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1  Re: Craft My Religion Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftywillow on: August 25, 2008 07:28:56 PM
I received Anya Kase's amazing swap package in the mail today.  She totally spoiled me!  I probably wasn't the easiest person to craft for, since I combine Christianity and witchcraft, but she was so cool about it!

Here's everything all laid out, so prettily wrapped:

She made me a candle holder in the shape of a triskele--a triple spiral, which was an important symbol for me:

The detail on this is amazing--I want to know how you made the little flowers, Anya Kase! I've never worked with polymer clay before but you've totally inspired me!  Cheesy

Next I got this framed celestial cross stitch.  The pic doesn't really do it justice.  The colors are bright and really pop out, and the needlework is just fabulous.  I'm going to hang this up somewhere.  I have to ask, did you use a pattern or make it up yourself? 

And I got this lovely bag with an image of Mary Magdalene on it, done by a Pre-
Raphaelite artist, which means Anya Kase is psychic or something, because the Pre-Raphaelites are my favorite art movement ever!

The pic is an iron on transfer she made.  She added a quote from a Tori Amos song about Mary Magdelene:  "The red of the red rose is its own/And something no man can divide".  And guess what?  Tori Amos is one of my favorite singers.  And I never mentioned any of this in my questionnaire!  Shocked Psychic, I tell you. Wink

Thank you so much, Anya Kase, for the wonderful swap experience.  You really went above and beyond.  I'm touched by all you crafted for me.  Grin

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2  Re: I miss Harry Potter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftywillow on: August 06, 2008 01:54:55 PM
I got Illusen's package today, and she sent me a whole bunch of HP swag!  I apologize in advance for my camera's flash.  The pictures I tried without flash ended up too dark.

I got a Slytherin book purse:

Here's the inside of the purse with a mini dark mark bookmark she made and some mini deathly hallows:

A quote book that's chock full of snape-y goodness.  It looks like it's made out of parchment paper!:

and a mini purse with a pin decoupaged with I heart Snape.  Very cool!

You can't really see it in the picture, but she sent me some notepaper with some awesome wizard-y drawings she made in each corner. 

Thanks Illusen! Cheesy
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3  Re: Scrapbook Cookbook Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftywillow on: May 01, 2008 01:24:20 PM
I'm so glad you liked your stuff, Nven.  Cheesy I think it's cool we got our packages on the same day AND we both included guacamole recipes in our cookbooks.  Wink I tried to take your fave colors into account with the dishcloths (which you can use as hot mats, too.  I use them to put casseroles on so I don't burn the kitchen table!).  I bound the cookbook with coptic stitch and tried to give it a sort of old-time I-found-this-in-Grandma's-attic kind of look.

And here is the awesome swag Nven sent me: a bag, 3 cookbooks, and a handmade cookbook.

I cannot tell you all how much I adore this bag.  She even put an appliqued bee on it to go with my kitchen!

And a hand-bound cookbook.  I can't even believe the photos in this.  They look like they're out of a magazine!  Nice job, Nven.  I envy your mad photography skillz!

Here's a detail of the Sucre a la Creme.  Yummy!

You were an amazing swap partner.   Smiley  I made the butterscotch cookies today, and they were delicious!  They make the whole house smell nice. 

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4  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftywillow on: March 05, 2008 06:57:02 PM
wow, everyone's journals are great! I like the star book.  I made some for xmas gifts and they were fun (both to make and to write in).

Here's what sowingdiva sent me:

A green and gold journal, along with a green pen and a postcard from las vegas!

here's a closeup of the lovely material (it's got dragonflies!) and gold button she used:

The inside cover is this gold paper that has a wonderful sheen to it which I'm sure the pic doesn't capture:

Lots and lots blank white paper for me to write on!

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5  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by craftywillow on: January 03, 2008 09:53:57 AM
I made my sister a ravenclaw POA scarf for xmas.  it took me about 2 months.  i'm telling you, this thing took over my life while i was working on it!  I used wool-ease worsted weight yarn in denim and heather gray, knit on circulars.  the ends were 'sewn' together with the fringe.

by the way, this is my first ever completed knitting project!
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6  Re: Star Books! The TUTORIAL! (Wordy w/Loads of pics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by craftywillow on: January 01, 2008 07:45:02 PM
I made three of these for christmas gifts.  I had this german wrapping paper that i got on clearance and it was too beautiful just for wrapping; I had to use it in something more lasting!  These were really fun and easy to make.  I used mod podge and some leftover christmas ribbon to tie them closed with.  As you can see, with all that paper and ribbon, my cat was intrigued.

Here is a detail of the cover of one:

Thanks for the tutorial, Kargrrl! Smiley
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