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31  Re: PostSecret Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: March 16, 2010 10:08:08 AM

Front- "I've known I was bisexual for as long as I can remember."

Back- "I believe everyone could be if they opened their mind"

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32  Re: Disney Villain 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: February 28, 2010 02:04:39 AM
I've finally got my butt into gear- here are the pictures of the beautiful-and-awesome items that I received from Ageddert, about a week before the swap deadline passed!

Here's everything before it was opened- Ageddert, you've really mastered Disney handwriting...are you sure we won't catch you at weekends inside a Minnie Mouse costume, waving to small children?  Cheesy

The first item I opened was this truly evil polymer clay rendering of Myrtle, Lilo's mortal enemy from my favourite Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. Yeeeeeah!

Next was this absolutely amazing tentacle pendant straight from my Wist, but inspired by Ursula. Even my mum had to admit that this had a beautiful quality to it, and likes the fact that my usual outfits in steampunk brown are now broken up by sparkles and colour  Tongue It also won me a space in the front row of the choir at the first meeting of my university's new glee club...now, when is Ursula going to extract payment for that one  Undecided ?

Last but by no means least is this wicked gorgeous Scar pillow/stuffie, inspired by the sketch that Rafiki draws on the tree after Simba's birth. You'll have to tell me how you sewed his mane, Ageddert- I also love his grumpy face  Cheesy He's already been passed around various housemates in times of emotional need, nobody can look grumpy for long when they have a stuffie to cuddle, even one so villainous  Grin

A picture of my non-crafted extra goodies- a Butterfinger, Ageddert's favourite (I'd never had one of these before, being from the UK, and I loved the crumbly texture) and a pack of valentine's Reece's- I'm getting hungry just looking at this picture, but everything is sadly long-gone  Cry

Once again, sorry for the huge delay in posting pictures- a big big thank you to our organiser and to Ageddert for making this a wonderful swap  Cheesy
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33  Re: Wayward Victorian 2 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: February 04, 2010 04:04:34 AM
Here are the slightly rubbish iphone pictures of the seriously awesome, spoiler-iffic items i received from Loukr yesterday  Cheesy

first up, the extras- one cute, one creepy!

the closest thing that Loukr could find to a muffin, without sending me a muffin  Cheesy it's a little washcloth wrapped around a raspberry lip gloss

and an exact replica of the badge worn by nurses at the Cane Hill asylum- i'm going to have to incorporate this into a costume sometime, although i promise i'll take very good care of it, apparently they're quite rare  Cool

a gorgeous fabric rose corsage with a vintage doily leaf and button centre- this is already pinned carefully to my brown leather satchel and it's gotten compliments from all the other girls in the asylum  Tongue

the photo really doesn't do this item justice- it's a pendant made from a *real* butterfly wing, and it's simultaneously among the weirdest and and most beautiful things i own  Shocked i'm really thrilled that i've got some jewellery to match my favourite peacock-coloured dress, and girly stuff aside, it completely satisfies my fascination with taxidermy too   Wink

this was pretty much impossible to capture, so i hope Loukr managed to take some better photographs before she sent- it's a hanging garland made from 3 altered fabric butterflies, exactly the sort of thing i keep meaning to make myself when i have time and have better mastered the art of going around corners on sewing machines  Tongue Loukr said in her note that she thinks she went a little overboard with the glue gun, but i love all little the trinkets
she's attached  Smiley the butterflies are all decorated on both sides, but here are some pictures of my favourites-

if i had to pick a favourite out of all the items i received from Loukr, this would be it, although it's a really tough choice as you can see! this is a piece of artwork she made me named 'Modern Victoria'- the label says she'd love to actually own the dress one day, and i would too!

Wayward Loukr has spoiled me massively, so I feel really bad about only crafting the required points  Cry even so, I hope my package arrives safely today and that Loukr likes everything that I crafted. I had a great time researching and crafting and can't wait to see more of the gallery- thanks everyone, Loukr especially  Cheesy
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34  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: January 26, 2010 06:15:59 AM
At long last, here is my beautiful package from ShesAZombie- prepare to get majorly jealous  Cheesy

This crocheted rose is mounted on a hair grip (I have just enough hair to fix this into, lol, I'm still growing out my Tank Girl look from Halloween!) ShesAZombie wrote "Ever wonder what kept the Enchanted Rose in Beauty and the Beast alive really?" Steampunk genius is what  Cheesy

*gasp!* last time ShesAZombie made me a piece of stained glass in the Repo! swap, I told everyone it was the most beautiful thing I owned. Now I can't decide which I love more  Grin This is an utterly gorgeous Beauty and the Beast themed rose, "a fragile reminder of what happens when those cogs stop working"  Cry here's a slightly rubbish picture of it catching the winter light, I wish I had a camera which could do the pearlescent colour justice-

I was lucky enough to receive a second piece of stained glass, this one wearable  Smiley ShesAZombie thought it came out too big, but I love huge statement pieces so I'm very, very happy with my "Let your heart soar" necklace, especially since it looks so Rockabilly/Old School

