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41  Re: 2006 Wishlist November Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BrocadeLion on: December 29, 2006 11:44:23 AM
I got a fantastic envelope of all manner of stuff from crumpet13. I knew I was in for something good when I found Mickey Rourke smirking at me in my mailbox! I tried to get a good picture encompassing all of it, but more or less failed. Best I got is this slightly fuzzy view:

And this closer-up of the card-o-sensuality:

She asked me bunches of questions and hit some cool stuff, featuring cartoons about my favorite words, random monkeys, more Mickey... She definitely created stuff just for me! Now I want to figure out how to mount the senses card to put on display without LOSING the sensuality. Thanks loads -- and I'm glad someone (2 someones in fact) *finally* picked me for this thing!

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42  Re: 2006 Wishlist November Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BrocadeLion on: December 18, 2006 02:55:54 PM
Many thanks to Ember77 for the adjustable carved skull necklace.

And the detail of his happy little mug:

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43  Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BrocadeLion on: August 21, 2005 09:41:36 AM
How much do you love this thread? It just keeps going and going...

Here is my contribution. The zipper is at the top. of course, and the lining and back of the bag are the same black fabric (it's slightly toothy like rough silk, but I have no idea what it actually is). I printed the artwork for the front panel on my new Epson inkjet -- I posted a little blurb about the DuraBrite ink and how it seems to work well. (I'd link the post, but I have no idea how. Search for DuraBrite if you care, I guess.)

Anyway, the whole project took me, I would say, 3.5 hours, including a trip to Joann Fabric for the split rings. The little grommets go through the bag, two on each side, and the split rings obviously go through that. I can attach whatever strap I want to it this way -- the strap that's currently on it has small nickel-plated lanyard clips at the ends and is long enough sling it across my chest. The finished size is about 7" x 8", just the size to carry my phone and my wallet comfortably. (Every other bag I have is either too big or two small. The beauty of sewing -- make it exactly the size you need!)

Here we have the bag as modelled by our very good friend, Fabio.

Here is a detail of the strap attachment. (It only looks lumpy/wiggly in the photo. It's really quite a nice-looking attachment option.)

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44  Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BrocadeLion on: March 10, 2004 06:49:29 PM
Like a lot of people who have devoured the messages on this board, I'm excited to actually post some original content myself. Yay me! (Now I just have to see if I can do it correctly.)

These are reduced scans of the fronts and backs of two good juju dolls I made for a friend's wedding. They are still rather small at actual size -- I think the reduction is about 50%. What was fun about doing these dolls, though, was that they were completely personalized to the couple getting married: She is made of an ocean-themed fabric (born and raised in San Diego) and he is a sort of batik (to honor his inner hippie).

The color is a little more accurate in the bottom scan, while the top scan shows some of the detail. I took a few weeks to do them so that I collected little bits of pieces of things that made me think of the couple so I could add to the dolls coming up to the wedding. The little silver/crystal hearts they are wearing are attached to them with spring clasps so that they can be removed (and exchanged).

They were also made with a pillow-slip sort of method so that they are actually open in the back. You can see the opening on his doll from the back. That means that I could continue to cram things into the dolls, and they can do likewise as they see fit. (It also made sewing the faces and adding the hair easier to do after the dolls were sewn and right-side-out.)

My husband and I were both in the wedding which took place in California (we live in Michigan) -- we both stood up for the groom, actually. I was the Best Chick. After the ceremony, I slipped the box with the two dolls in it into their suite at the B&B we were all staying in so they could find them as a surprise. A lot of people might have found the whole thing a little creepy, but... well, those people wouldn't have me standing up in their wedding.


Unfortunately, you can't see it clearly in the photos, but he has little plastic ants in his hair! If you knew Mark, you'd totally understand why. (He's a nature boy.)
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