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131  Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 24, 2010 10:05:17 AM
Oh my! I've just got my ASTOUNDING package from Ffrogg, who absurdly apologized for how little she'd sent!  Shocked

Okay, here's the stocking, with beautifully embroidered writing. (How long did THAT take?!) And a tub of jennieingram's Christmas Crack. (I was just looking at the recipe this morning and thinking how delicious it sounded!)  And finally, a wonderful Advent calendar garland with little felt pouches for each of the days. December 21 and 25 are in gold, as I celebrate both Yule and Christmas!

Here's the Christmas Crack again (already disappearing) with the LED fibre-optic bow turned on Cheesy But it turns out that the lettering on the stocking was the back, and the front is even MORE spectacular! But what's inside? Not tiny treats or candy sweets, but a lovely string of imported fabric birds, and a toque (that's a knitted cap to non-Canadians) Cheesy I'd told Ffrogg that I hadn't been able to find a simple black wool watch cap, and she knitted what is arguably the best toque I've ever seen.

Look how intricate the top is! And all done in a lovely, soft wool.

Does it fit? Here's proof! (Sorry about the blurry photo. I was taking it at arm's length and kept missing my head Cheesy. By the time I got this shot the camera's battery was dying and it was the best I could do!)

The only other thing in the stocking was a couple empty boxes from Christmas puzzles. "Hmmm," I thought. "She must've put those in as filler or stiffening." No, of course not. Turns out the puzzle pieces are scattered through the 12 Day of Christmas in the Advent pockets! I can hardly wait to see what the other little treats are inside each. (Look how beautifully made they are, with the number embroidered on each pouch in silver cord, and little Velcro tabs to keep them closed.) The best thing about getting an Advent calendar right at Christmas is that you don't have to wait to open any of the days! And next year I can fill it up again and enjoy it all over again. (Maybe I should fill it early in the year so I'll have forgotten what's inside by December.)

Thanks for the most amazing, splendid package. Grin  I can't believe how much work you put into this. No wonder the last few weeks before your holidays were so stressful!

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132  Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 01, 2010 07:05:26 PM
Okay, here we go. The envelope I got from AlteredMommy was WA-A-AY over-size and stuffed so full of paper ephemera, bits and pieces and other stuff I don't know where to begin. She totally spoiled me with exactly the kind of stuff I love!

First, there's a lovely big reproduction of a favourite page from the Trs Riche Heures du Duc du Berry; a book page with an engraving of two very grave little boys and a dog (and a poem by George MacDonald on the other side); two more book pages in Russian; a Lemony Snicket card (trading? divination?); a cut-out key; a milk cap; a slice of deer antler; some cigarette trading stamps; and some reproductions of a matchbox label. And then...

A sheet of Arabic (Turkish?) newspaper; two art reproductions with Japanese captions; two playing card game pieces; a bottlecap magnet with a tiny picture of penguin; what appear to be two large contact lenses but which are probably tiny watch crystals; some clock hands with scrapbooking rivets; various bits of rusted metal including a flat key; two strips of copper strapping; prints of clock and compass dials in different sizes; more book pages in German and Spanish; an old Russian newspaper clipping; and my favourite of all, an inexplicable hand-painted sign that says "Laval Q LQ". And then...

A page from a speller; two pieces of scrapbooking paper with a ruler design; a wonderful illustration of a bullfrog from a Russian book; two tokens, some fasteners and a tiny watch-face button; a 35mm slide of a goat; an old postcard of a Russian palace; a vocabulary flash card that says "portend" (another favourite); a long strip of printed label that says "Lord Robert de Luxe" (from a cigar box, perhaps); two bingo cards; and some 'cigarette cards' (these are actually from tea packages) showing trees, orchids and fighter planes. There were also a Russian banknote and three or four old stamps, but I made the mistake of showing them to my partner Ian and never saw them again. But wait, the envelope isn't empty yet...

There's a reproduction New Jersey banknote; two early 20th c. cheques; a lovely piece of collaged paper; a piece of beautifully soft deer hide; and inside yet another envelope, a card and a Steampunky ATC. But that's still not all, because inside the card there's...

Two more ATC's, the right-hand one of which is one of the best I have ever had. The photo doesn't begin to show its textury goodness.

Whew! I have a lot of work I really need to get done tonight but I think instead I'm just going to go fondle all my new stuff.


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133  Re: Harvest Time Healing Samhain card Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 31, 2010 07:09:54 PM

I had to wait til this afternoon for the sun to come out bright enough to get a good picture. After I came inside and downloaded the photos I realized Monnie's card was almost invisble against the oak leaves behind it. So I went out to re-shoot it, but I found it was now snowing heavily. Shocked Yes, really.

