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Topic: Victoriana Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED! Send-outs 7/9/08  (Read 16676 times)
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« Reply #130 on: June 16, 2008 12:18:37 PM »

Agreed, goodnorevil! Short crafting times stress me out, so I'm really enjoying this swap.
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« Reply #131 on: June 17, 2008 06:33:50 AM »

This swap has been challenging because I've been trying to brainstorm things that are useful but still in the spirit of the swap - meaning, a watch fob isn't exactly practical these days, even if it's authentic. I think one way to stimulate the creative juices (so to speak) might be to think about ways of taking Victorian things and making them cute and modern (like some of the really cute felt spats posted on Craftster recently), or taking something modern and putting a Victorian twist on it (like an iPod cozy made up like a mourning accessory, with black lace and jet beads). Or you could try your hand at something decorative and authentically Victorian, like the elaborate artwork they made with sea shells.

I finally have all of the pieces for my large, so I can start assembling! Ebay has been wonderfully helpful for this swap.
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« Reply #132 on: June 17, 2008 08:08:25 AM »

Remember the great literature of the era also. I have lots of ideas from those.
You can do a Google search for Victoriana or Victorian era, and get ideas of the crafts that were done then. For example, flowers were used for their meaning, not just because they were pretty. Paper crafting was popular for making Valentines, and Christmas tree decorations. You don't have to make something authentic to the era, you can just use it for inspiration.
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« Reply #133 on: June 17, 2008 02:28:05 PM »

Hummm.  I am glad we still have some crafting time left.  I am having issues with my large.  But it will work out in the end. Smiley
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« Reply #134 on: June 17, 2008 03:10:03 PM »

yarrgs. I'm starting to get a little craft anxiety. I'm glad we have a little longer too. My boyfriend has been around the house a lot lately (read no work at the present) which apparently really takes away from my craft time. But I have the next 2 days off in a row and I will banish him so I can do some serious crafting.
I'm also currently reading The Somnabulist. Anyone else read it? It's a steampunk- victorian- occult mystery that while being somewhat outrageous is  also very engaging.
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"If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength"
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« Reply #135 on: June 18, 2008 10:11:47 AM »

while being somewhat outrageous is  also very engaging.

I hope my obituary says that about me, someday.  Wink
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« Reply #136 on: June 19, 2008 11:35:19 AM »

omg how did I miss this swap??
I was just thinking how I wanted to do this themed swap so bad, I do a search and find I JUST missed the sign ups. I am desperately jealous. I shall be watching this and waiting impatiently [no doubt] for round two!
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« Reply #137 on: June 20, 2008 03:25:10 PM »

while being somewhat outrageous is  also very engaging.

I hope my obituary says that about me, someday.  Wink

That's the best thing I've heard today!!LOL
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sulkycat
« Reply #138 on: June 21, 2008 02:45:38 AM »

just checking in so my partner knows i am still alive!

totally bogged down with exam marking, but aiming to have the last school finished & boxed up by the end of tomorrow.....have finished my small items, know what i am making for the large & have all supplies, its a slow start but its a start!
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Fosca
« Reply #139 on: June 21, 2008 02:58:59 AM »

I'm alive too, and nearly done, this next week will be a dificult one for me ( a lot of work coming), but I'm doing well.
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