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1  Re: Greek Mythology Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ethertree on: August 26, 2010 05:56:53 PM
I am FINALLY getting these up!

My memory card is having problems, so I didn't get closeups of everything - I'm going to ask iliveonarainbow if she can upload her photos so you can see everything better.

Everything together:

So, we have (clockwise from top):
1) Owl print bag - so cute! Athena-inspired of course, and the perfect size for either on-the-go craft supplies or instruments of justice.
2) Feather earrings from the winged sandals of Hermes - these are my favorites!
3) Aries (the ram constellation) keychain (my sign). I am generally not a fan of glitter, but this is an exception.
4) Whoa, Poseidon's Sea Chest! This is really impressive - all of the patterns made by the shells are very intricate. This must have taken her ages! It even came with gifts from the sea inside - more shells.
5) In commemoration of humanity's great benefactor, Prometheus, a bracelet representing his gifts to man - earth and water (from which he made them), fire (which he stole from Olympus and gave to them) and wisdom (stolen from Athena). Prometheus is one of my favorite gods. She even sent extra beads.


Aries keychain:

Prometheus bracelet:

Hermes' earrings:

Thank you so, so much iliveonarainbow! I am late sending my package Sad, but I hope you like it when it arrives!
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2  Re: All Things Hayao Miyazaki Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ethertree on: August 10, 2010 09:49:04 PM
"So today I got home and opened AmiAmour's waiting package, and
I got so spoiled!!!

Unfortunately the camera I usually use isn't here, so I had to try my best with webcam photos."

This is what I said yesterday. Then my computer ran out of juice, and I had to wait until tonight for a power cord. SO, without ANY further ado, AmiAmour's awesome swap package!
(Still with webcam photos - they came out pretty good, so I decided to keep them).

First up we have AmiAmour's classic (glow in the dark!) kodama ami. I was really hoping she'd send one of these! ^ ^

Next up, and probably my favorite, is No Face from Spirited Away. Note the proffered bath token. Did I mention she created ALL of these patterns herself? (!!!!!)

Duck. God. ^v^ (Spirited Away). I love this guy.

Adorable soot sprites

Yubaba's hench-bird-turned-birdlet from Spirited Away.

Which leads us to the tour-de-force:

Yubaba's baby. But wait, what's this?

Oh! OH! THAT'S SO COOL! He turns into a mouse!

All together.

And I even got extras! (Yummy Korean snacks). I was floored. The card in the middle is a super-nice note from AmiAmour cataloging everything and thanking me for being her partner. Smiley
(Incidentally, the cataloging turned out to be very important - the package was damaged in the mail and had to be re-wrapped. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!)

Thank you SO MUCH AmiAmour - I love everything to death! You have been a fantastic swap partner!!!

PS Open the white totoro  Smiley
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3  Re: The Decemberists! in The Swap Gallery by ethertree on: March 11, 2009 05:54:46 PM
Cheesy Thanks!

Now, to show off my awesome stuff from Chloesaur! (Sorry this is so late - I feel like I received ages ago Tongue).

First, a beautiful painting of The Crane Wife - I absolutely love the mood in this, it's so brooding, elegant and mysterious, just like the story. This is def going on my wall!

Next, a necklace made out of rolled paper album art from The Crane Wife album. I have so much fun turning the beads around and finding little pieces of song lyrics! I wish I had a closeup, but my camera has pretty low resolution.

Aaaaaaaaand finally, my favorite item: a Decemberists tote with pleating and amazing lettering! <3 I'm thinking of making this my traveling bag for music stuff, since I'm too afraid of ruining it to put anything heavy like schoolbooks in it. Agh, so cool. The picture's a little wonky because I haven't ironed the tote yet and the wrinkles warp the lettering a bit.

In addition to all this there was a really pretty card made of gorgeous stationary + stickers, and everything was mailed in an eco-friendly package, which got recycled of course XD

Thank you SO much chloesaur! Also, I'm so glad you like everything! Haha you should have been there when I was actually woodburning the cinnamon - it really is powerful stuff!
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4  Phoenix book (img heavy!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ethertree on: October 25, 2008 10:00:30 AM
Hi all! I want to share with you a book I made for the recent Book-Lovers Swap. My partner was really into phoenixes, so I decided to make her a collection of phoenix poems and literature with illustrations in the margins.

It was my first time bookbinding, so I decided to use a simple Japanese pillow-book style. Even so I messed up on it a little, though I managed to fix it up so that my mistake wasn't immediately apparent  Undecided

In any case, I'm pretty proud of it  Grin. After printing out the pages on "parchment" calligraphy paper, I singed them using a candle and my own shaky judgment, then bound the book so that the edges of the pages were inside the binding and the creases were on the outside - forming a pocket between every other page. I glued the bottoms of the pockets, since I was going to put little phoenix treasures in them, and finally did the illustrations, sketching first in pencil and then going over them in Sakura micron pens.

I hope you like it!


Opening page

Back of opening page and first poem - Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.

Hans Christian Andersen - The Bird Phoenix

The Bird Phoenix, continued (I went a little overboard on the illustrations for this one).

