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1  Re: Winter Book Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 12, 2018 05:36:34 PM
So glad you liked the package, Onyxnox! Of course I had to laugh when I opened mine and found a hand-carved Ex Libris stamp. And then again when I read your complaint that your stamp carving is so much less sharp than mine. Hah! Look at the photos below and see if that there's any truth to that.

First off, I should say that the Kahlil Gibran is really from craftylittlemonkey. She gave it to me, and since I already had one, I passed it on to you. And I hope you enjoy Gormenghast as much as I do. Ludi will approve.

So, I knew I would be a problem for any partner in this swap, because my reading tastes are all highly unpredictable. I expected the result might be a wonderfully eclectic mix, and Onyx didn't disappoint me.

I got the catalogue of a famous exhibition of William Morris at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which I've always been a bit bitter about, because it happened while I was away and I missed it. Second, Klee Wyck, Canadian artist Emily Carr's collection of letters, stories and reminiscences. Oddly, although I'm a great admirer, I've only read her memoir The House of All Sorts, not the better-known Klee Wyck. And thirdly, a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I have also not read, in spite of being a big Sherlock Holmes fan.

Then the book-related crafts:

Look at this hand-carved bookplate stamp! Does that look fuzzy to you? And not only did she carve the stamp, she printed a dozen self-adhesive bookplates and hand-coloured them! The image of the chair, book, lamp and moonlight is just so beautiful. Cry And then three fabric bookmarks with quotes about reading. I love striped fabric like this, so they're perfect.

Of course this is Onyxnox, so there were more amazing crafted items. A beautiful little book of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which I wish I could show every page of here, and a snowball ornament with a little winter scene inside. Amazingly detailed! And even a package of mustache paperclips. Cheesy

And finally, the chocolate:

And hour ago I didn't even know that chocolate tea was a thing, and now I have two packages of it! One is a black tea with almond, yerba mate, carob and cocoa, and the other is a pu'erh tea with cocoa nibs and chocolate. I can hardly wait to try them. And then three Purdy's chocolate bars. For those who don't know Purdy's, it's a very old (100+ years) chocolatier in Vancouver, BC. I didn't even know you could get these out here in Ontario! What a treat this is going to be!

Thanks for all of this, Onyx, and now I wish I had packed more into that package for you!

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2  Re: Winter Book Swap: Sign Ups 11/9/18-11/16/18. Send Outs: 12/7/18 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Wulf on: November 13, 2018 06:40:05 PM

Every year about this time I sort through the books piled up by my bedside, to make room for the upcoming Christmas Book Season. It's always interesting to see what's accumulated there. Usually there are one or two books that have lingered for several years, waiting to be read or just not quite ready to go back on the shelf or out the door. Forty-five books on the stack this year - a few more than usual. Of course book piles sprout elsewhere in the house too, but the bedside one is out of the way of traffic and can build up undisturbed for longer.

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3  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap - The 10th Round Celebration! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: October 16, 2018 05:29:02 PM
What a great collection of patches! I love the teensy crocheted skull!

I received a great package from CraftADDchick today. It proved the old adage about "small packages".

No photo could ever do justice to these tiny ants gathering picnic crumbs. Their body segments are seed beads, so they shine like the real thing. And their antennae are only stitched at one end, so they're 3D! Amazingly realistic, and just beautiful.

Now, she could have stopped right there and I would have thought I had a wonderful swap partner, but NO. There are more...

CraftADDchick said she was "channeling Ludi", stitching this perfect maple key, and I believe it. Look at the tiny, perfect little touch of brown where the stem joins, and the line of darker green along the edge. Beautiful! And it's not very big - smaller than life size.

And finally, this tiny little bit of bargello stitching in green and browns. It would be lovely at any scale, but the photo doesn't really show how teensy this is. It was done on ridiculously fine canvas - I didn't even know you could do bargello that small. My niece does cross stitch on that kind of canvas, and I don't see how it it's possible. What a tiny masterpiece!

Thank you for these three amazing, fabulous, incredible patches!

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4  Re: PAPER De-STASH SWAP - JULY 2018 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 31, 2018 07:26:19 PM
Wow! I also got my package from Geekgirl1000100 today, and it contains a lot of equally fabulous gelli-printed paper, starting with the envelope itself:

And while it didn't weight as much as Smmarrt's mailing box, I swear it contained as much stuff.

