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11  Re: I <3 Owls Swap Gallery Sendouts 6/7/10 in The Swap Gallery by sillysmushyhippocake on: June 20, 2010 05:32:50 PM
My partner was christie.mcnabb and she was an awesome partner! Here is the package she sent me:

She sent me a fab tote bag (I love tote bags!), an adorable stuffed owl plush, a gorgeous carved stone owl figurine, a lovely card, a fabric swatch and a little stationary set. I loved everything, Christie! Thank you so much!

Here is the package I sent to her:

My package included a fully lined tote bag with leather straps, a little ceramic owl bucket filled with candy, a mini owl journal, a polymer clay owl necklace, an owl dangle for good luck, an owl tea towel and an owl pocket watch keychain. I'm glad she liked everything I sent her, and this was a super fun swap!!!

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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12  Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - June in The Swap Gallery by sillysmushyhippocake on: May 28, 2010 06:13:17 AM
Parting action shot of my goose.  He insists on turning the Grouch pillow upside down to make a man with a big mustache and a small hat.

Your goose is adorable! I laughed so hard at the mustache thing. I thought the same exact thing when I turned the pillow upside down. So glad he liked everything. I figured he would confiscate the ring.  Cheesy

I'm relieved the package got to you safely, and so happy that you liked everything. Grin You are a fantastic swap partner.
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13  Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - June- Lots of pics! in The Swap Gallery by sillysmushyhippocake on: May 26, 2010 02:04:37 PM
I just received the most amazing package from my partner, goldfishpollywog. She went crazy! She crafted something for all 6 of the holidays I chose, which were:
1. National Ice Tea Month/ Iced Tea Day
2. Take Your Dog To Work Day
3. Doughnut Day
4. Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
5. Raggedy Anne & Andy Day
6. Nature Photography Day

Here are the pictures of the awesomeness:

Take Your Dog to Work Day- A Beagle journal (which my DH already stole, lol) and a cute keychain, and some fun appliques:

Iced Tea Day- A crocheted glass of iced tea with a slice of lemon. It's adorable!!!

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month- A sweet keychain that looks just like my kitty, Pickle, whom I adopted in February from the animal shelter (plus some cat nip and doggie treats for my babies) ALSO- an amazing Calvin & Hobbes keychain!! I ADORE Calvin & Hobbes! She sure knows how to stalk her swap partners. LOL!:

Doughnut Day- A little plush doughnut, which my dog, Bonzai, fell in love with:

Raggedy Anne & Andy Day and Nature Photography Day- I literally screamed when I saw the keychain. It's beautiful!!! The tote bag is adorable. I love tote bags.

Toys for the critters:

Last, but not least, some action shots of the furries with their new treasures:

Bonzai with her new squeaky drumstick. It can go with her squeaky steak that she has in her toybox:

Bonzai and Pickle fighting over the jingly ball. Pickle won. He loves anything that makes noise:

Still fighting over the ball:

Pickle liked the squeaky drumstick. Here he is with the jingly ball and the drumstick:

Bonzai's favorite toy was the doughnut:

She also loved the People Cracker snacks.

Thank you so much, goldfishpollywog, for such an amazing package, and for spoiling my "children!"  Cheesy

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14  Wizard Hat Rings (Pic Heavy!!!) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by sillysmushyhippocake on: May 23, 2010 10:20:18 AM
So I got this funky idea recently and I have made sooooo many of these! I've made them in purple, pink, black, blue, green...you name the color- it's been done.

I used Sculpey III, silver and bronze adjustable rings with pads, sculpey glaze and E-6000 glue.

I sculpted the hats, baked them and then glued them onto the ring bases. Once the glue was dry, I glazed the hats with glossy sculpey glaze to give them shine. A few of them were painted with acrylic sugar glitter in either silver, gold, pink rose, blue or peridot, and then glazed over.

