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1  Re: Disposable camera swap 5 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tasket.basket on: August 25, 2008 09:25:02 PM
I love the pics imafundork sent!  I love the flowers and plants, and OMG dolphin!  The rain pics are cool too!  Great pics!

I have received a lovely package from elvissatx!  Here is a pic of the whole package:

Frames, a beautiful card, two CDs (photo and video, in the same case), and candy that lights up!

She made two beautiful sparkly amazing vinyl photo frames!  I love them so much!  The colors, the texture, the sparkle, everything!  And they hang on the diagonal (the frame, not the photo).  How cool is that?  Here's a pic of just the frames:

And here are some thumbnails: Another view of the frames, a close up of the detail on the frames, and the beautiful card:

And on to the pics!

El Vez, the Mexican Elvis

Denver International Airport

Uncommon Objects on South Congress

Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds

It was hard to pic just a few to post here, but I did post a lot of them in the photobucket album.  Go there to see fun cupcake themed pics, pics from a plane, the skyline of Austin, and just what it will set you back to get your deer processedWink  And lots of other cool stuff too!

Elvissatx, thank you so much for the wonderful package.  I love it all so much!  This swap has been so much fun!

(Oh, and if you're curious, the prints going in the frames are this and this. Wink )

ETA: Here are some thumbnails of the frames in use.  I put them above the bed where previously we had a depressing plain wall!  (DH's funny comment was that he's glad he's welcome . . . Wink )  And a thumbnail of the pattern on the (store-bought) duvet cover so you can see how well the colors work in this room!


They are so sparkly and shiny that I feel I am not capturing the frames very well, but IRL they look fantastic!
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2  Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf! POA (trapped bar) style in Knitting: Completed Projects by tasket.basket on: July 21, 2008 03:48:26 PM
I knit a Gryffindor scarf for my lovely partner, rosesanplacebos, in the recent "I Miss Harry Potter Swap".

Here it is, all wrapped up for presentation:

This photo shows its length a bit, and the fringe:

I used the atypically.knit pattern to make this scarf, with some modifications, such as making the fringe a bit longer than the pattern calls for.  I also used larger needles and cast on fewer stitches to get the width.

Because it is knit in the round, the scarf is a long tube.  Here are some shots of the edge of the scarf (the scarf is folded in half, then rolled up):

Closer detail of the edges:

And here it is with some other little Gryffindor items (little "extras" for the swap), crochet flower brooches made by my DD and a mug cozy made with the scarf's MC yarn:

See how the fringe is about the same length as the large MC stripes?  I think a longer fringe like this is a bit more feminine.  If I were making this for a guy, I would probably use the shorter fringe length from the atypically.knit pattern, which is more like the fringe in the movie scarves.  And don't worry, rosesanplacebos gave me creative license on this item, so she wasn't expecting a movie replica anyway!  Cheesy

Rosesanplacebos posted a lovely action shot here in the swap gallery!

Craft info:

Made for: rosesanplacebos
Swap: "I Miss Harry Potter Swap"
Date: Mid June - Early July, 2008
Pattern: atypically.knit pattern, with modifications: larger needles (size 10), co 72 stitches, made fringe about 6" long (same as length of large MC stripe)
Needles: size 10 bamboo 16" circular
Yarn: Utopia worsted-weight acrylic, Pomegranate (MC) and Maize (CC)
Dimensions: About 8.5 feet long, 8 inches wide
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3  Re: I miss Harry Potter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tasket.basket on: July 15, 2008 11:18:37 AM
Yay!  I am so glad everything suits you, rosesanplacebos!  And yes, my son made the coasters, and my daughter, beauootifulsooooup, made the flower brooches, dish cloths and the scrubber!  Which she wants you to use!  (She's all about the green, too!)  Wink

Wow, there are a million items in there! Great haul!

