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31  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) Sendout March 23 in The Swap Gallery by thisbirdsabsurd on: March 16, 2015 01:58:07 PM
Okay, I need plenty of fanfare here, maybe a drum roll.  Nothing seems quite adequate enough to introduce you to this most AWESOME piece I received from Ludi.  But here it is anyway, in all it's glory!

Let's get a little closer, shall we, so you can appreciate the amazing stitchery!

See? Amazing, isn't it???
Here's one last side shot so you can see the finished edge.

Thank you so much Ludi!  (If you couldn't tell, I LOVE it!)  Smiley
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32  Heeeeeeere chick chick chick! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: February 14, 2015 06:35:19 PM
I love me some chickens, so decided to make my own pattern.  I have one more color of chicken fur to go.  The black and white is my favorite but really tough to sew.  The white is the cuddliest but I need a lung transplant after working with that material! Has anyone else worked with that curly fur?  Yikes!!
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33  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by thisbirdsabsurd on: February 11, 2015 12:11:01 PM
Okay!  FINALLY I managed to get a hold of my package from greybird.  Apparently my mailman hasn't felt up to dealing with the snow on my road for the last several days so I had to take matters into my own hands.  Wink
  First check out this cute little guy. Doesn't he have the most magnificent mouse wings you've ever seen?  And that little hat is too cute!

Next is this nifty paper mache crow with the ruby red eyes!

But wait!  There are TWO sets of eyes!

Thanks so much greybird!  What a fun swap!
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34  The Witch's Spoon in Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 25, 2015 08:59:34 AM
I promise not to drown you in pictures of my latest passion for spoon carving...BUT...just one more.  Smiley
  This is another spoon from the same downed beech tree.  This piece was a bit twisted and full of little knots (you can see one on the bowl that hopefully won't cause a problem.) But instead of chucking this piece as trash I decided to work with the wood and came up with this twisty, silly piece - my favorite one yet so I'm KEEPING it all to myself...thus, the name.  Wink
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35  Little Grey Lady Bird in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 22, 2015 11:17:49 AM
This is another creation for the Curiosity Swap.  Its made with an antique doll head mounted on a little bird body.  Beads are stitched on and the feet are polymer clay.  the feathers were donated by my African grey.  Wink
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36  Baby Dragon in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 22, 2015 09:49:28 AM
I'm in the Curiosity Swap and sent this little critter to my partner. A baby dragon in a very sparkly egg!
Peeeek!  Smiley
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37  Spoon Carving! in Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: January 07, 2015 05:29:26 PM
If a tree falls in the woods, does it become a spoon?  Well in this case, yes.  A beech tree blew down last spring, and even though it was almost completely snapped in half, it grew all of its leaves in the following months.  I doubt it will come back again, but a tree with this much spirit deserves to be used for something other than fire wood!
  I sawed off a thick branch and carried it home.  My weapons of choice were an axe, a knife and a hook knife.  The axe was to split the branch and hack it into a shape that somewhat resembled a spoon.  Then on to the knife to refine things a bit.  The hook knife was to scoop out the bowl of the spoon.  Some sand paper and oil and now that tree will live on in my kitchen.  A little wonky, but I love it!
  Also, I only lost about a pint of blood on this project, so I think I did pretty well.  Wink







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38  Snarky free motion pillow in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by thisbirdsabsurd on: September 14, 2014 10:49:18 AM
Pottermouth was my fabulous partner in the Snarky Housewives swap.  I really had a hard time coming up with something that made me happy but FINALLY had a bright idea.  The witticism was one that she had pinned, the design is my own.  Smiley. It's free motion machine embroidery which I've been experimenting with for the past year or so.  It's becoming one of my favorite things to do.  Smiley

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39  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thisbirdsabsurd on: September 09, 2014 06:02:38 AM
Okay, fingers crossed.....
I received a multi faceted snarky package from the lovely pottermouth!  Snarky AND fun?  What more could a girl ask for?  Check it out.

Ah-ha!  Did ya catch that?  The snarkisms change according to my mood!  There are several of them to choose from!  And check out these way too cute bits and pieces that adorn the table! . AND, the back is a little piece of art in and of itself!  Also you can get a better look at the wheel that turns to change the sayings.

Thanks for being such a fun partner pottermouth and thanks to Racky and cackle for coming up with another great swap idea!
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40  Re: ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by thisbirdsabsurd on: April 17, 2014 02:42:27 PM
Okay - brace yourself for awesomeness! Cmarion sent me the most fantastic Crow Goddess, guardian of baby birds, bunnies and small beings. She also protects seedlings so they can grow.  (Boy am I ever going to need her with the late spring we're having here!)
  She came with a removable cloak (she only needs it for ceremonies) and a basket of seeds, a tiny skull and a scroll that tells all about her.  And look at the amazing staff.  Everything about her is so wonderful!  Thank you so much cmarion!!













That last one is a picture of my cat who was so enthralled with the Crow Goddess that I had a hard time taking pictures!!! Wink
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