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1791  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Goddess Swap Gallery on: October 01, 2011 07:19:55 PM
Phrixy's jasper earrings are just great. So simple and elegant. Kiss

1792  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Samhain Round 31! (SU 9-11 to 9-25-11, SO 10-22-11) on: October 01, 2011 06:56:55 PM
A symbol I feel affinity for is the cross within a circle, usually seen as a "Celtic cross", but also the astronomical symbol for Earth. I think my connection with it dates back to a novel I read as a child, one of those books about plucky British children caught up in a battle between ancient forces of Light and Darkness. In the story, the circled cross represents the agents of Good, and one of the characters accidentally has it branded on his hand. I wish I could remember what the book was; I'd like to re-read it. (Like a lot of those sort of magical books I read when I was young.)

Drawing a cross within a circle divides it into four quarters, which could be the four elements, the four seasons, or the quarter-points of the year. It can also represent a cross-road or the four points of the compass. The circled cross, which is undoubtedly very ancient, has been absorbed into Christianity in several forms, including the Catholic host and hot cross buns baked at Easter.

Really the only symbol I ever wear, though, is a hammer of Thor, and that not very often. Just not a jewelry guy, I guess.

1793  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Goddess Swap Gallery on: September 30, 2011 06:13:46 AM
Blue penguins? Now I want one too! Cheesy

1794  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Goddess Swap Gallery on: September 29, 2011 06:54:10 PM
I love the earrings Icekibby made, too. I'm not an earring person, so I'd have to find another use for them, but they're so elegantly simple they could be used in many different ways.

And of course the Bastet paper doll is brilliant. But I'm already a fan. Smiley

1795  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap on: September 25, 2011 03:42:04 PM
Kohoutek, this will be the perfect swap to have as your first one! You meet all the requirements for swapping, and you're in love with Jeremy Brett, so there's nothing stopping you!

1796  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Samhain Round 31! (SU 9-11 to 9-25-11, SO 10-22-11) on: September 25, 2011 12:55:11 PM
There are 4 more open spots!

Wow that filled up fast! Come on, fence-sitters! Hop on over!

And Icekibby, I'm glad I didn't wear the armour to the craft show yesterday; I would never have made it up the stairs. Wink

1797  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 Gallery on: September 23, 2011 07:45:06 PM
Okay, I know that was cruel, but I was just too busy to get it done earlier. As it is, I've had to take the pictures at night, so they're not as clear as I'd like. But here we are:

First, the huge pile of extras. Six or eight sheets of lovely scrapbooking paper; some pages from a ladies' magazine (about 1950); a few assorted advertisements, brochures, maps and other ephemera (some from Edel's recent European tour); two lengths of lace trim, a set of sketching pencils Smiley and a bar of delicious dark chocolate (not sufficiently well hidden, and therefore already eaten.)

Here's the book itself. Coptic bound with oversize covers. The front has this faded purple Medieval emblem with gold glitter on it. I just realized this is the only glitter in the entire journal, which must've taken incredible self-control.  Wink The back and inside covers have old dictionary pages, which make fascinating reading. You can see some of the multiple built-in bookmarks here, one with a great key charm on it.

I had to include a close-up of this corner, which has a heart tattoo sticker on it. (Hearts are a theme throughout the book.) You can also see the colour of the cover better, and a bit of the glitter.

I'm not going to include a huge number of photos of the pages, although there are so many I'd like to share. There is only one blank page in the entire book! Many pages are completely painted like this one; some have only a word or two, or a little picture. This is probably my favourite page of all, even though it's so simple. Edel's done a number of pages in this technique, and the colours absolutely glow! The photo doesn't begin to do it justice.

This is a beautiful stamped pattern. (More hearts!)

Our two journals have a number of things the same: we both used leaf prints, we both included birch bark, etc. But I would never have thought of feather prints! Brilliant!

This is another favourite page. So simple, yet perfect.

Just a couple more examples of the great pages. There are several little internal booklets and envelopes. I especially love the lotaria cards at the bottom here.

There are so many more great pages, but I really shouldn't fill up the entire Gallery all by myself. Thank you, Edel, for a wonderful journal. It's so perfect I'm going to have to force myself to add anything to it, because I'll be afraid of spoiling its perfection, but I will!

1798  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Samhain Round 31! (SU 9-11 to 9-25-11, SO 10-22-11) on: September 23, 2011 05:05:32 PM
we're going to dress up as Bastets! Grin

No way! Cheesy Photos are a MUST, Saturn!

Mandykaye, I imagine the difficulty of drying coneflowers would be that the heavy centre would take much longer to dry than the thin petals. Maybe microwave drying would work, but I suspect your best bet is silica gel dessicant. It has the added advantage of keeping the petals properly aligned while drying. There's a good article here comparing different methods.

1799  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 - Sign ups closed Send out Aug 31 on: September 21, 2011 06:35:53 PM
I just got a journal from EdelC that is SO FANTASTIC that I don't think I could ever add anything of my own to it, because that would spoil its utter perfection. Grin  Seriously, it's amazing. And there was a package of paper ephemera and other great stuff as well. Even an octopus on the postage!

It's going to take me a day or two to absorb it all and take photos. Believe me, it's worth waiting for.

And now I'm hoping mine arrives at Edel's soon, soon, soon!

1800  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: September 20, 2011 06:32:50 PM
As an apron-wearing boy, I can offer a suggestion here. (I usually have to make my own, because I'm too tall for most commercially-made work aprons.) If you're including pockets for screws and small, fiddly-bits, make them wider and fairly shallow. Deep pockets, especially if they're too narrow, aren't very useful for small things.

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