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41  Re: Inchies exchange! Signups CLOSED; send by Feb. 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alli_Lucy on: January 01, 2008 12:48:56 PM
They are all beautiful, Phizzychick.  My favorites are the bottom left-hand corner and the top row, second from the left.  I love the level of detail you've achieved.

Here is an in-progress shot of my first collage phase.  Once I have a good number of them done to this stage, I'm going to start adding details.  I'm going to have to be careful, though - my background is so detailed that I don't want to do too much.

A closer look:

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42  Re: Inchies exchange! Signups now-Jan. 9; send by Feb. 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Alli_Lucy on: December 30, 2007 07:40:26 PM
Okay, I'll give into peer pressure  Tongue.  Here is a preview:

The flash has pretty much erased every layer but the top one; it has a lot more depth in person.  There is scrapbooking paper on the bottom, then vintage text, then vintage tissue paper sewing patterns, then paint on top of everything.  Modge Podge and I had a lot of fun tonight!

Now I just need to cut it up and start collaging on top!
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43  Vintage Button Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: December 29, 2007 08:43:51 AM
I have a huge collection of vintage buttons, but these are by far the most special to me because they came from my grandmother's sewing box.  I wanted to do something with them that would allow me to see and enjoy them on a regular basis, so I made them into stud earrings.  I know this simple assembly job doesn't really compare to the gorgeous jewelry that you ladies make, but I love them so much that I just had to share them. 

Thanks for looking!
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44  Vintage Bird Embroidered Camisole in Needlework: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: December 29, 2007 08:36:28 AM
This camisole started its (2nd) life on the discarded underwear (ew) rack at the thrift store.  I've been drawn to feminine, romantic clothes lately, so I decided to rescue it.  When I bought it (for 99 cents), it was an ivory color.  Inspired by various etsy sellers who recon vintage slips and camisoles, I dyed it this lovely dusty blue.  Then I embroidered on the little sparrow and added the buttons and ribbon. 

Cami on me:

Cami on a hanger, with slightly better lighting (I'm sorry that this isn't flipped - for some reason it won't rotate without distorting the image):

Detail of embroidery.  It is one of Aunt Martha's "Birds for Various Uses" patterns (slightly modified).  I wanted it to be delicate, so I used stem stitch pretty much everwhere, with a single strand of navy blue floss.

Detail of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.  I adore mismatched buttons (again, I'm getting that weird image distortion.  Grrr!):

I'm so in love with this shirt - it might be my favorite thing I've ever made.  Thanks for letting me share!
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45  Crayon Roll for Christmas in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: December 26, 2007 03:05:32 PM
Wow, this is my first post on this board!

Anyway, for Christmas this year I made crayon rolls for my niece and nephew (both are two years old, and just starting to love art supplies).  They were a big hit with the kids and the parents, and quite easy to whip up.  I filled them with big crayons, and packaged them with coloring books.

Outside: adorable "deep sea" themed fabric.  I added the recipient's name in felt (this one was for my nephew).

Inside: yellow gingham (with a flap at the top to keep the crayons from spilling out).

All rolled up:

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46  Tea Towel Pincushion in Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: December 26, 2007 01:38:43 PM
Since all of my Christmas crafting is officially done (hooray!) I decided to whip up a quick project for myself this afternoon.  Using a vintage calendar tea towel (from the 60s), I came up with this simple pincushion.  I think it's a big step up from the tomato that I've been using for ages!


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47  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap vs. 4.O----Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: December 16, 2007 11:48:08 AM
I'm so happy that you like your Day of the Dead card(/pin), Babbetto!  I had a lot of fun making it. 

It's not much better than your scan, but here is a photo I snapped before sending:

I have loved this swap, too.  I don't think I'll be able to make anymore claims this round, but I hope that there is another round next month.
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48  Vintage Handkerchief Sachets in Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: December 13, 2007 12:47:45 PM
I recently inherited (i.e. swiped from my parent's house) a large bag of my grandmother's vintage hankies.  I wanted to use them to make a Christmas present for my sister, but she *hates* clutter, so everything in her house must have a function.  With a few fat quarters from JoAnn's and a bag of lavender from the health food store down the street, I came up with these sachets.  They are made like pillow shams, with a smaller muslin pillow full of lavender inside (which allows them to be changed out when the scent is gone).  Each one is 4" square, and contains about half an ounce of lavender.  My sister is currently redecorating her bedroom in ice blue, light tan, and chocolate brown, and so I tried to coordinate the sachet colors.  They can either hang in a closet from the velvet ribbon loops, or go in drawers.  I'm really happy with how they turned out - I hope she likes them. 

It killed me a little to cut the gorgeous hankies into pieces, but I figure that it is better for them to be seen and used than to rot away in a drawer (which is what they were doing before I rescued them - some are so far gone that I'm not sure how much I'll be able to salvage). 

All ready to be wrapped up:

Thanks for looking!
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49  Autumnal Pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: December 10, 2007 02:17:35 PM
I made this pincushion for the one tiny thing swap.  My partner said that she loved fall, so I attempted to capture the end of the season (the trees outside my window looked just like this as I worked on it).  The inspiration for the forest design came from one of Aimee Ray's (Merwing) amazing pieces at dreamfollow.com.

The cushion:

The embroidery before being turned into a cushion:

Thanks for looking!
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50  Re: OTT 16 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: December 10, 2007 07:18:49 AM
Since Ondrayuh has been so busy this past week, I'm going to go ahead and post pictures of my OTT for her.  I'm so glad that you liked it, Ondrayuh!

She had asked for a pincushion, and I read on her blog that she loves fall, so I came up with this:



It's about 3.5" square.  I owe a big debt of inspiration to Aimee Ray (Merwing); one of her pieces at dreamfollow.com inspired the design.
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