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1631  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 (SU 11-5 to 11-15, SO 12-13-10) on: December 13, 2010 05:19:44 PM
i have sent! after 30 mins in line at the post office... Angry
Yikes! I wouldn't have had to wait at all today except that the woman ahead of me had somehow turned the mailing of six Christmas cards into an incredibly complicated transaction. And then she hadn't sealed the envelopes, and one hadn't even been addressed yet. I think the clerk was glad to see another customer so he had an excuse to hurry her along!

1632  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 (SU 11-5 to 11-15, SO 12-13-10) on: December 12, 2010 12:54:29 PM
Don't worry, Fullmoon, if you're confused about the different kinds of sage; lots of people are.

The sage you cook with is Salvia, and the sage used by Native peoples to smudge with (white sage, blue sage or sagebrush) is part of the large Artemesia family, which also includes wormwood, tarragon and mugwort. In other words, they're two totally different plants. Nevertheless, different varieties of Salvia have come to be widely used as a smudging herb too, and frequently when you buy smudge sticks that's what they contain. They have similar scents (which is why the North American plant came to share the name "sage") and colour, though Salvia officinalis has long, wrinkled leaves and Artemesia ludoviciana has small leaves like thyme.

Does smudging with common sage have the same magical effect as sagebrush? There's a pretty wide range of opinion on this, from "absolutely not" to "makes no difference". I look for native sage when I can find it for sale, but if not, I have a huge bush of common sage in my garden, and use that instead.

The one that can't be substituted, I think, is Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). It's not related to either of the other sages (it's actually from Afghanistan, not Russia) and has a strong, camphorous scent that is quite different. Very pretty blue flowers, though.

I've got everything together and will mail tomorrow. After worrying that I had made such a big stocking that I wouldn't have enough to fill it properly, I found that I had to pack the stuff into it and even then it spills out a bit. And then the only box in the house big enough is only just big enough, so it's pretty tightly packed. No danger of "contents may settle in shipping"!

1633  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Toronto meet-up to beat the winter blahity-boos? on: December 09, 2010 05:17:42 PM
I hope we'll see you, Psyche! Hamilton isn't THAT far away.

1634  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery on: December 09, 2010 05:09:12 PM
Wow! What a lot of stuff to start off with! The Arianrhod painting is lovely.

1635  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Historic craft-along Ongoing on: December 08, 2010 06:04:11 PM
Wulf are you a costumier??

No, I'm a prop builder, but I used to do costume accessories, and the line between props and costumes is pretty fuzzy at the best of times.

1636  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 (SU 11-5 to 11-15, SO 12-13-10) on: December 08, 2010 05:47:50 PM
Wow! Another thing I can add to the "Why I love Craftster" post is that other people's lives show how meaningless my own problems actually are! My strongest wishes for Strength and Wisdom to you ladies, and I admire your ability to craft through even this turmoil!

Myself, I'm pretty much done my package for Ffrogg. I just have to try to find a working camera to take a couple of photos, and a box big enough to hold it all. Should be in the mail on the weekend.

1637  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Team Coco Christmas! (pic heavy) on: December 08, 2010 05:27:09 PM
Brilliant! If your cousin's wife doesn't recognize Conan immediately, then she's either too dumb or too young. It's a great likeness!

1638  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: string or nu portrait project on: December 07, 2010 03:21:47 PM
Absolutely wonderful! I think you've invented a completely new needlework technique. What will you call it?

1639  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Historic craft-along Ongoing on: December 06, 2010 05:28:04 PM
"From the Neck Up" is an absolute classic in theatre costuming. And one I don't have myself, so I wonder if I should leave this Amazon page open on the computer in hopes that someone in the family notices... Cheesy

1640  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Playmat on: December 05, 2010 03:05:27 PM
The 5-year old in me immediately coveted this. Did you apply the road on top of the town-and-countryside print, and if so, what is it made of?

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