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1  Re: Princess Bride Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Solarwen on: March 29, 2010 08:04:28 PM
Thanks for the amazing package Some_Girl! All the items you crafted are amazing and I just love them! This has been my favorite swap EVER!!! Not only was I super inspired to make all these different crafts the stuff I received is simply fabulous. Sorry for not posting pictures earlier S: As you said, I've been busy with school but I did take loads of pictures so I'll just post a few here so I can gush about them!!

All the pirate-loot a skull purse with Inigo & Rugen themed charms, a pirate cat notebook, a 2-in-1 necklace, magnets, the mini ROUS ring and a pouch of Miracle Pills from Miracle Max (i.e. chocolate, already eaten)


Now for some close-ups:
Charms These are SO adorable, I love the six-fingered glove, it brought on some major-lolz


Fire Swamp/As-You-Wish Necklace I wore it immediately and haven't taken it off since! I've gotten lots of compliments for it and people asking me what "fire swamp" is supposed to be haha "oh you silly, non PB watchers"


INCONCEIVABLE! Magnets I need to get one of those metal IKEA boards for my room to put these on because I know if I put them on the fridge they'll be gone like that!


R.O.U.S. Ring So cute! The little eyes and it even has whiskers!! How did you make it so tiny! I love it haha and the great thing is explaining it to people who're wondering why I have a rat on my ring... it's an ROUS... dur!!


Thank you again Some_Girl for all your hard work!

Here's another picture of the R.O.U.S. scarf that I made and I'd love to see your versions if anyone else decides to make them! I wasn't sure at first if it was too morbid but I thought it would fit since as PB fans we must have a similar sense of humor.



and the PB fortune-teller dice thingummy (sort of like a PB 8-ball)... surprisingly this thing took the longest to make -__-U but here are some of the other sides and sayings on it. I realized afterward that most of the quotes give a rather negative response but it was too late to change (sorry! I guess don't ask it any important questions? haha)


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2  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - December 2009 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Solarwen on: December 04, 2009 01:00:58 AM
I'm SO sorry for the delay >_<U!! It's last week of classes for me and all my projects are due at once so it's a hectic time. I've only added THREE things, and unfortunately no pictures yet but I've changed the amount on the other stuff.

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I'm Candice from Canada. My home is pet and smoke free.

.:PICK 1:.

***NEW*** Mendhi set: Comes with a pack of mendhi powder, pre-made "Afrin" brand cone, and a booklet of simple directions and designs made by me (no pic). Here are some of my designs.

***NEW*** Two cups worth of mixed beads and buttons (no pic).





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***NEW*** Set of 50 origami paper/washi in various designs and sizes (no pic)

---Please indicate which TWO: CHARACTER, ANIMALS or MIXED




.:PICK 3:.
---It says 2 but it should be 3

---Made by myself and various LJ users for an afghan swap that I dropped out of. I don't know what to do with these random squares and I'm hoping someone here can use them!


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3  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - November 2009 - (signups 1:st - 30:th Nov in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Solarwen on: November 28, 2009 10:52:47 PM
I'd like to claim any two, please (:
Set of 15 watercolor post cards
and
unopened pack of 10 foam sheets

Thanks

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I'm Candice from Canada. My home is pet and smoke free.

.:PICK 1:.

---Please indicate CHARACTER, ANIMALS or MIXED








.:PICK 2:.

---Made by myself and various LJ users for an afghan swap that I dropped out of. I don't know what to do with these random squares and I'm hoping someone here can use them!


.:PICK 3:.

---It says 2 but it should be 3
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4  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - November 2009 - (signups 1:st - 30:th Nov.) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Solarwen on: November 14, 2009 01:25:10 PM
Helloes C: I'd like #1. The hunk of 12x12 scap booking paper, please.

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I'm Candice from Canada. My home is pet and smoke free.

.:PICK 1:.

---Please indicate CHARACTER, ANIMALS or MIXED






---Made by sorbetsurprise for the Marie Antoinette Swap. Even though it's so lovely I don't really have anything that goes with it so it's lying sadly unused in my closet, I hope someone else can use it and love it!




.:PICK 2:.

---Made by myself and various LJ users for an afghan swap that I dropped out of. I don't know what to do with these random squares and I'm hoping someone here can use them!


.:PICK 3:.

---It says 2 but it should be 3
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5  obsessed with graffiti app <3 in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Solarwen on: July 22, 2009 12:44:11 AM
Just a few of my pictures drawn on the graffiti app on Facebook. I usually hate CGing but I love this application and I find it makes it SO easy to do digital stuff--- at least on a small scale (: C&C welcome. Here's the address to my gallery if anyone is interested in seeing other stuff and also the replays. These were mostly done for family and friends while I was working abroad for a year.

heart


balloons flying away


girl with stars in her hair


starry night


dance pickle dance


mother


juno
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6  Re: Marie Antoinette Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Solarwen on: July 21, 2009 01:28:24 AM
Ooh! Such pretty things! I especially love the lace fingerless gloves from Midnight to parisgirl. They're delicate and sweet and now I must try to make some for myself! As well as the shiny headband from scotskipper to Proxima, I'm a fan of sparkly things (AND headbands) so that beauty is a winner!

This is the AWESOME package I received from sorbetsurprise. She sent me 4 items and a little note to go along with each:

The first thing I noticed, a most delightful hat inspired by Marie and my love for frilly lolita-ness! I think I have the perfect loli dress in black and white to wear this with! The shrinky has a picture of Marie <3



A toothsome cake plushie in my favourite colour PINK! That little sparkle is just too cute and I love how she sewed the cream puff on top. Her note with this one made me giggle: "Let them eat cake!" I know she didn't really say that, but it is fun anyway! Keep as a stuffie, use as a pin cushion or throw it at your underlings in a fit of rage! I wouldn't do that though--- they might decide to keep it for themselves!



