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I did a swap! I don’t do a whole lot of them these days, but I did do an Alice in Wonderland themed swap. It was pretty fun. Here’s what I received from my partner:

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Fabulous wall art based on the suits from SyFy’s Alice (which is fabulous by the way).

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Minitote! Inside the minitote was Disney’s Alice tea. I don’t drink tea, but Joe likes it. So yay.

Here’s what I made for my partner:

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I cross stitched the first stanza from the Jabberwocky. It came out super awesome, but let me tell you, I probably unstitched this sucker as much or more than I stitched it. I made a lot of mistakes. It did come out super great though. Even the back looks good:

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I glued some felt to the back to make it all neat.

I also made a card:

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I drew it by hand. Outline is sharpie pen and the colors are Crayola colored pencils. It came out SO WELL. I don’t draw really, but I can look at a picture and copy it pretty well, which is what I did here.

I hope my partner likes the things I made. This swap was pretty fun to craft for. And now, back to my knitting.

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So I recently participated in a Sherlock swap on Craftster. The swap was for one large item and partners were secret, so no one had any idea who they were receiving from and we couldn’t ask questions except through the organizer. I finished the thing I made at the last minute due to a billion shark mittens, but I’m going to wait until its been received before I show it here. (Partially because I finished it when it was dark outside and couldn’t find my camera so my only pics are crappy cell pics and I’m hoping the recipient will take some better ones).

Anyway, I ended up receiving from CDEeeek, who is amazing. This is what she sent me:

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Isn’t it just the cutest little Baker Street door?! The poster and wreath are removeable. The bricks look so realistic. Just OMG. Love it. I need to hang it up (I haven’t yet cause mostly Joe does the nailing and he’s out of town).

BUT ALSO I received this TOTALLY SWEET card:

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The wallpaper! And the smiley face! And presents on the couch! And sparkly tinsel! AHH I LOVE IT. It’s going up on the wall too.

In knitting news, I’m still knitting sharks nonstop, but I have like four more to go so I think the end is in sight. In book news, I recently finished Spinneret by Timothy Zahn and OH it is good. Perfect mix of science and fiction, interesting aliens and fascinating plot. LOVE IT. I’m currently reading The Lost, the second book in the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series, wherein McKay thinks he’s a wraith and I can’t even. So yeah.

Hopefully more different crafts soon. I’m rapidly getting sick of shark mittens. At least they’re fast.

I received a package from my Futurama swap today! It is completely awesome and you should all be totally jealous.

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Bender-inspired chapstick cozy!

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With bonus chapstick! How did she know I am completely and hopelessly addicted to chapstick?

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Two AMAZING ATCs. One has Fry’s/the Devil’s opera written on it (part of it anyway) and the other has URL and “Mama said Spock you out” which is one of my favorite lines and I keep meaning to cross stitch it.

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Hypnotoad painting! Ahh, I love it! It’s already up on my wall, so Hynotoad can silently judge me while I’m hanging out in my room.

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And finally, a completely bitchin’ cross stitch of the crew. Clearly we were on the same brain page with the xstitching. : ) Here’s a closer picture:

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It’s completely awesome and I have it set up on a book case. My room is seriously not big enough for all the fantastic art I want to display.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TWISTEDTRUTH. You rock. You completely rock.

My partner, TwistedTruth, received her package yesterday so I can FINALLY post about the completely awesome things I made her. I have been DYING to show you guys this stuff since I started. I am completely thrilled with everything I made. So here’s what I made:

First, the card:

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Paper cut out, gold cardstock and black sharpie, covered with mod podge. Seriously, you guys. I need to do this paper cut out/pod podge delio more often because I really enjoy it and the results are usually pretty good.

Then a cross stitch bookmark:

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I used the pattern that’s located here for the Professor then sewed some red felt on the back. My partner does a lot of ATC swaps, so I figure this could be a fabric ATC if she wanted.

Then I did some drawings, which isn’t a thing I usually do because I generally consider myself non-artistic. But I can copy an image pretty well:

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Colored pencil and sharpie on card stock. My partner said she likes Pazzuzzu, the professor’s gargoyle. I thought this was a cute scene to sketch. I left the color testing on the side because I find that sort of thing interested, but she can trim it off if she likes.

