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1  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annacharlotte on: February 21, 2009 09:14:11 AM
I hope you all will indulge me in a little extra-picture-posting...I took some interior shots before the interior went inside cuz I was afraid it would be tricky to take a picture of something that is smaller than the lens of my camera...

Tiny table, plates and flowers...

Roofless house, craft detritus...

Interior, with slightly more visible shot of the 70's wall art (clipped from a 70's knitting magazine, framed in twigs)

Now I'm really being self-indulgent, but I liked the way the light looks in this one

And the fence assemblage

That's what took me the longest.  Making that furniture was sooo fun...even though I dropped all the pieces like 40 times and many of my ideas for plate-creation failed miserably (in case anyone is wondering if it is possible to make a papier mache bowl that is smaller than your pinky finger, I will tell you right now it is not).  

This really got my inner eight year old sooo excited.  Did anyone else read The Borrowers http://www.amazon.com/Borrowers-Mary-Norton/dp/B000O3LVJC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235235997&sr=1-3 when you were little?  It's about these tiny people that live in people's houses and "borrow" things...endlessly inspirational to a young dollhouse-furnisher, let me tell you.  The father had a cane that was a hat pin...I can't think right now of any other repurposed items, but I just kept walking around going "oooh, I could make a this out of that!"

Most of the materials used to make the house were found at the golf course where I take my dog to run.  The twigs were the shapely _____s that I found and posted about.  The floor of the interior is made out of these funny pods that look a little like mahogany or some other fancy wood when you take the seeds out and...ahem...smash them flat and....um....iron them....and...then cut them into tiny strips (remember the post where I asked if anyone else felt like they were going insane while making their house?  This is more or less what I was referring to).  There is also a tiny rug, which you can kind of see in  the first photo, but it's another bit from the pod, these little pale seed-casings that, also when ironed, look a lot like the sort of skin/fur rug that a hippy family living in the woods might have under their kitchen table.

Okay, now that you all know how weird and obsessive I am, let's move on, shall we?  

Can't wait to see miss Camelama's dwelling!!!  I'm sad this is almost over...  I think the there's just one other pair that has not yet received....dazedllama and ritapizza.  So 3 more houses to go!
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2  Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by annacharlotte on: February 18, 2009 07:55:20 PM
Oh, and I finally signed the lease on my own tiny house....


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3  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annacharlotte on: February 12, 2009 08:31:18 PM
Oh. My. Gawd.  That house is amazing.  I love the trompe l'oeil (I have no idea how to spell that am too tired even for google) furniture!  Love, love, love it!

You know what else I love?  Miss T's f'ing amazing feat of incredible design and engineering prowess!!!  Prepare to be bedazzled...

Coming out of its box, trussed up like a toy chicken on Christmas:

All laid out and ready to get 3D, already!

Who gets down behind closed doors?  These guys!

What holds this ingenious creation together, you must be wondering...

Why, wee magnets, of course!

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire (why yes, I have had that song in my head since I received this package--thank you for asking!)

My favorite window

Super Awesome Tiny House Tag (says "Tiny House Swap 1 by Mistress T 2/2009")

Obligatory "beast for scale" shot

Beast becoming increasingly uneasy and unclear on what is expected of her (I was encouraging her to sniff it, she was refusing and getting scared of it)

So, in short, it basically rules.  I am so blown away by the mad skillz of MissT.  Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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4  Re: OTT 20 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annacharlotte on: February 05, 2009 05:30:22 PM
I received a few days ago from the lovely Miss Helenm, and am finally posting pics!  Sorry for the delay! 

Sweet and bashful medieval illustration of mandrake root (fulfilling my wist of pin cushions and my desire for scientific illustrations!)

The beautiful flowers on the back

I forgot to take a picture of the original image, which she sent along... 

He is so adorable.  As per usual with sweet pin cushions, I don't think I'll be able to put pins in him.  Thank you!!!
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5  Re: Farmer's Market Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annacharlotte on: April 05, 2008 06:27:02 PM
Okay, everybody, here it is!  Prepare your wisting fingers...

First, superhooker sent me a beautiful checkered notebook cover, complete with notebook and pen!

