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241  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Dragonfly in Amber" Beaded Suncatcher on: May 06, 2009 06:47:01 AM
While working on my presents for Knickertwist for the Outlander Swap, I was inspired by this post of a amber beaded dragonfly pendant: 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301486.msg3455062;topicseen#msg3455062  (Since one of the novels in the series is in fact titled Dragonfly In Amber.)  I whipped this up from craft wire and a large package of mixed colored amber glass beads.

242  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 18th Century-esque "Gathering Apron" with emboidered pocket on: May 06, 2009 06:00:27 AM
HI everyone.  My partner has already received this from the Outlander Swap, so I thought I'd post pictures. 
When I learned that my partner had a garden I knew I wanted to make her an apron to wear while working in it.  The pattern was mainly taken from the gathering apron that has appeared on Craftster lately, (http://www.frogcreekcottage.com/2008/04/the-gathering-apron/) but much of its construction also has to do with the history or fabric and fashion.

In the 18th  Century, an apron was a requisite piece of a womans attire.  Aprons ranged from plain utilitarian linen work aprons, to lovely sheer linen or cotton semi-dress aprons with beautiful embroidery.  The cloth available to most people in Europe and the colonies would have been wool or linen homespun.  Cotton was extremely costly, and while it was available from India, many European countries banned the importation of such goods in an effort to protect their own cloth industries.  Colors in clothing were often pale, and came from dyes that could be made from local plants.  Bright colors were not usually available until the invention of synthetic dyes at the end of the 19th century.  Colors for women's clothes included ivory, sand, light blue, blue-grey, silver, and pink. Darkish and middling reds, bright yellows, dark blues and greens have been seen in extant garments, but not very frequently.  In this apron, I chose to use both the blue hand dyed linen (which is pieced from multiple strips since women would have used ALL available pieces of cloth) and some printed cotton, to provide contrast, and because it is easy to clean in the washer after a busy day in the garden.  (As this was for the Outlander Swap, I decided to imagine that wealthy Aunt Jocasta sent the expensive cotton to her beloved Brianna.)  The embroidery on the center pocket is reminiscent of embroidery and textile design styles of the 18th century.     
I hope you enjoy it!
Front of the apron:

Detail of embroidery on the pocket:

Back, showing the cute mitered ends of the ties:

Apron, all gathered up for collecting treasures in the garden:
243  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ravenclaw Quidditch Hoodie on: April 20, 2009 07:10:20 PM
Earlier this semester I designed costumes for an opera, and fellow craftster Ex_Gratia worked her tiny butt off as my design assistant on the show.  To show I my thanks, I made her a hoodie.  And not just any hoodie, but a Harry Potter themed one.  Ladies and Gents, I give you Ex_Gratia's very own Ravenclaw Quidditch Hoodie!

The front, with sleeves visible:

Detail of team logo, the Ravenclaw eagle, clutching a snitch:

Back, with her name, number, and pretty star:

Left sleeve, with stripe, house patch, and position played (Beater):

Right sleeve, with stripe, and five stars for five years on the team:

A concealed wand pocket, in case dementors show up on the field during training:

Action shot of Ex_Gratia in the costume shop enjoying her hoodie:

All of the lettering, logos, and stripes were done with a mix of gold puff paint mixed with a rust colored "spray on" fabric paint to achieve a bronze tone (instead of gold) and freezer paper stencils.  The Ravenclaw eagle stencil came from the crafts section of http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/, I simply added the snitch into it's claws.  The hood is lined with a brown tee shirt that has been spritzed with the same rust spray on fabric paint, and the tee also provided fabric for the hidden wand pocket.  The house patch was ordered from far away in Taiwan, but only cost $4 with shipping!  It was tons of work and may layers of paint, but I freakin loved making it, and it seems to make Ex_Gratia pretty happy.  Maybe I'll eventually make myself a Gryffindor one....

