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1  Re: Box of Sunshine Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: May 16, 2016 06:30:11 PM
I got my package from zigg13pra! It was full of the most adorable things, right down to the tissue paper she used to wrap things. I'm still walking on air!

Here's a teaser of sorts: I can't get any really good photos that do this package justice. This necklace!

I've basically wanted one of these for a while now, but never enough to convince myself to actually buy a locket and the charms. But now I have one! And this beautiful Craftsterer could not have picked better charms if she knew me in person. I know it's a terrible cell phone photo, but there's a strawberry (I have strawberry plants that I've grown from seed and kept alive for almost three years now), a sunshine of course, a "you are my sunshine" charm (that goes perfectly with the theme, but also that song means so much to me), a pretty multicolor flower, and a sailboat. I love it so much. I'm wearing it to work tomorrow! I'll coordinate my outfit to match if I have to. Smiley

Thank you, zigg13pra! I love everything so so much. <3
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2  Fear is a Teacher: Batman Scarecrow Cross-Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by grufflepuff on: April 28, 2016 01:59:52 PM

Pretty much what it says on the tin! I made this for my partner in the Undercover Fandom swap! They like Scarecrow from Batman, so I whipped up a little scarecrow (inspired by a Batman Villains pattern I saw online), added the stitched-up mouth and angry eyebrows, and added one of my partner's favorite Scarecrow quotes beneath him. (No, I don't like that the bottom line of text isn't better-aligned either. I really should have fixed it.)
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3  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: April 28, 2016 01:56:00 PM
I finally got around to re-sizing the images I took of some of the things I sent to rantyhippie. I didn't photograph everything for some reason. I think my camera's batteries were dying?

Here's the stag skull wrapped with red beads to symbolize blood. I'd never done much wire-wrapping before, so I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and even zen it was. I didn't get frustrated at all!
Here's a better shot of the "blood" dripping from the skull's chin.

Just a standard beaded set using red and white/clear beads and beads made from pages of the same book I used to make the origami flower ball. I discovered, by accident, that if you don't want to wear the earrings as earrings, you can string one (or both?) onto the bracelet and it looks kind of cute.

The Twilight lasso necklace. In case you can't tell, the chain goes through the vampire teeth so you can kind of decide how tight/loose you want it to sit around your neck. The gem in that heart charm is actually red, but it photographed black. Oops.

The Scarecrow cross-stitch I did! He looks a lot like a regular scarecrow, but I swear I took his design from a Batman Villains pattern I saw online. I added the mouth and eyebrows to emphasize his...evilness.

Aaand, the kusudama. All told, this probably took close to six or seven hours, but I'm happy with it nonetheless. I used pages from an old Eclipse book because my partner is a fan of Twilight. I kind of want to make one for myself now, but I'm not sure if I can summon the willpower to start it. Smiley
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4  Twilight Kusudama in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by grufflepuff on: April 28, 2016 01:42:59 PM
I made this for my partner in the Undercover Fandom Swap! She'd pinned a long-since-sold Etsy listing for a paper flower ball made out of pages from Twilight, and I was totally up for the challenge!

If I remember correctly, the pages didn't come from Twilight, but from Eclipse. I had a very old, very ratty-looking copy from when I got into the series (pretty much when it first came out). I've never been overly wound-up about books (I've been an underliner and a margins-writer for as long as I can remember, and I fold down the corners of my pages, much to the chagrin of my book-worshipping friends), and now that I'm older and more aware of the issues with the Twilight series, I felt no shame in cutting up this book in order to make something truly beautiful.

Folding the individual petals was fun, and after four or five, it pretty much became automatic, so it wasn't nearly as tedious as I thought it would be--I had to fold sixty petals! Then I glued them together in bunches of five, and then I glued those bunches of five into a ball shape. It's not perfect, but it works! I'm thinking about making another one for myself, but then I'm not sure which book (or paper) to use!
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5  Re: One Tiny Unloved Creature Gallery in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: April 28, 2016 01:32:30 PM
My partner received, but seems to have been having a rough go of it lately, so I'll go ahead and post the pictures for her!

She said she liked stingrays, and also platypuses. Platypi? On Pinterest, I'd been seeing these awesome underwater scenes using resin, and I wanted to try one myself. I've used resin before, but never this much of it at one time. (Usually, I'm just filling bezels in jewelry bits.) It came out...okay. Some weird bubbles showed up out of nowhere right before the resin set too firmly to get them out, so that sucked, but overall, I'm mostly happy with how it came out.

Seven baby stingrays playing and frolicking around their mama.

A slightly better top-down shot so you can see all of it.

The surface of the resin became a little ripply as it cured, which looks great in pictures ("the water's actually moving!!") but not so great in real life. Because I wasn't 100% thrilled with what I was about to send out, I also sculpted a little platypus friend out of Model Magic:

So there it is! Smiley I hope crazyda79 liked everything. If nothing else, this was a fun challenge! Smiley
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC SWap -- March 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: April 12, 2016 05:50:20 PM

I got the most stunning Outer Space ATC from AugustBell a week or two ago. The first one got lost in the mail or something, so she kindly made and sent another one. It's breathtaking. I could easily see this as an illustration in a children's book about outer space. It's just beautiful! Thank you so much! I treasure it! Smiley
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7  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: April 12, 2016 05:39:04 PM
I received my package from rantyhippie today! I was going to make myself wait to open it until I'd sent out my own package, but then I realized that I wasn't really going to be home during daylight hours this week (for the photos) and I personally like to see my partner's pictures of their package as soon as possible, so... Here they are! I'm so happy with these items!

Embroidery! A Hogwarts owl done in Ravenpuff colors! I never in a million years would have thought to do that. I adore this. Such a perfect way to show my house(s) pride and my love of owls. Gah. I also love the little personality that the owl has. So so charming.