Hahaha, yeah.  I switched gears on what I was making for the medium about halfway through the swap ( Shocked ), and I think that led to a lot of extras!  Cheesy  Also, I wanted to send stuff for her new home, because I'm so excited for her!  (Yay for rosesanplacebos!)

And if anyone's wondering how we fit the house wears into HP:

Madam Puttifoot's carries accessories and gifts for the coffee and tea lover!  (Right?  Wink )

DD colored the labels, and helped concept the whole thing!  Cheesy  (The big label says, "Madam Puttifoot's Fine Coffee and Tea".)
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4  Re: I miss Harry Potter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tasket.basket on: July 12, 2008 04:09:46 PM
That scarf is amazing!  Grin Tasket basket is a great crafter! I can't wait to see the rest of the goodies! I read her blog regularly and she hasn't given so much as a clue *lol*

Right, and it's not just because I'm a lazy blogger, either!  Wink  (And thank you!)  Grin

I have pics that I'll post to the blog after rosesanplacebos posts her pics here.  And a great pic of the scarf in progress in the S.P.E.W. bag ShardaeDobby made for me in the last HP swap!  (I wanted to blog that so much!)  It was so cool to have an HP project bag for this scarf -- I love HP swapping!

Here's the trunk rosesanplacebos made in its new home (it took a few days for it to "find" its perfect place, lol):

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5  Re: I Miss Harry Potter Swap CLOSED (sendout EXTENDED to 7/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by tasket.basket on: July 11, 2008 11:40:35 AM

I sent to rosesanplacebos!  Yay!

oooo thats exciting! Can't wait to see my package! =D
You were sooo wonderful to swap with tasket.basket!!

I can't wait, too!  You were also wonderful to swap with, rosesanplacebos!  I have loved this swap so much!

ETA: Here's a teaser pic:

What could it be?  Huh  Cheesy
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6  Re: I miss Harry Potter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tasket.basket on: July 06, 2008 12:18:14 AM
Okay, I've got photos now!  Yes.  So many that some will be thumbnails! (The little ones are clickable.)

Rosesanplacebos, I do love everything.  You created a wonderful package!  I was so exited to open the box, and it was wrapped just beautifully:

Wrapped up inside the shipping box was one big box!  I started sqeeing right then!  OMG, Hogwarts trunk:

This was something I had asked for, but of course I said that "Hogwarts trunk" should be open to interpretation.  Well, rosesanplacebos interpreted it as a trunkCheesy Cheesy Cheesy  I love it so much!

Look at the sides:

And the clasp:

At this point I was just about done for, and the trunk wasn't even open yet!  But remember all those lovely little packages from her teaser pic?

Inside the trunk:

And all the goodies:

A painted Hungarian Horntail dragon tote, a quill pen, a book box, hair sticks (a wand and a broom), two toy wands (one for each of my children), a Luna-inspired bottle cork pendant, and everything was so beautifully tagged with descriptions!

Here are some more pictures, with rosesanplacebos's notes from her labels!

"Hungarian Horntail to defend your groceries!"


And the wings!  They go onto the back of the bag!  I am not getting over the awesomeness of these wings any time soon!

And a detail (lol, I'm trying to be "reasonable", haha, about the number of pics.  But you need to click on this thumbnail and see the beautiful painting!):

This is, in fact, my new library tote!  (The groceries are on their own, this bag wants some books!)

"Tail feather from Phoenix, lost in battle -- said to be good luck with writing novels!" and "To hide world domination notes!  *Ahem*  . . . or for light reading . . . "


I put the tags from the packages inside the box for the photo.  The cover reads: "Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles".  Delightful!

"Hair sticks for your pesky bun; fashionably Wizard approved!"

And a thumbnail of the details (so wonderful!):

Wands for the children, along with descriptions of the magical construction:

These are great!  Only, now they're armed:

They love them!

"Inspired by Luna for your eclectic jewelry collection."

And my jewelry collection is eclectic!  This adorable cork pendant is on a nice long chain:

And everything all together in the trunk:

Thank you so much, rosesanplacebos!  I love it all.  I am so impressed with your craftiness, and I feel so lucky that you have shared it with me!

