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1  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: July 23, 2009 02:35:04 PM
okay, everyone. prepare to be floored. go get a beer or something and sit down because I received THE most amazing package from Phizzychick.  I'll wait til you're ready.

Ready?

*please note: am posting some photos as thumbnails in the interest of space saving, however, PLEASE do click to see the full sized image. the attention to detail is UNBELIEVABLE.

First up: 2 sets of "Mechanical Dragon(FORCE)" to assemble. naturally, i will be posting photos of this Smiley



teeny DRAGONFORCE notebook! perfect size!



what's in here? (complete with lyrics)



oh! the coolest necklace ever!



my very own rock god. he's currently hanging from my rearview mirror. SO MUCH DETAIL.





THIS IS MY FAVORITE PIECE. enter the thumbnails. CLICK ON THEMMMMMMMMMMM.





WASN'T THAT AMAZING?!  a WHOLE altered art calendar devoted to IRON MAIDEN *swoon* Phizzychick, you have realllllly outdone yourself.

last but ABSOLUTELY not least, a freaking watercolor painting of EDDIE. Phizzychick, I realllllly hope you do this kind of art and altered art for a living, because your talent level is EPIC.






thank you, thank you, THANK YOU TIMES INFINITY for all of the time and effort you put into this swap. You've given me a new standard to reach for myself when I do swaps from now on.
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2  Re: Dinosaur Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: July 23, 2009 02:18:48 PM
I got the cutest package from Just Plain Goose! Everything was so carefully thought out and well executed, and colorful! I love everything, and am TOTALLY taking the grow a saurus things into work today Smiley

et, voila.

stickers! grow a saurus! make a dinosaur kit!!



adorable fridge magnets!



THE most awesome notecards EVER with matching envelopes Smiley



GREATEST COIN PURSE EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR R



A DIPLODOCUS DIPTYCH! i love it LOOOOOVE IT.



and my favorite! AWESOME tote bag complete with bleached(?) dino!



I LOVE EVERYTHING. thanks so much, Just Plain Goose! You were a great swap buddy!
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3  Re: Burlesque Swap : The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: July 01, 2009 02:38:30 AM
okay, here's one of the items I sent to becca red. can't seem to find my other photos, but here's my favorite piece, anyway! Las Vegas themed swap, sent to Scotland.

A fascinator with mini cards and glass dice beads dangling and a mini replica of the famous sign. also feathers galore.



but wait! it's also pasties! there's a hidden snap to turn it into a fascinator Smiley



 tada!
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4  Re: Starting Early: Pushing Daisies Dandelion in Halloween Costumes by sweetbettieleigh on: June 28, 2009 06:01:43 AM
Hi, just thought I'd add my 2 cents as a semi-pro milliner and costume craftsperson. The ideas of a cap with holes, with dowels with a disc on the end seem to be your best bet. I'd like to recommend to you to use a wired buckram headpiece as a base. in fact, get 2. you can find them online for cheap!

here's a step by step:



text is tiny, let me know if you need it bigger or if you can decipher!!

hope this helps!
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5  Feathers! Beads! Pasties! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sweetbettieleigh on: June 15, 2009 05:07:23 PM
What the heck is that thing?




is it a necklace?



or a headband?



who cares! it's fun!





next up, a Las Vegas Fascinator:



but wait! now it's pasties!!



These were made for the Burlesque swap for 2 different buddies!   The first is a fun beaded/6 string braided.... thing. apparently my partner can wear it as a belt as well!  Smiley  it goes from headband to necklace simply by switching hooks on the back side.

The Las Vegas fascinator/pasties have a secret hidden snap! The larger beads are glass dice, and there are teeeeeny tiny playing cards on the left side hiding in the feathers.

Hooray for things that can also be other things!!
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6  Re: Chunky Pages 3 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: June 15, 2009 04:46:28 PM
Hi!

I waited til I received from everyone so that I could post my goodies all at once!! Smiley

**note: i was able to upload the batch of the fronts with no issue but every time i try to upload the shots of the BACKS it won't let me?! i'll work on this.**

my theme was fairytales!! everyone picked their favorite Smiley

from windoverireland:
snow white!


the corset and comb are made of clay! and she made a little spells book!!!! looooove!

from audio-astrophysics:
cinderella!


she included a lovely lil note explaining about how the text is intended to be a scroll. it's got the cinderella story written out in tiiiiiiiny letters! and i LOVE the detail of the glass slippers in the background!

from pinkpug, ink:
rapunzel!


jessica simpson as rapunzel! in a tower! with roses on vines! with gold ribbons as hair with A TINY LITTLE COMB!!!!!!! <3 <3
the back proclaims :"LET DOWN YOUR HAIR!"  Smiley

and from edelC:
the frog prince!


the amount of tiny details on this is amazing. the text says:
" maybe in every woman, there's a princess" "what if every frog is a prince" "just one kiss" and my FAVORITE: "Imagine a world where every fairy tale is true"  *sigh. wouldn't that be bliss?
The clouds are iridescent and the frog prince is ADORABLE. hopefully I can get my images of the backs to load properly, because there's a beautiful little drawing of sleeping beauty on the back.

and also this little gem! a literal translation:


a fairy! telling fairy tales to an attentive rabbit and mouse! and a squirrel too, he's hiding behind the ribbon.  Smiley



Ladies, thank you for your lovely art! I love that you all independently chose different fairy tales and put forth a real effort into these! I hope you all enjoy your pages, they should be arriving in the next few days!!! 

xoxo  sweetbettieleigh
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7  Re: Burlesque Swap : The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: June 05, 2009 02:39:39 AM
WHEW.

