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on: April 08, 2009 07:16:30 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by AsphaltQueen
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I received an absolutely amazing package from SonjaBoo today! Get your wisting fingers ready, ladies!

This is the wonderful box that greeted me this afternoon. Yep, that's bacon tape! Grin

The first thing I saw was this adorable notecard and cute gnome tag. (I love gnomes!!!)

Then I came across this lovely bouquet of fabric flowers. They are straight off my wist and I love them!

And here is their new home on our entertainment center. I need to take the time to fluff them up a little, but they look perfect there, no?

SonjaBoo also crafted up some cute inchies for me and put them in a cool Chinese envelope (that will definitely be used in some altered art in the future). My faves are the cookie monster, Detroit map and the smurf. Wink

The next thing I opened is one of my favorites of this package. It's a mini-Snort! (see my avatar for the real Snort) I've been wanting a needle-felted beagle for so, so long and I can't believe I finally have one! And check out the accessories! A toy ball, leash, bone and... poo! Too frickin' adorable!!!

And the mini-Snort not only looks amazingly like the real Snort, but is also Snort-approved. Wink  SonjaBoo, you did an amazing job on this, seriously.

So, that's it, right? Nope, not even close. Better put up your feet and relax...

Next up is a really cool soldered glass necklace. I love the stamp you choose, SonjaBoo. It's so cool!

And then, I opened up this super-cool, super-funky necklace. I LOVE IT!!! I think you can tell in the photos, but it's made of felted beads wrapped with a zipper. AWESOME!!! I'm just hoping I have enough style and flair to pull this one off. Grin

SonjaBoo also included a cute container of random jewelry and metal goodies that are just perfect for my jewelry making. I love it all, but there's a super cute camera charm, clock charm, antique key, rhinestone brooch and vintage blue flower that I just adore!

And, last, but certainly not least, a recipe box! And yes, ladies, it's made with kitschy, happy-homemaker-with-a-twist graphics!!! Seriously, I have wanting this for years. I was almost to the point that I was going to make it for myself. But I am so glad I didn't since SonjaBoo's is so much cooler than anything I would have done. Check out the amazing work! (It is so much more vibrant and colorful in person, my photos are crappy because it was a cloudy day today.)

And here are a couple of the uber-cute dividers!

Thank you so, so much for such an amazing swap package, SonjaBoo! I am thoroughly and utterly floored by your generosity. YOU ROCKED THIS SWAP!!! Grin

on: April 29, 2009 04:34:08 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by Windoverireland
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Ah prepare to be awed - the wonderful BattleMaiden has sent the most spectacular package - without further ado:

One of her prints - I love the "Bewitched" look to it! My fav of all her prints - her skills are fantastic!

a gypsy print! It's so me!!

3 prints she made into bookmarks! I'm never without a book of three so this is perfect!

another print made into a mirror - I'll so enjoy this in my purse! And the quote is so apropos!

these two prints were made into pins! They'll look awesome on my school bag!

turquoise earrings and the beads have teeny chinese characters on them

purple and clear earrings! I never have enough and I absolutely love to receive jewelry!!

A necklace and closeup of the medallion - it's a blend of warm reddishorange and green - I'm already looking for the perfect outfit to wear it with!

a bracelet in browns and golds! Matches a huge hunk of my wardrobe!

the most beautiful mass of blues and silver wire! I'm not sure what to use it for - but it's not leaving my sight!

a small beaded bag - I'm charging it and carrying my cleansing stones in it!

some coloring pages from her very own illustrated fairy tales adult coloring book ! I'm so honored!

I cannot say thank you enough! So far and beyond anything I expected! Karma satisfied and then some!

Blessed Be and may the Goddess shine her light upon you!

on: March 09, 2009 01:35:31 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by sunspotted
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Alrighty, I received today from Sonjaboo.  I apologize for the quality of the photos (my weirdo eye inflammation is still messing with my depth perception and general focusing abilities, plus I suck at photography).  I do not apologize for the number and size of photos.  Sonjaboo sent a fabulous package and I couldn't leave anything out and/or subject the lovely items to tiny little thumbnail photos.  So prepare yourselves for lots of pics.  Dialup people, I apologize.

