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91  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--April 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: May 09, 2011 03:44:29 PM
This Fantastic bird came to me from Beckashell in Australia for Local Bird.. I have been singing the kookaburra song since I got it!!! Thank you so much!

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92  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--April 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: May 02, 2011 06:19:39 PM
Hey I got some lovely ATC's to share with you all!

Grapeicepop had some flowery fun and sent me two for spring flowers and buds ! Thanks so much!

Ah.. Spring...

MunLtStmpr Sent me two beautiful ATC's for Manuscript letters m and p! Thank you!

My Scanner refused to recognize glitter... however purple shininess abounds...

Thanks so much !
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93  Labryinth Shrinky Dink Bracelet! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: April 25, 2011 10:59:19 AM
For the Labyrinth Swap I made this neat Charm bracelet - which has pictures of scenes and images from the movie as the charms.  For those of you who are fans of Labyrinth, I wanted to do something like the plastic charms that was in the movie but about the movie... so I used the printable white shrinky dink and found a ton of images, Lightened them up, printed them out, cut and cooked them and voila! This is what ya get!

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94  David Bowie rocking out on a box in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mezcraft on: April 25, 2011 10:44:46 AM
So For the Labyrinth Swap I made a box with a painting of David Bowie on it. I was really happy with the way it turned out so I thought I would share it.  My partner has already recieved her package, so I won't be ruining anything by showing you all.   Cheesy

I had a lot of fun doing this... Oh David Bowie.. how I love you so..  Cry

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95  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--April 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: April 20, 2011 07:02:11 PM
Okay I got three ATC's yesterday and today! Here they all are!

A wonderful peacock feather from zkatom -  Peacocks are just so awesome..

Then I got the funniest ATC I have ever gotten. The long letter that came with it made me laugh so hard. Wideeyedlife sent me a Sad Robot - Sad she says because she made a picture of a sad robot but also said because she believes that this ATC is a fail... I disagree I think it is successful beyond measure!!! Thanks so much it made me laugh a lot!

Lastly I got this AMAZING ATC from Eveamlizya GORGEOUS! I love all the layers.. I am learning so much from everybodies talent on here.. Just wonderful and thank you for the extras!
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96  Re: Peacock Swap GALLERY (SIGNUP 2/20/11-3/11/11 ; MAIL BY 4/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: April 19, 2011 03:06:07 PM
OH my goodness. Yennamuffin is so super amazing.  I love my peacock package. It instills faith that the world is full of talent and wonder. Thank you soooo much. I love every detail you put into the crazy amount of gorgeous stuff you made. By the way did I mention that I LOVE IT? Okay to start my deluge of awesomeness.

The first thing I saw in the package was this gorgeous peacock coloured hair pin. So cute.

The Second thing I saw was a note attached to this amazing fabric!

Then I opened up the fabric and found a beautiful felt peacock! So adorable...

Then a beautiful Hair band

and a matching hair clip

Okay and then to top it all off - She made such a beautiful piece of embroidery... I love the mixed media with the buttons and the felt. It is a gorgeous piece that will be treasured in my home. Thank you so much for your obvious hard work and creative genius!

Oh and this bonus - a hamster eraser! He loves my peacock stuff too!

Thank you very much!

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97  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round 4 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: April 18, 2011 09:43:52 AM
I just got my package from Honeybee!

She made me a really neat Labyrinth box ( you can actually follow the maze all the way through!)

She also did this great dream catcher, which does seem so perfect for Labyrinth because it is like she is living in a world of her own dreams..( If only I could do that, I won American Idol 7 times in a row in my dream last night.. hahaha - I don't even watch it anymore.. ridiculous)

She also made me this beautiful hand bound journal. The colours on the cover are supposed to represent the goblins and creatures in the Labyrinth, the textures are really amazing.

Thanks Honeybee
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98  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--April 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: April 17, 2011 09:18:15 AM
This is an amazing atc from microjivvy.  I love the depth in this and the colours are fantastic! The theme is Vintage Labels. I LOVE IT! so exciting!

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99  HUGE Steampunk Peacock in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: April 17, 2011 04:56:15 AM
I have seen a lot of projects on here that are incorporating steampunk ideas into jewelery, for the recent peacock swap I thought I would give it a go.

SO I began by looking for pieces that I could use to work with and I found these great teardrop shaped metal pieces that made me think of Victorian jewelery, which I think really works for steampunk - so I got those home and laid them all out and realized this was going to be one honkin' necklace! I was cool with it though,it would be a statement piece.

I got a bunch more little odds and ends and then I shaped some sculpey and cooked it. A Little Silver paint, burnishing, and epoxy and I was done! I also told my swap partner that if she didn't wear it, she could use it as a wall hanging because it is kind of huge!

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100  Art quilt Venus in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mezcraft on: April 17, 2011 04:43:59 AM
 I have recently put a piece in to an art exhibition called "Goddess - the she within we"  at Gallery 96 in Stratford.  It is in a factory that has been converted into studios, an art gallery and art class space. I had gone to the Toronto Design show and seen this amazing art quilt that was 15 feet high and 20 feet across with large squares barely attached together.  I really liked how fragile it was and wanted to try something using a similar technique.

So I began to think about themes I wanted to explore and I had found that something that I am grappling with personally is my ability to make children or rather more importantly my inability to do so.  I am still going for tests and stuff so it isn't ruled out, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.  I found that the image of Venus of Willendorf was a perfect fit for me.  She was supposed to be a Goddess of Fertility, she was originally so small you could fit her in the palm of your hand. She was something that the nomads who worshipped her could take from place to place in their pocket or satchel.  (In one PBS special I watched about her, she was also likened to early pornography, but that doesn't have anything to do with my art piece.. just an interesting fact) As Fertility was so difficult in those times people praised the ability to have large child bearing hips, breasts that were full of milk to feed the children, and a healthy vulva ( sorry to be vulgar, but that is what she is all about) The irony really isn't lost on me that she is - to us- an obese woman.  My own obesity is one of the reasons I am having difficulty with my own fertility.

The other thing that I got me on to doing this project was the idea of a prayer quilt. As I began to work on it, not really knowing how exactly it was going to pan out I kept thinking about churches that do Prayer quilts. Usually it is for another person, so that they can feel the prayers of someone else when they use it to keep warm. I felt like this piece was a bit of a selfish prayer for myself in comparison to the original idea of the prayer quilt.  However the more I worked on it, the more a lot of different feelings began to come out and I realized that it was important that the piece didn't look perfect, that there were some places that were barely holding on, that were very loose because I too, feel that fragile.

So I entitled the piece "A loose Prayer" and that is why.

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