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21  Re: Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration (signups thru Sept. 16; sendouts Oct. 17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PaleAngelLex on: September 14, 2011 11:18:31 AM
Alright! I've finally got everyone added to the front page of the swap. It was a 21 hour long day yesterday, but I only have to worry about long days for the next week.

I'd sign up, but I'm waiting on signups for another swap to open then I'm full.  Sad  but I let some of my friends who were in the last swap know about this one.  Smiley  I'll be stalking the gallery!

That would be awesome! I'm sorry you can't sign up but I know it's a busy swap time. I think it has to do with the change in weather. Now that it isn't so hot all of the time, I feel like I can really get down to some serious sewing. But thanks for getting the word out, it means a bunch.

Thanks so much - I just made those (prepping for this swap).  It was a mix from the Simplicity Blythe pattern and a Doll Coordinate Recipe book design.  Unfortunately, I'm now hooked on those Japanese doll magazines and need more!

I've never read Japanese doll mags, and I'm pretty sure if I did, I'd end up addicted as well. What kind of stuff do the mags cover??

Also, I managed to snap some quick pictures of my girls.

Grace


Sabine


Lee
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22  Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration (signups thru Sept. 16; sendouts Oct. 17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PaleAngelLex on: September 05, 2011 10:38:23 AM



Swap name: Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PaleAngelLex
Sign-up date range: September 5 through September 16 (Extended Sign ups!)
Date to send item by: October 17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? NO


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details: The hot weather is starting to give way to cooler temperatures, the days are getting shorter, and the fields are full of the last riches of summer. It's time to celebrate all of the wonderful things come with this time of year. This will be a four point swap where we'll be crafting fall themed items for our Blyths and Pullips. Sign ups will be from September 5th until the 16th with send outs the 17th of October. Things to keep in mind for inspiration, fall fashions and accessories (hats, jackets, hoodies), Halloween (costumes, decorations, spooky accessories), back to school basics (t-shirts, underwear, socks, uniforms), Harvest time (overalls, straw hats, apple, pumpkin, corn or other harvest inspirations).

Please check in once a week, as communication helps keep flakes from occurring. I will note good or (if I have to) bad communication in your feedback. When you send, you must use a Delivery Confirmation number if in the US,  or mailing receipt for those outside of the US. PM the organizer and your partner when you send and when your receive. After you get your fall goodies, please take  good quality pictures so we can have a fantastic gallery. Also, remember to take pictures of all of your items before you send in case something happens.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Blythe/ Pullip Autumn Celebration
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies (pets, smoke, etc.)?:
Any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc.)?:
Names and types of dolls (Blythe and/or Pullip and/or Dal, AND body type!) you would like things made for?:
What is your favorite part of fall?:
What are your favorite colors for fall?:
What kind of items would you like your Blythe to receive? Do your girls have personal styles that your partner should keep in mind?:
Anything you wouldn't like to see?:
Do you have a dollhouse?:
Would you like things for your girls' houses or rooms? what kind of household items?:
What kind of things can you make?:
Do you a have wist? flickr? blog? etc?:
Anything else your partner should know? :


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



Swappers
1. PaleAngelLex
2. stacysews
3. Factitious
4. zigg13pra
5. LolaandBean
6. leika
7. imafundork



Partners


zigg13pra <-> LolaandBean
leika <-> PaleAngelLex
stacysews -> Factitious -> imafundork -> stacysews

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23  Re: OTT Game of Thrones Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: September 02, 2011 09:06:00 AM
Squire_Inaria and I got to talking about what we could make and how much we admired the others' work. She said nice things about my embroidery and I said the same about her poppets and how I lack the sewing skills to make them. Then She totally went and made a mini poppet!




Her's Daenerys in her more modest Quartheen Dress. She has wonderful details like her chain belt, her necklace, and the wonderful bangles around her wrist and arm.



She also has this neat charm bracelet.



Her arms and legs are jointed so she can be posed. I can't believe how perfect the eyes are. (I can't draw them to save my life) She even has a little nose.



Thank you for a wonderful poppet! She's amazingly detailed and impeccably stitched. She is clearly made with love Smiley
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24  Monster Marigolds (Update!) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: August 22, 2011 11:47:31 AM
I've never had a lot of luck starting things from seeds. I live in a very small apartment and our water tends to kill plants. I always keep trying though, and this year, I had some very unexpected luck.





They are almost 3 feet tall. I didn't know that was even possible! There are some smaller ones among the three giant ones. The small ones have pretty rust colored flowers, but I don't know what the tall ones will produce yet. I'll update as soon as they blossom.

