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1  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: May 18, 2016 06:35:29 PM
I received from rantyhippie!

She wrapped my package in a great Halloween fabric panel.  It's supposed to be a fun skirt and costume for a little girl but I am thinking it might make someone a great Halloween tree skirt!! 

Maybe add in some additional panels to make it a circle??

Very sweet.

One of my favorite things I listed for Halloween was "anthropomorphized objects and creatures" and I was thrilled to see rantyhippie chose to stitch up this happy (aka "creepy") guy from my pinterest:

HOW NEAT IS HE?? I love the gunmetal grey of the frame she chose - which is surprisingly heavy! - and how the scrollwork compliments her small stitches.  This adia is so stinkin tiny!

Seriously, check out his stitches!:

Being able to capture a transparent ghost with a gob-ton of xxxxxxxxxxx's just slays me. 

Thank you so much for being such a great swap buddy, ranty!  I just love my package!

\m/  Joyfulclover

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2  Re: Disney & Pixar Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 21, 2016 06:57:21 PM

I opened this FIRST and kind of melted a bit. I LOVE Treasure Planet and this reminds me of my favorite song from it "I'm still here" by the Goo Goo Dolls. LOVE! "You're gonna rattle the stars you are."

Whistley - this is lovely. Is this fabric preprinted, or did you use an image transfer onto fabric? And if so, what medium is it?

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3  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 21, 2016 06:06:58 AM
I received a happy little undercover package from pioneer9!  Which included FOUR gifts of FIVE fandoms!

The first two items scream of my childhood growing up in the PacWest:

1. A BLANK (which is my favorite -NO lines for me!) notebook with an Encyclopedia Brown dust cover for me to detective everywhere. The Brown Detective Agency sign in in the back (which was listed on my A):

2. A Mr. Yuk themed small painted container. Growing up these stickers were issued to the elementary school to plaster over things which should not be ingested.  This is the mascot:

For the adult fangirl, a Veronica Mars canvas wall art featuring her dog from the first season, "Backup".  I had a fawn colored pitty for 15 years, and without exaggeration, this little guys' form is hauntingly familiar to me.  Fandom AND personal connection.  I love this piece:

Finally, is THE.BEST.FANDOM.MASHUP.EVVVEERRRRRRR!!! (insert UFC announcer voice here)

A hoopla of Emily Strange, with one of her cats "Mystery" (get it?? undercover fandom + mystery???.  That pioneer9 gets the subtle jokes...) and Supernatural!!!   The ever-popular quote "Stay inside the salt ring". Which Emily would most assuredly do, as she does not socialize much: 

Emily is typically featured on a black background with white and red for color. Check out how pioneer9 handled her face, arms, and shoes - with some applique:

Do you see all those tiny, tiny, salt bit stiches??  Doesn't it make you want to lose your mind?

Thank you ever so much pioneer!  And thanks to gozer for organizing and all the other swappers for jumping on the undercover bandwagon.  If this ever cycles around again, I will be sure to sign up!



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4  Re: One Tiny Unloved Creature Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: April 06, 2016 06:15:03 AM
I received from blupaisan, and while I tried to make myself wait until lunch, I just couldn't do it! 

In my listing, I included a pink fairy armadillo, and SHE CHOSE IT! 

Look how cute his face is! I tried to get all angles, but the light was fighting me.

She created a little landscape for him. Blu wrote she took the little organic matter from her garden - and now I have some of HER home in MY home! (if that's weird, just pretend I didn't write it)

He has fur texture! MADE WITH CLAY!  Also, you can just see the bare edge of the pretty blue sky with clouds rounding the top part of this sweet little vignette.

Thank you ever so much blu!  Recently, you posted a new thread upcycling a cat food tin to make a paper ship surrounded with poetry.  I admired your use of materials and final project, so I am ***pretty*** sure you used it for my gift - It.is.excellent.  I.LOVE.IT.

\M/        Joyfulclover

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5  Re: Woodland Creatures Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: February 26, 2016 02:47:20 PM
My package from artsycandice arrived today, and it was such an unexcited surprise! (mine to her wont arrive until next week, so I assumed the same yay!).

As extras, she sent happy little woodland stickers.  Im sure my little friend will love some of these for her upcoming birthday:

The small she entitled Little Bat.  Hes dark and lovely, with highlights of iridescent purple.  Check out his sweet little face: 

I am straight up, in serious love with bats, and to me he looks like a hanging fruit bat.  I took a side shot to show the texture on this wee little beastie!

