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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Scandinavian Inspired Swap GALLERY on: March 01, 2012 12:25:01 PM
Ooo, I love the designs on the animals.

What a great start to the gallery!
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Old Fashioned Romantic - gallery on: February 29, 2012 12:45:28 PM
I received my absolutely fantastic package from imera yesterday! I was hoping to wait until the light is better to take pictures, but we have more gray days on the horizon and I'm too excited to wait, so here they are! Excuse the quality - they in no way capture the loveliness that imera sent!

First, the individual items all wrapped up and numbered:


Parcel number one was this lovely scarf, studded with little jewels:

The colors are absolutely gorgeous, and look great with my hair, if I may say so myself.

Parcel number two was probably my favorite. My first hoop! It already has a place of honor on my wall!

Another shot that shows off the wonderful textures a bit better:


And then the main event - the box itself!


Books and dried flowers! Imera could not have picked better. I am a total book worm and love dried flowers more than live ones (probably because I can take care of them :/).

The contents:

Yeah, those chocolates lasted about 10 minutes.
Cameos!

Some lovely jewelry:

Imera said that she painted the necklace. I am in awe of her skills.
And lovely vintage stationery:

How sweet are those scallops!

Imera also sent along the paper for the stationery...

...and some delicious candied almonds!

Thank you so much for everything, Imera! It's all lovely. You made my first swap fantastic!

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Hunger Games arena embroidery - possible spoiler warning! on: February 28, 2012 06:04:24 AM
Wow, I've never even heard of half of those stitches. This is incredible! It's such an artistic interpretation of the book.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Foxes - inspired by Bjork on: February 28, 2012 06:00:18 AM
Why, hello, Orion!

This is gorgeous. I love all of the details!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dementor vs. Patronus on: February 26, 2012 06:04:55 AM
This is incredible. Absolutely incredible. Or it would be, if it weren't completely credible that you once again created something amazing.

I'm with honeybone 100% on the craftster crush.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Old Fashioned Romantic - gallery on: February 22, 2012 05:21:47 AM
Oooo! That decoupaged box is beautiful!
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Scandinavian Inspired (SIGNUP 1/23/2012 - 2/6/2012; MAIL BY 3/5/2012). on: February 21, 2012 04:22:07 AM
Ack, tried a new craft and it failed utterly. Back to the drawing board...
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Scandinavian Inspired (SIGNUP 1/23/2012 - 2/6/2012; MAIL BY 3/5/2012). on: February 15, 2012 01:30:01 PM
1 item finished! Reading over these posts, though, I feel like I need to pick up the pace!
29  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Little Prince Jar on: February 13, 2012 12:56:55 PM
My dad - who is very creative and crafty, but couches it in macho terms like "maker" - has some scheme for putting together a mug using a bit of driftwood that he found for the handle. He asked me to etch him a jar for the its body.





I used vinyl stickers for the lettering. They're a little smudgier than I would have liked, but I think that for my dad's purposes, they worked out okay.

The quote in the second shot reads: "what makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well." The quotes are both from The Little Prince, my absolute favorite book. My dad recently moved out to Arizona, so the desert quote seemed fitting.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sachets on Parade *Pic Heavy!* on: February 13, 2012 12:46:13 PM
This past Christmas I decided that I wanted to make lavender sachets as gifts for my mom and her sisters. So, I did a google search for bulk lavender and made what seemed like a reasonable guess as to how much I would need. Lesson learned: I cannot estimate to save my life. After making 12 sachets for my mom and aunts (3 apiece - don't worry, I don't have that many aunts), I had used barely a quarter of the lavender I ordered. Since then, I've been making sachets for every appropriate crafty opportunity, trying to run down my outrageous stock. Here are the results:


These are the sachets that I made for my partner in the Old Fashioned Romantic Swap (I'm hard pressed to think of a place where lavender sachets would be more fitting). The silhouettes are based on her favorite couple, Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.

A few gratuitous detail shots:


After finishing those, I made these for my friends.


I only learned how to do French knots recently and was so thrilled with the ability. I think I got the enthusiasm out of my system on this one. Tongue

This one is a bunch of different types of couching.


I've got them all wrapped up for Valentine's gifts!


A full 18 sachets later, I still haven't used up half of the lavender I ordered. It's okay though -  they're a pretty neat little craft. It's been great fun getting to experiment with so many different kinds of stitches!


ps - Sorry the pictures are so huge. I really need to figure out resizing.



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