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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Robots and Aliens Swap Gallery on: Today at 01:35:32 AM
Wonderful selection of little green men from audio!! The shiny green material is just perfect for those faces!  That hoodie is fantastic! XD

Both Robbie the Robot pieces by RBR are fantastic!!  They're so cute! My dad is a huge fan of Robbie, so I've seen quite a bit of him.  I especially love the episode of Columbo he starred in! XD

aisy sure made some cute tops (and audio looks darling modeling them!)!  I love the laced up style of the first one, and the little shiny face on the second was is so adorable!

What a fun set of gifts from Harvey!!  The gift-giving alien ornament is my favorite - it's so precious!  I like the apron too - nice that it's one size fits all, and Rose the Robot is one of my favorites! I actually named my favorite teddy bear after her when I was tiny, and I still have Rosie the bear with me here in Japan! Smiley

Meanwhile, my package from gala_apples arrived at my parents' place in the states!  XD Dad sent me this photo fo the goodies:

There's a super darling alien patchwork scarf. I love that color scheme; I definitely have some outfits that'll work perfectly with!  And the little blobby aliens are so cute!! 

And then there's a hoopla! I'm collecting wall art, especially hoops, so I'm really excited to get this one.  I've actually never received an oval one like this before, and I really like the background print as well. And hooray for retro boxy robots!

I can't wait to get back home so I can admire both of these lovely items up close.  Thanks so much, gala_apples!! Smiley
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: December 03, 2016 07:41:46 PM
I will be late due to non-crafty reasons, and I've been in contact with my partner and kayrun about it.

Meanwhile I really need to rein myself in and stop embellishing this already over embellished stocking, lol, and get back to making a couple more stuffers!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 03, 2016 06:13:09 AM
Sooo... kind of a weird question here. 

My guitar teacher and I are getting close to being ready to record the song we've written together.  I put a ton of thought and work into the lyrics to go along with the beautiful melody he wrote, and as soon as I can play the chords smoothly enough to not embarrass myself, we're going to make a recording. 

It's not exactly traditional crafting, per se, but it is CREATING something, so I was wondering if I might be able to submit the song once it's recorded for a prompt, especially since it's the Multimedia season? Smiley  If not, it's cool; I'll probably be making plenty of things in the Christmas present rush anyway!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: December 03, 2016 06:09:35 AM
craftADDchick - Love the gorilla shirt, and the story behind it! Sorry it took so long, but it looks worth the effort! I hope the recipient appreciates it properly!! XD

nerdplusneedle - That Jesus doll is incredible!!!  Such beautiful details, and so well put together!!  Color me seriously impressed! XD

I'm gonna start out with a tiny zap, just to get myself on the board and to motivate myself to get going.  It's Team Multimedia's season; I hope we can make a good showing!! XD

Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Leftover Scramble
Project Link:
Brief Description:
After I finally finished eating all my cooked Thanksgiving leftovers (except for the cranberry sauce, which I still have PLENTY of), I still had some perishable ingredients I wanted to use up, so I chopped everything up and mixed it into a lovely scramble.  It made for a tasty protein-filled meal!
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: December 01, 2016 06:09:14 AM
Claimed for Team Multimedia HQ!!  XD
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 30, 2016 12:44:59 AM
Eek! Thanks, gozer, for pointing out that my linked photos of stocking stuffers in this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450036.msg5419354#msg5419354 weren't working! They should be fixed now!!

EdelC - I know that many people make pie crust with just butter, but I've never tried it myself. I've heard that you have to be more careful with temperatures when you're working with butter though, and I've never been particularly good at that. I may have to try it some time though to save some cash! Any tips? Smiley Glad to see you back around here, btw!

rockingbearranch - What a fun variety of ATCs! As usual, you are wonderfully creative!!

