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11  Re: The Nightmare before Christmas X mas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lovething on: December 27, 2008 03:11:05 PM
Pinupmommy received my package a few days ago, so I'll take the liberty of posting pictures. Here's what I sent. Click pictures to make them bigger.

A throw pillow--I made an applique by printing a picture of Jack out on printable fabric in black and white, then I painted and embroidered all the details. The pillow itself is white twill with hand painted black stripes.

A tote bag--Another applique, this time a sketch of the bat boy from the movie (permanent marker on fabric), collaged with hand painted striped fabric, ribbon and distressed white fabric, sewn onto a tote I made with gorgeous black swirly cotton and more hand painted stripes for the handles. Sadly the pictures really don't do it justice.

A Jack and Sally painting on a wooden plaque, with a ribbon hanger on the back. I don't have a great picture of this one unfortunately. Paintings are hard to photograph.

A Jack head stuffie pillow for her young daughter, pretty straightforward. Made with felt.

One of my favorites--a movie inspired stocking. I almost kept this one for myself. My own pattern, made with white cotton and the same swirly black fabric used in the tote bag (hard to see the pattern in the picture, but it's there). The back is black felt.

Last but not least, a printed fabric ornament.

I also sent her a handmade card which I forgot to photograph. I made a popup card featuring the monster wreath from the movie.

Her package arrived yesterday. Here is what she sent me.

A CD case, a wooden jar, a plastic container and a tin all decorated with Jack's face in puff paint, plus a pumpkin barrette (the plastic pumpkin broke off) and a marble magnet.
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12  Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by lovething on: November 01, 2008 07:42:56 AM
My daughter was a honey bee this year!
post and more pictures here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276407.0

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13  my little honey bee in Halloween Costumes by lovething on: November 01, 2008 07:41:25 AM
My daughter wanted to go as her favorite insect this year. I showed her some pictures of those cute bee dresses you see in costume shops (you know, a striped top and fluffy yellow tutu) but she insisted on looking like a real bee. She told me she had to have six legs, a thorax and abdomen, and a ball of pollen on her leg. This is what I came up with.

The extra legs are connected to wristbands on her arms with black thread, and the "pollen ball" is carved and painted styrofoam, attached with an elastic band.

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14  duckpin bowling balls in What the heck can I do with THIS? by lovething on: August 21, 2008 04:35:45 PM
A friend who was cleaning out his house gave me six duckpin bowling balls to use as I wish in my crafty endeavors. For those not familiar with duckpin bowling, its like regular bowling, only smaller. The balls are about 5 inches in diameter and have no finger holes. I love the idea of creating something with these balls but I have no idea what to make! I've seen people cover regular bowling balls in mosaic tiles and use them as garden decorations, but I'd like to do something more unique. Any suggestions?

A ball in my hand, for scale
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15  Re: Zombie Swap #4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lovething on: July 14, 2008 06:54:22 PM
Okay peeps, prepare to have your minds thoroughly blown. I got my package from acidtrix today.
I have to admit that when I was paired up with her I was really excited. I've seen some of the fantastic stuff she makes and knew she was super talented and I'd be getting some awesome zombie loot. Needless to say I was not disappointed.
Everything was so neatly and carefully packed that when I opened the box my daughter said "Look mom, she sent you a box of bubble wrap!"  Cheesy

Okay first up, an adorable little tin with a painting of Xanbie on the front!


Inside were ten magnets with zombie quotes on them

Next, a totally kickass zombie movie poster bracelet. This thing is so amazing and incredibly well made. I'd pay big bucks for it on Etsy.

Okay, here's the best part. And by best I mean the rockinest, most badass thing I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY DANG LIFE. Sadly the photos I took really don't do it justice. It was hard to photograph because of the reflection on the glass, but here it is.

