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11  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: February 08, 2006 02:20:36 PM
I mentioned to my household that I hadn't received a January card...I guess  I got it even though it didn't get to *me*

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12  Re: Post Secret swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: January 04, 2006 04:15:02 PM
I did get my card for December. I'm sorry it took me this long to post! Thank you to all the swappers who shared secrets with me. This was an awesome swap! I hope my cards for Nov. and Dec. were received???

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13  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: January 04, 2006 04:12:57 PM
I'm so sorry I'm late in posting again. To whoever wrote this one - I hope you realize you are special, in a good way.

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14  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: November 09, 2005 05:15:54 PM
I really appreciated receiving your secrets. Sorry it's taken me so long to post!


The card I got for September came in an envelope, and has 2 sides:
Side 1 reads "I want to have a relationship like my parents have, but I'm afraid that I'll be alone my whole life; Being Lonely sucks."

Side2 "Ban Loneliness - Ban Fear - Ban Insecurity - Ban Nervess - Ban Self-Doubt - Ban Peer Pressure"

"I objectify women. I am one"
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15  Re: Post Secret swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: November 09, 2005 05:09:11 PM
Thank you so much to all of you for sending me your secrets, which kept me going. I really appreciated receiving them, and I am so sorry it's taken me so long to get back on track and that I'm posting these so late!


(Verso reads: I'm not gay, but I think women are much prettier than men.")

(Some of the letters had gotten torn off in the mail - I believe it says "I love staying at home and watching TV all day"

("I only start things I will be praised for QUITTING"
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16  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II {SIGN-UP CLOSED: First mail out 9/15} in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sedrasmom on: September 12, 2005 02:43:59 AM
Awww! I love the pic!  To whoever send this -- just so you know, you don't need to buy all that stuff.  All babies really need are boobs and diapers.


here's the card...

text says "I secretly buy baby stuff. My partner knows about a lot of it and is mostly understanding. BUT, if he found out about ALL of it I'd be in a lot of trouble."

great card!

and I know just how they feel!

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17  Re: My Art for Your Craft Loot!! in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: September 01, 2005 03:23:54 PM
Hey Sedrasmom - any luck with getting those pics of us developed??  I'd love for everybody to see our cool goodies!

Sorry these are so long overdue! I have a really happy excuse though - I was unexpectly appointed Art Director at the artist commons/co-op/shared creative space where Sedra and I have been hanging out since last spring. It's been pretty whirlwind since that initial conversation. I'll be transitioning into working there full time, and the best part is, it is not only welcome, but expected that I bring Sedra along, which is something so fabulous it's just beyond belief, because despite having to work, I've been headstrong about wanting to homeschool. Everything is falling into place.

On top of all that pleasant commotion, my family and I are flying to Phoenix for a week to visit my in-laws so Sedra will celebrate her 5th birthday with her other grandma out there. I wanted to get these posted before we left, so here they are!

I am the short-haired Asian woman with glasses. Eva is the gorgeous long-haired lady in the teal shirt. She made me the embroidered artwork with Sedra's face in the sun, gave me the Retro Revamp book, and gave Sedra some stickers. I made her a skirt, a pair of moccasins, and two pairs of foot thongs or as she calls them "beauty socks".

Note the second picture down where Sedra is positioned to look like her image on the sun. Fabulous work!


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18  Re: Post Secret swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by sedrasmom on: July 12, 2005 01:45:26 PM
I got my July card yesterday! The picture of Johnny Depp is actually a little button. I thought that was an interesting symbolic touch. Talk about relating to these cards....to whoever sent this to me, I am so with you on this one, sister!


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19  Re: Tote Bag Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED PARTNERS SENT ; MAIL BY 6/30/05). in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sedrasmom on: July 01, 2005 01:35:47 AM

This is the bag I sent to Msrockchick. I know she's been busy and hasn't had time to post pics but I did take one before sending so here it is. I knew her interests from crafting for her in another swap recently, and when I went down to check my fabric stash, this all came together. She said she liked cherries, but I went with apples because I had an apple print, but also because she said she was interested in education, and her name is Eva, so it's like...Eve...get it?  The inside is lined with flames, which are spilling over the top, symbolic, huh? The  applique apple on the front is velvet, and the top of it is open so it's a pocket. It's also lined with the flames material.  The straps are made out of a red silk tie. All in all, that makes 9 ties I've sent to Msrockchic. I also threw in a wallet I made a while back from the same velvet and a similar flames pattern, since it matched and I wasn't using it anymore.

