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11  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/04, Send-outs 09/05) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Andromeda007 on: August 28, 2010 08:42:04 PM
Must have been a good day for group G, because as of today, all 5 of mine are ready to send!  Of course, the post office isn't open until Monday, so you will all have to wait until then Smiley  I am so excited to see what you send, too, Pogo! 

And, since spotnik was so nice to give us a little glimpse of things to come (and I received a brand spanky new camera today as a belated birthday gift!), I'll return the favor with a little teaser, myself!  Smiley

Hope it doesn't give too much away... Not really sure what the etiquette is for that sort of thing, first time swapper and all Smiley  But I am a big, giant nerd and am far too excited to contain it.  So I'm sharing Tongue
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12  First ever swap item received! in The Swap Gallery by Andromeda007 on: August 23, 2010 05:20:04 PM
I was ever so delighted to find that I received my very first swap envelope in my mailbox today!  A gorgeous copper bookmark from Spotnik:

One side (the "front", if you will)

The other side ("back")

And the gratuitous action shot!

Thank you so much, Spotnik, for such a gorgeous new page marker for my books! 
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13  My medieval inspired wedding dress and veil - lots of pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Andromeda007 on: May 24, 2010 02:48:13 AM
Hello everyone!  I am new to craftster, but after all the wonderful inspiration I have already gotten from browsing the posts here, I felt I should contribute a little something myself Smiley  Please bear with me, as this is my first time posting links or images - let me know if there are any difficulties.

I was married in July of '07, and the inspiration for my dress came largely from Eowyn's White Wool Gown in LOTR The Two Towers, tons of pics here:  http://www.costumersguide.com/eowyn_ww.shtml

Since I was getting married in Hawaii in the summertime, however, I wanted something lighter and a little more "floaty", so I drew more inspiration from this dress at Rivendellbridal.com:  http://rivendellbridal.com/CelticStar.html

I used McCall's M4491 http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4491-products-414.php?page_id=493 with some major alterations.  I added a train with a single point ribbon-tied underbustle, changed the lower sleeves to be a little longer with an open seam, added a "V" shaped sort of mock-belt at the waist in blue to coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses, a band of the same blue around the hem, and instead of a zipper I wanted a lace-up back. I added some light beadwork around the neckline, waist, upper sleeves, down the back lacing, and along the dress hem.  I would have liked to have done more, but I did not have time.

The main part of the dress is an off-white silk dupioni, the lower sleeves and veil are silk chiffon in the same color, and the waist and hem are accented in blue satin.  The body of the dress is lined with a lightweight china silk.  Here is how it turned out.

Me in the gardens after the ceremony - doesn't show the hem.

Wedding party - the colors are kind of off in this photo from being scanned.

Close up of veil and neckline;

Unfortunately the only pic I have of the back of the dress.  Also unfortunate, I did not get one of the train laid out Sad

And a few more just for fun, and because I am pretty proud of it Smiley

Please feel free to leave comments or criticisms.  It's been long enough now that I have been able to forget what a nightmare it was to make this, and am able to just sit back and enjoy it Smiley  Looking back, there are some things I would have done differently, including adding more beading details and perhaps something more detailed on the veil as well.  I may do this for an anniversary party we plan to have next year....  All in all, I think it turned out pretty nice.  Thanks for looking, and happy crafting!  Smiley

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