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1  Re: Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: July 07, 2014 07:39:55 AM
from My_RubySlippers, for my gypsy caravan theme! It's on a mini canvas and it is adorable! I love it, thanks so much!
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2  Re: Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: June 28, 2014 05:36:51 PM
So many beautiful cards!
Got another gorgeous one yesterday, from CDEeeek for gypsy caravans. It's two sided!

I love love love it! All the little details are wonderful. Thank you!!!
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3  Re: Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: June 24, 2014 04:09:07 PM
Two lovelies waiting when I got home today!

A LEGO ice cream from cmarion3 (0 fat, 0 calories!) That looks delicious;  I love it! May have to narrow my theme to lego food...hmm...

And a classic star wars card - my second chewbacca! From kosmicgirl.  He's great! Love the sparkles, layers, and his adorable expression. 

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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: June 15, 2014 09:06:42 AM
Oooh that frame is lovely, I will have to remember that idea! ...and pin it of course Smiley

Received from Oath Keeper, for my lanterns theme:

The cut-out lantern is beautiful!  Grin And I love the ghostly white light. On the back it says "Ghostly hand can never grasp," which she said is a line from one of her favorite poems - which poem is it, Oath Keeper?

Totally awesome start on a new theme for me, thanks!
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5  Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: May 28, 2014 07:14:44 AM
There is so much awesome stuff here!! Magpirate, that tree hoop is incredible. I discovered on this swap that intense embroidery is not for me (tendinitis in my wrist Sad) so I admire it even more now! I also love the freeform knit scarf and those plant markers... so cool.

Here's my package from aada! She got everything spot on and it was so fun to open up the package.

First up, these lovely purse organizers:

Love the colors! They unfold and have lots of pockets on both sides - just what I need for all the bags I carry around  Tongue The black one is actually PERFECT for zills (finger cymbals)... now I just need a few more pairs to fill it up!

Then this gorgeous galaxy scarf:

I asked for anything galaxy-print and boy did she deliver!  Grin
Because I also got this galaxy coin purse and box:

and this little bag:

Totally awesome! love all of it.

Next up, some gorgeous jewelry.
A necklace and earring set in my fave colors:

And another!

A bracelet for my bf, who was too shy to model it for me Tongue

Probably one of my most favorite things ever, a gorgeous necklace with a pendant of a picture of a lady with an accordion - something I collect!

I've already worn this a bunch... aada, you called it a microscope slide necklace - what does that mean?  Huh I like the sound of it though!

I also got some gorgeous hair clips:

The colors are amazing, I can't wait to wear them to a dance performance - they're so much nicer than anything I have!

Still not done! This super-cute knit iPod case is lovely and soft and will keep my baby safe from scratches as it bonks around in my purse all day:

I was so surprised and excited about this quilled quetzal - I love exotic birds AND paper crafts! Perfect combo! I think I need to start a bird art wall now...

Speaking of paper crafts, I also got this great little book...

...that opens up into a star book for my ATCs! Right off my wish list! It's beautiful. (although it's upside down in this photo, whoops!)

Last but not least, some beautiful material that will definitely be used for a costume soon. Smiley

Everything was absolutely amazing. Thanks, aada, for making my first random swap so awesome!!
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6  Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SenatorOrgana on: March 28, 2014 06:57:32 PM
Here is where I want to live!  Smiley Those are allllll bluebonnets...

It'll be the view from the house that we build on my boyfriend's parents' land one day... I can't wait to live in the country! gamemom42, your life sounds exactly like what I want to have! Minus the developers of course Sad that's a real shame.

I've started on the first project...it's something different to me, so I hope it turns out well!
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by SenatorOrgana on: October 27, 2013 12:46:41 PM
jellybean89, gonna have to pin that crochet Snitch, too cute!

Class: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Marauders' Map Notions Bag
Project Page Link (if available): I used this tutorial: http://www.always-a-project.com/2011/10/hoopla.html
Brief Description: After a long week, which included a wickedly awesome HP event that we put on at my job (meaning I worked a 12 hour shift yesterday but I'm not complaining!), I finally have a day of peace and quiet to myself. Had a hankering to craft something so I browsed the class listing for ideas. When I realized that the Charms assignment related to the Marauders' Map, I had a flash of inspiration. I found a Marauders' Map t-shirt at the thrift store not too long ago and knew I had to do something with it. It was a Large, and I haven't been wearing many t-shirts lately so I decided not to bother with altering it. I've had the project bookmarked for a while and so I decided to combine the two! Not only does this project incorporate the Map, it will also help me keep track of my beading tools and other crafty stuff.

Project Picture:

Here it is, hanging on my wall! I don't have a lot of storage space (small house) so going vertical is always optimal. In this photo the bag is stuffed with my ironing towel.

The tutorial was easy to follow. I did have to make some modifications though - not only did I want to preserve some of the t-shirt design for other stuff, I wanted to ensure that the Map design was placed how I wanted it, so it took some tricky cutting and piecing to get it the right size. (Of course I didn't think about it at first and stitched the bottom so the focal point was off to the side  Roll Eyes) I also didn't make the bottom as wide as the original author did; it felt like it took up too much of the design.

