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21  Re: *Things with Tentacles* in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 28, 2010 09:58:28 AM
I sent my parcel to ilovesnails on July 14th and it still hasn't arrived Sad so we've agreed that I'll post pictures now.  If they never make it to Canada, I'll remake them.  Thank you for your patience, Marion. Smiley

This t-shirt shows a tiny brave pirate ship in the tentacles of an enormous sea monster (or maybe it's just waves and the sailors are imagining things...?).  It's decorated with a mix of fabric paint and felt.  I tried to keep things cute rather than scary.

I handmade this notebook with plain paper and bits of tough card I found in my stash.  I left ripples in the fabric cover when I glued it down so it'd (hopefully) look like water.

This jellyfish cushion is made from a recycled curtain, felt and loads of ribbon.  The fronds(?) are 50cm long if that gives you a sense of size.  I loved making this guy but I blame his size for the long postage time (hence his hurt expression).

This squid head massager looks innocent enough but he's really an alien sent to harvest your thoughts and hand on the information to Squidlor, his master.  I made him with one of those 'genie' head massagers, a pack of silver fimo and a couple of safety eyes that I've wedged into the clay.

I'm so sorry that you're still waiting for this lot to arrive, Marion.  I hope that you like what you see, anyway. :/
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22  Re: Harry Potter swap round 8 gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 26, 2010 02:11:51 AM
I received the greatest package from Foxy Sam last night.  I was a bit hyper and it was way dark so I left posting until this morning (which is an achievement for me) but now I'm here to show off my haul.

Foxy Sam sent me a little bag of beetles to be transfigured into buttons should I ever be short of one or two in my crafting.  That sounds a little mean to me but they're chocolate beetles so they could be put to a much more humane end...

Next, I received these two cute pygmy puffs.  I'm glad that Sam sent two for company but I'm a little concerned by the amorous looks they're giving each other.  I might have to take these two to be fixed by Hagrid before I end up overrun with even smaller pygmy puffs.

Neville has very kindly sent me a cutting of his mimbulus mimbletonia.  This plant is awesome because (being made of yarn) I don't have to water it.  I am very cruel to plants and this might be the first one to survive my care.

Sam must know that I am in desperate need of help with the housework (not because I'm overworked, I'm just really lazy) so she's sent me one of Kreacher's cousins to help keep the place in order.  This guy comes with a toga(!!!) and one of Hermione's hats so he's a free elf (but he'd better get going with that pile of dishes).

My last Harry Potter item is probably my favourite.  Sam has made this bag from scratch and then painted the giant squid across the front of it.  I LOVE anything with tentacles (except for those pervy cartoons) so I'm thrilled to have this.  She has also painted the Hufflepuff crest (my chosen house) on the back which is more than I'm capable of so I'm very impressed.  This bag is also reversable and can be a much more sensible black and white check pattern.  I have to be honest and say that this is totally wasted on me as I see the squid design as appropriate for all occasions including weddings, job interviews and meeting the Queen.

Sam also sent me some extras from New Zealand.  I got a cute flip-flop keyring, a kete (a woven flax bag) and some NZ sweets.  I know that my country is responsible for Marmite (which I love!) but I still can't get over a place where chocolatechewypinea pple is the normal sweet.

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23  Ron and Harry Escape from the Spiders T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 21, 2010 07:43:35 AM
I decorated this t-shirt for Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter Swap.  Sam loves all the magical creatures in the Harry Potter series but a blob with eight legs is pretty much my artistic limit so I went for the acromantula.  I painted the spiders in black fabric paint, then cut out the Ford Anglia from felt using an internet image as a size guide.

I had some trouble with the paint not staying on the felt (although it's stuck on other felts I've used) so I cut out some felt spiders and covered the very faded ones over the car.

I was pretty happy with this shirt I might make myself something similar in time for Deathly Hallows.
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24  Dumbledore Loaded Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 15, 2010 02:00:33 PM
I made this bracelet for the lovely Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter themed craft swap.  I'm new to making jewellery (all I've made are a couple of button bracelets) so it took me a while to figure out what I was doing.  It's a bit odd and clunky but I like that.

I decorated a box with chamber music (Dumbledore's favourite) and quotes from spare copies of the books.

I used red, blue, green, gold, silver and bronze coloured beads to represent the Gryffindor, Slytherin and Ravenclaw houses because I think that Dumbledore would have belonged in any of them.  I made a lot of the charms as I couldn't find the ones I wanted to use.

