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1  Re: OTT 19- One Tiny Thing in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: September 01, 2008 04:24:17 PM
I'm so so sorry for not putting piccos up before now, but here is my delightful new friend from PeachesEveryday! (weird coincidence that I'm posting this straight after her posting!) One of my themes was giraffes, so a delightful young lady giraffe to keep Sid, one of my plants, company!

anyhoo.... here she is:

aaaand another view....

I'll try to get some better pics in daylight at some point - alas, I had problems getting pics onto my computer from my camera, so I had to get my boyfriend to do it... and he only just got around to it... at 10.30 this evening  Roll Eyes typical!

Anyhoo - thank you so much, I love her!
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2  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rakechan on: August 20, 2008 12:50:35 PM
Finally got around to scanning some of my photographs from the past few months!... (sorry for posting SO MANY!!)

None have been edited at all - odd effects are mainly through long exposure times and double-exposures. I love 'real' photography! Film and everything!! Im like a little kid at Christmas waiting to get them back from being developed!

... just had to end on this smiley little chap!

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3  Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: June 07, 2008 04:07:09 AM
Hiiiiii! I recieved a wonderful package from my swapangel, Sherrie B, SD earlier this week (sorry for not putting up pics til now!!)

It was such a lovely suprise.... right....
Here's the book bag....

It's HUGE and can fit absolutely EVERYTHING I will ever need on one of my sketchy-reading-in-the-countryside-photo days... so perfect for me! Cheesy It's so sturdy too, and I love the pattern of the fabric! (Thankie! - but sorry the pic is on it's side... I'm not very good with this technology thing, and photobucket seems to be beyond me today!)

i got spoilt to 3 books!

The two kids books have such lovely illustrations (I'm a struggling illustrator, so I collect children's books) - I especially love the Frog and Toad one, which is just my style! Cheesy The sci-fi novel sounds really interesting too - I don't tend to read much scifi, so it can broaden my horizons a bit ^_^


crocheted - a skill that I have no patience to acquire, but I am in awe of anyone who can! Cheesy

...earlier when I said I was spoilt, I wasn't joking - she also popped in some extra goodies...

The sheep tape measure is superb... and the scarf is very apt for our ahem...glorious British summers... the sketchpad is already being used, along with the pastels too - and my boyfriend has pinched the CD to listen to on his way to work this mornin!

Thank you so much for being a great swapangel, Sherrie! Everything's great... ^___^
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4  Re: The Michel Gondry/Science of Sleep Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: June 07, 2008 03:53:16 AM
Finally!!! Here's a pic with the DVD as size reference...

...hmmm... photobucket appears to have done something a bit odd when I asked it to rotate it... might be able to see it properly here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/rakechan/DSC00696.jpg

Hope it helps! Smiley Finally putting it up on the wall today... hehe! Smiley
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5  Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: March 14, 2008 08:31:07 AM

Just thought I'd post up a pic of the bag I sent Leah_Danielle as she recieved it a little while ago:

It's the first bag I've ever made, so it's not perfect - but I like the fact that it's all lined with ladybird fabric! Smiley Also sent 'The Crow Road' by Ian Banks, 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint Expury and a bookmark with a quote by Jorge Luis Borges... (forgot to get pics of those though...)
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6  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: March 12, 2008 11:02:23 AM
Yippieeee - got my amazing package from Audrey1999 today! (well, it arrived Monday but was stuck at the post office until I had a chance to pick it up today!!... and I quote Audrey's earlier sentiment, but back at her - she rocks! ^_^

(on a side note, I've somehow managed to get these pics up against all odds - my boyfriend's digital camera broke for no reason, and my Mac is sat in the corner of the room wheezing while I post this... gr! Technology, huh?)

Right... on with the show! First off, the big group shot:

Ooooh - pretty! Because of annoying mentioned technical difficulties, the camera coughed its last before I managed to get a pic of the pretty magnets she made for me in matching fabrics to the patchwork things she made me - they're already on the fridge, and it's great because I FINALLY have some magnets strong enough to hold things like shopping lists onto the fridge! Horray!

Right, first off:

A lovely apron that she made from a found pillow case, and some crochet squares. The detail on this is gorgeous!! ^_^ (I'll be more scared to slop stuff on it than I would on my clothes... could be a good thing, though - it'll teach me to be less careless!!)


A patchwork notebook - I loooove the colours on this. I think I'll probably use it to store my photos in - or recipes, I can't quite decide...

How gorgeous is this scarf/ table runner? (Ignore the weirdo peeping out from behind it, though - ahem... I just wanted to show how well it went with my coat!)... as you can tell, I've already decided it's to be a scarf rather than a table runner! Smiley It's just right to keep me cosy during the next few months, when it's lovely looking outside, but generally freezing.

...and she sent along some fantastic extra goodies!

