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1  Re: Be My Snarky Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts Friday, Feb. 2) in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: February 10, 2018 03:28:51 PM
I received from Onyxnox!

First up, a lovely card:

I just realized the bow obscures the text a little bit.  "Handmade with love", the tag says...aawwww...."& toxic fumes", the inside chimes in.  Love and toxic fumes...isn't that what it's all about?  Wink

I love the extras!  Onyxnox included some gorgeous gift tags that I'm almost loathe to, y'know, use and therefore give away, even though I know that's their intended purpose.  These are clearly to be used only for very special people!  And some extra little conversation hearts to do with as I see fit...

And la pièce de résistance:

I'm not a paper-crafter/collage-er (I'm not sure what to call the technique specifically, sorry), so the piece itself, as well as the sentiment (!), absolutely made my day.

An angled shot, to show off the outside and inside edges:

There are magnets on the back, and it is 100% coming to work with me on Monday to grace my locker.

It's even kitty-approved!

Thank you for a fantastic package o' snark, Onyxnox!
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2  Christmas Cats in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: December 14, 2017 03:19:32 PM
I cross-stitched some ornaments for my mom from her grandkittens and furkid - my two cats and hers.  I found the patterns on Etsy and altered them to match everyone's markings, then framed them in 3" wooden embroidery hoops painted gold.

It's hard (okay, impossible  Roll Eyes) to tell from the pictures, but I used opalescent Aida cloth so that if/when she hangs them on the tree, they'll catch the lights.
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3  Halloween Cat in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: October 30, 2017 06:21:28 PM
Hark!  I managed to finish a project before the holiday for which it was intended - I'll have to put a mark on the calendar.   Roll Eyes

I love Satsuma Street's cross-stitch designs, and when I first saw "Halloween Cat" last year, I knew I had to stitch it up!  It took me a while, but I was working on other projects in between.

Neatly framed (and oh-so-slightly blurry, apparently, but at least there's no glare on the glass):

There's a longer ramble on my blog about all the little tweaks I made to the pattern, plus a time-lapse video.  I'm just sad I can't reasonably keep this on display all year.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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4  Re: Felt Twinchie Swap Round 3 - Sign up until 31st August Send out 30th September in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: October 10, 2017 05:31:36 PM
The mailman tried to fake me out by delivering late today, but darn it, I made that second trip to the mailbox and I'm so glad I did

Fatewineroses, you're killing me here!   Cheesy  The little Halloween kitty is coming to work with me this week to settle in with my other seasonal decor...don't worry; Rudolph and Pusheen will get their turn soon enough!  And Chococat makes me smile every time I look at him.  I love these, and all the little details you put into them - thank you so much!  Grin

(And thank you for organizing, bec99!)
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5  Re: Adult Merit Badge Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: September 23, 2017 05:04:26 PM
I received from JoyfulClover....apparently the mail came laaaaate yesterday, which made for an even better surprise today!

The whole shebang:

(including a sweet note written on the classiest sugar skull card!)

JClove chose to celebrate my knowing how to dance the shim sham:

And also my tendency to correct the grammar of pretty much everybody I come into contact with:

I honestly squealed when I saw this one!  Even though it says "Police Chief", I have this sudden urge to strap on my (purely hypothetical) fringed chaps and jangly spurs, and swagger down Main Street with my gun o' grammar.  (Only instead of bullets, it unfurls a flag with "*their" emblazoned across it.)

JClove had attached it to this card, which pretty much sums up my reaction to such a transgression:

Thank you so much for the badges and the belly laugh, JoyfulClover, and thank you fatewinewoses for organizing!  Cheesy
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6  Vintage Pumpkin Tea Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: September 17, 2017 06:09:51 PM
I stitched this up for ilovesnails in the Vintage Halloween Swap.  I found the vintage-y pumpkin image on Pinterest.

All folded up and ready to be shipped out.  I didn't think to photograph the whole tea towel flat for size reference, but the design is about 4 1/4" x 4 1/2".

A close-up of the stitching.  I kept things simple and used backstitch for the bulk of the design, but busted out a little satin stitch for the eyes and mouth.

I love how this came out, and kinda want to stitch up a second one for myself!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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7  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: August 31, 2017 07:05:45 PM
I got the best package from ilovesnails!  There were some fun extras:

I love those candy-filled eyeballs...

A lovely door/wall hanger...I love typography!  After I photographed it like this, thinking, "Oh, bats hang upside-down from things.", my bf promptly flipped it over and around which in hindsight is how I think it should be displayed.  If this is an IQ test, I clearly failed.  Roll Eyes

And the pièce de résistance: this awesome purple monster!  This guy's coming to work with me to jazz up my cube in October.  (And no, he's not magical and capable of wall-walking; I'm just having some trouble orienting my picture.)

If I thought I was excited to take everything out and get a look at it, well, I wasn't the only one...

Thank you, ilovesnails!
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8  Re: Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: July 06, 2017 05:38:31 PM
Is there any better feeling than coming home after work to find not-a-bill-but-real mail waiting for you?

Seeuudee, these are gorgeous!  I love the pick-and-mix approach you took to my wishlist (hippie-dom, brightly coloured sweets, vintage Christmas), and I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favourite.  I love all the little details in these: the rainbow chainstitch, the bicoloured felt on the cupcake liner to create depth, the French knot starburst on the ornament...

Funnily enough, I was thisclose to making up a VW van for you before deciding to stick to my ocean theme - but I don't think mine would have come out as groovy as this!
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9  Here Comes the Sun in Needlework: Completed Projects by Witty_Child on: April 02, 2017 07:30:37 AM
Oof, I'm just a little bit late in posting this.  I stitched this up for ilovesnails in the Box of Sunshine Swap.

The pattern is from SewingSeed on Etsy.  I changed the fabric colour from what was recommended because I liked the airy, blue-sky-'n-clouds effect it gave.  I also changed a few of the yellows, as some of the palest shades the pattern called for wouldn't have shown up properly.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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10  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Witty_Child on: February 25, 2017 11:47:24 AM
I received a bright-and-sunny box from ilovesnails on Thursday!

First up: a cheery little paper-crafted canvas that I think will have to grace my cubicle at work, and a little crocheted sun.  My cat loves the sun, and tried to abscond with it while I was carefully photographing everything.  Smiley

Assorted Aida cloth, which warms the cockles of this stitcher's heart.

I love the bright yellow of that scarf!

...now, if only it would stop snowing here, I might be able to coax some bright blooms from these...

There are no words for how awesome this Simpsons fabric is!

Thank you for a lovely, sunny package, ilovesnails - this was such a fun swap!
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