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Topic: **Pretty Pincushion Swap gallery**  (Read 13000 times)
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« on: June 30, 2008 11:56:32 AM »

Post 'em when you get 'em!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008 01:17:33 PM »

bsonlytoots is amazing.  If you are ever in a swap with her, bribe the organizer to make her your partner.  I'm serious.

Ok, the goods:

The first pincushion is based on ones in my wists and Etsy favorites.  It's her first time using felt or doing embroidery, but you'd never know it:


So, that would be a great thing to have all by itself.  But the things is, it came in a box that was about 1 foot on a side and full of styrofoam packing squiggles.  For pincushions!?  Well, under the first one was a huge ball of bubblewrap and packing tape, carefully labeled as to where I needed to pull the tape off to get it unwrapped safely.  Curiouser and curiousuer...
And inside the ball was THIS:



It's about 5 inches high and 6 inches long, a little polymer clay diorama of a coral reef, with the legend "I love invertebrates" and boasting a SWIMMING AMPHIPOD!  I must have the only amphipod-mobile-diorama-pincushion on the planet!  It's full of cute little details, and the texturing on the purple and green corals and sponges is great, beautiful and realistic.

The pincushion is removable if I need to take it with me somewhere (I said in my questionairre that I often carry my needlework projects around):


Finally, a closeup of the extremely cute and lifelike moray eel:


Oh by the way, this was her first polymer clay project.

Bsonlytoots obviously did a lot of research for this.  I mean, the amphipod has the right number of pairs of walking legs!  I had been sort of regretting that I hadn't joined the "pimp my craftster username" swap.  Well, no regrets now, I have been well and truly pimped (in a good way 8^).  Thank you, bsonlytoots!

The only problem is, what on earth do I swap her back!?
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008 01:31:02 PM »

Yay! You are VERY welcome! I'm so happy it didn't break!
Here's a few more pics ...because I am CRAZY proud!  Roll Eyes

Here you can see the little octopus hiding! I love him! (the Amphipod kinda freaks me out! My kids asked why I was putting a "bug" on it!  Cheesy)



Bsonlytoots obviously did a lot of research for this.  I mean, the amphipod has the right number of pairs of walking legs! 


OMG! I knew it! I knew you'd count!!!!! I made the right amount of EVERYTHING for that very reason!

And as far as what to swap back?? I'll be happy with anything ... I just love the fact that it'll be made 'specially for me!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008 01:34:49 PM »

Ho. Ly. Crap. That's amazing!!  Shocked

Bsonlytoots, you should make museum displays or something. Seriously! Such good craftstership, and so creative too. Wonderful start to the gallery.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2008 01:36:58 PM »

Ho. Ly. Crap. That's amazing!!  Shocked

Bsonlytoots, you should make museum displays or something. Seriously! Such good craftstership, and so creative too. Wonderful start to the gallery.

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2008 01:45:03 PM »

I must have the only amphipod-mobile-diorama-pincushion on the planet! 

Y'know, I think you might actually be right about that!  Grin

That swap package was amazing! And I'm still cracking up about you people and counting the legs on the amphipod. I guess I'll have to go to Wikipedia and find out what on earth an amphipod is! 

Jennyleigh, I guess I should warn you now. Next to that swap package, I'll look like a total slacker!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2008 01:50:19 PM »

I knew she'd count 'em! Grin And don't find out what it is! I thought it was kinda cute til I saw actual pictures & read about it ... now they are a little creepy to me! LOL
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2008 02:06:58 PM »

Wow. (I am the poster child for curiosity killing the cat, btw.  Grin)

Is there a story behind your user name, AmphipodGirl? 
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008 02:32:57 PM »

What seems creepy about amphipods to you, bsonlytoots?  I think they're nifty (obviously).  Is it the fact that they look like bugs?  Too many legs?

Anyway... in my first career I was a software engineer.  My heart wasn't in it, and I really loved marine invertebrates, so I went back to school in marine biology.  My first job in marine bio was as a curatorial assistant at the California Academy of Sciences, sorting and identifying specimens from a survey of invertebrate life in San Francisco Bay.  I became a specialist in identifying gammaridean amphipods.  My next job was for the city of San Francisco.  I worked in a lab that did annual surveys of marine life off the SF coast to see whether the city's wastewater outflow was affecting the environment.  I spent most of my time identifying small marine invertebrates -- one specimen jar would have hundreds or even thousands of small worms, crustaceans, and mollusks.  They were usually large enough to see with the naked eye, but still small enough that we used microscopes to see enough detail to identify them  A 3-inch specimen was HUGE by our standards, and 1/4 " or 1/8" or less was more typical.  Most of our specimens were worms, but again, my specialized area of expertise was amphipods.  It was at that time that I joined IndieBride.com and needed a handle, so AmphipodGirl was born.  I've used it several places since then -- funnily enough, it's usually still available. 8^)

I am now in my third career, as a stay-at-home mom, and I don't know whether I'll work with marine invertebrates again or not, but I still think they're really cool.
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2008 02:47:44 PM »

Wow! That is a story! And now I know why you would have counted those legs!! LOL  I'm not sure why I find them creepy actually ... I'm a chicken when it comes to funny looking things (lots of legs, bugging eyes, crazy antennae, actually all bugs and stuff like that freaks me out) They are cute ... from a distance! Or in Sculpey form! Wink
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