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1  Shrunken Head pincushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by Eriny-Weriny on: August 06, 2008 11:59:39 AM
I hope this is an okay topic to post pictures of a pincushion.
I made for a swap and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

A while back I became quite fascinated by shrunken heads and so did some research on their history and how they were made (its very interesting if you find you have a few spare minutes. Basically, souvenirs at the end of the day). I saw a couple in a museum and think its so tragic, macabre and yet really intriguing.
I thought they would be fun as a pincushion so decided to make one. I decided to use tights (I think "pantyhose" in the US?) and wool, because I believe killing someone for their head is wrong and there aren't many neighbouring tribes to raid near me.
My fella was quite impressed and now wants one too (not that he sews). That's probably one of the best compliments from him. I started making a few more each with its own little personality.
I will add a few details to the next lot such as bones through the nose, etc and I'll be a bit more careful in the detail. I ran out of time in the swap for this one.

I hope you like him  Wink
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2  Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eriny-Weriny on: August 06, 2008 11:27:07 AM
Phew, I was really worried. I hope you really did like them. I took pictures (with my new fancy camera) if you want me to post those. Usually with me the thing I've lost turns up the moment I no longer need it.

My parcel arrive today- with a big chunk out of it  Angry I'm really tempted to contact Royal Mail and complain but I think they will say it happened before it arrived here. Thankfully all my goodies are okay, although the bag was covered in paper bits from the envelope stuffing.

Thank you Amy!
As you'll see from the pictures Myrna Minx made it extremely difficult for herself by making all three items, purple, triangular and velvety. How tough was that?

A bag

A view of the funky lining

A pouch with beads in

and earrings

Thank you ever so much. They're great.

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3  Re: Sewing Kit Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eriny-Weriny on: August 02, 2008 03:14:11 AM
Wow, that's some package!!
I did send my package yesterday and PM'd Michelleames. I'm not sure if she got it as I don't have a (sent) after my name. So don't worry Almostexact your package is on its way. I'm very nervous about it because I received my exquisite sewing kit today.
It's beautiful!!

How gorgeous is that? I adore the tortoise material.

Thank you so much Almostexact!

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4  Re: How to accesorize this bridesmaids dress? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Eriny-Weriny on: June 26, 2008 01:01:07 AM
Ooh there's been some good advice. I actually wore an ivory wrap in the evening and it did compliment with the bride. I think with a green dress you need something a little subdue. My dress was halterneck so I would never have worn a necklace with it. It did gather at the waist though and had a "flap" over the skirt. Also, I was the only bridesmaid so I didn't have to agree with anyone else  Cheesy The jewellery was subtle because the dress was bright. I love it and sometimes just put it on for fun.  Grin

I was going to email the pictures but then I thought I don't look too bad so I'll just post them. The first was taken on the wedding day (on the beach) so the colour of the dress doesn't show so clearly but you can see the earrings and the flowers in my hair.
The second pic was taken at the party the bride and groom had when we got back for the people who couldn't go to the wedding. I with my Dad and you can see the true colour. Unfortunately, the wrist with the bracelet is behind his back. So I've taken a pic of that. Be aware I have horrible hands and the picture is odd but it's the best I could do.

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5  Heart earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Eriny-Weriny on: June 09, 2008 02:44:08 PM
I made some red heart shaped earrings whilst experimenting for a finished swap (on something completely different).
I like them but would like other people's opinion to see if they are a bit too much?

Both of the together (picture is a bit dark- I had to use my phone's camera, sorry)

Two views of them on from different angles

Thanks so much!  Grin
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6  Re: Shape, Color and Texture Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eriny-Weriny on: June 07, 2008 10:36:11 AM
Well here are my gorgeous items form the super talented Esmecraftin!
They were all so thoughful and fantastic and perfect. I could rave about them all day
First there was circles...
I received (*cough, cough*) 2 pairs of earrings Wink

I adore these!! I'm tortoise obsessed and they matched the outfit I was wearing when I opened the pacakge- fate or what. (Actually the match what I'm wearing today too but that was intentional  Cheesy)
And this naughty pair

also gorgeous.

