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1  Re: Stuffies Swap Round 2 Gallery (08-2006) in The Swap Gallery by the wallaby on: November 11, 2006 10:37:37 AM
Well... I guess I'll post my angel package to sexylilsushiroll.

I sent:

Ecchan amigurumi (from the anime Detective Loki Ragnarok)

Strawberry Tea cake amigurumi

Felt kitty pomander (she's stuffed with cinnamon and cloves, all hand-embroidered)

And the package they were sent in-

He has wings Smiley
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2  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by the wallaby on: October 09, 2006 08:32:18 PM
Ok, photo time!

Before-


After-


Result-



There was alot of wax in there. Alot. It was actually the only reason my hair was staying in dreadlocks. The wax (haven't used it since june btw) was collecting dust, which was then sticking to my hair. You can see all the dust in the giant hairball (seriously, the size of my face!!!)

I wanted to get rid of them because they weren't working out. I know you all say 'all hair will knot up on its own in time' and 'you have to be patient', but really, my hair was getting worse by the day, and thats after maintanence. Knots constantly coming out. The parts without wax I took out with my bare hands- no comb.

My hair does not knot up on its own. PLEASE don't say it does, I know my own hair... not saying its like this for everyone. Its my personal experience, and I'm sure you all have had your own experience. I'm pretty sick of being bashed on this board because I'm not doing the right thing with my hair, or I'm not taking the right attitude.
I really liked my hair in dreadlocks, but the fact is, my hair doesn't knot up enough for them to stay in for a long time. If not for the mass amounts of wax (which was gross, imo), they would have come out already. Anyway, I enjoy running a brush thru my hair.
Thing is... I don't need to brush my hair. Even now with straight hair, I don't need to brush. Just shows how knot-resistant my hair can be. NOT everyones hair, just saying mine is.

Things I used- blue goody comb, l'oriel kids detangler, seam ripper, hands, 6.5 hours.
Age of dreads- 4.5 months (may 20-oct 9)
Remnants- 1 white bead, 1 bullet, 1 giant hairball
Total length gained/lost- 1 inch lost, 4.5 inches gained


A last comment on wax (our favourite subject!!!)
MY EXPERIENCE with wax has been that it stays in your hair. Forever. I suggest using it in moderation, as it does stick dreads together very efectively this way. Too much wax will cause hair to become slick (wax has nothing but more wax to grab onto= slippage.). Wax is also a pain (literally, ow my scalp!) to remove, and does attract dust, dispite regular washings. If you can deal with that (which will probably be minimal if wax use is also minimal) then dreadwax is totally worth it! I have a near full tub of knottyboy dreadwax (dark coloured) here, and I actually think it smells alright. Ok, I'm all done with my rant and rave and removal.
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3  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by the wallaby on: August 24, 2006 05:54:55 PM
Guess who has new photos!
me.
And photos of my dreadums no less.

The back. Sorry for the shoddy lighting, I live under my bed. I have 2 'un-dreads' back there. I'll get to em soon.

Again under the bed. This time I discovered the flash on my camera. Top of my head, many many many frizzies!

Pretty little bead I got for a quarter. I also have a glass bead in the back of my hair, and a metal nut.

Me being arty with the camera and the rope lights. Not so much of my hair, but you can see all the fuzzies in the back.
And... its not my hair, and I'll take this one down if its too off topic for ya, but this is my new home!!!


See the black tulle curtain below? Thats where I live when I'm not in class.


Ok, a couple things about my hair now.
I had them maintained/ done professionally I think the middle of June. Since then I haven't touched them. I don't mind my extremely unkempt look (college student, hello.) so I'd appreciate no 'you should do maintenence' comments. The new growth (about 2 inches now, my hair grows fast) is knotting up nicely on its own, but the bottoms are fringy and silky smooth. So I have a plan!!
My super dooper plan- Wrap my hair in black and red boondoggle! (lanyard lace.) School spirit, plus I did a test lock with some purple boondoggle, and it helped it stay tight and knot up alot, plus I like it better than thread, and you use less of it because it's thicker, and plastic (vinyl?), so it wont rot out or get icky. So, pictures of that will come in a couple weeks when I can get to a craft store.

