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1  Re: Shrinky Dink Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: July 02, 2009 11:39:41 AM
I got my shrinkies from Chelsea K!
First up, this very cool bike bag.  The perfect size to hold a knitting project, or maybe a bunch of sharpies?!

And a close up of the bike wheel ties...

A whole slew of cute things...the bracelet has rolled beads, with this neat background...how did you do that, Chelsea?

I love this little tag necklace- I am wearing it right now. Very cute! I am thinking these are punches?

A very cool woodgrain ring...this makes me really want to try rings soon. It looks great and is very comfy.

And of course I got a cool owl...i love his little perch!

These have me a little stumped- what are these, exactly? Once I know, I am sure it will be clear as can be...the cutting is very impressive for a shrinky.

And last, but very, very definitely not least...an awesome portrait of my little girl sleeping. I LOVE THIS! The detail and shading is very well done- please tell us how you did this! The blacks and grays are really well done.  It is her first birthday tomorrow, and this is a wonderful keepsake.

This was an awesome job for a first time swapper! Thanks Chelsea!

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2  Re: Easy Peasy 2 Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: June 01, 2009 06:07:21 PM
I received from fairieknits today- totally adorable little bag, very like some of my wists, in the awesomest fabric ever!  The lining is the same as the flap.  It has a little tan interior pocket, too.

Isn't it pretty? She is a very good seamstress- this thing is SOLID! And I love the magnetic clasp- where did you find it? And whose pattern?  It holds exactly what I need it too, no more, no less!
I love it! Thank you!
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3  Re: Retro 50's Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: February 16, 2008 08:31:02 AM
I rec'd from Beetastic on Friday, and boy and I a lucky girl!

I got some very cute dishcloths and a potholder...cherry prints are a true love of mine.

And an adorable- I mean really, really adorable- onesie for the pending little one.

Close up of the embroidery...

And a wonderful apron! It is reversible, so the other side is the red gingham with a cherry pocket!
AND it fits the baby belly- I had not realized how big it was until I saw this photo!

She also sent along a box of aplets and cotlets, which I never realized were from Washington until now. They are delish, and fit the 50's theme- gel was king!
Thanks so much for everything, I love it all!  All the other packages are terrific, too.
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4  Re: Craft My Collection swap display shelf! in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: September 30, 2007 11:16:20 AM
OK, here is the awesome bag I got from Superhooker...it is a bag for knitting and crochet projects, although I have already used it as a general tote, as well.  My favorites...green and bats!

Here it is all closed up, which she did for me so certain kitties don't get into projects and eat yarn!

And a very cool owl magnet, out of poly clay, I think? I have quite a cool magnet collection growing, and I was missing an owl, which obviously I love.

She also sent me a felt batty pin cushion, which seems to have been stolen by a kitty, so I couldn't do a photo.  They always turn up intact when the cats have finished their fun.
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5  felted cherry blossom bead embroidery clutch in Crochet: Completed Projects by wiseowl on: September 27, 2007 06:54:53 PM
How is that for a title!? My very first felting project, which I adapted from a non-felting project that I basically doubled in size- since it is a clutch, it didn't matter. I had read that half double crochet is great for felting...I have nothing to compare it to, but it worked great.  And made a great foundation for a little bead embroidery- no thread shows on the reverse.  I used 50%llama 50%merino, and it felted great- this is two trips through the washing machine.  The llama makes it kind of furry, but not too much, either.  In the photo it is easier to tell it is crocheted than in person- in person, it looks like...felt.

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6  cherry blossom pendant- finally getting the hang of shrinky dinks in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wiseowl on: September 27, 2007 06:42:20 PM
After a few mis-steps and experiments, I am finally getting the hang of shrinky dinks. I am on the bandwagon!

I stamped the image, then traced it with sharpie on the clear (not frosted) side, because I prefer the hand-drawn look.  I colored with pencil on the frosted part, including coloring a white background.  After punching, cutting, and baking, I used Krylon Triple...a couple of very fine, thin coats to prevent smearing, and then some thick coats for the glossy coat (which doesn't show up too well).  Then some pearls and wire wrap, and voila!  After some melting, smearing, and other boo-boos along the way, I am pleased!
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7  Re: Sakura to Sakuranbo GALLERY! (cherries and cherry blossoms) in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: September 27, 2007 06:22:27 PM
Our Madame Organizer asked me to post so you guys can see what I made before the gallery gets end-of-swap quiet!  I sensed early on that this was probably going to be my first time getting flaked on...and it was. I wish my former partner well, but she kind of vanished, which made crafting a bit of a challenge and not always motivating.  But I think they turned out well, and so my kind angel gets these things! 

Some cherry branch in full bloom earrings...these are such pretty beads, but didn't photograph well.  You get the picture of the technique, though.

Shrinky dink pendant of cherry blossoms...the chain is being swapped out to match more of what I think is my angel's taste.  I finally got my sealing technique down!

My first felting project! Now I see why people like it so much! This is 50% llama and 50% merino, and felted so nicely.  The clasp is magnetic- I liked how that gave it a soft look, like there isn't a clasp.

A close up of the bead embroidery detail...
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8  Re: Felt Mascot or Little Stuffie Swap - R5 -- Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: August 12, 2007 09:04:34 AM
Here is Owlsley, sent to me by JennyBrown.  Owlsley is very, very cute, but he is a dignified older owl, so let's just tell him how handsome he is, instead.  Here he is, with his tree. 

He is very well made- JennyBrown is talented indeed. And he and I are a great match, since we are both kind of homebodies and dislike going to the grocery store.  I LOVE him!
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9  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery (what WiseOwl sent) in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: July 10, 2007 07:32:21 PM
Here is what I sent off...

An Inara beaded traveling jewelry pouch, with porcelain bead slides on the strap to make sure the shiny contents stay secure.

Here are Inara's earrings that she keeps inside, and a bracelet Kaylee made for Inara.

A River-inspired neckwarmer/scarf, with a little beaded pin fastener.

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10  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery (what I got from ScotSkipper!) in The Swap Gallery by wiseowl on: July 10, 2007 07:22:44 PM
I got some pretty shiny stuff from a pretty talented seamstress! Here is what I got:

A really cool Wash inspired apron with pockets. I used it this weekend while teaching a beading class, and it was super handy, yet festive (just like Wash).  Shown here with the Browncoat inspired plaid wool scarf she sent (I LOVE scarves).

A sash to wear when I am feeling lordly, along with a nice organizer made of a lovely fabric.

And a very cool rehabbed Kaylee bag...can't you totally see her with this? I am modeling it with the neckwarmer that I sent to ScotSkipper.

Emmy (my browncoat tabby) approves of the bag, too.

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