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« on: June 20, 2014 01:33:55 PM »

I made this for rackycoo in the first Altered Spool Swap.  It was weird because we both picked ocean/beach themes for each other...we must have summer and vacation on the brain! Grin

I am using one of her pictures because it is way better than anything I took...



The spool is from my mom's sewing kit from the 1960's.  It originally had dusty blue thread, but that is not a color I like, so I wrapped two other blues over it...I think it gave the spool some depth and the feeling of water...of course, I had to add waves, hence the beads...and a few baubles like Mr. Crab, who has been waiting in my first ever Archie McFee jar of whimsies from way back when...

The hole in the top of the spool was begging for something...and I was destashing all of my fake floral stuff when lo and behold, a few things fell onto the floor...magically, they looked like palm tree tops!  So I used some wire, floral tape, and paper twist to create a palm tree...distressed it with ink...you can't see in any of the pics, but I also added bead "coconuts".

The sand is really artificial snow, painted cream...when I put the tree in, the spool would not stay upright, so I used an old rusty washer glued to the bottom to give it weight...the washer was found in the roots of my poor fallen 60 year old apple tree...and I found it 15 years ago! Grin

No room for a real treasure chest on such a little space, so I used broken pieces of wood leftover from my wee house.  Just pretend the chest got busted up when the bad pirate dug it up in his haste to get rich quick!

Oh, and poor pirate...he forgot to tie up his row boat, so it drifted away...leaving him on the island with loads of treasure, but no way off...oops...

The little flag was cut from a pirate print that I have had for some time...but it had skulls everywhere...well, say hello to my little friend, Mr. Black Sharpie...I colored them all in except one... Grin.

More pictures can be seen in the swap gallery, courtesy of Ms. Rackycoo, my awesome partner...

I would have loved to keep this to go with the Mermaid Spoolie she made me, but alas, it was not meant to be...I did take pictures of the two together...they made a nice beach scene! *sigh* I wish I were going to the beach now!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014 01:45:20 PM »

I just love this so much!  Everything about it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014 02:04:52 PM »

Ooh this is awesome!! I love it!!! A lot!!

Thanks for describing how and what, I always love reading (and knowing) that!
I'll go and check the gallery now!

This rocks!! No it sands  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014 02:34:39 PM »

This turned out wonderfully!  I just love it!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014 03:00:04 PM »

Mine! I love my little beach spoolie, and it's 15+ year old washer weight. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014 03:42:57 PM »

This is definitely one of my favorite spools I have seen in the swap so far Smiley I love all the details and materials you used. It looks amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014 03:55:08 PM »

I really like this!   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014 04:05:55 PM »

lol racky--the tree was 60 years old...it fell over 15 years ago...so that washer is actually over 75 years old...my land used to be farm land ... I found intact bottles, nails, and who knows what...Grin

and thanks, guys...my usual medium of choice still remains fabric... Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014 06:40:23 PM »

I found the coconuts and the picture of our two beach themed spoolies!



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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014 10:33:49 PM »

This is beautiful. I don't know how you could bear to let it go. I love all the little details.  The coconut beads are just exactly right. The tattered pirate flag looks perfect and the palm tree is a work of genius. 
It only needs a little plastic dome to protect it from all the people who will want to pick it up and touch it and read the story that it tells. Wink
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