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11  Re: March 2007 Birthday Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lunascura on: April 16, 2007 04:40:31 PM
Here's my loot from phantomssiren!

She knitted me fuzzy fluffy mary jane slippers and super duper cozy arm warmers!

I received these a while back but I only just finally got the hubby to take pictures of
me wearing my armwarmers!

Talon says, "I can't lick mom's hands when she wears those funny things on them!"

Thanks phantomssiren!
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12  Re: March 2007 Birthday Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lunascura on: March 18, 2007 05:53:18 PM
ellie.henry sent me this wonderful Learn to Knit kit!

Contents: Yarn, knitting needles, a really cute birthday card, instructions, several patterns, a notebook in which she wrote out all sorts of tips, abbreviations, and even attached samples of various stitches... She put so much thought into it!

AND she slipped in a box of Skittles and a box of Mike and Ikes (which my hubby has already devoured).

I can't wait to get started on my first project!
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13  Re: FEBRUARY ATC GALLERY - My first ATCs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by lunascura on: February 25, 2007 10:21:23 AM
A friend of mine organized an ATC swap outside of Craftster to encourage her LiveJournal friends get to know each other...

This was my first time making ATCs and I wasn't exactly sure how to go about it, but I think they turned out well.

A Little Bird Told Me

A Message from the Stars

Beautiful Scars

Release the Dragonfly

What's in a Name?

Tiger Lily

It's difficult to tell from the photos, but all the paint is metallic and most of the cards have a good deal of glitter on them.
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14  Re: Neil Gaiman Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lunascura on: February 24, 2007 03:22:46 PM
DragonEyze requested that I post photos of the items that I made for her, since her camera has bitten the dust.

DragonEyze said she liked the victorian mishmash of clothing worn by Door in Neverwhere, so I made her a Door-esque hoodie. I took sleeves from a black hoodie and sewed them onto a red hoodie, added black lace with little rhinestones on the pockets, around the hood opening and down the back of the hood, applied metal eyelets down the length of each sleeve and threaded pink ribbon through, replaced the drawstring with ribbon, stenciled on images and letters and freehanded on some swirls and such with dimensional paint.  The quote is from Lord Portico.

My next project was a Mirrormask Box. I got the idea when DragonEyze mentioned that she liked the Marquis from Neverwhere. The marquis kept his "life" in a box, so I knew I wanted to make some sort of box for the swap...but I couldn't think of Marquis-themed decorations so I went with the MirrorMask theme. I decoupaged a paper mache box, glued on small mirrors (made for tile work) and added some dimensional paint. The quote on the side of the box is from a song called "Wake the White Queen," inspired by Neil Gaiman's Mirrormask and written and performed by musical group Cruxshadows.

The last project was a set of glass marble magnets, each with an image inspired by a character from American Gods.  Unfortunately I couldn't get any good photos of them...but here's a shot of them inside the Mirrormask box. I pressed them into blocks of floral foam, wrapped each block in a plastic bag and bound it with packing tape to keep everything from falling loose and rolling around during shipping.

DragonEyze says she's been wearing the hoodie all week... That makes me so happy!
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15  Neil Gaiman Swap Round 3 Gallery - Image Overload! in The Swap Gallery by lunascura on: February 17, 2007 10:59:58 AM
I promised pictures as soon as the camera battery was charged, so here goes!

This is my amazing stash of Neil Gaiman loot from the amazing DragonEyze!

The List:
A Post Swap Construction Relaxation Kit complete with Stardust bath salts, sugar scrubs, bubbles, clay mask, brush & poof! (awesome idea!)
Ms. Forcable & Ms. Spink heart candy box (love the buttons!)
Neverwhere Picture Frame (matches my living room...w00t!)
Coraline book on disk (went right onto my ipod)
Coraline striped tshirt
Frosted glass apple (Snow, Glass, Apples) and butterfly (Fragile Things) candle holders
Blue beaded Bones inspired necklace (my absolute favorite color)
The coolest potholders ever: skulls, spider webs, and a handpainted Coraline potholder complete with button and black cat detail

The Whole Shebang:

Post Construction Relaxation Kit

stenciled tshirt

Ms Forcable & Ms Spink Show candy box

Neverwhere Frame & Stardust bath salts

Bones inspired necklace, bath kit in the background...

A shot of the awesome packaging that DragonEyze made for the necklace:

Butterfly glass

Apple glass

Coraline potholder

This was my first swap and I am completely addicted. Can't wait to do it all again!

Thanks DragonEyze...and thanks Halfelvenwriter for organizing the swap!

Can't wait to see what everyoneelse has done!
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16  Retro Curtains & Mixer Cozy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lunascura on: January 21, 2007 06:14:44 PM
My hubby and I bought a 1950s house last year and I thought it would be fitting to style the kitchen like a 50s diner. We put in a checkerboard floor and stainless countertops and I painted the walls a bright coral color. All I needed to complete the look was some cool looking retro fabric.

Hancock fabrics carries several patterns designed by retro artist Keary Beary, and one of them had these awesome old fashioned radios on it. By a stroke of fate, some of the radios are the same color as my kitchen walls!

