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81  The Thanksgiving Non-Wreath in Thanksgiving by rockmygypsysoul on: September 06, 2013 10:13:59 AM
Okay, so I love wreaths.  *Love* them.  But I decided to challenge myself a bit and create a non-wreath for Thanksgiving.  I have a little autumn wreath that I'll have up til probably November but then this will take over - it was a challenge partly due solely to the fact that I'm not typically a big fan of fall colors but for once I'm actually really pleased how something came out  Cheesy

In case anyone's curious, I used a wood plaque, a ribbon and fake flower, polymer clay for the leaves (and they're accented by little glitter-like flakes that are actually designed for nails), more ribbon, and pine cones

The plaque close up

The overall non-wreath (ignore the backdrop - the non-wreath will be on the door, not on our little control center)

One of the polymer clay leaves (you can see the word 'create' in there as well)

And I did the edges of my pine cones in gold glitter because, well, who doesn't love glitter?! (except my husband)

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82  Re: OWS round 93-96 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: August 28, 2013 11:02:18 AM
I got my package from LadysbugsandBumblebees and oh how spoiled I am!!  She claimed me for a long, lightweight scarf for my sister in law and then sent me TWO scarves made of this gorgeous yarn AND a bookmark just for me!!  (I also may steal one of the scarves...my sister-in-law will never know  Wink

Seriously - how adorable is that button?!  I love it!!

Yeah, that's my cell phone case against the yarn - match much?!  Cheesy

And my new bookmark!  And I have an Iris Johannsen (sp?) book I am reading right now that will be the new temporary home for this gem!

Thank you SO much - everything is just perfect!!  Grin
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83  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 32 (signups end TODAY!, Green by 9/12, Send by 9/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: August 19, 2013 11:06:48 AM
Okay, I swear I uploaded the picture but whatever  Roll Eyes

Here's one:

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84  Charcoal and Graphite - First Tries! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: August 09, 2013 07:54:32 PM
Okay, so there I am in Michael's, minding my own business, marveling at all the stuff I want, and I see a set of charcoal and pencils for $5 and I decide to give it a go despite a complete inability to make art of any kind.  I am most definitely a crafter and not an artist.

BUT we had done a little photo shoot - my husband, our two puppies, and I and I had a couple of good contrast black and white shots so I decided to try.

So this is the husband with Burton Guster (Gus for short)

and then me holding Annette Bening (we just call her Bening)

They are 11"x17" (which I didn't really think about when I was doing them) so together they're kind of huge.  But my husband insisted we hang them up so we did.

I am really very open to criticism and advice since I'm brand new to this and want to be better.  I especially struggle with Bening since she's so blonde - I have a hard time drawing that with charcoal so please advise!   Smiley
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85  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 32 (signups end 8/19, Green by 9/12, Send by 9/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: August 09, 2013 02:58:48 PM
Okay, so I haven't done this swap in forever but you guys have some AMAZING offering and I'm thinking I might join in!

But first - would anyone have any interest in abstract wildflower hand-painted note cards?  I'm think a set of four, like these:

If not, that's totally okay and I can certainly find something else, lol!
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86  Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas Swap 2013 -- SU 07/28/13- 08/10/13;SO 11/27/13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: August 02, 2013 07:27:55 PM
Oooooh - I am intrigued!  We could do a personal swap if you would like.  Is there anything I make you could be interested in?

Pretty much anything! I am very, very open to surprises or whatever you think would be appropriate!  And I have a wist list (though sizes and stuff may be different) here: http://wists.com/rockmygypsysoul

I'm pretty new and have only worked on my puppies' pictures but here are a couple I did in charcoal and pencil (of each one with either me or my hubs - sorry the one is on its side, lol) and then one soft pastel I just finished of my boy

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87  Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: June 22, 2013 05:22:46 PM
This has been on my to-do list FOREVER and now that I have finally done it, I have come out of my craftster retirement (didn't really craft for a couple of years but now I am back in business!) to share these...

my baby girl, Bening

and a picture older than this tutorial!  from our wedding

I anticipate doing a million more.  Thanks so much for the awesome idea and tutorial!!
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88  Re: The IT Crowd Swap R2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: June 10, 2010 07:26:17 AM
that quilt is AMAZING and i ADORE those Moss pens!!

BUT I received the most GLORIOUS, AMAZING, AND WONDERFUL swap package ever!!!!   BEHOLD:


and Richmond!!

They are crocheted and pixieval said they are her first crocheted dolls which is just UNBELIEVABLE!!!

They are SO flipping awesome I can't even describe it!  My husband is super-psyched about them too, enough that he suggested we make our very own IT Crowd with a third doll - one we had to put back in his box since we had been using him around the apartment in hilarious (but probably sacrilegious) ways.  Thus I present our own IT Crowd....

Moss, Richmond, and Jesus (of course)!!!
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89  Re: True Blood Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: June 05, 2010 05:38:24 PM
There are no words to accurately describe how amazing my swap package was.

It's possible, I imagine, that there *could* be pictures, but I would need an amazing photographer to capture it.


So when I returned home from the movies today, I found a HUGE box waiting for me on my doorstep.  Which is remarkable unto itself since usually they leave the boxes in the office (which is closed on Saturdays and therefore packages pretty much can't be delivered by USPS on Saturdays).  But somehow they KNEW that I needed my package now!

The box was, naturally, sent from Bon Temps:

I knew I was in for an insane amount of spoilage when I saw this...

