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51  Re: Small, Quick US Supply Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: January 08, 2006 02:52:00 PM
I sewed a bunch this weekend, including using some of Tesstessi's fabric.  Wanted to show you what I made:

A pouch for my new digital camera:

A skirt, which I plan to wear to work tomorrow:

I plan to use the reenactor-appropriate fabric for a new chemise to wear with my ren faire costume this coming season.  yahoo!!  THANKS again, Tess!
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52  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: January 03, 2006 06:54:16 PM
Here is the beaded felt applique I made for my wonderful tote from stargirl:

I put velcro on the back of it and on the front of the purse, so it serves to hold the flap closed, along with enhancing the bag's natural beauty:

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53  Re: Small, Quick US Supply Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: December 30, 2005 02:26:37 PM
I received my *treasure trove* from TessTessi!  I can't call it a "fabric stash" because that's not a big enough term - it's a "cavalcade of fabric!"

I told Tess that I love elegant fabrics, so she packed a huge box chock-full of gorgeous fabrics.  Check this out (that's my full-size sewing scissors on top, to give you an idea of just how big this stack is!):

These are generous-sized pieces; some are big enough that I will actually be able to make myself clothing from them.  We're talking complete, 1 1/2-2 yard cuttings!  The black/pink/white flowered will become a skirt; there is an incredible piece of reenactor-appropriate cream fabric that will likely become a costumey shirt or maybe a cozy nightshirt; and I may be able to create a poncho out of another.  Much of it will be used for my "uberpouches" - lined drawstring pouches big enough to be used as small purses.  There are at least ten fabrics here that went immediately into my fabric collection.  My favorites include: super dark green velvet; several burgundy Asian print silks; and a jaw-dropping embellished patchwork piece.  I can't believe how perfectly she hit my color preferences - there was so much burgundy and forest green, my two favorites!

The second pic shows the rest of the fabric still in the box (yes, there was more!) and some other little goodies - metal craft rings, bias tape, snaps, water soluable backing, lace, almost two yards of GORGEOUS fabric trim that is exactly my style.

And because she's a total doll, Tess added in a Christmas present for me - a bracelet!  It fits me perfectly; it's in a color I didn't have yet; and it has this perfect magnetic clasp that saves me from that awkward attempt to clasp a bracelet on one-handed.  (Please forgive the blurry pic - I got the digital cam for Christmas and am still learning the ins and outs of taking good pictures.)

I am having some "swap anxiety" now as I wait for her to receive my box.  I can't imagine a better surprise than this massive fabric haul; I can only hope she's anywhere near as happy with her box as I am with mine!
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54  Re: Unconditional swapper swap - DECEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: December 29, 2005 12:58:50 PM
It came!  It came!  As soon as I opened my mouth to whine publicly, Krysta's mail reached her!

Here is the surprise I sent her... a dead fish scarf!

I hope very much that it's not too weird for her and that she enjoys it.  I had a blast with it and was so glad I could surprise her!
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55  coat of arms stationery in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Writer78 on: December 18, 2005 06:44:45 PM
I have been wanting stationery with my coat of arms on it.  Since it hasn't worked out to swap for it, I finally decided perhaps I could manage to make it myself, after all.  After a couple disasters using the wrong kind of glue (resulting in curling/lumpy cards), I managed to come up with six notecards that look like this:

I printed the coat of arms on thick white paper and used a paper cutter to trim it down to the smallest it could be.  I measured the dark green cards and the gold scrapbook paper and the coat of arms images, and then I trimmed the gold paper appropriately.  I ended up using a simple glue stick to assemble the finals.  I then trimmed some plain white paper and glued a sheet inside each card so that I can write on them with regular black ink pens and have it show up easily.
I'm pretty happy with the results.  Now I have to see if the gluestick glue holds up.  Next time I think I would use a light-colored card and just let the trim (gold, in this example) be the darker color.
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56  Re: Monster tins in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Writer78 on: December 03, 2005 07:31:26 AM
Here are better pics of the second monster:

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57  Re: One tiny thing swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: November 26, 2005 07:44:18 AM
I got my tiny thing from DevilDoll!  It's a lovely little trinket box tin.  It's as elegant and as beautiful and professionally made as I knew it would be.  I'm a huge fan of her work and pestered her into joining a swap so that I could swap with her!  Lalala...  I love cheating...  Wink

The tin is approx. 2 1/2 by 4 inches.  The image is an authentic Victorian-era advertisement.  DevilDoll handpainted it with watercolors and edged it in ribbon and delicate chain.

My first instinct is always so save something this lovely for a "special" use.  However, I've saved too many pretty things over the years (journals, candles, etc.) without giving them much use, always waiting for some "perfect" use for them.  So this lovely thing is going in my desk drawer to hold my paperclips.  It's not as dramatic as waiting to have a boyfriend and then using this box to hold little love notes from him, but heck, if I waited for that, it could be a loooong time...   Roll Eyes  So I'm going to get a lot of use out of it and enjoy it all the more because I'll see and handle it so much more often!

THANK YOU, DevilDoll, for playing swap with me!
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58  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - OCTOBER (gallery) in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: November 23, 2005 12:00:29 PM
Finally developed my film.  Here is the stationery that kat_penguino sent me:

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59  Re: Unconditional Swapper Swap - NOVEMBER in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: November 05, 2005 05:12:24 PM
Today I bought a new printer to replace my old one, which finally gave out on me.  To my thrill, I was able to afford an all-in-one that also has a copier and scanner.  My inaugural test scan was of the goodies from seaofstars!  (These are just a few of the MANY buttons she gave me.)

Sign me up for her fan club, bay-bee!!
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60  Re: One Tiny Thing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Writer78 on: October 21, 2005 07:02:05 AM
Here we go!  This is the lovely little 3x5 mini journal that CraftyZary made for me:

Inside the front cover, she printed in my coat of arms and added my name and the word "journal" in gothic script:

Inside the back cover, my coat of arms is printed again, and you can also see the leather bookmark that's attached to the spine:

Zary wanted me to point out to everyone that she DID follow the rules and sent One Thiny Thing to swap with me.  I need to point this out because also in the envelope was this awesome leather-and-wood necklace for my peasant costume:

She was very clear that the necklace was a "thanks for organizing" gift, and it was therefore not a swap item, and she therefore followed the rules.   Grin  Hey, I'm not one to argue!!  As princess pointed out earlier, "Writer won't send it back!"  Nope - this little writer is keeping her cool costume necklace!

THANK YOU, CraftyZary, for the lovely e-mails and the awesome crafts!
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