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31  Re: RAINBOW Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: November 26, 2008 02:24:12 PM
Strutter received her angel package at the start of the week, and now that work's not so hectic, here are pix:

My first set of Artist Trading Cards. 

Strutter had her heart set on a cupcake bracelet, but I couldn't find cupcake beads (and can't do the fine detail work needed to make 'em) so she got liquorish allsorts instead:


And a writing set, with pencils, pens (not shown - they were just standard store bought pens in a variety of colours), stamped writing paper, an eraser and a pencil sharpener (also not shown, it was decorated with rainbow paper strips) and the pink and black bag to keep it all together.

The photo's come out a bit dark, in case you can't tell, the beads are actually on the ends of the bag's drawstring.

BTW - re-read my post above about Oyhana's package for me, I have finally added more pix!
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32  Re: RAINBOW Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: October 30, 2008 04:44:41 PM
It's lovely!!!  Lovely lovely lovely lovely!!!

I'll post more pix this evening, showing the mat and teatowels etc in situ in my kitchen, but here's the gorgeous little zen garden,in action on my desk at work:

I adore the rainbow paper it's covered with - and to think Oyhana did the design on the paper, too, it's not just something she bought already printed like that!

and here are more pix, showing everything in situ:

A stoveful of dish cloths and tea towels, which are getting a VERY good workout!

The mat, at the front door - it has since moved to beside my bed, because it's sooo soft on the feet.

And a special shout-out for this lovely little container, decorated by Oyhana's 6 year old nephew. 

Oyhana's nephew and I have a neurological condition in common, so this was really, really sweet!
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33  Re: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: October 23, 2008 08:33:06 PM
I received yesterday, so may I present pictorial evidence of the glorious package Fosca put together for me.  Everything is brilliant.  I love it.  Love^10.  It's brilliant.

A hand made book which is utterly, utterly beautiful, with lovely blank pages ready to be filled:

A spiral scarf in green, blue and silver - I have a swivel joint left over from a dismantled project, and I'm thinking of sewing it to the end and hanging it somewhere breezy so I can watch it spin, spin, spin.

Yet more beautiful things.  I don't know whether the gold trim shows against the red in the photo, but it's lovely.  And the horned owl pattern on the knitted washer is gorgeous - I have closeups if anyone would like a closer look.

More.... spiral earrings and a Celtic knot pin:

And a swathe of extras from candles and soap to a cute mirror, feather and crystal.

There was also a wooden hairpin with a triplpe spiral carved in the hilt, but it was already in my hair when I was taking photos!

Fosca, everything's beautiful.  So so so so lovely.  I hope my own package measures up!
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34  Happy rainbow animal headphones in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: September 26, 2008 08:59:22 PM
OK, they're not really 'housewares', but not even Craftster has a category for "tatty old bits of electronic epherma that should have been thrown out long ago: reconstructed".  Smiley

I love my headphones.  Even though they came from a $2 shop about ten years ago, and now one side tends to cut in and out as I move my head.  They're comfy, they have a great sound, the cord's just the right length... I love them.  But the foam padding has finally disintegrated completely, so they needed a bit of work.

The fabric came cheap in a job-lot, with a heap of other random designs.  I don't have kids, so haven't really had any use for it.  I didn't end up using the padding in that photo - it was too hard and scratchy - so instead I cut up an old mattress protector that I've been hanging onto because I knew the wadding would come in handy for something someday...

Then I sewed around the edges of the fabric circles:

Put the padding over the business ends of the headphones, slipped the now cup-shaped fabric circles over the top, and drew the string taut like a drawstring to finish it off:

I love them even more, now!  Smiley
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35  Re: RAINBOW Swap Round 2 (SIGNUPS CLOSED; SENDOUTS August 30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: September 01, 2008 02:41:25 PM
Hello all, I'm about to pop over to the gallery and check out all the wonderful things people have been giving and getting.

Sorry about how quiet I've been - my home phone and internet connection, which has been dodgy for months, died for good and the company was messing around something chronic instead of fixing it.  So, I cancelled my account and went to another company - and after the new lot messing around for a week, it turns out they can't do it either, because the exchange is so old in my part of town only one company can use it!  So, now I've had to swallow my pride and go back to the original company.  I should have the phone on today, but the internet is still going to be at least another few days.  I'm *very* cross.  Sigh.

Onto happier things, here are some teasers for Oyhana!

And this one didn't lend itself to cropping, so instead I went nuts with Photoshop's swirly-thing tool:

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36  Re: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 07, 2008 12:44:24 AM
Glad you like it, Tanza - and glad it all got to you in one piece.  I'll think twice before including multiple non-bendable items next time.  Smiley

I've received Tanza's package today... sorry about the ridiculous number of pictures, just trying to do everything justice:

Sun and moon pillowcase, with the rest of the items waiting their turn.