Roar, roar Gryffindor!
244  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Snitch Necklace and Earrings for personal swap on: April 20, 2009 06:52:12 PM
Well, as I know rira already got these, I thought I'd put up pics.  I made her a Golden Snitch necklace and matching earrings for a personal swap.  I'm really pleased with how they came out, and my cute find on the fat gold bead.  It all swirly and looks like magic.  :-)

The set:

Necklace detail:

Earrings detail:

Happy crafting!
245  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Outlander Swap Rd. 2 Gallery on: April 18, 2009 11:06:13 AM
Post pictures of all your goodies here!

theatregirl25 <-----> coryjo
selkie <-----> Calliel
crosswind <-----> kawoosh_girl
Knickertwist <-----> jennieingram

blue = you sent
purple = you received (but haven't sent yet)
green = sent & received
orange = sending late, with communication
strikethrough = got feedback
red = PM organizer immediately!

Here is our original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294853.0
246  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Maple-Cranberry Pork Medallions on: March 24, 2009 08:59:42 PM
My husband found a recipe for pork fried rice that he wanted to make the other day, but the only pork loins I could find in Kroger were huge.  I ended up getting a 2.5lb one on sale, but it was so big, I cut it up into 3 pieces for multiple meals.  This was whipped up quickly off the top of my head to use some up before freezing the rest.

1/3  of a pork loin (2.5 lbs)
1 shallot, chopped fine
cup light Cranberry juice (not filled with sugar, but you could also use some wine if you have it laying around)
1.5 oz. bottle Maple syrup (45 ml) - stolen from Cracker Barrel
1 T. White wine vinegar (try whatever you have, cider, etc.)
Olive oil
Fresh ground Pepper
tsp. Sea salt

Place the shallot in a small bowl with cranberry juice, maple syrup, white wine vinegar, 2 T. olive oil, a few grinds of black pepper, and a the sea salt.  Next, slice the pork loin into medallions.  Heat 1 T. olive oil over medium-high heat.  Cook the pork medallions on both sides for a few minutes until just barely pink inside (about 3-4 mins per side).  Remove to a plate and cover with foil.  Add the shallots and liquids to the pan and cook until reduced to a glaze (about 4-5 mins).  Pour over your delicious pork.  Serve with steamed carrots and pour some glaze over them too...  Mmmm...
247  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Stacked Coins quilt - advice needed on sashing color (very pic heavy) on: March 12, 2009 12:19:17 PM
Hi Ladies,
Well, I have a bit of a quandry.  I normally make a quilt for each friend or family member that gets married.  This summer I have 4 cousins, and 3 close friends, making a whopping 7 quilts to come up with!  And before you all ask, yes, for various reasons, all 7 need quilts.  They have also all asked for one specifically.  Now, with the state of the economy, and the fact that most quilts cost me about $45-65 in fabric and batting, I'm digging through my stash for scraps to turn into a few of those 7.  Last night I cut and pieced all the "coins" for a Stacked Coins quilt, which I've fallen in love with lately.  Oddly enough I had strips already cut to the right width from doing a log cabin for my Mother in Law.  All in all, I had scraps from 3 other quilts plus odds and ends went into the golden "coins" and they're beautiful. 
Now I need to add sashing and borders.  I've included pictures of the rows of coins to give you an idea of patterns and colors already in it.  The coin stack rows alternate from dark to light and light to dark.  Now my question is, what color sashing and borders should I do?  I made up a couple of examples in photoshop (yes I do photoshop sketches before I quilt, don't judge me!).  What color do you think would look best with the golden coin colors?  (P.S.  For all you Harry Potter dorks out there, I'm secretly calling this my "Gallons of Galleons" quilt.)  Remember, this is for a wedding, and I'll probably write something about "for richer, for poorer" or an Irish blessing of "may your purse always hold a coin or two" in their card...

My coin "stacks"

Examples of sashing colors:

What do you guys think?
248  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Outlander Swap Rd. 2 (Signups March 2-18 Sendouts April 20) on: March 02, 2009 08:40:29 AM

Swap name:  Outlander Swap Rd. 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: 3/2/09-3/18/09
Date to send item by:  4/20/09  

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement?  Due to the adult themes/scenes in the books, 18.

