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1  Re: Dreamcatcher Swap in The Swap Gallery by charlieandwillow on: July 11, 2014 09:29:38 AM
I received such an awesome parcel from Adrienne_Bowers this week. I've been so up and down recently, starting a new job and renovating our antique home before moving in the next few weeks, this was just the pick-me-up I needed!
I love how it's got a really organic, bohemian feel. And the colours are PERFECT!

I LOVE this spoon ring! I'm wearing it at work today and it fits my chubby fingers perfectly!

I might also be wearing these adorable dreamcatcher earrings... I think I'm right to say they're made from vintage silver pieces.

This is going on my keys as soon as I have both keys and keyring in the same place at the same time...

And she bought me these adorable owl earrings! I'm so spoilt! I love owls as a symbol of wisdom and the goddess Athena, and have quite a few little owl pieces. These are so sweet!

Thank you SO much! I love everything!
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2  Re: Ten minute swap round 4 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by charlieandwillow on: May 28, 2014 03:07:50 PM
So yesterday was a wash. Now I'm feeling vaguely human again (and it's deathly quiet at work so I'm taking a cheeky minute to post pics) I can add photos of my awesome broomstick crocheted cuff from Dharma_Rebel. The yarn is 80% bamboo so it doesn't make me itchy, hurrah!

And a fabulous little extra in the form of a magnetic bookmark which is currently hard at work keeping my place in my latest choice reading material.
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3  Re: Geek Easter Basket Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by charlieandwillow on: April 24, 2014 05:59:50 PM
My package arrived from Linakins today. I've been having a hellish week, and the Bear and I were just butting heads all day today, so this was the perfect diversion and pick-me-up.
I was a little concerned when the parcel, clearly marked as fragile, turned up looking like this

but everything was ok, much to my relief!
I think the picture can tell the story far better than I can now...

Inside the treasure chest, this is what I found...

I most closely identify with the house Stark in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Which is a bit unfortunate because...well, because it's George R R Martin and therefore everyone you like ends up dying.
Anyway, moving on...

These little chaps were hiding in the box. I hope I found all of them!

This is what my basket looked like. Everything came packed inside Easter [dragon] eggs. I LOVE these, and need to find a place to display them once we're moved into our house.

Ok, candy. This is a good start... I love Peppermint Patties and couldn't get any for our family Easter basket this year. This made me smile today.

Next up, some fabulous felt Doctor Who decorations. The Bear, the Viking and myself are amassing our own tree decorations as we're in the process of renovating and moving into our first home together, and it's a family tradition on both sides of our family to never throw out decorations and add to the collection of Christmas ornaments every year. These make my nerdy little heart skip a beat. That adipose! Squeeee!

Oh my stars. I think this is probably my favourite swap receipt ever. It's Kaylee in her Shindig dress! Kaylee is my favourite Firefly character, and the one I identify with the most.

She's a little peg dolly, standing about 4 1/2 inches high. And she's a perfect little layered cake!

Everything together... I'm so spoiled!

Thank you so much Linakins! You totally got my fandoms, and I am so awed by what you made. Shiny!
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4  Re: Geek Easter Basket Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by charlieandwillow on: April 23, 2014 06:56:47 PM
I am SO relieved you like everything! I had lots of fun investigating your geekdoms and making stuff, but boy did I have major swap anxiety!
A word to the wise: don't try to hand sew through paper while watching Thor - The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth's arms are a big enough distraction at the best of times, but when I'm holding a sharp object things end up getting a bit stabby...
I'll 'fess up; I didn't make the little polka dot pouch. I've had it in my stash for a million years because I knew I would find a use for it one day, and this seemed ideal.
I did just want to add another picture showing the back of the shirt. It's a modification of the Colette Sorbetto pattern inspired by LindsalinaMarsh's mod on the Colette Flickr photostream (and I'm super stoked to have enough of that fabric left to make myself one!)
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5  Re: One Tiny Monster Hoopla Gallery in The Swap Gallery by charlieandwillow on: June 28, 2013 08:30:38 PM
I've always known the sock monster existed. There is simply no other plausible explanation for where all of my socks have gone. But I had never seen her... until now. Hopefully knowing what she looks like will aid us in apprehending her and retrieving the missing socks. Apparently she's been hiding in the couch all this time...

My favourite bit... teensy crocheted socks!


So much awesome packed into such a tiny space. Thank you johnson.mom2two, I just love her!
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6  Re: I want to ride my bicycle... (picture obese) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by charlieandwillow on: February 20, 2013 06:40:40 PM
So, I finally stopped sulking and went back to make some alterations. I'm still not 100% happy with how it lays through the hip, but it's wearable. I took the waist in 6 inches...

