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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long on: September 08, 2007 06:30:17 AM
Thanks for all the compliments, folks! 
Sunnyskies*4* - I am honored that my bunny merited a squeal for cuteness from your DD
Samsara - Lovely button brooch.  I might have to try it with some of my button stash favorites.

Hmm, so far September is the brown and buttons craft-a-long month. ; )
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long on: September 07, 2007 10:43:09 AM
Wow, I'm so glad this craft-a-long was started over with the new year!  I participated some last time, but it's been about a year since I've been on craftster. : P I know, I know...that's so sad, right?

I had it in my mind that September would be red, so I was all preparing to put up the necklace I just worked on to get back into the craft-a-long groove, only to find September is brown.  Bah! 

However, all is well because I just happened to sew up a little brown bunny at the beginning of the month!  Lucky me, now I can post him. : )

Here he is, Mr. Chubby Two-Penny Bunny, making friendly with his neighborhood kitten.  He has vintage button eyes, a raggedy-patchy madras plaid bow, and a fluffy-sparkly tail.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 12, 2006 11:22:14 AM
Wow!  Thanks y'all  Cheesy Where is that blushing emoticon?  I totally need it right now, i'm blushing up a storm.  Thanks so much for all the compliments and wisting and "this rocks"ing- I'm utterly and extremely flattered.  I'm so glad that you all, and especially Evil_Abbe, like my squid mirror.

to answer a question:
Is the squid clay? What kind? (Not that I could ever do anything that cool with clay, but I just gotta know. Cheesy )

Actually, it's not clay, it's this really light weight sculptable foam like stuff that dries really hard...i'll post the name when I find the packet, 'cause I forget it right now. Tongue I've done some sculpting with it before, and I had some packs left over, so I used it on this.  It can kind of be a pain to make nice sculpts with, but I have a bit of a system for it. It can break, and I told Evil_Abbe that is is fragile, but if it does break, it's a clean break, and just white glue does a good job of gluing it back together.

I can't wait for the next few busy weeks of my life to pass by (I have visitors coming to stay with me, and my birthday, and more stuff and junk...) so that I can start up on another swap.  This has been so satisfying!!!  Cheesy
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 11, 2006 03:17:18 PM
Evil_Abbe - I had my suspicions that the cover of that book was related to your place of work... Smiley

Anywho, now I'm going to post the pics of what I made and gave to Evil_Abbe.  So, here we go:

Here it all is all snuggling together.

We have: A Squid mirror (her #1 request was for artowrk for her walls, and her #3 was for soemthign functional but cool and unique, so I combined them and came up with this...), 2 brooches (my "specialty" tends to be jewelry, but Evil_Abbe doesn't do the necklace/earring thang, but she said she loves brooches, so this is what I came up with), a dino hand bound book, a set of comic book hero magnets (as per her favs, and then I had to throw in a Nightcrawler for good measure), and a set of coasters I got from her wist, and I thought they'd be super easy, but they were not, 'cause I dumb. Oh and a weekly world news featuring a T-Rex, her fav dino.  It also has a great article about the 10 most popular people in heaven.  Cheesy

Here's a detail of the squid mirror:

Evil_Abbe, as for caring for this, it's acrylic paint, but it hasn't been sealed.  If you need to clean the mirror, I would spray glass clean on a rag, and just do the main mirror part.  If you need to get the nooks, then maybe q-tips... For cleaning the squid, I suggest just a cloth rag lightly dampened with water.  Wink

Here's the skull brooch:

I made the skull from super sculpey, baked, and painted it, and sewed on the beads to a pre-existing, empty setting-ed brooch. I didn't bother with a closse up of the dino brooch, because I made it under the influence of beer, and it caused both me and the boyfriend much laughter, but it's not craftster close up worthy, in my opinion. Oh and that dino was a part of a glow in the dark set of dinos labeled "glow in the dark space stuff" I got from my boyfriend - he said he got them at World Market.

Here's the dino book and the coasters:
BTW, the coasters were sprayed with krylon matte sealant on the top, (plus all that mod podge) so they should be good to go, but if you're wary, feel free to spray them again.

And the magnets:

that's it - Ta daa!!! I had a blast making this stuff.  I'm really glad Evil_Abbe liked it so much, and I'm glad I got a chance to snap the pictures, and I'm also glad I got a chance to finally post them.  Wink  Methinks I have to make myself a squid mirror someday.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: swamp swap on: August 10, 2006 08:55:58 PM
oooh!  i like the sound of this, especially since I'm a swap girl born n' bred in Florida (but not there anymore...).  The only exception is, that I am completely and irrationally terrified of toads and frogs.  It is a bonafide phobia, with all the freaking out and crazy panic if i see them, so, while I love the rest of swamp life, unless it's just kermit the frog,or other cartoony non realistic variantss, I wouldn't be able to handle checking out the gallery.... at least if it's full of toads and the like.  Ugh!  ok, I'm tired of thinking about them. 

but I love cypress, mosquitoes, cattails, snappers, snkaes, huge spiders, weeping willows, algae, the smell of mud.... it makes me miss home.  Undecided
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 10, 2006 07:26:31 PM
Oh, and I'm going to wait until this thing gets to be on page 16 before I post the pics of my stuff I gave Evil_abbe, so that I'm not creating one super vortex picture crazy image heavy page (as if it's not already, right?).  Is that ok?   Embarrassed
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 10, 2006 07:22:26 PM
Yay!!! Posting Pics Time!!!!!  Finally! Tongue

My sincerest aplogies to Evil_Abbe for not getting these up earlier - but life's been pretty hellaciously hectic.  And if you need better pics than what I have, let me know and I will try, try again!

