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3471  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garnet, Hematite, Rainbow Moonstone and Pearl Tree of Life Pendants on: July 16, 2008 11:48:59 AM
Thanks guys!  Grin
3472  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 35 Gallery on: July 16, 2008 10:42:39 AM
Yay! Looks great, TwiztidBlood! I'm so glad you like it.  Cheesy
3473  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Garnet, Hematite, Rainbow Moonstone and Pearl Tree of Life Pendants on: July 16, 2008 10:05:46 AM
I've been making them for a couple months now and my newer ones are so much better than my older ones. And since I showed off some of the older ones here, I thought it was only fair to also show of my improved ones as well.  Wink

Genuine Garnet Gemstone
(This one was actually made as part of a memory wire necklace but the close up is of just the pendant itself.)


Freshwater Pearl

Rainbow Moonstone
(This one was actually made as part of a memory wire necklace but the close up is of just the pendant itself.)

They are SO much fun to make. I'm well past addicted at this point. Grin But they're so fun and it's nice working with the different gemstones.

Thoughts welcome!
3474  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: probably a *really* dumb question... on: July 15, 2008 04:12:52 PM
Hrm, ok. I've stopped sewing, lifted the presser foot and turned the fabric when making a turn around a corner (like I made a couple "Easy Peasy Wallets" and you sew a U all around three sides) but I didn't think even going slow you could turn enough. But I'll give it a shot. I'm interested in making some critters and wasn't sure the best way to actually do it since well...I'm still learning straight lines.  Wink

Thanks for the feedback.
3475  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 36 on: July 15, 2008 01:26:28 PM
I'm going to claim demekah for some earrings and something inspired by her wist.

This is my first claim. 0 sent/0 received.

I live in Florida (USA) with my guy and two cats. My favorite colors are jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, turquoise, and amber. I like silver but not really gold. My favorite color combination is a deep teal blue and chocolate brown together. It makes me happy. My favorite animals are cats, owls, penguins and bats.

I suffer from migraines so please NOTHING musk/amber/patchoulli/dragon's blood or floral scented. Unless it smells like you can eat it, it will give me a migraine. I LOVE fruit and dessert scents greatly though. Also, please no bar soaps (skin is sensitive to glycerin) and nothing with NutraSweet (aspartame) or Splenda (sucralose) as I'm allergic to both.

There are two cats in my home but it's non-smoking. I mention it because it's pretty impossible to keep some level of cat fur from going along in packages. (Sorry)

~ * ~ Crafts ~ * ~
- Something with a phoenix. It's my favorite mythological creature and hard to come by.

- Something from my Wist

- A handmade rubber stamp. (Extra bonus for one that uses my PhoenixFire Designs logo like my avatar or larger version on my site.)

- Something with pretty faeries. (Think Stephanie Law, Amy Brown, etc.)

- Something incorporating owls, penguins or bats.

- Fused glass, glass slide or resin pendant.

- Wire-wrapped jewelry. I keep trying to make it myself but I suck. I'd love to see what someone who's good at it can do!

- Something that's in my favorite color combo of teal blue and chocolate brown.

- Something for my apartment. You know, home decor type accessory or item. (Bonus if it's in teal blue and chocolate brown because my living room is in those colors!)

- *BIG WISH* An apron like this or this especially if it were in teal blue and chocolate brown colors.

- Something stained glass. I just love stained glass and wouldn't even know where to begin making it myself.

- Something ceramic like hand thrown pottery or vase or whatever. Again, a skill I don't have but love.

- Hand knit socks. Something warm and soft (but preferably not wool.) I've got small feet so like a 6.5 size foot or girl's sized large socks for reference.

- A wristlet or small purse of some sort. I'm open to your inspiration. I'd just like to have something cool and handmade!

- A pair of knitted "knucks" like these.

- Something Disney themed. Be it park themed, or Mickey, or another movie character, or historical (like Walt or something), etc. I love all things Disney (and Pixar!) and regularly go to Walt Disney World!

- Something plush or soft stuffed that's an animal or critter (but not a doll please.)

~ * ~ Craft Supplies ~ * ~
- Starter resin kit/supplies

- Pendants, charms and/or centerpiece items for use in jewelry making.

- Gemstone beads, chips or similar for beading.

- Beading wire especially if it's heavy gauge (I'd love to find more 16 gauge in various colors.)

- Basic, getting started supplies for sewing. (Seam ripper, thread, etc.) I just bought a machine and I have nothing for it.

- Supplies/kit to make microscope slide pendants

- Starter kit to carve my own rubber stamps

- Polymer clay tools (like molds or cutters, etc.)

~ * ~ Extras ~ * ~
- I'd love to try some international candies and/or chocolate. Bonus for things that are pineapple flavored. Nothing coconut or coffee flavored though please.

- Pocky. I've had chocolate and strawberry, but I'd love to try other flavors.

- Teas (herbal/fruity are my favorite)

- Beading magazines (I don't have any and it seems like it'd be fun to browse through at projects and ideas.)

THANKS!!  Grin
3476  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 35 Gallery on: July 15, 2008 11:59:52 AM
Yay! Last night my mailbox had BOTH of my wishes waiting for me.  Cheesy

catpants made me a cool double sided hand carved stamp. One side has my PhoenixFire Designs logo and the other the cutest little penguin. (I totally love penguins.)

The stamps:

Here's both quickly inked:

I love that you made it dual sided! Thank you so much for the fun stamps!  Grin

.... and .....

meganlorraine made me the most awesome Nintendo DS case ever. (And because she also has the original DS, the case fits perfectly. The only cases you can get these days are the ones for the "Lite" which is thinner and smaller than the one I have.)

Here's everything all together:

(She included some sewing notions for me since I'm just learning to sew myself.)

Action shots!

And it's even got a little pocket in the back:

Thank you so much! I LOVE it. I think it looks awesome and I love the blue and brown. I couldn't stop *squee*-ing over it last night.  Grin

This was my first OWS and it was really fun. Thanks both of you for making it so great.
3477  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / probably a *really* dumb question... on: July 15, 2008 11:37:30 AM
...but I'm the most n00b sewer ever and I'm just barely learning how to use my machine. So bear with me on what might be a "DUH" question.

If you make plush critters, when you sew the funky shapes, do you do it free-form sewing? Like, lower the feed dogs so you can work around all the roundy edges? Otherwise, it'd be all straight lines, right?

Like I said, probably a dumb question but everyone's patterns and stuff tend to assume you know the obvious.  Wink
3478  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Giant Multi-Theme Swap **SENDOUTS NOW JUNE 9TH!!!** on: July 13, 2008 08:21:32 PM
I mailed out the angel theme, "Trees" for taerowyn this weekend. It went Priority, so she should get it like Tuesday or possibly Wednesday.

It was my first time angeling too. And it was fun. Cheesy
3479  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Canning Apricots on: July 13, 2008 12:41:43 PM
Mmm.....apricots. *cue Homer drooling*

Those look fantastic! My mom used to make her own fruit preserves back when we lived up in PA when I was a little girl. I remember the annual glass bottle return. I was young, so I don't remember the specifics, but those glass bottles filled with fruits still bring back warm fuzzy memories.

Maybe someday I'll have a yard and I can have fruit like that too. Meantime, great - and yummy - work!  Cheesy
3480  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Ipod mouse =] on: July 11, 2008 09:44:12 PM
That's really clever. Kudos!

(And for anyone wanting to make their own but not sacrifice their iPod, check ebay. I've seen many a "broken" or "as is" iPod auction there. Usually sold for parts and thus cheap!)
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