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Julia gives me four collages for the Jackelope Diorama and "The Heart of the Room"

bARTer Sauce Trade

I have in fact already traded "The Heart of the Room" away. I had no idea how quickly it would go.

I feel a little guilty about it to be honest. I had no way of knowing though. It all happened by accident.

Tony gives me "The Heart of the Room" in exchange for two 80's Video Game Graphic Prints

Man Holding Weird Art
Man Holding Weird Art
Three Women and a Man In an Art Studio

Tony met me at Caffe Lieto,

That's the coffee shop under my apartment complex (convenient for me!). At the time of this original posting, it was owned by Jennifer who I like to call Jennifizz for some reason that I forget. I like to pretend to make her fill out vacation request forms when she wants to take a day off. I'm very bossy.

Elizabeth gives me 600 paper cranes in exchange for Kelly's Catsup and Catolic prints

bARTer Sauce Trade For Paper Cranes

You all know how I'm crazy about unfinished projects.

That's why I have so many of them myself. I just like having them around. That way, if I ever need to feel the satisfaction of completing something, I can just pick something up and finish it. Not that I ever do. Being finished is overrated. Anywhoozel, Elizabeth contacted me. She had a bag of 600 paper cranes. She was going to make 1000 but SHE NEVER FINISHED.

Martine gives me three Naval issue hats for the Day of the Dead Skeleton

Two Women In Naval Hats One Holding A Skeleton The Other A Painting Of A Unicron

I did the trade with Martine for 3 Naval issue hats that she found on "Solid Waste Road" for one Day of the Dead Skeleton.

Quite honestly, she had me at solid waste, but I have no idea why. In fact, that's perhaps not a good way to lead my life.

Meghan gave me her Punk Rock Baby Farm diorama for Kelly's Benson and Hedgehogs print

Meghan Hounshell Holding A Kelly Lyles Print With Her Index Finger Extended

For this trade the Benson and Hedgehogs print went to Meghan Hounshell (local stand up comic who is way funnier than me) for the Punk Rock Baby Farm.

Look at the picture. Look at it now!

She really wanted me to "Look over there!" You can tell by the way she's pointing over there. I did look. There was nothing over there. She's funny. She slept on my floor last night. Well, on her air mattress that she keeps under my bed.

Nameless Guy trades me Eyes for Boobs in exchange for two sock puppets and Viagra Falls

Man With Sock Puppet

I met this guy at the coffee shop in Georgetown (I can say that because Georgetown is the one place in Seattle that only has one coffee shop) and we did the trade.

I love his painting. Excuse me, my eyes are up here! Oh...wait.

My favorite! We had plenty of time to do the trade while we were waiting in line for coffee because everyone and their mother was there with their dogs.

Argh. Dogs. I like dogs. But not in my coffee. And certainly not in line in front of me. Why do they get to be in front of me. That blows.

Kelly Lyles Print - Ferret Cake

Original Owner: 
Art Car
A print of Ferret Cake, by Kelly Lyles.

Kelly Lyles was kind enough to trade me a ton of her prints in exchange for the Microwave Love Tester Diorama.

All the prints are from her rodent series. Here's what she says about them:

"These paintings came about in response to the constant questions about my art-car, Leopard Bernstein. "Are you a Leo?" "You must really identify with leopards." None of the above.

The First Microwave Ever Made gets turned into a Diorama and bARTer Sauce is BORN!

Microwave Diorama Love Tester

The First Microwave Ever Made wasn't traded for the Love Tester. IT WAS TURNED INTO IT!

Amazing but true!

No pictures of the long and complicated conversion process survived the long and complicated conversion process.

Here is the story as I lived it:

Rhiannon trades me the First Microwave Ever Made for the Dorm Fridge

Thumbs up for mini fridges!

My friend Rhiannon traded me THE FIRST MICROWAVE EVER MADE* for the dorm fridge so she could use it in the play that she has written and will direct.

She said the fridge would be motivational for her because now she'll have to do the play or stare at that damn fridge until she does. I like the way she thinks.

But as I said, she did trade me the FIRST MICROWAVE EVER MADE*! And believe me, I know it gets your juices going.

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