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261  my version of the mason jar pincushion in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: July 14, 2009 02:30:08 PM
I got this idea from SuzNTX.  I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.  here's my version:

the blue kind of reminds me of blue, blue waters somewhere that isn't here (we have muddy waters, sometimes green waters).  my partner LOVES the video game/manga Kingdom Hearts, so I had to incorporate that into a sewing accessory.  the blue could be like the beautiful waters of the characters' island home.  the paopu fruit (think of it as the baby strawberry on traditional pincushions.  yup, there's a little emery pouch in there) is an item found in the world of KH.  now she can have Kingdom Hearts at her fingertips while sewing.  Grin
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262  Re: Bead Soup Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Krafty_Karasu on: July 13, 2009 10:44:25 AM
I received from TracyInNH!  (I think she's psychic).

see those bottle caps?  I do not recall saying that I collect them, but somehow she knew!  and they're kinds I don't have (and one I've never heard of.  Shock Top?  it looks like my kind of beer!), so that's even better!

I don't really like spiders, but ever since I started seeing those spider pendants and necklaces, I wanted one.  fake-looking fake spiders, I can handle.  I even like them.  it's the real and real-looking fakes that I hate.  this necklace is perfect.  and it's on a ribbon, so it makes it look a little fancy.  I love it.

I also never said anything (I don't think) about liking those little glass bottles, but again, there's one in there!!!  now, what to put in it...if I knew how to make those lucky stars and knew how to make teeny tiny ones, I'd put those in there.

I so needed plain post earrings, and she sent those too!  (hey, since you seem to know so much about me...am I going to marry my celebrity crush?  and if you're so good, you know who he is.  Cheesy)

everything is just so cool!  I'm excited to get going on making something out of everything I got from this swap!  but it'll have to wait due to 2 swaps ending this month, unless I make something for those swaps.  hmmm...

thank you Tracy!!!  Grin

and thank you again perlabella!!!
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263  Re: Bead Soup Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Krafty_Karasu on: July 07, 2009 09:46:49 AM
so glad you like everything.  Smiley  the dark stones are actually hemalyke.  you got some of them and some hematite in the one baggie.  hematite is the natural stone, hemalyke is it's manmade look-a-like.  the manmade ones are the round stones.  all the others are natural.

and here's what I got from perlabella:

first the earrings.  so pretty, so vampy.  Grin

then we have this great bead soup!

I haven't had a chance to separate everything yet, but I do see some fun things in there!

thank you!!!
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264  Re: earring addiction swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Krafty_Karasu on: July 02, 2009 12:23:21 PM
ok so, Saor told me I could post pictures of both sets since she's not feeling well and not really up to taking pictures.  get well soon Saor!  Smiley

here they are!

this is the second set that I sent that got to her mail box in about a week:

this is the original set I had sent that took 9 days short of 2 months to come back to me since I decided to print her address wrong on the box:

so now, I'm am officially done.  all of my earrings were received.  Grin
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265  Re: *twilight: Longing for New Moon* ~SIGNUPS: June 11-22~SENDOUTS Aug 28~ in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Krafty_Karasu on: June 18, 2009 04:33:41 PM
something I'd like to see accomplished?  my cottage.  in both of these swaps, I've said my favorite place is Edward and Bella's little home.  I call it a little fairy house.  that's what I saw when I read BD.  I have the most adorable fairy house made from a rock, some pebbles, some things off a pine cone, some flowers and a little paint that I found in Berea, Kentucky.  I would love to have Edward and Bella's home made with things like that, PLUS maybe a little fairy garden.  I'm not good at stuff like that, that's why I would love to see someone who is do it.

do you have a pic of it? ive always wanted to make a fairy house, but a bella/edward fairy cottage...too cute, but..im struggling on size references/actual make up.

that's my little fairy house.  Grin  and yes, I got that stupid quarter to sit on its edge.
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266  Re: *twilight: Longing for New Moon* ~SIGNUPS: June 11-22~SENDOUTS Aug 28~ in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Krafty_Karasu on: June 18, 2009 01:04:02 PM
he is the absolute epitome of a traditional gentleman

why do you think I'm always screaming this (now remember, this is about Edward, NOT ROB!):
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267  themed bottle cap pin cushions I made for some swaps in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: June 18, 2009 10:03:15 AM
I'm really behind in posting these.  but here they are now.  Cheesy  I'm always making more, so I'll have to add them when I get them done.

first we have my Dark Crystal themed pincushion.  my partner loves Kira, and I imagined that if she were a seamstress, she might use a pincushion something like this.  I found a picture of either Kira or Jen sitting on the ground surrounded by little purple flowers.

the second and third were for a Twilight swap.  one is a sparkly red apple, the second is based on Isle Esme.  beautiful blue waters surround a kidney bean-shaped island.  a little feather made of polymer clay sits on the island while a coffee bean like boat sits on the shore.  yeah, my polyclay work is kind of lacking when it comes to tiny items.

