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31  Re: Feminists are Awesome Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: April 07, 2008 09:03:52 PM
I got the most awesome package from Martine in the mail today! I had kind of a crappy day at work, and this package was just what I needed to bring me back down to earth.

First, a group shot:

My loot includes, a really sweet handbound journal, a zine made by her group at college, a zipper pouch that says "cunt" on the back in iron on letters, four super-cool 1" buttons and 3 delicious looking pink lollipops she just had lying around the house and thought I would enjoy. (Good call, my friend.)

The journal is absolutely amazing. She quilted fabrics together for the cover and ironed on letters that read "keep on livin" ... the name of a really great le tigre song. Inside, the journal is made with some incredible papers up-cycled from old notebooks. She stamped lyrics from the song throughout the book in various spots. Here are a couple of my favorite pages:

Here is a close-up of zipper pouch. Unfortunately the picture I took of the back didn't turn out, but here you can see how big it is and the colors of the zippers. It is the perfect size and I'm mesmerized by all the zippers. I just sat and opened and closed them all for a while.

And last but not least, here's a close-up of my favorite button! I suppose it could be considered PG, so only follow the link if you're okay with that sort of thing.

Thanks for everything, Martine! This was a great swap Smiley

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32  Re: Feminists are Awesome Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: April 07, 2008 08:45:18 PM
Hooray! I'm so glad you liked everything, Martine. We both got our packages from each other today and I will post pics of what I received in just a bit. In case you missed it, though, scroll up because Martine edited the post she had from earlier to include the stuff I sent!

I just have to add one close-up of the embroidered Betty Dodson portrait I did for the apron with a comparison of the photo I used to draw the caricature. I tried to capture her squinty eyes, the hair color, and the pearly earrings. You can see it is not a striking resemblence really, but I think that for a non-artist it is at least a decent try Tongue

More photos in just a few minutes!!
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33  Re: LOLCat Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: March 25, 2008 07:00:14 PM
OMG, u guys. Here we go with moar stuffs.

I swapped with the lovely and talented Calliel, and she sent me all of these incredibly awesome things!!

Comfortabuhls pillow what reads "sooo comfortabuhls" and has cat in classic stretching out position. The fabric used for this is super awesome and looks like it could be hand dyed (?). Anyway, it's really soft and comfy, just like it says.

Hand painted walrus box. On the side there it says "IZ NICE THX BUT IS NOT MAH BUKKIT." I like the stickered letters because it's like stick-on letters are the Photoshop of real life. I am thinking this will be my new mailbox at work, because it is sure to confuse people. Not-a-bukkit came full of mini reese's peanut butter cups, many of which have already been consumed. (It's been a long day, what can I say.)

She also designed and printed these super sweet notecards, complete with hand-carved stamp on the envelopes that seriously makes me die laughing every time I see them.


And the back: Cheesy

Okay, now for my favorite item... a shoppin' bag. It had its inaugural trip to the co-op after work today! Here it is full of groceries:

Thank you so much, Calliel! Best swap ever! xo
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34  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by millik on: March 25, 2008 06:38:46 PM
Here is DancingBoots' towel, which is now on its way to Sewsew... She said she liked kitschy/retro images, and I looked through tons of vintage patterns, but nothing really caught my eye. Nothing is more retro to me than Jello molds, so I came up with this. It's cherry jello with canned peaches and pears and it's resting on an oh-so-attractive bed of lettuce, as is the custom. The "pears" are pink because that's how they look inside the red jello. My sister got the idea to hyphenate "de-lish" and I was sold on it after I was looking through an old jello cookbook for inspiration and saw a recipe for something like Cherry Mandarin Tuna De Luxe.

And here it is in relation to everything else...

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35  Re: LOLCat Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: March 25, 2008 06:49:44 AM
Yay! I'm so pleased that you liked everything! Smiley I was really nervous. ...

Especially after I got my package from you yesterday because it was soooo awesome!!

