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41  Re: Gathered Roots - Round 5 (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 7/3/13) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: May 20, 2013 03:12:13 PM
Finally got my herb garden renovated. Just finished setting the last of the flagstones this morning.



I was able to do it all with landscaping materials I had around the property. The circular planter - which is about 2 m (6 ft.) in diameter - and some of the outer beds are made from retaining-wall blocks that have been sitting beside our garage for four years. The paving stones are leftovers from when we first landscaped our yard. We somehow bought way more than we needed, and the excess ones have been stacked in corners and serving various other landscaping purposes for the past 25 years. I didn't quite have enough, so I had to steal about 6 stones from a part of the original path that's no longer used. There weren't enough retaining wall blocks to edge all the side beds either (some did actually get built into a wall, and I didn't want to steal from it!), but I have another stash of stones at our acreage that I'll bring home to finish the job with.

I'm hoping that this will help keep the slugs at bay. They've always been a scourge in any garden I've planted in the back yard. We originally had grass in this area at the very bottom of the yard behind the garage, but the trees grew up too high and it became too shaded for grass. Then about ten years ago I made the mistake of planting some ivy to grow up the back of the garage, and it completely took over:


Last year a huge tree from the neighbour's yard was removed, so I think there's once again enough sun back there to support something other than ivy and slugs. It took a couple of days last month to dig up all the ivy, and I was still finding roots I'd missed as I was laying the stones. But I think I got it all now.

I'm experimenting with a new style of plant marker. In my original herb garden I'd carved the names on little wooden stakes, but they rotted off at ground level in a couple of years. Then I bought some little wire and lead markers, but they weren't very visible, and for some reason the lead often fell off the supports over the winter.



So I'm trying wooden tags (recycled from an old Venetian blind) hung from wire supports. I've painted the names on with enamel paint, which I hope will survive the sun and frost for at least a few more years.

I've planted all the herbs I bought earlier this month, didn't have to move any of the existing ones (which are showing their happiness at being rid of the encroaching ivy), and still have room for some more. And if it gets crowded in the beds, or if the slugs get too bad, things can go in pots around the sides of the paving.

Wulf
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42  Re: Book of Shadows Swap Round 3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: May 20, 2013 05:32:25 AM


I've been staining book pages with tea. I started doing this in the basement, but the humidity in the house shot up to about 100%, so I moved them outdoors to dry!

Wuf
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43  Re: Shrine Swap - Sign ups CLOSED Send by 06/21/13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: May 14, 2013 05:12:33 PM
One shrine finished, and my package of tiny hinges for #2 arrived today. But I think they're actually too small to use for this. Or for anything I can imagine ever making.



The brass pins for attaching them are so small they're almost invisible.

Wulf
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44  Book of Shadows Swap Round 3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: May 05, 2013 01:53:30 PM
Swap name: Book of Shadows Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 05/05/2013 - 12/05/2013
Date to send item by: 17/06/2013 21/06/2013

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 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



Book of Shadows Swap - Round 3!
Send by Monday, June 17 Friday, June 21
Gallery

Many of us who follow a path of Wiccan or Pagan path keep a Book of Shadows - a personal compilation of spells, charms, recipes, instructions and other witchy information. If you already have a Book of Shadows and want to add to it, or you have been meaning to start one, this swap is for you!


This will be a swap for one large item and some small extras. The large can be a hand-bound blank book or binder if your partner doesn't have a book yet, or a set of completed and decorated pages that your partner can add to an existing book. Extras (which everyone always likes!) can include things like rubber stamps, stencils, blank paper, pens, ink, pressed leaves and flowers, bookplates, ephemera or anything else you think would enhance your partners book. Packages can be kept thin, so postage need not be problematic even overseas. This is a chance to learn from others and share what you know, so first-time swappers and newcomers to the path are welcome!

Matching your partner's style and needs is an important part of this swap, so communication is an essential requirement throughout. As well, you should be willing to post in the swap thread at least once a week to keep in touch. Remember that you are creating something that your partner will probably keep for years to come, so this is a chance to show off your best work.

Send this questionnaire to Wulf to join:

Name of swap: Book of Shadows Round 3
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.)?

Do you already have a Book of Shadows? If so, describe it (page size, binding type, style, etc.):
If not, do you want to start with a blank book that you can write in, loose blank pages, or finished pages of material you can add to your book later?
Do you want your BoS to be wide-ranging, or to focus on one particular thing, such as herbs, astrology, spellcraft, deities, etc.? Do you have a specific set of pages that you'd like to have? Is there a certain style that you like or dislike?
Are there any particular extras that you'd like to have?
Is there anything you do NOT want?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, herbs, 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?

Can you do bookbinding, or would you like to stick to creating loose pages?
What kind of art media do you like to work in? (painting, drawing, digital, calligraphy, collage, etc.) What kinds of art do you NOT do?

Anything else you would like your partner to know about yourself and your Book of Shadows?

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.

Participating in this swap:
Wulf
Icekibby
mandykaye
LA-Fairy
spazgirl1981
whileitsraining
Eclectic Dreamer
dharma_rebel
Monnie31
Sabertooth Pixie

Partners:

Wulf <--> Eclectic Dreamer
icekibby <--> Sabertooth Pixie
Mandykaye <--> dharma_rebel
La-Fairy <--> Spazgirl1981
whileitsraining <--> Monnie31
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45  Re: WWP 43 - All Around the Maypole - Beltane Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 02, 2013 04:21:40 PM
I've already received my package from whileitsraining! It didn't quite make it for Beltane, but very close!

First off, the extras:


Three pendants, with a spool of extra thong for wearing them. I especially love the blue marble clutched by fierce-looking talons:


Then in the same psychedelic green pouch, this incredible altar cloth. (The colours are the "maypole" theme, it seems.)