I ended up receiving from 2 lovely ladies. I was originally paired with the divine miss Becca Red, and volunteered to angel for the spectacular miss Moek! They both totally spoiled me rotten, and both ended up going with a Nation - themed package! so funny! Smiley

anyway, on to the photos:

from Scotland, I present to you, the photos of one miss Becca Red's designs!



this cute little box arrived in my mail!



hot pink union jack heart pastiessssss!!



matching garter with removable pin!



cutie cuffs, reversible with skullies on the inside! also note sweet felted pin!!!



spats! these had a great little photo note of miss becca modeling them and said " my mum and brother managed to convince me you would not know what the spats were"

[miss becca, please send them my thanks for their concern regarding my costume knowledge!]

 Cheesy



the crowning achievement!  (get it? aaaaaaaaaaaahahahah aha just couldn't help myself.)



candy!

SO. SPOILED. i am in LOVE with the details.




on to miss moek!



look at what was looking at me when i opened this! how happy!  cuuuuute lil spongey man.



adorable little fascinator! the tassel! the teeny flower! Smiley  the fan shape and feathers!



amaaaaazing sleeves inspired by kimonos



spongey man and garter!!



amazing garter belt with ties and removable garters.

SO. SPOILED. i love you ladies. thank you so much!

and you are both going to laugh when you get your packages! you'll see why Smiley

<3
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8  Re: Chunky Pages Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: April 30, 2009 02:09:39 AM
I've received from goatgoddess and velvet rose!!

voila!





zetti love from goatgoddess (are the birds a stamp? I love them!) look at the vibrant color! the heart lips! the music curlies! the flowers!

eeeee!  <3 <3 <3





stupid flash. these are beautiful colors in my velvet rose piece!

 there's glitter and wings and flowers galore! I love these sweet images Smiley
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9  What the hell's an Easter Bonnet?! in Costumes: Completed Projects by sweetbettieleigh on: April 27, 2009 03:45:22 AM
Hi all,

There's a fantastic charity fundraiser out here in Vegas to support the St. Therese Center - a local HIV/AIDS outreach center. With the growing number of Broadway (and many others!) types of shows, a couple of folks put together the Las Vegas version of the Broadway Easter Bonnet Competition. The idea is that each show presents a skit in a way that will highlight their "bonnet" (the term is relative, as you will see in a moment.)

I had submitted on behalf of Spamalot last year, and played it SO safe and made a teeny hat compared to the others. We didn't even place. SO! this year, I decided to go for BIIIIIIGGGGGER.

I have the marvelous fortune of working with some AMAZINGLY talented folks at my (job at a very large circus company out here) who were more than willing to jump on the bandwagon with me. We used the song "Love Story" by Shirley Bassey, remixed by the Away Team, and called our bonnet the Art of Love. All costumes , fascinators, accessories etc. were created by yours truly (and borrowed heavily from the Alice line, I admit. Handy to have a stock, eh?) and the makeup and hair design, in addition to the choreography, were done by my partners in crime. We're calling ourselves the Eggplant Bungalow.

ANYWAY HERE'S THE HAT.



wicked impressive, right? NOPE.



Here's the rest of it.



Hiding in the top of the piece were these GIGANTIC fans that I'd recovered with appliqued banners spelling out Art of Love, and the audience just kept gasping!



I had hidden a looong mailing tube across the length of the back (also covered in the black fabric so you couldn't see it) and had put together these HUGE banners of 7 yard long stripey bits. It was supercheap, super lightweight polyester that became very very tiny when stuffed into the tuuuube.



Fully extended!

My apologies for the blurry pictures. I don't own the rights to the pretty shots!



the costumes and makeup



fascinator






oh yeah, we WON!!!! Smiley
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10  Re: Chunky Pages Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sweetbettieleigh on: April 26, 2009 02:27:40 AM
I've received from critter and calluna!!



from critter! this sweet little castle Smiley





this beautiful page full of wings! i love the poem, which reads:

"Many Wings"
Many wings are beating
into the wind
to their adventure
Earth, sea, be kind!

Dream-plumed, for voyaging
one after one,
Into star weather,
Out past the sun.

Wind thrilled between worlds,
spreads their desire...
be kind to many wings,
air, water, fire.




love them!!!  thanks ladies!
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