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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: October 21, 2014 01:49:28 AM
It's been a happy mail time for me!

Jemimah sent these sweet coasters. Beautifully made and they look lovely on my bookcase ready to be used. I am now no longer int he bizarre adults group who don't own coasters. Smiley They're a rich red rather than slightly pinkish as in this photo.

Also, she made these four fab cards. Elegant and simple with watercolour and pen - can't wait to send some cards.

Thank you so much.
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2  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: October 18, 2014 03:55:31 PM
Ok, so after a super busy spell I finally got back on here. Here is a better daylight picture of Anna.Wahnsinn's lovely mail organiser.

The stitching is perfect and I love the colours. It will be on the wall today. Hooray!

Thank you so much!
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3  Herby onion bread in Vegetarian / Vegan by schnerby on: March 09, 2014 11:02:00 PM
This stuff is yummy!

1 packet dried yeast (I think they're 7 grams each)
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated tasty cheese (or less than this with a little parmesan on top)
6 tablespoons of chopped herbs. I use all flat leaf parsley but basil would work as well. Olives maybe too)
1 egg
Half a Spanish onion, sliced finely and soaked in lemon juice for an hour. Skip the soaking if you like a sharper onion flavour.
2 tbsp olive oil
Milk or egg wash

Put one cup of flour, the water, sugar and yeast into a bowl. Mix to a thick paste and leave (covered with cling film) for 30 mins. It will go fluffy.

Add the other cup of flour, cheese, salt, herbs, onion, egg and oil to the paste and stir. I do this step in a mixer with the dough hooks on. You could knead by hand. It takes about 10 minutes to knead, adding a little flour when it becomes sticky.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl and leave for 15 minutes covered in cling wrap. Dough should rise and double. Punch it down and knead lightly.

Shape the dough however you like. I braid it like a round challah, but you could do a loaf, pull-apart balls or plait it. Cover with wrap and leave for 10 minutes.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7D8PSBsy1M) - Challah shaping video

Brush with egg or milk wash (parmesan if you like) and bake for ~30 minutes at 190oC fan forced. A little longer if you don't have the fan. It should sound hollow when tapped.

Eat warm or cold - just keep away from hungry hands who tend to burn themselves on the hot loaf.  Cheesy

This is my challah baked at the same time. One of the three is a bit misshapen  Grin

And everything uncooked.

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4  Propaganda stencil work in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schnerby on: October 22, 2012 01:36:49 AM
Here's some stuff for my next show! It's called the Teacher Artmaker Project and is for secondary teachers who are also artists making art about their experience. We look at the tension of being both a teacher and an artmaker as well as the pressure put on art teachers to continue making art when other teachers may not be expected to practice their discipline. Oh, and how being a teacher working with teenage artists impacts our work. It's quite fun!

These are about 1m high and made from original single-use stencils. The original images were made in Illustrator. I glued newspaper to MDF board and then sprayed over the top. It gave them a slightly imperfect paste up look.

I'm nervous about putting them on show, though. I've really put a lot of honesty into the descriptions for the catalogue and I feel so vulnerable having myself out there!

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5  Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: February 24, 2012 08:59:22 PM
Here are my lovely patches from KwiltyKate. I love them! I'm going to sew my patches together to make a fun mug rug for my desk at work. SHould look fantastic!

I'm so sorry about the camera phone pics. I'll replace them as soon as my Mum gives my scanner back. It should be tomorrow.

And these lovely squares of fabric
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6  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: February 15, 2012 09:31:17 PM
I love pins. I love the way they don't get tangled in stuff like necklaces can. Well, now I have another one. Yay!

Banana731 made this lovely crochet bird pin for me. It's starched to keep it nice and upright. Ain't he lovely?  Grin

(well, more lovely than my naughty scanner)

Oh, and I'm a Rene Magritte/surrealism tragic, so the card she made (or, not a card Smiley) was perfect!

Thank you so much! It's lovely!
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7  Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: February 12, 2012 11:03:42 PM
I heart Melmakespretty. Just putting that out there.

I love China and I love china. She sent this fantastic Chinese porcelain patch and I adore it.

Oh, and I'm obsessive about tea. Perfect much?

And, in my favourite colour!

Cool, huh?

And since she's so lovely, Mel also included the other Chinese porcelain embroideries! I think these deserve to be in little hoops. I might just do that.
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8  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: January 31, 2012 09:22:13 PM
Look what I got from Rene24601!

It's a sweet zip pin brooch. I love pins to decorate my clothes and coats and this is a very happy addition to my collection. She also sent some mini chocolates. I've never had a Three Muskateers before (similar to a Mars bar?) and it was yummy.

I'll wear the pin tomorrow Smiley Thank you so much
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9  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: January 22, 2012 07:40:45 PM
That is insanely quick! So pleased he got there fast.

The background is watercolour with salt sprinkled on to give it that effect. The salt absorbs some of the water and therefore leaves dark marks where it is and light patch around. I brushed some of it off but left some if you want a bit of sparkle. Otherwise just brush it all off, it won't hurt the paint or paper at all. You can also trim the edges if you like but I left them in case you wanted to mat it (which it seems you do!).

I didn't frame it because sending glass that far would require a thousand layers of bubble wrap and I just thought that wouldn't work. Hope that's ok!

I also got mail today. From the lovely scarlet_nights

Please excuse the out of focus pic. I'll take a better one tonight when I get home.
It's a crafty ninja and I think it will be living on my desk at work. I'm an art/textiles teacher so I deal a lot with pointy objects. Outside school hours I'm a karate teacher (and wannabe invisible ninja... Smiley) This is a lovely combination! Thank you so much.

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10  Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: January 19, 2012 06:43:26 PM
Nilmerg's patches arrived! Smiley Happy dance

She also included some fun pieces of fabric and some charms attached to a Chinese 1 mao/jiao note. I may have swapped that withher in the past and it was a real kick to see them again. I had so many of them and they're worth almost nothing so I used to stick a few in all my swap packages when I lived in China. Happy memories.

I scanned the patches and I'm not really happy with the colours. They're very vibrant and the backs are just perfect. Thanks Nilmerg!

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