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1  Anderson Cooper in Needlework: Completed Projects by armaine on: December 15, 2010 06:44:55 PM
So... It's been so long since I've stitched anything. I think I took like a 4 month break from this. But it's finally done, so here it is. Smiley

10k stitches, approx. 5 1/2"x5 1/2".

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2  Re: One Tiny LGBTQ Thing Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by armaine on: July 26, 2010 12:27:19 PM
Package arrived today from Propaganda!

It's a beautiful beaded necklace, featuring two interlocking female symbols! My pictures don't do it justice, really. I don't know how to work with beads, so it's mind-blowing to me.

The necklace is a gorgeous dyed silkcord that looks awesome. It's definitely going to be getting a lot of wear. :]

I also got an extra (and, to me, humorously appropriately sized, as it's almost exactly 4"x4") edible treat! I think you must be magic, because while I love Ritter Sport, it's hard to find around here! AND in my second-favorite kind, cornflakes! Unfortunately, it's 93 degrees, here, so it's in the freezer right now, returning to it's non-liquid glory. Tongue

Thank you so much!
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3  Re: Whedonverse Swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by armaine on: June 18, 2010 10:57:13 AM
My package arrived! I think it came today, which would be excellent timing- I just got back from a trip to Memphis/Knoxville, and it was on the porch. Since I live with my mom during the summer, I would think she would've brought it in from the porch, if it came yesterday or something.

Lots of pictures ahead! Ahhhh, everything is so awesome! I don't even know where to start, haha.

I think this first item is my favorite! Maybe. It's so hard, when everything's amazing. But TeriLynn must be magic, because she somehow knew that I have a ridiculous number of keychains on my keys, and always love finding a new one to put on there. Plus, it's super cool. Some of the stuff on my keyring comes and goes, but this stake is on there already, and is going to stay there. Tongue

The next thing I saw was this: I didn't recognize the reference immediately, but she jogged my memory in a note- it's Willow's tropical fish that Angelus sent her in an envelope in season 2 of Buffy!

And close-ups of the individual fish, which were threaded on fishing line, and held in place by little beads. So ridiculously creative!

The first thing I saw after opening the package was this gorgeous box! I didn't recognize the Chinese characters at first, but with those, and the Blue Sun logo on the back, I knew it was Firefly/Serenity related.

Picking it up to see the back, I realized there was something within! So immediately after opening the box, I realized what a treat I had gotten. ♥ Fruity Oaty Bars! (Which are delicious! I'm trying to make myself save them, and not gorge on them all at once. Tongue) Also, now you know why the stake is first, haha. When I took the picture, I didn't realize the keychain was right next to the box.

I reeeeally wish I could transfer scent through a photo, because not only do they look and taste good, they have the most tempting smell ever.

Y'know, I totally trusted TeriLynn, but then she went and lied to me in a note; there is no such thing as too many Fruity Oaty Bars! Grin Okay, okay, maybe too many to fit in the box. But not too many, hee. There were two more in a plastic baggie.

And last, but certainly not least, is this lovely Willow-inspired necklace. I'm not usually a jewelry-wearing person, since I don't generally like calling attention to myself, but this definitely calls for an exception. I love all shades of blue, and it'll definitely go with a couple of shirts I have in my wardrobe. :] (Even though right now I'm wearing a green superhero t-shirt, so maybe not this one, haha. It's still tempting to wear it in public anyway, though! At home, fersher. It's on right now, and I love it!)

Everything's so cool! Thank you so much, TeriLynn! It all just rocks so much! I'm using way too many exclamation points! But I'm too excited to stop!
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4  Whedonverse Needlework! in Needlework: Completed Projects by armaine on: June 12, 2010 06:10:14 PM
My partner just received in the Whedonverse swap, so it's safe to post about the needlework I did for her. :]

First up, the Mutant Enemy Logo, in tote bag form- it was my first try at embroidery, so I was really nervous about it, but I'm actually pretty proud of it, even though the front pocket's crooked. I had no idea what I was getting into, haha. Tongue She mentioned that she liked turquoise-y blue, and I lucked into some pretty fabulous turquoise fabric. I worked on it, on and off from the 22nd of May until Wednesday, when I finished the bag.

Before making the bag, I knew I wanted to make something dealing with Wash's dinosaurs, so when I saw on her questionnaire that this exchange was among her favorites, I knew what I had to do, haha.
Made up a pattern using a couple of dinosaur sprites that I silhouetted (Though the T-Rex only had one leg, so I attempted to add another [the smaller one on the right] that didn't look weird. I'm not sure if I succeeded. And yeah, I know his dino was a Ceratosaurus, but I couldn't find a good sprite. Tongue) and a font I found online, with some small alterations to a couple of the letters. Specifically, I changed the 'a' to look more like an 'a' and less like an 'o'.

I'm glad to do some swapping, because it's apparently the only thing that can motivate me to actually -do- something with the stuff I make, instead of just loose fabric sitting on my chest of drawers.
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5  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by armaine on: June 11, 2010 12:07:48 AM
Found the perfect first swap, so I've been working exclusively on that for the past month. But since I sent off my package today, I'm ready to get busy again. Starting with a portrait of Anderson Cooper, one of the very few men I'd totallyinasecond go straight for.

Here's what I've got so far. Nowhere near done, but I'm making a little progress.
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6  Tinkerbell for my mama. :] in Needlework: Completed Projects by armaine on: March 28, 2010 10:12:15 AM
My mom is kind of obsessed with fairies of all kinds, so when I started stitching, she immediately started asking for something fairy-related.
It was a quick, tiny project that gave me a break from the bird, haha.
It's going to be a bookmark, once I separate the two pieces, since they were done on one piece of aida. (Which was, I believe, 22-count, if I remember correctly.)

It's just 28x42, which sounds like a dream right now.
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7  Calvin & Hobbes stitch. in Needlework: Completed Projects by armaine on: March 28, 2010 10:06:16 AM
I've been working on this since December, though it's been rough. Apparently, I get bored when there are only two colors to work with.
It's from one of my favorite panels of Calvin & Hobbes, when they find a dead bird. It's one of the philosophical strips, so they contemplate life and death.

It's 122x237, and yeah. I'm just so excited to be done with it!

Here's the original strip:
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8  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by armaine on: March 28, 2010 10:00:13 AM
Finally finished on Monday, but didn't have the camera until today.
It's the biggest project I've ever completed, and it was hard to keep up the pace. I think a lot of that was the fact that it was only two colors, and I was just super tired of black and grey. xD

But here it is, completed!

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9  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by armaine on: March 09, 2010 10:02:25 AM
I am definitely looking forward to your finished Steve! It looks so good already!

Finally got access to the camera, so here's an update. Still going pretty slowly, 'cause there's so much to do lately, but I'm getting there. I finally feel like it looks birdlike! xD

And an idea of how much I have left:

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10  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by armaine on: February 18, 2010 04:54:12 PM
I've been on a semi-hiatus for the past couple of weeks. Sort of got burned out, stitching all the time, and recently, all the same color. But I do have a little progress to show, even if I still don't have access to a camera.

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