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1  COOKING / Dessert / Lana Bakes Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream on: April 05, 2014 06:44:06 PM
Hi! This is a recipe that Lana made in her camp cooking class over the summer.  She recently wanted to make it all by herself as a gift to some friends that we were visiting.  I took pics of her as she worked her way through the recipe and thought it would be fun to make a pictorial tutorial for you.  Smiley

Ingredients for the cake:
6 egg yolks
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1T plus 1tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
6oz (1 1/2 sticks) of butter
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour

Ingredients for the vanilla buttercream:
8 oz (2 sticks) soft butter
8 oz confectioner's sugar (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
cooking spray

First gather all the ingredients!  Take a long drink. That was hard work!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

add flour, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl

combine sugar and lemon zest and mix into flour mixture

add butter and milk and mix

add egg yolks and vanilla extract

remember to scrape down the sides as you mix

pour into cupcake molds

bake for 15 minutes and move to wire rack to cool

prepare buttercream by mixing all those ingredients together, frost, and finally ENJOY!


The cake is nice and a bit denser than a boxed recipe.  The lemony scents are heavenly!!  Hope you give this a try!

Rox
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I <3 You pendants, or should it be Eye Heart You? on: March 28, 2014 07:55:23 AM
So a while back Sheepblue had these amazing heart/eye pendants on her OWS list.  I just happened to have those heart bezels lying around so once I got some eyes I decided to make some of my own....but with a twist.  I did mine in resin!  This was my first resin adventure and I must say I'm hooked.  Smiley 




C & C welcome.  Thanks for looking!
Rox
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill a flat rate box, anyone? on: March 02, 2014 04:06:59 PM
Hi all!

I was thinking that Spring just around the corner some of us might want some new goodies to play with and what better way could there be than swapping away some unloved goodies to make room for some new ones.  Smiley
The swap is basically to fill a medium flat rate box ($12.35 US) with goodies that your partner will love and to receive one in return. 

Check out this past round
Discussion
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422127
Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422441

Any takers?  I was thinking of a week of signups and 2 weeks to send.  Easy peasy.

Roxanne
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fill-A-Box Lucky 13 - US Only GALLERY (MAIL BY 4/27/13) on: April 07, 2013 07:45:26 PM


Sent = green
Received = orange
Sent & Received = blue
Strike through = Feedback Given
Contact me ASAP = red

Partners!  --> means sending to
kbrison ->LovelyMiss--> VegasZombie--> LeapFeetFirst--> thehappycrochetchic--> Ludi--> quaggy--> deathbeforedishes--> hgddm--> underthemountain- ->Alatarial->- amnesia--> Rae-mazing--> thepurplewitch--> Pupper--> ThriftyLiving4U--> mom2em--> geekgirl1000100-->Tree27- ->DaphadillyArt-->Luckdragon--> Mamaphunk--> noushi --> Eclectic Dreamer-> kbrison


Woohoo!  Seems like we're getting a sender tomorrow so I've started the gallery!!


5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fill-A-Box Lucky 13 - US Only; (SIGNUPS 3/31/13-4/7/13 ; MAIL BY 4/27/13 on: March 31, 2013 10:57:08 AM



Come join the FILL-A-BOX Lucky 13 Swap.  It's the perfect way to start off Springtime with a bunch of new supplies and goodies to play with!!  And you get to clear out some of those craft supplies that are gathering dust!  Woot!

Swap name: Fill-a-Box Lucky 13 Swap (aka: US Flat Rate Box Swap)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range: 3/31/13-4/7/13
Date to send item by: 4/27/13

Swap Organizer himself/herself 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: NO, limiting to 24!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES. This is a Fill a "US Postal Service Flat Rate Box" Swap so unfortunately it is limited to individuals in the U.S. Sorry.

Age Restrictions: Over 16, as stipulated in swapping rules

As a reminder each participant must meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
**Additionally - each participant must have already received feedback for the previous round of the fill-a-box swap if you participated in it.

