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1  Re: Pregnant, New Baby & Toddler Swap round 2 in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: December 22, 2012 09:13:23 AM
Yesterday for the apocalypse the power in our part of town went out! Yay! Ha ha. Happily the suck from not having internet or a way to cook was alleviated by receiving my FANTASTIC package from dreadlady! I've been seriously spoiled. <3 <3 Thank you so much, I'm so in love with everything. We move in 2 weeks so I'm itching to get these goodies up in our Dr. Who themed nursery. Smiley

She sent a painted plaque of the TARDIS. It was a terribly overcast day and with no power I didn't have the best lighting so you can't see the glittery background very well.

Matching the background, she also painted a set of hanging picture frames. I'm going to use a TARDIS blue ribbon to hang it up, and I've already found and cut pictures of my brother and sisters to fill it with. My siblings all live across the country and I was wanting to put pictures of them up in the nursery for the babe to see. This is so perfect!

Check out the detail on the colorwork! It's really beautiful and reminds me of deep space imagery of galaxies.

She printed out a Dr. Who/Dr. Seuss mashup and put it in a frame that's painted a metallic blue. This really touched me, especially because a while back my husband and I came across a story about a dad who bought Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss when his daughter was starting kindergarten and had her teachers every year write a message to her in the cover from K-12th grade. It made us tear up and we want to do that as well. Perfect picture is perfect. Cheesy

And then there was this pair of tiny felt moccasins! They're so beautiful, I can't even get over it. I keep picking them up and squealing happily over them, ha ha.

I feel so completely spoiled and amazed with dreadlady's incredible package. Thank you so much!
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2  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: September 26, 2011 12:08:41 PM
I received from lorelei today! She chose to do a hoop based on the 1960s British TV show The Prisoner, which the mister and I watch all the time. Mr. Drowning is unabashedly in love with Patrick McGoohan and the "Be Seeing You" line is one we say all the time. <3 I really can't get enough of the hoop and the perfect 60s flair! Smiley

What a fantastic round! I can't wait for the next one. My hoop wall is coming along well, but look at how much more space I have to fill!

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3  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: September 23, 2011 07:42:57 PM
The actual Skeleton is all stitched, and I used crayon/cosmetics to tint around the bones and to add some pink to the inner part of the ear. I've got a closeup, if lorelei doesn't mind me posting it!

Sonic the hedgehog closeup

Also, after a fruitless search for my camera battery, we broke down and bought a new one today so I can show off the amazingness that bubblegum_phoenix sent! She designed the pattern herself!

My absolute favorite part of the hoop is the bullion stitch rose in the ratty's ear! <3

I keep touching the crocheted roses that are attached! <3
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4  Re: Dresden Files Swap in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: September 23, 2011 07:35:35 PM
I received from Anarchy Cupcakes and get ready to wist! Smiley

The first thing we pulled from the package was this great hand-painted shirt. Mr. Drowning put it on immediately and has yet to remove it. Ha ha.

A huge mixed media piece that AC did when I asked for a protection spell for the room. <3 We're getting this beautiful thing framed this weekend so we can hang it over our bed. <3 Love!

And then she made a very pretty photo frame with adorable portrait of Harry and Bob! We're leaving the picture in the frame and have it up on the nightstand, ha ha!

Thank you Miss Cupcakes and to our fabulous organizer for putting together such a great swap!
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5  Re: Fiber Friday August 26th 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Songs4Drowning on: August 26, 2011 05:38:16 AM
Wow! My brother has one of those posters and the yarn really is very reminiscent of them. Smiley I really like that!

I have a contribution to this week's Fiber Friday! It just finished drying this morning so I got to take it out to my balcony rocking chair where I did most of my spinning. This is my second spin, and the first time I've tried plying anything! It was ridiculously fun to watch the colors wind together, and I still have two ounces left to play with. Cheesy

Candy Stripes by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

The length where pink and orange wrap each other makes me ridiculously happy!

Candy Striped by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

I'm not the only spinner on my balcony, either. Every morning there's a different web in the same corner, courtesy of a good sized mystery spinner.

August 26th by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

Happy Friday!
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6  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R6 - Back to Basics! (SU Closed, SO 9/12/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Songs4Drowning on: August 19, 2011 05:08:50 AM
I got started stitching in earnest last night after I gave an emboidery lesson to my roomie's girlfriend who has been admiring my hoop wall and wanting to learn.

I showed her how to design and transfer a pattern, then backstitch, running stitch, satin stitch and french knots. We did a quick design on Sublime Stitching cocktail napkins. She has the same first and last initials as Mr. Drowning, so she did her full initials and I showed her running stitch on his first and last initials because it seemed easy to do. I think her first attempt at embroidery came out awesome! Hers is on the right, mine is on the left. Smiley

Needja work by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

She registered on Craftster last week, so we might just see her in a future hoopla round. Wink
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7  First spin! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Songs4Drowning on: August 01, 2011 02:51:42 PM
When I was finished Mr. Drowning said, "Well... I'm sure you'll get better with practice." But either way here is my first go with my drop spindle! I used some cheap craft store roving meant for needle felting because I was too afraid to touch the gorgeous superwash merino I bought with my drop spindle on etsy. We just moved into a new apartment and things have been so stressful I felt like doing something relaxing. I really love spinning! I think my main problem is that I try and move more quickly than I should, and also I have no idea what I'm really doing. Cheesy So hopefully my second attempt will look much better than this one, but without further ado, here is my first 14 (ish) yards of spun yarn! I think I'm going to knit a coaster for my desk with it.

