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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / what is a good garland length? on: September 05, 2012 03:18:49 AM
Hi guys,

I'm going to make a garland for a crafty friend for christmas. But what is a good length?

I like to drape them over my bookshelves or door frames. So I like longer ones.

But if you were to make a garland how long you would make it.

I can't ask this friend as it is a secret santa within my craft group
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / On the search for the ultimate Rocky Road Combo's on: February 20, 2012 10:37:56 PM
I'm on the search for the ultimate Rocky Road Combo...

So far I have:

Standard Rocky Road - being Marshmallows, Glace' Cherries, Coconut and Peanuts, then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

Jr Rocky Road - being mini marshmallows, mini banana lollies, jelly snakes, M&M's, then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

Mint Rocky Road - being mint leaves, choc coated mini cookies, Coconut and Marshmallows (which I store overnight with the leaves and cookies to infuse that minty flavor) then covered in tempered bitter sweet (dark) chocolate which I seed with Mint Aero bar's

Cookies and Cream Rocky Road - being Oreo Cookies, crumbled lightly, marshmallows, Coconut, then covered in tempered white chocolate

Honeycomb Rocky Road - being Violet Crumble bars, crushed lightly, Marshmallows, coconut and then covered in tempered semi sweet (milk) chocolate

I would like to do more... maybe something with Whoppers (Malteser's or Mighty Malt's)

or something with Milky Way Bars (US bars - They are called Mars Bars here in Australia and the UK)

I'd really love to use some Pineapple Lumps, a kiwi lolly, that is like a pineapple marshmallow covered in chocolate, they are thin (maybe less then half an inch)

But I'm open to any suggestions Smiley


3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Canned Pumpkin Puree on: September 25, 2011 10:32:50 PM
Hi Guys,

I've been making American style cakes and cupcakes for a little while now, and there are so many ingredients that bakers in the States get that we Aussies can't.

A recipe I have been wanting to try is Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and I have plenty of Pumpkins at the moment. But when the recipe ask's for Canned Pumpkin Puree. But what consistency am I looking for. I tried boiling the pumpkin and mashing it (think Heinz baby food), but when I made the whoopie pie the batter was runny, (I put the batter in a cake tin and used it that way took 1hr to bake into a super moist cake) but no were near the consistency of chocolate whoopie pies I've made before.

If someone can help that would be great, I would be super excited to try Pumpkin Whoopie Pies again Smiley

Thanks
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Aussie Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery on: September 11, 2011 09:41:11 PM
A spot to show us all the lovely things we are sending across Australia.

Sent
Received
Photos

Due September 20 (forum time).....
skittlebub ----> Oodelally for a ruffle tote
Oodelally ----> skittlebub for a black scoodie from her Sewn Crafts list and a zippered pouch
schnerby ----> Oodelally for a hoopla. I'm caught between the fox and the house, so I'll let you know when I know.

Due September 21 (f/t) ......
Oodelally ----> schnerby for a mug rug for her desk
kwiltykate ----> Oodelally for the KNITTED MANDRAKE!!!
Oodelally ----> kwiltykate for a kokeshi hoopla and a quiet book pattern from her pinterest
NatACT ----> Oodelally, for Crochet Cacti

Due September 23 (f/t) ......
Kitten Wrangler ----> NatACT for the rocket-ship body pillow
schnerby ----> Kitten Wrangler I want to chat to you, but at the moment it's for the screenprinting.

Due September 24 (f/t) ......
nilmerg ----> scherby for purple pillow cases x 2.
Oodelally ----> nilmerg for Name tiles for the garden
nilmerg ----> Oodelally for Quilted placemats x 2 - one red & one blue.

Due September 26 (f/t) ......
skittlebub ----> nilmerg for earrings

Due September 28 (f/t) ......
Mod35tBabe ----> Skittlebub for a surprise!
kwiltykate ----> mod35tbabe for 50s sarcastic embroidery hoopla !! (and a snow globe)

Due September 29 (f/t) ......
nilmerg ----> Kwiltykate for Quilt blocks (12.5" unfinished)
Mod35tBabe ----> Nilmerg for kid's clothes, a couple of extras and some supplies.

Due September 30 (f/t) ......
How Lovely ----> mod35t_babe for a sewn Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland character... Character yet to be decided

Due October 3 (f/t) ......
kwiltykate ----> How Lovely for sewing machine cover and/or hoopla

Due October 7 (f/t) ......
Kitten Wrangler ----> Kwiltykate for a surprise from your pintrest.

Due October 8 (f/t) ......
How Lovely ----> Kitten Wrangler for some handmade journals

Due October 9 (f/t) ......
Skittlebub ----> How Lovely for fingerless gloves

Due October 10 (f/t) ......
nilmerg ----> Skittlebub for a Pintrest inspired hoop and maybe a sweet treat.

Due October 11 (f/t) ......
schnerby ----> Nilmerg. I'll be printing a tshirt for you.