Last couple of thumbnails of the labels and the leather tag, click if you are curious:


Kitty approved!
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7  Patchwork Lunch Bag - Lots of Images! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by tasket.basket on: June 27, 2008 08:22:00 PM

DD has been in an art program at a local college for these past two weeks. The weekend before the program started, I made her an eco-friendly reusable lunch bag.

The lunch bag:

With front flap open:

Back of bag:

Back of bag with flap open:

We used scraps we have accumulated from our own sewing and from a grab bag of scraps I bought on etsy. DD looked through all the scraps and picked the ones she wanted in her lunch bag. I then made them into strips, cutting them down if needed or placing shorter bits together into longer strips.

To make the pieced fabric for the front and back/flap panels, I laid all the pieces out on a lightweight woven cotton and zig-zag stitched over the edges of the strips of the novelty fabrics. The backing fabric makes it easier to sew the edges of the pieces and also adds stability.

Craft Info:

Made for: DD
Reason: Save the world  Wink
Date made: June 15, 2008

Fabrics: Front and back/flap: Scraps of woven cotton novelty fabrics; lightweight woven cotton for backing. Sides and lining: lightweight black denim.
Other materials: Strap: green webbing reconned from package wrapping. Loops for strap and button: turquoise grosgrain ribbon. Button: vintage turquoise-color button. Thread: green, pink and turquoise. Elastic: to cinch in the sides.
Dimensions: Front panel: 10" x 10". Back/flap panel: 10" x 16". Sides: 5" x 10". Bottom: 10" x 5". Strap: approx. 1 yard.  (These are the cut dimensions, before sewing.)

(If you are interested in more detail pictures of the piecework and so on, they are at this post on my blog.)   Cheesy
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8  Weird Sisters (Harry Potter) Record Purse -- Lots of Images! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tasket.basket on: April 18, 2008 02:10:46 PM
My swap partner for the recent HP swap had a record purse on her wists, so I had to make one for her! The Weird Sisters are the wizard rock band from the Harry Potter series, and I decided they had to have released some albums (though there aren't any in the books -- we both enjoy a loose interpretation of canon.)

I used this tutorial for instructions: Mod Record Purse, and this project for additional inspiration: Vinyl Record Purse (from my partner's wists).

The Weird Sisters record purse:

Both sides:

Each side of the purse is Side One of a different album. I printed out the labels on colored heavy weight printer paper, and used double-sided paper adhesive to attach them over the existing labels on the records. ("Do the Hippogriff" is a song from the HP books, but the rest are not.  Loose canon, right?  And fair warning: this post only gets geekier from here on in.)

Close up of the labels (Conjuring the Rock Produtions, charmed to play in the Divinaphone):

WS's debut album (1978):

Second album (1980):

My two favorite song titles are "From the Owlery" and "Arithmancy of the Soul". Just don't ask me what they mean, because I don't know. But that is some Wizarding rockWink

I used two layers of records for the handles, and attached the handles and sides with hemp twine (in purple).

Close up of attachment:

The concept of the purse is that it is "partially transfigured" -- that is, transfigured from records into a purse, but still retaining characteristics of the original item. (See what I mean about even geekier?) So, the circles in the lining fabric are reminiscent of records, and the pockets are lined with sheet music fabric, of course.

Lining, and snap-close pocket (open):

There are two flat pockets on one side and a snap-close pocket on the other side (open in the second photo). The ends of the purse are pinched and stitched so they fold inward when the purse is shut.  The outer purse is pink vinyl, and the linings are cotton.

