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1  Re: Aussies only hop the swap, signups July 16 - 23. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmc_aust on: July 16, 2007 03:52:04 AM

1.  Marble magnets.  Various patterns/pictures/colours, set of six.  Can be personalised to some extent, please PM me.  Can be a random assortment of six magnets also, just let me know in your PM.  I tried REALLY hard to photograph these, but my camera sucks.  You'll have to take my word for how pretty they are Cheesy One point

2.  One iridescent blue beaded bracelet/cuff.  Given to me in a the Christmas Stocking Swap last year but not my style.  Two points

3.  Various pairs of earrings (never worn).  Given to me by various craftsters, not my style.  Two points per pair

4.  Small satchels.  Close with a velcro tab, have shoulder strap, good for holding lunch and a drink etc.  1 x blue-ish, 1 x tartan, 1 x grey, sewn by me.  Two points each

5.  Handspun yarn.  PM me for colour choices or with a request.  I usually spin fine yarn (sock weight?) but can make a yarn to requirements.  Photo is a sample only, and I apologise for the dodgy pics  UndecidedThree points per skein 
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2  Re: My 1962 wedding gown in Weddings and Bridal Showers by cmc_aust on: June 25, 2007 10:30:33 PM
We had the bridal party facing the guests and the officiant facing the river when he was talking to us, but off to the side when he was introducing us and when the readings were being done.  But we weren't quite as squashed together as this:

Also, I meant to say, that I love the fact you are wearing your mum's dress and that she had good enough taste that it could still be worn! Cheesy  I used to fit in my mum's wedding dress (when I was about 13) but my shoulders are much too broad now.  Plus my tummy.  And my hips. You get the idea Wink

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3  Re: travelling sock monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmc_aust on: June 18, 2007 05:33:17 AM
My husband and I play the punchbuggy game, so for our first Christmas together he bought me a model Kombi van, it was very cool.  We took it to Europe with us that year to meet my dad.  The Kombi van went to Prague, Berlin, London and Singapore with us!  Here's a photo of my hubby showing the Kombi van the sights from the train window on the way from Prague to Berlin:

This was about 5 minutes after we'd awoken from a nap (it was a five hour trip, mostly in darkness because we went in Winter!  And yes, I have two woolly jumpers on! Cheesy):

By the way, I really love the sock monkeys too!  I have a couple of pairs of over-the-knee socks in my waiting-to-be-turned-into-sock-monkey basket!  I think they'll have WICKED long limbs and tail!
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4  Cut paper awesomeness (not mine) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cmc_aust on: June 17, 2007 06:12:49 PM
I don't know whether we're allowed to post other people's work or not, but I couldn't not share these pics, they're just too good.  I was emailed them by a friend, via a long and circuitous route, so I don't actually know where they came from or I'd post a link.  I'm sure there'd be more somewhere online!

Anyway, on to the pics, some of which are hard to see because of the white on white.  There are more posted on my blog if you're interested, but in my opinion, these are the best!

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5  Re: Crafty Detective 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmc_aust on: June 14, 2007 08:49:57 PM
Well, I'm pretty sure I know who my swap partner is 'coz I got home from my 3 hour long Biochemistry exam and there was an ENORMOUS parcel waiting for me on the doorstep!  I cheered me right up Cheesy

Inside was:
A pair of awesome ladybird slippers!  They're so toasty.

Did anyone else notice that I'm wearing my rainbow socks again? Cheesy  Good things happen when I wear these socks (see this thread for details!)

A cushion to go with our 5 cats:

Which says (in case you can't read it)

Jellicle Cats are black and white,
Jellicle Cats (as I said) are small,
If it happens to be a stormy night
They will practice a caper or two in the hall
If it happens the sun is shinning
You would say they had nothing to do at all,
They are resting and saving themselves to be right
For the Jellicle Moon and the Jellicle Ball.

I think this might come from TS Eliot . . . ?  The poem is machine embroidered (and how jealous am I, my stalker has an embroidery machine that does these awesome fonts and beautiful butterflies and cat's faces!) and the two cats at the bottom are appliqued on.  The white one is actually a transparent net fabric with pieces of coloured cotton behind, it is a really interesting effect.