So now I have cafe curtains (pretty much without a pattern) and a cozy for my beloved Kitchenaid mixer (using a modified bread-maker pattern from Simplicity 4341).  I've had the curtains up for a while but I finished the cozy tonight. I've never quilted anything before...wow...tedious...

The binding is a little wonky but overall I'm happy because now my darling mixer will not get covered in dust.

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17  Tug the Cuddle Bug (IMAGE HEAVY) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunascura on: January 15, 2007 04:48:15 PM
A friend of mine has been feeling down lately, and since we're in different countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean and I can't just drive over and give her a hug, I figured I'd send her a little friend to keep her company.

I concocted the idea of the cuddle bug, drew a picture of my idea of it and made my own pattern from that. Got some remnants from the fabric store and after 7 hours of combined pattern drafting & sewing, I had a snuggly Cuddle Bug complete with antennae and wings. I even wrote a little poem to introduce him.

Hello there. Hi! How are you?
Pleased to meet you! My name's Tug.
I hope you like affection
because I'm a cuddle bug.
When you're feeling down and blue
Reach out and give me a hug
'Cause I'll be here right beside you
To remind you that you are loved.

This is the first time I've made any sort of plushie without a storebought pattern, so I'm really happy with him! My only beefs are that his face is a asymmetrical and the wings are slightly bigger on one side than the other.  The legs were particularly difficult to sew on as his belly was just too big to get under the sewing machine and I had to sew the legs and bottom seam by hand.

If anyone wants a copy of the "pattern" I might be persuaded to make a PDF for others to use.

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18  Sakura, the Gothic Geisha Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunascura on: January 05, 2007 05:24:24 PM
This doll was a year in the making as I had planned it as a Yule gift for a friend and fellow crafter in 2005 but ended up being too busy renovating my new home to make it... so she got it for Yule this year.

The doll is fashioned in my friend's likeness and the doll's clothes are based on clothes that she designed and sewed for herself.

Her design:

I used a store-bought pattern for the doll body and made the body out of cotton muslin.  The doll is wearing a halter top that ties in the back, elastic banded bell sleeves, a corset that actually reduces the doll's waist, black hot pants and a skirt with peekaboo sides, and knee high boots. I used a burgundy cherry blossom patterned Chinese brocade for the top and skirt, turning the wrong side of the fabric out for the skirt because it was just as pretty as the right side. The corset & boots are made of black satin. I drafted my own patterns for the top, sleeves, corset, shorts and skirt and constructed the boots by using a cut down version of the doll pattern's leg section.

My friend loves dragonflies, so the doll also has a dragonfly necklace & a dragonfly tattoo on the back of her left shoulder. The tattoo is pretty much an exact replica of a tattoo my friend designed for herself. I printed my friend's design on iron-on-transfer paper and ironed it onto the doll. I painted the face on by hand after sketching it in with pencil.

The doll's hair is meant to look like my friend's synthetic dreads and is made up of a ball and a half of soft wool yarn. I sewed several individual wefts on my sewing machine and then hand stitched the various rows of hair onto the head. Because I wanted pigtails, I had to have a neat part down the middle back of the head, so I separated the hair into pigtails and then sewed individual strands of hair into all the gaps of the part.  I really ought to write up a tutorial for this as I'm sure it would be rather helpful for quite a few folks.

On to the pictures:

Full doll:

Close up of corset w/ safety pin fasteners:

Close up of face:


Back w/ pigtails & tattoo:

Doll without corset & skirt:

Back without corset & skirt - Halter top ties with black ribbon

Close up of hair parted in the back

The happy recipient with her dolly!

She absolutely loved the doll and named her Sakura after the cherry blossoms on the fabric.  I am SO happy with the way the doll turned out and ecstatic that my friend loves her!

All pics by Phantoms-Siren, happy owner of Sakura, the Gothic Geisha Doll.

EDIT I made a tutorial for how to create a full head of hair like Sakura's. The PDF Tutorial can be downloaded here: http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/wefttutorial.pdf
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19  Snappy Strappy Tank in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lunascura on: January 03, 2007 03:47:04 PM
This is a tank top I made as part of a costume for DragonCon. I needed something cute to wear under an underbust corset and I had these nifty leather straps with snaps on them. 

This is what I came up with: (sorry for the links...I haven't posted enough to be able to use images)

Please ignore my bra straps.


Close-up of strap:

Back (under the corset)

And the whole costume:

I didn't have a pattern and didn't want to pay for one, so I traced an old tank top and added a bit of seam allowance. The straps came from a friend whose brother found them at a motorcycle clothing store that was going out of business. They're actually straps that have been cut off of various bits of biker clothing and saddle bags and the snaps were already attached. At first I considered sewing them on somehow, but decided to make them removable so they wouldn't get ruined in the wash. I couldn't find D-rings big enough at the fabric store, so I grabbed some metal "loops" meant to attach handles onto a purse. I sewed these "d-rings" on by looping double folded-bias tape around them and sewing that onto the shirt. I used more bias tape for the black trim at the neck and bottom hem and stitched it all with red thread for contrast.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out, especially the way that the black on red of the shirt contrasts with the red on black of the corset.

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