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1  Re: Matryoshka Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: November 07, 2009 09:42:54 PM
I am woefully late in posting these... juliminustheE sent me this nice package.

First off is a keyring with two litlte Matryoshkas and some beads.  My 6 year old loves this.

The next was a whimsical folded storage pouch in bright cheery colors.  It trifolds with an appliqued doll on the outside.

Then came a tote bag in my favorite color, purple.  It had some appliques on the outside, again, claimed by my 6 year old.

And finally two matryoshka appliques for me to put on an item of my choice.

What a fun swap theme, wish my life wasn't so very crazy right now...  Thank you JuliminustheE!

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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- September --sign ups 9.01.09-9.30.09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: October 15, 2009 08:05:20 AM
I have seriously dropped the ball on this SWAP and I apologize to everyone I have claimed and been claimed by.  The cards I have received have been awesome, and my tardiness in posting them and in sending out those I had claimed is irresponsible.  I am sorry...

Here are the rest of the great cards I have received:

First off we have "Ummm...I'm busy that night" on my Ugly Duckling theme, crafted by Noos.  I think it is hysterical.  Thank you, I love the torn edge effect.

Next for your viewing pleasure is "Slow & Steady" on my Turtle theme by audio-astrophysics.  The colors are bright and lovely.  I apologize for the glare in the photo.  It is great, thank you!

Then there is my "Sea Turtle"  by macnatalie.  It is really beautiful, dimensional too! Thank you so much.  I am jealous of your drawing skills, and did you use watercolors?

And last, but not least is my Big, Bold & Beautiful card from prettyinpaisley.  Purple is my favorite color, and I am in awe of your drawing skills!  Beautiful card, my favorite part is the bottom edge of Marilyn had what looks like subtle ruler drawn on it, gorgeous. Thank you!

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- September --sign ups 9.01.09-9.30.09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: September 24, 2009 10:40:19 AM
I FINALLY got my photos to upload properly, my hard drive is dying and I am awaiting delivery of a new one...anyway

I received a couple of lovely cards from Ramona Q Addressing my Nurse and Picasso themes...  I absolutely LOVE the nurse one.  I like vintage children's book illustrations, so this was right up my alley.

Here is the Picasso themed one...cool, huh!

And ehinders took on my "Tree of Life" theme...Thank you so much!

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4  Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: November 09, 2008 05:15:38 PM
Reserved for goodies from hardyswanton01...

Day 12- Treat day for the whole family!  We had a Christmas tin each of Candy Bar Cookies, M&M Cookies, and Dreamsicle Bars.  And the recipe for each treat was attached to each tin.  They were all yummy, but the family favorite were the Dreamsicle bars (close-up photo attached).  Even our Dog Devin got some yummy treats!

Day 11- I'll call it keep in touch day...
  Some delicious looking cupcake envelopes, complete with stick-on address labels I can run through my printer.  They are very colorful and fun.  There is a close-up photo of my favorite one...

Day 10- Holiday Craft Supply day- There were Christmas ribbons, fabrics, and a HUGE book of Country Christmas Iron-on Transfers.  these were all packaged in a great reversible Christmas fabric Tote bag.  I loved the stripes!

Day 9- Crochet flowers inspired by my wists.  I love crochet flowers and I aspire to learn how to make them one day...  They are so colorful, which I love!

Day 8- Christmas Card Day.-  Eight handmade Christmas Cards for me to send, complete with matching/decorative envelopes.  The last photo is my favorite, it has decorative stitching down the middle!

 Day 7- I'll call it SAHM day! lol- I have cookie mixes in a jar of the scrumptious treats we already polished off from day 12!  DH is happy he will be seeing those dreamscicle bars again.  Also included were 4 handmade dishcloths which are "ecofriendly".  Food and cleaning...hence the SAHM title!

Day 6- Craft day for the family-
I got a great polymer clay kit which includes 8 packages of neutral colored clay, a project book, and 3 different sculpting tools.  I have only minimal experience with polymer clay so this will be fun to play with.  I have only done one other polymer clay item before this swap, and have been wanting to try it more.  I also got a needle roll the house the crochet hooks I want to learn to crochet with.

My girls each got the cutest little apron in a print which I love!  What's not to love about pink monkeys!  My girls loved them too and immediately wanted to wear them to eat lunch.  They also got 2 sets of playdoh, a favorite around here.