It's a shadowbox diorama with a hand sculpted zombie, and ZOMG SHE LOOKS LIKE ME! So freaking awesome. I love it so much. I took the back out to get a better shot of the background. You can't really see it in the picture, but it's painted on a page from the Zombie Survival Guide! Talk about attention to detail!

And here's the back of the (me!) zombie

I'll try to get a better picture of the front tomorrow. The ones I took today didn't turn out very well.
She also sent me some zombie related treats including gummy brains, gummy worms, blood pops, and real larvae! I can't bring myself to eat the larvae but I'm sure they'll be involved in a dare sometime in the future. The can is a zombie energy drink! The post office wouldn't let her send the drink because it might 'splode, but she sent me the cool empty can anyhow.

And as if that wasn't enough, she got me volume one of The Walking Dead, a zombie comic book!

I am so so happy with everything! Thank you so much acidtrix, and thank you Cheebs for organizing everything! You both get the rock fist of approval.
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16  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lovething on: July 07, 2008 11:01:04 AM
My hair has undergone a lot of abuse changes in the last year. It's been pink, red, blue, and now orange. Here's my newest color:

I used RAW Color in neon orange.
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17  Re: Zombie Swap #4 (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 07/10/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by lovething on: June 30, 2008 09:53:19 AM
haha! Bloody handprints are the BEST! But now my hands are stained red.... Roll Eyes
This is the result of today's crafting:

I do all the messy stuff outside in our front yard. You should see the looks I get from my neighbors. Anyway, I'm almost done! One more item and I'll be ready to send.
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18  pic chubby faerieness! in Costumes: Completed Projects by lovething on: June 10, 2008 08:00:40 AM
I made these wings and costumes for my daughter and I to wear to the Maryland Faerie Festival. It took several tries before I could get the wings just right. The pantyhose method didn't work well with the wire I was using, so I used a sheer white curtain that had been lying in my stash for years and hot glued it to the wire frames. I also tried painting them with regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush but the color came out too opaque for my taste. Instead I decided to try spray paint and that worked perfectly.



She asked for a shirt and pants with blue on the top and orange on the bottom, so I made a pillowcase top and bloomers and dip dyed them to her specifications. The "belt" is just blue ribbon with a flower hot glued onto it, and the headband is more of the same wire I used for the wings.

I made myself a headband out of ribbon, elastic, felt, and more fake flowers

And I made my skirt by cutting up a dryad costume I made years ago for my boyfriend's LARP

And because this post doesn't have enough pictures yet, I also made a pair of wings for my boyfriend's niece's birthday. This time I whip stitched the fabric to the wire after hot gluing it in place, to make it extra secure. She's a bit of a wild child and I was afraid she would destroy them. She really loved them, though, and according to her mother she wants to wear them all the time now.

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19  Re: Craft for my Kid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lovething on: June 02, 2008 05:51:21 PM
We received! Yay!

Here's what dkcrooby sent Autumn:

A Transformers purse, filled with chocolate coins, a pirate photo holder, fun erasers and jewelry

A Spiderman tee (Autumn's favorite)

A picture frame, Transformers magnet puzzle, and a pirate door hanger

A rainbow sock monkey (my favorite)

An adorable polka dotted dress and an inflatable shoulder parrot

And a cute little sewing kit.

Thank you so much dkcrooby! Autumn loves everything!
And before I go, here's a little teaser of what I sent:
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20  Do you think people would buy these? in Get Product and Website Opinions by lovething on: March 28, 2008 09:22:04 AM
I'm thinking about closing my Etsy shop--my heart's just not in it anymore--and starting up a new line of gifts and accessories that caters to a more "alternative" crowd. I just think it would suit my personality better. One of the things I'd like to sell are a collection of zombie dolls like this one:

Do you think there'd be a market for cute, cuddly zombies? Would you buy one? How much do you think they should sell for?

I was thinking of making each doll one-of-a-kind, with different hair, eyes, clothing, injuries, etc. Possibly even offering custom made zombies where the customer can design the doll themselves.
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