Next is a somewhat more ambitious art piece:

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Sharpie on card stock. Based on this toadily (yes, I went there) bitchin’ image here which is, of course, based on this iconic Obama poster. I am completely, utterly thrilled with how this came out and I am considering making another for myself. Because seriously, I’m toadily (yes, again) chuffed with it.

Last and not least (greatest, actually) is the pis de resistance, this fantastic stuffie:

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It’s a knitted Robot Devil! Made in recycled wool. A pattern I made up as I went and which is probably entirely too complicated for me to want to write up. He has cardboard in the larger shapes and 18 gauge wire in the limbs so they can be posed. He doesn’t sit up very well but I think it’s a pretty good likeness.

Look at his little fingers!

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I can’t wait to see what my partner makes for me but I’m so excited about the things that I made that getting stuff in return is just icing on my crafting cake.

This is not a knitted thing! Well, I mean, I have a finished knitted thing, but we’ll talk about that tomorrow or something. Anyway, I embroidered a thing:

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Just a tiny hoop, took me about an hour to stitch (please ignore the disappearing ink marks that haven’t quite disappeared yet). It’s stitched on some linen from a thrift store skirt, which was annoyingly paneled. Fortunately, the panels are the perfect width for tiny hoops like this.

The line, in addition to be a nice sentiment, is from an Oasis song I really like of the same name. Here’s a video for you:

So my partner recieved my Whedon swap package the other day, and I have to say, I am EXTREMELY pleased with what I made. It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper swap cause I’ve been busy, but this swap was just the thing to flex my themed-crafting muscles. Plus I’m totally obsessed with the Whedonverse, so this was perfect!

In addition to the Willow doll I made that I showed you last week, I made two other things, both involving the same craft (plus another one). The first thing I made after Willow was a cross stitch:

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Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! Plus dinosaurs (which I just sort of made up as I went). I used a font generator (I used the Amsterdam font) for the quote pattern, and I have to say, I love the look of this font in cross stitch.

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I did some coloring in of the dinos with pastels as I did not want to fill them in with cross stitch (that would take FOREVER) and I didn’t want them to just be white. I think it came out pretty well.

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The last thing I made, which took me til Tuesday to figure out and til Wednesday night to finish making (and the swap deadline was Thursday) was a zipper pouch:

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With a cross stitched Kaylee from Shindig! I used this pattern for Kaylee and did the same pastel shading for her face cause I didn’t have white girl flesh-colored thread. Though I did pick some up at Michael’s the other day.

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The lining is just some polyester muslin-type stuff I pulled out of a thrift store curtain.

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I super love how this came out, cause guys? THIS IS LIKE QUILTING. I notoriously lack the patience for quilting because you need like, straight lines and corners and constant pressing. Who has time for that? I’d rather just crochet an afghan. But I managed to piece the front of this pouch together without too much trouble (and I did press everything often). I also actually used my zipper foot to install the zipper which made it approximately a billion times easier to do.

Still working on the giant man socks. I’m almost halfway up the leg. The end is in sight!

I received from my Battlestar Galactica swap today! I was in a round robin, and the crafter of these wonderful items was the swap organizer, LimeRiot, who is totally wonderful. Check out what she made:

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A sweet embroidery with a cute lil toaster. : ) Frakkin’ Toasters!

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An AWESOME painting inspired by Starbuck’s paintings.

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And two felted bowls, inspired by the Cylon Centurions and Caprica Six’s red dress (which, btw, I totally love). The larger Centurion bowl will be perfect for a key bowl to keep by the door of my apartment next year, and the smaller one will probably hold odds and ends around my craft space.

I TOTALLY LOVE eveything Lime sent me, and I can’t wait to display it in my room in August. For more Battlestar-inspired crafts, the gallery thread for the swap is located here

For Ongoing Wish Swap! I love that swap, guys. Anyway, I claimed lindyv321 for an address book, some inchies, and a wisty surprise. The wisty surprise didn’t really work out, but the address book is really cool (and probably took over two hours anyway).

