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1  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Painted Sparrow on: October 13, 2013 07:21:59 PM
Received my super cool OTT from Crazyda79 over the weekend! This is so cool & creepy & morbid, I love it!

A creepy candle, complete with crinkled head! Hopefully she'll have a moment to verify, but I suspect it is an apple or orange that is carved with a face & allowed to rot to that awesome blue-green state. I think it is so freaking fantastic! How cool is this?!

It's so cool, I couldn't help but take a handful of creepy awesome pics!

Thank you so much, Crazyda79! This is such an awesome new thing for my Halloween decor gathering, so freakin' wonderful! Thank you! Cheesy
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2  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25) in The Swap Gallery by Painted Sparrow on: October 13, 2013 07:15:30 PM
Got my package from the wonderful Whenindoubtsew the other day! It is fantastic, & so clever!

First, I have a lot of cloches on my Pinterest, I just love the look of them. So she make me a fantastic cloche assemblage! And how clever that she used a cut-up 2-liter bottle for it?! Genius!

Closeups of the top & bottom. I didn't capture it quite right, but there's a house on the top of the skull where the floating bats are coming out of. And the skull glows using a flameless candle that goes up underneath it.

And straight off my Pinterest, a spiderweb doily hoopla! Already has a super happy home on my hoopla wall, an awesome addition!

And a couple of extras!

Thank you so, so much, Whenindoubtsew! They are perfect & excellent additions to my growing Halloween decor collection!! Cheesy

AND! She is away from home at the moment, but asked me to post some pictures of what I sent her. So, here's a few pics of what I crafted for her.

She had mentioned wanting a countdown block calendar & likes realistic pumpkins, so I built up a wire & paper maché pumpkin holder for the hand-painted blocks. And if you recall me mentioning the cool fact, the inside box of this was made on my boyfriend's 3D printer.

Another thing she mentioned was a shrine, so I made a wee witch's cupboard! A carved pumpkin in a jar, barrels of ingredients, a sparkly tree from a happy skull & my pride & joy of it, Mortimer the escaping pumpkin! There are some thumbnails of each side & the outside of the box, too.

This was an awesome swap & I was so happy to be able to craft for Whenindoubtsew! This has been an amazing swap, amazing crafts, amazing partner, amazing organizers, fantastic!
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3  Re: Adults only swap round 8 in The Swap Gallery by Painted Sparrow on: August 08, 2013 05:59:27 PM
Oh my, what was this long box on my stoop yesterday? Why, it is a swap package from Athterath!

One pair of flogger earrings, subtle enough that I could rock them anywhere!

A split leather paddle, shall be awesome fun to try with the boyfriend this weekend!

A birch rod bundle, bound with beautiful blue ribbon. I have not tried anything like this before, it should be very interesting! And from my few quick arm uses, quite nice.

And the piece de resistance, a beautiful embroidered pillow!! So many wee & beautiful stitches, absolutely, truly, gorgeous work! It will be an honor to have this on display!

But keep your fork, there is pie! That beautiful pillow is also a storage cozy! Which toy(s) shall make their homes in here, I wonder?

Thank you so much, Athterath! I love all of it & am so excited to use it all! You are a wonderful swapper & I hope you have enjoyed your first Craftster swap! Cheesy
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4  Re: 9 Nov '12 Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by Painted Sparrow on: November 09, 2012 05:26:30 PM
I have some stuff to show, woo!

"Bubble Candy," my second legit go at spinning. Definitely not perfect, but fun! I think it looks like a cross between cotton candy & bubble gum. It's a single right now, but I'm going to make a hat for a coworker with it, so once I figure out what I'll need for the hat I'll somehow ply it. Superwash merino, ~96yds

And this is super exciting for me, I learned how to do a whole bunch of stuff at the alpaca farm this week! I got to take some red-dyed alpaca, pick it, run it through an electric drum carder into a batt, then blend it with the white merino. Then I learned how to diz it off into a nice roving! It's about 3.2oz & I'm planning to spin it up rather lofty, set the twist in a bath with peppermint essential oils & then make a holiday stocking. Smiley For now it's decorative on my bookcase.

Right now I have an avocado green Peruvian wool on my spindle, but I don't have in progress pics of it. Hoping to finish it soon so I can start spinning up my peppermint roving!

Jexxican - I really love the colors in the copper mine!
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5  Re: 12 Oct 2012 Fiber Friday in Spinning: Completed Projects by Painted Sparrow on: October 12, 2012 04:26:36 PM
Wooo! First time posting yarn! After months of ogling the yarns in this forum & spending hours researching, I finally learned to spin on an adventure to a local alpaca farm a few weeks ago! Cheesy With traveling, I haven't been able to do too much, but am really excited to do more with my shiny new drop spindle!

"Frankie M." ~40 yds

The name comes from that it is the fleece from a llampaca named Frank mixed with a little bit of merino. It's not incredibly even, somewhere around a sport & a worsted? But I don't think it's bad for a first full go (I had only done a couple short learning lengths before this one)! Smiley I'm going to knit it into a mug warmer as a part of my sister's Christmas gift set.

Blue Mohair Plying ~133 yds

I don't really feel right naming this one because I didn't spin or dye it. As an extra gift while I was learning, the gal who owns the farm gave me a ball of blue mohair she had on hand so I could learn to ply, it was a practice ball someone else had spun & dyed that had been sitting around for a while. It was great practice! No plans for this yet.

