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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: April 06, 2014 04:50:39 AM
Well, fellow Craftsters, many of you already know that Suereal is one of the most amazing among us, being not only wildly creative, but also kind and generous and a most wonderful friend. For those of you who haven't noticed that yet- here it is:

Suereal really is the bestest! We share a tendency to reuse things for a different purpose and seeing as we are at different ends of this amazing planet, we have access to very different kinds of new input, materials and also "leftovers". In her capacity of keeping me in supplies and brightening my day, she does the most wonderful thing: she sends me Care-Packages!

Sometimes it only takes a couple of weeks, but this time the postal service decided to play a joke on us and took one and a half months to deliver an air-mail envelope (I think they finally handed it over due to our recently concluded Mutation Swap, where a bunch of Mad Scientists banded together in order to mutate stuff and the postal folk probably feared ending up as mutations themselves  Grin) and here is what waited inside:

And here is what she sent me:

A squished penny from her trip to Seattle, a monkey charm from Archie McPhee (which is a store we don't have over here) , bow bag clips that are darling and will be used for anything but bags I'm afraid,a wee pink kitty in a pink egg that will be put on a hairpiece or shoes  Grin  super-amazing Tim-Burton-playing cards, which are just so darling, I dare not use them for crafting and crocheted eggs! Grin The crocheted eggs, as it turns out can be used as a sponge for dish washing, which is the funniest thing ever and let me tell you, that egg looks amazing hanging on a hook in my kitchen Grin

Thank you so much, dearest Suereal - you really are fabulous and utterly bestest in all things you do!

But you know what?

She sent me one last year too ! I neglected to post pictures then, because -as we all know - life can get crazy sometimes and it took me a while to get over all the wonderful things I was so blessed to receive!

Amazing, right? There were so many goodies stuffed into that package, that I really can't name them all - there were stickers and monster paper bags and itty bitty totally fun japanese things and sushi sticks (at least that is what I have been using them for) and a monster card that resides watching over my bathtub and so much more! The wonderful stuffie instantly attached itself to my purple polka dot bag and protects me while traveling the odd streets of Berlin - and she is an awesome companion (although I have had to battle a few kids in order to keep HER safe  Grin)

And she sent me a CD in order to learn Klingon! How utterly fascinating is that? Languages are so much fun that I am looking forward to getting a few days to myself in order to be able to say more than "Kapplah!" and then move on to learning how one spells that in the right way Grin

And the piece d la resistance (sorry for the bad french) really is this wonderful necklace she made me:

It is so pretty AND it glows blueish in the dark! And the even more amazing thing is that it doesn't even have to be all dark in order for it to glow, one just has to enter a somewhat darker room and the wings glow beautifully!

Thank you my darling for showering me in all those wonderful things-
I am so grateful to have things around me that remind me of you every day!
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2  Re: The Loyal(Royal) Mutant Swap of 2014!!--Science Fair/Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: April 03, 2014 01:10:40 PM
I soo second the idea of mutation mother's day cards- that is one very brilliant idea. Also, I do appreciate the visual that comes with the korean maternity clothes Grin

So everyone, get out your applauding apparatus and put on the celebratory lab coats, because here she comes-

the incredible and mindblowing


She arrived in a wonderful package bearing this seal:

Also, she brought some snacks, that convey her nationality in a very lovely manner - Canadian chocolate and noodles shaped like the national flag.. and she even brought her pets who are currently tumbling all over the place giggling madly:

While you might be confused by her seeming incarceration, here is Professor Ocelots incredibly wonderful explanation (written with an old typewriter, I might add)

".. while perhaps not entirely sucessful in the overly-literal sense used by so many of our mainstream colleagues, I believe that the work done on this subject demonstrates the great progress I am making in this area of study, and shows considerable promise for the future. "

(And I have to agree with my Mad Colleague on this)

"While it is true that the only body parts available to me at this time were woefully mismatched , and I had to make do with the pitifully inadequate arms of a ballerina, the prehensile feet (salvaged from a previous , grotesquely unsuccessful creation) and vestigial wings have taken quite well. Naturally I am somewhat disappointed that little Louise will never be able to live outside her special, hermetically-sealed enclosure, and that her circulatory system still needs to be augmented b outside equipment, but she sees fairly content in her little world. Although she rarely smiles, her eyes are nonetheless quite expressive."

