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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: SU 12/30-01/08 or full, SO 02/23 on: January 27, 2015 03:52:32 PM
I'm struggling with the curiosity cabinet swap, so prayer flags are on hold. Besides I can't get to that side of the room right now!

I am so with you on that one, Carol! I have one carefully laid out and in need of at least pinning if not basting before it's moved, but I have to ignore it for a day or so to get caught up.

This was a flag that I was struggling with (I won't tell which one) and then suddenly in the middle of the day at work the picture of it came to me. I put it together that evening and "Yuck!" It looked awful - I couldn't remember why I thought this was a good colour combination. But I know myself well enough to just turn off the light and go to bed, and sure enough, when I looked again the next day it had somehow become okay again. Now I can see why I thought it would work. It's important to trust your creative ideas, even if they seem stupid as you're doing them. Give yourself a little time to step back and look at what you've done with a fresh eye (sometimes it takes more than a few hours) before you attempt to fix it. Wink

Wulf
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2015 (Sendout Jan 30) on: January 27, 2015 03:39:41 PM
Hope to get done tonight. It's always harder and easier than it seems!

Wulf
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) on: January 27, 2015 03:29:19 PM
I love the little sprout doll, Ludi! And what a great print on the cloth. Do you have a close-up photo of it?

Monnie and everyone else out on the East Coast is surviving the big storm. It looks pretty serious!

Wulf
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) on: January 26, 2015 05:37:36 AM
Surprisingly, the first package to arrive at its destination seems to have been mine to holistic knitter in Wales! This is the second time I've swapped with her, and packages from here to there seem to be very fast for some reason. Not so good the other direction last time, but we'll see how it goes for this one!

Wulf
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap SU CLOSED, SO 2/9 on: January 24, 2015 05:42:50 AM
I think my "medium' may be larger than my "large". Grin I think it'll make sense when you see them.

I had a good find the other day that I have to tell you about. I need some eyes (of course) and none of the animal eyes I have in my stash looked right. So I thought maybe I'd walk up to the Salvation Army thrift shop at lunch and see if they had an antique-style doll that I could scavenge the eyes out of. But the shop is about eight blocks away, and I wasn't at all sure those doll eyes would be the right size or shape. So I thought I would look at one first to see if it was worth the walk.

You have to know that I work in the Prop Department of a large opera company, so there was very likely to be one of those dolls around to look at. I took a moment during the day to pop up to the prop warehouse and see what we had in stock. Sure enough, there was a box of "Doll Heads and Parts" which contained (among other things) a faux-antique ceramic doll head, and sure enough, the eyes looked like they'd be perfect, though the one I found had blue eyes, which wouldn't have worked. But also in the box was a broken fragment of another doll head - part of the cheek and one eye. A brown one! Obviously one of my colleagues  had dropped the head, and it had smashed, but put that piece back in the box in case somebody in the future needed a single eye. (Prop builders think exactly like Craftsters.) But I needed two, so I regretfully put it back in the box. But as I was returning the box, I spotted something on the floor under the shelf - the other eye! It must have popped out when the head hit the floor, and didn't get swept up with the rest of the fragments.

So now I have two brown eyes, very righteously saved from the garbage, and didn't even have to walk to the thrift shop! I tried them out for my planned use when I got home, and they'll be perfect.

Wulf

6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: SU 12/30-01/08 or full, SO 02/23 on: January 24, 2015 05:14:47 AM
I'm a bit bogged-down on one. I have a theme and a general look I want to get to, but the details haven't coalesced yet even though I've been working it over in my mind for a day or two. Two others done except for the finishing, one fully planned and underway, one pretty entirely planned but will need to be simplified, and the last one still kind of vague but it will be easy once I get moving on it.

Wulf
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Swap - January 2015 (Sendout Jan 30) on: January 24, 2015 05:06:44 AM
So far, so good.  Stages 1 and 2 are done, and I'm on to stage 3, embellishment.  Seriously, this stage intimidates me the most.  I'm not usually much of an embellisher.

Ha ha! I'm exactly the opposite - I can't wait to get to the embellishing part!

Wulf
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: SU 12/30-01/08 or full, SO 02/23 on: January 21, 2015 04:13:48 PM
I invested in some fabric pens this weekend to see how they turn out -- I was pleased with the look, but boy are they fumey! Whew! Sharpie times 10. I did a test swatch, and am hoping they don't totally stink up the fabric. If they do, I won't be using them on your flags. I don't want anyone to pass out when they open their package! Ha!

Some of them are pretty awful. Usually the stink will evaporate with the solvents, so it'll probably turn out OK.

Wulf
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap R5: New Year, New Inspiration: SU 12/30-01/08 or full, SO 02/23 on: January 19, 2015 04:29:39 PM
One almost done. One cut out and more-or-less planned. The others are a bit more vague, still. But hoping to get further along this evening.

Wulf
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap SU CLOSED, SO 2/9 on: January 19, 2015 04:28:00 PM
My second Curiosity seems to keep growing...    Shocked

I was so relieved when I checked and confirmed that you said "no larger than 12 inches in any dimension" on your form, because what I'm working on seems alarmingly large. But still well under the required size.

Wulf
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