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1  Re: Creepy Cute Swap Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Azura on: May 03, 2012 12:14:27 AM
Yay! Everyone got such cool things! Here's my awesome batch from RebeccaJay:

The Vampire cactus! I'm sure this cute little fella will like life in Spain more than that poor old vampire Cheesy

Frankenstein towel! I love this so much, it's going straight to the new apartment Smiley

I couldn't get a very good picture of this guy -.- he lives in my fridge and takes care of all my reminder notes Cheesy I don't know if you can see it very well, but she crocheted the head herself!

Thanks, girl!
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2  Re: Scandinavian Inspired Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Azura on: March 27, 2012 11:22:41 AM
yaaay! It took a while for the Spanish post to deliver it, but I finally got my package! And it's amazing!! prepare to be jealous, viking ladies Grin

First of all I opened the package and there was this gorgeous book with linen covers:

But what is this? It's not a book, it's a box! and it's full of awesome things! (everything was beautifully wrapped in those pieces of linen, but I had excitedly opened it up and just put it back together for the photo, that's why it looks a bit shabby, oops)

Inside this package there was this wonderful set of rune stones, an adorable bracelet with green beads, and a very viking Mjolnir necklace Cheesy

Then there was this runestone carefully wrapped inside a felt pouch:

I haven't been able to find its meaning yet, so maybe little-cupcake can help me out a bit Cheesy

She also made me these charming labels:

They're even better because they are made from pages of a dictionary, which is extra special to me because I'm finishing my translation major this summer Cheesy

She also included some delicious tea along, I got majorly spoiled!

Thank you so much Little-cupcake!! I LOVE ALL OF IT!!
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3  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Azura on: October 21, 2011 10:54:10 AM
I RECEIVED! I got my package from annieandchiquita yesterday, bu waited until this morning so I could take pretty pictures Cheesy

It all came in a huge box that got me really excited! Didn't think to take a picture of it, tho. Everything was filled with bubble wrap and the first thing that came out was this:

Two amazing Aguamenti glasses, for my love of charms! I cant believe how well they're etched, they look like I could have gotten them from the shop, they are amazing! And it was her first time etching glass, too, can you believe it? I'm so in love with them!

After that I found a little box full of accessories, with everything neatly wrapped up:

How beautiful are those? My house is Ravenclaw but I really don't like blue, so she used this really light blue crystals for the house pride! I'm in awe of how beautiful the pendant is, too, I'm sure this will be getting a lot of wear Cheesy

Next I found this mysterious book from Flourish and Blotts...

Which turned out to be a secret box!

Inside it there was a set of magnetic words with all sorts of HP related terms Cheesy I've made space for them on the fridge door already! It must have taken so long to think of everything, and I can't even think how much patience it must have taken to print them out and cut them up.

There was also a Harry Potter tin with a bunch of fake HP tattoos inside Cheesy

The one with the dark mark is awesome Grin

And not content with all this, annieandchiquita included a bunch of Australian deliciousness chocolate, as well as some postcards from Sydney Cheesy

Half of the things in this photo have already disappeared.

THANK YOU ANNIEANDCHIQUITA!! I loved everything, I couldn't have asked for a better partner! Cheesy
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4  Spiders and Bats Travel Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Azura on: August 20, 2011 07:25:06 AM
Not so long ago I saw this post here on craftster and inmediately fell in love with it. And as my holidays were aproaching, I decided to make my own travel wallet, with specifically the things I need Cheesy And this is what came out!

The wallet has a passport slot, a flight ticket slot and two big pockets on both sides because I adore travelling with tons of printed out stuff (travel itineraries, hotel reservations, train/bus tickets and timetables, map to reach the hotel... you know the drill). It also has a zippered pocket for storing gum/mints, earplugs, and my inflatable neck cushion, as well as a little key holder for the keys to the suitcase lock.

And here it is closed. Keep in mind that it's already been in two travels, including a week at a metal festival, so I'd say it's holding up pretty well Cheesy

I didn't include any space for money and credit cards because I hate the thought of moving everything from one wallet to the other contantly >.< I wanted something that could be used for travelling and then left in the suitcase while I go around being a tourist with a way smaller wallet in my purse Grin
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5  My Wall of Horror in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Azura on: August 17, 2011 05:01:29 AM
This is a very simple and cheap project, but I really like how it turned out, so I figured I'd share in case it serves as inspiration for somebody Cheesy

There you go, the Wall of Horror! This corner of my room had been previously occupied by a dusty poster that got a much-needed retirement. I then got some pictures of my favourite horror legends, photoshoped the hell out of them (I wanted them to look almost like stencils, but without losing too much detail), and got them printed on regular photo paper; I then proceeded to buy some photo frames from the dollar store and that was all Cheesy

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6  Toddler Halloween Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Azura on: July 23, 2011 03:52:31 PM

To be fair, it's a regular dress with halloween themed fabric. I had wanted to make a dress for my 8 month old goddaughter for a while, and this fabric had just the right amount of cuteness and horror movie monsters. I had some buttons to go with the theme as well, so I got down to it, and here's the result!



Also, am I the only one who's confused by baby sizes? I find it very bizarre that everything is sized by age, considering that babies have the randomest sizes and grow each at their own time. So I picked a dress that looked like overalls and sewed the 9 month version, hoping that if it was too big she could wear it with some long sleeves underneath when it gets colder.

