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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Accounts set up to flake? on: December 04, 2008 01:54:08 PM
Hey there,
      Without going into to much detail let me see if I can explain this well. Also, this has already been handled by a wonderful swap mod, so no worries.  Cheesy

I just wanted to see if the community has dealt with this particular problem before, or make future organizers aware of a potential problem.

I was in a swap recently where there was a participant who had the bare minimum posts and time requirements on their account. The only time this person communicated with me and the organizer was when the organizer threatened to drop them for no communication.

After that post, which was the only time she posted in the swap thread, we never heard from her again and she flaked. Her 15 posts (the required minimum for swaps) were mainly small comments on other people's projects, and there was hardly any info in her profile...no wists, and no links.

This made me wonder if people are setting up accounts like this just to flake. If that is the case, what if people are doing it multiple times?

Anyone else ever run into this and think that maybe people are figuring out that if they join Craftster they can get a free package out of joining a swap once?

I also wonder, if you are the organizer and you see a newbie account that you suspect is someone doing this, do you have the right to deny them participation?
22  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Triquetra Stained Glass Mosaic Sun Catcher (pic obease) on: November 26, 2008 09:27:49 AM
Hey there,
Just thought I'd share this piece that I made over the summer when I was watching to much Charmed on TV and at my Aunts house in MA. It's meant to have the appearance of stained glass, but it's really a mosaic made out of a picture frame with the back removed and the glass super glued in. The glass pieces were picked up from a stained glass shop. They are the scrap pieces of glass cutters. The pieces were glued in using weld-bond glue and then filled in with black grout. The result is something that looks like a pretty convincing stained glass window:




Heres the back:


You gotta make sure that the glass piece is really glued in the frame good, or it could pop out when you are putting your pieces down.



Thanks for looking!
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Witch/Wiccan/Pagan swap rd 9 Yule/Winter Holiday Card Gallery! on: November 13, 2008 08:46:09 AM
Welcome to the WWP swap rd 9 Yule/Winter Holiday Card Gallery!

This is a part of the WWP swap rd 9 found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277513.0

Post your cards here when you receive them!

Hey Everybody,
         This page is for the Yule card portion of the Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 9. This separate page will help keep things organized, and will not overpopulate the regular gallery with pictures, since there will be many of them, Im sure. This page will also serve to post some questionnaire information about the people you are sending to. Dont worry; personal information like addresses and real names will not be posted on here. Address info will be sent separately, as well as the select answers from the questionnaire ( whether  they are in or out of the BC and how long they have been practicing) You should be seeing this list in your in box around the 20th after partners have been assigned. It is without further adieu that I present the info from RondaS on this optional addition to the swap.

Brightest Blessings,
Saturn


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Do you want to be included in an exchange of addresses for Yule/Midwinter Holiday cards? If so, everyone on the following list will receive your user name, real name and address in order to send a card to you, and you will be expected to send a card (purchased or crafted) to everyone listed.


I am not going to ask for DC#'s on the cards - but will ask everyone to let me know if there is anyone they didn't receive a card from in a timely manner, which if there is a consistent trend that someone didn't send it will go into comments in the feedback, but not into determining pos. or neg. feedback.


If you ask to join this list, and then change your mind - no harm! Or if you don't ask to join and decide you want in on it, no problem! Just get a note to RondaS before she sends the list out to everyone around Nov 22nd or so give everyone enough time? She will let you all know in advance that she is sending it out in case anyone wants to change their status.



If you ONLY want to be included in the card swap, send this information to RondaS by Nov 20th with a heading of WWP rd 9 card only - It will go into your profile as the WWP swap with comment in your notes that you ONLY did the card exchange. If you sign up for only the card swap you can not change your mind after partners are assigned!

This option is ONLY available to previous WWP participants from any round.

If you ONLY want to be included in the card swap, send this information to RondaS by Nov 20th with a heading of WWP rd 9 card only!!!!!!!!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 9 - card only

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 13 years old (yes/no)

Do you have any allergies or aversions?

Do you have any allergens in your home?

Do you want a post card or a traditional card?

DO NOT POST THE ABOVE IN THE THREAD, PM TO RondaS
 

24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Renaissance Faire Swap on: January 17, 2008 08:06:18 AM
Hey Everyone!

   The Renaissance Faire season is upon us! ( Most of them run in the Spring, I think.) I was thinking that we could have a swap that dealt with Renaissance Faire stuff---Favors, jewelry, fairy wings, garb accessories, belt pouches, snoods, etc. etc. The idea would be that one would need to craft something that would be worn or brought to the festival. Another idea could be a "Renaissance Faire Survival Kit" that includes a flask for water, wetnaps for "privy" visits, a pamphlet of Faire lingo and old English sayings, a collection of favors to give out and maybe a pretty hand fan for festivals in warmer climates, like here in Florida!

Let me know if you're into this! Grin
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Stewed Veggies, Italian Toast, Tomato Spread on: September 11, 2007 02:19:56 PM


Recipe:Lemon Pepper Roasted Cornish Game Hen- a.k.a Personal Pan Chicken


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Ingredients:

1 Cornish game hen for each hungry person.

1/2 lemon for each hen

Salt & pepper

Nantucket Off-Shore's "Mt. Olympus Rub" (it contains garlic, rosemary, lavender and other spices)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chicken broth (or the broth left over from the stewed vegetables)

Non-stick cooking spray.

