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241  Re: Spell My Name Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 11, 2010 08:00:55 PM
And I got my package from Hommerof2 yesterday!  I had to wait for batteries to charge to post tho..but here we go.

S is for Snowflake

A very pretty crochet snowflake with gold flecks in it.

U is for Unicorn

She picked a unicorn for me because I love odd and imagined animals.  Little did she know I have a tiny unicorn tattoo, and wore a wee sliver unicorn on a chain for more then 15 years.  SO this means allot to me

S is for Squid

LOVE this!  He is crocheted and his mantel is hollow so I can hide things in him, or have him sitting one one of my bottles in my collection.

I is for Intense chocolate

I love chocolate and the darker the better.

B is for bracelet. (The B is the start to my last name)

Very well made bracelet with wood, glass, and shell beads, all in one of my favo colours.  This will got lots of wear.

Thanks for everything Hommerof2.  I love it all Grin
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242  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap Gallery! (SIGNUP 11/17/10-11/22/10 ; MAIL BY 12/13/10) in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 11, 2010 07:41:07 PM
I got my cutiepoo stuffies from Ryn yesterday..had to wait for batteries to charge so I could post...


She made me 2 stuffies!  I'm calling the orange one a Cyclops Bat, and the black one is an OctoOculus, as it has 8 eyes.  I have a thing you see, for more or less eyes then normal on things...So I'm loving these guys!


This is all the cool stuff she sent me.  The little purple tentacle is to hold a USB that she sent me in another swap that she had made into a tentacle, and then the post people killed it.  And the little USB snuggles nicely into his new home Grin

Thanks so much Ryn!
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243  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 09, 2010 03:16:01 PM
I just got a super cool personal swap package from clevercuttlefish.  It's perfect!  I was just heading out for some Xmas shopping and the nice post guy brought it to my door! We live in a condo, so that doesn't always happen.   I got to use 2 of the pieces to go shopping with.  So here are pics!



This is a huge and reeally comfortable bag.  I could get my old purse and my dog Cosmo into it if I wanted to....I think Cosmo would get lost in it infact Grin.  I took it shopping and it was super!  The nice wide straps made it distribute the weight well.  It held so much!  It is made of denim with the squids bleached into it.



This the other thing I took shopping today.  A squid/jelly/octo scarf..OR squidarf!!  It is just the size I was thinking of making for myself...but waaaay cooler!  Super soft minkey I think they call it.  There is a band under the head that the legs go thru to keep it on.  The hub and I have been debating what species it is..which makes it even cooler hehehe.  I went to a hardwear type store in it and the carpenter/plumber guys didn't quite know what to make of it.  I'm sure they will all get home and say, " I saw the darndest thing today!  Some woman running around with a squid around her neck...or was it a jellyfish?"  I LOVE him

This is so perfect!  It's my first cephalopod stuffie!  I have recently decided to all the stuffie swaps that come up, and I am slowly getting a nice collection.  And I love my OctoStuffie!!


This is Cosmo being such a good boy for a photo of him and Octostuffie.

and here he is being the bucking bronco for Octostuffie
Please note: No animals, real or imagined, were harmed during this photo shoot

clevercuttlefish made the perfect size blanket for Cosmo, out of the same supper cuddly minkey.  It's a nice color for him too.  I got a photo of him and the blanket, but now it is not where it should be..... darn gremlins


Super cute monster address book!!!  I have it sitting on a shelf so I get to see it all the time heheh


So CUTE!!!!  Probably for a Christmas tree.  But I'll have them hanging all year round.

These are cling film stickers.  They are so wonderfully bright!  I call this picture "Hunting"  Cause the Octo is either going to get the wreath of the jelly, and the jelly is hunting that car outside.


And a bunch of fun crafty and tasty extras...the tasty ones are gone now....The cuttlefish is the card she made and sent.  It will go on my craftsters picture spot

She also sent my Hub a book about Great Siege of Malta.  He thought the book looked really interesting (he likes history and fighting heheh), and he was really touched for you to think of him.  It also held 2 bookmark cords.  One has dolphin beads and one has a wee little octo on one end....I'll probably let him use the dolphin one....maybe hehehe

Thanks so much clevercuttlefish!!  It was a fabo package, and you have been really fun to swap with.  SO glad you said yes Grin

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244  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap Gallery! (SIGNUP 11/17/10-11/22/10 ; MAIL BY 12/13/10) in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: December 01, 2010 04:18:50 PM
I called him Oody while he lived with me.  I was so tickled he came out just like the sketch I made.  He is a bit handycaped as I couldn't figure out how to make ears for the poor little guy.  But I had tons of fun with him.  I took photos all around the house with him, and even made him pack himself up for you..


