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21  Re: International Snack Swap 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: March 29, 2013 03:05:13 PM
I got my package today and it was a complete surprise. I was in town getting a haircut so my brother got the mail, set it on the computer desk, and didn't tell me about it. When I got home, I probably passed by and looked at the thing ten times without recognizing what it was! It's silly when you see the box--- I don't know how it didn't register:

Here are the awesome contents all together:

Here's what everything is:

Instant coffee and instant tea packets (the tea is walnut, almond, and Job's tears--- Aisy says it tastes like oatmeal), Hello Kitty chocolate, strawberry marshmallows, Crunky chocolate (aisy's favorite Korean choc), Ramen snack, Market O Classic mini chocolates, Angry Bird lollypop, traditional wheatcake, chicken snack (not made with real chickens Tongue), almond pepero (like Pocky), Romantic Day chocolates, chocolate-filled cookies, mushroom biscuit chocolates, and potato snacks

And check this out--- "For my craft I made you a cute journal that's a bit on the steampunk side. The stationary stores here are full of journal making supplies which was great since this was my first time venturing into journal making."

I think she did a fantastic job. It looks so professional:




Detail of front:

In addition, she sent three ATCS; two featuring women wearing hanboks, or traditional clothing, and the other is a temple.

She even sent a couple extras--- the coolest sticker sheets:

It was so cool swapping with you, aisy! I loved everything. It is great to be able to experience the way of life of another country so far removed from our own. You did a great job--- thanks so much!!!
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22  Re: Little Visitor Round 17 - Summer Vacation! in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: March 25, 2013 04:15:37 PM
( : Charlotte Bee Marie's Summer Vacation! : )

something blue
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23  Re: 3 Tiny Avengers Things Gallery in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: March 19, 2013 07:45:41 PM
I got my package yesterday, and it is AWESOME!!!!

Here is the whole thing:

gala_apples and I decided to do five things instead of three, so she made me a mix and match jewelry set! There is a Hawkeye arrow necklace, a Captain America necklace, Capt. America earrings, two Capt. America cuffs, and a Hulk/Bruce cuff. They are all so cool!

Hawkeye necklace:

I love how the chain connects at the ends. This necklace will be a great layering one with some of my other favorite pendants.

Captain America set:

Red and blue are my favorite colors Smiley I really like the repeated pattern, and how there are two bracelets. I really love bracelets Grin

And my favorite, the Hulk/Bruce Banner cuff. She made this to represent the "That's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry." scene. I can't get over the smooth transition from Bruce to Hulk--- it's among my favorite scenes.

Cuffs in action:

My room is super messy. . . and pink Sad. . .

Everything is made of leather, which is super cool. I love the durability and punky look leather gives. I haven't gotten a chance to wear either necklace or the earrings, but I will definitely be doing that soon, because they are just too cool!

Thanks sooo much, gala! It was great swapping with you--- I love everything!
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24  Re: Little Visitor Swap 17 (Sign Ups 3/10 -3/24, Send Outs 04/01) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by leather and lace on: March 19, 2013 09:03:03 AM
I finally got my little visitor! I had a picture of him, but my phone died, so I have to wait until I can get it charged and post the pic riiiiiggghhhttt. . .

Meet Jax:

He was just hiding at the back of a shelf at the Hobby Lobby checkout aisle. It was like fate or something that I found him before I left. He is getting his first piercings tonight---- he is in awe of my pierced panda pillow pet, Tailgate, and he wants to look like a rockstar too Tongue

I've already started a concept for a handmade plush, but I've never made one before, so I'm holding off til next round.
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25  Coffee Sack Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by leather and lace on: March 08, 2013 09:15:51 PM
I made this bag for mandymo13, my partner for the Coffee Me Up Swap Rd. II:

It's made from reclaimed coffee sacks I purchased from a local coffee shop, Burgie's. They donate the profits to a good cause, though I can't recall what offhand.

I've heard bad things about sewing burlap, but my experience was relatively painless, since I used fusible web (Wonderunder or something similar) before I cut it, which held the fibers together and prevented fraying and shedding. I thought the final product was simple and perfect for the theme. Mandymo is a nursing student and said it would be perfect for her laptop. I forgot to double-check dimensions before I sent, but it is roughly 13-15" tall x 12-13" wide, and the gusset is around 2". The strap has a couple of snaps on each side for adjusting. It closes with two magnetic snaps and has padding in the strap in the shoulder area (you can see it in the second pic, left). The strap connects on each side to a D-ring.

More pics:

Closed front and open front

Back and lining

With stuff for size reference (book is the same one it is lying on in the first pic) and strap snaps

D-ring (I SWEAR I cut those threads before I sent Tongue)

Oh, and my mom actually made her first crafting venture, since the swap was partially for her and she wanted to contribute:

Mocha face scrub:

And scrapbooks/notebooks made out of coffee sleeves. She was very proud of these. She even put the eyelets in one herself. The pages of the Burgie's one are neutral beige, black, and brown, and the tan one is full of bright, rainbow pages Tongue

C&C is welcome and appreciated Grin
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26  Re: Coffee me Up round 2 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: March 07, 2013 05:18:11 PM
My mom and I received our package from mandymo13 yesterday!

Here's the whole haul:

She sent tea for me and coffee for mom, as well as a TON of awesome biscotti:

Plus a giant box of SHORTBREAD(!!!):

She sent a french press and this cool tea buddy as the accessories. I used the tea buddy, and I swear it's the coolest thing EVER. It did all the things the package said it would, and just rinses off Grin

And the pièce de résistance,a painted mug! I've already used this too, and I can tell you, it holds a lot of tea Tongue I love the pattern:

Some action shots, just for fun:

YUM. Thanks, mandymo, it was awesome swapping with you!!!
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27  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: February 27, 2013 04:58:25 PM
Here's a couple of  pictures of the lamp pre-shipment.