Besides a WHOLE BOOK bound with gelli-printed pages, there were various labels, game cards, post cards, a hand-written file card of what look like lecture notes, printed note paper, a page from a Victorian catalogue, some tiny cards, advertising flyers and printed tissue paper.

More gelli prints, a giant service tag, some game score sheets, book pages and flyers, ducks and dinosaurs, a vintage bus schedule and some elegant 1930s ladies.

Still more gellis, a great vintage magazine photo, some maps and flyers, book pages and sheet music, and a whole pile of paper scraps, including some that have been sewn, stapled and assembled.

Still more punched pieces, including tags, butterflies, flowers and leaves, gelli-printed paper bags, two great antique photos, a SPAM ad (!), more printed cardstock and game cards (including an odd Japanese one), a "Bubble Up" pop label and a couple of strips of tickets.

A paper bag printed with vintage ads, and a page from a Sears Roebuck catalogue, lots more printed cards, some vintage magazine ads, banking forms and half a computer card, dress pattern instructions and a map.

It's a huge pile of stuff, and I can hardly wait to start incorporating it into journal pages and collages. This will keep be busy for months and months.

I hope you both like the packages I've sent you half as much as I do these two!

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5  Re: PAPER De-STASH SWAP - JULY 2018 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 31, 2018 06:48:45 PM
I came home yesterday to find an enormous package from Smmarrt - a Medium Flat Rate USPS box packed with a whopping 7 pounds of paper goods. In Susan's defense, she'd warned me that she was sending a box, not an envelope, but I had imagined some sort of thin cardboard mailer. Uh uh. This was like something you'd expect to come out of a moving van!

Here's the contents as I pulled them out, all divided up into individual bags and envelopes:

And inside...

A bunch of coloured envelopes of different kinds, some printed paper with sweets, stripes, polkadots and flowers to colour, a metallic green paper lace shamrock, a package of photo paper, some journaling cards, a great birthday card with a falcon on a cake, a couple of telephone message pads, some bright green address stickers and a stack of hospital tags "For Intravenous Use Only" (I have a weirdly large collection of this kind of thing despite never having worked in the medical field at all), a whole bag of parking tags and valet tickets picked up off the street (maybe my favourite thing in the whole box!), some paper bags printed with sumo wrestlers and a set of funny little cloth post-its of Japanese characters.

There were more envelopes, a compressed sponge (!), tiny paper bags with a drawing of a bear, more paper doilies, clothing tags, bread tags and blank tags, little die-cut note papers in the shape of pandas, hedgehogs and some other creature I can't identify, a whole stack of circles in different colours of card, some sentiment cards, blank library catalogue cards and two mini sprayers!

Another envelope contained a stack of vintage sheet music (including lesson 14 of a course in xylophone for the advanced pupil), what appears to be a vintage Italian magazine but is actually a blank book, some coloured card strips and paint chips, and two books of printers' paper samples.

There were a couple of wildlife calendars, some unused sheets of vellum fish-n-chips wrapping printed like antique newspapers (fabulous!), a whole stack of photos and maps of Africa, more envelopes, and several sets of instructions for making paper superhero puppets.

Not only did she send me a blank California Bar Exam booklet (no, I didn't already have one, in case you were worried) but some great factory time cards (another favourite thing of mine), polkadot tissue paper, more printed cardstock (feathers, chickens, butterflies, polkadots, etc.) more coloured envelopes, a whole envelope of book pages of various ages and in different languages, and a mysterious un-folded manila sleeve.

There were packages of index dividers (both conventional 3-hole sheets and round 7Gypsies ones), a huge wallpaper sample, more printed cardstock, several sheets of Braille text (which doesn't show up in the photo at all), and a package of rub-down numbers.

It's going to take me days to put all this away, so I'll get to go through it all again at least once. It's an amazing haul, and thank you for passing it on to me!

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6  Re: USE THE GOOD BEADS, fabric, yarn, etc. GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: July 24, 2018 06:27:11 PM
Wow! That knitted cowl looks so comfortable, even in the summer heat, and seeing CLM's shadow box room, I now understand why she was worried about glue drying. (I had the same worry.)

I received my package from Mistress Jennie weeks and weeks ago. Well, about two weeks ago, but it seems like forever. I was making myself wait until I had sent her package, which I did yesterday.

