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81  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 04, 2011 05:14:13 PM
I got home from a quick trip out of town to find my package from fibreartist4life had arrived! We left our personal swap totally open-ended, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was more unexpected than I expected it to be! Since we didn't really exchange any ideas of what we'd like, this is a masterpiece of swap partner stalking.

The package made an ominous "click" sound when I was opening it, but it turned out to be not broken ceramic but this lovely copper wind chime.

The top is a pentagram made of grape vines, with coloured beads representing Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

I had to take a photo of the tab at the bottom of the chimes, because it was so lovely. She used copper because it's the metal of my astrological sign, Libra.

But wait! That's so not all of it! Fibreartist4life also made me this utterly gorgeous hand-bound sketch book! Bound in leather, with a clever magnetic clasp (an idea I have to steal for my Head Start Art Journal Swap project) and filled with creamy, thick watercolour paper. It also has the sign for Libra embroidered on the cover in copper thread. And it came with a perfect leather thong bookmark with a silver wolf charm at one end and a button at the other. (Which almost looks like it has my initials stamped on it, but I'll need a magnifying glass to find out.)

And then there's the extras! This brilliant ATC, which is much more 3-D than it appears in this photo, and...

...this great WWI photo postcard showing "Yanks Going Into Action". How did she know this is exactly the sort of thing I love?

Thanks, fibreartist4life, for a wonderful swap!

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82  Re: WWP Round 28 - Litha 2011 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 01, 2011 08:32:55 AM
I knew that having MamanTattoo as a partner would bring me something amazing, but of course I didn't have any idea what it might be, as she does so many different things brilliantly. So when I opened my package last night it was both a wonderful surprise and no surprise at all! There are quite a few photos here, by the way.

First, this amazing knitted (!) leaf garland. Perfect for altar decoration.

And then a long (3 m or so) string of bunting on a purple ribbon.

Some of the pennants are plain and some have designs painted on them. (Two have been decorated by one of the little ones; I suspect this might be some very early work by wee Merrick, but it might have been Mariann in a Jackon Pollock-ish mood.) The one on the right says Chez-nous, c'est o mon coeur est (Home is where the heart is).

And finally... It's Pan!

Pan! Pan! My man! I never knew I wanted a Pan doll til I opened the package, but now I couldn't live without him! And this morning I fell in love all over again when I peeked under his little crocheted loincloth and found he was adorably, perfectly anatomically complete! Cheesy I won't embarrass him further with a photo of that. As you can see, all this attention has made him blush a bit anyway:

Thanks so much, Andrann! I hope you enjoy your package half (even a quarter) as much as I do this!

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83  Re: Small Steampunk Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 13, 2011 04:32:28 AM
It turns out I'm one of the people you're waiting for photos from, and thanks to KimmyLynne for pointing it out to me. You see, I did take photos, and I did post them here in the gallery (I remember exactly what I said in the message), but it seems nobody but me ever saw it. Either I only posted the message with my mind, not with my keyboard, or there was some glitch on Craftster that erased the message immediately afterward. Or I just realized there's a strong third possibility: that I did compose the message, previewed it to make sure the photos worked ok, but forgot to actually click "Post". Craftster does not remind you if you do that.

Anyway, here's the great package I got from KimmyLynne82:

KimmyLynne had pointed out that the Customs form on the outside of the package sometimes gives away the surprise, but hers made it even more mysterious -- "contents: paper mache book." WTF? But it turns out that was precisely what it contained. And what a beaut! I especially love the keyhole escutcheon, and you can't see it very well in this photo but the label frame just contains faded, wrinkled paper, as if the label had been worn away by a terrible storm or something.

The book is hollow, of course, and inside...

My own pair of goggles! This is so funny, of course, because I sent KimmyLynne a pair of goggles too. And these are beautifully done - the painting and little details like the rivets totally transforms them. (And much more comfortable than the ones I made!)

Action shot. I know this is blurry, but I liked the accidental "We Are Devo" pose too much not to use it.

