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1761  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: April 26, 2011 06:25:40 PM
I found that some of the lidless ones on Flickr were made from sardine tins; not being a sardine person I have my doubts that the sardine smell could ever be fully removed...I think Stumpy would enjoy that, but no one else.  Smiley
Unfortunately I'd just taken a mouthful of coffee as I read that. The screen has been wiped clean and I'm continuing on.

1762  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tudor Swap Gallery on: April 26, 2011 06:23:24 PM
I look forward to hearing reports of how the recipes taste!

1763  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 26, 2011 06:17:57 PM
Annnnnnnnnnd it's off :-)  Though some mailed yesterday? I thought y'all said the post office was supposed to be closed?  I'm confused, lol, At any rate my package is on it's way. 

I think it was a Canadian thing. Mine is on its way today, freshly lacquered and non-sticky!

I have to share something wild that happened to me today. A few weeks ago I heard podcast with a review of Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters by Mya Om. I thought it sounded like a book I'd find useful, so when I was in a big bookstore last week I looked for it in their Magick section. No luck. I made a mental note to put in an order at our local metaphysical shop and forgot all about it. This morning on the streetcar going to work, I wanted to make a marginal note in a book I was reading and went searching in my bag for a pencil. In the pocket where I keep things like pens and pencils I found a book. "What's this doing here?" I thought. Of course you can see where this is going -- I pulled out the book and it was a copy of Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters. I have no memory of buying it, or of having even seen it before, and even if I did I can't imagine why I would've put it in that pocket of the bag, where I never keep books. Makes you say "Hmmmmm..."

1764  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 26, 2011 04:43:53 AM
I rather liked the "two small items" size of this swap. Does that sound good for Litha, too? (We could call it a 3-point swap for those who prefer math.) It seems to me people will be out doing stuff in May and have less time for crafting, but if there's interest it could be a larger-scale swap. We should get the posting up just after Beltane.

I'm off to the post office today in spite of the rain (at least it's not snow!). I made the mistake of deciding on Sunday that one of my items needed to be glossy, and used a bottle of very old glaze without testing it first. It was still tacky the next day! Angry So I'm going to have to take it to work and give it a coat of spray lacquer. That should stop its sticky nonsense! (And fortunately the lacquer is very fast-drying, so it should be ready to mail by lunch time.)

And what's with Craftster lately, anyway? It's up, it's down, you never know whether anything will happen when you press the "Post" button!

1765  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TeeshaMoore #5: It's all for the birds on: April 25, 2011 04:52:16 PM
It's great! I especially love the two-headed deer!

1766  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!

1767  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.

1768  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.

1769  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.
1770  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!


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