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1  Re: Monty Python Swap Gallery - Sendouts April 7th in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: April 17, 2010 09:39:36 AM
Wow - awesome price..... but now I am expecting great pics Wink
Absolutely. I was mid posting last night when I fell asleep.  Tongue

Finally: Here is my spread from Knittychick. Well, all except one thing, that I forgot to grab...

She printed part of the Monty Python MTG cards for me. My hubby got a kick out of them. He had never seen them before. We are both big MTG players. (It gets him out of the computer every once in a while... XD ) I hope to print the rest of them so I can use them. Every once in a while we decide to play a silly game, with the Un cards, and I think these would be a blast. lol

She sent me a photo frame with the ever popular Norwegian Blue, sleeping in his favorite position... And a neat necklace with the Holy Grail made from Shrinky Dinks (I think). My son claimed that as soon as it got out of the box, so I had to fight to get it back and then unknot it to take the pics. Babies and shiny things, ya know.

The thing I missed in the full pic was an adorable pair of shoes painted with cow spots. They say "Fetchez La Vache!" on the side. Well, one says "Fetche La Vache!" but I wasn't sure if it was intentional or not. The pic is blurry because it was taken on the webcam. Note the baby in the bottom right - this is about when he came to reclaim his necklace. lol

She made me a pair of shorts with Spam on them. They are awesome.

They are actually a little big, but that is likely my fault. She asked for my sizing, but I had no idea, so I told her how tall I am and how much I weigh, and she probably figured I was broader than I am. I never take into account that I probably have like 20 pounds of hair. (Seriously - note where the hair stops on the picture.) I am wearing them over my other pants, and they reach my knees. I have no complaints though. I love them, and it is too hot where I am for pajamas this time of year. These make perfect sleep shorts.

Lastly, she sent me an insulated shopping bag. It is purple, which I love. (It looks more blue in the first picture with everything because the camera was trying to correct for the yellow lighting in this room. I adjusted it for a more accurate shot.) It has scenes from the Knights of the Round Table song, and has the silly place quote, which is one of my favorite parts of the movie.

Thank you again to Knittychick for all the awesome stuff!! It was all perfect, and suits me all too well.
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2  Re: One Tiny Star Trek Thing Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: April 05, 2010 08:42:05 PM
Whee. I guess I am first! I received my package from Zkatom today!! I loved it, and the hubby was at least amused (which says a lot). I will edit with pics as soon as I retrieve it from the car and figure out how to outsmart my epically stupid camera.


Isn't he the cutest. The hubby's all time favorite from the Trek universe is Q, so Zkatom made this adorable Q amigurumi.

I am really starting to love amigurumi. I had never really heard of them before, but then I have gotten one in each of the last 2 swaps I have done. I want to learn how to make them now. Cheesy
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3  Re: WoW(World of Warcraft) Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: March 27, 2010 09:32:10 AM
I finally was able to get pictures of my goodies from radiochu. I got them over a week ago, but had not had time to take pictures because of work. Finally got time, and camera didn't want to work. But I made it. So there.  Grin I hope I didn't miss anything, because my son kept taking off with pieces.

First is a group shot of everything together except the biggest piece.

I tried to get an up close shot of the trinkets (hehe...trinkets...) but my camera is terrible, so it is a little fuzzy. There was a shammy totem for my hubby who plays a Draenei shammy, and a World Tree pendant, along with a cute little gem bag that it came in. They all came with cute little item tags, but I am not sure where they went.

Next was an adorable hearthstone plushie/pillow which my little one has claimed for his own. Any my very one Lil K.T.!! With glow in the dark eyes! He is too cute.

And lastly, my favorite thing out of the package (with K.T. in close second) and AWESOME druid flight form banner. It got hung up as soon as it was taken out of the box. It is a little wrinkly in the pic because the kiddo kept pulling it down to inspect it closer. I will have to find a safer permanent spot for it soon.

So, in case you can't tell, I loved everything. It was all awesome. I hope my partner loves her stuff too, and am anxious for her to get it and post pics.
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4  Re: Bento Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: March 07, 2010 03:36:00 PM
I got my swap package from strawberryh yesterday!! I almost missed it. The post carrier left it next to my front door and didn't knock or anything. I saw it when I went out later and was talking to my cousin who had stopped by. Honestly, it could have been delivered the evening before while I was out. She set it next to my trash cans, so I barely noticed it. Grrr, post office. Grrr.

Anyways, I opened it up and was blown away by the sheer amount of awesomeness that was inside. I was totally spoiled here. I had intended to let my daughter use it all, but some of it she so isn't getting. Maybe later, but things have disappeared from her bag at school already, and I would hate for her to lose this stuff.

First is a picture of all the loot together:

She sent me a cute Hello Kitty box, which I am sure will get a lot of use. There was also some almond flavored Marzipan. I am not sure what that will be used for, as I have never had Marzipan before, but I am sure I will find a use for it.

