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521  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Harry and his dinosaurs - triceratops on: February 19, 2013 07:40:42 PM
oh, yes, what book is that?
cute, I like the wobbly lettering especially
522  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two 'Lovely' little collage canvases on: February 19, 2013 07:24:59 PM

These are the mini-canvases I made for my awesome swap partner lesleyhappyheart (and it's her photo above, since it is so much clearer than my own - I hope she doesn't made me borrowing it)
they are both made from a broken book - it arrived at out charity shop perfectly new but with no cover which means we can't sell it, but the pages are still very white and not discoloured with age. I love it when we get them, as I'd feel too guilty to use a new book!

the matte varnish I used (that stuff that is supposed to go on oil / acrylic paintings) made the book paper go sort of translucent in splotches and you can see the turquoise tissue paper through it - which I liked in some places, but meant I had to go back and put some layers of plain white underneath other spots. I have no idea why that happened - I suppose it's a reminder to do a tester next time! - any one have any clues what may have caused that?

I'm not too experienced with collaging, so I kept the design quite simple - I hope you guys like it, and I'd love any comments or ideas for improvements
523  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / I am horcrux hunter, hear me roar on: February 19, 2013 06:37:58 PM
My booklovers swap partner received today so I can finally post what I made her Smiley
I'm nicking her photos since they are better than mine (seriously, I am the suckiest photographer)

Challenge: Diadem horcrux
House: Ravenclaw
Bookmarks! Every ravenclaw needs bookmarks, and one will not do since we have so many books on the go at a time.
The embroidered one is the real horcrux-piece - it's based on ravenclaw colours (blues with a bronze border) and the Think/Dream theme is all Rowena...

Challenge; Harry Horcrux
House: ravenclaw
these mini art canvases are based on Harry and his mum. I was thinking how weird it must be to have no real knowledge of your own mum - just this sort of overwhelming impression of love, and some background ideas maybe from what people have told him.
so the canvas on the right is harry's impression of his mum (you can just make out some ghost hearts in the background), and the one on the left is the different 'colours' of Lily's love as she felt it, changing every minute but always there
I'm not really doing a great job explaining my thinking but hopefully yoiu will get an idea!

524  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Old Fashioned Book Lover's Swap GALLERY, send by Feb 26 2013 on: February 19, 2013 04:35:46 PM
I'm afraid the books themselves came from a bargain warehouse shop, but foyles is my favourite place to wander and dream and get ideas for what I want to read - I hardly ever buy new books but I always grab a stash of their bookmarks as I love the pictures. And the origami bookmarks are both deigns i stole form a friend of mine - she does phenomenal origami and taught me a couple of simple pieces like this. The embroiderer one was just an excuse to try out some variegated thread - it went a bit wrong at the bottom, the colour doesn't flow along the line  Sad but once i saw the colours I knew I had to do something zentangle-eque Smiley
and percy pigs are everyone's favourite here - they have become really popular the last couple of years, I love them so much I can eat a whole bag in one sitting- so i know I had to get you some when i saw you like gummies too  Grin
i am just so relieved you like everything!

Oh, 'Buried in books' is a collection of quotes about books and readers - not really something to read in one sitting - I have a similar collection next to my kettle, it's nice to flick through while i wait to make tea. I hope you enjoy both the books, I had so much fun putting your parcel together - Thankyou for being such a cool partner and awesome host
525  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas gift for my BFF on: February 19, 2013 05:48:06 AM
ohhh that stitchpoint tool is so handy! Thanks.
and I love your project, what an awesome present
526  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: February 19, 2013 05:20:55 AM
Nagini is a reptile his distant relatives were the dinosaurs
great idea Smiley and cute pics.
what are you guys all doing with this amazing art you are creating?
527  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: February 18, 2013 05:59:53 PM
Plans B & C sketched. Flip a coin to choose which to sew?
528  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: February 17, 2013 01:39:38 PM
Challenge: Diary Horocrux
House; ravenclaw
Mr Malfoy ripped the sock off the diary, threw it aside... Dobby didn't move. He was holding Harry's disgusting slimy sock, and looking at it as though it were a priceless treasure

I wanted the honour the only good thing the diary horcrux ever achieved - helping to free Dobby. So I made myself some Chamber of Secrets socks - all muddy, slimy, snaky colours - but mismatched because we know Dobby doesn't like matching socks  Grin
529  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) on: February 16, 2013 06:16:24 AM
hmmm.... so, I finished a hoop, but I really don't like how it came out too much. It was the sort of thing where I couldn't see the final effect until RIGHT at the end... and it's just not how I pictured it. I'm glad I did it becasue I learned a lot about a certain technique that I have only done a little bit before, so that's good.
BUT I do have many other ideas for my awesome partner, so I think I will start again with a different one... supply gathering tomorrow  Grin
530  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Old Fashioned Book Lovers Swap, send by Feb 26 on: February 16, 2013 06:13:21 AM
that sucks that the parcel is missing Sad

I'm starting to get impatient for lesley to recieve!!
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