14 by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

And to show the thickest and thinnest parts for variation and suchlike.

Cotton candy by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr
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8  I stitch mah hair back and forth! <3 in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Songs4Drowning on: July 09, 2011 09:20:22 PM
Several years ago, I started the dread process on my hair and let my dreads grow naturally. I did it at the time for frivolous means- I hated brushing my hair. Within minutes of brushing it, it would tangle again and no conditioner that I had tried did any difference. I'd always liked the look of well-kept dreadlocks and to be honest, I felt that while I was working for family it may be my last chance to do something that other people might not understand with my hair. My locks ended up taking on more meaning, becoming a part of me. The fact that before I moved 1400 miles away from my family, my little sister had helped me to get the knotting started was part of it. I wore my hair in locks for two years and they became more than just an experiment to see if a hairstyle I'd loved since childhood was really all that great. They came to be completely fused with the way I saw myself.

I struggle with depression and OCD. My dreadlocks gave me something to count, a way to calm down when I felt very anxious, and watching them grow, overtake one another, split apart, curl and knot made me very happy. After a couple of years I found that I had different coping mechanisms, a wonderful partner that I could count on, and I was largely ignoring my dreads. While I didn't need them anymore, they were holding me back at work. I decided to cut them. It was a very emotional experience, which sounds kind of lame. It's just hair, right? But I ended up saving my favorite locks, washing, drying and tucking them away. I had imagined an embroidered self portrait with the locks stitched in, but as I started painting this piece, I realized it was me, the way I felt for so long. For many years, I felt very alone, with few people I can really be honest with. I had a lot of nightmares about drowning, usually several a week. When I got sad, I also got angry. My dreadlocks were with me as I found a place where those feelings are still there sometimes, but not controlling me the way that they used to be. So it's only fitting that they should be on this portrait.

Pieces of Me by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

Loveskull by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr

Sullen by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr
You couldn't really see it in the full picture, but in the second dread from the ear, there's a little piece of red yarn from one of my Craftster swap projects that somehow ended up getting dreaded into my hair! Smiley I didn't know about it until I was inspecting the dreads before sewing them on, but as soon as I saw the color, I knew exactly what it was from!

I'll likely add more pics tomorrow that I can get in sunlight. The colors don't look right to me, but I was too impatient to wait for sunlight and I'm actively avoiding homework. :O

EDIT: I think the colors are much more accurate in this picture. The way I did the painted hair was by painting the area with water and drizzling/dotting in the watered area with alcohol inks. They dry so fast that even though they spread through the water and tinted the area, the place where they fell directly was much darker, so you can see the lines and dots. The octopus charm has a thin layer of metallic green paint on it as a veneer. It still looks mostly gold, though.

Sunlight colors by Songs4Drowning, on Flickr
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9  Re: Pet Swap: Rodent Revolution 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: June 28, 2011 06:19:31 PM
I received an awesome package from Caitydid and I'm sorry it's been so long to take pictures. I wanted to get action shots and we've had an emotional time lately. Early in the swap, we lost Sonea and then right around receiving we lost Freyja, who was my <3 rat. Both the girls were around 28 months, and struggled with chronic URIs through their lives so it wasn't a huge surprise, but our big cage feels very empty. We started working more aggressively on introductions between the boys since it had been around 2 months since their neuters and tonight we opened up the cage levels so that Christine could move in with the boyos. It's been a while since I've felt like making the cage super cute and the items Caitydid sent were so perfect!

First, she sent a rat "purse"! I had to explain to the boyfriend what a bonding pouch was for, and he seemed skeptical. Caitydid says that her rats love the one she has and sure enough, all three piled right in for snuggle time! I know the image isn't the best, but the photo opportunities were going very very fast. lol. They just popped up to look around and dove right back in!

The first of two hammocks - I love the Popsicle print! It goes perfect with our ice cream food dishes. Smiley

The second hammock and a sleep sack were done with a froggy print. The boyfriend said when we were opening the package, "Wow, she's got great taste in fabric." Normally he doesn't comment on things like that so I think he really likes the hammock prints!

I think they're really into the sleep sack. I normally put fleece blankies in their green trash bin to burrow in, but the sack has been occupied all evening!

The top and bottom levels all tricked out with Caitydid's creations:

She also tucked in a pack of Yogies for the kiddos. They went ballistic over them! After I passed them out, my hands were thoroughly licked clean of any Yogie residual flavor, ha ha! I think you are my rats' new favorite person, Caitydid! Thank you. <3
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10  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 5 - Color Spectrum Gallery!! (Send 6/6/11) in The Swap Gallery by Songs4Drowning on: June 27, 2011 03:34:19 PM
I received from PaleAngelLex forever and a day ago and I am sorry I'm just now getting pictures up. D: It seemed like I couldn't get any pictures that did the hoop justice until today! She made me an uber-adorable yeti couple standing in a moonlit field. <3 <3 <3 The floss has a wonderful pearlescent quality in the stars and heart-moon and the shifts between the purple in the yeti are awsome. The hoops is painted a pearly silver, too! ( # o # ) The background fabric is perfect, too! It's like it was made just for this image.

LOVE how shiny pearly the heart is... <3

Thank you so much, partner! :3 I love how Mr. Yeti has a cute round belly - just like Mr. Drowning! Cheesy
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