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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: birdie along on: September 14, 2008 07:32:18 PM
A huge thank you to Craftewoman for her bird pattern. I just used it to make these birds

for a wedding cake topper.

I made a base for the birds out of a piece of wood (precut from the craft store) that I painted white, then covered in faux moss.

A closeup of the bride:


and of the groom:


The bride (and groom!) were so happy with them. My favorite part? Their beaks! I felted them, and then carefully sewed them on.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation on: August 28, 2008 05:29:39 PM
hi, all.

have been in VT without internet (whoohoo!). i'm back to teaching, and as soon as we get our scanners up and running (sigh. one of many things i will have to do...) i'll scan my cards in. i believe i've received from everyone.

thank you all...what a fun swap! postcards are so gratifying to me.
Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation on: August 11, 2008 12:31:54 PM
QB- it is SO COOL that the post didn't stamp the card I sent you! How fun! That Tahiti one made me laugh so hard...'the call of TAHITI has lured me back...' and he capitalized TAHITI, twice. So funny!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation on: August 04, 2008 09:21:16 PM
hey all! i'm so glad that my postcards are being received- i was worried that the original stamps and postmarks would fool the post. but ohhhhh, no! they are too smart. hooray.

sorry i'm been remiss- i've been away from the computer and my internet has been (annoyingly) spotty. grrr.

just wanted to let you all know that i've received from lizzle, plumcrafty, qb, elvissatx, myklia and lil_starry1.  i'll scan them in when i'm back at work...but i may just borrow my beau's camera and take pictures. it looks like that's what a lot of folks have been doing, and the results are great. Smiley
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap (signups CLOSED; Sendout by 8/ on: July 23, 2008 05:09:09 PM
thanks for the thumbs-up, qb.

a co-worker gave me three shoe boxes full of postcards last year. her father had collected them for decades, and had friends, family, and friends of friends send them to him. there are hundreds, many of them written! the best part- they are ALL ORGANIZED by part of the world, then country. he cut off the ends of business envelopes, typed the country on the top, slipped the cards in, then put the envelope into the shoebox IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER and presto! something nice to hand down to a pack rat like me!

i think you all are going to like them. they made me laugh out loud!

i just hope they don't get lost...i left the original stamps on, as well as the new stamp...hope the usps doesn't get too confused.

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap (signups CLOSED; Sendout by 8/ on: July 23, 2008 10:28:51 AM
hey, all! i received a postcard from elvissatx yesterday, too. yay! it's beautiful.

is it okay if i post a picture of them all when i get them? i don't have access to a scanner during the summer.

also...do people mind that i repurposed postcards that were written on? i know it sounds weird, but my sense of humor is kind of strange- i thought it funny to just readdress them, keeping the old messages from other people's travels. if it's not okay, i can send some others out.

Smiley
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap (signups CLOSED; Sendout by 8/ on: July 13, 2008 09:14:55 PM
oh, myklia! no no no. i totally got you- don't worry! there are some days i seriously hate living here. like when our fair mayor (ahem) decides it's a BRILLIANT idea to have every major artery in and out of the city under construction at one time? hate it. when it's 100 degrees outside, and 100% humidity? hate it. when there are so many outdoor restaurants on one street you can barely walk down it? hate it. beofre we went smokeless? duh! i'm glad you like it here...i just wanted you, and other folks to know, that there are some inside things to do here, and if anyone wants any tips, i'm open.

as for architecture- man! beautiful. so many of our beautiful louis sullivan buidlings have been torn down, thought (another moment when i hate chicago!). an amazing book- richard nickel's chicago. he documented chicago with photographs in the middle of the century, and actually lost his life when documenting a very unstable stock exchange which was being torn down.

but i digress...

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation swap (signups CLOSED; Sendout by 8/ on: July 13, 2008 04:00:32 PM
shade- i'm going to pm you for a copy of the list in word, if that's okay. i had the same problem as all of you, but have also been having trouble with my computer so i was sure it was just me! thank goodness i'm not a complete doofus.
i can't wait to send postcards...

oh, and a bit off topic but...ladies! i'm bummed about all the dissin' on chicago- sure our traffic is heinous (try a reverse commute every day...it is killing me...slowly) but our museums are world class (overwhelming, you're right, but don't hate!) and our food is OFF THE CHAIN! and by that i mean, when any of you visit, pm me immediately for amazing neighborhood places to go, and avoid anything on michigan ave./state st./basically anywhere in the loop for food. all you're going to get is a crummy corner bakery sandwich that you can get anywhere. we have amazing taquerias, hot dog stands, pizza (yum), polish food (drooling just thinking about kashia's perogies...), vietnamese...you get the idea.

oh, but i do love to escape to milwaukee. it's so much more accessible and mama di marini's is the BOMB! (can you all tell i'm hungry?)

Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: blue gingham dress on: July 11, 2008 06:05:23 PM
love that dress! nice job!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any pointers for Ann Wood-like bird? on: July 07, 2008 08:42:29 PM
eliea, thank you for the pattern! and thank you to everyone else who posted about these birds.

like many of you, i have a friend who is getting married in october (the last of nine weddings in a year...phew!) i'm one of her bride's maids, and when she told me about the cake topper she wanted, i offered to make it. when i found those birds, it turns out they are exactly what she wanted. i was going to buy a pair for a present, but really...i can't afford it, she deserves something she can admire for longer than an afternoon on a cake, and i'm crafty, so to the sewing machine i go!

thank you all, again!

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