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11  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 16, 2013 05:41:53 PM
I received from Teag today and I have to say she is one incredible craftster. She made this awesome vintage black cat with all the great things about Halloween on the base. Feast your eyes on this.

Front view with witch hat on the base:

Slight side view:

Each side of the base has a different Halloween image. The front has a witch hat, as you can see.

The right side has a pretty pumpkin:

The left side has a wicked skull:

The back has yummy candy corn:

I wish everyone could see this in real life, the detail is amazing.

Thank you so much, Teag. This is the coolest!
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12  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 12, 2013 07:02:15 PM
I got an awesome package from Beeker with a ton of tricky treaty goodness. There was so much in the package it was hard to get pics of it all, but I did my best. First, a group shot:

There's a pumpkin, a floppy spider (he's on top of the pumpkin, a set of pumpkin carving tools and cool stencils, a couple of origami jumping frogs in animal print paper (they're in the front there), a set of candy knives to put on cupcakes a couple of skeleton straws, seven feet of spiderweb! OMG!, a horror movie double feature (House on Haunted Hill and Bluebeard), a set of creepy labels for those special potions, and a small sample of the ton of yummy candy I got. All treats, no tricks here.  Smiley You're incredible, Beeker. I love it all!

Here is a close up of the pumpkin. I love his friendly smile:

I think Scotty the Spider has found a place he likes better than a web.

The carving tools, skeleton straws, bat rings, candy knives, and origami jumping frog.

Potion labels and odds and ends for paper crafting. I love these: Swamp Lizard in Skunk Oil, Werewolf Fangs, Human Eyeballs, Pickled Mice, Baby Dragon Scales (I love that one especially).

Thanks for everything, Beeker. Despite the damage this is one heck of a treat box!

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13  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25) in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: September 28, 2013 05:37:26 PM
I received my package from pennydreadfull today and she couldn't have made me anything I would love more! I have always wanted a really nice hoopla and she came through big time! Take a look at this:

Just look at that vintage look of the moon and owl. I can't keep my hands off it. I haven't even hung it up yet because I keep picking it up to admire the stitches and moon gaze at that wonderful face. The owl seems to share my admiration.  Smiley

As if that's not awesome enough, she made me this Halloween bunting. The fabric looks so vintage, and the orange and black plaid in the middle reminds me of a shirt I had as a kid. It makes me nostalgic.

Then there's this cool plaque with a Halloween saying. It looks like the sayings on those old vintage cards.

Pennydreadfull is the most amazing craftster. I'm so lucky to have gotten her in this swap. It's like she can read my mind. Thanks for everything pennydreadfull. You're one in a million.

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14  Early Halloween in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: September 27, 2013 04:25:41 AM
I did this for the Vintage Halloween Swap and my partner has received so I thought I'd share it here.

My partner, pennydreadfull, likes Edgar Allan Poe as much as I do. And she also likes Victorian themes so I thought this fit perfectly. This is the picture she took of it because her photo kung fu is better than mine.
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15  Plan 9 - The Most Sinister Plan of All in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: March 12, 2013 05:38:52 PM
I recently saw Plan 9 From Outer Space and it has so many great lines I was inspired to preserve one of them in needlework.

The picture is a little overexposed but I used florescent green for the aliens and I wanted them to show up better.
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16  Re: OTT October Holidays Edition 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 22, 2012 06:39:29 PM
I received from Plucky today and your eyes are going to collectively pop when you see the box she made me.

First, here's the cover:

Inside I found these little trinkets: a skull eraser, a pumpkin ring, and a vampire rubber ducky. The rubber ducky really made me smile. I love it.

And the inside is a beautiful as the outside, look!

This was a really fun swap and I love my box so much. The vintage images are amazing and the craftsmanship is awesome. Thanks so much plucky, you made my Halloween bright as a jack o'-lantern in a pumpkin patch.  Smiley
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17  Re: OTT October Holidays Edition 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 28, 2011 07:34:23 PM
I received the coolest package from Plucky yesterday but I didn't have access to a camera today.

Take a gander at these decorative Halloween clips:

Group shot

As you can see, I got a bit artistic there with the mummy in the background. lol

And here's a close up. The detail and designs on these are amazing:

I love these a bunch. The magnets are on my file cabinet at work and the others are holding by bags of Halloween candy.

Thanks so much Plucky! You're a great swapper.

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18  Re: Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Mail Box Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 21, 2011 09:11:47 PM
As promised, here are the pics of the wonderful package I got today from Amber.

First is the group shot:

There's a hair bow, a kitty bat, and a fun collection of Halloween rings.

Next is a close up of the kitty bat. He's going to join some Halloween friends in my office.  Smiley

Here is a fun piece. A Frankenstein picture frame. I'm still trying to decide whose picture will grace this one. Probably my brother.

Underneath you can see the cool candy corn fabric and a colorful Halloween bandana.

But the coolest thing of all is this mini wallet made with monster fabric. This is so great I'm going to carry it all year round!

The front:

And the back:

This is a such a great package Amber. I love it all!

Happy Halloween!
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19  A Nightmare to Embroider in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: June 06, 2010 10:06:00 PM
I did this piece for the monster swap currently in progress. Since my partner has received I think it's safe to post pics. She said she liked Freddy Krueger so I did this:

I found a site called DragoArt.com that has how-to tutorials for drawing our favorite monsters. It's pretty cool. Here's the link: http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/2323/1/1/how-to-draw-freddy-krueger.htm

The embroidery is backstich, satin stitch, french knots (eyes) and long and short stitch (which I had never done and was more difficult than I anticipated). The knives are done with metallic thread to make them shiny.

Here is a close up:

Overall I'm happy with how it turned out. I hope my partner agrees.  Smiley
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20  Re: Monster Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: May 18, 2010 05:44:25 PM
My mother had surgery two weeks ago and she's been having a rough time. So I was especially glad to get this great package from torilimcadle Saturday. I apologize profusely for the length of time it's taken me to post pics. I'm so proud of all my stuff, I've been enjoying it all immensely. Thanks so much for crafting me such a great package torili.

I love this little plushie. She suggested I name him Fred and I have to agree the name fits him to a T.

I love his big yellow eyes. He looks curious.

Then I got these cool notecards with the cutest little monster. I've got a lot of thank you notes to write and these will bring a smile to the recipients for sure.

This plaque of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is awesome. It's going up in my bedroom. Yeah, I'm weird. lol

And she added this great dragon coloring book. I haven't decided whether to color the pictures or use them for patterns. Maybe I'll try both.

Thanks for everything torili, it's great having you for a swap partner.  Smiley
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