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131  Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 31, 2012 06:06:36 PM
Have you noticed that pairs of partners have been receiving at the same time? That's so cool!

Glad you liked the harvest basket. The wood came courtesy of my boss - the cedar was scrap he had left over from building a new deck, and the oak branch was one I kept after helping him prune a tree last fall. (Never throw anything out.) Wink Those beans look like a good start to your harvest! There was also another loose stone in the package - did you find it?

Here's the great package I received in return:



First, this excellent personalized Lammas card and the warm fleecy nightcap I'd strongly hinted about. It's a bit large even for my oversize head, but that's so much better than too small, which is the kind of hats I usually get! It'll be easy to make it a bit smaller, but I don't think I'll alter it until I've worn it one night. Large might turn out to be the right size!.



And this extraordinary shirt! Complicated neckline and lace-up cuffs, sleeve gussets, gores for added fullness at the waist - it would've been quite a challenge to sew from a full-size pattern - it's hard to imagine you just drafted it from a tutorial! (It's quite a good fit, by the way.) Sorry about the dull indoor photo - I was planning to do it outside this afternoon, but a thunderstorm got in the way. Angry


Look how great the sleeves are!

But that's not all! Cheesy



The extras included a beautifully-scented jar candle, a pot of deliciously citrus-y lip balm (it's hard to imagine needing that in this muggy heat, but it'll be much appreciated in a few months!), a bottle of essential oil insect repellent (that I can certainly use right away!) and four perfectly-matched pieces of beach glass from Lake Erie. (I especially love beach glass, which you must have somehow intuited.)

And best of all - a lifetime supply of shaving soap! There's a background story here: HG and I were partners in a swap a year or more ago, and she sent me three pieces of shaving soap. Unlike so many homemade soaps it lasts forever - I still have one piece left from the original swap! I mentioned that it was my favourite shaving soap ever, so she sent the rest of the batch!

Thanks for all this great stuff. I hope it was fun to make - it certainly was to receive!

Wulf
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132  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 28, 2012 09:56:28 AM
I received my first flag yesterday, and it didn't take too long coming from Britain. Of course Phizzychick sent super-early, which helped a lot.



Look at how great this is! It includes not only one of the words from my list   but several of my other favourite textile things - vintage lace, linen, random stitching, etc.


Here's a detail to show the layers and the stitching.


And almost as good as the flag itself is this piece of printed card that Phizzy attached the flag to so it would stay flat in the envelope. Not a forbidden extra, of course, just packing material! Wink

Thanks for this!

Wulf
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133  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 20, 2012 12:42:36 PM
Finally got my last stamp, from Sheeshakaye!



It's a double-sided stamp carved on a jumbo pink eraser, with two different wonky gears on each side. One is even monogrammed!

Wulf
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134  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 06, 2012 11:15:10 AM
Just got a great package from chibilightangel, all covered with postage stamps of the Calgary Stampede and Franklin the Turtle. As I was opening it I thought "These are the best-smelling rubber stamps ever!" But it turned out not to be the stamps I could smell.



She included a lovely bar of home-made soap! And two great stamps, which look eerily familiar. Now, I don't think I put "Celtic knotwork" or "monograms" on my topics list, so it's just freakily cool that chibilightangel and Elyxandra both sent me one of each.

Thanks for these lovelies!

Only one more left to arrive.  Sad

Wulf
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135  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 05, 2012 01:45:22 PM
I received from Elyxandra today! Five great stamps - I'm glad the one I sent her was big or I would have felt like a slacker!



I especially love the sun/moon with the zodiac, and the bird. They all have that lovely free style that makes them so much more interesting than most commercially-made ones. 

Thanks, Elyxandra!

Wulf
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136  WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: July 01, 2012 07:46:49 PM

Swap name: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: July 1 to July 7, 2012
Date to send item by: July 24, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? Swap participants must be 18 years old or have moderator approval.