It looks a little puckered and pulled on the dress form but I think that's wear it's gripping the fabric cover of the mannequin. It sits rather well on me.

I added a zipper pull too, as I nearly put my shoulder out trying to reach back and zip myself in when I was fitting it... I think it's rather cute...
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7  My Latest Obsession...Felt Brooches. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by charlieandwillow on: February 10, 2013 06:04:20 PM
I have a habit of getting a little obsessed with something, over-indulging in it, and then moving on to the next. Right now, my obsession revolves around brooches, particularly felt badges. And so I have found myself playing with felt quite a lot this weekend, with these as the result....
A little foxy lady.

Inspired by the house from Up!

A ribbon, because frankly I'm a present and should be gift wrapped Cheesy

And thanks to an idea from a friend, a badger. This little chap is the test-run, and has netted me a commission to make at least 25 for my friend's ladies' rugby team. *happy dance*
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8  Felt Pinwheel Brooch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by charlieandwillow on: January 29, 2013 07:33:41 PM
So for some reason I've had a bit of a major style crush on brooches recently, particularly kitschy or slightly kooky designs. It all started when someone came into the store I work in wearing a pin with a picture of a jackalope wearing a scarf... I never did manage to find out where she got it from Sad. Since I don't have enough monies to be buying all of the cute and wonderful things I want, I figured I'd try making felt brooches. And since I have never tried this before, I thought starting simple would be a smart move. So I made a pinwheel. I'm rather chuffed with how it turned out considering (and this is quite a large admission and indicative of my sheltered youth) I have never even made a paper pinwheel before now... It measures about 4"x4", and everything was in my stash (wheeee! stash shopping!) Anyway, on to the pics.

Penny for your thoughts?
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9  I want to ride my bicycle... (picture obese) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by charlieandwillow on: January 26, 2013 08:28:50 PM
So, I hadn't made anything for myself in what was beginning to feel like a million or so years. I decided to take a break from craftster for a while because I couldn't afford to do any more swaps for a while so I exiled myself to avoid the temptation (temptation and I are good friends, we go waaaaay back...). Anywho, after the crazy that is Christmas and making gifts and cooking for a house-load and baking 9255925465238 different things, I finally decided to sit down and make something for myself.
I've used the Coffee Date dress from Burda a bunch of times. Or rather, I've used the bodice from the dress a bunch of times, and either frankensteined it with another skirt pattern or drafted my own. This time I figured I'd actually try the pattern as nature intended, so to speak. Actually that's a lie. I stick to patterns about as well as I stick to recipes... I think I may have a problem with being told what to do... The fabric is part of my haul from JoAnns black friday sale LAST thinksgiving, that I have been saving until I felt competent enough to tackle something and not trash the fabric. It turns out it creases like a fothermucker, which is mighty annoying, but it does have a slight stretch to it so all may be forgiven.
So anyway, on to the pictures....

I'm less than thrilled by the fit. Like I said, I've used the bodice pattern before and thought that the fit was ok, but this turned out horribly.

There's just far too much ease through the waist and hips, and it makes me look really wide and completely swamps my figure. It's weird though because it fits across the shoulder and bust. The dressform is set to my measurements and is lost in there...

Weirdly, it also seems to look right from the side.

I'm so proud of this zip. I hand sewed that sucker in. I think I may have made myself go blind in the process, but I think it's worth it.

I decided to forego the facings because I found bias tape in the stash. It wasn't mine but it had been sitting in the drawer for ages so I'm fairly certain that whatever project it was bought for has long since been forgotten... I really like how it adds a bit of dimension to the neckline. Also, the original pattern had a ruffle down the front of the bodice. It's cute, but not me, so I skipped that too.

Check out how well these seams line up. *smug*. Ok, less smug, because the fit is atrocious and I need to alter it, so chance are I will lose my perfectly lined up seams.
I'm super proud of how the dress turned out in terms of the finish. I put a lot more thought into this than I have previous projects. I even hand sewed a (very nearly) blind hem which took me far too long and incurred too many puncture wounds... I'm just disappointed by the fit, but I will go back and make some alterations because I freaking love this fabric and I really don't want this to be another project that gets flung into the back of my closet and ignored.
Please, your comments and criticisms are more than welcome, especially if you have any idea how to tackle the alterations. Have any of you made this pattern, and how did you find it?
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10  Taggy Lion in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by charlieandwillow on: January 03, 2013 08:39:41 PM
I made this for a friend's baby, who while not due for another 4 weeks, is determined to arrive early. She's already proven that she's a formidable little character so a lion seemed somehow appropriate.

The idea came from this, which I found on Pinterest. I fell in love with the idea of a looped ribbon mane.
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