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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: April 09, 2016 12:23:45 PM


Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery
Original swap thread

Let's hang up our prayer flags here!


Swap Status:


Abbeeroad: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from alwaysinmyroom, quaggy
Acadian Driftwood: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from PerfectlyBohemian, SonjaBoo
alwaysinmyroom: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from gigglygirl
Antidigger: [completed the swap; feedback posted [/i] received from seeuudee
calliemae: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from craftylittlemonkey, quaggy
craftylittlemonkey: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from calliemae
CraftyMamaBee: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from cmarion3
cmarion3: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from PerfectlyBohemian, CraftyMamaBee
fatewineroses: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from loves2experiment, redpopsicles
gigglygirl: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from rscowtown.
loves2experiment: completed the swap; feedback posted
PerfectlyBohemian: completed the swap; feedback posted received from cmarion3 and Acadian Driftwood
P_E_S_T: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Renstar, seeuudee
puzzled-penguin: received from wendiek, Renstar; completed the swap; feedback posted
quaggy: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Abbeeroad, calliemae
redpopsicles: completed the swap; feedback posted ; received from fatewineroses; CraftyMamaBee
Renstar: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from puzzled-penguin, P_E_S_T
rscowtown: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from gigglygirl, Smmarrt
seeuudee: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from Antidigger, P_E_S_T
Smmarrt: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from rscowtown
SonjaBoo: sent to Wulf, Acadian Driftwood; still crafting for herself; received from Acadian Driftwood, Wulf
wendiek: completed the swap; feedback posted
Wulf: completed the swap; feedback posted; received from SonjaBoo;
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 - Send-outs Monday, April 25 on: March 17, 2016 07:33:11 PM

Prayer Flag Swap ROUND 6
Gallery

Swap name: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 03/17/2016 to 03/26/2016
Date to send item by: 04/25/2016

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: N/A
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


It's been over a year since the last Prayer Flag Swap, so it's time for another round! If you don't know about prayer flags, this article from Cloth Paper Scissors

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqué, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqué letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.


To keep this an easy, low-stress swap, you can choose to send to either one or two partners. In addition, each of us is going to make an additional prayer flag for ourselves. So if you have one partner, you're going to make two flags and keep one, and if you have two partners, you're going to make three flags and keep one.

As usual, to sign up for this swap, complete this questionnaire and PM it to Wulf. But first, read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending to or from elsewhere in the world.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. If you haven't already posted in this thread, please do so as soon as you've signed up, and stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizer and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the flags you receive and the flag you made for yourself in the gallery. Remember to take pictures of what you make before you send it, just in case.
- HAVE FUN!

Some inspiration from previous swaps:
Prayer Flag Swap #5
Prayer Flag Swap #4
Prayer Flag Swap #3
Prayer Flag Swap #2
Prayer Flag Swap #1

The Prayer Flag Project blog.


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 (Date to send item by: Monday, April 25th)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:

Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Note that prayer flags can usually be sent in a small padded envelope, so international postage should be reasonable.)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

Do you want ONE partner or TWO partners?

1. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people and what are they?
2. Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as feathers, glitter or animal products)?
3. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
4.  Please list 4-6 different inspirational words you would like to see on your flag.
   1.
   2.
   3.
   4.
   5.
   6.
5.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
6.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
7.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
8.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
9.  Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or anything else that would give her/him an idea of your tastes and interests.


Participants:
 1. Wulf (Canada)
 2. Renstar (UK)
 3 gigglygirl (USA)
 4. rscowtown (USA)
 5. quaggy (USA)
 6. Acadian Driftwood (USA)
 7. abbeeroad (USA)
 8. P_E_S_T (UK)
 9. wendiek (Netherlands)
10.Smmarrt (USA)
11.alwaysinmyroom (USA)
12. PerfectlyBohemian (USA)
13. CraftyMamaBee (USA)
14. calliemae (Canada)
15. fatewineroses
16. Antidigger (UK)
17. redpopsicles (USA)
18. puzzled-penguin (UK)
19. craftylittlemonkey (Canada)
20. cmarion3 (USA)
21. SonjaBoo (USA)
22. loves2experiment (USA)
23. seeuudee (UK)

