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541  Re: Steampunk Charm swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: June 03, 2010 06:58:08 AM
The Knapped Dollymoppers - Received Charms

goodmorningstarshin e (received: 6/11/10)

Alchamy513(received: 6/19/10)

Seraphina_de_Sangre (received: 6/25/10)

darkangelwingz (received: 6/19/10)

goatgoddess (received: 6/23/10)

suereal (received: 6/12/10)
She called me a "busy bee", and thought this charm would suit me... and so it does! (The coin says "Good for one package of mints")

Side Swappers
Krafty_Karasu (received: 6/19/10)

april again
(received: 6/19/10)

The Knapped Dollymoppers
Sent Packages:
goodmorningstarshin e (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7361; DELIVERED 6/14)
Alchamy513 (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7385; DELIVERED 6/15)
Seraphina_de_Sangre (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7354; DELIVERED 6/14)
darkangelwingz (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7347; DELIVERED 6/15)
goatgoddess (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7392; DELIVERED 6/16)
suereal (sent on 6/14/10  Customs Form #LC278154005US)

Side Swappers
Krafty_Karasu (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7408; DELIVERED 6/14)
april again (sent 6/12/10 DC# 0496 9010 3910 0506 7378; DELIVERED 6/14[/b)
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542  Re: Recipe Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: May 31, 2010 07:06:58 AM

Group 1
sillymomma: Hawaiian Char-su Pork Manapua, Ham, Egg & Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Vietnamese Spring Roll Wrap, Mediterranean Patio Pizza, White Seafood Lasagna, Chicken Crescent Roll-Ups

kittyvettech: Lazy Cabbage Rolls, Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips, Tiny Pineapple Upside Down Cakes, Maple Sausage Skillet, Omelet Biscuit Cups

DesignVigilante: Martin Family Tostadas, No Pre-Packaged Taco Meat, Authentic Chile Verde, Mexican Orange Rice, Refried Beans with Bacon & Chorizo, Authentic Mexican Menudo Soup, Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Stew)

Sejimara: Sensational Shrimp Dip, 5 Layer Bars, Sweet Potatoes, Hamburger Soup, Crock Pot Roast

Group 8
HippieKender: Hot Artichoke Dip, Jambalaya, Corn Salad a la Mark, Copycat Lipton's Onion Soup Mix, Irish Cream, Peanut Butter Blossoms

Disco Queen Highness: Universal Garlic Chicken, Warm Garlic & Artichoke Dip, Tex-Mex Ravioli Casserole, Banana Bars, Pork & Black Bean Chili, Aunt Hazel's Romaine with Oranges & Pecans, Easy Cheesy Potato & Ham Bake

Pinkleo: Appetizer Sandwiches, Butternut Brownie Pie, Cookies & Cream Truffles, Five Cup Salad, Marinated Spaghetti Salad, Mexican Bean Salad, Quick & Easy Fruit Dip, Pinkleo's Lemon Bars, Quick Quiche, Roasted Thyme Chicken with Zucchini & Potatoes

Murbeck: Chicken Broccoli Ca, Italian Beef Hoagies, No-Bake Cookies V, Bushman's Bread, Turkey Chickpea Chili

Delicious Dishes!
HippieKender's Jambalaya

Recipes I Sent:

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

Recipes I'm WISITNG:
~Poppy Seed Chicken
~Crab Meat Hor D'oeuvres
~Lemon Refrigerator Cake
~Monster Cookies

~Jam Bars
~Lemon Soup

~Smoked Sausage Casserole
~White Chocolate Cranberry Trifle

~Chilled Blueberry Soup

~Orange Chicken with Vegetable Rice

~Nutter Butter Pie
~Boston Burgers

~Yorkshire Pudding
~Potato Pie
~Sticky Toffee Pudding

~Cheese'n Ham Spirals
~Cheddar Chowder
~Wife Saver Breakfast Casserroles - I can't help but laugh at the name!
~No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies/Bars - Yummy!
~Bonus: EKO's favourite all purpose cleaner!

paper rose
~Pear Clafouti
~Risotto alla Milanese
~Stout Gingerbread

~Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie
~Beer Cheese Spread
~Apple Caramel Cupcakes

~Mint Chocolate Bars
~Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
~Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
~Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
~Lemon Chicken

~Quick Marinated Red Snapper with crisphy ginger shallots and citrus
~Dutch Pancakes
~Taglierini with a Simple Sweet Tomato Sauce and Shrimp

~Irish Beef Stew
~Baked Brie
~The secret ingredient is Butterscotch! (Sounds so tasty!)

~Herb Goat Cheese Balls
~Alsatian Peasant Soup
~Sauteed Wild Mushrooms and Peas
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543  The Meadow - My Newest Cluster Bracelet (Pic Heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 24, 2010 03:16:52 PM
I've been so busy with work lately that I haven't taken time to post any of the new jewelry I've made.  Which is clearly a shame, since I'm in love with this new cluster bracelet.  I was inspired by the description of Bella & Edward's Meadow in Twilight, but I think it works as a stand alone piece.  

