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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Anatomy Swap Gallery on: December 15, 2014 12:31:31 PM
I have received a wonderful angel package from mialesca!

I am so sorry that the first parcel went missing.  Thankfully this one made it here safely.

Here is a beautiful cross stitch of a neuron.  I love the texture on this and I've put it straight on my wall. Smiley

Here is a fabulous polymer clay brain Christmas tree decoration.  This could easily become an all-year-around decoration; I'm not sure that I'll be able to put it away once the holidays are over.  It's got a lovely gentle sparkle to it which helps it look organic.

Thank you so so much, Nina, for putting so much time into crafting for me.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Anatomy Swap Gallery on: November 18, 2014 10:47:14 AM
Oh my goodness, Nina. I am going to have to get hold of my package somehow because that -LIFE SIZE - axial brain slice is so beautiful! What an incredible level of detail, and it's educational too!

The cookies made me smile with the walnut brains, what a fun idea.

I'm really glad that you sent me a guinea pig brain, although I shudder to imagine its extraction.

I'm so sorry that the parcel has gone missing, I hope that its captor is treating it with respect.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Bugs" on: November 16, 2014 04:27:31 AM
Oh, wow, that spider brooch is absolutely gorgeous.  I had a spider brooch that I wore for years when I was younger, this is a much lovelier version and something to be treasured by its lucky recipient.

The butterfly magnet is also beautiful.  Although the spider seems to be hogging all the attention, I think this little magnet is as pretty as the real thing.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: a couple more vintage-inspired pumpkins on: November 15, 2014 09:39:52 AM
Oh no! I want to hug the ghost pumpkin but my arms would pass right through him. The chirpy-looking orange one seems blissfully ignorant. ..for now.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow raincloud hairbow holder on: November 15, 2014 05:21:31 AM
This is lovely!  I can imagine it as a shop display.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: No more french knots for a while! on: November 14, 2014 01:55:21 PM
I love all the different shades of pink all mixed up in there!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stitchy version of blood vessel, cerebellum and heart/stem cell photography. on: November 14, 2014 11:52:51 AM

I made this for mialesca in the anatomy swap because she is interested in cell biology.  It is based on two images taken from the science photo library and one from a scientific photography competition in a UK newspaper:

Left image. (blood vessel in the brain) http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/306645/view
Middle image. (cerebellum) http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/307822/view
Right image. (heart cells derived from stem cells) http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2010/jan/19/british-heart-foundation-photography-competition

The whitish spaces are just handwritten titles explaining what each picture represents.  I didn't take very good pictures in my eagerness to send the parcel!

There are so many beautiful scientific images just waiting to be crafted.  I'm new to needlework (all I've made before is one little crossstitch) so I don't really know any special stitches or anything like that.   I'll definitely be trying this again and I'd love to see what the talented craftsters of this board could make of the available images!

Here's a link to some other images to tempt you all into having a go!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Anatomy Swap Gallery on: November 14, 2014 10:51:01 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!  There is some incredible scientific photography out there.  I'm new to this craft but I'd love to see what others in this swap could do with some of those images - there were dozens of beautiful pictures to be crafted in the science photo library.

I love the stitched notebook, there's a wonderful depth to that heart.  The RBCs in a jar are really beautiful.  I, too, found that humerus and want my own punny mug.

The mixed media heart is great, too.  I really like the printed background and the cute dogs are a bonus. Smiley

My parcel from mialesca arrived in the UK on Monday but somebody else has signed for it in my place.  I've been knocking on doors of neighbours and shops trying to figure out who they were (I have a name but its nobody familiar)!  I hope that I find it soon.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups closed, send by 11/3) on: November 09, 2014 10:59:21 AM
I see that I'm the last one holding a parcel, eeeek.  I couldn't send it this weekend as planned, but I'm going to sneak out of work tomorrow and post it off.  Sorry, gigglygirl and it'll be with you asap.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery on: November 07, 2014 11:58:45 PM
I love both stars (I've got my own from Ninaprettyballerina!).  The little rabbit is very cute indeed.

Ratfinks, those snowflakes are very pretty.  How did you make them?  I think if I tried, there would be a lot of swearing and a lot of little beads rolling around on the floor.
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