Close up of fabrics:

This was my favorite item to make for this swap, and I am so thankful to my partner for allowing me to subject her to my super HP geekiness!  Grin

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby
Date made: March 2008
Pattern: Mod Record Purse, Vinyl Record Purse
Fabrics: Pink vinyl, woven cotton novelty fabrics (pink with colored circles, pink sheet music)
Other materials: Records, heavy weight paper for labels (pink and green), double-sided adhesive, hemp twine (purple), magnetic snap

If you'd like to read my adventure in acquiring appropriate records for this project, it's at this post on my blog: Hey Mister DJWink
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9  "Every Flavour" Shopping Tote with Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by tasket.basket on: April 17, 2008 02:33:42 PM
My partner from the "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap, ShardaeDobby, was really good at asking fun HP questions to help us get to know each other's HP interests. (This was in addition to the swap questionnaire!) Based on her answers, I thought she would like something from Honeydukes! So I made this:

"Every Flavour" drawstring pouch:

Open it up:

What's inside:

Let's go shopping:

(action shot with DD before sending out)

The pouch has a double drawstring, so it stays shut nicely. The drawstrings are turquoise-color hemp twine with plastic beads. I painted "Every Flavour" and the little stars on the finished pouch with a couple of coats of yellow flexible fabric paint. When that was dry, I painted over and around the letters with gold glitter flexible fabric paint to give it a magical effect.

The shopping tote is made from jelly bean novelty fabric: the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans inside the pouch! The tote's straps are the same pink fabric as the pouch. The tote has French seams, so it should be sturdy, and a gusset at the bottom, so it's pretty roomy.

Tote with pouch:

This was lots of fun to make!

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby

"Every Flavour" Pouch

Date made: March 2008
Construction: Double drawstring pouch
Fabric: Cotton blend woven fabric, hemp drawstring
Other materials: Fabric paint, glitter fabric paint, plastic beads

Every Flavour Beans Shopping Tote

Date made: March 2008
Construction: French seams, bottom gusset
Fabric: Woven cotton jelly beans novelty fabric, strap fabric same as pouch

The whole swap package:

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10  Ravenclaw Scarf, Wrist Warmers and Flower Brooch in Knitting: Completed Projects by tasket.basket on: April 16, 2008 05:03:18 PM

I made a house scarf for my swap partner, ShardaeDobby, in the "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap. Her favorite house is Ravenclaw, and she prefers book colors. I used the atypically.knit pattern and knit it in the round on bamboo needles.

Ravenclaw House Scarf:

After twenty-one times twenty-two rows, one color and then the next, (and enduring well-intentioned compliments like "Oh, I could never do that! I would want to change colors all the time!") I was ready to either pull my hair out, or knit something fun and quick! LOL

I designed the wrist warmer's color fade as a sanity saver while knitting the scarf. They were an add-on to the swap, but I had to make them.

Ravenclaw Color Fade Wrist Warmers:

The wrist warmers were knit flat on circular needles and then seamed up, leaving a hole for the thumb. Using circular needles allowed changing colors each row as needed.  (Just slide to the other side and purl or knit as needed: no color-change line on the right side.  I read about this technique somewhere . . .)

Ravenclaw House Scarf and Color Fade Wrist Warmers:

I noticed only after sending the swap package that the scarf is backwards in this photo: that's the back of the fringe knots. The top photo shows the front.

DD made the crochet flower brooch in the top photo. It's made of wool yarn and felted. The center is a vintage wood and metal button. She also very kindly modeled the items for photos before I sent out the swap package.

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby

Ravenclaw House Scarf

Date made: March 1-25 2008
Pattern: atypically.knit Hogwarts scarf pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" acrylic
Colors: Colonial Blue, Honey
Needles: Size 10 bamboo circular needles

Ravenclaw Color Fade Wrist Warmers

Date made: March 25-31 2008
Yarn: Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" acrylic
Colors: Colonial Blue, Honey
Needles: Size 10 bamboo circular needles (knit flat)

Ravenclaw House Colors Flower Brooch

Made by: DD
Date made: March 2008
Yarn: Worsted weight wool
Color: Blue
Hook: G
Other Materials: Wood and metal vintage button, brooch clasp

The whole package:

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