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21  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: November 20, 2010 03:50:59 PM
I've received my second hoop...and it's another owl hoop and I love it!  Cheesy Thank you so much goldsheepbowl...I've already said it to you...but I really can't have too many owl related crafts in my life  Cheesy

I've struggled with lighting (stupid short days) but I hope these come out ok...

Here's the whole hoop...

Great use of crayon tinting for the sky Smiley

And here's a close up of the owl and part of the tree...

I love the design of the owl and the tree has been stitched so neatly  Smiley

Now I really need to get my wall of hoops started! Smiley

Oh - and eep! I love that budgie design...oh to be able to stitch like that!
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22  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: November 16, 2010 12:01:39 PM
Eeeee! is the noise I've been making since I got home from work and found the hoop that was waiting for me from Lilley. Behold the loveliness...

It's an owl! And such a cute owl...in colours that are just perfect (and match the room I want to hang it in exactly Smiley I love the design and all of the details as well. Here are a couple of close ups:

Thank you so much Lilley...in case you hadn't guessed, I love it Smiley
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23  Re: Gnomes and Mushrooms Swap CLOSED Mail by Sept 15th in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: September 29, 2010 07:28:03 AM
I'm so happy you like everything!! You were a pleasure to craft for  Smiley You took such lovely photos of everything!

I LOVE my package too. I haven't been able to get home from work in time to take photos in the daylight, so I hope these do the items justice....

First item is this gorgeous ring....it's a perfect fit and has been worn every day since Monday when I received the package  Smiley

Next is this lovely bracelet...the beads are so cute...

Then this little cross stitch picture, which I'm going to frame and put up in my office...

Next came a bag clip and three magnets with the most gorgeous gnome artwork in them...

I haven't decided which bag is going to have the clip attached - but the magnets are already up on the message board in my kitchen.

Then came my most favourite thing ever!! A hood and necklace for my Blythe!!

Close up of the necklace....

They match my Blythe sooo perfectly  Cheesy

Thank you again...everything you sent was totally "me" and I love it all  Smiley
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24  Re: Cephalopod swap! in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: September 25, 2010 05:39:41 AM
So I received the most amazing package from goldsheepbowl this week - and on my birthday- perfect timing!  Cheesy I feel like I got totally spoit and LOVE everything...I don't think I can pick a fav.

The first thing I opened was a fast food container (such a cute idea!) and inside...this sushi necklace...(I love sushi)..

Next thing I came to were these tentacle earrings...so nicely made...

As if that wasn't enough tentacle based jewellery fun, I then got to this necklace...

Which is HUGE and I just love it!! I just need to get enough courage to wear it to work now  Cheesy

Next was this phone case, which my new phone fits in very happily...

I love the material..so fun. So next, I love all things vampire related, so an Octopire brooch is just about the cutest thing ever..

Next was an adorable hoop...the very first addition to my new hoopla wall  Smiley

And then there was more (I know!!)...2 amazing paintings, I haven't decided where these are going yet, but I love them...

Thank you soooo much - everything is perfect!
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25  Re: Jar of Whimsies 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: August 30, 2010 10:41:41 AM
I think my swap partner has a lot going on at the moment and I know she received a few weeks ago so I thought I'd post some piccies of the Jar of Whimsies I sent her, hope that's ok.

So from Black.Eyed.Spyder's questionnaire it was clear that she loves the Sailor Jerry tattoo style, so I thought I would theme the jar around this. Here's the actual "jar", which I covered in Sailor Jerry pics...

And then a swallow tattoo coaster which I cross-stitched:

a Sailor Jerry-esque keyring:

And then through chatting we discovered we both have a Pullip collection, so I put together a little outfit for one of her Pullips, including a tiny swallow necklace  Smiley

The last thing I made were some pacman magnets:

I then filled the jar with lots of embellishments, stickers, buttons and bows and some little themed packs based around things my swap partner put on her things I love list (and some random things). I won't post them all but here's the Dino-topia pack:

I also put in some random larger whimsies:

I had sooo much fun thinking of things to do for this swap  Smiley If my partner reads this - I hope things calm down for you soon  Smiley
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26  Re: Jar of Whimsies 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: August 12, 2010 09:58:12 AM
This has to be one of my favourite swap galleries ever - everyone's whimsy packages are so great!  Smiley

I received a brilliant whimsy stash from Black.Eyed.Spyder. I had so much fun sorting through all of the items. So here goes with the pics...

Here's the jar itself:

And here's all of the whimsies that lurked within  Smiley

First off - some cute Hama bead creatures (owls! I love owls!) which I think I'm going to turn into magnets to bring some more colour to my kitchen:

Some pretty bracelets:

and some lovely origami hearts and cut-out flower and heart shapes:

A brilliant selection of sewing supplies (I love the material so much)..

And then lots of lovely embellishments/ buttons (I love buttons so this was perfect!)

And lastly there were loads of charms (I've recently started jewellery making and I'm going to have loads of fun using these!

Thanks for everything Black.Eyed.Spyder  Smiley

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27  Re: TV Addict Summer Hiatus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: August 11, 2010 01:28:53 PM
Great items everyone! The Doctor Who clock is brilliant!