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: 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 18 years old: YES


Lammas Bounty Swap
link to Gallery

The beginning of August marks the middle of Summer. The sun is at its hottest, but the days are getting noticeably shorter and winter is making its presence felt on the horizon. Lammas, Lughnassad or Lugh is one of the ancient cross-quarter festivals of Celtic Europe, honouring the first harvest, of grain, vegetables and early fruits. In the southern hemisphere, Winter is turning the corner at Imbolc and the promise of Spring is finally before us.

Let's have a swap to celebrate the glory of summer, the beauty of the Sun God and the bounty of the Goddess. This will be a mid-sized swap, consisting of one medium or two small handcrafted items, and whatever extras you and your partner want to exchange.

Some information on the Sabbat: http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/lammas.htm
Previous Lammas swaps: 2011, 2010, 2009

To participate, complete this questionnaire, and PM it to the organizer, Wulf.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What is your philosophy/religion/branch/etc.?

What deity/deities/etc. is/are special to you?

Are you out of the broom closet? (Do your friends and/or family know you are Pagan?)

Are you ok with tasteful nudity?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, herbs, etc?

Are you attending any Pagan festivals or outdoor rituals this summer? Will you be camping?  Are you growing and or harvesting crops this summer? Would you like something to assist in this? Anything else you would like to receive?

Is there anything you do NOT want?

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?

What kinds of crafts do you do?

Do you have any allergies or aversions to anything? What are they?

What allergens are in your environment?

Please list the names of your last three WWP swap partners if applicable.

Anything else you want to add?

Partners:
Radmom <--> Rosie1981
Wulf <--> hawkeyes_girl
emilywilde <--> thesillyseemstress
Sabertooth Pixie <--> LA-fairy
Spidersweb <--> whileitsraining

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137  Re: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 28, 2012 07:48:48 PM
Honey-lavender biscotti! Shocked That sounds amazing!

I received a great envelope from momof2! today.



She sent me a nice note with a list of great things about midsummer, with an item associated with each of them:

1. Reading - a very sunny laminated bookmark.

2. Peach ice cream - the recipe included. It sounds delicious, and I recently bought one of those ball ice-cream freezers at a yard sale and have been meaning to try it out. I think the time has come, although our peach crop here is apparently non-existent this year, so it'll have to be imported ones.

3. Picking wild blackberries - a photo of the actual bushes

4. Planting winter greens: handmade seed disks with turnip greens and marigolds (to keep bugs away). This is absolutely brilliant! I'll have to find a spot to plant them - the problem in my garden isn't insects, it's slugs, and I think they'll just laugh at the marigolds. Tongue Maybe in a pot is safer.

Thanks so much for this - I hope you enjoyed your first Wiccan/Witchy/Pagan Swap!

Wulf
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138  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 15, 2012 07:51:49 PM
I received my first stamp this afternoon, from IdlersDesign. Actually it's two stamps:



One is a tribal tattoo-style wolf (very cool!) and I'm not exactly sure what the other is, whether it's an abstract design or if I'm just not seeing it, but it's equally cool. I like the thick, yellow rubber they're carved from - it's very heavy.


Here's the print of both stamps.


In addition, she included a dozen stickers printed with other stamps. I didn't get them all into one photo, but here are a few of them. These are really creative!

Thanks, Christina!

Wulf
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139  WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - sign-ups closed - send 06-20-2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: June 09, 2012 01:45:19 PM


Swap name: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: June 9 to June 16, 2012
Date to send item by: June 20, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? Swap participants must be 18 years old or have moderator approval.

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: 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 18 years old: YES


A Midsummer Night's Envelope Swap
Gallery

One of the most ancient seasonal festivals is the Summer Solstice, celebrated around the world as Midsummer, Litha, St. John's Day, Alban Heruin, Ukon juhla, Festa Junina, Ivan Kupala Day, and by many other names. The astronomical solstice is June 21st, but June 24h is the traditional date in many places.

