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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Lexophiles unite! on: July 21, 2014 07:34:13 PM
Lexophile (n):  A lover of words, especially in word games, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, etc.

Ever since I was young, I have been a voracious reader.  My main form of catharsis over the years has been writing.  Words, words, words.  I can't get enough of them.  I find more enjoyment in learning about etymology of words than I do learning about the life story of most people.  I love archaic words, obscure words, and words that just sound nice as they roll off the tongue.

Do you have a favorite word or favorite catchphrase?  Do you love to play Scrabble from dusk until dawn?  Do Shakespearean insults bring you unfathomable ecstasy?  Was your favorite birthday present an unabridged dictionary? 

I want to see if anyone else has an interest in this particular facet of nerdiness.  I feel like this sort of swap could go a lot of places.  I don't think it would be at all limiting. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift boxes for our wedding on: January 29, 2014 03:21:09 PM
We had a tiny wedding, and so I was able to buy and decorate all of the gift boxes by hand (they were $1 for three Chinese takeout-style boxes at the Dollar Tree).  I decorated them all by hand. 

My husband and I are hopeless geeks, so that is why we chose the decorations that we did.  =)

We are both into old school gaming.

Because we heart each other.  =)

Miscellaneous geekery.

We kept joking about how our marriage was "game over."

Everyone got a unique specialty hot sauce.  We even gave one to our officiant, who is also our apartment manager.

We had zombies in the wedding vows and got married up on a hiking trail.  Good times were had by all.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Cat bowl on: December 03, 2013 01:18:49 AM
Here is a food dish that I made for my cat.  It is a teal-glazed red clay.  The paw print is an inlay of white clay, which I covered in wax to prevent glazing.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Toy Stuffies on: December 03, 2013 01:15:01 AM
I think I have gotten a lot better since my first post here.  I did quite a few little side projects.

A sleep-deprived night goblin that I made for my somnolgist

Yet another Companion Cube, among many.  =)

Little duck thing

And, most recently, I made a stuffed animal in loving memory of my cat that I put to sleep on my 25th birthday.  She had a crippled leg that was atrophied and bony, so when I was constructing that crippled leg, I stuffed it with pieces of cork.

And here is a picture of my real baby.  I miss her so much.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Project 1--Cat pillow thing on: July 31, 2010 11:42:07 AM

Cat stuffed animal/pillow thing--this is the face and paws when I sewed them onto the body prior to stuffing.

This is for my grandma's birthday.

This is the finished product. I couldn't find my sewing machine pedal for the body, tail, and back foot, so the stitches are done with embroidery thread and are quite visible, whereas the stitching on the head and front paws are not visible. The eyes and nose are made out of felt, the whiskers are embroidered.

Roughly the size of an ordinary house cat, and roughly eight hours of work. I drew out the pattern myself. The bulk of the material is a lavender fleece material.

The way it is designed, if you rest your head between the cat's head and back leg, they sort of cradle you comfortably.
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