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41  My Little Kelpie in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by aethelberga on: June 20, 2010 05:38:34 PM
When I saw this challenge, I decided to go to Wikipedia & just pick a mythological character at random. I dived in at the K's and scrolled down until I saw Kelpie. Now way back when I was in Brownies I was a Kelpie. My friends were all Pixies, Fairies and Sprites so I always assumed Kelpies were something similar. Imagine my surprise when Wikipedia told me that a Kelpie was a malevolent water horse, "said to lure humans, especially children, into the water to drown and eat them". Not unsurprisingly they never told us that in Brownies.
So, armed with polymer clay and only the most catoonish idea of what a horse actually looked like, I bring you the Kelpie.

After a while it started looking like a My Little Pony , so I just went with it. With the red eyes I was going for malevolent, but I think I ended up with something between constipated and sleepy.
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42  XST Spock Box in Needlework: Completed Projects by aethelberga on: May 25, 2010 05:25:33 PM
I'm finding I'm kind of into cross stitch again after a long time away from it. So when my partner in the One Tiny Star Trek Thing swap said she was a Spock fan, I knew what I had to do.

Since I run Linux, and most of the charting programs are not open to me, I have been looking for a decent picture to pattern converter for a while. I charted this using Cross Stitchify, a plugin for GIMP.  The first picture I chose, and charted out for 22ct, turned out better than this, but upon inspection of my stash I didn't have any 22ct cloth & I wanted to start it right away so I chose another picture & charted it in 18ct. Looking at it here, it is clearly not perfect, but I think that is my fault. I think I didn't posterize it enough. I intend to do the original anyway so I will see how it would have turned out.
Thanks for looking.
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43  Re: One Tiny Star Trek Thing Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by aethelberga on: May 08, 2010 10:46:05 AM
I received yesterday from rhapsody. DH went to the post office and picked it up, unbeknownst to me. It is so cute.



The details on the pincushion are perfect & the little pins even have insignia heads on them. Thanks rhapsody - I love it.
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44  Re: Favorite Color Rnd 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by aethelberga on: May 05, 2010 04:45:04 PM
Received from darkangelwingz today. Took practically no time to get here and it was full of beautiful stuff. Without further ado, here it is.

This is all the stuff together. If you notice a theme (other than blue) shaping up here, it's because darkangelwingz was slightly flummoxed to begin with as she is primarily a jewellery maker  but I am not a jewellery wearer. But she looked at my wists, noted my love of all things Trek and a theme was born.

Here are two magnets on a small makeup case.

This is a switchplate, which is going right up in my craft room, & some stationary.

She also made me some soap. I wish the picture captured the smell, which is fantastic.

And last, but not least, this journal. In the top picture there was also a beautiful picture frame.
Thanks so much darkangelwingz. I love everything.


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45  Re: Monty Python Swap Gallery - Sendouts April 7th in The Swap Gallery by aethelberga on: April 07, 2010 05:18:03 PM
Okay, after a false alarm yesterday (the postie left a key in the letterbox, but no parcel in the parcel box) I have received from MsPremiseConclusion.  And what a haul. You will love this, I promise.
First out of the box was my very own Holy Hand Grenade.

Beautifully done.
As well there was this accompanying text (which my DH had to listen to me recite, as I do whenever the movie is on)

The picture does not get the colour right, but is is wonderfully antiqued paper.
Next was a black crocheted bag. My current cross stitch stuff went straight into it, and came right out again so I could take this pic.

On the back was a crocheted grail. I took a closeup of it so you could see how well done it was.

And last there was a can cozy with the famous line of the Philosophers song "I drink therefore I am".


Thanks so much MsPremiseConclusion. I had a ball with this swap, and I hope you like the stuff I sent you.
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46  Re: Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by aethelberga on: April 04, 2010 01:00:14 PM
As I am dropping off at the post office tomorrow, here is my teaser for MsPremiseConclusion


Hope you like, MPC
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47  April fools prank that should be real in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by aethelberga on: April 01, 2010 06:52:33 PM


This was in the ThinkGeek prank newsletter this morning, but it really should be real. My First Bacon. Actually everything in today's newsletter should have been real, but at least this is do-able as a plushie.
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48  Re: old fashioned yarn hangers! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by aethelberga on: March 21, 2010 12:27:45 PM
I remember doing these when I was younger only it wasn't with yarn, it was with these huge balls of nylon selvage you could get at Woolworths. And the wrap I used to use was a square knot (like the basic one you use with gimp), but these knots almost look like when you cast on off your thumb (in knitting).

*Edit*
Here's one I found at the back of the closet


I wonder if you can get that nylon stuff anymore.
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49  Let us ride to Camelot! in CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES by aethelberga on: March 01, 2010 05:15:28 PM
"Knights, I bid you welcome to your new home. Let us ride to Camelot!"
"It's only a model."
"Ssshh."

This is my tiny polymer clay castle.


And from the side.


And to prove its only 2 inches high. I was originally planning to have a tiny little siege taking place, but 2 inches was much smaller than I expected.


Thanks for looking

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50  Re: Givers and Needers Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by aethelberga on: February 27, 2010 12:02:53 PM
Here is the tote I received from jaders.

Thanks very much jaders. I love it.
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