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1641  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Tea Towel Tour Swap? on: July 07, 2012 08:17:22 PM
I'd be up for it too, though I have to admit it sounds like a considerable commitment of work. But I'm a sucker for embroidered tea towels, and I just bought a couple of pieces of handwoven cotton towelling at an Amish yard sale Cheesy, so I've got the materials for it!

Wulf
1642  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 07, 2012 07:26:47 PM
Okay, partners are set and everyone should have a message in their PM box. And a final nagging reminder to PM both me and your partner the postal tracking # when mail your package, and PM again when you receive. Try to post in the swap thread at least once a week so we know you're still around, or let me and your partner know if you'll be offline for a long time.

Happy crafting, everybody!

Wulf
1643  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 07, 2012 05:03:10 PM
Okay, I'm going to leave sign-ups open for another hour or so while I work on matching partners. Any fence-sitters need to ACT NOW!

Wulf
1644  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 07, 2012 05:15:36 AM
Glad to see you all in!

Wulf
1645  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - sign-ups closed - send 06-20-2012 on: July 07, 2012 05:15:01 AM
Hopefully just held up by the holiday

That's probably right. Also, depending on the route it travels, mail might be getting stalled by the power outages in the Washington DC area.

Wulf
1646  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! on: July 06, 2012 11:15:10 AM
Just got a great package from chibilightangel, all covered with postage stamps of the Calgary Stampede and Franklin the Turtle. As I was opening it I thought "These are the best-smelling rubber stamps ever!" But it turned out not to be the stamps I could smell.



She included a lovely bar of home-made soap! And two great stamps, which look eerily familiar. Now, I don't think I put "Celtic knotwork" or "monograms" on my topics list, so it's just freakily cool that chibilightangel and Elyxandra both sent me one of each.

Thanks for these lovelies!

Only one more left to arrive.  Sad

Wulf
1647  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - Gallery on: July 06, 2012 07:11:01 AM
So glad it finally arrived! And the bunting is so sweet - I like the variety of images on the flags.

Wulf
1648  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 05, 2012 07:39:44 PM
Okay, here's a recipe for scented rose beads from Herbs & Things by Jeanne Rose that I've always meant to try.

1. Gather roses on a dry day, pull the petals off and chop them very fine in an iron mortar or iron pot. [A small cast iron cauldron would be ideal, or a cast-iron frying pan would work just fine.]

2. Add a bit of water or rose water, just enough to barely cover the chopped roses.

3. Heat very, very gently for about an hour. DO NOT BOIL. If you want to do a super perfect job, put the mixture away for the day and repeat this step for three successive days, adding more water or rose water if necessary. The rich deep black color is only obtained by oxidation from an iron pot. It is quite important that you do not boil the mixture but only heat it gently.

4. Oil your fingers with a bit of rose oil [oil with a drop of rose essential oil added, or just plain oil] and roll small bits of the rose pulp into balls.

5. When the beads have dried, thread a heavy needle with nylon line, heat the needle, and thread the balls onto the line. [Nylon line, like fishing line, so it doesn't stick.]

6. It may take a couple of days for the beads to dry entirely. Slide the beads back and forth on the nylon line often so as not to lose the holes.

She also suggests that you can prepare the rose pulp without heating it by letting it sit in the iron pot for five days, stirring and moistening it regularly to keep it from drying out.

Wulf

1649  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 05, 2012 07:06:26 PM
I love asparagus when it's leafed out. So delicate and yet sturdy.

I think I have some easy recipes for rose petal stuff. Let me see what I can find.

Wulf
1650  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! on: July 05, 2012 01:45:22 PM
I received from Elyxandra today! Five great stamps - I'm glad the one I sent her was big or I would have felt like a slacker!



I especially love the sun/moon with the zodiac, and the bird. They all have that lovely free style that makes them so much more interesting than most commercially-made ones. 

Thanks, Elyxandra!

Wulf
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