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1  My first "from scratch" gingerbread house (of God) in CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES by GlassSpider on: January 07, 2014 12:13:37 PM
I had never made a gingerbread house before this holiday but I've always wanted to try to make one. I started off with a couple of kits and had fun doing those, but I really wanted to try to make the windows out of melted candies (the kits didn't have open windows). I found a pattern on cakecentral.com for a church made completely out of icing, and decided to use the template for my church. I'm sure I made my walls much thicker than necessary, but I'm still happy with it. My cat really likes it, too. She has licked one side of the steeple smooth!




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2  Poppet UFO in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by GlassSpider on: January 07, 2014 12:01:53 PM
Hey everyone. I haven't posted on here in forever. I'm talking years! I haven't had much time for craft projects in a while, but I had a month break from school for Christmas and I decided to take care of some of my UFOs. I started this poppet several years ago, I had her body and corset done, and decided to finish her. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out.











I'm sorry for how they came up sideways. Not sure how to fix that.
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3  Re: 13 Days of Halloween Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlassSpider on: October 01, 2009 05:57:36 PM
Here's what I got from tracethekat:

On the 13th day of Halloween my partner sent to me...
COOKIES! Of course, I ate the cookies without thinking about taking a picture of them, so here's a pic of the cute packaging. Trust me, the cookies were GOOO-OOOD!


On the 12th day, etc., etc.
Sweet movie magnets! Love 'em! For now they are going on our fridge, but once my studio is finished they are moving in there.


On the 11th day...
I am totally psyched on this one! I got an awesome amiguri (?) kit with an example of the finished product. This is one of the things I listed that I wanted to learn. I showed it to my husband and his response was, "Great. Another hobby." I think hobbies are like potato chips; you can't have just one. Of course, I have about 21... that may also explain why I need to loose some weight... not real good with that "moderation" thing...


On the 10th day...
The ornaments on this little tree are so cute! And the mug and goblet were filled with peanut M&M's and Reece's Pieces (2 of my favorites)! Of course, they're all gone now...

close up of the ornaments

Please forgive my sloppy desk.



On the 9th day...
I can't wait to make something with these fabric buttons! One of the pins is on my purse strap right now, and I am always looking for a pencil around my house. Now I just need to find the sharpener!


On the 8th...
This package came just in time!

It is 4 doggie cookies that look and smell good enough for me and my husband to eat (in fact, I'm not 100% sure that he didn't take a small taste) and 4 crocheted cat toys. The reason I say this package came just in time is that we needed treats for our new adopted member of the family, Chi-Chi!

When this swap started we had a shetland sheepdog named Bridgette, but she passed away early August. We found this sweetie through a rescue organization and we got to open this package the night of her arrival! Needless to say, she loves them! My 17 y/o siamese really loves her part of the package, too.

Here's an action shot of her playing with them on the bed. Her favorite game is fetch with mommy. She flings the toys off the bed, then Mommy brings them back to her so she can do it again!

On the 7th day...

I got some great mini paintings representing different horror/sci fi movies, themes and TV shows (The Fog, The X Files, Resident Evil, and vampires), a black cat Pez dispenser (these things are so cool!), a skeletal hands pin (I want to figure out how to pin this one into my hair), and a beautiful crocheted bangle bracelet that matches a new purple jacket I have  perfectly!

On the 6th day...

I got some great crochet goodies! 2 crocheted pumpkins, one sewn pumpkin, a crochet spider (adorable!), a crochet candy corn, and a ceramic black cat container. The pumpkins, container and candy corn are now part of a centerpiece on my dining room table. The spider will have a new home in my studio when it's finished (my business name is the Glass Spider)

On the 5th day...

I got these wicked tombstones! These are terrific! Right now they are living on top of the TV in our den.

On the 4th day...
OK, tracethekat told me that day 4 was one of her favorites, and I can see why!

These needlepoint pictures are so great! And I am totally in love with the little alien guy! His eyes are so cute (all 4 of them)! And he's holding a little banner that reads "The truth is out there"
Here's a close up:

The funny thing is, I have been debating what color scheme I want to use in my studio. I either want to do black, white and red, or some sort of lime green and white. Tracethekat gave me pictures in both color schemes! Oh, decisions, decisions!

On the 3rd day...
Tracethekat has some seriously mad crochet skills! I love these 3 dolls! One is a witch, one a zombie (my favorite!) and the 3rd is a vampire (it's a little hard to see her fangs in my photo)


On the 2nd day...
OMG, these are SO cool! I got Jack and Zero!! I have several friends who are plotting to steal these from me... not gonna happen...


And finally ( Cry) on the 1st day...
I am completely in love with this scarf! I love scarves, have quite a few, and this by far is my favorite!!! It's gonna go so well with my fancy black rain coat! I wanted to use it on Halloween itself but it was too warm (80!!), but I did get to use it yesterday (upper 50's!).


I have really, REALLY enjoyed this swap!!! It was a LOT of work, but it was SO much fun!!! Thank you so much to Tracethekat for being such an awesome, talented swap partner. My studio is gonna ROCK when it's finally finished!



