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1  Re: Junk Journal Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: Today at 05:36:51 AM
What a great journal! Despite the Monopoly board cover Cheesy and all those fabulous pages, what I love most is the weaving on the spine. One of the nuisances of that kind of binding is that the cords that hold the signatures to the spine tend to catch on things and can never be kept tight enough to remain tidy-looking. Using them as warp solves that problem in such a fantastic way, and you could do so much with it.

I was hoping to get Geekgirl's own journal up as the first in the Gallery, which is mightily deserved, but I was having photo issues. But it doesn't matter, because it's worth the wait.

First of all, Carlee used a 1930's teacher's book as the cover. Even if this was all she had sent, I'd be entirely satisfied!

Sorry for any photos that are appearing sideways. I absolutely cannot get them to reliably come out the same way in the post that they're oriented elsewhere.

The cords-on-spine problem was solved by linking them with Steampunk-y gears, and there's a very long piece of braided leather thong as a tie. (Although the cover is so generous, that I'll be able to add piles of stuff to those pages before it starts to bulge.)  I'm only going to show a handful of the pages, because I don't want to clog up the Gallery too much, but every single spread is great - mostly vintage book papers (a lot of it surprisingly similar to what I used in mine) with stamps, cards in envelopes (love those) and lots and lots of owls! I found it was really hard to keep to a colour theme without being boring (I gave up and just put everything in), but this muted, tea-coloured scheme works very well and will be a perfect background to everything I add.

I love the old ads, especially this one:

And there's a couple of great flags on paperclips, including this spectacular one inside the back cover:

Thanks so much for this, Carlee! I was feeling a little sad at having to send away the one I made for you, and this has completely made me forget it. I can hardly wait to start adding and building on these pages.

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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 25, 2017 06:07:58 PM
After weeks of playing "Where's My Package?" with the Royal Mail, I just received this wonderful weeping willow patch from Inselaeffchen:

Willows are one of my favourite trees, and while Kat protested that her depiction of willow anatomy wasn't really correct, I think she's got the feel of a pollarded willow absolutely right. It almost seems to shimmer in the summer breeze!

Thanks so much for this - it's brilliant!

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3  Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 24, 2017 05:43:16 AM
Okay, here's the amazing metal octopus that I received from PerfectlyBohemian this week. It was beautifully packed and arrived completely intact. (Not surprisingly, because it's very solidly soldered together.) And I have to say up front that photos do NOT do it justice. Like so many of the creations in this Gallery, you just need to be able to turn it around and around and stare at every part to see everything.

The body is made up of a tea canister (a swap cross-over! Cheesy) with segments of tin soldered onto it to form the shape. Out of that come eight legs that start out solid and dissolve into wire filigree, writhing and swirling in a way that really embodies the movement of a real octopus. I can't stop staring at the way the legs are soldered together in segments, and each piece is made of a different metal thing - silver plate, old tins, brass, etc. Some segments even have a contrasting metal added as an accent. I know just how hard it is to solder together widely different types and thicknesses of metal like that, so I'm especially impressed.

Even the two tins that make up his huge, googly eyes each contain their own little assemblages:

The lid of the tea tin comes off, and inside are two little "medals", as a reward for finding your way in there!

And I can't even try to show the collection of bits and bobs caught up in the wire frame of his arms. There are keys, crystals, a domino, buttons, a thimble, an old radio tube, marbles, watch parts, a brass cicada, a sewing bobbin... each arm contains at least four or five individual things, all swirled up within the wire.

One more thing that you can't really see from the photos is how BIG he his - over 2 feet long! I'm going to have to clear off a shelf above my desk to make a place for him - there's one that just has a lot of old safety manuals on it that can go. This is a MUCH better use of the space!

Thanks so much for this amazing beauty. I'm so thrilled to have him with me, and I think I'm going to get months of enjoyment out of just staring at him.

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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 26, 2017 01:34:54 PM
I received a pair wonderful, HUGE patches from craftylittlemonkey the other day, in our unofficial swap partnership. She knows me well enough that we didn't need to give each other themes and yet she got me perfectly.

The detail of the embroidered flowers along the bottom is wonderful, and isn't the blue-to-green fabric perfect? It has a very moonlit feel to it.

I've always loved the symbol of the three running hares (it's origin doesn't seem to be known, though it can be traced quite far back), and I especially like that the three are different colours.

Here's a detail of some of the stitching and beading:

Thank you for these! They're the biggest I've ever seen, and I love them!

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5  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 04, 2017 11:57:43 AM
So I received my package from Griminspirations yesterday. Sort of. I've had a few things damaged in mailing over the years, although not many, but I've never seen anything as thoroughly demolished as this box.

The US Post Office had cocooned the whole thing in plastic wrap to keep it contained, and included a pre-printed note apologizing for the damage "by our highly sophisticated mechanized and automated equipment" and (thanks to the clear address label Maria had put on the box), it was delivered. It arrived along with an almost identically sized (as nearly as I can tell) box from SonjaBoo in the Altered Tea Tin Swap, so it looked like a before-and-after picture. Angry

Inside was just a jumble of mangled cardboard, shredded packing and minute fragments of glass and something that was probably polymer clay. I could tell that it had been packed properly, though, and nothing short of the massive hammer-blow it had received would have damaged the contents. But no amount of expert packaging could have protected it from whatever-the-heck happened.