I will post pictures tonight... you are all going to be so jealous. I will continue to keep you in suspense about what I got but everything is so awesomely made and generally wonderful that you're going to need to hold on to yr hairballs.


Here's the only swap-related picture I've got right now. This is my box of stuff after it was unpacked...

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36  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by millik on: February 25, 2008 06:15:13 PM
I also love the veggies patterns! They're just so darned cute and you did a great job on him! And nice job on your signature... I couldn't come up with a good one for mine, but I will have to think of something before I get my first towel in the mail.

To continue the bad picture taking tradition, here is a slightly out of focus photo of my "towel" which is going to make its way to Sewsew-a-Gogo tomorrow. It's actually just a square of cotton, which will some day grow up to be a pillow.

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37  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: February 12, 2008 07:59:31 PM
Here are a couple of close-ups of the small things I sent to SAH.

One of those adorable owls everyone has been making lately:

Chimpmunk fabric lavender sachet:

Evil Banana:

And the Harry Potter themed bookmark:

I posted a new thread on the needlework board for the gnome pillow, so there are some closeups of that here, if'n yr interested:
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38  Disgruntled Gnome Pillow / Cushion in Needlework: Completed Projects by millik on: February 12, 2008 07:50:43 PM
I made this for a swap recently... I wasn't sure whether to post it in housewares or needlework, but I'm most excited about the embroidery I did for it, so I decided it should go here.

The pattern is from craftster user BadBird, who posted the pattern a while ago here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14062.msg2345939#msg2345939

I just modified the pattern a little by giving the little guy a beard and changing the height of some of the mushrooms. It's a combination of hand applique and a bunch of stitches... buttonhole, backstitch, threaded backstitch, whipped backstitch, and some jacobian fill-in method (the red mushroom) which I didn't do all that well on.

I asked my swap partner if she'd rather have a pillow or a wall-hanging, and she chose a pillow, so I quilted the outside with some vintage fabrics I had in my stash and put a really soft red fleece blend on the back. Here are some of the close-ups I took of the embroidery and the quilting.

You can see what I mean here about the mushroom. :-/

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39  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by millik on: February 08, 2008 05:32:11 PM
Another great package! I really like Lola... she's the cutest Smiley

Speaking of cute things, here's my little cactus from SundayAfternoonHousewife in action:

And my kitties examining and romping with the knitted mousie, who just has the most adorable face!

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40  Re: Fall Discworld Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by millik on: November 03, 2007 10:29:04 PM
And here we go! A terribly out of focus shot of everything I received from fyberduck!

On the bottom right, you can fuzzily see...

"Mistress Magrat's Lancre Lavendre - Garuntee'd to Treate: Headaches, Fainting Fits, Histeria, Insomnia, Pains, Rashes, Colds & Chills, Rhoomatism and Wind. Also Usefull fore Protecting Your Woolen Goodes from Mothes and Other Household Pests. Organically Growne in Mistress Magrat's Garden, Lancre."

Just to the left of the most wonderful smelling lavender that has ever existed is...

"Ramtops Witches' Headwrap - Were it 'neath your pointy hat and never suffre from cold ears again! Perfect fore those long broom flites and frosty Winter Solsitces. Made from handspun yarn right off the Chalk."

And above the headwrap are some mitts made up of what looks like bits and pieces of many different yarns...

"Shuschien Mitts. Clothes by Igorina. Bonk, Uberwald. *No animals were harmed to make this product." (The Xs are my favorite part on these. That and the fact that they somehow manage to fit perfectly.)

And I saved the best for last...

"Bard's Llyrical Scarf. Handknit from the finest holly-yarn in Llareggub, Llamedos."

This is the most amazing piece of clothing I have ever owned. A soy-silk, beautifully knit, makes the rest of me seem ridiculous when I'm wearing it scarf.

Action shot*:

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FYBERDUCK!! What a fantastic swap package Smiley

*If you look behind me on the left, you can see a painting I got from Phizzy in another swap.
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