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91  WWP Round 34 - Ostara Traditions - Sign up 02/04-02/12 - Send out 03/12/2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: February 04, 2012 08:29:04 PM
Swap name: WWP Round 34
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up dates: February 4 to 12
Send out by: March 12

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.

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
- 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


WWP Round 34 - Ostara Traditions

Link to our Gallery

The Spring Equinox, when the day and night are the same length, has been observed as a sacred festival for thousands of years. This is the true return of the Sun promised by Imbolc six weeks earlier, the first signs of new life returning to the Earth. As Christianity spread throughout Europe, it kept many of the Pagan symbols of the season, such as eggs, lambs, and decorated breads, and others that weren't officially adopted by the new religion stayed on in folk culture. Both Christianity and modern Paganism have named this festival after the Goddess Estre or Ostara.

Many familiar Easter traditions have their origins in the ancient pre-Christian festival, and Wiccans and modern Pagans have brought new and reconstructed rituals and symbols to our observance of Ostara. In this swap, we're going to craft items for each other that reflect the traditions of Ostara, both ancient and modern. What favourite Easter traditions that you have adapted to Ostara? What new images and ideas would you like to add to your partner's seasonal practice?

This will be a 4 point swap, with each participant creating a package that adds up to the equivalent of 4 points according to these guidelines:

By Points:
Large=3 points
Medium=2 points
Small= 1 point

By Time
-Large = 4 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = less than 2 hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

PM me (Wulf) with this completed questionnaire to join the swap. Remember that good communication, both with your partner and the group, is essential to the success of a swap. So be sure to post regularly to the forum and stay in contact with me and your partner, especially if you're having any sort of trouble during the swap period. When you mail your package, be sure to get a Delivery Confirmation or Tracking number, and PM me and your partner both when you send your package and when you receive your partner's package. It's a good idea to take photographs of your crafts before you mail them (just in case), and please post photos of the crafts you receive.

Links to previous Ostara swap galleries:
2011 2010 2009 2006

Partners:
monnie31 ----> PianoBabay
     Swap Angel VegasZombie ----> Monnie31
Witchhippie <---> MamanTattoo
Wulf <---> holistic knitter
Rosie1981 <---> Sabertooth Pixie
Quasior <---> sugarsandwitch
whileitsraining <---> Radmom


The questionnaire:

Name of swap: WWP Round 34
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 18 years old (yes/no)

Do you have any allergies or aversions?

What allergens are in your home?

What is your philosophy/religion/branch/etc.?

What deity/deities/etc. is/are special to you?

Are you out of the broom closet?

Are you ok with tasteful nudity?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, etc?

Tell a bit about what you and your family do for Ostara/Easter. What are your favourite things about this seasonal celebration? What would you like your Ostara traditions to be?

What kinds of crafts do you do?

What kinds of crafts do you love the most, and admire?

Is there anything you would rather not receive?

Anything else you want to add?

Who have been your last 3 WWP swap partners?
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92  Re: OTIT-WWP Rd 33!! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 31, 2012 07:13:43 PM
I received from MamanTattoo yesterday, but didn't get a chance to open the package until today. I love it!!!


According to the note (actually a late Yule card) MamanT sent, the pile of seeds on the left was actually the main item, a set of nut and seed shapes to hang in trees for birds and animals. But they didn't hold together, so she abandoned it and made something else, namely the little horned fellow on the right.


A tiny felted Cernunnos! His antlers tiny twigs, his limbs are poseable, and he holds a torc and a snake. I love the red hair! A wonderful companion to the Pan poppet from the same maker. Wink

Thanks, Andrann! You always amaze me!

Wulf
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93  Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 27, 2012 07:55:28 PM
Here's the package I received from the_canadian_lynx today. I love her sense of humour!


First, there's a set of small but lovely magnets with tiny Sherlockian quotes (and two silhouettes as bookends).


Next, a key fob with a double-sided miniature image of the Holmes brothers (Sherlock is on the other side) and a tiny violin. It's too fragile to attach to my overly-macho bunch of keys, but I think I can find an appropriate place to show it off.