The medium she entitled Little White Fawn. I included an albino fawn in my questionnaire, and she took the challenge and ran with it!  While in Colorado white water rafting, our guide told us a white deer had been spotted a couple days prior, and although my friend and I were excited to hear, we figured the chances of seeing her were next-to-none. 

After the last rapid, we were just quietly floating along and suddenly, one of the other rafters spotted her, standing on the bank, bold as you please watching us drift on by.  Every single one of us was dead silent, turning to watch her, watch us.  It was an amazing moment Im sure I will never see again. 

So this was a happy gift to receive one I didnt even realize I was wishing for!

I took a side shot of her as well, to show the layers.  The paint is layered like impasto, giving her hide a lot of texture.  She included a lot of soft pinks in with the white, so the fawn isnt flat.  I really admire Candice's talent.  Even the background has colors dancing a merry jig!

Thank you so much, artsycandice!  I hope you enjoy mine half as much as I love yours!


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6  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: September 20, 2015 09:42:28 PM
I think I see Daryl Dixon!  "CLAIMED"

Peek just inside my box, before I unpacked it!

Look at all the happy Halloween colors!

I think I found the right package, Lindy, as these can be used all month! Battery operated lights for work, and a long bunting for home!

Day Dos gave so much wearable fun!
A plump, happy lampwork bat on keyring, a spooky resin skull with bat on a pocketwatch charm, and a beware warning necklace with tiny spider! Oooooooh!

Day zwei: a lovely, embroidered maple leaf mug rug. Oh, you my friend are going to work:

Day four...my fridge door!
Marauder's Map necklace and Hogwart House resin magnet bottlecaps. Yay!

Day FIVE! Little green monster needle felting kit. Feat. three baby teeth! Talk about cute aggression!

Day sixxxx: Shakes the Skeleton says 'Boo-Yah' to fall Hazelnut coffee! Yummmm

Day 5.5: started needle felting my little monster. It is immensely satisfying to stab, stab, stab while shaping. It is NOT satisfying when I stab myself instead.

Day Seven! Pretty sure I finally chose the gift to use all month! October cube calendar! Each side has neat spooky paper with sqiggly numbers. Nice!

Day Eight: a plethora of happy halloween goodness! Pumpkin container to be used all year, skull keychain, chunky eyeball pen, orange polka dot washi tape, multiple eyes perfect for sewing projects, spider confetti, 5 neat hairties, a deck of FREAAAKY Frankenstein cards, and two containers filled with sparkly confetti! Sleeping Death Powder and Rotten Pumpkin - Guaranteed to Stink! (I so hate it when my rotten pumpkin falls short, don't you?).

Day Nine. This gift made me LAUGH so hard. Sweet, sweet irony...

A little green zombie plushie found inside a vampire coffin. Funny!

Day Ten: Haunted House stuffed with small jack-o-lanterns with two battery lights. There was a minor fatality with the one on the right, but no worries!


Day Eleven: Two spiders webbing

Day Twelve: Halloween mini scene. Enter if you Dare! Sweet little Autumn evening...filled with skulls, spiders, an owl, and a harvest moon.

Day Thirteen: a beautiful hoop I had pinned. I love this very much. Thank you, Lindy! The fabric is darker IRL, with splashes of purple and gold. The leaves are vibrant red and her white stitches are so neat and even. I.Love.This.

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7  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JoyfulClover on: August 10, 2015 05:17:12 PM
Oh snap! What craziness is happening on my stove?


(My apologies if this is frowned upon. Just let me know!)
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8  "Nod" to Land of Nod - maricor/maricar in Needlework: Completed Projects by JoyfulClover on: July 28, 2015 07:03:36 PM
I saw this amazing work of embroidery several years ago, saved the image, and promptly lost the inspiration link. Recently, I found it again (*sigh* via pinterest, of course), and made sure to grab that sucker:  http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2011/12/the-cover-story.html

My friend is getting out of the Air Force and moving back home to Wyoming to go to school and begin her next adventure.  She heard me talk about swaps many times and suggested we do a little mini one between us!  She was in need of a case for her small sized circulars & dpn's, and I was in need of an organic little cuff for my arm - the exchange was on!

