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121  Re: WWP 43 - All Around the Maypole - Beltane Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: May 02, 2013 04:21:40 PM
I've already received my package from whileitsraining! It didn't quite make it for Beltane, but very close!

First off, the extras:

Three pendants, with a spool of extra thong for wearing them. I especially love the blue marble clutched by fierce-looking talons:

Then in the same psychedelic green pouch, this incredible altar cloth. (The colours are the "maypole" theme, it seems.)

It not only contains a rainbow of fun fabrics, but is virtually a sample-book of cool trims:

Nothing says "Bringin' in the May" like giant rickrack and red tiger print! I get a bit giddy just looking at this! Grin

And finally, in its own little pouch:

This lovely wooden Green Man dish is apparently the last-minute replacement for the "real" piece which refused to stop being sticky. I love it - a classic case of the second time being the charm!

Thanks for all of this, Ani - it's a wonderful haul, and I'm going to put the cloth and dish to good use right away.

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122  Re: Completely Ghastly Edward Gorey Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: April 16, 2013 05:20:39 PM
Wow! What great stuff (of course)! I love the charms on the bracelet, and the two little girls with their cut-outs.

I received from Missing Willow last week, but I hadn't sent to her yet, so I was resolved not to open the package til I did. Well, I was pretty much finished then I had Another Brilliant Idea, so rather than wait and be late, I sent my original package and am hoping to finish up the ABI tonight so it can get into the mail tomorrow as a bonus.

But I just couldn't wait a day longer, so I opened my package anyway. Wheee!
Here's the whole lot:

The two dish towels:

I hooted with laughter when I saw these (you'll find out why when you get your package, Connie.) Wink According to the accompanying note, the embroidery machine is a new and barely-explored thing, but you wouldn't know it from this brilliantly done pair. (For those who don't know, our cottage is a Mongolian yurt, and we have a mouse problem there.) These are now the yurt dish towels, of course.

Another Gorey-esque item: the biggest mug rug I've ever seen - almost large enough to be a placemat. This will get lots of use. You can't see it very well in this photo, but it says "Gashleycrumb". This will be baffling to those not in the know!

And a little whimsical doodad, with Gorey images, related ephemera and a lot of character. A tiny, perfect work of art.

And finally this badge. Will anyone get this "Twilight" joke a year from now? Who cares - it's recent enough to still be very funny! Cheesy

Thanks for all these treasures! I hope you enjoy what I've sent you half as much as I like all this!

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123  Re: WWP 42 Ostara Egg-stravaganza Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 22, 2013 02:32:15 PM
I received from MamanTattoo today! She knew to use the correct address, so her package only took two days instead of a week. Embarrassed It was a tiny, perfect little package, and I took the contents outside thinking I'd get a better photo in the daylight. But it wasn't very bright, so these photos are pretty poor. They especially don't show the bright, Springtime colours of everything.

She knitted me TWO dishcloths with a egg patterns on them, one a very intense green the exact colour of new poplar leaves and the other softly speckled. And a crocheted egg (stuffed with wool and chamomile, apparently) in another wonderfully speckled yarn. I so wish we had a cat to share it with! The yarn on the cloths is especially soft and pleasant to touch.

This chocolate rabbit is yummy even though (or maybe because) it's made of felt, and he brought some real chocolate treats - a chicken and an egg. The best part is this enthusiastically beautiful Ostara card, painted and signed by a small artist. (Tell Mariann "Merci pour la belle carte" from me, please!)

Thanks for the great package, Andréann - it's always a joy to swap with you!

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124  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 20, 2013 07:01:22 PM
Okay, here's the surprise package I got from Danynn today. A surprise because it took less than two days to get here, and because I'd forgotten what kinds of things I had suggested to her.

These are very nice oven mitts, aren't they? "But not very Steampunk," you say. Don't be fooled; a colossal, dark horror lurks beneath this pleasant surface...


And don't worry, Danynn - though they look a bit small, they fit me perfectly. Less bulky than the oversized ones I usually have.

And a matching bottle carrier! I'd said that I needed something to cover up my sadly unattractive water bottle, and this will certainly do the job. The design on the oven mitts is appliquéed, but this is stencilled on. Beautifully done, as is the machine-quilting, which you can't really see in this photo. I think it's lined with insulating material too, isn't it?

It's a good thing those were so spectacular, or they'd be totally upstaged by the box they came in! Completely covered in fabric, with a great gear design appliquéed on. But get a load of the inside:

Totally psychedelic! The bottom is like this too. I am in love with this fabric; I can imagine a duvet cover made of it.

Thanks so much for these great things, Danynn! They're beautifully made and just my style. I only hope you like what I've sent you half as much.
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125  Re: WWP Round 41 - Imbolc Wall Art Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 05, 2013 05:51:11 PM
Here's what I received from Witchhippie yesterday:

The wooden slab plaque is woodburned then painted. I love the design and the bright colours! I'm not sure if you can see clearly enough, but there's an eye burned into the wand, and  designs at the base and tip. It feels great to hold it. Do you know what kind of wood it is?