Details of swap:
Fill-a-Box 12 Happy New Year (US Flat-Rate Box Swap!)

Let's welcome Spring by cleaning out our forgotten craft supplies and getting new supplies to use in the coming year!  

You'll fill a MEDIUM-SIZE FLAT-RATE US Postal Service rectangular box with as much as you can comfortably jam in and send it to your partner (Don't forget the Delivery Confirmation). Information about USPS flat-rate shipping can be found here:
http://postcalc.usps.com/Default.aspx

**The $12.35 price is for 2 different flat rate boxes; one is a squarish one (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2") and one is a flatter rectangular one (13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"). The one that most people use is the flatter rectangular one, FRB2. Because a lot of people will send 8.5 x 11 sized books and patterns from time to time, this is the preferred one and that way too everyone is on the same playing field.**

**You can use the squarish sized box if you and your partner agree to it, so long as it's the same priced box**

Gently Used supplies are fine but, please make sure that you are sending something that you would like to receive. Supplies - even those gently used - should be in good clean condition. Personally, when it comes to my own stash if I question the quality I go by this motto: "When in doubt, throw it out". If you wouldn't use it because you think it's in poor condition, chances are someone else will feel the same way.

Because of the special type of box (only $12.35 plus delivery confirmation) this is limited to US participants only and in this round I'm limiting sending to 1 box to make life easier.  The threads for this swap tend to have heavy traffic, so the use of the PM is extremely important to communicate with your organizer(s). Please be sure to PM your organizer(s) and your partner each time you send and receive. Also - I can't guarantee that I'll be able to pair you up with someone you "claim" on the thread or any supplies that are you post on the thread. I'll do the best I can to keep up though!
This will be a round robin style swap to maximize everyone's chances of getting supplies that they will be able to use.  In a round robin people are set up in chains so that A -> (sends to) B -> C ->D -> A

Sign-ups will run from 3/31/13 to 4/7/13 noon. Partners will be sent a couple days after signups close and then you will have 2 full weeks to send.  Please do not start packing your boxes until you have received your partnering.  The idea is to send supplies that reflect the wants/needs of your partners...not to merely destash.

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to underthemountain(the organizer):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fill-a-Box Swap Lucky 13 Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Can you verify that you are over 16 years old?:

Remember that when filling out the questionnaire the more details you provide the better your match will be in terms of who you are sending to and receiving from.  Smiley

1) What types of crafts do you do?
2) Are there any specific supplies you would like to receive?
3) What types of supplies do you anticipate including in the package? Please comment on quantity as well in terms of a percentage of filling up the box.
i.e. fabric 100%, scrapbooking paper 50%, beads 10% (note this can total to more than 100%)
vs fabric 50%, scrapbooking paper 10%, beads 50%
that way if I get someone that only wants paper/fabric I'd give you the first swap partner instead of the second.  Without the percentage information I might have given you the second partner which might not be as good for you.
4) Are there any unusual supplies you plan on including?
5) Please verify that you will be sure to send a PM each time you send or receive a package (inclusive of the DC# for sent packages):
6) Are you able to take photos of things you send/receive?
7 ) Is there anything else you would like your partner to know in order to send you a great box? Wist? Blog? Allergies? Allergens?

<--- These Quick Questions make sure people are paired with people whose extra craft supplies they are likely to use.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide (found here: http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html#anchor4) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Participants!

