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1  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vanessa_nichole on: December 24, 2010 11:03:20 AM
Finally getting a chance to upload and post my great yarn ball from knitpurl!  Sorry that I have been out of touch lately, life has taken a turn for the insane, but I am here now  Cheesy.

My computer somehow ate the photo I took of the ball all wrapped up, so you will have to use your imaginations.  

I was completely spoiled with a huge folder of patterns.  I think I'm going to use the yarn knitpurl sent to make either the waffle ones or the criss-crossy lace, and save the others for some other yarn I have hanging around

the yarn, a yummy merino in a mossy green-and-brown.

More yarn (she says it's just scraps but I actually really like this one, too  Smiley), a tiny notebook I've started using to record my rows and stitches, floss holders, a jasmine-scented candle, heart-shaped decal, and adorable heart-shaped stitch markers.  I thought it was cute that we both sent heart-shaped markers.
a chocolate, koala-shaped candies (cute!), incense, and some little star stickers

a fabric-covered badge, herbal tea, a cute little skully/palm felt key fob, a really neat woven bookmark from a women's co-op.  You can't really see them but there is also a yarn needle and a cabling needle in here somewhere.

enameled day of the dead magnets that are already all over my fridge, a knitted hat with another badge, a soap cozy with lemon myrtle soap inside, and my favourite--little skull doilies!  I love these and would love to learn how to make some myself.

Wanted to get in a shot of the packaging bits--the ribbon is really pretty and i loved the little ceramic dangly guys!  

Thank you so much for being such a great swap partner!  I like everything tons and it is all cozily tucked away for after-Christmas crafting.  This swap was a ton of fun, can't wait for the next round.
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2  Re: Colette Mini Bloomers Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vanessa_nichole on: November 22, 2010 08:01:21 PM
Finally got a chance to post the bloomers I received from tattooedcrafter on Friday!

They are so soft and cozy--pardon the flashburn on my legs though.

Thanks so much!
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3  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by vanessa_nichole on: November 19, 2010 08:10:28 AM
Got home about 11:30 pm last night and found all sorts of goodies lying in wait for me!  I've tried to include lots of photos that show the packaging--it's obvious Karrie spent some time and thought on the wrappings because they are all adorable and came through the mail still looking great!

My package from whats_her_name:

First off, a letter from Professor Neville Longbottom, explaining the contents of the package, which was created in honor of my Take a Muggle to School Day visit! 

Cute Ravenclaw shirt from the Hogwarts House Muggle clothing shop.  The back says "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure"

And Luna sent me some dirigible plum earrings from her shop!

I received a delectable assortment from Honeydukes, including lemon sherbets, chocolate frogs, fudge flies, Botts Everyflavour Beans and a packet of pumpkin juice mix!  So far I have only made it into the flies--and they are really yummy and really hilariously detailed, as flies go.  Cheesy

This might be my very favourite thing I recieved---Muggle-style word searches from Hermione!  She sent enough for my friends to do one, too.  It will be something good to do while waiting for previews to begin Cheesy.

And bonus photo of my dog wearing the ribbon from my Honeydukes package

Thanks so much, Karrie!  It was great swapping with you and I love everything.  Can't wait to sit down and work at my word searches while wearing my earrings and eating some frogs  Cheesy

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4  Re: Disposable Camera swap round 8! Phototastic Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vanessa_nichole on: November 05, 2010 01:20:27 AM
My partner is going to send me the CD with copies of the photos I received, but I want to post a little preview of some of my favourites.  Excuse the picture-of-a-picture; I don't have a working scanner right now, so let's just call it retro.

My frame!  The leaves are so pretty and multi-dimensional.  It is a little hard to see in the photo, but there is a blend of yellow and orange colors that is really lovely.

closer look at the leaves

several of my favourite photos:

funny because I think I sent sjconner a really similar photo that I took of a water tower in SoCal

so pretty! and so orange! we don't have colors like that in the bay area.  Of course, we don't have seasons, either!

Maybe my very favourite: angry cow! hilarious.

And I followed my nose and found this little gem in the bottom of the package: lemon berry smoothie soap that I can't wait to put to use.

Thanks so much, Susan, everything was great and your photos are fantastic!  I'll be out of town so I'm not sure when I will receive the digital copies, but I will update this post when I do.  Smiley
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5  Re: Burlesque Swap 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by vanessa_nichole on: December 05, 2009 08:25:46 PM
Received my package a few days ago from ladylove but just now got around to taking photos of my haul.  Everything is awesome, and so well-made!  I am super impressed with her craftsmanship, hopefully it comes across in my photos!

First off: feather and velvet headband:

Super cute choker in a little red box; love the little skully charm:

I was excited to see this cute little bag with skulls both outside and in (the lining is a skully flannel), and more excited to open it up and find two pairs of pasties.  Now I just need to learn to twirl those tassels...

And the best part, a be-tassled and be-skulled bra! 

Bra in action:

Thanks so much, ladylove!  I really enjoyed this swap, both working on my projects and receiving such cool crafts in return.
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6  Loteria themed bookcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by vanessa_nichole on: February 22, 2008 01:42:44 PM
Since I have a couple big research papers going on right now, of course it is the PERFECT time to be starting new crafts  Cheesy.

I bought this bookcase http://www.spacesavers.com/kkpubopr.html][url]http://www.spacesavers.com/kkpubopr.html[/url] at costco ($30!  Amazing deal!)

I wasn't feeling little-kid primary-colors in my bedroom, so I painted the whole thing black.  I wanted to paint something fun and funky on the outward facing sides, and ultimately decided to go with images from loteria (Mexican bingo) cards.  The whole thing probably took about ten hours over the course of three or four days.  I am just waiting for the varnish to set and then I am so excited to get in my room and loaded up!  It is a huge improvement over my current bookcase (a stack of crates covered in a flat bedsheet....)


Front view of the painted shelves

Whole side

La Corona

La Luna

Las Jaras

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7  Rehabbed Skully Skateboard! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vanessa_nichole on: October 20, 2007 11:36:29 AM
Not exactly the same sort of toys as most of the posts here, but a toy nonetheless!  This summer my bff and I decided that we were going to learn to skateboard.  Of course, since our plans usually last about five days before we give up, we didn't want to spend a ton of money, so we went to Toys R Us and picked up some kids skateboards. 

They started out with these awful pictures of skateboarders with saggy pants on them, so I got a tattoo magazine for inspiration, some acrylic paints, and some modgepodge and went to town on it!  I ended up with this funky day of the dead inspired calavera, on a sparkly black background:

A shot of the whole thing

closeup of the calavera

It took me about eight hours total, I think, but most of that was painting over the existing picture so that it didn't show through, and then drawing the original sketch.  I used a tattoo for the initial inspiration, and then drew it onto transfer paper and transferred it over to the board.

Thanks to Margaret for taking the photos and sending them to me here at school  Wink
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8  Butterfly top from pillowcase in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by vanessa_nichole on: September 18, 2007 10:21:42 AM
My first project post here!

I made this a few months ago from a pillowcase I bought at Value Village...although I've done a few recons of old t-shirts, jeans into skirts, etc., this was my first experience actually drafting a pattern from just my measurements, and it went pretty well.

Original pillowcase (I used a plain white pillowcase for the back and straps)

Cut out pattern pieces


and a dark shot of what it looks like on

All in all I am pretty satisfied; the center front band came out a little off-center, but nobody noticed but my grandmother  Roll Eyes.  I wear it a lot and always get compliments.  I'm not going to lie, I sort of relish telling people I made it from a pillowcase.
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