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1  Re: Gaming Swap - Retro and Modern in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: April 12, 2013 07:47:50 AM
Got to show off this awesomeness. Smiley I received a few days ago but today's the first day my camera, computer, and internet were willing to work together to upload the pictures.

Anyway, the fabulousness from haylaylujah:

Bottlecap magnets of DH's and my favorite games! Magnets are ALWAYS needed and I love how cute and fun these are - they invite you to look closer. I love that.

And so the next photo doesn't begin to do justice to the artwork she painted for me but hopefully it gives you an idea ...

I was hoping for some wall art and she so delivered! Those are canvas painting and the colors are pure fabulous. I told her that the MegaMan series is my husband's favorite so the top one is the MegaMan symbol and I got Link's Ocarina! That was the first game I really got into and still one of my top games ever. When I opened I ran around picking the perfect spots for the paintings before remembering I should probably take a picture first. Smiley Love them! Thank you for a fabulous swap, haylaylujah!!
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2  Re: 13 Days of Halloween Mini Swap Rd 4 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Cherrylime on: October 04, 2012 10:04:57 AM
Forgot to claim my place in this gallery. Doing so now.

Mine! Mine! Mine!


And seriously loving the crafty goodness I'm seeing already. Man, y'all are creative!

The goodies!

Day 1
The bag in the picture above was the big part of day 13. It was fun because I unloaded everything and thought "hey, it's a great bag and EXACTLY the sort of gym bag I've been looking for ... but it's not so Halloween-y..." Then I turned it around.

Isn't it fabulous? I love it. And look at the adorable spider Mousee23 made!

I love how she used the tie-dye print. And loving the colors. I really love that I can use this year-round without it being so obviously seasonal but, at the same time, it totally works for October. Love it! She also gave me a Game Informer magazine which is perfect - we're having a video game themed halloween party and I've been collecting stuff like that. Fantastic start to a fun swap. Smiley

Day 2
Gaming day!

So this is something I never would have thought of in a hundred years - PacMan ornaments! Love the print she used!

Game-themed coasters! Love them! Though it's a shame to hide them under cups. I think I'll use them as tiles above the door or something like that. I love the cute little graphics.

Day 3

Today was the punny day. Smiley
It's an adorable "risen spirits" cemetery with ghosts and tombstones in the fog! Too cute! And a "bottle of boos!" They're on our (*cough*) curio shelves which double as our bookcase, as you can see. Small apartment, you know.

Day 4

So if you're allowed to have favorites, this is mine ... I have such a thing for miniatures and so Mousee23 made me a mini witch's kitchen! It's an altoids tin and look how much detail she put into it! I'm in awe. I keep looking and noticing new things. Love it!

Day 5

My husband is a huge Ghostbusters fan so this was his day. Smiley He got some gorgeous cards and papercraft Ghostbusters! I love papercraft so it turned out to be a great gift for both of us.
As a bonus, mousee23 included this little guy with the note, "when I saw this I could practically hear Ray's voice saying 'Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.'" My husband was impressed since, apparently, Ecto1 was made from a car that was originally an ambulance, not a hearse like most people seem to think. He said more but I tend to drift off after a while. Smiley

Day 6

Scrapbooking goodies! I needed these! And love, love, love the purple album.

Day 7

This picture doesn't begin to do justice to the gorgeous bracelet and earring set. This was one of those gifts that turns out to be even more perfect than my partner ever could have known - I hate things that bind at my wrist which writes off most bracelets, no matter how much I love them in concept. But the bracelet is a wire spring and it's super comfortable and sparkles so beautifully. And I really needed some studs for work and these are all so perfect. Love it all!

<note: from here on, dates are approximate. It's been a crazy last week with work and prepping for a party (which was awesome) and I totally thought I'd be able to keep the days straight ... I couldn't. But that doesn't diminish my enjoyment of each day's goodies!>

Day 8

Adorable little espresso mugs! Plus a neato instant coffee mug with the instant coffee inside. So neat! Love, love, love the Robot Coffee label. Smiley

Day 9

A cute little haunted house ...

