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1  Re: Woodland Creature and Enchanted forest swap 2017 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: April 24, 2017 09:15:49 PM
I received two incredible pieces from Ludi!  I cannot believe how talented she is, and on top of that she clearly put a lot of thought into my preferences!

First up is an unbelievable fox face embroidery.  I especially love the canny gleam in the eyes, and how the shading on the fur makes it beg to be petted!  I am so curious about how she built up the muzzle area, to create this amazing stitched bas-relief effect.  And those whiskers!  I am delighted by something new every time I look at it.

Next is this incredible tiny fairy house!  It's so tiny that I couldn't get a good picture (sorry!) but it has details galore: the planks and hinges on the door!  the tiny round window!  the harmonizing textures of walls, roof, and moss!  this itty bitty path! I didn't think to include an object for size reference, but the whole thing is no more than an inch tall!  Masterful!

Now the pressure's really on!
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2  Re: Fridge Magnet Swap Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: April 27, 2016 11:21:36 PM
I'm so glad you liked the bunnies! It was a fun challenge to try to incorporate as many of my partner's hobbies and interests as possible.

Sorry to hold things up as the last to receive!  My post office can be a bit pokey with packages from overseas, but the gorgeous magnets from bec99 were definitely worth the wait!

She was so thoughtful in matching the colors on her lovely cross-stitched magnets to my kitchen!  And the Australia magnets will inspire me to dream of travel every time I reach for the ice!
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3  Re: Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: June 28, 2014 11:11:24 AM
I received an amazing package from Enola!  She definitely honored my love of tiny things

A fairy village- check out the door on the big house!

Even tinier fairy houses (these might be my very most favorite)!  They feel like their some kind of airy dry clay, with moss, and a tiny (shrinkydink?) butterfly.

A gorgeous fox bag- fully lined, with an inside zipper pouch (I'm kind of jealous of your sewing skills!)

She also included some soft cut for making stamps, and this lovely glass mushroom pendant.

All together a beautiful haul!
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4  Re: Fairy Tale Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ameliarator on: April 26, 2014 03:46:58 PM
Wow! I am so impressed by everybody's work so far- there's such an awesome variety!  I'm pleased to add bunny1kenobi's amazing items to the gallery:

Group shot of all the goodies!

How incredible is this painting?!! (She used the text from Vasilisa for Baba Yaga's house).  I love how it is mysterious and slightly sinister without being creepy, and at the same time just a bit playful!

Such a sweet bookmark!  The little sleeping fairy is adorable.  Is it watercolor pencils? An embellished lock "for tiny treasures"  Cheesy- what a clever idea! and two amazing tiny fairy swords (unfortunately I couldn't get any fairies to pose for an action shot  Wink)

Finally, double-sided pendant necklaces featuring some of my favorite fairytale illustrations!  These are gorgeous and I can't wait to wear them.  Bunny, you are so thoughtful and wonderful!
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5  Re: Hand-carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 Gallery! :D in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: March 10, 2014 06:52:30 PM
Sorry it's taken me so long to post photos of all the amazing stamps I've received!

This cherry blossom branch set from KittyHerman:

Not only is it gorgeous, but it's so fun to use!

This sweet little village from euphemasaurus:

I love all the house variations you came up with!

This Scandinavian style flower from Artmomto5:

I'm looking forward to making wrapping paper with this one because it is so intricate.  How did you do all those incredible tiny details?!!

And these insanely well executed (and designed of course) stamps from kosmicgirl:

I am in total awe of your carving ability!  As you can see in the picture, I already used the ampersand and the flower to make some stationary.  I love the texture around the edges and the little highlight on the rice ball- clever little details I never would have thought of.

 kosmicgirl also sent this card- isn't it unbelievable?!!

Thank you all so much!
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6  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: December 24, 2013 08:46:07 AM
Got an adorable gingerbread house from smrlvn:

 My favorite details are the clever slotted pine trees and the pearls on the roof- makes me smile every time I look at it!

Eek!  I can't figure out how to get the photo right side up- so sorry!
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7  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by ameliarator on: December 15, 2013 06:41:42 PM
Sorry I'm so late in posting photos of the lovely house rockingbearranch sent me!

the front

the back

the inside- complete with tiny Santa perfectly lined up to be seen through the open door!

In addition to the stitched snowflake base, my favorite parts are the bitty santa and the decoration details around the door.

Thank you so much rockingbear!
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8  teething/nursing necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ameliarator on: November 24, 2013 12:13:05 PM
personal goal of learning to sew + friend having a baby + pinterest + eight "borrowed" wooden beads= this:

teething/nursing necklace

It's bit wobbly, and a math failure led to some last-minute creative problem solving, but hopefully it will still get the job done!

(My apologies for the awful photo/wrinkly background.)
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9  needle felting first attempts in Felting: Completed Projects by ameliarator on: November 24, 2013 11:53:33 AM

I have been so inspired by the amazing needle-felted figures I have seen here and elsewhere.  I'm somewhat embarrassed to post my feeble attempts, but everybody has to start somewhere, right?

The penguin is from a kit (that I got on Etsy, but I don't remember the specific store), and the cat started out from a needle-felted animal book, but quickly devolved into a process of my own.
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10  Mma Ramotswe mother's day card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ameliarator on: November 24, 2013 11:46:23 AM
Have you read/watched the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series? 

If not, I highly recommend it. 

If you have, this is a mother's day card from a few years ago (my mother introduced me to the books) featuring Mma Ramotswe herself.  It is cut paper collage with white colored pencils and black pen details.

The words at the bottom say, "I love you mother" in Tswana (one of the languages of Botswana, where the story is set).  At least that's what I hope they say never can trust internet phrase guides 100%.

I loved Mma Ramotswe's outfits, and wanted to capture some of the lovely detail in the sleeves, but as you can see I was not able to get the folds to stay stuck down.  Maybe I wasn't using the right kind of glue?

Thanks for looking!
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