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81  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10 Gallery - Send-out Nov. 18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: November 27, 2013 06:45:41 PM
I received a very modest-looking envelope from wendiek on Tuesday. It really wasn't over-stuffed at all. But TARDIS-like, it was much bigger on the inside...

First, there was a huge amount of special paper, including very beautiful Japanese papers, textured paper and others.

Then there were two navigational maps of fjords, some pages of a Dutch travel brochure, and a whole pile of postcards. She included a handy translation of the Dutch text for some of them. (The big, nude gal at the top, for example, says "The Bigger The Better" Cheesy)

Some labels from Dutch products including chocolate, coffee and beer. (Well, the beer is Belgian.) And pages from Dutch magazines and some from a book on plants.

A road map, some lovely sea life illustrations, a diagram of glassware and bottles, a "Caspar und Hobbes" cartoon, a library passport, some sheet music, and a few other interesting pieces of Dutch ephemera.

Here's a ferry schedule, some public transit tickets (I'm guessing), a panel of Dutch Christmas stamps, two coupons worth 20 Punten each (no idea what they're for), a photo negative strip, and a few blank pages from Wendie's old passport. On the card are some old Netherlands coins and a variety of wooden and metal buttons. (Not shown is a beautiful hand-painted ceramic bead that I forgot to include in the photo.)

A spectacularly fresh-looking Donald Duck comic from 1967 (in Dutch, of course.) Wow!

Two different drawings of the same  monster, by her son Joris. Very cool!

And finally, Wendie sent me the very first ATC she ever made! I love it a lot, and it contains a number of the ephemera bits I sent her earlier this month.

Thanks so much for all this stuff! I can hardly believe it's all mine!

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82  Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10 Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: November 04, 2013 04:38:48 PM

Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10

Share the contents of your envelope here!


Loves2experiment to jkaywiz.
Ludi to suereal
MissingWillow to SonjaBoo.
mariak to Smmarrt
suereal to Ludi .
suereal to Onyxnox.
kfad to kwality570.
Acadian Driftwood to noodle-bug
Acadian Driftwood to kbrison
marjiej to calixita.
Smmarrt to witchhippie.
Smmarrt to mariak.
LovelyMiss to geekgirl1000100
SonjaBoo to MissingWillow.
geekgirl1000100 to LovelyMiss.
geekgirl1000100 to witchhippie.
noodle-bug to Acadian Driftwood.
Onyxnox to Zalphinian.
Onyxnox to suereal.
kbrison to Acadian Driftwood
witchhippie to geekgirl1000100
witchippie to Smmarrt
Gozer to jkaywiz.
calixita to marjiej
kwality570 to kfad
bunny1kenobi to Zalphinian.
Pupper CDEeeek
wendiek to Wulf.
Zalphinian to Onyxnox
Zalphinian to bunny1kenobi
CDEeeek to Pupper
jkaywiz to Gozer
jkaywiz to Loves2experiment
Wulf to wendiek
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83  Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: October 19, 2013 09:14:05 PM

Swap name: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf  
Sign-up date range: 10/20/2013-10/27/2013 (Sunday, October 20 to Sunday, October 27)
Date to send item by: 11/18/2013 (Monday, November 18)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
Additional Age requirement? None.

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
- Understands that no Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap, but missing envelopes will have to be re-sent.
Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386971.0#ixzz2iELMHHH8

Paper and Ephemera Swap - ROUND 10!

It's been a couple of years since we got to share our paper and ephemera stashes, so let's see how much joy we can pack into an envelope! This will be an easy, low-stress swap for the period leading up to the holidays. I have followed the plan laid out by Dragonflower in Round 9. She suggested three options, so people can participate at the level that suits them best:

Option 1. You and your partner each send the other a regular No. 10 or A4 envelope full of papercrafting goodies. (That's a regular business-sized envelope.)

Option 2. You and your partner each send the other a standard (C4 or 9x12) manila envelope full of papercrafting goodies.

Option 3 Givers and Needers Option. If you have a lot of papercrafting items to share and would like to destash, you may want to be a Giver. If you want to get into papercrafting, but cant afford or find supplies, you may want to be a Needer. Each Giver will fill a 9x12 envelope with assorted papercrafting supplies and send this to their partnered Needer. In exchange, their partnered Needer will craft AT LEAST ONE small papercrafting item and send it to their Giver. (These items do not have to be made of the received supplies.)
***Please note: If you choose to be a Giver, you must give some description of what sort of papercrafting supplies you have to offer. If I have an uneven number of Givers and Needers, I will PM the last person(s) to sign up to see if you wish to choose one of the other two options.

Update: You may choose either ONE or TWO partners. If you choose to have two partners, you should choose different options for each, eg. Large Envelope and Giver, not Giver and Giver.

You must at least fill the agreed-upon size of envelope, but you are welcome to send more if you like. Just discuss what you plan to send with your partner, so no one feels like they didn't send enough. As this is a paper swap, no Delivery Confirmation Number is required, but if something goes horribly wrong and your envelope is lost, you will have to send your partner another one. This is a great swap for international participants, because you should be able to mail your envelope for standard letter postage, and you'll get cool foreign stuff!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10
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)
Do you have access to a camera for posting pictures in the gallery?

Do you promise to be nice to your partner, say thank you for your package, and post pictures in the gallery (or make arrangements to have them posted)?

