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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 22, 2014 04:09:37 PM
Firstly, I have to send out a general "hooray" for everyone's wonderful projects!  I have been following along, but things have been busy with work lately, so Craftster time at home has been limited.  Most of my crafting this month has been for the Ongoing ATC Swaps, and now that my partners have received, I can finally start posting classes!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Kaguya-hime's Birth" ATC
Brief Description: The Japanese folktale "Kaguya-hime" (also known as "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter") tells the story of a princess from the Moon who is reborn on Earth and adopted by a kindly old man when he discovers her while chopping down bamboo one day.  Appropriately, Princess Kaguya's swaddling clothes are red and gold, re-emphasizing the connection with the phoenix.  This particular ATC is based off of illustrations from the "World Masterpiece Fantasy" series -- kind of like the modern Japanese equivalent of the Golden Books, every Japanese person I know under 30 grew up with these as a kid.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"C'mere Babe" ATC
Brief Description: The number 8 symbolizes love, and with love in the air as spring begins, this card captures a tender moment in a budding relationship (perhaps from some unexpected characters!)  Wink
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Male Torso Figure Study" ATC
Brief Description: I too have long been dissatisfied with my drawing ability.  When I first joined the Ongoing ATC Swaps, I was too ashamed to try and draw anything free-hand, so I exclusively traced cards and/or worked in other mediums that limited the capacity of my cards to achieve the things I wanted.  Well, this season I have been working hard on my drawing, and I am really proud of the results.  In fact, I have even started abandoning my "safety net" of color, and begun working in black and white pencil drawings!  This figure study card is my first work in that realm, and I am so happy with the way it came out.
Project Picture: (Note - I don't consider this mature at all, but I understand that figure study is not everyone's cup of tea.)

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Edited to Add: This is my first time using the Mature Image tag, I'm not sure why it's not working (the closing tag shows up correctly in the code on my end when I click edit/modify).  Huh  And a few minutes later, without me changing this part of the code, it now seems to be working -- strange indeed!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Spring Flower ATC
Brief Description:In my research, I learned that tulips traditionally have a connection with prosperity, and so I imbued this needle-felted card with crafty magic to wish prosperity upon its recipient and all who view it during the new spring season.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Reading with Grandma" ATC
Brief Description: As a child, whenever my grandmother came to visit us, the first thing my brother and I did was sit with her in the big rocking chair while she read us the same Richard Scarry book (which only she was allowed to read to us  Smiley).  In this card for blupaisan, I replicated that scene of reading with my grandma from my childhood, but used the Polyjuice Potion to transform us into Richard Scarry characters!  (I am represented by Lowly Worm  Wink)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Easter needle-felted ATC
Brief Description: Berkano is associated with spring and fertility, and this card features two folk symbols of the major Spring holiday Easter which also represent fertility -- the rabbit and the egg.
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22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: March 22, 2014 03:08:01 PM
I received from hlillie today for my "Beefcakes" theme:

She also sent along a page from the dictionary with the entry for "beefcake" -- I *love* using dictionary pages in crafting, so this will get used for sure.  Wink

Thanks so much!
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8; Sign ups to 3/10; Final Send out 04/14 on: March 22, 2014 02:57:24 PM
I've now received all of my blanks for both groups, and if I can manage to take care of all my tedious "real life" responsibilities (paying my taxes, grading papers, cooking dinner for my family, lol) tonight, I can get to the important stuff and start working on puzzle pieces tomorrow!  Wink
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Multi-Generational Afghan on: March 22, 2014 02:41:41 PM
What a special project.  I know you will treasure it forever.  It looks wonderful!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: March 20, 2014 08:13:25 PM
Oh wow!  That cupboard is just fantastic.  And what do you know, for the first time ever there's a spider I'd actually *want* to touch.  Wink
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: March 19, 2014 08:17:14 PM
So many lovely cards!  I have two more to add.  First, from Oath Keeper for my Disney Gender Swap:

Of course, Prince Ariel is adorable, but I think I love female Flounder even more!  And the thingamabob and dinglehopper in the corners are just too clever.  Wink

Next up, artsycandice made an AMAZING start to my new Richard Scarry theme:

I (strongly!) hinted earlier that I was in love with the embroidered cards she's been making, and man, did she deliver!  Lowly Worm just comes to life here.  You can't tell so much in the picture, but the (French?) knots are *huge*, so they really pop off the card and give it a wonderful 3D effect.  artsycandice, thank you so much... I have to say, this is now my favorite card I've received in an ATC Swap.  Smiley
27  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU March 16-31, 2014; SO April 22, 2014 on: March 18, 2014 09:18:12 PM
Oh gosh.... I really want to do this, but there are two other tempting swaps with similar timelines... decisions, decisions!  I'm also in the Altered Puzzle Swap, so I'll see how far along I am with that at the end of the month and make my decision accordingly.

Incidentally, if someone is thinking about signing up, but wants to go very low commitment (say, 1 patch only), that would work well for me, so let me know if you'd be interested in partnering up!
28  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Sign ups thru 4/1, Send out by 5/1 on: March 18, 2014 09:13:03 PM
Oh gosh!  I am really excited for this, but there are two other swaps that just popped with basically the same timeline!  We'll see where I'm at with my current Altered Puzzle Swap near the end of sign-ups, and hopefully I'll be far enough long that it won't be a problem to sign up for this.  Wink
29  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Fairy Tale Swap; signups thru March 28; sendouts April 29 on: March 18, 2014 09:08:02 PM
Oh gosh!  I would love to do this, but there's also 2 more swaps that just opened this week with the same timeline.  Decisions, decisions!  And I am also doing the puzzle swap right now... I'm not sure it will happen, but we'll see where things are come the end of sign-ups.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY on: March 18, 2014 08:26:32 PM
Vince, those cards are off the hook! I wouldn't mind a whole gallery full of cards like those
(this would also be known as the Oath Keeper/Kosmicgirl appreciation gallery Grin )
This! Needs to be a real thing now lol.

Well, the good news is, I have plenty of source images saved up to work with!  Just imagine how much fun I had starting my "Male Figure Study" board on Pinterest in prep for this month's swap.  Tongue  Grin
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