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1  Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: December 14, 2007 02:29:07 AM
Now I feel like a real heel.  I haven't sent yet, and I promised I'd send to LizzieMcGuire on Tuesday.  Today I received a super beautiful swap package from tipassoi.

Look, beautiful christmas presents from my new swap friend:

But who can wait until christmas when there's crafting swap goodness involved.  Tipassoi made me 4 great things, each in a major discipline: mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology.


It's not the best photo, but if you look carefully, you'll see this mobile presents fibonacci numbers.


ooh, I've misplaced the card tipassoi gave explaining everything, but this is a really well made calico tote with roots of some kind screened onto it?


I asked for something to toss incoming mail into and tipassoi made this.  She has printed a bubbletrail image of colliding subatomic particles onto the fabric and come up with this little mail bag to hang on the wall.


A patchwork hand embroidered periodic table.  Made in lovely cotton flannel and a perfect weight for a summer blanket.

blanket action shot

Thank you tipassoi, this was a great swap.    Grin Grin

(LizzieM: I promise to finish up and post my crafty swap to you)
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2  Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: December 13, 2007 10:16:25 PM
I know Mamasmurf will have received by now, so I might as well post what I sent her.  The August page is painted in inks and overlaid with pen drawn on vellum:

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3  Re: 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: December 08, 2007 12:37:20 AM
Every page in except May now, thanks everyone!

Acarpous.  I love the 2 pages she sent, clever and pretty.  I don't know why this pic is so small, I took it at the same time as all the others.


a gorgeous picture on the back of djsemira's page

hey, from me to me!

gorgeous candystripes from minanina

hellobint sent me this great 'shooting stars and black holes' boardgame page with cute little robots.

another page from djsemira.  It had a gorgeous picture on the back too.

acarpous again

From Bloody Deaf.  look carefully, see the coolio robot face.

robots from PixZstyle

A really well made and original page from Neverseenblue


Awesome pages from everyone, thanks!   Grin

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4  Re: Music is my Aeroplane Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: October 28, 2007 07:39:58 PM
Balue has received and okayed me to put up the photos for her.  I got a bit carried away with my camera, so sorry about the pic heaviness:

She listed the White Stripes as a favourite band so I embroidered a Jack White patch for her:

I also put together a kit to embroider the matching Meg White patch, but I forgot to take a picture of that, d'oh.

A bag made from red velvet and white faux-suede, in the pattern on Meg White's drumkit:

Balue asked for an eye mask:

Action shot, as modelled by my 3 year old:

(I did wipe it down afterwards Balue!)

I printed the lyrics to "Cross my heart" by the Rocket Summer onto the light coloured fabric on the eye mask.

It was a blast making these things. Hope you enjoy it Balue!   Grin
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5  Re: BAS-P2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: October 24, 2007 07:46:24 PM
I received from Lisateacher yesterday, thank you!

The tin

There is a bit of a Noah's Ark theme with the buttons, which are too cute

Everything together, including the 'grownups' buttons and the lovely card with the same stamps on it as the tin

Thanks Lisa!
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6  Re: NEWBIES ONLY SWAP ROUND 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by schmidty on: September 18, 2007 08:55:55 PM
I think I won the swap lotto.  Kaissa has made such a beautiful package, it was like christmas to open it all!


Look at all those presents.


My kids initials 9" handpainted

Oh-so-cute jumper for my boy

Close up of Kaissa's train handiwork.

Too good to get baby puke on.  Really well made and my favourite colours!

The kids are both really crook today, so no action shots of the bib and jumper yet. 

Wow, look at this!  Kaissa stalked my wist for that fabric.   Cheesy

This is so perfect, I love saturated vibrant colour!

Another close up - I love ric rac.

Kaissa asked me if there was anything we didn't get here in Perth, and I said: "animals that eat you".  So here's what she sent:

It made me laugh.  So cute!  I love the handmade cards too!

But wait! There's more!

And inside, super fabric goodness:

Kaissa, thank you! 
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7  Baby's box pleat summer dress - no pink here in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by schmidty on: August 24, 2007 11:19:56 PM
I'm more a knitter than a sewer, so I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  It was a New Look pattern that I modified by adding buttons instead of a zipper and shorting the skirt by a good 4".  The fabric is 100% cotton offcut I scored for $5, and there's enough left to make another dress  in the next size up.

2 seconds before baby-vomit hit the dress

Look at my baldy spot!

Boy is it hard to take a clothing picture on a baby who can't sit up by herself yet.  It is too big for her right now, but that works well because it's still winter here.  It fits nicely over a white skivvy and pants, and she'll grow into it for summer I hope.
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8  our handmade cake topper keepsake (img heavy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by schmidty on: August 24, 2007 09:47:06 PM
My first completed crafty posting!

I'm so proud of this.  I made it for our wedding.  About 7" tall.  It was on display on the guestbook table next to the cake, and people kept picking it up and putting it on top of the top tier of the cake (yes we have very strange friends and family who think it is okay to mess with a wedding cake before it is cut).  It was inspired by a cake topper in a 2006 Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

Front on

Close up

From behind

Close up of bustle-y bit

The height difference is about the same as between us in real life.  I made the bride and groom out of beige pipecleaners and wooden beads for their heads.  Acrylic paint for the faces and hair.  Velvet ribbon for the groom's suit and organza ribbon for the bride's dress.  They are mounted onto a piece of polystyrene, which I covered with some dyed merino roving I had lying around.  Glass beads and scrap-booking trim for the bride's jewellery.  I bought the top hat at a craft store.  It looks better than the picture, I think the flash washed out the velvetiness of it.
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