Smeddley - No apologies needed! So many pretty pictures!  Those quilt blocks are really vibrant and beautiful.  I hope your partner posts pictures when they eventually put those blocks together for something!  Eee, that's probably my favorite of your zill dragons yet!  The pattern of the yarn almost gives him a grinning face! So cute!  The DW hat and gloves are fantastic; the little bow is such a cute touch!  I would SO wear those... just saying. ;P  Hahaha, what a fun idea for the evil dead notebook! Very well executed as well!  I like the positive ATCs, and I bet they made some people very happy too!  I'm not a huge fan of dark movies like Silence of the Lambs, but that bracelet is just GORGEOUS anyway, and I can definitely see the references to the movie poster and bet your partner LOVES it!  And your Sadako doll is awesome. So creepy!!  The skull pincushion is hilarious!  The texture of the yarn really works perfectly for that brain!  Ooh, those dice bags look like a similar shape to the one Inselaeffchen made me, and I agree, it's a perfect shape!  Another brilliant fairy door!!  I think you're getting even better at these, too!  Btw, where did you get the lovely decorative circle piece in the middle?  Or did you make it?  Oooh, a vintage airplane charity? I hadn't heard of that, but I'm really happy that there are people dedicated to keeping history alive like that, and your buttons are really cool looking!  Omg, I LOVE What We Do in the Shadows, and your little doll is SO perfect!  The plush lining for the coffin is great! XD Wow, I bet those stitch makers were a hit!!  So funny! I didn't follow the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, but when I get some time I think I'd better check it out. Each of your projects for it looks so awesome, I can't believe you made 13! That's a darn generous package! I love the variety of your art bookmarks.  They're all so cool in totally different ways! And I know SBC loves her Care Bear gifts. Smiley Aaaaahhh, that chainsaw is SO CUTE!!  How did you make a chainsaw CUTE?! That is quite the feat! Oh my goodness, so many little drops!  How long does it take you to make one of those? I'm amazed more people didn't request character ones; I've loved all the different character drops you've made!  That fuzzy knitted monster is absolutely darling; sorry he gave you so much trouble!  Hahaha, the dog toys are wonderful!!!  But wait... the LONGER ones took you half an hour each?  I'd be lucky to get one of those simple ones done in an hour!  You must be really speedy!  They're all so fun and unique; I can see why you like making them!

ActsofCraftiness - Wonderfully stylish coffee mugs as usual, and it sounds like you helped out a great charity! Squeee, that fairy tale sampler is darling!!  I've never really done any cross stitch before, but seeing the wonderful things you guys make is making me want to try.  Maybe I'll keep my eye out for a special sampler that really speaks to me, and give it a try. Smiley  Actually, where did you find that Once Upon a Time on? Because it's ADORABLE.  Aww, those are totally darling needle minders. And I know what you mean about forgetting or running out of time to make crafts for yourself! I haven't made anything for myself in ages!  OMG those mummy juice boxes are a hoot!!!  I would have totally flipped over that as a kid... probably still would now, too. ;P  OMG the split pea and ham soup and the pumpkin bread!!  I adore that both of those things, but haven't had them in ages... now you have me super hungry for them. Smiley  Aww, is that a little fox on Danielle's cup? So cute!  Hahaha that Ewok costume is PERFECT! And you couldn't have found a cuter model!  That deep sea fabric came out gorgeous, such a beautiful striking color. I look forward to seeing your stitching on it!

I wanna get one more project in before the end of the month, but if you haven't received it yet, no peeking, bunny1kenobi!!

Prompt: Big Time #2
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Nerd Swap Item
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for bunny1kenobi in the nerd swap. It took a seriously long time, but I had so much fun making it! XD  I almost posted this for the Geology prompt, as bunny and I both apparently appreciate things from Long Ago. Smiley
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7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 29, 2016 08:46:57 PM
My stocking from EdelC last year was VERY memorable!! I especially loved the Nintendo purse and the V6 wall hanging!

Another very memorable stocking stuffer was one I got as a teenager: a tiny note telling me to look under the desk in the den... where I found a fully equipped glass cage housing my very own adorable pet rat!  (I'd been begging for a rat for ages beforehand and was very prepared to take care of one, so it was the best kind of pet gift!)
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: November 29, 2016 02:16:49 PM
Wow, all these people finished already!  I have several stuffers ready and have made good progress on the stocking, but I've still got a ways to go!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 29, 2016 02:15:58 PM
Oooh, did I accidentally bring EdelC back?! That's awesome!! XD Hooray for great people coming back!

I have no objection to the two seasons rule! Smiley

And yeah, it looks like this has been a slow round for most people.  Until this last batch of cooking, I'd hardly turned anything in at all either.  I think real life has been getting in the way!! ;P (Not that crafting isn't necessarily real life, but I often use it as an escape myself!)
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 28, 2016 02:53:48 AM
storerboughtcreations - Your pi banner is so awesome! I'm especially impressed that you managed to make the numbers keep their shape even while hanging from the cord!  

