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1  Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap - sign up by 11/29/14 (!) send by 12/12 - UPDATED in Craft Swaps by cabaute on: November 23, 2014 09:17:31 AM

Swap name:  Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  cabaute
Sign-up date range:  through 11/29/14
Date to send item by:  12/12/14
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  No
If so, which country? N/A
Additional Age requirement? N/A

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 (I'm not)
- 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:

I am starting to get in the holiday spirit and thinking how fun it would be to have a ton of small items to "fill up my stocking" for the holidays.  

If you read this swap prior to the updates, please accept my sincere apology for the update.  I was in a hurry to get it posted as a "Quickie" swap and hadn't thought through what I envisioned, nor taken the time to query interested participants to come to consensus before posting.  Mea culpa.  I'm sorry.  Hopefully the additional notes below provide clarification.

This swap is for 1 small item** (must include some handmade / crafted aspect - for "fill a mug", for example).  

**For the purposes of this swap, a "small" handcrafted item should EITHER be something that took you between 45 minutes and 2 hours to make, OR should include $2 worth of items with the small handcrafted item.

  • A felt ornament that took 15 minutes to make, plus one $2 item
  • A bookmark that took 5 minutes, plus two $1 items
  • A mug rug that took 45 minutes to make
  • Three felt ornaments that each took 15 minutes to make
  • A bookmark that took 10 minutes, a felt ornament that took 15 minutes, plus a basic mug rug that took 20 minutes to make
  • A $1 mug with a $1 packet of hot cocoa in it and a felt ornament that took 15 minutes to make
  • A basic scarf that took 2 hours to make
  • An elaborately embellished felt ornament that took 45 minutes to make

You can have 1 or 2 partners.   Items do NOT need to be customized to your partner (that way everyone can get a head start if you so desire, and if recipients don't like, hopefully they can/will re-gift), and they should not be specific to a particular belief.  

PLEASE try to avoid potential allergens if possible (nuts, etc.), and if your item contains something that could be an allergen, be sure to note that via an "ingredients" tag or attached note!

Since we're hoping to fill up each others' stockings / advent calendars / what have you, PLEASE WRAP YOUR ITEM prior to sending!  It is recipient's choice on when to open, and for the sake of feedback I will consider the swap 'met' if your partner has received their wrapped item (please DO post pictures of the wrapped item, and update your post with pics of the contents once you've unwrapped it).


- Mug Rug
- Felt (or other) Ornaments
- Snack food or other type of 'gift in a jar'
- "Fill a mug" gift


Name of swap:  Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap

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, if sending within the US, you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap:  (YES/NO or N/A if YOU are not within the US)

Confirm that, if sending outside the US, you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap:  (YES/NO)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Confirm that you've posted on the thread before sending in your questionnaire (this is a Craftster requirement that is sometimes overlooked Smiley ):  (YES/NO)

Do you want one partner or two?

Confirm that you understand that this swap is PARTNER'S CHOICE and may NOT be customized to your profile:  (YES/NO)

Any allergens in your home (dogs, cats, smoke, etc.)?

Do you have allergies you'd want your partner to be mindful of if at all possible?

Is there a particular holiday or seasonal emblem(s) you'd be open to having elements of incorporated into your item, if it's convenient for your partner to do so (Christmas, Hannukah, Solstice, Snowmen, Trees, etc.)?

Anything else you want to share?  Smiley  



1.  cabaute
2.  BriannaB03
3.  Homerof2
4.  LadybugsAndBumblebees
5.  almostexact
6.  Manja_is
7.  gingerpeachy
8.  gaudiknight
9.  motherconfessor

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2  Easy-peasy + delicious crock pot breakfast casserole! in Cooking: Challenge Entries by cabaute on: November 23, 2014 06:32:42 AM
Here in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies, we do a lot of tailgating.  And when the team isn't doing so well (*cough* this year *cough*), the games are often around noontiime... Which means breakfast tailgating.  Now, I don't know about you, but I am NOT an early morning person, so the last thing I want to do is jump out of bed to make a bunch of food to take to a tailgate!  Which is where this awesome recipe comes in.  You basically throw it into the crock pot the night before and wake up & eat!

This recipe is straight from here, but I did make a couple of changes (adding in some shredded pepper jack cheese, using spicy breakfast sausage instead of italian sausage, adding some garlic powder Smiley ).

Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole


1 (30 oz) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 lb ground sausage (I used spicy breakfast sausage), browned and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (you cannot make this recipe in a smaller crock pot because it wont fit). Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.