There was a really neat drinking bottle, which is good because I didn't have one and looked a little silly using a My Little Pony Thermos from the 80's (not that I care one bit...). The neck had an awesome pirate band on it, which looks like a hair band, but may just stay on the bottle. I <3 pirates. There were 2 different Hello Kitty cloths, which are big enough to be used as Furoshiki, but could also be used as napkins or anything really. There were 2 bento belts, one with Hello Kitty on it, and the other with a Hello Kitty pin on it. The pin will probably end up on the daughter's backpack, once she figures out how to take off with it. There was an adorable Hello Kitty necklace and bracelet set, as well as some hair bands, and a rubber bracelet, which my daughter will love.

The little Hello Kitty head here is a small canister for dry snacks. I think I might use this one in my lunch. It is cute. There were also 3 Chinese jump ropes. Not sure the difference between those and the kind we have here, but I am sure I can find info on it somewhere.

Finally, I have 3 more simple belts, 2 different size and shape silicone cups, and a set of training chopsticks. I had been really wanting to get my daughter a set of these. She gets upset every time she sees us using chopsticks because she can't figure out how to use them too, because her hands are too small.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention - the big beautiful piece of purple fabric that I photographed it all on top of was in the package as well.

Thank you so much strawberryh, I loved it all and I know my daughter will too! (She is away for the weekend, so she hasn't seen any of it yet.) You are an awesome swap partner!
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5  Re: Wizard of Oz 2010 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ojy on: March 07, 2010 07:37:12 AM
Remember that event I was working on that was slowing down my crafting? Well, the best part of that day was when someone brought me this:

Isn't that great? I have been wanting that for so long. But on to the important stuff...

My swap package came in 2 days ago. Sorry for the picture quality, but I need a new camera badly. lol There was a cute little card she made in the top of the box. I think it can be seen in one of the photos.

First is a shot of all the stuff together:

I tried to get close ups of everything too. Jennilocker made me a cute little charm bracelet which is just the right size. It has scenes from the movie on it.

I had wanted a reusable shopping bag that I wouldn't forget every time I left the house, and I believe that this one might just do it. The photo also shows a picture frame she made me. They both have heart related quotes on them. The frame says "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable" on the back, and the bag says "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others" on the inside. I love them. Of the three "handymen" guys, the Tin Man was my favorite. Ever since I saw him do the dance and make his hat shoot smoke the first time. haha

She also sent me a little notebook with a poppy on it. And these two absolutely wonderful etched plates. Try as I might, I could not get a clear photo of them that showed the art on the backs. One has the Wicked Witch on it, and the other is Dorothy and Toto. Jennilocker, if you have a good photo, please share.

I loved all of my stuff. For now the plates are going to have to be packed away in the box with the 8 music box plates and 50th anniversary glasses I have, because I fear the kids will break them, but I will definitely have it all on display once my son gets out of the curious/touch everything phase.
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6  Re: Gothic/Sweet Lolita Swap (CLOSED send out 01/20/2010) in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: January 24, 2010 11:23:04 PM
I'm all about accessorizing. Can you tell? Okay, now to explain the few things I couldn't before without giving away too much.

First of all, the purse is wide enough across the bottom to hold your bento. I saw a bento bag on your want list and that was the first thing I decided to craft. It should actually be big enough to hold your bento and a standard size thermos.

Second, the little strawberry. I saw those in a candy crane at the pizza place in town, and my first thought was "those would make adorable sauce bottles for bento!" I spent a few quarters and managed to get two of em. One for you and the other my daughter stole. I still have to go back and try for a banana one for my yellow monkey bento. XD

(Does anyone else get the feeling I have bento on the brain too often? lol)

Now, the reason I was sad to send the red set, and why I am making another...

I think it matches really nicely... hehe
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7  Re: Gothic/Sweet Lolita Swap (CLOSED send out 01/20/2010) in The Swap Gallery by ojy on: January 21, 2010 11:11:30 PM
Okay, so I finally got the card reader to work. (Yeah, my camera is old enough I still have to use a card reader. lol) Here are the pics of what Vinnie sent me. Sorry for the lousy quality. (Old camera...)

I was excited, and knew the moment that I opened the package that it was going to be cool. Check out the cute boxes she made to send everything in!

The first thing I actually opened was the card she sent me, and all these cute stickers fell out. I just know my daughter will steal them. All except the cats, she can't have those.

Then I got into the actual crafted stuff. First was a box FULL of origami cranes and stars w/ my name on them. To be honest, I actually unfolded one of the cranes trying to figure out how it was made. I only remember how to make flapping cranes. Never really did the stationary ones. lol

Next was this cute little hat. I love the teal color.

