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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap 55 (Signup thru Jan. 2; sendout Jan. 24)) on: December 27, 2014 08:49:49 AM
Yes, you are!

This is a very flexible swap, so that people who want to pour a lot of effort into it can do so, or if you're still a little swamped from the holidays, you can do something a bunch of little, simple things. Lots of people have garden ideas Pinterest boards, so let's share those and get the creative sap flowing!

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap (Signup thru Nov. 12; sendout Dec. 5) on: December 26, 2014 05:21:24 PM
Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP swap number 55 is open!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap 55 (Signup thru Jan. 2; sendout Jan. 24)) on: December 26, 2014 05:13:37 PM

2010_1218_Garden_03 by Peter Collins

Imbolc Garden Dreams - WWP Swap Number 55
Swap name: Imbolc Garden Dreams
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up date range: 12/25/2014 - 01/02/2015
Date to send item by: 01/24/2015

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 herself 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

A magical gardening and herb swap in the depths of Winter? Why not? This is where our gardens begin: under the snow, in the seeds that lie sleeping til the warm sun calls them to life; in the seed catalogues that have already begun arriving in the mail; in the plans and sketches we've started making for the perfect garden we'll have this Summer; in the intentions we set now, like seeds planted in the rich soil of our imaginations. This is when gardens begin - Imbolc is a festival of birth and new beginnings, when the sun begins its climb back toward the midsummer sky. In many parts of North America and Europe, it's already time to start seedlings indoors for planting after Beltane. So it's the perfect time for a gardening swap - if we wait til Spring it's too late!

As in the Summer and Autumn, we can swap seeds, dried herbs, tinctures and preserves from last year's garden. To help our partners plan their gardens, there are gardening tips, plans, drawings, charts and calendars. In anticipation of the harvest to come, we can share recipes, spells and herb lore. And to brighten up the stark midwinter, we can craft garden signs, plant markers, gnomes and fairies, birdhouses and everything else that will go into the garden once the snow has gone. Plus, of course, there are lots of great extras that can be added, such as seed packets, catalogues, books, magazines, stickers, etc.

To join this swap, PM this questionnaire to the organizer, Wulf:

Name of swap:Imbolc Garden Dreams
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.)?

Are you planning a garden for this summer? If so, describe for your partner the garden you hope to have. Are you new to this, or an experienced gardener? If you aren't planning a garden for this year, how do you hope this swap will help build the garden of your dreams?

If you already know what herbs, vegetables or flowers you plan to have in your garden, list as many as possible for your partner.

Will your garden be for one primary purpose (medicinal herbs, magical herbs, flowers, vegetables, etc.) or will it be eclectic?

List a few of your favourite plants/herbs/flowers.

Will your garden have to be save for children (ie no poisonous plants)?

Are there any particular extras that you'd like to have?
Is there anything you do NOT want?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, 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?

Is there anything else you want your partner to know about your garden plans?

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

Garden dreamers:

Wulf (Canada)
monnie31 (Canada)
Ludi (USA)

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Octopus Mosaic on: December 25, 2014 12:44:55 PM
Beautiful! I love the eye and the suckers.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: New Year, new prayer flags on: December 24, 2014 07:44:49 PM
I think I may just open signups on January first. It will be very in the spirit of the swap. Smiley

Yay! Perhaps the theme could be something about setting intentions for the New Year.

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Monthly theme Dotee doll swap starts JAN 2015 on: December 24, 2014 07:43:02 PM
Oh, please do, Candice! All us newly-formed doteeists would find it painful to have to wait another month!

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap (Signup thru Nov. 12; sendout Dec. 5) on: December 24, 2014 07:35:17 PM
Okay, I'll try to get something up by the weekend.

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap (Signup thru Nov. 12; sendout Dec. 5) on: December 24, 2014 11:27:14 AM
I can organize if you want a break, Monnie. Doing a herbal swap at that time of year is brilliant, because it's all about planning, anticipating and setting intentions, rather than harvesting or processing.

I've always loved Imbolc. I grew up in the far north, where the beginning of February is still three months away from the first signs of Spring, but even though it's still deepest part of Winter here in southern Ontario, there is definitely an sense at Imbolc that the Winter is losing ground and Spring will actually return.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Warm Wishes for Yule 54 card and BOS swap on: December 24, 2014 11:20:06 AM
Of the ones Monnie received?  If so, I do have some, that was my package.  We were a round robin group Smiley

Sorry, I got confused about who was sending and who was receiving!

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lepocampus (or Merhare) sculpt on: December 24, 2014 11:18:05 AM
Oh, Cackle, you are so lucky! She has such a beautiful face - melancholy and peaceful at the same time. Your sculpting skills are brilliant, Maxxev - I can't wait to see what you do in the future.

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