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1  Re: The Great Geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DarthSqurl on: August 12, 2008 02:12:29 PM
Finally I got my pics to upload from the AMAZING package adubyah sent to me.
I *adore* my package!
Here's all of it together:


She sent me an Star Wars/physics embroidered pillow, a Battle Star Galactica needle book (desperately needed), a GINORMOUS craft bag, a matching crochet hook roll (also desperately needed) and a vintage Star Wars sheet! *swoon*

Here's the pillow:


Explanation for the uninitiated: F=ma is the equation for force, and is one of Newton's laws of motion (very important stuff!)


Even better-- the back was made with a vintage star wars sheet!

Here's the bag:


I already used this to carry all of my jewelry stuff (a ton of crap)!

The amazingly painted needle book:


Crochet hook roll:


I love the colors of the bag/hook roll! It's so phenomenal, so me.

Action shot of the pillow/bag:


Pillow action shot:



Me loving the pillow! Squee!



Not pictured: the rest of the vintage Star Wars sheets from the pillow. I'm going to do something amazing with it. Just not sure what yet....but WOW was I excited when I saw that!!!
Thanks adubyah for a fantastic swap!
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2  Re: Steampunk swap goodies in The Swap Gallery by DarthSqurl on: February 24, 2008 06:41:29 PM
Here are the lovely things I got from Avril222. I am *so* thrilled with all of it!

Here's the whole shebang: she sent me a fan-freaking-tastic scarf/ruff (it makes me want to hop in my dirigible and fly off somewhere), a great leather journal, some fun gear earrings and matching necklace (with unbelievabley tiny gears!), and an adorable tiny top hat.



Here's the hat:


The necklace (the earrings pictures wouldn't turn out):



Superexcited journal and ruff modelling:


And my favorite-- the scarf!!



Thanks Avril222 for being a great swap partner! Thanks to the organizers for organzing such a great swap!

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3  Re: a steampunk swap, anyone? in New Swap Theme Ideas by DarthSqurl on: December 11, 2007 07:14:54 PM
I am so stoked about this swap-- I just read the new posts and I had to re-state my excitement.  Wink

Her'es my steampunk-inspired Halloween costume (it's not the greatest, I threw it together in a week but it was fun! No one knew was I was thought, haha).   

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4  Flop box? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by DarthSqurl on: December 09, 2007 07:05:50 AM
My mother was Christmas shopping yesterday and saw something called a "flop box" in a craft store (we don't know the name).  Apparently, it was a box that when you open the lid, the sides flop down because they're not attached.  On the inside, there's 2 more boxes that don't have the sides attached, so when you take off the lid all 3 boxes flop open so you have "pages" on each side.



Here's a picture of what it looks like when it's opened.
The top of the box is about 4 x 4 inches.

My question is, has anyone seen anything like this? And where??

Thanks!
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5  Re: favorite historical period swap! in The Swap Gallery by DarthSqurl on: April 12, 2007 05:31:47 PM
Shurlygurl sent me an awesome package!  I had a fantastic time swapping with her! This is my favorite swap yet. Thanks lady4feet for organizing!!

Since Shurlygurl's camera is acting all wonky, here's the package of stuff I sent to her!  She works at the Mary Washington house, so I made her a 1700s era round-eared cap and straw hat to wear to work! I also made her a jewelry/trinket box lined with 1700's-looking fabric with Roccoco-inspired gold accents.   She also really likes Queen Elizabeth I, so I made her a hand mirror with Queen Bess' picture on the back and a bookmark with the Queen's signature.


Everything all together:


The trinket box





The hats







I'm so proud of the hats.  I took a cheesy-looking craftstore straw hat with a HUGE crown and reconstructed it to have a shallow crown as colonial fashion requires.  I found a great website with instructures for the round-eared cap--it's as historically accurate as I could make it. They were so much fun to make!

The mirror





The bookmark

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6  Re: DarthSqurl's ATC Gallery (Updated!!) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by DarthSqurl on: April 09, 2007 07:56:08 PM
Here are my latest ATCS:
My best friend and I had an inpromptu craft night and I introducted her to ATCs.

Here's what I came up with:

Not my favorite,  but it works, inspired by lyrics from "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" by Death Cab for Cutie.



An accidental collage.  I started doing one thing and ended up with this! I love the results though.  I call it "Tend Your Own Garden" (inspired by Voltaire).



This next one practically made itself. I saw these indiviudal pieces (all from old National Geographics, I *love* NG, they have such great pictures) and it just put itself together.



A cute, simplistic card:



And finally, my favorite ATC that I've made so far.  I love, love, love, love this one:



Thanks for looking!
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7  Easter Top (Simplicity 3893)! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by DarthSqurl on: April 08, 2007 08:25:29 PM
I worked on this all day yesterday (at noon I just started cutting out the pattern) and had it finished by 6 pm for mass. Phew! Miraculously, it turned out really nice! This is the first functional piece of clothing I have made that is *not* any sort of costume.  I'm so proud!  The overall effect is very Asian-esque, which was completely unintentional and I love it!



The belt is my own simple addition (though my boyfriend's idea; kudos to him!), mainly to compensate for the fact that the shirt was slightly too large. 

Sorry for the strange cut out, this is taken from a family pic.


Additions!
Thanks for the compliments-- this is my baby and I am *so!!!* proud of it!
The pattern is Simplicity 3893.  It was pretty easy to put together. My only gripe is that I wish it was more fitted. I also omitted the elastic around the waist because I HATE elastic. The belt is much nicer.

More additions

The belt is attached with a stitch in the middle, otherwise its loose.  That way I can tighten/loosen it as I please.  It's tied in the back.
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8  Some fantastic crocheted bracelets! in Crochet: Completed Projects by DarthSqurl on: March 25, 2007 02:45:29 PM
I have a new obsession: crocheting bracelets with wire.  I've probably made 6 of them, but I've given a lot away to family/friends, so here's a picture of my 2 remaining bracelets:

Here's the one I always wear:




Here's the one that I haven't give away yet, but probably will in the near future. Haha.



And finally, here's a simple little bracelet that I wear pretty much all of the time.  It's made of cotton crochet thread and vintage buttons from a giant jar of buttons that I got from my great-grandmother.

Side 1:


Side 2:


Enjoy! Thanks for looking!

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9  Ridiculous hat for brother's crazy friend in Crochet: Completed Projects by DarthSqurl on: March 25, 2007 01:58:21 PM
I was making pixie hats for my friends for christmas, and my brother's crazy friend absolutely loved them.  So rather than make him a woman's hat, I made him a manlier version-- a very ridiculous, manlier version.
The pattern is my own, I made it up as I went along.  I knew he wanted a puffball on top and ear flaps.







Enjoy!
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10  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DarthSqurl on: March 25, 2007 01:35:37 PM
Ah look at my ADD scarf of glory! I love it! Thanks everyone for great yarn!

So-so action shot:


All curled up:


Another gratuitous image:

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