Day 5-I received 2 Starbucks Coffee Mugs and Candy Cane Hot chocolate.  the hot chocolate was consumed within about 20 minutes of opening the package. lol  It was delicious.  I love Starbucks, though my husband calls it fivebucks, so I love the mugs.  I only drink frou frou coffee.  There was also a voucher for a free Tall Regular coffee.

Then there was a hat, scarf, and a pair of gloves.  The yarn is gorgeous.  I believe that my partner said it is Soy Wool...  I need to google it so I know what that is.  I have been warned that if I was them, they will felt.  Here is a picture of me in them and a bonus shot of my youngest Katie.  She is my accessories girl and she stole the hat, walking around the house with it on for a good 2 hours!

Day 4 was Jammies Day- There was a pair of flannel PJ pants for every member of the family.  The girls tore open their packages and had the pants on with in 2 minutes of opening them.  They insisted on eating breakfast in them, so they were in the wash an hour later.  lol  Karis's  had cupcakes, Katie's had swirly circles, mine had elephants, and my DH's had a sort of outdoorsy theme.  Lovely...

Day 3- Three AWESOME shopping totes.  They are a nice dark denim with decorative  lining fabric.  I think they could even be reversible if I want them to be.  Two of them are huge and the third, while still large, is smaller.  The one that has the decorative fabric out, that fabric is very special to me.  It is of Russian architecture.  I spent a year in Russia years ago and it is one of my most favorite places...

Day 2- 2 Crocheted blankets for my girls.  I admit, I let them open them on day 3!  Katie, my youngest has been carrying hers around the house ever since opening it, and has slept with it at night as well.  Katie's blanket has green accent yarn, and Karis' has pink accent yarn.  They are SOO soft and we love them.

Day 1- An AWESOME Couch Blanket This great couch blanket has a navy fleece backing to it and a patchwork front.  If I am not mistaken, the fabric is Anna Maria Horner and the cupcakes are Martha Negley for Kaffe Fasset.  The fabric is gorgeous and bright.  There are a couple of shots of some of my favorite squares.  I couldn't really take photos of all the squares I really like...wait a minute, I already did.  It is the all over shot.  The package said that it was for the whole family, but I'm not sharing this baby!  lol  It really is made from some gorgeous fabric and makes me happy just looking at it...

Thank you, Thank You, Thank You for all of your hard work and the time you put into my items.  It was a fine job of stalking. You were a great partner. 
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5  Re: Fill-A-Box Round 8 - THE EPIC GALLERY! (USA Flat-Rate Box, Sendouts by 8/23) in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: September 08, 2008 08:00:38 AM
My partner's package arrived in her post office around Aug 28th and I have heard nothing from her contacting her by pm.  So, here are the pictures of what I sent her.  She does some knitting/crocheting, so I sent her some of my yarn.  Not high end stuff, because I don't have any high end stuff in my stash!

She also stated that she had recently decided that she would like to try scrapbooking.  So I sent her some decorative papers, die cuts, stickers, tags, birthday stencils, wet embossing markers, and a small 8x8 album so she could try her hand at it.  I also included some back issues of a couple of scrapbooking magazines to give her some ideas.  Now, perusing her profile showed me that she has a little darker taste (skulls & such) than I do, so hopefully she won't completely hate what i sent her!  Undecided

I also included some fabric that I had, again with a possible mismatch in taste...

And lastly, I included an Altoid tin in case she ever wants to do one of the Altoid Tin swaps. I hope that she enjoyed the package...

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6  Re: Fill-A-Box Round 8 - THE EPIC GALLERY! (USA Flat-Rate Box, Sendouts by 8/23) in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: August 28, 2008 07:58:51 PM
I also received from jloveg this morning!  It was a box stuffed with fabric, appliques, and quilt binding.  I especially liked the African Themed fabric she sent as well as a remnant of blue corduroy with flowers.   
The quilt binding will com in handy too as I have wanted to make a quilt and do not have any of this.  Quilting is something that I think I'd enjoy, but am intimidated to try!  The appliques were nice too because I want to put some on some outfits for my oldest DD who starts preschool this year.

Enough nattering on, here are the pictures...


Here is a cute "glamour girl" knit fabric as well as a Monarch butterfly fabric to make into a pillow.

