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41  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: April 08, 2013 10:07:35 PM
I received this awesome card from cmarion3.  It started out as doorways to dreams, but morphed into windows.  I don't care, I love it!

Don't you just want to step through into that beautiful landscape?
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42  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: April 07, 2013 10:18:43 PM
I got this wonderful poison dart frog from La Chapa.  Isn't it lovely?

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43  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: April 03, 2013 10:10:00 PM
I love all the places on the Canada card.  And the baby jackalope is so cute!

I got this really neat card from FairyHazeDesigns on my clothesline theme, called "Blowing in the
Wind."   I love it!

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44  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: April 03, 2013 02:02:51 AM
I got the coolest Jinn from Wide Eyed Life for my Goddess theme: 

Isn't it great!

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45  Some card (tablet) woven bookmarks in Weaving: Completed Projects by Helcura on: March 27, 2013 03:09:59 AM
I got really interested in card-weaving (some people call it tablet-weaving) because of the complex patterns you can easily make.  Bookmarks are a great way to experiment with colors and patterns and they make up really quickly because you don't need to do any finishing except cutting them apart.

Here are a few recent ones.  They're made with perl cotton that's left over from my mom's projects on her floor loom.  

The front and back side of card-weaving has distinctly different patterns, which I think is also really cool.  Here are two sides of the blue and white bookmark.

(Hopefully my pics of the next set will be more in focus.)   Undecided
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46  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: March 27, 2013 01:58:52 AM
So many great cards!  I love the expression on the black cat's face.  

I received a wonderful card for Exotic Animals from blupaisan.  It's an armadillo lizard from South Africa.  The lizard curls up in a ball with its tail in its mouth to protect itself from predators.

Isn't this the most beautiful watercolor rendition?

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47  Card woven watchband in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Helcura on: March 21, 2013 12:19:36 AM
I made a woven beaded watchband about four years ago, which I have worn non-stop, but recently one of the warp threads broke and it was all downhill from there.

Here's the original band:

I'm one of those people who isn't very good with time, so I really need to wear my watch.  Searching for a quick replacement, I found a card woven bookmark I had made and realized it could be converted into a watchband.

When I rolled the bookmark it was a little short, so I sewed some elastic on, which also made it easy to slip the watch on and off (you can see a little bit of the backside pattern of the cardweaving in this pic, too):

Here's the front pattern of the weaving:

Here is the final product:


I'm not sure of a good way to finish the raw edges.  The card weaving is too thick to fit under the watch bars, which is what I would do with a ribbon band.

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48  Re: 13 Amis in 2013 in Crochetalongs by Helcura on: March 18, 2013 01:37:37 AM
Finished my first amigurumi.  It took longer to make than the pattern said it would, but no surprise since I've mostly only made baby blankets before now.  I thought I might try a couple more in different colors.

I was thinking of Puchitomato's roly poly cats as a next logical step, but if anyone has other suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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49  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Helcura on: March 13, 2013 02:57:51 AM
Got home from work and found this wonderful Brigid in my mailbox from SmileyYogini:

The picture doesn't do it justice - the fire is all glittery.  It's just beautiful!
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50  A couple of sharpies and some stress balls . . . in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Helcura on: February 12, 2013 06:51:28 PM
Okay, simple and a little silly, but I had some old stress balls at work and a couple of spare minutes, so . . .
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