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1861  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 31 Samhain Gallery! on: October 30, 2011 05:16:41 PM
Hey everyone, I'm finally home again and have had time to enjoy looking through the Gallery. What gorgeous stuff! I kept saying to myself "Oh, that's my favourite!" or "That's the best yet!" so often I can't even say what things I like the best. I'd be thrilled to get any of it.

I'm crafting frantically to catch up, and Icekibby and I are meeting on Saturday to swap packages. So we'll probably be the last to post pics, but it won't be much of a delay.

Wulf
1862  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap on: October 29, 2011 09:05:02 PM
Thanks for that, BSBabe! Cheesy Kate Beaton is a divine being, in my opinon.

Okay, I'm back home, almost back to normal, and I'll sit down with a calendar tomorrow and work out a new start date for the swap. Very soon, I think, but I have to make sure I don't schedule it so I don't have enough time myself!

Wulf
1863  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 12, 2011 05:33:19 PM
Sorry I haven't been participating much lately. My mother's declining health has taken a sudden, sharp downturn. I'm sending this from the Calgary airport on my way to see her, and I don't know how much time I'll have to check in for the next week or so.

Hope your surgery went well today, Radmom, and I hope the post office is good to everyone's packages over the next few weeks.

Wulf
1864  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap on: October 11, 2011 03:41:37 AM
I'm afraid I'm going to have to put off the Sherlock Holmes Swap for a little while, as I'm dealing with a serious family crisis right now. It may only be a short delay, but I don't want to start the swap and then find that I can't give it my full attention.

Thanks for your understanding, and I'll keep you all updated.

Wulf
1865  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 02, 2011 11:44:27 AM
Selkie, I think you're probably right. I only have a couple of the Dark is Rising books now, but I should get the rest and re-read them. For those who don't know Susan Cooper's work, she wrote a series of young adult novels in the 1970s (1960s?) on a theme that was as common in that period as apprentice witches and wizards is today, namely seemingly ordinary children and young teens getting caught up in ancient mythological battles that somehow break through into the modern world. Cooper's five (?) The Dark is Rising novels are still in print and well worth reading. Another author in the same vein is Alan Garner. His book The Owl Service is an absolute favourite of mine, and still gives me shivers in exactly the same way it did when I was fourteen!

Another favourite symbol of mine is the Vesica Piscis that decorates the cover of the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, England. I bought a silver ring with that design on it when I visited there many years ago, and I sometimes wear it for rituals, sabbats and such.

And to keep it from seeming too weird and specialized, I should add that I'm very fond of the pentacle as a symbol, too.

Finally got a whole day at home today, so I've made a trip to the storage locker to gather some supplies and I'm starting to work.

Wulf
1866  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme Bird Mansion ! on: October 02, 2011 10:45:21 AM
Brilliant and, I agree with Antidigger, quite astonishing. I envy the birds!

Wulf
1867  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

Wulf
1868  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.

Wulf
1869  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

Wulf
1870  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


Wulf
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