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1  Re: The X-Files swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by apriljane on: October 10, 2008 07:10:54 AM
Since my original partner in the 3-way swap flaked, the wonderful GrannysAnnie sent out the call to get me an Angel. My original send-to partner, Samann answered!!! Yay!!
I got my goodie pack from her yesterday and it is amazing! I love everything in it and I giggled like a kid on christmas checking everything out!!
Thank you SO much!!!
First off- see the tin? Those are magnets. Word magnets. X-File word magnets and it's seriously every bit of jargon, lingo and whatsit from the show! I am very impressed! Also, they're great for leaving confusing messages to housemates. Hee hee.

Closeup of the FANTASTIC Patch! Seriously, I have a patch fetish and I haven't been able to find a good X-files patch anywhere, not even at DragonCon! This is so well-made and beautiful!!

I love the card she sent, too! Cheesy

The poster is getting framed Cheesy
The pouch is gorgeous - and is now my iPod's new home and it matches the patch perfectly!! I love it all SO, SO MUCH!

I can't thank you enough, samann! Cheesy You are a great person and a great crafter - I am one lucky gal!!
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2  Re: Indiana Jones Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by apriljane on: June 12, 2008 07:42:19 AM
Time for my showoff!
(Sorry it took so long - the heat here's been killing me and I've been going to bed so early I haven't had time to do anything other than normal household chores and zonk out)
Did I mention I hate summer? Humidity is the devil, especially when you're working outside in it everyday. Bleech!

Forenote: my pictures don't do these items any justice!!

So, I got this WONDERFUL package from ISewCute!!

First up:
The pillow/dog bed of amazingness--which is now safely snuggled as my sewing and knitting chair comfort pillow. The dachshund, Duke, will ne'er retain ownership of it again!
Seriously, this pattern is amazing. I love just staring at it. I giggle with glee!
(she also sent the pattern to me for when I, too, want to 'adventure' into my own Indy-knit! Cheesy )

IndyBag - 'twas to be a "Toht"bag (hee hee!), but this is even better! She incorporated my icon of nerdy school Indy!!
I've been carrying this around, but I refuse to take the tag off. No way! The Indy tag stays!! Cheesy

No, wait!! There's more awesomeness!!:
Magnets!! Every possible Indy character, scene, prop - they're gorgeous, and they have some seriously good magnetic grip which, for some reason, is a real problem on my fridge - these are PERFECT! Also, I get to bring a lil' bit of my obsession into the kitchen...which is always wonderful. Cheesy

And, still more!!:
Indy Necklace-- in ISewCute's fantastic jewelrymaking style! I've been wearing this alot lately and everyone loves it (including me!). Not only is it silver (which I love), but it's Indy (yes! Cheesy) and interchangeable with the seperate side designs! She also sent the cutest pair of matching earrings!! I love them!!

Last, but certainly not least:
I had seriously been gazing at address books for the past week, and been in need of one! I think ISewCute reads minds from afar!! My picture is awful, but there's beautiful scalloped stitching arround the applique, and it's a soft red cover that's perfectly made for the book! I love it!!

ISewCute has been a fantastic swap partner-and has spoiled me rotten! I hope she likes what I'm sending her Grin!!

Thank you again SOOOO much!!
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3  Re: Indiana Jones Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by apriljane on: June 08, 2008 10:34:27 PM
Hippiejo! I love the apron and the t-shirts!!

Where on earth did you find map fabric? I about choked on my mouthful of water when I saw that! I've been looking for fabric like that forever.

The whip charms are so cute!!

Okay, so I haven't had a chance to take proper photos of the box of wonderful, amazing, awesomeness that I had waiting for me when I got back this evening-- but I did manage to snap a few shots of my furry "baby"/devil dog/Indiana Woof-Jones impersonator on one of the coolest things EVER that ISewCute made me!!

It's a super soft and comfy dog bed, although I have claimed it for myself! Cheesy
She not only knitted it, but she knitted a dead-on, goregous Indy-face pattern (fedora and all) on both sides!!!
Did I mention it's ridiculously soft and cushiony? I love it!!

I am in awe.

Now to sad dog faces: This was after I told him it wasn't his anymore...I'm just awful! Cheesy


Thank you, ISewCute!
I can't wait to show off the rest of the wonderful things you sent me!
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4  For Mom: A Mini-Bradford Pear Tree o' Pearls! in Mother's Day by apriljane on: May 10, 2008 09:36:38 PM
So, my mother, like me, loves miniature stuff.
I got in the habit years ago of making her these mini beaded trees for gifts, and I try to do a different season each year, and this tree actually started off as a winter tree...but after all the pollen-laden Bradford pears that popped out around here, I thought it fitting it be a spring-themed tree instead.
This one is actually a wee bit bigger than what I normally make in width, somewhere around six inches wide. They're a little time consuming, but fun and easy to make, and I've always had fun experimenting with them, especially the Christmas and Easter ones.
I *still* have so many pearls!! This barely scratched the surface of my excessive supply of them! Cheesy

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5  Re: Goonies Never Say Die Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by apriljane on: April 28, 2008 03:19:31 PM
A promised - my awesome stuff from doxiemommy, who despite having a really awful set of family emergencies, and being busy and out of town, made the most WONDERFUL package for me. I love it all so, so much!!!

First off, she got me the Goonies lunchbox on my wist list! I've already used this, and it met rave reviews!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Inside the lunchbox was this fantastic fabric, which I adore! I'm going to make my dog a harness and myself some sort of coordinating bag out of this. I can't wait - and I can't believe you were able to find pirate fabric. It's so cool!!

The Journal : complete with cool lettering and vintage Goonies trading cards, and a map/scrolling page o' Sloth on the back, that cracks me up. Not only do I love this, but I needed a new journal!

