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21  Re: Fairytale Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kitkabbit on: January 24, 2007 06:36:29 PM
Raina, I am *so* glad that everything arrived safely and that you can find a place in your house for it all! 

I was a bit worried that you might not be able to put the peter pan hanging mobile up (it did end up bigger than I had expected) but it looks like you found a great spot!  I used art from some less well known renditions of Peter Pan, illustrators include: Robert Ingpen, Roy Best, great art deco illustrations by Gwynedd Hudson that I colorized, Flora White, and Alice B Woodward.  Don't let your bad kitty get at it!!!  Mine really wanted it to play with!!!  The folder has the cover to Trina Schart Hyman's exquisite rendition, and the jewelry box images are taken from Mercer Mayer's version of Beauty & the Beast. 

the castle tin was the trickiest... I didn't have a good place to spray paint it, so TWICE I did it outside and it blew over and grass got in it, so I had to remove the bottom coat of paint with Goof-Off.  I used contact paper to stencil, and rustoleum/enamel spray paint.  The goose girl box was my first attempt at altered art and was fun, although my two kitties were fascinated by it and were constantly trying to mess with it.  The feather on the top is made out of paper that I cut out carefully and fringed.  The square holiday card i got at a small store years ago, and has an Alphonse Mucha image on the front.  So glad you like the lip balm!  Burt's bees is the best!  i LOVED crafting for you and am thrilled you like everything!!!!!  Your crafting for me was so wonderful, I had to really try my very best!

Here is another pic of the jewelry box, with the top:

and another of the goose girl box:

all of it..

oh, and here is a link to my livejournal picture gallery for this swap:

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22  kitkabbit's 2006 ornaments (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by kitkabbit on: January 14, 2007 01:09:39 PM
Here are this year's ornaments.  Last year I gave a lot of the quilted ball ornaments I've posted previously to friends and family and this year I made three different types of ornaments.  Some went out for the 2006  holiday ornament swap.  I experimented some with an altered-art approach to the round ornaments (my 1st real experiment with that type of stuff) and paper-cut the doves and trees.  I've been doing intricate paper-cuttings and snowflakes and valentines for years.  The doves due to their non-symmetrical shapes were partially cut by exacto knife and partially cut with scissors.  The trees were cut with exacto knife.  I also used my scalloped edge scissors, spray adhesive, glittery nail polish, and glue sticks.  I am now a total spray adhesive convert!  Although I must admit I can't seem to use it without getting it on every single finger!  Messy!

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23  2006 Kissing Ball in Winter Holidays by kitkabbit on: January 14, 2007 12:17:24 PM
Here is the christmas 2006 kissing ball I made.  I hung it from our chandelier in the atrium:  This time it was composed of evergreen branches lopped off our xmas tree and also large sprigs of rosemary.  You can't really see it in the picture but the rosemary is also covered in tiny lavender flowers.  We are in North Carolina, so rosemary is evergreen here and right now, it's 72 degrees outside!  In January!!!  Three days ago it was 45 degrees... for interested gardeners, we are in hardiness zone 7.  I also tried wiring some cranberries to picks and inserting them in the ball, but they were very dark red and just didn't show up in any of the pictures.. or really show up at all!
I really liked how the large red bow gave the hallway some color.  This was a large one this time!!!

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24  Re: Fairytale Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kitkabbit on: January 08, 2007 08:20:24 PM
I've finally managed to take pictures of all the ***wonderful*** things she sent me.  I'm terribly tardy and just managed to get her package off today.  She's been really kind and understanding.  I can't praise her enough for being a wonderful swapbuddy!!!  Anyone who is lucky enough  to have her for a partner won't be disappointed!  Someone should grab her for the Spring Fling or something!!!!  I'm just sorry she's so far away from me in Canada... we seem to have so many of the same interests, but that's a bit far just to hang out.... =P  raina, you have an open invite to come visit me in NC!!!

