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1  Re: Mini Make-a-friend swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by soxymoron on: September 23, 2010 06:40:16 AM
Oooh, I've received. Here are my many wonderful goodies from Ruby Copperhead who, by the way, wrapped everything in really cheery napkins.

Her favourite colour scheme - rainbow.

A crochet necklace. I love this! The last swap I had with Ruby she sent me some crocheted bracelets and I've been wearing them so much, this is just perfect. I love how chunky and statement-making it is.

Her favourite way to relax - her Macs and yummy shower gel

A pencil sharpener that does look exactly like an iMac. Genius!

These also represent her region. I can't read the German but the pink one smells of roses and the orange one is citrusy (my favourite as I generally use showers to wake up).

Something representing a major goal - hiking in Scandanavia - a Lordi (band) box. I really couldn't get a good photo of this, Ruby, so post one if you have one.

Something to keep her organised - pill box

i could be more creative with my use for this but I think I'll use it as intended...for pills. The boy's parents buy massive bottles of painkillers in America and we're constantly stealing them in little plastic sandwich bags. Using this will make far more sense. And yay! Star Trek.

Something to do with yarn - Spock amigurumi

How adorable is this?! He's only maybe 2 or 3 inches high. So cute. I think he's my favourite item, except for when the necklace is my favourite item. He now lives on my bf's computer along with a spongebob toy, a plushie turtle and a paper cut out sad Keanu (don't ask...). Spock also represents a major achievement for Ruby - studying cognitive science.

Favourite sport and a new interest - archery and vikings. Again, I'm missing the picture but Ruby sent me a little viking archer figurine. He reminds me of the toys I had when I was younger, such a nostalgia trip.

A major achievement in her life (hehe, I agree Ruby, I hope this isn't the biggest achievement of your life Cheesy) - a lemon..I'll let Ruby explain that one Cheesy

Also shown is a little crochet eye. Both of these are so cute...I'm such a sucker for tiny yarn objects. You'll have to send me a pattern for the eye, Ruby, my plushies would be so so much cuter if I progressed from just using felt.

Postcards of Ruby's town

These are so pretty, I especially like the stone work one. Ruby also sent me a few tourist brochures and said that she can't believe her town has tourists...well...I can totally see why it does. It looks beautiful. The wooden framed architecture is lovely, and it's on a river too. I'd totally be a tourist there.

Something that's important to her - ecological chocolate. Ruby likes to live green and this seems a very tasty way to do it. There's no picture, but that definitely isn't because I ate it all before I took them...honest.

Something representing her favourite book (possibly the photoalbum prompt also?) - the librarian in Paris

I made Ruby a sock librarian (from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels) in our last swap and Ruby took him on holiday with her! I love these pictures, really made me grin. Next time I go away, Ruby, I'm going to take Spike with me so he can rock out with his cock out (only literally if no children are present) in an entirely new locale. There were a few more pictures along with some of Ruby's kids, who are gorgeous by the way. I want to ruffle their hair! It's so nice seeing a swap item being enjoyed.

And then there were extras

Seriously Ruby, thank you so much for the extra jager hat! Ruby sent me one in a previous swap and it's resulted in so many fights (not real ones) with the boy over who gets to wear it. Now we can have one each and peace has been restored Cheesy. She also sent gloves, to match another previous swap item (do you think we swap together too much? I think not...) and cough sweets made in her town. Phew! So many things!

Thank you Ruby. As always, you're super awesome to swap with and I'm already excited about starting your next package. Oh and you're right, your hand writing is terrible Cheesy. Hehe, only joking. I think I managed to read it all  Grin.


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2  Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by soxymoron on: September 25, 2009 03:36:42 AM
So here is my fabulous package from Ruby Copperhead

First off an absolutely ace Spike doll

He glows in the dark - I'll add a shot of that when it gets dark. Here's a close up of the needle sculpting on his face

And a close up of his *ahem* parts

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Then I got some crotchet bracelets - in very appropriate Star Trek colours

Ruby was kind enough to include some gifts for my boyfriend aswell as he helped out with her package. He got a scarf

which I'm totally stealing  Grin and a Jagermeister hat (he has a bit of an obsession) which, despite what this picture might indicate, I have promised not to steal.

The were also quote magnets - my favourite is 'cuppa tea, cuppa tea, almost got shagged....'

And then we got matching necklaces. This is mine, the boy's is black and says 'I slept with Drusilla'.

Excuse the morning hair. I'm not sure if the crochet ball was meant to go on the necklace or not but I like it there Grin.

Then there were some extras

That eye candy is deliciously disgusting  Cheesy. And last of all - just to make this post more pic heavy and to show that no one in the family was left out - here's Chev enjoying the box it was all sent in

Thanks again Ruby for an amazing package!
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3  Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by soxymoron on: September 08, 2009 12:30:16 PM
Wow, that is AMAZING glasswork. So pretty.