And Professor Ocelot is quite right about that- all her parts go beautifully together and she seems happy to be here... I admit, I believe that is the result of her surroundings matching her so well  Grin Or maybe she is happy to have someone jumping up and down in front of her after being stuck in limbo for such a long time..

"I have found that Louise likes to have the light turned on in her chamber at least occasionally. To operate it, turn the switch to the ON position and use the remote control to turn the light on an off."

YES INDEED! Her chamber doesn't just light up..oooh. NOOO! IT COMES WITH A REMOTE CONTROL!

How madly brilliant is that?
Now you understand that I couldn't just throw together some snapshots, my fellow Mad Scientist - I had to play with the light for at least two hours and then adjust my brainwaves to my new beyond-fabulous mutant roommate. As it is, I am still cackling with mad laughter that provokes lightning to strike, but I am just madly happy about having this wonderful mutant living with me.

Thank you, dear Professor Ocelot for finding me worthy of such an excellent companion and trusting in my madly scientific abilities in order to give her an entertaining and safe home.


 Her two-headed pet does need some training, though. .. I'll start right away, let me just get my lab coat from the..

             ARGH! LET GO!!! ARGH!!!...




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3  Re: The Loyal(Royal) Mutant Swap of 2014!!--Science Fair/Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: March 02, 2014 08:42:02 AM
Oh, I am so glad it made it to you in one piece, dear Professor Ocelot  and I sincerely hope the speechlessness wasn't due to a lack of attraction ( I heard it practising it's royal-greeting-growl for you when settling into the transportation crate and it kept re-doing it, cursing itself to be less ferocious and more loving Grin)

And I realize now, it should have come with an instruction manual... , but I see you have been victorious in discovering it's secrets... except one maybe:

It likes to have note-paper stored in it's big mouth when freed of holding on to eyeballs ..


I will continue waiting patiently for the wonderous mutant that is on it's way here and I am hoping it doesn't make too many sight-seeing stops on the way Grin
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4  Re: The Loyal(Royal) Mutant Swap of 2014!!--Science Fair/Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: January 16, 2014 12:47:01 AM
Good that you got our gallery up- and yes, it is indeed tempting to add a few little pics of happenstance-mutations from the past, so here is another little theme-picture for this gallery:

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5  Lucky charms.. for pencils and calculators in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: March 21, 2013 03:37:40 PM
Recently faced with the pure horror of written final exams, I needed to find some way to take only cheerful things along for the ride. While I never understood how folks can go through these things without anything personal to support them, I am a confessing lucky-charm-dependent person.... even if I am a wee bit older Grin

So here is what I made ... I guess it fits in the category of practical monsters Grin


a pencil case and a home for the exam-approved calculator...

Made from cotton, felt and closed by velcro Grin

And I had so much fun making the home for the calculator, that I made 2 more for classmates in blue and red. I was utterly thankful I had something to fiddle with while trying not to go completely bonkers from pure horror of exams Grin

What do you think?
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6  button-clock... now with glue! in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: March 21, 2013 03:04:48 PM
I have been chatting with people about the truly brave undertaking of hot-glueing buttons to things, which still seems somewhat of a sacrilege to me. Finally, I got a bucket of buttons for a present which has enabled me to take a walk on the wild side and give that a try. Grin Let me tell you, I have not been struck by lightning since, so the button-gods either haven't noticed or they are ok with this....

the button-clock:


Incidentally, this makes for a nice and quick present: Take a canvas, cut out a hole in the middle, cover with fabric and buttons, insert clock into the hole, hotglue everything ( and earn a badge for hot-gluegun-survival while doing it) and


you actually come up with a present that doesn't get the "*sneer* oh, you've MADE me something!" remark from non-crafty folk, but actually gets three people fighting over who gets to keep it Grin

What do you think?
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7  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by BirdBones on: March 21, 2013 02:50:22 PM
Whee! I finally ended up making something! What do you think?