Partners:
Wulf: SonjaBoo
Smmarrt: rscowtown
wendiek: puzzled-penguin
Antidigger: seeuudee
loves2experiment: fatewineroses
craftylittlemonkey: calliemae
Renstar: P_E_S_T & puzzled-penguin
rscowtown: gigglygirl & Smmarrt
gigglygirl: rscowtown & alwaysinmyroom
quaggy: Abbeeroad & calliemae
alwaysinmyroom: gigglygirl & Abbeeroad
P_E_S_T: Renstar & seeuudee
Abbeeroad: alwaysinmyroom & quaggy
Acadian Driftwood: PerfectlyBohemian & SonjaBoo
calliemae: craftylittlemonkey & quaggy
CraftyMamaBee: redpopsicles & cmarion3
PerfectlyBohemian: Acadian Driftwood & cmarion3
fatewineroses: loves2experiment & redpopsicles
puzzled-penguin: Renstar & wendiek
redpopsicles: fatewineroses & CraftyMamaBee
cmarion3: PerfectlyBohemian & CraftyMamaBee
SonjaBoo: Wulf & Acadian Driftwood
seeuudee: P_E_S_T & Antidigger
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Carved Dodo Shelf on: February 20, 2016 07:23:17 PM


I decided I would make a carved wooden shelf for my partner ilovesnails in the Dodo Swap. The topic wasn't just the late bird itself but any other extinct creatures, and I'd originally thought of carving a prehistoric undersea scene, with trilobites, dinosaur-like fish and other extinct species. Looking around for images and ideas, I thought of the terracotta decorations designed by Alfred Waterhouse for the Museum of Natural History in London. I remembered there were some good prehistoric fish designs there, but when I got out the book I have on the museum, none of the fish were really what I was looking for. But I came across the bas-relief Waterhouse drew of a dodo, and decided that was what I had to do. It would certainly be easier than creating my own design from scratch, and it was a beautiful piece of work.

The size of the shelf was determined by a couple of 1-inch thick boards I had in my stash. They were of a very white, very even-grained wood (something like limewood), and I had scavenged them from a shipping crate. They had some nail-holes (stained with rust) and a few scars that I would have to work around, but there was just enough wood to glue up to make a shelf back about 18 in. (45 cm) wide, and a narrow trim around the shelf, which could be made of plywood.

I printed out Waterhouse's drawing at the size I needed, and traced the outline of the bird and the frame onto the board. Then I used an electric router to take away half the thickness everywhere except the bird and the outer moulding. This would save a lot of time in carving down the background to make the bird stand out.



Unfortunately I was being so careful not to slip and cut into the wood I intended to save, that I didn't notice that the depth of the router started to slip and it was suddenly going much too deep. Angry I had to go back and cut another piece of the wood (fortunately there were two small scraps left!) and carefully fit it in to replace the spoiled background area. Then, with the full drawing traced onto the two levels of wood, I could start carving.



I started by roughing out the dodo, which went quite quickly (whatever this wood is, it was lovely to carve). Then I began the much slower job of roughing in the background foliage.



The first step was to cut back all the depth behind and between the reeds. This was hard to do, because it was quite deep and the spaces were small. I used an X-Acto knife and my smallest carving gouges (even the micro chisels I usually only use for carving rubber stamps!) and worked away at it until I had it all at least crudely done. It would be easier to clean it up once the surrounding leaves had been carved back further.



From here on it was just a matter of painstakingly working my way up and down across the background, carving each leaf and stem so it was no longer parallel to the surface plane (this is the simplest trick to make bas relief look good - no flat planes) and to make them overlap each other in a way that gave the illusion of depth. Of course I only had about 3/8 in. (5 mm) of actual depth to work with, so it was a slow process to make sure I didn't carve a leaf too deep here when it would have to pass behind another one a little further up. I made a few blunders, of course, but I was able to correct them as I went along.



The nail holes turned out to be a constant nuisance, even though I thought I'd planned around them, and they kept popping up unexpectedly. Some I just couldn't carve out, and I had to use wood filler in them, which unfortunately does show on the finished surface if you look closely enough. Angry

Somewhere about this point the deadline to send our swap packages came and went, and I was still working. Yikes!