Due October 18 (f/t) ......
kwiltykate ----> Schnerby for the knit socks! Or pinterest inspired -possibly the fabric boxes - if i can't figure out the socks
Mod35tBabe ----> KwiltyKate for baby clothes and maybe a hoopla, some extras.... I've got a few ideas happening lol.

Due October 23 (Australian time).....
Tanza ----> Mod35tBabe for some headache balm pots and a pair of slippers for ACCACIA

Due October 27 (A/T).....
deathbathducky ----> Tanza For hand towels on hangers and one or two surprise extras.

Due October 28 (A/T).....
starmumplus ----> deadbathducky for food jewellery and some thing wisty

Due October 31 (A/T).....
Oodelally ----> starmumplus for some bag accessories

Due November 3 (A/T).....
kwiltykate ----> Oodelally for the SEWING MACHINE COVER!!

Due November 7 (A/T).....
NatACT ----> kwiltykate Kwiltykate for Baby Clothes

Due November 9 (A/T).....
skittlebub ----> NatACT for elastic headbands
NatACT ----> Skittlebub for a parcel of surprises

Due November 10 (A/T).....
skittlebub ----> NatACT for a coal sack & Christmas decorations
kwiltykate ----> skittlebub for the Christmas sacks for her kids (with names)!

Due November 11 (A/T).....
skittlebub ----> kwiltykate for a surprise!
Velvet Rose ----> skittlebub for a supplies package.

Due November 12 (A/T).....
NatACT ----> Velvet Rose for Gemstone beads, small brown paper bag (lolly bag size - remember those days, corner shop 50c bag of lolly's) and White cards for decorating.
Oodelally ----> NatACT for 5 x A5 Christmas bags in Christmassy Fabrics
NatACT ----> Oodelally for Etching Cream, Wooden hoops and some other supplies.

Due November 16 (A/T).....
kwiltykate ----> NatACT for a Christmas package - possibly ornaments/surprise
melmakespretty ----> kwiltyKate for a handmade baby dress and some supplies

Due November 17 (A/T).....
Oodelally ---> melmakespretty for a Bunting in Blue and red for her son's room
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / International Shipping Sea Mail... on: August 09, 2011 01:45:30 AM
So I dont know what to do in this situation.

Im in a swap, send out was a month ago. Everyone else has received (including my partner). I contacted my partner to let them know that I havent received yet and they have let me know that, they had their mom post it out and she sent it sea mail.

Between our countries sea mail takes between 12 26 weeks (3 6 months). According to Australia Post.

I thought that it was a requirement that international post be sent Air mail, but I cant find anywhere that actually says that.

So Im putting aside the fact that should I have sent via sea mail it would have saved me $28.

But where do I go from here... surely since I cant find a reference to the use of Sea Mail or suitable expected delivery times, that this problem has occurred before.

Is it a case that I just wait 6 months before I put my hand up that the parcel may be missing? (I live in Australia and have had a swap parcel from Canada that took 5 or 6 months, the pop tarts that were in the parcel had gone out of date and were nothing more than crumbs by the time I got them. That parcel was considered missing after 4 weeks)

Do I have a swap spot taken up for 6 months because of sea mail, even though I've sent and my parcel has been received?

It was a big swap with a large and two smalls. Im worried about the risks involved. 6 months is a long time, in 6 months my partner or organiser or even myself might not be using craftster anymore. You never know, one of us might win the lotto, buy a sunny island and craft the days away, internet free.

By the time I receive, the other swappers would have moved on to other swaps and the joy of sharing the ooo look what I got or aww isnt this the cutest excitement will be gone.  Even finding the gallery or the swap thread will be long winded.

I dont mean to sound like a whiner (or a stick in the mud) I guess I was really looking forward to this swap. And the thought of having a swap spot taken up for ages (particularly in the lead up of several Christmas swaps) is making me a bit blue...

I also want to note that Im not upset with my partner. My partner has been very nice throughout the swap process and is only 17, so I do understand how her mom might have looked at the price difference between sea and air mails and thought she was saving some money.

So I guess in summary, my questions are...

Do I have to wait the up to 6 months to get my swap spot back?
And considering that Ive not technically finished my end of the swap process by posting photos of what Ive received, am I even aloud to ask for my swap spot back?
How long should I wait for this parcel before its considered lost?
Do I give it 7 months just to be sure?
What if my swap organiser or partner are no longer on Craftster?
Should I just consider this swap a bust and move on?

Sorry again for being a whiner (I don't mean to have it come across like that)

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Aussie Only Wish Swap Gallery on: August 03, 2011 10:56:12 PM
Welcome to the Gallery for the Aussie Only Wish Swap...
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Aussie Only Wish Swap (sign-ups till 18th July - Send out/meet up's by 19th Aug) on: July 04, 2011 03:31:19 AM


Aussie Aussie Aussie-Oye Oye Oye!