It was worth the wait, as I knew it would be. We had talked about both needing something for our dining room decor - I need a centre mat for the table, and we talked about colours and exchanged photos of our respective rooms.

And this is what she made me:

It's crocheted from yarn spun from sari silk, and the photo doesn't really show how HUGE it is. The thickness of the yarn makes it look like a small doily, but it'll fill the centre of my dining table. And I love the colours!

Jennie said the first upcycled sari yarn she tried was too thick, so she crocheted it into a basket instead:

She included a few pieces of both kinds of yarn. I can hardly wait to use them in something!

And finally, just to fill out the package, she made this wonderful wire tree-of-life suncatcher. It'll look great in the dining room window!

You're going to laugh when you get your package, Jennie. There's a certain overlap between this and some of what I included in yours!

I love all of this, and I can hardly wait till you get your package.

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7  Re: Planner/Journal Supply Swap Gallery Rnd 2 (SU May 14-24;SO June 15) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: June 24, 2018 08:16:43 PM
I was away for ten days' vacation, and came home to an ENORMOUS package from rockingbearranch. She says she "de-stashed" on me, and I don't mind a bit! I'm putting these up through Flickr for now; I hope everyone can see them. When Craftster's native photo hosting returns, I'll move the pictures there. It's only kind of sorted, and I missed including a few things, but you get the idea...

Tags (wooden, chipboard and paper), playing cards, a book paper flower, some washi tape, a great shirt pattern with cool dudes, some handmade whale cards, wooden disks, playing cards, some little flags, and various bits of clip art.

Hand-stenciled paper, bits of printed paper, some postal stickers, sewing notions, more washi tape, some labels.

Lots more printed papers, pages from a children's book, copies of plans for a home-made trailer and a page from a grimoire, book and magazine pages.

One of my themes was "beards" and Barb included all sorts of photos and clippings of men with facial hair. And a postcard of a bear.

Vintage sheet music, a booklet of "Ruffled Doily" crochet patterns, two amusing Joker cards, some sheets of Loteria cards, various book pages including several from old Farmer's Almanacs, and five sheets of hand-stamped images of cars, chickens, leaves, trees and, well you can see for yourself. Wink

More images from enyclopedias, some labels, postcards, a small map of Canada, some self-adhesive printed reinforcements, more printed papers, a picture of two doves, and a photo of a Mexican restaurant sign.

More hand-stenciled papers, lots of lace and fabric trim, two black lace hearts, a piece of window screen, two little tokens on cords, more book pages, and a package of photo corners.

It's an amazing haul, and I can hardly wait to get it all sorted out and start using some of it. Thanks for this, and I hope you have as much fun with the package I sent.

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8  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 19, 2018 08:26:32 AM
Wait! I'm not done yet!

Earlier this week, the amazing gala_apples sent me a pair of unanticipated, unexpected and completely un-called-for patches. Supposedly they were a thank you for small embroidery book I slipped into her package to make it thick enough to go as a parcel, but I think she probably just did it because she's so darn nice.

The happy elephant is the first "Circus" one I've received, and the lovely beetles are a great addition to my growing "Insects" collection. (Both patches are about the same size - my phone camera has just decided to present them in correct relationship of elephant to insect.)

But almost best of all, she sent another of those fabulous patchwork duck cards:

Thank you, Gala! I'm going to start slipping extra books into all my swap packages to see if it always gets this result!  Wink

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9  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 27, 2018 05:08:55 AM
I just realized I haven't posted the great patch I got from gala_apples!

It's my first purely abstract one, and I love it! The circles (spirals,actually) remind me of one of my favourite embroiderers, Junko Oki.

But the card she sent was wonderful all on its own:

Thanks for this, gala! It's one of my favourites.


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10  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 22, 2018 06:58:30 PM
I received from Ludi on Friday, but didn't get a chance to open the package till this morning. It was SO worth the wait!

I love the colours, and apart from some of Ludi's trademark embroidery, I can't even tell how the beetle was done. Is it insect-printed fabric? It doesn't matter- it's just plain fabulous. And the photo doesn't really give you the impression of how BIG the patch is: about 6 inches by 5 inches! My largest yet, by far.

Thanks so much for this, Ludi! I was so thrilled to be your partner again for this swap.

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