This is just entirely too cool. It's a toast grill-press, so now I can have piratey goodness on sandwiches! YES! I love this thing! Thank you!!

These are exact replicas of the One Eyed Willie treasure coins - seriously, dead on, and in silver (which I love!). The necklace and earrings are beautiful, and perfect! I love them so much, and have already worn them!!

Last but not least, the purse/messenger bag. Not only is it the perfect length, but I love the colour! It's reversible, and the Goonies pins on it crack me up!
I wore it out with "booty trap" side out, and got alot of giggles and reminiscing. Cheesy

Thank you SO much, Doxiemommy! You are a great swap partner - you spoiled me, and I have enjoyed getting to know you!!!
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6  "We named the dog Indiana!": Indiana Jones Suit...a la Doxie in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by apriljane on: April 16, 2008 01:30:03 PM
I had made this a while back, and since the new flick is a month away (I'm so excited I can't think straight, what with me being the biggest Indy fan ever!), I thought people might enjoy this.

I can't really remember how I made the body suit, but the buttons and zippers are functional, but it all velcros underneath. Doxies are so low to the ground, I reversed the look so it'd be a little more obvious what his costume was.
It's what happens when you have the flu, scrap fabrics, and too much time on your hands. Heh heh.
I do remember how I made the hat - it's a doll hat that started out white and fuzzy and was painted with watered down acrylics and a brown satin ribbon and elastic added.

And yes, he's wearing this to the premiere. Muahah! Poor dog...He's a kind one to put up with all the krap I make him wear.
Bad pics...but enjoy!!

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7  Re: falls and dreads. making your own in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by apriljane on: April 09, 2008 09:22:10 PM
I've been told, but ne'er used it - better than a hairdryer (especially for those with short time and patience, like me) is one of those Scunci Steamers with the control tip. You can also use boiling water, but beware the hand burns.
I use one of these:
Ceramic plated straightening iron

It heats evenly and at a high level, so you don't have to apply too much pressure. For pencil-thick single-end dreads I go down a chunk at a time, counting to five, constantly twisting so the melting fibers will grab.
It also seals ends like a charm.
Pencil thins give alot of visual texture, but they can be heavier because there's just more of them. I think there's about 80 here before I put them into the dreadwig. Blech.

Also - that crazy kid's hair in the toy section of Dollar Trees and Dollar Generals, etc. will dread. You know, this stuff--

It rules for accent colours, but it does require a bit more sealing than KK.

I have a crappy image tutorial, if it helps, for my method o' making them -
Good luck!


Just, you know, don't use the iron on your real hair after you've been making dreads with it. I made that mistake once. Heh heh.

Also...If you don't want to do the whole roving thing for wool dreads, you can use this yarn, Magnum Cascade - it'll make pencil-thick dreads, and you only really have to felt the ends to taper them. I dyed mine with sugar-free koolaid.

good luck, have fun, and post pics! Cheesy
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8  Nymph Feather Wings from recycled materials - (with tute + pics) in Costumes: Completed Projects by apriljane on: April 06, 2008 10:05:47 PM
I've been trying to bust out my stash lately, and that included the box o' feathers.
I've had a couple of old mardigras-style feather masks for years, and I was tired of storing them, so I ripped the feathers off and reused them, along with other odds and ends feathers I'd acquired over the years from nature, dusters, floral arrangements, flea markets, you name it.

I love the etsy "gigi" wings ( http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7646700 ), but I can't shell out that sort of money. I used them as a loose inspiration for this project, although I like theirs much better! Heh heh.

Anyways, on to pics!

And for the tute...

You'll need -

2 heavier-weight wire hangers
electrical tape
fine mesh (I used scrap pieces of WireForm aluminum mesh that were rumpled and sort of ripped - I couldn't bear to toss them, and they glue together and to the feathers like a charm)
wire cutters
a lot of hot glue (high temp)
1 yard of 1 inch wide (at least) elastic
scrap fabric to cover rear and elastic armlets

My pictures are kind of krappy, but they give you the idea..
Use about 3/4 of the wire hanger (aka, snip off the hook and swirl parts), bend each to the shap you want for each side. Join edges with electrical tape. Wrap tightly and many times, especially in the center back.
Cover the frame with the mesh, glueing around edges.
Make sleeves for the elastic with the fabric, glue additional fabric around the back of the wings to the edge of the frame.

Make hackles with the feathers with smaller on top, larger on bottom. Be creative! Just don't make the hackles very big. I had about 10 hackles from 2-4 inches wide, 3-5 inches long and it more than covered it.
Make sure you hold aside at least two dozen small, flexible feathers for spot coverage.

Longer, stronger feathers should be used as the tips and will go on first.

Keep glueing! Fill in blank areas and edges with additional, small feathers.

See? it's easy-- hot glue burns aside...Cheesy
Totally worth it, though. I love 'em!
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9  Re: Goonies Never Say Die Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by apriljane on: April 02, 2008 10:21:12 PM
Hee hee...actually, I'll probably be sending mine this weekend or early next week. Cheesy I am done!!

Also, pictures taken.
So, without further ado, because I just can't keep my enthusiasm in check - a very vague teaser pic...Cheesy

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10  Re: Goonies Never Say Die Swap (signups Mar 7-Mar 21(7 pm pac); sendouts April 1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by apriljane on: March 20, 2008 07:43:01 AM
He's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
He wanted my friend's Master Replica Lightsaber, and had a literal "fit" when he couldn't just buy one on site. His agent tried to calm him down. It didn't work.

Hahah hah!

I'll stop threadjacking now Cheesy
Time to go watch The Goonies!!!
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