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1611  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 38 Mabon Harvest Swap (Signups 8-12 to 8-20, SO 9-15) on: August 18, 2012 05:34:39 PM
This is a good number of swappers, so why not? Maybe we can pick up one more by tomorrow to make an even 16. Fence-sitters, are you listening?

1612  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 on: August 17, 2012 08:02:58 PM
Not quite a swap, just a unilaterally-sent package, but I just received some wonderful vintage French linens from the fabulous EdelC, bought last month on her now-annual European Camper Van Tour, and I just have to share them somewhere.

I've never even owned one handkerchief case before, and now I have three! It makes me feel all Jane Austen-y. Here's a detail of the embroidered farmer so you can see the geese in the baskets he's carrying!

The handkerchief cases might have been made by young girls, but the lace on this linen cloth is the work of someone who's been doing it for many years. Absolutely exquisite.

This little cut-work napkin is the sort of thing you see in stores today, machine-made in China. But this is the original thing. Look at the detail of the butterfly:

Thanks, Edel!  Kiss It was very sweet of you to think of me, and when you least expect it, something might just land in your mailbox in return!

1613  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 38 Mabon Harvest Swap (Signups 8-12 to 8-20, SO 9-15) on: August 16, 2012 04:36:20 PM
Hey, welcome back to all those who've sat out a few swaps!

1614  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 on: August 16, 2012 04:35:28 PM
Finally I can offer some advice from personal experience, even though I don't have a wee house on the go. One of the ways to deal with soft, loose material like bark, moss, grass, etc. is to saturate it with diluted flexible white glue, drain off the excess, and spread it out to dry where you want it to stay - the roof, yard, or whatever. Usually it will glue together in a loose mass but not be clumpy. It's important to use flexible glue, such as Weld-Bond, bookbinding glue, etc. because a white (PVA) glue that dries hard will make it fragile and allow bits to break off. I find that about a 50% dilution is best - any more glue and it'll be shiny, but any much less and it may not stick. It won't be adhesive enough to stick onto a vertical surface, though, so if you're applying something like bark onto walls, you'll have to glue it on first, let it dry there, and then soak with dilute glue. You can also tint the glue mixture with acrylic or watercolour to darken or colour your material as it dries.

Love the way your crackle finish came out, Snugglebugmom. And those chairs from pinecone bits are brilliant.

Is it just my imagination, or is the Canadian quota in this craftalong particularly high?

1615  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: August 15, 2012 07:18:42 PM
What if my tin ends up being huge and cumbersome because my idea keeps growing and growing?

Of course as you can see from previous Galleries, this is sometimes a problem for people. For some reason, although things like this often become ridiculously over-detailed for me (I just spent two hours with an x-acto knife, cutting tiny shapes out of paper, for example), they don't seem to expand much beyond the edges of the tin. Fortunately.

1616  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap, send out Aug 3 2012 on: August 14, 2012 03:35:49 PM
That would be great timing for me, Leslie and Susan. I'd love to do another round, although I have to admit just looking at the Gallery is the best part, and I could do that even if I wasn't participating. But it wouldn't be the same.

1617  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: August 13, 2012 04:37:06 PM
Wulf, you could bring it to my house and I could take care of it for you. You know, just in case you can't hold back any longer and tear the package to bits. I am after all the picture of patience and restraint.

Thanks for the very kind offer, Knicky. I know you wouldn't peek, but the fairies might, and then they'd blame you, and it might get ugly. Best to just keep it home out of sight until the time comes.

1618  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Gallery (send by Aug. 3 2012) on: August 13, 2012 04:32:13 PM
That's a wonderful verse, MamaBee. I love the idea of trees clapping their hands in joy! And what a great crocheted lace square on the "Dream" flag - a perfect way to showcase it.

1619  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 38 Mabon Harvest Swap (Signups 8-12 to 8-20, SO 9-15) on: August 12, 2012 04:06:01 PM
I like the short-n-sweet questionnaire. Will sign up when I get a free moment. Lovely image for the swap page, too!

1620  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Solar Lit Garden Mushroom on: August 11, 2012 10:12:05 AM
I almost gasped when I saw this, because I realized you've put the solar panel into the opening of the lamp shade, haven't you? It's perfect! I gave away one of those shades just a few weeks ago. Angry

This is brilliant, and your painting is beautiful too. The vase makes a perfect stem.

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