And the peacock feather trim for said hat. Yay for peacocks. Maybe that is why I like that teal color. XD

Then there were some cute little bows made with zippers. I thought it was a very unique idea. And the fact that they were purple zippers made me lol a little, but on the inside (Can you lol on the inside and it still count as a lol?) due to a joke from back in hs. (For anyone ultimately curious, the joke was a friend gave me a b-day card that said "How do you make an elephant fly?" and on the inside it said "First you get a very big zipper..." and enclosed was the biggest purple zipper I have ever seen. Like 4 foot long. I had no idea what I would use it for - if ever, but it actually came in handy a few years later when the zipper broke on my beloved Sailor Moon backpack and I had to replace it.) But back to the bows:

Next was one of my favorite pieces. I am not normally a pink person and my hair will inevitably eat this comb for lunch, but I adore sakura.

After that was my other favorite piece, the choker that she tatted for me. I am definitely a pearls girl. I always thought they were way more classy that rocks, and if forced to "girlie" it up, I love having that timeless look.

Finally, she made me a bag which is awesome. It will get so overused at the cons....

Here is one more picture of everything, just to make you go "ooohhh". Haha

Thank you Vinnie!!!
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8  Re: Show me your Christmas tree! in Winter Holidays by ojy on: January 10, 2010 01:48:51 AM
I was finally able to find the card reader to upload photos and wanted to share our Yule tree.

We have an 7' artificial tree. I love the real ones but they make me break out like crazy and not be able to breathe. Sad  I decorate it as simply as possible - that way there is less for the cats to knock off of it. This year it has pine cones, mirrors, and clip on candle lights (which took forever to find - I started looking for them for the 2008 holiday season, and finally found a local store carrying them AFTER the holidays had passed. But hey, I got them 50% off because of it! I call that a win.) I forgot and never did turn the lights on, all season. Oh, it has a snowflake on top too.

For some reason it looked fuller once I put the presents under it.

My favorite decoration...
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9  Re: Gothic/Sweet Lolita Swap (CLOSED send out 01/20/2010) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ojy on: January 09, 2010 09:21:20 PM
Fine, I can be like that too. XD Here is a peek at Vinnie's.

Gotta forgive the resolutions. My camera is not the greatest, but hey, it was a gift so I'm not complaining!

I have one piece completely finished. One other I just need to put a hem in. Trying to decide the best looking way to finish it. Then I need to sew together 3 others which will be fast work. Missing the trim I need for them, so I have to hit the store again. Hobby Lobby needs to have a frequent shopper program.... My package will hopefully be ready to be shipped by the middle of the week. The end of the week at the latest.
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10  The Princess Bridesmaid in Halloween Costumes by ojy on: November 02, 2009 10:05:40 PM
My 5 year old chose to be a princess for Halloween. Okay, so originally, she wanted to be something else, but it wasn't within the guidelines of what she was allowed to wear to school. So, her next choice was a princess. Easy, right? I asked her what princess she wanted to be, thinking she would pick something common, like Cinderella or Ariel, but no. She looked through a ton of reference pictures on my computer, and finally picked Buttercup in her wedding dress from The Princess Bride.

We decided to modify the original dress a little. I did shorter drop sleeves, so they would be more manageable. I also had her pick an accent color (purple), because I figured an all white dress in kindergarten would be a disaster.

I made the overall pattern myself by using bits and pieces of other patterns and general sewing knowledge. The skirt part was just one solid panel of fabric gathered at the top where it attaches to the bodice. Though it appears that there is an under dress, there is not. The interior sleeves, as well as the necklines, are attached to the bodice.

The entire dress was made with fabric already found at our house. The skirt and outer sleeves are a lavender bridal satin left over from a bridesmaid dress project. The white satiny material used on the interior sleeves and the collars was bought back when Wal-Mart had a 1.00/yd fabric table (I had a bad habit of buying fabrics that I 'might possibly have a use for in the future' which resulted in 6 giant rubbermaid totes full). The bodice is made of a purple flowered fabric that was given to me in a batch of remnants and was tied with a silver elastic cord.

I also made all of the accessories. For the necklace I strung up a bunch of old pearly looking beads I found in a bottle, and added purple rose pendant that came from a Barbie necklace I had when I was about 12 (Yes, I keep things that long). The crown was made from a piece of white craft foam, sprayed with silver glitter and adorned with flowers cut out of purple and lavender foam.

Here is a picture of my little princess (with her big attitude) before school friday morning.

And some reference photos of what look I was trying to emulate.

This is a good shot of the back of the dress. It shows that, like the one in the movie, it has a v neck rather than the common scoop neck bodice back. It also shows the lace that trimmed the collar in front and back.

And a reference photo.

Here is a good shot of the necklace and the front collar. It also shows the sleeves somewhat. None of my attempts to get a good shot of the drop sleeves succeeded.

This was my favorite photo for how she was standing, because it showed the sleeves well. It had to be color corrected though (for some reason every photo taken in that room comes out pink) and it messed up the resolution.

This shot shows the drop sleeves okay too, but the lighting was lousy. All weekend it was too bright and too dark in the shade.
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