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1  Re: ONGOING POST SECRET SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: March 08, 2006 09:43:36 PM
Here they are!

Thank you again to all the senders. I hope that sending these gave you some relief/peace about your secrets. These cards stir up a plethora of emotions. And the artwork is lovely on all of them. I will keep these forever. Warm wishes to all of you.xoxo
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2  Re: Amelie Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: March 08, 2006 09:04:00 PM
As promised, here is the AMAZING package I got from Minouette.
She sent some marbles (too cute):

And some handmade cards:

And now, le piece de resistance! I give you:

First you take your adorable polymer clay gnome:

And you put him in his garden:

(Which happens to be located right down the street from me...you can see the Parliament Buildings in the back).
But then, with the turn of 2 knobs, the gnome travels all over the world to beautiful historic sites!
There are about 6 or 7 different backgrounds but I didn't want to take up too much space by posting pictures of them all. Also, I took the gnome out for the photos to give a better view of the backgrounds.
This thing is truly amazing. Minouette clearly put a lot of brain power and elbow grease into it. It is stunning and I adore it!
Thanks again, Minouette..you are a Queen!
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3  Re: Sturdy Reversible Ribbon Belts w/ Tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ohhdarling on: January 23, 2006 03:25:18 PM
Thanks for all the kind words guys!

hot stufffffffffffffff!!
love love love!
does it sit good and wont fall off?

Yep, it sits just like a D ring belt. You can wear it without any belt loops even! Here's what it looks like when it's done up:
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4  Sturdy Reversible Ribbon Belts w/ Tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ohhdarling on: January 22, 2006 10:53:31 PM
During the Ongoing Wish List Swap, CraftyZary asked for a ribbon belt. I had never made one before but thought I'd like the challenge. Soooo, this is what I came up with!
Please bear with me on the tute...it's my first time making one. If anything is unclear, just ask!
Also, I am planning to sell these in the near future so...you know...keep the pattern for personal use, please Smiley
Ok, here's what you need:

Iron-on interfacing...I'm pretty sure mine was medium-heavy weight. Double-sided iron-on bonding tape. Scissors. Tape measure. 1 1/2" ribbon...2 different colours/designs. An iron. And some sort of belt buckle..I used "fashion rings" (not pictured).
So, the first thing you do is measure your waist and add about 4 inches. Now cut a piece that length of the ribbon, bonding tape, and 2 from the interfacing. You want the interfacing to be in strips that are a bit narrower than 1 1/2"..they don't need to be perfectly cut.

Now you want to iron the interfacing onto the backsides of the ribbons.

Got it? Good. Next you place the right sides of the ribbon together and, at one end, sew a point like so:

And then cut off the excess.

Now turn it ride side out. It should look like this:

Now, here is the part that is hard to explain that I stupidly did not take a photo of, but I will do my best. It's really simple, just hard to explain...maybe. What you do is you take the length of bonding tape that you cut and sandwich it in between the two ribbons so that it is on the inside. Also, importantly, you want to rip off a bit of the tape at the end of the ribbon that is not sewn together in a point. You need to leave about 3 - 3 1/2" without the tape in it. Ok?  Now iron the ribbon together, keeping the edges lined up as best you can. See? Easy peasy. After this step, it will still look exactly the same as it did in the last picture. And it will be bonded together except for the ends like so:

Now that we've overcome that mountain, let's move on to the buckle. Make a little hem on the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying. Lay a ring (fashion ring, D ring..whatever) down on the inside of one piece of ribbon, fold over like this, and then sew across:

And then do the same thing for the other ring/piece of ribbon.

Now you want to sew all the way around the edges of the belt. When you get to the end with the rings, sew a straight line across right below them to hold them together.

And voila! You're finished!

(photo of gold belt by CraftyZary!)
If anyone makes one, please post it!

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5  Re: Kickin it old school Craftster style: Mix tape swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: January 20, 2006 11:55:21 AM
Ok so, I hit the jackpot! Today I recieved my tape from Future! and...wow!
She made an awesome cover that I presume is a drawing she did herself, and even the tape itself looks amazing. The track listing is quite something, too. It is her Best of 2005 list and each song represents a month. Along with the track, she wrote a little story of why she chose that track/what it reminds her of/what was going on then etc. It is amazing. Future, not only did you knock my socks off with the whole thing, but I adore your writing style. It's not only quite eloquent but also hilarious. I spent breakfast pouring over all the stories.
Along with this tape came quite the coincidence...
Before reading the stories, I read the track listing and noticed she had included a band called Immaculate Machine. I was quite happy about this because a while ago I woke to my alarm which is always set to a local college station, CKCUfm, and the song that was playing was really great. I don't remember much what it was like, but I liked it enough to get out of bed, find a scrap of paper, and wait for the DJ to say which band it was...which I very very rarely do. It was Immaculate Machine. Aaaaand...turns out that this is Future!'s brother's band AND she designed the album cover! How weird/cool!
So now, here is the cover!

