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541  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 55 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 24, 2010 09:12:47 AM
Well, after a little confusion and slight panic from babalina58 when my package was apparently delivered last week but was sitting in my apartment office and no one had bothered to tell me, I was finally able to get my goodies from babalina58!

She sent me something I've really been needing - a ribbon organizer! She also sent EIGHT awesome stamp pads (wee!) and a super cool phoenix shirt!

You can see in the pic, I couldn't even wait to put my ribbon on the organizer! Grin The darn rolls had been just piled everywhere on my sewing table and always made a mess. Now it's so neat. Cheesy

Here's a close-up of the shirt (which was a nice surprise!)

Thank you so much, babalina58! As always, you're just such an awesome sweetheart! Grin
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542  Blue and Chocolate Brown Miniature Witch's Magic Supply Hutch in Completed Projects by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 20, 2010 08:15:08 AM
You may have seen my miniature "Faerie Hutches" before around this board. I've posted a few of them over the years. (Such as a holiday Elf Hutch - or two! - A Spooky Halloween Hutch - or two - and even a knitting and tea one.)

Well, I danced in round 15 of the Invite Your Partner swap with the lovely Tanza. And she really loved my hutches. So as a surprise, I made my first ever one for a swap. (I don't normally do them for swaps since they take about two weeks and countless hours to complete.) She's received, so I wanted to share it with everyone.

I painted it in a blue/chocolate brown combo based on her color preferences. And I made it very "witchy" with lots of magical supplies.

With a broom leaning against it on one side:

With the doors open:

And a close-up of the items within. Spellbooks, a fern, a pentacle and potion bottles on the top shelf; "morning sunlight," "sands of time," and "true love" bottled on the second shelf along with a wand and Ouija board; a crystal ball, palmistry poster, two white candles, a chalice, a silver platter and a skull on the bottom shelf.

Whoops! Forgot to mention, it's 1:12 scale miniature in dollhouse parlance and is about 7.5" high and about 4" wide. It's just a bit taller then a 12oz soda can. (If you look through the links of ones I posted over the years, I have size reference pics in a couple of them.)

I really had fun making this as a surprise for her and I hope she greatly enjoys it. Every time I make one, it's a challenge - like a puzzle - getting all the right pieces to go together in just the right way. Grin
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543  Re: IYP 15 - The Winter Waltz Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 19, 2010 07:07:04 PM
I'm so sorry for the massive delay in posting. As mentioned in the discussion thread, my best friend sadly passed away on the 13th after two weeks in the hospital following massive, open-heart surgery. To say my mind has been pretty much not working is putting it mildly.  Cry

Tanza made me the most amazing swap. I am so spoiled. So spoiled in fact, I think I need to send her more stuff! She really went above and beyond - and much more then we discussed. Just really fantastic items. I swear, the absurd delay in my posting is in no way a reflection on how awesome the items she sent me are.

Everything all together:

A bleach-stencil bat shirt like off my wist, four napkin/silverware holders with embroidered Phoenix, a Taurus embroidered bag, a bird and tree dual-sided pillow slipcover, four Phoenix embroidered placemats and an embroidered Phoenix table runner! (And all the items are in my favorite color combo of blue and brown!)

Close ups of the embroidery. (She showed me several phoenix images and let me pick which one to use and then she did the cool color gradation for me to make it into a phoenix!)

The Taurus bag (May 16th so I'm all Taurus! Grin )

The bird in branches pillow slip cover (two sided)

Shirt detail:

And another general shot to show you the colors of the holders, runner and placemats as a set. Oh and she even used a card that I had wisted because I loved the image.

You are so amazing, Tanza! I am honored to have danced with you this round and I can only hope you enjoy what I made you - even if after receiving yours I don't think is enough! - as much as I do. Grin
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544  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 55 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 19, 2010 06:58:00 PM
I'm so sorry for the massive delay in posting. As mentioned in the discussion thread, my best friend sadly passed away on the 13th after two weeks in the hospital following massive, open-heart surgery. To say my mind has been pretty much not working is putting it mildly.

ifallthraindrops made me two amazingly awesome pairs of socks. They're warm, fuzzy and the perfect fit! Exactly what I like to wear around the house to keep my toes warm. My absurd delay in posting pics does not in anyway reflect on the awesomeness of the socks themselves.

And silly action shots because taking a pic of your own foot is difficult!

