Well, my partner flaked, but it all had a happy ending because glittergirl94 stepped in and made me an awesome angel package with just what I wanted! (I may have hinted heavily, I don't remember )
I had to put them out on a dessert tray for this picture. Don't they look delicious? There's a ice cream cone, a little circular cheesecake, a two-tiered cake, a donut (which is also a pincushion) and 3 filled sandwich cookies in different flavors. And here's another, more artistic angle shot:
There was also this cool Hello Kitty smartie dispenser which changes the picture everytime you dispense a candy (sorry, no action shots, something, uh, happened to all the smarties) and a big bag of Hershey's Nuggets in different flavors. I don't have a picture of those (not because I already ate them all), but I'm sure you can all imagine.
Thank you so much, glittergirl94! It was so nice of you to do this for me, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it I may now have a new slight obsession with plush food.
Here's what I got from suzukibeane33! I mentioned that I preferred more traditional looking matrioshka as opposed to the cute ones (though I like them both) and just look at the beautiful fabric she used on this pouch she made for me:
Okay, I got my one tiny thing yesterday from lovefindslove and it's a cool coaster made of magazines!
I'm pretty impressed since the only thing I ever did with magazines was a few beads when I was like 10 And here's an action shot:
And here's the best shot i got of what I sent her. It was kind of hard to photograph, so if you did get any pictures better than this one, feel free to post:
I bought this pin at least ten years ago at a thrift store and took the ugly insert out, intending to use the pin part as a frame in my dollhouse, but never did. I hung onto it though, because I really liked it, and have finally found a use for it. I filled the middle with polymer clay, smoothed it out, baked it and then drew the owl on and used embossing powders to color it. I was trying to match the vintage look of the pin frame.
Thanks for a great swap, lovefindslove! And of course, thanks to kishcrafts, too!
Wow! I knew we were going to have an awesome gallery!
I received my little stuffie from Millik yesterday and she is so adorable. First up, here's the side of the package, which totally cracked me up:
And look at this little sweet bat that was inside:
I love her little belly button.
Millik did a little research (or else I told her, I don't remember which), because I absolutely love bats. Like really, a lot. This bat's name is Meredith, she is 15, 5 inches tall, she weighs 4 oz, and she's from Fargo, ND. Meredith loves canasta, diet cola, All My Children, Elvis Presley, and Insect Casserole. She dislikes bowling alleys, kung-fu movies, opera, telemarketers, and lasagna. Millik warned me that Meredith has a little ebay addiction and sure enough, I turned my back for two seconds and there she was, looking at signed Elvis memorabilia. I caught her just before she fell for yet another hard-luck, selling my treasures story. In fact, the autographed picture she brought looks suspiciously like a forgery, but I didn't have the heart to tell her.
Here she is, joining some of her new friends. You can see her holding her prized Elvis picture in this photo:
And here she is having a little nap:
Millik also sent some little homemade treats along for my pups, and boy do they love them:
DANCE, MY PUPPETS! Thanks so much, millik! I love this little stuffie and I can't wait til you get your package from me!
I'm so glad you like it, trinnie_doo! I had a lot of fun with this one. I found one picture that I took that wasn't washed out (usually they are, or too dark, or the colors are wrong...)
Balkandina, it is indeed polymer clay! I didn't have any white when I went to do it, so I used a grey for the rice and then painted it white with acrylics, which turned out to be a good move since it kind of helped things all those little pieces of rice stick together a little better. The seaweed wrap is a piece of elastic I painted with a green/black mix.
treetree, for the mirror I usually spread a thin layer of liquid sculpey on the back of a glass craft mirror and put the clay over that. I'm not sure that it's really necessary, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something. I think the rim plays a big part in holding everything to the mirror since it goes over the edge to the front of the mirror. I usually do the back part first, bake that (while on the mirror), then put the rim on and bake it again.
I got my second tin yesterday from trinnie_doo! She chose my Invader Zim theme for the tin itself and owls for the inside goodies.
Here's a picture of the tin itself:
It has quotes around the edges:
"Awww...I wanted to explode!" "CHICKEN! I'm going to eat you!" "Shut your noise tube, Taco Human!" and "My head's not big! Why does everyone say that?"
I've always felt a little big-headed kinship with Dib
You can see more characters inside, along with a mirror and some cheerful plastic confetti:
Now the goodies! This wasn't actually inside the tin, as it was far too big (cheaterpants ). I'm not sure exactly what to call it, as I've never seen them before, but there were two little owls printed on foamcore along with little pieces of pipe cleaner and a special tool you use to bend the pipe cleaners and stamp them into the foam. You can see here that I've just about got his forehead done:
There were also some cute little owl gift tags, a shrinky-dink owl fob, and a great little beaded bracelet in my current color crush, orange and brown.
Thanks so much, trinnie_doo! I love everything! I really need to go watch some Invader Zim now. I have the whole set on DVD along with the case shaped like Zim's house (the top opens up to house a little plastic Gir).
Thanks for posting, bigblank. Sorry I've been so slow about it, I've had some uploading problems. You got a better shot of the moon rock than I did, but here's a pic of the interior, which is painted to look like space:
And a closeup on the inside goodies:
I really adore this tin. This is the third round that I've had pulp sci-fi on my list and I'm so happy you picked it! I love old sci-fi. I think it's the fact that they just got so much wrong. Thanks so much, bigblank!
Beautiful, pmack17! They look so nice in that color.
I just finished weaving in my ends this morning and I am done! These are for my sockapalooza pal, who has smaller feet than I do, so no modeled shots, but I'm sure you can all use your imagination.
The colors are just slightly washed out in the photo. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in blues/greens and I love this yarn. I have just over an ounce left from my "4 oz" skein (it was really 3.8 ). I thought about dropping a needle size for the ribbing so it wouldn't flare out, but decided that it might be better to not be overly binding that high up on the leg. The only thing I would have changed if I was knitting them for myself would be to cast on more stitches at the toe to get something a little less pointy. I also did Turkish Cast-on instead of Figure 8.
Sorry to interrupt sock talk (I love the toe-up heel-flap of Widdershins; Baudelaire uses the same one, which I just finished), but I've got some pictures to show off:
Here are the beautiful yarns that I got from Miss Mermaid!
My pictures just don't do them justice. The top one is a deeper purpley blue, plied with a charcoal color. The colors are pretty accurate on the second. I adore these yarns. The first is definitely going into a hat, and if I run out I'll do the brim in a complementary color or something. I'm not sure what I'll do with the second, maybe just use it as decoration, the colors are so pretty.
She also sent me a copy of Rowan 39 (I love these books) and a super-cute newsboy hat which she knit for me from Debbie Bliss SoHo. I seem to have neglected to get a picture of that, but Miss Mermaid says that there's actually a second package heading my way, so I'll post it with that. I was about to offer to post pictures of the things I sent, but just realized that I forgot to take pictures of that, too. I seem to have camera issues.
Anyway, thank you so much Miss Mermaid!!! These yarns are absolutely beautiful. I need to learn to spin more than ever now.
ETA: I just realized, it's Fiber Friday, isn't it? You should definitely show these off, Miss M.