Next is my green item

How wonderful is that? Also, I kid you not I came so close to making a covered note book for Esmecraftin but I bought a spiral spined book and the covers were too thin. It would have been green too!

Then there is my smooth item

and the inside

(with my fingers to highlight the pockets)
It's made of oil cloth so it super smooth. Not sure if you can see that on the pics.

Sorry if some of the pics aren't too good, I had to use the camera on my phone.

Thank you so much Esmecraftin!! And also Homerof2 for such a great swap idea (and for pairing me with someone so good)
I definitely think this was the first of many swaps (if people are willing to swap with me). Everyone is really talented. I love seeing all the pics.
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7  Green tweed bag, a bangle bag and a thank you in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Eriny-Weriny on: April 29, 2008 02:01:00 AM
Hello there,

Firstly I'd like to thank all the wonderful craftsters I've encountered since I joined a month or so ago. I have been off work due to illness for 5 months now and after lots of tests and trips to the hospital I can finally go back to work.  Grin
I think I would have spent many lonely days sobbing if it hadn't been for this website. When I started to feel well enough, crafting really helped too, but when I wasn't well enough or my idle mind was too bored to function it was wonderful to see what all the talented people here have created.
I don't know how I'll cope not being able to logon when I like.  Wink

Here area couple of things I made recently that make me happy...

The first is a green, tweed bag I made with some vintage scottish tweed from my Grandma. I needle felted the rose and made it into a brooch  so it can be detached. It is similar to one in a tut Mocosa posted from "tiny happy things" but I changed a few things, mainly the size (it's the size of my annual, pension information leaflet- one of these days I'll actually read one) and I changed the shape to give it a flap. It has a magnetic fastener.

And a pic with one of my cats (Scooter) for scale

The other bag I made using bangles my Mum gave me but they are too big for my skinny wrists. I was delighted with her reaction when I showed her what I had done with them. Also, the buttons, which you can't see very well are from an elderly neighbour (who is well aware of my button and bead obsession and gives me the most amazing things she has collected from around the world over the years- her husband was in the navy)

The photo is not great because I was trying to be artistic, taking it in the garden, but the sun was so bright I couldn't see the screen. Also the bag seems a bit wonky and uneven, but it really isn't (promise).

I hope some people like them. I do, as they make me feel better.

Thank you so much once again and keep up the great work!!! Grin
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8  A "statement" necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Eriny-Weriny on: April 08, 2008 03:13:52 AM

a friend of mine asked me to make her a "statement" necklace to wear to her Summer Ball. She is wearing a simple black dress so she wanted her jewellery to be the "focus of interest". She wanted it to have a butterfly and a flower in it.

I'm very nervous about showing it to her as I haven't known her very long so I hope she feels confident enough to tell what she really thinks. I thought I would ask the great people on craftster their opinion first, hopefully to give my confidence a little boost or if not to suggest how I may improve it.

Thanks very much!

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9  Re: Bag Proud!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Eriny-Weriny on: April 05, 2008 04:34:05 AM
Your bags are so fab, really gorgeous. It's my friend, Sue's Birthday next week so I thought I would try making the first one for her as a present, albeit without the funky pics.

Thanks so much for supplying the tute, the instructions were really clear. I'm pleased with the outcome and hope she is too. I simply adore the fabric I used. A curtain shop in my town sells off the ends of the roll for 2 and its usually a couple of metres worth. I have boxes full of different fabric as everytime I pass I "need" to buy more  Wink

Thanks again!!

Ooh here's a pic for you to see what you think and to show how you inspire people  Grin

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10  Re: World of Warcraft in case of emergency in Completed Projects by Eriny-Weriny on: March 19, 2008 03:29:23 AM

I've read the info on picture posting a few times now so I hope I've done this correctly?
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