First up.  What's this?  She sent me a HD DVD player?  Wow how generous.  OK, really I just wanted to show the very cute cat tape everything was sealed up with.

Sonjaboo and I bonded over our love of Nancy Drew and Sleepover Friends, so all the gifts have these adorable tags that she made.  So cute!!!

Drop spindle, roving and directions!  I can't believe I am finally going to learn to spin!  I am beyond excited.  I have actual time off coming up next week and now I definitely know what I will be doing!  And look at the colours on the roving.  It's absolutely gorgeous, all sunset colours with cool green, so pretty.  Can't wait to play with this.

Next out of the box was "Mod Podge and You", a folder containing supplies and directions for someone who hadn't even heard of Mod Podge about 6 months ago (why yes I do live under a rock).  The idea is fascinating.  I can't wait to start slopping glue everywhere. 

Next she made me a journal, based on my wist with buttons.  I love it.  It's so pretty I don't think I'll be able to use it.

My favourite paper and the bookmarks she included.

Nope, not even close to done.  Fabric, buttons, beads, thread cutter pendant and a recipe for Peach Muffins that makes me realize I haven't eaten lunch yet.  Yum..  Oh and the boxes holding the buttons and beads are for practicing my soon-to-be-mad mod podging skillz.  Yay.

To cap things off, Sonjaboo made me this adorable little kitty chapstick holder from my wists.  He's terribly cute and made from my favourite coloured cotton (seriously, I buy that colourway by the case) and she included some chapstick for him to hold.  As god is my witness, never again, will my chapstick roll off my nightstand in the middle of the night, forcing me to wake up and search blindly and grumpily under my bed for said chapstick, usually finding only dust bunnies and therefore forced to decide between horrible chapped lips or a 3 a.m. search through the entire house for another chapstick.  My lips thank you. 

All in all, a superior package that has truly made my day, week and possibly month (we'll see how St. Patrick's Day goes, that might top this, but I doubt it).  Thank you so much Sonjaboo.  I love everything.  It (and you) are AWESOME!!
on: May 03, 2009 04:32:59 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by pinkleo
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I have received the most wonderful goodies from butofcourse.  I feel so luck that she picked me to craft for, and I am thrilled she is back in the wonderful world of swaps!  Now, without further to do, my goodies....(due to my massive pic taking, I have included small pics that you can click to see a bigger view)

A Beautiful Journal!

Handspun Yarn

Gorgeous Knit Fingerless Mitts

A Lot of Fabulous Goodies: Group Shot

A closer look at those goodies.

Thank you so much butofcourse!
on: May 09, 2009 04:04:28 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by GatsbyGirl
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Hey all. I feel so bad for my partner Meowari. She sent me this fabulous package that a) I was out of town when it arrived and b) when I got home my husband was in the clutches of bronchitis and I didn't have a chance to take pictures until today.

I hope you don't think I didn't like it, because I do, I really, really do. Here's the whole stash:

First off, the flapper pillow and painted tile are so great! As you can see the flapper pillow has joined my other embroidered pillows on the guest bed in my craft room. Love it! I'm going to take the tile in and hang it at my office.

Even though I've lived in LA for nearly a decade, I still love and adore Texas. My husband saw this scarf and asked that I make it into a pillow instantly.

Pendants and pins and a jar of whimsies. Whee!

A nice large piece of this very pretty vintage fabric. It just may get made into a top for summer.

Not only do I have a pink scooter. I hae a Buddy. So this card and keychain were dead on.

Finally, a piece of poo courtesy of her dad. Ha! I had a lot of fun photographing it on the white bedspread. I almost pulled a prank and blamed it on the cat.

