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1  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by starsandmelodies on: August 31, 2009 06:27:41 PM
And my first letter at college was my swap envelope from Smmarrt! You can imagine how excited I was. :] Paper galore, plus stickers and a loteria board! (It's like Bingo but better :])

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2  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by starsandmelodies on: August 15, 2009 08:24:22 PM
Received from tracethekat today, her second attempt after some very mysterious mail disappearances...terrible phone pictures to follow, sorry my camera's out of commission Sad

Some textured paper, polka-dot fabric, a string of beaded flowers, and super-cute dragonfly glass stickers:

Close-up of the stickers:

And some colored flowers I forgot in the first shot:

Already wondering how I can include those stickers in my future dorm room decorating scheme :]
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3  Beloved band director's ballin' birthday cake in Dessert by starsandmelodies on: July 03, 2008 08:29:19 PM
(I needed a synonym for "awesome" that started with a 'b' to keep up the alliteration...hence, "ballin'".)
So, to celebrate the [unknown]th birthday of one of my very wonderful school music teachers, known for his devotion to the Crossmen drum corps, whom he taught for six (I think) years, a large and delicious cake:

It's two 13x9 inch cakes piled on top of each other. We had a loooot of Summer Music Academy students to feed.

The Crossmen logo is a red-on-black Maltese cross, and the lettering was piped with a Ziploc bag as I pleaded with it not to burst open at the seam, as they are known to do (when I try to pipe anything, at least).

Good demonstration of the actual colors.

The texture of the store-bought frosting was soso, but I got home from work at an ungodly hour and was not in the mood to make any unnecessary effort.

I meant to make a cross border around the visible front sides of the cake, but of course it came out like this, hence the smartass "Kind of Batman-y" caption.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the wonderful messiness of the cake, as the stolen second and third pieces indicated, and the red frosting on top and between layers made for a delightfully sugary bloodbath of icing. "Whose slice is that one?" "Which?" "That particularly bloody-looking one." "Oh. I think that's the for-pirates piece of cake. You know, just in case."
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4  Summer means tank tops and drum corps shows! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by starsandmelodies on: June 21, 2008 08:42:22 PM
Living in New Jersey, I have the good fortune of access to lots of wonderful things: the Midtown Direct train to the city (New York city, that is), 24-hour diners, five malls within half an hour's driving distance, five pizza places within walking distance, and gas station attendants (nyeh nyeh, I'll never pump my own gas!). Of course, band geek that I am, last summer I begged for ticket money not for a concert festival or the state fair at Giants Stadium, but a drum corps show. Long story short, I came, I saw, I fell in love with Carolina Crown's mind-blowing brassline. In true fifteen-year-old fangirl fashion, I immediately bought myself a shirt to express my adoration. A few months later, a serious problem arose:

HOLES. Holes in my most beloved geek shirt! I let it go for a few months, plotting all the while, but yesterday was my first day of summer vacation, and we all know what that means. It was high time to take this:

To something suitably summery and celebratory, in the form of this:

I'm so proud of my hours of hand-sewing. To be sure, those two hours of Scrubs episodes helped...
Proof of painstakingly done-by-hand stitches along the top hem:

Close-up of the logo and new seam (I really, truly apologize for the chest shot):

And the straps are my favorite part! I originally cut off the holey part in a strip around the entire shirt, cut off the holes, cut the strip in half, and cut each half into thirds lengthwise to braid them, but it looked messy so I took the easy way out, which I liked better anyway Smiley

And this is really a poor excuse for an action shot, but at least it wasn't taken in my bathroom!

I'm tempted to enumerate all the failings of this first-ever successfully wearable project...I think I'll indulge in a single, comma-filled run-on sentence: I started out with white thread until I realized it was horribly visible when I turned the seams inside out so I started ripping the matching thread out of the original sleeve, collar, and bottom hems, which worked but took FOREVER, added a side panel to the top to accomodate for modesty, but had to sew up the other side because it came out too loose (which it still is, even, but I'm much too lazy now to fix it right away), and I didn't show the back because my good camera's screen is broken and my old camera was running out of battery plus the hem is embarrassingly bunchy, and the straps are too long and once again I'm too lazy to adjust just yet.

Phew. That's all. Smiley
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