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1  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by colie on: February 03, 2006 02:47:53 PM
Here is my december card (the replacement), which I can absolutly relate to. My family isn't religious, but they are always giving me unwanted advice on everything else- it gets old fast.
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2  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by colie on: December 18, 2005 01:33:43 PM
Here is mine for November- I apologize to the sender for not posting it until now. To be honest, I think part of it was stress (you know, that time of the year... blech) but part of it was an inability to address the secret.

It really, REALLY hits home with me. I spent 2 or 3 afternoons a week, every week in High School as a peer counselor, and a lot of (if not most of) the girls I talked to were dealing with major body issues. I always felt like such a hypocrite, since I was dealing with the exact same issues- only they at least had the courage to come forth and ask for advice. I've never had an eating disorder, but I do have major body hate issues... so to the sender, just know you definately aren't alone, and I am sending major love your way.
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3  Re: Squid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by colie on: December 04, 2005 11:39:17 AM
Yay, I recieved from tofutti break! Everything is beyond amazing, I am so pleased!

first, this AWESOME crewel shadowbox!

Isn't it insanely cute? I can't wait to hang it up in my hallway to be admired!

Second, a really cute little octopus pincuchion

Sorry I couln't get a closer pictutre, but the stitching is perfect! I love his little face- too cute!

And last, but most certanly not least, the most awesome hat I have ever seen!

Ok, i look a bit idiotic in this picture. But isn't this hat amazing! The colors, the fit, and that adorable squid! It honestly could not be any more perfect! I wore it to the bookstore last night, and every once and a while I would remember that I was wearing a squid on my head, and it made me insanely happy!

Here is a close up of the cute little guy:

Toffutibreak, everything was so amazing! You rule!
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4  Re: Significant Other Swap in The Swap Gallery by colie on: October 25, 2005 08:58:48 PM
Yay! My husband got his package and he was so excited- once he figured out what it was! He had ordered a hat for his uniform, so he thought that was all the package was, and left it sitting on the dining room table! Anyhow, he loves everything!

Here is josh putting on one of the hats- I was so excited to take pictures I couldn't wait!

Wearing the hat and the t-shirt that ohmyword stenciled...

and the back of the shirt. He loves the front/ back thing being stenciled on there, he laughed so hard when he pulled it out.

And here is josh wearing the other hat (two hats! that is so awesome!) and a found t-shirt, which is super cute!

And here are the extras, a cute coloring book (which Josh took to work with him tonight to keep busy with!) and a whole bag of blow pops- which he obviously tore into right away (though it looks as if he is a bit confused as to which to eat...)

Ohmyword, I saw that your sending address was from Minot? I am from Bismarck originally! Crazy!

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5  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by colie on: October 23, 2005 06:12:32 PM
Ok, I think there may have been a mix up, because I recieved a second post card for this month. Anyhow, here it is:

Sorry it is so dark! But to the sender: I know exactly how it feels to surround yourself with people and still feel extremely lonely... it sucks a lot. Unfortunately, I have no advice. I can tell you that what I am trying to do is to make more meaningful friendships with just a few quality people, which I am hoping will help- but it is definately easier said than done.
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6  Re: Significant Other Swap in The Swap Gallery by colie on: October 23, 2005 06:05:07 PM
Alright, so I figured I can at least have the satisfaction of showing you guys what I made.

He was very into biking, so i made a  biking themed notebook made with a cover from a 10 cent book from the thrift store. I drew the bike on the cover, but the embossing of the authors name was already on there.

and this is the inside cover.

I made a few vegetarian themed magnets, because it only seems natural to advertise a pro-veggie stance on the refrigerator.

And these are little tofu stuffies, which I thought might be good for juggling or something.

and an embroidered message on their backsides.

I made some bike related patches.

And since he hated tv, I made a t-shirt that says "Kill your TV" in red letters, and shows the tv getting thrown from a window.
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7  Re: Post Secret Swap Round II in The Swap Gallery by colie on: October 19, 2005 06:59:26 PM
I Recieved for october, and I tried to make the picture as readable as possible, since the text is so important.

and here is the back, which I thought was important to post also...

