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11  Re: Frivolous Little Bunny Swap(SU 2/18/16-3/01/16; SO 3/21/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mellius01 on: March 09, 2016 02:55:44 PM
I knew bunnies were fast but to make it all the way to Australia is awesome!  Smiley

Here's a cute bunny picture. I got it off the internet, I don't own it.

My craft is taking a little longer than expected but it's coming along.
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12  Re: Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: June 13, 2015 01:38:20 PM
I received the most wonderful package from emilywilde today. It's hard to hit all the favorites of someone when you have a list to work from, but she managed to do it.

First is a trapeze girl doll:

I absolutely love trapeze and she captured the litheness and elegance of the trapeze acrobats. The doll is made from cotton thread, such tiny, intricate stitches. She even has ears. I'm in awe! Her skirt is an antique hanky and her top is made of ribbon. She came with a hanger but I can't seem to get the "hang" of it. (See what I did there?  Grin)

Then I got a shadow box with my other circus favorites:

It says, "Life is a Circus" (so true). It has animal acts (a tiger and trained seal), the cutest tiny little knitted elephant (again, I can't believe the stitching craftsmanship), a fortune teller, a fortune, a strong man, a trapeze artist, an admission ticket, and a tiny little bear. This all brings back such fond memories of the circus. I couldn't be happier.

Thanks so much, Emily. You're an awesome swap partner!
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13  Re: Halloween in June Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: July 10, 2014 08:20:08 PM
I couldn't focus on work today I was so excited to get Ludi's package. It arrived on time and wow, I was so moved when I opened it and saw my wonderful treasures.

First thing I saw was this card:

Turned out it saw me too.  Cheesy Ahem... Moving on...

Not pictured is the yummy candy included in my box: a bag of smarties, a bag of candy corn, and a candy bar with fruit inside. The subsequent massacre was unrecorded but oh so tasty.

Then there was this delightful little pumpkin patch fridge magnet:

Just look at the stitching on this. It's about an inch and three quarters. All those tiny stitches are incredible to me. And I love the expression on the jack o'lantern. I'm going to have it on my fridge forever.

Now for the piece de resistance, a Headless Horseman diorama:

There's a battery pack that backlights this and looks like the moon throwing the horseman into silhouette. I've always been crazy about the Headless Horseman, it's such a striking image it always gives me a thrill to see it. This is the perfect representation of the image I've loved since I was a kid. I can't thank you enough for this, Ludi. I really, really love this and I am humbled by your crafting skills.
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14  Halloween Owl in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: October 31, 2013 08:03:54 PM
I did this pattern from the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Ornament magazine. I used fiddlers cloth instead of the black background suggested and I think it turned out pretty well. This is before it was hooped.

I love the orange and yellows in this. I liked it so much I did another one on black, but that picture didn't turn out.
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15  Mad Witch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: October 25, 2013 04:59:39 AM
My partner received in the OTT October Holiday Swap so it's safe to post this. She and I both had Mad Hatter Day as one of our themes so I made a Mad Hatter witch hat.

I used satin thread for the spider because I thought it might give it a little sheen but it didn't really. It still adds a little contrast though.
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16  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 16, 2013 05:41:53 PM
I received from Teag today and I have to say she is one incredible craftster. She made this awesome vintage black cat with all the great things about Halloween on the base. Feast your eyes on this.

Front view with witch hat on the base:

Slight side view:

Each side of the base has a different Halloween image. The front has a witch hat, as you can see.

The right side has a pretty pumpkin:

The left side has a wicked skull:

The back has yummy candy corn:

I wish everyone could see this in real life, the detail is amazing.

Thank you so much, Teag. This is the coolest!
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17  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: October 12, 2013 07:02:15 PM
I got an awesome package from Beeker with a ton of tricky treaty goodness. There was so much in the package it was hard to get pics of it all, but I did my best. First, a group shot:

There's a pumpkin, a floppy spider (he's on top of the pumpkin, a set of pumpkin carving tools and cool stencils, a couple of origami jumping frogs in animal print paper (they're in the front there), a set of candy knives to put on cupcakes a couple of skeleton straws, seven feet of spiderweb! OMG!, a horror movie double feature (House on Haunted Hill and Bluebeard), a set of creepy labels for those special potions, and a small sample of the ton of yummy candy I got. All treats, no tricks here.  Smiley You're incredible, Beeker. I love it all!

Here is a close up of the pumpkin. I love his friendly smile:

I think Scotty the Spider has found a place he likes better than a web.

The carving tools, skeleton straws, bat rings, candy knives, and origami jumping frog.

Potion labels and odds and ends for paper crafting. I love these: Swamp Lizard in Skunk Oil, Werewolf Fangs, Human Eyeballs, Pickled Mice, Baby Dragon Scales (I love that one especially).

Thanks for everything, Beeker. Despite the damage this is one heck of a treat box!

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18  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25) in The Swap Gallery by Mellius01 on: September 28, 2013 05:37:26 PM
I received my package from pennydreadfull today and she couldn't have made me anything I would love more! I have always wanted a really nice hoopla and she came through big time! Take a look at this:

Just look at that vintage look of the moon and owl. I can't keep my hands off it. I haven't even hung it up yet because I keep picking it up to admire the stitches and moon gaze at that wonderful face. The owl seems to share my admiration.  Smiley

As if that's not awesome enough, she made me this Halloween bunting. The fabric looks so vintage, and the orange and black plaid in the middle reminds me of a shirt I had as a kid. It makes me nostalgic.

Then there's this cool plaque with a Halloween saying. It looks like the sayings on those old vintage cards.

Pennydreadfull is the most amazing craftster. I'm so lucky to have gotten her in this swap. It's like she can read my mind. Thanks for everything pennydreadfull. You're one in a million.

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19  Early Halloween in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: September 27, 2013 04:25:41 AM
I did this for the Vintage Halloween Swap and my partner has received so I thought I'd share it here.

My partner, pennydreadfull, likes Edgar Allan Poe as much as I do. And she also likes Victorian themes so I thought this fit perfectly. This is the picture she took of it because her photo kung fu is better than mine.
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20  Plan 9 - The Most Sinister Plan of All in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mellius01 on: March 12, 2013 05:38:52 PM
I recently saw Plan 9 From Outer Space and it has so many great lines I was inspired to preserve one of them in needlework.

The picture is a little overexposed but I used florescent green for the aliens and I wanted them to show up better.
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