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1  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: October 28, 2011 06:23:29 PM
Sorry for the delay with posting this guys, I've been working mega super over-time at work the past few weeks and have consistently been coming home and falling asleep. I haven't managed to get candy for the trick or treaters or carve my pumpkins yet either. Yeesh!

Anyway, here is my fourth and final fantastic Hallowe'en house from GoatGoddess:

The text says:

There hot is cold and cold is hot,
and what is thick is thin.
And what you see if seldom so,
although it might have been.

It is a sad, delightful place.
You'll like it if you try it!

And here's the back:

And, this is the house I sent to TheSavoryTruffle:

Thank you all for an awesome swap! Happy Halloween! Grin
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2  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: October 19, 2011 05:20:57 PM
I received two more awesome Halloween houses; my little town is really shaping up well. Smiley

First, from TheSavoryTruffle:

Zombie Sheep! This one made me laugh as soon as I pulled it out of the envelope. I love the flailing skeleton and the fact that one of the sheep has a foot sticking out of its mouth. Cheesy

Here is the back:

Next, from Killam Creative:

Check out this dapper fellow! He's embossed as are the big sparkly swirly bits (which are amazing and I want to know how you did them!). The fit in really well with the pretty dresden trim along the top and the big chunky ribbon at the bottom.. I just want to keep touching it. Wink

Here's the back of this one:

Thank you both again for the excellent houses, I love them! Grin
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3  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: October 03, 2011 05:38:03 AM
I received an awesome chunky pumpkin from irid3sc3nt! I love it. Cheesy

The whole thing is slightly less blue tinted in real life (my camera is being fidgetty this morning) and those dark orange pumpkins are actually metallic orange. The cat is actually raised a bit so he looks like he's just popped out of the pumpkin and startled the kids. Cheesy

Here's the back, which she painted up to be a cute jack-o-lantern:
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4  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: September 19, 2011 12:24:37 PM
Thanks everyone. I have a few more detailed shots of the time-turner and the wand that I may hunt down and share later on. But for now, I have to share with you the awesomeness that came to me from Severus Snape, care of my partner craftyzooprgirl!

Firstly, Professor Snape wanted to congratulate me on becoming Prefect for Slytherin house! I received this excellent house crest t-shirt, hand painted by house elves, to pin my shiny new badge to:

Not wanting his Prefect to waltz about the castle with just any old familiar,  he was kind enough to send me a new, rare one, straight from Eeylops Owlery! May I present to you, the specially bred Salazar Green Horned Owl:

It is said this rare owl, bred only for prestigious members of Slytherin house will bite your enemies! I can't vouch for that claim as of yet, but can say he is as soft as he is beautiful.

Lastly, as I am continuing in my potions studies this year, I was gifted with a copy of Advanced Potion Making. When I peeked inside the book, I spotted a little extra something too:

Rare green phoenix feathers! I may need to make a quill from one of these beauties. Smiley

Thank yous o much for being a great swap buddy, craftyzooprgirl! Best of luck on your upcoming move.  Wink
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5  Re: Terribly Important SOB Swap Gallery... All others avert your eyes! in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: March 10, 2011 11:01:30 AM
I received my terribly important package from amaryllisroze the other day but have been a bit lax in photo posting as things have been incredibly hectic with the closing on mine and the DH's first home coming up next week and my minions are nowhere to be found! Here is the fabulous loot she sent me, which will adorn the new home and proclaim my importance to any housewarmers or new neighbors who may stop by:

A wee bird to do my bidding and tell my secrets too:

A snazzy hat to wear while making important declarations:

(no action shot as my hair is an awful mess today!)

And the icing on the terribly important cake, a bunting declaring that I'm a VIP of the Terribly Important SOB variety:

Thank you so much for the wonderful swap, Aroze, you've made me feel oh so important. Cheesy
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6  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by DanniQuee on: January 15, 2011 12:09:33 PM
I love all those pages Nicole, especially the super shiny dragon! Cheesy

So, I packaged up my book, drove to the next town to get to the post office just a bit after it opened... and it's closed for no reason that I could see! No signs on the door to explain the closing and the hours read 9am-12pm.  Angry Looks like I'll be sending on Tuesday now.

