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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 13, 2017 05:29:09 PM
And a perfect match to my sweet Wire Fox Terrier Emma!!!

I'm so glad I guessed that right. As soon as I saw "wire fox terriers" on your list, I thought of Snowy, but I didn't know if you liked the white ones or the golden ones. But Emma settles that question definitively. And thanks for the photo of her - she's super!

And as for the other envelope, I'm afraid that's my first major postal explosion. I ought to have known better - I had a few misgivings about the envelope's integrity, and I should have listened to my gut. At first I thought everything had somehow survived, but looking through the photos I took, I see that there are a few pieces of ephemera missing and, most importantly, an ATC that I particularly liked. I can reproduce it, though, so there will be a supplementary envelope. Better packed this time - I promise. Embarrassed

Wulf
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 12, 2017 12:41:23 PM
Now, I have to say that tapestrymlp's idea of an "envelope" is a bit unusual: she sent a 6 in. square box. But not only did that allow her to send much more dimensional stuff, it also gave more surface for painting bird portraits, which she did on all four sides:



The customs sticker covered one bird, but I was able to peel it off without injury. Aren't they fantastic? Just a hint of what's waiting inside. I don't really know where to begin.

Maybe with this foxy fellow, painted on a slice of birch tree:



Just look at that face!

And then these four cotton bags, each painted with a different wacky creature from Medieval illuminations:



How could you have known how much I love crazy illuminated manuscript marginalia? These are wonderful, and now I get to decide what to store in them.




Then a card, with a sweet little hedgehog that dreams of being a butterfly, and a couple of dozen round tags, all marbled with paint in rich, dark swirls. And those hand-painted white-on-black insects? They're magnets!

And speaking of magnets, look at these wonderful hand-painted creatures:



Six more great little faces!

But we're not done yet! She also made me this beautiful plaque, with texture that really looks like the sea at night.



And the moon is like a little slice of cheese floating above it:



Finally (but certainly worth waiting for), an ATC that stretches the boundaries of those three letters beyond anything I would have imagined. There's no paper involved in the card, and I'd never, ever trade it, but it is certainly the work of an artist:



The "card" is actually thin sheet metal, and look at the depth of the sculpting:



Thanks for all these wonderful creatures, Jenn! I'm going to enjoy living with them a lot!

Wulf
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 12, 2017 11:22:01 AM
I love those paper puppets too, and there are so many great ideas that could come out of that simple idea. It could almost be a whole swap in itself... hmmmm Roll Eyes...

I came home Friday afternoon, suffering from a cold and feeling down, only to have my spirits lifted by finding not one but BOTH of my swap packages waiting for me! It was amazingly fast, and so surprising that they took exactly the same amount of time despite being from different parts of the US and being rather different sizes.

First, from cabaute, this modest-looking but tightly-packed envelope. Both the front and back were decorated, but only the back really photographed well:



Inside, I found two gorgeous and mysterious double-sided ATCs.




Photos don't do them justice, as both are shimmery and the images come and go as you tilt them at different angles. The one on the left has a picture of dancing Krishna that sometimes you can see and sometimes not. Very cool.

Then four collaged tags, two with ribbons and all double-sided.




I didn't photo both sides of the tags, but let's just say that they don't have a clear front and back! Also two cards, one painted and collaged with cut-out leaf windows and a 3-dimensional twig below. The square one has an illustration by one of my favourite artists, Walter Crane, one of whose flower fairies also appears on a tag. The lion and text box on the card are 3-D, and the fairy's dress is outlined with a line of glittery thread that perfectly matches the painted costume.

And then a little hand-bound scrap journal. I love how so many of us included these little books, because of course they're all so different. This one has a deeply-textured Steampunk-y cover that I love a lot:



I won't take up space with pictures of all the pages inside, but here's a typically delightful example:



And finally, the extras!




Printed sheets of airships and more insects, blind-embossed cards of a stag in a forest, and a paper stencil of trees, and then a whole pile of punched shapes - gears, deer, butterflies (they also have text and designs embossed on them), tags and a circle. Some are book or patterned paper, some are painted, and many are both.

I love all this stuff, Cynthia, and your worries about swap inadequacy were SO unfounded! Cheesy

I'll continue with tapestrymlp's package in the next post.

Wulf
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Happy mail / junk journals on: November 11, 2017 12:06:34 PM
I like the idea of a flow-type junk journal with removable pages.

Wulf
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spider babies, aaaahhh!!!! on: November 11, 2017 11:43:34 AM
Words cannot express how much I love this. Really.

Wulf
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Yummy Giant Puffball, easy recipe on: November 07, 2017 05:05:05 PM
Mmmmm.... I'm so jealous! Puffballs were my father's favourite wild mushroom, and he seemed to have a gift for finding huge ones that nobody else saw. I've never heard about the need to peel off the skin - I don't think Dad ever did that and didn't seem to suffer any consequences of it.

Some years ago, my partner Ian and I were driving somewhere along a country road and out of the corner of my eye I spotted something big and white in the adjoining field. I looked closer and yes, it was a HUGE puffball, the size of a soccer ball. I slammed on the brakes and was out of the car and clambering across the ditch and over the fence before Ian could even get out of the car and call "What's wrong? What's happening?" I ran up to the giant fungus, already tasting how great it would be, and found to my bitter disappointment that it was only... a soccer ball. I'm still kind of bitter about how I badly I was tricked that day. I seem to lack my dad's fungus-finding divvy.

Wulf
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 07, 2017 04:54:52 PM
Wonderful stuff in the Gallery so far. I love the accordion book, and that prayer flag is worth the whole swap, I think. Of course seeing what everyone else has sent, I've remembered a  bunch of things I meant to include and forgot. Oh well...

Wulf
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Happy Mail Swap #3 - BRING the HAPPY! SIGN UPS close THURS. 10/19 on: November 02, 2017 04:39:58 PM
Thank you Susan! I logged in just now (after a couple of days away) to say I probably wasn't going to be able to send til Monday. And you ANTICIPATED THAT! Kiss

It's the usual problem - I've bitten off more than I can chew in the available time. Sigh!

Is there a gallery yet?

Wulf
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1898 Ear Muff Hat--free pattern available on: October 25, 2017 04:55:11 PM
I have the opposite problem to your hub - my head's too big for most hats! I love the texture of this one - I've always had problems finding a knit cap that I liked. My current favourite is one I got in a swap years ago, I think from Mamaneedles. And the dark navy IS a lovely colour.

Wulf
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Happy Mail Swap #3 - BRING the HAPPY! SIGN UPS close THURS. 10/19 on: October 23, 2017 06:33:17 PM
I *may* or may not have ordered glue last night. I blame you onyxnox. Would you care to send me a link to a good dry glue runner because I desperately need some!

Yes, what glue runner do you recommend? As I said, I've been disappointed with the ones I've tried, so I'd like to have one that stays put.

And Cabaute, I hope you'll give us a report on which glues out of that haul you like the best. Everybody likes to be introduced to new products.

Wulf
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