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11  Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap - R5 -- Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: August 16, 2007 07:03:26 AM
I came home from NYC to find a package from my swap partner, red_phooka, sitting at the top of the mail pile.  Hurray!  Meet Quayyima the quail.  She was created in my fav color (pink) and is done in the kawaii style that I really like.  How cute is she?!!!  Quayyima, whose name means 'precious' likes sweets, pretty jewelry, sitting among flowers, and the color pink.  She dislikes bugs and noisy people.   

Because she likes pretty jewelry, she came with this pretty pink freshwater pearl necklace for me!  What a wonderful package from a wonderful partner!

And speaking of wonderful partner (and very patient)..
I have had the misfortune of having a shipping problem going into another country and she has been so patient waiting for her stuffie (who is going to have to be resent)
Here is a picture of the stuffie I made for my partner who is flying all around North America it seems:

Hopefully it will arrive soon. 
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12  Re: Pink Swap Round #2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: July 29, 2007 06:46:21 PM
Finally - here are the photos from the awesome package that I received from my talented swap partner.  am0420 sent the following (and my photos really don't do them justice!)

This weekender bag that is gorgeous.  So well made - and has a detachable flower pin.

A shoulder bag with appliqued branches and flowers.  A perfect sized purse - great shape.

Great little pink glass beaded earrings (to go with my fabulous new bass)

I was so spoiled.  Last week was my birthday - and even though no one knew - these were the best presents (don't telll my husband!)

Thanks again!!!
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13  My first amigurumi!!! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Quail on: July 24, 2007 02:43:24 PM
I had so much positive support at my first big crocheting project (my granny square blanket in bright colors) that I kept it.  I have been dying to make amigurumi animals and have amassed quite a collection of cute japanese books.  I finally figured out how to follow directions - crochet is a very forgiving craft - just pull out stitches if you make a mistake!

From Mr Funky's Crochet book here is my version of their hamster, beret, bag and all!

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14  Re: Altoid Swap Round 6.2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: July 24, 2007 02:39:37 PM
Me again!  This time I am posting the pics from the tin that Phillip742498 sent.

He went with my beach theme!  The top looks and feel like real sand (don't know how you did that?!) and is topped with fiber 'seaweed' , textured paper, and a glass bottle (for a message).  It was edged in tiny shells.

inside had water image paper and two handmade matchbook notebooks, another little bottle, some beachy colored beads and some portable folding scissors (handy!)

thanks a bunch!!!
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15  Re: Altoid Swap Round 6.2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: July 23, 2007 07:13:03 PM
I am posting pictures of the tin that Philip7424298 recieved from me.
This was a challenge - making a more 'masculine' themed boxed (expecially after working on the Pink Swap!!)  - but I was up for it and thrilled when we exchanged emails and I came up with a great idea for his theme. 

My partner has a hobby called Letterboxing - which is through an organization whose members 'hide' boxes with a rubber stamp and log and post clues to find them.  They are all over the country.  Seekers have their own stamps and leave their mark in the logs when found and then use the found stamps to mark a personal log.  Very cool.

I designed a tin to look like the outdoors.  There is the 'dirt' and rocks embedded, a tree, a compass, and the word 'SEARCH'.  I decoupaged coordinates and clues around the edge.  I added feet.

Inside there was a pocket for a message and decoupaged bottom.  Inside I made two mini journals and some magnets with the Letterboxing logo.  I added a few extra rocks and shells.  Not shown was a mini 'tin' (a matchbook covered in mulberry paper with bead feet and pull that included a pull out accordian folded message).  I hope he enjoys it!!

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16  Re: Paper & Ephemera Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: July 16, 2007 02:13:30 PM
I received my package today from my fab partner pluck1_08!  It was filled with such an array of interesting things!  It's amazing what kind of inspiration one can find from other peoples stuff!  Paper, tickets, stickers, brochures, postcards, lots of cool things I can't possibly list them all!!!  Check out the pics:

Thanks so much!!!
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17  I WILL learn to crochet! Gotta start somewhere in Crochet: Completed Projects by Quail on: July 10, 2007 01:26:46 PM
I am just dying to learn how to crochet all of the cute amigurumi animals and food!   I have crochet envy.  So I gathered some yarn and some hooks.  Took a few lessons from my mom and referred to some books and online tutorials. 

Got the basic SC, etc.. down so I started the granny's.  And kept going.  Guess I am going to make a blanket.  Not the best colors to go in my house and the store ran out of the green.  But who cares?  I am crocheting!

I gave my mother a panda amigurumi pattern that I had.  She just whipped it up in no time!
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18  Stuffed Mushroom in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Quail on: June 28, 2007 05:18:56 AM
Meet Mr. FunGuy  (get it?  Fun Guy - Fungi?)  I made him for a swap - my swap partner likes mushroom motifs so this was my interpretation.

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19  Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap - R4 -- Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: June 15, 2007 09:13:26 AM
Here is the first post of pictures everyone!  Jealous?   Nighlight made the most AMAZING stuffies!  Quails (my fav bird!) 
Introducing Hiroto the California Quail

and Hiroto with his chick Chikako

A story of Hiroto along with personal bios of the two quails accompanied these works of art.  The colors are so fab - I don't think my photos do them justice!  They stand on their own with wired feet.

A big thanks to Nighlight - an awesome swap partner!
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20  Re: Tiny Crafts Swap--Favorite Colors! in The Swap Gallery by Quail on: June 04, 2007 01:08:44 PM
Wow!  I came home today to find not an envelope but a decorated box waiting for me!  DropDeadSuzie really went to town on her crafting and spoilled me in my first craftster swap! 

Inside the box that was extremely well packed for the cross country trip were:

A hand bound journal (which is amazing and she said it was her first attempt), a colorful pin cushion for my new crafting interest in sewing, two crocheted  pink and while 'doilies' (but not your average doilies!), two adorable felt bird pins, and a needlepointed glass jar.  The glass jar has images of birds on the top, one being a quail which I obviously love (they live in my uncle's backyard in Arizona).  When I opened the jar it was filled with ribbon roses and bows and lots of beads in that fabulous Martha shade of green!! And then I noticed she painted my name on the top of the jar!

DropDeadSuzie went above and beyond and I think she hit every type of crafting!

Here are some photos - I hope they come out good enough to do justice to the hard work that was put into this swap.    Who's jealous?!

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