Altar cloth made up to reflect the elements, and with a lovely piece of embroidery in the centre:


A bag with a beautiful purple lining and more embroidery, which I managed to photograph upside down so here it is the right way up:

I love that the Earth has Australia showing!

Hand decorated mug, already filled with a warming beverage.  The package was sent to work's address, because my home mail service is a bit hit-and-miss, and a colleague pointed out the design on the mug is quite similar to a bird tattoo I have!  (Yes, I opened it at work.  Impulse control and I don't get on well.)

Two hand towels... I really should have given these a wash before taking the photos, to remove the stabiliser from around the embroidery, but was too impatient!


A beautiful wand, with accompanying notes explaining its origins.  It's lovely!

Also not shown was some note paper with various pastel purple designs (which my camera insisted on bleaching out with the flash) and a book of leprechaun verse.  Smiley

Thank you very much indeed, Tanza!
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37  Papier mache... is this the place to post it? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 03, 2008 07:24:41 PM
G'day all,

Sorry about this, I'm still new 'round these parts and can be a bit slow on the uptake, so thought I'd better check before I go posting stuff in the wrong section.

Would papier mache stuff go in with the papercrafts?  It seems the most logical place for it, but I'm thinking maybe something like this:

might be a bit out of the spirit of things, if everyone else is more focussed on scrapbooking or journal/card making.  So maybe she should go over in dolls and toys or something.

What do you reckon?   Smiley
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38  Apron and oven mits in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: May 27, 2008 03:16:32 PM
Not because they match, it just seemed more efficient to bundle two little projects in together.  Cheesy

I think I can post photos now, so here there be oven mits:

They're the long-strip-with-a-pocket-at-each-end style.  The design on the pocket is the same on each - it was one of those cheap teatowels with the pattern printed on each end, facing different directions, so that whichever way you hang it the image is the right way up.  Sadly it was also completely non-absorbent (a bit of a design flaw for a teatowel, I would have thought?) so it found its way into the recycling heap.  The blanket stitch around the edges hides my manky sewing - I'd never done anything with padding before and while it's sturdy, it's not exactly beautiful.  So, the stiching hides the wobbly seams.

In apron news:

It's a big rectangular bit for the bottom, a smaller rectangle with two corners cut out for the top.  The black fabric with the pink flowers came from goodness knows where - I'm sure leprechauns sneak extra stuff into my craft room at night, because there's stuff in there I totally don't remember buying.  The pink started life as a sheet, then a curtain, and now apron ties.  It's been around a bit!

And an action shot... this is a link rather than an image, because I took the photo sideways and rotated it in photobucket, and now it looks OK in p'bucket, but goes all stretched and strange when I tried to embed it:


Sorry about the disaster zone in the background - sewing takes precedence over housework and bed-making at my place...
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39  Small clock recon - no more Living With Deborah Hutton in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: May 10, 2008 05:49:58 PM

My clock doesn't go with my kitchen.  And having seen the amazing things people around here are doing, it inspired me to do something about the offending timepiece.  You people rock.

So, the before picture:  (I'm new and not totally computer savvy, so please bear with me on this photo business...)

Nothing wrong with it, but being all black and silver and sleek it looks out of place in the kitchen, which is a mass of wood, kitchy tiles, and bright yellow.  And it has "Living with Deborah Hutton" written across the face.  I don't live with Deborah Hutton.  That just happened to be the lest expensive clock (and it wasn't cheap) I could find when I moved, and needed a clock in a hurry.

So, I took off the rim and the glass front, held on by about eleventy billion tiny cheap screws.  Then, I used an old poster celebrating 25 years of the Wheat Board or something which work was throwing out, to cover the face.  Here it is in a gluey state of semi-completion:

The hands wouldn't actually come off without dismantling the mechanism, which I wasn't prepared to do because I knew I'd never get it back together again, so I cut a slit along one radius leading to the hole in the centre for the axle.  I cut along the horizon line of the image, so the join doesn't show at all.  In the process of all this, I managed to bend the hour hand so the other hands caught on it and wouldn't turn, so I had to take it apart AGAIN and straighten it out.

Oh, and the first time I tried the horizon line didn't come out straight, and I knew it would annoy me for the next 20 years if it was crooked, so I ripped the first one off and did it again.  Fortunately it was a long poster, so I had enough to cut out a second one... Smiley

Having been screwed and unscrewed a few times, the cheap little screws now had their ends shurred out and weren't working too well.  So, I reinforced the rim with a layer of gaffer tape, coloured over with the world's largest nikko pen (about an inch thick, I got it for work and I love it.)

And here it is finished...

Enjoy.  Smiley
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