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1  Re: Anatomy Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: December 15, 2014 12:31:31 PM
I have received a wonderful angel package from mialesca!

I am so sorry that the first parcel went missing.  Thankfully this one made it here safely.



Here is a beautiful cross stitch of a neuron.  I love the texture on this and I've put it straight on my wall. Smiley



Here is a fabulous polymer clay brain Christmas tree decoration.  This could easily become an all-year-around decoration; I'm not sure that I'll be able to put it away once the holidays are over.  It's got a lovely gentle sparkle to it which helps it look organic.

Thank you so so much, Nina, for putting so much time into crafting for me.
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2  Stitchy version of blood vessel, cerebellum and heart/stem cell photography. in Needlework: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: November 14, 2014 11:52:51 AM

I made this for mialesca in the anatomy swap because she is interested in cell biology.  It is based on two images taken from the science photo library and one from a scientific photography competition in a UK newspaper:

Left image. (blood vessel in the brain) http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/306645/view
Middle image. (cerebellum) http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/307822/view
Right image. (heart cells derived from stem cells) http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2010/jan/19/british-heart-foundation-photography-competition

The whitish spaces are just handwritten titles explaining what each picture represents.  I didn't take very good pictures in my eagerness to send the parcel!

There are so many beautiful scientific images just waiting to be crafted.  I'm new to needlework (all I've made before is one little crossstitch) so I don't really know any special stitches or anything like that.   I'll definitely be trying this again and I'd love to see what the talented craftsters of this board could make of the available images!

Here's a link to some other images to tempt you all into having a go!

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3  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: October 21, 2014 09:45:42 AM
I'm glad that you like it and that it survived the journey - it gives me hope for the others Cheesy

EDIT 1:

Here is my lovely wreath from kbrison!  It has a pleasing weight and I can't wait to hang it up!


EDIT 2:

I've got SIX ornaments to add to my bragging list today!

The first one is this gorgeous shiny tin ornament.  I asked for a surprise with the colours and I love what goldfish picked.  I'd like to try and make these myself but I think I might have an accident if I try to fold sharp metal as she has done - thank you for saving me from a trip to A&E!


The second is this lovely fluffy white mitten from rockingbearranch.  I love the detail around the cuff and I keep stroking the felt!


Third and fourth are these two Teesha Moore style patches from gala_apples.  Again, I asked for a surprise and I love the fabrics she chose, they are lovely and tactile with all the little bumps and stitches everywhere.


Fifth and sixth are these supercute felt ornaments from bec99.  I keep putting the little stocking on my finger and I especially love the snowflake detail on the mitten.  bec99 even sent me some cute Christmas stickers as an extra Smiley


EDIT 3:

This cute little fella arrived in the post today.  It's not obvious from the photograph but he is quite sparkly in person.  Thanks, MommyTheMaid, I'll take good care of him. Smiley


EDIT 4:

I received this excellent star from Ninaprettyballerina.  Crochet is a mystery to me so I love getting crocheted things from swappers.  Thank you very much!



EDIT 5:

I received my final ornament today, and what a way to finish.  This little guy  from crazyda79 is too cute for words!

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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by avocadoeldorado on: September 27, 2014 07:39:48 AM
I love everything I've seen so far - I hope we can sign up for a surprise selection because I'm going to have a hard time picking even with 8 choices!  I love the little moving penguin Smiley

I've made the stars now - I could make more if my partners all wanted the same colours, I just wanted to try a few styles.
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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by avocadoeldorado on: September 20, 2014 04:02:34 AM


I made one last night, I think these will make nice Christmas ornaments if I can neaten up the points a little.  Could I make them in different colours or is that against swap rules?  I made this one from a shopping bag Smiley
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6  Re: Jack Skellington's Spider Paper Snowflake in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: December 24, 2012 01:41:05 AM

Thanks for the tutorial!  I used it to make shrink plastic necklaces for my little sisters. Smiley
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7  Re: Matchbox Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: June 08, 2012 05:39:23 AM

I got this amazing jellyfish from the talented FrankSpinello!  I love the little guy and he matches the grey Manchester weather Smiley    He sort of wobbles precariously on his stand which brings jellyfish realism. Cheesy 


FrankSpinello sent some ace supplies, including a handmade fimo worm that might become part of a necklace and a pretty little robot picture.  I love my stuff, thank you so much!
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8  Re: Futurama Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: March 05, 2012 12:53:15 PM
My girlfriend has received a wonderful package from Abbeeroad!