Black and blue sparkly feathered hair piece inspired by the masquerade ballgown from the movie. Spaaaarkly!



Tinny and yummy cake earrings--- Marie did like her desserts! And so do I! I couldn't resist putting these on immediately upon unwrapping them. I'm an earring buff and I love mini-poly-food so these are PERFECT!



And a picture of the entire package with butterfly card---



Thank you so much sorbetsurprise! Not only for your wonderful hard work but also for being such a patient partner with me when I set my package out late! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine ^__^

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7  Choo-Choo~ Cuddly toy train set with finger puppets! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Solarwen on: May 27, 2009 04:16:59 PM


A bit late posting these one here -__-U They were made for the OWS 43 about 2 months ago but then I moved countries and my partner had family issues to deal with so this is the first time they're being posted!

I'm so happy with this cute little choo-choo train! It was made without a pattern but just looking at some pictures of trains and old-school steam locomotives helped me along. My partner requested people to go with it but just with the size I didn't think I'd be able to crochet them so I made some finger puppets with felt and included some felt cubes for her kids to play with!









In the swap package I included an onigiri maker and misc. bento stuff since my partner mentioned she was interested in those and I threw in some letter paper that is similar to stuff on her wists (she likes elephants) I still haven't heard back from her but I hope she's doing all right and liked the package!

Enjoy!
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8  Re: .:Mendhi // Henna designs:. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Solarwen on: March 03, 2009 05:58:24 AM
@colorxmexstupid7 Thanks

@cookimistress Thanks, please read Jenianne's recommendations as well on how to darken henna! It definitely takes practice, when I first started I did very simple basic designs but then once I got comfortable I started making them more elaborate and my own style developed too! I love looking at mendhi designs online and incorporating bits and pieces into my own designs. Or even straight copy a design you see and like for practice! Good luck (:

@Nymeria How are your cake icing skills? C: They're sort of similar so you can try and use that to practice! haha suuuure I'll do some for you, do you live in either Vancouver or Okinawa?

@variableenigma Sure, no problem. I managed to *slooowly* read some of it CX There's a number but um... I don't think they ship internationally. Though you never know, so here it is:



As far as I can tell it says
New (m/b... nyo?) Bride
cone mendhi *something*
Mobile
0300-3626195
*address?*
Karachi
(I've left it large in case someone better than me at Urdu has a go at it)

@dancindharma Thank you!

@Jenianne Thanks! I love your designs, especially the 3rd picture, it looks like a Tunisian design which I rarely do even though I quite like it because no one seems to like it as much when I apply it on them. It seems like you mix the paste yourself so I'm wondering what you to apply it? Your lines are so thin which is difficult for me to get in the premixed cones ):

@totallyradmom0f3 It might just be the temperature of where you live that causes it to dry faster. I find mine dries faster in Canada than here in Okinawa because it's much more humid here. I'm not sure if you can do the sugar thing with premixed paste but I usually apply it in the evening after all the day work has been done and wear it overnight. Apply it in the evening and once it's dried a bit spray it with a mixture of "lemonade" (lemon juice + sugar / or vinegar if you don't have lemon juice) When you're ready for bed wrap your hand in a strips of cloth and leave it on till morning.

@hayatiggs I've never bought any from online but I think it's more likely to get old henna from stores because it's been shipped and on the shelves for so long! There seem to be quite a few online places selling henna (either in powder form or premixed) so I'd read buyer comments to see which is the most reliable.

@kaishabackwards Thanks (:
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9  .:Mendhi // Henna designs:. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Solarwen on: February 26, 2009 07:45:14 AM
A design I applied on myself a few nights ago out of boredom and being otherwise unproductive (:



I grew up in Karachi so my patterns are often influenced by the designs I saw growing up but I've also added my own "thing" to it and as you can see... I really like dots -__-; The mendhi is from Karachi, sorry I can't tell what "brand" it is since it's written in Urdu and I've rather lost practice in reading it. But I can take a picture if anyone wants to know.

Here are some more designs I've done on myself or friends:
(newest to oldest)






I typically leave it on overnight. If it dries too quickly I use a bit of lemon juice to remoisten it, and the slight acidity supposedly helps it to set better. Also, this is just a personal thing but instead of washing the dried bits off I just brush it off (it flakes right off) and then moisturize the skin with oil (coconut).

Enjoy! <3
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10  Clover: Oruha & Suu ~ Wings help ?! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by Solarwen on: February 19, 2009 06:22:36 AM
The wings I'm trying to recreate are the ones shown here:



This was my first attempt to make them back in 2006 and I ran into MANY problems T^T



I'm sure it would've been easier if we made the wings a more "reasonable" size, but when have cosplayers every been reasonable? Anyway, besides the size I couldn't figure out how to keep them on our backs! For the Suu costume the wings were attached to a corset she wore under the top but the weight of the wings kept pulling it up and Oruha's had no support (unless you count the guy at the back holding them up 6_6U)

So my first question is for people with experience making wings, what is the best way to wear and support them?

Secondly, they were SO HEAVY that they were just the most uncomfortable things EVER!! I made them out of corplast which I figured would be light and durable but it didn't work out too well, I usually use paper mache but that'll probably be way heavier. My NEXT idea is to use either foam or wonderflex over a wire armature. And instead of using cardboard for the "feathers" I'm going to use vellum...

What do you think? Any suggestions, tips or ideas?
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