Thank you so much Meowari. You went above and beyond. I love it all and am SO sorry it took me so long to post.
on: January 31, 2009 05:19:11 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by HippieKender
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I received my package from Amymisha today!  I was so excited that I forgot to take pics before I dug in.  Cheesy  Here is the cute wrappings.  I love the skull tissue paper and the plastic bag with paw prints will make some adorable fused plastic.  Is it strange that I am excited about the wrapping?  Cheesy

Amy said she went a little overboard with the ribbon.. she wasn't kidding (but can you ever have enough ribbon??)!

Look at that tower!  I can think of so many things to make with this!
And this beautiful lacey-ness:

Next up is my first ever Jar of Whimsies!  I dumped it out to inspect the yummy contents and almost couldn't get it all back in there Shocked  I am so inspired by what's inside (and there was MORE ribbon, hee hee)!

She also gave me this awesome pattern!  I can't wait to make a few of these bags

I am loving this pin cushion.  Amy says it was her great-grandmother's Shocked  I think it's just adorable.  So does my daughter and she keeps trying to take it to have a tea party Cheesy

I almost missed this bookmark, but I'm sure glad I didn't!  It's georgous and I can't wait to stick it in my current book (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons).

As a side note: My daughter (who is 3) helped me open the package and with each item I pulled out she exclaimed loudly, "Is that for me?!"  Cheesy  Made me giggle.
Thank you so much Amymisha, I am totally blown away!!  It still feels strange to get something for nothing, but I'm glad you'll get to join swaps again soon!
on: February 21, 2009 06:59:15 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by SugarySweet
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I received a super fantastic package from rlynn today!! Get your Wist fingers ready, she is an awesome crafter!

She wrapped everything up and numbered them in an order to open.

A nice bag of buttons. I love buttons and these are so pretty.

A Strawberry needlebook! It's so cute. I'll use it in my embroidery kit.

A cute pincushion to keep next to my sewing machine! I needed this little cutie.

Look at these super cute buttons. They were in the tin. There's some lace and ribbon too. The orange buttons are a witch on a broom and they are soooo cute! I'll add them to flickr to see bigger.

Miss super cute poppet! She's so adorable and has flowers in her hair!

Thank you so much rlynn for picking me to craft for! One of my very favorite packages ever!
on: March 06, 2009 01:40:39 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by myklia
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I now have pictures of the beyond fantastic package I got from rlynn.  The pictures don't even begin to do the package justice.

The contents:

#1 buttons  Cheesy  All I had were cheap walmart buttons and I really wanted some cool buttons. She way delivered.

#2 Pictures from an amusement park closed down for the winter.  I have a thing for Ferris wheels and old amusement parks.  These pictures are soo much cooler in person.  This is her first attempt at arty photos and I would say she definitely has a new talent.

#3 Robot box: So so cute and in my favorite colors. Cheesy

#4 Jewelry: The set is japanese silk with resin over it.  The other earrings are embroidered Ferris wheel on felt.  I really love them both.

Now if only someone could have been in the room when I opened #5.  OH MY GOD(SH)!!!!!!!!!!!  I got fab roving from Silver Sun Fibers (is that the same as Silver Sun Alpacas?  If so, that is who I ordered my first drop spindle kit from).  The picture totally doesn't even begin to show the beauty of this roving.  It is the most beautiful gorgeous roving in the world (I'm totally not kidding).  More fab roving from Fiber Optic Yarns, who I have also ordered from before and her stuff is a dream to spin.  rlynn is not a yarn crafter, but picked up the orange and blue balls of Sugar n Cream not knowing that I am a dishcloth knitting (and soon to be crochet) fanatic and this is the yarn I use for that.

This is like the contents of 2 or 3 swap packages.  I got totally spoiled.  Thank you so so much rlynn.  You couldn't have done better if you tried.
on: March 24, 2009 06:45:57 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by Tero
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OH MY GOSH !!! Hold on for a ton of pictures folks, not because I am camera crazy but because I had to take a ton to get everything in.
I got my package from raina.storms yesterday. She said she was sending a ton of paper......ummm she meant what she said.
Mind you the island that this stuff is laid out on is about 5 feet by 3 feet. I give you the best paper swap package EVAR !!

