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121  Retro and autumnal macaroon coin purses plus a candy corn pyramid purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: October 19, 2012 06:21:37 PM
Okay, it's official: I LOVE making these little coin purses!

I posted my first ones here. I usually get bored after making 2 or 3 of anything but that hasn't happened with these yet. Here're a couple more:

A tiny pumpkin! I painted the zipper pull with green nail polish so it looked a little like a leaf.

A retro atomic themed one! An added bonus to making these is that I get to practice embroidery without committing to a big project (the coin purses are only about 1.5" across).

In other crafty news I found this tutorial on the same site as the one I used for the macaroon coin purses. It looked fun and I had an idea so I made...

a candy corn pyramid coin purse! This is a lot bigger than the macaroons. I'd almost classify it as a clutch. The sun was going down when I took this pic so it doesn't show the colors the best. The yellow especially is more golden in real life.

Have a fantastic October, everyone!
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122  Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 06, 2012 04:42:04 PM
I came home from a canning party today to find MoonlitSun's awesome envie waiting for me! Her 1st one went missing so she sent this 2nd one and I can't imagine a more perfectly stuffed envelope. Look!

A matchbox suitcase that I've wanted and wished for and now have for my very own that was stuffed with...

beads and confetti and inchies! I love inchies but am not very confident making them myself so I'm always thrilled when people send me some and Moonlit's, wow, they are wonderful!

Here are some strung beads from the suitcase with a narwhal stamp (!), a fun eraser, travel info for Moonlit's country which I've always had a soft spot for since doing a report on it when I was in elementary school. Plus a couple of cute envelopes folded in a way I've never seen before and is very cool which contained...

Tons of postage stamps, bus tickets and blank bus ticket paper! Fantastic!

She also sent delicious sounding recipes, beautiful stamped postcards and a note from herself. Everything was packaged so sweetly like this:

I absolutely adore everything you sent, MoonlitSun! I hope nothing got lost in transit (it came partially opened). I could not be happier with all the gorgeous, useful, fun and interesting things you gave me. Thank you for resending and thank you for everything, MoonlitSun!
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123  Lipstick USB in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: September 20, 2012 05:41:58 PM
I enjoy fun spy shows with the gizmos and gadgets so when I saw this I had to have one. Here's how it turned out:

Opened. I used self-mixing clear epoxy resin to fill it and hold the functional part then painted the top with red nail polish. It was my first time working with that epoxy stuff. Well, my first try with this project I used something similar but the results...it's best not to speak of it.

Closed. The metal part stuck up too much so the lid doesn't fit like it did. I put thin line of clear nail polish several layers thick around the rim to help the cap stay put. It works!  Cool

In use. The light flashes red!

I'm so glad I tried this out. It was kind of a learning curve but now I know not to be too afraid. It's a start!
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124  Virgin Soda Syrups...with recipes! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: September 18, 2012 01:11:23 PM
I love Italian sodas and was deeply saddened when I developed an allergy to the one flavor of syrup I liked and was sold nearby. Fortunately I ran across this site (ETS: I had a link there but it's broken Sad )and used a lot of the tips to make a batch of my own, safe-for-me strawberry-lemon syrup. Delicious! And it lasted for 2 months until I ran out yesterday. Right away I made a batch of raspberry-lime. Also delicious!

Isn't it pretty? I opted for no ice, milk or whipped cream. Just sparkling water and syrup. It's that good!

For both batches I used the site's tip and added 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid (often used for canning) to help it keep.

Here's the strawberry-lemon recipe I came up with:
1 bag of frozen strawberries
Peeled zest of 1 lemon (just take a veggie peeler to it. Try not to get the white under layer! It's bitter.)
2 cups of sugar (the site said to reduce the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of the fruit. I think strawberries are pretty sweet so I started with a cup and half. It tasted like jam.)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
the lemon's juice

For the raspberry-lime:
1 bag frozen raspberries
peeled zest of 2 limes (Mine were small. Adjust to taste.)
2 cups of sugar
11/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
Juice of 1 of the limes

For both I brought all the ingredients except the juice to a boil then let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Next I put it through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a glass bowl, mashing the simmered-mixture with the back of a spoon to help the juices leak through the sieve into the bowl. Once the syrup cooled a bit it was into a bottle with the juice then into the fridge. Easy-peasy and yummy! Different than store-bought, but excellent nonetheless. And it makes a lot:

I've already used about an inch and that's a 33 ounce (I think) bottle.

