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1861  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: November 01, 2010 08:29:35 PM
I promise I measured and made sure my envelope was within the size guidelines, I didn't have any regular envies so had to use an end flap envelope which are frankly way easier to stuff Wink

You're right of course, it just appeared huge because it was SO stuffed! Cheesy

1862  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: November 01, 2010 07:07:11 PM
Suereal, I don't know about the Kamloops SCA. Do tell!

1863  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: November 01, 2010 07:05:26 PM
Okay, here we go. The envelope I got from AlteredMommy was WA-A-AY over-size and stuffed so full of paper ephemera, bits and pieces and other stuff I don't know where to begin. She totally spoiled me with exactly the kind of stuff I love!

First, there's a lovely big reproduction of a favourite page from the Trs Riche Heures du Duc du Berry; a book page with an engraving of two very grave little boys and a dog (and a poem by George MacDonald on the other side); two more book pages in Russian; a Lemony Snicket card (trading? divination?); a cut-out key; a milk cap; a slice of deer antler; some cigarette trading stamps; and some reproductions of a matchbox label. And then...

A sheet of Arabic (Turkish?) newspaper; two art reproductions with Japanese captions; two playing card game pieces; a bottlecap magnet with a tiny picture of penguin; what appear to be two large contact lenses but which are probably tiny watch crystals; some clock hands with scrapbooking rivets; various bits of rusted metal including a flat key; two strips of copper strapping; prints of clock and compass dials in different sizes; more book pages in German and Spanish; an old Russian newspaper clipping; and my favourite of all, an inexplicable hand-painted sign that says "Laval Q LQ". And then...

A page from a speller; two pieces of scrapbooking paper with a ruler design; a wonderful illustration of a bullfrog from a Russian book; two tokens, some fasteners and a tiny watch-face button; a 35mm slide of a goat; an old postcard of a Russian palace; a vocabulary flash card that says "portend" (another favourite); a long strip of printed label that says "Lord Robert de Luxe" (from a cigar box, perhaps); two bingo cards; and some 'cigarette cards' (these are actually from tea packages) showing trees, orchids and fighter planes. There were also a Russian banknote and three or four old stamps, but I made the mistake of showing them to my partner Ian and never saw them again. But wait, the envelope isn't empty yet...

There's a reproduction New Jersey banknote; two early 20th c. cheques; a lovely piece of collaged paper; a piece of beautifully soft deer hide; and inside yet another envelope, a card and a Steampunky ATC. But that's still not all, because inside the card there's...

Two more ATC's, the right-hand one of which is one of the best I have ever had. The photo doesn't begin to show its textury goodness.

Whew! I have a lot of work I really need to get done tonight but I think instead I'm just going to go fondle all my new stuff.


1864  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: November 01, 2010 05:43:43 PM
The ways of Canada Post are mysterious. I used to live in Banff, and it would usually only take two days for letters to get to Toronto. My mother lives in Kamloops, and her letters never get here in less than five. Lately, letters and packages from here to Britain have been arriving in as little as three days. So you just spin the wheel and take yer chances each time. Even weekends aren't an excuse, though, because these days it's almost all automated anyway. When I drop a letter in the mailbox here in Toronto it isn't touched by another human hand until the mailman sorts it into his bag at the destination. Mail from a smaller centre might be briefly handled by someone at the local post office, but then it's in the hands claws of the robot overlords all the rest of the way.

In contrast, I usually use the post office near where I work, which is the oldest Post Office in Toronto. It's been in operation since something like 1830, more-or-less unchanged. They don't sell any of the usual overpriced Canada Post mailing supplies, but you can buy sealing wax, ink pots, pen nibs and other epistolary essentials.

Received my amazing envelope from Alteredmommy today; stand by for photos.

1865  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: October 31, 2010 07:31:30 PM
oooh I love that envelope pouch!

1866  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harvest Time Healing Samhain card Swap Gallery! on: October 31, 2010 07:09:54 PM

I had to wait til this afternoon for the sun to come out bright enough to get a good picture. After I came inside and downloaded the photos I realized Monnie's card was almost invisble against the oak leaves behind it. So I went out to re-shoot it, but I found it was now snowing heavily. Shocked Yes, really.

The one on the bottom left is from Polkadotts and it's very dear to my own heart, for obvious reasons!

Thanks everyone (Including Saturn, whose card hasn't arrived yet) for the great cards, the wonderful spells and poems, and the stones, teas, crocheted leaf, Halloween confetti and so much more!

1867  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Samhain/Halloween Swap Round 23 (Signups 9-25 to 10-6, So 10-25) on: October 30, 2010 03:16:49 PM
Veganistmum, you absolutely win for best package shape! Grin I hope the long, thin part is something like a broomstick and not anything breakable, as it'll get whacked around a lot in the postal system.

I'm always sad to see things arrive broken, because almost anything can be sent safely through the mail if you package it right. Craftster should have packing tips somewhere on here.

1868  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Samhain/Halloween Swap Round 23 Gallery on: October 30, 2010 03:05:07 PM
A candle storage roll - what a great idea! And the raven with the witch's hat is priceless!

1869  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harvest Time Healing Samhain card Swap Gallery! on: October 29, 2010 05:46:17 PM
I'm hoping to get a photo tomorrow in the daylight. These cards are too nice to spoil with a dim indoor photo!

1870  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: October 29, 2010 05:36:54 PM
So worth the wait! It's odd that it took so long, as our cards all got there so quickly.

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