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3461  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: May 2009 Birthday Swap - Gallery/Discussion on: May 21, 2009 10:34:23 PM
I received my wonderful package from phoenixfiredesigns earlier this week and i just now got around to taking photos. I received a beautiful birds nest necklace straight from my wist!! I tried my best to take good pictures of it, but it still looks way better in person. THANKS SO MUCH!! Grin
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/Swaps/bdayfromphoenix02.jpg
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/Swaps/bdayfromphoenix01.jpg

I'm so happy you like! I was really excited when I found the perfect little sparrow charms to use for it (go etsy) and I thought it just came together so cute when it was complete.

If you ignore the blotchy skin in the photo (I had been out in the sun running errands that day and my skin was cranky at me for it) here's an action shot I took before I mailed it:



I think I might make one for myself. Wink Please enjoy! Cheesy Cheesy
3462  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: May 2009 Birthday Swap - Gallery/Discussion on: May 21, 2009 08:29:00 PM
I received my really cool piece of pottery from becs88 yesterday! She made me this awesome bowl with a leaf pattern on the outside and a cool, rich green glaze on the inside.

Here's the bowl AND some really yummy sounding fruity tea she included:



And here's a close-up of the bowl:



I love the natural, rough texture of the outside and the inside's vivid green is so cool. Is the glaze food safe? Either way, it's a great handmade piece, so thank you for such a unique gift! (Taurus is an earth sign and I'm so drawn to natural things and clay and pottery - and heck, green for that matter! - so it's just a perfect May baby gift. Cheesy )
3463  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery on: May 20, 2009 08:10:39 PM
phoenixfiredesigns your jewelery is gorgeous as usual, are those real pearls in that last pendant?
Thanks! And yeah they're freshwater.  Grin
3464  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery on: May 20, 2009 04:24:13 PM
phoenixfiredesigns claimed me for a surprise off my wist and look at the great bird nest necklace she sent. isn't it so pretty - i'm wearing it right now Cheesy

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/photo_4_1.jpg

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/photo_5_1.jpg

sorry about the crappy cell phone pics

Yay! I'm so glad you like it. I had fun making it. Here's a close-up:



It looks GREAT on you! Please enjoy! Cheesy
3465  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 45 Gallery on: May 19, 2009 03:45:48 PM
I like the embroider work - very nice! Cheesy
3466  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: art nouveau (sp?) phoenix on: May 19, 2009 03:44:21 PM
*squee!* never been wisted before!  Kiss
Grin It feels great, doesn't it? It's a lovely piece and I'm just a *smidge* fond of phoenix items. Cheesy
3467  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: art nouveau (sp?) phoenix on: May 19, 2009 08:39:23 AM
Yay, phoenix! Grin Very lovely. Wisting!
3468  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peacock Feather in Miniature Glass Bottle - Necklace on: May 18, 2009 08:06:00 PM
Thanks!! I thought it really showed off the beauty of the feather too. Cheesy
3469  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 on: May 18, 2009 02:55:08 PM
I'm going to claim iloveahippie for an amethyst Tree of Life pendant.

Claim #3 of 3 - 2 Claims, 1 Sent, 0 Received

About Me
It's May so it's my birthday month!! I turned 32 (eep!) on May 16th!

Greetings everyone! I'm a 31 32 year old woman who lives in Florida (USA) with my guy and two cats. My favorite colors are jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, turquoise, and amber. I like silver but not really gold. (Copper's ok too.) My favorite color combination is a deep teal blue and chocolate brown together. It makes me happy. I also love things that go along with my "PhoenixFire" theme like reds/oranges/yellows together. My favorite animals are cats, owls, penguins, bats and red foxes. I love to read, I enjoy photography and I love all things Disney!

ALLERGIES
I suffer from migraines so please NOTHING musk/amber/patchouli/dragon's blood or floral scented. Unless it smells like you can eat it, it will give me a migraine. I LOVE fruit and dessert scents greatly though. Also, please no bar soaps (skin is sensitive to glycerin) and nothing with artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet (aspartame) or Splenda (sucralose) as I'm allergic to both.

Crafts

Sewing

*big wish -- A purse in this kind of style. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE this bag. The mix of the cord and the cable...? LOVE. (Could use an existing sweater for the knit part as well if you don't knit. I think that'd work just fine as well.)

*big wish* -- A tote like this one. I love and covet everything about it from the colors, fabric to the pattern.

*big wish* -- A Slanket! (Snuggie) I almost bought an actual "snuggie" but the fabric was icky. (It was like thin felt.) I want soft, awesome microfiber fleece stuff, you know? Something long enough to cover my toes as well.

*big wish* -- A robe like this one. I wear a US size 4 and can send measurements if needed.)

 -- A migraine therapy kit like this. I have had migraines for more than 15 years and this kind of thing DOES help.

 -- A leaf embroidered wallet like this.

 -- A purse like the first one here or like this. I like the shape of both styles but it's really the look and colors of the fabric I'm really sold on. So something in similar colors/patterns would be great. Here are more I've wisted for inspiration.


