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71  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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72  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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73  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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74  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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75  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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76  Re: Book of Shadows Swap Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 09, 2012 05:14:42 AM
I got this great BOS package from Mellisaurus. She was a bit worried about the problem of What Men Like, and had her boyfriend sign off on everything before mailing it. This was his favourite part:


The button-up crochet pouch contains most of the BOS stuff, and arrived amid a flurry of tissue petals. (For a Midsummery touch, apparently. Wink )


Inside the pouch, the fun begins. I love the fact that she's chosen a classic Canadian literature collection to alter. There are three great hand-carved stamps that I can't wait to use. (I just realized the one in the lower right is upside down - it's a yurt!)


Inside the cover are some recycled book paper and a some painted pages, mostly on a Midsummer theme. (See the link with the paper petals?) And note the little packet marked "Do not throw me out!"


More great pages. The Fungus Faeries are brilliant, and I love the Rosemary page. I think I'll press a sprig of the plant to add to it.


A page done on brown paper. This is a piece about midsummer crowns and a really delicious-sounding tea recipe.


And here's the most exciting and surprising part - several pages painted with acrylic on heavy canvas. This is powerful stuff!


The pages aren't sewn in, but rather tied with a single string across the fold. There are five or six strings built in, so several signatures of pages can be added. This is a unique and clever thing!

You're still wondering what was in that little packet that begged not to be thrown out, aren't you?


Moon inchies! Melissa says this is her favourite part, and I have to agree.


And finally, three larger pen and chalk drawings on brown paper. I especially like the one of the fruit.

Thanks for a great package, Melissa! You needn't have worried about it being man-suitable at all!

Wulf
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77  Re: WWP Round 35 Beltane Bonanza Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 13, 2012 06:54:40 AM
Whee! My package from Quasior arrived Friday morning just before we left for overnight in the country, so I couldn't open it until last night. I waited until today to take photos in better light, but in fact it's grey and overcast so it didn't help much. (It actually started to rain a bit as I was photographing - nothing got damaged, though.) And after a bit if struggle with Craftster - it was only letting me upload photos one at a time - here we are!


Here's the whole package (minus a nice candle, which I have already used), including a papier mach Green Man mask, a polymer clay vine altar decoration (its slightly sparkly, which you can't see in the photo), some Green Tea Latte candies (ought to be an abomination on several levels, but instead are delicious Cheesy), and two little bound books, one blank and the other the tale of Vasalissa and Baba Yaga.


A close-up of the mask.

Some pages of the Vasalissa book. I love the style Quasior's used. Two of the pages are three-page fold outs.




And here's Baba Yaga again, just because I love her so much.


Thanks, Quasior! It's great when someone nails my likes so perfectly as you did with the little book.

Wulf
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78  Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 26, 2012 05:43:23 PM
PerfectlyBohemian, your Polaroid camera literally made me gasp!

I came home to this lovely little apple tree from amc-!



One of the things I like most about this swap is the huge range of styles that people are getting from plain old felt. From sweet, simple images like this to elaborately embroidered pictures, and all of them wonderful. I'm sad I don't have any more to come, but at least there'll be lots more in the Gallery.

Wulf
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79  Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 24, 2012 04:13:33 PM
I came home this afternoon to find a package from Sewphie. After reading the card in which she apologized for it being too big, and if I was hoping for a smaller badge she'd be happy to make me another one, I opened the little package and found... this!



I was scarcely able to breath when I saw it! It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen -- you got right inside my head with this! The photo shows the wonderful detail of the embroidery (just look at the mandibles on the longhorn beetle! And the segments of all the legs! Shocked) but loses the lovely sheen of the beetle wings and the subtlety of the woodgrain.

I think I'm going to put it in a little frame under glass, and hang it on the wall right beside a case of real insects I have.

Thanks so much for this, Sophie. I couldn't possibly love anything more. And NO, it isn't too big! Cheesy

Wulf
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80  Re: WWP Roun 34 - Ostara Traditions GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 02, 2012 05:20:45 PM
Whew! That took longer than I thought - I couldn't remember where I downloaded the photos to! And they're not very good or particularly enlightening, so if you are able to upload yours, holistic knitter, they'll be good to see!


I made a pysanka, a traditional Ukrainian decorated egg. The designs are very Pagan but entirely traditional. To keep it in (and other eggs too) I included a fabric box, with appliqud moon-gazing hares on the outside.


The extras were an old programme from Madama Butterfly (holistic knitter mentioned that she was a fan of Puccini operas), some locally-made incense cones and a nuumite stone in a little linen and silk bag.

I was relieved that the egg (a blown-out shell) made it to Wales safely. I packed it well, but it wouldn't take much of an accident for it to arrive in pieces!

Wulf
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