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21  Re: Instant Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: November 20, 2006 06:16:04 PM
Received from Bluefrue today.  She sent some gorgeous fabric...I know I'll make good use of it...I think I'll give pursemaking a try.

The whole package.  Cotton, brocade, satin, and velor.  Even when I pulled out something that wasn't me, I thought of someone I could make something for from it!

My favorites:

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22  Re: The Labyrinth Movie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: November 09, 2006 06:54:19 PM
Its a painting I did halfeleven writer  Smiley
Wow...I wish I could paint like that.    Smiley

Here are the pictures of the package I received yesterday from Neomagalie!

She read my mind: I've been wanting to hang some masks around my door, and the one she made me is beautiful!  So are the cards, which have feathers and movie quotes written in gorgeous script.  As you can see, I've already been munching on the gummy worms.  And then she sent a crystal with a stand, since I adore watching Jareth play with the crystals.

Thank you!
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23  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round Six - October 2006 in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: October 29, 2006 07:44:22 PM
I've uploaded a picture of the melt and pour soapmaking kit I received yesterday from KnitChick1979.  I couldn't have asked for a more perfect pair of kits this round.

The excessive light pink worried me at first, but when I found out that only the packaging was pink, I calmed down  Wink  She sent regular and coconut enriched glycerin soap bases, three different colors, two different scents, fish and rose soap molds, a container to melt soaps in and plenty of spoons, tulle and ribbon to wrap up soap gifts, very easy to follow instructions, a couple of project sheets for more ideas, and two already made soaps.

While I'm still trying to get the hang of spinning (cool, but definitely not easy, at least when you're learning), I had my first bars of soap an hour after I brought the stuff into the kitchen.  Now I'm addicted, and have already been to JoAnn for more molds and goat's milk glycerin base with this sale's coupon.  It's quick, easy to make and clean up, and a great source for last minute gifts now that Christmas is coming.

Here are the ones I made last night while I was waiting for Fawlty Towers to come on.  Far more fun than idly checking email.

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24  Re: Use What You Have Swap (round two!) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: October 26, 2006 06:41:23 PM
gorgeous needle roll!!

any chance we could see a close-up of that pendant?  it looks beautiful!

Here's a clearer shot  Grin
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25  Re: Use What You Have Swap (round two!) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: October 25, 2006 08:19:32 PM
I received from The Noodle Princess today!  She sent such a perfect package:

A gorgeous needle roll...I had one wisted
Knit and beaded leaf stitch markers...how did you know I've turned into a stitch marker freak over the summer?
Branchy seed beaded earrings...which were also wisted
A beautiful woodburned tree pendant...I'm also a pendant nut

As soon as I pulled the needle roll out of the envelope, I ran over to my knitting drawer and sorted this mess

Into this

Thank you!
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26  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round Six - October 2006 in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: October 19, 2006 05:35:11 PM
I've probably already mentioned it, but I completely love those microscope slide pendant kits.  I'm a necklace fiend and adore cool pendants.

Anyway, I got my kit from redheadskydiver, too...a spinning kit! 

She sent a spindle and four kinds of roving: three shades of blue and one that I could dye myself.

I wanted to try it out today, but my power was out all day, and only came back on recently (and on a perfectly clear day, too!  grrr...), so I wasn't able to get to the wonderful instructions that she sent links to.  But they were definitely the first things I went to and printed once I could get my computer on today!  Grin

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27  Re: FISKARS JOURNAL GALLERY in Completed Projects by halfelvenwriter on: October 11, 2006 07:42:31 PM
Well, tofuttibreak, if it makes you feel better, I didn't plan a lot of mine...I just jumped in with a very basic idea.

I love the ones posted already.  Here are a few of my favorites from my papercraft journal:

Before and after the advent of papercrafts:

The annoying alien question:

How you feel when you're lost in thought in a craft store (I interpreted this one pretty loosely):

And then what you'd tell Fiskars about papercrafters if you were consultant for a day:

I'm a writer...can't you tell?  Wink  I wondered if I put more words than they'd be interested in on some of the pages.
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28  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: September 24, 2006 06:15:56 PM
I wanted to show off the first half of what I made with my yarn from this swap:

Fetching from Knitty (the first of the pair, at least)!

I think everyone who can join the next round, should!  I might not be able to, depending on when.
I'd also like to join the next round, but I'm not sure I'll have the time, especially if it's around Christmas.  Sad
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29  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: September 14, 2006 08:58:25 PM
hgflower asked me to post pics, so here they are!  No close-ups Sad though I was particularly proud of the stitch markers and the jewelry.

First off, Feathers McGraw maniacally trying to get away with the loot:

And then Feathers thwarted:

The green Classic Elite Miracle is for the Bowhunting Skills wristwarmers.

Also keeping Feathers from getting away and trying to steal more diamonds:
Straight needles and dpns for the project
Three different patterned ribbon lengths
A set of Wallace and Gromit marble magnets
A set of wire and bead charm stitch markers
Two cell phone charms (one of which I ended up making for myself, too)
Two pairs of earrings
A necklace
A string of beads for other projects
Photo stickers of different things in Maryland and DC
Postcards of a few places I didn't have pictures of
"Hon" sticker (Baltimore thing)
Maryland shot glass
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30  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by halfelvenwriter on: September 07, 2006 10:46:24 PM
I should be asleep, but I just had to post the pictures.  I completely love the Cascade 220...it's for a pair of "Fetching" wristwarmers from Knitty.  The green, blue and purple in it will go with pretty much everything I own.

And, of course, the first thing I did after I took this picture was unwrap the ball...uh...rectangle.  Grin  Lots of great stuff inside!

hgflower sent me the kind of great stuff that I love to add to my altered art stash, including a Disneyland PotC booklet, Thai coins, and some really great bags, including a Thai 7Eleven bag

She also sent:
Mix CDs (one Grey's Anatomy and one California mix) in a Pirates case
PotC Stencils for when I finally stencil those t-shirts I bought at the beginning of this summer
Handmade wooden cable needles...great for "Fetching" and great in general
A box for notions, and some notions I'm going to need
A paper star bracelet and earrings set, and paper strips to make more stars!  Garment labels
Jamba Juice pineapple lip balm
Cinnamon mints in a cute tin
One of those wonderful little jelly candies with the coconut chunk inside (never thought to try them frozen...must go find more at the Asian market)

I probably missed naming something, there was so much.

 Smiley Lastly, hgflower, I wanted to clarify something I didn't explain well in another thread.  My main craft supply source is the local Michaels and JoAnn, and most of their ephemera (around me, at least) consists of either country-influenced cuteness or nostalgic things.  I grew up with cutesy country, right down to having goose borders in my old bedroom.  So when I think cutesy, that's what comes to mind, and it drives me crazy.  I really love the cute stuff you sent!
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