Since this was a rejected craft idea for the swap (sparklypants said she wasn't keen on lizards), I went ahead and did this on my own with my sisters over spring break and just thought I'd share since it won't give anything away.
Okay, since we need a snappy aliterative title, let's go with BatGrrl's Bat Battilion!
Today I received this fiesty card from Teeisme. I present to you "Bats from Hell":
It's hard to tell, but the little guys sort of shimmer with perhaps just a touch of glitter. Those flames are really intense--what medium did you use to produce them? Thanks for another awesome card for my collection!
Mar. 5: Ok, this is my first attempt at using the craftster picture hosting, so let's see how this goes. (I hope the quality comes out OK--it wouldn't let me load the medium quality jpeg, even though it was only 40K.)
I give you "Bats Can Knit," created by the lovely and talented littlegreendragonfly:
It's absolutely adorable! I love the little knitting needles and teal yarn in those little batty fingers! Thanks!
I've been meaning to post this, but my schedule and equipment were not cooperating this week.
I received my package from Barbwire, which featured a decorated CD wallet and the cover CD. The CD wallet has a neat collage on it, featuring John Lennon and The Ramones (I think--correct me if I'm wrong), as well as lots of nice pics of acoustic guitars. (My husband and I both play, so that fits well.)
You won't be able to read the tracklist in the picture, so I'll reproduce the typed portions here:
Anchorage Michelle Shocked Short Sharped Shocked, not a cover, but an anthem! Cocaine Blues/Blue Jay Way Dan Bern Smartie Mine (George Harrison; Rev. Gary Davis) What I Got Gift of Gab; Michael Franti; Spearhead Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime Used to Love Her (But I Had to Kill Her) Voodoo Glow Skulls Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Guns and Roses) Don't Look Back The Knack Born to Run 2003 Vol. 2 (Bruce Springsteen) Return of the Grievous Angel David Crosby; Lucinda Williams Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons Just the Motion David Byrne Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson Brown Eyed Girl Everclear Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile (Van Morrison) Thunder Road Greg Kihn Band Born to Run 2003 Vol. 2 (Bruce Springsteen) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Cornershop When I Was Born for the 7th Time (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Sweet Jane Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions (Lou Reed) California Stars Billy Bragg Mermaid Avenue (Jay Bennett; Jeff Tweedy; Woody Guthrie) Goin' Out West Jeff Lang disturbed folk (Tom Waites) Down Where the Drunkards Roll Los Lobos Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson A Song for You Whiskeytown Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons In My Hour of Darkness Rolling Creekdippers Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons All the Young Dudes World Party Clueless (David Bowie) Gambling Bar Room Blues John Mellencamp A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers [UK] All I Really Want Barry Bliss Antifolk Vol, a personal anthem
I only already have two of these covers (Everclear and World Party), but I actually have a cover of Anchorage and didn't realize it--Paul Sanchez of Cowboy Mouth, who is friends with Michelle Shocked, did a cover of that song at my friend's house show, and I have a DVD copy of it. I liked that this disc had a lot of acoustic guitar on it and many of the songs walks that line where they don't want to quite be classified in any single category (folk, country, rock, alternative?).
And here are pictures of the items I received and also of the items I sent:
The pictures, from top to bottom and left to right:
Because the CD wallet is very shiny, this is the only angle I could photograph it at and still have the images show up. The outside of the tracklist booklet can be seen just above it, with the title "Under Cover" on it. (Neat graphic, huh?)
The CD and tracklist.
Under the CD and tracklist is a picture of the spine of the Cd wallet I sent--I added a handle and sewed on shiny pearlyish stars.
The front of the CD wallet I sent is to the right. I added a stone zipper pull.
The covers of the four CD books I sent out--Barbwire got the ark and Jane Doe got the tortoise. (The other two have been posted, I think.)
Yay! I just checked the USPS site and mom's package made it to BatGrrl and mine left the main hub nearest krebstar5 so it should be there today or tomorrow!! WAHOO!! I hope they like all their things!