Top with half of the (pre-cooked!  that's important) sausage, cheeses (mix them together), onions, green peppers, and red peppers. Repeat the layers again. Or, do what I did, and forget one of the layers, try to dig out / down to add it, then wind up just mixing everything together until the next step...  Grin

Beat eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Pour egg mixture evenly over potato-sausage mixture.

Cook on low setting for 8 hours or until eggs are set.  Wake up and enjoy!  Or... if you were doing something else, you could cook it on a high setting for 4 hours.  But, I can't think why you'd ever want to!   Cheesy

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3  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014 in Craftalongs by cabaute on: November 07, 2014 08:45:10 PM
My partner FINALLY came through on the Fall Ninni Swap!  She decided to do a Junker Jane style Ninni as a Halloween / creepy-ish theme.

Royce has a salt clay heart and lime green hair.  From the front he's all patchwork, but from the back it just looks like he's wearing a shirt & pants  Cheesy

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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: November 05, 2014 05:21:39 PM
I received three gorgeous patches from crazyda79 today!

I really love the colors she chose - one each from my dogs, trees, and planets themes:

This one is my favorite - I love the "woof woof" and the stitching, and the colors are PERFECT (love bright happy colors!!)

I love the fabric she used for the tree

And the fabrics and stitched 'bands' on the Saturn patch

Thank you so much, Brenda, these are great!!   Cheesy
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5  A very Oogie Boogie Halloween in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by cabaute on: November 03, 2014 06:07:18 PM
I decided to carve Oogie Boogie from a Nightmare Before Christmas.  I like how he came out!

Here's a couple of pics right after I carved him, and before I lit the candle & turned off the lights

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6  Re: Mug Rug Swap Rd 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: October 27, 2014 07:03:13 PM
I received my mugrug from fancybutch today

The front has cats, with fabric paint stamped bats

And the back is a really nice Robert Kaufman fabric that I have some of and really like.

Thanks so much, fancybutch!
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7  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: October 26, 2014 08:06:46 PM
I'd like to see a detail picture of the bat that cabaute sent gotgrey.  I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Thanks!  I'm not sure which part you wanted a better look at - Here are a few photos

I used the pattern found here to make him!  
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8  Re: Mug Rug Swap Rd 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: October 26, 2014 07:35:22 PM
Wow, SO MANY awesome mug rugs filling up our gallery.  I love all the additions...  I've been so busy trying to keep track of who's sent, who's received, giving feedback, etc., I haven't done a very good job of keeping up and commenting on all the amazingness  Undecided  I feel like there have been so many exceptional mug rugs posted in this swap, it's pretty intense !!!   Cheesy

Prepare to appreciate more Mug Ruggery Fun!   I received from Renstar for my Halloween theme.

A super cute mug rug and two fabric ornaments!

I love how the flames are embroidered

And I especially love the accent fabric / the fabric on the back - it's the Wicked Witch of the West (I'll get you, my pretty)!!!!

Thank you so much, Renstar!  Very fun & clever!
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9  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: October 23, 2014 07:03:26 AM
First post, first post!  I received three gorgeous patches from SheridanLA yesterday evening - all in line with my nature themes!!!  Unfortunately I could only grab a few quick pics on my phone on the way out the door this morning; I'm afraid they don't convey how detailed and gorgeous these patches are.

Here's a pic of all three together - My Birds, Trees, and Stars themes

The tree has tiny beads for depth, and beautiful tufted stitching all around

Look at this adorable birdie - love the added beading on all of these , and esp. the colorful birdie tail!!

There are 3-d stars and a little star-patterned button on this gorgeous purple universe patch

Thank you so much, SheridanLA - these are GORGEOUS patches and I love each one of them so much!!

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10  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cabaute on: October 14, 2014 05:14:09 PM
I really needed a smile today after having to say goodbye to my old girl Gracie (mini schnauzer) yesterday.  I received my package from gotgrey, which definitely put a smile on my face - AND she really spoiled me!

Here is a pic of everything together:

First up, a really cool Halloween shrine montage:

There is a witch with 3-d broom, a cat, a bat, and a vintage-y moon in the background smiling over them all Smiley  I love the details on everything; his face made me smile!

A wreath that also displays gotrey's mad drawing skills with an *ahem* anatomically correct bat

And the piece de resistance, a witchy doll!

I love her sweet face, and the fact that her hat band matches her dress...

And her adorable socks and shoes!!!

On top of all that, there were three pose-able skeletons (I had fun arranging them arm-in-arm), an oven mitt, and two wind spinners which will be great for my front porch!

Thank you so much, gotgrey, you really brought a smile to my face when it was most needed!

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