"The meadow was small, perfectly round, and filled with wildflowers violet, yellow, and soft white. Somewhere nearby, I could hear the bubbling music of a stream." - S. Meyer, Twilight

I love the way that the light catches it.  Somehow it seems to glow, even under fluorescent lights, especially the bright green hearts.  I used glass flowers in shades of violet, yellow, peach, pink, & sky blue, bright sap green glass hearts and leaves, and silver charms. The beads and charms create the nicest gentle tinkling music.  Charms include bees, butterfly, leaves, flower, squirrel, dragonfly, sun, and moth.

Comments or constructive criticism is always welcome.  Smiley
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544  Ultimate Twlight Charm Bracelet - Version 3.0? Pic Heavy! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 24, 2010 03:02:14 PM
I can't seem to stop making cluster bracelets.  I think it's starting to worry my husband...  Actually I'm not sure what worries him more; my constant crafting or my constant rereading of Twilight.  I've made several versions of a Twilight charm bracelet before, but I think this one is my favorite.  It has a nice weight and jingles gently, but isn't too heavy. 

I used red glass hearts, clear and red cut glass beads, black and red Swarovski crystals, black mother-of-pearl stars, charcoal glass pearls, and a ton of charms.

Charms include:
Apple - Forbidden Fruit
Chess Queen - Bella's finding her place within the Cullen's
Rose - an ancient symbol of love
Piano - Edward's love of music
Crystal Heart - Cold, hard and throws rainbows in the sun
Lion - Edward Cullen
Leaf - Forests of Washington state
Truck - Bella's ancient vehicle
Fork - Forks, WA
Swan - Bella Swan
Motorcycle - Bella's relationship with Jacob
Wolf - Jacob Black
Believe - a reminder of the supernatural
Celtic Knot - Unending Love
Chess Pawn - Bella at the beginning of the Saga
Baseball - the Cullen's family

I also made a necklace to match:

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545  Absinthe/Green Faerie Art Nouveau Bookmark in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 24, 2010 02:55:53 PM
I've always loved the mystery and allure surrounding Absinthe, from the  beautiful Art Nouveau advertising and mad Parisian artists, to changing whirlwind of the Turn of the Twentieth century...  Too bad I don't actually care for the drink itself! 

When I found this graceful pewter bookmark and oddly shaped dichroic glass bead, I knew exactly what I had to make; an Absinthe bookmark!  I hope you like it.  As always, comments and criticism are welcome. 

Detail of charms:
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546  New Owl, Tree, Bird, Star & Fairy Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 24, 2010 02:48:46 PM
Hi everyone!  I've been so busy with the dance concerts and plays we've been putting up at work, that I haven't had a spare moment to post any of my jewelry in ages.  I made these earrings a month or so back, and really like how they came out.  I was going for simple and elegant... 

Blue Moon Copper Owl Earrings with turquoise mother of pearl disks

Blue Moon Silver Owl Earrings

Copper Tree of Life Earrings with green freshwater pearls

Copper Songbird Earrings with mother of pearl disks

Silver Stars with Violet Crystals

Celestial Faerie Earrings with bronze freshwater coin pearls
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547  Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 23, 2010 03:02:27 PM
Here's the second of my extra stash quilts! 

Quilting & backing detail:

Now I'm off to work on piecing the last of the ones I'm doing for now.  :-)
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548  Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 19, 2010 09:08:00 PM
Finally, I get some time to post pictures of what I've been doing! 

Here's the one from the kit that QFK sent me:

And here's one of the other 3 I'm sending to them with it:

I don't know if any of you remember, but I ordered 5 kits for my craft group a while back.  Well, when we got to quilting day, 2 people didn't show, each with very valid excuses.  I had meanwhile gathered fabric to make 3 other quilts, thinking I would offer anyone who wanted to do a second, one of mine.  Well, with the two extra kits, and my 3 more, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed to say the least.  Thank goodness I bumped into a fellow quilter at work who offered to take one of the kits, and another craftster took the other one.  So now I just have the 3 more.  One of which, as you see, is done!  I've got the front of the second one pieced, and the third one cut, and the 4 patches together.  Just as a random note, I went with their Disappearing 9 Patch on the second quilt there, and it's a bit bigger than the 4 Patch kits they send.  I cut 4 strips of binding to do mine, and it was short by about 5".  I think on the next Disappearing 9 Patch (the one I've already pieced), I'm going to narrow the outer border a bit, so I can get it all out of 4 strips. 

Keep up the awesome work ladies!
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549  Potholder Swap (Sendouts 6/30/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: May 19, 2010 02:07:18 PM
Our awesome gallery can be found here: Potholder Swap Gallery

Swap name: Potholder Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: May 19 June 2, 2010
Date to send item by: June 30, 2010

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: NO
- 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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
Who wouldn't love something sweet and crafty to brighten up their kitchen?  In this swap we will be making 2-3 potholders for our partners.  Please indicate in your questionnaire whether you would prefer to make 2 OR 3. Potholders can be quilted/sewn, knitted, or crocheted.    