Next up is the felted soap and a couple of stuffies:

I love the embroidery on the cat's face!  It's just darling.

And I got a recipe folder which looks great and is TOTALLY needed! Cheesy

And it came with a new sharpie Cheesy

And finally, there were some lollies, a really great sugar fix ('coz I need it after a 3 hour exam!  Shocked Grin)

Thanks, Tanza!  Wink  There was no note, but we've swapped before . . . plus she was the only WA in the swap! Cheesy  That's West Australian for you foreigners Wink
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6  Re: Beaded dreamcatcher tutorial needed PLEASE!!!! in Beads: Discussion and Questions by cmc_aust on: June 07, 2007 10:49:02 PM
Did you mean something more like this one, craftyhev?

I made this one a while ago, sorry about the crappy pic.  The lighting in my house is BAD.

Anyway, I can do up a tute for this one soon if you would like?  I need to fix it anyway, its been knocked around a bit in my (many) house moves.

Oh, you will need to know VERY basic chain stitch crochet to make the netting around the edge for this one.  Let me know if you want the tute and I'll see what I can come up with.
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7  Re: Melbourne Craftsters Meet! in AUSTRALIA by cmc_aust on: June 07, 2007 10:00:41 PM
Thanks for posting that, it's wonderful.

I finally figured out what was wrong with the knitting I was doing on the day - I hadn't pulled both yarns to the front for the purls or to the back for the knits for my double knitting project.  So I frogged it and have been working the correct technique since!  Here's a couple of progress shots:



It's reversible (just like it's supposed to be!)!  I'm actually a little further along than when these were taken.  Hoping to be done by June 15th (hmmmm . . . )
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8  Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag in Knitalongs by cmc_aust on: June 03, 2007 10:15:23 PM
Well, I'm up to the bottom of the little skulls.  I am doing this as a stash buster, so I'm using an acrylic (I know, it won't felt.  I'm doing a small guage instead).  I have a few mistakes in it where I haven't wrapped the yarn properly, but given it's my first attempt at double knitting too, I think it's good.  Plus it's taken me so long to do that I'm not about to rip it out to start again!

Here's a couple of photos of how it's progressing (please excuse crappy quality of photos):


I think I did something wrong at the picking up stiches around the base stage because I've been knitting with the inside facing me instead of the outside . . . but it's working, so I'm not too worried about it.  How's everyone else going?
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9  Re: Positive Energy Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmc_aust on: June 03, 2007 08:32:39 PM
People - prepare to be dazzled! Cheesy

I received from Aphie today and luckily I was home because the postie delivered this:

which I IMMEDIATELY had to open because I'm studying and it was a totally welcome break! Wink  Besides which, it was wrapped like a present, how could I resist?!

Inside was:

Firstly, a lovely note with care instructions for "sleep sheep":

Upclose of the sheep:

and of the lavender insert to help me sleep:

and the note included details about the milk and coffee grounds soap she made me:

Then there was the SOFTEST black scarf for winter motorbike rides, only perdified:

and the obligatory action shot (which shows the bead colours more realistically):

with some bracelets underneath:

One says "Follow your bliss" and the other is kind of like prayer beads - pearl, and smooth and mighty purdy.
And at the bottom of the box:

which is really funny because guess what kind of socks I'm wearing today:

(please disregard my pasty knee, I don't do tans and it's winter here!)
And one action shot of the BESTEST RAINBOW PANTS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE (which I will be wearing for the rest of the day because they're flannel and more comfortable than my jeans!:D):

They're a great fit, hipster-style!

Jealous yet, peeps? Cheesy  Cool  Tongue

This has been a great swap; thanks so much Aphie for being an awesome partner and lightupmyroom for organising!
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10  Re: fire! fire! fire! in Stitch And BOTCH by cmc_aust on: May 16, 2007 09:04:34 PM
I have never tried to melt things in the oven because I KNOW this would happen to me too.

However, the other day I was making quince paste and needed to sterilise the jar.  It was an old mustard jar with a plastic lid.  I figured that, having boiled it, I would be ok to quickly dry it in the oven with the jar.

Guess who forgot about the drying jar and lid while she continued cooking quince paste?  Roll Eyes

I dried the jar.  I melted the lid.  I made a button:

It's big and red Cheesy
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