1. underthemountain
2. DaphadillyArt
3. geekgirl1000100
4. Ludi
5. mom2em
6. ThriftyLiving4U
7. Tree27
8. hgddm
9. quaggy
10. LeapFeetFirst
11. deathbeforedishes
12. Eclectic Dreamer
13. LovelyMiss
14. noushi
15. Mamaphunk
16. thehappycrochetchic
17. thepurplewitch
18. VegasZombie
19. amnesia
20. Pupper
21. kbrison
22. Rae-mazing
23. Alatarial
24. Luckdragon

Thanks to Shadeweaver for the much of the content here.  Smiley

Partners!  --> means sending to
kbrison ->LovelyMiss --> VegasZombie--> LeapFeetFirst--> thehappycrochetchic--> Ludi--> quaggy - deathbeforedishes--> hgddm--> underthemountain- ->Alatarial->- amnesia--> Rae-mazing--> thepurplewitch--> Pupper--> ThriftyLiving4U--> mom2em--> geekgirl1000100-->Tree27- ->DaphadillyArt-->Luckdragon--> Mamaphunk--> noushi --> Eclectic Dreamer-> kbrison

Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422441
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for a Fill A Box Swap? on: March 09, 2013 02:57:17 PM
Hi all!

Spring is right around the corner and for me this is the perfect time to purge unloved goodies that need a better home.  If you find yourself in the same spot then this is the swap for you!  Not only do you find a good home for your unloved goodies, but in return you will be matched with a partner that can fulfill your crafty desires!

We'd be using a MEDIUM-SIZE FLAT-RATE US Postal Service rectangular box filled with as much as you can comfortably jam in and send it to your partner.

This would be a US only swap (sorry) because we are using medium size flat rate boxes.  The cost of these is $12.35 for either of the 2 different flat rate boxes; one is a squarish one (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2") and one is a flatter rectangular one (13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"). The one that most people use is the flatter rectangular one, FRB2. Because a lot of people will send 8.5 x 11 sized books and patterns from time to time, this is the preferred one and that way too everyone is on the same playing field.  But if you and your partner agree to it you can use the squarish sized box.

This will be a round robin style swap to maximize everyone's chances of getting supplies that they will be able to use.

past rounds:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368568#axzz2N5JveMdt

Any interest?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarves, scarves, and more scarves on: January 22, 2013 07:31:18 PM
I made a rainbow and clouds scarf for Lana and on a whim made a pop tart Nyan cat one for her good friend.  Lana wanted to be fair so the next day after giving her friend the scarf she took orders from her friends.  Thank goodness there are only 5 other girls in her class.  A couple only wanted simple stripes so I'm not posting those.

Dachshund (my fav!!)


rainbows and clouds for Lana


Poptart Nyan cat


Donut Nyan cat


Anyhow my wrists are killing me, but I finally got them done.  I did have fun because I hardly get to design anything anymore these days.  And the girls were happy to have something made especially for them!  Her pop tart friend has been wearing hers nonstop.  Smiley

c&c appreciated
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Alphabet poster for my new nephew on: November 21, 2012 10:40:30 AM
My sis is expecting a little one this Dec and so far I've been bad about crafting anything special for him besides a blanket.  So a couple of days ago I asked my sis if I could make something for his room and I came up with this alphabet poster using my Cricket. It took over 10 hours of cutting pasting and cleaning..gah, rubber cement and I have had our battles over the years, but I think I won this time.  It's a fairly big piece 24" x 36"!



Anyhow I'm pretty happy with it and hope he will be too.  I've still got a bit of cleaning to do before I frame it.  I can't wait to give it to my sis tomorrow!!

C&C always welcome!  ENJOY!  
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap GALLERY on: November 17, 2012 05:20:11 PM
Hi all!  Post your goodies here!!

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap/Round 4 (Signups 10/3-10/13 Send 11/21) on: October 03, 2012 09:50:46 AM
STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap/Round 4
(Signups 10/3-10/13; Send 11/21)



Swap name:  Shop the Swap Community Holiday Appreciation Swap / Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Co-organizer:  ptarmic wumpus
Sign-up date range:  10/3 - 10-13
Date to send items by:  11/21

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself 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 16 years old: YES
- If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:
This Secret Santa-style swapopen to all current and former members of STSis a chance to build some STS spirit, express our appreciation for this great community, and have a little low-stress holiday funfor whatever winter holiday you celebrate!  