I was trying to figure out why you hadn't seen my post on page 8 in which I talked about the great package I got, but I went back to edit and put in the photos like I said I would when things settled down here, and my post is blank! I saw it with my own two eyes right after I posted it. I don't know what happened, but I do remember having some trouble accessing Craftster early last week on and off, so maybe my post got lost? Sorry.
Anyhow, the original post, minus actual pictures, and some of the details, went something like this:
Thanks, grasshopper's mom, for a great swap package!
Here's a picture of all the goodies laid out:
Top to bottom and left to right:
A group shot of everything: fleece poncho and matching scarf, Elmo lunchbox that contained the two lovely glass charms, Kermit the Frog, and a fabulous altered book!
The Elmo tin with the two charms on top.
A tiny bit of text left over from the original book on one page--this left over bit of text, in context of what's around it, is one of my favorite little things about the book. You'll have to wait to see why it's important, though--just wanted to slip in a big enough pic so you can read it, and it fit here.
The two glass charms: Elmo and Big Bird, in shiny foil glory!
Pandora getting acquainted with Kermit by sniffing his flipper. There were some great pictures of her hopping in the box to investigate, but for various reasons I couldn't use them. She was very enticed by the package, though a little too much by the Easter-grass padding the charms.
The poncho and scarf--I actually had eyed this fabric up at my local Hobby Lobby, so it was a great surprise--plus, it's usually cool enough in the apartment that I'm putting things on my shoulders anyway--I wore it most of last week while I was up late commenting on student papers, which is what kept me from posting pictures earlier.
Finally, a preview of how I plan to display the book, with Kermit sitting beside and sort of interacting. He has fabulously bendy limbs!
I love love love the book, and I have to say that I was hoping for one of these after seeing the fabulous Where the Wild Things Are altered book, and the book is so great I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy it, so I've taken pictures of every page--two pictures of some of them. I'll post two as pictures and leave the rest as links so the post doesn't get too big.
The cover and first pages of the book:
The next batch of pages, including the great "accidental" (or perhaps intentional?) bit of text at the bottom, which, as you can probably read above, says "can use it to do some good." In context of the picture and writing above it, it's fitting.
There has been an awful lot of cool crafting going on, but how could that not happen with Muppets and their kin being the inspiration? The stage was a great idea, and the flowers on the Kermit pillow are incredibly detailed--wow! Not to mention the box! The Grover container and Beaker pen were likewise incredible, as was the Count clock--there are so many wonderful swap items on display so far, I could just keep going!
Since I know the package arrived, I thought I'd make things easier for grasshopper & mom by posting the pics of what I sent to grasshopper's mom.
Starting from the top, then left to right when applicable:
Fozzie Bear flower pot (seeds for real flowers included, but no dirt) with ears that wiggle; Muppety-looking daffodils with wiggly-eyes to go in it for now; fur-covered Fozzie Bear joke journal with jokes from Muppet Show season 1 written under dividers and lots of space left for recording personal favorites (I didn't do the pen, but it's about perfect, isn't it?); Cookie Monster picture frame that says "Cute enough to eat" across the top of the matting; Great Muppet Caper V-neck T-shirt with a picture of Fozzie and Kermit and the words "Doublemint: Eat your heart out!"; Cookie Monster-inspired fleece blanket with various whole and bitten cookies appliqued to the front; Great Muppet Caper regular T with two pictures of Fozzie and Kermit and the words "Identical Twins" at the top.
The T-shirt photos came out terrible--the shirts are the same color to start with. I was originally putting the two transfers on the front and back of the same T, then realized I didn't have any adequate hard surface to put between the layers, so it wound up two.
I wasn't an official participant in this swap, but I swap-angeled goatgoddess, and in return she sent me a very cool package. The contents must be shared!
At the top of the fused picture is a wicked-cool candle holder. In the first pic, you'll see it's got Jack on the front and cool swirly silver glitter paint layers on the other sides, sort of like snow in Christmasland. As you can see from the second two pics, it looks great with a candle in it--Jack gets that warmer moonlight look, and the silvery sides come to life like dancing demons in relation to the texture of the paint. Like I said, wicked-cool.