An Allusion to the Phoenix by Michael Drayton and Morning Phoenix by Robert Graves <3

The Phoenix (from Nepenthe) by George Darley and Metric Figure by William Carlos Williams

From Dante's Inferno, Canto XXIV and Courage by Amelia Earhart

closeup of Courage

From Quotes on Hope by Sri Chinmoy and end page

Back of end page and cover


Finally, the book with all of the phoenix treasures that go in the pockets - three dyed, gold-painted feathers, a woodburned piece of birch bark, an origami phoenix ornament, a painting of the Egyptian Bennu Bird (the origin of the Western phoenix) on papyrus, a glycerin-preserved and painted yellow leaf, and a phoenix bookmark with the same marbled paper as the cover.

Comments and criticisms are loved!
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5  Re: The Book-Lovers Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ethertree on: October 23, 2008 06:48:20 PM
I got my package from ashestoashes today, and I absolutely love it!  Grin
Without further ado, I'll let you see why for yourself!

Forgive the icky background. This is a shot of me wearing a hat that ashes based off of Hermione Granger's from the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. I adore the color, and the pattern is gorgeous! I'm going to wear it all the time now.  Grin

A closeup of the hat. Ignore my crazy sister ^ ^

A pair of earrings inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope is the thing with feathers." I feel like I'm running out of adjectives, but these are utterly beautiful! I'm wearing them right now, but all of the action shots came out fuzzy.

Earring closeup!

Aaaaaaannnnnd . . .

A pillowcase with some stupendous embroidery! I work as a library assistant part-time, so this cracked me up  Cheesy I also think it proves that ashestoashes is psychic, because for the past few months I've been using an extra sheet wrapped around my pillow in lieu of a pillowcase!

Action shot with 19-year-old teddy bear.

Finally, three books and a wonderful letter explaining some of her inspiration for the items! (We did a book swap in addition to our craft swap Smiley). I've been needing The Amber Spyglass to complete the His Dark Materials Trilogy for ages, and the other two are not only two of ashes' all-time favorites, but books I've been wanting to read as well! Apparently A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was my grandmother's favorite book growing up, and The Bell Jar I've had on my list for too long.

Thank you SO much ashestoashes!!! Everything is utterly wonderful, and I can't wait to show it all off!  Grin

Edit: I'm going to be posting some of the items I crafted for ashes in other forums, meaning I get to show some shots of the book illustrations ^ ^ I'm really proud of some of them, though there are one or two that I really messed up on  Undecided
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6  Re: The Book-Lovers Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ethertree on: October 15, 2008 08:39:25 PM
Teasers  Wink

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7  Faerie house/glen --- picture-replete in Completed Projects by ethertree on: August 11, 2008 08:57:20 PM
Huzzah, my first posted project! *is very excited* I searched faerie houses/hutches and they all seemed to be in this forum, so I'm hoping this is the right place to put it. Made Christmas '07 for my little sister, who doesn't play with it since it came a few Christmases too late (just when I get around to finishing, she decides to become a teenager Tongue). I hope you enjoy!

Front view of the house/glen.
The base is a section of tree trunk I bought at some craft store or other, covered in some once-green Spanish moss. The patches of "garden" are from a bunch of dried flowers a friend gave me, and the stepping stones are white beach stones I collected. All are glued to the base of the moss using much Tacky.

Back view of the house/glen, with my hand for size reference. The butterfly on the main part of the house, which is made of half of a coconut, is woodburned in.

The little house, close up (sorry for the fuzziness). This was made of a coconut I bought at the grocery store that I cut in half with a small hand-held saw, carved out with a grapefruit spoon (I shudder to remember how long that took), cut a doorway in, and filed the edges of. The design around the doorway is woodburned, though there isn't a door - I made one but just never attached it.
You can just see the welcome mat, which is a little scrap of leather with woodburned lettering. Oh yeah, and the chimney is a piece of bamboo.

Open! I painted the inside blue with clouds and made a little soot mark where the chimney comes out. The hinge is a long strip of leather that I superglued to the inside of the coconut and then nailed to the base before putting the moss on.

Fuzzy-ish closeup of the wishing well. Made of a wooden napkin ring and little stones, with drywall compound for molding. The roof is made of plain ol' twigs, and the crank is made of a toothpick or two with small ring-slices of bamboo.

Up it comes, a bucketfull of wishes . . . erm, I hope you wished for moss Smiley
The bucket is a hollowed-out acorn shell with a tiny forked twig handle, the string is silver embroidery thread, and there's a wire hook out of sight so that the bucket can come off the string. 

Whew! Just a few more pics.

The treemushroom house! I took a baby food jar and glued the lid to the inside of another (tinier) coconut shell. I then glued the jar to a mini flower pot and covered them in drywall compound and Elmer's glue, leaving "windows" in the paste.
Nope, no idea how anything'd get in there (or breathe once they got in lol), but it's my favorite part next to the well.

The mailbox is visible from this photo too - it's a stick and two halves of a piece of bamboo. There's a little message inside, which was my Christmas card to my sister Smiley

Aaaaaand . . .

The bottom! Done about a year before the rest. A woodburned (and slightly inaccurate) copy of Robert Graves' poem, "I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child. "

I'd love to hear what you think!
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