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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Old friend/Host & Hostess/Newlywed gift? on: October 12, 2005 04:31:41 PM
Ok... so I'm going to Salt Lake City, Utah next week to attend a papermaker's conference (Friends of Dard Hunter!  So excited.)  I knew that an old friend from high school lived in the area, so I called him up to see if he'd want to get together while I'm there, and he was generous enough to invite me to stay with him -- and his new wife!  I would really like to take something nice to show my appreciation of their hospitality.. and congratulations. 

What I know: 
They are Mormon.  I don't know much about this. 
Chris (my friend) is a comedian (well, he'd like to be) and when we were in high school (graduated 5 years ago), he was very very big into music... but I think not so much anymore?
They don't have a ton of money, and live in an apartment, so probably things that dont' take up a whole lot of space would be good.

I know this is vague... I am just having "Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage" (this is pretty miscellaneous, isn't it?) and hoping you guys can help.  Any ideas, no matter how random, and even if not crafty! are appreciated.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / This is how badly I wanted a uterus. on: September 01, 2005 06:39:52 PM
The fuzzy knitted kind... I already have an internal one, silly.   Wink

I did a personal swap with the wonderful and talented beatnik_chik... she sent me a knitted uterus (very fuzzy, very pink, and sporting shiny beads on the fallopian tubes!), and I sent her this handbound journal:

leather spine, cloth covered boards

an open shot to show off the different papers in the textblock and the leafy endpapers

and a picture of the flatback spine (with rolled leather endbands, oh yeah) and the beaded bookmark I bound into the book.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Erotic Transference on: September 01, 2005 06:21:17 PM
This is part of the package I sent for the Wes Anderson swap (see the whole gallery here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48737.0).  I would love opinions on my bookbinding, as I am thinking of selling some on Etsy.  (They wouldn't be Royal Tenenbaums-themed, just blank journals.. unless there is a big interest?  Smiley)  For fellow bookbinding know-it-alls and other interested parties, this is a non-adhesive Keith Smith binding with two signatures sewn directly onto the leather spine.

this was taken at the weird angle to show off the decorative spine stitching

inside cover and first page

and an example of the inside pages, which have quotes from the movie on them... I know you can't read this, but it says, "I think we're just going to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that, Richie."

Let me know what you think!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Tree/Klee Tapestry on: August 02, 2005 10:31:30 AM
Well, sad to say, but I think this is the first completed project I have posted to Craftster.. I guess late is better than never, right?

This is my first tapestry... I made it in my fiber arts class last semester, but decided after it was done that I wanted to add the black fringe to the top also, and I actually just finished doing that last night.  It might need a little more, but it looks a lot better with the fringe on top, I think.

I am excited that weaving has its own board now -- and I'm really interested to hear some opinions on my piece.  The tree silhouette was taken from a photograph, and the background is based on a Paul Klee painting called "Ancient Sounds."  I wish the edges were straighter... actually it looks straighter in person, especially on the right side, lol.  I guess that's something most people have to work on at first. 

Anyway -- let me know what you think!

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
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