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1  Pinup Mermaid/Merman Pillowcases (IMG HEAVY) in Needlework: Completed Projects by lobsterchicky on: May 22, 2009 07:32:21 PM
I took part in the Embroider Me to Sleep! Pillowcase Swap earlier this month, and my partner received (two days from St. Louis to Co. Galway, Ireland - not too shabby), so here I go posting the pillowcases I made.
My partner told me she likes mermaids and pin-ups, so I made an effort to combine the two.  Thanks to my friend amaryllisroze, I found this great website, where I found these two pinups:

I took the two pictures, altered them in Photoshop, and came up with these:

(I couldn't get the merman's tailfin right, so I waited until I was transferring to do it by hand.)

Then I took the name of my swap partner and her husband, put them into this font (which I thought looked watery without being too pirate-y) (I can't remember the font name!):

I took both pillowcases and painted them with Jacquard Lumiere paints.  As soon as they dried, I washed them out and dried them to color seal them, then got to stitching!

I used satin stitch for the names, backstitch for their skin, couching for the mermaid's hair, and chain stitch for the rocks and the merman's tail.  I took on this swap because I thought it would be an easy, simple, no-big-deal type of thing, but then I just had this idea in my head that the mermaid needed sequins on her tail, so I spent more time doing those than I did anything else!  In order to do them, I had to glue them down with Elmer's since it's water-soluble, then stitch.  They kept popping off, but I got at least half of them done that way.  Then, when I washed the cases, the glue just came right out.

I had a lot of fun doing these, but I made the stitches too tight in the merman's hair, and you can see where the fabric pulls right there.  I wish I'd had time to fill in the mermaid's hair as well, but I thought it was a pretty good combination, with him having more detail on his hair since she had so much detail on her tail.

Comments, questions welcome!
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2  Re: Embroider Me To Sleep! Pillowcase Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lobsterchicky on: May 21, 2009 08:13:50 AM
I received from Saor today!  In addition to the asked-for extras (receipts, maps, etc. with her city name on them), I got my GORGEOUS pillowcases!
First, the whole shebang:

Then, some detail (sorry if they aren't super clear; first pics I've taken with my new phone):

They're in order from largest to smallest, left to right, though resizing may have screwed with that.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them, and am so thankful for a swap partner who listened to me.  Hurrah!
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3  Swirlies Vice Holder in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by lobsterchicky on: November 17, 2008 08:52:14 AM

Teapotdnky, my partner in the child-free swap, requested some type of holder for her adult vices.  I created this out of polymer clay swirlies, then gave the whole thing a wash with a mixture Jacquard Lumiere paints in blue and green.  I then sealed the whole thing.
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4  Metal-Free Resin Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lobsterchicky on: November 17, 2008 08:49:53 AM

My partner in the child-free swap was allergic to metal, so I made her a completely metal-free resin pendant and a metal-free necklace to go on it!  I used a match to melt the plastic spoon around a pencil, then cast the resin in the bowl of the spoon.  The sparkles are chunky mylar glitter I got from Michaels.
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5  Freezer Paper T-Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lobsterchicky on: November 17, 2008 08:47:16 AM

I made this shirt for the Childfree Swap.  My partner, teapotdnky, has received, so now I post here!  I got the shirt at Target for $2.50 on clearance, and ironed it to limit the ruching to the top so I could work with it.  I printed out the phrase (her idea) in the font Coolvetica, which is a modified version of Helvetica, then cut it out on the freezer paper.  Ironed it to the shirt, painted with Jacquard pink halo paint, and voila!  What you see here.
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6  Re: Childfree Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lobsterchicky on: November 16, 2008 08:53:27 PM
Finally got my camera together to upload my awesome stuff from israeli_chic!

An awesome naughty toy box decoupaged with scientific information about human reproduction and contraception!

OK, I did not even know this awesome purse was in my box of stuff until I started taking everything out so I could take photos and stow the box.  Love it!  The uterus is on the outside, the sperm is on the inside!

HOT Condom cozy!  I need to find a boy to have sex with just so I can whip this sucker out!

Two sweet charms; one says "lucky," the other says "take risks."

Thank you so so so so much israeli_chic, I love everything!
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7  Re: Alphabet ATC MNO Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lobsterchicky on: October 04, 2008 11:03:59 AM
Finally, I scanned my gorgeous ATCs!  It's midterm week here, and they put so much work on me I feel like I'm in school or something!

From the left:

The beautiful sparkly "M is for Mistletoe" from Panthermoon, the awesome and adorable "N is for Neener Neener" from Sabertooth Pixie, and the 3D (that's why it's blurry!  This was the 3rd scan  Undecided) polymer clay mastery of "O is for Orange" from Kishcrafts.  Thanks to my partners!  What a fun swap!
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8  Re: Jar of Whimsies Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lobsterchicky on: September 26, 2008 08:34:46 PM
OK, guys, brace yourselves.  I'm about to drop some pictures on your asses!

I got my jar from SheepBlue today, and this has been the first time I've been able to sit down and post this truckload of info.