And I was delighted to get Gerina Dunwich's "Wicca Spell Book" even though I already own a copy, because now I can give it to someone else. It's a favourite of mine (even though it's badly named - more than just a book of spells!)

Thanks for these, Witchhippie! It's been great being your partner twice at the same time!

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126  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 10, 2013 03:33:21 PM
I feel so good all day when I come visit this gallery...

Me too! And thanks for the marker-painting tip, Blair. It sounds to easy to work, but it obviously does.

I got my second flag today! Cheesy Melissaurus has absolutely nailed my personal taste on this:

It's mostly paper, machine-sewn onto fabric, with hand-embroidered lettering. The sepia brown and lace (especially the lace lappets on the sides - longer than my scanner can capture) give it a wonderfully Victorian feel which is perfectly suited to the John Muir quote.

Thanks so much for this, Melissa! I only hope you like my flag half as much as I love this!

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127  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 09, 2013 06:42:18 PM
Got my first flag today, from the ever-wonderful Witchhippie.

The three fabrics here are just the best ever. And tiny colour-coordinated bells! (The envelope kept making faint, tantalizing jingle sounds as I was trying to open it.) But wait, there's more!

 The purple fabric glimpsed behind the moon makes a feature appearance on the back! The purple is even more rich and splendid in person. It might be my favourite fabric of the year (so far).

And Witchhippie even risked the wrath of our ever-vigilant organizers (don't tell them) by including a forbidden EXTRA - a little pouch of herbal incense: sage, jasper, cedar, lavender and juniper. It smells as good as it looks. Cheesy

Thanks so much for this, Jeannette! I love the flag, and the incense is a wonderful treat. (She and I are partners in another swap right now, so I get a chance to reciprocate. Wink)

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128  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Wulf on: January 05, 2013 07:04:10 PM
Okay, I've talked myself into posting photos. I'm not sure why I think it'll be useful to inflict this on you all, and I hope it doesn't seem like I'm trying to play "my stash is worse than yours" here, but I hope it'll be a useful step in my inventory process.

First is my "storage pod", which is a space about 8 ft. by 8 ft. in the basement beside the furnace. It's surrounded on three walls by ceiling-high shelves, with only a little passageway in. This is a composite photo showing the left and right sides.

Here it is again with most of the contents identified.

And this is my "work area", which is a space about 10 ft. wide by 12 ft. deep, in a corner of the basement. Again, this is a composite photo. (Sorry about the odd camera artifact across the middle of the left half.)

And with some labels added. There's a lot more here than I had room to identify. It looks like the right edge got cut off somehow - sorry!

Ugh! It's worse than I thought it'd be. Tongue

Suggestions are welcome.

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129  Re: WWP Round 40 - Yule Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 31, 2012 05:49:17 PM
I promised an action shot of the wonderfully warm pixie hat that MamanT knitted for me. It still wasn't cold enough for it today (just below freezing) but I modelled it anyway. I think it'll be really great on cold, windy days.

Thanks again, Andréann. It's one of my favourite hats ever!

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130  Re: WWP Round 40 - Yule Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: December 22, 2012 06:30:48 AM
What a great scarf! Although, maybe there needs to be a different word for one like that. It stands in relation to a scarf the same way a tiny fascinator does to a hat - it's worn the same way but doesn't serve the same practical function at all.

I finally opened my enormous package from MamanTattoo yesterday evening, and I get to share all the totally handmade treats she sent.

I have to start with a close-up of the card her two children made for me. You can't see from the photo, but in addition to the googly eyes, beads and sequins, there's even a tiny cork glued on the bottom right corner! Cheesy

First off, this thick and really beautifully knitted "pixie hat". It's very warm - I pulled it onto my head inside the house and immediately had to take it off because it was too hot! I haven't been able to get an action shot that looks like anything, but I'll try again in the daylight today. And Andréann also included FIVE balls of matching yarn so I can make myself something to go with it. (Like I could ever knit that well!)

And speaking of yarn, how about this ball of hand-spun super-nubbly stuff? It looks huge in this photo, but really it's about the size of an orange. I think it will become decoration on something. But what?

Next I pulled out this leather pouch (reclaimed leather, I think?) with a deer antler button. But what's inside it?

Felted acorn decorations and tiny pinecone people!

But she made not one but TWO pouches. I love the embroidery on this linen wallet. It's filled with beautiful embroidery floss and perle cotton. (I won't upload a photo of it, even though it's luscious, because I'm already clogging this with too many!)

And I've saved the best for last. I had admired the acorn men that MamanT put on her blog last month, so she made two of them and a tiny embroidered yurt for them to live in! This is probably the cutest, cleverest thing I've seen in months. I love it so much! And with them is the tiny baby Sun God from the Pagan nativity scene. (If you haven't seen this you must go to Andréanns blog at once. MamanT, can you post a link to thank page for us?)

Thanks for all this wonderfulness, and I hope your package has arrived safely.

Blessed Yule, everyone!

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