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1  Matzoh -- My Macro Photo Contest Entry in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by eirle on: April 23, 2008 06:33:14 PM
I've been playing with the macro settings on my camera a lot lately. I took this picture at our Passover seder this year. 

This is a picture of the horseradish dish closest to me at the table, just after we'd finished putting it on our matzoh. I love the way the focus came out.

What's funny is that as I was loading my pictures from Passover, I was browsing the Hot Topics and came across all of these wonderful entries to the Macro Photo contest. I figured that it meant that I had to enter!

No photoshopping or anything in this one. I just resized it to make it small enough to upload. I'm trying hard to get better at photography by taking LOTS of pictures. I *really* would appreciate any constructive criticism!

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2  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by eirle on: January 13, 2008 12:28:03 PM
I finally finished!!!! 32 bags! I love the pattern, but I may not make anymore for a while. Smiley These are all the bags except the duplicates. I hope you enjoy looking at them!

My husband and I decided to give everyone these bags for Hannukkah and Christmas presents. (We only gave ONE person on our list something other than a bag.) So, we went to town a little bit and bought moderately expensive fabrics that really represented each person.  It was worth the effort though, because I think everyone really loved their bags.

(In this set of pictures, my husband took the insides separate from the outsides. Instead of posting two pictures of each, I just pasted a bit of the inner fabric on the outside so you can see the pairings!)

Since I was making so many and with such fun fabrics, I decided to make the bags reversible. This meant leaving out the gussets and the pocket to fold them into. We decided to include directions on how to fold the bags into themselves, instead. We didn't even gift wrap them since they were so colorful! We just tied them with ribbons and put a card in the fold.

In the end, we ended up with seven bags for our own shopping along with all the presents. I'm really pleased about the whole project. Thank you all for the tutorials and all the hints along the way!

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3  Shrek and Fiona Costumes in Halloween Costumes by eirle on: November 05, 2007 12:36:12 PM
My husband and I decided that we'd do matching costumes this year and after about 30 seconds of decision making, decided that we'd be Shrek and Fiona.

We have both done medieval recreation in the past and we used some pieces of previous costumes and made some new. The piece I was happiest about was the new bodice I made for my outfit. I drafted the pattern myself (with some help from a nightgown that fit well in the top) and had just enough fabric left over from making the skirt to complete the bodice. (I made the skirt two years ago -- boy, am I glad I saved those fabric and ribbon scraps!)  I love the way it turned out, especially since I don't really know anything about pattern drafting. You can't see it in this picture, but the sides are grommeted and laced and look really beautiful.

My husband made his pants and my chemise himself and helped on the tunic when I made it. Basically, everything in the picture except for the vest, socks and accessories are handmade by us. (I found the vest at a thrift store and the laces are actually bootlaces.) He made our ears about 10 minutes before the party started and attached mine to the tiara I wore for our wedding.

It turned out that the green facepaint we had was a disaster, so we just did noses and eyebrows.

I'd really love to know what you think!
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4  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2007 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by eirle on: October 13, 2007 03:34:37 PM
I am the luckiest person in this swap! I got the best package ever!!!! Grin Grin Grin This is going to be a really long post, but I'm saving the best item for last, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom.

Amazing doesn't begin to describe the things that KarenLouiseM sent me. First of all, it all came in a giant box, decorated on the front.

I started unpacking it and I felt like a kid on my birthday --

-- complete with Halloween/Birthday crown and wand! (My birthday is Oct 30th.) I love my new crown. I'm now the Queen of Halloween. That's what the crown says.Smiley

I also got the most awesome double sided banner ever.

One side says Happy Birthday and the other says Happy Halloween. I like it so much I think we might keep it up all year round.

As if that wasn't enough, I got two beautiful necklaces and a pin.

She also made me four cool treat bags/door hangers. (You can see the stickers of my favorite postcard she included sticking out of the top corner.)

My partner knew that I love to throw Halloween parties, so she made me some great serving dishes and decorations for the table.

"Specially" labeled ramekins.

Jars of Halloween "spices".

And anatomically awesome Halloween candy -- brains, bones and gooey insides. And some "poisonous" test tubes!

You thought that was everything, didn't you? But no. There's much more. She made me a bobble-y pumpkin ghost that I love!

And a really cool pumpkin tin with a wonderful felt appliqu on it.

And a sew-your-own doorhanging witch that I'm going to have so much fun making and hanging up!

Finally, the masterpiece...
Carefully hidden inside an innocuous looking exterior...

is a book entitled Mischief. (Where did you manage to find that book?!?)

BUT it's not just any book of mischief it's a

... phenomenal altered book full of Halloween recipes!

Every page is unbelievable. I just took a couple shots at random since I can't even begin to decide what my favorites are.