(in case you cant read that - my 'macro' setting has worked for crap today! - that says $31.70 for shipping!)

Everything was wrapped SO beautifully...

In fact, this is the box FULL of just the tissue paper and all accompanying packing goodness:

And there were notes with everything; messages from my swap partner as well as the Rattrays, Tara, Sookie, Claudine, and of course Eric

And then there were extras....

(matchbook notepads with my initial, a pretty notepad, an adorable little black coin purse which was filled with a comfort kit for my fibromyalgia - Burt's Bees chapstick, moist towlettes, altoids, initial pocket kleenex, and an adorable travel pill case (which will get SO much use!))

...and another extra - notecards with 3D 'J's' (for JoAnn, me!) with little purple ribbons (for fibromyalgia awareness!)

Also, a wisty surprise!  Interchangeable sterling silver pearl earrings with a matching necklace!!!  And a little set of purple beaded ones! 

NOW, after ALL THAT, we get to the True Blood part of the package! (I know, right?!  Shocked)

A present from Eric!  (It had a tag attached, so I know it wasn't taken from him forcefully, plus gift wrapped in this adorable box!)  There was also a black garter; it was with a different gift (from Tara's Togs, of course), but definitely was a gift for me, FOR Eric   Wink

There was another extra (the cell charm) along with my favorite new bookmark!!!

From the Rattrays, I received a sample of V along with papers for the drops and with instructions!

I got THE most amazing charm bracelet ever!  It weighs like 1400 pounds (but is surprisingly comfortable to wear, I'm pleased to report) because it is SO loaded!  Tons of red, black, and silver.  There are related charms (like a coffin) and it includes a bottle of V.  But clearly this bottle is specifically for me to recover from my fibro cause there are also word charms like 'strength,' 'courage,' and 'cure,' along with a ribbon charm!

If you've wondered what I was taking things pictures on, it is THIS:

Which contained (after I removed all the pretty wrapping):

A magical wishing wand all the way from Faery!!!  It had suggestions for questions and the inside (if you properly follow the directions which were so perfectly worded) would answer your question in the Globe of the Future!!

For my first question, I asked it the following question: When will I receive the most awesome swap package of my life?

And it's answer...

Okay, I know, that was super corny.  BUT clearly you can see I was also right.

It was unbelievable and I am totally going to have to send Arielthemermaid something else to say thanks!
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90  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6- the gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: April 13, 2010 04:44:17 PM
Oh My Sweetness.

After the looooooongest day of my life at work, I came home to the most awesome box ever from Casey1201:

Okay, the outside was pretty normal-boxy.  But I knew the inside would hold such delights!  I could not WAIT to get into it!  In fact, my excitement sparked the interest of my kitten, John Rawls. 

Particularly when I fell in LOVE instantly with my new weekender!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Please understand, as Casey1201 did, I have been wanting one of these FOREVER!!!!)

John Rawls decided, however, that HE was in love with my new weekender:

The *only* shot of me you'll get is with one of the pairs of earrings she made me - look how well they go with my brand new nose ring!  (please excuse how my nose is all read around it - I mean, I got it pierced 2 nights ago, so Im cleaning it constantly, so then it gets all reddish)

Okay, so here is the loot (other than the weekender bag and the earrings you've already seen!):

A loaded charm bracelet (Ive always wanted one!) to go with the earrings you've already seen and another pair -

(you can see again how much my cat wanted to be involved!)

If you can believe it, Casey classified the bracelet and both pairs of earrings as a SMALL!  Silly Casey!  Much like how my weekender bag was a Large (whereas I am confident that the time she put in on it could have counted as the small, medium, AND large!)

Then we have our Medium.  I say Medium because Casey said so.  Casey needs to do some SERIOUS work on her comprehension of sizes for swaps.  I however have benefitted, so far be for me to complain!  Cheesy   Wink  A sewing kit:

But thats not all!  In addition to the supercute kit, it came FULLY loaded!!

Two patterns for purses (yay!!) and a Sewing for Dummies book (PERFECT FOR ME!!!)

Awesome, awesome fabric!

A whole host of sewing necessities - awesome scissors, Fray Check, rick rack, elastic, Heat and Bond, 3 zippers, and straight pins (which were in the pic above)  There were also safety pins and a measuring tape, but my husband was using those to distract the cat.

By the time I got around to opening the jar of buttons, I had his attention again...

Here are some of my faves -

That's right, that's a pineapple!  There were several cat ones she included - every SINGLE detail or every single thing Casey did for me was thought out!!!

So even though my small medium and large were more like a large, XXL, and 5X, Casey STILL included some extras! 

Cloth pads (I asked for them - if you havent tried them, you MUST - they are SO much better than anything Ive ever tried before!)

adorable barrettes!!

and an awesome bookmark with a sexy plus sized woman (much like myself!)

She also sent tea for my hubby and Reese's!!  Yay!!!  He has already started plowing into both (trust me, its a minor miracle I got a picture of the bookmark when I did, since he's stolen it already!)

I CANNOT explain that I DID just know she was my stalker, even though I sort of just picked her arbitrarily.  But I just KNEW.  and she knew that I knew!   Cheesy

Seriously, Casey was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!  this was AWESOME!!!  the fact that it came after the day i had was just that much better!!!

Im gonna throw a few more exclamation points out there just so you all really get how perfect her package was, how thoughtful she was, how totally she nailed me with colors and fabrics and everything, and overall that I am now in love with Casey1201!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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