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1  Re: Old Fashioned Book Lover's Swap GALLERY, send by Feb 26 2013 in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: March 06, 2013 08:57:42 PM
The postal gods were good to deathbeforedishes and I this time, and I got a lovely package in the mail. Smiley



I am so excited to finally read Angela's Ashes, it's been on my to-read list for something like 10 years!  Talk about never getting around to reading something, haha.  The button that isn't quite showing up is an adorable little worm...a BOOK worm. Cheesy  Sorry about the bad pictures, my camera is kind of on the nearly-dead side.  Unfortunately you can't really see the cool bookmarks, one is an elastic with pretty beads (in one of my favorite shades of purple, I might add) and the other has an adorable mini book.

And just LOOK at that beautiful needlework.  No, seriously.  LOOK!



I love it, love it, love it!  I love Poe, I love The Raven (of course), I love blackwork, I love lace...really this is about as good as it gets.  Grin

Thank you so much, Leilani!  Kiss
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2  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: August 13, 2012 10:35:26 AM
All right, here I am finally with my wonderful flag from sparks! 

She blended a few of my themes/prayers (including dragons, hope, courage, shiny things, and "depression lies"...it's a very powerful flag!) into one very meaningful and very timely flag. Smiley  It is a dragon's eye peering out from the darkness.



The texture on it is incredible.  The scales are painted, sewn and embellished with wire, and the beadwork around the edges of the eye really looks like beautiful shining scales.  The part around the shiny button (?) pupil is crocheted.

Thank you so much, sparks! 

This has been such an awesome swap, I love this gallery.  I'm ready for round 2! Cheesy
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3  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: July 30, 2012 04:04:56 PM
I got a wonderful flag from Calluna.  It is absolutely perfect- and sparkly too!  Doesn't get any better than that, I love it. Cheesy



It says "There is beauty inside outside throughout"



I only wish I was able to capture the colors in her felting...it's really a gorgeous purply/pinky color.  With sparkles (yay sparkles!).  I love the organic look of it.

I haven't hung it up properly yet, it's just on the wall with ribbon so I can gaze at it for the moment. Smiley  Thank you so much, Calluna!  You've been an awesome partner!
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4  Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: July 19, 2012 11:13:34 AM
I received my package from scarlet_nights on Saturday, but I've been ill so I haven't taken pictures.  Embarrassed  Sorry!

No more waiting though, here are my goodies. Cheesy



Everything together!  Pretty hand-stitched pillowcases (I'm so excited, I've always wanted fancy pillowcases!  Cheesy ), lovely hand-beaded necklaces in a style taught to her by her great-grandmother (they look awesome on but I fail at action shots), vintage jewelry, vintage hankies, and vintage napkins (I think?  They're awfully big and thick for hankies...whatever they are they're really pretty!)



Detail of one of the lovely pillowcases...lookit the little birds!  *loves*



The hankies, presided over by Roxie.  Wink  I love the anchors because they're cute, but I love the pink lace equally because it is a mystery (says Mexico, stamped Florida).

Thanks so much, scarlet_nights!  This has been a great swap!  Grin
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5  Vintage lady with peacock fan mixed media hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by theatreorchid on: July 07, 2012 10:33:15 AM
I made this for scarlet_nights in the vintage swap.  When I was poking around her pinterest in the stalking phase I came across the most beautiful picture she had pinned, and I knew I had to do something with it.  I'm not sure where I got the idea to paint the picture and then embellish it with embroidery and sparklies, but that's what I did. Smiley  I knew I wanted to keep it sepia-toned but have the feathers as a burst of color...at the last minute I decided to give her red lips as well because it seemed better balanced.  Enough talking, picture time!  Cool




Detail shots!




Face detail...I used sparkle tulle netting for her headdress and tacked down the folds with little stitches.



Feather deail...I mostly used couching but there are a few other stitches floating around in there as you can see.  I had a concept of kind of having the feathers turn from sepia to bright color as they got farther away from the lady's hand, but I'm not sure about the result, I don't think it really worked.  Undecided



The most tedious, mind-exploding part of the whole project- my first run-in with lattice stitch!  The feathers took a long time but this part...oh man.  I'm still tired, hehe.

Aaaand, just for fun...



