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1  BBC Sherlock Shrinky-Magnet Hoop in CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES by mlheran on: May 02, 2013 11:00:15 PM
Last fall I joined the much anticipated Holmes for the Holidays swap and crafted this item for my secret swapmate Bunnie Boo. As things sometimes go, it went AWOL in the mail so after collecting the materials I crafted the same thing again (on a smaller hoop) but it too went missing. I still suspect that there are a couple of customs agents with some Sherlock hoops in their homes. Wink So here is my "one that got away"...

When I saw that Bunnie Boo is such an accomplished embroidery hooper I was instantly inspired to do a Sherlock hoop. Alas, my embroidery skills are elementary at best, so I employed my other varied skills and set to work. This is a 12" embroidery hoop fitted with a metal canister lid, to which I mod-podged a print of the lovely 221b wallpaper (and poked little holes for an authentic smiley). The depth of the lid made a convenient place to store the unused shrink-plastic figures, and a magnetic surface to display the selected ones. I had made several sheets of figures with props and such but the first batch through the oven warped and smeared horribly, so unfortunately the only sheets that worked really well were small and yielded only the figures you see here -but still, I was really pleased with how the Prismacolor pencil colors came out and how well they held. (That batch of shrink plastic was a rare fluke from a thrift find -I've never seen any like it before or since!)

Anyway, on to the images!




And of course I had to do Hedgehog-John and Otter-Sherlock as they were in her pinterest board!


I couldn't resist a holiday touch!



 Grin

Thank you very much for viewing. Happy crafting (and deducing)!
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2  Re: Holmes for the Holiday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: April 27, 2013 10:56:31 PM
Well it's high time I added my long lost swap item for Bunnie Boo. While I'm still so sad that both of my packages went AWOL, I hope the images can provide a little enjoyment here at least.

When I saw that Bunnie Boo is such an accomplished embroidery hooper I was instantly inspired to do a Sherlock hoop. Alas, my embroidery skills are elementary at best, so I employed my other varied skills and set to work. This is a 12" embroidery hoop fitted with a metal canister lid, to which I mod-podged a print of the lovely 221b wallpaper (and poked little holes for an authentic smiley). The depth of the lid made a convenient place to store the unused shrink-plastic figures, and a magnetic surface to display the selected ones. I had made several sheets of figures with props and such but the first batch through the oven warped and smeared horribly, so unfortunately the only sheets that worked really well were small and yielded only the figures you see here -but still, I was really pleased with how the Prismacolor pencil colors came out and how well they held. (That batch of shrink plastic was a rare fluke from a thrift find -I've never seen any like it before or since!)

Anyway, on to the images!




And of course I had to do Hedgehog-John and Otter-Sherlock as they were in her pinterest board!


I couldn't resist a holiday touch!



 Grin

After the first package went missing I was rather distraught, but when I found a smaller hoop with a fitting lid I did it all again -this time clearly labeling the package as containing "magnets and magnet board" rather than just art (though that didn't seem to help it either!). I still suspect that there are a couple of customs agents with some Sherlock hoops in their homes... Wink
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3  Glitter houses and a snowy deer under a dome! in Winter Holidays by mlheran on: December 19, 2012 10:46:14 PM
I have to say, the Ho Ho Ho Swap was incredible! Not only did my awesome partner RougeRaven craft me some amazing holiday decor items, she had an inspiring Pinterest as well! Vintage glitter houses, deer, and colors like aqua, pink, and red -what's not to love! Grin

Here are the items I crafted...


And my personal favorite part... the big house lights up!


Inside the big house is a trio of red trees against a tinsel background...


It was a pre-made paper mache house which I altered a bit on the front to make larger windows and a tall door. To it I added some paint, sparkly trims, red paper doilies, Christmas ribbon, and a shingled roof of cut up playing cards (as cute as it is, I likely won't be doing that again -too time consuming!)...


The battery pack was too bulky and heavy to go on the back, so I put it underneath, which required some festive feet -made from Tinkertoy bits with a bit of appropriate ribbon...


The little blue house was a purchased wood birdhouse that I covered with some super glittery paper, a bit of paint and glitter, a white paper doily, and a couple gems...


Finally, I happened to find the perfect glass display dome at the thrifts store (with a really sad withered rose inside). After cleaning and a coat of paint, it was joined by a red tree, some felt "snow", and a tiny painted and glittered deer...