Amazing smelling soap in a little knit (crocheted?) bag for scrubbing.  The whole package smelled delicious!

"Eat local" vegetable washcloth.  It's so soft, I think I might wash my face with it instead!  How you knit words is a total mystery to me...

And last but not least a not-so-flattering photo of me, in a much-more-beautiful-than-it-appears-in-this-picture apron made of incredibly lovely vintage fabric.  My favorite thing!

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6  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by annacharlotte on: March 12, 2008 05:14:59 PM
What a great haul!  I love that scarf, too, and the apron-of-vintage-goodness is adorable, too.

I am, finally, posting my "don't-do-it-justice" photos of oneredboot's wonderful work.

First, my misguided attempt to take shots with a model...a model who had recently been given a kong stuffed with treats (baked by my partner in the pet swap!)

And now, on a more cooperative model, my chair.  Sorry this picture is sideways, but you can still see the gorgeous, gorgeous scarf Ms. Boot knit for me.  I love it!  The color is my absolute favorite.

Closeup of the crocheted flower.

Fabulous embroidered tea towel in its new place of honor, beside my jar collection.

Closeup on the cutie, Lotta Jansdotter-inspired jars(?)

And, last but not least, the fabulous burlap tote...perfect for weekends at the farmer's market (hint hint, go check out the farmer's market swap!)

And a closeup of its innards:

I love the colors, everything is so carefully made and just lovely.  I can't say enough good things about my dear partner.  The best thing I can do is get myself back into my dungeon and finish her stuff!  Thanks, oneredboot.  You're totally awesome.

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7  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by annacharlotte on: February 16, 2008 01:02:01 PM
Too funny, T.  It's good to have friends like that around. 

Okay, hold onto your hats, MistressT (and anyone else with the teal hyena problem).  Actually, MistressT might be safe because, if I remember correctly, she's not into mid-century modern stuff.  Anyway, here are my chairs...(and bits of my dog)

Ol' loungey:

The dining beauties:

And some gratuitous shots of other things in my house that I love...(once I get started taking pictures, you can't stop me!)

My shower curtain--perhaps the best expression I have of my favorite colors in action:

My jewelry organizer--no particular point, I just like it, and it's in the bathroom, near the shower curtain:

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8  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by annacharlotte on: February 11, 2008 10:27:25 AM
Quilted, no worries about sizing.  If you're comfortable classifying it as a small that is just fine.  The point of size guidelines is to make sure that one partner doesn't put a ton of effort into something their calling a small only to find that they receive a small item that's clearly had far less effort put into it (like one person makes an embroidered pin cushion and their partner sends a packet of stickers).  As long as you and your partner are cool with it, I'm cool with it.

I just discovered this designer on designspongeonline.com and am totally smitten.  A library/bathtub?!  Excuse me, do I know you?  Sooo perfect.  **swoon**

I'm also quite taken with this teacup lamp, and suspect I could copy it, but....how to take the bottom out of the teacup?  (Yeah, I love him, but not enough not to rip him off if I can get away with it Wink )

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9  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by annacharlotte on: February 10, 2008 03:46:28 PM
Here's are some in-progress pics.  I'm totally procrastinating.  Once these are posted it's back to the dungeon with me!

The "room."  (Only this corner is mine, as you can see by the keyboard which is encroaching upon it...where the fabric ends and the musical instruments begin!)

And my dress form, in her various adornments.

In response to violet_thistle, I am, happily, down to 2 non-work commitments--this swap and my anti-racist correspondence course/group.  And working full-time, keeping my dog busy, my boyfriend pleased and my house clean.  Which feels like a lot.  Still can't imagine what it'd be like to have a baby!
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10  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by annacharlotte on: January 21, 2008 02:54:34 PM
Thanks for the reassurance, camelama...the problem is, you don't know how many other people have pm'ed me that I've made the same mistake.   Grin

Alli_Lucy, LOVE the button collection!  I have mine in watch-parts containers.  And jars of rice and grain and whatnot.  I've taken pictures but the light has been crummy.  Have to remember to do it when it's sunny. 

I did finally make it to Practical Goods to take photos.  Here are some:

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