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1  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: March 07, 2008 05:58:54 PM
Please go ahead and post it. Someone worked hard on this, and it makes me sad that someone else's judgment call results in their work not being seen.


I have gotten some secrets I didn't agree with (either for content or construction), but I thought that part of this swap was receiving whatever the other person chose to send and posting it for everyone to see.

D@mn. If I hadn't gotten on my moral high horse, I wouldn't feel obligated to post this one. It did arrive in one piece, but when I opened this one, I had a bit of an emotional moment and "altered" it. I'm not at all sorry.

Text: "Neo-nazis are sexy"

Whether this is serious or not, I have to say "UGH!"

It didn't occur to me to ask for any restrictions on the content of cards I got, because I'm not all that squeamish or prudish. Therefore, it didn't occur to me to ask people not to mail me cards expressing admiration for white power groups that believe in using intimidation and violence against racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities; I'll sure remember to mention that preference next time.

I'm going to go disinfect my mailbox now.
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2  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: March 02, 2008 08:03:28 AM

Thank you.


(id number concealed in photoshop to protect identity of wicked-awesome fabric card craftster)

The card is made out of satin, organza, tulle and paper sewn onto fleece, backed with a notecard and serged.

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3  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: February 22, 2008 03:24:02 PM
Props to the Avenue Q card. The show is so funny my sides literally hurt after I went!

And, if we are taking a poll, I love the Harry Potter series. I own and have read all of the books, and I have seen all of the movies. I have a Hermione action figure and went as Hermione one Halloween. I even have the Harry Potter knitting book. I love Harry Potter.

Here is the card I received today:

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4  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: February 20, 2008 08:43:53 PM
Here are the seven pictures I've gotten in the past two days:

On the back: "Have an awesome week! Smiley"

Remember how I said I wasn't going to comment on the cards because I didn't have anything as powerful to add yadda yadda? I'm evidently a big fibber.

My third day on Cymbalta, my left arm went numb and I had chest pain. I was hospitalized for two days so they could find out whether I had a heart attack, a stroke, or MS (I'm 28). After an EKG, an MRI, an EEG and many, many needle pokes (and some sleepless nights for my family), they determined...that it was the Cymbalta. I can't see their commercials now without changing the channel, and this card made me so angry that I couldn't speak.

Don't give up hope, though, anonymous Craftster! It's taken me many painful attempts and a lot of faith to find a medication that actually works, but it is so, so, so much better than living with depression. I've found that the key is to find a doctor who listens to you and to be patient. Neither of those is easy, but it is worth it. And I hope you have an awesome week too.  Smiley

I'm so sorry. I can't even imagine what that must have been like.



(Those are page numbers in the top right corner; I erased the swapper number from the picture.)

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5  Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: February 18, 2008 04:02:43 PM
I've finally gotten my scanner hooked back up, so here are the five (!!!) cards I have received so far:

On the back: "If you find this offensive, imagine how we feel..."

(It's hard to see in the scan, but the background of this card is woven from two colors of paper--awesome effect!)

kristen 219, I'm sorry you feel that way! I don't plan to comment on most of the cards, but it is because I think they are so powerful by themselves! Different people have different approaches to a swap like this, which is part of the beauty of this experience. Some people want to reach out and share similar experiences they have had, while other participants (like me, for example) just want to release these experiences and see what others chose to release.
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6  Re: RSVP Card Help in Weddings and Bridal Showers by highway16 on: June 17, 2007 01:27:06 PM
I actually just made our RSVP cards in Word without any problem.  I reduced the margins to 0 and inserted a table with the correct number of rows and columns.  (To fit the cards into our long, narrow envelopes, I put 4 cards on each page with a bit left at the bottom.)  I did the layout in the cells, and then changed the borders to "no line" so I would not have to worry about being so precise when I cut them.  I made the line between the dead space and the bottom row of cards a light gray and cut just inside that.  See below for pic:

One secret is that Word will not let you put text boxes inside a table, so you will have to align your text another way.  I had everything centered with a watermarked picture in the background, and it worked out great.  If you want it aligned a different way, you can indent different sections of the text from the edge by different amounts to separate them.

Another secret is to get a paper cutter (you can find them in the scrapbooking aisle of a craft store) to use for all your cutting.  Mine was about $20, and it is worth its weight in gold.  I have just powered through RSVP cards, invites, map inserts, and brunch inserts in a really short amount of time.  I just regret I didn't buy it sooner so I didn't have to use an exacto knife for the save the dates!
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7  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Gallery in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: March 19, 2007 05:04:49 PM
The scarf is finally made!  I only wanted to do one post with pictures, because I'm sure I would forget someone otherwise.

Here are the yarns I received:

In case you can't read their names in the pictures, they are (left to right) DarthSqurl, AModernMantra, moonlightbliss33, Tadiera, and ellie.henry.

I also got a cute bracelet from moonlightbliss33, a button bookmark from DarthSqurl, and a fab wide purple ribbon from someone who I can't remember that I have earmarked for a different ribbon project (I tossed the envelope before I wrote that one down, so speak up!)

And here is the finished product (getting a little too friendly with the banister):

I'm sure this will be the first of its kind.

It's been a great swap!  Thanks, everyone!  Many many thanks to knitwit for hosting!
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8  Re: The Young Ones Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: July 08, 2006 06:59:24 PM
tattooed_dork asked me to post pictures of the package I sent her, so here we go:

She asked me for a trash bag for her new car, so I thought I would try my hand at Vyvyan's "very metal" jacket...with a twist.  I started with an old pair of jeans, and ended up with:

Action shot

I had some trouble finding studs that would be the right size, so I ended up using brads meant for scrapbooking.  Since they're not washable, I made a plastic liner out of a 33 cent beach mat:

Liner.   Oooooh.

The sides are held together with velcro to keep the bag from bowing out at the front:

Did you know they make iron-on velcro now???

She also likes Rik, so with the help of my computer-savvy sweetie, I made a Warhol-inspired homage to the People's Poet:

Look out! Cliff!

I finished with a swap staple, the series of marble magnets.  They're just about impossible to photograph, but here are the four I made featuring Rik (there were also four of Vyvyan, two with the show logos, one for SPG, and one for Scumbag College):

with a silent P

This swap was tons of fun to do!  Thanks for organizing, tattooed_dork!
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9  Re: Little Visitor 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: May 23, 2006 09:07:43 AM
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post the pictures of Tamar's wonderful swap package.  I couldn't find the cable to connect my digital camera anywhere; it turns out I had taken it to work because it looks almost exactly like the cable to my Blackberry.  Just another way that handheld email is ruining the world...

Fred and Ginger came back in adorable matching knit hats and scarves with capes made from the flag of the Netherlands and little wooden shoes!

Their scrapbook was amazing!  It had pages that folded out

and pockets for extra things.

Tamar's students wrote me letters that she included in the scrapbook.  This is one of my favorites:

There was also a CD with extra pictures and movies.

Fred and Ginger even brought back a scarf!  (graciously modeled by Austin, the world's laziest dog)

The box also contained a children's book about monkeys, a tourist guide to Amsterdam, a postcard, some chocolates, some candy sprinkles for bread, a wooden shoes magnet, a jar of real sand and seashells from the beach, and a little delft tile!  Here is the whole package (minus scarf, which was already in my closet Smiley )

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10  Re: Little Visitor 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by highway16 on: February 23, 2006 03:52:01 PM
Bear came more than a week ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting him...

It's been reeeeeally busy at work (budget season), so Bear has been keeping himself busy. Smiley

We did get out to site-see last weekend, including seeing the Orchid exhibit at the Botanic Gardens.

Oooh, flowers!
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