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4  Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlassSpider on: July 20, 2009 11:10:48 AM
Finally, pictures!


This little lady finally got around to telling me her name is Libellule (dragonfly in French). Besides such a beautiful poppet, Seraphina de Sangre also included some poppet-making fabric, some travel themed fabric, and some eyes and buttons for jointing. I was definitely spoiled! And I LOVE my steampunk poppet! She is going to have a proud place in my new studio, once it is finally finished.
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5  My poppet for the mini swap in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by GlassSpider on: July 14, 2009 04:58:38 AM
Since everyone else from the swap is posting theirs on here, I figured I'd join in on the fun. Please meet Lily. She is a former courtesan who had a run in with the wrong count one night and is now a vampiress. She even comes with her own casket. She is my first completed poppet. I have one in bits and pieces at the moment but she has been put on the back burner for my 13 days of Halloween swap.

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6  Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlassSpider on: July 10, 2009 04:37:09 AM
 Grin I LOVE the pics you took, Seraphina!!!! What a great idea! And I love the extra info you added to her story  Grin

Here's a pic that shows a little more detail of her outfit, although the glare on her face seems to wash out any detail there. Seraphina got a better pic of the bite mark.


The gathers/rushing (whatever you want to call them) were super easy! Her skirt is basically a rectangle. After I gathered it around the waist to fit to her I just ran stitches from the bottom to the top, then pulled the fabric up a bit so it would bunch. After I did that all the way round the skirt I then tacked some of the gathers in place so they would be a bit more secure. Originally the back of her cloak was supposed to become a hood, but I gave her a bit too much hair  Embarrassed
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7  Another Koi in Stenciling: Completed Projects by GlassSpider on: July 09, 2009 06:23:01 AM
OK, I totally fell in love with Skeeba's koi fish stencil shirt:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303100.0
So I decided I had to try one myself. This is my first, and only (so far) multi-color stencil (well, if you don't count one where I used a little paint on a bleach stencil).
The pattern is my own design, but it is greatly influenced by other designs online, like Chris Garver's excellent koi tattoos. The paint bled a little bit in some areas, but I'm still really happy with it. C&C always welcome!
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8  Re: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlassSpider on: July 09, 2009 05:45:49 AM
As promised, here is the rockin' package I received from RockDragon! My pictures are pretty large, so I'm going to post thumbnails so I don't slow everyone's computers up too much.

First off, the pretty wrapping! Everything fit so nicely in the box. I sent mine wrapped up in recycled grocery bags, LOL! Not pretty, but effective.

The front and back of the great tote! This is going to be my new craft tote so I can carry my WIP's around in style!

My own towel, pilfered from Milliway's itself, hanging proudly on my stove handle. I told RockDragon that if my husband even thinks about using this to clean hands or dishes, I may have to beat him!  Cheesy (OK, I had to show this one full size so you can see the great embroidery work!)

The beautiful "essentials" case, perfect for packing up a hitchhiker's second most important gear...

Tea! Which my husband pounced on as soon as I showed him the package.

My own personal journal for my entries into the Hitchhiker's Guide (this is one of those awesome moleskin journals!)

Two really cute bookmarks!

The enclosed letter (with Marvin on the back. I love him!) explaining all the contents of my Hitchhiker's Survival Kit, along with magnetic letters that, when arranged, spell out God's final message to His creation ("though not displayed in miles-high fiery letters in this incarnation"). I have to admit, I remember God's message in miles-high fiery letters being in one of the books, but for the life of me I can't remember what the message was, LOL! I guess I need to re-read the series!

And last, but not least, who can travel without some chocolate (which my husband also tried to pounce on, but I had to smack his hands on that one. I'll be nice and share it, though).

RockDragon, thank you for such a terrific swap! I am thrilled (and thoroughly amused) by this wonderful package!
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9  Re: The Poppet Mini Swap (Send-outs July 11th) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by GlassSpider on: June 29, 2009 11:11:57 AM
OK, I said I would include a teaser next time I got to my other computer.

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10  Frenchy bag pattern - my opinion in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GlassSpider on: June 24, 2009 05:58:40 AM
This pattern is by Amy Butler and I will start out by saying I LOVE this bag. It is very comfortable to carry and can hold a lot. I am not totally thrilled with the pocket design on the inside, though. The inside is basically divided into 3 sections, and the partitions can get a little bunched up when you fill the bag. On my second one, though, I put a hidden magnetic closure on the two partitions so they make a closed pocket in the middle. I think this helps a lot. Also, my first one, I didn't have a magnetic snap handy so I thought it would work fine without any snap at all. It might have, if I didn't put the large button on the front. I ended up putting in a large sew-in snap, which isn't pretty but it is effective, and you don't see it when the bag is shut. The second one I used a hidden magnetic snap again, which works great. Anyway, I thought I'd show off my bags and also give a little advice (my own opinion, of course) along the way.
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