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21  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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22  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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23  Re: Halloween altoids tin swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: September 29, 2009 05:16:34 PM
Ok, so the closer it gets to Halloween, the more my neighborhood has become beseiged by vampires. It's gotten so you can't step out to pick up a newspaper without a garlic necklace and a cross in your handbag. The worst part is, since they started to sparkle, even then daytime isn't safe.

So as I was driving my bright yellow, bulletproof, fangproof, humvee to the store yesterday I thought, "There must be a better way." After dispatching a couple of bloodsuckers in the Clamato aisle and another one in the parking lot (he looked like a box boy but I wasn't fooled) I drove home and on my porch I saw this:

A package. Curious and wary, I put on my hazmat suit and unwrapped it to find:

The box was ancient, worn. Could it contain the key to my salvation?

With trembling fingers I opened the scroll and read...

"The Blood of the Damned:
The Son of the Dragon,
The Prince of Darkness.
Dracula Himself.
Saved from the devastating
Fire that reduced his castle to ashes.
Given now to use as a
Weapon Against the Dark.

There was a secret compartment and within lay the greatest weapon the world has ever known:

Taste the Blood of Dracula!

Drink and become the undead, in order to fight the undead, it urged. The mirror on the back of this tin will gauge your progress into Damnation.

Could this be the answer? Could I rid myself of the plague by becoming one of *them*? It seemed perfectly logical. So I downed the vial in one gulp. It burned like fire, it froze my veins like ice! I clutched my throat and rolled dramatically upon the floor and when I arose I turned over the box and looked in the mirror

It was true, I had become like they are. I was able to fly. I looked backward and said goodbye. Now it is I who rules the night. It is I whom *they* must fear! My transformation is complete! Mwahahahaha!

And it is crendon whom I must thank. I hope when I visit her tonight she will be kind enough to invite me in.

The End?

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24  Re: Easy-Peasy 3 Point Halloween Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: September 24, 2009 09:42:59 PM
I received from kewlmomma today! Wait until you see the booty I got.

First up is a group shot: a ghost tote bag, a spiderweb dreamcatcher, and a headband/mask combo:

Here is the tote bag close up. It's perfect for carrying projects, and it has a pocket in the front for those small items. The ghosts are so cute and spooky, and the workmanship on this is amazing!

Here is a shot of the mask close up. This is going to be part of my Halloween costume:

Then there's this spiderweb dreamcatcher. This will either keep the nightmares at bay or create them, I'm not sure which. lol

And this didn't make it into the group shot but it's so cool! It's a shrinky dink bracelet with the Peanuts characters from "It's the Geat Pumpkin Charlie Brown. One of my perinnial holiday favorites:

You outdid yourself kewlmomma. Thanks so very much!  Smiley
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25  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Round 3 gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: September 24, 2009 09:30:06 PM
And now I have a package of my own to share. I received from amarylisroze today. I was so excited to take pics, but then I had some trouble with the site, then I had to charge my camera. So sorry for the late post but here goes:

First, here's the group shot, a witch mannequin, a black cat noisemaker, and an awesome shrine:

Here's a detail of the mannequin:

She's wearing a lace shawl but underneath is a spiderweb design. Every detail is perfect.

Here is a close up of the black cat noisemaker. This looks like a vintage collectible:

It rattles to keep the spooks away. lol

Then there's this altered art shrine:

She makes it look so easy, but I know it's not.  Smiley

Thanks for everything, amarylisroze. I'll be spending Friday decorating my office with my new goodies.
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26  Re: --- Themed Bookmark Gallery --- in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: July 29, 2009 05:04:14 PM
I received my package from DanniQuee today! Prepare to turn green with envy when you see the awesomeness she bestowed upon me.  Smiley

First, the group shot. This didn't come out very good I'm afraid.

I didn't like that dark background so I switched to something lighter.

Next are the bookmarks. I really can't decide which one I like best, they are all so good! My themes included Dinosaurs, Dali, Sci Fi, and Mythology. She captured them all.