(KarenLouiseM, if there are any pages you particularly want me to post, just let me know.)

She also sent me a mold for making gelatin eyeballs. And just in case I needed a sample of the recipes, she sent me some pumpkin bread!

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5  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by eirle on: April 24, 2007 01:47:17 PM
This isn't a crafty picture because I don't have those pictures yet, but I got some of the informal ones that a friend took and I can't wait to post! (I've been married a little over three weeks now and the glow hasn't worn off... Smiley Smiley )

Anyway, this is a Jewish wedding so it begins with the bride circling the groom 7 times. So, this is the middle of circling. I just love the movement that this picture captured.

This forum was a tremendous help to me during the planning for the last 7 months or so and I couldn't wait to post a picture and say thank you to all of you. Thank you!!!!
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6  Gromit!! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by eirle on: November 28, 2006 06:08:01 PM
This is Gromit! I made him for the Friends of Craftster Swap. (He was a thank you gift for my partner, so that's why he's wearing a thank you banner.) He's my first real amigurumi and I had a TON of fun making him. The hardest part was finding good buttons to use for the eyes. (They're just white buttons with the pupils drawn on in Sharpie.)

Although I wish I had written the pattern, it is not my own. He's from a pattern that was posted on Crochetville.org. Unfortunately, the pattern has been removed from the site, so I don't even know the name of the person to give credit for the pattern. So, despite not knowing who the person is, I'd like to give credit where it is due to the (now) anonymous person who posted the pattern.

The only real change I made (besides some general shaping issues) was to add some floral wire to his ears to make them poseable. It was really fun to do that because then you can make him look surprised. (Like in this picture!)

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7  Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by eirle on: November 13, 2006 09:09:15 PM
I finally got pictures!!! First, here are the beautiful earrings, ring, keychains and nestlace that Tara1979 sent me. Smiley

Here's a close up on the awesome boxes she made to send them in.

Next, is the awesome needle felting kit that jesintexas sent me.

Here's a close up on the roving, just because the colors are sooooo beautiful!!

I promised myself when I opened it up tonight to take pictures that I wouldn't immediately start playing with it. (I had a bit too much caffeine today and I didn't think that would go well with pointy needles.)

But, I didn't wait 5 minutes after touching the beautiful roving to start playing with it. 20 minutes later (and no damage to my fingers), here's my first piece. It's a heart for my honey who's coming home late tonight. I'm going to leave it on his pillow.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! You guys both rock. Smiley

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8  Bastet, Egyptian Cat Goddess in Halloween Costumes by eirle on: November 05, 2006 09:20:25 PM
For the post-Halloween toga party I went to last night, I decided to go as Bastet, the Egyptian goddess with the head of a cat. Here she is for reference:

However, I didn't actually start my costume until the day of the party. A quick trip to JoAnn's and less than an hour at the sewing machine and I came up with this.

It's just a simple tunic and overdress with a collar and loin piece made out of decorator fabric.

Here's a close up on the face/makeup:

And, of course, an obligatory action shot.

Hope you guys like it! It was simple and quick, but very fun. I made everything except the ears (because I already had some) and the jewelery.
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9  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by eirle on: July 10, 2006 12:06:33 AM
Here's what I got in my fourth package! (Sorry it took so long to post... the camera was busy yesterday...)

A great, pink travel bag which I definitely needed and a BEAUTIFUL card revealling my secret FOC. You'll have to go to the reveal gallery to see who she is...

Thank you so much, not-so-secret FOC!
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10  Re: FOC swap 3 reveal!! in The Swap Gallery by eirle on: July 10, 2006 12:03:29 AM
I am so lucky.... My awesome FOC was jesintexas!!!!!!

Here's what I got:
Package 1 -- Picture Frames, initial post-its, catnip mice for my lucky kitties and beautiful earrings for me! (I wear them all the time, by the way!)

Package 2 -- My very awesome felted bag, cake good enough to eat and rose soaps.

In the swap gallery, I said I'd get action shots with the bag and cake. There aren't any action shots with the bag, but we took the cake to Vegas for the 4th of July. So, I present to you -- cake in Vegas!

(Please forgive how I look -- it's hot in Vegas in July!)

Package 3 -- The best tote bag and matching crochet hook roll set, along with more rose soaps.

I carried the totebag around today full of the stuff I'm using to make jesintexas' thank you gift. (Shhhh! It's a surprise!)


Package 4 -- The great (and much needed) travel kit, in pink! Smiley Also, look at the beautiful rose card she sent me revealling herself!

She also wrapped all of my presents in beautiful rose paper and sent me postcards with my packages! (I collect postcards.)

JesinTexas, you're the best!!!! Thank you so much for everything! I hope this swap has been as much fun for you as it has been for me.

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