You can view RougeRaven's lovely pics of the items here! I had so much fun crafting these items and I have to say I was only able to give them up because I knew they were going to someone who would really enjoy them. I'll definitely be making some for myself! Wink
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4  Re: Holmes for the Holiday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: December 10, 2012 11:14:09 AM
Those walls are so fun -I especially love the bit of blue tinsel around the skull art!

And now I can post the set of lovely wearable items that theboywonder crafted for me! Grin


Bottle-cap pins using art from one of my favorite fanartists, Reapersun...


A cord necklace and pendants...


A glass pin revealing my secret...


And a brooch featuring my favorite detective in his death frisbee -I mean, funny hat.


I've always been in awe of resin-set jewelry, and theboywonder's work is flawless! Thank you so much for the lovely items, I'll have a lot of fun wearing my Sherlock swag! Grin
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5  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! Sendouts Dec. 3 in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: December 07, 2012 03:04:52 PM
Holy cow, this gallery has exploded with awesomeness!! I'm amazed at the variety and output, wow! And now I can add my fabulous items crafted by the talented and patient RougeRaven (who surely doesn't want to see another sequin for a looooooong time Wink)...

My themes were kind of abstract, but the main gist was a gaudy riot of color -I LOVE sparkly, colorful Christmas kitsch- and boy did RougeRaven deliver! Everything is PERFECT!!

Seriously, have you ever seen such an amazing sequin tree and ornaments?!


Every single spot of color is an individual pin with several sequins and a bead. Every. Single. One.


I can't even imagine the time it took, because WOW!


And a long, colorful, and coordinating felt & sequin garland (I LOVE garlands) sewn with metalic thread!


So fun and festive!


Our home is guaranteed to be colorful and cheerful this year thanks to RougeRaven's amazing craft skills! Thank you SO MUCH for a sparkly, fun, and wonderful swap!! Grin
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6  Re: Holmes for the Holidays Sign-up: 10/12/12 - 10/26/12, Send out: 12/5/12 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: December 07, 2012 02:46:37 PM
Well I can't say who it's for, but here's a teaser of the item I sent out. I hope the recipient has some fun with it! Grin

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7  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! CLOSED. Sendouts Dec. 3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: December 04, 2012 09:58:08 PM
My HOs are on their way to RougeRaven! And just because, here's a little teaser... Grin

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8  Repurposed cabinet into Vintage Halloween shrine... in Halloween Decor and Parties by mlheran on: November 09, 2012 10:11:40 PM
I made this little Halloween shrine for the wonderful HotBananaPepper, who was my partner for the fourth round of the Vintage Halloween Swap. She listed goblins, devils, pumpkin heads, and people behind masks as her favorite motifs and I couldn't have been happier! I've been wanting to make a repurposed shrine type of object, and this was the perfect chance after finding a great (if hideous) cabinet at the local thrift store. Here is the result...



And my absolute favorite aspect of the whole thing, it lights up!



A little close-up...



All the decoupage elements (done with plain Elmer's glue) were from vintage Halloween image searches -there are a lot of really great ones out there! Here is the top...



Right side...



Left side...



The back (the same devil image as the interior background, it was too cool)...



And the last little treat, the drawer is lined with a vintage group Halloween photo!



And here's what it looked like at the start!



This project was a blast and it was a bit hard to send it away, but I knew it was going to a great home. Happy (belated) Halloween!
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9  Re: Holmes for the Holidays Sign-up: 10/12/12 - 10/26/12, Send out: 11/30/12 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: October 15, 2012 08:42:19 PM
If may be so bold as to propose an image for the swap header? Grin



I'm so excited this swap is happening, I can't wait to get crafting!
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10  Re: Vintage/Retro Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: October 13, 2012 01:34:03 PM
Okay, prepare for image overload because I'm going to share the awesome duo that HotBananaPepper crafted for me! I LOVE IT!!!!! Grin She totally nailed the creepy-cute quirkiness I love about Halloween, and this unique specimen will have a place of honor for many Halloweens to come!

My first glimpse were some bony little feet peeking through the box stuffing, with an intriguing label attached...



Lots of little finger bones and vertebrae...



They've got plenty of backbone...



Pleased to meet you both!



They may share a body,...



...but they each have their own personalities!



And finally, in all their glory...



Aren't they just the most perfectly incredible pair? I totally love them, Hot BananaPepper, thank you SO MUCH! I'm going to get them a display case of some kind (maybe a doll dome) to keep the specimen properly preserved for posterity. Wink
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