"The Persistence of Dinosaurs". Dali himself couldn't have done it better!

Then there's a Hippocampus. She stalked me and discovered my affinity for the creatures. If you look real close you'll see a jellyfish in the background. I don't know if she drew this herself but it looks like it. It's wonderful!

You tell some people you like zombies and robots and they'll come up with something so clever it just blows you away. Check out this zombie mistaking a robot for a meal. ROFL!

And the aftermath:

That is one p.o.'ed robot. Can't say that I blame him. lol

The zombie one is a magnetic bookmark that folds over and sticks to itself. Great for when you're traveling with your latest read.

And as if that wasn't just the best ever, I got a set of yellow (my favorite color) jewelry.

DanniQuee, you're the greatest!
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27  Fairies in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: July 11, 2009 12:05:46 PM
I just completed the Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Faires and Folklore swap and this was the project I made. I loved this design from the minute I laid eyes on it. I just needed an excuse to work it up. Fortunately my partner was not only a fairy afficianado as well, but she had the patience of Job, waiting for me to finish this up and get it to her.

So, without further ado, here are the pics:

Here is the picture my partner took of the framed piece.

And here's a close up of the stitching.

For those interested in the technical details, the fairies are cross stitched and the background within the border is done in half stitiches of blue and very light blue on white cloth.

I thnk it came out pretty good considering the limited time I had to work it up. It usually takes me months to do a design of this detail. I finished this in a little over a month.
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28  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: July 07, 2009 04:01:54 PM
I checked with my mail room today and they said the package tracking showed my partner, korock, received yesterday. I hope she doesn't mind my posting this pic I took before I framed it. It's cross stitich and I was pretty proud of how it turned out.  Smiley

I hope she likes it as much as I enjoyed making it.
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29  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: June 10, 2009 07:24:09 PM
I got the most amazing swap package from my partner korok yesterday. I couldn't wait to take pictures to show it all off. Prepare to be dazzled:

First thing when I opened the package, I unwrapped this gem

A celtic knot bracelet. *squee* I love the green stones, green is one of my favorite colors, and the knots are amazing. I'm in awe of people who can make jewelry. I just don't have the knack.

Then a little more digging produced this

A hand carved stamp. Yes, you heard that right, hand carved. My jaw must have dropped a foot. I didn't even know that was possible! I can't wait to try it out...

Hmm, could it be that someone beat me to it? lol

A set of fairy notecards, made with the cutest paper imaginable. I love the colors.

Then there was this strangely soft package. I couldn't think of what it might be. It turned out to be this

A tote bag with a Hippocampus! The Hippocampus is one of my favorite fantasy creatures, and I've only ever found one other piece featuring one, a small lapel pin I got at the Smithsonian exhibit years ago. I've always treasured it but now I have a new treasure. This is, literally, the coolest thing ever. It also has a pocket inside which makes it a perfect tote for my cross stitching.

Here's a close up

As you can see, he's have loads of fun splashing around in the waves. korok, you could not have made me anything I'd have liked better. This is the ultimate gift.

You have also been the kindest, most patient partner imaginable. I should be able to send your gift soon. If you like it half as much as I love my gifts I will die happy. You're awesome and your crafting is awesome too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Smiley

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30  Lord of the Rings Swap - Img Heavy in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: May 09, 2009 05:30:09 PM
Here are some items I crafted for the Lord of the Rings swap.

Here's a Legolas tote I made. This is my first attempt at embroidery in many years. It was only after I made it, then looked at the embroidery on this board, that I realized my mistakes. I hope to do better next time.

Here are a set of tea towels I made. My partner said she liked to bake so I thought some kitchen items would be handy. The quotes are from the movies. Sam's "taters" conversation with Gollum and Pippin's list of hobbit meals.

And a trivet. Frodo does live you know.  Grin

And a simple sunflower keychain with a quote on the back.

Finally, there is this quote my partner liked that I designed with an alphabet I got from a book.

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