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21  Re: One Tiny Bird Thing Swap (OTBT) GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by loves2experiment on: July 18, 2013 05:30:48 PM
terrific mail day at my end...not only were there no utility bills in my mailbox, there was a fabulous wee birdie waiting to move in to my craftroom!!!  yes!  my wonderful swap partner, teag, totally delivered when I requested a colorful, small (okay, this was rackle's request Roll Eyes), cute, whimsical, and steampunk birdie Smiley  enough rambling...on with pictures of her work...

you know the contents in a box will be awesome when it's accompanied by a sweet card like this...

and squeee!  here's the gorgeous bird...made out of poly clay!  I love all the details she included...the rocker base (it's so much fun to see it in motion), the beautiful colours, the coiling on the bird legs, the goggles (yes, goodgrief, goggles). 


and here's a close-up so you can see what i'm talking about...


and the obligatory booty shot and top view of the bird Wink



teag, i adore the newest addition to my craft room Kiss  thanks so much for sending him to me!

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22  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by loves2experiment on: July 17, 2013 06:43:19 AM
MareMare, I really like the look of Sation's Mikasa!  While searching online, I came across nailsupplies.us. which has a decent selection of Sation colours...I wonder if they're good to work with. 

Anyhow, in my continuing quest for brown nail polish, a buddy let me try one of her favs...Pure Ice / Alter Ego.  To me, it's interesting because it appears to have two colours of glitter - shiny coppery flakes and slightly translucent whitish flakes in the mix.  I might have to locate a bottle for my collection.  It's hard to capture how it looks, but here goes...

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23  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by loves2experiment on: July 12, 2013 09:02:33 AM
I tried gradient nails last night!  It's not perfect, but it's a start Cheesy

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24  One Fab Zippered Pouch Swap (Signups closed, Mail by 7/31) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by loves2experiment on: July 08, 2013 08:33:32 AM
Lets make some fabulous zippered pouches!  I use them for storing doodads, spare change, make-up, etc.  What do you store in yours?


GALLERY




Swap name: One Fab Zippered Pouch Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment

Sign-up date range: 07/08/13 through 07/14/13 (or earlier if the swap fills up! Grin)

Date to send item by: July 31, 2013 (Wednesday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope! Please note that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship internationally if your partner lives outside of your country!

Age requirement? Swap participants must be at least 18 years old!

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 18 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that a USPS tracking 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:
For this swap, you will design/sew a fab zippered pouch for your partner and of course, your swap partner will return the favour by crafting a fab zippered pouchjust for you!  
Now, lets talk about the zippered pouch.  As a general guideline, the dimensions of the zippered pouch should not exceed 8 inches by 6 inches (20.32 cm by 15.24 cm).  I have included two basic questions in the swap questionnaire to get you thinking about what your partner likes in a zippered pouch, but you may wish to ask for more information before you start.  Since the object is to make it awesome, youre encouraged to embellish, embellish, and yeah, embellish your work.  Beadwork?  Sure.  Patchwork?  Yep.  Painted designs with fabric paint?  Why not!  You get the idea.  Make it uniquemake it special!  Please make the pouch to the best of your ability!  
There is no need to stuff any extras in the pouch because all your time will be spent making a fab pouch that is perfect for your partner Cheesy  If you decide to slip a wee extra in the pouch I wont be mad at you for doing so, but please understand that your partner is not required to reciprocate.
  
Other housekeeping details and what-nots
1.  I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of multiple instances of poor communication and/or late sending.
2.  You need to make at least one post in this thread (per Craftster swap requirements).  
3.  Check the swap thread regularly. Feel free to talk about what youre doing with your pouch, post teaser pictures of your work-in-progress, ask for ideas, etc.  Anything that relates to zippered pouches and crafting for your partner is good talk.
4.  Good communication is essential!  If youre having issues with the swap, or if youre sending late (for whatever reasons), you must contact the organizer.  Poor communication will be noted in your feedback Sad            


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: One Fab Zippered Pouch Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (including the country):
Please confirm that you are at least 18 years old! (Yes/No)
Have you posted in the swap thread? Wink
Favourite design/motif/style/theme?
Favourite colour(s) or colour combinations?




LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
1.  loves2experiment
2.  spidermom
3.  StickerChic87
4.  mink_bikini
5.  nowheresound <--- this is her first swap!  yay! yay! yay!
6.  pennydreadfull
7.  carmenmarie
8.  EnginerdLisa
9.  bethimusprime
10. RubyTuesday
11. jl409
12. Craftineer



PARTNERS!
loves2experiment   <--->   StickerChic87
spidermom   <--->   Craftineer
mink_bikini   <--->   jl409
nowheresound   <--->   pennydreadfull
carmenmarie   <--->   EnginerdLisa
bethimusprime   <--->   RubyTuesday


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25  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by loves2experiment on: July 08, 2013 06:29:13 AM
changed my polish last night Cheesy  mustard and grey!



this is so much fun...i can't believe i only started wanting to paint my nails last year Roll Eyes  now i can't stop! Grin
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26  Lazy Blueberry "Pie" or what have you... in Dessert by loves2experiment on: July 06, 2013 11:09:08 PM


There's a pick-your-own organic blueberries place that is down the road from my workplace.  
Every summer, I load up on berries to eat and to bake with (and yes, I freeze tons of them as well!).  So far, I've tried muffins, pancakes, cakes and scones.  While looking for an easy recipe for blueberry pie, I found several that used a graham cracker crust base.  Intriguing.  After combining the best bits from each recipe, here's what I ended with Cheesy  I couldn't find the right sized pie pan so I used a sheet pan that measures approximately 9" by 13" by 1.5".



Wanna make one?  Here's the recipe Cheesy

Crust:
2 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup white sugar
9 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine above ingredients in a bowl.  Press mixture into sheet pan.  Bake in 375 degree F for approximately 8 minutes.  Remove from oven, set aside to cool.

Blueberry filling:
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
4 cups frozen blueberries (fresh may be used, but i had frozen ones that i wanted to use Tongue)
2 cups fresh blueberries

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan.  Add water and mix still smooth.  Stir in 4 cups of frozen blueberries.  Bring berry mixture to a boil and cook until thickened.  Stir in 2 cups of fresh blueberries.  Remove from heat, cool to room temperature and pour on top of prebaked graham cracker crust.

Yep, that's it.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream to up its yumminess factor.  Leftovers (if any) should probably be stored in the fridge Smiley  Enjoy!
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27  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by loves2experiment on: July 06, 2013 10:42:23 PM
gosh, it's incredibly hard to get a decent picture because of the glitter, but here's what i have currently Cheesy   



i love seeing all the nail art in this thread and i can't wait to see more! 
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28  OTT Swap Secret Pal Round 2 (signups closed, mail otts by 04/10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by loves2experiment on: March 14, 2013 09:03:45 PM


Can you keep a secret?  
Do you adore OTT (i.e. one tiny thing) swaps?  
If so, this might be the perfect low-stress swap for you!! Cheesy



GALLERY!


Swap name: OTT Swap Secret Pal Round 2

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment

Sign-up date range: 03/15/13 through 03/22/13 (or earlier if the swap fills up! Grin)

Date to send item by: April 10, 2013 (Wednesday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope! Please note that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship internationally if your secret pal lives outside of your country![/size]

Age requirement? Swap participants must be at least 18 years old!

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 18 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:
For this swap, you will make ONE (absolutely no extras, please) tiny thing for your secret pal.  Partners will be assigned randomly (no favouritism here!) and done in secrecy (you will need to come up with a super secretive alias Wink).

In order to figure out what your secret pal would like, feel free to check out his/her Craftster posts, pinterest, blog, and so forth.  If you have specific questions for your secret pal (example: whats his/her ring size?), you may send them to me and I will try to get answers for you.  Based on your findings, you can start work on something phenomenal for your secret pal Cheesy  

The OTT should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill. This tiny thing may be made with any material, and the completed item should measure 4 by 4 or smaller.  

Since youll only be crafting and sending one small item, please make every effort to ensure that that youre making something spectacular that youll be proud to receivesomething awesome that you know your partner will adore! Cheesy
  
Need more examples of things which qualify as ONE tiny item?*
A pair of earrings - YES!
A necklace - YES!
A pair of earrings AND necklace set NO!
An ornament - YES!
A set of stitch markers YES!
A mini notebook YES!
A set of mini notebooks NO!
Artwork measuring a total of 4 by 4 or less YES!
*Note: If youre trying to determine if your idea qualifies as a tiny thing, ask your friendly swap organizer (oh wait, thats me Grin).