Here's a picture of the reverse, so you can see the beautiful pink colour beneath the silver spider-webbing in the centre-

and this is what was included in my package as an extra- an amazing painting of Alice in Wonderland, not creepy or twisted but as Disney intended  Cheesy

Thank you so much, ShesAZombie!!
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35  Re: Altered Fairy Tales Swap - 2 : The Gallery of Awesomeness! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: January 17, 2010 04:11:24 AM
ShesAZombie received my package a couple of days back, but she's having trouble with the internet as well as her camera, so I said I'd post pictures, even though my iphone isn't really up to the job either  Undecided I hope these blurry shots satisfy all you gallery-watchers  Cheesy

ShesAZombie mentioned in her questionnaire that she's sick of seeing the Cheshire Cat characterised as an evil villain, so I made her a pair of stuffies based on the animated Disney Cheshire Cat and the new Tim Burton version. I think they look just a little bit creepy, but mostly very cute  Cheesy ShesAZombie's real life kitties have adopted one each, apparently- I've asked her to post pictures of her real cats next to their new toys (look, but don't touch, kitties!) as soon as she can  Grin

This was sadly really hard to photograph well  Sad I couldn't get a single shot with the box closed, so it looks a little out of proportion and odd here...I decided to make an altered shadowbox based on ShesAZombie's chosen theme of Snow White's magic mirror- it's meant to be the Wicked Queen's view of Snow White lost in the Enchanted Forest, through her mirror/ the glass in the box  Wink
The back layer is green silk (real silk, from my auntie's work where they make waistcoats and similar things for the renowned chaps of England), the sides and the theatre-curtain type construction at the top are royal blue velvet which I was told is vintage- and the bottom is grey unfinished silk shot through with gold and brown. the figure is meant to be Snow White (although the doll I've stolen a picture of is actually Cinderella (http://www.enchanteddoll.com/galleries/cinderella2/cinderella2.html) - Isn't she beautiful? I added red beads to accent her dress and headdress and she's surrounded by midnight blue and silver stars which are suspended on grey thread.

again, camera fail! This is the small item I sent ShesAZombie, who had requested some gothic/dark items. It's a doll-sized gothic lolita-styled top hat pendant, a darker version of something the Mad Hatter would wear, perhaps  Smiley

My parcel from ShesAZombie is at my parent's house, I get to pick it up next weekend when I go home from university and the suspense is killing me  Cheesy

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36  Re: OTDT Rd 3 Holiday Edition The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: December 19, 2009 11:22:07 AM
I received a couple of days ago, but wasn't around to open my package from Phoenixfiredesigns until today- here are the pictures!

It's a tiny Stitch-themed shadowbox/shrine, combining two of the things I was most hoping to receive Cheesy Stitch is wearing adorable reindeer antlers, he does seem to have a way of interrupting every holiday tradition  Tongue
The inside is just as awesome-

It's a little winter wonderland in there, reminds me of queuing for the train at Main Street station in Disneyland Paris on Christmas Day last year  Cheesy

I was distraught the other day when I finally had enough money spare to spend some of it on Stitch tree decorations at the Disney Store, and they were all sold out! So I'm glad Phoenixfiredesigns has given me something featuring my all-time favourite character this Christmas Smiley Thank you so much- and thanks to Missdisney for organising an amazing swap yet again, bring on the next round!!

An update on my package Sad
My item is completely ready to go, but we've got six inches of snow, and my mum is refusing to drive me to the only nearby post office which is still open after one of her work colleague wrapped her car around a tree this morning (luckily she was unharmed). My country fails at life sometimes- as soon as there's the merest sign of snow everybody panics and everything just grinds to a halt! There's no facility for sending international packages on Sundays, so I'll have to take it on Monday- hopefully by then my local post office will be open, or the roads will be clear enough for me to get to the one that's farther away. I'm so sorry, Phoenixfiredesigns- I hope you think it's worth the wait!
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37  Re: Repo! the Genetic Opera Swap 2! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: December 19, 2009 11:04:45 AM
oh boy, was my package worth the wait!!

words cannot describe  Grin so here are the pictures at last-


My (Heart) Belongs to GeneCo. tote bag...

.... and Ask me, I'm a Gentern badge  Tongue

Zydrate vial stained glass suncatcher

And the GeneCo. logo. I am truly stunned by this, it's absolutely beautiful Shocked ShesAZombie has so much skill, I'm so lucky to have her as my partner not once but twice- I need to seriously up my game!!
I'll try and take a photo of this and the vial in my window tomorrow, we've got six inches of snow with more to come overnight, so there should be enough sunlight to make them sparkle brighter than the whole Cullen family  Tongue

One Repo!-themed extra- Amber Sweet nipple pasties  Shocked
I LOVE them, and only wish I had a graverobber lookalike to show my new parts  Tongue
Thank you so, so much, ShesAZombie!!

