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11  Re: Altering Paper Crafts Supply Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: February 12, 2010 06:36:41 AM
Ok! Finally! Here is my loot from dinkime!

A bunch of "vintage" type stuff. Labels from food and old papers. I love everything! Cheesy

I especially love the foam flowers, the USA map cutouts, the vintage fruit labels and the children's books pages!
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12  Gallery Receipt! PIC OBESE! in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: December 23, 2009 12:13:09 PM
I'm going out of town tomorrow so I decided to open today while my boyfriend is at work (we're doing our gift exchange this evening Smiley )...so it's been a morning of indie-, swing- and Muppet-Christmas music, wrapping and unwrapping!

So let me just preface this by saying Sara is amazing. She's multi-talented, a jill-of-all-trades. What didn't she include in this package?? I can't believe it. There was a lot of "oooh"-ing and immediately adorning her gifts. I was horribly spoiled and of course, now I feel like my package didn't live up to the standard...The thing I was most excited about wasn't wrapped, it was this little stack of paper folded up and tied with a ribbon.

So without further ado, my lovely package from Sara (Gamergirl)!

Everything. Let's do a list.
lunchbag (she was a wist stalker for sure, i Looooove this), bird puppet, book (the handmaid's tale, we're both readers with a saturday ritual of hitting the books), crafty bracelets (inset down there v), zipper pouch, 3 soaps (apricot, cranberry and my faaaaaavorite tuberose), nail kit, shot glass that looks like a candy cane, i'm not sure what the short crocheted pieces are(let me know?), owl zip pouch, mini card/envelope set (my favorite!!!), lip balm, beads, findings, lip balm (more! i have an obsession... like a zombie is pulled to brainnnnns), round washcloth, bath fizz, salts, peppermint tea (i'm thinking that with limeade in the sun tea jar... arnold palmojitos?)

the lap quilt wouldn't fit in the pic so you can just see a tad of it in the everything shot. also worth mentioning: sara sent me like 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies, a big ole bag of peppermint/chocolate bark and some delish pumpkin bread. so all that and then some. Oh yeah, and a bag of chocolates (I already ate 'em) and a catnip mouse for my kitkit (who has carted it off to some toy graveyard in an undisclosed locale...)

the lap quilt Smiley

I immediately hijacked some of the stuff, it was like playing dress up, I just kept putting stuff on. A cowl (my other favorite!) in a lovely variegated red, soft material, fingerless mitts, green button bracelets, some iridescent green earrings...I couldn't stop. I took a picture in the mirror so that's why I have that weird Stepford expression...I was looking deep into my own eyes...

another angle of the cowl and mitts Smiley

the earrings she made (four pair total, i'm wearing one) and the gigantic tub o' glass

mini cards, so freaking adorable and such cute papers! this is right up my alley Smiley

the cowl + mitts, i looooove these. i have a feeling they will get a LOT of use over the next 3 months...

my new lunchbag. i can finally retire the target reusable gigantic red bag. seriously, i have wanted one of these for. ever. i love this fabric. i really feel like sara nailed my style, as much of a style as i have (not much, admittedly...)

these are the short crocheted pieces. they're about the length of my wrist. oh wait. are they bookmarks? i may have just figured it out. i did that in the bookmark swap, someone sent me an elastic bookmark (whcih ended up being my favorite) and i kept wearing it as a bracelet...

my book and two crafty braclets Smiley

Soooo the moral of the story is: A++++++ for effort! Thank you so so so so so so so so much Sara. You made my first Christmas away from home wonderful and I think we made pretty good friends over the course of this swap. You are awesome, girl. Though I may have to send another box your way to compensate. . .you super-spoiled me.
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13  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: December 19, 2009 08:28:37 AM
I received a lovely secret santa package! Smiley

(sorry, bad camera phone, no flash)

My partner was Jennifer (chibilightangel) and she spoiled me to the core. I don't even remember what I had on my wishlist except a Twilight-themed charm bracelet. She indulged my ridiculous request and nailed my style, head-on!


Bracelet and Earrings set, in the box

Awesome math clock I've had on my wishlist forever!

(from ThinkGeek)

Inchies + Scrabble-type words = Art Smiley I will hang this in my dining room!

Closeup of the bracelet, in **action** Smiley I won't be taking it off for awhile...The detail is amazing. There are leaves, hearts, flowers, a key(i love keys!!!!) and it's gorgeous shades of pink and purple (my favorite!). Seriously, Jen, you outdid yourself.

And what will now serve me as a gratitude journal. Things I am thankful for: #1. Chibilightangel! Cheesy

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. As predicted, now that I received such a wonderful package, I feel like my package I sent out was not that good. I am experiencing package inferiority. I hope my partner likes it. I haven't seen her post yet!
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14  Re: Christmas Stocking Stuffers 2009 version 2.0 Send by November 30 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cassiecate57 on: December 14, 2009 10:10:19 AM
I just wanted to share how AWESOME Sara is (gamergirl). My stocking overfloweth!