Let's celebrate this longest, brightest day of the year with a fun, quick envelope chain swap. Put something honouring the season into an envelope and send it to someone else. It's as simple as that. It can be a card, photo, ATC, recipe, spell, ritual, poem, drawing, or anything else, as long as it fits into a letter-size envelope at the letter postal rate. You can include more than one item, but at least one must be hand-crafted. But however much you put in that envelope, it must not require extra postage!

This is a chain swap - each participant will send to a different person, rather than in pairs. Since what you send is about what the Summer Solstice means to YOU, you don't need to wait until you know who your partner is to begin crafting. I'll PM you with your partner's info on the 16th, and you will need to send by the 20th of June. As this is an envelope-sized paper swap, no delivery confirmation number is required, but if your envelope goes missing, you must be prepared to send a replacement.

To participate in this fun, quick swap for Pagans, Witches and their friends, PM me with this questionnaire. If you aren't sure if you qualify to participate in a swap, or you need to review the rules, read http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html. Remember to PM me with your info rather than posting it in this thread.


Name of swap: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):



Participants:
 1. Wulf
 2. deathbeforedishes
 3. Witchhippie
 4. jennden
 5. LA-Fairy
 6. emilywilde
 7. Radmom
 8. Sabertooth Pixie
 9. monnie31
10. hawkeyes_girl
11. Rosie1981
12. cackle
13. Vecrutzi
14. dreadlady
15. edelC
16. Quasior
17. trisarose
18. mandykaye
19. spookygrrrly
20. whileitsraining
21. Eiseldora
21. Momof2!

Partners:

Wulf -->  Eiseldora
Eiseldora -->  deathbeforedishes
deathbeforedishes  witchhippie
witchhippie -->  jennden
jennden -->  Radmom
Radmom -->  emilywilde
emilywilde -->  LA-Fairy
LA-Fairy -->  cackle
cackle -->  Monnie31
Monnie31 -->  Rosie1981
Rosie1981 -->  Quasior
Quasior -->  hawkeyes_girl
hawkeyes_girl -->  EdelC
EdelC -->  dreadlady
dreadlady -->  trisarose
trisarose -->  whileitsraining
whileitsraining -->  Spookygrrrly
Spookygrrrly -->  mandykaye
mandykaye -->  Momof2!
Momof2!  --> Wulf
Vecrutzi  <-> Sabertooth Pixie
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140  Re: Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 09, 2012 12:14:16 PM
My photo skills must be out of whack because there is a wee little cauldron out front of that tiny little house that's difficult to make out in this shot.

If it's so small that you, the queen of tiny houses, can't take a photo of it, it must be microscopic indeed! KC, you have to tell us what the trees are made of - I can't figure it out.

I've just been catching up on ten treasure-packed days of Gallery-viewing, and I'm a little bit shaken. I thought Microjivvy's moon-torturing tree was going to keep me up at night, but now Suereal's cave-bear horror has driven out that and every other nightmare, to claim my sleepless nights all for itself. Yikes! Even all the other funny, charming, pleasantly weird ones can't undo that. And there are many absolute marvels here, as I knew there would be.

And speaking of absolute marvels, I came home to a little box from Cackle. And wow. Just wow. Look at what was inside:


It's Baba Yaga's hut! One of the things Cackle and I share is a love of Baba Yaga, the Russian witch-goddess who lives deep in the forest in a house on hen's feet. (You can't sneak up on her, because no matter which way you approach from, the house always turns to face you.) In the stories it's surrounded by a garden fence made of the bones and skulls of her victims, represented here by the skull drawer pull.


Look at those wonderful chicken feet! Can you believe she sculpted them from polymer clay? And it's so perfectly balanced that it stands upright even with the drawer open!

And what's in that drawer, you ask?

The bones of her previous visitors, of course!


Photos don't really indicate the wee scale of this, either. Look at the tiny wooden window - about half the width of a sugar-cube! The matchbox itself is the smallest I've ever seen - only an inch wide!

Thank you, Cackle! I think I may have to build a special shelf to hold this tiny treasure!

Wulf
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