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1  Re: Wall Art Swap 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: November 05, 2010 06:48:04 AM
Okay, so I squee'd so hard I hurt myself at the awesomness I was sent.

guh. *ded*
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2  Oversized hand made silk flower necklace. Pic-fatty in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by shadowbox on: September 29, 2010 01:08:29 PM
I've seen a lot of people making flowers by cutting petals and melting the edges with a candle flame to make them curl, using polyester fabrics.

So I took that idea and turned it into my own.

For each flower, I cut three different sized petals, about eight of each size. I did this for three different sized petals. Instead of a poly-blend, I used a raw-silk material.

After cutting and burning the petals, I layered them and sewed them, which was a tedious and obnoxious affair. But turned out awesome.

After the flowers were finished, I glued the rhinestones to the center, mounted it on two layers of stiff-felt.  I punched a whole in the bottom of the felt in the out flowers to hang the layered chain, and then punched new holes in the top outer flowers for the rest of the chain.  It was a simple idea, but the execution actually took a bit because of all the cutting, and burning the edges of every petal individually. But I think it was worth it.

C&C always welcome.
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3  Re: One Tiny Mustache Thing Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 28, 2010 11:52:47 AM

Fabulous mustache pouch from haroldlovesmaud! She also send me the most epic little card by one of my favorite artists Kathleen Lolley called 'Friends with a Yetti' but I framed it and every time I take a picture of it, the glare is just awesome.  It's very cute though.

She totally appeased my buttonfetish though, with this little green button we got going on here.  And button holes? She actually made like a proper button hope. Am I easily impressed? Cause I love that she did that.  And check out the uber cute fabric. Oh yes. I am a happy camper.

She also sent a hand carved mustache stamp, but the thing behind my computer got it. I swear there is a living, breathing monster back there that eats things off my desk.  But he poops too, cause every thing seems to find it's way back to me.
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4  Re: Cephalopod swap! in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 28, 2010 11:46:28 AM

got this fabulous guy in the mail a few days ago, but I only just got to posting pictures.  It also came with TWO AWESOME OCTOPUS PAINTINGS! And a journal, with cute octo-illustrations.  The journal has been made into my wedding book and is at my mother in laws, and the paintings, I am sad to stay, have been stolen by my thriving toddler who loves octopuses even more then I do.  They have yet to be seen, but I have an idea.  She's sneaky.

Anyways, I love this little bugger.  My husbands been eying him up though, so I have to hide him now.
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5  Re: One Tiny Mustache Thing Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 21, 2010 01:08:07 PM
I received! My pictures aren't the best, and I didn't manage to get a pic of the super cute tiny totoro with a mustache plushie! (seriously wicked awesome, by the way.) 

Bewara outdid herself, for reals.  She sent me not one but THREE mustache stamps, in various sizes.

And she made me a super cute mustache finger pin cushion, which I needed, because of this felt-taxerdermy thing I'm doing,  have to use like three pin cushions for various things. So very helpful.

AND (yes, there is more!)

She sent me tiny goodies.  Like a bunch of tiny plastic charms and adorable things. I gave a few to my mother-in-law, she makes bows for my daughter, and I thought they'd be to cute to not put on my kids head.  Also, she sent me inchies, and I cannot wait to decorate them. Seriously. She spoiled me.  SPOILED ME.

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6  Gnomedrops - my little beanbottoms plushie pals. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shadowbox on: September 20, 2010 05:43:08 PM

So, I recently participated in the Gnome and Mushroom swap, and had the most fantastic partner ever, Doxie24_7 who made me this :

Which, is like the coolest zombie gnome I have ever seen.  Thats my daughter holding him.  She loves him, probably even harder then I do.

I liked him so much that I set out to make my own.  Except that mine didn't turn out like hers.  And I frowned. Scrapped the whole project. And set out to make my own gnome, inspired by Doxie24_7, but my own.

Thus was born, the Gnomedrops, named for there very rain-drop like shape.  And I freaking love them. And I'm addicted to making them.  The bottom (pants/dress) portion is actually pouch-like.  I'm making these for a Christmas craft swap, and I think I'm going to hide either little candies, tea-bags, or potpourri in them.