The charms are: a map of the London underground (Dumbledore's birthmark), a head boy badge (in Gryffindor colours), Gaunt's Ring, Dumbledore's portrait, a phoenix, a deluminator, a mermaid (because he can speak mermish), bowling pins (one of his favourite hobbies), socks (the thing he most desires...maybe), a bumblebee knitting pattern, Tales of Beedle the Bard (containing his notes on resurrection), Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (containing his letter to Grindelwald) and the Elder wand (or, y'know, a little twig of elder).

It's not the neatest thing but I'm sure I'll get better with practice.  I might even make something that even non-Potterheads would ever want to wear.
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25  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 13, 2010 03:13:22 AM
Love the tardis and the albino crocodile!

I received this beauty from cindibee:

I really love the squiggly stitched border, I've only just got my first sewing machine so things like that boggle me.  Maybe in a few years... Cheesy  Cindibee says it's made with antique fabric which is very cool and gives it some character.  Also, that embroidered spider is mega creepy.  I may have earned my merit badge rescuing spiders from the bath but they still make me squeal like a little girl when nobody is around.

Here's the badge that I sent her:

Cindibee earned this badge by beating Eye of the Tiger on the Expert level of Guitar Hero.  As somebody who struggles on the medium level, I have major respect.  The badge shows the chords(?) for the moment the chorus starts.

Since ShesAZombie has dropped out, I'll post the badge I sent her:

She earned this badge by looking presentable when she had just rolled out of bed.  I went with a microwave for the image because they get the job done fast and it's only when you pay close attention that you can tell it's been a rush job.  I hope you're alright, shesazombie.
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26  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 03, 2010 12:53:51 PM
Woo!  I have received from aneyhall!  I love this badge!  The stitching is great, I'm way too lazy/unskilled to produce stuff like this so I feel a little cheeky receiving it (but I'm glad I did!)

I earned my 'Beginning Vulture Photography' badge by lying down on a desert road to attract vultures for my photographer parents.  Aneyhall says that I have to take pictures of vultures myself to earn the advanced badge.

I also got a real Brownie badge as an extra in celebration of the fact that I still haven't officially graduated from brownie to girl guide.
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27  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: July 26, 2010 05:29:06 AM

If there's one thing I love in a craft, it's tentacles.  If there's one craft skill I've discovered that I fail at, it's working with polymer clay.  I'm so happy to have this!

My badge came with a little certificate which really makes it in my opinion.  I won this badge for the first computer game that I ever completed (Day of the Tentacle, I was nine and it took me about two years). 

This badge has gone straight onto my bag.  The other three will soon be joining it there.
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28  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: July 24, 2010 12:40:20 PM
Oh, phew, I'm so glad you liked it.  I have a similar one back home to remind me of what happens when you don't read the questionnaire properly.  I had it in my head that you loved fluorescent colours and made this one:

I guess I'm going to have to learn to play the ukelele myself.  I'm SO excited about the badge that's on its way to me.
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29  Re: *Things with Tentacles* in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: July 20, 2010 10:42:24 AM
WOO!  I have received and I am very pleased about it.  Let me show you the awesomeness sent from Canada by the amazing ilovesnails.

This is Harold, the multicoloured jellyfish.  Harold gave up trying to fit in when he was little and now tries to be as fabulous as possible.

This is Freud the octopus.  He is immense.  I love him very much but he seems a bit angry with me.

This shot shows his creepy-thing-from-the-sea green head spots.

This shot shows his suckers.  Freud didn't seem too happy about me taking this shot, he found it a little embarrassing.

Wherever Freud goes, Harold seeks him out and bothers him. I think they'll become great friends.

Here they are settled down with a nice bit of quiet reading.

Also in the package was this beautiful squiddy crossstich.  This little guy is a beauty and I'll definitely be putting him up on my wall.  ilovesnails told me that she made this one while looking after her poorly boy, so each time I look at it I want to send them positive wishes.

Finally, I got some shiny stickers of underwater creatures.  These are great for me as I still haven't grown up properly.

I really love this package and I'd like to say thank you again.  I hope your stuff arrives okay, ilovesnails.  I sent something big so had to go with sloooooow post.
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30  Re: *Things with Tentacles* Signups June 21st-July2nd Sendouts Aug 2nd in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by avocadoeldorado on: July 09, 2010 07:25:46 AM
I've sent my package!

As ilovesnails was so cruel as to post a teaser image of her craft, I feel that it is my duty to retaliate.

These items will take FOREVER to get to Canada so she can think about what they might be until then, heheh.
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