Full of desk goodies! It's not all there because I already pulled out some things to use. I especially love how it works as a tilted pencil holder. Perfect for my crowded desk!

Day 10

A pumpkin buddy and a fantastic tiny drawer box that Mousee23 made! With a halloween charm nestled inside. Love! Plus there were hand made tea lights in the neatest Count (from Sesame Street) box but I've already put the tea lights to good use and can NOT find the box. I think my husband moved it when cleaning up for the party. It'll turn up.

Day 11

Disneyland goodies! I just found out yesterday that I have a chance to go next month (eeeeek!!!!!) and I might, just might, make this the trip that gets me into pin trading. Smiley Mousee23 gave me my first two pins and a lanyard to get me started. Smiley

Day 12

And now my kitchen is decorated. Smiley Potholders! I always need more! Am I the only one who can never find one when I need one? And a grocery bag holder! I've already hung it beside my dryer. Smiley

Day 13
Ok, this one's the awesomesauce -

An incantations book!

Here's just a few of the amazing pages -

And, yes, they're all Disney spells! Adore! Love! Cherish! This was one of those gifts that's so fantastic that I could have received nothing but this and it would have been an amazing swap. I mean, the rest was amazing but this was the best of the best.

Huge thanks to my partner for an awesome swap! I'm so doing this again next year. Smiley
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3  Afternoon Aes Sedai Shawl in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Cherrylime on: July 28, 2012 11:16:13 AM
Remembered Thursday night that best friend's birthday was that Saturday. Oops. What to do? What to make? Best friend is a HUGE Wheel of Time fan and I knew she'd love having her own Blue Ajah shawl ... so a quick trip to Joann's for supplies and my machine and I were ready. Now I've been sewing for a while now but this was my first time working with fringe or appliqué so it was a fun learning experience. In the future I'd (a) take my time and (b) make a much larger shawl but friend was thrilled beyond words with it and I'm not about to tell her how much better it could be. Smiley

Here she is displaying the shawl after opening it that evening:

The shawl is made out of a nice, heavier linen and the fringe is standard poly fringe from the ribbon aisle. The color is just a bit different but it's the closest match I could get while still using a natural fiber for the fabric. I wanted it to be moderately realistic and while I was willing to fudge and get poly fringe (it's supposed to be silk - same look if you're not too close), I wanted the shawl itself to be wool or linen. As any who shops at Joann's knows, that doesn't leave a wealth of options. So I did my best with the color matching. The books describe the shawls as having decorative vines embroidered on them. Lacking the time to do that, I added the ribbon trim to give the vines and help hide the color differences.

I cut the shawl out of a yard of 60" wide fabric. I just folded it in half, marked my cutting line from top selvage corner to bottom fold corner with a piece of blue painter's tape (my new magic bullet for sewing. seriously, that stuff's amazing) and cut outside of that line. It made a smaller shawl than I really wanted but Joann's was low on the blue linen so it's what I had. Sewed on the fringe, using that fabulous tape to keep the fringe out of the way and in the right place. I sewed the fringe to the WRONG side of the fabric so that, when I sewed on the trim, it would sew OVER the fringe/shawl seam and enclose it. I like clean hems. The top edge is just a simple rolled hem.

I found instructions on how to draw a yin-yang symbol online and played around with it until it was the size I wanted. Cut out the yin and used that as my pattern for cutting out the flame of Tar Valon for the back. Realised then that I'd forgotten to restock my interfacing. Any interfacing. Any at all except some terribly thick stuff. Great. Ok, I'll do this WITHOUT interfacing. Right. I can do that. For my FIRST appliqué work ever. I'm really not certain how I've gone this long without any other appliqué on my resume but I have. So lots and lots and lots of pins came to the rescue. Even so, there's a reason there's no closeups of that appliqué. Oh, well. Friend thinks it's fabulous and that's what matters. Smiley
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4  Re: Disney Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: July 20, 2012 10:12:31 AM
Oh, wow, love the wood burning! I'd never thought of it, but that image of simba is perfect for that.