LovelyMiss - I'm so sorry to hear about your dear pet. I'm sure the shadow boxes will be very special to your family members. And wow, what an impressive line-up of projects!  That cute bee shrine definitely has the Victorian look down!  The chicken wings look tasty. I know it can be hard to get the spice to actually stick like that! Nice notebook covers as always! I like that black and white circle print a lot!  The bunny hat is amazing!!  It looks really complicated and difficult, so I'm super surprised you just chose it on the spur of the moment! Fantastic job!  Pretty beaded necklace! I especially like the large green beads.  Your fabric covered magnets are always so cute!! XD The ones you sent me before still make me smile when I see them decorating my house!  Your handmade cards always make me want to try to make my own, but then I never have the time/motivation to actually do it, so I admire your willpower and generosity to make those!

rockingbearranch - Cool paper press! What sort of projects do you use it for? I love your happy merry horsie! Looks so sweet and Scandinavian!

Meanwhile, I have been super stressed and busy lately, but I just did a TON of cooking for a mini Thanksgiving party over the weekend, so I want some crafty credit for it, darnit! ;P  Please keep in mind that my options for a lot of Western ingredients and cooking implements are rather limited here, so a lot of this is really improvised!

Prompt:  Zap #1
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Too Much Cranberry Sauce
Project Link:
Brief Description:
This is actually cranberry/raspberry sauce, with yuzu juice, ginger, and a smidgen of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's also WAY MORE than ANYONE needs.  That bowl is only holding about a third of the huge batch I made!  Remind me not to make sauces in my biggest pot, because apparently I have a compulsion to fill the whole thing!  I'm going to be putting this stuff on EVERYTHING for weeks or maybe months to come. ;P  It's delicious, though!!
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Prompt: September - Biology
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Honey Cornbread
Project Link:
Brief Description:
A tried and true recipe, the only reason this cornbread took me more than half an hour to prepare is because I am phenomenally slow and disorganized in the kitchen (and forgot to pre-soften the butter, so it took ages to mix).  This cornbread is made infinitely better by the awesome raspberry blossom honey I bought locally back in the states, which is baked right into the bread.  Sadly my tiny Japanese oven is never very good at handling baked goods, but my party guests enjoyed the denser cake-y texture it resulted in, so it all worked out!
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Prompt: September - Cosmology
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Huge Pot o' Potatoes
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Maybe not quite the size of our expansive universe, this pot of 14 mashed potatoes was still pretty darn big for our little party of six people.  (I now have yummy leftovers!!)  Just a simple classic with potatoes, butter, milk, salt, and pepper.
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Prompt:  Zap #2
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Yuzu Rosemary Chicken
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Usually I manage to get turkey even over here in Japan, but this year Costco failed me, so I got chicken instead.  I didn't really use a recipe, just sauteed the thighs whole with olive oil, garlic, yuzu juice, rosemary, and salt and pepper, and it came out pretty darn delicious!  And SO easy, I'll definitely be making it again!
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Prompt:  October - Algebra
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Bacon Balsamic Asparagus
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Every year I make an awesome and scrumptious green bean dish, but I couldn't find green beans this year either, so I made the same recipe with asparagus instead (so... "symbolic" of green beans? that totally counts, right? ;p)  
Project Picture:
(See above photo)

Prompt:  October - Statistics
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Curried Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Mash
Project Link:
Brief Description:
I wanted to make some sort of dish using pumpkin or sweet potatoes, and spent a while searching recipe sites for something that looked doable with my time frame/limited kitchen.  I found a tasty looking idea and tweaked it a bit to make this unattractive but very tasty dish!
Project Picture:
(See above photo)

Prompt:  September - Chemistry
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Oreo Raspberry Custard Pie
Project Link:
Brief Description:
When I realized I had neither the time nor the cash to make a pastry crust (shortening is crazy expensive here!!), I decided to make a pie with an Oreo crust.  I just zapped the Oreos whole in my food processor, added a bit of melted butter, and pressed them into this tart plate.  Both the cream from the cookies and the butter acted as adhesive to hold the crust together.  Then I filled the pie with raspberries and homemade vanilla custard (for extra chemistry-ness, I love how the liquid milk and eggs go through the chemical change while baking to make lovely springy custard!).  The end result kinda looks like a burnt pepperoni pizza, but it was DELICIOUS.
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