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251  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bookmark Swap - Round 4 Gallery on: February 12, 2011 04:49:34 PM

Group 1
jennieingram ---> bmd1011
bmd1011 NO PACKAGE RCVD; NO COMM. SINCE 3/4 ---> jennieingram

Group 2
jennieingram ---> coryjo, chughes225, Ransom, kanawinkie
coryjo ---> chughes225, Ransom, kanawinkie, jennieingram
chughes225 ---> coryjo, Ransom, kanawinkie, jennieingram
Ransom ---> coryjo, chughes225, kanawinkie, jennieingram
kanawinkie ---> coryjo, chughes225, Ransom, jennieingram

Group 3 - Angel Kimchery sent 3/17 ---> Murple, spidermom, Terracruz, LauraLynn125
Murple (resent 2/22) ---> spidermom, Terracruz, the.fantastic.mrs.fox, LauraLynn125
spidermom ---> Terracruz, the.fantastic.mrs.fox, LauraLynn125, Murple
Terracruz ---> spidermom, the.fantastic.mrs.fox, LauraLynn125, Murple
the.fantastic.mrs.fox (No comm. since 2/20) ---> spidermom, Terracruz, LauraLynn125, Murple
LauraLynn125 ---> spidermom, Terracruz, the.fantastic.mrs.fox, Murple

Group 4
Honeybeee ---> mouseatethekitty, Tree27, rosyposie, tennisgal86
mouseatethekitty ---> Tree27, rosyposie, tennisgal86, Honeybeee
Tree27 RESENT 3/21 ---> mouseatethekitty, rosyposie, tennisgal86, Honeybeee
rosyposie ---> mouseatethekitty, Tree27, tennisgal86, Honeybeee (Pic posted by rosieposie!  Kiss)
tennisgal86 RESENT 3/25 ---> mouseatethekitty, Tree27, rosyposie, Honeybeee

Green = Sent
Purple = Received & No Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures Posted
Orange = Unknown Status/No Communication - CONTACT ORGANIZER
Red = Temp. Negative -2 weeks since sendouts, no package has been sent/received (or 3 weeks for international receiving)
Strikeout = Feedback Given
Glow= NEGATIVE (please no glowy peeps)
*= Early Sender

Our original thread:  Bookmark Swap - Round 4
252  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decked Out for Deathly Hallows - Part II is coming! on: January 26, 2011 12:51:31 PM
~*Lumos solem!*~
I promised that Ex_Gratia, pinkleo & I would be back with a Round II of the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap, and here we are!  Well, the interest thread at least.  This thread is here to hopefully answer your questions about the upcoming swap, and provide links to inspirational craft items.

Signup Dates: May 5th-May 15th, 2011
Sendout Date: July 1st, 2011

Click for the original Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Thread and the GALLERY.

Details of the Swap:

Unlike a normal Harry Potter swap, this swap is designed specifically to prepare your partner to go see the film (theoretically on opening night, if they so desire).  This does not mean that craft items have to be based on the movie.  The goal is to create items that your partner can enjoy AT the film, and while waiting for hours in line.

Each participant will be crafting 3 items:

1 wearable item (like a tee, House tie or scarf, jewelry, etc.)
1 accessory, toy, or game (like a wand, a stuffie/doll, or game of Exploding Snap!)
1 edible snack or treat***  (Can be sweet, savory, salty, or even "swalty"!)
           ***For notes on the snack/treat component, see below.

Package will include 1 Large, 1 Medium, and 1 Small item.  (Or if you prefer the points counting system, one 3 point item, one 2 point item, and one 1 point item.  For more info on size guidelines, see HERE)   You may choose which category items to create for which size.  For example:

You could make a "Large" stenciled tee, a "Medium" wooden wand, and a "Small" jar of Lemon Drops from Honeyduke's.  

Or you could make a "Large" Skiving Snackbox full of tons of different types of homemade candy treats, a "Medium" crocheted toy Pygmy Puff, and a "Small" house themed bracelet.

***Notes on the Snack/Treat Requirement:  Including a snack or treat for going to the movie is an intrinsic part of this swap and is not up to negotiation, HOWEVER... If you fear your kitchen-spells are not on par with Mrs. Weasley's, you are welcome to send store bought snacks provided they have a crafty component.  What is a "crafty component"?  You can decorate a pretty jar to make it look as though you got your partner a jar of Lemon Drops from Honeyduke's, or a tin of snack mix from the Three Broomsticks.  Just be sure to note in your questionnaire that you are not a great cook, and I'll partner accordingly.