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Directions:

***Dethaw hen in refrigerator 24hrs prior to cooking.***

(1) Clean hen under cool water and remove giblets. Pat dry with paper towels and place in a sprayed baking pan. Preheat oven to 350*.
(2) Mix 1tbsp of Mt. Olympus rub with 5tbsps of E.V.O.O. Rub the hen completely and don't forget the inside!
(3) Squeeze juice from lemon half over the top and inside of the bird. Shove remainder of the lemon half in orifice.
(4) Salt and Pepper as desired and place on the middle rack of the oven loosely covered with tin foil. Roast for 30mins. Occasionally ladle with chicken broth.

(5) Remove Foil, baste, and continue to roast for 15-20 minutes or until skin is golden brown and juices run clear.

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Serve with:

Stewed Vegetables: Chop red potatoes and carrots. Boil over medium high heat. Drop in 2 chicken bullion cubes.
When bullion finishes dissolving check the potatoes and carrots for done-ness. The potatoes should be easily crushable with a spoon and the carrots should look swollen. Drop in some baby bok choy and cover until cooked through. Remove veggies with a slotted spoon and retain the broth for basting the hen.

Italian Toast- Slice Italian bread and spread with butter and crushed garlic. Sprinkle with dried basil and oregano and top with mozzarella cheese. Toast in oven until cheese melts.

Tomato Spread: finely chop 1 large tomato, add 1tbsp E.V.O.O., dried or fresh basil and oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and 1tsp of the broth.

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Enjoy! My man loves this! Maybe it's the feeling of accomplishment he gets from devouring an entire mini-chicken, lol!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ahhh! help!!! Food Safe Acrylic/Clear Coating Needed! on: August 08, 2007 05:38:20 PM
So I recently went to my local Michael's to purchase a food-safe & waterproof sealer for a couple projects I'm working on. I  went directly to the aisle with the clear acrylic spray sealers and didn't find one that was labeled for this purpose. One of the employees pointed me to mod podge but couldn't give me a reasonable answer to weather it was food safe and waterproof or not. Huh And I'm still searching Google with no luck.

I searched for an answer here first. Someone asked about a year ago but she didn't get a reply. Cry

I have two projects I'm working on that need this:

One is a wooden object painted with acrylics that will come into contact with cool-to room temperature food.

The second is a fairy table fountain that got a bad case of lime scale so it needed to be scrubbed and repainted. I've found water resistant sealers but I'm wondering if they would work with having moving water  exposure for long periods of time.

Any ideas, suggestions or moral support is welcome!
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Perfection Sewing Machine w/Kit-Worth my 19.99? on: August 07, 2007 07:43:52 PM
So I saw this at my corner Walgreen's drugstore.
With a $10 Mail-in rebate. So it's even cheaper than what's on the website:

http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=100503&navAction=jump&navCount=0&id=prod2223145#

 I really just want a little machine so do crafts on and maybe experiment with costume patterns on until I can afford a better full-size machine. Since I moved out of my family's house and into my apartment two years ago I've been without a machine and I doubt I remember anything my mother taught me about her ancient Singer anyhow. I thought this may help me relearn what basic skills I managed to achieve back then.

Anyone have this machine or think it's worth my 19.99?
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / World of Warcraft Nightelf w/mount on: July 29, 2007 11:26:39 PM
This is what 2 years of WoW addiction and a tacky tiger fur sculpture will make:







She is completely made from Sculpy and then painted with acrylics and then sealed. The eyebrows and shoulder trim are tips from a peacock feather. the "saddle" is a piece of shimmery nylon with the edges burnt with an incense stick.

yes...the pictures have been taken in my bathroom, which happens to have the greatest light source this time at night, lol.

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Geisha Jewlery Box on: July 29, 2007 11:14:25 PM
I made this after I had read Memoirs of a Geisha. Then I abandoned the project after painting just the front and the sides. Then, the movie came out and I managed to finish the darn thing after being inspired by it. I just now got around to posting it here...so I'm a huge procrastinator. Anyway, the box is a wooden cigar box that already had feet on it and it was painted with acrylics using ton of clip art and photos for reference. It kinda all came together in the end I guess. My idea was that the outside of the box would show the tools of the geisha trade and the inside would  be a koi pond/waterfall landscape. Now all I need are some pretty kanzashi to keep inside it!


The Top

shamisen and tsutsumi drum

fan and sakura flowers

other side

inside view

theres koi swimming in there!

UPDATE: Forgot to add pictures of the back: Here's the teapot:

hope you like! ^_^
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / World of Warcraft/Everquest/Fantasy RPG Swap? on: October 26, 2005 10:34:44 AM
I know I'm not the only World of Warcraft player on here...go on...it's OK to admit it...you know you mainly visit craftster when the server goes down for weekly maintenance! Have you ever wanted to make giant night elf ears? Or perhaps an ub3r l33t staff that would make any druid want to pvp you? Here would be a great chance to do so! Yes, Evercrack people, never fear---you are more than welcome to join in to. This swap could include but is not limited to- costume accessories such as mystical looking jewelry or elf ears/troll horns, or handmade stuffies to look like characters or creatures, wands, artwork, decorated books, in-game trades....the possibilities are endless!
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