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11  My latest bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mpemporium on: March 20, 2010 10:13:45 AM
Here are two bags that I have recently made for Swaps that I've participated in:

The first is from the Jane Austen Round 5 Swap. This is a reticule, and I had a lot of fun watching recency period films for research!

Close ups:

I also made some basic lavender bags, filled with home-grown lavender!

The other bag was for the Mayhem and Murder swap. It was inspired by a publicity photo for Psych, and some lovely stripy fabric:

I have some more projects in mind, and hopefully over the Easter break I will have time to make them a reality!
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12  My latest projects in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mpemporium on: March 20, 2010 10:00:06 AM
Here are a few of my latest projects:




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13  Slytherin Quidditch Hoodie in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by mpemporium on: March 20, 2010 09:55:23 AM
I made this to go with my other Harry Potter inspired clothing - Malfoy's Quidditch Hoodie!



I did some research from the films to get the right look for this.

Front details:

Me wearing it!

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14  Jolly Roger Wall Hanging in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mpemporium on: March 20, 2010 09:34:13 AM
Even though it has been a year now since I moved in, my walls are still somewhat bare. I wanted to decorate them with art, and was then struck with this idea. I love all things pirate, I also wanted it to be slightly feminine (but still awesome), hence the non-traditional colours, and the differences in the positioning of the checked fabric was intentional:

The banner is made from lined fabric, and has a thin piece of dowel inserted between the fabrics at the bottom to add a bit of weight - to help keep the shape. The dowel that is at the top has been painted black, because it looked much better!

Let me know what you think Smiley
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15  Evidence tags in Completed Projects by mpemporium on: March 17, 2010 02:23:34 AM
I have recently taken part in the Murder and Mayhem Swap, and thought that I'd share the templates that I used to create the evidence tags as labels for the packages that I sent. I think that they look really good, and may start wrapping birthday presents and such in this way, just for a bit of fun!

These are just basic, and can easily be modified depending on the information that you want to include. I made these on a simple graphics program, then cut them out into the tag shape for effect.

When I used these, I wrapped the parcels up in brown paper first, and then attached the police evidence label to the outside. You could also use string to tie up the parcels.

This is an example of what to write:

You could really go to town on these!

I hope you like them!
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16  Re: Murder and Mayhem Swap Gallery (1/20/2010 Sent 03/10/2010) in The Swap Gallery by mpemporium on: March 06, 2010 08:40:20 AM
I have received the evidence from sherrie B,UT, which I shall now put before the court:

This is one of the group shots.

I received 2 Patricia Cornwall books, which I am eager to read, each with a crocheted bookmarks and a crocheted mug cosy, which I will be taking to work with me Smiley There is also a to do list pad, a CD, 2 patches and an awesome bag. There is also a keyring and some scrapbook rings attached to the bag.

This is a close up shot:

And another closer look:

I also received a number of patterns, which I can't wait to try out, and one of which was on my wists! Also, some stretchable book covers, which stretch to any size (very useful), and some knitting:
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17  Re: Jane Austen Round 5 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mpemporium on: February 09, 2010 10:25:12 AM
Thank you frosty772 - I'm glad you liked the items I sent :p I had a lot of fun doing the research for this and making pretty things.

I have received from GatorWrangler this awesome package:

I'm so lucky! The pink folder contained two cards, one from Persuasion and one from Pride & Prejudice, as well as letter writing papers, all Jane Austen themed. I also received a copy of Austen's 'History of England', which I have started to read. There are also some lovely brown knitted wrist-warmers (useful for keeping warm whilst reading) and a selection of beautiful jewellery that came in the box on the left.

Thank you so much GatorWrangler Cheesy
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18  Chainmaille bracelets & earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mpemporium on: January 10, 2010 09:05:24 AM
My newest creations - I made the purple bracelet for a friend, then simply has to make one for me, with matching earrings!

I used helm chain weave, interspersed with glass beads to make it a bit more glamorous. The rings are all made by hand, using 0.9mm galvanised wire and head/eye pins. The clasps are also handmade.

The purple bracelet:

The green set:

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19  Chainmaille bag in Completed Projects by mpemporium on: January 10, 2010 08:59:15 AM
Last weekend I decided to try my hand at chainmaille - it looks so cool, and I've been wanting to attempt it for ages. After a few trials and being housebound due to heavy snow, I have finally completed making my first item - a bag! It is made from European 4 - 1 weave, and it is fairly small, but I made it for one of my friends. I hope he likes it!

- A demo of how small it is

This is a close-up shot of the weave...
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20  Chainmaille in Completed Projects by mpemporium on: January 04, 2010 11:03:08 PM

I've been trying my hand at making chainmaille over the weekend, and I'm learning to do European 4-1. Ultimately I'd like to make a bracelet of some sort, but for now I'm just trying to get used to the technique.

Here is a photo of my finished attempt (sorry about the blurryness!)

I need to work on getting the rings a uniform size & to cut/join them properly, but I'm fairly proud of this one Smiley

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