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11  Re: Hogwarts Favorite House Swap Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by S is for Summer on: June 17, 2007 08:10:38 PM
Well, I'm still working away at adoptasong's package, because, like Hermione, I'm a slow knitter without magic.  But look!  look!  I got presents in the mail!  Adoptasong rocks. 

Okay, first up is the picture of everything.

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Eeee!  Good stuff.  I forgot to get a picture of it individually, so I'll mention it here - the book is JK Rowling's unauthorized biography.  I've actually seen this book several times, and always managed to talk myself out of buying it, so I was excited to see it in the package.

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Here's a close-up of the crest she painted on the tote bag.  I love this!  It's just exactly the right size/shape/everything for my library books. 

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Look!  Handmade book plates!  I'm going to use these on my Potter books.  Smiley  I have a secret fondness for bookplates.  They're so rarely used anymore!

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Decorated tin!  I have ab.solute.ly no idea how you managed to paint everything so neatly, adoptasong.  I didn't know you could paint neatly on felt!  You are all kinds of awesome. 

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And here's what was in the tin!  BUTTONS!  I love pinback buttons, and these ones are hand painted!  My favorite is the Ravenclaws Score More one.  \m/ Ravenclaw!  Cheesy  (The little ones are SO. TINY!)  I can't decide where to put these.  Definitely wearing them for the book and movie releases, though!

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Here's a shot of all the buttons.  I love them!

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And last but not least, a pennant!  This is going with me to the release parties, too.  Once again, I have absolutely NO idea how you painted so nicely on felt.  I've tried before and I can't even get something passable, much less nice.  This is great!

Some of my friends from my writer's group and I are going to the releases of the movie and the book together - they're going to be jealous of my spiffy accessories, I know it!

adoptasong, you are amazing.  Thank you so much!  I am hurrying hurrying hurrying on your package - I never in a million years would have guessed it would take me this long.  It's coming!  I promise!  And you WILL have it in plenty of time for the releases, in case you want to go!  I PROMISE! 
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12  Re: Bike Riding Round 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by S is for Summer on: June 07, 2007 06:10:04 PM
Okay, finally getting pictures posted of my FANTABULOUS package from TessTess! Smiley

First up, the really cute zipper pouch!  Unless I'm much mistaken, the design is borrowed from the header on my bicycle blog!

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How cute is the lining fabric?!

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Next up is a REALLY cute shirt with applique, stenciled lettering, and an old fashioned bicycle stencil.  I loooove this, and I'm thinking this may be what I wear to my birthday lunch in a couple of weeks. 

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And now my favorite thing.  I have been wanting a really functional, cute apron for ages, and my wish has been granted!  Here's me modeling it with my bike, Gloria.  (You can see the shirt peeking out from underneath it, too.)

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Gloria fainted from the overwhelming awesomeness of my new bike stuff.

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But Summer, you say.  An apron?  That's not very bicycle-y.  Oh ho ho, on the contrary my skeptical swappers!  This is no ordinary awesome apron.  This is an awesome apron with an awesome bicycle on it!

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Tess, you are so awesome.  Smiley  Thank you SO much.  You did a really great job of picking colors and stuff I would like, and everything is just really, really happy-fying.  Thank you!!!
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13  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by S is for Summer on: March 26, 2007 11:15:37 PM
Mass amounts of pictures!  YAY!  The light was half faded already when I started to take pictures, so please forgive any off colors.

All pictures are clickable, and there may be more detail about the stuff in them if you click.  You can see all my pictures of the neato stuff I got from KazKitty here.

I was so surprised this came today - I wasn't really expecting it until tomorrow at the earliest.  Packages always seem to take about two days longer than expected to get to me, often more.  When I saw the key for the package locker in my box, I went "AHHHH! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy"  Radar got all excited, he didn't know what was going on, but I was happy so it must be something thrilling.  Cheesy

Here's what I saw when I opened the box.  Pretty!

