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91  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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92  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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93  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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94  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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95  Re: Paper & Ephemera Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 22, 2011 06:24:49 PM
Yay! This was so worth the wait! The envelope was deceptively not-overstuffed, but look how much was in it:

First off, lots samples of handmade paper, including one embroidered in chain-stitch! Three pages of a blank Shakespeare journal, one with a great illustration of "Two Gentlemen of Verona". There are some painted ATC backgrounds, some stamped paper (including great gold bees!) and a bookmark that Spidermom cross-stitched with a tiny grasshopper.

More paper, both plain and printed. (I especially like the skulls.) Two sheets of die-cut letter tags. A couple of old magazine articles, one of which is on aerosol food, with a great photo of spray mashed potatoes. Some local items including a 25% off coupon from the Highland Tavern (I would have kept that!) and a classic horror illustration of a mad scientist milking venom from snakes. How did you know how much I would like that?

In a little bag were four great metal buttons and a tiny container of watch parts, including four microscopically beautiful cogs.

But wait, there's more! An old road map of Colorado and Wyoming, a 1975 Delta Airlines schedule (I would have so coveted this if it had appeared in anyone else's package!) and a magazine photo of people feeding a rather mangy-looking bear from their car window. A personalized notebook (with handmade brown paper), and a couple of additional fishing items. Three snapshots of the Colorado countryside (I love all the local stuff) and five flash cards (?) of insects and spiders. Not everyone would love these, but I sure do!

And finally, this antique photo deserved its own shot. It's a lovely family group from about 1910 (judging by the hats) but the real story is the annotation on the back: "Ray, Iva, Raymond McBride. All killed in car accident near Boulder Colo." Suddenly the anonymous figures become real people with a tragic story.

Thanks so much, Spidermom, for this great collection of stuff. I love all of it!


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96  Re: WWP Ostara Basket Round 26 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 22, 2011 05:41:16 PM
Okay, here's the great basket I just got from whileitsraining. I squeezed it all into one photo.

First of all, the basket is a fabulous crocheted "nest", which is a perfect size to also be a hat. (Coincidence? I bet it isn't!) It's lined with "Easter grass" which rather than being plastic, is actually edible. There is also edible Easter Bunny confetti, which is weirdly like tiny rabbit-shaped hosts. (Simulated blueberry flavour.) The basket holds wooden eggs for each of the four elements. Lovely! And finally she baked me a loaf of Ostara bread! Cheesy I had hoped to bake some paska this year but just didn't have time, so this was a delicious surprise!

And finally, a package of Peeps!

Thanks for the great package!

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97  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by Wulf on: March 12, 2011 05:39:56 AM
I've just received an unexpected package from the always-amazing suereal, one of her contributions to the Random Acts of Kindness Swap (fake).

There's a folder with two more postcards by ManWoman (with comments on removable speech balloons), some sheets of paper made out of elephant dung Shocked (held with a dog-shaped paperclip) and an eye-popping (literally) tin containing the worlds tiniest hand-cranked flashlight. And a long note written on wonderful Tibetan handmade paper. (This is only the second note I've had from suereal and she's already my favourite penpal. The letters are long without being boring or rambling, and always on great paper.)

I'm glad to be a participant in your fakeswap!

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98  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 04, 2011 05:52:48 PM
Oh yes, the double-hit of packages makes this swap particularly fun! And I love how long this gallery of utter fabulousness has gone on for - and we're not done yet! Cheesy

Suereal:  I think most of the stuff on the box was stuck on with heavy-body acrylic gel. I've only recently been introduced to it as an adhesive, and I'm totally sold. Since most of the bits and pieces were metal, they needed to be pretty securely fixed. Anything that needed less aggression got tacky craft glue, and some of the fine bits I did with Krazy Glue. Generally I'm not one to just glue things on - I prefer mechanical attachment - but it didn't really work in this case. I'm just relieved it all got there in one piece!

Here's another photo, which shows the colour a bit better.

Lylacfey: (Oh, behave!) I'm glad you liked the ATC - it just didn't seem to be going anywhere for a while but it came together in the end. The octolady is a couple of engravings Photoshopped together then printed and pasted on. She would make a great stamp, though!

Lelila: I really like your key box, and tying another key onto the outside makes it almost like you have to unlock it to get inside. And I totally covet that tiny antique die! (And the moose pin, of course, but there's a lineup for that already.)

