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1931  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Matchbox Swap round 4! sign ups until 1/26/11, sendouts 2/18/11 on: January 06, 2011 05:53:31 PM
How can I pass this up? It's a chance to get rid of a box or two of tiny stuff. Well, maybe not get rid of exactly, as the same volume comes back to me, but it would feel like I'm de-stashing!

1932  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Juniper and his Bird on: January 06, 2011 05:49:49 PM
Love the paint finish! Isn't Paperclay great?
1933  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery on: January 04, 2011 06:34:48 PM
A great necklace!
1934  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery on: January 01, 2011 04:40:55 PM
Hey, Fullmoon! Congratulations on the new sewing machine! I think we were all holding our breaths, hoping you'd get one. The Machine From Hell was starting to sound very alarming!

And I love your paintings. No wonder you were working yourself down to a nub before Christmas - there's a lot of work there!

1935  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 (SU 11-5 to 11-15, SO 12-13-10) on: December 31, 2010 06:49:36 PM
A One Tiny Thing is a great idea for Imbolc!

1936  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Toadstool...Stool (Pic Heavy) on: December 25, 2010 01:14:47 PM
This is brilliant!! I really like the little details like the butterflies and the illuminated window. How on earth did you keep it hidden?

1937  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery on: December 25, 2010 11:16:06 AM
I totally forgot that I'd put that advent garland on my wist - I thought you were just a mind-reader! When I unrolled it I was amazed to find it's like 4 meters long! It swags all the way across the livingroom.

Ladyblades, the ancient Celtic neck ornament is a torque or torc, while the hat toque is a French-Canadian word that most likely spread across the country with the 18th c. fur traders. But I don't think there's any reason one couldn't wear a torque with one's toque. Though a scarf would be more useful to keep you warm.

1938  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 (SU 11-5 to 11-15, SO 12-13-10) on: December 24, 2010 12:31:24 PM
We got a card from Yorkshire last week that only took three days to Toronto, in spite of the weather problems there. Our friend said he'd mailed a letter to London at the same time and it took longer. So there's really no way to know how it works!

1939  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 24, 2010 10:10:56 AM
Jennie, I was reading this post this morning and thinking how delicious this sounded. Now I've just received my package in the Yule Swap, and there's a tub of Christmas Crack! Cheesy It's every bit as good as I'd imagined!

Thanks for sharing this, and Merry Christmas!

1940  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Yule Swap Round 24 Gallery on: December 24, 2010 10:05:17 AM
Oh my! I've just got my ASTOUNDING package from Ffrogg, who absurdly apologized for how little she'd sent!  Shocked

Okay, here's the stocking, with beautifully embroidered writing. (How long did THAT take?!) And a tub of jennieingram's Christmas Crack. (I was just looking at the recipe this morning and thinking how delicious it sounded!)  And finally, a wonderful Advent calendar garland with little felt pouches for each of the days. December 21 and 25 are in gold, as I celebrate both Yule and Christmas!

Here's the Christmas Crack again (already disappearing) with the LED fibre-optic bow turned on Cheesy But it turns out that the lettering on the stocking was the back, and the front is even MORE spectacular! But what's inside? Not tiny treats or candy sweets, but a lovely string of imported fabric birds, and a toque (that's a knitted cap to non-Canadians) Cheesy I'd told Ffrogg that I hadn't been able to find a simple black wool watch cap, and she knitted what is arguably the best toque I've ever seen.

Look how intricate the top is! And all done in a lovely, soft wool.

Does it fit? Here's proof! (Sorry about the blurry photo. I was taking it at arm's length and kept missing my head Cheesy. By the time I got this shot the camera's battery was dying and it was the best I could do!)

The only other thing in the stocking was a couple empty boxes from Christmas puzzles. "Hmmm," I thought. "She must've put those in as filler or stiffening." No, of course not. Turns out the puzzle pieces are scattered through the 12 Day of Christmas in the Advent pockets! I can hardly wait to see what the other little treats are inside each. (Look how beautifully made they are, with the number embroidered on each pouch in silver cord, and little Velcro tabs to keep them closed.) The best thing about getting an Advent calendar right at Christmas is that you don't have to wait to open any of the days! And next year I can fill it up again and enjoy it all over again. (Maybe I should fill it early in the year so I'll have forgotten what's inside by December.)

Thanks for the most amazing, splendid package. Grin  I can't believe how much work you put into this. No wonder the last few weeks before your holidays were so stressful!

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