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11  Re: Day of the dead swap pics... in The Swap Gallery by hijole on: November 01, 2004 12:39:46 PM
I forgot to post pics of the skulls!

This is only part of the pile...

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12  Re: Day of the dead swap pics... in The Swap Gallery by hijole on: October 18, 2004 06:46:21 AM
Norsgoebel sent me some fabulous hand-painted cards:

And the world's coolest necklace:

I just love the flowers on the calavera!

I also got the super-cool soap and licorice candies from Xanthia.  Those licorice skulls are amazing!

Thank you so much.   Grin
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13  Re: Shrine Swap Pics in The Swap Gallery by hijole on: October 16, 2004 06:30:51 AM
This is the shrine I made for funkyolive.  She said she liked India, so I couldn't resist making her a mini Ganesh shrine. 

The outside of the box:

Ganesh and his rat:

Ganesh and his pal are polymer clay. The mirror in the back is attached with shisha embroidery.  Take it from me:  think long and hard before you consider using gold embroidery floss!

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14  Skeleton doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by hijole on: August 30, 2004 07:36:34 PM
This is a doll I made this weekend for the Doll/Journal swap.

I didn't use a pattern, but read Karen Vosburgh's book "Tiny Toys" a few months back and incorporated some things I remembered from her book.

The doll's about 8" high and is made of regular craft felt and is stuffed with polyfill and polypropylene pellets.  The arms and legs have floral wire in them, so they're poseable.

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15  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hijole on: April 17, 2004 01:18:03 PM
Here's my latest, made for a four-year-old girl:


I used craftymed's sew-around-the-edges method.  It worked so much better than I expected!
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16  Re:ANYBODY INTERESTED IN STARTING A CRAFTSTER MAIL ART RING? in The Swap Gallery by hijole on: April 16, 2004 09:52:48 AM
Sorry I'm so late in posting these.  My scanner is kaput, so I had to post regular pics.  Here are the fabulous cards I got:

I got another from kitsyv that I haven't taken a picture of yet.  When I do, I'll edit it in.

Thank you all for a terrific swap!  It was so fun tearing through the mail every day, hoping to find an ATC.
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17  Re:creative halloween costumes in Halloween Costumes by hijole on: February 28, 2004 07:05:39 AM
I can barely sew, but managed to pull together two pirate costumes.  For my daughter, we used checked pants, a white turtleneck, black boots, and a scarf that she already had.  I bought a women's vest from the thrift store and pinned back the armholes, making a pleat in the back (to draw in the fullness).  I sewed straight down what I'd pinned, and it ended up looking like a frock coat.  I also made her a little neck ruffle from some old sheets and a cape from a yard of flannel.

She insisted that our new baby be a pirate, too.  I made his shirt and pants from $1 bargain bin fabric.  I made a regular stocking-type cap for him and then tacked on a Captain Crunch style brim and glued on a felt skull and bones.  It needed trim, so I used cheezy-looking fabric paint.

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18  Knitted hat and scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by hijole on: February 24, 2004 11:06:36 AM
Two separate projects, one post.

The first is a hat I just finished.  The yarn was scraps from other projects.

The second is a scarf knit from Bernat eyelash.  It's very soft, a little shiny in the sun, and I just love the colors.  Tastes great, too.

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19  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hijole on: January 24, 2004 12:00:28 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!

I made this bag this morning.  Your instructions were great -- they made the project really easy.

Sorry it's so linty -- the batting from the quilted fabric got everywhere.  That'll teach me to use reclaimed batting.

I added a button and loop for the closure.

My product tester loved it!

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