I opened the biggest package first, because I'm perpetually five years old.  Inside, I found TWO Calorimetry scarfhatthingies!  Right then, my week was completely made.  I've been eying the Calorimetry pattern for a while, but I've pretty much just been too lazy to tackle it.  I'm notoriously picky/grouchy about hats (they make me feel claustrophobic, and the make my hair obnoxious) so... I've just been lazy about it.  But then I opened up the first package, and there were TWO of them.  Not only THAT, but one was subtly Ravenclaw colored, and really beautifully colored at that, and the other was definitely Ravenclaw, and matches the Ravenclaw scarf I have perfectly!  I immediately popped one on, of course, and I'm very pleased to say that I'm already in love.  It's comfy and nice and  doesn't make my hair annoy me and doesn't feel claustrophobic.  It feels nice, which is really, really amazing.  I'm going to be wearing these a LOT, and I can tell already that I'm going to have to try my hand at making more, because I'm in love.

Here's one of the Calorimetries:

(Picture of the other one in a second.)

And here's the button that fastens it:

It's a copper color in real life.  Really pretty.

The next thing I opened also felt soft, and I thought it might be another something knitted.  When I opened it up, though, I found this holysmokesadorable owl looking up at me!

(He needs a name, by the way.  Suggestions welcome.  Currently Olly's the frontrunner.)  And THEN!  THEN!  Okay, so I already loved him, because he is just really really cute (he's sitting next to me right now.  Radar kind of thinks that since the owl is mouth-sized and stuffed, the owl should be his.  He's very disappointed that I'm keeping the owl for myself.) but in the course of things I turn him over... and find this:

I'm not quite sure how to explain just how cute and awesome a detail those little feather stitches are in real life.  I actually went "oh my god!" in surprise when I saw them, which I realize sounds a bit lame and dorky, but they were such a surprise and such a cute and cool detail I couldn't help it. 

Now, if you were paying attention in that Calorimetry picture, you might have noticed that I was wearing a necklace.  That, too, is part of my loot, and one that made my jaw drop.  (Man, I sound like I'm being really overdramatic, but I was seriously giddy over what you sent, KazKitty.  You did really, really well.)  I've been eying those Tree of Life pendants I keep seeing on Craftster for the last few weeks wishfully, and I have a couple of them on my Wist.  They look so intricate that I didn't have high hopes of ever receiving one in a swap, and I knew I'd never tackle it myself, so it was really just a wishlist thing.  Well.  Well well well. Well. Well.  Smiley Smiley Smiley  I opened up another of the packages to find this:

This is the one thing I really wish you could see the colors accurately on, because they are just SO. PERFECT.  More perfect than you know, even, KazKitty.   Not only are they awesomely Ravenclawish Smiley, but I've been working on a story for the last few months that is kind of themed in blues for me (I tend to think visually), and I'm fairly certain that Tree of Life symbolism is going to wind up working into it fairly heavily.  I've been thinking about that a lot, lately, so I gasped a little when I saw the necklace, because it perfectly, perfectly embodies the way the story feel-looks in my  head.  Just exactly.  I may have to see if I can work this pendant into the story.  Smiley

Now, when I was poking around KazKitty's links to try to get an idea of what she might like, I poked around on her Etsy a little, too.  I won't lie.  Secretly, I was kind of hoping she'd slip some of her pretty soaps into my package. Smiley  Have I mentioned yet that she completely spoiled me?

Behold!  Orangy soaps!  Radar was hoping they were cookies; that big black thing in the picture is his nose.

And here's a little better picture, sans Poodle Schnoz.

The last package I opened was in a heartshaped box.  When I opened it up, I found a whole bunch (bouquet? Grin) of really cute little flower barrettes.  I have a major soft spot for flowers to put in my hair anyway, and add to that the fact that I really, really want it to be spring here and it isn't, I was way happy to see these.  They actually STAY in my HAIR too, which is a rarity.

I was SO thrilled with everything I got.  I feel ridiculously spoiled and lucky.  Now, you'll notice that so far you haven't seen a picture of that Ravenclaw Calorimetry.  That's because I got kind of goofy with my new owl when I was wearing it, and so I thought I'd better leave those pictures until the end, so I didn't spoil the reading-along-with-ness.  But here it is!  Can you blame me for getting a little goofy?  Look how RavenclAwesome I am! 

