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1  First Attempt at Nail Stickers at Home... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by astrangeone on: March 20, 2014 07:59:03 PM
These were made with top/base coat, red/white/blue acrylic paint, purple marker...

I suck at applying 'em.  (Two hours, and way too many brain cells.)

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2  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by astrangeone on: October 18, 2013 10:37:52 AM
Thank you, lancmaltby!  Sorry for the late posting.  My photos were on my Nintendo 3DS and I've been currently obsessed with Pokemon X.  Smiley

I love everything - the Mr. Saturn plushie is right on my the top of my wishlist.  So weirdly cute!  Cheesy

The bucket and the cute crafted item!  (It's a Mr. Saturn plushie - wearing a removable witch's hat!)

Halloween bobble heads:  (so cute...)

Skeleton Bag!  (amazing - I'm using it as a games holder in my purse!)

Creepy Earrings!

Halloween Themed Socks (I love the nerdy ghost - it's definately my type!)

The Candy:
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3  First Time Carving Lino and Finished Product (Monster Hunter Logo) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by astrangeone on: September 18, 2013 07:27:19 PM
Okay, I'm loving the details that you can do in lino.  (Although, I ended up stabbing myself twice with dull tools.  Ow.)  It's mounted on wood with a disc of craft foam and felt.

I made a couple of tee shirts with this.  (It's a dragon from Monster Hunter - the Rathalos!)

Finished Product!

Stamp and Tee Shirt Close up!

Lino Stamp and Mounted:

In Action Shot:
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4  Re: Video Game R.2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by astrangeone on: September 05, 2013 06:35:38 PM
Yeah, that Mama magnet actually was a knitting color chart I made for the Crafting Mama contest we had here a while back? But I never actually knit it... it's just as good in perler beads, though!!  Wink I also have a Word file for the cards; you can print them on Avery postcard sheets... would anybody want them? Amigurl? Grin

I ALSO got my package on Tuesday~ And it's super lovely~!!! But I haven't taken the photos off my camera yet, will do that soon!!

Yes, please!  Those recipe cards are totally adorable.  Smiley
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5  Re: Video Game R.2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by astrangeone on: September 04, 2013 11:09:36 AM
I went out to mail some stuff today, and I ended up seeing a package on my doorstop.  I pick it up, and leave it for later...

Ryn, I love all of this!  Smiley  It doesn`t look like a replacement craft item.  (I`m going to use these two storage boxes for my rubber stamps!)  The brachydios one is awesome - I`m going to put all my jewelry in here!  Smiley

As you see, I have a mania for earrings.  I have no idea why, but yeah...a big mania for m!  The Tetris ones are so small and cute!  (I have to fix the winding on the Katamari ones!)

SNES Controller Wooden Box:

Brachydios Symbol Wooden Box:

Tetris and Rubrik Cube Earrings:

The Queen (Katamari!) Earrings:
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6  Re: Video Game R.2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by astrangeone on: August 27, 2013 08:00:45 AM
jthmmwabodf has received, and I got her permission to post pictures of the loot I sent!  (Yes, moving in to dorms is difficult!)

Tee Shirts - Big Daddy (Bioshock) and Creeper (Minecraft)

Video Game Related Stamps - Space Invaders, Bioshock and Yoshi!

Washcloths - Pac-man Style!

Catnipy Extras - I love kitties!

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7  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - August 2013 (signups OPEN, claims 8/1 - 8/31) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by astrangeone on: August 10, 2013 09:00:11 PM
I claim those uber cool looking edging scissors.  (They remind me of my childhood...Cheesy)

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Pick One (1):
custom stamp of your choice (3 inches X 3 inches max. - will be on lino, which means you'd have to mount it!)

Half Price Sale:  (Get two of all major items!  Except for custom rubber stamps!)

Pick Two (2):
-  Bioshock/Big Daddy Stamped Tee Shirt  (cotton, sizes S - XL available, machine washable)

-  lacy tuck in scarf

-  pink boring scarf (unfinished - need to tuck in ends!)

-  bag of buttons

-  eight (Cool skeins of yarn (54% alpaca, 34% acrylic, 12% nylon and very cuddly soft!  about DK/sock yarn weight)

-  sad creeper/Minecraft rubber stamp

-  Master Chief/Halo rubber stamp

-  knit vagina decoration (mixed fiber, I think)

-  Ness/Earthbound rubber stamp

-  Dark Mark/Harry Potter rubber stamp

-  lotus flower rubber stamp

-  Moogle/Final Fantasy rubber stamp

Pick Four (4):
-  guitar pick stickers  (one pack is eight pieces!  they are sparkly and foam!)

-  knit catnip mousies (mixed fiber, mostly acrylic, but not old, crinkly, hard acrylic)
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8  Rubber Stamping: Video Game Style! (Moogle and Monster Hunter 3U) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by astrangeone on: June 26, 2013 10:15:41 AM
*sleepy moogle*  Hi-ya, kupo!

The flagship monster from Monster Hunter 3G or 3 Ultimate.  Brachidios - the one with the slime effect.  If you notice, I accidentally damaged the ankle portion of this - I was clearing out the extra material and I nicked it.  Use sharp blades - so you don't have to force the darn thing!

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9  Homemade Gummy Candy - Two Ingredients! :D (img heavy!) in Dessert by astrangeone on: April 26, 2013 12:45:45 PM
Homemade Gummy Candy - Unhealthy Version!

