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61  Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap 55 (Signup thru Jan. 2; sendout Jan. 24)) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: December 26, 2014 05:13:37 PM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55

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?

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)


monnie31 ↔ Ludi
emilywilde → Wulf → holistic knitter → emilywilde

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62  Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 17, 2014 06:28:01 PM
My package from holistic knitter came today. Not quite jet-propelled like mine was to Wales, but still pretty good for international mail. Probably helped by the added volume of mail at Christmas.

Anyway, she made me three BOS pages on Yule-related plants: holly, mistletoe and ivy. There was also a very cheerful card, and a lovely little wood slice ornament, with a pentagram on one side and "YULE" on the other.

Thanks for this, Lynda. I haven't even had a chance to read through the pages yet, but it looks like great stuff, and I like your drawings!

Merry Yule, everyone!

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63  Re: Dotee Doll Any Holiday Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 02, 2014 06:17:12 PM
I love the Ghost of Christmas - very Dickensian!

I just received the MOST WONDERFUL dotee from hazelly. I'd ranted a bit in my questionnaire about wanting something other than the current store-decoration Christmas figures, and she was kind enough to mollify me with this tiny, beautiful Holly King.

Many modern Pagans celebrate Yule with the story of the defeat of the Oak King by the Holly King, who rules through the Winter and Spring until he faces his rival again at the Summer Solstice.

Just look at his beautiful little face, and the red seed bead berries!

I had to take another photo of the holly leaves and lovely red and gold glass bead at the tail, so you can see how tiny it is. This is ridiculously small crocheting!

Thanks, Susan, for this perfect little figure - I couldn't imagine a better start to my dotee collection! (And congratulations for staying well under the size limit - I'm afraid I was less successful at that part. Embarrassed)

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64  Re: WWP 53 Samhain Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 24, 2014 06:54:51 PM
I'm recharging some batteries now so I can take photos again. I have given up on loading them from my phone.

Hah! Then I beat you to it! Wink

I received a sweet little package from Badwolf yesterday.

The best part is this set of crocheted offering bowls. I received a couple of crocheted bowls in a previous swap and I love them dearly, so I was thrilled to see these. They're just the right size to use as apple cozies, too. The yarn is very natural and gritty-looking but is really very soft.

Then she made these two Zentangle-ish moon bookmarks, and a beautiful stone (carnelian, maybe?) set with silver (?) wire on a braided hemp cord. It has a great feel to it.

Then there were these great postcards. One of the vintage ones is of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington, which is actually a favourite spot of mine. The nude is an Andrew Wyeth painting that I don't think I've ever seen before. And just look at the tiny emergency sewing kit built in a vintage matchbook!

There were also two chocolate-dipped marshmallows, which I'm afraid didn't last long enough to be photographed Grin, and two brilliant pin-back buttons with photos of real buttons on them. I seem to have misplaced them already, though, so I couldn't include them in the photos. Do you happen to have pics of these beauties, Badwolf? They're too good not to share!

Thanks for all these! I love it when people I've never swapped with before are so good at guessing what I'll like!

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65  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: September 23, 2014 07:12:40 PM
Whoooeee! I just got the most amazing piece of snark art from geekgirl1000100! Please excuse the terrible photos - I know I should wait til tomorrow so I can shoot it in better light, but I'm just to eager to show it off!

I had said that size was a consideration because our house is small and wall space is at a premium, so geekgirl cleverly made it two-sided, so I can enjoy two great pieces in the same space, just by reversing it every now and then.

The first side is a shadowbox, with a tiny martini glass (which you can barely see in this photo) and a bottle of vermouth. Around the frame, on the wonderful top hat paper, are miniature hammers and hatchets. Very appropriate for the text: "Sure, I could be kind and compassionate, but I'm going with cynical and snarky." Underneath are nuts and washers dangling with a miniature ice bucket and bottle.

It's worth a close-up:

The other side is just as great, with this slightly over-excited woman surrounded by treats:

I think my mother had that exact wallpaper in the kitchen when I was about five! The text reads: "I understand the concept of cooking and cleaning, just not as it applies to me."

Thanks, geekgirl, for this absolutely perfect pair! It's already found a coveted piece of wall space in the kitchen.


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66  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 08, 2014 08:09:51 AM
Yes, October sounds good for me!

So glad you liked you Poe page, Goatgoddess. It was a lot of fun to do. The image of Edgar Allan was printed onto a scrap of sheer fabric. (I used the Freezer Paper method, which worked very well.)

I finally received my final page, from Smmarrt. It was SO worth the wait!

The top of the mushroom is made of a mysterious, silk-like material that turns out to be a used teabag. Who knew! I love the tiny bit of grass fabric forming the stem.

Like her other partners, I also got a bonus selection of fabric pieces, including some lovely sage green linen. Thanks, Susan!

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67  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 30, 2014 06:03:50 PM
I love both those Four Elements pages; can't pick a favourite between them.

This great page arrived from goatgoddess today!

I can't get a photo to do it justice at all. The stitched highlights on the left side of the tree shine beautifully, and the hand-dyed muslin background has a matte, papery quality that sets off the appliqued tree perfectly. You almost don't notice that the tree trunk is made up of three different fabrics, they blend together so well. But I'll bet it was very tricky to do!

And once again I have to show the back, because it's almost as spectacular.

I love the way the batik pattern looks like tiny handprints, of hobbits or monkeys or something. The other thing that you can't tell from a photo is that the fabric is fused onto both sides of a piece of thin foam, so the page is thick and almost as stiff as cardboard, but still soft. A great idea! What did you use to attach the fabric with, goatgoddess?

Thanks for this great page!

And I'm glad you liked your map page, fancybutch. I looked up the map in the 19th c. Baedeker tourist guide I took it from, and it turns out to be Perugia. In case you ever visit. Wink

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68  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 27, 2014 08:59:48 AM
Are those tiny bugle beads as leaves on the Winter tree? Brilliant!!!

Here's another shot of the "Dawn Chorus" page, that shows the colours a bit better:

And now I'm worried that fancybutch's envelope hasn't arrived yet. Of all the ones to go wrong. Angry

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69  Diamond Dye Rug Book 1899 in Vintage Craft Projects by Wulf 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.

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70  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap RD 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 23, 2014 08:22:33 AM
One the things to look forward to when I got home after my vacation was a pile of great pages waiting in the Gallery, and I wasn't disappointed! It's mean to pick favourites, but I have to admit I especially love P_E_S_T's work because of the tight, scribbly machine stitching. That is exactly what I'd love to do, but it always comes out looser and sloppier when I do it. Practice, practice, practice. Tongue

The other treat that awaited me at home, of course, was the amazing page that fancybutch sent me. It was only coming from across town, so it got here quickly.

I think I said I love being surprised, and she sure did surprise me! This luxurious rectangle of felt is the thickness of a pancake, and as soft as a puppy. The stitching on the Aida cloth is so fine it almost disappears. I had to take a photo of the back too, as it's completely different from the front:

I hope you were half as pleased with it as I am, Robin. It's a fabulous thing!

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