Swap name: Aussie Only Wish Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: NatACT
Sign-up date range: 18-July-2011
Date to send item by: 19-Aug-2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Yes
If so, which country? Australia

Additional Age requirement? 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: 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. As this is an Australia Only Swap you will be required to include Tracking on your parcel. It is included in a lot of Australian parcels or as an optional for standard parcels (about $2 or $3 extra). Of course if you hand deliver your parcel - no need to worry about mailing Smiley

Details of swap:

This is an Aussie Only Wish Swap. For those Aussies who would love to make and receive 1 medium handcrafted prezzy from our Wist or Pinterest, while making and possibly meeting some new mates.
In August there will be an opportunity to swap parcels at a meet up, at the moment there are talks of one in Melbourne, Canberra and possibly Wagga Wagga. You dont need to attend the meet up and swap your parcel but you might make some new friends and save on postage. If you would like to attend a meet up, let me know what area you think you might be able to get to (ie a regional center or a big smoke city) and we will list them on the front page of the swap.

For this swap you will need to have a Wist or a Pinterest or Etsy Favorites (or something along these lines)


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Aussie Only Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval:(YES/NO)
Will you maintain contact with the group, at least once a week?:
Will you like to, or be able to attend one of the meet ups (you don't need to, to be able to join this swap)?:
If Yes, what regional center or big smoke city would you be willing to attend for this meet up?:
You acknowledge that there may not be another swapper in your area able to attend a meet up and you will have to post your parcel?
Would you like 1 or 2 partners?:
Do you have a Wist or Pinterest?:
Any allergies?:
What are your favorite colors? Colors you dislike?:
Crafting skills i.e. Knitting, sewing paper craft:
Crafts you would love to receive:
Crafts you do not enjoy or even dislike:
Any other info you want your partner to have?:

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

Link to gallery: TBA

Swappers List:
1. NatACT (Oragniser)
2. Mod35tBabe
3. Oodelally
4. SilverMoon
5. purringcat
6. kwiltykate
7. nilmerg
8. skittlebub
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Things of the Forest - My Royal Canberra Show entry. on: February 19, 2011 10:03:16 PM
I have been working on this little guy for a few months. Not so much crocheting the whole time, but building a concept, collecting yarn and trying out different pattern ideas.

Last year I entered my first piece into the National Show (Australian) Craft section. When I went to collect my entries the steward handed me a flyer about a Special Challenge they would be running next year at the show. "Things of the Forest" to enter you needed to create a 'Things of the Forest' crochet piece and write a few paragraphs about the inspiration for your piece.

The judging will be done over the next 6 days, But I'm interested in what some of our Craftster Crocheters think about him.

This is what I created - (I entered him in a local county fair 3 weeks ago - its the only photo I have uploaded so far)

IMG_7320 by Hooked on me, on Flickr

This is my note of inspiration:
Growing up in Batemans Bay, Id always felt quite lucky. Our family home was in a little area called Lilli Pilli, a small residential pocket surrounded by lush nature reserves. Our house was on a cul-de-sac at the crest of a hill and one house down from one of the many public entrances to the nature reserve.

Our reserve was one of my favourites, a real coastal forest. Like the glimpses you get of a forest as you drive down the Clyde. Glittered with little creeks and moist fern leaves, all covered by wonderfully tall Australia trees. It was one of my favourites.

My children will never see the forest I played in as a child. Over the last 20 years our nature reserve has receded to become nothing greater then a nature strip, the little creeks gone and the only ferns that remain are in highly landscaped gardens.

In Greek Mythology, Hera, the queen of Gods gave the peacock the 100 eyes of Argus as a symbol of her watchfulness. With this in mind I have created a Peacock, a beautiful forest creature, with proud, elegant and royal plumage. As my symbol of the many eyes around the world that have seen the true beauty of our worlds forests and witnessed their disappearance due to deforestation, urban extension and climate change.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Gingerbread house ideas - only without the gingerbread on: November 17, 2010 03:00:40 AM
We are spending Christmas with family friends this year and between us we have 9 children (2 are mine).

My problem come about when I asked if I could make the Gingerbread house (something I make as a tradition), but I was met with the "we don't eat ginger" and "our children really only pick the lollies off biscuits (cookies) anyway, it would be a waste of your time"

This has left me in a state of 'OH NO'... It really wouldn't feel like Christmas without an elaborate house made from sweetness and lollies (what will I nibble on as I'm cooking? What will I look upon with such sickly sweet self pride?)

So I'm reaching out to my fellow Craftsters, please help me with ideas for a biscuitless, gingerless house made from sweetness and covered in lollies.

So far I'm thinking Rice Krispies slabs formed into a house, but my fear is that rice krispies squares need to be quite thick to overcome the bending or flopping of the rice bubbles and marshmallow walls - not even thinking of the roof or the fact that Australia has a very hot climate over Christmas.

Any ideas would be great Smiley

Thanks in advance,
Nat


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