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1  Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melissaurus on: August 26, 2013 07:09:40 PM
Well - since I haven't heard whether my partner recieved or not - I'm hoping she won't mind if I post what I sent her. Smiley

I sent her some soot sprites (silly me didn't get a picture of them before I boxed them up) Needlefelted pompoms with googly eyes. Cheesy I sent her some Howl's moving castle inspired bookmarks (her favourite movie). I sent her some Howl and Sophie inspired tea blends, and some black lace and a feather to decorate her place with. I also sent her a handmade painting of Calcifer, and some paper cranes for good luck.

Sad I hope she got it, and I hope she liked it. It was a ton of fun to make. Cheesy
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2  Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melissaurus on: July 20, 2013 07:55:07 AM
Hey guys - got back from the Con and ... boom. My camera broke. Mini_moose - would you be able to post pictures of the things you sent??

-.- I'm so sorry guys. Although what I do have is a photograph of me wearing the Totoro shirt I recieved, along with two of the best cosplayers I saw at the con. ;P

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3  Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) in Craftalongs by Melissaurus on: April 22, 2013 06:45:29 AM
Seeing so much interest in this makes me super excited!

I'm still waiting eagerly for this to start!

Until then, here's a badge-y thing for all of us Team Fantasy members. Cheesy

"Sometimes sweet, sometimes not, we are the dreamers, the believers and the adventurers. We see magic and wonder in the smallest things..."
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Melissaurus on: February 08, 2013 06:12:34 PM
Alright. Crafty overload for yous all. First off - here's an update on my OWL progress. I've gotten two of the zodiac-pokemon done - ratata (the rat) and meowth (the cat), completely. Then there's tepig (the boar) and torchic (the rooster), but they still need detail and colour. Smiley I'm quite happy with them so far.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux hunt - Tom Riddle's Diary
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Sketchbook Cover
Brief Description:
I found a horcux! I always decorate the covers of my sketchbooks/art journals, and this one seems extra special! I always pick a specific word to focus on for each sketchbook. Fittingly - this book's word is 'Seek'.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes / Gryffindor Extra Credit
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: A Space for my Ancestor
Brief Description: (I hope this isn't against craftster rules - but it's really sweet, full of love, and I felt like sharing with you all) In grade 5 we researched our family history for a project. I discovered that a few generations ago, I had a relative who was very well-known for his creativity. Due to discrimination, he had to flee the country he lived in for Canada, but always felt stifled creatively. I was fascinated and learned as much about his story as I could. Years in the future, I visited a Medical Intuitive, who mentioned this exact ancestor, and how he was involving himself in my creativity. I've felt incredibly connected to him ever since then.

I made this space for him next to my desk. It's made of an old crate turned on it's side, and filled with various objects that resonate with me, and hopefully with him. I really wanted to commemorate him and honour him, and I really hope we can work together. Smiley

Class/Challenge: Charms / February Destash Dash / Gryffindor Extra Credit
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Prayer Flag Set
Project Page Link: Click right here
Brief Description: After the prayer flag swap, I decided I wanted to make a full set of prayer flags (something I've wanted to do for a long time that's eluded and bewildered me for MONTHS now). Each of the flags has something specific I want to invite more of in my life. They started out as a HUGE pile of papers and ephemera I've saved up over the years. I placed the papers and arranged them on canvas backing and then freeform machine stitched to secure them. Feel free to look at the project page - there's much more about them than I could fit on here. Smiley

This is what they started out as!!

And this is what they turned in to!

Whew! Alright. I'm done for tonight I think!
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5  Prayer Flag Collection in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Melissaurus on: February 08, 2013 05:48:14 PM

So one of the things I've wanted to do for a long, long time is create my own personalized set of prayer flags. For some reason, I've never been able to manage to do it until now. After crafting two flags for the prayer flag swap, I was inspired to finally create the collection I've been wanting. And boy - did they ever turn out nice!

Here's what the flags started as. I would call this one of the most ultimate de-stash projects I've ever done! That whole mess was almost completely used up, save for some little odds and ends. Miscellaneous scrapbooking paper and do-dads, some feathers and ephemera collected from little moments in my life, and some very special paper hand-printed my grandfather brought back from Tibet (I've been saving that paper just for these flags) - I wanted to use up as much of me in the flags as I could.

Here's the flags in my room - they're too big and my room is too small to fit them all in to one picture!

The two flags on either end of the string are the two flags I recieved for the ones I sent away in the prayer swap. They're what led to the string being created, so I wanted them to start and end it.