Thank you so much, KazKitty!  You seriously did an AMAZING job.  I know I've gushed like mad here, but I can't help it.  I'm so thrilled with everything you sent - thank you thank you thank you. Smiley Smiley Smiley
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14  Re: The End of Harry Potter Swap (SIGNUPS END March 23, SEND April 23) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by S is for Summer on: March 23, 2007 06:47:46 PM

Wink  Cheesy
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15  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by S is for Summer on: March 22, 2007 08:10:01 PM
AHHHH I am so so so glad you like it!  It is so inexplicably exciting to see the stuff I made at your house.  I don't know why, it just is.  It's sort of like LOOK I'M ON TV xD  Well.  Sort of. Wink

I was TERRIFIED of trying those cables.  I actually never planned, in my whole life, to learn cables.  I was just really, really intimidated.  But I loved the way they looked, and I thought oooookay.  I'll try them once.  BUT THEN I WILL FAIL AND FIGURE OUT SOMETHING TO SUBSTITUTE, OKAY?!  I was super, super shocked when it actually worked.  I used two learn-to-knit books I have in addition to the instructions included with the pattern, and I really didn't have any trouble at all.  I frogged ONCE, and that's it.  So here's my word of encouragement - try it.  It's not actually as scary as it seems.  It just LOOKS terrifying.

Things I learned in the course of this swap:
1) felting
2) cables
3) buttonholes (sort of; I need some work on this. ;P )
4) how to burn the edges of fabric and almost burn the house down, but not ACTUALLY burn the house down
5) that the Dread Pirate Roberts' ship was named Revenge.  Unfortunately, I didn't learn this until after the map was already modpodged onto the swap journal.  So I figure what REALLY happened was this:  Wesley returned to his ship long enough to pass on the legacy of the Dread Pirate Roberts.  He passed it on to a delightful wench named Jen, who was kidnapped in the course of various pillaging and plundering and kept alive in hopes that she knew how to make Hot Pockets without a microwave or actual hot pockets.  "Good night, Jen.  Sleep well.  I'll most likely kill you in the morning."  Well, you know how this story goes.  Wesley retired, and the Dread Pirate Jen took to the seas.  Now, in the course of all that "I'll most likely kiill you in the morning"-ing, Wesley and Jen had long evenings sharing stories.  Jen, intrigued by Wesley's story about his true love, and how he intended to retire with her and raise dairy cows, decided to rename the ship in honor of her mentor.  And thus, the terrible pirate ship Buttercup was born...
See?  It wasn't a messup.  It was an artistic choice. Wink

anyway.  I'm superglad you like it all.  Smiley  I've been so nervous!

I took pictures before I sent everything off.  When I was done, I turned around for literally ONE second to put my camera down, and when I turned back around to pick everything up, this is what I saw:

I'm not sure whether he was feeling possessive about his couch, or just really likes to sneakily sit on my crafts.
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16  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 3 (Sign-Ups Closed!!!; Send-Outs 03/19/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by S is for Summer on: March 07, 2007 04:33:37 PM
I have some of each, and depending on the weather and where I'll be, I've worn all of them.  The one I wind up wearing most, though, is this one:

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It's thick and warm and so ridiculously cozycomforting that I tend to wear it around the house when I'm not feeling well.  I wear it often enough that I worry a little about wearing it out.  It's muh favorite!

I'm a skinny scarf person, ONLY because I live in the desert and never have need of a scarf to actually keep me warm. However, I am orginally from Alaska, so I prefer fat scarves that are super long so they can double as a tiny blanket if need be.

Shocked  Hi!  Says the person from Alaska. Smiley
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17  Re: Restraint's in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by S is for Summer on: March 01, 2007 02:51:43 PM
The way I've always seen buckles attached to belts and straps is that the fabric (or whatever) is attached at the crossbar that the little pokey-piece of the buckle comes off of.  I've tried to draw a diagram... I'm not sure how clear it is outside of my  head.  If you have a belt or something, maybe go take a peek at it and see how it's attached, too.

The diagram: 

That bottom one is a side view.

(if that works, it'll be my first photo posted on here.  Yay!)
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