Overall, I'm very happy with my hair, dispite the lack of organization. And people still give me high-fives and call me dreadlocks, so its all good Grin
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4  Re: 69 embroidered hoodie-- eye catcher in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by the wallaby on: August 20, 2006 08:38:58 PM
Sorry to keep doing this to you, but it needs to be the image link, not the page with the image. Left click the photo, and view properties. It should give a URL to just the photo. That's what goes between the [IMG] tags. Smiley

I do like this one too though. Kinda like the cheater's embroydering, but still looks hella-cool. Good way to save pretty embroydery.
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5  Wire wrapping for nerds! (d20-tastic, pic intense.) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by the wallaby on: August 20, 2006 02:14:46 PM
Firstly- this idea is completely stolen. My own wit did NOT birth such a beautiful brainchild. My boyfriend was going to buy one, but when he showed it to me, I said 'Psh, don't buy that. I can totally make it!'

Now I put my money where my mouth is and present to you my first wire wrapping project.




I don't know what gauge the wire is, but you can see how shoddy my 'skills' are when it comes to wire. I hope it doesn't take away from the beauty of the die, because though it's difficult to see, it has irridecent green sparkels that shine when the light hits it. Chessex die.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/apparel/jewelry/7ae3/
^ the original necklace from which the idea was ripped. It's alot more professional, alot more durable, and less expensive than mine. But it's out of stock. Plus, the die I used is one of a set of 7. It would have been less expensive to just buy a d20, but the boyfriend is anal about having complete sets of dice.

Hope you enjoy it!
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6  Re: sock monkey craftalong in Craftalongs by the wallaby on: July 23, 2006 04:52:12 PM
Oh, can I post my monkeys too??


Monkey and baby!

Baby monkey from baby-size socks. 2 for a dollar at target.

Teen monkey from 3 ankle socks. Her eyes are pony beads.

I love these guys so much, but I don't have names for either. Any suggestions?
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7  Re: Amineko (amigurumi cat) Crochetalong Anyone? in Crochetalongs by the wallaby on: July 21, 2006 08:33:39 AM
I've been neglecting to post my own amineko, so without further procrastination..




I finished him on a roadtrip to Utah (yuck!), and he's been lovingly named Colonel Mustard. He lives with my sister now, cause she loves cats.

I think I made his mouth part wrong, and I sewed his legs on the same as his arms, but other than that, I was pretty true to the pattern.
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8  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by the wallaby on: June 19, 2006 11:33:44 AM
I've had some bad swap experiences, so no more for me.

My dreads will be a month old tomorrow, so i guess they're still in the early stages. (aww, babies)

and now, baby pictures!


^ugly before picture. didn't even take my uniform off.


^fuzzy photo, i had had them for 2 weeks


^my 11 y/o cousin took this pic when i wasn't looking, but its one of my favs. same day as the above picture, also the first time using wax. They've since become really loose at the bottom.

I never thought of wrapping the bottoms! Thats a really good idea, i think i'll try it soon Smiley I only wash them when my scalp gets itchy (or after getting mass amounts of sand in them from the beach), but i should probably be less rough on my hair when i do wash. and i know they wont be perfect right away (or ever), but it would be nice to not have to redread after each washing >.<
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9  Re: Squid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by the wallaby on: December 24, 2005 08:42:48 AM
Sorry it took so long. Here are the pictures of what Kundi sent me.


Purple squid bag. I love it to death and am currently using it as a camera bag


Here it is open.


Octy and yello. Yello is my favourite  Grin


Purdy red hat. The picture is kinda wonky...


Jellyfish cube. Very artsy.

Everything but the cube is crochet. I envy your skills Kundi, and thank you once again.
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10  Tag sock monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by the wallaby on: December 21, 2005 06:53:35 PM
Yay, my first commission, I got a whopping $25 for this fella.





Unfortunately, thats all the pictures I have that aren't [too] horrible. He has tags sewn on his elbows and knees, as well as some on his tail. And tag ears and bowtie, mostly for looks. The lady who commissioned me said that babies like different textures and feelings, and that the little boy this was going to really likes the feel of the soft silky tags on clothes. The sock is fuzzy and soft too. All handstitched and whatnot. Not the best lookin monkey, but he sure feels nice Grin
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