Comment: Thanks for this beautiful punched ornament. One year, at the Cranberry Festival, in Warrens, Wisconsin, the big rage was to take tin paint cans, pierce designs and landscapes on their tops and sides, put candles in them and use them as luminaries. I could never figure out what they used to keep them from denting as they pierced the curved sides. Merry Christmas! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Try filling the can with water and freezing it. I've heard that's how to keep the curved pieces from deforming. The craft comes from Europe several hundred years ago. Mine was with a throwaway lid, but most of the actual lanterns used to be made from sheet tin and soldered together after the parts were punched and shaped. I simply did my hammering with the lid held firmly to a block of wood. I want to try a lantern, though. I just don't have the time right now. I hope it looks great on your tree!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cross stitch! I love it! I have something similar on my to do list, but I like yours much better than the one I would most probably never have made. I haven't seen Hocus Pocus since I was a teenager and, to be honest, it traumatized me as a kid. XD I think I should re-watch it if I can find it anywhere. I will send you a picture when I have found a frame for it. <3
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I bought the basic pattern, then changed up the lettering and added the sparkle bits. I just assumed people had seen the movie. I'm glad I guessed correctly! I hope that you enjoy it!
Comment: Thank you for your nice card and well wishes! The paint brush is fabulous and it is unused - the bristles are sealed when they are made and they get soft after the first use. I'll use the notebook and botanical postcards (bookmarks!) this semester. Thank you for a wonderful swap :)
Response: I was SO WORRIED about how long the package was going to take to get there since the hurricane/flooding was right in time with the swap. I'm so glad that you liked it. I had tried really hard to find a "wow" item from your profile or wish list. I was so lucky to find just the right thing. Enjoy! (I'd love to see a painting you've done. I know the style, but I've never tried it. And, trust me, I've tried SO MANY art forms!)
Comment: ((Biggie hugz))... hate to say I had the same thing happen to me when I was much younger but as an adult I was urged to confront & forgave the person. Not so much for them but for myself. I think about it from time to time but I was freed from the "feelings". Take care of yourself & be easy on yourself... if ever you need a stranger to vent to, please feel free to pm or write mel. Best wishes, always!!
Response: So very sorry to hear that. It is something that you DON'T want to have in common with others! I'm glad, though, that you have come to terms with it.
Comment: thank you for the great swap:), the swap was perfect, so it is a shark teeth you included in your card?:), i love the card with recipes so much , i was in Maine in the Usa trip and they made there lobsters:), thank you again
Response: The tooth is a fossil shark tooth. It is around 10 million years old, from the miocene era when the Atlantic Ocean was smaller and shallower since there was less distance between the continents. The area along this side of the Atlantic (in the USA states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware) was a mostly underwater. The Chesapeake Bay, which is the world's largest estuary system now cuts through that area, exposing cliffs rich with marine fossils. I search the beaches for these treasures as they are only about 2 hour's drive from my home in Baltimore. I'm glad that you liked it and to hear that your package arrived!
Comment: Cathy, I received your postcard today and you have no idea how happy I was to see some good mail in that box! Today was a 5 to 1 ratio of junk mail to happy mail, so you truly made my day. And it is such a beautiful card!!! I love bees and this card will definitely be a "keeper"! Great colors, composition and nice lettering! And then I read the story on the back: WOW!!! My worst nightmare and you lived to tell about it! Sixty-eight stings! I can't even imagine the pain you went through! I would have had nightmares for a long long time after such an ordeal! And you STILL do bee art projects! Do you shiver at the memory? So glad you shared your story! You're my new bee hero!!!
I'm so happy that it brought a smile to your face! That's what all of my swaps are about, seeing other people's creativity/artwork, hearing their stories, and (hopefully) making someone smile or think... I love bee images and I was actually kinda rusty on my lettering since I haven't done much penpal/swap stuff for literally 20+ years. I was tempted to print the message on the computer, but then I thought it would have looked cheesy. Anyway, no, I still love bees because I know that what stung me were hornets, not true bees. Well, that and I guess I'm just stupid when it comes to something like that. I don't blame them, they were defending their nest! I admit, though, I probably should have gone to the ER, but what were they going to do for me that I didn't already know how to do for myself? I would have gone if I'd have gotten a constricted airway or anything. Apparently though, now I am at least mildly allergic because my only bee sting since then was very painful and swelled like crazy. (My ankle was twice its normal size.) Well, remember that a true bee only stings in defense of the hive, and it dies after because it tears out the rear of it's abdomen, leaving the stinger and poison gland in your skin. So, anytime a "bee" stings you and flies off, it is most likely not a bee at all. And, God knows, we need them as pollinators!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful bee postcard. I love the bee saying on the front. Sorry to hear about your garden.
My garden will arise like a phoenix next year, I am certain. I love that quote, too, since it really says that if you are simply true to yourself, you can do things that people tell you can't be done.
Comment: WoW! This is so gorgeous! I just love your excellent artistry and creativity with the real tag and everything. The teacup you drew is even more lovely than a real antique one! This is gonna be difficult to let go!!
Response: *blushing* Umm, you're welcome? I was hoping to send something pretty and floral, since your profile says you like flowers. The picture was drawn from looking at a real antique tea cup. I'm just disappointed that my drawing still seems so flat and 2 dimensional. I've never taken an art class, though, so I guess it is good for a newbie. I have to admit, though, I blew it. I had a tea packet out to send with it and forgot until it was all sealed up and ready to go! Glad you liked it, though!
Comment: I love rootbeer too! Thanks for the chunk. xo
Response: I've never swapped for a chunk o' cardboard before, but it was fun trying to find a way to make it more decorative. I think my other 2 were weak in comparison to yours. The root beer one was my fav. I'm so glad that you liked it!
Comment: I am hoarding pretties for a cooking junk journal so these come at the perfect time! Thank you, they are so pretty.
Response: I've never made envelopes before, but the We R Memory Keepers board made it easy. As you can see, they still were not perfect, but the more that I made, the better they looked. I hope that you get a lot of use from them!
Comment: Totally an awesome swap. The envie is fabulous. So much detail.... I love the white around the different elements of the envie. Sp patriotic with all the sentiments. You took extra care to make sure it came in great condition - thank you for going above and beyond
Response: This really makes me feel good as you were my very first swap through this site. I had no idea what was acceptable, expected, etc. I'm thrilled that you liked it!