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21  Re: Simon Pegg and Posse Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: September 21, 2009 10:42:38 PM
Oh man, all these packages are so totally awesome -slices of fried gold all around! I'm way behind, but here's a little teaser for dbear because I'm crazy like that! Grin

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22  Re: Anime Manga Swap 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: July 28, 2009 11:09:46 AM

So when I went to mail my (regrettably late) package to raeraethejetplane yesterday there was a package waiting for me! And wow, wow, WOW, what a package it was!

From upper left: handmade envelope containing handcrafted notecards and envelopes, amazing sketchbook/journal with Miyazaki images, three kawaii fruit bookmarks and an unbelievably tiny origami lotus, a nice letter, and in the center a felt pouch with a Calcifer button!

Sweet fruits that I won't mind smooshing between book pages...

(How the heck did you fold that tiny blossom?! So pretty!)

My camera refused to take a decent pic of the Calcifer button, but rest assured that he is a perfect replica of his fire-demon self!

And the backside is argyle -my favorite pattern!

These little notecards are so cool! I love sneaking little notes in my husband's lunch and pockets, but I can never find any neat ones that are small, so these are perfect!

I can't believe how well-made this journal is! You have my utmost respect for this kind of binding -it's so lovely! The metal charm is gorgeous, I can't place where it's from, but it's so pretty!

The backside is just as pretty!

And there were three interior image pages, one from Kiki...

One from Laputa...

And one from Nausicaa! It's a serendipitous coincidence that October is a very special month for me.

Thank you SO MUCH, raerae! I love everything you made and will put it all to good and happy use! Grin
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23  Re: Shrinky Dink Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: July 20, 2009 12:13:29 PM
Alrighty, I've cleaned myself up from camping and have loaded the pics of the fabulous items Glamis sent me -get your wist buttons ready! Grin

I opened up the small package, and all these wonderful objects were magically tucked inside! There's an incredible belt covered in FIFTEEN fabulously colorful owls, a perfectly amazing CUCKOO CLOCK NECKLACE, two lovely hair clips and a brooch, an "extra" item from my wist -an adorable felt cactus pincusion, plus the extra owl shrinks she didn't use on the belt, a great sequined trim, and some wood crafts that look like feathers (to me Wink)! Can you believe it?!

I think this is my favorite little owl on the belt -his eyebrows are adorable!

(sorry, no pic of the belt in action as taking a pic of my waist/rump is no fun Wink -but I love the fit!)
All of the owls are so unique, it's incredible! I can definitely find a way to use them!

My jaw literally dropped when I unwrapped this necklace -how did you know I love cuckoo clocks (especially solid-colored ones)?! I can't even tell you how perfect this is! Good Lord, you must've gone blind and got a hand cramp cutting this out! Is it black shrink plastic (if so, where did you find that), or did you paint it somehow?

Wonderful whimsical brooch and hairclips! They are perfectly light to wear and always make me smile, so lovely! I also saved the stamps because I thought they were neat...

THANK YOU SO MUCH, GLAMIS!! You totally spoiled me with such wonderful items, it was a wonderful swap! Kiss Grin
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24  Re: 44 Cents Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: June 26, 2009 08:23:15 PM
Yay, my fabulous and amazing envelope from Fidget arrived safely! (Though I think the contents must have shifted a bit and made it thicker during transfer, but no worries!)

Let's check out the loot, shall we?

Huzzah! Shocked There's an adorable cross-stitch of three colorful chicks, four gorgeous skeins of embroidery floss, a fabulous moss green and berry trim and a dainty tatted cream trim, a package of beautiful beads (with beading needle!), a happy "smile" magnet, and a prefect little needle book stitched by Fidget herself! WOW!

How cute is this!  Grin

And the inside is just as wonderful -it has the perfect stiffness and the colors are lovely!

Such fun stuff!

I can't wait to use it all -thank you for such wonderful supplies and items Fidget!! I apologize for taking the full allotted time for the swap, but I hope you'll enjoy what I send your way tomorrow morning!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

(OMG, 85%confusion I totally want to steal those chicken transfers -I've never seen them in color before! Lucky!  Shocked)
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25  Re: Anime/Manga Swap 4!! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: June 18, 2009 02:08:59 PM
Okay, so I'll probably end up being the oldest person crafting in this swap, but I sent my info in anyway! Roll Eyes

Sorry, I'm 42 this year! Roll Eyes

Ah well, maybe I just feel old, lol!