Thank you SO MUCH, ifallthraindrops!

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545  50 marvel comics for $10 - maybe a good source of materials? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 10, 2010 08:49:17 AM
I just saw this elsewhere and the first thing I thought was, "ooh! I bet a bunch of people on craftster would want to know about this" so I'm posting. Hope it's not against the rules, I'm not affiliated or anything. I was thinking of all the people who've done those cool recon projects with like covering tables in comics and such and thought I'd share a deal.

Graveyard Mall currently has 50 random marvel comics for $9.99:

That's a pretty good deal for someone who doesn't want them to read but wants a bulk of materials to craft with.

Anyway, hope this is in the right place and hope someone can take advantage of the deal!  Grin
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546  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 55 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 08, 2010 01:11:20 PM
I received the most awesome crochet slipper socks from pinkleo like a week ago now I'm ashamed to say and I LOVE them but sadly, life has been very difficult right now (a good friend of mine is struggling in the hospital after massive, open-heart surgery) and time has not been my friend so this is the first chance I've had to post pics.

The socks are amazingly awesome and the colors are SO ME! They fit perfectly and are really comfy!! She also sent this great assortment of beads including all kinds of neat lampwork style, and pendants and all sorts of fun goodies.

And silly action shot (because honestly, it's impossible to get a flattering photo of your own feet!)

Thank you SO much, pinkeo. And please forgive my massive tardiness in posting pics. It doesn't mean I don't totally love them because I really do. They're exactly what I wanted! Grin
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547  Bubble Tree - Wedding Inspired in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 24, 2010 05:07:29 PM
The latest in my "Bubble Tree" line is this one which I'm calling the Wedding Bubble Tree.

I made this piece with a beautiful, formal event such as a Wedding in mind. It made me think of a bride glowing on her wedding day, walking down the isle with a unique and gorgeous creation at her throat. It's just such a striking and stunning piece and would look beautiful in both ceremony itself and in photos for years to come.

This is a big, bold piece measuring 2x2" square not including the decorative bail which comes about .25" above the frame. It has a solid feel with a decent amount of weight to it.

As always, comments welcome! Cheesy
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548  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 55 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 24, 2010 10:50:38 AM
I received my AWESOME Kate Spade "Beantown" inspired bag from luckdragon on Monday but it's been a crazy week since I just started my new job. I love it! I took it to work yesterday even! Grin

(There was the cutest "I am the Walrus" card with it that I had to show off in this pic.)

She even found a PHOENIX zipper pull! Freakin' awesome!

And the cool, green patterned inside:

It's absolutely brilliant, luckdragon! Thank you so much! Cheesy
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549  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 54 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 19, 2010 04:14:27 PM
Those of you in round 55 probably just saw my other post detailing what a crazy week it's been (Love turned the big 4-0 yesterday!) and how behind I am posting this week's awesome mail. You may have also seen the owl goodness I received from two others in that round.

Well, I also received from MommytheMaid a couple days ago who made me two cool pillow slipcovers with owls! Wink

She also included some craft beading wire which I can certainly use. The owls are really cute and the covers have an easy flap to slip the pillow right in and out.

Thank you so much, MommytheMaid! Grin You'll have to show off the ones you wind up making for yourself as well. Wink
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550  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 55 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 19, 2010 04:09:50 PM
It's been a crazy week - Love had a huge birthday yesterday (the BIG 4-0!!) so we went away and we're having a party tomorrow and meanwhile I just have not had a lot of time to post pics! So I have two lovely packages to share.

First up, padfoot sent me a fun phoenix AND owl inspired package. A "Potter Puffs" version of Fawkes the phoenix is stitched on a handmade ipod case and then there are two adorable little felt owls (with very detailed tiny, stitching!) which are just super cute but which I have to keep away from my cats who think they'd be fun to chew. Cheesy

As you can see the Touch and headphones fit great in the easily accessed Velcro pockets. Thank you so much, padfoot! I love how cute the phoenix and the owls are. Grin

Second, I received last night from Avabrowneyes who made me two great owl items! A stitched owl (which is sized for an 8x12 frame) and an owl tote with the most adorable owl fabric ever.

The tote is a perfect size for library runs or post office runs. I'll have to keep an eye out for a frame for my stitched owl too - sometimes frames are the hardest part, so I totally understand leaving it up to me.

Thank you Avabrowneyesfor the owly goodness! Grin
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