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1  Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bittersweet_symphony on: July 16, 2013 09:47:12 PM
I am oh-so-late on posting this- life of a children's librarian during the Summer Reading program is *insanity*. Anyhoo, I'm going to include pics of what I received from my partner, Lmseeley, as well as what I crafted for her.

Unfortunately, Lmseeley's post office marked the package I sent her as 'un-deliverable', and as of now, I am still waiting for it to arrive back at my place so I re-send it.   Cry Lindsay, I'll send you an email once I receive and send it back out.

Lmseeley sent me four small but great pieces of handcrafted Miyazaki goodness: two soot sprites that seem to be weaved somehow (so cool) and two tiny paintings inspired by Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite Miyazaki films.

How cool, right?! And the paintings are so simple but beautiful, which I love. Thanks again, Lindsey! The sprites have already made a home for themselves on my bookshelf and I'm still trying to decide where I want to hang the paintings because I want to see them all the time Cheesy All that being said, Lindsey: do NOT read past this point!! I don't want to spoil your package for you.  Wink





Despite being insanely busy with work, I managed to make Lindsay quite a few little pieces which I hope she likes. To give you a size reference, I took some pictures with the pieces on my strangely tan-looking hands.  Huh Anyhoo, onto the pics!

Piece 1: a mini Totoro outdoorsy scene made with Sculptey clay & glazed.

The obligatory Totoro-back picture.  Wink

Piece 2: a pair of Culcifer earrings; Sculptey with a glaze.

Piece 3: a soot-sprites-in-a-bottle necklace. I bought about 4 packs of star beads- none of which fit!- before thinking: "hey, sprinkles are cute! Soot sprites would totally eat sprinkles." And thus, the soot-sprite-sprinkle (say that three times fast) necklace was born! The sprites were made out of the tiniest black pom poms I could find, which I then cut down not only to fit into the bottle, but to give them a not-totally-perfect appearance. The teensy-weensy eyes were just painted on.

Also, keep in mind that even though the sprinkles look big, they're totally 'standard size' sprinkles- making this a *tiny* necklace.

Piece 4: this is the only piece I did not end up being pleased with, but I sent it to Lindsay anyway (with an explanatory note) because I figured she might like it anyway. I wanted to sculpt a Cat Bus and it ended up looking like a demented Disney character, at least in my hyper-critical opinion. Le sigh. Sculptey clay once again with glossy acrylic paint and a gloss top coat.

Pieces 5- A Lot: I went a little crazy making a bunch of Miyazaki magnets. I found the images on Pinterest, played with the contrast before printing, ran them through a laminator, and then just added magnet strips to the backs.

Here is everything together- I also made a bookmark out of an adorable Hayao image, adding corresponding purple ribbon on top (bottom right).

I wrapped everything up in some fun hippie-esque fabric I had left over from a project to add some protection, bubble-wrapped everything, and I just had to throw in some authentic Japanese stationary and stickers I had lying around. I rarely have such an appropriate use for them!  Cheesy

Hope you enjoyed! Can't wait to see what everyone else has been crafting and receiving.

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2  "The Office" Cross-stitches! in Needlework: Completed Projects by bittersweet_symphony on: October 04, 2009 06:43:16 PM
EDIT: if anyone's interested, I use this website to
generate my patterns; it's free, and no downloads
are needed: http://www.yourpersonalizedpattern.com/
On the drop-down menu for font choices, I used
"fancy" for these guys.

Howdy, fellow Craftsters! Long time no post.

I made these quite awhile ago, and am just now
getting around to posting them.

I am an Office FANATIC, though I missed most of
season 5 due to a crazy work schedule *sniffle, tear*
but we- I work at a library- just got them on DVD so
I plan on catching up! Anyhoo, here's the goods:

This little lovely from my favorite character sits atop
my repurposed Ikea jewelry holder. Nothing like a
little nugget of Dwight wisdom to start the day  Wink


This one is still raw and unframed- I tend to get really
into a project, then poop out (shame on me!) Oh well,
I'll get around to it eventually.

Ohh, Michael, how I love thee...

