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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WIST Swap of May Ongoing Gallery on: May 22, 2006 02:38:32 PM
They are awesome collages! I haven't posted pics of their new environment yet because I've been trying to find frames worthy of them so that I can stare at them properly when I should be studying. If I don't find some tomorrow, I'll post pics of them sans frames so you can see where I'll be doing all of my wanderlusting. Thanks SO much, defunctbuffalo!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Friends, Craftsters, lend me your idears! (or, decorate my dining room) on: May 12, 2006 09:18:58 PM
So in the house we're renting, the kitchen is too small for the table and chairs, and the living room would be a little cramped to make it a combination dining room too. So we decided to convert the second bedroom upstairs into a dining room.

It has hardwood floors, is painted white, and gets plenty of sunlight from the window.

I have ideas for everything else in the house and have already begun implementing them, but this room baffles me on which way to go with it. I'm maybe looking for something a little modern and fun, but also more elegant and grownup for nicer dinners?

Here's what we currently have...
- one inherited wood Eth@n Al!en table, somewhat scratched up on top but still looks nice with a good tablecloth on it.
- one semi-nice dark brown tablecloth, and one beautiful white one that's a bit nicer.
- Pf@ltzgraff plates and bowls in a dark cherry red with flecks of dark brown
- small and large plates heavy and nice in a light tannish color from Target
- A white wood sideboard with dark brown knobs
- 4 wood chairs painted cherry red (which were a bitch to paint, by the way but were partly spraypainted gold?? or else we could have stained them) and two that are yet unpainted but we'd like to use with the bigger dinig room space.

So my question is...where do I go from here? The room is pretty basic, rectangular, one window, hardwood floors, one fairly inconspicuous closet with wood doors (because it is a bedroom after all)...

What sort of accessories or "theme" should I go with? I want something clean, current, and pretty without being flowery.

I'd also like to incorporate the things we already have because after all this moving and me being in between jobs we can't buy lots of new stuff right now, but probably could get the necessary touches.

Also, gotta do something with those chairs...would it look totally wrong to paint two of them a different color, like white or brown, and then re-paint one of the red ones to match so they could be placed every other around the table?
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WIST Swap of May Ongoing on: May 10, 2006 11:34:48 AM
I'm the same. I'm broke on money and time, but there are plenty of crafts I'd like to do for people. I so awnted to do like three at once, but we're kind of right in the middle of moving, so one is almost stretching it. But tomorrow I'll finish it and send on Friday or Saturday! So then once I get settled in a bit and unpack boxes after moving this weekend, I'll be all up in this thread like whoa.  Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Librarian Love/Reading Is Sexy 2 GALLERY! on: May 09, 2006 10:45:23 AM
haha!! Is that monkey eating the page? heeee

Everything is so neat, but I just love the uniqueness of a monkey and a fawn reading together.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Swap on: May 07, 2006 08:54:29 AM
I was very interested to see the things people came up with in this swap. Modus, a memory game was such a brilliant idea! And I really admire your painting skills. Wow!

Now, will anyone reference "Eloisa to Abelard"? As an English nerd, this is my greatest question for this swap.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Librarian Love/Reading Is Sexy 2 GALLERY! on: May 02, 2006 08:00:56 PM
And Harriet the Spy, of course! I loved that book as a kid -- I wanted to be Harriet and I started carrying a notebook with me everywhere...maybe why I grew to love writing so much. Though I'll pass on the tomato and mayo sandwiches. yuck!

And even though he's obviously not a GIRL detective, the Great Brain was one of my all-time favorite sleuths too! And what about the Famous Five?

Speaking of Nancy, though, this here is a pretty fun site for whoever hasn't seen it before --> http://www.nancydrewgirldetective.com/
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WIST Swap of May Ongoing on: May 02, 2006 02:38:05 PM
Here I am!!

