Jack Kerouac, as Sal Paradise once said: "I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion." And I think that's a rather apt description of my blog over the years, and perhaps the most perfect description of me in general that I've ever read. So that's what this blog is, a collection of the falling stars that are beckoning me at any time.

06 November 2005

swaps galore

okey dokey, here is where I catch up on talking about the swap stuff that I'm so woefully behind on talking on.

Blogging by Mail 2; the real reason I've been so behind on gushing about this is that I can't figure out where I put the damn postcards that included the idenity of my partner so I can't properly give thanks or credit until I find them. This is the curse of being a sometimes disorganised person living in too small an area in a house with a really really unorganised, messy and borderline hoarder person ( I have this theory that one day if I live either on my own in a place that has adequate storage and space for my possessions or with someone who is neat to a fault and have adequate storage I will actually be a very neat and organised person, because I was practically anal about things being where they belonged and in order in the various stores I worked in and in the shack at my current job. and though I've always had a messy room I still maintain that a very large reason for that is that I don't have adequate room to live and work and store things in a place that is just theirs and I end up feeling in the face of all that that I might as well just not care at all. I know I know excuses excuses) But anyway, my partner was from Georgia and he sent me some amazingly good chocolate mousse cookies and some gourmet chocolates from a local chocolatier and a couple jars of peach chutney and a bag of grits and recipes for said cookies and chutney. The theme was good stuff from Georgia. And when I find the damn postcards (depicting of course tourist shots from Georgia) then I will properly credit him and send him some thank yous.

Next on the agenda-- Backtack

I did actually finished by the 31st but I didn't get it mailed by then because I kept having to be at work or school during the hours the post office was open. But I went to school late on Thursday and mailed it

I think that my oliver octopus bag came out pretty close to how I envisioned it. I'll probably make a few tweaks to it if I decide to sell them if I ever get bonjour miette going. I'd like to make him more round so he doesn't look as much like a jellyfish. He was a big hit with the people in my bookbinding class where I spent a lot of time working on him (I have no workspace at home so if I ever have projects to do I always end up just going to the book lab where I spend half my life anyway for class at night to do them.)

so for the kit, my person mentioned embroidery so I got her a shit ton of floss, a hoop (I like that kind way better than the ones you have to tighten) a couple of iron on classic embroidery patterns of kittens and then because I'm not much of a traditional design person I got her some pattern transfer paper and some line drawings of cute animals and a couple of my own line drawings of sea creatures and of course dead guy becuase who doesn't want to embroider deadguy the lovable beret wearing skeleton on their tea towel? I also got her some floss bobbins, a pack of embroidery needles and one of those little wheels to use the transfer paper. Oh and also a blank book with a Japanese stab binding. Hopefully she likes it.

As for my backtack goodies, A Susi had me and she sent me a gorgeous tote bag full of roving and needles to start learning to needle felt.

that's her picture of what she sent I was lazy and just hosted a copy myself, since her photo looks nicer than the one I took. I'm quite glad I participated in backtack I had a lot of fun and it got me to get off my ass and make that bag.

I'd sworn I wasn't going to get into another swap until after the semester was done so I wouldn't over extend myself worrying about so many deadlines, but I've signed up for another one anyway at purple pink and orange for the november craft swap, but I figure I can send blank books, so it's already connected to what I'm doing in school anyway, I'll just make extras and it will be all good. but seriously no more until the semester is over. I really mean it this time.


Samantha said...

Hey Chloe, your swap partner was Noel... email me and I'll give you his email addy. (I'm FINALLY finishing the roundup!)

Great book choices by the way... we were just talking about the Wind Up Bird Chronicles at lunch today, and my husband Dave is reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. Small world, eh?

alice said...

I love your octopus bag! And what a great idea to create your own transfer designs for your back-tack partner. :)

Shennon said...

Yeah and then you were so wonderful, that you offered to send me one since I didn't get any!
Thanks again Chloe, Shennon