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1631  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery on: August 03, 2012 04:18:01 PM
What great fabric on that blouse! That's three sewn garments in this swap - unusual for the WWP swaps.

And I love your knitted lace, Emily. I don't know if I'd have the nerve to use it for an altar cloth though - I'd be to worried about spilling candle wax on it!

I think with whileitsraining back with us, we're down to our last package. When it arrives on Spidersweb's doorstep, we're done!

And blessed Lammas to everyone. It's been lovely weather here - every day the forecast says "unpleasantly hot and humid" and it somehow never quite gets hot enough to make you not want to be outside.

1632  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap, send out Aug 3 2012 on: August 03, 2012 03:44:39 AM
Will send today. One flag is just as I imagined it; the other has taken an unexpected right-turn. Hope it's ok.

1633  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: August 01, 2012 03:54:06 AM
I am now afraid that this will be my first try glorious fail and then I'll have to start from scratch!  arg thanks Wulf.

The other thing to remember about your first time trying something is that it sometimes comes out almost perfect. Don't question it, just enjoy but remember that this was a gift and you don't really know what you're doing yet, so the "glorious fail" may still come. 

1634  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery on: July 31, 2012 06:06:36 PM
Have you noticed that pairs of partners have been receiving at the same time? That's so cool!

Glad you liked the harvest basket. The wood came courtesy of my boss - the cedar was scrap he had left over from building a new deck, and the oak branch was one I kept after helping him prune a tree last fall. (Never throw anything out.) Wink Those beans look like a good start to your harvest! There was also another loose stone in the package - did you find it?

Here's the great package I received in return:

First, this excellent personalized Lammas card and the warm fleecy nightcap I'd strongly hinted about. It's a bit large even for my oversize head, but that's so much better than too small, which is the kind of hats I usually get! It'll be easy to make it a bit smaller, but I don't think I'll alter it until I've worn it one night. Large might turn out to be the right size!.

And this extraordinary shirt! Complicated neckline and lace-up cuffs, sleeve gussets, gores for added fullness at the waist - it would've been quite a challenge to sew from a full-size pattern - it's hard to imagine you just drafted it from a tutorial! (It's quite a good fit, by the way.) Sorry about the dull indoor photo - I was planning to do it outside this afternoon, but a thunderstorm got in the way. Angry

Look how great the sleeves are!

But that's not all! Cheesy

The extras included a beautifully-scented jar candle, a pot of deliciously citrus-y lip balm (it's hard to imagine needing that in this muggy heat, but it'll be much appreciated in a few months!), a bottle of essential oil insect repellent (that I can certainly use right away!) and four perfectly-matched pieces of beach glass from Lake Erie. (I especially love beach glass, which you must have somehow intuited.)

And best of all - a lifetime supply of shaving soap! There's a background story here: HG and I were partners in a swap a year or more ago, and she sent me three pieces of shaving soap. Unlike so many homemade soaps it lasts forever - I still have one piece left from the original swap! I mentioned that it was my favourite shaving soap ever, so she sent the rest of the batch!

Thanks for all this great stuff. I hope it was fun to make - it certainly was to receive!

1635  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: July 30, 2012 05:40:21 PM
Just checking in to announce that I am back from a very odd and not-so-funny vacation...

So many of my vacations are like that it's a wonder I even bother anymore!

My germ of an idea suddenly crystalized today. (oops - metaphor collision!) I'm ready to go - where's my tin?

1636  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery on: July 30, 2012 05:37:41 PM
I'll be glad when the weather cools down a bit so I can bake bread again. Store bread, even "artisinal" stuff, is never as good.

I received a great package from hawkeyes_girl today! Densely packed with lovely handmade stuff, she says she enjoyed making it all, and it shows.

Photos tomorrow afternoon, hopefully. There will be some co-ordination required to get action shots, etc.

1637  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap Gallery on: July 29, 2012 07:52:10 PM
I leave to go camping with my family pretty soon so it's a mad house around here, but I will try to get an action shot up before I leave, and if not, definitely when i get back Smiley

I think that bustle would be just the thing to wear around the campsite!  Wink

1638  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: July 29, 2012 05:17:16 PM
Oh! Shocked After days and days of nothing, a tiny idea suddenly popped into my head. It seems to be growing into something. If it survives it'll be ber-geeky, which is perfect. Stay tuned.

1639  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) on: July 28, 2012 09:56:28 AM
I received my first flag yesterday, and it didn't take too long coming from Britain. Of course Phizzychick sent super-early, which helped a lot.

Look at how great this is! It includes not only one of the words from my list   but several of my other favourite textile things - vintage lace, linen, random stitching, etc.

Here's a detail to show the layers and the stitching.

And almost as good as the flag itself is this piece of printed card that Phizzy attached the flag to so it would stay flat in the envelope. Not a forbidden extra, of course, just packing material! Wink

Thanks for this!

1640  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Challenge: Man on Fire aka The burning man on: July 28, 2012 08:53:52 AM
Love it!
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