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21  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: February 08, 2011 11:25:29 AM
Check out the matchbox I received from Fosca.  She picked up on my love of jellyfish and made this cutey.

I risked a stinging to get my hands on the matchbox he was guarding.  Fosca decorated the box with really pretty paper and a lovely hand-painted keyring.

Look how tightly this matchbox was packed.  These things will never fit in the box again.  I have to confess that I opened the box upside down - luckily the goodies were crammed in so tight that barely anything fell out.

Fosca sent me 7 types of ribbon!  One was wrapped around the matchbox and the other six are pictured here.

I love the little stamped pieces of paper.  Thankyou, Fosca!
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22  Paper Tree with Autumn Leaves in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: November 27, 2010 12:36:29 AM

I made this little paper tree as a birthday present for my dad.  I found online instructions for the base and for the leaves.  I made the trunk by wrapping some very fibrous paper (don't know what it's called :/) around some thin wire and smoothing it in place with watered-down PVA glue.  (I twisted some of the fibres on the trunk into a knot but that doesn't show very well in the picture).  The base is filled with dried chick peas for balance.

The instructions for folding the leaves can be found here: http://www.origamibonsai.org/foldingvideos.html (it's the video at the bottom of the page)
The instructions for the 'closed box' base are here: http://www.origami-make.com/box-square-closed.php
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23  Re: Disposable Camera swap round 8! Phototastic Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: November 03, 2010 04:54:47 AM
[whinge] AAAGH.  Craftster, first you do not notify me of the awesome gallery posts and then you swallow my post. [/whinge]

I love all the packages that been shown in the gallery.  I especially like that battered frame with the picture of the storm aftermath.

I'm going to be very restrained and only show 7 pictures of the 66(!) sent from Australia to me by lovely Ruth (Harvey).  

The frame has been delicately hand painted with sea creatures.  I love how every swap I join ends up being ocean-themed. Cheesy The picture shows a rainbow bee-eater (and I like to believe that this means he eats rainbow bees).

I love how this sculpture is meant for kids to play on.  I also love (in a seething, jealous sort of way) how inviting the beach looks.

This artwork is awesome and I feel silly for not sending more graffiti myself.

This is a sulphur-crested cockatoo.  Apparently, my Mum yelled at a friendly lady for calling these "birdies" when she was about four years old.  Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to tease her about that.

I've never even seen one of these in pictures before.  It's a sturts desert pear and it's really pretty.

These ducklings are seriously cute.  I love how awkward ducks are on land.

This picture was taken by Ruth's husband using lomography.  Please thank him for me as I really love it and now want a go myself.

I'm really glad that I joined this swap as I've had a chance to try something new and see some of gorgeous Australia.  Thanks for being my swap partner, Ruth!
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24  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: September 19, 2010 12:02:35 PM

This lovely badge was sent by my angel, pseudo_pix for always rescuing spiders from the bath.  I'm a bit scared of spiders really so I'm glad to have this cute little blue one and not a giant hairy monster.  Thank you so much. Cheesy
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25  Alien Squid Head Massager in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: August 31, 2010 01:53:27 AM

I made this for ilovesnails in the 'things with tentacles' swap.  He's a squiddy brain harvester that tricks you into placing him near your brain by assuming the form of a head massager.  While you relax through the soothing circular motion of his metal arms, he transmits your thoughts to Squidlor, his master.  He's made from a pack of silver fimo, two safety eyes I'd lost the backs from, a 'genie' head massager and some kinda tacky blue sticky stone things.  I love him but I've developed respect for people who made complicated things with polymer clay, I struggled even to do this.
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26  Re: *Things with Tentacles* in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 28, 2010 09:58:28 AM
I sent my parcel to ilovesnails on July 14th and it still hasn't arrived Sad so we've agreed that I'll post pictures now.  If they never make it to Canada, I'll remake them.  Thank you for your patience, Marion. Smiley

This t-shirt shows a tiny brave pirate ship in the tentacles of an enormous sea monster (or maybe it's just waves and the sailors are imagining things...?).  It's decorated with a mix of fabric paint and felt.  I tried to keep things cute rather than scary.

I handmade this notebook with plain paper and bits of tough card I found in my stash.  I left ripples in the fabric cover when I glued it down so it'd (hopefully) look like water.

This jellyfish cushion is made from a recycled curtain, felt and loads of ribbon.  The fronds(?) are 50cm long if that gives you a sense of size.  I loved making this guy but I blame his size for the long postage time (hence his hurt expression).

This squid head massager looks innocent enough but he's really an alien sent to harvest your thoughts and hand on the information to Squidlor, his master.  I made him with one of those 'genie' head massagers, a pack of silver fimo and a couple of safety eyes that I've wedged into the clay.