The one on the bottom left is from Polkadotts and it's very dear to my own heart, for obvious reasons!

Thanks everyone (Including Saturn, whose card hasn't arrived yet) for the great cards, the wonderful spells and poems, and the stones, teas, crocheted leaf, Halloween confetti and so much more!

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134  Re: Head Start Art Journal Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 02, 2010 08:10:36 PM
Okay, so this afternoon I got to meet up with my partner in person, because she lives just across town from me, and it's our organizer -zoma- herself! After commenting earlier in the week about how totally different everyone's interpretations were, -zoma- and I made each other journals that were remarkably the same! (The background material, by the way, is the luxurious handmade purple paper my book came wrapped in!)

She re-used the cover of a book called "Around Toronto", adding some Steampunky gears to the front.

Not only the cover was recycled, but many of the pages of illustrations by John Richmond have been bound back in, amid pages of many different kinds of blank paper, from thick watercolour to brown kraft paper. The title page even incorporates a drawing of the monument from the old War of 1812 burial ground on Portland St., which is one of my favourite secret spots in the city! There are two ribbon bookmarks with clock hands as finials.

There are some pages that just have one quirky image on the whole page:

Some incorporate the original book illustrations, like this poem:

Some pages have small ghostly bits of text or drawing, like this:

There are both large two-page backgrounds

and single pages with very specific places for writing. (This is one I particularly love.)

Faint images of machinery appear on many pages. There are also random photos, texts, poems, a wonderful "found poem" from a children's language workbook and lots of other stuff.

Finally we both ended our journals with envelopes inside the back cover, for collecting bits and pieces for future use. I did one large envelope across the back endpaper, and -zoma- put three into my book.

Thank you so much for this! It's so much like me, it's hard to believe we'd never met before today!


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135  Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: September 03, 2010 05:50:57 PM
Wow! What a lot of great stuff already! All the jewelry is great, but I especially like the oak leaf and acorn. You can almost smell that potpourri through the screen.

And speaking of smelling, I finally opened my package from Monnie31. It actually came at the beginning of the week, but I stayed away from it til I got hers sent yesterday.

For a first time swapper, Monnie, you've already figured out what kind of stuff we like here in WWP Land! Some of it didn't survive the shipping, and it's always a steep learning curve to find out how much packing is really required, but there was so much packed into that tiny box that it hardly matters.

Okay, first off here's the stuff that came through okay:

There's a lovely piece of amethyst (a favourite of mine) in a silver wire cage, some dried mugwort and a piece of mugwort root (which Monnie suggested I try to plant), and two pieces of her fabulous soap. These two are lavender and rosemary lime. Of course they smell great, but they're not over-perfumed! So many soaps are great at a distance but if you touch them you can't wash the smell off, but these are just perfect! I can hardly wait to try them out.

Here's a close-up shot of the amethyst.

There were two unfired clay objects that just didn't survive the rigors of shipping, a horned disk and a small offering bowl. Sad to see them in little pieces. Maybe I'll reconstitute the clay and make it into something new.

I had told Monnie about the big harvest festival I go to in October, which always culminates in the burning of the Corn King. I suggested she send something to put into the fire with him, to carry a wish or prayer into the New Year.

She made this very sweet pair of corn husk dollies. Monnie tied her petition to the woman and left the man for me. But they must not have been quite dry enough, and packed into a small box with fresh soap was just too moist for them, and let's just say that the dollies had rather come to life by the time they arrived! This is the photo Monnie took before sending, which is how they would want you to see them.

So what I'm going to do is simply re-create them with fresh corn husks, reattach the wishes, and they can go off to their dance with the Corn King looking their best.

Thanks for being such an attentive and creative swap partner, Monnie, and I hope you'll be back for many, many more! Hopefully by the time Hurricane Earl has passed and you climb back out of the storm cellar, your package will have arrived!
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136  Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 25, 2010 05:17:19 PM
Okay I'm finally posting the great stuff I got from Saturn on Monday. I tried to get another, better action shot of me wearing it, but it looks like this is as good as it gets.

This great vest is appliqued with glittery fabric and trimmed with metallic gold sari fabric. The traditional shisha mirrors are hand-sewn on. Saturn was a bit worried about her shisha sewing, but those babies aren't ever coming off! You totally can't see in the photo but the sash (extra long - thank you!!) has lovely heavy fringe at the end.