Finally I had it all shaped and could go back and and clean up the lowest areas that I hadn't been able to reach before. A magnifying glass was useful to catch spots where I'd missed something or where there were rough patches that needed to be smoothed over. But the dodo itself was still just roughed-in, so it had to be given a final shaping and the feathers (oh, so many feathers!) carved. A final check and a fine sanding (at least of the surfaces I could reach with sandpaper) and it was ready to attach to the shelf, which I'd already put together. Early on I'd imagined carving a frieze of ammonites (because of my partner's love of snails) around the edge, but in the end I settled on a very simple routed border instead. Much more sensible.



I used SamaN water-based stain, which took to the wood very well. I'd actually wanted a much more olive-green stain, but of course when I ran out to buy it, the local store didn't have it in stock and I had to settle for a kind of raw umber colour. But in the end I was quite happy with it, and though I intended to put on two coats of stain, it looked good with only one so I stopped there. A coat of semi-gloss water-based urethane sealed it after the stain was thoroughly dry.

While the project seemed to take forever to finish, and I ended up sending about a week and a half late Embarrassed, I enjoyed every minute of carving this. It was exactly the right combination of challenging and repetitive, and I was rather sad when I finished carving the last leaf. (Okay, I'll admit I didn't enjoy doing the feathers on the dodo much at all - that was more annoying than challenging.) It's finally made me eager to finish up a carved toilet seat that I started about two years ago!

Wulf
4  CANADA / Ontario / International meet-up in Hamilton, June 2016 on: January 02, 2016 04:49:20 PM
For anyone else who hasn't heard, there are firm plans afoot for a big meet-up of Craftsters from the US, Canada and abroad, the weekend of June 24. Hamilton, ON has been chosen as a suitably convenient site for both US and Canadian visitors. It ought to be A LOT of fun!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437866.0

Wulf
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dio de los Muertos shrine on: August 12, 2015 08:02:43 PM
I made this shrine for Monnie31 in last year's Witchy/Wiccan/Pagan Super Samhain Swap.



The box, if I remember correctly, started life as one of those wooden gift wine boxes. (They're great for shrines.) I cut the depth of the box in half, and then cut the front part into two halves to make the doors. I added shaped pieces to the top of each door and to the top of the remaining box, using thin plywood and cardboard. The base is another wooden box (origin unknown), with dividers set into the front and a drawer fitted into the side. I wanted the base of the shrine to protrude far enough forward to give room for setting shrine offerings on, and to make the whole thing stable.



I covered the shrine inside and out with scrapbook paper, and printed an image of guitar-playing skeletons onto some bright orange paper from the underside of an old board game (nothing goes to waste in my house!). I made the little frame at the top so Monnie can replace this stern princess with an ancestor of her own if she likes.



Inside, I have always loved those bride and groom skeletons, so I put them in their own little niches. (The doors are actually only a couple of centimeters deep, so I had to pare some off their backs to squeeze them in!) But they seem happy enough in spite of the cramped quarters:



The skellies and little skulls are Hallowe'en decorations stashed from previous years. The "stage" has velvet curtains and lots of draped and hanging ornaments, and another stand-in ancestor occupies the picture frame.



The niches in the base are filled with larger skulls, painted as traditional Mexican sugar skulls. These were fun to do.



The purpose of Dio de los Muertos shrines is to leave offerings of flowers, candles, food, etc. to the beloved dead, so I included a painted vase of tissue paper marigolds, a votive candle holder (which unfortunately didn't survive the shipping - my fault for sloppy packing) and a small, stone dish. There's also a little stand built into the front to burn stick incense in.



The offering accessories pack away in the interior and into this little drawer built into the side of the base.

This was a lot of fun to build, although it got complicated at times, as I was working on many parts of it simultaneously before it was all assembled.