The jar from the left.

The jar from the right.

All my loot spread out.  Good gravy!

A totally awesome pillowcase with a lobster!  It says "Lay your head on my sweet sweet claws!"  I am in LURVE.  Did you do this with a freezer paper stencil?

A zombie bunny!  I lined up all the buttons and beads SheepBlue gave me around the outside.

A GOZILLION resin pieces just waiting for bails!  I'M SO HAPPY!  I had no idea you'd be giving me so many!  I'm such a happy girl!  I especially love the zombie ones!

But this is my absolute favorite!

Some cool-o vintage bracelets, and TONS OF GLITTER!

Bunches of beads, expanding sponge monsters (!!!!!), and a bunch of rings, including a glittery mood ring!  Stars, a magnetic argyle picture frame, three red pig keychains, super glue, some foreign coins, and an awesome Gandhi bumper sticker!

Puzzle pieces, a Harry Potter trivia book, silk leaves, argyle posties, a bunch of green-themed buttons, gold rickrack, and an anatomical heart notecard

Some great vintage crafting magazines, tons of cool candy, and A SOCK ZOMBIE!  Sheep, I can't believe you'd apologize - that is so damn awesome! 

I have OD'd on whimsy goodness, and need to pass out now.  I got unbelievably lucky with my partner, and can't say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU enough! 
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9  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by lobsterchicky on: September 08, 2008 10:12:03 PM
Hello, all!  I saw this challenge, and even though I've never made an ATC in my life, I knew I had to get in!

So, here we go.  I've done 24 so far, and these are in the order they're in on the list.  I got the photos from Getty Images, by doing a search for 1960s.  We had a torrential rainstorm on Tuesday, courtesy of Hurricane Gustav, and some of them got water damaged in my backpack (I was using the scanner at school).

#25, Trouble Lurking

#27, Foreign

#33, Expectations

#38, Abandoned

#39, Dreams (that's not water damage; I did it on purpose)

#42, Standing Still.  I loved this picture and thought that standing still isn't always negative.

#44, Two Roads.  This kid struck me; at the moment this was taken, he could have gone either way.  He could just be a boy playing with a gun, or he could be a serial killer in the making.

#45, Illusion

#46, Family

#47, Creation

#51, Sport

#52, Deep In Thought

#57, Sacrifice

#62, Magic.  I'm sure this is some sort of advertisement for gingham, but it reminded me of my favorite movie, Shag, and the magic of female friendship.

#68, Hero.  I'm not overly thrilled with this one.

#70, 67%.  An absolutely true statistic!

#72, Mischief Managed. This woman's expression cracked me up, and I could just picture her finishing up with the Marauder's Map.

#73, I Can't.  I don't know if you can see the sign next to her, but it says "Smile."

#77, Test

#78, Drink

#79, Starvation

#90, Triangle

#98, Puzzle.  What the hell is that on her head?

#100, Relaxation
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10  Re: Newbies Only Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lobsterchicky on: September 08, 2008 07:52:23 PM
You guys suck; i was trying to fool all of you and no one even cared!

That dang Hedge was messing with me, though I had a feeling right off the bat, and I thought I'd turn it around; plan: backfired.   Sorry to anyone who I really freaked out.

Good news:  I got my box from Hedgie today!  Hurrah!!!

I came home to this on my porch, which I quickly ushered in:

The package as it was when I opened it:

The first shot of all my goodies:

Some beautiful, delightfully soft yarn that I sat and rubbed against my cheek:

My very favorite quote ever, in regular type AND italic!:

I had told Hedge that I was completely jealous of the zombie she'd made Molly, so voila!:
His name is Bruce.  Bruce likes brains.

I had also told her that I was dying for a Halloween costume for my tiny miniature Pinscher, Peanut:
Not homemade, but delightful nonetheless.  I will post an action shot when the dog quits running from me.  She knows what I have in mind, hehe.

A beautiful needle "spell" book, for all my mischievous plans (Hedge knows I heart Harry Potter)!  Mwahahahah:

And of course, to go with it, a WAND!  Truth:  I had no idea what this was.  I thought it might be a wand, but I dared not hope.  I was afraid it was some kind of crafting tool I was clueless about.  Hedge was ever so helpful in setting me straight.

I'll let you guys see if you can figure out what these earrings are made of, since I puzzled for quite some time before Hedge filled me in again.  The answer is a couple of lines after the photos:

The first pair:  Rattlesnake rattles
The second pair:  TARANTULA FANGS!  EEEEK!

A gorge afghan (props to your mad crocheting skills!  Or is it knitting?):

Goodies (there were Starburst in the Bertie Bott's bag, not Every Flavor Beans, for which I was glad), origami stars (I still have to find a transparent jar for these), and Potty Putty (we have that hear, and it's called Flarp, and the kids in the family get no end of entertainment out of it):

A million bajillion thanks to Hedge, who was the very best partner and sweetest replacement anyone could ever ask for.  I got awesome stuff, which was such a relief after my first experience.  Girlfriend was spoiled!  Thank you, Hedge!
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