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101  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Freedom Toast" gone French on: May 16, 2012 08:24:03 AM
*disclaimer* no offence to anyone French who knows real stuff. I only know American and I will willingly admit to my ignorance.

Don't you hate how we Americans are making everything stupid? I mean, growing up I had French toast, but now they are calling it "Freedom toast" and I say what a load of crap! I love French toast. Slather it in whipped cream and strawberries, stuff it, oh man! And in college I taught my [now] husband how to make it so every few weeks he will whip up some eggs, toss in some bread, and pan grill it and damn, we got some good French Toast.

But that's not what I did this time so I'm going to use the stupid "politically correct" version and say it went French. Here's why: It's make with all French stuff.

I got The French Slower Cooker by Michele Scicolone last week and last night I made Chicken with Tarragon, Mustard, and Cream. It was really good, though I messed it up by serving it with some ill-prepared mashed potatoes. But the sauce was awesome and I decided to save it for today.

This morning I heated up the left over sauce (it was a little gelatinous, thank you chicken thighs) and mixed in a couple eggs. Then I dipped pre-sliced "French Bread" from Albertson's in it and tossed that in a hot buttered griddle.

So savory. Oh my, it's amazing! It's perfect. Much better than generic white bread in eggs with cinnamon.
102  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horrible book on: May 15, 2012 01:43:36 PM
I read a book a while back that I didn't like. I hated it and for me to say that about a book means it was pretty bad. I mean, I read anything and everything, but this book was so bad I don't even remember the title.

But I kept it because you don't throw book away, right? Even horrible ones that make you want to break windows don't get thrown away just out of respect for books in general. But that's what swaps are for. When I took the dust jacket off I learned that the actual book was not embossed with the book info, which is really weird but worked really well for my project.

Personalized for my partner. She marked out her last name here, which I don't blame her for. (I'm actually stealing these first 2 pictures from her C-ster photo hosting. I should probably also mention this swap was done a while ago, like 2 years ago I think.)

I glued the pages together, cut out the middle, and made a secret compartment, complete with her favorite picture of the swap's Star, Emily Autumn.

But the real star of the show is what I did with the pages I cut out. I couldn't throw those away, either, because they were still part of the book (I know, I'm bad) so I blended them up with some roses and made this:

It's a bowl, if you can't tell. Unfortunately it didn't survive shipping around the world so well, but I think she got it fixed Embarrassed It was a lot of fun molding the paper on the bowl, but it was hell waiting for it to dry. I'm not one much for patience.

What do you think?
103  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Crowns on: May 07, 2012 03:59:56 PM
These go here?
I made these little crowns for SamanthaM and her daughters in the April Ongoing Pinterest Swap. For the most part they are "quilted" meaning I sewed them together with some batting and top stitched around the edges and then added some trim. I also sewed some buttons onto some bobby pins for each of these, but I didn't photograph them because I was in the car on the way to TX.

For her 4 year old. Satin and tulle.

Crepe and T-shirt

Pink and yellow. These 2 were for her 8&9 year olds. I think their proportions make them seem more like jester's hats but they still amused me. She said they loved them.

This one was my favorite, made for Sam herself. It reminds me of a fairy crown. Much better in person, though.

Thoughts? Comments?
104  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More bowls, with feathers! on: May 07, 2012 03:13:18 PM
So I made more of those coiled fabric bowls. I was thinking about just updating the post from before but where's the fun in that?

KodaNRoxyDogs had some fabric bowls on her Pinterest so claimed her for some. One for her color themes for them was B&W and she wanted them about 4-6 inches, or just big enough for a couple sets of keys and a wallet. This is what I came up with:

First one, kind of boring, but still learning. First time I have used different kinds of fabric in the same bowl.

And then I thought I would give handles a go. They didn't come out exactly like I had imagined, but they still make me happy.

This one was going to be way taller, just to give some variety in size, but I ran out of black thread! Oh noes! So I improvised with some red feathers. She said she likes this one the best.

And just a couple I made my mom, just for the hell of it. We were talking on the phone one day and before hanging up I asked if I could do anything for her, if she needed anything from me, and she answered that yeah, I could make her some of those coiled bowls. So I did! This fabric came from her or her mom or her aunt, or someone that would make it special for her.
105  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / May 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Discussion and Gallery on: May 01, 2012 04:53:30 AM

Chit chat and pictures go here!

Sign up/bio thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407969.0
106  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / May 2012 Ongoing Pinterest Swap on: May 01, 2012 04:49:31 AM

Swap name: Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jexxican
Co-Organiser: Mrs Shak
Sign-up date range: 1 May 2012 to 31 May 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
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: 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
- 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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- 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:
This is a pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your pinterest site.  If you don't have a pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com to request one or PM one of the organizers your email address to request an invite.

If you are late in the April swap, please do not sign up until you send.  You will not be accepted.  Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer.  Please send a PM when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.

Please do not post in the thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407970.0 Post as soon as possible after signing up so we know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

FAQ: Please READ

How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread.  This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap.  However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for.  You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim and send.  Also send a PM to the organizer and your sender when you receive.  You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims.  Please include the swap name and month in your subject line!  Please make sure to tell me who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from.  If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims.  Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - your Pinterest link
         - list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
         - whether you are okay with supply claims

What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim.  A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf.  A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.

How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try.  One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed.  We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items.  In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all.  If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you.  However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.  

How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming.  Read the bios carefully.  Read the pins carefully.  Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins.  Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.

What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent.  If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.

What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins.  Do you have enough variety?  Are there enough small and medium items?  Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)?  Are your pins realistically craftable?  You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium.  We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts.  If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins.  

I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES!  It is true.  Each month, there is a giveaway.  You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make.  At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply.  We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs.  Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!


Name of swap: May Pinterest
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)
Your Pinterest link:  

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
107  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 13 April 2012 on: April 13, 2012 08:14:43 AM

Needed to spin something but I'm running low and this is basically all I had. It was more of a multicolored felting batt and I did pull off a bunch for previous felting projects but I really needed to spin! I spun it. Finally getting singles, though I think the lower ratio on the flyer helped Wink
108  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felting and stitching on rocks on: April 11, 2012 07:06:20 PM
Thanks to Rlynn's Pinterst I found this blog and this tutorial and woah! Rocks + felting + stitching? What's not to love here?

My first stitchings were some random flames for the OTT Hunger Games swap:

Satin "12"

And I stitched these for Rlynn for the March OPS:

And here is one after I cut the rock out because I thought the rock was one I needed in white, but then I found a better shaped/sized stone so this one is just empty. I wonder what I'll do with it.
109  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Animal Prints on: April 11, 2012 06:36:52 PM
Back in February I was in the Pinterest swap and saw that SaintCady wanted some animal print stamps. Perfect reason to whip out the handy dandy Speedball, wouldn't you say? I may have gone a little overboard.

110  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Recent hooplas! on: March 24, 2012 03:27:28 PM
This was my "Mockingjay" hoop post but I'm modifying it include all my other recent hoops as well. I hate feeling like I've wasted a post, if that's possible.

Made these for thehappycrcohetchic in the March OPS. Both pretty much just copied images off of the computer screen.

And these for Rubylynns in the same swap. The first was a concept she had pinned with my interpretation. The second was using the pattern directly.

And for SpiderMom in the last hoopla swap, copied directly except for the heart on the trunt.

And the original Mockingjay Hoop that this post was for. Could have been better but all in all, I really liked it. Not one much for licensed imagery but meh, whatever.
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