It not only contains a rainbow of fun fabrics, but is virtually a sample-book of cool trims:



Nothing says "Bringin' in the May" like giant rickrack and red tiger print! I get a bit giddy just looking at this! Grin

And finally, in its own little pouch:


This lovely wooden Green Man dish is apparently the last-minute replacement for the "real" piece which refused to stop being sticky. I love it - a classic case of the second time being the charm!

Thanks for all of this, Ani - it's a wonderful haul, and I'm going to put the cloth and dish to good use right away.

Wulf
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46  Re: Completely Ghastly Edward Gorey Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 16, 2013 05:20:39 PM
Wow! What great stuff (of course)! I love the charms on the bracelet, and the two little girls with their cut-outs.

I received from Missing Willow last week, but I hadn't sent to her yet, so I was resolved not to open the package til I did. Well, I was pretty much finished then I had Another Brilliant Idea, so rather than wait and be late, I sent my original package and am hoping to finish up the ABI tonight so it can get into the mail tomorrow as a bonus.

But I just couldn't wait a day longer, so I opened my package anyway. Wheee!
Here's the whole lot:


The two dish towels:

I hooted with laughter when I saw these (you'll find out why when you get your package, Connie.) Wink According to the accompanying note, the embroidery machine is a new and barely-explored thing, but you wouldn't know it from this brilliantly done pair. (For those who don't know, our cottage is a Mongolian yurt, and we have a mouse problem there.) These are now the yurt dish towels, of course.



Another Gorey-esque item: the biggest mug rug I've ever seen - almost large enough to be a placemat. This will get lots of use. You can't see it very well in this photo, but it says "Gashleycrumb". This will be baffling to those not in the know!



And a little whimsical doodad, with Gorey images, related ephemera and a lot of character. A tiny, perfect work of art.



And finally this badge. Will anyone get this "Twilight" joke a year from now? Who cares - it's recent enough to still be very funny! Cheesy

Thanks for all these treasures! I hope you enjoy what I've sent you half as much as I like all this!

Wulf
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47  Re: WWP 42 Ostara Egg-stravaganza Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 22, 2013 02:32:15 PM
I received from MamanTattoo today! She knew to use the correct address, so her package only took two days instead of a week. Embarrassed It was a tiny, perfect little package, and I took the contents outside thinking I'd get a better photo in the daylight. But it wasn't very bright, so these photos are pretty poor. They especially don't show the bright, Springtime colours of everything.



She knitted me TWO dishcloths with a egg patterns on them, one a very intense green the exact colour of new poplar leaves and the other softly speckled. And a crocheted egg (stuffed with wool and chamomile, apparently) in another wonderfully speckled yarn. I so wish we had a cat to share it with! The yarn on the cloths is especially soft and pleasant to touch.



This chocolate rabbit is yummy even though (or maybe because) it's made of felt, and he brought some real chocolate treats - a chicken and an egg. The best part is this enthusiastically beautiful Ostara card, painted and signed by a small artist. (Tell Mariann "Merci pour la belle carte" from me, please!)

Thanks for the great package, Andréann - it's always a joy to swap with you!

Wulf
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48  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 20, 2013 07:01:22 PM
Okay, here's the surprise package I got from Danynn today. A surprise because it took less than two days to get here, and because I'd forgotten what kinds of things I had suggested to her.


These are very nice oven mitts, aren't they? "But not very Steampunk," you say. Don't be fooled; a colossal, dark horror lurks beneath this pleasant surface...


Tentacles!

And don't worry, Danynn - though they look a bit small, they fit me perfectly. Less bulky than the oversized ones I usually have.



And a matching bottle carrier! I'd said that I needed something to cover up my sadly unattractive water bottle, and this will certainly do the job. The design on the oven mitts is appliquéed, but this is stencilled on. Beautifully done, as is the machine-quilting, which you can't really see in this photo. I think it's lined with insulating material too, isn't it?



It's a good thing those were so spectacular, or they'd be totally upstaged by the box they came in! Completely covered in fabric, with a great gear design appliquéed on. But get a load of the inside:



Totally psychedelic! The bottom is like this too. I am in love with this fabric; I can imagine a duvet cover made of it.

Thanks so much for these great things, Danynn! They're beautifully made and just my style. I only hope you like what I've sent you half as much.
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49  Re: WWP Round 41 - Imbolc Wall Art Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 05, 2013 05:51:11 PM
Here's what I received from Witchhippie yesterday:



The wooden slab plaque is woodburned then painted. I love the design and the bright colours! I'm not sure if you can see clearly enough, but there's an eye burned into the wand, and  designs at the base and tip. It feels great to hold it. Do you know what kind of wood it is?

And I was delighted to get Gerina Dunwich's "Wicca Spell Book" even though I already own a copy, because now I can give it to someone else. It's a favourite of mine (even though it's badly named - more than just a book of spells!)

Thanks for these, Witchhippie! It's been great being your partner twice at the same time!

Wulf
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50  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 10, 2013 03:33:21 PM
I feel so good all day when I come visit this gallery...

Me too! And thanks for the marker-painting tip, Blair. It sounds to easy to work, but it obviously does.

I got my second flag today! Cheesy Melissaurus has absolutely nailed my personal taste on this:



It's mostly paper, machine-sewn onto fabric, with hand-embroidered lettering. The sepia brown and lace (especially the lace lappets on the sides - longer than my scanner can capture) give it a wonderfully Victorian feel which is perfectly suited to the John Muir quote.

Thanks so much for this, Melissa! I only hope you like my flag half as much as I love this!

Wulf
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