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Bargain postage on eBay



People sell unused stamps on eBay and it turns out you can get some pretty good deals on them. They're still valid, but only for the face value (which is tricky for the B or E class stamps in this lot, but you can find out the actual value on the web).

These are a combined 2 eBay lots from the same seller. The total (free shipping; it's stamps) was $11.40 paid out, for $22.36 in usable postage. The three "bulk rate" stamps can't be used on postcards or letters without a permit, so I might include those to Postcrossers who collect stamps.

For that same reason, I'll probably use these for the PXers who specifically say they'd like nice or varied stamps. Anyone who just wants a card gets plain old modern Forever postage. ;)

Click here for the really huge pic if you want close-ups.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

And right after I work on the World Map and update it, I get some more fabric :)


From NL-4213243:
"I bought the fabric in a tourist shop in Amsterdam. It's typical Dutch and inspired by the traditional blue ceramics painting Delfts Blauw."


From RU-6814327, two pieces:


Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

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Postcrossing quilt: World map update!

Africa is now complete! Time to move back to Europe, as soon as I get more fabrics from Postcrossers. Also Turkey is added (using fabric sent to me from that country - the pocket from medical scrubs!).



Link to Really Big Image of the above.

Most of Europe has been finished, but there's still central/eastern Europe to finish, plus the Middle East, before heading into Russia and Central Asia.

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One week until Nanowrimo



(image from Cartoon History of the Universe, Vol. 6, by Larry Gonick)

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Washi tape keeps happenin'

A friend sent me an early birthday package and it has - you guessed it - washi tape! So it's good I didn't get rid of the spindles, because now I definitely need a bigger washi tape box. XD Also some fabric and a quilt pattern. She too knows the way to my heart! <3

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Big Year update

Big Year Master List is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2828955.html

It's been a looooong time between updates. We always have a good start to the year anyway, but this year there wasn't as much traveling. Still! I am now able to add No. 122 - Wilson's Plover.

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12 October in the US



1964 "Pogo" by Walt Kelly

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I got more fabric in today, so there's a double post of it. These two pieces both came from FI-3316551. The black with pink is cotton, the red with gold stars has a velvet texture. That'll be interesting, but not impossible, to use. (I've used car upholstery fabric and billiard table cloth, among others.)



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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

Two fabrics arrived yesterday. There is a floral fabric from a class of Finnish students:


And from the Netherlands, this fabric, with the note "The fabric is of my husband's Christmas village." It has a sort of corduroy texture.


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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

This one comes from FR-1079753, a nice large piece.



Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

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Texas Cowboy/Cowgirl Postcard



The backstory: On Postcrossing, you can "favorite" postcards that you see (whether you send them, receive them, or see them on someone else's wall). The sender and recipient both get a message once a day about any cards of theirs that were favorited. It's kind of nice to see which cards people like best.

Yesterday I came across one that was the state of Oklahoma done up in lace. I favorited it because I liked how they used fabric to do something different and handmade. (I love handmade cards. A lot of PX'ers don't. They consider them "not REAL postcards". Postcard snobbery!)

Last night the sender/maker contacted me through PX about doing a swap - she would make me one of the lace OK cards in exchange for something from TX. I said sure! It won't count for PX records but exchanges and swaps can be fun too.

So today I made this. I'm very happy with how it turned out. Texas flag with a cowboy (cowgirl? to me it looks like a cowgirl) on a horse, with that piece cut in the shape of the state of Texas. Sewn to thin cardstock and with a cut to size index card on the back to cover the seams (I learned a bit making this!).

I'm super happy with this one! I'm going to send it in an envelope to protect it, though. It could certainly mail as a card, but it's so nice that I hate to see it get dirty or torn while traveling.

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Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

Today's fabric update is from TR-386232 with two pieces of fabric. From the postcard:
I hope I was at my mum's house now, so I could find a wide variety of fabric patterns! She always holds a lot of leftovers ^_^ These I'm sending are from my house; one of them is a piece of bed linens and the other one is from the scrubs I wear to work every day."
What a wonderful couple of fabrics!



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Postcrossing quilt update

I received enough fabrics from Postcrossers to do an update to the world map! Once again, I'm doing this entirely with fabric donated by Postcrossing people, so the fabrics are random sizes, shapes, colors and materials!

Africa is really filling in now. Here are the countries I added today:
Mauritania
Mali
Burkina Faso
Cote d'Ivoire
Liberia
Senegal
Nigeria
Cameroon
Equitorial Guinea
Gabon
Mozambique
Madagascar
Republic of the Congo

Still to go:
Ghana
Togo
Benin
Sierra Leone
Guinea
Guinea-Bisseau
The Gambia
Western Sahara

After Africa is finished up I'll get back to Europe, because Russia is huge and that's going to by default move me into Asia.

So here's the update!



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Invest 95I update

Probably won't become a big storm but will still drench everything in its path, and we'll get some outliers. It's been overcast and raining all week so we're still soaked, but probably won't flood.

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Washi tape collection!

Yesterday I got my washi tape organizer/keeper and I can just fit all my washi tapes into it. If I get more tape I'm in trouble, as you can see by how I had to squeeze some of the skinny ones in. No, I don't need more washi tape... but there's always more cool washi to get!

Technically, 2 of these are rolls of stickers, but they're all one giant sticker on a roll that you cut to fit, and where else am I going to put them?

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Today's fabric update includes a very generous gift from from LT-631497 - seven fabrics and a beautiful piece of lace!

She says: "I have read all your profile with the greatest pleasure. You are a very interesting personality and your hobbies are so cute and cozy. I had great pleasure for my eyes and soul :)
I have chosen for you the textile fragments from my daughter's handicraft box and I really hope that it will be ok for your quilts. Best wishes from Lithuania."


Different sizes and colors, all very welcome in my quilt project! (Lace not pictured, my scanner doesn't like lace and some patterns for some reason.)


Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

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Postcrossing quilt update

The world map is coming along! I have a few more fabrics now but here's the current state of the world. Next up is filling in the rest of Africa and Europe.



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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

From FI-3309430, three fabrics.
"I send you some left-over fabrics from the quilted blanket I made for my goddaughter 5 years ago when she graduated at confirmation school." This came with a very nice handmade card, which I'm showing here as well.





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August Crafting Month Day 31: Sea Turtle

This was originally going to be part of a row quilt but now it's a stand-alone wall hanging or possibly a table runner. Does anyone still use those? Anyway, here's a sea turtle. When Toly and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, sea turtles were in the surf with us. :)



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Whew! This one still needs a border but otherwise it's done, as far as I'm concerned. All fabrics came out of stash, I didn't have to buy any (woot!!!). Some fabrics are solids, some are prints, some are textures.

It's not pressed because by the time it was done, I just wanted to get the picture for now XD Probably will be a twin/full size quilt with a border or two. Each square is 2" finished.



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