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3981  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTHPT2 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 2~Signups Closed ~ Sendouts Mar. 31 ~ on: April 08, 2011 04:34:54 PM
For sure we can fit another OTHPT in before July.....can't we?

As I said before, Pinkleo, Ex_Gratia and I are organizing the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap - Round 2, which is a VERY large swap, so we will not have time to organize another OTHPT until AFTER that. 

Sign-ups for Decked Out start May 5th, and run until May 21st.   Then there is 6 weeks of crafting time, and Send-Outs on July 1st.  The swap will be a really great way to craft in anticipation of the movie, and will result in some amazing projects.  Sometime after all that, I'm sure Pinkleo & I will get around to another OTHPT.
3982  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet on: April 08, 2011 05:01:05 AM
I love this braclet  Grin Can I ask, where do you get all your charms from? your braclets have such a wide variety. Ive never seen so many.

I get charms from all over the place.  I'm always shopping for more.  I usually plan a bracelet for a few weeks before I have everything assembled to start actually working on it.  I get some stuff from beadsandcharms.com, some giant lots of a single style charm from Ebay sellers in China, some from Hobby Lobby or other craft stores.  The "Wonderful" token was a Tim Holtz scrapbooking charm.  The handmade ones were pre-made silver bezels that I added my own images to and then sealed.  Cheesy
3983  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups through 4/9, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 07, 2011 08:03:33 PM
Here's the new Who themed goodie I've been working on.  I've submitted it in the Jewelry Challenge for this quarter, so you'll all have to remember to go and vote!

The Doctor's Companion Bracelet
3984  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet on: April 07, 2011 07:58:53 PM
A few months ago I fell in love.  Head-over-heels, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.  It was sudden.  It was magical.  It was intense.

It was with a fictional character.

While participating in the last round of Matchbox swapping, I created a Doctor Who themed matchbox for my partner spidermom.  I had never seen the show before, but she had so many cute Doctor Who related items on her wist, and I was sure I could pull together something adorable for her.  After scheming, creating, and shipping my TARDIS Matchbox, I got curious.  I sat down with Netflix while DH was out at his weekly board game night, and started watching.  And that was all it took.  A few short hours and I was in love with a madman in a blue box.  At that moment I began dreaming up this bracelet.  I spent weeks finding just the right charms.  Ordering them from all over the place.  Some from local Etsy sellers, some from Asia, and some I made myself.  So, without further ado, here is my entry, The Doctor's Companion Bracelet.  (Or "His 'Plus-One' Bracelet"!)

The beads are a mixture of glass, crystal, and freshwater pearls in TARDIS blue, and the black of empty space, with a few clear AB crystals.  Overall the color palette was taken directly from the TARDIS itself, but it also reminds me a lot of the designs for the episode "Midnight", set on a dark and barren diamond covered planet.  The charms are a mix of Tibetan silver, pewter, and handmade bezels.  The clasp is a VERY sturdy lobster style clasp.  I had wanted to pick out something pretty and decorative, but being the Doctor's Companion does require an awful LOT of running, so I figured a secure clasp was better in the end.  Cheesy

The charms include:
Hope Bead: "Oh, I always live in hope." - The Doctor
Star: Part of the wonders the Doctor sees in his travels.
Fob Watch: Also known as the Chameleon Arch, a pocket watch in which the Doctor can store his memories and personality, while becoming temporarily human.  Martha, this watch is me! - The Doctor, Human Nature (Handmade charm)

Two Hearts:  My favorite alien has two hearts.  A condition which can save his life, but also lead to twice the sorrow when they are broken.  "Only one heart working... how do you cope like this? - The Doctor, The Shakespeare Code
Planet of the Ood: Also called the Ood Sphere, whose inhabitants will sing the song of The Doctor-Donna for ages.
Union Jack: "And Rose...  Love the tee shirt!" - Capt. Jack Harkness, utterly incorrigible flirt, The Doctor Dances
(Also part one of that episode: "And I'm looking for a blonde in a Union Jack. A specific one, mind you, I didn't just wake up this morning with a craving." - The Doctor, The Empty Child)
Bad Wolf:  "I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words... I scatter them, in time and space." - Rose Tyler, The Parting of the Ways