Down and to the left are a set of wonderful Jack-faced tacks with different expressions on them (one of them is definitely replacing the tack that's currently holding up the Corpse Bride calendar). What was even cooler is that I realized they GLOW IN THE DARK!!!!! You can almost see that in the picture right below them, though it didn't reproduce as well as you can see it--they really glow great! And you can still see the faces in the dark when they glow!
On the right side is a fabulous bookmark with Sally hair, plus cool green accents that match the bookmarks' background. It's a great combination of colors and textures, and it came exactly when I needed a bookmark and didn't feel up to dealing with my current desk-mess to find one. Oddly coincidental....
And finally, down in the lower right, these great magnets for the fridge--beautiful scenes and great textures again!
Hallow-Christmas in March! Thanks, goatgoddess--this package rocked!
Ok, a few people have shown up, but now it's time to crank out the snacks, turn up the music, and get the party started.
Here's the contents of my very cool package from iScreamedMyselfHoarse:
Starting at the top, then working left to right in each row:
My hubby and I both enjoy HSR a lot, and I asked if there could be something in the package that we could both enjoy, and thus these wonderful, shiny (literally! silver paint!) new throw pillows emerged from the package! The first thing my husband did was flick his finger at Homestar's head and say "Spin my buzzer!" in his best HSR voice--we like them very much, and they are a great accessory for sitting down to view the DVDs with. The contrast on them is beautiful and striking, and they use their powers for awesome in improving our living room's atmosphere.
Also in the package is this very cool Strong Bad belt, in red and black checks, with a SB E-mail buckle. The end of the belt has Strong Bad's name cut out in alternating colors. Absolutely craptastic! I can't wait to wear it to school and have the coolest belt in the room--generally not something the teacher gets to say with conviction.
Also in the package were two hand-embroidered patches, one of Homestar and one of the Cheat. I think they're adorable!
Finally, I included some of the cute artwork from the margins of the accompanying letter.
Thanks, SB/iSMH, for an awesome, well-crafted package! The good times are not over, they've just begun!
I do have pics, but I'd tailored them more for personal details for future replication and a little less for everything-in-a-glance display, which means everything is separate. They may be too big and rambly? Let's try this--I'll post one of the pics from the place settings and then maybe post the rest as links for people to follow if they like. I'll do the same with the clothes if I did it in two--one posted, one linked.
OK....I decided to make a set of ten placemats, one for each character (including the ship) based on their torsos and mode of dress, but I also wanted them to be matchable, so I did the backs in a starry-sky fabric with four pictures of the character in question (at least one picture involves food or drink) and quotes penned in silver between. The torso's include varying levels of detail, as buttons and other such hard small notions would be problematic for balancing plates. Each place setting has a unique napkin ring that's made to somehow tie into the front side of the placemat and an accompanying napkin with food-related quotes penned around the outside in gold (if two people are speaking, the other person's words are in silver). With the food quotes, no matter how entertaining, I steered clear of references to vomit, exploding ribcages, and crotches. Cannibalism, however, in the context of young River, was considered hilarious and safe eating material. These pictures are made up of three spliced pictures, a close-up of the napkin ring on top, the front of the placemat with napkin in ring (I later changed all the napkins to be diagonal in the ring and less square-shaped), and the back side. I apologize for varied lighting from shot to shot, but you should get the idea. (Any quotes actually in quotation marks on the back of the placemats was said about the character rather than by them, with the exception of Serenity, who doesn't speak except rarely when incorporally possessed by River.)
OK, here's the one I'll splice in. Mal's suspenders are clipless for the plate-balance issue, but there's a suspender clip on the ring. In an attempt to represent both suspenders and browncoat, imagine his coat pushed back, like he's reaching for his gun, so you just see part of the coat at the top.
Zoe doesn't need much explanation:
Wash is a Hawaiian print shirt in a Serenity-the-movie fashion, with a pocket full of dinosaurs (see details shot later in post). Dino buttons on the ring, stegosaurus and a tyranosaur of nondescript origin (imagine it's an allosaurus).