The best part, though, is that I still have these awesome pieces left over to use in other projects!  Cheesy
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - August 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SenatorOrgana on: October 23, 2013 07:08:46 AM
Received an amazing card from blupaisan for my hidden treasures theme! This one is a replacement for a lost one ( Cry) BUT it's absolutely wonderful and I'm so happy to have it.
Two pirates enjoying their treasures! AND, I didn't even notice this until I was taking a picture to post, the treasure chest lids lift up to reveal their treasure! Soooo cute and wonderful!!!

In the process of uploading these pics, I realized I never posted a pic of the adorable Chewbacca card I received from deathbeforedishes for my classic Star Wars theme!

He's just the cutest!
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by SenatorOrgana on: October 20, 2013 05:23:23 PM
SO many great projects here! I've loved browsing through this thread and seeing what everyone has come up with.
Haven't had a whole lot of time to participate, but I'm happy to post my second completed class project! Smiley

Class: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Muladhara Chakra Hoopla
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: I've been exploring the chakras in different ways for a little while now. Incorporating them into crafty projects helps me learn about them and remember what I've learned. Embroidery is fairly new to me, so to practice, I decided to do a set of chakra hooplas. This is the first chakra, the Muladhara Chakra. I borrowed a book from my BF that describes each one in detail. For this one, it says:
"Yantra Form: Chrome yellow square with four vermilion petals. The square has great significance with regard to earthly awareness, as it represents the earth itself, the four dimensions, and the four directions. The form of the earth element is linear, and the four points form the four pillars or corners of what is known as the quadrangular earth. Four allows for completion, and earth embodies the elements and conditions for human completion on all levels."
I did simplify it quite a bit and chose just to do the main components. The book also says that the petal color is "vermilion mixed with a small amount of crimson red;" the lingam is smoky gray, and from another source I found that the inverted triangle is a deep red. Not entirely sure that all the colors are exact (what the heck is chrome yellow??) but went with what I had in my stash that seemed to be closest.
Overall I am pretty happy with it! Smiley It's a 4-inch hoop - I wanted to start small. It still took me quite a while to do, and it's kinda crooked, but I think once I get all seven done, they'll look nice together.

+ Ravenclaw Extra Credit: 4 also happens to be my Character Number  Cheesy So in many ways, this chakra is perfect for this class.

Project Picture:

I'm also happy to propose an OWL!
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration Option 1
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matchbox Advent Calendar
Brief Description: I want to make one of those awesome matchbox Advent calendars for my BF's daughter this year. Not only will I be using up my large collection of empty matchboxes, I'll also be able to do some stash-busting in my collection of scrapbook papers and various ephemera.
Timeline: 1st week: browse through stash to choose color theme & pick out components
2nd week: begin covering matchboxes and extra components
3rd week: assemble pieces and decorate exterior
4th week: purchase treats/gifts and fill calendar
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10  Pillowcase -> Portable Sewing Supplies Mat in CHALLENGE 91 ENTRIES by SenatorOrgana on: October 02, 2013 10:06:10 AM
I've been meaning to craft some sort of portable sewing kit for some time now, as I often find myself transporting tools around to workshops or other crafty events and inevitably wind up losing stuff in my bag, or getting stuck by loose pins!

So for this challenge, I took a pillowcase and created a traveling sewing supplies mat:

It holds a ruler, seam gauge, marking pencil, fabric scissors, and a seam ripper. It has a mini-pincushion, a little pocket for a measuring tape, and a wooden dowel which holds two spools of thread. I also filled in the empty space on the right with a matching zippered pouch for any extra notions I might need. (The design is completely original - didn't even search for inspiration ideas, just knew what I wanted and sketched it out! Smiley)

Here's the case I started with (after I cut it open):

Picked it up at the by-the-pound store, so it was super cheap! I love this color, and especially the detail trim around the edge.

Detail shots:

I really liked that trim that was on the top edge of the pillowcase. Since I only used about half of the main fabric to make the mat, I cut the top edge off of the extra piece and attached it to the right side of the mat to make a nice frame. The empty panels on the end also allow for it to roll up nicely!

The extra fabric was also a thrift store find. I like the contrasting texture and complimentary colors of it.

The measuring tape pocket is sewn pillow-sham style, with two overlapping flaps so the tape stays in place, yet I can pull the end out easily.

The pin cushion is extra poofy, and sort of pulls the material out of place, but I think it will come in handy! In retrospect, I might have attached a piece of cardboard underneath to keep the pins from sticking through.

I wanted to be able to cut off a piece of thread without removing it from its place. I cut a 3/4 in. diameter dowel down to size (6 inches) and it is held on by elastic loops. It's long enough to hold two standard spools.

The pouch is lined with extra pillowcase material.

And it rolls up super nice! I tried to plan it so the larger items (scissors, pin cushion, thread) would all fall into a separate vertical "plane" I guess, so it isn't too bulky or awkward. I also used extra pillowcase thread to make the ties.

Now I can simply gather my tools, roll them up, and throw them into my bag without worrying about anything falling out!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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