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1  Felt twinchies / collage squares? in New Swap Theme Ideas by roler on: January 13, 2017 05:29:07 AM

I am kind of in love with this post: http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/155774877079/feltbeasts-becky-margraf , showing "Feltbeasts" by Becky Margraf.  They're all the same size and shape (square), making them perfect for a collage like the one shown above!!  I would LOVE to put together a collage for my wall made up of similar art made by other craftsters, and was wondering if anyone else wants to swap them here! 

We could decide on a precise size of square, and then make any sort of felt art we wanted with those dimensions (the questionnaire could be a lot like the TM patch ones).  Partners can specify if they want theirs padded or flat, etc.  Ideally I'd love to do several rounds, to eventually get a big collection for my collage!

Any interest? Suggestions?
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2  Re: Rodent Revolution 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: January 05, 2017 10:16:16 PM
Yay, I have pet pics!  My little girls get bored easily, so to keep things interesting, I like to give them just a few new toys at a time and switch them out frequently so there's always something new!  Today I gave them the fluffy white bag bed that blupaisan made for them, and it didn't take them long at all to get inside!!

The bag just perfectly covers one inside wall of the cage, like this:

And here are Bubbles and Buttercup trying it out! XD

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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: January 03, 2017 06:15:45 PM
Prompt: December - Hip Hop
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Mouse Hoop
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this little mousey for blupaisan in the Rodent Revolution Swap. I based the design of the little mouse on this pin - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752023764843/
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Prompt: December - Show Tunes
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Corn casserole and chicken enchilada chili
Project Link:  Chili recipe - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AerGxjP1Wm7d5Qhqv18O1HyIxbue1oMol9dtyyltFDofu0hCcFGekrg/  (definitely worth adding the sour cream and chives on top!)
Brief Description: Here's a dinner I made while visiting the family.  The chili recipe was a new one to me, but super tasty, and even more so as leftovers (the only change we made was adding an extra can of beans, and extra corn).  Sadly the corn casserole was a bit unimpressive, so I won't be making it again.  But both dishes had one of my absolute favorite ingredients, CORN, which reminds me of a show tune that is hard to get out of your head once it starts playing in there... "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific, which starts out "I'm as corny as Kansas in August."
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Prompt: January - Pac Man
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Mrs. Frisbie's Cookies
Project Link:
Brief Description: This was my grandfathers favorite cookie.   He was born in 1920.   Shortly after he married, my grandmother offered to make some treat of his choice.   He asked for Mrs. Frisbies cookies.   Mrs. Frisbie was the mother of his boyhood friend, and Grandma managed to track down the recipe!


MIX:  1 C. sugar
           1 C. margarine or butter
           1 C. molasses
           1 C. warm water*

SIFT AND ADD:  6 C. flour
                            2 t. soda
                            1 t. cinnamon
                            t. allspice
                            t. nutmeg
                           1 t. salt

Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.   Frost with white butter-cream icing and candy sprinkles.

*After you cream the sugar and margarine together, add the molasses.   THEN, add the water.   It will look weird, but it is right.

The cookie dough is bland, and so are the unfrosted cookies.   They NEED frosting and sprinkles (I always just mix butter, powdered sugar, and milk until I get the consistency I like).   Grandpa thought they werent right unless they had the tiny, round, multi-colored candy sprinkles.   (Colored sugar, oblong sprinkles, etc., just wont do).
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Prompt: January Battle - Minesweeper
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Car Trash Bag
Project Link: Tutorial I used - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752023267825/
Brief Description: blupaisan requested a trash container for her car during the Rodent Revolution Swap. I found this great tutorial online, and made a trash bag with a little mouse appliqued on it.  Once you sweep up all your mines, you've got to have some place to chuck 'em!
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4  Re: Christmas Tree Stocking in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: January 03, 2017 05:07:52 PM
Thanks so much, everyone!! 

I found a couple of progress photos I forgot to post before:

The presents made of felt and ribbon

Pinning the pieces together
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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: December 30, 2016 08:36:28 AM

Right now I'm finishing up the last few things to pack before I fly back to Osaka (like this computer I'm typing on), but have just enough time to enter the December battle first. I'll catch up with the rest of the thread when I'm back in Japan!

Prompt:  December Battle - Rock
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Cherry Recipes
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made two different recipes involving cherries during this holiday season, and they were AMAZING.  Cherries are stone fruits, and stone -> rock!! XD  Also, as SBC says, these recipes rock!!
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Chicken with cherry sauce, adapted from this recipe: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752019821209/

Cherry and brie dip (I accidentally cut the sides off one of the brie wheels so it melted, whoops!) from this recipe: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752016831132/
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6  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: December 28, 2016 01:09:35 PM
Whew, I'm just back at my parents' house after spending a couple of days with my cousins in Seattle after Christmas.  It was a really lovely holiday!  In the morning, I opened up my wonderful stocking from lindyv321 before hurrying up to Seattle, and it really was absolutely packed with so many great gifts!!  Sorry I'm late posting them; here they are, finally!!

The stocking and a bunch of yummy edibles:

Can't wait to try those hot chocolates; they look fantastic!

Hee hee, somebody knows I love TsumTsums!

My mom is keeping that darling Santa on the left to go with her huge collection of various Santa dolls and figures, mostly from craft bazaars.  And look at the wee acorn and cinammon stick! XD

Some darling embroidered Christmas decorations. The gingerbread man is on the tree!  I like that we both sent each other gingerbread men. XD

And speaking of things my partner and I sent each other...

TM Patch blanks!!  There are really neat patterns on both sides of each of these; it'll be tough deciding which half should be the front!!