Do you promise to post at least once a week in the swap thread? (Or PM your partner and organizer once a week)

Do you have any allergies that need to be taken into consideration?

Are there any common allergens in your home(pets, smoke..)?

What sort of items do you have to share? (This question is mandatory for Givers.)

Is there anything in particular that you would like to receive?

Is there anything in particular that you would NOT like to receive?

Which option(s) would you like to choose?
1.   Small envelope
2.   Large envelope
3.   Givers/Needers


Here are some links to the Galleries of previous swaps in this series:
Round 9, Round 8, Round 7, Round 6, Round 5, Round 4, Round 3, Round 2, Round 1


Small envelope

Large envelope
Acadian Driftwood


Acadian Driftwood

Loves2experiment - Giver to jkaywiz
Ludi - Needer to suereal
MissingWillow - Large Envelope to SonjaBoo
mariak - Large Envelope to Smmarrt
suereal - Giver to Ludi and Large Envelope to Onyxnox
kfad - Large Envelope to kwality570
Acadian Driftwood - Giver to noodle-bug and Large Envelope to kbrison
marjiej - Large Envelope to calixita
Smmarrt - Giver to witchhippie and Large Envelope to mariak
LovelyMiss - Large Envelope to geekgirl1000100
SonjaBoo - Large Envelope to MissingWillow
geekgirl1000100 - Large Envelope to LovelyMiss and Small Envelope to witchhippie
noodle-bug - Needer to Acadian Driftwood
Onyxnox - Giver to Zalphinian and Large Envelope to suereal
kbrison - Large Envelope to Acadian Driftwood
witchhippie - Small Envelope to geekgirl1000100 and Needer to Smmarrt
Gozer - Large Envelope to jkaywiz
calixita - Large Envelope to marjiej
kwality570 - Large Envelope to kfad
bunny1kenobi - Large Envelope to Zalphinian
Pupper - Large Envelope to CDEeeek
wendiek - Large Envelope to Wulf
Zalphinian - Needer to Onyxnox and Large Envelope to bunny1kenobi
CDEeeek - Large Envelope to Pupper
jkaywiz - Large Envelope to Gozer and Needer to Loves2experiment
Wulf - Large Envelope to wendiek
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84  Re: Assemblage art swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 11, 2013 09:09:52 AM
I asked my partner SheepBlue for something small, as our little house has long ago filled up and display space is hard to find anymore. She responded brilliantly with this really quite tiny assemblage:

It's mostly natural materials picked up on her neighbourhood walks, but there are also tiny watch gears, a bottle cap and fragments of rusty metal included:

I love it a lot! It's amazing how much it's like my own style - semi-symmetrical, strings with beads and bits of stuff, mixture of natural and man-made... it's me! But even though it's small, finding wall space for it is still going to be tough, because I've already tried it in a few spots and it's clear that it won't go just anywhere. Cheesy

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85  Re: WWP Round 44 Mabon Swap (SU 7-29 to 8-15, SO 9-10) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: September 30, 2013 07:05:00 PM
I had completely forgotten that, so long ago, Sabertooth Pixie had asked for my measurements and clothing sizes. So it was a complete surprise when I opened the rather bulky package that arrived today and found this:

She called it a tunic, I would call it a smock, but either way it fits remarkably well. (Coincidentally, I've just been reading a biography of the British sculptor Eric Gill, who always wore a similar garment, even though by the 1930's it was about 300 years out of fashion. Cheesy) In the very sweet note accompanying it, SP apologized for the fact that the seams weren't pressed, but her iron died while she was sewing, and she couldn't afford the time to go shop for a new one. I almost choked up when I got to the part where she apologized further for sending it without cuff buttons (the very handsome buttons were included separately) because in the move she couldn't find a needle to sew them on! Cry (As it happens it's okay, because I think I need a couple more buttons at the throat too, and I have four that will fit perfectly.)

I really like the colour, and while it's not everyday wear, I think it will go very will with a coat I'm working on. For next year's Harvest Festival, maybe.

Thanks again for this - it was SO worth the wait!


PS: And would you believe she claims this was the first real garment she'd sewn, and she made it up by combining several patterns? Wow!
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86  Re: Book of Shadows Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 26, 2013 07:13:04 PM
Eclectic Dreamer was finally able to get her package into the mail, and it arrived in record time.

First the BOS pages. These are not bound, but three separate signatures of 6 to 8 pages each. (So I can bind them in with other pages I'm collecting.) The Inanna page is a separate last-minute addition.

Some examples of pages:

These are just a few. Others include the healing powers of apple cider vinegar, poems, lots of spells, casting sigils, divination with stones and more.

And then there are the extras:

A beautiful hoop with a painted tree and shisha mirror moon (your shisha sewing is much tidier than mine!), and a set of tiny wooden runes - to go with pages of instruction and information. And a small stone eagle and two tiny bird beads, one mother-of-pearl and the other bone. Bought at the local gas station, she says!

A bottle of ruby-red St. John's Wort oil, some Alaskan alder-scented sea salt (which smells heavenly - I don't know whether I want to cook with it or bathe in it) and two bags of black seed (Nigella sativa) - there is information and recipes included in the BOS pages, of course.

And of course, writing and drawing stuff! Pencils, tons of erasers (always needed!), some very clever stick-on pencil holders and two white plastic things that I can't identify. Some kind of scraper?

Thanks for all this, Shawna! It was worth the wait. Cheesy


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87  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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88  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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89  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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90  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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