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1  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: April 13, 2014 07:16:12 AM
I received from sheepBlue yesterday!

She did a tasteful blending of a couple of my themes for each one.

An undertakers and embalmers print ad in charcoal on a dappled goldenrod color.
But wait, there's more!

Yes! Violet bird skulls and flame flies on a shale fabric with citrine dots.

They look AMAZING! I couldn't have made up such a perfect combination of all my favorites. 

But, I have one bone to pick with you! In your questionnaire, you called your skill level "intermediate" and that is a lie! These fabrics are perfect. They could be store bought from a fine LQS with factory QA stamped on them! As evidence of this, here's a thing that happened last night. I'd been at a quilting shop hop during the day and when I got home, I laid out my purchased fabric on one of my workshop tables. When I checked my mailbox, I had the package of FQs - I unwrapped them and laid them out beside the purchases and got out my camera. My husband wandered in to the workshop and looked at all the fabrics together - I was quietly watching to catch his reaction. He reached out his hand and ran it over the sheepBlue FQs then said, "wow, I didn't think the quilt shops would have fabric like this." Then I explained that they were the hand printed ones and he was impressed with the skill.
Seriously, you have the skill. You are no "intermediate", I think.

Thank you so very much, sheepBlue. I've already begun pulling other fabrics from the stash and planning some more prints to add to these for some projects, so far a quilt and a bag. They are both stellar and I love them!
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2  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: October 10, 2013 09:46:29 AM
BushBaby and I did a personal swap for inchie houses. I really liked the seaside cottages she made during the swap we were in, so afterwards I asked if we could trade individually so I could get one for my own personal inchie village. She agreed and here is my own cottage, freshly assembled. I'm slacking - she has already posted pictures in this thread.

How cute is this?! I like the chimneys and the amount of house she managed to pack into a square inch!

All those small stones and outlines she did so well! I have a lot of respect for her thin, light and skinny lines.

I am stuck on all the small details she put into the cottage. Those doors on the left would open up to allow a boat to launch right in to the water from the lower house.
Quoted from her explanation:
... are based on the family houses of the fishermen in Kirkwall, Orkney. The lower half of the house they would store the boats & nets etc and live in the upper floor. hence the stairs up to the 1st floor. What i couldnt show is that they were built very close together with the narrow side facing the harbour. Each house has it's own slip from where the could land and launch their boats. Do an image search on google for Kirkwall Orkney and you will see what I mean. Smiley

Another excellent detail; the cat in the window! So very cute. The shading on the boat is great, too.

She also included a detailed stone base for the cottage to rest on, but I completely failed to photograph it.
Thank you BushBaby!
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3  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: September 03, 2013 08:29:26 AM
Fellow Craftsters, I present my Rancho Mariposa!

All of my tiny houses together. First, from Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere, the gingerbread house. Second, from Loves2Experiment, a poetry cottage. Third, from Ninaprettyballerina, a (remodeled) seaside house. Fourth is mine; the only salvageable house from my first batch and fifth, one from the batch I sent to partners, plus tiny critters.

In order of arrival:
From Ninaprettyballerina, who had the minor misfortune of printing out her template at 150%. I really hope you don't mind, but I "remodeled" your house. I took it down to inchie size and reattached all the interior decor. It is really cute!

Front view. The party banners ended up on the roof, but I think it was just that kind of party!

This is the only new piece I added; this side of the roof. The rest of the original roof became a cozy rug inside. This wall previously was all large windows, now only one. Still a good view for the ocean.

Had a heck of time getting this shot, but the inside is all furnished! A full bookcase, a big bed with a runner at the foot, some art on the wall. The party place is decked out.
Thank you, Ninaprettyballerina!

Next in the neighborhood came the lovely poetry cottage from Loves2Experiment.

Front view. I really like this red door. I want this door on my real house.

An Emily Dickinson quote for the side. [Not sure if you knew, Loves, but I am quite a poetry fan.]
Isn't this roof great? It has a wonderful texture.

More celebration! A party banner along the back of the house. My Rancho is rocking.
Thank you, Loves2Experiment!

Third, from Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere, the gingerbread house!

It has been mentioned previously, but the gingerbread is a craft foam so it has a thickness like you would think of for a gingerbread house. The white paint icing is kinda giving me a bit of a sweet tooth. He enclosed a nice card and note, too (not pictured). This cute house came with its own landing pad. Now, all it needs is a witch and a giant oven and I can put it in a dark forest!
Thank you, Doctor Whaddayoudoinghere!

My excellent neighborhood; it is very sweet. Thank you all for the great houses and the great swap. This gallery thread is tiny eye-candy.
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4  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: August 21, 2013 01:09:55 PM
Pioneer9 is camera-less, so she has asked I share photos of my patches to her.

