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1751  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tudor Swap Gallery on: April 24, 2011 01:39:37 PM
Wulf- feel free to decorate the hat further.  I had wanted to put some metal jewelry bits on it but couldn't find any appropriate findings in town.

What a great idea! I can't believe I didn't immediately think of doing that - I've got a couple of sparkly bits that would be perfect.

The recipes have titles like "A Tarte of Spynage" and "To Sowse a Pigge". The spelling is half the fun of some. Others are quite basic, like "To make a Custarde" or "To fry Artichokes".

There are some that I just want to try, like "Conserve of Roses in the Italian Manner:
Take fresh red Roses not quite ripe, beat them in a stone Mortar, mix them with double their weight of Sugar, and put them in a glass close stopped, being not full, let them remain before you use them three moneths, stirring of them once a day. The Stomach, Heart, and Bowels it cooleth, and hindereth vapours, the spiting of blood and corruption of the most part (being cold) it helpeth. It will keep many years."

You never know when you might start spiting blood and need some helpeth!

1752  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 - CLOSED, sendouts April 30 on: April 22, 2011 05:00:25 PM
"Craft supplies" sounds like an excellent all-purpose Customs description. I think I'll use that.

Missmlissa, Ontario Specialty Supply is at 133 Church St. It was used as a location in Good Will Hunting, so you may have seen the storefront, suereal. (I just noticed there are some good shots of the interior at the link above. Check 'em out!)

I've finally finished stuffing both matchboxes (used tweezers to get those last tiny beads and bits of filler into the interstitial spaces) and they're ready to go. I'm very pleased with both of them; I hope the recipients are too.

1753  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Steampunk Swap (Signups closed, Sendouts 5/17) on: April 22, 2011 02:24:24 PM
Oooh, thank you for introducing me to Miss Monster. There are several things on her website that I think I may have to own. At the very least a Chthulu t-shirt.

Still throwing around ideas. I have to commit, I know, but every time I start to settle on something good, I get sight of an even better idea and move on.

1754  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tudor Swap Gallery on: April 22, 2011 11:59:18 AM
Okay that is awesome. I am not even a big fan of Wizard of Oz, but that is just hilarious.
1755  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tudor Swap Gallery 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!


1756  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Beltane Fires Round 27 (SU 4-3-11 to 4-9-11, SO 4-25-11) on: April 21, 2011 06:29:04 PM
Uh oh, I've just realized that Monday is a holiday here (at least for the Post Office), and there's no way I will be able to finish to send on Saturday, so I'll have to send a day late. Sorry, Fullmoon!

1757  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tudor Swap Gallery on: April 21, 2011 06:27:27 PM
Wow, great stuff! I especially like the Elizabeth I card and the shadowbox-book.

I didn't do the calligraphy in the recipe book myself; I found a free font online which does a very good imitation of Elizabethan writing. And yes, the violet pastilles do taste like violets. (I've heard that the entire French town where they're made smells of violets!)

1758  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tudor Swap Sign ups closed Mail out 4/11/11 on: April 21, 2011 06:13:51 PM
I received too! There's clothing to be modeled, so photos will have to wait until daylight. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!

1759  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 - CLOSED, sendouts April 30 on: April 19, 2011 07:34:39 PM
I don't think I ever realized Archie McPhee was a real place. It always just seemed like an imaginary world where magical things came from somehow. Now I know. There's a great store here in Toronto called Ontario Specialty Supply Co. (can you get a more generic name than that?) which is a similar sort of place. Tiny old store packed with every sort of plastic novelty, gag gift, tin toy and little whatsit you can imagine.

I've pretty much finished both matchboxes and though they're totally different, I'm delighted with both. Now to finish filling with "fairy droppings". Grin

1760  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Beltane Fires Round 27 (SU 4-3-11 to 4-9-11, SO 4-25-11) on: April 18, 2011 05:56:29 PM
I have to remember when I get FullMoon's package to go back and figure out what the blanks in those messages concealed!

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