These are so quick, easy and, as far as I can tell, pretty much fool-proof just like the link says. Make up your own, check the link for more recipes and tips and feel free to use mine too. Cheers!
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125  Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 13, 2012 04:09:33 PM
I just got home and what did I find waiting for me?

Goodies from texscrapper! She made 2 lovely pillow covers to feed my addiction to them with some scrumptious autumnal fabric. I love the sunflowers, the colors and the mottled, whimsical background. It reminds me of Halloween! (Lots of things remind me of Halloween, especially around this time of year).

Thanks bunches, texscrapper!
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126  Re: Bento Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 08, 2012 02:55:13 PM
I received my package of goodies from ShannonMN! It could not have arrived at a better time. I'm probably (long story) starting a job Monday (yay!) where I'll get to cook a lot and look what Shannon made me:

An apron! The materials she chose are perfect. The picture didn't turn out so well but it's a lovely dark gold kind of batik-y print for the ties, waist and bottom tier with amazing autumn PUMPKINS for the rest! Black background, green, yellow and orange pumpkins and other autumnal things with matching green binding. She did an excellent job on the bias binding! She did an excellent job on the whole thing!

Also included were:

Little tubs with lids and a utensil set in red. Sweet!

A lobster band! I love lobsters and I needed a band. Hooray!

Thank you, ShannonMN!
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127  Macaroon Coin Purses: Baseball, Olympics, FMA in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: September 07, 2012 07:01:10 PM

I used this tutorial with a few minor adjustments. They're great fun to personalize!

My 1st one, made for a swap partner.
Some London themed fabric, beaded rings and embroidered lettering then stitched up!

For a friend's birthday.
There's this series (Fullmetal Alchemist) she introduced me to where some important pocket watches have this design. I printed it out and traced it onto the gray fabric with a fabric marker. Now she has her own state alchemist "pocket watch"  Smiley

My personal favorite, also for a swap.
I may have to make one of these for myself!

C&C always welcome.
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128  Re: Bento Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: August 23, 2012 08:04:27 PM
Love the fabric choice for that bag you you sent, mom2em! It reminds me of a kitchen towel. Perfect for a homey feel to lunch on the go! ETA: That box is really neat too! Geez, I can't believe I forgot to mention that. I love the built-in icepack!

I'm glad you like your things, arcadian green! The fabric said bright picnic for what I made ShannonMN but for you it said mist and water so I tried to make the pirate ship look ghost-like. I don't remember if I put it in the note or not, but I figured you could use the cookie cutters and cute stuff for your son later if they weren't your style.
BTW there is an elasticized pocket inside to tuck a napkin or snacks as a.g. requested.

I received from arcadian green today!

A bag made from some fabric I truly adore. It's lined and has one of those drawstring closures that don't affect the width of the bag. I love those!

A pouch with a button closure and 2 elastic bands also made from the super fabrics. Also a salt and pepper shaker (cool!), 2 sauce tubs, food markers (I've been dying to try these) and mini autumn cookie cutters! I love these. There's even a pumpkin! If you know me at all it will come as no surprise to hear that I am completely enamored with it. I've been looking for one for ages. A.g. said she picked out the set specifically because of the pumpkin. She is such a good partner!

Thank you, arcadian green!
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129  Re: One Tiny Thing – 2012 London Olympics in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: August 20, 2012 11:45:46 AM
I received from our lovely organizer gerbilgal today!

It's a laser-engraved, treated-wood keychain! Look how detailed it is! I said I liked the logo NBC was using for the games but sans the peacock and she did just that! Awesome. She also sent a pic of a cute little knitted (?) gerbil stuffy.

And the back. I love all the different shades and the fun font. So cool! She said she did the crafting at college and kept it away from her cute little real gerbils so it wouldn't set off my allergies. Thank you for the great tiny thing and thinking of me, gerbilgal!

Bec99, I hope the tiny thing I sent you arrives in a timely fashion. Smiley
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130  Bento Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: August 15, 2012 03:40:11 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing all the yummy packages!

Photo used with permission from Ohayo Bento: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohayobento/with/7456315664/#photo_7456315664

partner has received (Why orange? Because I like orange!  Grin )
late with communication
contact organizer ASAP
feedback left

mom2em <-> *Eclectic Dreamer
Fullmoon <-> winter83 puamelia angeled
arcadian green <-> Calabaza
*ShannonMN<-> Calabaza

Odd number of swappers = Organizer takes 2  Smiley

Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411456.0
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