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11  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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12  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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13  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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14  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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15  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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16  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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17  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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18  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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19  Re: Poetry Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: May 02, 2010 01:55:25 PM
I received a wonderful swap package from Staar84 on Friday. Everything is so well crafted. I especially like the Raven embroidery which is somewhat wrinkly in the pictures but will look awesome on my wall when it's framed. So, without further ado, here are my goodies!  Smiley

First up is a series of magnets with two of my favorite poems, "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost and "suppose" by e.e. cummings. They were made line by line so I can mix and match them when on display.

This is the last three lines of "suppose". Even in the daytime the light isn't too good in here so I tried to improvise, but I'm afraid they're a bit blurry.

Then I got two notecards with another favorite "Daffodils" by Willam Wordsworth.

The best part here is that the lines of the poem are on the flower petals. Just a perfect way to share this great poem.

But best of all is this awesome embroidery of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. You all should see thise stitches, so tiny and neat. Simply incredible!

I also got a book of the Best Western Poems, which I've been enjoying this weekend.

Roses are red
Violets are sweeter
This amazing swap package
Just couldn't be neater!

Thanks for everything Staar, I love it all!
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20  Blackwork Bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: April 21, 2010 09:40:51 PM
Here's a little blackwork bookmark I made from a pattern I found on the internet. The flowers are pansies so I thought they would look nice in blue. It's backed with felt. I wanted to do blanket stitch around the edge but it's been so long since I've done it I had to look up a tutorial.  Embarrassed

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