I couldn't believe it. AND there are so many tiny uber cool things in this pile that you cant even see in the big picture.

Beautiful Asian papers, things from China, Korea and I think Japan. There are papers and book pages written in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Dutch just to name a few it is crazy !!

LOVE these beautiful faces, cant wait to start using these beauties..

There are tiny cards in Spanish in here and stamps from all over and parts of travel brochures from all over the world...

A really beautiful hand made journal and a really pretty photo album...

GREAT pictures and papers of every color, texture, size and shape

There are stickers and stationary but by far my favorite thing in the whole box was....

I love this bracelet, it actually fits me, which is always a wonderful suprise but I LOVE the colors and the look of it. I am not sure how she made it but it really is beautiful. The detail in every tiny bit of it is wonderful and it has the prettiest blue glass beads in every loop of it.
There are even more pictures of the coolness in my gallery if you want to see the rest of the pictures. I just cant list them all. It was truly overwhelming.
Raina, this might be the best swap package I have ever gotten, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It just has made my week !!
Much peace to you and yours !!
on: May 01, 2009 10:56:30 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by GrannysAnnie
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I received a package today from the WONDERFUL Goldsheepbowl!!  She read my tastes to a complete T, and I love everything she sent me!  I feel completely spoiled  Cheesy

She sent three amazing drawings/paintings of Lock, Shock, and Barrel!  I'm thinking of framing them and putting them on my living room wall.

Then the most AWESOME painting of Jack Skellington!!!  It is absolutely perfect - the colors, the style, and the sweet star-of-David-esque paper she used!  It actually matches the blue and gray color scheme of my living room  Grin

Next up were two pendants/necklaces.  She salvaged the green one from another necklace, and the gold one is Dean's amulet from Supernatural!  How cool is that?!

Then I got three, yes THREE pairs of earrings  Cheesy  I can never have enough earrings!  The Alice in Wonderland ones look like they're made from shrink plastic (correct me if I'm wrong, Goldsheepbowl).  The pie earrings are apple with gruyere baked into the crust - Pushing Daisies, anyone?  I was so tickled by those. 
And the magenta ones also seem inspired by the PD Aunts.  What a great show - I wish it was still on...

Oh yes, there's MORE... She sent me her very first completed crochet project, a cute little owl pincushion.  I can't believe this is her first crochet project - the stitches are so tight and perfect.  I love it!

So here's the whole lot - including a Moomin cookie cutter (so cute!)

Ahhh!  How could I forget?!  She also sent me a pie magnet ala Pushing Daisies  Cheesy  I got so excited when I saw it that I immediately put it on the fridge.  So here it is in its new home:

on: May 28, 2009 08:47:11 AM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by lindyv321
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Here are the photos from the great package I received from greatlonggone.

here is a hat straight from my wists!

A side view of the wonderful rapunzal scarf, there was a smaller one too that my daughter stole!

Two super cute cupcake pouches, not sure what I want to fill them with yet....

Skully earrings!

cupcake magnets.  I love magnets!

The most awesome painted box inspired by my wists!

Thank you so much for picking me!!!! Welcome back to swapping greatlonggone!
on: April 29, 2009 06:05:31 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by beadedbyamy
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I got SOOOO spoiled by kluckingbear!

The first thing I saw when I opened my package made me so so very happy! She sent me BEAUTIFUL etched wine glasses. They're clear with little frosty flowers swirling around. They are so so so pretty, and I tried really hard to get a decent picture, but was completely unsuccessful. The glass is too shiny! All I got was glare. Sad Kluckingbear, if you have pics, please post them. They're PERFECT. Now when my mom and her boyfriend come to visit this summer, I'll have enough glasses (4) for all of us and my boyfriend to have wine together! Thanks SO much!

Next, I found these adorable little crochet balls filled with catnip for my kitties. I immediately tossed on at my older kitty, who is CRAZY for catnip, and sure enough, she went nuts!