Thanks for this great package. Since I don't have an adorable squirrel to put my goggles on, I'll have to find somewhere to wear them myself!

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84  Re: WWP Beltane Fires Gallery (SO 4-25-11) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 11, 2011 02:43:36 PM
Okay, I finally get to post pics of my package from Fullmoon! We both kept more-or-less within the "2 smalls" limit, which is hard to do!

The whole package. Two plain candles and two tea lights, two wrapped bundles and a mysterious black pouch.

And it turns out Fullmoon has added a new craft to her repertoire.The pouch proves to contain a totally ingenious chain mail tea-light hanger!

In one of the two bundles is a chain mail bracelet (anklet?) with a very interesting fairy charm, and the other a rose quartz pendant with two green anodized aluminum leaves. I like them both. Cheesy (I immediately checked to see if I could wear the bracelet as a hat-band, but of course it's too small!)

Thanks for these, Fullmoon, and I hope, hope, hope that your package arrives immediately!


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85  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 11, 2011 11:18:25 AM
Finally, here's the wonderful box I got from Killam Creative. Now I'm glad I waited to open it today because I was having a grumpy morning and this made it all better.

Inside the big mailing box was this little package. You just know it's going to be good, don't you?

This handsome fairy gent folds up from the top of the box. The little arrow turns to keep him upright. (The larger dial also turns, which is very cool.) The outside of the box is covered in the same Japanese washi paper as the tag on the outer package.

I love the fact that what I sent Susan includes a few things very similar to things she sent me! Clockwise from the matchbox gears:

  • 2 very interesting safety pins
  • a 3-D clock inchie (adhesive-backed)
  • a length of beautiful antique lace trim
  • a pair of + and - magnets (had to separate them for safety) Wink
  • a copper wire spiral
  • a lovely antique brass key
  • a pocket watch charm
  • a tiny laminated butterfly
  • 2 stamps, one with an airship and a walrus Cheesy
  • 2 little gilded leaf skeletons (my favourite out of the whole box!)
  • 2 gears (one is weighting down the leaves)

Thanks so much for this. The box is immediately going on display, and I'll make very good use of all the contents.

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86  WWP Round 28 - Litha 2011 (Signups 05-08-11 to 05-16-11; Sendouts 06-13-11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: May 08, 2011 08:16:02 PM
Swap name: WWP Round 28 - Litha 2011
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Co-organizer: Monnie31
Sign-up date range: 05-08-11 to 05-16-11
Date to send item by: 06-13-11

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Outdoor Rites and Midsummer Nights
Around the world the Summer Solstice is celebrated with outdoor rituals, parades, circle dances, and Pagan rites both ancient and modern. It's also the start of the Festival season for many Witches and Pagans, when many of us gather for camping, celebration, ritual, drumming, and dancing around the fire until dawn. Whether you're celebrating the longest day of the year camping in a festival with hundreds of others, or alone in your own back yard, this is the time to move the magic outdoors and connect with the sacred in Nature.

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381563.msg4515526#msg4515526

Let's create crafts for our outdoor Midsummer celebrations, such as flags and banners, costumes, lanterns,  drums and musical instruments, portable altars and ritual gear, cloaks, hats, camping and campfire stuff or anything else that might be useful in outdoor rituals or at Pagan festivals. Talk to your partner about what they will be doing this summer and surprise them with something magical.

Size requirements for WWP Round 28 will be 2 small items or larger if  the partners agree.

Some information about Litha:

Some Pagan festivals to check out:
Spirits of the Earth
Kaleidoscope Gathering
Starwood Festival
Wolfsong Gathering
Wic-Can Fest
Pagan Pride Days


If you want to participate, send this information to both Wulf and Monnie31:

Name of swap: WWP Round 28 - Litha 2011
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? Is there anything that would especially help you make outdoor magic this summer? 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 avatar names of your last three WWP swap partners if applicable.

Anything else you want to add?