-  jelly crystals (jello powder) 85 grams/1 box
-  four tablespoons unflavoured gelatin (about four envelopes Knox)

-  candy moulds (the blue one is terrible as an ice cube tray, but makes a great little candy tray!)
-  1/2 cup measure
-  1 tablespoon measure
-  metal bowl
-  measuring cup (actually, you could just use the measuring cup!)

1)  Measure out four tablespoons of unflavoured gelatin, and mix with the flavoured stuff in a big metal bowl.

2)  Dump in a half cup of cold water and mix to combine.

3)  Leave for ten minutes at room temperature to bloom or rehydrate the gelatin!  (It will turn into a gross, solid mess.)

4)  Set up a double boiler - heat water in a saucepan, and toss your bowl of gummy batter onto the top!

5)  Melt your gummy batter into a liquid form with no lumps or remaining bumps in it.

From this:

To this:

6)  Pour it into your measuring cup or anything with a spout!  And carefully fill your molds with this stuff!

7)  Put the filled tray into the freezer - they are set when the feel firm to the touch.

Cool  Peel them out of the tray by wiggling them in their moulds!

9)  Dust 'em with cornstarch - and present them on a tray!

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Homemade Gummy Candy - Cleaner Eating Version

-  1 cup of juice of your choice  (Here I used a blend of guava, mango and passionfruit.)
-  4 tablespoons unflavoured gelatin (I found the cheaper stuff in Chinatown - $9.99 for 500 grams of the stuff)

-  candy moulds
-  big metal bowl
-  1 tablespoon measure
-  1 cup measure

1)  Boil down your 1 cup of juice into a half cup of juice. It's ready when the damn thing spits at you on high.

2)  Let cool, and chuck in four tablespoons of gelatin.  In your metal bowl.

3)  Leave it alone for ten minutes!  (Mine solidified into a giant lump on the bottom of the bowl...)

4)  Chuck it on a boiling saucepan of water.

5)  Let the mixture melt...Smiley  Until it's liquid...

6)  Pour into the measuring cup or anything with a spout.

7)  Carefully pour into the candy moulds.

Cool  Set in the freezer for about five minutes.

9)  Peel 'em out of the moulds, and eat!

The clear one is made with coconut water.  The light yellow one is made with mango juice.  Make sure that you reduce your liquid by half or make a syrup with it - the coconut water ones are kind of repulsive - not enough sugar in there to balance the grossness of it.
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10  Homemade Taste 5. Umami Paste (Or adventures in foodie heaven...) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by astrangeone on: January 30, 2013 04:36:48 PM
So, the USA and Canada was a little late in getting on the umami bandwagon.  This is a great little recipe to duplicate the famous Taste Number 5 Umami Paste.  Basically, one lady chef found a way to combine all glutamate rich foods and turn them into a delicious, rich and more-ish paste.  I've made a few more tweaks, adding two kinds of mushrooms, toasted walnuts and a whole lot more garlic!  It looks highly unappetizing, but hide a glob of it in pot-roast and pasta, and pizza, and hoo boy!  (It's basically natural MSG.)

Also, making your own is extremely cheap than to actually buy it.  I bought (and am waiting for) one tube off of a UK based seller on ebay, and I paid a total of $15 for a 70 gram tube.  The ingredients I have can make a ton more at a much lower cost - I paid about $20 for my ingredients....and I didn't use it all!  (I created 2 cups of this stuff - while the actual commercial stuff is just under a third of a cup!)

Stuff You'd Need:
The Main Players:

-  stick blender or another blender
-  non-stick pan or skillet
-  black olives (I like the stuff in the olive bar, because it tastes much more savoury!)
-  a package of clean and sliced fresh mushrooms (I like using shittake...but these are bloody expensive!)
-  some olive oil
-  garlic
-  tomato paste
-  freshly grated Parmesan
-  2 or 3 anchovy filets
-  optional:  toasted walnuts
-  optional:  balsamic vinegar (the real stuff!)

*  makes two cups - I doubled the recipe...

I used this recipe as a baseline:

If going vegan vegetarian (cheese is an animal product, silly), toss the anchovy and up the toasted walnuts!

How to Combine:
1)  Toast the walnuts, peel the garlic, slice the olives.

Pretty parmesan cheese...

2)  Heat your pan until it's blazingly hot.
3)  Add some olive oil to lubricate and add your mushrooms.  If using straw mushrooms, make sure that you poke them a few times to let them off their liquid.
4)  Cook until reduced by half - straw mushrooms have an amazing amount of H20!

5)  Add your garlic, olives and continue cooking for several minutes, or until fully heated through.
6)  Dump your tomato paste into the mixture, add your parmesan, and your anchovy filets.  If using your balsamic vinegar, add it now!  (I'm not a big fan of it...)

7)  Cook until your parmesan melts into the mixture and stir everything together.
Cool  Finally add your walnuts.

9)  Toss your entire mixture into the blender.  Whiz until smooth.  (Add a little bit more olive oil, if you feel like the mixture's too thick.)  The consistency should look like pesto.

Eat!  Spread it on bread (chill it if using it as a spread!), use it as a wet rub on meat (CHICKEN!), stir it into soups, and basically have fun with it!  (Also, you can mix it with vinegar to create a salad dressing.)  It is very smoky, does not taste of mushrooms, and very salty - you can probably pair it with fresh greens for a great tasting mixture.

*  Update:  It was a disappointment on some beef steak today.  I slathered the stuff onto the steak, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then seared it.  (It didn't taste that...beefy...)  I think my usual way of prepping it is better - sear it quickly and dump some soy sauce on it.
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