These still crack me up a little whenever I look at 'em!
Hope you enjoyed; thanks for looking  Smiley
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3  Desperately Searching for Leaf Pinch Bails? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by bittersweet_symphony on: September 23, 2009 08:58:51 AM
Hi all! Long time no post!

I have searched high and low, and am now turning to fellow Craftsters for help! I taking my first stab at jewelry making- the only thing I need to make my new necklaces complete? I need veined leaf pinch bails, just like the ones pictured here:


I love how you can't see the loop where the chain runs (since the leaf acts as the loop)- I think it really adds an organic quality to the necklace. I also love how the leaf looks a bit curvy in shape, as well. I've found other leaf pinch bails, but they look chincy in comparison, or they have that loop on top the leaf which I don't want (see picture below.)

I would be eternally grateful to you if you could share your jewelry wisdom with me! I have exhausted Google and don't know where else to look. If there's a catalog you know about that supplies these, I'd love to know which one. Thank you!!

BTW, if you haven't heard of DSK Jewelry, you should go check out her stuff here: http://www.dskjewelry.blogspot.com/ Her jewelry is incredibly beautiful and I'd love to buy some of her pieces, but they're out of my measly graduate student budget, and they seem simple enough that I decided to make my own versions (for myself, never for sale.) Enjoy, and thanks again!
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4  You want dessert? I'll give you dessert. (and some onigiri!) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by bittersweet_symphony on: January 28, 2009 02:39:17 PM
First 'major' (as in more than one or two little charms) attempt at Sculptey clay desserts-- I'd have made some improvements looking back, but it's a start! Also, some are not glazed yet, and two of the lollipops don't have their sticks (because I'm easily bored and have about a million other projects I want to work on.  Roll Eyes)

The whole little family...

Pies! From the top:
  • Whipped cream, candied orange, some green yumminess.
  • Whipped cream, strawberry, kiwi, lemon ball.
  • Art swirl cake toppers.
  • Whipped cream, SPRINKLES. I like sprinkles.  Tongue

Detail (albeit blurry):

Donuts and a lone macaroon:

Cupcakes!! Love cupcakes. As in the real kind. EDIT: just realized the little purple guy's stick is, well, sticking out-- came loose during baking; please ignore!  Smiley

Me with cupcakes.  Wink

Onigiri and a cute poo. It's a Japanese thing.


Thanks for reading.  Cheesy
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5  Where to buy border print fabric? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by bittersweet_symphony on: January 27, 2009 07:32:12 PM
Hello, fellow Craftsters! I seem to have run out of ideas, so I turn in *slight* desperation to your collective knowledge for help.

I am a brand-spanking new Lolita, specifically a Sweet Lolita (a subset of the popular Japanese fashion which is gaining some popularity here in the U.S. I've been looking into it-- aka drooling over it  ;-- for some time, and am just starting to attempt making my own clothing. I am crazy about this skirt from the popular Japanese brand, "Innocent World:"

Problem? I can't find ANYTHING resembling that gorgeous floral border print fabric ANYWHERE (I've scoured my local Jo-Anns, and Googled until I could Google no more.)

So, how 'bout it? Any gems of fabric knowledge?    Huh  Smiley
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6  When work feels overwhelming, remember that you're going to die. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by bittersweet_symphony on: November 08, 2008 10:21:33 PM
Edit: my bad!! I forgot to put the link to the website I got the graphics from-- it's www.someecards.com.

What do you get when you combine a sarcastic, artsy chick who's broke with an equally-sarcastic e-card site? Fabulous home-made cards, that's what!  Wink

Check these babies out.... I'm addicted to making these now, and they've become big hits with my friends and family who have bought some off of me already!

Edit: I've read some replies from people who were concerned about copyright issues, so allow me to clarify: these cards were made exclusively for my own personal use. My family and friends who have bought a couple from me were only compensating me a little for my work (we're talking little-- like 50 cents a card!), and I don't plan on ever trying to sell them to the 'general public', though I wouldn't have a problem making some for a personal swap or the like. 2 cents done, onto project!  Cheesy


Whaddya think?  Smiley
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7  L.O.V.E. Mini-book! (pic loaded) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by bittersweet_symphony on: July 24, 2008 07:10:50 PM
So without getting overtly personal here, I've been going through some great spiritual changes lately-- I'm not a fan of titles, but you could call me as a Christian, and after going to an amazing, emotional conference and reading a crazy awesome book (links to it in my sig if interested Smiley), I wanted to remember how much love and acceptance I felt from God and others close to me that weekend, so I threw this little journal-book together in a couple of hours using a basic kit I bought on clearance forever ago and my own custom embellishments.

