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51  Costa Rica Treasure Frame in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ChameleonHound on: May 04, 2014 03:00:05 PM
Hi All! Can I tempt you with an alluring beach photo? Wink



Sadly, this is a project that waited for almost 6 years for me to accomplish. In the Summer of '08 I worked for a sea turtle conservation group in Costa Rica. I spent a lot of time on the beach, and wanted a little bit to remember it by. So, I found a nice little glass bottle and filled it with some sand, pebbles, sea shells, and ocean water. Unfortunately, the folks in the baggage-handling areas of the airport were rough enough with my well-padded treasures that the bottle broke on the way home, and I was left with a baggie of soggy beach crumbs and bits of glass.  Cry

I wasn't sure what to do with it until I discovered this pin on shadow box picture frames. I got one of the photos I took that summer printed out at the pharmacy and mounted it in a shadow box frame I got at Michael's. Then I sifted the glass shards out of the sand, chose some shells and driftwood and seeds, and put it all together!



I'm pretty happy with it, and am definitely going to enjoy my little bit of Costa Rica now that I can have it on display! I especially like that I can tilt the box around and get a slightly different beach from time to time - a bit more like the real thing. Smiley

Here's a pic so you can see the photo a bit better. It's really hard to photograph a picture frame without getting a reflection!



Enjoy! Thanks for looking!
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52  My first double-knit hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by ChameleonHound on: May 04, 2014 01:55:46 PM
Hi all! I recently learned how to double-knit (knit two layers at the same time) and I decided that it was necessary to make a hat. I had some leftover blue bamboo wool yarn, and a skein of something in beautiful colors that I found for 99c at the thrift store.
It took quite some time as I didn't really follow a pattern for the weight of yarn I had, and I had to take it out and adjust a few times especially around the decreases.

Voila!


And so you can see the inside:


I suppose it could have been reversible, but I really wanted a tassel.  Grin
Thanks for looking!
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53  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP APRIL 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: May 03, 2014 08:42:13 AM
Check out this cute little mousie that Amaranth_in_Oz made for me!



Adding him to the crew... I'm loving all of the pirate cards I got this round. Smiley
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54  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP APRIL 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 30, 2014 10:13:17 PM
Check the multi-geekery awesomeness I got from My_RubySlippers!!!!


Captain tight-hammer pants! GAH!

Thank you for bringing this into the world. I love it.
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55  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP APRIL 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 26, 2014 06:41:20 PM
Oooh, I love that whale card!

Check out all of these pirate cards I got today!

These two are from Kosmicgirl, named "Bloody Bob" and "Deadly Dan" Cheesy


And this is for my pirate alphabet, by jo_mama. The wood looks extremely realistic!


Aren't they just fantastic?!? I'm a happy gal whenever I get pirates in my mailbox. Grin
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56  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 24, 2014 10:20:11 AM
I got all sorts of goodies from fancybutch in the mail yesterday! The post was slow and stupid in getting the mail through, and then it wound up at my old address, which my old housemate was slow to remedy... because of all that, she made me 2 extras! Wow!



These are all beautiful and very spring-y. And that thumbprint card is the cutest!
This one is my favorite, I think. It's stitching on watercolor, and the colors are beautiful. Smiley



Thank you for all of the ATCs, fancybutch! I'm sorry it was so stressful trying to get things mailed.  Embarrassed
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57  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 10 - Places - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 20, 2014 09:58:30 AM
I got this western-themed hoop from Helena Puck. It has a fantastic floral print on the back, and the stitching is so neat and tidy!!! Also a cool little wooden button. Smiley



Thanks! It's awesome! I realized I can include it with either my western-themed decor or my piratey collection. I suppose bevvys fit any theme really. Wink
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58  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 15, 2014 03:48:40 PM
I got a great pirate critter ATC from hlillie!





She sent me a whole bunch of other goodies too! The poem is great, and the Bryce canyon postcard is going on my display board. Smiley

How did you do those black dots, hlillie? Was that with a stamp? I like it!
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59  Mushroom Mug in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ChameleonHound on: April 12, 2014 06:50:41 PM
Hello All!
Here is a mug I made for a friend (though by size, it's almost a bowl Grin ). This is a 99 cent thrift store mug that I fancied up with a black sharpie and some enamel paint, and baked in the oven to seal it. I've tried just sharpies in the past, and found the colors faded too much for my liking. The paint works fairly well though!



Thanks for looking!
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60  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - MARCH 2014 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: April 12, 2014 06:13:34 PM
I got two more lovely ATCs in the mail today.

This one is from My_RubySlippers for my dinosaurs theme:


Isn't he cute? She used Copic markers for this one.

And the next is from La Chapa for my theme "Think spring".


Lovely things come from eggs, don't they? Wink I love the textures in the background, and the colors too.
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