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201  Re: Exchange a book swap round 2: the gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: April 10, 2007 11:30:30 AM
I've gotten the most wonderful package today, and I'd scream a lot about it now except they're demanding me to be on Ventrilo for a guild meeting in WoW while I'm typing this... Didn't get an answer about whether I can avoid actually logging on, so I'm pretending that's okay... but lots of talking in my head! Wink

Anyway, to the point
I LOVE everything and I have about as big a crush on crafty_karen1 as I do on my boyfriend right now, because this is all so... perfect.

This is the book I got, and actually one I was hoping for from our discussions Cheesy



Together with this I got this dreamy bookmark, a beautiful cross stitch design which is exactly to my taste. The feel of it is what I tend to describe as "feels like rain", the same thing I like in Gaiman's books, and  so on


She also embroidered this beautiful dragon and attached it to this wonderful notebook


I want to put it on my wall on display, the entire notebook, but I guess I'll have to learn to use notebooks instead of being afraid of using them for things that aren't worthy Roll Eyes

Last craft, but not the least, are these wonderful dodo notecards! Unfortunately two corner flowers fell off the "top" card of the stack, it's standing in the back here, but it's still beautiful. She says it's the only craft related to the contents of the book, and I'm very curious to find out what it is Cheesy Last book I read that mentioned a Dodo was the first of the Dirk Gently books, and I adored that one, so just Dodos existing in this book excites me as to see how come! Wink

AND she included a craft magazine for me!

It's really fun, I haven't read it but I've leafed through it very thoroughly Wink

And she says this is just the first package o_O She must be insane. So now I'm thinking that since she says she doesn't have a lot of crafting experience outside embroidery and paper crafts, I hope what I send will suffice from sheer "she's not used to doing that craft herself" Cheesy

Ok, this was probably a way too long post, and not long enough to justify what I got, because I'm trying to listen to our bozz on ventrilo, but I think I got my major point across:
I completely adore everything I've gotten.
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202  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by Melladh on: March 26, 2007 11:42:55 AM
I'm on my second ball of yarn, and on to the straight rows. I'm loving how this is knitting up colorwise - this is my new favorite yarn Smiley (photo taken without flash, with only my desk light, so colors are slightly off)



craftster is shrinking the photo, so here's the direct link
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q130/Melladh/knitting/clapotis/ekobomull/second_color_clap.jpg
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203  Re: Kitchen Sink ATC/Altered Art Supply Swap Rd 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: March 23, 2007 01:32:09 PM
I'm a packrat too, I'm just new in this particular field (paper crafts and similar)
Sometimes I think I'm more a hoarder than a crafter - I'm very happy organizing my stuff and just looking at it Grin (when I have somewhere to put it.. I'm not a tidy person with the things I'm not sure where to put!)

Now, on to my loot: I got everything and more. I got precut atc's, I got buttons, beads, metal decorations, stickers, labels, feathers, wonderful paper, stamps, sticker-stamps, dominoes, a really cool little card game, lace trim and ribbons, ink pads... and more!

PICTURES!











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204  Knitty's Cablenet socks? along? in Knitalongs by Melladh on: March 13, 2007 07:39:14 PM
Knitty:


Here's the pattern
http://www.knitty.com/issuefall06/PATTcablenet.html

and I really hunger for it, and I have the yarn and everything... but I've never knitted socks before Cheesy I tend to want to go for something not-too-easy for first attempts, because otherwise I get bored and never pick it up again...

But I'm a bit insecure, both about socks and about parts of knitting I haven't run into before. So does anyone want join in some trial and horror? Grin
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205  Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) in Discussion and Questions by Melladh on: March 11, 2007 09:06:36 AM
.....when you wake up this morning and rush on to craftster to see the little piece of cake in your profile (ITS MY BIRTHDAY!)

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206  Re: ATC Chinese New Year Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: March 07, 2007 06:43:26 PM
D'oh, I took pics of what I received, and saved them, but had such truoble with another pic that I forgot to upload.. >_<

better late than never Smiley
Here are the WONDERFUL cards I got from norianai!

I love the texture of the gold signs (it's gold and "striped" in paintbrush-directions if that makes sense.. not as plain as the photo pretends), and the origami pig! And the stamplike sticker on the one with a zodiac description is very similar to the one on the letter envelope it came in - I'm going to have to wetremove that later Grin (the one on the envelope, not the atc! o_O)

and the ATC's were in turn in another envelope - this adorable one!
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207  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by Melladh on: March 06, 2007 06:25:15 AM
For some reason both my scanner and my camera agree that my yarn is a grayish blue Huh Both on my screen and on the cameras miniscreen, it looks grayish blue. I guess it's the shinyness of the yarn that makes the cameras pick up more pale light from it than it gives off to the naked eye.
So I've tried to work it over in photoshop to get it a bit more true to color, which is why it looks a bit odd in the photo.



I'm so in love with how it's turning out that I'm almost considering not mixing this yarn with the other one I bought (an orange-yellow-blue-green deal that would add a bit of warmth to it, and make it look more summery) but I think I'm going to stick with my plan - I'm sure my mom will have me make one non-striped for her soon enough, because she looked at this one and said "is that the thing you're knitting for me?" to which I had to point out that she'd picked a white linen yarn, not green cotton... (I didn't tell her she'd also picked out a circular pattern for what she wanted me to make her, which should've been her second hint..)
She said "oh, well that's a shame", so it should just be a matter of time Wink
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208  Re: Share a technique in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Melladh on: March 05, 2007 07:36:42 AM
Okay, i think I said I was going to post the neat results of a "white object with black background" tape transfer, so here it goes.



I love how the paper textures the dragon for me, this way Cheesy
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209  Re: ATC Chinese New Year Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: March 04, 2007 05:38:53 PM
Those are really pretty Smiley I especially like the Happy card Cheesy


Okay, my partner has received so I'll post pics of what I sent Smiley

In order of appearance: A Measure of Luck | Festive | The Year of The Boar


Hooray for tape transfers! The paper behind the dragon is origami paper my mom bought in tokyo last year (the golden lines don't show well on the photo), and the golden origami paper behind the boar is much more.. gold.. irl, too Grin
I took the photo without a flash, so the colder colors are a bit duller than they should be - A Measure Of Luck is faded blue, not  gray.

And since I happened to drop by a chinese import store before I sent out, I bought this ornament to include in the package Cheesy

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210  Kaos' Secret Identity (digital ATC) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Melladh on: February 21, 2007 06:09:55 PM


Inspired by her new avatar actually. Now there are several things I'm not satisfied with, ofcourse one of them being that you can't see that it's her, at all, but I didn't want a normal "face on a cat" thing that I've seen so many times before.

Also, kill me, because when I resized this to fit for here, I accidentally overwrote the original which would be a proper size for printing and everything Tongue
I think I have a fullsize backup of the actual cat however, luckily.
Experimented loads with the background and foreground, and I'm still not pleased, but this seems to be the best of my ideas Wink

Based on this photo of Kaos (you have to be logged in to myspace to see it)
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=57113879&albumID=0&imageID=3666138

The text says "Oh don't look so surprised..."

For not having enough experience (imo) I'm fairly pleased with how this turned out Cheesy
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