I used the tiniest black saftey-eyes I could find, and embroidered the eyelashes.  I learned pretty quick that you should embroider the eyelashes first.  The rosey cheeks are actually a pretty pink combination of various eyeshadows.  I like the effect. They are mostly filled with plushie-fluff (recycled from lumpy throw pillows) but the bottom quarter or so, is actually beans.  It makes them stand on there own.  They are about 8-10 inches high.

C&C welcome!
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7  Re: Gnomes and Mushrooms Swap CLOSED Mail by Sept 15th in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 15, 2010 02:51:29 PM
I received the most fabulous package today.  Epicness and Win, my friend. Epicness and win. Be prepared to be awe'd by awesomness and lots of pictures including onces of my offspring, Lillypants.

First, we shall begin with this little fellow.

The card that came with the package explained that his name was Carl, and he indeed, did eat squirrels, on toast. Also, he enjoys shark week. When I told Lilly that his name was Carl, her eyes got big and she said "Peepaw?"

And I laughed, realizing that yes, in fact, her grandpa's name was also Carl.

But he is from Kentucky, and has eaten squirrel. And he's a grump. So I didn't correct her.

This is Lilly after I took Carl Zombie Gnome from her, for only a moment.

She's pouting. But I needed to take a picture of the most epickly cute gnome shirt ever. And I totally agree with you, Doxie.  The Childrens Clothing Section is kind of like it's own ring in hell. Scary.

Suddenly, Lilly was no longer pouting, because she was distract by some more cute and shiney.....


In the scramble to remove sharp and pointies from Lilly's grab-hands, she managed to stab me. These are pretty awesome though, because I just made a woodland themed cork board for Lilly's room to hang her colorings.

Doxie is also currently in another swap I'm organizing, and she very cleverly monopolized on the fact, and whipped me up this fantastical bookmark of genius.


And to top of this package of Epickness and Win....

delicious candy.

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8  Re: Cephalopod swap! in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 13, 2010 02:26:51 PM
I figured I'd post a few of the pictures I took of the swap I sent. I didn't get any of the frame, though Sad

I've actually used this painting to make some really neat andy-warhole type graphic arts.

This is the very first amigurumi I have ever done. I have since made several more. Jelly fish are fun, you don't actually have to work from a pattern. I just winged it.

I'm addicted to painting on fabric now. I actually ended up making a gnome painted plushie for the gnome swap because this turned out so well.

About a year ago I made a blue one of these guys.  It was a hit, and every one seems to love it.  This is the second one I've ever made, so it's pretty unique. I think it kind of looks like Cthulu.

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9  Re: One Tiny Mustache Thing Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shadowbox on: September 05, 2010 01:48:24 PM
Since I know she recieved, I thought I'd post pictures of what I sent haroldlovesmaude.

I made a mustache pin, and then I made a mustache box to put the mustache pin in, and then I made a mustache bag to put the mustache box in.  It's all part of a set really. This picture isn't the best, but for some weird reason I only took one.

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10  You don't gnome me! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by shadowbox on: September 02, 2010 09:36:00 PM
So I recently participated in a few swaps, and since my partners both got there packages, I figured it was safe to post my goodies!

First, the Gnome Swap, for which I was super busy.  This first necklace was excruciating to part with. Everything in the tube is tiny and made of polymer. There were little toadstools, a bird house, some leaves, an acorn, a nest, rocks, sticks, a worm.  And the Vial was only about a centimeter in width. Tiny. Then I capped it with a spotted mushroom cap. I may have to make another just for me.

This next is a pin cushion, inspired by something on wist.  I think I'd like to make more polymer-and-cloth pin cushions. It was really simple, and I think the possibilities are endless. 

These were really simple mushroom bobby pins.  I made another pair for my mother in law and myself.

The colors of this one make me think of a seventies kitchen.

These next two were for a swap I angeled for.

I will be making a Radish Spirit necklace, because that guy rocks.

Comments always welcome!

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