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1691  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 07, 2012 05:15:36 AM
Glad to see you all in!

Wulf
1692  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - sign-ups closed - send 06-20-2012 on: July 07, 2012 05:15:01 AM
Hopefully just held up by the holiday

That's probably right. Also, depending on the route it travels, mail might be getting stalled by the power outages in the Washington DC area.

Wulf
1693  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! on: July 06, 2012 11:15:10 AM
Just got a great package from chibilightangel, all covered with postage stamps of the Calgary Stampede and Franklin the Turtle. As I was opening it I thought "These are the best-smelling rubber stamps ever!" But it turned out not to be the stamps I could smell.



She included a lovely bar of home-made soap! And two great stamps, which look eerily familiar. Now, I don't think I put "Celtic knotwork" or "monograms" on my topics list, so it's just freakily cool that chibilightangel and Elyxandra both sent me one of each.

Thanks for these lovelies!

Only one more left to arrive.  Sad

Wulf
1694  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Round 36 - Midsummer Envelope Swap - Gallery on: July 06, 2012 07:11:01 AM
So glad it finally arrived! And the bunting is so sweet - I like the variety of images on the flags.

Wulf
1695  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 05, 2012 07:39:44 PM
Okay, here's a recipe for scented rose beads from Herbs & Things by Jeanne Rose that I've always meant to try.

1. Gather roses on a dry day, pull the petals off and chop them very fine in an iron mortar or iron pot. [A small cast iron cauldron would be ideal, or a cast-iron frying pan would work just fine.]

2. Add a bit of water or rose water, just enough to barely cover the chopped roses.

3. Heat very, very gently for about an hour. DO NOT BOIL. If you want to do a super perfect job, put the mixture away for the day and repeat this step for three successive days, adding more water or rose water if necessary. The rich deep black color is only obtained by oxidation from an iron pot. It is quite important that you do not boil the mixture but only heat it gently.

4. Oil your fingers with a bit of rose oil [oil with a drop of rose essential oil added, or just plain oil] and roll small bits of the rose pulp into balls.

5. When the beads have dried, thread a heavy needle with nylon line, heat the needle, and thread the balls onto the line. [Nylon line, like fishing line, so it doesn't stick.]

6. It may take a couple of days for the beads to dry entirely. Slide the beads back and forth on the nylon line often so as not to lose the holes.

She also suggests that you can prepare the rose pulp without heating it by letting it sit in the iron pot for five days, stirring and moistening it regularly to keep it from drying out.

Wulf

1696  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 37 - Lammas Bounty Swap - signups to 07-07 send 07-24 on: July 05, 2012 07:06:26 PM
I love asparagus when it's leafed out. So delicate and yet sturdy.

I think I have some easy recipes for rose petal stuff. Let me see what I can find.

Wulf
1697  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! on: July 05, 2012 01:45:22 PM
I received from Elyxandra today! Five great stamps - I'm glad the one I sent her was big or I would have felt like a slacker!



I especially love the sun/moon with the zodiac, and the bird. They all have that lovely free style that makes them so much more interesting than most commercially-made ones. 

Thanks, Elyxandra!

Wulf
1698  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Collages on: July 05, 2012 04:58:10 AM
I think I would like to meet your cat! You're absolutely right that collage isn't easier than painting, but it sure is fun, and is maybe a bit easier to get past those creative blocks that come up. You've got a really great style!

Wulf
1699  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! on: July 05, 2012 04:47:22 AM
Now, this looks promising! I find that the problem with carving with an X-acto blade isn't getting the cut precisely where I want it, but seeing where I've made that precise little cut so I can do the next one. As soon as you remove the blade, the rubber usually closes up so tightly the cut totally disappears. Does the needle help this by leaving the cut more visible? And I wonder if a triangular leather needle would work even better. Must investigate that.

Wulf
1700  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) on: July 05, 2012 04:19:55 AM
Felt drool. (Not just drooling over felt, as is usual, but there's actual felt drool there!) He's adorable, in a squamous sort of way!

Wulf
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