More Christmas fun:

The tags are a coloring book; I want to color a bunch of those in over the year and have them ready to label gifts next December!

Look at all this nice stuff!! Smiley

I remember getting little boxes of worry dolls as a kid, but I've never seen them as a bracelet before! So cute! And a lot of these things look awfully useful for crafting... XD

Shiny sparkly jewelry! I'm a bit of a magpie, so I love these. Smiley

Sadly this one did break open in transit and lots some of its glitter, but I managed to get a bunch of it back in and glue it back together. Smiley  It's decorating the tree now too!

Squeeee pincushion on a ring!! Functional geek fashion! XD

This fleece is so soft and pretty! It has pockets on either end; I think it's a scarf/shawl you can keep your hands warm in too?  At any rate that's how I'm planning on using it! XD

And here's my favorite piece:

Look at that adorable mouse!!!  I have three pet degus, and used to have pet guinea pigs and a rat, so I adore rodents!  This is going to look fabulous on my wall!!

Thank you Lindy, for your incredibly generous package!! XD  Everything is wonderful!!  And thank you too, kayrun, for carrying on the swap!  This was such a great swap, again!! Smiley
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: December 21, 2016 03:11:45 PM
Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap, Community
Project Name: Christmas Tree Stocking
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451112.0
Brief Description: I made this stocking for lindyv321 in the Christmas stocking swap. It took a very long time, but I really enjoyed working on it!
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Prompt:  December - Classical
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: TM Patch Blanks
Project Link:
Brief Description: Also for lindyv321 in the stocking swap. These use fabric, quilt batting, thread, and craft cord.
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8  Christmas Tree Stocking in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: December 21, 2016 03:06:17 PM
This is the stocking I made for lindyv321 in the Christmas stocking swap.  I maaay have gotten a little carried away with the notions. ;P

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9  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: December 21, 2016 02:35:31 PM
Wow, I am so behind on this gallery!!  This has been a very hectic month for me so far.  But now that I'm settled in with the family for the holiday I can take some time to reply a bit.

JS - I love your wrapping! The candy shapes and the taco bell bag crack me up - so cute and clever!  The stocking is very pretty too; love the star!

Oh my goodness, the DW stockings from edelC are too cute!! I adore the Totoro things as well.

Gorgeous quilted stocking, artsycandice, and that plague doctor doll is incredible!!  All the feathers and owl things are so beautiful as well... I hope I get you as my stocking partner one of these years! XD

And I'm feeling the same way about you, kmac! That felted stocking is INCREDIBLE, as are all those wonderful gourd pieces!

Lovely package from Alexampersandra; the cross-stitch ornaments are darling!!

That reindeer stocking from sueedee is stunning! Great stitchwork on the antlers!!

Summer6061, what a fun fandom-filled stocking!! That Christmas Adipose is just as cute as can be, and I love the sea creatures with the TARDIS.

AcadianDriftwood, your wool stocking is lovely! I really like all the different snowflake patterns!

Awww, cute Totoro from ecopp! I like the Baymax ornament a lot!! XD

That Up stocking is fantastic, CraftyMamaBee!  And I love the Emperor's New Groove!  Awesome stuff! XD 

IssikahJai, those hoops are great! I especially love the Pokemon one, with all the cute decorations around the edge!

calixita, that stocking is really beautiful. The cross-stitch over the crochet is such a pretty technique, and the beads add a lot too!

blushingbluegrass - Great DW stuff!  Ten is totally my favorite, so of course I thoroughly approve of that cute stocking!! XD  Fun gloves too!

Whistley - What a fun, colorful package! Those Tsumtsums are as cute as can be, and I adore that Groot hoop! XD

I'm so glad you like your package, lindyv321! I had a lot of fun putting it together! I kinda got carried away with the notions on the stocking, but it was just so fun decorating that Christmas tree! ;P

Meanwhile, lindy's package to me arrived quite a while ago, but I've been saving it until Christmas. My mother just wrapped all the little goodies inside, so I can enjoy opening each one on Christmas morning! I'm really looking forward to it! For now, I can see the pretty festive stocking and all the goodies waiting for me! XD

The stocking is very well put together, nice and sturdy, and the fabric is so bright and festive it makes me smile! XD  Thanks, Lindy!  Looking forward to the rest! XD
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10  Re: Rodent Revolution 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: December 14, 2016 11:38:42 AM
Awww, the sign is super cute, and the hammock looks super comfy!

I just got back to the states after a super hectic week and then a flight back from Japan, and when I got here this amazing package from blupaisan was waiting for me! I feel SOOOOO spoiled!!  There was just SO MUCH stuff in that package!!

First, the presents for my little girls:

Here are two large pocket houses for them to snuggle in, complete with bedding inside, and loops to hang up in the cage using some tent poles that also came in the package.

Here's another cute little house for them, with the tent poles pictured.  I can't wait to see one of my little degus' faces poking out of that hole! XD

A tunnel and a little pocket bed in super cute colors.

A huge variety of handmade chew toys and nuts!

Another toy, and a sturdy house with a warm lining for winter.

Some lovely gifts for me!

And then, as if all this weren't enough, the absolute jewel of the whole package, this amazing wall art!!!

And the back, all ready to hang up on my wall:

How cute and incredible is that?! Such a darling picture of my three silly girls!

I really cannot wait to get all this great loot back to them, and to see them playing with it! I promise to post photos of them enjoying their new toys and beds! XD

Thank you SO much, blupaisan! I know I'm already late but after seeing how much you spoiled me I want to take just a bit more time to add a couple of things to my package.  I'm still grinning about all these nice things!!
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