I gave it it's own thread here:
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8  1-day-emergency-concert-dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BirdBones on: March 21, 2013 02:45:21 PM
You ever have that happen to you: you've known for a while that you will need an outfit for a concert and the day before it, you look at your considerably large pile of clothes and discover you have nothing to wear at all?
Well, this kind of thing happens rather often to me, so this time I finally got out that old, cut up and completely boring goth-dress I've had lying in my to-be-made-over pile of clothes that never seems to shrink and did something with it.
Actually, I have been wanting to do a Gibbous-like something with it for a while- only took me 2 years to actually act on that impulse, so that's good, right? Grin- and I find that lack of time and a certain lack of the very material I wanted to use ( the pink polka dot), actually HELPED this time Cheesy

So, the only thing I kept from the original dress is the lacing in front and the zipper in the back and this is what happened:

(I put a white shirt on the mannequin, so the dress would be easier to see, it is not part of the finished dress Wink)

I used a couple of sleeves I chopped off other dresses years ago, 2 old fishnet-shirts, leftover lining and fabric, some very old ribbons, a strange hair-pantyhose-thingy I got a while ago and a fuzzy pink stuff that also has been waiting to be used for ages. See, that is the final proof that hording instincts can amount to something and are in fact, totally justified Grin!

and just in case you are interested, here is an action shot, worn with a petticoat underneath- the dreads are homemade and pretty old and so is the hat Wink

So what do you think? Acceptable for a one-day-project?
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9  ready for winter to be over (lots-o-pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: March 21, 2013 02:12:19 PM
The calendar says spring started 2 days ago and even if we still have 9 inches of snow outside, I am ready for winter to be over, so I figured maybe posting my winter-knitting projects might help. Grin
I have neglected Craftster dreadfully these past 4 months, but now that my written finals are over, I'd really like all you wonderful crafty folk to know that I haven't been super-lazy in the craft-department. Since I didn't have enough time and leisure to actually start any intricate projects, I just carried my knitting and crocheting around with me all the time and- let me just mention that right now- it has stopped my head from exploding many a time Wink

Ok, so here is what I've made:

a study in brown, made with the wonderful new mesh yarn:

one of the circular scarfs I've seen here on Craftster- and this one took 4 different kinds of yarn until it finally came out nicely Grin:

and because I decided to use up supplies before I actually got to buy "fresh" yarn, a hat (crocheted) and a scarf in left-over pink:

and left-over sparkly red:

a shoulder wrap in unbelievably cozy greys:

and of course, some purple:

and some purple-ish leftovers:

and finally, my favourite, an actual jacket, which to my utter surprise even fits  Grin (which is certainly surprising considering my non-existing skills in making the right size when knitting)

So, what do you think? Grin
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10  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by BirdBones on: February 03, 2013 03:19:28 AM
Oh, my bestest, most wonderful Suereal has sent me a care package to brighten these extremely stressful months leading up to my exams.. And , boy, did she cheer me up! Among all this greyness and people having melt downs and my scheduled getting screwed up pretty much every day, there is a hopeful splash of color all the way from Canada!

Look at what she sent me:
felt in animal prints- wow, I didn't even know they made this and I will have huge amounts of fun making something with that
stockings with skulls- my favourite!
pantyhose with pink stripes- fits the new dress I made over Xmas perfectly.. oh, yeah, note to self: take pictures and show this off soon...
lots of cute stickers- that will be saved in the very special box for the very special projects Wink
a chocolate filled candy cane for the HMF- HunkyManflesh says thank you in a very hunky voice Grin
cupcake flavoured toothpaste - now that one has me completely fascinated and I can't wait to see if this rots my teeth Cheesy


My awesome and completely adorable Suereal has made me a MasterMonsterMaker badge that is currently residing right over the computer screen to serve as a daily reminder that there is a life beyond exams!

I am , as ever, completely in awe of the wonders she sent me and ever so grateful and excited about it-

I love it all and especially the wonderful Spock-dog card that will henceforth help keep me rational when needed Grin
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