Cute, aren't they? I'm real proud of them. Cheesy

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15  Re: Coraline Rd 3 Swap Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sillysmushyhippocake on: April 26, 2010 08:04:55 PM
My partner (the Trickster) received last week. I'm sure she won't mind if I post pics of the package I sent her. Wink

This was the package:

A crocheted navy blue scarf that resembles the sweater that the Other Mother made for Coraline:

A jewelry box full of goodies:

Two hair barrettes covered in buttons, a black button canister and a seeing stone necklace (made from polymer clay and painted):

The button canister is just adorable! The lid is a giant black button, and it is full of black buttons!  Cheesy

Jewelry box painted in the Trickster's favorite colors:

Button key on the inside of the lid (made from polymer clay):

Beet seeds (Bobinsky's favorites) and pumpkin seeds:

Catnip and doggie biscuits for her kitty and poodle:

I had a lot of fun creating for my partner. Can't wait for the next round of this swap. Grin

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16  My first attempt at a cake... in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by sillysmushyhippocake on: March 22, 2010 07:03:44 PM
I recently tried out polymer clay sculpting and I absolutely love it! You can make so many awesome things. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, I really adore miniature foods and decided to try my hand at making a multiple layer cake with little decorations. I used white sculpey clay and painted it by hand using a small paint brush and Folk Art acrylic paints. It stands a little over an inch tall and is approximately 2 inches wide.

I know it's not the best, and the pics are crappy, but I'm pretty darn proud of this little clay confection.

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17  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sillysmushyhippocake on: March 03, 2010 06:14:12 PM
Today my mushroom pincushion, cowl and coiled trivet arrived. I am so happy with everything!!!

The mushroom pincushion is the cutest thing ever! I just want to squeeze it for hours. Cheesy

The trivet has already found a place in my kitchen and I immediately tried the cowl on and primped in front of the mirror with it. There's a cold front here right now, so I'm wearing it tomorrow!!! Grin

Thanks, ladies!!

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18  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sillysmushyhippocake on: March 01, 2010 06:16:30 PM
Here are the adorable cards I got from dinkime:

And the awesome journal from athenamat:

I LOVE EVERYTHING SO FAR!!! Thank you both.  Cheesy

Can't wait for the rest of my stuff. More thank yous to come! Grin
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19  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 (signups close Feb 14) (send by March 1) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sillysmushyhippocake on: February 03, 2010 05:07:16 PM
Yay! My first ever swap! How exciting!   Cheesy

Here are some examples of the altered art domino necklaces I make:

I'll be contributing 5. I'm thinking of painting each one a different color and using the owl design from the first photo.
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20  *Updated*Altered Domino Pendants (Picture Heavy)- With step-by-step process info in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sillysmushyhippocake on: December 20, 2009 10:49:27 AM
I recently took a closer look into the world of altered art dominoes and I am hooked! I have foregone eating and sleeping, practically. All I do is drill, prime paint and work away. I love making these! They are so much fun and the possibilities are endless. The sky is literally the limit. Here are a few photos of my latest creations. Let me know what you think. I have more in the works and will update the post with more pics as soon as I photograph the finished pieces.

The process:

1- I bought a box of dominoes at Walmart.

2- I used my Dremel drill to drill holes through the game pieces. (Note: Use protective eye gear and wear a mask while drilling. No exceptions.)

3- I then dusted them off (drilling them is messy), and applied gesso all over each domino. I use paint brushes, but have read that sponges may be used as well.

4- Once the gesso dried, I painted each piece to my heart's desire, using Folk Art Acryllic paints. They're inexpensive and come in a great variety of colors- matte, metallics and opaque.

5- Once the paint dries, you can do anything. You can decoupage artwork onto the piece, or use stamps. I've done both, and am partial to stamps. Michaels has a great selection of rubber, wood-mounted stamps, as well as the new, clear acryllic stamps. You can even embellish them with beads, cabochons, keys, rhinestones...you get the idea.

6- When I am satisfied with the creation, I again don my protective eye wear and mask and take them outside, place them on a flat surface and spray them with triple-thick glass-like lacquer and let them dry for 24 hours.

The world of altered art dominoes is truly amazing. They can be pendants for jewelry, magnets, keychains, books...I am in love with all of the possibilities.

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