So I received an amzing package from schonwiedersamstag - I absolutely LOVE everything...

The first item I uncovered was this Doctor Who bag which is perfect (and has already been used today!). The front has the Tardis drawn on it, and a Bow-Tie pin for the 11th Doctor (because bow ties are cool)...

And the back is just genius - it has my favourite Doctor Who quote written on it...and then a crack sewn in (which links to the quote:

Also related to Doctor Who is this cute bow tie headband:

Next comes an item that is totally going on my desk at work - it's a Barney (from How I Met Your Mother) organiser - complete with photos of Barney being his legendary self and words of wisdom from him (also known as my favourite Barney quotes):

Also linked to How I Met Your Mother is this "Let's go to the Mall" picture frame - so funny  Grin

Next is a Veronica Mars purse (or maybe an organiser for all of my Veronic-esque spy gear)..

I love the newspaper print material used inside...

As if that wasn't enough there was also a Supernatural purse - complete with a Colt charm (so cool):

And a Sex and the City Picture Frame and the cutest shoe earrings..unfortunately I think one earring may have got lost in transit, although I've still obsessively checking for it, just in case Smiley

And last, but not least, a Lost postcard, with a message from my swap partner on the back..

Thank you so much for all my items - it's been so much fun swapping with you  Smiley
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28  Embroidered Doctor Who Gallifreyan Bag in Needlework: Completed Projects by Sylvanna on: August 03, 2010 09:46:54 AM
I made this for the TV Addict swap and my partner has messaged me to say she's received it so I guess it's safe to post now  Smiley

I wanted to make a Doctor Who themed bag for my partner and decided that as I'm trying to teach myself how to embroider at the moment I should probably bite the bullet and have a go at my own design. I tried a few different transfer techniques and in the end chose to just draw it straight on (using a compass) and some help from my far more artistically inclined boyfriend!

Here's the bag itself:

And a close up of the stitching (I tried to use a couple of ditterent styles but nothing too adventurous at this stage  Wink )

And here's the fob-watch it's based on - the symbols on the front are from The Doctor's home, Gallifrey:

I learnt that it takes me a lot of concentration to sew neat circles, but I'm pretty please with how it turned out  Smiley

Oh...and hanging from the strap is a little dalek toy (who was not best pleased about being turned into a keyring...apparently it's not being very respectful towards a superior alien race  Wink )

Thanks for looking! Any feedback about my stitching would be welcomed (I'm really enjoying learning at the moment - I'm finding it to be the most rewarding craft I've tried to date)  Smiley
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29  Re: True Blood Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sylvanna on: June 01, 2010 09:05:57 AM
I received an awesome stash of True Blood goodness from Sailorgirlbonk this morning - and it arrived so quickly considering it had to come all the way to the UK from the US!

So without further ado...here are some piccies to share the joy...

The first thing that jumped out at me was a giant, squishy knitted heart belonging to Sam - hope I don't get a taste for collecting hearts or I'll be like Maryann!  Grin (pictured here next to my boxset to show just how big it is!)

Next came 2 pillowcases - the front of each of them is emblazoned with a Tru Blood slogan for those mainstreaming vampires amongst us...

But wait a minute...what's this on the back? Hmmm...it seems like some of the vamps are still...messy..eaters (sailorgirlbonks brilliant use of words, not mine  Cheesy)

And then my most favourite thing of all...inside this "Sheriff Pouch" - oncluding a Sheriff badge - oh yeah...

Were these amazingly drawn bookmarks...I love the designs...Sailorgirlbonk - your artwork is awesome!!

Did I mention that I love these? Especially Sam...and Eric...and Sookie...bah...all of them!

Lastly there were lots of extras, including a Lafayette-esque bag, some sweeties (already broken into) and a magazine with a Robsten front cover (I'm also a not-so-closet Twilight fan).

Thank you Sailorgirlbonk - the items are great and it's been a lot of fun crafting for you  Grin I may now be addicted to craft swaps  Wink
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30  Eco Monkey and Friends (Picture Plump) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sylvanna on: April 25, 2010 07:07:33 AM
I'm learning to knit at the moment - and for the longest time I could ony manage squares (or rectangles) - nothing that required shaping of any kind. The little guys/girls below are the product of this period (all made as presents for different people) and were made from a basic pattern which I modified a bit  Smiley

First we have Eco-Monkey - made for my dad who has a huge passion for environmental issues and is a bit of an all-round hippy  Cheesy His ears are supposed to look like leaves  :

Next is Music Monkey, made for someone who teaches piano (he has music notes sewn all over and a mini piano stitched onto his behind)!

Then Chic-y Monkey, made for a fan of the Shabby Chic style:

Money-Love made for a tennis fan:

And lastly - Monk Tee, made for a golfer - Monk Tee comes with a little pocket on his back to carry around golf tees, and his own miniature golf clubs (for playing minature golf of course) :

Thanks for looking - there are a few others out there but these are the ones I have pictures of  Smiley

Now I need to progress to making things that don't just involve knitting squares  Smiley
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