I'll have more to post as I send my swaps.  if I get a person who sews a lot for a partner, they're getting a pincushion.  I've got some together now for current swaps, but I'm not showing them off until my partners receive.  Grin
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268  Re: Jim Henson Swap round ??? Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Krafty_Karasu on: June 15, 2009 03:56:22 PM
my turn!  my turn!!

I LOVE YOU SHDWSTRM!!!!!!  YOU ARE SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!  I'm leaving the best for last...and it is the best thing EVER.

first we have an authentic Japanese Pikachu that she snagged for me from the Anime Convention she went to (she told me in her letter that she tried to wrap him in the red tissue paper that everything else was wrapped in, but he kept shocking her.  bad Pikachu!  Cheesy).  just a cute little extra because she knows I love me some anime and Pikachu. Wink

then I found this pretty red box with dragons on it.  inside I found hard maple candies (to die for!!!), MirrorMask buttons (Helena and the MirrorMask), Labyrinth buttons (Jareth (drool..........) and a Firey), and a Dark Crystal button (Kira.  hey!  that's the picture I used for her bag!  lol).  I also found a souvenir bracelet from Canada (I forgot to take a picture of it with everything because I was wearing it!  lol)

next was this cute little bag with a symbol from the Dark Crystal on it.  notice the quote on the back.  Grin  it was filled with more candy!!!  2 boxes of Smarties (which has dwindled to one box.  yum!), a Coffee Crisp, and my favorite soft maple candies!!!  the last time I was in Canada I looked everywhere (in Niagara Falls) for them and couldn't find them!  but now I have some!!!  yay!!!

and what's this?  a matching Dark Crystal bag???  awesome!!!!!!!  I'm holding the corner back so you can see the inside material.  the accessory bag has the same lining.

this beautiful shirt was also included.  hey, I have that poster!!!  and look...I HAVE MY OWN WINGS!!!

and last, but certainly not least...the Pièce de résistance, my very own (and very first!) poppet!!! and it's Kira!!!  look at this amazing piece of work!  she's wearing a cloak (look at that back!) with a hood, a little green flowy dress cover and a cute little dress adorned with some beads!  and look at her hair!  she has some braids just like the real Kira!!!  oh how I love her!!!

I love everything!!!!!!!!!!!!  I got the best partner ever!!  I just love Kira.  she's sooooo pretty!!!  my package almost didn't make it out of the post office in one piece!  I just wanted to start tearing into it before I even hit the street!  but I waited so I wouldn't lose anything.  Wink  oh this has been a great swap.  I am so happy to have had shdwstrm as my partner.  Grin

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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269  lucky maneki neko x-stitch bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: June 10, 2009 07:39:51 AM
so I just got back into cross stitch a few weeks ago and I've been making all kinds of stuff.  I'm still working on a potholder for myself, but it's not finished yet.  it will be posted as soon as I'm done with it, of course.  but for now, I give you this:

I found the Maneki Neko sprite on some website (stupid me, I didn't save it) found it, used this website to make her name pattern (I found it using Wikipedia.  can you believe it??), then used my Japanese/English dictionary to make the "un" pattern.  that's Japanese for "luck" (that is what my dictionary states and it is a reputable one.  the website I checked it against says otherwise.  it's wrong, I'm right).  he's one stitch longer than the sprite that I used, but you'd never know it unless you studied both pictures.  I wasn't paying attention to where I put a stitch until I was on the opposite side of the pattern.  so I just went with it.  but like I said, you'd never know it.  I'm just anal like that.  Tongue

what do you think?
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270  Re: Jim Henson Swap round ??? Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Krafty_Karasu on: May 28, 2009 05:11:50 PM
I am so super glad you love everything so much!  Grin  but there was one tiny, insignificant thing you might have missed about the Kira bag:

I call it the "oops".  when turning the fabric inside out, the plaid ripped!  it made me sick!  I was ready to cry.  but then I came up with a way to fix/hide it.  Wink

and I'm glad your girls like their new jewelry.  Cheesy  it looks so pretty on them.

and everyone take note that that is my very FIRST bottle cap pin cushion.  I just love how it turned out.  I'm so proud of it.  Grin

and you had better post that teaser soon.  I'm dying to see something!  I'm really dying to get the package!  but I guess I can settle for a teaser.  Wink
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