She has a small business named "Knit-A-Bulls" (in addition to knitting, she is a bull rider) so I had a great idea to start:

She already had all the fabric, so I just had to figure out a pattern and incorporate the two types of needles.  Inside the front cover is storage for her dpn's, with a snap flap, to keep those puppies inside where they belong:

The circulars store in the middle, each with their own snap closure, and alternating fabric:

Inside the back cover, she can keep her notes or printed patterns (we both still use hard copies of some patterns):

Originally, I designed it to be closed with a zipper - which went in REALLY well - but it left all the fabric really loosey-goosey, and the more I fought to make it work, the worse it got.  After days of "fixing" my latest problem, I finally just sat back and thought about what I would tell someone else.  So I ripped it all out and came up with a new closure plan.  I added the flap on the inside cover (which frankly I'm not thrilled with), as well as some fun buttons and elastic to the front in order to accommodate a full or semi-full case, but still keep it all secure.  Her brand name is in satin stitch, but everything else is in backstitch:

Here is my gratuitous embroidery shot - which is pretty much my favorite piece on the whole case!  I kept running my hands over the threads to feel the texture.  It is a different stitch than maricor/maricar's, but I like it anyway.  I used 6-7 different shades of blue, which I alternated while marathoning Top of the Lake on Netflix. My mother taught me to embroider when I was young, and I still love to color with thread:

Final notes:  Stabilizer can save a project. When angry, walk away. And not everything needs a zipper, even if you have the perfect one.
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9  Much Ado About Nothing - free motion exchange in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by JoyfulClover on: July 28, 2015 06:15:55 PM
I signed up for the Whedonverse swap in the Nerdy Swaps group on Ravelry.  My partner is not on Craftster, so I'm throwing caution to the wind, and posting photos here prior to sending.
(if you're interested:  http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/nerdy-swaps/3222874/1-25)

My partner indicated she is a huge Shakespeare fan, and chose Much Ado About Nothing as her favorite Joss Whedon film. She loves the characters Beatrice & Benedict, who are a sassy couple pivotal to the play, so I found a wonderful interchange between the two of them and decided to try my hand at free-motion stitching.

Joss Whedon shot the film in black and white, and at first I was going to use black thread on a white background to reflect his version, but it was going to be such a tight fit, I decided to just change thread between her two favorite colors to represent the different voices (grey & blue).

The title and citation is done in two layers of black, which worked out well as I was able to go back and correct (read: fudge) some beginner mistakes made with lettering:

Everything else is done in single stitch. Benedict is in grey, Beatrice is in blue:

I outlined the area in painters tape, and used each strip as a line.  This is where I would recommend giving yourself more easement:

The tape is flexible so you can grab it in your hands and manipulate it, and you can also stitch over the top of the tape, for the tails on "f's", "g's", and "y's".

I read a lot of tutorials on how to stitch free-motion, but liked the one where I could just set my stitch length on zero (as opposed to dropping the feed dogs completely) and was able to move it about as I liked.  I made sure to practice several lines before starting on the actual piece.  I also recommend making sure you know how to SPELL the words you are writing!  Sounds silly, but Shakespeare did me no favors on this one!  Zero stitch length is a sheer beast to rip out - which I had to do, twice!  Hateful little thing.  Also, plan ahead!  Decide approximately how many letters/words you are going to try and fit on each line prior to charging ahead.  Finally, when dotting 'i's' and crossing 't's' remember to HAVE FUN!  

As I continued on, it was less stressful, and more enjoyable.  I will definitely do another project like this again.  

And, if you like, here is the back:

It's a little warped on the right where I needed to pull it more taunt, but it was also incredibly cramped (again, where I should have allowed for more ease).  Live and learn, right?
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10  Re: Quotes Quotes Quotes Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by JoyfulClover on: July 02, 2015 12:16:42 PM
I received from Sarasmile today, and am so very pleased with her gift!  Until I opened it, I had not realized I was secretly hoping she chose this quote, but once I opened the box and saw it, my heart lifted.  Crazy, I know.

Besides the quote selection, I am just in love with her font choice, the colors, and the texture.

There is a very gentle green wash - could be stain or paint? - allowing the wood grain to show.  The final slat is larger, which I felt was a nice touch.

There are two hooks on the back, and already know where I will hang it, and plan on doing that tonight!

I don't know about anyone else, but I loved this particular challenge and would certainly do it again!  Thanks to LeapFeetFirst for ...well, LEAPING, so we could all jump on board with her. 

Thanks again, Sarasmile!
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