All kinds of Appliques.  I am partial to the lime green crochet flowers and the two red veined maple leaves...

Quilt Binding galore!

And last but not least, a close up of my favorite piece of fabric sent...

She also included some sidewalk chalk which my kiddos quickly confiscated and some foam shapes they can craft with.

Thanks again, it was a fun swap...

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7  Re: i <3 to sew r2 gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: August 19, 2008 10:09:30 PM
My partner Therisa is not home at this time and said to go ahead and post to the gallery. She does very different types of sewing than I do, so it was fun to do some stalking.  There were some things I wanted to get for her, but couldn't find couching cord in my town.  I'm sure it is here, but I and my two little girls didn't find it!

First an overall shot...

We'll start with close-ups of the lace...  Therisa likes to make panties and uses vintage lace, so I rounded up some of that.  I also included a remnant of some slinky silky lavendar fabric of unknown content.

Here is the fabric that I sent to Therisa, she likes to make Pajama pants and so larger pieces of fabric are better for her needs.  I hope this Alexander Henry print is "whimsical" enough!

I included a zippered pouch, though Therisa didn't need any more.  Feel free to pass it on to someone else!  The face on the matryoshka is askew, I guess I pushed a wrong button on my machine and failed to correct it.  Oh well, it gives her character, right?!

Therisa told me that something to help organize panties and socks would be useful.  So I "drafted" a pattern based off an organizer we have just to contain shirts and things.  Then I added elastic with loops to hold panties.   Oh, and Therisa don't worry, the panties shown in the picture are brand new out of the package!

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8  Re: i <3 to sew r2 gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: August 16, 2008 09:20:01 PM
I received my package from Therisa today.   I love my new PJ pants!  I opened the package andsquealed with delight.  I have been browsing some of those IKEA fabrics online since there isn't a store near me.  It's really nice to be able to feel them in person.

She also spoiled me with lots of vintage laces, some other trims and lots of vintage zippers.  Some threads and wash away stabilizer and tracing paper(?) completed the collection of notions.  There were even some fabrics for me to make goodies out of.  The last picture is my personal favorite.

And last but not least was her personal pattern to make a pair of panties, something I have never done...  What fun it will be to try!

Thank You Therisa for my great package!  Hope you like yours too...
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9  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mclianne on: August 16, 2008 08:46:01 PM
I received my great package from mimiw the end of this week.  I have sick kiddos in my house and had to wait a day or so to take my action photos.  Anyway, on to the loveliness...

I have 2 daughter's ages 2 1/2 & 4 1/2, I also have a brand new nephew.  So when signing up, I said that anything from a 4t to 6/9 months was fine.  mimiw was so generous to us, she made 3 shirts for my almost 3 year old and 2 onsies for my new nephew.  Then, so my oldest wouldn't feel left out, she included a matching Chick shirt for her.

My personal favorite is the flower applique shirt. 

She loves the shirts...  Thank you mimiw, you are awesome!
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10  First 2 Dotee dolls... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mclianne on: April 01, 2008 08:22:24 AM
I have made 2 Dotee dolls for a couple of swaps on another site, which I am less than impressed with at this time and don't really want to go back to.  Oh well, got to honor the swaps I have signed up for...

My first Dotee, made for swap at SwapBot. We were supposed to make a Dotee representative of the place we live. I live in Louisville, KY home of the Kentucky derby. Hence there are horses on the fabric, a jockey on a horse charm at the end of the tail, and the loop to hang it from is meant to resemble a bridle/rein look.

The first one is supposed to represent where you live, which for me is Louisville, KY, home of the Kentucky Derby.  So I decided to go with a horse theme.

There are horses on the fabric, a jockey on a horse charm at the end of the tail, and the loop to hang it
from was made with rings and black leather strip to resemble a bridle/rein look. Got to work on my embroidery skills, her eyes look like a couple of caterpillars!

The back,  I intended to make a horse whip representative of the whips used in horse racing. After I got done I got to thinking that this didn't look at all like a riding crop. It more resembled a S&M whip for dominatrix or something!

The second one is a Fairy Dotee.  It was a lot of fun...

I know that these little dolls aren't for everyone, some people think they are incredibly ugly!  I wasn't real impressed the first time I saw them either, they kind of grew on me.  I like that you can finish one in an evening without an incredible amount of effort.

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