Without further ado, here is the incredible swap stuff I got from Evil_Abbe!

Here's the group all together  Grin it consists of the totally kick ass bat bag, the also totally kick ass vinyl clown bag, a lovely Kiki's Delivery Service hand bound book, and goodies like the hilariously cute Indian pencil case, super cute nostril squirting dino toy (it's still in it's package in the pic...so it's hard to see), and a Napoleon Dynamite notepad - how'd you know I liked Napoleon Dynamite? 

detail shots: Bat bag!!!

OMFG!!! I never type that, but this deserves it!  I love this bag - it's not only the perfect size, masterfully made, but c'mon, it has a freaking laughing bat on it!  The bat and "ha's" are painted in silvery metallic-y paint, so excuse the crazy sun lighting, but i found it was best for photographing it for the detail it deserved, yet, avoiding glare-ishness. It's already become my new bag, by the way, and everyone loves it.  It's also reversable (sp?) in case I was feeling floral-esque, but I don't think I have the heart to hide my bat... It makes me wanna sing the batman theme song but with "bat bag" instead, a la Homer Simpson.  Cheesy

Here's a quick shot of the inside:

Then as if one awesome bag wasn't enough, I got a super freaking cool bag made out of vinyl, but I just now realized i forgot to take a pic of the just as great inside....  Cry :

I adore this purse.  My boyfriend particularly liked this of all my swap goodies.  it accompanied me out and about over the weekend.  I'm ticked that I forgot to take pics of the inside.  Tongue It's black fabric with gold lame skulls all over it, and it has a heart appliqued on the inside. If I'm not mistaken, it will work as a reversible (sp?) bag but the inside out version is a clutch instead of a handbag. Anyway, it's awesome too.  I'm so glad I got someone who makes such cool bags - I sucks at them, and I totally wanted one, but two?!?! And again with their coolness - unbeatable. I just got really super lucky  Wink

Here's the Kiki book, which is totally cute, and despite what Evil_Abbe thinks, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.  This was the project she claimed that was bad, but I'd get it anyway.  Whatever - it's great! I think it's really well bound, especially considering that I remember trying to bind books the same way, and my first tiem looks, uh, well, um, it'll never be posted here, let's just say   Wink Anyway, I'm a big Miyazaki fan, so I was happy to get this.  I actually don't have any Kiki stuff, but now I do, so there! Where did you get the image for the cover on such a heavy card stock?  if your computer printed that out, that's really nice....

here's a close up of my random goodies.  The dino is cute, and it's handy for freaking my cat out by squirting it towards her.   Smiley the notepaad has found a home at work, because I was in dire need of a notepad that was not a small stack of post its. And it's obviously not anyone else's, so they can't steal it. I love the pencil case, and you didn't know but I have a bit of a collection of foreign pencil cases, so it's a perfect addition. I love the packaging, so I took close ups, 'cuz it's too funny...at least to me.  Cheesy


Soooo, that's what I got!! I'm extra lucky special, because I gots me a talented crafty clever partner with a very similar sense of humor, so that was a spectacular plus.  AND I got to meet her, and her man, and they were both really cool and a pleasure as dining company. Thanks so much again to Evil_Abbe, and to Stifflersmom and Animegirlie for organizing this swap.  I loves me my swap goodies!!! 
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 07, 2006 09:11:12 PM
Blargh!!!  I have been so friggin' crazy busy, I haven't had time to even check on here!  Tongue Thank god the swap deadline was when it was.  If it was this week, I would've been dead.

But now that I have a few minutes before I go beddy bye, and I do say there is just some great work on here!  Kudos and congrats, fellow craftsters!  Grin

I finally got a chance to take pics of my fantabu-freakin'tastic f-in cool swap goodness from Evil_Abbe, ( I don't think I gave a run down on here yet, but I will when I post it so that it's a surprise to you all like it was a surprise to me) since she didn't have access to a camera.  I will try my bestest to get them posted tomorrow or Wednesday. I sincerely apologize to Evil_Abbe and everyone else for my pic postin' tardiness.  Embarrassed

I really need sleep right now.  Work all day, clean all night....I have waaaaaaaaay too many art and craft supplies.    And I'm waaaaaaaaaaaay too much of a messmaker and a non-putter-back-in-placer.   Tongue
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Newbies Only Swap! on: August 03, 2006 10:34:38 PM
yay!  i just received my awesomeness swap in person, and I'll be posting pics for the both of us soon.  I'm so tired now....must bed...
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: NEWBIES ONLY SWAP (sign-ups CLOSED) Send by 8/01 on: August 03, 2006 10:30:48 PM
woo hoo!  I received (in person) my swap and it is kick ass.  Cheesy I'll post pictures when I'm not so tired-y.  Frikkin-great-tastic job, Evil_Abbe!  I hopes you like me stuff as much as I like yours...  Undecided  And it was a pleasure getting to meet ya...we'll always have William...

Ah, William....
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