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541  Re: OTDT Rd 3 Holiday Edition The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 05, 2010 08:28:00 AM
ahhhh! I just noticed the tiny penguin in a christmas hat staring out from behind the printer in the first photo! he gave me a shock, lol!
*laughs* I didn't even see him in the pic until you pointed it out. He's a little Santa Penguin I made a couple years ago from polymer clay:

I have all sorts of stuff all over my desk and I used the 2nd level of my desk to hang Ariel up since the desk is right next to a window, I was trying to get good light to photograph her.

She's just lovely, thank you again. Grin
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542  Re: OTDT Rd 3 Holiday Edition The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 04, 2010 02:50:34 PM
Ok, here's the pics! I hope they look ok, its tough getting shots of a hanging item. annachronism made me the most adorable little Ariel doll/ornament. She's in a lovely pink dress, with amazing little details like puffs on the shoulders of her sleeves and with the most perfect color red hair.

The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie; I've loved it since it came out when I was like 12. The doll is very sweet and lovely and just so very nicely done. You can easily see the care and attention to detail in it's creation. Thank you, annachronism! I really love her.
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543  Re: OTDT Rd 3 Holiday Edition The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 19, 2009 01:40:38 PM
Yay! I'm so glad you like it, annachronism! I started with a Shrinky Dink that I drew and colored the Stitch, then I shrunk it and put it as the centerpiece of the box. Inside since you said you wanted a Winter shrine, I decided to make a little scene. It made me think of Disney as well! Grin

Here's another shot of the inside:

Don't worry about risking your safety to get to the post office. It'll be after Christmas by the time it makes it across the Pond whether you send it today or tomorrow, so it's no big deal! Just gives me one more gift to look forward to! Grin
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544  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 18, 2009 10:17:32 PM
I'm next! I was actually watching a movie and forgot about the time. Cheesy When I realized it was almost 1am I decided to open it up.

I never even opened the outer wrapping on the box, so when I did, here was what was under:

And the presents wrapped up within:

And everything all together:

A mini duffel style bag, a beautiful snowflake ornament, a lino carved bat stamp, a tin of "crafty girl" mints, and hand crocheted wrist warmers!

Close ups (please ignore the awful lighting and the pine needles all over my floor.)

The last thing I read was the card. An my secret santa is.... Puppy_girl! Thank you so much for the lovely items! The colors and styles are great. Very me. I can't wait to try out the stamp too. The snowflake is so pretty and will definitely look great on my tree.

This was a very fun swap and I really enjoyed it. (Even if Love thought I was crazy for actually waiting to open it all this time!)  Grin
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545  Re: Show me your Christmas tree! in Winter Holidays by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 11, 2009 09:28:47 AM
My tree doesn't have a theme or a color palette or anything fancy like that. It doesn't have designer ornaments or any level of planned order. What it DOES feature is hundreds of ornaments that I love and cherish. Ornaments that my mom had on her tree when I was a kid and ornaments my grandmother had on her tree when my mom was a kid. (I have some ornaments over 60 years old!) It's overstuffed with ornaments, lights and memories.

And this year for the first time, we also have a Walt Disney World Monorail around it as well which is perfect for us being such big Disney geeks.

It makes me smile every year to see my ornaments and to watch the glow of the tree and the warm memories of holiday seasons past.
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546  Re: Secret Santa 2009 Swap Party Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 07, 2009 09:21:42 AM
As soon as we put the tree up last week, I put the completely untouched, still-wrapped shipping box right under the tree. Somehow it's a little easier if it's under the tree to avoid wanting to rip it open.

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547  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 52 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 03, 2009 02:36:48 PM
I had TWO amazing packages waiting for me last night!

The first was an awe-inspiring tree skirt handmade by frosty772. And if that weren't enough, she also included a cute snowman print simple apron with ribbon ties.

Here's both pieces:

And here's the skirt in action:

It's so full and wide and perfect!

And here's a close-up of some of the cute fabrics she used:

Thank you so much, frosty772. As always, I am in awe of your sewing prowess. Grin

Then, I also received my new project bag from StephanieGravatt! She made it in my favorite color combo of chocolate brown and blue AND put a phoenix on it for me! She also included a beading magazine and some lampwork beads and pendants.

Everything together:

Close up of the phoenix:

And close-up of the beads and pendants:

This is SO going to come in handy for storing things when I craft on the couch. Normally, my jewelry tools and everything are just scattered all over my coffee table making a big mess. Now they have a perfect, portable place to be out of the way but neatly contained. Thank you so much, StephanieGravatt! (The phoenix was a great surprise by the way.)  Grin

Both packages totally made my day. Yesterday was a week since I lost my job due to the business closing and it's been a rough one. So they really make me smile and I definitely needed the pick-me-up. Thank you both so much.
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548  Elf Hutch 2009 (Christmas/Holiday themed dollhouse Miniature 1:12 scale) in Completed Projects by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 30, 2009 11:10:40 AM
You've probably seen my Faerie Hutches before - the dollhouse-sized (1:12 scale) miniature pieces I make. They're all One-of-a-kind creations. I've shown off a Halloween edition piece and a Knitting one so here's the latest. Just completed last night, it's my third annual "Elf Hutch!" Grin

This one has been themed with a holiday kind of style like something you might see in Santa's workshop. The hutch is hand painted in three colors; a beautiful metallic green, a metallic red and an antique gold. The entire piece has also been dry-brushed with gold accents to give it a more antiqued look. After painting, I go to town creating all sorts of unique items to fill the shelves. It's very particular, precise work and it takes many, many hours to complete a single hutch.

Inside/Detail shots:

The top shelf features a box open to reveal dolls, an angel with her hard, a Santa, glass bottles in holiday colors, candy canes and even a present tucked into the top corner. The second shelf features more festively wrapped presents in metallic foil, a gingerbread house, more holiday glass bottles, a silver serving plate and a snowman figure.

Inside the bottom cupboards, there is a miniature sleigh waiting to fly down a snow-covered hill, a snow-flocked miniature Christmas tree, and four glass bottles in tones of silver and blue.

It measures around 6.5" in height at it's tallest point, 4" width and about 1.25" in width so it's just a little taller than a typical soda can.

I think they're just so cute and I wanted to show it off. As always, thoughts welcome!
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549  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 52 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 23, 2009 12:28:26 PM
Got my package from mcook72677! She made me four dessert scented body sprays!

Key Lime Pie, Banana Cream, Cupcake and Peach Nectar

They smell really great and they're just the kind of scents I love. Thanks so much! Grin
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550  Re: Random Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 21, 2009 07:04:45 PM
Figured since we're almost done, I'll post a pic of the tote that I made for rednightsky86. She forgot to get a pic because she mentioned she was already used it. Grin The only shot I have is a group shot but you can still get a look at it anyway. It's the Hyrule symbol from Zelda and it was quite a feat for me since I don't normally make stencils and do fabric painting.

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