Here's how the flower looked once it opened. It was really pretty, and very clearly a Marigold. Smiley

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25  San Bartolo Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: July 27, 2011 09:32:37 AM
 
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I made this for the Ancient Cultures Rnd 2 Swap. My partner chose the Maya, and I decided to challenge myself. I took this image out of a mural from the San Bartolo Site. The mural is one of the most beautiful pieces of art from all of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in my humble opinion.

It was stitched in one or two strand back stitch, mostly in black since most of the original piece was outlined in black. Part of the head dress wasn't so I stitched that in a rust color. This was my first time using watercolors on my embroidery. The camera I used is very good and picked up all of my uneven painting, so this actually looks a little nicer in person. Over all I'm happy with the it. I think using the watercolors really helped by giving it that, well, painted feel. I want to try this again and hopefully clean up some of the rougher spots.

Any advice on how to use watercolors better, or anything else is more than welcome. Thanks for looking.

Here's the original
 
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26  Re: Ancient Cultures Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: July 18, 2011 11:13:09 AM
I finally got around to taking pictures off all of the stuff kyerinn sent me.  My chosen culture was the Aztecs, and she did an awesome job. Things that I listed as my favorite aspects of the Aztec were the god Tezcatlipoca, smoking mirrors, and lunar gods. On to the goodies!

First is this set of jewelry made with hematite beads to represent smoking mirrors. There's also a skull on the necklace which is perfect as it's a symbol of Tezcatlipoca as well.




Next is this adorable hoop. It shows the rabbit in the moon, as that's what the Aztecs saw when they looked at the moon. I love the fabric choice, and I love the way she did the back of the hoop, which i don't have a picture of, but she included a ribbon to hang it by.



Finally, there is this cross stitch that I love! It's some of the titles that Tezcatlipoca holds. It's just really neat to look at.



Thanks for everything Kyerinn!
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27  Purple Yeit Love! in Needlework: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: June 27, 2011 11:55:07 AM
For the latest hoopla swap I was tasked with making a hoop for Songs4Drowning. After struggling to make a science fiction domed city, and putting it on the back burner to finish some other time, I had to choose a new theme.

So I now give you, purple yetis.




I looked around the internet for all kinds of yeti, so if they don't look like your traditional yeti, there's good reason for that. My boyfriend looked at it and asked, "since when do yeti have horns?" Since now. Wink

They were worked with a lot of different stitches. She was outlined in (I think) feather stitch. It was going to be twisted chain stitch, but I messed up the first one, and then liked this better. He is outlined in a knot stitch. They are both filled in with back stitch. The feet and horns are satin stitch, the heart is chain, and the arms are outlined in stem stitch (the fist time I've gotten it to work right). The rest is back stitch.

I hope you like them, as they are some of my favorite work.
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28  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: June 27, 2011 11:42:23 AM
I finally had a day where there was no rain, and no running around before work. Here's my hoop from Songs4Drowning.




She's an anime influenced bird girl who can fly over any obstacle. I love it. I'm so bad with faces, and she mad the eyes and mouth look so easy. She even wrapped the hoop in organza ribbon to make it all pretty. Now I have gray hoop to go with my green koi Smiley
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29  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: June 13, 2011 10:50:43 PM
Here's my hoop from Megzy818!



She made me some wonderful green koi. They are so adorable, and I love the colors. They got a little jostled in the mail, so I tried to get the fabric taunt and centered a bit more. Either way, I really love them. The fabric they're on looks gray, but in the right light has a lot of purple in it. It goes very well with some really beautiful satin stitch. Oh and if you missed it, I love them so very much!
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30  First Stuffie: The Kraken in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: May 18, 2011 03:50:40 PM
I have always admired other peoples stuffies, but never tried to make one of my own. When I had to figure out a final object for the Song of Ice and Fire Swap, I went back and forth between a pillow and a purse with a picture of a Kraken on it. My partner liked mythical animals, but i just didn't want to applique or stencil. So, I made this stuffie of a Kraken instead.

I only have this one picture because I never thought of posting it.



The legs are made of braided strips of fabric. I sewed them on pointing up so that that when they laid down they folded over the bottom edge. Then I sewed a circle on the bottom to hid all the edges. That would make more sense if there was a picture I'm sure.

I think it turned out well for my first try, but I did end up sitting at the sewing machine for a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to attach the crest and sew it so it ended up on the outside, not the inside as it did the first go around.

Thanks for looking!
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