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3291  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 14, 2009 05:03:22 PM
I went to joannes and I swear I had multiple fabricgasms. And I spent far too much money, but I got the most fabulous stuff....

what I did find interesting is how closely they measure stuff, Australian fabric/craft chain Spotlight is the closest to Joannes, I used to shop there all the time when I lived in Australia, if there was an irregular edge, they would start measuring from that edge (we are only talking about an inch or so) and they would always cut about an inch past the yard measure, in joannes, it was almost to the millimeter. And there were two pieces that had raggedy edges, she offered to either cut that off, or to charge me a discounted rate for the uneven edge!! I got her to straighten, then the strips she cut off, she had to account for. (rather than give them to me for chunky pages!)

but apart from that it was wonderful, got way to overwhelmed (after 3 hours in there) and decided to leave the paper/scrapbooking aisles for tomorrow...

we are going again tomorrow...and to see Harry Potter on IMAX

returning you to your regularly scheduled thread...lol...

I wish I could have had a dozen partners in the shrine swap...I really want to do the card swap too...need to look at send out deadlines.
3292  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 13, 2009 03:19:44 PM
My work here is done...lol. dont need to send good chocolate to the US anymore, because its already here!

wow they have proper thunderstorms in this neck of the woods. Mollie and I had to go dancing in the rain today...it was wet...warm though which is a nice change.
3293  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: White Vintage Swim Suit - Vegas Style - Tutorial Included on: August 13, 2009 09:13:22 AM
fantastic work and great tute. I so want to come and play in your workroom!!

Where do you get your trims. i particularly love...no adore...the long feathers that you have used for the headdress. where oh were did you get it. I adore feather trim. I got a few meters of different kinds in London, but still havent a clue what to use them for! But i really want some of the stuff you have used, it is fabulous!

Great work
3294  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 13, 2009 08:57:33 AM
Ironically yesterday I shopped for groceries at ALDI, ironically because it is a German chain (we've just come from there) but also because they have shops all over Ireland and that is where I do my regular shopping, the reason this is important to you, well those of you who live within reach of ALDI, is that they have the same chocolate that I buy at home, the stuff that melted all over Danni's package, good very good german chocolate. It is really the good stuff. I forgot to check if it is actually made in germany, or if it is made in the US. But if it is made in germany, then run, dont walk to ALDI and get some..it is fabulous the brand is Moser Roth. Soooooo good.

3295  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 12, 2009 06:40:24 PM
I have a shrine by my front door, there is a little round topped window there and i have a statue of the buddha, some stones, shells, peace signs, etc

And I am alive!!

We survived what was meant to be an easy day driving in orlando, you know just a short trip on a straight road to a mall. The sat nav had a different idea, it took me, to my horror, onto an expressway, plus all sorts of left turns etc etc, but I survived, didnt crash, stayed on the right side of the road (thanks in no small part to my co-pilot Mollie) even through torrential monsoony rain on the way back...Feeling very proud of myself..lol.

I went into barnes and noble today..I swear I almost had an orgasm looking at all the craft books and we went into a party store...it was awesome, just as well there is a weight limit no the luggage going home...seriously I wanted everything in there!!
3296  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! Gallery! on: August 12, 2009 07:26:03 AM
so glad that you like it, looking at the pic, it seems that there is something missing from the middle of the front, there should be a tiny moon embedded in glitter glue (I know I know I'me obsessed) in a bottle cap, on the top in the front.

Ronda you need fresh rushes (I reckon grass would do) but they need to be very flexible, the rushes (also called reeds) that we use grow in marshy areas and have a sponge like texture inside, they dry out and shrink a little and get looser in texture, but they are fun and easy to make (dannis shrine was coloured in with the sharpies you sent!)
3297  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: cocktail swap on: August 08, 2009 05:39:46 AM
I am going to open this up once I get back from vacation, orlando for 3 weeks

tidying house to leave tomorrow...with a cocktail hangover....
3298  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Single idea starting point, papercrafts swap shrine/altered book/chunky page on: August 07, 2009 06:14:54 AM
lol audio it was your chunky pages that gave me the idea, it was interesting to see how many people used that botticelli painting as the starting point, but they were all different. That was why I used a different venus..lol I saw botticelli's painting in the flesh, in january of this year, I was in Siena for a holiday and we took a day trip to florence to see the Uffizi, because it was not tourist season we were able to go straight in and stand for ages in front of that, (and the primivera) without loads of other people. It was brilliant.
3299  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! Gallery! on: August 07, 2009 06:08:55 AM
woohoo, not nekkid galleryness any more

I received my shrine from the fabulous Danni, she is such a love, she spent more on the postage so I would get it before i went away, we also agreed to swap some inchies, I wanted a shrine for my bedroom focusing on the union of the God and Goddess, more balance! I have lots of single female images in my home, I need both, so danni made me this fabulous shrine

it is in a wooden box, this is the outside

and the inside, showing the union of God and Goddess, earth and sky. she added in sodalite for sky and petrified wood for earth and cinnamon and lavender to represent love. Chalice for the feminine and Athame for God...I love it! I love the picture too on the left, it is wonderful. It is in my bedroom now, close to the head of my bed.

and these are the inchies she sent. Once I get back from my trip I am going to mount all of the inchies that I have got from danni and ones from a recent swap into a big frame...but these are wonderful. I love the zentangle ones, Mollies favourite is the Dorothy one

thank you so much Danni, its always brilliant swapping with you.
3300  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Swap Round 14, Shrine N Stuff! finished! on: August 07, 2009 06:02:11 AM
well I have made shrines from all sizes, you can use an altoid tin, i sent Danni a little one in a previous swap,

 this shrine, was from cardboard glued together and then papiermached all over the top. and you can get an idea of the size from the barbie doll

You can use a cigar box, or a matchbox. So really the size is up to you, for this swap I used foam core board and glued it into a shrine shape. The Hestia shrine that Danni made me was from a ready made shadow box. so really its kinda up to you, what size you prefer to work with.

check out this gallery from the recent mexican kitsch swap, there are lots of fabulously colourful shrines in there too.

If you start with one image or figure that you want to make the shrine around, then you possibily will need to make the shrine from card, or foam board to fit the image, otherwise start with the size of shrine...in the same way that you used 4X4 for pages.
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