I've posted my package to Ruby, after a brief argument at the post office when they tried to charge me 40!!! Here's a little teaser for Ruby

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4  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by soxymoron on: July 06, 2009 01:42:50 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone, as promised here is my poppet so far. I've sewn and stuffed everything though I still need to close the stuffing holes and sculp bits and pieces, I just wanted to check with all of you if it was stuffed enough yet, I think the head might need some more but I'm not sure because the neck still needs to fit up there. Let me know what you think!

Here he is looking like a Texas chainsaw victim

He's meant to look like Link from the Legend of Zelda games, I'm quite proud of the ears, they're not sewn yet as the need to come backwards rather than out to the sides.

And here's just the head which is the bit I'm least happy with.

There are a few weird pointy bits at the side but I'm hoping the ears and hair will make it less noticeable.

Let me know what you think! Oh, he's 85% of the original pattern.
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5  Blur Milk Carton in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by soxymoron on: May 14, 2009 03:06:52 PM
I've meaning to post this for ages - I made this for the boyfriend's birthday a few months ago. Milky is based on the dancing, adventuring milk carton on the music video for Blur's 'Coffee and TV'. If you'd like to see the video it's on Youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRVX1AKAew.

Milky is made from felt and handsewn from my own pattern. His arms and legs have pipecleaners to make them posable though his legs aren't quite strong enough to hold him up, hopefully I'll get that right next time I make a toy. I hope you like him!

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6  Discworld Death of Rats in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by soxymoron on: May 14, 2009 02:47:54 PM
Made for the Discworld Swap (a long time ago now, I'm so bad at posting). This is my version of the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel made for Ruby Copperhead who took all these pictures for me. I was really pleased with how the skull and the cloak came out but less pleased with the scythe, is there anyway of making very small pieces like that more sturdy without making it thicker?

On to the pictures

Thanks for the great pictures Ruby!
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7  Discworld Librarian Sockape in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by soxymoron on: March 25, 2009 03:17:43 PM
Made for the recent Discworld Swap, pictures taken by my lovely swap partner.

This is my first sockmonkey - all handsewn. The Librarian is an orangutan, I added a shaped body and omitted the tail to make him seem more ape like. I also made his face a different colour and added a nose (I'm quite proud of the nose). I think I was lucky that the socks I chose were super fluffy and stretchy so they were pretty forgiving.

And a close up of the face

Let me know what you think - any advice is appreciated!
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8  Discworld Guild of Seamstresses Needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by soxymoron on: March 24, 2009 09:13:46 AM
I made a needlebook for my partner in the recent Discworld Swap, I posted it here because the embroidery was the part that took the longest time but let me know if you think it would be better of in sewing. All pictures taken by my lovely swap partner.

In the Discworld novels a seamstress is a bit of a euphemism for a lady of ill repute. A survey of the Guild of Merchants in the docks area of Ankh-Morpork found 987 women who gave their profession as "seamstress" and two needles. The logo for the guild plus more information about it can be found here http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Seamstresses%27_Guild.

I made a simple needlebook out of felt and embroidered a patch with the guild shield. This was done pretty much free hand - I tacked the rough shape on in white thread and then stitched over it. I'm not very good at stitch names but I think I used chain, satin and back stitch.

The tag reads 'Guild issue - everything a good jobbing seamstress needs'. In order to include EVERYthing a seamstress may need I added a secret pocket in the back containing one of Sonky's special preventatives.

And another shot showing exactly what Sonky's preventatives are

Let me know what you think. Any critisms welcome!

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9  Re: The Grim Squeaker hat [hoards of rats and pics, be warned] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by soxymoron on: February 20, 2009 08:09:43 AM
Here's a little proof courtesy of the lovely Bob. Sometimes you can see the ears  Grin

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10  Re: Discworld - Hub to Rim! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by soxymoron on: February 17, 2009 01:09:48 PM
So received from Ruby Copperhead (aka the best swap partner ever). And here are my goodies, be prepared from numerous pictures and extreme jealousy!

My very own Magrat! This was such a lovely suprise! Here she is in Queen Ynci's armour with some awesome spike details

In her corination gown

Her wedding dress

And a ball gown

Look at the crown, everything's just so detailed. All the spikes are removable too so she can also double as an Angua doll

I know Angua doesn't have wings on her helmet, and probably doesn't have green shoes, but I liked them far too much to take them away. Anyway, I was completely blown away by Magrat, I'd have been happy if she was the only thing in the package but that was not the case. I also received

A modified cowboy hat. Here it is being modelled by Sonny (whose head is bigger than mine)

And here's a side view so you can see all the rats around the side, so cute.

I also received a great death of rats finger puppet who was pretty much impossible to photograph nicely...I promise he does have eyes really

And here's everything altogether..with my toaster, but that's not important now

She also sent me a guild of seamstresses adorned sewing kit, a really funky thrifted bracelet made from safety pins, circular needles and edible goodies. Thank you so much Ruby. I love everything. And I'm pretty sure that I got the best package of the swap  Grin
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