Other housekeeping details and what-nots
1.  I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of multiple instances of poor communication and/or late sending.
2.  Please make at least one post on this thread so I know that youre getting all messages in the swap thread!
3.  Check the swap thread regularly. Feel free to discuss your OTT and post teasers about what youre working on.  Itll be fun to keep everyone guessing! Cheesy  
4.  Communication is essential!  If youre having issues with the swap, or if youre sending late (for whatever reasons), you must contact the organizer.  Poor communication will be noted in your feedback Sad            


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: OTT Swap Secret Pal Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (including the country):
Please confirm that you are at least 18 years old! (Yes/No)
Do you promise to either have USPS Tracking # (US swappers) or provide proof of shipping in the form of a receipt (non-US swappers)?
Your pinterest, blog, etc. (so your secret pal can learn more about your likes/dislikes)?
Your super secretive alias (pick something fun! Grin)?


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
1.  suereal
2.  Homerof2
3.  mcook72677
4.  ThriftyLiving4U
5.  gamemom42
6.  Avesthel
7.  SilverMoon
8.  quaggy
9.  teag
10. themuppet
11. pjr107
12. TrickyMcVomit
13. DaisyTattoo
14. pilarfarmer
15. craftADDchick
16. MiLady
17. johnson.mom2two
18. Smeddley
19. Whistley
20. Subee
21. rainysunshine789
22. mariak
23. Jen Sews
24. bec99



PARTNERS!

hippiechick ---> Frankfurter
Frankfurter ---> Super Bad Monkey
Super Bad Monkey ---> Petunia Phoenix
Petunia Phoenix ---> sueUNreal
sueUNreal ---> DidIMakeIt
DidIMakeIt ---> PetuniaPickleButt
PetuniaPickleButt ---> The Cat Whisperer
The Cat Whisperer ---> Shady McBrady
Shady McBrady ---> squeezledorf
squeezledorf ---> Zippy Little Turtle
Zippy Little Turtle ---> Kay Fabe
Kay Fabe ---> Spurs of the Moment
Spurs of the Moment ---> Lady Totally Gaga
Lady Totally Gaga ---> Magoo
Magoo ---> Agent Orange
Agent Orange ---> Hymie Glendale
Hymie Glendale ---> Googly Eyed Giggle
Googly Eyed Giggle ---> Agent Hook, Defender of Yarncropolis
Agent Hook, Defender of Yarncropolis ---> button-in
button-in ---> LabRatt
LabRatt ---> cookies and cream
cookies and cream ---> Combustible head
Combustible head ---> Ned Ryerson
Ned Ryerson ---> hippiechick
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29  eggplant stroganoff in Vegetarian / Vegan by loves2experiment on: February 17, 2013 05:27:02 PM



made a batch of this for tomorrow's meatless monday lunch Smiley 
the original recipe may be found here, but i adapted it to make it work with what i had on hand Grin


8 oz broad egg noodles
1 can straw mushrooms, drained
1 medium eggplant, chopped into 1" cubes
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 generous tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups veggie broth
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup french onion dip
1/2 tsp dried parsley


cook noodles per directions on package.

saute eggplant over high heat with butter and olive oil for ~ 5 minutes. 



add mushrooms and cook for additional minute.



add in salt, black pepper and flour mixture and cook for ~ 2 minutes.





add broth and milk mixture, reduce heat and simmer for ~ 7 minutes until the mixture thickens.





add french onion dip and dried parsley, simmer for an additional minute or so.



ladle sauce over cooked egg noodles and serve!


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30  L2E's Little Swap Shop! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by loves2experiment on: January 31, 2013 06:31:37 PM
OPEN!

L2E's Little Swap Shop!

All items (excluding supplies) are handcrafted by me in a non-smoking, pet-free household.  

Item descriptions and/or additional pictures are available for view by clicking on the thumbnails!





BUNTING FLAGS MINI NOTECARDS  0.5 point  2 sets available





BAKTUS SCARFLET  1 point




4 HAIR TIES  1 point





REVERSIBLE BAG - EXPT. 1  1 point





SUMMER BERRIES  2 points








claims from my shop:
loves2experiment to cinnamon teal - summer berries - (2)

claims i've made:
inflation fund to loves2experiment - (1)

points
started: 3
current: 2
pending: 2
total: 4

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