But miraculously, it wasn't all gone.

Right beside the pulverized remains of what had obviously been a heavy glass jar was another tiny, wrapped package which I untied with a sinking heart, only to find this:

Look how tiny he is!

How could something as fragile as this tiny bell jar have survived the carnage? I don't know, but it makes me love him all the more!

Griminspirations did include some supporting material which, although a bit mangled, shows what I would have found if USPS hadn't had such a bad day.

I'm so sorry this happened to such a great object, and of course I would have loved to see it in person, but I hope my dear swap partner can post some photos so we can all see how fabulous it once was. In the end I have a good story and my precious little cyclops. Kiss

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6  Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 03, 2017 08:25:25 PM
I received an amazing tin from SonjaBoo today!

It's a wonderful Steampunk-y verdigrised copper with watch parts, gears and a fabulous knob on top. Look at the great feet! And the embossed brick pattern is fascinating to look at and just as interesting to touch.

The top is embossed with a pattern of gears that looks almost Egyptian, somehow. You can see how beautiful the distressing on the metal is.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the inside of the lid, which has my name spelled out in little tiles.

And Erika said "I threw in a few extra things..." Holy cow! It was overflowing with stuff! There are fabulous laser-cut wood pieces, a whole bag of wooden Bingo numbers (I've always wanted some of those!), metal sign numbers, sparkly string, a glass phial, a crown and three New Year's envelopes that the small things were stuffed into.

Thanks for all of this wonderfulness! I can't tell you how much I love it. Kiss

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7  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 18, 2017 01:30:17 PM
So many bright fun things!

And here are some more, thanks to the LovelyMiss herself. There are quite a few photos here, but it was hard to crowd it all in.

First, she made this amazing bag! I love this kind of batik fabric - the gaudier the better. Even the lining is fabulous, and there's even a pocket!

I could hardly believe it when I pulled out one of the heart-shaped mini-piatas that LovelyMiss posted. I'm going to wait until I need another dose of sunshine to pull the string. Grin

I've also loved the woven hangings that LM has made before, and now I have one of my own. The range of textures and tones is wonderful.

A crazy, gloriously-sunny ribbon decoration, some bright ribbons and trims, a bottle of orange, clear and yellow mirror tiles, and a beautifully-made personal tissue packet.

A bright, yellow folder of paper and ephemera, including stickers, tickets, funny Japanese post-its, a Lotaria card, Monopoly money, dimensional paper embellishments and other paper bits. Plus yellow glow sticks, hand lotion and a balsa glider kit.

Here's a fat quarter of yellow leaf cotton, bottles of paint and Mod Podge, two tins of rub-on gilding wax (I've never seen this kind before!), a sheet of self-adhesive printed cork, two fabric paint pens (yellow, of course!), a roll of gold wire and one of yellow masking tape. Who knew there was such a thing as yellow masking tape? Shocked

Besides this beautiful hand-made card (with a tiny beehive tag), an orange cat with a ballpoint pen inside his butt Cheesy and a roll of glittery gold washi tape, there was a jar of whimsies with everything from a miniature guitar and the smallest deck of cards ever, to some butterflies, beads and a plastic frog. And embroidery floss, of course.

And finally, the treats! Chocolate (the best kind of packaged sunshine), cheesy snacks, gummy worms, apricot fruit leather and a Quasar Bar, which I've never heard of before. Sounds atomic!

Thanks for all this, LovelyMiss! The sun is shining today for the first time in several days, and I think it's all because of your amazing package!

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8  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts by Feb. 6) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 12, 2017 02:51:28 PM
Canada Post worked overtime to rush AlteredMommy's package to me in only four days!

And look what it contained - this gorgeous and absolutely classic heart shadow box.

Even the back is spectacular:

There are interesting little wires running down both sides, too. And you can see the fascinating collage of Russian book pages and mysterious numbers.

And Cheryl sent a homemade card in a spectacular gelli-printed envelope that is a work of art in itself. (The colours are more vivid in real life, but the scan reveals the layers of detail that are hard to see with the eye.)

And though this frame isn't very big, it's surprisingly heavy. I think I may take it to work to use it as a paperweight on my desk.

I also had a hard time taking a photo of the tiny hummingbird trapped inside the copper heart I sent AlteredMommy, but this shows him a bit:

The interior of the heart is coated with a wonderful coarse German glass glitter that I found. I know "glitter" is a dirty word in places, but I thought I could sneak some in there. Cheesy

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9  Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap (SIGNUP 1/1/17-1/15/17 ; MAIL BY 2/20/17). in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: January 18, 2017 05:34:26 PM
I think I mentioned that my partner collects tins. This is some of his treasures:

Of course they aren't just tea tins - there are cigarette tins, biscuit tins, etc.

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10  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Wulf on: January 14, 2017 12:34:10 PM

I finally got a chance to post about the Tiny Art Journal I made for myself just before New Years. I'd been mulling over what size to make this year, as my previous ones haven't quite worked, and so it was New Year's Eve before I actually got it finished. Details in the Papercraft Board post.

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