First, the inchies:

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I’m quite proud of these, actually. They’re very simple–a background and words or picture. I like ’em. Especially the stripey one. I also included a few extra bases (newsprint and striped scrapbook paper) cause I didn’t want to make more, and she had inchie bases on her list.

Now, here’s the address book, which is Alice in Wonderland themed:

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(front, and it actually is square and not trapezoidal)

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(back)

It was a ton of fun to make, and I like it a lot. For the front, I found an image of the Cheshire Cat online and drew it out myself, referencing the image (and I did the same with Alice on the back, only that was harder). I stamped out the quote on cardstock (the one on the back I just wrote out), then covered the whole thing with Mod Podge and glued on a stretched out piece of tee shirt for a closure.

The base book is just something I found at the dollar store. I had previously found a smaller one that I liked a lot better, but it disappeared somewhere in the house and I had to get a new one. This one (which is binder style) was the only kind they had, much to my chagrin. Still, I think it came out totally awesome, and I’m super proud of the Cheshire Cat.

I also included this card:

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I like it a lot. Just a cut out of cardstock, which I spot printed with a green ink pad.

So I’ve been talking about this swap forever but until now hadn’t actually done a whole post. Sorry about that. One of the sets was sent to my house by mistake (instead of my school), and I had to wait for my mother to send them to me. (I may have mentioned this in a previous post.)

Anyway, as you may or may not have been aware, I recently participated in an inchie swap. We were all put in groups of seven and made a total of 49 inchies: seven groups of seven for six partners plus yourself. This was basically my second experience ever making inchies, so I know that the quality of mine are far below some of the other people in the swap. Though that doesn’t say a whole lot because there were some very talented people in my group:

From NH822:

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From Smmarrt:

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She also included a Twinchie and three bonus inchies. Here’s a close-up on the inchies though:

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From RueRue:

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From Ramona Q:

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From ckchan:

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From Rackycoo:

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Compared to all that talent, my inchies rather pale in comparison. Still, they were a ton of fun to make, and as people have said, they are addicting. I can definitely see inchies making a regular round on my craft rotation. Here are the ones I made. They are organized into thematic sets in vertical columns and each horizontal row went to a different person.

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Since I made a total of 49 (seven sets of seven) and I only sent to six people, I kept a set of my own for myself. Here are the ones I kept:

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I am fond of all of them, but I definitely have some favorites. For example I love the one of the girl with the word “Twist” as well as the one with Zooey Deschanel that says “Love Story” (that came from an ad for 500 Days of Summer, by the way)

I took all the inches that I received and framed them so I could have them on display, though I have yet to actually put the frame up on the wall because I haven’t glued down the inchies I got today. But trust me, it looks awesome.

In other (knitting) news, I’m somewhat stalled on Watermelon as I ran out of yarn halfway through the second sleeve, so I will have to obtain another skein. Boo. I have, however, cast on for another project, so that’ll be coming up. I’m actually already three quarters of the way through it, so an FO post will be happening soon. Stay tuned!

Well, round two for me. It’s actually round ten of the swap over on Craftster. Thankfully, this time I was not the organizer, so I got to kick back, mail my secrets at my leisure and see what happens. Here are the secrets I got:

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After a huge fight with my best friend, I wished she could never have children. She wanted them more than anything. A few years later, she had a molar pregnancy that developed into cancer–which eventually killed her. We made up before she died, and I never told her what I had wished. I’ve never forgiven myself…. And I miss her so much.

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I hate when my mom uses hott guys to get me to go to church.

Back:

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I am agnostic and I just wish she would accept it instead of taking advantage of how desperate I am for a guy.

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I suck. So bad. At flossing. I should only be allowed to have 4 teeth. (Middle) Start flossing! You’re an adult!

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I burned my butt! (Back) Thankfully, it is NOT as red as this card. *tear* It itches!

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Sometimes I don’t think I’m cut out to be a mom.

The rest of the gallery is here

In other crafting news, I finished the Beatles swap, so when it gets there, I’ll post it. I’m waiting on one more set of inchies before I can post that swap. The super secret knitting is almost done, but I can’t show you that until December because the recipient sometimes checks the blog. : ) I started a new project though, so perhaps I’ll have a wip photo and some info about that at some point. Stay tuned!