Furthermore, if you have dietary concerns (like diabetes, gluten intolerance, milk/nut allergies), be sure to mention them in your questionnaire.  AND be sure to mention some alternatives for your partner in case they are not be familiar with your type of dietary needs.  For example, perhaps you can't have sugar, but pretzels are good alternative for you, or you're a tea fanatic and plan to smuggle in a thermos of your favorite hot beverage, go ahead and let us know!

Furthermore, if you are a GREAT cook, and want to make lots of homemade snacks, be sure to note that too, and I will attempt to find you a partner who has lots of friends to feed!

Finally, always remember that the goal in crafting and swapping is to BE CREATIVE and to do what's best for your partner and your circumstances.  If you're having trouble with this component, try to think outside the box.  Ask questions in the thread or PM your partner, go through the last gallery to see what others have done, and most importantly BE CREATIVE!

If you are interested in this swap, leave a message here in the thread.  I'll be sure to send you all Rememberalls when Sign Ups start.
253  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bookmark Swap - Round 4 (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 2/19) on: January 25, 2011 07:40:18 PM

Swap name: Bookmark Swap Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Co-organizers: pinkleo & kayrun
Sign-up date range: January 25 - February 5
Date to send item by: February 19

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NONE

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 within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
In this swap, participants will have two options.  
#1.To sign up to swap with a single partner.   (Send and receive 1 bookmark.)
#2. To sign up to swap in a group of 5.  (Send and receive 4 bookmarks.)

This swap is open to people in every country, and is a great way to try out swapping internationally, without a lot of cost.  To those of you who automatically say you do not wish to ship to a country outside your own, please consider it on this one!!! You will only be mailing an envelope and the costs would be much less than in a traditional swap.  Think about how much fun it will be to get international mail!  And think about how sad you would be as an international crafter, if no one ever wanted to swap with you!  Also remember that you would NOT receive ALL international swappers, perhaps 1 or 2 in your group.

The average rate for a 1-2 oz. envelope sent internationally is between $.98 and 2.00, so if you had a group with 2 international partners, and 2 domestic ones, your shipping would still be UNDER $5.00

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is always the key.  Please keep in touch with your partners and organizer.  If you are accepted into the swap, I will PM you, and add you to the participant list.  Once partners have been assigned, you may craft your bookmarks and send as early as you wish.  All swaps on Craftster, requires the use of DC#s, but this is not possible when sending letters or sending internationally.  Since you can't get a DC number for these, feedback will be based on if your partner received or not.  

For U.S. based swappers: If your bookmark is not received after two weeks, you will need to re-craft and send another one to avoid negative feedback.

For International and US/International swappers: If your bookmark is not received after three weeks, you will need to re-craft and send.

If you don't think you'll be able to make and send more bookmarks if your items are lost in the mail, please think about either doing option #1.  As soon as you ship, YOU MUST PM YOUR organizer and your partner to tell them.  Please label your PM "SENT: Bookmark Swap - Rd 4".  When you receive, you MUST PM your partner and organizer again, please label this one "Received: Bookmark Swap - Rd 4".
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Bookmark Swap - Round 4
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)

Would you like to have 1 partner (make/receive 1 bookmark), or, be in a group of 5 (make/receive 4 bookmarks)?

What is your favorite book?
What is your favorite author or series?  
What is your favorite genre of books?  (mystery, historical fiction, romance, etc.)
What are some of your other hobbies and interests?
What are your favorite colors, themes, or motifs? (blue, nature, trees, etc.)
What themes would you not like to receive?

What kind of bookmarks do you like to make?
What kind of bookmarks do you like? (ie: paper, thong, stretchy...)  
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any pets?
Do you smoke?
Do you have special requests?


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

Inspiration can be found here:
Bookmark Swap Round 1
Bookmark Swap Round 2
Place Saver Bookmark Swap
Gallery of Bibliophilic Love
254  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wedding & Dragonfly Charm Bracelet & Earring Sets on: January 22, 2011 09:28:37 AM
I've been cranking out jewelry like mad lately.  These are two that I made as a custom order for someone. 

The first is a wedding/eternity themed bracelet and earring set.  The charms include two keys, Cupid, wedding gown, tuxedo, engagement ring, 2 cherubs, Celtic heart, heart in hand, an eternity ring, and various shape pendants that include the words "I do", "amore", "Embrace", "Love", "Be mine" & "Faith, Hope, Love".  The beads are glass in shades of clear, white, silver and glass pearls, and the clasp is a rose with a single blue Swarovski crystal in it for "something blue".