Wulf
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 on: April 13, 2015 07:24:03 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56
GALLERY

     Partners in this swap were:

     cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
     Wulf ↔ edelC
     monnie31 ↔ frosty772
     LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
     myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
     Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining


Swap Status:
Still Crafting       Sent       Partner Received   Feedback Posted
cutelittledevil
holistic knitter
Wulf
EdelC
Monnie31Unable to complete swap.
frosty772
LA-Fairy
Ludi
myloveasdeep
spazgirl1981
Mamaneedles
whileitsraining



7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Beltane Merrymaking - WWP Swap 56 ( New Send out date April 27) on: March 22, 2015 07:14:14 PM

Beltane Merrymaking - WWP SWAP 56

GALLERY!

Oh, do not tell the priest our plight, or he would call it a sin,
But we've been out in the woods all night, a-conjuring summer in,
And we bring you good news by word of mouth, good news for cattle
      and corn
Now is the sun come up from the south, by Oak, and Ash, and
      Thorn.

— Rudyard Kipling

Swap name: Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 03/23/2015 - 04/01/2015
Date to send bone by: 04/27/2015 (changed)

Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
Swap Organizer himself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this unicorn zombie apocalypse has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If mailing within his/her country, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this sap: YES
- If outside the his/her country, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Beltane is the Celtic name for the ancient celebration held across Europe and America on the First of May, the day that falls half-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Like October 31, its opposite on the Wheel of the Year, this night was held to be a time when the separation was at its thinnest between our world and the Other World of fairies, spirits and the dead.

Traditionally in Britain and western Europe, young people took to the woods as night fell on April 31st, and celebrated with games, dancing, drinking and a degree of sexual freedom usually not allowed the rest of the year. They danced out again as the sun rose into the sky on May 1st, exhausted, ecstatic, and often, considerably more experienced. Flowers and branches of tree blossoms such as hawthorn were gathered and used to decorate homes and create the familiar May Pole for circle dances. Even after the Church had succeeded in damping down the more openly sexual aspects of the revels, May Day or Midsummer's Day continued to be celebrated throughout Britain and Europe with May poles, traditional dancing, masquerading, and odd rituals. May Day revels were even carried to the New World, in spite of the Puritans' attempts to stamp out such "heathenism."

Let's craft some merriment of our own for this year's Beltane revels!  What do you need to shake off the lethargy of the long winter we've all come through? How do you share your joy that Summer is finally on its way? This is a time for flower garlands, bright costumes and masks, music and dancing, celebratory food and drink, and everything that makes a wild party!


Come and join our Midsummer Madness! To participate in the swap, complete this questionnaire and send it by PM to the swap, Wulf.

Name of swap:Beltane Merrymaking WWP Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are you able and willing to post photos of the package you receive?
Do you understand that you must obtain a tracking number for your package if mailing within your country, or retain the mailing receipt if sending internationally?

How do you describe your current religion/spirituality/tradition/magical practice?
Do you consider yourself a newcomer or have you been on this path for a long time?
Are you out of the broom closet (do your friends/family know you are Wiccan/Pagan/whatever)?
Are there any gods, deities, spirits, saints etc. that are especially important to you?
Are you okay with tasteful nudity?
Do you have a Facebook page, Pinterest or other information to share with your partner?
Will you be doing anything to celebrate Beltane this year? Will you attend a festival or gathering?
Is there anything you would especially like to receive?
Is there anything you do NOT want?
Is there anything you wouldn't be willing to craft for because of your beliefs?
What kinds of crafts do you do?
Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? Are you okay with non-vegan materials like leather, feathers, etc.?
What allergens are in your environment?
Anything else you want to add?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the unicorn zombie apocalypse Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Links to some previous Beltane WWP Swaps:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432865.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422292.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406123.0

Midsummer swappers:

Wulf
monnie31
frosty772
Ludi
Mamaneedles
myloveasdeep
LA-fairy
edelC
holistic knitter
cutelittledevil
whileitsraining
spazgirl1981


Partners:
cutelittledevil ↔ holistic knitter
Wulf ↔ edelC
monnie31 ↔ frosty772
LA-fairy ↔ Ludi
myloveasdeep ↔ spazgirl1981
Mamaneedles ↔ whileitsraining
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Imbolc Garden Dreams Gallery- WWP Swap 55 (sendout Jan. 24) on: January 17, 2015 08:32:23 AM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55

GALLERY

Partners:
monnie31 ↔ Ludi
emilywilde → Wulf → holistic knitter → emilywilde


Swap Status:
Still CraftingSent       Partner Received   Feedback Posted
Wulf
monnie31
Ludi
emilywilde
holistic knitter

