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1  Re: Paper & Ephemera Swap Gallery (warning: may induce envy) in The Swap Gallery by happify on: July 11, 2005 09:53:05 PM
I've been a remiss swap organizer not even posting pics of what I've received until now!  Mea culpa!  I am so glad I organized this swap, though, because I got absolutely lovely things from all three of my partners (Selenium, Maps, and RaeAmazon).  Unfortunately, I share a digi cam with my brother and he stole it back from me the day before my papers from RaeAmazon arrived, so I don't have those pics to share yet.  But there will be photographic proof of its wonderfulosity.  

For starters, and in order of arrival, paper and ephemera from SELENIUM!  

I swear she must be stalking me, in the nicest way possible -- so many things that are so me!  The stickers, which don't show up all that well in the photos, include carp/goldfishy species of the sparkly variety, the cute japan/china/korea cartoony characters type, food! (mmmm), dried flowers, and sticky gold numbers (I was just looking at these in Menards the other day -- see?  she must have sent her agents to follow me!).  And the papers range from labels and vintage postcardy types (once again, feeling the love -- esp. the stork one w/ the disgruntled new father in the window), to beautiful printed japanese papers (the kind I ogle over in stores) and fruits and veggies in positions  as you've never seen them before (that is a celery Forum there) and origami paper.  And some of her own B&W photos -- my favorite is the row of statues that you can see under the pic of the NY nighttime skyline (that one's so going on a card for my favorite soon-moving-to-NY photographer cousin, if that's okay?).  And the cutest ?candy? wrappers with fish on them, in all different colors!  Plus the duck journal, with bizarre English on the front; I love love love this kind of stuff!  Mistranslations, come my way!  And all this (plus more!) was neatly packaged in a striped folder (did I mention I am going through a stripes phase) in a letter themed envelope.  Wowzers!


If you think Selenium had her secret agents taking notes as I window-shopped, Maps must've had hers peering into my house.  The first paper I saw when I opened the envelope was the beeeyoooteeeful aqua blue one:

It's got a gorgeous sheen to it, and just so happens to be in my new favorite color (well, one of them -- it's not cheating as long as I still love and am committed to orange, green, and pink, right?).  I don't even know if anything'll be done with that one -- it's up on my vanity with the four bowls and the lamp in the same color that've popped into my life in the last few months.  And as you can see, Maps package had some lovely coordination going on with that blue on two different kinds of paper, the butterfly botanical-type pages, the pale yellow papers, the flower stickers, and the page that must be from the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Then there was the dash of gold tones, like the picture of The Kiss, which I was very tempted to use on a wedding card for some friends before deciding I couldn't part with it quite yet (next wedding, perhaps), and the checkered Chinese paper...And stamps!  And, perhaps my very favorite (well, one of them, along with the blue and the butterflies and the Caterpillar) is a little diagram-type picture.  Well, needless to say, all just wonderful!

So, really, I don't think either of these wonderful swappers are hiding out in Mpls following me around and trying to figure out what I like, but in case they are, they should just come out of hiding and we can be bestest friends and go paper shopping and make beautiful things.  

I'll try to get photos of RaeAmazon's stuff in the next few days.  Meanwhile, I'm loving looking at everything that everyone else has been sending and receiving -- it seems like the swap is going well (at least, as far as I can tell) but if you have any problems or feedback whatsoever, please let me know, either on the thread or by PMing me.  I'm hoping to start getting positive feedback left in the next 24 hours, plus additional reminders sent out.  

Much paper love!
Julia
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2  Ribbon Organizer/Wall Art in Completed Projects by happify on: February 22, 2005 12:11:55 AM
I love my art supplies and hate to have them buried away in ugly plastic or cardboard boxes.  Beauty in all things!  My ribbons were migrating from sad container to sad container, vase to box to bag, and they really just wanted to be looked at.  

I took a board that I had hanging around, marked off stripes with masking tape and painted.  Then moved masking tape to cover newly painted stripes and did the blanks.  It's in shades of a chartreuse and a deep wine red both moving paler.  I ended by nailing in a brad at each line.  The finishing on top is a little crass, but I couldn't find my staple gun at the time.  Eventually I'll probably change it.  







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3  Thrifted furniture THING needs reworking...ideas??? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by happify on: December 02, 2004 04:25:53 PM
I found this at the thrift store two days ago and picked it up for $3 with the intention of redoing the top of it in a bottle cap mosaic (or at least, I was at the thrift store looking for a table to do that with and this is what came home with me).  But I'm not sure what it was, is, or will be.  Help!

What is your honest opinion of the structural qualities of this piece?  Style?  Period?  Original use?  How would you rework it? 

It's to be for my little brother for Christmas.  He worked (and drank) in Germany over the summer and gave me his bottle caps to use in a table a la craftster.  Is this the table? 



My thoughts were to add casters to the bottom (as it's real wood and quite hefty), and perhaps paint it and antique it in shades of grey, with old metal handles.  Sort of "Metropolis" inspired.  Treat it like a college-boy's very classy moveable bar.  But the vision is blurry -- what do you see!?!?
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4  The Cheater's Crazy Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by happify on: December 01, 2004 09:12:40 PM


My bestest crafting girlfriend (the one who likes what I like) and I came up with the same idea around the same time.  It went like this.  We both loved the look of old-school crazy quilts, but lacked the time and patience and skills and fabrics to do a "real" one.  So we decided on a size (3"x3") and went hog wild trading fabric squares. 

My quilt, sewn for my teeny smaller-than-twin bed, ended up being big enough for a queen or so.  For those doing the math, that's a hell of a lot of squares. 

Quilting was done while in Lawrence, KS visiting my little brother in college.  It's a place where, if you're not near Mass St. and you don't have a car, you don't get out much.  So I spent my time basting and quilting and binding.  And fixing the machine after learning with horror that if it stayed broke, it'd cost me $400+ to replace my mum's old Bernina. 

And counting the different fabrics used -- 129 patterns.  But some are large patterns, so you can't easily tell they're from the same stuff.  Includes a deconstructed shirt, pants, skirt, pillowcases, flour bag, etc.  Did I mention I didn't get out much in Lawrence?

I hereby welcome myself to Craftster with my first post. 

Julia
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