Anybody here ever do any cosplay? I did for Fanime yeeeeears ago; once as Asuka from Evangelion (school uniform, not plug suit), and once with my cousins as Ghibli characters. And because I'm sometimes a sucker for self-ridicule (and also a bit proud of my super-tight-budget crafting results) here's a pic from the height of our anime geekdom, circa nineteen ninety something...  Grin

"San" had a blast with it, and "Kiki" needed a ton of encouragement to do it -I'm so glad she finally relented because she was so perfect!

[edit] Yay, partners!!  Grin
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26  Hanging Bundt-pan Herb Pots! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by mlheran on: June 10, 2009 10:18:13 PM
So there used to be a really awesome thrift store in my area that closed late last year. It was an awesome place for a junk scrounge like myself; lots of material with potential and usually very reasonably priced -especially when you like to make stuff out of things no-one wants to use anymore!  Wink

I amassed several funky old Bundt cake pans so that I could turn them in to hanging pots for herbs. Because really, have you ever made any food in one of those pans? The novelty wears off reallllly quick, trust me. But look how lovely the bottoms are! How else can you get a good look at them unless you hang them? Thus, the herb pots were born!

The raw materials...

The result!

8 cups of funky fresh herbs! (Well, 8 cups of dirt, technically, but that's not as appealing Tongue)

Because the pans are usually quite small, you'll want to use compact varieties of herbs and keep them out of all-day sun. Mine are hanging from the porch roof and only get about four-five hours of direct sun a day. Be sure to keep an eye on watering too, as the smaller containers will dry out quicker. The herbs seem to like the conditions though, and I actually haven't had any of the fungus problems I frequently get in my non-hanging potted plants. I planted this pot last October and the bushier Thymes have nearly doubled in size -the very flat one is still nicely compact- and they are all doing great!

Here's a simple version of how to make one of these funky pots -if you make one of your own please post a pic, I'd love to see the variety!  Grin

[July 2, 2009: added two new pics!]

Here is the second pot I made about two months ago. It is a "tin" pan, so it has rusted, but I like it that way! Tongue But how wonderful is that bottom? This pot is hanging high so I can see the pattern when I pass by...

And yes, I haven't been very good about pruning the oregano so it's very leggy instead of bushy. Oh well!

And here is a shot of the assembly. Note that for this particular pan I used two washers -a large one to fit the hole in the pan, and a smaller one to cover the large hole in the large washer. Large washers don't always have the right size inner hole, and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth to drill it -hence, the double washer approach!

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27  Re: Embroider Me To Sleep! Pillowcase Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: June 02, 2009 03:59:45 PM
Holy cow, babalina58, you have some impressive cross-stitch skills!! Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

I recieved my fabulous, incredible, and awesome pillowcases from babalina58 and all I can say is, "WOW!!" Not only did she do an intensive cross-stitch on each pillowcase, but she also MADE the pillowcases themselves -and if that weren't enough, she made a matching pillow!

(the cases are folded to showcase the embroidery, they're actually quite roomy)


I can't even fathom the time and effort all those colors and tiny stitches must have taken!

All I can say is, wow you totally over-spoiled me! But I love them, the print and stitching motifs are wonderful! Thank you SO MUCH!!  Grin Grin Grin
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28  Re: Embroider Me To Sleep Swap: Embroidered Pillowcase Exchange in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mlheran on: May 16, 2009 10:56:06 PM
Teaser pic for babalina58!  Grin

Hopefully I didn't give too much away, but regardless, I hope you'll like them!
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29  Re: Embroidery Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: May 06, 2009 12:33:04 PM
Whoa-nellie, americangothic sure spoiled me!! Check out my fabulous haul...

A very creative -and useful!- tortilla warmer (or keep-warmer, more accurately Wink )! I adore redwork, so I was thrilled by this -and the fabric (plus extra for me) is awesome!

Beautiful little extras -two fabric-covered buttons, one sparkly glass button, and several embroidery transfers!

Two fabulous handkerchiefs! A quirky robot and a disgruntled bee (I love him! Grin ) -plus they're two layers of fabric so they're extra soft...

And as if all that weren't enough, a charmingly sweet little pillow! Look at the sweet little houses (5 o'clock on the clock tower!), I just want to eat them up!

So wow, I got totally spoiled, but I LOVE IT -THANK YOU!  Grin This was such a fun swap -I'm inspired to do even more (and better) embroidery!
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30  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by mlheran on: May 06, 2009 12:11:49 PM
From left to right -if my calculations are correct:
rectangel, MareMare, TracyInNH, Mamaphunk, Linnybelle, CraftyMcCrafterson, mlookyloo1, Homerof2, and RhymeswOrange!

What fabulous strips -I love them ALL, thank you so much!!  Grin

All that's left is the strip from GothChics and I can get working, can't wait to see how they all work together!
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