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20  Tube-style baby sling *TUTORIAL* Like New Native or Maya Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sedrasmom on: June 18, 2005 01:38:44 AM
Here's some pics of a tube style sling in the making. Look familiar, afianto?  Wink  This is my first try at using photobucket, so I really hope this works. I had problems posting photos from my Kodak gallery, some people said they could not see the pictures. Others said they could see them but only after they right-clicked and chose "show photo". Please let me know if these pictures don't load for you. I really hope this works OK. I hope it is not a crazy Mac thing or something. Undecided

Basically, this style sling is just a long piece of fabric with the long edges hemmed (the sides of the sling), and you fold it over and cut a curve along the open end that you then sew together (see the "frenching" technique for reinforcing this seam below). I prefer using medium-heavy weight cotton or cotton blend fabrics. Flannel works great, I've made many of these out of old top sheets. Regular sheets would work too.

I lost the notes I was jotting down when I made this, but I'm pretty sure I started with a strip of fabric that was 29 inches when folded over, and curved it in 2 inches, so the center of the curve is 29" and the shorter outside edges are 27". This is tall or very petite, then add or subtract 2 inches from this and it should work. It should be pretty snug on you when you wear it, because the baby's weight will make it sag a little, and you don't want it swing so low it's in front of your knees. It should be just above waist level.

Hem the long side edges first, then fold the piece in half like in the first picture and cut a curve across it. Sew the curve with a "frenched" seam to make it extra secure...to "french" the seam,  first you sew across the curve with the RIGHT sides facing OUT (not in, like you would normally think you'd do). Use about a .25 seam allowance. The reason you do this is so you can then turn it inside out and sew it with the right sides together encasing the edges of the first seam you sewed, this time sewing with maybe a .5 seam allowance, so the edges are completely inside this second seam. This produces a little flappy piece, that you then squash down to either side and sew down flat. This is what I mean by a flap:

To use it, you fold it skinny-wise, so both open side edges are together facing up when you wear it sash-style. The seam goes in front of you, it is a little wider there because of the curve, so that's where the baby goes.

By the way, basically wherever the butt goes, the baby follows. So aim the butt for the seam of the sling, and the baby will be cradled perfectly. The same thing goes for if you're wearing an older baby/toddler, you put the butt in and let the legs hang down. They say the first few times you try putting the baby in, you should stand over the bed just in case, not that you'll really drop your baby, but just to give you peace of mind. The first time you put them in, it's good to take a little walk right away. Walking helps them get used to it, and you'll feel more confident too. If you're right handed, wear the sling on your right shoulder so your left hand will be available to lightly hold the baby, and your right hand will be the one that's freer to do  other things. Vice-versa for lefties, of course.

If you use an infant carseat/carrier these slings make a great cozy to put over the baby when you're walking to/from the car, because you can wrap it around a baby and leave a little breathing hole. I live in WI where we'd use those fleecy carseat cozies with the flap--if you live where there's cold winters, you'll know what I'm talking about. But...an even better option is to wear the baby in the sling under a coat that is big enough for you both! Just leave the carseat in the car and put the baby in the sling! I figured this out fast because Sedra was born in September (a Labor Day labor) just before it started getting cold, and I had a nasty labor/c-section and didn't have the strength to carry the baby and the bucket both. One time I tried, and slipped on the ice and fell and could barely get up. That's the last time our carseat went anywhere with us. It was really a lot easier having her on my person. I was able to wear her in a sling until she was about 3 years old/around 35 lbs. Of course by then it was just for if we were out somewhere all day and her legs got tired or she needed to nap, to help save me from sack-of-potatoes syndrome.

Please let me know if you have any questions/comments/suggestions. I'm very glad to be able to share what I know about babywearing, breastfeeding, or other crunchy parenting notions!

Enjoy your baby!

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