Also, there's a little bull's-eye inspired by Mat Fraction's Hawkeye, and you can bet I'm gonna get to that in a minute!

First, a closer-up detail of the stitching of the owl!

Okay, this is...wonderful. I've always loved the look of embroidery on patterned fabric, so I'm especially happy to have this. I love Hawkeye. So much. So so much. Like...so much that I don't even have words for it. To any random person, it's just a purple bull's eye, but it immediately makes me think of Hawkeye. Perfect!

And finally, a gorgeous hood inspired by Green Arrow. The color is exactly right, and the shape/silhouette is spot on. As soon as I put it on, I felt like Oliver Queen himself, hence the vaguely-scowly face. It's not that I'm unhappy with the hood--in fact, it's just the opposite. Smiley And of course the best undercover part of the hood is the fact that I wear a lot of green anyway and I freaking love hoods.

All in all, I am just blown away by you, rantyhippie! Thank you! I'm the luckiest fan in the world! Smiley I'll be getting your package to you ASAP, I promise!
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8  One Tiny Unloved Creature Gallery in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: March 31, 2016 06:16:18 PM

Charles is torn. He's excited to see what everyone has made and sent, but he doesn't want the swap to be over just yet!

Please share your much-loved tiny unloved creatures here! We can't wait to see them!

Original Thread

Mellius01 <-----> sammylouise40
sammylouise40 <-----> artsycandice (late with comm.)
artsycandice <-----> suereal
rantyhippie <-----> sarasmile
blupaisan <-----> JoyfulClover
Acadian Driftwood (late with comm.) <-----> roler
roler <-----> hannabear
hannabear <-----> aisy(late with comm.)
aisy (late with comm.) <-----> La Chapa
La Chapa  <-----> puzzled-penguin
La Chapa <-----> ChameleonHound
ChameleonHound <-----> WaveLight23478 (late with comm.)
Wavelight23478 (late with comm.)<-----> edelC
edelC <-----> Ludi
dessadoll(late with comm.) <-----> craftylittlemonkey
dessadoll (late with comm.)<----->crazyda79 (late with comm.)
grufflepuff <-----> crazyda79(late with comm.)

Sent to Partner
Received from Partner
Sent and Received
Sent and Received, Swap Package Photo Posted
Contact Me Immediately
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC SWap -- March 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: March 31, 2016 01:05:10 PM
I got some really awesome ATCs this past week!

First, look at this awesome octopus from AugustBell:

And then a very cute movable-themed ATC from DearBluebird with a peekaboo owl:

Aaaand another movable ATC from rockingbearranch with a chicken! I love it!

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10  Re: Frivolous Little Bunny Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by grufflepuff on: March 31, 2016 09:37:51 AM
Okay! There is daylight in my apartment right now...sorta. It's another grey day out there, which I normally love, but it's not so great for pictures. In my quest for the best pictures possible, I broke out my real camera (instead of my phone).

First: candy. So much candy. Because what's a bunny without Easter candy?

Treemoon said that she just told her husband to buy some candy to toss in the box on his way to the post office and just let me tell you...what a beautiful man. He did very well. Smiley Also, please note the little coloring book to the right of the image. I can't wait to color these pictures!

Next: the sweetest, most perfect little jackalope hoopla.

I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that I gasped out loud when I opened this little darling. When I mentioned jackalopes in my messages to my partner, I never ever dreamed that I could end up with something so perfect. Look at all the tiny little stitches and different colors. Look at the beautiful deep red flowers. Look at the heart and the antlers and the sweet little faaaaace. I keep picking this up to look at it over and over again. Again, I'm not exaggerating when I say this, Treemoon: you could have taken a picture of this hoop and sent me a medium-quality printout in like a dollar-store frame and I would have been ecstatic.

Detail shot of the tiny stitches:

But that's not all! Nope! Check out the next bunny she sent me!

It's Frank! Donnie Darko has been one of my favorite movies since veerrrry early high school. I've watched it dozens of times, and each time, there's always something new to pick up on. I'm not sure if it's because I have a hidden Hipster side or just because I know the movie so well, but I'm so thrilled that she chose this quote for the piece, as opposed to the more-often quoted "Why are you in that stupid bunny suit?" or even the countdown ("28:06:42:12"). I would have been perfectly happy with one of those quotes on this piece (because LOOK AT IT! how could I NOT be?!) but...man. This line means so much to me. I don't think I even told her that!

But wait! There's more! Over the course of my stalking, I saw a purse that Treemoon had made for another swap and discovered that I just really liked her style. Naturally I was not about to request a whole purse for a little 2-point bunny swap, but when I was giving her ideas, I suggested maybe a little pouch or something. I made life even harder for my poor partner by revealing that I didn't generally consider myself a huge fan of images of bunnies. She said she had a hard time finding fabric that didn't say Easter on it or have eggs on it, so this was pretty much all she could find. I hate myself for saying that I didn't usually care for pastels, because look at this thing! It's perfect! I think I'll need to change my official stance on pastels to "neutral most of the time, but when they work well with other colors and/or are perfect little woodcarving-style images of rabbits, a big fan!")

Tucked inside this gorgeous pouch was a little wooden (? plaster? I can't tell what it's made of) statue of a rabbit, which is going to look adorable sitting on the shelf in my living room.

Treemoon, I am floored. I just...I can't believe all the beautiful things that you managed to create for me, even with that long road trip, a family to take care of, and just life in general to worry about! In her note, she told me that it was this little guy (and all its tiny little stitches) that delayed her package. Believe me when I say that it was more than worth the wait. Now please excuse me while I continue to fawn over my bunnies!
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