Kitty approved!

I also got this gorgeous reusable shopping bag! It's sooo perfect for me! The mix of patterns with all those earthy tones... I would have picked this out for myself if I'd seen it at a store. I love the matching patchwork on the handle.

Think that's plenty? There's more!  She sent me a cool pendant making kit with everything I need to make 4 glass pendants! I'm so excited! There was also this neat little box... filled with buttons (and more buttons, and more buttons)!

Annnnnd... beads! Lots and lots of them! My favorite are some silver-lined light green beads (in the middle) that are BEGGING me to use them for something magical.

Did I get spoiled or what?

on: May 12, 2009 10:18:02 AM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by princesspimp81
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Hi all!  I received a wonderful package from iloveoctopus, and these pics are way overdue!  She sent me loads of great stuff!

First, a whimsy jar!  The jar is awesome, and all the little goodies in it are amazing!  I've already sorted out the contents and put them away for future use!

Some delish smelling bath salts.  They make the water smell like cherry snowcones, and they make it pretty pink!

Fab Alice in Wonderland magnets!  Had some trouble getting a good pic, but they're amazing!

Gorgeous care bear hook roll.  I love care bears and collect them, so yay!  Also, I've decided to teach myself to knit, so this is perfect for my new knitting stuff!

Wonderful scarves!  They're so soft and pretty!

The most beautiful Alice in Wonderland box.  The pics are amazing!

Thanks so much iloveoctopus!
on: May 23, 2009 01:39:30 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by elociNNicole
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All I can say is "WOW"!  I received my package from greatlonggone today and I am still giddy and smiley about it.  She really spent a lot of time on these items! 

A lovely knit scarf with reversible cables.  It is so soft!  (And I am obsessed with cables!!)

A gray cabled hat.  LOVE it! 

An adorable faux bois pin cushion.  Love it so much!  It looks like a stump.  See all of the grain lines?  All of that is hand stitched!  amazing!

A cute little owl patch:

Something that was completely inspired by something on my wist!  This looks soooo much like the one on my wist!  I love the way they match up, the color swirls and the sharpness of the lines.  Bravo!

And I don't know if the tree paintings are my favorite or this next item which totally knocked my socks off!  (yep, I said it!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy)

Hand. Knit. Socks.
LOVE these soooo much!  These are my first pair!  I have never made them or received them before!  I really do love them and they fit absolutely perfectly.   

Thank You again, greatlonggone.  For picking me and for crafting such an amazing package for me!
on: February 04, 2009 04:29:52 PM 
Started by rackycoo, Message by underthemountain
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Beautiful package Amymisha and HippieKender!!!

Today I was totally spoiled by RueRue!!

First off was this sweet handmade note:

Love the origami crane!!

RueRue embroidered this awesome penguin for Lana!!  I really love this!!  It's in the laundry ATM because Lana is wearing it to school tomorrow!  I'll be sure to snap an action shot then!

The whole shirt:

Closeup of the penguin.  Isn't he the cutest!! 

RueRue also said that she would make me a few handcarved stamps and ended up surprising me with a ton of them (3 hedgies, birdie, cupcake, and a baby poppet from my drawing!!), lots of beautiful hair ribbons, and buttons!!  The stamps are really professionally done and with such attention to detail.  Not only is the carving done well, but the block of wood has rounded edges...so much nicer on the hand.

Lana really loved the stamps.  She kept saying how pretty they were.  She also loved the hair ribbons as did I.  These are the first that she's had and she really loves them and insisted on wearing one right away.  Smiley  I really can't get over how creative RueRue is.  She's mastered so many different crafts!!

You can also see Lana hard at work making a frame for a picture with RueRue's wonderful stamps!!

And besides all this wonderfulness RueRue communicated with me alot and we had a nice time getting to know each other a bit. 

Thank you sooo much for such an amazing package RueRue. We love it all!!
And thank you to Racky for organizing this fantastic swap!!
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