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21  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: June 13, 2013 09:31:58 PM
I've received from Calabaza! We agreed on a relatively small swap since we both already had partners, and everything from her end was great!

First up, her crafted item was a gorgeously done corset bag. I saw on her thread that this was her first time doing boning or corsetry in general, but believe me you'd never know to look at it close up. Cheesy

Also a shot of the back for her lovely lacing detail, which I love:

And for fun, she also sent this silly item off my pinterest. I haven't used it yet so no action shots, but the idea is that you freeze ice cubes in the shape of shark fins with a huge chunk at the bottom to ensure the fins stick out of the water. I intend to have lots of fun with this one. Grin

Thank you Calabaza! This was a great package!
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22  Re: Three Tiny Movie Things - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: May 16, 2013 09:17:10 PM
I got my package from Whistley and finally managed to get some pictures! Cheesy

First up was this very clever amigurumi of Neville after he'd turned himself into a canary. Tongue Technically a book item, but we'd agreed that booky things were equally fine and that was one of my favorite one-liners in the books. Tongue

She also made an amazing Evenstar pendant from Lord of the Rings! Wow, I still can't imagine making one of these! Now I just need to find an excuse to wear it somewhere. Cheesy

Another Harry Potter item, this was a very cool decoupaged box.

The inside was just as cool, and even had a surprise inside!

Also a mirror based on Enchanted, one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, and featuring my favorite character before she got humanized. Tongue

And inside an enclosed envelope, one last surprise! Some bookmarks based on one of my pins for both Narnia and Harry Potter. I'm already using one of them. Cheesy

Thank you so much Whistley, you were a great partner!
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23  Stitch Amigurumi in CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES by Toralune on: May 08, 2013 06:38:05 PM
This was a Stitch amigurumi I made for Calabaza in the 2012 Secret Santa swap. I used this pattern on ravelry, and used Simply soft yarn that I happily had waiting in my stash. He took a good deal longer to make than I anticipated because of all the tiny pieces involved, but my partner loved him so it was all worth it in the end. Cheesy

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24  Re: Crafty Detective Rd. 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: March 23, 2013 12:52:15 PM
I received my package today! My partner was deathbeforedishes, and it looks like she did her homework. Cheesy

One of the best items in the whole box. She decided to make a hoopla based on one of the quotes I'd included on my questionnaire, and she honestly couldn't have chosen better. Cheesy

She included some more Doctor Who goodies in the form of a couple cute adipose...

...and a customized Tardis umbrella! Very useful as we start into the rainy season around here (once we get this last snow storm out of the way of course Tongue).

She also cross-stitched this based on one of my pins. It's very cute and should fit perfectly on my closet switchplate. Smiley

She also included this adorable pin.

And tied with the Dalek hoopla for best item of all, a cute penguin! Very adorable, and looks like she got it directly off my pinterest. Cheesy

Here it is sharing a temporary home with my other mini penguin (my bigger one is temporarily MIA unfortunately, but picture a decidedly larger penguin with a santa hat Tongue). My penguin collection is officially well on its way!

A few final goodies before I started munching on the yummy candy.

Thank you very much for the package, deathbeforedishes!
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25  Ideas on what to do with this square? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Toralune on: March 17, 2013 12:19:00 AM
I've been stuck on this project for a long time now (think several years), so I'm thinking it's about time I tried for some outside help. Several years ago, I came up with the idea of crocheting a pretty pillow cover for a friend. She's a semi-big knitter but not so much into crochet, plus at the time she had a practical use for a travel-sized pillow and I knew she was the sort to appreciate something handcrafted like this. The only problem is, I finished up the front and only got part of the back done before putting it on a long hiatus for some reason. Now I can't remember what stitches or hook size I was using for the back, plus I'm not sure a pillow would be the best thing now anyway. I'd still really like to find a way to use the front square in some sort of gift for her, but I'm finding myself pretty clueless on decent ideas.