I put a velcro closure on it, because my baby handling experiences have shown me that real buttons in baby clothes are a royal pain. I'm not one to pass up the opportunity to use bat shaped buttons, however, so I put them on the back for decoration.

This was my first shot at baby clothing and, although I made a lot of mistakes, I managed to fix most of them. There's a lot of things I wish I had sewn better, but all in all it wasn't the catastrophe it might have been Cheesy C&C welcome!

(I used the Goldie Dress Pattern)
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7  Movie Monster Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Azura on: June 02, 2011 02:09:39 AM
Sooo, who of us hasn't heard of the Robert Kaufman Horror Movie Monster Fabric? probably many craftsters, actually. But nevertheless, I heard of it, fell in love, and proceeded to pay a shameful amount for shipping a few yards of it across the atlantic ocean.
Aaaaand who of us hasn't heard of Rae's Buttercup Bag pattern? Exactly.

So I went ahead and created a bag with a craftster classic pattern and a craftser classic fabric. It's a creativity blackhole. But I needed a bag for the summer and darn it if I don't love it. Here it is:

I made it slightly bigger than the original (a good 35x25cm), because if I can't fit a book, my sunglasses case and a camera in it, then it's not my bag.

You can see the pleating properly there.

I also added a zipper closure because, well, let's say that if you CAN fit someone else's hand in it while it's "closed", then it's not my bag.

Also, as a side note: the buttercup bag pattern is *fantastic*: easy and quick to make, no wonder there's so many around Cheesy
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8  Re: Spring is for METAL!!(Metal Swap round 2) Gallery!! (NSFW) in The Swap Gallery by Azura on: May 24, 2011 02:06:42 PM
YAY! I received my package from GeekySweetheart! and my dear metalheads, It. Is. Awesome! I went a bit photo happy Grin

So, I got this today as I was leaving for class!

Of course I ran back inside to open it Grin Festival Survival Kits are not something one ignores! (I made it just in time for class, so no worries haha). So I open it up and I find this rocking make up bag:

And not only was it full with other crafty goodness, but it held a surprise! A secret message so I can remind myself every morning Grin ("I don't give a flying f*ck, motherf*cker!" From the great Children of Bodom song, In Your Face... which, come to think of it, is so very fitting for a make up bag! Cheesy)

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I'm giving it the mature image tag for the swearwords... dunno if it's required, but better safe than sorry!

And then I saw this great Sonisphere bracelet! For my festival summer Grin I shall get my own sonisphere bracelet in july so this one doesn't feel lonely Grin

And then out came this AMAZING wrist cuff! I'm in love with the embroidery, I'll be able to raise THREE pairs of horns at gigs! Grin

But not only is it a rocking wrist cuff, it has a secret pocket, to keep my cash safe at festivals. Trust me this is gonna get used a lot, it's such a great idea Cheesy

And you would think that's enough but I got even more spoiled! There still was something in the make up bag, and it was a most brutal patch with a most brutal quote from Nathan Explosion Grin You can see it in this picture of the whole lot:

I tried my best to take an individual picture of it, but I just couldn't get the black on black to show... which is fitting, since the quote is "Blacker than the blackest blacks (times infinity)". But I'm glad one picture can show its awesomeness Cheesy I can only imagine how brutal it must have been to embroider black on black!

And a mandatory last shot Grin ( I have tiny wrists so it fits perfectly, you had nothing to worry about! Cheesy)

All I can say is THANK YOU GeekySweetheart, you were spot on! I absolutely love everything Cheesy This is the best first time swap package I could have asked for!

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9  Re: Spring is for METAL!!(Metal Swap round 2 SU CLOSED SO 16th May) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Azura on: May 13, 2011 01:12:49 AM
I've got a little teaser here for GS Grin

Yes, there is a LOT of tape in there. I just have no faith in the Spanish mail service -.-
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10  Re: Tent-like t-shirts to wearable tops in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Azura on: April 26, 2011 11:08:27 AM
This is pretty much why I bought a sewing machine a few years ago! I started reconstructing my concert t-shirts because the only designs I liked were in the Men's shirts. I hate to admit it but I have about 4 shirts sitting in pieces waiting on me to finish them.

I have 2 t-shirts waiting to be finished and one I haven't even started... so don't feel bad hahaha

Also, as an update, the lovely VinegarEel very nicely asked me about the hem in the Heavy Corner t-shirt, so I thought I might as well post about it here in case anyone else wanted to know *crickets*

Um, here we go! I did the simplest thing I thought of, to be honest, and any real seamstresses out there will probably be horrfied. But if you are not fussy about dodgy "seemed like a good idea at the time" methods, this looks nice: I did a very simple hem around the top of the t-shirt, and then sewed the lace trim on top of it. Click on the picture to see how I botched the hems it up close.

The trick is finding a good elastic lace trim that's easy to work with, and avoiding ruffles as if your life depended on it. I found the best way was to baste the trim before sewing it (this might be the first time I have ever actually basted something, much to my mum's dismay), cutting it and re-sewing it at an angle when you reach corners (this is much less forgiving than bias tape), and make sure you're not stretching the lace or the t-shirt fabric when you sew it together. All in all, proceed cautiously and it's a breeze, rush it or be sloppy and be prepared to suffer consecuences >.<

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