But no, it won't all fit in the stocking. It just splooges out in to this box.
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15  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: December 09, 2009 09:36:24 AM

My package! I finally got a picture of it. And I shook it, I heard something like rice or beans shaking around. I hope it's candy! Maybe beads?
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16  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party (sign ups CLOSED; mail by 11/23/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cassiecate57 on: November 08, 2009 10:44:24 AM
I'm done with one project and have all the necessary parts for another.

I'll probably do that project tonight...

And also, I felt like the Whos in Whooville when I read the mass email from the organizers about posting regularly; "We are Here, We Are Here, WE ARE HERE!"

I know I haven't been that active. . .I think it's because we can't communicate with our partners. We're all working on projects secretly.
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17  Re: Christmas Stocking Stuffers 2009 version 2.0 Send by November 30 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cassiecate57 on: November 06, 2009 04:18:47 PM
I got crackin' on my partner's stuff today. I'm really excited.

I fell in love with the best paper at Michaels...man, "Hey Foxy" paper made me want an adorable kawaii-style tattoo.

But it wasn't a trip for me. I found some great stuff (I also hit Goodwill) and have a big project going on at my kitchen table.
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18  Re: Altered Puzzle Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: October 30, 2009 03:33:33 PM
I received today from Krafty_karasu...I love my pieces. I now have a 6-piece puzzle from you crafty folks Smiley

Thank you so much, for being my partner and organizing this swap Smiley I am one happy camper!
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19  Peacock Costume in Halloween Costumes by cassiecate57 on: October 25, 2009 10:23:53 AM

Just wanted to share my costume. I went to my first Halloween party of the season last night and the (drunk) people there liked it! Smiley

I wore colored extensions in my hair (x4 @ 3.50 each from Claire's or Icing) and bought some feathered fake lashes ($5 at Walgreens), I had all my makeup on hand (I'm an eyeshadow nut!). I had a pair of peacock clips in my accessories from Forever 21 that I got about a six months ago in Connecticut.

I'd never worn eyelashes before and didn't know whether to do my makeup first or second. Definitely do the makeup FIRST, then apply the lashes!

My dress I got from Sears (I think it was about $35) and it is still functional as a dress, the peacock train is fully detachable. I had my shoes on hand and picked up a pair of sheer pantyhose.


For the feather contraption, I used:
  • Gorilla Glue
  • two shades of tulle (1 yard each @ 1.25 per yard at Walmart)
  • an eBay lot of 100 feathers (varying lengths but most are over 3 feet long...and 100 was waaaay too many. I used 30 at the most.)
  • thick elastic for attaching the dress to the feathers
  • thin elastic for attaching the two layers together
  • and elastic jewelry line for attaching the feathers to the second layer, one by one.

I Gorilla Glued the first layer of feathers to the darker shade of tulle from the underside so the feathers would show perfectly in a fan. If I'd had more time or ambition, I could have created a wire bustle underneath using this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbxRdDjp67g) tutorial. That was sort of what I had envisioned. So the first fan I used Gorilla Glue but the second fan I tried using the clear, elastic jewelry/fishing line. I tied about 15 feathers in place and scrunched them together in a casual fan shape on top of the Gorilla Glue layer. The resulting layers were tied together using elastic and then attached to the dress. I wore a thick (1"+) piece of elastic just under my bustline, knotted in the back. The piece of elastic was about 18" longer than my bustline so that the end could pop out the back of my dress over the top, like where your bra would hook (That's the white you see on the back of the dress, it was pretty thick elastic). That 18" of elastic was wrapped around the feather contraption and secured. Then a piece of leftover tulle was used to 'cover the raw edges' (which wasn't the most professional job, I admit). I'm happy with how it came out and it was plenty cute and creative for the group I was around (pre-fab costumes that bordered on slutty/oversexed).

If I did it again, I would use Gorilla Glue all the way. It dried kind of stiff so it does give some structural integrity to the piece. I would have done 3-4 cascading layers and left more of the white feather quill part in tact so that the elastic could wrap around that, possibly after using floral tape to first wrap up the white quills/feather edges. I would suggest attaching the feathers at more than one point to the dress simply because to me, in the mirror, it looked better when the feathers were flush with the dress. But at the party, from a practical standpoint, having the feathers attached up high at one point made the feathers more mobile so I could shift them to sit down. It would have sucked to not be able to sit for the whole party.

Comments/criticism welcome but only in a constructive sense. I am also happy to provide more explanation on the construction of the costume. I will be wearing it out again next weekend for actual Halloween Smiley
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20  Re: Altered Puzzle Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cassiecate57 on: October 14, 2009 06:59:05 PM
I received two pieces from Gini (seeuudee) that I have been meaning to post! I love them and my puzzle is half complete Smiley

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