This is a low-stress swap:  we will be swapping one medium and two small items.  According to Craftster, medium and small items are equivalent to the following:
MEDIUM  = 2 to 3 hours, $10-$30 (a set of notecards, a scarf, a simple bag)
SMALL  = less than 2 hours, less than $10 (earrings, a wallet, a bookmark)

Extras and spoiling are finejust keep in mind that since this isnt a partner swap, theres no way to ensure that you will be equally spoiled!   Whatever you send, be sure to wrap your items in a holiday fashion.
  
This swap is all about the secret.  Your partner wont know who you are until opening your package.  In turn, you wont know who will be sending to you until you receive.  That means that when you receive your partner's info, you will stalk her in silence.  You must NOT contact your partner and let her know who you are!  And be careful when posting in the STS forum!  If you have questions about sizing or other issues, feel free to contact your group leader, who will direct your question to your partner while maintaining your anonymity!  

You may reveal yourself in the package you send, or if you prefer, in the gallery thread after your partner posts photos of your package.  As STSers, we might recognize one anothers addresses, so revealing yourself in your package is probably the way to go.  

As for revealing your partner to the group in the forum:  

When you receive, WAIT UNTIL DEC 1st to name the person who sent your package in the thread.  

Or, if you (as a sender) didn't identify yourself in the package you sent AND if your package has been received, you can reveal your identity in the forum after the 1st.    

In the meantime, feel free to post gallery photos of the package you received.  It's also fine to chatter about who might have sent which package!


As in STS, you must agree to send internationally.  You may not have to, but as in STS, we want to make this an inclusive community!  Since this is a small swap, shipping should not be expensive.

Throughout the swap, you will be expected to:
PM your group leader (either underthemountain or ptarmic wumpus) when you send and when you receive.  Remember NOT to PM your partner!!    
Please title your PMs for this swap STS Community Holiday Swap SENT / REC / Question  as appropriate.  
If you are sending within your own country, you must have a DC# (delivery confirmation number).  Include the DC in your SENT PM.  If you are sending outside of your country and cannot get a tracking number, you must keep your receipt as proof of shipping.
When you receive, post photographs in the gallery

If you want to participate, PM underthemountain and ptarmic wumpus with the following information.  We're keeping the q'nnaire short since most of us have swapped multiple rounds of the STS with each other--and also to keep the swap low-stress!


Please title your sign-up PM for this swap STS Community Holiday Swap Sign-up and be sure to copy both organizers.  

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:  STS Community Holiday Appreciation Swap / Round 4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and mailing address, including the country (formatted for mailing):
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO)
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (To join, you must be willing):  
Have you read the swap info (in this post) carefully and commit to follow the rules of the swap? (YES/NO)

Whats the most recent round of STS that you joined?

URL for your Pinterest:
URL for your wists/ etsy favorites / blog/ or other useful sites:  

Do you have any allergies?  
Any allergens in your home?

Which winter holiday(s) do you celebrate?
What are your favorite holiday traditions?  
Is it OK to include one or more holiday-themed items in your package?  

For specialized items:
Shirt size?
Waist measurement?
Shoe size?
Wrist size?

What is your Super-Secret-Santa Alias? The organizers will use this name in the groups list for extra secrecy; choose something that a) wont reveal your identity and b) is holiday-themedextra points for holiday-craft-themed!

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?  

Links to previous round galleries:
Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326608.0
Round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359927.0
Round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394548.0

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

LIST OF APPROVED SWAPPERS:
1. ptarmic wumpus
2. underthemountain
3. A2K
4. Avesthel
5. cloud_berry

PARTNERS! If you have any questions about your partner, please contact your group leader.

Snowflake -> Silver bells ->Evergreen -> Grinch -> Curling ribbon
cloud_berry->Avesthel->A2K->underthemountain->ptarmic wumpus
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