And in my opinon, it doesn't make you a bad person to learn from other's mistakes. I know it feels awful to identify those mistakes, but that is how you learn and improve yourself.
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8  Re: Home Decor/Housewares Craftalong in Craftalongs by colie on: October 07, 2005 06:32:11 PM
Oh my goodness you guys! I totally forgot to post what I made I feel like jerk. Ok here is what I made:

I know curtains weren't on the list, but that is what my kitchen was calling for. And please please ignore the malformed one on the right. I miscalculated i bit, so I need to make the border bigger to compensate. But right now.... no.

I had high hopes of finishing my attempt at stenciling on recleamied dishes (I can't remember who I stole this idea from, but she is a super talanted new designer who I LOVE and would love to support, but my wallet is just not ready for that. Does anyone know who I am talking about?), but so far no luck. I will definately keep you guys updated though.

For this month, since the theme is kinda "things that smell good" I might plant a fragrant indoor herb garden. I guess I will decorate the pots or something? Hmmm... I will let that idea germinate.
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9  house tour (heavy on the pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by colie on: October 07, 2005 06:14:23 PM
Of course, it is still very much a work in progress. It probably will be "in progress" for quite sometime, due to the very limited budgets and time constraints of students.

Here is the house from the outside (back in january, when the Camilla's were in bloom!)

And here is what you see when you walk inside and turn towards the dining room.

Hanging next to the door is a thing that my husband's grandpa made, that originally held the hymn numbers that would be sung that day, and as you can see it has found a new life as a picture frame.

Speaking of, here is the dining room.

And no, that poinsetta hasn't been alive since christmas, it is another old picture- though little has changed. This room hasn't really recieved much loving yet. It needs some art and the chandalier definately needs a revamp. And we could use a rug. Sorry, I didnt mean for this to turn into a to do list.

Now, back to the living room.

This is along the wall going towards the hallway. They are self portraits I did in an art class. It feels wierd to walk by them daily, but I would rather look at them than an empty wall.

And this is the living room. Those doors open onto a cute little patio, but unortunately that patio is overlooked by our neighbors ugly garage add on, which I couldn't look at for another second, so I covered the window panes in tissue paper. It blocks a little bit of the light, but the price was right so I am not complaining.  I know the single curtain looks ridiculous, but... work in progress, ok! I am just waiting for the perfect fabric to call out to me, before I can make some real curtains. oh, and of course the money to buy that fabric.

Here is a close up of the coffee table, which was a collaboration between my husband and I. It has castors on the bottom instead of legs for mobility (a 6 foot long coffee table made with studs is not light!).

Alright, here is the kitchen.

I made the curtains myself, they adjust somewhat to block the light by pulling on them (think those cloth loops in old bathrooms). Ignore the mangled curtain to the right, I need to make a bigger border so it actually fits. It isn't pictured, but the walls are actually chalkboard paint. The counters were in terrible disrepair, so we painted the tiles to spruce them up. This is of course a tempoaray fix, but has held up wonderfully  thus far, and we definately have abused them.

And here is the bathroom. We haven't done much to it besides paint. The tile is authentic to the house, but the grout looks terrible and a few are cracked. The tolet and sink SEEM original- meaning, they are past their prime... we aren't sure exactly what to do with the bathroom yet though. Hmmm, I guess time will tell. We did, however, add crown molding, which we painted black to go with whatever the themish thing we have going in there.

Alright, thanks for looking! I am open to any suggestions as to what could spruce the place up. Also, look for a post on the bedroom and craft room/ painting studio/ spare bedroom in the near future as we pull those together.
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10  Re: LGBT etc swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by colie on: October 06, 2005 03:49:37 PM
Hey, thanks for the compliments, I am so glad you liked it!

here is the tote bag i made, based on the shape and pockets of the bag I take to school everyday. I wasn't sure if you like green, but the gingham was just too sweet- it really reminded me of the cute fifties thing in the iron on transfer (I found the picture on the internet).

here is the book and the chalk. the chalk I got at target and just mae the outside more celebratory.

here is the side of the book (the pages are a rainbow! i had so much fun picking out paper)

and the inside

And snce you asked, I just happen to have a picture of the spine while I was glueing it.

I don't know if you noticed, sleepywalkin, but originally, I was going to do a sewn binding, so there are holes in the page. Anhow, that didnt work out so I used the trusty old rubber cement. The key is layers. If you only do one layer, it is actually more like a scratch pad where you can rip the pages off one at a time. Cool and useful, but not what I was going for. I ended up doing about 5 or six layers, which has held up for me well in the past.

Sorry for so many pics, but I had so much fun making everything!

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