of jewelry. It's the perfect length for me to wear it as a necklace or a bracelet. I also got TEN rolls of washi tape. I think my partner spoiled me. So thank you santa, whoever you are. Smiley
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3  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery: Part Deux (SENDOUTS EXTENDED TO MON. FEB. 6) in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: February 08, 2018 07:45:30 PM
Guys, what can I possibly say about my partner? Onyxnox made the most ridiculously perfect valentine ever. Check it:


A beautiful bee card filled with paper conversation hearts.


And a lovely, stamped, gilded piece of sculpture. This is going right in the best spot my studio has to offer!

Thank you so much Onyx, you have no idea how much this made my day! <3
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4  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: October 04, 2017 07:51:41 AM
I got my package from Yzzilnoaj and I am SO EXCITED!! She did such a lovely job of wrapping everything and threw in all sorts of yummy candy.





Even better, she included both my kids. They are both thrilled they were "remembered". My son doesn't look like it, but this was the only picture where they weren't both blurry from jumping up and down.  Cheesy


They are all now back in the boxes and safely stashed away for opening day. Thanks Yzzilnoaj. <3

DAY ONE

This cute little snowman is my first package. The best part: its DRYER BALLS! Simple, yes but I have really been needing more so I am super happy right now. Cant wait for tomorrow.



I forgot to let my kids open their day one gift until day two. Whoops! Well, they each got a travel coloring book, decorated tin and colored pencils! Plus my daughters tin has a sharpener. They are really happy about these gifts.

DAY TWO[\b]

Bottle brush trees, 13 of them! I have been wanting a whole mess of them for this bookcase, but I never get them for me. These are definitely going to be treasured decorations for a long time.

DAY THREE

Ephemera! I always need more and there are a bunch of lovely pieces in here.

DAY FOUR


I told my partner how much we love hiking and camping, and she same through with some awesome travel games. Inside each altoids tin there are TWO games in matchboxes. They are so neat and my kids love them.

DAY FIVE

Christmas napkins and rings, already washed and ready to use. These are going to look so cute with my plates for Christmas breakfast.

DAY SIX

I literally SQUEALED when I saw the inside of this box...pompom trim! Twelve colors, two yards each.

And it makes a fab scarf.  Cheesy

DAY SEVEN

Indoor snowball fight for the kiddos! They have used it extensively already.

DAY EIGHT

My darling husband got the most useful thing he has ever gotten from a swap. Two little tins for camping, one for starting a fire and another for spicing foods. Inside each are little straws filled with tinder, matches and spices. He is super happy about these.

DAY NINE

A beautiful snowflake penny rug.

DAY TEN




Travel toys for my kids...these are ingenious! The one for my daughter has lego board on the outside and a mix of blocks on the inside. My son got one with felt roads and eight mini cars.

DAY ELEVEN

I got a necklace right off my pinterest! It is an insanely long, super beautiful friendship bracelet necklace. I can't wait to wear it.

DAY TWELVE

My partner really knows how to wrap up a swap! I have been dying for a wrap skirt like this and she delivered. It is so lovely and going to be so comfy to wear.
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5  Re: Christmas in July Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: July 26, 2017 01:13:20 PM
I got my package from Helena Puck on Monday, and it is AWESOME!! First, here is a shot of everything together:



I LOVE this pouch!! I can't wait to use it. Inside there were 2 hoop ornaments with my kids names, taken right off my pinterest. There is also a little gingerbread man ornament made from a soda can, a cross stitched snowflake ornament and holly earrings.



Here is a closeup on the smaller items. The snowflake has little glass beads all over it. And the earrings are just perfect. Thank you Helena, I love it all. Smiley
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6  Re: Junk Journal Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: May 26, 2017 07:21:38 PM
LovelyMiss made me the most delightful and beautiful junk journal ever. It is so think and loaded with little spots to tuck things that I will share my most favorite pages.

First, here is the cover and the cluster of charms hanging off the top of the spine. She even included a band to keep my book tidy.



Inside the front cover there is a little bookplate. This will soon have my name in metallic marker. Smiley


An inspirational quote and beautiful paper covered in Asian text, which I always love.


The layers are so interesting! Doilies, ledger pages, bank papers, printed cardstock...I love it all!


This little tag is stitched. <3


There is even a little notebook in the back.


Thank you LovelyMiss, this journal could not be any better. Smiley

Also, thanks everyone for your kind words about my book. Wulf, you exactly nailed why I did the weaving. I put it together and it felt really loose. Plus, the yarn looked kind of sad and half-assed beforehand. Even though I have done my share of book binding and visual journals, I have never made a junk journal. Now I kind of want to keep making them!
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7  Re: Planner/Journal Supplies Swap: THE GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: March 15, 2017 07:31:38 PM
SonjaBoo also sent me a FANTASTIC bunch of loot.


Labels, post it and envelopes like crazy.


More labels and post its.


Washi tapes, clips and a bag of my fave pens. Plus, the pins have ellies on them!!


Finally, beautiful tags, evelopes and stickers. I love it all so much. Thank you Sonja Boo.

And thanks again to both my partners...I think you two have me 100% hooked on fun planner supplies. I even set up a special box just for all the goodies I got. Smiley
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8  Re: Planner/Journal Supplies Swap: THE GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by stellato_escuro on: March 08, 2017 03:21:02 PM
I got the most awesome package from Noooitaremybirthday Monday! I actually saved it and opened it yesterday morning while my car was in the shop. Here is the goodness:







I had to closeup on that last item because I LOVE it. I am a professional artist, so this band is going around my business planner. Thank you so much Nooo! <3
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9  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by stellato_escuro on: February 06, 2017 08:19:14 AM
Woah, I have some catching up to do. I just read all the pages since my last post, and there are so many awesome projects!

Cmouse01: That sweater is lovely!! I have a stash of yarn for a crocheted sweater, and you have me thinking maybe I should make that someday.

Smeddley: Love the dog toys!

And here are a few things for me to share.

I forgot about a project I finished in early January. I actually started it almost a year ago. But since I was making it at the local ceramics shop, it was hard to find time to go into town and get it done. But it is now the crown jewel of my studio. <3


On Saturday, I cranked out two gifts from my list that were long overdue to some good friends of mine. The first was a hand-bound book for two bibliophile friends that got married in November. It is all blank pages so they can write love notes to each other.



The other gift is a trio of bibs for a friend whose baby came early. I missed her shower, but I still wanted to make her something.


Only one backlogged gift to go!


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10  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by stellato_escuro on: January 25, 2017 07:17:24 PM
I have done ZERO crafting this year. That is mostly because I have been painting. So here is a work in progress to share.

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