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38  Re: Favorite Book Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: September 20, 2009 10:03:34 AM
My partner Kurtzie received last week, but she's had some trouble posting pictures, so here are the (slightly rubbish) ones that I took before I sent-

Now, this was hard to photograph, but it's...a book purse
I took the cover of a hardback book, covered it in book pages, and lined it with fabric (please don't fear, the library where I work was going to turn it into pulp, so I repurposed this book for a higher cause- craft!  Tongue)  The handles are strings of black beads and it closes with a long tie of black ribbon. I was happy to find a fat quarter in my local fabric store that almost matched the colour of the cover of one the books that I wanted to send Kurtzie- I think she named purple, black and red as some of her favourite colours too. Making this gave me so much trouble, but I hope y'all will think it looks like it was worth it!

Since I mentioned one of them above, I should probably show you which books I chose to send Kurtzie. I think another swapper also received a copy of The Historian, the book which inspired my fabric choice for the book purse

This is the book pillow I sent, in action  Smiley the vampiric side (sparkly black) holds books open lengthways, and the green side (the closest colour I could get to chartreuse, the drink that the vampires in Lost Souls love even more than blood (well, almost)) holds them open heightways, so you can use it to prop up magazines etc. while you're crafting, perhaps from a pattern in a home magazine (that's what i tested it on, while i was making.....

Edward the amigurumi lion! This is my first amigurumi, and in fact, my first crochet project  Smiley In case you haven't guessed, he sparkles because he's meant to represent the Edward most of us know and love from Twilight, one of Kurtzie's favourite books- there's a quote in the first novel about the Lion falling in love with the Lamb (swoon!) He has a little heart bead sewn under his mane, which you can see as a red blob in the picture!

Finally, I sent Kurtzie a record bowl (I love this craft, so simple yet effective!) made from a classical record I found completely destroyed by the members of Lost Souls? ,the band that feature in Poppy Z Brite's novel Tongue I filled the bowl with paper roses made from book pages and splashed with crimson paint (which seems to have dried a bit pink, grr! Kurtzie, I hope you didn't mind, you listed pink as one of your hated colours, but I didn't have time to go and buy more!)

Thanks to the high cost of shipping, I had to sacrifice a lot of the candy I'd packed for Kurtzie, but I was still able to send her a couple of bars of English caramel chocolate as she requested Smiley
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39  Re: Favorite Book Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: September 09, 2009 12:39:40 AM
forgot to add- teasers for kurtzie!

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40  Re: Favorite Book Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by annachronism on: September 08, 2009 09:47:55 AM
Here it is! My  very first swap package, and I couldn't be happier  Cheesy This is what i received from Kurtzie- prepared to be jealous, I got spoiled!

Here's the whole lot, including mountains of american peanut butter candy! That's my large item at the top of the box...

My very own Sublime Stitching Sexy Librarian embroidered tote bag! I've been coveting these designs forever, thank you thank you thank you!! I don't know if I told Kurtzie I work as a librarian- I'll be taking the bag into work, I'm sure all my colleagues will love it, and my librarian housemate back at university!

Here's the reverse of the bag- and my medium item, a book plushie! When I was a kid, my parents used to wake me up by sliding the book I'd been reading before bedtime out from under my sleeping face  Tongue They were scared I'd hurt myself on sharp edges, not anymore, haha! Yes, this plushie has taken his place amongst the collection that (still!) live next to my pillow- it clashes delightfully with my 5 bright blue Stitch's (from Lilo and Stitch)


The other three books I received- that's right, not one, but three!! The Time Machine, which I've been waiting to read for ages, Dead Until Dark, the first true blood novel (which I've already started), and The Third Witch, a retelling of Macbeth. Retellings of famous stories are my favourite kind of book, vampire novels are my guilty pleasure, and I'm currently reading anything that can be considered steampunk- most.awesome.package.ever!

A metal bookmark with a book-shaped charm (I've never had a bookmark that stayed inside the book inside my bag before! Why don't they sell these hook-shaped ones in England?) and an, um, not sure, bookmark? with the most perfect vampire mouth charm on one end that I just can't get to photograph in focus  Angry Kurtzie, do you have a better picture?

badly focussed again Sad this is a beautiful paper scroll inside a necklace, which reads "Lost in a..."

"Good Book" ! I think this was inspired by a necklace on my wist, and I'll be wearing it to work along with the bag

Bottlecap magnets, starring my favourite British authors- from left to right, Alan Moore, Oscar Wilde, and Neil Gaiman, and aren't they a funny-looking bunch  Tongue I also received 3 of the magnets like the one far-right, filled with black and red sparkles- vampiric, and pretty!

I also received a pot of homemade lipbalm in a delicious latte flavour, and a pack of handmade shrinky buttons with "I <3 Books" on them- I'll photograph those as soon as I sew them onto the tote bag!

Thank you so much, Kurtzie! A beautiful package from a brilliant partner on my first swap! Now I'm seriously worrying if you'll like the things I send- hope they arrive soon  Smiley
Thanks to mochaxlight as well, one awesome organiser who gave me the chance to take part in something as fun as this!
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