My partner is MIA so I'll post pics of what I sent her. I assume she liked it all...

Her likes were The Little Mermaid, Belle, and Alice in Wonderland among others and I was in a princessy adventuring mood, so I had fun with that!

Rice-filled heat therapy bag with a cover inspired by the sea.

Beauty and the Beast tea tray - it was SUPPOSED to be wood burned but my wood burning kit has completely disappeared. I really have no clue where it went. And it's not like we have a large place or many storage areas for it to get lost in. I'm baffled. Anyway, the design was already on the wood so I improvised. I used fabric markers and made the rose yellow instead of red since my partner's one dislike was the color red. Then I varnished it a million times until water beaded on the surface and then varnished it again. I like how it turned out and, in person, the rose is a bit more prominent. Stupid cell phone camera.

Alice in Wonderland ISpy bottle. So my story with this is that Alice brought back with her a bottle of wonderland seeds but, as they're wonderlandian, they've started to sprout some strange stuff. I used flax seeds and various little bits that I had left over from making ISpy beanbags for my church along with other little fun things I've collected since then and put them all in a larger than normal spice jar and glued the lid down. You shake it to try and find different things. Last I heard my partner was taking care of her niece and nephew and I thought it would be fun for the kids.

A bitty Belle amigurumi. While I grew up crocheting (really, my grandmother taught me early and threw hooks and yarn at me to keep me out of her hair), this was my first amigurumi. After trying and failing to follow patterns (crochet patterns and I have always had a rocky relationship), I gave up and free-formed her. I made the dress separate as my attempts to integrate that just weren't working. I probably should have used a thinner yarn but too late. Anyway, I like how the doll turned out. I may be biased, but I thought she was adorables. Smiley

Ariel's jewelry set. I tried to imagine the sort of necklace Ariel would have made during her mermaid days from the materials she had. The necklace has three strands, one of mixed pearls, one with light teal beads strung on a hemp line, and one chain. The starfish pendant is actually a pin that attached perfectly. I liked that it could be removed for a more subdued look or moved around as desired. The bracelet is a pre-made bit that I found at Michael's and which fit perfectly with the other colors and overall style. The corkscrew things around the necklace are dreadlocks jewelry that hopefully can be twisted or pushed onto her dreads and give a little fun, extra sparkle. I'd seen the idea elsewhere and thought it neat. Since I don't have dreads nor anyone with dreads to test it on, I don't know how well they work but, worse case, she got some pretty beads out of it. Smiley
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5  Re: Theme Box Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: March 09, 2012 03:17:03 PM
I got the most amazing box from LilLouLouBell!

Beautiful charm necklace and passport holder! I really like simple jewelry and LilLouLouBell gave me a beautiful one! She included two charms, one Doctor Who themed and one from Pirates of the Caribbean (the ride, not the movie). I LOVE them all! And I'm such a fan of #9 and she included his picture in the double sided charm. Sigh. Number 9 and the Tardis. Love it! And the passport holder is perfect! We're traveling to Canada this summer and my poor passport is so bland. Now it'll look fabulous! The craftsmanship is excellent as well - very professional. I'm impressed!

The other side of the charms - love!

One of my themes was "Disney" and these potholders are perfect! Plus I was just thinking about getting another potholder or two as ours are getting worn. Now I have the perfect ones! This was LilLouLouBell's first time making bias tape and she did a great job. I hate making bias tape (reason #4 why I'm not a quilter) so I really appreciate her taking the time to do that. And they look fab!

My husband's been having a rough year with a difficult job so I asked if maybe she could make him something from his favorite theme - Ghostbusters. And she did! His own passport cover (he loves it!) and an amazing little sculpture of the symmetrical book stacking incident of 1947.  Grin To get these pictures I literally had to pry it out of his hands with the promise to give it back the moment I was done. He thinks it's the coolest thing ever. Thank you! It doesn't fix the job but it will make his desk a lot happier.

Detail pic of the books - look at the titles! Love the detail!

Four sets of gorgeous earrings! The bottom left ones are both steampunk theme and perfect. While I appreciate detailed, highly complex jewelry, it's always too much for me to wear. LilLouLouBell took that into account and now I have some steampunk stuff that's perfect for me!