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99  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 01, 2011 06:49:25 PM
Matchbox #2 from thelastkodama has arrived safe and sound! And of course our conscientious organizer has kept entirely within the rules of the swap: just a matchbox, beautifully decorated but with no gimmicks or craziness; no extras (well, almost none); filled with tiny goodness that fits perfectly inside without exploding out. It was even mailed in a small padded envelope for under $2, just like she said it could be. You make it look so easy!

The box is covered in a luminously green batik fabric with a little ribbon pull. (A great idea!) The piece of eyelet lace was wrapped around the outside. Some might have cried "Extra!" at that, but it was physically attached to the box, so it passes as decoration. Hah!

Inside, all is perfectly-sized orderliness. It didn't even jam inside the box. (I'm afraid you may not find that to be true of mine!)

So from left to right starting below the empty box:

  • two inchies
  • three interesting metal beads
  • a piece of lovely Japanese paper
  • two green stone beads
  • four Hello Kitty stickers Cheesy
  • a penny flattened by a train on the railroad tracks (very cool)
  • a card of six tiny snap fasteners
  • a tiny phial that says "Elgin 809" containing lavender flowers
  • a small religious medal (of the Virgin Mary)
  • a coin sequin
  • a surprisingly heavy brass button
  • three tiny buttons
  • five wooden beads
  • a piece of quartz
  • a stone bear
  • a carved bone bead
  • two beads that look like teeth but are actually shell
  • six more beads in stone and glass
  • four postage stamps from Romania, North Korea, West Germany and Czechoslovakia

What wonderful, tiny stuff! The stamps were immediately pounced on by my partner, who is a stamp collector. The rest I'm already thinking about what I can make from each item!

Thanks for making this such a fun swap. I'm already looking forward to doing it again.

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100  Re: Matchbox Swap round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 31, 2011 05:44:36 PM
Okay, these matchboxes are some of the coolest things I've ever seen on Craftster. I can't even name favourites anymore - my head is spinning!

And even more because I got my box from Suereal this afternoon. Holy cow! She totally walked all over the "no extras" rule - the box was about the size of three VHS tapes stacked up! "It's all padding" she says, but bubblepack was never this good! I don't even know where to begin...

Okay, here's everything that was in the box. The main (and most legitimate) packing material was a wonderful lot of wool suiting samples. I'm already dreaming of what I can make of these. So many of them! Then there was an envelope containing a card (with a wonderful image by ManWoman - I'm a fan) and an ATC (which we had agreed to swap), then the matchbox itself, wrapped in another wool sample. Even the string is fabulous. Plus there's a large wood and brass wall-mounted hook, a tiny bell in the shape of an owl and a squirrel-shaped spring clip.

Here's the hook (a wonderful thing in its own right) and the "tweed robot" ATC, which is pieced out of more wool suiting, with great hand-stitching, buttons and tiny studs. Brilliant!!!

Here's the matchbox itself, which I included mostly to show that the contents didn't quite all fit inside - something was already squeezing out. The box is covered in a mosaic of copper, gold and silver foil, each embossed with different patterns.

And no wonder it was bursting out - look at how tightly it's packed! I could barely slide the box open.

And finally, here's what was inside, referenced to Susi's itemized and annotated list. (Note the zebra-print lining in the box!)

 1. Small Mind Sector - everyone has someplace they would like to put something like this.
 2. 2 star stickers - For glitter
 3. Lady Bug stickers - it reminded me of the hibernating Lady Bugs in your yurt.
 4. Plastic dog tag - pretend they are wolf foot prints...
 5. Food grade silicon band. Just not something I thought you'd buy for yourself. Bundle asparagus and boil, for example.
 6. Automatic Transcribing Machine. A tiny steampunk writing bug. Carefully bend its legs so it stands. (I've glued them on 3 times with 3 different glues. Hope it holds.) It did.
 7. 3 shell buttons
 8. Small coin from my belly dance belt.
 9. Labyrinth
10. Token for Amusement only. That's exactly what I'll use it for.
11. Wolf and man dangles Obviously I love these!
12. 2 Scrabble tiles W & I
13. Knife, fork, spoon
14. Tiny key (vintage)
15. CN Tower I think this may actually be the Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls. More research is required.
16. Square sun button
17. Moon
18. Star
19. Rhino - I made this in college. A wonderful little charm made of brass and another metal (nickle?)
20. Handsome/Valuable clip One side says "HANDSOME" in tiny letters, the other says "VALUABLE"
21. Spool of thread
22. Skull - from Tibet and vintage Silver I think.
23. An armadillo.
24. Scissor
25. French paper clip
26. 12 tiny coins.

Thanks for all this wonderful, fabulous stuff. I'm going to go fondle it all again right now


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