The second one is a Dragonfly themed bracelet and earring set for her sister.  I honestly thought finding several kinds of dragonfly charms (besides what was already in my stash) would be easy.  That turned out not to be the case!  The customer loved it though, and that's the important part.  The charms include 4 enameled dragonflies and two pewter ones, a sun, and several leaves.  The beads included light blue and lavender glass flowers and leaves, some lampwork and millifore, and silver spacers.

255  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / TARDIS Matchbox - mildly pic heavy on: January 22, 2011 09:16:51 AM
I recently was "strong armed" by the awesome Pinkleo into participating in the Matchbox Swap Round 4.  My partner spidermom is a big Doctor Who fan, and had lots of TARDIS themed items on her Wist.  Since they are both rectangular, I thought the TARDIS would be a great choice for the matchbox I was going to build her.   I used an online template from Swap Bot for the box itself.  (Though the PDF wouldn't really open for me.  I had to take a screen capture of it, and size it up.)

After coming up with the right sized box, I found blueprint images of the TARDIS online, and cut down the front and tweaked proportions till it fit the size of the box front.  Then just cut and pasted together in Photoshop.  I printed it, along with the manual cover on the only sheet of blue card stock I had.  Thank goodness it worked the first time!  The printed lines were all gone over with superfine Sharpie, and the upper windows were cut out and backed with vellum. The doorknob is a little metallic scrapbooking embellishment.

Matchbox, with all it's goodies packed inside:

When the tray is empty, you always have the Doctor to keep you company.

All the goodies unpacked, including a resin bottle cap pendant, AB beads, a bone bead, tiny TARDIS Instruction Manual, two keys to the TARDIS, a paper tag, pin back, clip, blue buttons and beads, blue acrylic drops, a copper and brass ring, stamp from China, evil eye bead for protection, star charms, hematite beads, hook clasp, an angel wing charm, 60's-esque teapot, leather "Travel" tag, s-hook clasp, and a cookie fortune.

Detail of the necklace.  I made a ton of these charms in the Steampunk Charm Swap, and have been meaning to make necklaces out of them ever since.  For those of you who are curious, I believe it's a Leinenkugel's Fireside Nutbrown Ale cap.

You can't be flying about time and space without any idea how to operate the crazy box, so I made a tiny TARDIS Instruction Manual

Inside of the Manual

Possibly my favorite find from my stash, the fortune:

I should probably note that when I came up with this idea, I had never seen an episode of Doctor Who before.  I chose most of my bits & bobs just by going for items that related to traveling, and the same shade of blue as the TARDIS.  Since I finished the box and mailed it a week ago, I started to get curious though.  In the last week I ended up finishing Series 1, and just started Series 2 this morning.  While David Tennant is adorable, and I'm sure will grow on me soon, I already really miss Chris Eccleston who I was nursing a bit of a crush on.

*Edit: I have since learned to love and adore David Tennant who will always be "My Doctor".
256  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Potions Master Bracelet Version 2.0 on: January 14, 2011 01:44:08 PM
A while back I created a Potions Master Charm Bracelet for SevsOnlyGirl in the Loaded Charm Bracelet Swap.  I was really happy with how it came out, not to mention psyched to be so inspired by my awesome partner, Sevs. 

But in the year since making that one, I've refined my technique quite a bit, and started using a different style of chain as my base, which I think wears much nicer and is more comfortable.  I decided I wanted to go back to that bracelet and try it again, with a "what I know now" kind of approach.  Here's the result:

Charms include:
~Evil eye, used to protect oneself from malicious spells
~Snake, symbol of Slytherin House
~Lightening bolt, for the Boy Who Lived
~Silver star
~Phial of lavender, to promote love, protection, courage & strength
~Inkwell & quill, for grading all those rolls of parchment
~Locket to stash a picture of your true love
~Silver Doe, Snape's Patronus Charm
~Phial of rue, symbol of sorrow & repentance; renowned as an antidote to poisons; carried to guard the bearer from poisons, werewolves and all manner of dangers
~Owl, to bear your messages
~Beazor, a stone taken from the belly of a goat which will guard against most poisons
~Spell books & an apple for studying
~Phial of sage, for longevity & increasing wisdom
~Wand, from Ollivander's
~Crescent moon
~Wire wrapped skull, like the Death Eater's masks
~Goblet in which to serve your most potent potions

I hope you all enjoy!
257  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 3 Mug Rugs ~ Celtic, Woodland & Owls on: January 14, 2011 10:50:04 AM
While wandering the swap boards the other day, I discovered the Mug Rug Swap.  How did I not know about these before?!?!  