(Note: I journaled in little envelopes to help remember some wonderful things that were said to me at the conference and my own thoughts, but I blurred them out here for privacy  Smiley)

The cover (phrase is rub-on transfer)...

I stained the edges of many of the pages to give them an older look (bit hard to see the transfers here: unbelievable, passionate about you)

Transfers: Trust, Shelter from the Storm...

Staining here doesn't look bad in person!  Wink

Lyrics from a Keith Urban favorite of mine that resonated with the whole experience...

Ta-da! Thanks for looking.  Smiley
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8  A Bowl of Happy! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by bittersweet_symphony on: July 24, 2008 06:41:29 PM
... is what I call these guys, because they're so darn cute how can you not be happy when looking at 'em? I know, I know-- another lucky star post, but I was so proud that I finally figured out how to make them (it was beginning to hurt my crafty pride and I wasn't about to have none of that  Wink) that I had to show them off a bit!

The jar is on my boob tube next to my fabulously-tacky piggy bank Cheesy

Lookie, ma, I gots me stars (annnd a pink bra-- whoops!) Cheesy

Thanks for looking!

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9  Vintage Perfume Bottles! in Vintage Craft Projects by bittersweet_symphony on: July 24, 2008 06:11:28 PM

So this can't quite count as crafting since I wasn't actually responsible for the making of any of these lovely finds, but lately I've been on a huge vintage kick (as many of you are, I'm sure!), and while my mom was setting up for her garage sale today, I nabbed these treasures (all my grandmother's) from amongst the mess!

The bottles are all vintage Avon (they definetly don't make 'em like this anymore!)

My favorite! You push the bird's head and the perfume comes out from it's beak!

Frog prince...

A teensy glass strawberry (the silver leaf unscrews)...

Grandfather clock perfume!

Yes, it's what you're thinking- they're lamps! Well, they look like it  Wink... the one on the right has scented powder in the base and perfume on top!

And now the 'manly' bottles, starting with.... cars!

A level bottle! You know,the handy tool you use to make sure a picture hangs even? The cologne sloshes through the clear part when you move it-- how cool is that??

Kind of dark, but yes, it is indeed a hammer (check out the box and name, haha)! The hammer part comes off...

A moose?!  Shocked

And finally, the end-all of perfume bottle weirdness, the Liberty Bell!

I have some fab vintage cards and figurines I found too that'll I put in a seperate post-- don't want to bog down the boards!  Smiley
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10  Re: Favorite Movie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bittersweet_symphony on: July 16, 2008 09:28:27 AM
I recieved jmkc83's package today and it. was. AWESOME! Seriously! I took a crapload of pics, so get ready!

The overall spread!

Stickers and buttons with quotes from "Elizabethtown" and "The Godfather"!

A (I think) paper folded wallet with 'Rent'...

A necklace with the two main characters from Elizabethtown (2 sided)...

An oversized T-shirt, perfect for sleeping! Elizabethtown stenciled on the bottom...

The red hat Kirsten wears in Elizabethtown (I've always wanted it! excuse the bed head!  Cheesy)

And now for the craziest part!! My brother and I have been thinking about heading down to Kansas City before the end of the summer to visit some close friends. Jmkc83, who happens to live in Kansas City (I had no idea), made me a beautifully-done road trip guide (themed after the one in Elizabethtown) down to her favorite craft store in Kansas City with amazing stops along the way, including sand dunes in Indiana, camp grounds (and I've been wanting go camping!), the home of Abraham Lincoln, the St. Louis Arch, and much more! If there was any sign I should go to Kansas City this summer, I think this was it! Here's some of the pics...

Thanks so much, jmkc83! I love everything and I'll definetly use it all!  Cheesy
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