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91  Re: Hand-carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 Gallery! :D in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 11, 2014 03:13:20 PM
Here are my FIVE epic stamps received yesterday from WideEyedLife and kosmicgirl.

First, the now-familiar clever packaging that WideEyedLife's came in:

Now, a human bot-fly and a grub wouldn't have been equally loved by all recipients, but they were perfectly chosen for me! Beautifully fine lines, and I love the fly's little feet! (I'm glad you didn't decide to include every hair, as that might have been going a bit too far!)

And then, the three (!) I from kosmicgirl in Germany.

It's a chambered nautilus! Cheesy I put "sea life" on my questionnaire with some trepidation, thinking people would probably interpret that as "fish", when in fact what I was really hoping for were things like starfish, seahorses, or cephalopods! So this is kind of spooky. Shocked The eye and the ampersand are brilliant, too! The eye has so much character.

Thanks for these, ladies. It's been lovely swapping with you.


Oh, I almost forgot, kosmicgirl sent me one of her great Steampunk cards too, and this bonus postcard from IKEA. (Why doesn't our IKEA have such cool stuff?)
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92  Fabric Art Journal birches page in Needlework: Completed Projects by Wulf on: March 08, 2014 03:19:47 PM

I made this page for heini in the first Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap. She had listed "nature" as one of her themes, and as that covers much of what I like to do, it gave me a lot of leeway. "Koivu" is "birch" in Finnish, which is where heini lives. I was working on this in the dead of winter, it seemed an obvious choice!

The trees and background are linen and cotton, and are held down mostly by the bark detail and limbs embroidered in cotton floss. The letters are metal brads. Overall dimensions are 4 in. by 6 in.

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93  Re: Hand-carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 Gallery! :D in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 06, 2014 05:58:43 PM
Received from elyxandra today:

I couldn't figure out what the circle one on the left was until I stamped it. Then I recognized "It's an eyeball!" Am I right, elyxandra?  The grooves on the hand are so fine they're barely visible on the stamp, but they show up just fine. There's a tiny dent in the rubber (from shipping, probably) on the cuff, which is located just right to read as a button! Cheesy And I especially love the cockroach!

Thanks, elyxandra! Your guess at what I might like was exactly right!  Cheesy

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94  Re: The Loyal(Royal) Mutant Swap of 2014!!--Science Fair/Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: March 01, 2014 05:52:56 PM
My package from Birdbones arrived on Wednesday, but the evil postal delivery man didn't bother to knock on the door, so I had to trek out to the post office to pick it up. Finally managed to do that today.

Though my expectations were high, she succeeded in completely astounding me anyway. First of all, the package itself was epic:

It must have made postal workers smile across two continents!

Then when I opened up the box, I found THIS staring up at me:

I stared at it a moment trying to get my head around exactly WHAT I was looking at. Still baffled, I removed the chocolate packing material and pulled out my new mutant companion.

<several minutes of speechlessness> Wow.

Spidery legs and leaves on its back:

Top view:

But look - the face with all the eyes isn't actually attached; it's just kind of mask that's tied onto a leather garment the creature is wearing. What's underneath?

Agghhh!  Shocked

I thought I couldn't be more surprised, but there was more to come:

The shiny steel tusks (which I couldn't get a good picture of) pull out to reveal a drawer. No wonder he didn't eat all the chocolate - his mouth was already full...

...of eyes! Cheesy Birdbones remembered that my own collection had gone missing, so she sent me some to re-stock the eye bank with! They're wonderful! One can never have too many eyes.

Birdbones was being overly cautious, and used more packing material than was strictly necessary for shipping, but better safe than sorry. Wink

Thank you so much for this WONDERFUL whatever-it-is! I can't take my eyes off it. (And vice versa, of course.) I only hope you enjoy your new mutant friend half as much as I do mine. (She's very different, but special in her own way.) And I hope the surface mail to Germany doesn't take too punishingly long.

Professor Ocelot
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95  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 27, 2014 04:34:57 PM
Koreena sent me an entire set of stamps in a lovely tin.

I love the simple designs of these. I'm never able to do this kind of stamp - mine always end up having too many fine lines!