Swappers who are interested in swapping an additional item, such as a tea cozy, matching kitchen towel, or placemat, may indicate their interest in the questionnaire below. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.  It is just an option for those people who may be interested. I will attempt to match up people who are interested in this option, but I make no promises.  Swappers will be matched up first based on allergies & shipping, and then on swapping preferences.

As in all Craftster Swaps, DC#s are REQUIRED.

Posting pictures is required in this swap.  If you believe you will have trouble posting pictures for any reason, please mention this in the questionnaire below.  Please also take pictures of the items that you send, in case your partner has any unforeseen problems posting.

I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, very late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, lack of picture posting, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner and your organizer.

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
   SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
   RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
   FEEDBACK: Given when both partners packages have been received (verified through PM or DC#) and pictures have been posted.  

NOTE: Lack of communication and explanation, such as no PMs of sending/receiving, will be noted in your feedback.  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Potholder Swap
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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Confirm that you understand that Delivery Confirmation (DC #s) are required. (YES/NO)

Do you understand that posting pictures is required in this swap, and do you have regular access to a camera? (If this is a serious problem, please talk to your organizer so something can be worked out for you.)

What types of potholders do you like to make?  (Quilted, crocheted, knitted, other?)
What kinds of potholders would you like to receive?
Do you have a favorite style of potholder?  Square, mitt, Crazy Zori, Pocket?
Would you like to make 2 or 3 potholders?  
What are your favorite colors?
What color and style is your kitchen?
Would you prefer something that matches your kitchen, or something to suit your personality?
Do you have a favorite theme or motif?

Are you intersted in swaping an additional object like dish towels, a tea cozy, placemat, etc.?  (THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT! Just an option for those who wish to do so.)
If so Is there anything else youd really love for your kitchen?

Do you have any allergies?
Do you, or any member of your household smoke?
Do you have any pets or other allergens in your home?
Do you have a wist or list of favorties to help your partner learn more about you?


Please label Personal Messages (PMs) to organizer with title of "Potholder Swap".  When you send, label message as "SENT: Potholder Swap".  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.  When you receive, label message as "RECEIVED: Potholder Swap".  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.

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

Link to our original interest thread can be found here: Want to swap handmade potholders?
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550  Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: May 16, 2010 04:24:23 PM
Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna

Made this for my Crafternoon Delight meeting today.  Sadly everyone had to leave before dinner... Oh well, more for DH and I!  I read a few similar Crock-Pot Enchilada recipes, but didn't really like anything I found, so I made this up with what I had on hand.  

Three things to note: I always use slow cooker liner bags, since I hate dishes.  That's what the plastic bag looking thing in my slow cooker is.   I highly recommend them.  DO NOT try to use any old plastic bag, as they are not made to withstand that level of heat the way liner bags are!  
Also, in this recipe, I used a 6 quart oval crock pot.  You could also easily use a smaller 4 quart pot, since this didn't quite fill to the halfway point in my pot.  A round crock is also perfectly fine, and your tortillas would probably slide right in, and not need that extra half tortilla per layer.  
Finally, all my ingredients came from the wonder that is Aldi.  If you haven't been to one, but think there might be one in your area, check them out!  I've added in prices next to each ingredient to give you an overall meal total.  Also, these are Aldi's regular prices, not sale ones!

3 chicken breasts  ($3.00)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder ($.03)
1 tsp. chili powder ($.05)
1 Jar Enchilada Sauce, divided into two separate 1/4 cup portions, and the remainder ($1.19)
1 small can of green chilies ($.59)
1 small can of tomato sauce ($.30)
1 can of black beans ($.59)
1 cup frozen corn, thawed ($.33)
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese ($1.15)
6 tortillas, 2 cut in half ($.60)
2 green onions, sliced thinly ($.20)

Start with the chicken.  Mine was frozen, so I rinsed off it's ice layer, then sprinkled on salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and a light drizzle of enchilada sauce.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until cooked through.  Let the chicken rest about 15 mins, then shred it with 2 forks.  

Lay down 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of the crock pot, and spread around. Next, place the chicken in a mixing bowl with the green chilies, tomato sauce, black beans (drained & rinsed), corn, and remaining enchilada sauce.  Stir to combine.

On top of the layer of enchilada sauce, place one and a half tortillas.

Place 1/3 of the chicken mixture on top, and spread out evenly.

Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese (about 1/4 cup) on top of the chicken, and then top with another set of tortillas.  Repeat the layering process with the remaining chicken.

Top the last layer with the remaining 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce.

Bake for 7-8 hours on low.  30 minutes before serving, sprinkle on another layer of cheese, and 2 thinly sliced green onions.

Total cost: $8.03.  Serves 6 very hearty portions, or 8, with a side like Savory Corn Muffins.   Cheesy
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