There's a picture of the square I've got (ravelry link to it here.) It's about 14" square, done with acrylic yarn, and is admittedly a bit wavy at the edges which may or may not affect what I can do with it.

Quick info about my friend to help. She married since I started this project, and has a boy who's almost 1 by now. She loves working with kids, and also enjoys several hand crafts (I know of knitting, tatting and sewing, though I'm not sure how much crafting she does now with the baby), and her personal taste does tend to run a bit country (in the Little House sense). Both her and her husband's families live outside the country also in case that helps generate a couple ideas.
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26  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2013 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: March 07, 2013 09:09:54 PM
I finally got pictures of my very lovely ATCs I've received so here they are!

First up I got two ATCs from blupaisan for two different themes. One was a thumb piano to start my Musical Instruments ABCs theme (love how she picked something a bit less obvious, too!), and the other started off my Opera theme with an ATC based on Aida. Cheesy

I also received a gorgeous ATC of Doctor Ten for my Doctor Who theme. Sorry for the glare from the protective sleeve, but hopefully you can still see how amazing her drawing skills are here. Cheesy (Also yay for starting the theme with my favorite doctor!)

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27  Re: Geek Swap Gallery Send outs Jan 30th in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: February 11, 2013 09:53:35 PM
I got my package from ceemonster today! I love absolutely everything so thank you so much for the geeky awesomeness! Anyway, on to the loot, and prepare your wisting fingers or pin it buttons!

First up, all the loot she sent. She really went all out and spoiled me on this one! She even tracked down some very tasty gluten-free cookies for me. <3 Everything was even individually wrapped, though I was too excited to dive in to get any photos of that.

First package I opened was this hoopla! Love the fabric she picked out. She says it's her first time trying embroidery like this, and I'd never have guessed! This will make a great start to my hoopla wall once I pick a spot (didn't pick one, but trust me, there's plenty of space on my walls to work with Tongue).

I also got her first real try at clay working, and it's the cutest thing ever! I finally have my own adipose, and best of all...

I can hide things inside! Right now there are a few pretty beads in there that I'll have to add to my stash.

Then there was a Chinese Fireball bookmark from Harry Potter. It's almost too gorgeous to use, but I'll definitely love using it with some of my gentler books.

Also from Harry Potter was this cool snitch necklace I had pinned. One of the jump rings fell off so I have it posed in place for now, but fortunately it's an easy fix and it'll be very cool once that's done. Cheesy

Also my very own magic wand! I've been too scared to try making my own so I'm absolutely thrilled about this! She used the standard hot glue technique, but she used an actual whittled-down stick and a varnished finish so it looks very cool and realistic.

Also a tiny journal complete with Elvish and some more lovely painting on the back (sorry I forgot to photograph that part, but it looks very nice!)

And finally some clip-on stitch markers! I'd gotten some nice markers in my last swap, but silly me forgot to ask for the clipping kind for when I crochet, so I'll definitely be able to make use of these!

Thanks again ceemonster, I loved it all! Cheesy
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28  Re: SECRET SANTA SWAP 2012 GALLERY!!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: December 08, 2012 04:59:42 AM
I dove into my package earlier and found some awesome gifts from my Santa. Cheesy

Got a lovely suede wallet perfect for carrying around things like business cards:

A pretty lace ornament:

And best of all, my very own set of stitch markers! Now I can finally use something other than bits of yarn. Tongue

And for the reveal, my santa was lmseeley! Thank you very much! Cheesy
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29  Re: Surpise Halloween ATC swap 2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Toralune on: October 16, 2012 09:48:20 AM
Got my final ATC from psyche! Had a couple sequins fall off on the way, but they glued right back on so hopefully it looks right. I love it either way. Cheesy

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30  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Toralune on: October 16, 2012 09:45:24 AM
Just got my fashion ATC from dreadlady! It's nice and glittery and I love it. Cheesy

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