A very funny double-sided canvas bag with the newspaper headlines from the Jeremy Brett TV version of "The Second Stain" (and Holmes's comments): MURDER IN WESTMINSTER. CRIME OF A MYSTERIOUS NATURE. VALET OUT FOR THE EVENING. "They always are." HOUSEKEEPER HEARD NOTHING. "They never do." And with it, a knitted bookmark that's a miniature of Martin Freeman's scarf from Sherlock. Could there be anything else more wonderfully nerdy than these?


And finally, in spite of all that, this note is my favourite thing in the package. It's printed so extremely small that it's unreadable without a magnifying glass! (Fortunately being a student of the great sleuth, I happened to have one handy.) What makes this doubly delicious is that in return I sent her a magnifying glass! Grin

Thanks for these, and congratulations on finishing your first swap in record time!

Wulf
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94  Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 18, 2012 04:55:40 PM


Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery

Here we are, craft-sleuths! A reminder of your swap partners:
Wulf <-->  the_canadian_lynx
bookstorebabe <-->  sirael
Harvey <-->  zzdia
Alchamy513 <-->  Illiamdra
My_RubySlippers  <-->  Elameno
silentblair <-->  camezzo


Swapper status:

Sent
silentblair
camezzo
bookstorebabe
sirael
zzdia
Wulf
Harvey
the_canadian_lynx
elameno
My_RubySlippers
Illiamdra
Alchamy513

Received
camezzo
silentblair
the_canadian_lynx
Wulf
Alchamy513
bookstorebabe
Harvey
Illiamdra
My_RubySlippers
elameno
zzdia



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95  Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 24, 2011 08:55:35 AM


Summer and I both agreed "small packages, please", so I was delighted to find I could fit everything in one photo, perhaps for the first swap ever!

The hand-bound book is covered in a collage of pieces of washi paper, with lovely gleaming white paper inside. The notebook is a pocket-sized version of the same. And a matching Yule card too!

Thanks so much for these, Summer. I love blank books for sketching etc. and I happen  to need a new pocket notebook right now, so they're the perfect Yule gift. Smiley

Wulf
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96  Sherlock Holmes Swap (Sign up Dec.10-20, 2011; Send by Jan 24, 2012) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: December 10, 2011 03:11:15 PM


Sherlock Holmes Swap

Gallery is here.

As far as I can see, Craftster has never had a Sherlock Holmes swap. This curious absence is a mystery in itself, and one that should be easy to solve. So just in time for the new Robert Downey Jr. Holmes movie, let's swap Sherlock Holmes stuff!

Since the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in the Strand Magazine in 1887, we haven't been able to get enough of the great detective's adventures. Beyond the original 56 stories and four novels, there have been countless plays, musicals, cartoons, radio dramas, comics, TV series and movies, as well as hundreds of new novels and stories featuring the immortal characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. That should be enough raw material for a dozen swaps, so what are we waiting for?

Because of the holidays, this swap will have a fairly long crafting period. Thats great if you want to do time-consuming crafts like knitting or embroidery, but it also makes it easier to put things off and lose your momentum. (Especially with so much else happening in December.) We want this to be a flake-free swap, so ongoing communication is a must, both with your swap partner and in the discussion thread. If you're going to be out of touch over the holidays, let me and your partner know ahead of time so we don't worry about you. I will be looking for you to post an update of your progress at least once a week, and be sure to post photos of the package you receive to the Gallery.  Requirements for the swap are one large crafted item and one medium or two smalls, plus any extras you and your partner want to send.

Swap name: Sherlock Holmes Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 12/10/2011-12/21/2011
Date to send item by:01/24/2012

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


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of 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?

Do you confirm that you:
-  are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval?
-  understand that a Delivery Confirmation Number is required for swaps within the US or Canada, or a copy of the mailing receipt for international swaps?

Have you read the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories and novels?

If so, which is your favourite?

Do you have a favourite character in the Sherlock Holmes world? (Other than Holmes or Watson, of course, whom we all love.)

What movie/TV versions of Holmes have you seen? Who is your favourite actor to have played Sherlock Holmes? Dr. Watson?

What crafts do you do?

What colours/styles/materials do you like most? Least?

Is there anything you would not like to receive?

Do you prefer to receive crafts based only on the original stories or one particular film/TV version, or is the entire 124 years of Holmes material fair game for your partner?

