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21  Fairies in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellifluous 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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22  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous 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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23  Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous 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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24  Lord of the Rings Swap - Img Heavy in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellifluous 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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25  Re: Lord Of The Rings Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous on: May 09, 2009 05:00:55 PM
WOW! Look at all those wonderful cross stitches!

Thanks Lunamione!  Smiley I love to cross stitich.

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I received from pinkleo on Thursday but when I went to take pics I discovered that my camera battery had died and needed rechargng. She crafted for me and pinupmommy so if this looks a bit like deja vu, that's why. lol

First off, I have to thank pinkleo for her wonderful gifts and express my admiration of her excellent crafting skills. Everything is so beautiful, moreso than the pics show, and very beloved. I knew this was going to be a great swap and I was right. You just can't go wrong with Lord of the Rings.

Here is a "book" that is actually a jewelry box. The design is J.R.R. Tolkien's monogram in Elvish. It's awesome!

Here is the jewelry box open, with a Smaug bookmark. Smaug is the dragon from The Hobbit. In Tolkien's universe, dragons are creatures of Morgoth, imbued with evil spirits.

He doesn't look so mean, does he?  Cheesy

Here is an Eye of Sauron necklace. This is such a great piece. I love the colors. It will go great with everything. Because my mom can't take the pics, she gets to do the modeling.

Here is the necklace and bookmark together.

Here my mom models a Mithril shawl. The stitches look like rings and there is silver thread running through it! It's so warm and cozy. Perfect for when the ac or the evenings get too cool.

I had originally told pinkleo this totebag was my favorite. But after putting all the items through their paces, I can't pick a favorite anymore. It's all amazing!

The colors on this are so vibrant and shiny. It didn't come out in the pic. I was losing my light.

Finally, here is an 'action shot' of the tote and shawl together. They're going to make a great team.

pinkleo is an amazing crafter and generous swapper. I love all my things and I thank you for capturing my LOTR interests so perfectly.  Smiley

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26  Cheshire Cat and Hedgehog in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellifluous on: January 17, 2009 10:08:32 PM
I just completed in the Alice in Wonderland craft swap so I thought I'd post pictures of the things I made.

First is a Cheshire cat.

The face spells "Alice in Wonderland". I did the eyes and teeth in glow-in-the-dark thread and it really shows up nicely at night. I wish I had tried to get a picture of it. I put the design on a laptop bag.

Then there is this little hedgehog I made. It says "Bean" because that's the name of my swap partner's pet hedgehog.

I hope you all like them.
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27  Re: Alice in Craftster-Land - SEND DATE: 1/7 in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous on: January 16, 2009 11:02:51 PM
Okay, I said I'd post tonight. I just didn't say that it would also be tomorrow.

I got the coolest package from Miss Whitney. There is so much awesome stuff I hardly know where to begin. There are going to be lots of pics so bear with me.

First up are White Rabbit and Rose brooches:

I told her I loved the image of the White Rabbit in his heraldic garb. Both are pins I can attach to my scarf which I shall post a pic of below.

Next is a pin made from a playing card (the Queen of Hearts, natch) and two pins with looking glasses. The background is a scarf with the Cheshire Cat stripes. I didn't get a great pic of it, it's kind of wrinkly since I've been wearing it nonstop all week. It's so warm and cozy and it goes with everything I have. I wore it to work and almost lost it to a jealous co-worker. lol I've been getting lots of compliments on it.

Then this lovely set of beaded earrings.

These keychains are so much fun. My particular favorite is Bill the Lizard and his ladder. Looks like Alice has given him the boot. Poor Bill.

And now for the most wonderful piece of all. A handpainted cup and saucer. The bottoms say "Alice in Wonderland Swap 2008"

Look at that White Rabbit! I swear, I had a tear in my eye when I saw him. This is the coolest piece I've ever seen. He's drawn perfectly and I especially love his little bunny feet.

A close up of the inside of the cup...

And a close up of the Rabbit...

I love this saucer so much. It's my favorite thing of all!

Thanks so much Miss Whitney. I can't believe you're new to swapping. You're amazing!

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28  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous on: December 03, 2008 05:41:38 PM
This post will be image heavy, just so y'all know.

Big thanks to semicharm86 and also an apology for not getting these pics up sooner. My mother had to be hospitalized over the weekend so I wasn't able to do this before. She's going to be all right so I think we can all have a happy holiday now. I can't tell you what it meant to find this package in the mail. With all the other stuff going on, this was just the pick-me-up I needed.  We still haven't gotten our tree up, that will probably happen this weekend, but I wanted to go ahead and post my ornaments. Semicharm86 did such a great job. I know you'll agree. These are awesome!

First a group shot:

Then this glittery ball. It's going to catch the lights beautifully:

She also did this red one that is feathers and trinkets. It's so pretty:

No matter how I try, at least one pic always comes out blurry. Red ornament, this was your turn. Gah!

Then, my favorite. You should see this in real life, it's gorgeous! It's so shiny I caught a glare no matter what angle I tried.

It's silver and has blue and yellow leaves made with polymer clay. The leaves are so detailed they even have veins. How she did it I don't know, but it's pretty impressive.

Finally, as an extra treat, I got me some Lemonheads. Yum!

And a recipe for Peppermint Pinwheels. I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks bunches semicharm86. I love it all!
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29  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous on: November 22, 2008 06:14:17 PM
I got my package from Krafty_Karasu yesterday and I can't tell you how thrilled I was.  I hope she's able to post some good pics of these as mine didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped.

Look at the hook on that. She crafted that part too. And it has a tiny penguin hanging from the bottom. Also, the globe is sparkly frosted glass and the beading is exquisite.

Then there's this one, done in my favorite color, yellow.

Look at the close up design of the hook. It's beautiful! And the detail on the netting is so fine. Amazing!

Thanks bunches Krafty_Karasu. I love them both.
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30  Re: Fall Scarf Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mellifluous on: October 28, 2008 05:59:14 PM
I got my package from LyricalStar today and let me tell you, it was just in time. It's been in the 80's daytimes here but it got down to the 30's last night and will be that way at least through the weekend. I love the colors in this scarf, as it's just like the pretty foliage we don't get much of around here.

Okay, so first up is the scarf, kindly modeled by my mom. I'm not much of a photographer but she's even worse, so she gets to model. lol

The stitch is perfect, not too tight, not too loose. I tried it out today and it's cozy warm.

Here's another shot with the hot cocoa I shall be sipping tomorrow night as I start working on some Christmas stitiching. There's a picture in there but I cut it off.

Since I cut off the autumn picture I got with my scarf, I thought I'd give it it's own section here. Gorgeous fall leaves! It makes me wish I was up North, at least until the middle of November.  Cheesy

I love, love, love that picture! I had to take it at an angle to avoid a glare. I hope y'all can see it all right.

I can't thank you enough, LyricalStar, this is the best autumn I've had in years! *hugs*

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