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1  Re: Friendly Little Garden Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: May 19, 2011 02:36:19 PM
Received from Crazyda79 yesterday:

Painted and embellished Welcome Sign:

Ceramic watering can and parsley seeds:

Painted mini birdhouse:

Garden magnets, painted gnome, seeds, and fertilizer sticks:

Flowers painted on a hanging planter:

Thank you, Crazyda79!
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2  Re: Friendly Little Garden Swap, Mail by 5/20/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by AlternaWidget on: May 19, 2011 07:28:10 AM
Hello Fellow Gardeners! I had a nice, welcome surprise when I got home yesterday - my package from Crazyda79 - but it was too late for me to take pix and upload.
Now I have pix, and will need to set up a gallery. Details to follow.
In the meantime, here is an action shot of one of my legion of garden destroyers who are very lucky that they are very cute.
Action shot:

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3  Friendly Little Garden Swap, Mail by 5/20/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by AlternaWidget on: April 19, 2011 03:01:24 AM
Ready to plant some flowers?
Craving fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs? Looking for unique row-markers or a cute garden apron? If seed-bombing that little patch of soil by the corner mail-box is your passion, then this little swap is for you! Share your crafty talents, share a few seeds, and make some new gardening friends.

Link to last year's gallery:


Swap name: Friendly Little Garden Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: AlternaWidget
Sign-up date range: 04/19/11-04/26/11
Date to send item by: 05/17/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO, as long as customs regulations are followed regarding plant materials and seeds.
 Limited to USA so seeds may be legally shared between partners.

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

CRAFTING REQUIREMENTS: This is a 3 point swap, meaning one large or one medium plus one small, plus seeds. Other extras are strictly optional, and should be by mutual agreement with your partner. Communication is what makes this fun for everyone, so weekly participation (even a simple check-in) is required.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Friendly Little Garden Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Whats your gardening zone?
Find zones here:  http://www.garden.org/zipzone/
Please list the types of seeds you would like to receive: flower, herb, or vegetable?
Please list the types of seed you have to send: flower, herbs, or vegetable?
What kind of gardening crafts would you like to make and receive?

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4  Re: Ongoing Dotee Craftalong-2010 in Craftalongs by AlternaWidget on: May 03, 2010 11:38:10 AM
Hi! I'll just post this one old one (and replace it with a better shot later), and then on to my new work. This one shows eyebrows stitched on the surface with white floss.
Yes, I do embroider the surface of all my sculpted faces, regardless of the flesh tone.  To achieve a certain shade of skin, build up 2, 3, or more layers of nylon as needed to overcome the whiteness of the fibrefill.
I also use watercolors for additional color because they sit on the surface until I "pop" them in with a cotton swab.

Someone once described this process as making a "cara de pasa", or "raisin face". Smiley
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5  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: May 03, 2010 10:49:37 AM
Oh my GOSH!! I just received from DestinedtoFail, and it is AMAZING!!

Pinks, purples, amazing beads (including a tiny saw blade, hearts, crystals, key, and more!), dowel rod legs and arms, a tiny pink bird nestled inside, and THE EYE... The eye is GORGEOUS! A giant blue eye (how did you know that?) fabulously shaded, and laminated.

Beautifully crafted, totally original. You guys are awesome!

ps: You must be psychic, too. I was making evil eyes to place in my windows for the benefit of the guys working next store, and along comes this beautiful (and not at all evil) big eye! Smiley
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6  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: May 02, 2010 08:16:32 AM
Thanks for your nice comments! She has gotten some additional attention, and probably will get a bit more as the morning goes on, and she is definitely developing some character.

I upped the colors a bit more than usual so you can see them (and of course the picture is terrible). Her eye shadow and cheeks are watercolor, and her lips and eyelids are six-strand embroidery floss stitiches. She also got a bit more sculpting with a single strand of flesh-color floss to add crow's feet and to compress the fibrefill a bit. She's getting there!
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7  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: May 02, 2010 05:54:02 AM
Wow! So happy the photos are working again! Love the silver girl and sunny face!! They are just adorable!

I'm working on some other things, but have been wanting to make a sculpted doll face for a dotee. Here is my work in progress, in 2 or so easy steps. Smiley
Take a golf-ball sized piece of fibrefill. Cover with a layer of cheap pantyhose nylon, gather it up in back. Check for size and shape (a little too big right now is good). Cover with another layer of nylon, also gather in back. Tie off with 12" of embroidery floss, leaving 2 nice tails.
Thread up a longer craft needle with 2 strands of embroidery floss in flesh tone. Going from back to front and tying off your sculpting thread on the tails periodically, poke through to the front and form a basic face. This one took 11 stitches. Just play around. Tie your thread to the tails when you complete a part and are happy with it.

This isn't very thorough, but more of an introduction to the possibilities of needle sculpting for doll faces.
If you have any questions, please post away!

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8  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: April 26, 2010 07:27:33 AM
You guys blow my socks off! So original!! Then I come along and post humble embroidered thingies. You have definitely inspired me to push it harder next time. Smiley

Here is what I sent to Minowis:

And a side view of my little boxy butt kitty:

I ended up keeping the "Majora's Mask" one for further studies, but I really enjoying making and sending this little hunter.
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9  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: April 24, 2010 10:51:29 AM
Hi! Here's a better picture of "Crafty Girl", made by Smmarrt:

I tried to get her flying around in the flowering crabapple, but she was flying a little tooo much in the light breeze.

Isn't she sweet?

Now i need a proper display area...  Smiley
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10  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 9 Send Out 4/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by AlternaWidget on: April 23, 2010 08:35:50 AM
Without further ado, detail shots of the Garden Dotee made by Alwaysinmyroom!

There is soooo much detail here that some better shots were required:

Here's a long shot, showing her in her pot, which is decorated all over with gold flowers, dots, and flourishes, and tiny black swirls and dots. She has straight leaves and spanish moss filling in the top, and several knotted wool tails in pale orange.

Here is her lovely face which is 2 layers of felt, each blanket stitched in place, highlighted with pale green beads, and embroidered for details. She has a pale purple necklace with a tiny dragonfly charm. Her body's fabric is a garden print of leaves, branches, and birds, and her head is a pale green fabric. The back is signed and dated.

Here is a detail shot of her hat and hanger:

Her flower headdress is a pale purple flower all stitched down, with a few petals stitched lower and highlighted with pale purple beads (looks like dew). The hanger is braided ribbons in 2 shades of green.

SO much detail, and so beautifully done! Very sexy, indeed! THANK YOU, Alwaysinmyroom!
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