And the tape itself:

She also put in a white feather, which I thought was ultracute:)
Here's the track listing:
THE MAGENTIC FIELDS - I Don't Really Love You Anymore
THE FIERY FURNACES - Here Comes The Summer (There is another coincidence involved with this song but my lips are sealed!!)
PET SHOP BOYS - Left To My Own Devices
IMMACULATE MACHINE - Don't Leave Without Us
OF MONTREAL - Forecast Fascist Future
PAVEMENT - Range Life
SILVER JEWS - Smith & Jones Forever
LITTLE WINGS - Shredder Sequel
NEIL YOUNG - Revolution Blues
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - The Best Ever Metal Band In Denton
FINAL FANTASY - This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine
THE SMITHS - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
STEELY DAN - My Old School
P:ANO - Leave With Me The Boy
DESTROYER - The Sublimation Hour
JONI MITCHELL - This Flight Tonight
THE ESSEX GREEN - The Late Great Cassiopia
FROG EYES - The Fence Feels It's Post
LEONARD COHEN - A Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes
JERK WITH A BOMB - Fine Health Is At Home
THE IMPRESSIONS - The Young Mod's Forgotten Story
I am ending this post now, otherwise I will be going on and on and on about the awesomeness of this!
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6  Violent Purse in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Ohhdarling on: January 18, 2006 09:28:02 PM
Over the past couple of days, I've read 2 very interesting threads. One was 2 photographs of Hitler that someone drew flowers and rainbows and tribal designs on, and one was 2 xstitch portaits of serial killers. Those pieces all got quite strong reactions, positive and negative. It reminded me of a bag I made during the summer that I thought I would share.
The stencil I made was based on a photo of a makeup job I did last year. It was pretty gory and I thought it would be an interesting juxtaposition to have the image on a girly fashion accessory. So I bought a plain tote bag and dyed it turquoise and stencilled it. I added a bow to the "victim"s hair, and a silver bead on her lebret because it was pierced in the photo.
Shortly after I made this bag, a girl who was missing in my city was found slain in the forest. Whenever I looked at the bag after that I hated it. I never used it, except once as a knitting bag to bring to a stich n' bitch at the model's house, just so she could see herself on the tote.
So anyway, if you think it is bad taste, I won't really disagree, although the intent when I made it was really just to showcase my makeup work.
Here is the original photo:

And the tote:
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7  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: December 21, 2005 10:44:59 PM
I have two cards to post. One of them I recieved today. It came in an envelope from the postal service saying it was damaged. As far as I can tell it's not actually damaged...just really late. It's from October.
The other one I recieved a week ago or so and I haven't been able to post it until now.
Here's the one I got a week ago:

It says "His wife was right about him being a selfish lover...He got off twice and left me unsatisfied. I fear I may regret that the sex was anti-climactic more than I regret the affair."
I've been in a VERY similar situation. It sucks. I think what I regret the most was that I didn't even show my dissatisfaction. And what's worse, he was doing the same thing with MANY other girls. Thankfully, one of the other girls spilled the beans to his girlfriend and he spent a good few months in a deep hibernation of shame.

The one I recieved today is this:

It says "I <3 my gay manager. I have no chance!"
I can relate to this one as well. I have a lot of wonderful gay friends and there has definitely been one who struck my fancy. I guess if you can't date them...you can at least talk about other cute boys with them!

Thank you so much to both my senders!
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8  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: November 15, 2005 04:16:08 PM
Eek! I sent to CraftyZary and now that I have seen what beautiful things she makes, I am so nervous that my things are so amatuer!
Also, Lv2ScrpBk recieved from me today (!!!) and asked me to post pictures so here they are:
She asked for a shirt with a pin up girl silhouette for her brother

As an extra treat, I wanted to send her something for herself so I made her this owl tote (it's actually blue...I know it looks grey in this picture). The leaves are appliques

I also threw in a variety of handmade paper (not handmade by me though!) for scrapbooking.
 I was so happy that she liked it!
Also, seaofstars, I am still trying to find the cd with the pictures of the cards you sent me on it! Please don't think I have forgotten! I will post them as soon as I find it!
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9  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: October 20, 2005 10:10:35 PM
I recieved from Purple_Hippo today! Just as I was about to leave for work, the mailman dropped an envelope through my slot as awesomely decorated as all get out. I excitedly grabbed it and opened it in the car on the way. She sent me THREE beautiful pieces of jewellry. I put them on in the car (after showing the people I was riding with, much to my delight) and wore them ALL day.
I went over to my dad's tonight to take pictures because his digital camera is far better than mine.
Check it out!
This adorable bracelet with little blue flowers, which, by the way, my mom has already said she will be basically stealing from me  Roll Eyes

And come on, have you ever seen anything as cool as these??? The most amazing earrings I have ever owned:

Here is a close up of the little skulls:

She also sent a really elegant/funky pair of silver and black earrings that I had taken out of my purse when I got home and forgot to bring to my dad's. Purple_Hippo, if you have a picture please post it! They are so beautiful. If not, I will take a picture soon!
And here is a picture of me wearing my treasure with my boyfriend, who was also very impressed (note the bracelet in the corner)!

Thank you so so so much! It was all absolutely perfect and far beyond anything I expected!
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10  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by Ohhdarling on: October 18, 2005 03:14:46 PM

I read this one to my boyfriend and thanked him. I've been more difficult than usual lately and I'm very appreciative that he puts up with me and my attitude.
I did exactly the same thing!
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