I'm so sorry that you're still waiting for this lot to arrive, Marion.  I hope that you like what you see, anyway. :/
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27  Re: Harry Potter swap round 8 gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 26, 2010 02:11:51 AM
I received the greatest package from Foxy Sam last night.  I was a bit hyper and it was way dark so I left posting until this morning (which is an achievement for me) but now I'm here to show off my haul.

Foxy Sam sent me a little bag of beetles to be transfigured into buttons should I ever be short of one or two in my crafting.  That sounds a little mean to me but they're chocolate beetles so they could be put to a much more humane end...

Next, I received these two cute pygmy puffs.  I'm glad that Sam sent two for company but I'm a little concerned by the amorous looks they're giving each other.  I might have to take these two to be fixed by Hagrid before I end up overrun with even smaller pygmy puffs.

Neville has very kindly sent me a cutting of his mimbulus mimbletonia.  This plant is awesome because (being made of yarn) I don't have to water it.  I am very cruel to plants and this might be the first one to survive my care.

Sam must know that I am in desperate need of help with the housework (not because I'm overworked, I'm just really lazy) so she's sent me one of Kreacher's cousins to help keep the place in order.  This guy comes with a toga(!!!) and one of Hermione's hats so he's a free elf (but he'd better get going with that pile of dishes).

My last Harry Potter item is probably my favourite.  Sam has made this bag from scratch and then painted the giant squid across the front of it.  I LOVE anything with tentacles (except for those pervy cartoons) so I'm thrilled to have this.  She has also painted the Hufflepuff crest (my chosen house) on the back which is more than I'm capable of so I'm very impressed.  This bag is also reversable and can be a much more sensible black and white check pattern.  I have to be honest and say that this is totally wasted on me as I see the squid design as appropriate for all occasions including weddings, job interviews and meeting the Queen.

Sam also sent me some extras from New Zealand.  I got a cute flip-flop keyring, a kete (a woven flax bag) and some NZ sweets.  I know that my country is responsible for Marmite (which I love!) but I still can't get over a place where chocolatechewypineapple is the normal sweet.

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28  Ron and Harry Escape from the Spiders T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 21, 2010 07:43:35 AM
I decorated this t-shirt for Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter Swap.  Sam loves all the magical creatures in the Harry Potter series but a blob with eight legs is pretty much my artistic limit so I went for the acromantula.  I painted the spiders in black fabric paint, then cut out the Ford Anglia from felt using an internet image as a size guide.

I had some trouble with the paint not staying on the felt (although it's stuck on other felts I've used) so I cut out some felt spiders and covered the very faded ones over the car.

I was pretty happy with this shirt I might make myself something similar in time for Deathly Hallows.
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29  Dumbledore Loaded Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: August 15, 2010 02:00:33 PM
I made this bracelet for the lovely Foxy Sam as part of a Harry Potter themed craft swap.  I'm new to making jewellery (all I've made are a couple of button bracelets) so it took me a while to figure out what I was doing.  It's a bit odd and clunky but I like that.

I decorated a box with chamber music (Dumbledore's favourite) and quotes from spare copies of the books.

I used red, blue, green, gold, silver and bronze coloured beads to represent the Gryffindor, Slytherin and Ravenclaw houses because I think that Dumbledore would have belonged in any of them.  I made a lot of the charms as I couldn't find the ones I wanted to use.

The charms are: a map of the London underground (Dumbledore's birthmark), a head boy badge (in Gryffindor colours), Gaunt's Ring, Dumbledore's portrait, a phoenix, a deluminator, a mermaid (because he can speak mermish), bowling pins (one of his favourite hobbies), socks (the thing he most desires...maybe), a bumblebee knitting pattern, Tales of Beedle the Bard (containing his notes on resurrection), Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (containing his letter to Grindelwald) and the Elder wand (or, y'know, a little twig of elder).

It's not the neatest thing but I'm sure I'll get better with practice.  I might even make something that even non-Potterheads would ever want to wear.
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30  Re: Merit Badge Swap! in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: August 13, 2010 03:13:22 AM
Love the tardis and the albino crocodile!

I received this beauty from cindibee:

I really love the squiggly stitched border, I've only just got my first sewing machine so things like that boggle me.  Maybe in a few years... Cheesy  Cindibee says it's made with antique fabric which is very cool and gives it some character.  Also, that embroidered spider is mega creepy.  I may have earned my merit badge rescuing spiders from the bath but they still make me squeal like a little girl when nobody is around.

Here's the badge that I sent her:

Cindibee earned this badge by beating Eye of the Tiger on the Expert level of Guitar Hero.  As somebody who struggles on the medium level, I have major respect.  The badge shows the chords(?) for the moment the chorus starts.

Since ShesAZombie has dropped out, I'll post the badge I sent her:

She earned this badge by looking presentable when she had just rolled out of bed.  I went with a microwave for the image because they get the job done fast and it's only when you pay close attention that you can tell it's been a rush job.  I hope you're alright, shesazombie.
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