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1671  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox....CLOSED.....S/O May 29 on: July 09, 2012 06:40:32 PM
Ohhh... so tempting. Space is limited though, and I have been in two in a row... should I let someone else in? No, don't be ridiculous, it's every crafter for themself! But should I take on another major, potentially anxiety-inducing swap right now? The answer to that question is always "yes". Why even bother to ask?

I think I have to give myself a serious talking-to about this.

Wulf
1672  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 09, 2012 06:29:38 PM
Oops! Embarrassed (...consults notes on back of envelope...) Well spotted, Lexy! The partner info I sent you is correct - it's my list here that's faulty. My staff is correcting it at this very moment.

Wulf
1673  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
1674  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
1675  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
1676  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
1677  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
1678  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
1679  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
1680  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

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