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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Astronaut Wives Swap on: August 24, 2015 05:48:15 AM
Is there any interest in an Astronaut Wives vintage/space themed swap?  I'm absolutely enamored with this show. I can host!

2   / CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES / Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service Sock Animal on: August 12, 2015 04:09:00 PM
This is a sock cat that I made for the Summer Nerd Games 2015 Swap for my fantastic partner Roler. She is a fan of Jiji from the Hayao Miyazaki animation titled Kiki's Delivery Service. I've included a rough pattern so you can make your own sitting animal. I used a bamboo sock and I don't recommend it. The slipperyness was a challenge.



Summer Nerd Games 2015 Gallery post...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440003.msg5327582#msg5327582
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ginger Tea on: June 30, 2015 08:56:59 AM
Here are some tips on making tea at home without a store bought tea bag.

Ginger tea is good for overall health and when you are feeling sick. It can help de-clog your nose with the steam and ginger's tingley vapors.

Ginger can be found fresh at most grocery stores but it is not common so you may have to really look. Here they are near the whole coconuts. Look for a piece that is solid with nice bright color, not soft, moldy or dark. You can break off a chunk. The pieces are almost always too big. Try to get a nice knuckle.

Peel off the outer skin. Cut into coin sized slices and place about 4-8 quarter's worth in a cup of filtered water. The lazy method is to microwave for about 90 seconds or long enough to start a boil. You can heat the water on the stove if you are anti-microwave.

Add zest of organic orange or lemon, some loose chamomile, a spoon of honey, or other flavor.

Let it steep about ten minutes. Breathe the steam and enjoy!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / No name? on: May 18, 2015 07:16:12 AM
I am noticing that a lot of swappers are leaving off their name for the mailing address. I've tried multiple post offices and the result is the same. The postal worker gives me grief and I end up taking the package home until I can get a name from my partner.

I'm near a military base so it may just be my area but it seems a little thing when someone is spending hours making you something from the heart. I wouldn't be interested in swapping if it was entirely impersonal.

Before someone chimes in about identity theft or stalking, I sympathize with those concerns but the statistical reality of any negative outcome here with experienced swappers is remarkably low. If you have concerns you can always use a nom de guerre, a made up artists name.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Best Ever Awesome Cooked Egg Nog on: April 24, 2015 04:13:20 PM
Here is the method I used for making home made from scratch best ever awesome egg nog!

4 egg yolks
1/3 c sugar
2 1/2 c milk
1 c cream
1/3 c to 2 c rum, add more or less based on your boozy preferences
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

For best quality, use whole raw or light pasteurized milk. The additional cream is most wanted! Always use free range organic eggs from a small farm. You are looking for solid egg shells and dark orange yolks.

Heat milk, sugar and nutmeg on low. Stirring frequently for at least 5 minutes until mixture thickens slightly.
While cooking milk mix, beat egg yolks until they become light in color and thicken. By hand or a hand mixer on low.
Add to milk mix and stir well. Cook to 160 degrees.
Remove from heat and rest for one hour.
Add cream and rum.
Refrigerate for at least one day before serving. It gets better over time.
6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Apron Swap - Angel FOUND on: April 20, 2015 10:01:27 AM
Swap Name: Apron Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438229.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438643.0
# of angels needed: 1

Swapper: frosty772
Location: USA
Profile: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=86790

List 5 or more themes. (Harry Potter, Dr Who, shabby chic, etc.)
1. Victorian
2. Victorian Goth
3. Shabby Chic
4. 40s/50s Retro
5. Steampunk

Favorite colors or patterns? I prefer darker muted tones.

Size? (kids, womens, mens, tall, etc.)  Womens pattern size 16

Functionality?  Like a half apron, pockets i can take or leave them, long ties would be great

Pinterest or other site... https://www.pinterest.com/frosty772/

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?  Not sure.  Feel free to ask me anything!!

Do you like extras?  sure i love extras!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Details of swap:
Do you love aprons? They are great for keeping clean whether cooking, crafting or digging in the garden. Beautiful aprons can be sewn from scratch. Awesome store bought aprons can be personalized with embroidery or other techniques. Astounding aprons can be made from vintage fabrics and reclaimed aprons.

This is a 3 point swap. You may do extras but make sure you talk to your partner about it.

By Time
-Large or 3pt = 3 or more hours
-Medium or 2pt = 2 or more hours
-Small or 1pt = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large or 3pt  = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium or 2pt = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small or 1pt = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large or 3pt = $30 or more
-Medium or 2pt = $10-$30 dollars
-Small or 1pt = $10 or less
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Zombie April Fools on: April 01, 2015 10:46:17 AM
I am loving the picture swaps, header images, and word play that is going on today.

Kudos on a fun fools! Thank you for brightening my day.  Grin
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Apron Swap - GALLERY on: March 26, 2015 12:40:02 PM
Post pics of your adorable aprons here!  Grin



The original thread...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438229.0
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Quick Healthy Kale Variation with Bacon! on: March 06, 2015 11:18:55 AM
Here is the initial post for my Quick Healthy Kale.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438090.0

Now I am going to share a variation with some added tips!

Greens: red kale
Fat: bacon grease!
Acid: 1/2 orange
I forgot to add garlic. Doh!
Added protein: Walnuts
Sea salt

The bacon grease can overpower your dish. I would go heavier on the orange and lighter on the bacon grease. Maybe even lighten it up with part coconut oil. When you are done with cutting your greens, save them for the garden. These types of greens are easy growers and like container gardens for you apartment dwellers. The last pic shows a celery that I started a while ago from the left over stub. Organics will regrow easier than non organics. Some won't take at all. It is cold right now so that is great for greens. Once our temps rise to the hundreds the greens will fizzle out entirely.



10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Apron Swap (SIGNUP 2/23/15 to 3/9/15 ; MAIL BY 3/31/15) on: February 23, 2015 06:06:59 PM
The gallery is here....
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438643.0




Swap name: Apron Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: 2-23-15 to 3-9-15
Date to send bone by: 3-31-15

Limited to a certain number of people? 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: 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:
Do you love aprons? They are great for keeping clean whether cooking, crafting or digging in the garden. Beautiful aprons can be sewn from scratch. Awesome store bought aprons can be personalized with embroidery or other techniques. Astounding aprons can be made from vintage fabrics and reclaimed aprons.

This is a 3 point swap. You may do extras but make sure you talk to your partner about it.

By Time
-Large or 3pt = 3 or more hours
-Medium or 2pt = 2 or more hours
-Small or 1pt = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large or 3pt  = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium or 2pt = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small or 1pt = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large or 3pt = $30 or more
-Medium or 2pt = $10-$30 dollars
-Small or 1pt = $10 or less

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of 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 are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

List 5 or more themes. (Harry Potter, Dr Who, shabby chic, etc.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Favorite colors or patterns?

Size? (kids, womens, mens, tall, etc.)

Functionality? (pockets, scissor sleeve, pen or pencil slot, long ties, half apron, full apron, craft or waitress style apron, etc.)

Pinterest or other site...

Anything else you'd like your partner to know?

Do you like extras?

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.
...

Participants:

1. rockingbearranch
2. torimiko
3. dessadoll
4. monkey_girl
5. emilywilde
6. frosty772

Partners:

dessadoll
<> monkey girl

emilywilde <> rockingbearranch

frosty772 <> torimiko - contact organizer

camelama (angel) > frosty772

Sent = Pink
Arrived = Purple
Problem = Red
Crossed through = Feedback given
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