Angel Wing: One of the most terrifying creations in science fiction history.  Angel statues that can kill you, but ONLY when you aren't looking at them.  "The angels are coming for you, but listen, your life could depend on this: don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and *don't blink*! Good luck." - The Doctor, Blink
the TARDIS Time And Relative Dimension in Space; the Doctors wonderful Police Box shaped time machine & spacecraft; aka the sports car of time travel. (Handmade charm)
Stethoscope: [Donna looks shocked as the Doctor pulls a stethoscope out of his rather fitted suit pocket.]  "They're bigger on the inside." - The Doctor

Teacup: Tea! That's all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses... The Doctor, the Christmas Invasion
Wonderful token: "He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. and... he's WONDERFUL." -Tim Latimer, describing the Doctor, The Family of Blood

Handy Spare Hand: My hand there. My handy spare hand. Remember? Christmas Day. Sycorax. Lost my hand in a sword fight. That's my hand. Hello. The Doctor, Journeys End
Masked Lady: Clockwork robots in the Girl in the Fireplace

Earth: And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... IT. IS. DEFENDED! - The Doctor, saving the planet once again in The Christmas Invasion (Handmade charm)
Key to the TARDIS
Doctor: "By the way, you'll be needing this." [reveals a TARDIS key hanging on a string]
Martha Jones: "Really?"
The Doctor: "Frequent fliers privilege."  - The Doctor, 42
Banana: Well, among other things, I *think* I just invented the banana daiquiri a couple of centuries early. Do you know they'd never seen a banana before? Always take a banana to a party, Rose, bananas are good. - The Doctor, The Girl in the Fireplace

Sadly some of the pictures don't show the bracelet's true colors.  It is much more blue in reality.  I'll try to get an extra pic out in natural light this afternoon!  Enjoy.  Cheesy  
3985  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups through 4/9, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 07, 2011 07:19:14 PM
We're currently up to 20 swappers.  Cheesy  And just two more days of sign-ups! 
3986  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: J&T Challenge 3: Favorite Media Inspired (Movie, Music, TV, Books) on: April 07, 2011 09:33:50 AM
I'm so going to come in just under with wire on this one!
3987  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups through 4/9, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 07, 2011 07:37:02 AM
My partner from the last swap hasn't had a chance to pick her parcel up yet so looks like I won't get feedback in time to join this Sad Although I might just make something and pretend I'm part of it anyway!

Have you messaged her and explained that you would like to join another swap and are waiting on her picking up the package???
3988  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTHPT2 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 2~Signups Closed ~ Sendouts Mar. 31 ~ on: April 07, 2011 06:29:22 AM
Actually, according to what I'm seeing, the package was delivered to you on 4/6.  Why don't you send me a PM with what's going on at your end. 

Well, according to the USPS site, my package got as close as my post office, was sent to a post office in the next town rather than my house, and is now back to mgailp. I have no idea what is going on...
3989  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups through 4/9, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 07, 2011 06:09:06 AM
Hi ivoryh1632!  Yes, you can sign up for this as your first swap.  In fact, a One Tiny Thing is a really great way to get your feet wet with swapping.  You make one, and only one, item that is small in stature, but big in time and effort for your partner.  Shipping costs are low, and there is very little pressure.  If you'd like to join us, copy the questionnaire from the first page of this thread and then PM it to me with your answers filled in.  And always remember that the more fully you answer a question, the better your partner will be able to figure out what to make for you.  Cheesy

I'm apologizing in advance if I'm being a moron about this and missed some obvious answer somewhere.
I really want to participate in this swap but I've never done a swap before. I meet all the other conditions though. Can I participate in this swap or do I have to do one of those "newbie swaps" first?
I've read through all the swap info and faq's and all that but I'm still confused about this.

3990  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTHPT2 Gallery on: April 06, 2011 08:27:08 PM
Really beautifully done as always audio!
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