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21  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Coma on: March 03, 2011 06:53:19 PM
I received my matchbox from Sinjah yesterday! It is as lovely as I thought it would be after seeing some of the other things she has done.
It is beautiful and classy-looking and filled with tiny treasures:)

All the contents together:

Some of my favourites are the button stud earrings at the top right, the cute little ladybug clothespin, the swirly coiled disc, and the tiny beaded charm.
Closer detail of some of the other cool stuff:

And finally, the tea we agreed to swap in addition to doing this swap:D

I had so much fun and would love to do another matchbox swap!
Thanks Sinjah! You were an awesome partner:D
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22  Cute skull top for youngest daughter in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Coma on: January 09, 2011 05:54:25 PM
Ok, so I started making this top a looong time ago and then it sat incomplete for almost a year because life was pretty hectic.
By the time I was able to get back to it my little one had grown and it was already getting smallish for her!
So I added the black strip at the bottom and decided to shorten the sleeves lol.
I used the same skull fabric in a different colour on a shirt for my older daughter and had the same problem with it stretching while I hemmed it. The silver studs are intended to distract from the unfortunate puckering it created. If I use this fabric again I might back it with something else.
But whatever!
My daughter likes it so I guess it's ok!

Comments/criticism welcome:)
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23  Re: 2010 Last-Minute Holiday Projects Craftalong in Craftalongs by Coma on: December 19, 2010 07:47:58 AM
So I have been coming up with brilliant ideas for a couple months but I was so busy trying to finish my semester of college and balance life with 4 kids that I didn't start anything (other than buying materials) until the last week or so!
So here is the list of stuff I still fully intend to complete before Friday (because dinner with my side of the family is on Christmas Eve just to make me rush even more lol).

Sister book (using this style http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2008/09/halloween-08-making-old-creepy-books.html) She saw one I made for fun and commented she would enjoy having one of her own. Finished it in time but forgot to take pics.
Brother etched plate- done. He converted to Islam over a decade ago. I decided to etch his Muslim name in Arabic calligraphy that I had someone send me because I don't read or write Arabic! lol:)

Other bro etched graffiti themed glasses- done

Mom Star Fleet uniform apron (inspired by http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-star-trek-inspired-apron/2010/05/11/)- done (Modelled by my much abused duct-tape dressform. The dressform is now falling apart and lopsided, not the apron!)

Curried Raisin Rice Jars. Also finished and forgot to take pictures.
Other to do:
   Make whipped shortbread- done
 Make strawberry & orange candies- done
   Decorate house- done
   Make painted sugar cookies- done
   Make thumbprint cookies- done
   Make Scottish shortbread- done
   Make banana bread- done
   Make white rolls- my last 2 yeast packets have vanished so maybe I'll make this after Christmas this year lol
   Make apple pies- done
   Make candy cane cookies- done
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24  Re: ~TWO TINY THINGS FAVE BAND SWAP GALLERY!!!~ in The Swap Gallery by Coma on: August 18, 2010 11:51:05 AM
I received from Aidenromantic last night and I got spoiled! I seriously hope she likes her package half as much as I love mine!!
The first item I received is a tote featuring my favourite line from a Nine Inch Nails song. I agree Aidenromantic, there was nothing you could have added that would have made this more awesome than it already is! I am going to use it when i run to the store today Smiley

The second item absolutely blew my mind! It is an amazing band/artist related scrapbook that features not one of the bands from my list but all five!
It included things like song lyrics:

This happens to be probably my favourite song ever:)
Comics & interviews featuring the bands:

And a gazillion beautiful photos!

There have to be about seventy pages of stuff in this book!! I stopped counting at 50!
There is still room at the back for me to add more stuff which is awesome because I am a music addict and narrowing it down to 5 bands was soo hard so I can put things in about other bands I like too!
Thank you soo much Aidenromantic! I love it! Can't imagine how long it took you to find all that stuff! I hope you get your package soon!! (I know I am going nuts with exclamation points but I am a little excited! Hehe)
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25  My first stamps from erasers! (Horde crest & cute skulls!) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Coma on: June 26, 2010 07:59:19 PM
This was my first attempt at ever making a stamp. I just used a white eraser and an Exacto knife.

After seeing that one my daughters requested these ones:

Obviously they had already tried all three of them out by the time I photographed them (note the overzealous inking jobs).
The first was a whole eraser.
The other two were a single a eraser that I cut in half, so they are under an inch long.
I would like these better if I had done a smoother job of removing the excess, especially on the Horde symbol.
Does anyone have any tips for my future attempts?
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26  Something to wear to a concert:) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Coma on: September 21, 2009 03:36:39 PM
My hubby and I went to a Marilyn Manson concert on Sunday. Unfortunately all my hot concert clothes are too small for me right now so on Saturday evening I made this based on a tutorial I found here: http://www.ohmystars.net/craft/index-surgery.php?page=tsstut1
It was a very easy project and didn't take me long at all.
Ignore the terrible pics of me. My daughters are short and the angle makes me look awful lol.

I liked the detail I added to the back. It used to be on the sleeve of the t-shirt before I chopped it up:P
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27  Cute skull top for daughter in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Coma on: July 25, 2009 11:05:29 PM
I made this top for my 8-year-old. I didn't use a pattern. Let's just say it was a learning experience.
I underestimated the stretchiness of the jersey when I was sewing the neckline so it was a bit pucker-y. I decided the best way to deal with that was to gather it at the bottom of the V-neck and then disguise it with the guitar charm. But we can pretend that was the plan all along;)

She loves the top though. She said she wants to keep it forever, even when she's a grownup, lol.
The fabric is a light gray jersey printed with little skulls-and-crossbones with pink bows on their heads. I thought it was adorable.
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28  His & Hers Towels for my Niece in Needlework: Completed Projects by Coma on: January 16, 2009 10:15:48 PM
My niece and her boyfriend of 2 years just moved in together. So for Christmas I came up with this idea. My embroidery skills are far from pro but I was ok with how they turned out. The towels are actually black and the embroidery is actually a bright turquoise-y color.

Note the embroidery hoop impression still on the 'his' towel hehe. I think I got that our before I wrapped them.
Advice, comments, etc. welcome
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29  Graffiti art themed magnets for my little brother in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Coma on: January 16, 2009 10:07:54 PM
This was only my third time making anything with polymer clay. I am surprised I was able to make recognizable objects with it hehe. They were the main part of a gift I gave my younger brother who is does this kind of art.

This is how I gave them to him. They are holding my daughters' school pictures on a magnetic message board. Sorry the pic turned out so dark:P

Comments/criticism appreciated.
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30  Edible colored popcorn in Winter Holidays by Coma on: January 14, 2009 09:14:48 PM
This popcorn is fun and easy to make and looks great layered in a jar.
You just throw some popcorn kernels in a ziplock bag with a little smear of paste food coloring(icing coloring). It has to be the paste kind because the liquid kind won't adhere to the slick kernels. Close the bag and squish the kernels around inside it so that they are evenly colored. Afterwards you should let them dry for a day or two on waxed paper or something. I found that they stay slightly tacky but that's OK.

To pop them just put a quarter cup in a paper bag in the microwave for a few minutes. When the popping slows they should be ready, sort of like store-bought microwave popcorn. I suppose it would work in a hot air popper but it might leave some color behind hehe.

The popped popcorn has little flecks of color.

It would have looked better if I found jars that didn't have the bulky metal closures but I still liked the effect.
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