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1621  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 29 - Lughnasadh 2011 GALLERY :D on: August 01, 2011 07:47:23 AM
Spidersweb, you're absolutely right about the mosaic stone - why should the slugs be the only ones to appreciate it properly? Cheesy I'd probably set it into a table or a bench, but hanging it on the wall is a good idea too.

And that Wheel painting is great! It's great to see the detail of it.

1622  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Upcycle table on: July 30, 2011 11:25:15 AM
I do love that while you walk around it, it changes views.

That's one of the things I like about constructivist sculpture like this -- that it always looks slightly different depending on which angle you view it from. You've created an excellent sculpture in itself, and the fact that its history as a dining room table makes it even more interesting. The colours of the wood look great against the surrounding brick.

So glad you shared this with us!

1623  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 - Sign ups closed Send out Aug 31 on: July 30, 2011 04:42:28 AM
I love Strathmore and Canson, mostly because their distribution is so good. You can get at least their basic papers just about everywhere.

A great supplier that's local to me but sells online is The Paper Place. Wonderful Japanese handmade paper. Caution: highly addictive!

1624  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 - Sign ups closed Send out Aug 31 on: July 29, 2011 02:20:35 PM
If all you have access to is a big-box craft store like Michaels, Fabricfriend, your best bet is probably to buy one or two sketch pads as your paper source. But if you have an independent art store, or at least a more art-specific chain outlet, you may be able to get a good deal on single large sheets, especially if you skip over the watercolour paper and look for print-making paper. (Printing paper comes in every thickness from onionskin to cover stock, though, so be sure that what you're getting is thick enough and not too absorbent, so ink and paint won't bleed through.)

If there's an art college in your area, you may be able to find good value paper at the campus bookstore or supply store. And sometimes rival art supply stores establish themselves on the periphery of the campus, offering even better deals.

1625  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My kiddo's Photography on: July 29, 2011 01:59:08 PM
I wish my photos were that good!

1626  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 - Sign ups closed Send out Aug 31 on: July 28, 2011 03:29:47 PM
Yay EdelC! You made it in just under the wire! There's a lot of people in this swap after all, which will make for a deliciously photo-packed Gallery -- my favourite part. Cheesy

Thanks for your quick work on partners, -zoma-, I hope you didn't have to re-do it too many times as extra people joined at the last minute.

1627  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 on: July 27, 2011 06:07:32 PM
Oops! I totally forgot until I saw your post,  fibreartist4life, that we'd said "maximum 6 inches square"! I hope you hadn't set aside a precisely-sized patch of wall space for it!

I have to say that the lovely Steampunk silhouette notepaper came from Ralph in a swap last year. I've been hoarding it for special communications.

I had so much fun doing this, both assembling the box (it's made of parts from two or three craft-store units) and arranging the contents. I'm so pleased that it arrived apparently intact. Let's hear it for heavy gel medium as adhesive!

The embroidery book was published in the 70's (as the cover clearly shows!) but it's a facsimile of a late 19th c. book. Lovely stuff in it.

1628  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 - Sign ups till July 27 Send out Aug 31 on: July 26, 2011 03:21:33 PM
Great to see the number of participants climbing. Let's hear it for large swaps! (Although this does make more trouble for our hard-working -zoma-!

I've been trying to reach EdelC, who was enthusiastic about this last time but is current on a road trip somewhere in Europe. I've sent her message on both Craftster and Facebook in case she checks either before the sign-up deadline passes.

1629  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My first foray into the world of jam making on: July 25, 2011 04:27:03 PM
When I was little I used to eat crabapples too. Kids have an amazing tolerance for sourness!

The difference between apple and crabapple jelly is fairly subtle. Even though they're super-sour when raw, you have to add so much sugar to make the jelly that it comes out fairly similar to apple.

I was just making wild raspberry jelly this weekend and I would have loved some crabapples to put in it. They have so much pectin, and would have given a nice translucency to the jelly. I love the golden colour of yours, by the way. I remember it being slightly pink too, so the different varieties must give different colours.

1630  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Amy Winehouse embroidery on: July 25, 2011 04:20:10 PM
Just beautiful, and very touching. You work amazingly fast! I think it's perfect as is, especially the hair, and I wouldn't add another stitch.

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