And here are my wists --  http://www.wists.com/sarahimpossible/

About me: I'm 21, married, with two cats (Dave and Lola), and I'm finally going back to school this fall after taking a year off while my hubby finished, and I am SO EXCITED! I love college - if financially able, I'd be a student for life. I'm going to be a high school Creative Writing teacher, though, so that will be loads of fun. So anything related to me going back to school would be great because I'm really pumped about it.

We're in the middle of moving from our teeny apartment to a big ol' duplex and I'm decorating like mad, so I'd love to be able to prominently display any Craftster-made items like art, placemats, you name it! Also, I'm a highly practical person when it comes to wardrobe, jewelry, etc, because thanks to my mom I can never bring myself to buy something that won't go with everything I already own (gee, thanks, Mom). SO I wear lots of neutrals and black even though I LOOOOVE color. Pink is okay in moderation, pastels are eh, and I could do without bight neon stuff, but everything else is IN, especially yellow, green, red, and blue. I could do with some serious funkiness in my life...other than the smell of my husband's feet I mean.  Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Librarian Love/Reading Is Sexy 2 GALLERY! on: April 29, 2006 08:58:38 PM
aw, thanks. I had so much fun making everything -- though shhh, don't tell my boss that I did the anklet varnishing at work. I had all my craft stuff there to possibly craft on my lunch break, and as I was eating a couple kisses I got an Eureka! moment. And I couldn't wait to try it out so I varnished very stealthily at my desk. hee!

I have GOT to express my undying love for those gloves. And for the amazing feat of somehow scanning both of your arms at once. Now that's talent.  Grin
But seriously, much love for those fingerless mitts from here.

I love the bag too -- what language is that? And the pearl necklace is bee-yoo-tee-ful. You made out like a bandit!

Ohh, and lucid501, I also meant to say earlier that I really like those cards -- do you know what was used to make the designs on the side?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Librarian Love/Reading Is Sexy 2 GALLERY! on: April 29, 2006 11:37:09 AM
I think jnaos has been super busy with life and swap stuff, so I'll go ahead and post pics of the stuff she received from me on Tuesday. Jena, feel free to post any you take, because I used my husband's leg as a background for most of these before boxing them up and shipping them out as soon as I got back to my desk from lunch with him!

Here is the "book" bag I made. First bag I've ever made, and pretty much the first thing I've used my sewing machine for, so I was clueless about a lot and had to cheat a few times (thank goodness for hem tape). There's some gold thread that runs through the fabric that didn't really show up. It's box bottom, and reinforced with canvas to make it more sturdy for books.

Jnaos said she really liked the book Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George, so I made an anklet with a pic of the book varnished on the silver tab.  The other silver tabs have gold glitter varnished on them. These actually used to have other pics on them because I got them from a crappy piece of walmart jewelry where these were the only decent beads, and I varnished on Hershey kisses wrappers to make them silvery.

This stenciled librarian was originally supposed to be fully beaded and go on the bag,  but when she started looking demonic I tried to make her into a snap pouch instead, but the fabric really did not cooperate. I had such high hopes for her...sigh

Jnaos also said that she liked all fairy tales, so I made a two-sided fairy tale bookmark. A very old book from Halfprice had to die to make this, but I'll be using all the rest of the pics from it for other things as well.

Little Red Riding Hood ended up looking like she was in some sort of "magical" dreamland due to the mushroom at her feet...heh... She has red glitter on her hood and shoes.

I made a set of reading greeting cards. Made from nice textured papers, which you can't see from the photos. The dark colored one have paper designs pasted inside so you can write with regular pens.

I read somewhere on Crafster that she liked Shel Silverstein's ABC book for adults, so I made a few cards with pics from those as well. Again the dark ones have paper inside to write a greeting on. Jnaos said she will frame the Fireman one for her husband's desk. heh
I did D, K, E, and R, and you can view the pics with words you can actually read here (don't be thrown by the playboy part - nothing super dirty or anything. http://www.banned-width.com/shel/works/playboy/abz/abz.html

And lastly, some goodies I threw in because I was a few days late sending.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Forest friends on: April 27, 2006 06:22:59 PM
That sparrow necklace is to die for. I love sparrows. Awesome stuff here!!
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