Saturn also sent this great necklace made from a Pakistani coin and some very authentic silver findings and tiny brass bells. Now, I don't wear necklaces very much anymore, not because I don't like them, but because my beard makes it rather pointless. I'm wearing it in the photo above -- can you tell? You see my point. But I like it too much to not wear it.

I immediately recognized where I could wear it to much better effect: as a hat-band. My old felt hat has needed dressing up for a long time, and I think this may be exactly what's required:

Thanks so much, Saturn. I love all this, and can hardly wait to manufacture an occasion to wear the vest and sash.


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137  Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Wulf on: August 06, 2010 07:00:58 PM
The only useful book I can find at the moment is "Making Clothes in Leather" by Ben and Elizabeth Morris. It has some good suede hats in it. Date is 1975, so a bit late and fashionable, but still fairly characteristic.

There are patterns and instructions for these two. I can scan them and send them to you if they'd be useful, though I think you probably don't have time before the festival.

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138  Re: WWP Lammas/Lugh Swap Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 03, 2010 05:42:27 PM
Received a nice-smelling package from Hawkeyes_Girl today. We were both starting to get worried about it, as it's been a couple of weeks getting here. But so worth the wait!

Clockwise from upper right, there are:
  • Five (5!) cakes of shaving soap, scented with cypress oil. (I'd gone on in rather a lot of detail about the problem I had finding suitable shaving soap, and she's come to my rescue! Five cakes should last for several years, and they fit my shaving mug exactly!)
  • A pot of matching cypress-oil deodorant (what made the package smell so good).
  • A laminated print of Lugh with a beautiful invocation printed on the back. To give me inspiration, which I think he will.
  • A handmade rubber stamp of an oak leaf; an added gift for my partner Ian. He loves it. Close-up photo below.
  • A little sign, embroidered on plastic canvas, that says "Goddess on Duty". Kind of an inside joke, but it's what I listed as my specific deity. I think it will get permanent altar placement! Close-up photo below.
  • The only purchased (but still handcrafted!) bonus item, a lovely leather pouch. "I figured you'd like it" she said, and she was so right. Close-up photo below.
  • A package of popcorn with herbal seasoning. Came too late to pop on Lammas, but it'll be just as tasty next weekend!
  • And finally, the lovely cloth they're all sitting on, meant for the portable altar I'm building but I think it'll be well used for lots of things because I like it too much to put away. You can see it well in the pouch photo.

Thanks for all that great stuff!:D 

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139  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 02, 2010 03:27:30 PM

I received my Steampunky waistcoat from thatbluesea today!! The colours are absolutely dead-on perfect, and it's made almost entirely of very properly waistcoaty woolens, with a few bits of black cheesecloth thrown in to make you take notice. (I love dyed cheesecloth, as thatbluesea will see when she gets her package!) There's also a few bits of black and white ribbon, camouflage cloth, etc.

Here's a better picture of the front. (I've just realized I didn't take a proper picture of the back).

And some of the details. Two of the buttons are lovely vintage, but the third one is actually a West German 10 pfennig coin! (Is that my favourite bit? Probably, though it's hard to choose.) Most of the back is actually made of up strips and bits woven together. The wheel emblem that looks like it was cut off the front of a school blazer is actually hand embroidered on!

As feared, it is a bit tight, but not too tight, and perfectly fine if worn unbuttoned. So I probably won't have to do more than move the buttons to the other side. The whole "men button left over right, women right over left" thing makes my head hurt every time. I always have to mime buttoning something up to make sure it's the right way around, and of course if it's a woman's garment, I have to somehow reverse that, which is so confusing... So don't feel at all bad about getting it wrong way round! And it's easily fixed. I'll also move the pocket down to accommodate my watch chain. (We had a bit of a discussion about this, but I never did clarify where it ought to go. Sorry!)

Anyhow, I love it Cheesy and I love the fact that our interpretations of Gibbous style are so similar. It bodes well for thatbluesea liking what I've made her!


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140  Re: Potholder Swap Gallery ~ Sendouts 6/30 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 30, 2010 05:32:05 PM
Okay I finally opened the package from JennieIngram that arrived last week. (I was keeping it as incentive to get mine in the mail.) Wow!

I saw the set of Steampunk potholders that Jennie posted the other day and thought "I wish those were mine."  And I guess the potholder fairies were listening, because THEY ARE! Not the exact same ones, but ones just as cool!

Front and back of the great Steampunk oven mitts.

Front and back of the Steampunk/Celtic/Pirate potholder (a bonus!)

And two more bonuses: a life-changingly cool bookmark and a tin box of bottlecap Steampunk magnets.

Thanks, Jennie! I hope you like the two I've sent you half as much as I like these. (No bonuses, though. Sorry.)


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