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



Wulf - MamanTattoo
Monnie31  - hawkeyes_girl
strawberryh - squire_inaria
mandykaye - impchild
whileitsraining - Fullmoon
spazgirl1981 - sugarsandwitch
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87  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 26, 2011 07:22:55 PM
Received from Fullmoon today! Cheesy The mail was really fast for this one; I hope mine travel as swiftly in the other direction.

The box itself is remarkably restrained (well, it would be remarkable for me) with tiny silver stars on a dark blue background. Very classy. The paper covering the drawer has Asian calligraphy printed on it. It came accompanied by this little purple fellow. Not "decoration" exactly. Maybe "bodyguard"?

The pack.

And inside:
  • A length of green sequin trim
  • A gold-coloured flat metal ring
  • A gold-coloured metal disk with loops
(this could be very useful)
  • Fourteen pony beads in bright colours
  • A 2009 US penny showing Lincoln reading when he's supposed to be working Cheesy
  • Two copper wire figures, one a bass clef and the other a tiny spiral
  • A metallic letter 'A' bead
  • A one-inch metal jewelry bar
  • A metallic green "Rock the Arts" guitar pick
  • Six brightly-coloured happy face stickers

What a great little stash of stuff! Nothing there I can't use, and I especially like the stickers and the lil' purple guy. (If anyone knows who this character is, please fill me in.)

Thanks so much!

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88  Re: Tudor Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 22, 2011 07:53:30 AM
Here's the beautiful stuff Badpuppy made for me. They couldn't be more perfect - it's like she read my mind!

First off, a truly luxurious period shirt. It's made of soft, cool linen, with very authentic-looking braid around the neckband and perfect pearl buttons. (I haven't tried to take an overall shot as it would just be a white blob.) All the seams are finished inside, and it's a joy to wear. A bit wide in the shoulders, but easy to alter. And I like the fact that it fits quite loosely - the period shirts that I've made for myself are rather on the small size, so this is perfect.

Then this great Tudor cap, made of black dupioni silk with a white peacock feather  Cheesy and a white pearl-trimmed braid decoration. Fully lined and a perfect fit. (Which is always such a pleasant surprise, as I've got a big head and hats usually don't fit me!)

Action shot. The sleeves aren't really different lengths - I basted up the shoulders to see how it would look when it was altered, and I think I took one in a bit farther than the other. (Also I'm probably standing lopsided.)

And finally, these three cloth baskets! They're sewn of gold damask fabric, with off-white linen lining. A clever and simple design, and I love them a lot! They're so beautiful and practical, I haven't decided what I'll keep in them. It'll have to be something very special. Also in this picture is the very appropriate sealed letter that badpuppy sent in the package. Not shown is the great glittery tissue it was wrapped in. (Which was revealed in the daylight this morning to have shed glitter all over the sofa. I think I'll enjoy it for a while before I vacuum it up!)

Thanks for this wonderful package. I've been so spoiled!


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89  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 14, 2011 05:16:55 PM
Okay, that was deliberately mean, but everyone was so excited, I couldn't resist dragging it out a little further! Grin

When Amaryllisroze said her tin wasn't worth it and I should just throw it out unopened, she was of course lying. We all knew that. Just look at this...

Prepare yourself for Stumpy the Fish Baby! (This is the back of the tin.)

Aiyeeee! Shocked  Poor little Stumpy! He's both horrible and adorable at the same time. Well, seeing that bone clutched in his little hand, maybe more horrible than adorable. The camera doesn't do justice to the wonderful rust finish. (Sorry about the blurriness - I couldn't keep my camera from identifying his face and focusing exclusively on it!)

But when you open the box up, you find that Stumpy has quite an appetite for such a little guy. (Isn't the seaweed great?) Just as I was taking this picture, the thing I was most afraid of happened: Stumpy started to open his eyes! (Fortunately he went back to sleep after a moment.)

I don't think I've got words to express how much I love this tin. It's going right up on the wall. I can hardly wait for people to see it!

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90  Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 14, 2011 04:36:37 PM
Haven't quite got the pics ready yet. I'll give you the accompanying card as a teaser:

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