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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: July 16, 2013 10:11:00 PM
Finally got through the gallery and DANG- how are Miyazaki fans universally so talented?! I basically want everything, especially that soot sprite mobile!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: July 16, 2013 09:47:12 PM
I am oh-so-late on posting this- life of a children's librarian during the Summer Reading program is *insanity*. Anyhoo, I'm going to include pics of what I received from my partner, Lmseeley, as well as what I crafted for her.

Unfortunately, Lmseeley's post office marked the package I sent her as 'un-deliverable', and as of now, I am still waiting for it to arrive back at my place so I re-send it.   Cry Lindsay, I'll send you an email once I receive and send it back out.

Lmseeley sent me four small but great pieces of handcrafted Miyazaki goodness: two soot sprites that seem to be weaved somehow (so cool) and two tiny paintings inspired by Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite Miyazaki films.







How cool, right?! And the paintings are so simple but beautiful, which I love. Thanks again, Lindsey! The sprites have already made a home for themselves on my bookshelf and I'm still trying to decide where I want to hang the paintings because I want to see them all the time Cheesy All that being said, Lindsey: do NOT read past this point!! I don't want to spoil your package for you.  Wink


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Despite being insanely busy with work, I managed to make Lindsay quite a few little pieces which I hope she likes. To give you a size reference, I took some pictures with the pieces on my strangely tan-looking hands.  Huh Anyhoo, onto the pics!

Piece 1: a mini Totoro outdoorsy scene made with Sculptey clay & glazed.




The obligatory Totoro-back picture.  Wink


Piece 2: a pair of Culcifer earrings; Sculptey with a glaze.



Piece 3: a soot-sprites-in-a-bottle necklace. I bought about 4 packs of star beads- none of which fit!- before thinking: "hey, sprinkles are cute! Soot sprites would totally eat sprinkles." And thus, the soot-sprite-sprinkle (say that three times fast) necklace was born! The sprites were made out of the tiniest black pom poms I could find, which I then cut down not only to fit into the bottle, but to give them a not-totally-perfect appearance. The teensy-weensy eyes were just painted on.

Also, keep in mind that even though the sprinkles look big, they're totally 'standard size' sprinkles- making this a *tiny* necklace.




Piece 4: this is the only piece I did not end up being pleased with, but I sent it to Lindsay anyway (with an explanatory note) because I figured she might like it anyway. I wanted to sculpt a Cat Bus and it ended up looking like a demented Disney character, at least in my hyper-critical opinion. Le sigh. Sculptey clay once again with glossy acrylic paint and a gloss top coat.




Pieces 5- A Lot: I went a little crazy making a bunch of Miyazaki magnets. I found the images on Pinterest, played with the contrast before printing, ran them through a laminator, and then just added magnet strips to the backs.




Here is everything together- I also made a bookmark out of an adorable Hayao image, adding corresponding purple ribbon on top (bottom right).



I wrapped everything up in some fun hippie-esque fabric I had left over from a project to add some protection, bubble-wrapped everything, and I just had to throw in some authentic Japanese stationary and stickers I had lying around. I rarely have such an appropriate use for them!  Cheesy



Hope you enjoyed! Can't wait to see what everyone else has been crafting and receiving.

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 (Sign ups closed! Send by 7/1/13) on: July 01, 2013 09:08:40 AM
Hi all,

I wish I could have been more active in this swap (aka active at all!) but as a youth services librarian in the full-on craziness of a Summer Reading Program, finding time to post has been next to impossible. I have however been crafting away in my minuscule free time and am shipping today- hint: lots of Howl & Totoro goodness. Pics coming soon and I can't wait to see what all of you have been working on!

-Lauren
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 (Sign ups 5/2/13-5/19/13 Send by 7/1/13) on: May 17, 2013 10:20:47 AM
So excited for this! When do we get partnered up?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teesha Moore meets Harry Potter - say what?! on: August 14, 2011 08:25:11 PM
Holy CRAP, I am *so* in love with this bag- the detail is absolutely incredible, and the whole feel is SO Harry Potter-esque! I must steal this idea and make one for myself, and possibly one for the HP-loving bestie. BTW, I just creeped your profile to look at your other bags, and I noticed you're a fellow Ann Arborite!  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I am the princess of this dormroom! on: June 25, 2011 12:55:53 PM
This is WONDERFUL- I'm getting ready to move into my first apartment and this is EXACTLY the kind of canopy I'd kill for! A tut, pretty pretty pleaseCheesy
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Vegetarian/Vegan pride on: February 28, 2010 10:26:19 AM
I'd be alllll over this! I just recently went from vegetarianism to veganism Smiley Starting in April and sending in May would work great for me.

I'm going to keep an eye on this swap!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Valentine Soaps ;) on: February 12, 2010 03:42:33 PM
These are so beautiful!! I love the gradations of colors on the red one.  Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baby Travelocity Gnome on: November 15, 2009 04:26:13 PM
I have a gnome obsession, and this made my night! You guys did a great job, and she looks happy in her gnomie duds!  Cheesy
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: EDWARD CULLEN! on: November 06, 2009 05:46:53 PM
This is awesome! Totally genius in the simplicity....*wondering I can convince the BF to do the same next Halloween*  Wink ...hitting "this rocks"!
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