...I haven't quite worked out whether it's the tea or the cinnamon mints, but the whole package smelt delicious when I opened it! As we both have a love of chocolate, she sent some scrummy choc... and as we also shared a love of tea, there are two packs of yummy sounding fruit and herbal teas. In fact, as soon as I've posted this, I'm off to brew a pot and put my feet up (that is provided the kettle doesn't break... hmph... honestly - what a day!) Also some packs of Kool Aid so I can have a go a dying, and some freezer paper (which I can't find here in the UK) so I can stencil away merrily. Oh! and a postcard of Colorado - honestly, Audrey - I'm so jealous of those mountains! ^_^

Thank you so much Audrey - I've had such a great time on this swap - and everything you sent is so beautiful! ^_^

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7  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rakechan on: January 16, 2008 10:05:22 AM
I'll have a go!

Well... me being the nerd I am, I just went round to take a couple of pics of my big beautiful-useful objects!

This is our big pirate treasure trunk!... This was supposed to contain my boyfriend's records, but my crafty habit (as usual) came first, and it's now full of paper and felt... ahem! Smiley

This is the trunk we originally got for my crafty supplies... I love it to bits! Found it at the local dump, and got it for 3!! We think it's at least 80 years old - probably older... it still has all the originals tags inside toooo sayinging "Best steel travelling trunks by the Roy Brothers,. Calcutta"

...excuse the mess... Wink

The other bit of the house that we're particularly proud of is my writing desk. I get really bad migranes and bleary eyes if I'm on the computer for more than an hour or so at a time, so my lovely boyfriend donated his old type writer, and we found a fantastic school desk at the local flea market... complete with graffiti! anyhoos... feast your eyeses (D normal people get excited about typewriters, school desks and trunks? Probably not!

I definitely think that the story/ history behind something is one of the things that gives objects their beauty...

... blimey! What a long post! Sorry if I clogged up anyone's pomtooters - I just got a tad over excited at taking piccos!

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8  Re: Newbie ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rakechan on: January 27, 2007 07:42:11 AM
Wah! So so sorry for taking a while to post these.  recieved my fantasic cards from Dazedllama during the week. I love them to bits... my favourite is the butterfly, but the other two are lovely as well. I love the quote on the 'new' card! Smiley I was tempted to put it in my wallet, but I don't want to wreck it! O_O

Here's the pic - sorry it's a bit dark/ not terribly good... trying to use my boyfriend's Da's profesh scanner, and it's just a tad too swish for me to understand ^_^

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9  Re: 50%+ Christmas Gift Challenge in Winter Holidays by rakechan on: December 24, 2006 05:27:07 PM
Phew! made it by the skin'o me teeth! here's my stuff so far... (not finished boyf's stuff, as not seeing him til the end of the week!)
My mate's Edward Scissormonkey and my Bro's monkey (based on him!- that sculpy guitar took ages!) and my Bro's record sketchpad:

My Mum's present: garden tool belt, garden journal and bought 'Zoo poo' (!! Bought when my fella took me on a suprise trip to Colchester zoo- it's rhino and elephant dung fer the garden!!! Loved the idea of getting my Ma a bucket of poo fer christmas, AND it was putting money towards a good cause! Happiness all round- which is what Christmas is about, eh? ^_^)

My Dad's 6 1/2 ft long scarf. The first proper knitting I've ever done, and my goodness did this try my patience. Looking forward to doing something a little more exciting than 6 1/2 feet of plain garter stitch! He's also getting a mix CD of 'slightly less annoying than usual Christmas music'...

also made my grandparents some christmas orange and cinnamon biscuit stars and some local 'suffolk blend' tea... and my pet ratty Lollo a rice-filled heatable bean bag to snuggle up to on those cold nights. just hoping she doesn't eat it straight away. As the ratty is a shared pet with my boy, I thought it fitting that she should have a matching beanbag to go with the one I'm making Rob. Will post pics of both here when I've finished Rob's bean bag!

wrapped prezzos thus:

Guess you can't really tell but I've wrapped them in plain ol' brown paper (recycled from the various packages I've recieved in recent weeks!) wi green raffia tied around, gold crinkly paper tags and green and red accessories- tied a red feather to my bro's, red twisty pipecleaners and foamy red stars to my Ma's, felt holly leaves and berries to my Dads and red twisty pipe cleaners with green sequins stuck on the end on my grandps!
-sorry about the bigness of pics!

made most of my presents really... I guess it comes to 50% when you find out that I bought my boy a couple of DVDs and a couple of (very interesting) books to go with his bean bag (the exhibition catalogue for Fischi and Weiss show at the Tate modern and 'Curious Moments' photography book- the latter I've recommend to anyone who is interested in photography or the weird and wonderful!)

Have a wonderful Christmas you lot! I'm off to collapse on me bed... which is currently covered with raffia and reels of thread! GAK!
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10  Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by rakechan on: December 10, 2006 04:54:14 AM
I had fun once making a 'zombie ken' version of one of my friends- basically, if you can work in a shed or somewhere outside, just melt bits down, build them up using sculpy, plastercine and paint, rip and burn clothes- I found the more hangy out bits UI included, the better it seemed to go down!

One of my housemates saw it, and went nuts, and then drafted me in to make a toy-zombie film with him for his final major project (and it nearly killed me! It's fun to make one or two, but when you start making armies of the things, it's just exhausting!)

Here's a couple of pics of dolls I created:

the pics are pretty cruddy actually- sorry about that! they did look pretty good in reality- I even made a short time lapse film somewhere of me making the blasted things!... just thought could be a good idea for a zombie fan.
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