Kaylee's overalls, complete with teddy bear and girly flowers. Tools in pocket, napkin ring that tries to bridge her girly love of ruffles (light pink and white) with machine parts. (The quotes do the same--"Ooh! Mangos!" is across from "Ooh! Synchronizers!")
Jayne's has Blue Sun logos in the corners, purposefully ironed onto the camo using a light transfer so that it sort of blends in like on the shirt River sliced. I put the logos in the corners so they wouldn't be plate-blocked. Black gun strap across the chest, and a small topless version of Craftster's ever popular Jayne hat as the napkin ring (typo in the link happened before upload, so it should still work):
Inara's is pretty straightforward:
I know Simon only wears black and white when he has his actual jacket on, but he wears a lot of dark colors and I wanted to capture the feel of that contrast in a "rich" fabric. The napkin ring was going to be a shirt sleeve cuff, but I didn't have any proper buttons around, so I added the black piping to reemphasize the contrast:
River's is sort of based on the dress-vest combo seen in multiple episodes, particularly in Objects in Space. The rubber ball was most decidedly hard to hollow out--if anyone has personally-tested tips on cutting through rubber neatly, I'd love to hear them.
Book's has his traveling coat with strap, and a little silver Bible and cross on the ring.
Serenity is a shiny charcoal grey that may not come out very truly in the picture. The movie logo in the center is ironed onto white fabric and sewed on as a patch, which is the only reason that I didn't go 4 corners with that, too. The ring tries to mimic that eerie green leaking of the "Let's moon 'em" shot from Serenity the episode:
Here's details on some of the pieces:
OK, now Inaraesque wraps.
Here's the stole, in a glittery red:
There's a shawl in dark charcoal with silver shot through. Here it is on me:
And here are a few up close details, including the fringe I added:
Finally, what was originally a "simple wrap, maybe with some added fringe" and wound up a capelet--what makes me happiest about it is the way that it hangs a lot like her kimono sleeves without actually being sleeves--not sure if the pics will really show that:
Details betray that the darts were through both layers, but I was worried how it would hang on redheadedali's shoulders and figured those would be easier to alter if needed.
I was also playing around with a FF/S tarot deck, but I didn't have the means to capture screens myself, so it didn't get crafted.
I love it all, but I was paying such close attention to it that my cat became jealous and felt the need to come and get in the middle of everything, which made photographing at times difficult. Any visible cat hair in photos is the product of Miss Pandora Underfoot, who got cropped out of several pictures but still managed to stay in a few.
Here is a close-up of the picture of Zoe on the canvas bag:
The image is great, and I love that quote, and as a crafter/English: Creative Writing Ph.D. student/teacher I certainly can put it to good use toting something.
I got a great CD mix with a character/series narrative to it and a thorough play list explaining it all. I listened to the mix while I was taking/cropping/loading pictures, and I love it! I appreciate the choices and how well they represent the show. The cover art is fun, too--those little plastic label makers are seductive, aren't they? Since I drive nearly 4 hours twice a week for teaching purposes, this will make nice listening material for the car.
When I was trying to take pictures of the arm warmers while on me, the cat came and flopped in the middle of everything, so I tried to take an action shot of me wearing them:
I'm not sure that's the most flattering angle for them, though, so here's a reshoot:
They make a perfect browncoat accessory and are a new stylish way to help me with my wrist-warming for my tendonitis.
Finally, look at the pretties! The colors and stones of this bracelet are very Inaraesque and will go well with my wardrobe. I took several pictures of the bracelet on me, but I kept having trouble with getting too much flash-shine of my backgrounds (and also probably my pale skin). Finally, I put the cat to work as a flash-soaking background, so the second picture here actually shows the beautiful, vibrant colors of the stones sharply and without too much flare, though the first one is better for reading the whole word:
As the bracelet says, this entire package is shiny! Thanks, Alison, for a fabulous package!