Knitting

*big wish* -- This scarf in these type of earthy, natural colors. (If it were in a mix of teal blue and chocolate brown that would work too.) I think this is one of the most perfect things ever. I don't really need scarves as a rule because I live in Florida, but I'd find reasons to wear one like this!

 -- Hand knit socks. Something warm and soft (no wool please because it itches me) I've got small feet so like a 6.5 size foot or girl's sized large socks for reference. (HUGE bonus if it's argyle pattern. I don't know why but I love argyle.)


Other

  -- Something stained glass - sun catcher, glass mosaic item, etc. I just love stained glass and wouldn't even know where to begin making it myself.

 -- Something ceramic/pottery or vase or a bowl or a tea mug or whatever. Again, a skill I don't have but really love. (A couple things I've wisted for inspiration.)

 -- Anything with a phoenix on it. I LOVE the phoenix and there's not nearly enough phoenix-related things in the world or my life. You can check out my wisted phoenix items here as inspiration.

 -- A leather tree ipod touch case like this. It's SO pretty. (I love the brown leather.)

 -- A cool fitted tee like these. I love the colors of these examples. I wear a US size 4 or typically a size small or medium. I pretty much live in baby doll/fitted tees. Some inspiration:
 - http://www.wists.com/PhoenixFireDesigns/b8278a3977c184f0454e3661b44d5913?offset=0
 - http://www.wists.com/PhoenixFireDesigns/b43d1d191ced6ae1babfd7c537c6ecc1?offset=0
 - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=24764817 (again, fitted tee though)
 - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20840511 (love the two-tone look)
 - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21494967 (OMG - It's a BAT!!!)

 -- Something glass work like a vase or something. Blown or torch or whatever. A cool medium I don't know how to work with at all. This is really pretty for example.

 -- Things for my apartment in Teal Blue and Chocolate Brown. I love these colors together. And I'd love something in them for the home. A quilt or throw; art; kitchen accessories; pillows; curtains, etc., etc.

 -- Disney stuff. Be it characters (like Mickey, Figment, Belle, Mike & Sulley, etc.) or movies (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Monster's Inc., Lady and the Tramp, etc.) or the parks (I live near WDW but I've never been to Disneyland), or historical stuff (books on Walt or the making of the parks, etc.), or things I can use/take to/wear about any of the above, I LOVE DISNEY. So by all means, get creative! Grin

 -- Something (surprise me!) incorporating owls, penguins, bats, cats or red foxes. They're my favorite animals. Note: At this point, I probably have enough owl stuffies/amis so something besides that please.

 -- Fused glass or glass (microscope) slide pendants you think I'd like. (Here are some wisted inspiration items as examples.)

 -- A ribbon organizer. Doesn't have to be this fabric. It's more the idea and the style of storage that I like here. Chocolate/Teal color combo would be great as would fun/cute fabric or prints (like owls or something.)

 -- Lavender Linen Spray - A couple notes. I have an organic one I use now but it's almost gone. I spray it on my pillow before bed to help me sleep. I'm having a problem finding another one that's suitable. Most seem to have things like musks or ambers in them - that stuff gives me near instant migraines. The one I have is an aloe and lavender mix. That's it. It's delicate and light and doesn't have other scents in there to bother my hyper, hyper sensitive sense of smell. I'd love to find more. The right kinda of soft, gentle lavender scent is the ONLY exception to my "smells like food only" scents rule.

 -- Surprise me! Look at my wists or my amazon wishlist, or the colors I like and see what you can make that you think I'd like.


Craft Supplies
 
-- Doodle Stitching book like this. I've never tried it but it seems like it might be fun.

 -- Starter resin kit/supplies (resin, molds, etc.)

 -- Starter rubber stamp carving stuff. (Maybe a kit or items like tools, the rubber to carve into, how-to/instructions, etc.)

 -- Gemstones and gemstone beads. In every shape, size and color. Donuts, cabs, chips - anything! I LOVE working with gemstones and I can never, ever have enough.

 -- Lampwork beads.

 -- Beading supplies. I create jewelry so I'm always looking for unique and interesting pendants, charms, gemstone beads, large focal beads and such. Also, I love Swarovski crystal, unique clasps or toggles, and jewelry wire in 16 gauge and 24 gauge in any color. Gemstone chips are awesome as well since I make Tree of Life pendants with them.


Extras
-- Tea! Especially fruity ones.

 -- Chocolate! (white, milk or dark) No coconut please.

 -- Candies! (whatever neat little treats you enjoy, send 'em my way. I love candy)

 -- Sewing magazines. (especially things geared towards newbies)

 -- Beading magazines (esp ones with projects/tutorials)



Thanks in advance to whomever picks me! Grin
3470  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: making lavender linen spray? on: May 18, 2009 01:34:57 PM
Thanks for your help guys. Sorry I meant to come back and thank you sooner but it was my birthday this past weekend and my week got a little busy. I'm debating now if it's worth the hassle of getting all the components to make it myself....or just buy it from someone. This sort of thing isn't my specialty. In fact, I know nothing about it all. *laughs* Either way though, thanks for the info. Grin
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