Anywho, here are some photos of the finished book and the the last nightmare (and intermittent non scary dream!) All the rest of them are here:


Finally went back and put something on the first two pages since I skipped them initially.

The intermittent dream:

The last nightmare. This was the only one that includes something that creeps me out. While I'm not phobic of clowns, I am a bit weirded out by them. These were done with my trusty micron pens and a stash of cheap markers I haven't used in forever. I really like the way they came out. Cheesy

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7  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by DanniQuee on: January 11, 2011 05:01:38 AM
I've got my second nightmare completed! It's 11 pages long though and I don't want to be a total thread hog! I'll just share the first three pages:

If you want to see the whole sequence it's up on my Flickr in my Sketchbook Project set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/

It's been sort of a pain using the Moleskine paper to do this since none of the supplies I have seem to work overly well on it. I'm hoping next year I end up with one of the books that is sewn together rather then the one that is multiple signatures bound with glue so I can re-bind it.  Roll Eyes

I have about 18 spreads left to go and plan to finish up quite a few of them today! I'm heading into my third and final nightmare and the only one that will be about things that actually give me nightmares aside from that damn falling dream. (I'm honestly not afraid of birds, or trees or Baba Yaga)  Smiley
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8  Adventures in Sewing -or- My First Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by DanniQuee on: January 10, 2011 08:56:16 PM
When I decided to make a quilt to use as a picnic blanket and lap quilt I was probably delusional. Quilting typically requires patience. Lots of patience. When it comes to sewing, I'm about as impatient as they come!

I've always heard that making a quilt requires fancy tools like a large self healing mat, a rotary cutter, plastic t-squares and all sorts of doodads. I was just interested in using up an accumulation of fat quarters I had, not spending a mint on tools, so I just started cutting out squares with my big shears in my typical slapdash fashion:

From there I started creating rows of squares at random, pulling from any old pile and sewing them into rows of 10. I was only fussy that I not put two of the same pattern into a row. From there, I took my rows and laid them out to make sure no two squares of the same pattern would be beside each other when I created my quilt. This took a bit of flipping and flopping, but I got it and sewed all of my rows together.

Here you can see that corners touching was ok for two squares with the same pattern. You can also see that slapdash cutting gets you rows that don't line up properly. But I think that's more fun!

I put my quilt top, natural wool battling and backing fabric together and opted to quilt them together with a very simple and straightforward straight stitch up and down the rows of fabric. I would have liked to do some fun free form stitching, but my machine is too small for that.

After all of my labors, I ended up with a quilt that I absolutely love! My photos of the finished piece aren't the most amazing photos ever, but I'm just so darn proud of finishing my first major sewing project and quilt that I have to share them! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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9  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by DanniQuee on: January 09, 2011 08:50:11 PM
Love the pages Rae, especially the chicken foot houses. I may be biased though, since there's one in my book too! Cheesy

GoatGoddess, I love all the depth and texture that your pages have! Gel transfers always have such a neat effect. Smiley

Here are some of my most recent pages. If you remember from waaaaaay back when, towards the beginning of the thread my book started out with a girl falling asleep and 'waking up' to a peaceful dream where she's feeding birds. But as is the case with nightmares, things go badly quickly. If you want to see them, you can refresh your memory by checking my flickr:

Anywho, here are the newer pages that finish out that nightmare. As it's the first of the night and she isn't deep asleep yet, it is sketchy and shifty and a bit washed out. The next ones will be more vibrant and detailed. Smiley

I have one spread to go to wrap up the second nightmare and 20 more spreads after that to finish the book. I'll be busy painting and drawing the next few days for sure. Cheesy
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10  Re: WWP Warm Wishes for Yule Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DanniQuee on: January 05, 2011 01:52:41 PM
I just received the last of my cards, so here are the photos of all the lovely Yule cards I received!

Thank you so much everyone! Smiley
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