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1  Re: Falling for Autumn Rd 2 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by likls on: October 13, 2012 04:36:57 PM
i recieved my wonderful package from mountains and clouds! look at its bubble-wrapped splendour!

first, i got STICKERS! (they will adorn everything i own soon.)

a lovely postcard and a very nice note... aloha indeed!

onto the crafts! the first thing that fell out was this FRACKING ADORABLE little pumpkin brooch! i immediately put it on and am still wearing it.

then i got some baby squirrels! look at that crosshatching! (is that some sparkly mod podge i detect?)

and three even teenier sparkly pumpkins. i mean really. they are so squee.

and, wait for it... bunting. BUNTING. how did she know?!

my favorite- fall foods! a lollipop, popcorn, pie, candy corn, candy apple, and halloween candy!
we also agreed to send snacks from our region (did i mention mountains and clouds is from HAWAII?!) i got hawaiian snack mix and dried cuttlefish.

we have something similar to the hawaiian snack mix in our "foreign foods" section at kroger, but it's spicier. my current favorite part are the brown twisties and the brown flowers. i'm still working up the courage to try the cuttlefish. (my brother has one in his aquarium, so you understand my nerves.  Roll Eyes)

the whole package!

thanks so much, mountains and clouds! your package was so amazing, i might have to beef up mine a tad...
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2  CTHULU ATTACK! (or that time i made a thing for absolutely no reason) in Needlework: Completed Projects by likls on: September 17, 2012 05:03:37 PM
so i made a cthulu the other night, basically to see if i could do it. i've had some ideas about out-of-the-hoop stitching for a while, so i thought i'd try this one out.

i spent about a half-hour on this guy total, just a quick doodle. after a half-hour of being in the crafting zone, i finished and realized... i had absolutely no use for a little cthulu.

eventually i added a hat and gave him to my english teacher from sophomore year, who lovingly named him hp lovecraft and hung him in the classroom. really, what is a terrifying sea creature without an adorable accessory or two?

i highly reccommend using this method to make little thingies. i think i'll be making some of these in different animal forms as holiday gifts. Smiley

as usual, comments and criticisms encouraged! thanks for checking it out!
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3  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R8 - The Wordy Round Gallery in The Swap Gallery by likls on: August 28, 2012 06:17:21 PM
i received from silentblair yesterday! and squealed a lot.

she sent me the most glorious (is that an 8 incher?) hoop with my personal motto and favorite phrase, possibly ever. DFTBA, or don't forget to be awesome, was coined by john and hank green on their youtube channel vlogbrothers. as we all are aware, i am a nerdfighter in the blood, and this hoop is perfect for me!

see all that awesome white fill stitching? IT GLOWS IN THE DARK. I KNOW. she used my favorite color (glow in the dark counts) and my favorite saying and images of my two favorite people and THIS IS A RUN-ON SENTENCE NOW!

i'll post wall shots most likely this weekend, seeing as it's dark by the time i finish homework and they're next to a window and blah blah boring lighting stuff etc.
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4  Re: First Swap for a crafster newbie - A wee bit pic heavy in Needlework: Completed Projects by likls on: August 08, 2012 04:58:40 PM
oops. looks like i totally forgot about this thread. derp. Roll Eyes
these are some pictures i took upon receiving, getting NOT ONLY the wonderful hoops but also a las vegas shirt and nail polish in, yes, OK Go colors.

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5  decoupaged backpack (image heavy!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by likls on: June 28, 2012 12:06:49 PM
hi, bag boards! this is not so much a purse as it is a backpack, but it got me lots of compliments at school, i thought i'd show it off!

at the beginning of this year, someone outsourced ordering a backpack to my father (even though i was willing to sew one up for a lot less money... whatever, mom...). bad choice number one. he got me an ll bean backpack with a pattern so far away from my usual style and so visually displeasing to me that i had to cover it up. i tried paint, no dice, embroidery, no dice, applique, no dice. finally i broke out the mod podge and a bad fantasy novel (you can see something else i made with that book on my profile) and decoupaged it up!

the whole thing took about a week of drying time. i was trying to make it very hard and dingproof, so i did many, many coats of mod podge and book pages. i loooooove how it turned out, and it was an easy and fun thing to do! highly recommend this method.

now, images!

thanks for looking, comments and criticisms encouraged!