And here are the individual flags (there's 15 of them - one of them didn't make it through. My sewing machine tried to eat it up - and succeeded to some degree) . Each of the words is a quality I want to invite more of in to my life. The theory is that when you display them, the wind and the light mingle with the flags, and you allow more of these prayers in to the world (and in turn, the prayers come back to you - karma is beautiful sometimes).

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Melissaurus on: January 29, 2013 09:18:00 PM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Kneazle-inspired pretzels
Brief Description: So I've always wanted to make pretzels, and other than one woebegotten attempt a few years ago, I've been too intimidated to do it! Last night I finally worked up to courage to make a test batch. They were eaten up in about 3 minutes. So I made another batch (a dozen this time) and let the dough sit for a while to get that awesome stripey look! It reminds me of Crookshanks coat. I'm indulging in one as I write this - delish!

If you want to make some - here's the recipe I used - thank you pinterest!

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7  Re: Junker Jane Style Doll Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Melissaurus on: January 29, 2013 08:56:07 PM
I recieved from onthinice yesterday, and I am in LOVE. Love, I say. I am so happy with the doll she made me - straight out of Junker Jane's antique animal menagerie. It's a crow, and a little lovely ring. Smiley

Sorry for the poor quality. There's very little light where I live now - needless to say I cannot WAIT until Spring!

Look at the feet! I am in LOVE with the texture and feel of them. And the little ring - it sparkles so much on my finger. Definitely something I could see this crow swooping in and stealing from some unsuspecting human. But now it's mine. Muahaha.

And I adore the fabric on the beak. Onthinice plays roller derby - something I am interested in getting in to, and I can see a bit of that kind of awesome, rebellious derby girl in the sparkly snakeskin beak. Totally awesome.

Thank you so, so SOOOOOO much, Onthinice. I love my JJ Raven so much! Smiley
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8  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Melissaurus on: January 29, 2013 08:47:54 PM
So I recieved a BEAUTIFUL flag from flyraeven yesterday. I am SO in love. Between Wulf's magical wilderness flag, and this one - so much positive, wild, amazing energy is filling my room with these. She chose one of my most treasured words 'Enchant' - and the flag does just that. Smiley I am so, so happy. Thank you so much, flyraeven.

I also opened my package to find a Wild Turkey feather tucked in to it. I've been collecting feathers for about a year now, adding them to my little sacred spaces in my house, so this is a wonderful addition. She said she found it on the ground the day she was shipping my flag, and thought it belonged in my package. How magical.

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Melissaurus on: January 27, 2013 06:48:00 PM
So I finally sat down and finished a class project. I think I'm back on the crafting bandwagon, now that my swaps are all complete. And now that I have about a month to craft - oh, the magic of a deadline - it's power surpasses even the most powerful of wizarding charms sometimes...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: My First set of ATCs - The Crow Party
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419627.0
Brief Description: So this is my first set of ATCs. The other day, out walking, I saw a bunch of crows dancing around a garbage pile. It got me thinking about what they would be like at parties...and these were born. They're my first ATCs ever, and I am pretty much in love with them. And then I saw a post on someone's pinterest (I think it was yours, oh lovely headmistress Pinkleo) that had a painting of a crow with wings on it's back - the artist was born! And things went from there...There's a few more in the post itself - let me know what you think!!


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10  My first set of ATCs - The Party Crows in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Melissaurus on: January 27, 2013 06:40:26 PM
I've always wanted to drabble in to the world of ATC-making, and I finally took the leap this week! I can now understand why so many of you warn that it's flippin' addictive - I almost couldn't stop!! I'm sure more of these will be popping up throughout the year - tiny works of art - I love it! I am officially an ATC addict....

So, my first set of ATCs are based off of my favourite animal - the crow. My best work always seems to revolve around them, and I always return to the poem my boyfriend wrote for me when we were first dating. There's just something magical about them, especially around this time of year, when their sleek, black feathers stand out starkly against the snow. And they seem to be getting in to a ton of trouble lately - so they've been keeping me entertained.

They've been returning in droves now that the south wind has been greeting our incredibly cold neck of the woods. I've been seeing more and more of them by the week. Walking the other day, I saw a bunch hopping and cawing around a pile of garbage and thought 'Man, I wonder if these guys would be a hit at a party...' and then I realized that that garbage pile was probably their kind of party, but...we overlook that rational thought for the sake of inspiration.

I have to say, they look so fine that I want to make TONS more. I've been thinking all week of different crows I could make. There's TONS. I mean - the creepy crow? The wallflower crow. The party animal crow (do you think they'd have party animals? Hmm...)

Next time you go to a party, be on the lookout for the party crows, writing poetry and stealing kisses. Peeking at themselves in mirrors and cawing out the kind of laughs that make your tummy hurt.
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