Raina also has photos here:

Raina sent me:
~a wonderful mermaid totebag, in a beautiful rich red merlot wine corduroy, wittily applique'd with a mermaid's tail peeking out from strands of seaweed,
~a lovely tiny Danish demitasse spoon with an image of the Little Mermaid statue on the handle,
~a dreamy and delicate silvery beaded necklace that looks like silver lace (Raina, that must have taken you *forever*!!), which is as light as a feather to wear,
~a copy of Delia Sherman's poem Carabosse (from one of the Terri Windling fairy tale anthologies published by Daw Books) which has a very different view of Sleeping Beauty, and the pieces de resistance: 
~a trio of tiny and exquisite paintings of my three favorite fairy tales, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Sleeping Beauty, and lastly my ultimate favorite: 
~the **brilliant** Sleeping Beauty hand-crocheted rose briar scarf, which is a winding and tangling long briar vine with a single red rose (which just so happens to be a pin which I can if I so choose wear alone!!!)

Here is the package in all its gloriousness:

The three lovely little paintings:

The Little Mermaid:

and Sleeping Beauty:

ps, these tiny paintings are about 3-4 inches tall or so!!!  I absolutely adore them. 
I'll try to size em down tomorrow but really wanted to post this wonderful package from raina ASAP!!!

hee, hee, wonder if this'll get wisted...
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25  Re: Owl swap round 3 in New Swap Theme Ideas by kitkabbit on: December 28, 2006 07:50:33 PM
I just sent in my info!
funny thing- my college gave all of the incoming freshwomen these lanterns... :

and my fave sanrio character is this one, patapatapeppy:

seems like this swap is a perfect fit for me!!!
oh now i wonder who oh who will be my swap buddy?

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26  Re: Japanese Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kitkabbit on: December 15, 2006 08:06:01 PM
Shayna, thank you so much for offering!  Right now, I don't want to do anything about a possible angel.  I've already sent PMs and opened a help ticket for this swap.  I already feel that I've taken enough liberties with posting organizer-like information, that I would like to wait for our efficient and wonderful swap moderators to get back to me.  But here is my blog link to the swap package I sent if you would like to see.  Also, read the blog for the complete details on each item:

I'm so sad it's gone forever (~sniff, sniff~) since I really thought I did a good job and thought it looked very professional.  I'm considering that bag a prototype and going to tweak it a bit and make more in the future.  right now i'm trying to catch up with xmas!  not much time left.  oh, and I patterned the bag after a picture in a Zakka craft book.


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27  Re: Reversible tote bag - with tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kitkabbit on: December 06, 2006 11:13:42 AM
Here is the bag I made angeling for the last sushi swap using this pattern:

thanks for the tute!
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28  Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap -- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kitkabbit on: November 28, 2006 12:28:49 AM
Here is Clementine, all cozy with her new friends!  She is flanked by yummy nyankos.

Will edit this later to add the stationery and adorable erasers, after I get back from out of town... prolly Monday next.
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29  Re: Miyazaki Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kitkabbit on: November 28, 2006 12:23:33 AM
Hey! Here is what I gave Kairichan: an etched votive, a shadowbox, an origami totoro, a wall hanging, and an extra plushie I had laying about.  Must take pics of my loot, but that must wait til after the weekend.


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30  Reversible Sushi/Japanese totebag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kitkabbit on: November 18, 2006 08:58:51 PM
hey =)

This is my 3d handbag ever....!
I used this tutorial:

This tote was made for the Sushi Swap round 2- I both swapped and angeled in this one!  It came out pretty well- as I had interfaced the sushi fabric for strength, it was a bit tricky to sew and I think I'd probably change some of the assembly sequence as a result of this experience. 

I used a great Robert Kaufman sushi fabric for the outside and a Japanese indigo print for the inside.  Straps were made from grey grosgrain ribbon.

sushi side:

The sushi fabric is hilarious and has quotes like: 'Too Much Wasabi', 'She really likes squid', and 'My Toro!'.  Cracks me up!

japanese fans side:

permalink to my livejournal entry:

It was a great experience but definitely had some tricky aspects, and the interfacing made all the inside-out flipflopping difficult.  Bag making is definitely something I need to practice more!  haha that's just an excuse to sew some more stuff!
Enjoy the pics!

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