This lovely wooden box has been hand painted to look like a death clock.  The finger piece was turned by Abbeeroad's husband.  Abbee, you must have a very steady hand.  It looks like Clare only has four years left, I'd better start looking for a new girlfriend...


The inside of the box says 'Futurama Swap' in the super geeky secret Futurama language.

Clare says "I am SO THRILLED to have actually received a deathclock! It was my immediate response when my girlfriend asked me if there were any specific in-universe things I'd want; that exchange between the Professor and Wernstrom just makes me laugh and laugh every time. It is beautifully made, and I will be keeping suitably precious things in it."


I laughed out loud when I saw this t-shirt.  It probably should have seen an iron after its long journey from the USA but Clare put it on right away and I can't say I blame her.


As if this could be anybody else's doing.

Clare says "I sent Abbee a ridiculously long list of quotes and episodes, and she has taken my favourite one of all of them - and actually made it funnier. I intend to wear it all the time to raise awareness of this very important and sexy issue."


This cute little hoop is perfect for Clare, who is a massive boffin.

Clare says "The worst grade imaginable! I am going to take it into work with me and put it on my desk as a warning of the horror that awaits me if I do things wrong. Another one of my favourite quotes; it rings embarrassingly true."



Finally, here are the best wine glasses I have ever seen and another demonstration of Abbeeroad's steady-hand painting skills.  I'm claiming ownership of one of these, but will it be the Zoidberg from Universe 1 or the Zoidberg from universe A?  I think I should remind you all that these were posted internationally - Abbee, I will be copying your packaging technique if I ever send glasses to somebody else.

Clare says "The two Zoidbergs are the reason why The Farnsworth Parabox is one of my favourite episodes, and these are just amazing. Obviously, avocadoeldorado will have to be crummy Universe A, and I'll be Universe 1."

I am so impressed by everything in this package and really glad to see Clare so happy with what she received.  Abbee, I think you've bought me months of messy crafting time without getting into trouble Wink
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9  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: January 18, 2012 06:48:12 AM
I am posting to show off the goodies sent to me by littlebluegirl.  I have known littlebluegirl for a long time but only recently found her on Craftster so a personal swap had to be.  I have never had a personal swap before but I really enjoyed this one. 


These are a perfect snug fit and are lovely and warm.  I like having my fingers free (because I am clumsy enough as it is) so these are just what I needed.  The stitches are really neat and are different on the front and back (I can't knit or crochet so I have no idea what they're called but they're very pretty).


littlebluegirl also sent this lovely octopus pincushion.  I was dubious about sticking pointy things into one so cute but he doesn't seem to mind.


Finally. littlebluegirl sent THE MOST DELICIOUS-SMELLING BODY SCRUB IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.  Seriously, the smell of this makes my mouth water although I am under strict instructions not to eat any.  She has also crafted a bath scrubby that perfectly matches the shower curtain - that's a talent seeing as I didn't even know I was getting one.

Thank you so much, littlebluegirl.  I really love the things you sent and am looking forward to a warm and fresh-smelling 2012.
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10  Felt Rainbow Notebook of Yay in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: January 13, 2012 05:44:18 AM
I recently discovered that a friend I used to volunteer with is here on Craftster!  I don't know many crafty people so I was chuffed when I found that out.  We agreed to have a personal swap and this is something I sent her:



My stitching is kind of wonky but I like to think that this is charming.  I'm not sure which side is the front/back or up/down so I'll let littlebluegirl decide.


I used a wonderful craftster tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241981.0) for the binding technique and made the book out of a cardboard box and some felt and cotton fabric scraps.  I had some little bits of leftover ribbon that I knew I was keeping for a reason so I added them too.  Each signature has an outer sheet of pretty paper from my stash.


A close-up of the pretty paper.
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