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71  Re: Book of Shadows Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 03, 2013 09:51:48 AM
Here's a photo of the stamps. I didn't think to take one of the stamped image, though.

I have to apologize for the raw silk on the book cover - it was such a good colour, and seemed like such a nice texture, but as I'm sure you've found out by now, it picks up every speck of lint for miles around! Sad

Adolph Hungry Wolf is a favourite author. I especially like the photos of 19th c. chiefs and others in the book.

By the way, I discovered a new paper that I used in this book for the first time, and I can highly recommend it. It's Canson XL "Mix Media". This is the first paper I've found that is not only good for just about every kind of medium I've tried on it, from watercolour to pencil to pastels, but markers don't soak through it at all, and best of all, it gives a beautifully crisp line with calligraphy ink. (I like to use a really sharp nib, which scratches the surface of most papers and makes the ink bleed. This one doesn't, which is brilliant.) Best of all, it's CHEAP! A 14"x17" pad of 60 sheets (way more than I needed for this book) was about $20 at Deserres. Canson papers are really widely available, so it should be easy to find anywhere. I hope they keep making it, because I may never buy another kind of paper again! Cheesy

Glad you liked the book, and I hope you make good use of it.

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72  Re: NeedleBook Rd2 Swap - Gallery - SO 06/24 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 02, 2013 08:09:12 AM
Received from Seneris this morning!

She sent this Steampunk-themed needlebook made of soft, brown leather with a gear-pattern stamped into it.

Inside, there's a generous pocket to hold scissors, and four 'pages' of a lovely brown wool twill.

I'd asked for some place to store bits of embroidery thread, and her solution was these gears to loop them onto. I think this will work very well!

We'd agreed to include a few extras, and I got spoiled a bit. Seneris sent not only these great pieces of scrapbooking paper, but a second small needlebook, made like a paper matchbook. Very cool!

Thanks so much for these, Seneris! It's been fun swapping with you.

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73  Re: Shrine Swap in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 24, 2013 07:40:34 PM
Wow, so many great shrines since I had a chance to check last. I can't even name a favourite, although I have to say the tiny one with the kitten and cupcakes was uncharacteristically appealing!

I came home to a large package this evening, and it contained two amazing shrines from PerfectlyBohemian. I'd asked for one that was weatherproof enough to go in the garden, and boy, did she deliver!

This photo is a bit blurry (my camera just couldn't decide what to focus on!) but you can see the overall effect.

Here I've removed the front glass to show the scene inside, with a little Earth spirit, a toadstool, and a die, some stamps, two keys and other things on the back. Note the wonderful birch trees painted on the side windows.

Here's a better shot of the little Gnome. He's polymer clay, with maple seeds as wings! What a wonderful little character!

And if you haven't already guessed, it's built inside a solar-powered light! This is the most brilliant idea I've seen in years. So amazing!

But believe it or not, the other shrine I received is just as brilliant!

This is one my "alchemy" theme, and is another weatherproof shrine. This one hangs up.

This is what you glimpse through the little porthole. (The front is removable to reveal the whole scene.) The two tiny phials are Earth and Water, and there are tiny alchemical text scrolls. It's so perfect and wee!

Even the back is fabulous! I love the "Dark Crystal" style of this.

Thanks so much for these utterly jaw-dropping shrines. I only hope you enjoy the ones I've sent you half as much!

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74  Re: Gathered Roots - Round 5 (Gallery) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 16, 2013 01:40:17 PM
Heavy rain this morning put a stop to what I was going to do today, but it gave me a chance to unpack what received from Monnie on Friday. (Anyone who's ever had Monnie as a partner knows that you need to set aside some time to unpack one of her massive packages!)

In several little green flowered pouches there were a container of chai tea, bags of burdock root chai and dandelion root chai, and a dozen bags of other loose herbs:
chamomile, burdock root, calendula, comfrey, sage, St. John's wort, stinging nettle, hyssop, dandelion leaf, root and flower, and green tea.

Then there was a bag of body powder (really nice scent), a jar of "Granny's Herbal Salve", a bar of homemade shaving soap (which is exactly the right size to fit my shaving mug!), a small blank "Herbs" notebook, more empty bags (always handy) and a whole bunch of empty jars, phials and containers, including some very attractive Avon jars. So useful!

More Avon bottles, and a bag of empty plastic bottles and containers. Believe it or not, I went to three or four dollar stores last week looking for exactly this kind of little plastic bottle, and couldn't find any! Thanks for reading my mind, Monnie! Cheesy

There were actually two of these black and orange patchwork aprons storage rolls (I just realized), with pockets - there was so much in the box I missed the second one! It was very thoughtful of you to include this blue flowered carry bag, Monnie, because of course I couldn't possibly fit everything back into the box and needed it to carry my loot back into the house! Grin There's a little jar of Eucalyptus Congestion Balm, a wooden box with woodburned decoration, and a large card file box with a set of herbal recipe and information cards.

And finally (almost to the bottom of the box!) there are five bottles of essential oils: sandalwood, lemon, bergamot, patchouli and vetiver (one of my favourite scents!), a pouch of assorted stones (the three at the front are magnets) and a great mini binder with sleeves to hold file cards. I haven't seen anything like this before - it's such a useful idea!

Thanks, Monnie! I love being your partner for swaps, because your packages are always so jam-packed and so varied!

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75  Book of Shadows Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 12, 2013 04:54:31 PM

Book of Shadows Swap Round 3

Partners for this swap were:

Wulf <--> Eclectic Dreamer
icekibby <--> Sabertooth Pixie
Mandykaye <--> dharma_rebel
La-Fairy <--> Spazgirl1981
whileitsraining <--> Monnie31

Swap Status:
Still Crafting Sent         Partner Received   Feedback Posted
Eclectic Dreamer
Sabertooth Pixie
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76  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.

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77  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!

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78  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.

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79  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

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?

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Participating in this swap:
Eclectic Dreamer
Sabertooth Pixie


Wulf <--> Eclectic Dreamer
icekibby <--> Sabertooth Pixie
Mandykaye <--> dharma_rebel
La-Fairy <--> Spazgirl1981
whileitsraining <--> Monnie31
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80  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.

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