The upper right earrings are so beautiful - the purple ones were from my theme of purple and have a tiny Japanese fan on the white bead. What LilLouLouBell didn't know is that I adore Japanese fans so these are even more perfect than she could have guessed! The gold and white earrings are from my Greco-Roman theme and I couldn't love them more - she totally captured the feel of ancient Greece without making it costumey. I'm wearing them now. Smiley As a bonus, they perfectly compliment a necklace I have that, until now, hasn't had any earrings to wear with it. Thank you!

Continuing my Disney theme, LilLouLouBell found these vintage Disneyland pictures and put them into this beautiful frame. I adore this beyond words and it's getting a place of pride in my disneyfied livingroom.

Thank you for all this awesomeness, LilLouLouBell! I'm overwhelmed by it all and love each and every piece! My husband thanks you too - he loves his own goodies! Thank you!!

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6  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 7 Gallery (Send Out Feb 27) in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: March 02, 2012 10:05:11 AM
My schedule and the apartment's office's schedule finally coordinated so I could pick up my hoop from LimeRiot- SO worth the (self-inflicted) delay!

Isn't it gorgeous? I love how she used the striped fabric to give the image of a sunrise. The flowers were inspired by a silhouette of grass I had on my pinterest and I think she totally upstaged the original. Smiley I love it! Thank you!
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7  Re: We Wish You A Spooky Christmas! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: November 29, 2011 03:45:18 PM
So I FINALLY (a) was able to pick up my package from the main office, (b) was home during daylight to get decent pics and (c) was able to convince the pics to upload (seriously, that part took TWO HOURS, stupid connection)

But so worth it! GiddyupMunky sent me a fantastic box of goodies!

(noting that "decent pics" is relative here) - A black feather wreath, a flag garland, cute little ghosts, and more!
I love them all - the black wreath especially. It's totally one of those things that I would never have thought of making or getting but I love it.

I adore this adorable little ghost ornament!

Some great crafting goodies and a wooden halloween flag. I'm so using these all!

My favorites! Munky made these gorgeous glass pumpkin napkin rings. Aren't these amazing?

Thank you for the fantastic box of goodies!
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8  Re: Dr. Who Fill-a-Box Swap in The Swap Gallery by Cherrylime on: September 08, 2011 06:16:35 PM
I received my box of goodies from Jennie and wow, she did a fantastic job! And I still have no clue how she bent time and space to fit so much into that little box.

Love the blue wrapping paper!

On top was a letter from Donna Noble telling me about her stay on Midnight and describing the many thing in her little care package to me. Smiley Jennie fit in a ton of Doctor Who references and the letter alone totally made my day. Oh, the letter wasn't actually blue, it just photographed that way and I didn't notice it until uploading. Click on it to see a larger version. I figured this post would be photo-heavy enough. Smiley

Inside were SO MANY little goodies. Including a Tardis key and teacup earrings ...

and cross stitching tools along with (not pictured) two fantastic Doctor Who cross stitch patterns that I NEED to make up ...

and packets of vanilla custard powder and Rose and Thyme Lord bath salts (which smell heavenly)

and tea, chocolate, and some great recipes, including one for gluten-free scones. Yay! I miss scones.

There were also numerous other little goodies including a tardis-blue sharpie, stickers, a fun antique ticket, a bag of beads and extra tardis key, an andipose pattern for my own stuffed andipose, and a fantastic measuring tape in a blue plastic case that Jennie dressed up with a "free for use" little label that was a perfect play off of the tardis' own sign. I can't believe I forgot to get a pic of that, it was my second favorite thing in the whole box (which is saying a lot, I loved it all).

But the best was the amazing charm bracelet she made -
Tucked into a blue box (of course!)

And simply packed with subtle references to my favorite episodes. See how many you can spot. Smiley

This was a great swap and all my thanks to Jennie who did an amazing job! And, seriously, how DID she get that all in there??

My own package has been sent off and I hope it gets there with all speed!
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