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6  john green TFiOS hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by likls on: June 28, 2012 11:44:53 AM
hi all! i made this hoop for a non-craftster swap done between an online friend and myself. we both love john green's novel the fault in our stars, and this is one of the most-crafted quotes from it. i figured, why mess with perfection? so i stitched her a hoop that says "MY THOUGHTS ARE STARS I CAN'T FATHOM INTO CONSTELLATIONS".

so, without further ado...

in progress shots:

this is the first swap of any kind i've done, and it was very casual. naturally, i had a couple of issues. the patches were sewn on in an effort to conceal some seriously botched stitching, and i forgot to wash out the marker before i put on the backing. :\ le sigh. i tried to oxiclean it out, and that only made it worse... fortunately, the tie-dye camouflages most of the spots because it's so busy. i shipped it the other day, i hope she likes it!

as always, comments and criticisms are heartily encouraged! i'm new at hoopla and love criticism. Smiley thanks for looking!
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7  painted gamer sweatshirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by likls on: June 02, 2012 11:39:30 PM
hi clothing boards! i painted this sweatshirt! (mods: i wasn't sure where to put this, please tell me if i need to move it!)

i got this a while ago at american apparel. while it has served me well in the potato-couture area, it has gotten a little dingy over the years. a little paint here, a little glitter there, and suddenly it's a mess. i decided i'd paint a phrase on it to give it some pizzazz and cover up some stains, and i found this on someone else's pinterest. the sweatshirt now reads: IF YOU CAN READ THIS, I AM AFK. (afk is gamer-speak for "away from keyboard") i thought it was so clever.

i just used black acrylic paint. a general rule i abide by is if it stains stuff pretty well, it can be used for fabric painting.

excuse the mess... cleaning isn't a priority around here.
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8  eye and mascara hoop (as usual, IMG HEAVY) in Needlework: Completed Projects by likls on: May 27, 2012 10:41:08 AM
hello, needlework boards! this hoop is based on a doodle i did a while back. i always liked how it turned out, so i figured i'd do it in a hoop! this hoop is very small, i think a 2 or 3 incher, and was just the right size. this is my first hoop, and i love the result!

trying to get a good picture of the depth:

blurry picture for scale:

this is also the first time i tried to do backing! i didn't google it first, and as a result my magazine picture backing did not go well. i didn't stuff it, nor did i attach some kind of hook to hang it from. i just tried to stab the pin i was hanging it on through the paper. bad choice.

and, of course, obligatory wall shot (i don't currently have a hoopla wall, and i'm excited for july, when i'll finally be of age to do a hoopla swap!):

thanks for checking it out! comments and criticisms much encouraged, as this is my first hoop.
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9  book lamp (IMAGE HEAVY) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by likls on: May 27, 2012 10:26:03 AM
hi, craftster! a moth or so ago, i got fed up with my target lamp being shadeless because the shade was ugly. i remembered that someone gave me a fantasy book called gardens of the moon recently with the instructions to destroy it (i tried to read it, just to be sure it was bad. it was so awful. don't read it.), and i got to work! this is just a $20 lamp from target with the cloth cover ripped off the plastic shade, decoupaged with steven erikson's subpar work. (sorry if you're a fan of his novels. this might not be the post for you...)

first, here it is turned on. it gives off this really pretty glow, and i love the sort of vintagey look it has. (please excuse GRODY crafting table. need to clean that up.)

here it is turned off. it looks sort of pasty in these pictures, but it's just the pages of a book. i'm sure you can imagine that color.

thanks for looking! comments and criticisms HEARTILY ENCOURAGED!

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10  fused plastic shoes (IMAGE HEAVY) in Shoes: Completed Projects by likls on: May 09, 2012 02:48:16 PM
before i even begin, allow me to beg of you: don't judge my horrible pictures, my ridiculously messy room (i promise i'm not a hoarder), or my weird ankles. if feet gross you out, then don't continue reading, but i'd suggest getting off the shoe boards as a whole if feet gross you out.

now. i found this tutorial on instrucables for fused plastic converse. i thought it was neat, and i had some barely-worn converse lying around (they came with me to bonnaroo, and my feet died from blisters. they went to feet heaven. it was so awful), so i decided to try it. i love the results, though i think i cut them a smidge wonky, because you can sort of see my toes. my other criticism would be that it is SO EASY for the eyelets to rip. so easy. i'd say to be careful and reinforce them A LOT if you're going to wear these regularly. but if converse do make you blister, as they do for many people, this made the back spine much much much softer and easier on the feet.

thanks for looking, comments and criticisms much appreciated!

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