And because I'm stoked about my next project, I need to wash & prep these, like, 10-12 lbs of alpaca fleece I bought recently (for, like, $25, score!) so I can start spinning them! Also waiting on getting some sheep's wool from one of my husband's coworkers! Woo! Cheesy

oK, well, sorry for rambling! I'm just so excited!! Cheesy
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6  Re: Year of Homemade Gifts Craftalong 2012-2013 in Craftalongs by Painted Sparrow on: October 06, 2012 09:45:30 AM
Got the wedding gifts done! And I am very happy with them! As I said, they didn't really have a registry or ask for gifts, but she did mention that she is redoing their home in a vintage/rustic style & that her favorite color is purple. So I did some antiquing & some shopping & put together a couple things for them! It actually worked out well that I procrastinated, lol, because I was able to incorporate an image from their program into my painting work on the coffee grinder.

Mason Jar Bouquet

Coffee Grinder

I posted another thread for them here, Bouquet/Grinder Thread. It includes more detail shots & info about what went into them, so I don't bog this thread down too much, lol.
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7  Antique Mason Jar/Coffee Grinder Revamp in Completed Projects by Painted Sparrow on: October 06, 2012 09:39:22 AM
So my sister- & brother-in-law recently got married! Yay!!! They've been together for over a decade & have a home together, so they didn't really do a registry or ask for gifts. But being me, I had to make them something, of course! After talking with her, I found out that she is redoing their home in a vintage/rustic style, & that her favorite color is purple.

After an afternoon of adventuring to antique & thrift stores, I had a vintage blue mason jar, a purple & blue handkerchief, vintage lace, four tarnished serving forks & a coffee grinder. Also picked up some lace, pearl-like beads, floral foam, silk flowers, a paper mache box & some acrylic paints & ribbon from my stash. After a few crafting sessions, a nice big cut on my finger & some help from my mom, I got these!

Vintage Mason Jar Bouquet
Includes the mason jar, handkerchief, laces, beads, ribbon, forks & flowers in an almost scuptural layering under a bouquet of flowers & curled forks.

Closeup of the jar

Closeup of the forks & flowers

Altered Coffee Grinder
Includes the coffee grinder, paper mache box, floral foam, flowers & paints. The grinder was missing the drawer, so I added that with the box & handpainted it, including their names & wedding date.

Closeup of front (the name & date are on the top above this)

Side view, luckily, a time crunch (& the exciting event of having to fill out paperwork for a new job!) delayed this one until after the wedding, this tree is based on the image they used on their wedding programs

Hope you guys like them as much as they did & as much as I enjoyed making them! C&C always welcome!
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8  Alice in Wonderland Sketched Pillowcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Painted Sparrow on: August 22, 2012 08:52:24 PM
For the recent Disney Swap, I was crafting for the wonderful Amigurl55. One of her favorite films & themes was Alice in Wonderland, & she asked for a pillowcase. So I whipped this up for her! Cheesy I'd been ogling the technique of sketching with a sewing machine, & even though I don't have a cool free-motion foot, I decided to give it a go! I've also been on a macro-image kick, & thought it would be a fun way to re-imagine the Alice themes in a cool way.

Side A, going down the rabbit hole. Light blue & cream for Alice's dress, & three shades of gray & black for the spiral, gray for the lettering.

Side B, I'm late. Red for the white rabbit's coat, black for his tail & the letters, & a gold metallic thread for the watch.

It's all stitched through two layers of the white fabric & then pieced together into a pillowcase with french seams. Smiley It was a fun piece to work on for Amigurl! I hope you all have fun looking at it, too! C&C always welcome!
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9  A Trio of Snarky Dotees in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Painted Sparrow on: August 22, 2012 08:40:59 PM
For the August Birthday Swap, I claimed the lovely lovesclutter for a dotee, or two. Well, I ended up making three. Wink When I am see the phrase, "I love cuss words," what else am I supposed to do? lol Cheesy I tried to make them all fun & fit into other themes & likes she has, I think I did a reasonably good job with these! Smiley

First, for her love of her cats & all things red, a "Cat Who Gives a Sh**." Red fabric with embroidered features.

And, the back, get it? lol Chain stitch there, can you guess what the brown beads are suggesting now? Wink
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Second, for her love of flappers, a beautiful flapper gal with a bit of a risque side. Black satin, feathers (from her headband, you can't see them too well), beaded trim, strung seed bead "pearls," some felt & ribbon.

And her risque side, embroidered in backstitch.
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Third & last, for her love of rainbow, I wanted it to be totally in your face & so much rainbow it could make more color-sensitive people's eyes bleed. Embroidered with stem/lining stitch on fabric, the back has nothing special, just more of the overwhelming rainbow circles. lol This is "B****, please," possibly the best swearing phrase ever!
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I'm really, really pleased to have been able to make these for lovesclutter, since it gave me an opportunity to have some good old-fashioned fun, & especially because it gave me an amazing chance to make something really special for someone that could really make her smile & laugh! Hope you all get a kick out of them, too! C&C always welcome!
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10  Tiki Room Hoopla in Needlework: Completed Projects by Painted Sparrow on: August 22, 2012 08:25:55 PM
For the recent Disney Swap, I was crafting for the wonderful Amigurl55. One of her themes that she listed was the Tiki Room. In my initial research I found a wonderful Tiki Room image here that was just begging to be embroidered!

I picked up an 8" embroidery hoop, cut up the image & re-arranged it to fit the hoop & this is what I came up with! Cheesy

The flowers & baskets are satin & stem/lining stitch.

And I really wanted to make the birds have a feathered texture, so they are long & short stitch, but I changed the lengths of the stitches so that when they would have longer feathers, the stitches are longer & shorter stitches for short feathers.

I was trying to work mostly out of my stash, so I ended up taking some scrap fabric I had that I loved the pattern, but not the tone, & tinted it using some watercolour. Here's an image of the pre- & post-watercolouring fabric.

I was very happy to make this for Amigurl, & I hope you all like it, as well! Cheesy C&C always welcome! Smiley
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