For those of you who haven't seen them either, a Mug Rug is somewhere between an over-sized coaster and a mini-placemat.   Or as my husband noted,  somewhere between a doll quilt and a saucer!  The idea is that you should be able to fit a mug full of your favorite beverage and a small snack on it.  I clearly joined the swap about 2.6 seconds after discovering it.  As we are still in the Sign-Up stage, we don't have partners yet.  But here I am itching to make some anyways!  What's a girl to do?  How about some practice Mug Rugs?

This was my first.  I busted out some metallic threads and fancy stitches on my sewing machine.  I actually think it matches my work mug rather well.  

This is my second one.  I found a single fat quarter of the red Celtic knots a few years ago, and could never quite decide what to make with it.  I'm pretty pleased with this one.  I think I'll start using it in my office at work, since my office is starting to become pirate themed, with lots of black and red around the room.  (My office also doubles as the student office, supply room, and general visiting area for the Theatre Department.)

Note:  This mug is HUGE.  It holds like 20 oz of liquid.  Below is a picture of it with my normal sized mug.

This last one has to be my favorite though.  I just really love how it came out.  The fabrics were rescued from the scrap bin, and was originally from two student's pajama pants, and another student's shirt project.  
It's hard to tell in the photo, but the quilting thread matches the color of the little green owl.  

And the back:

Note:  The cookies in the photograph are Magic Peanut Butter Middles and were made by my wonderful husband.   Cheesy
258  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ginger-Mustard Ham with Steamed Broccoli & Jasmine Rice on: January 12, 2011 12:16:58 PM

I've been following along on the Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong lately.  (Husband just quit his rather terrible job, so I'm supporting us both and trying to be extra creative and frugal with our grocery budget, while still serving healthy meals.  Thank goodness for Aldi!)  Here's one of my favorites so far.

Ginger-Mustard Ham with Steamed Broccoli & Jasmine Rice

1 ham steak                        2.10 (@ Aldi)
1/2 can ginger ale               .25 (Free for me - left by my friends)
3-5 T Brown sugar              .20
2-3 T Spicy Mustard            .20
Grated frozen ginger           .05
Dash of sesame oil             .05
Sprinkle of ground ginger    .05
Sprinkle of cloves               .05
Sprinkle of allspice             .05
1 crown of broccoli             1.00
1 cup jasmine rice              .75   (cheaper if you use white rice)     

Total:                                4.75

Here's the recipe:
Place the ham steak in a large baking dish.  Squeeze on some dollops of mustard, then sprinkle on the brown sugar.  Use the back of a spoon to smear it around on the steak, forming a paste.  If its too dry, add more mustard.  Too liquidy, add more sugar.  You want a nice even coating over the whole steak.  Next sprinkle on the ground ginger, cloves & allspice.  (I had tons of spices left over from holiday baking, so I'm trying to use them up before they loose their flavor.) 

Grate on a little fresh ginger.  (I keep a ginger root in my freezer, and just grate some of it on while frozen.  And just FYI a piece of whole ginger will last just about forever in there.)  Pour the ginger ale into the pan, around the edges of the ham steak.  You want it to come about halfway or so up the side of the steak.  About 1/4"-1/2" deep.  Add on a dash of sesame oil for fragrance while cooking.

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until the ginger ale is mostly simmered away.  Meanwhile, steam a cup of rice and a crown of broccoli.  I actually grated a little ginger onto my broccoli too, just before steaming.  I used Jasmine rice, because it's what I had on hand, but you could also use white or brown rice too.

259  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dragonfly In the Sky ~ Bracelet & Necklace Set on: January 09, 2011 07:25:42 AM
I've been making mad piles of jewelry this week, before I head back to work post-holiday.  This set came about accidentally.  A friend asked if I could make a dragonfly themed piece, and I only had a few minutes to come up with something.  

The bracelet: a bronze dragonfly charm and three sizes of fire-polished aquamarine glass beads.

Dragonfly in the Sky Pendant

Detail shot of pendant:

(Note: The dragonfly itself came to me as a single earring in the Steampunk Charm Swap.  I loved it, but it was too big to be used on the charm bracelet I had planned, so I removed it's earring post and added it to the blue capiz shell.)

260  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plethora of Earrings (including Harry Potter, Twilight, Celtic, etc.) on: January 09, 2011 07:15:08 AM
I've been taking the last week to make a whole lot of jewelry before heading back to work after the holidays.  Here are some of the results, a plethora of earrings!

Heart of a Slytherin

Expecto Patronum - Silver Stags

Always - The Silver Doe

Almond Drops on filigree bails

Celtic Knots and Shell

Leaves of Glass

Busy Bees

Breaking Dawn (Chess Pieces & Crystal Hearts)
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