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571  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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572  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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573  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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574  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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575  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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576  Re: Ongoing Wish Round 51 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 17, 2009 12:36:23 PM
sorbetsurprise combined two of my favorite things - fitted tees and a phoenix into one really awesome shirt. I love it so much and I feel so bad that it's been days now since I received it. I've just been stupidly busy and haven't had time to get photos. As it is, I didn't even have a chance to get an action shot today but I did get a chance to get some photos before I had to leave for work. (I'm at work now.) So at least I can show off the awesomeness of her package to me.

The color is a little over saturated in the shot but in the close-up you can see the detail on the phoenix applique better. It's SO well done. All the little pieces are separate and layered and just fab.

She also included a cute pair of little cupcake earrings:

Thank you SO MUCH sorbetsurprise! I absolutely think it's one of the coolest phoenix items I've been lucky enough to receive. Grin
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577  Re: OTT Halloween :: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 14, 2009 09:18:31 AM
Yay! My package from TintedShadow was waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home from work last night. She made me the cutest felt necklace with bats and a full moon. It's accented with beads and the back has stars.



I love it! Bats are my favorite and it's so cute and the bats are just awesome. I think I'm going to hang it from my rear view  mirror in my car so I can see it all the time. Grin
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578  Re: Random Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 14, 2009 09:14:35 AM
Here's my package from rednightsky86. It actually arrived a couple days ago but I work close shifts during the week making photos in daylight difficult.

She made me a crazy long black and white scarf and handmade socks (yay!!), and also included some neat beads and bottle cap magnets.


Scarf action shot:

Thank you! I am so excited especially to add the socks to my small (but growing) collection of hand knit socks. Grin
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579  Re: Ongoing Wish Round 51 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 10, 2009 02:47:02 PM
phoenixfiredesigns sent me two lovely lariat necklaces made of natural beads -- but i somehow misplaced my photo of them!  They are so beautiful-- I've worn them both already and have received lots of compliments!  I will re-photograph and post later this weekend.  (sorry to be so scattered, phoenix! )  Smiley
It's ok. I have pics I can share for you.

Since oneredboot asked for either an orange or green natural stone lariat necklace, I made her one of each.

The green one used a variety of stones like jade, agate, aventurine and a few glass ones for variety. It was an open-end style meaning it can be worn several ways; like a loop, or like a knot, etc.

The other featured red carnelian, red goldstone and Swarovski crystal and was a closed ring style that simply slides through and dangles down.

I really had fun making them both and it had been a long time since I'd made a lariat style. I definitely want to make some more now. Grin Glad you like them both, oneredboot! I hope you get a ton of enjoyment out of wearing them!
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580  Re: Ongoing Wish Round 51 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 03, 2009 12:55:11 PM
Got my awesome package from claire313 last night. She spoiled me as always and sent me a wonderful package. I wanted to get some photos posted right away, but I'm at work right now and I didn't have time for an action shot. But you can still drool over the items themselves.

Group shot! The awesome grey tee with the coolest bird applique, a pair of cute earrings, a beading book with awesome project ideas, and a cool case that fits both my ipod and my cell.

Bird closeup:

Earrings and case close-up:

I love the funky fabric on the case and the bird is just too cute. The stitching around the edges is really a nice touch. I flipped through the book a little last night and man it's FULL of all kinds of ideas. Not just jewelry, but home decor projects and more. It'll be fun trying out the ideas in there.

Thanks so much, Claire! You rock as always. Grin
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