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

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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: 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 swap is for everyone who loves Claire and Jamie Fraser, as well as the numerous other characters that Diana Gabaldon has created in her breathtaking Outlander series, and are impatiently waiting for An Echo in the Bone.  If you and your partner are also into the Lord John series, it is okay to include something from it, if and only if, your partner is also a fan and has read them too.  Please limit this theme to 1 of the items however.

Swap requirements
-1 large
-1 medium
-1 small

You may send more if BOTH you and your partner agree to it.

When you ship: Be sure to get delivery confirmation, be sure to PM me and your partner

When you receive: Be sure to PM me and your partner, be sure to post pictures or have partner post pictures

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

Name of swap: Outlander Swap Rd. 2
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?

What is your favorite book in the Outlander series?
What point have you read up to in the series?
Do you like the Lord John books and are you open to receiving an item themed from them?
Who is your favorite character?
Who is your favorite villain?
Who do you identify with the most in the series?

What are your...
favorite colors?
favorite flowers/plants/herbs?
favorite scents?
favorite gemstones?
favorite crafts to do?
favorite crafts to receive?

Are you Scottish (either by birth or marriage)?
If so, what clan?

Do you wear jewlery?
If so, gold, silver, copper?  (something I haven't thought of?)
Prefered bracelet length?
Necklace length?
Are your ears pierced?

Any other prominent non-crafting hobbies?
Do you enjoy: coffee, tea, both, neither?

Anything you are dying to receive?
Anything you DO NOT want to receive?

Do you have any allergies/aversions?
Anything else you want your partner to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

1. jennieingram
2. Calliel
3. Knickertwist
4. crosswind
5. theatregirl25
6. selkie
7. kawoosh_girl
8. coryjo

theatregirl25 <-----> coryjo
selkie <-----> Calliel
crosswind <-----> kawoosh_girl
Knickertwist <-----> jennieingram

blue = you sent
purple = you received (but haven't sent yet)
green = sent & received
orange = sending late, with communication
strikethrough = got feedback
red = PM organizer immediately!

249  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter / Hogwarts Houses Keychains on: February 26, 2009 08:47:45 PM
I made tons of key chains this summer as thank you presents for the girls who worked in my costume shop (I had to come up with presents for 18 people on the cheap).  I ended up liking making them so much that I kept making them throughout the fall and winter, with various themes and charms.   I made this Gryffindor themed one for my partner Pinkleo for the Invite Your Partner Swap, and the Ravenclaw one for my friend Ex_Gratia...  so I figured I should make up the other houses so no one would feel left out! 





P.S.  Pinkleo, I hope you don't mind that I stole your pick of your keychain.  It came out much better than mine! 
250  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Twilight Inspired quote book/journal with Japanese binding on: February 17, 2009 08:35:54 PM
I made this journal for the lovely Nurseninja for the Twilight Rd. 5 Swap.  (And now that she recieved it, I thought I'd post some detail bits of it.)  The journal was supposed to be the product of a bored Bella and Edward during classes (who *both* seem to simply be repeating classes in high school).  I downloaded the fonts for Bella, Edward, Jacob, and Alice, and included quotes from Bronte, Austen, Frost, etc on love, partnership, eternity, and various poems and song lyrics.  Each one is printed in the "handwriting" of the character that I think would have said/quoted that at the time.  The quotes are also in there in a rough chronological fashion, chronicalling Bella's emotional state, starting with meeting Edward in Twilight, then going through the actions and emotions of New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. 

Journal cover, featuring the Cullen Crest in silver metallic pen, with a human heart for my awesome partner, who happens to be a cardiac nurse:

Journal back, made when Bella was missing Jacob featuring a wolf, wolf eye, and Edward's topaz eye:

Detail of inside covers with sheet music (of Edward's composition in honor of Nurseninja):

Detail of pages full of quotes, song lyrics, etc. in various character's handwriting:

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