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31  Re: Unconditional swapper swap - DECEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: January 04, 2006 02:19:34 PM
I'm so glad you liked it, padray! Like I said, it was a fun little project (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50458.0)!

Here are a couple pics of what I sent:

The bag:

A few little iron-on felt patches:

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32  Re: Unconditional swapper swap - DECEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: December 12, 2005 10:17:30 PM
I came home to find swapping goodness in my mailbox today...some wonderful person fulfilled my wish for 1" buttons with 11 (!!) of the freaking cutest little pins ever!

Thank you secret craftster from Toronto (would love to know who you are)!!!

Can't wait to put some of these on my bag and show them off! (of course, the "Knit till you die" button with the little skulls is already on my knitting bag - so perfect!)

Here are some pictures for all to see:

Bubble wrapped for safety:

Button-y goodness:

edit: just found out it was sweetiepie press...AWESOME WORK! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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33  A big girl with big attitude! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Madmatigan79 on: December 05, 2005 01:08:08 PM
I made these shirts for one of my best friends. I am so proud of this girl! She has spent the past year completely overhauling her life - breaking it off with her fiance and getting out of an abusive relationship, losing 100lbs (!!), dealing with all the skeletons in her closet and pretty much just learning how to like herself again.

This one was for what she called her 'wedding-less' (we went out partying on the night that would have been her wedding)...I found the quote ("I'm young, free and not in need of boys - stop staring at my chest") on craftster, so big thanks to whoever said it:

She loved the first shirt so much that I made this one for her to wear to a rodeo caberet (the quote was her idea):

Close up:

I used the Avery Dark t-shirt Transfers with my HP inkjet, in case anyone is wondering.  Smiley The first one is pretty stiff, as you can see from the picture so maybe my iron wasn't hot enough? Or maybe it just needs to go through the wash a couple of times...? The second one turned out fine.
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34  Re: OOOOH Spooky! Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: October 13, 2005 11:57:44 AM
I got my package from crafty_dame this morning. Words cannot describe how perfectly perfect it is, so you can see for yourselves...

Nightmare Before Christmas banner, black cat earrings, skull pencil, skull candies (too cute!), and asssorted glow-in-the-dark goodness:

Detail of the banner (I love this so much!!):

Adorable black cat earrings:

Everything is great! Thanks, crafty_dame!!
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35  Re: Green Purse Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: September 16, 2005 12:15:55 AM
Everything looks so fantastic! It is great to see so many variations on one theme - so far, not one thing resembles another!! Here are some pictures of the bag I sent brokenpencil - it is sort of a messenger/jordy/hobo-hybrid (would still love to see some pics of the purse "in action" Smiley)!

exterior (seen here with Dr. Seuss just to give an idea of the size):

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36  YAY! Crystal 'flowers'! (now with new pictures & link to tutorial) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Madmatigan79 on: September 07, 2005 12:37:14 AM
After a month of beading and spinning wire and then beading and spinning some more, we (my mom & I) have finally finished off my wedding 'flowers'.

After seeing crystal bouquets online for a ridiculous sum of money I, craftster that I am, decided to try and make them myself. I used the tutorial from this site:


With 300 "stems" of Swarovski beads (crystal, amethyst, topaz & peridot - the colours in my dress) spun onto 28-gauge wire, we created this:


In natural light, the crystals are like a tiny explosion of colour and sparkling light. And HEAVY! Holy crap! I won't be tossing this bouquet (unless I want to give some unsuspecting guest a massive head trauma)!

We also made bouquets for the bridesmaids which are smaller (140 stems each) and corsages/boutonnieres for groomsmen, parents, etc. If anyone has any questions about the tutorial (not mine!), let me know!

EDIT: Here are some pictures from the 'big day'!

Close up of my maid of honour's bouquet:

Close up of a boutonniere:

edit: My mom & I worked on this project on and off over the summer so it took a few months to get everything done. However, I would guess that if you had a few more people helping out, you could set up a sort of 'assembly line' and get this done over a long weekend. To get an idea of time, we would set up in front of the t.v. at my mom's house - we could each get about 20-25 stems done during a 1-hour program. It probably took me an hour to assemble each of the bridesmaids' bouquets (longer for my own because it was bigger and I was a lot more particular about getting it 'just right'). My mother, mother-in-law, bridesmaid & I put all of the boutonnieres together in an evening (maybe 2 or 3 hours to make all 12 bouts).

edit: It probably cost us about $300 (CAD) in supplies to do 3 bouquets and 12 boutonniers - about what it would have cost us if we had gone with fresh flowers from one of the florists in town. The cost estimate isn't totally accurate, as we have quite a few beads and a couple spools of wire, ribbon, etc left over (but all the packages are opened, so unreturnable). We ordered the crystals from Astral Beads (http://www.astralbeads.com/). Good prices and customer service, so I recommend them.
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37  Re: Baby/Child Swap in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: July 18, 2005 04:28:55 PM
I am a naughty monkey...I didn't post to let everyone know that I got my package from elizasmom on Friday.

It came at the perfect time - I had just gotten home from working 12hrs overtime at the hospital. I was in such a crabby mood, bone tired and missing my family (I hadn't seen them very much that week because I kept getting called in to work, even on my days off! Sad ). That package cheered me right up! Thank you, Leila! Anyway, inside were two of the cutest little shorts & t-shirt outfits! Just perfect for this crazy hot Saskatchewan summer!

Our digital cam crapped out but Elora & her daddy have just taken film from the "real camera" off to be developed so I will post some pics tonight! Thanks again, elizasmom!!

EDIT: here are pictures of one of the outfits (the other has already been worn & is waiting for laundry day!):

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38  Re: Baby/Child Swap in The Swap Gallery by Madmatigan79 on: July 15, 2005 10:25:34 PM
When you have a baby its hard to be modest. I usually am but when it comes to my daughter I will not lie- She's the cutest thing on the planet  Grin.

I am totally the same way...when people gush, "Oh, your daughter is such a doll!" my instant reaction is to say "I know."...which is probably not the response that Miss Manners would recommend!! But it is darn tough to be gracious when the kids are involved...

And elizasmom - I am so glad that you liked everything (and that it fits)...I was worried about the sizes, etc. Eliza is SO CUTE! Here is a picture of the barcode on the back:

- Dawn.
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39  "Ursey the Nursey" Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Madmatigan79 on: July 03, 2005 09:34:33 PM
My friend recently returned from maternity leave to her job as a delivery room nurse. She was feeling down because she will have to leave her little guy at with a sitter while she works 12 hour days/nights so I thought that I would make her a tote bag to put all of her nursing stuff because things always suck LESS when you have cute accessories. The exterior fabric is patio canvas and the interior is cotton poplin (her favorite colours: green & purple).


Interior (you can sort of see the zippered pocket & key ring):

Close up of interior fabric print:

I am giving it to her when I go over next weekend...what do you think?
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40  "Garden Goddess" housewarming gift in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Madmatigan79 on: May 07, 2005 12:13:03 PM
One of my girlfriends just bought her first house. As a housewarming gift, I got a big planter and filled it up with garden-specific stuff (bulbs, tools, work gloves, watering can, etc)...I also made her a garden apron/tool belt. I used a cute twill print with some heavy cotton canvas - I'm pretty impressed with the result!!

What do you think? Comments appreciated!

The apron/tool belt (presented by Daga, my crafting supervisor):

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