Thanks, Koreen!

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96  Re: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 20, 2014 09:33:01 AM
Was I the last to receive? I'm sorry I didn't make inquiries while I was away - I could have at least reassured everyone that it'd arrived, even if I still had to wait to see the fabulousness inside. And then I had to wait a bit longer while I read the lovely three page letter that came with it, explaining the process that led to the block's creation, the origin and significance of some of the material it, and lots more.

And it was SO worth the wait...

Linda has identified me very accurately here - I'm not an artist, not really a crafter, I make things! I love the colour of this old map background, and the crazy-looking hat on the top is actually a cabinet handle. The feet are mis-matched rusty screws (carefully positioned so it stands up - couldn't have been easy) and there are rusty nails around the sides.

The sides are beautifully weathered and distressed to match the rusty hardware. One side has an old gate hook on it, which is there to make the piece "interactive".

The hinge is the feature on the other side, with a very important-looking spring below it. But why exactly is there a hinge at all?

Because the entire front swings open! Shocked And inside is more of the map (1966 Philadelphia), with annotations, and on the other side a beautifully antiqued photo of me wearing my pixie hat knitted for me by MamanTattoo in last year's Yule Present swap. This is such a great surprise when you open it up!

The back of the block has another treat - a tiny pair of pliers - and the rest of the vintage measuring tape.

I love this SO MUCH! It's my absolute favourite thing right now. I loved the stories in your letter, Linda, and I can't believe you sort of threw it together at the last minute as you claimed. You've nailed (no pun intended) my taste and interests so perfectly!

So I guess that's it - no more wonderful blocks to look forward to in the gallery. For now...

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97  Re: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 11, 2014 07:57:25 AM
I FINALLY got my package from cmarion3 today. We haven't received any mail for about a week, so I knew something was up. Sure enough, today the mailbox was stuffed with letters and packages that had been accumulating somewhere.

I made a page about birch trees for heini in the last swap, and now I get one of my own:

I love how the silhouettes of the trees are actually cut away to the backing fabric. Those are actual birch twigs wrapped in thread, and cmarion3 says she had to search to find them. Cheesy

There are seed beeds and French knots scattered over the surface, and even a few tiny, tiny gears!

And right down at the bottom, it says "B I R C H"! It's like a secret message woven into the fabric.

But that wasn't all! It was so worth the wait, because she also included two great ATC backgrounds and a beautiful painted, stamped and collaged card!

Thanks so much for this! I absolutely love it - you've somehow completely got inside my head and nailed all my favourite things in one little rectangle!

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98  Re: The Loyal Mutant Swap of 2014!! Send out Friday Feb. 14 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: February 10, 2014 07:31:44 PM
Yes, thank you for the tubing you transported to me, Heir Verbosity, it worked beautifully. I'm sorry the genetic material I sent in return wasn't as successful. I'm afraid a bit of my lunch might have got mixed up in it. Hope the result was interesting, at least.

I'm so close to done! I'm just waiting for a coat of paint to dry before I seal up the last bits. But I've been giggling hysterically to myself for the last half hour, which is a very good sign.

Professor Ocelot
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99  Re: WWP Round 47 Gallery - Goddess Shrine Swap (Sendout 1/26/2014) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 05, 2014 06:49:33 PM
I got a wonderful shrine from phnxreign99 yesterday. I included Celtic goddesses on my list, and she suggested Arianrhod.

I love how abstract this shrine is. Arianrhod was called the Goddess of the Silver Wheel, and was associated with the constellation Corona Borealis (which is called "Caer Arianrhod" in Welsh.) There are silver wheels - rings - on chains, and lots of stars, including the constellation itself.

She included lots of extras too - silver candles (the star-shaped one sheds glitter promiscuously!) and a sweet little star-shaped holder. The sheep fridge magnets are for Imbolc, and the little sun charm has beads of garnet, turquoise and amethyst.

Thanks so much for this, Tammy. I hope you like your package as much as I do!

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100  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: February 01, 2014 07:59:38 AM
To help pass the time while waiting for partners, here's the "warm-up" stamps I carved, to use on something for another swap.

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