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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! on: December 19, 2014 12:00:41 PM
My package from rockingbearranch came earlier this week, but I haven't been able to get a picture posted until today.  I'm waiting until Christmas to unwrap, but I can't wait!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 13, 2014 02:38:54 PM
Finally able to pop in here.  Most of my recent crafting has been for swaps, so it will be a while before I can post what I've made. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Mint
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peppermint Chip Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe for chocolate cookie base available here.
Brief Description: I look forward to the mint flavored everything season with the same amount of enthusiasm usually reserved for pumpkin spice, so this Bean made me very happy.  It is exam time at the university where I work, which means we have extended hours at the library.  Since my Saturday student workers would have to arrive early, stay late, and deal with all sorts of stapler & printer related anxiety, I thought they could use some cookies to help get them through the day.  I found a bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips, which I combined with my go-to chocolate cookie base recipe with delicious results.  The peppermint is almost overwhelming, so I think if I have another opportunity to use these chips I'd substitute regular chocolate chips for about half the bag.

345 More Cookies! by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap - sign up by 11/29/14 (!) send by 12/12 on: December 13, 2014 08:37:43 AM

wow -- I'm still able to fill them out in the post office in my town....
word of warning; I don't think you can send international in the automated machine,
so you may have to go when counter is open....

You were correct!  But it meant I got to spend some quality time with old ladies in line at the post office this morning - all complaining that it used to open at 8:30 instead of 9.  The main post-office for the area had the customs forms on hand, so I think it's just the dinky little one that's a block from my office being weird.
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap - sign up by 11/29/14 (!) send by 12/12 on: December 12, 2014 11:58:43 AM
I've managed to get one package in the mail.  The other has been stymied by the fact that my local post office doesn't provide customs forms and makes you fill them out online.  (Is it just my campus' reduced-service mailroom that does this, or is that something they're all doing now?  It's been forever since I shipped internationally.)  I think I've filled out all my forms correctly, so I'll give it another shot after work.  This time I'll get to wrestle with the automated machine, so wish me luck!
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap - sign up by 11/29/14 (!) send by 12/12 on: December 09, 2014 08:51:04 AM
Good Luck!!

I am at the point of searching for the right sized boxes.  With any luck things will be heading out soon.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: December 06, 2014 08:32:09 AM

Maybe at the start of 2015, people should post a picture of their stash and compare it to the end?

Some of us took pictures of our stash at the beginning of 2014, too!  Please share so we can see how your stash has grown/shrunk/cycled throughout the year.

I generally try to arrange the first few monthly challenges to help folks assess and organize their stashes.  If anyone has any suggestions for improving those challenges, let me know!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: December 04, 2014 01:30:11 PM
I'd love to know how other people are storing their stash.  I live in a really small space, so currently everything's squirreled away in many different nooks and crannies.  One of my goals for next year is to try to get my stash documented using Ravelry, with pics and a note about where those particular skeins are kept.  (They did a brief overview of their stash function here on the Ravelry blog for those who are unfamiliar with the idea.)

I have no idea what to do with fabrics though.  Especially the scraps.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: November 30, 2014 08:57:39 PM
December Themes

Silver Crystals - Cristaux d'argent by monteregina, on Flickr

(How did it get to be December already.  Eek!)

Color: Silver
Pattern: Folk-Art
For: Your Home
Challenge 1: Congrats! You've been DeStashing for a year.  Take a look back and see how much you've accomplished.
Challenge 2: Help come up with ideas that will make next year's DeStashAlong better.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: November 30, 2014 08:51:12 PM
OK - time for my traditional end-of-the-month project dump.  Apologies for the long post.

First up a pair of socks.  Sadly they didn't finish up the ball of yarn.  Not sure what I'm going to do with the leftovers.

Finally Finished by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

A doll dress made from scraps of a quilt I made a few years ago.

16 After by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I covered a found box with some paper I'd been saving since 2012.  I need to get back into box making to use up some of the book-board I have squirreled away.

This project finally utilized a composition book I'd had since 1998, a few sheets of scrapbook paper, and a lot of washi tape.  Every little bit helps!

Some more knitting.  I'm wondering if I have enough yarn left to make a pompom.  Pompoms make everything better.

And finally, yet another doll dress.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 30, 2014 08:39:34 PM
I had planned on being much more productive over the Thanksgiving break, but then entropy took over.  But I still have a couple of projects to add to the end-of-the-semester spree.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Peach
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Knitting
Project Page Link: Ardelle Hat Pattern
Brief Description: Here we have a warm, slightly fuzzy hat knitted as a gift from the heart to protect a friend or loved one from the health hazards of a cold head.  ( I think that managed to incorporate most of the prompts...) 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Favorite Things Dress
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: We had our first snow down here in Virginia.  It was just a dusting on this side of the mountains, but enough to make visions of smooth untouched snowbanks fill the brain in anticipation of next month's holidays.  In the spirit of eternal optimism I whipped up a quick dress inspired by the weather it presages a white Christmas.

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