My original inspiration. Smiley

So, what do you think?  (And yes, I managed to remove the cat hairs before sending, but I forgot to do so before taking the pics, lol)
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6  Assassin's Creed Ottoman crest stencil t-shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by theatreorchid on: May 12, 2012 04:30:58 PM
I've been chewing my leg off waiting for Assassin's Creed 3 to come out, so in the meantime I made myself this shirt.  The Ottoman Assassin crest from Revelations is my favorite so far, so it's my first shirt (I have the feeling I need more, because every time I wear this it makes me happy in ways I can't fully explain). 





Progress shots!


I don't even want to talk about how long it took me to cut out this crazy thing.  Let's just say I watched a couple of movies.



The colors are inspired by the gradient in the loading screen of Revelations, but obviously I changed the colors completely to fit what I had on hand and to match the color of the shirt.  I'm really, REALLY pleased with the way it turned out!  I used Tulip Soft fabric paint (the kind that comes in bottles similar to acrylic craft paint) because it's easy to work with and has really stood the test of time and washing with me.  I have a couple of shirts I used it on that are 3 years old or more.  I love this stuff.

Bonus action shot...



I just got him at Toys 'R Us today, which finally got me off my lazy behind and inspired me to take pics.  Cheesy

Oh, and to give credit where it's due, the image I used was from Vesferatu on Deviantart. Smiley
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7  Assassin's Creed swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by theatreorchid on: April 28, 2012 10:08:50 AM


I was trying to think of something witty to say here, but I'll just lay is straight out instead.  If you're like me, you are counting down the SECONDS until AC3 releases in October, and you are feeling the urge to strap on that hidden blade and use it as a crafting implement.  (Don't lie, you know it would be awesome to use it to make paper snowflakes or something when you aren't stabbing Templars in the face)

Is anyone interested in an Assassin's Creed swap?  Big or small, even OTT?  

I've never organized a swap before so I would prefer not to and instead co-org, but if no one else can I am more than willing to take the plunge.

Come on, Assassins (and Templars)!  Let's get crafty AC style!  What do you think?
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8  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: September 29, 2011 06:50:13 PM
Pins is home!  Here's a pic of him with all the goodies Willowe sent. Cheesy



Willowe did such an awesome job finding weird statues and public art (my favorite!) and this is my favorite page from the scrapbook she made for Pins.  Cheesy  I kept trying and trying to get a good color pic of the lovely yarn, but I just couldn't manage it.  It's definitely a shade of purple that I just love.  I haven't decided what I'll make with it yet, but I can't wait to start working with it, I've never used such nice yarn before!
The big sheet of paper with all the pictures is a 12 month calendar which I adore, and which is hanging next to my craft area. Smiley 

Thanks, Willowe!  This was a fun swap. Smiley
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9  Re: Sailor Moon Stuffie Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by theatreorchid on: July 20, 2011 05:02:28 PM
I got an amazing package from sweatereyes today! Cheesy  Lots of pics ahead!


The note...cutest Luna ever?  Yes, I think so.


Inside the note...with the second cutest Luna ever. Wink


When I first took this awesome guy out of his package, I saw the hair and thought to myself, "Oh neat!  Sailor Moon!" and then I saw the colors and pretty much exploded with glee.  It's Zoisite in disguise as Sailor Moon! Grin Grin Grin  I love that episode SO MUCH.  And now I have my very own cross-dressing mayhem-causing Zoisite.  Cheesy


I couldn't get a good picture of the tiny little Kunzite (so freaking cute!), so here he is on display with everything else...note the gorgeous fanart (I love fanart!) which is getting framed tonight.


Speaking of the gorgeous fanart...detail!  Jealous yet?


How about now? Wink


And one more shot of everything together, including yummy snacks and a gratuitous cuddle shot. Cheesy

Thank you so much for being an awesome partner, sweatereyes!  I can't wait for you to get your goodies, too!
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10  Re: Big and Beautiful Plus Size Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by theatreorchid on: June 27, 2011 10:38:15 AM
Alrighty, sorry for the delay, here's what I received from hautedogclothing. Smiley


Tube top

Skirt

Sorry, I'm not positive what these are...legwarmers?

Burlesque inspired stuff. Smiley  The bra fits perfectly, which I consider a miracle because I have an awful time finding bras.  Don't mind Luna in the background, she likes the feathers. Wink  I'm kind of considering having hubby take an action shot...too nekkid for Craftster?

Undies

Bookmark, bobby pins with Sailor Moon and RHPS, bracelet, earrings, fun ribbon.

Thanks, hautedogclothing! Smiley

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