Here he is addressing the envelope

And as he stuffies himself into the envelope.

I took a little advantage of him having had his hindbrain replaced and asked him to do a bit before he left...

I told him to make dinner first...

He made canned chili

And so I asked him to make margaritas....BOY that was a close one!  He did not grasp the concept too well...

I also asked him to clean the bathroom....but told him he could stop after it took him 3 hours to scrub a 3 inch section.  I took a picture but I can't find it now.
I hope he is as "usefull" as I found him Grin
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245  Messanger bag/backpack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by suereal on: November 23, 2010 05:34:38 PM
I made Ryn this bag for the Pick Me Up Swap.  It is convertable from a messanger bag to a backpack.  It has an extra long strap and a ...not sure what to call it...kinda like a suspender clasp for a button, with out the button shaped thingy.  It was a rectangle , with a bar in the middle and a roller on one side.  Anyway the "thingy" was sewn to the top of the bag just above the place where the flap folded over.  Hers is padded cause it is for the Apple Pad she has to buy for school. When I tried it out, I figured I need to make myself one it was so comfortable.  When(if) I do I will post a tut.


As a backpack...


As a messanger bag...

I lined the bag in flaming flannel:


As far as a pattern..I took the specs off of the Apple web site.  Then I made the strap as long as I could based on the fabric I found hehehe.  I based the width on the hardwear I had....well the buckle.  I was just really lucky that I had the "thing" in the right colors...cause it was an after thought really.

The way I did the pick was as follows.  I downloaded the pick I wanted to use, then printed it out onto computer printer muslin.  Then I ironed it onto Steam-A-Seam Lite (which I need to write a love poem to one day..)  and then I machine embroidered the outline of the girl and a few other objects.  Some of the other bits I went over with a Decka pen (also due a love note of some sort....)  then ironed it down and scribble mach. embroidered the edges for durability.

I'm super happy with the way it came out...and Ryn seems happy too Grin
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246  Re: pick me up swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: November 23, 2010 04:27:47 PM
I received from Ryn late yesterday...well actually the Hub checked the mail late heheh.  She had an order for me to unwrap things, and I hope I remember what it was, so I can post it that way. Here comes the cutypoo stuff she sent me:



This is a wee Xstitch of a barky poodle.  It's funny cause me guy normally doesn't bark, but for the duration of the swap, we had re-roofing going on and we are on the top floor.  SO for the last 4 weeks I was being woken up by him barking at the "roof monsters" as I was calling them.  And now I can look upon that event more fondly hehehe.

This is where I forget the order cause I LOVE them all so much:


A jar of MONSTER!! Who wouldn't love that??

And this is super cool.  I collect Luck kitties and this is my first hand made one.  LOVE it!!



And now...my favo thing I think, cause it is from my favo movie:


A SOOT!!!  It's from Spirited Away.  If you have not seen it, put it on you to see list.  It's AWSOME!

Now...I'm afraid you should put on some sad music...The last item did not survive the vigorous treatment of Can. Post:


It was a tentacle memory stick.  But no worries really.  The stick survived AND it has a silicone cover, so I can make a wee cuttlefish Mem. Stick!!.  I'm actually supper excited about it.  I'm planning and will make it the day after I finish my current swaps.  Thanks for the super tiny Mem. Stick!!

Plus, we got partnered for the One Tiny Stuffie swap too...so I can use the envelope she sent me to send back to her LOL

Thanks Ryn for all the CUTE stuff!  Hugging my soot since I can't hug you Grin
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247  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap October 2010 in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: November 23, 2010 03:47:32 PM
Canada Post ate the first card that His_Girl sent me.  So she made me a second one and here it is:



It's for my eyes collection.  I LOVE the manga type eye flowers.  Thanks a bunch!
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248  Re: Matryoshka Dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by suereal on: November 18, 2010 04:25:07 PM
THANK YOU!!  I had no idea what I was going to make my sister for Christmas this year.  But you saved me!  She collects Matryoshka Doll, and I try and get/make her ones that are not traditional...since I'm not traditional.  AS soon as I saw your post, I grabbed my basket of felts and got to work.  Here's what I came up with.



