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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Topher Brink and Circuit-diagram butterflies (Dollhouse hoop) on: December 26, 2011 10:07:26 AM
My sister and I just finished watching the first season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse (now onto season 2!), and I wanted to practice my beginner embroidery skills doing up a Dollhouse-themed hoop.

The circuit diagram/butterfly design came from Urban Threads: http://www.urbanthreads.com/product_details?product_id=2341&category_id=57.

I would say it took my about 10 hours, with Christmas movies, since I'm a bit slow with the stitching (seed/back stitch and French knots). I enjoyed myself, though! The result, with a quarter placed for scale:
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap Gallery on: September 22, 2011 06:21:27 PM
He is amazingly cute.  Right down to his red boxers.

I am so glad you noticed!!! Tongue
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap Gallery on: September 16, 2011 05:50:17 PM
As promised, here are the items I made for fiorinda. I am so glad she liked themthis has been a great swap!

A few fabric covered buttons (some plain plaid, some cross-stitched):

Embroidered cards (these were fun to make!) (Marcus is special because he's fiorinda's favourite Smiley):

And the man himself!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap Gallery on: September 16, 2011 07:35:02 AM
Yesterday, I received from fiorinda...And it was fantastic! Smiley

First, a keychain which ensures I will never lose my keys in my purse again. Cheesy It has a bird ("for freedom") and a charm that reads "love", "because, as Marcus says, love will set you free." (Things in quotations are from fiorinda's letter.)

Second, this really lovely charm bracelet. In her letter, fiorinda explains that the snowflake and the butterfly are for winter and spring, based on my favourite lines from Winter Winds (see more below).
(Also with the words "hope" and "love", "because that's what Mumford and Sons is all about.")

My package also included this quilled snowflake ornament. In the photo, it is hanging from the doorknocker on my bedroom door. How does one even begin to make such things?!? I have no idea; it is a skill way beyond me, but fiorinda did a beautiful job and I am very impressed.

And finally, this bright and beautiful Kindle cover (which fits perfectly!) with my all-time favourite M&S lyrics. I love its vibrancy, the jazzy "HOPE" button, and I so admire the beautiful sewing she's done. I feel so inspired, and that's such a great feeling!

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap (signups: CLOSED; Mail by 9/02/11) on: August 20, 2011 05:48:04 PM
I'm crafting up a storm, though I'll probably be sending closer to the 2nd. Smiley Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap (signups: CLOSED; Mail by 9/02/11) on: August 04, 2011 06:17:46 PM
"Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford has reportedly popped the question to actress Carey Mulligan. The pair have been dating since February, and were previously childhood pen pals in London."


Too cute! Smiley

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mumford and Sons Swap (signups: CLOSED; Mail by 9/02/11) on: August 02, 2011 06:58:53 AM
Okay so I'm going to assume everyone is happy with their partners being that I've not received any PMs. Great!
I've started my smaller project and have many other ideas floating around! A little inspiration?
Here ya go!


Mumford boys Parlez-vous franais?  Oh yes!

That is a great video! fiorinda just introduced me to it and I love it! Smiley

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nerd-love cross stitch hoops (Prince of Persia, Dinosaur Comics) on: July 13, 2011 08:08:42 PM
I've recently realized that I LOVE cross stitch and so I've been practicing, having fun, and trying to get better.

I stitched these two as gifts for two different friends. Each is just basic cross stitch, but took me a week or so of evenings watching Battlestar Galactica and Bright Star to finish. While I've still go to put the finishing touches on their appearances, all the stitching is done. Both are quotes that the friends and I have shared...Fun times!  Smiley

This first one is a quote from the movie Prince of Persia (a, ahem, guilty pleasure). It's good life advice, don't you think? The pattern for the bird is adapted from one in the Reader's Digest Big Book of Cross Stitch Designs:

This second one is a quotation from a photo-essay-poem-thing by Joey Comeau (A Softer World) about Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics). If you want to read that, you can find it here: http://cargocollective.com/joeycomeau/1223104. The dinosaur pattern is from this website: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mdinoxstitch.htm

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Simon Tam....tam (Firefly hat!) on: June 27, 2010 05:44:59 PM
This is just the shape that I've been looking for a hat my niece wants me to knit. I've looked at the pattern that it was based on, but did you make some mods to cause it be less "tam" than the original?

Would love to know what changes you made as I think I could adapt it to the hat she has in mind. Thanks!

It's difficult for me to describe, because I sort of made it up as went along. Anyway, here goes:

I used a nice, chunky yarn. I started based on the pattern (you may want to adjust so that the circumference is nice; as I said, mine turned out rather big) and I kept knitting until it was about the pre-decrease length that I wanted. From there, I skipped to the decrease instructions in the pattern, and finished 'er up (and added the pompom!).

It's a little haphazard, I know - I hope that helps at least a little bit!  Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Pearl Necklace a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer on: May 30, 2010 12:45:28 AM
I just recently fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I'm only halfway through season two, so I've got a long way to go). I was quite taken with the necklace worn by the character Drusilla, in the episode School Hard, and I decided to take a shot at replicating it for myself.

My version, using a mix of swarovski pearls (almond and red), glass pearls (white), and small white beads as spacers (imitating the sort-of "knots" you get between actual pearls in a typical strand):

The original (picture from http://www.screencap-paradise.com/):

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