It makes me sad that it broke, but I probably should've known better than to send glass without a bazillion layers of padding Tongue
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28  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by leather and lace on: February 26, 2013 03:50:50 PM
I got my package from bookstorebabe yesterday, but my Dad kidnapped the mail and put it in his semi, so I didn't get it til last night. It was totally worth the wait, though!

The very first thing I found was my very own raygun!

I love the colors, and the copper wire coils are too cool. Unfortunately, I had to request a purely decorative gun, because our two new puppies love to steal anything that isn't screwed down Tongue

(Now I have to include puppy thumbnails, just for fun Tongue Dante is a handsome German-Lab mix, and Rocket Sprocket is a mix of some kind of terrier, possibly bulldog, and some sort of miniature tiger)

ANYway, I then got to the coolest box:

I love that marbling effect you did, bookstorebabe. I might have to ask for the secret!

Inside the box were two awesome memo books. Bookstorebabe says they were an experiment, so I'm guessing she rebound them?

There were also two tiny extras inside. A raygun keychain, and a NON-wearable (shhh Roll Eyes) key pin:

THEN (yes, there is more!) I found another sweet box. I always need places to store little findings and such, so this is perfect:

And last but not least, this cute picture frame. I can't say where the picture is from, but maybe bookstorebabe can tell us:

I can now say I am the proud owner of a little steampunk supply stash. Here it is, with my new boxes helping out:

I included it because most of my new stash is courtesy of our super wonderful organizer, Craftsunderground. Right at the beginning of the swap, I got a little package in the mail, stuffed with steampunky bits to help me along. How cool is that !?! She'll have a little crafty surprise in her mailbox sometime soon as a thank-you Tongue

Thanks, bookstorebabe! The package was awesome, and I really enjoyed swapping with you! I hope you like your stuff as much as I like mine Grin
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29  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by leather and lace on: February 22, 2013 01:56:15 PM
YAY! I got my first project done!!!

My leatherbound sketchbook:

Here is the thread I made about it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420735.0

I'm so glad to be getting back on this wagon. I was getting a little lazy there:P
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30  My very first hand-bound book! (very detailed post, lots of pics ;D) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by leather and lace on: February 22, 2013 01:53:32 PM
**UPDATE: IT'S DONE!!! I have the endpapers in, and that means it's finished (with the exception of corners still)! There was one unfortunate issue involving water, but it worked out for the best, I think.**

YAY!! I'm so excited! I finally, mostly finished the giant hand-bound sketchbook I've been putting off!
I say mostly because I still need endpapers, and I have nickel corner protectors coming too.

This book is meant to be a sketchbook. I love art and I love to sketch, but I often find myself forgoing my designated 'sketchbook' to draw on loose paper or the sides of my homework. I feel that there are two reasons for this:

1. I easily get bored with the same blank white paper all the time. I find it hard to get inspired unless I already have an idea.
2. I tend to get cheaper sketchbooks because I know I'll carry them with me everywhere and they're going to get beat up. It's a bit backwards because a better quality book would hold up longer, but I'm so afraid of 'ruining' a nice one

For a sketchbook, it's pretty darn big. The text block is 81/2" x 11" (the size of regular printer paper) and is about an inch thick. Here is some math for you:

12 signatures
4 papers per signature
When folded, that is 8 pages per signature
If I used both sides (which I will), I get 16 pages per signature
Multiply to get 192
Subtract two, because I glued the outside face of the last page of the first and last signatures to the cover
That's 190 pages!!!!

6 of the signatures are a mix:
  Two different weights of watercolor paper (some of the lighter weight has rainbow edges)
  Cream drawing paper
  White drawing paper
  Black paper (not construction, something else)
  Some strange smooth white poster paper my teacher had

The other half is 98 lb mixed media paper. I staggered one in between each signature of mixed paper. I thought that way I could solve the boredom problem, but I would also have a majority of 'regular' paper in case I wanted to do my normal art.

I stitched them together with some random stitch I don't know the name of. Here is a diagram I made, if someone can tell me what it is it would be much appreciated! I used waxed brown thread made for leather.

This is the pattern it made:

I then glued the spine. True bookbinders might kill me, but I used hot glue, because it was the only kind I had that dried flexible. It's working out pretty good so far. Then I added a piece of canvas to the spine.

I made headbands from silver and blue embroidery thread for visual interest.

I used deerhide dyed with acorn brown Ecoflo leather dye and illustration board for the cover. I sewed on a nickle buckle to hold it all shut, then used Ecoflo leather glue to glue it all together. When I added the textblock, I used the leather glue to attach the canvas flaps, then the first and last page of the outside signatures, just to make it stronger. I still need to marble some endpapers, and I have ordered some nickel corner protectors to cover the bad joins at the corners.

Now that I've bored you all to death, here are the pics!

(before headband)

My favorite weird page is a layer of vellum over a rainbow watercolor page. I think I'll have lots of fun with this one!

More in-progress pictures if you're interested:

Here are the endpapers. I bought this wonderful paper at Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc while we were there for my aunt's surprise 50th b-day party. It was too delicate to stand alone, though, so I glued them to the first page for some support. The gold is very iridescent, I love it  Cheesy

Front cover:

Back cover:

Views when closed:

I also had to do another coat of dye. My mom's water bottle leaked all over the cover on the way home and the dye ran, making this splotchy yellow spot and a dark watermark. Everyone seems to think it gives it character, though I miss the old look, personally Sad Oh well. What can you do?

C&C is welcome and appreciated! I'm very happy with how this bookbinding attempt went, but I'd love some tips from more experienced binders. I definitely don't know everything Grin

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