  Post your Winter Garden Dreams here!  
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap 55 (Signup thru Jan. 2; sendout Jan. 24)) on: December 26, 2014 05:13:37 PM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55


Gallery
Swap name: Imbolc Garden Dreams
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 12/25/2014 - 01/02/2015
Date to send item by: 01/24/2015

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


A magical gardening and herb swap in the depths of Winter? Why not? This is where our gardens begin: under the snow, in the seeds that lie sleeping til the warm sun calls them to life; in the seed catalogues that have already begun arriving in the mail; in the plans and sketches we've started making for the perfect garden we'll have this Summer; in the intentions we set now, like seeds planted in the rich soil of our imaginations. This is when gardens begin - Imbolc is a festival of birth and new beginnings, when the sun begins its climb back toward the midsummer sky. In many parts of North America and Europe, it's already time to start seedlings indoors for planting after Beltane. So it's the perfect time for a gardening swap - if we wait til Spring it's too late!

As in the Summer and Autumn, we can swap seeds, dried herbs, tinctures and preserves from last year's garden. To help our partners plan their gardens, there are gardening tips, plans, drawings, charts and calendars. In anticipation of the harvest to come, we can share recipes, spells and herb lore. And to brighten up the stark midwinter, we can craft garden signs, plant markers, gnomes and fairies, birdhouses and everything else that will go into the garden once the snow has gone. Plus, of course, there are lots of great extras that can be added, such as seed packets, catalogues, books, magazines, stickers, etc.

To join this swap, PM this questionnaire to the organizer, Wulf:

Name of swap:Imbolc Garden Dreams
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are you able and willing to post photos of the package you receive?

How do you describe your current religion/spirituality/tradition/magical practice?
Do you consider yourself a newcomer or have you been on this path for a long time?
Are you out of the broom closet (do your friends/family know you are Wiccan/Pagan/whatever)?
Are there any gods, deities, spirits, saints etc. that are especially important to you?
Are you okay with tasteful nudity in art (depictions of the God and Goddess, etc.)?

Are you planning a garden for this summer? If so, describe for your partner the garden you hope to have. Are you new to this, or an experienced gardener? If you aren't planning a garden for this year, how do you hope this swap will help build the garden of your dreams?

If you already know what herbs, vegetables or flowers you plan to have in your garden, list as many as possible for your partner.

Will your garden be for one primary purpose (medicinal herbs, magical herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.) or will it be eclectic?

List a few of your favourite plants/herbs/flowers.

Will your garden have to be save for children (ie no poisonous plants)?

Are there any particular extras that you'd like to have?
Is there anything you do NOT want?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, etc?
Would you be willing to learn about and craft for someone else's traditions that may be different from your own?
Is there anything you wouldn't be willing to craft for because of your beliefs?
Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? Are you okay with leather, feathers and other non-vegan materials?
What allergens are in your environment?

Is there anything else you want your partner to know about your garden plans?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Garden dreamers:

Wulf (Canada)
monnie31 (Canada)
Ludi (USA)
emilywilde (USA)
holistic knitter (Wales)


Partners:

monnie31 ↔ Ludi
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Diamond Dye Rug Book 1899 on: July 25, 2014 06:38:28 PM
I bought this lovely little booklet yesterday at a used bookstore (for $2!). It's a catalogue of hooked rug patterns from the Diamond Dye Company in Montreal, dated 1899. The book is in astoundingly good condition for 115 years old - it could be brand new, except that the paper is a bit yellowed.

"The colored plates shown on outside and inside covers and throughout this book are the richest and most novel designs for Rugs and Mats ever placed before the ladies of Canada. The designs for working up are on a special quality of Hessian  manufactured for us in Scotland. These Hessian designs are artistically colored, corresponding with the plates in this book, and are ready for hooking." (Hessian is what we would call burlap today.)

I thought I'd share these great Victorian images. They seem quintessentially Canadian, and not only because of the snowshoes and toboggan designs!

















If anyone wants to use one of these designs for a craft project, contact me and I'll send you a higher-quality scan.

Wulf
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