Do you have any allergies? Any known allergens in your home? (Pets, smoking, etc.)

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO Wulf VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
Partners:
Wulf <-->  the_canadian_lynx
bookstorebabe <-->  sirael
Harvey <-->  zzdia
Alchamy513 <-->  Illiamdra
My_RubySlippers  <-->  Elameno
silentblair <-->  camezzo



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97  Re: WWP Round 31 Samhain Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 05, 2011 03:50:36 PM
Icekibby and I finally got together today to swap, and boy, have I been spoiled! I was secretly, quietly squealing with joy, right there in the doughnut shop!


Here's the whole package, including the wonderful embroidered, appliqued and embellished Day of the Dead bunting, two packages of locally-made incense and some skeleton chocolates.




It's hard to pick favourites among the pennants, but here are three especially wonderful ones. Check out the tiny bone-shaped gem on the pirate skull! Cheesy


Icekibby painted this wonderful jointed Pan paper doll, which like the Pan poppet that MamanTattoo made me, is anatomically complete as a god should be. (And as all Icekibby's paper dolls come with accessories, he has a phallic wand.)


And he's accompanied by this Horned God bookmark, which doesn't appear in the group photo because I already had him in a book.


But in case the puppet and the bookmark weren't enough of Icekibby's wonderful watercolour painting, there's this eight-page booklet of Samhain spells and recipes. Every page is glorious, but I'll only post a couple here.





The back page is this truly extraordinary Green Man painting. Aren't the eyes unsettlingly real?

So thank you SO much, Icekibby, for your wonderful work. You astound me more and more each time!

Wulf
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98  Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: September 23, 2011 07:45:06 PM
Okay, I know that was cruel, but I was just too busy to get it done earlier. As it is, I've had to take the pictures at night, so they're not as clear as I'd like. But here we are:


First, the huge pile of extras. Six or eight sheets of lovely scrapbooking paper; some pages from a ladies' magazine (about 1950); a few assorted advertisements, brochures, maps and other ephemera (some from Edel's recent European tour); two lengths of lace trim, a set of sketching pencils Smiley and a bar of delicious dark chocolate (not sufficiently well hidden, and therefore already eaten.)


Here's the book itself. Coptic bound with oversize covers. The front has this faded purple Medieval emblem with gold glitter on it. I just realized this is the only glitter in the entire journal, which must've taken incredible self-control.  Wink The back and inside covers have old dictionary pages, which make fascinating reading. You can see some of the multiple built-in bookmarks here, one with a great key charm on it.


I had to include a close-up of this corner, which has a heart tattoo sticker on it. (Hearts are a theme throughout the book.) You can also see the colour of the cover better, and a bit of the glitter.


I'm not going to include a huge number of photos of the pages, although there are so many I'd like to share. There is only one blank page in the entire book! Many pages are completely painted like this one; some have only a word or two, or a little picture. This is probably my favourite page of all, even though it's so simple. Edel's done a number of pages in this technique, and the colours absolutely glow! The photo doesn't begin to do it justice.


This is a beautiful stamped pattern. (More hearts!)


Our two journals have a number of things the same: we both used leaf prints, we both included birch bark, etc. But I would never have thought of feather prints! Brilliant!


This is another favourite page. So simple, yet perfect.



Just a couple more examples of the great pages. There are several little internal booklets and envelopes. I especially love the lotaria cards at the bottom here.

There are so many more great pages, but I really shouldn't fill up the entire Gallery all by myself. Thank you, Edel, for a wonderful journal. It's so perfect I'm going to have to force myself to add anything to it, because I'll be afraid of spoiling its perfection, but I will!

Wulf
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99  Sherlock Holmes Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by Wulf on: August 31, 2011 05:16:21 PM


Robert Downey Jr's new Sherlock Holmes Movie is coming out in mid-December, and because I'm tired of waiting for someone else to do it, that seems as good an excuse as any to organize a Sherlock Holmes Swap.

I'm thinking November is about right, with send-outs in early December. That way people who are looking forward to the movie's premiere will be able to have their Holmes poppets, deerstalker caps, plush magnifying glasses, etc. while waiting in the line-up.

Anyone interested? Any suggestions?

Wulf
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100  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!

Wulf
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