Cat Mouse and Cheese!  I decided they are so small they needed as little detail as I could get away with.  They even made my husband giggle...Um...I mean chuckle in a manly way Grin

Thanks again!!
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249  No recipe DOG cookies-OR Cosmos Favo cookies in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by suereal on: November 16, 2010 04:32:44 PM
Not sure if this is the right place (it could go in Vegan too) but this is a really easy dog cookie I make for my guy Cosmo (see my avatar) as often as I run out of them.  The pics will be done in a frying pan, but I do them in the oven more often.  The reason I'm posting is because this is his 6th birthday and I wanted to commemorate it some how.

OK so here we go:

The only things I think are necessary are sweet potato and silicon baking mats.  Every thing else can be adjusted to what you have around.

The first thing to do is to cook up some sweet potato.  I microwave mine, but you could bake or boil yours.  If you boil them, it may take a bit longer to get them done.  I then peel the potato and wrap it in a cotten towel.  What we are trying to do is get as much moister out as possible.  I then leave it the potato in the frig for as long as 4 days.  Sometimes I go and rotate the potato in the towel to get a new wet side on the dry part of the towel.

OK once I have them desiccated a bit, then comes the squishing:
This is sweat potato and dyed organic mango which has been soaked in hot water for a bit and then dyed on a towel for 15 min.  My guy loves mango for some reason.  but you could use other flavors at this point.  I have used peanutbutter, and I just added chickpeas to the batch that is baking now


Then I used to add everything else into the blender.  By everything else I mean, protein powder (I use a hemp one), vitamin powder, and any other dryish stuff you ok with (I use Oates some times, I grind up pumpkin seeds sometimes, I have been using tapioca recently, I also add some kind of seaweed at this point,  I have used both peanut butter and coconut oil, and I have used coconut flour as well. You could use wheat if your ok with that. Or what ever dry stuff you have.)

The idea is we are trying to get it as dry as you want it.  If you are using a cookie cutter then you need it dryer then if you are using a bag or a push cookie cutter.
 So...I should talk about what to do with the "dough"
...If you want to use a soft dough you could put it into a plastic bag and clip the end off then squish out the cookies from the end you cut off.  I have not used that way.  I have used a cookie cutter I got that has a press (it is pretty sticky stuff,) and recently I have just been making hand worms (rub them between your hands till they make tubes.  I have been figuring out how to make them dryer each time) then flattening them on the silicon sheet.  I gues syou could put it into the frig for a bit to get it harder as well.
 then you can fry pan them on a few settings below medium
or in the oven for 250 for the first hour then 200 for the other hours.  It has taken me anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours depending on how dry I get the stuff to begin with.  I also try to add them in after something else has been cooked, so some of the cooking/drying has happens faster to start.  Basically I check them every hour if in the stove and every 1/2 hour if on the range in a fry pan
The end result is this:

He never fails to take them, even if he refuses all else.  My bet is your dog will love them as much as my guy does.  
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250  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap October 2010 in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: November 14, 2010 03:55:42 PM
I got 2 (3 counting an extra) cards last week.  Sorry it has taken a bit to get them posted.  Been having trouble with my camera.  Thankfully it turned out to be trouble with the not so re chargable anymore batteries.  Anyway Pics now!

First from MandyKaye:


For my things with wings topic.  A very creepy (as he should be) C'thuhlu card.  I love the way you painted him!

THEN she sent me an extra:

She managed to cram a bunch of things from my list onto this card.  Happy monsters (he has the CUTEST little smile going), things with more or less then 2 eyes, tentacles, and my favo colors.  Super cool!

Then a card from susanab:

An uber cool They Might Be Giants ATC.  The lyrics are from the song they did for Malcome In The Middle, which I used to listen to and not really watch because TMBG did all the sound track.  She also said she got to see them in the early years of there career!  Way cool.  I've seen them 7 times, but mostly in larger venues.

Thanks so much everybody for all the amazing wee art bits!
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