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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Money, Money, Money

Tonight I finished up my submission for the Money Swap at the Carving Consortium.

CC Money Swap

The task was to create currency--pretty open-ended :-) I decided early on that I wanted to make coins instead of paper. It took a while and some messing around to decide just how I was going to accomplish this. After several false starts, I ended up embossing metal, adhering it to wooden nickels, and covering the edges with stained-glass copper tape. I wish they were heavier, but I like the size and especially The Shiny!

I bought some thin metal sheets and started playing. I stamped my pattern on one side and used an embossing stylus to trace the pattern, which makes it raised on the other side. I made all the "bird" sides on the pewter sheets, and then carved my LORAX - 2006 stamp and started on the brass.

Well, it didn't take long to realize that the habit of carving letters backwards so they print frontwards was a bad habit in this case! I'm not a very accomplished letter-carver in the first place, and I wasn't about to try to recarve the stamp "frontways" so I let the project sit for a day while I thought. I finally figured that I could stamp onto paper and emboss through the paper onto the metal. Crisis averted!

Around this time, it also occurred to me that it was not at all obvious that I had actually done any stamping, much less carving. Not only that, I didn't leave myself any space to put my name or the date or any other standard swap-type stuff. Sooooooo, I decided to make an accompanying card. On the front I put a message from Lorax Herself, and I put all that other business on the back, including an impression of the bird stamp.

Then I needed a way to keep the cards with the coins, so I made envelopes. (Like I need much of an excuse to make envelopes. They are so much fun!) And that was that. I think that explains everything in the picture :-)

Off to the PO tomorrow! And off to bed now....

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