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1931  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: February 06, 2012 05:05:56 PM
I can't believe I haven't joined a fake swap yet. But the time has come.

Hello, my name is Wulf. ("Hello, Wulf!")
I'm joining the Fake Fabric Basket Swap. Send out by March 6th.

Not only do I need more baskets to store fabric in, but this seems to be a good way of using up some fabric stash and thereby reducing the need for baskets to store fabric in. It's win-win, in a roundabout sort of way. Grin

On the laundry detergent front, you might be interested to know that Ruth Goodman of the BBC "Victorian Farm" program says she stopped using detergent altogether in her home washing after her experience doing laundry the 19th c. way. She realized that modern washers did such a good job of physically scrubbing that the soap was unnecessary except for very greasy clothes. She'd expected to have to do a load with detergent every few months to keep things from getting dingy, but after many months without, the clothes were just as clean as ever. In fact the absence of detergent residue on the fabric left things brighter than they had been before!

I had been impressed with the soap nuts I'd tried last year instead of detergent, but after seeing "Victorian Farm" I realized maybe they weren't actually doing much at all!

1932  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Round 34 - Ostara Traditions - Sign up 02/04-02/12 - Send out 03/12/2012 on: February 06, 2012 04:00:59 PM
I thought I'd posted here last night to say I'd added links to the previous Ostara Swaps, but Craftster seems to have eaten it. So here we are. There didn't seem to be any Ostara swaps for 2007 or 2008.

2011 2010 2009 2006

I think I've updated everyone's swap status. Let me know if "WWP Round 34" doesn't show up on your profile if you've sent me your questionnaire.

1933  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery on: February 05, 2012 05:34:47 AM
Just to make sure I'm up-to-date, at this point everyone has sent and the following people are still waiting to receive their packages:

If you're one of those four and have received, please PM me.

1934  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTIT-WWP Rd 33!! on: February 05, 2012 05:27:25 AM
For those waiting for the next WWP swap, Ostara has been opened:

1935  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTIT-WWP Rd 33 SU CLOSED SO Jan 27th on: February 05, 2012 05:25:57 AM
Okay, Ostara WWP Swap has been opened:


Hope to see lots of you there!

1936  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / WWP Round 34 - Ostara Traditions - Sign up 02/04-02/12 - Send out 03/12/2012 on: February 04, 2012 08:29:04 PM
Swap name: WWP Round 34
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Wulf
Sign-up dates: February 4 to 12
Send out by: March 12

Limited to a certain number of people?: 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? Swap participants must be 18 years old.

Swap Organizer himself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

WWP Round 34 - Ostara Traditions

Link to our Gallery

The Spring Equinox, when the day and night are the same length, has been observed as a sacred festival for thousands of years. This is the true return of the Sun promised by Imbolc six weeks earlier, the first signs of new life returning to the Earth. As Christianity spread throughout Europe, it kept many of the Pagan symbols of the season, such as eggs, lambs, and decorated breads, and others that weren't officially adopted by the new religion stayed on in folk culture. Both Christianity and modern Paganism have named this festival after the Goddess Estre or Ostara.

Many familiar Easter traditions have their origins in the ancient pre-Christian festival, and Wiccans and modern Pagans have brought new and reconstructed rituals and symbols to our observance of Ostara. In this swap, we're going to craft items for each other that reflect the traditions of Ostara, both ancient and modern. What favourite Easter traditions that you have adapted to Ostara? What new images and ideas would you like to add to your partner's seasonal practice?

This will be a 4 point swap, with each participant creating a package that adds up to the equivalent of 4 points according to these guidelines:

By Points:
Large=3 points
Medium=2 points
Small= 1 point

By Time
-Large = 4 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = less than 2 hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

PM me (Wulf) with this completed questionnaire to join the swap. Remember that good communication, both with your partner and the group, is essential to the success of a swap. So be sure to post regularly to the forum and stay in contact with me and your partner, especially if you're having any sort of trouble during the swap period. When you mail your package, be sure to get a Delivery Confirmation or Tracking number, and PM me and your partner both when you send your package and when you receive your partner's package. It's a good idea to take photographs of your crafts before you mail them (just in case), and please post photos of the crafts you receive.

Links to previous Ostara swap galleries:
2011 2010 2009 2006

monnie31 ----> PianoBabay
     Swap Angel VegasZombie ----> Monnie31
Witchhippie <---> MamanTattoo
Wulf <---> holistic knitter
Rosie1981 <---> Sabertooth Pixie
Quasior <---> sugarsandwitch
whileitsraining <---> Radmom

The questionnaire:

Name of swap: WWP Round 34
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 18 years old (yes/no)

Do you have any allergies or aversions?

What allergens are in your home?

What is your philosophy/religion/branch/etc.?

What deity/deities/etc. is/are special to you?

Are you out of the broom closet?

Are you ok with tasteful nudity?

Do you have favorite colors, stones, etc?

Tell a bit about what you and your family do for Ostara/Easter. What are your favourite things about this seasonal celebration? What would you like your Ostara traditions to be?

What kinds of crafts do you do?

What kinds of crafts do you love the most, and admire?

Is there anything you would rather not receive?

Anything else you want to add?

Who have been your last 3 WWP swap partners?
1937  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTIT-WWP Rd 33!! on: February 04, 2012 05:27:10 PM
Oh Pixie, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I just lost a friend a couple of weeks ago too, and even though I thought I was prepared, it was still difficult. Everything does take longer when you're working through the death of someone near to you. Don't worry about it.

1938  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Hitchhiker's towel on: February 04, 2012 05:13:12 PM
I'm astounded by this. You can weave terrycloth? I mean, your towel is utterly brilliant on so many levels and I covet it intensely, but it just never occurred to me that with the right kind of loom, you can just weave your own terrycloth! Shocked I'm not sure where I imagined it came from, perhaps it grew on trees or was sprayed out of a nozzle inside some sort of machine or something, but somehow I never expected this.

Now I want to learn to weave just so I can make terrycloth. I don't know why.

Is everything you've done in school utterly brilliant? Because all the class projects you've posted have been A++. I hope we'll get to see lots more before you graduate!

1939  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sherlock Holmes Swap Gallery on: February 04, 2012 01:29:23 PM
Love the magnifying glass pendant!

I don't know what kind of crafts I was expecting people to do, but I'm still amazed at the range of stuff!

1940  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTIT-WWP Rd 33 SU CLOSED SO Jan 27th on: February 02, 2012 07:51:25 PM
Yes, blessed Imbolc all!

And I'm putting together the Ostara swap, for those who are waiting. I'll post it tomorrow or Saturday.

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