For her theme of text and typewriters, just that - text and typewriters. I found a newspaper fabric, too, so these patches are text heavy!

The backs of the patches. I found a coordinating keyboard and number pad fabric for the back. You can't see them, but there are black stitches in the black areas for texture. For the Titanic text blurb, I pulled out a ship on the seas fabric. You can see the texture filler stitch well here.

And the patch kit. In addition to text, she had the themes of books and from her Pinterest I saw that she liked old-style camera print fabric and the bright, cartoony animals match her other favorites. I included some more micro-beads and some alphabet beads, too.

Hope everyone is having a great swap!
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5  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: August 19, 2013 08:24:17 AM
I received from Pioneer9!

For the theme of Skulls, a skull on the left. Love this fabric. For the theme of Cats, a cute cat with an embroidered "Meow" above its head. I can just see this going onto a comforter, pillow or curtain to patch up a spot destroyed by kitties, perfect.

For the kit, a bat appliqued onto some yellow star fabric and red and florescent blue floss to go with it. I think I will make this one up sometime very soon. Pioneer9, as per your note, I don't think it looks too Batman, but I also like Batman, so it is all good.

Thank you so much!
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6  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: August 10, 2013 10:52:47 PM
I received a stuffed envelope full of neatly wrapped packages from Watsonc7.

Each item came with a tag detailing the creation and inspiration of the item. Plus, all this thread used as ribbon will be easy to reuse in more patches!

For the themes of Forest we have a small 'patch' of forest, in which all the leaves are French knots, in multiple shades of green. I think I need to take a close-up of all those knots so you can see how cool they are. The texture is amazing. On the right for the theme of Grave, is a grave with a silver skeleton charm wearing a tulle and ribbon dress, from the perspective of standing at the top of the foot of the grave. The fabric is a brown suede, manipulated to look like piles of dirt.
ETA close-up of French knots.

The backs. The Forest takes on an entirely different look from this side, a little abstract, a little wild forest. And I love this butterfly fabric on the back of the grave. Strangely fitting.

Another patch! This one she made just for the kitties so they wouldn't feel left out! Sweet of you Watsonc7.

And a full kit. There is floss, a skull applique ready to use, multiple fabrics and batting! I could grab a needle and take this bag with me to make a patch.

Thank you so much Watsonc7! I think you've done a great job, especially for your first swap. Welcome to the addiction!
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7  Re: Round 2 Still More TM Inspired Patches, Signup 7-20 thru 7-28, Send out by 8/18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Sarcastra on: August 10, 2013 06:17:39 PM
Well guys, I have received from Watsonc7, but I cannot find our gallery.
Until gallery time, I leave you with this teaser shot of the delightful items I got from Watsonc7.
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8  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: October 26, 2011 03:32:43 PM
I have received my two final houses.

From RamonaQ:

The front. This light doesn't show it, but there is a delicate iridescence to the the butterfly stripes.

The back.  I cannot imagine where you found that picture with the enormously skull-headed doctor!  Wow.  Like that gold foil trim, too!
Thank you, RamonaQ

From imera:

The front. Amazing texture and so many details!  The vampire looking at the moon, the bats (love those bats!!) the mysterious creeping fog. And of course, the ghost in the attic porthole window.

The back.  I really like your moons, the swirly paint is great.  Again, those bats kill me; I just love them.  Definitely worth the sore fingers I'm sure you had.  And my own personal little graveyard at the side.
Thank you, imera.

My neighborhood:

I love all my houses, ladies.  This has been a very good swap!

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9  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: October 08, 2011 02:18:59 AM
I have received a darling house from mandykaye.
The front view, with my initial atop the door:

And when you open the brad/doorknob you find:

A tiny graveyard view and a shot of a Victorian parlor. I can't tell if that is a large doll or a dead girl (as in the Victorian mourning photos), but either way, it is pretty spooky.

The back:

The color of the fabric is truer on this shot than the first. I quite like that fabric - I'd love to perhaps do a little personal swap with you if you happen to have some more of it in need of a new home.

The house came wrapped up in cheerful halloween tissue, too.  Thank you very much mandykaye.
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10  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sarcastra on: September 30, 2011 12:21:44 AM
I received a house from cackle yesterday, but had to wait for some sunlight - night owl disadvantages.

Isn't it cute? I love the birds wearing witch hats.  You can just see the sparkle of gold on the roof in this picture. I really like the star flowers on the branch, too.

And the back with an excellently written label with details.

Thank you so much cackle. I love it, my very first chunky house ever.
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