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1831  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal (SIGNUP 8/23/10-9/5/10 ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) on: September 03, 2010 08:09:14 PM
I suddenly noticed this swap and couldn't pass it by. I've just sent in my questionnaire.

Like a lot of people, I've just discovered art journalling recently, and I'm trying to use it as a way to loosen up my much-too-constrained creativity. It continues to be a struggle to keep from worrying about whether or not a page "works" and just do it. Journalling websites, online videos and books are a help with new techniques to try and ideas to copy/adapt, but what I need most is motivation. Preparing pages for someone else and getting half-done pages to start with seems like a great way to get kick-started.

I also enjoy book binding, and have been intending to make myself a decent journal for a while. Again, this takes care of that!

1832  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Lammas/Lugh Swap Round 21 Gallery on: September 03, 2010 06:10:23 PM
I love the altar cloth fabric too. Fortunately things very rarely get lost forever in the postal system. Sometimes it takes months or years for them to reappear, but they usually get delivered or returned eventually. So one day a little snakey bowl may yet appear on Saturn's doorstep.

1833  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 03, 2010 05:50:57 PM
Wow! What a lot of great stuff already! All the jewelry is great, but I especially like the oak leaf and acorn. You can almost smell that potpourri through the screen.

And speaking of smelling, I finally opened my package from Monnie31. It actually came at the beginning of the week, but I stayed away from it til I got hers sent yesterday.

For a first time swapper, Monnie, you've already figured out what kind of stuff we like here in WWP Land! Some of it didn't survive the shipping, and it's always a steep learning curve to find out how much packing is really required, but there was so much packed into that tiny box that it hardly matters.

Okay, first off here's the stuff that came through okay:

There's a lovely piece of amethyst (a favourite of mine) in a silver wire cage, some dried mugwort and a piece of mugwort root (which Monnie suggested I try to plant), and two pieces of her fabulous soap. These two are lavender and rosemary lime. Of course they smell great, but they're not over-perfumed! So many soaps are great at a distance but if you touch them you can't wash the smell off, but these are just perfect! I can hardly wait to try them out.

Here's a close-up shot of the amethyst.

There were two unfired clay objects that just didn't survive the rigors of shipping, a horned disk and a small offering bowl. Sad to see them in little pieces. Maybe I'll reconstitute the clay and make it into something new.

I had told Monnie about the big harvest festival I go to in October, which always culminates in the burning of the Corn King. I suggested she send something to put into the fire with him, to carry a wish or prayer into the New Year.

She made this very sweet pair of corn husk dollies. Monnie tied her petition to the woman and left the man for me. But they must not have been quite dry enough, and packed into a small box with fresh soap was just too moist for them, and let's just say that the dollies had rather come to life by the time they arrived! This is the photo Monnie took before sending, which is how they would want you to see them.

So what I'm going to do is simply re-create them with fresh corn husks, reattach the wishes, and they can go off to their dance with the Corn King looking their best.

Thanks for being such an attentive and creative swap partner, Monnie, and I hope you'll be back for many, many more! Hopefully by the time Hurricane Earl has passed and you climb back out of the storm cellar, your package will have arrived!
1834  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Lammas/Lugh Swap Round 21 Gallery on: September 01, 2010 06:24:56 PM
Underachiever? I don't think so. The bag alone is enough to prove that wrong! And the shell jewelery is lovely too. Who knew it was so dangerous to do?

1835  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween soap on: September 01, 2010 06:16:41 PM
Monnie, you are just a SOAP-MAKING MACHINE! Shocked  Each new batch is bigger and more intriguing than the last one! I'm in awe.

1836  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: my three best photos from my holidays on: August 31, 2010 03:30:18 PM
I'm with the group on this one: #1 for sure. It's not only the most dynamic, but the richness of the colour is missing in the second version.

1837  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 31, 2010 03:26:40 PM
Just a reminder, we have 14 days until send-offs.

Have we had a longer than usual crafting period this time? (I guess not, as the sabbats are pretty much evenly spaced through the year!) I'm probably going to get my package in the mail tomorrow, and I'm always working right up to the send-out deadline!

Maybe I just got going on time for once. Cheesy

1838  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 30, 2010 06:44:59 PM
Alexus, that's brilliant! I was reading through your description and thinking "What the heck is she talking about?", then scrolled down to the photos and it was exactly what you'd described! I guess after seeing the picture of the blouse I just couldn't imagine it as a skirt, but it works so well. You're probably right about it needing a little something at the top of the front V, but I wouldn't worry about it. You can add it later when inspiration strikes. If I can make a suggestion though, I think it needs another gold/brown element to tie the canvas ruffle to the shirt fabric more. Maybe your brown crochet? Or maybe when the ruffle is really sewn on it'll connect well enough without anything else.

Keep going!


1839  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Toronto meet-up to beat the winter blahity-boos? on: August 30, 2010 05:59:05 PM
Well, here we are coming up to September (already!!!), so we ought to get back into the meet-up habit.

I'm totally game for returning to ]Kubata on Sunday the 5th. The next day is a holiday, so no pressure to go back to work - a perfect opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon loping around the city, meeting fellow Craftsters, generally avoiding responsibilities.

Who's in?

1840  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: August 28, 2010 04:45:36 PM
That little brass bell is loud! I had to muffle it with a bit of padding stuffed inside, because I was afraid it would alarm the postal workers!

I'm glad you liked everything. It's nice to see the apron again - it's been just long enough that I'd kind of forgotten what it looked like, and I finished it and packed it up immediately without really getting a good look at it anyway. Of course we're all waiting for an action shot once the sun comes out!

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