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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) on: April 02, 2007 11:29:04 AM
You gotta love The Hoff!
(It's just for today Cheesy  )

All the Hoff... none of the Hassel...

Leah is the bomb!  (But everybody already knew that...)

I am sad to see that you can't buy Hasselhoff's "Hooked on a Feeling" on iTunes, but he does have promising renditions of "These Boots Were Made for Walking" and "La Isla Bonita" available....
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) on: April 02, 2007 10:48:15 AM
So then I go here and it makes it all better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKu_QA8Bn9o

 Grin

GAWD BLESS HASSELHOFF!! That video just confirms the fact that a gold macaroni encrusted pie tin frame is the *only* way to to properly pay homage to his genius. Wink


I keep this link in reserve for whenever I'm feeling down.  I find that there are very few personal problems that watching this video a few times can't cure.  I mean, it has everything:

penetrating stares
dancing bears
weiner dogs
politically questionable use of Eskimos and African tribesmen
cube juggling
little girls on strings (frightenlingly over the line "yeah you turn me on")
scenic landscapes
fantastic scene changes
motorcycle stunts
flying (with and without arm-flapping) and air-summersaults
random owl masks
grandiose arm gestures and intense arm pumping
fish consumption
air guitar
multi-Hasselhoff duets

Everyday is better with a dose of Hasselhoff.  See?  I feel better already! Grin

(Thanks to Leah's favorite projects pics, I was able to finally see the larger version of that image.  Thank the makers of greenscreens that's just a sharpei leg!)
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 10:14:08 AM
The bloody shovel still cracks me up!

Three cheers for nail polish!


I daren't click on the link because of the possibility that it will turn up Cheesy Tongue

I'm giving up on it in hopes that by doing so it'll show up.  You know, that whole Murphy's law thing.   Tongue
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: MODS' instant swap/Competition GALLERY (Your chance to vote will come!) on: April 02, 2007 10:00:50 AM
Stifflersmom's new avatar creeps me out, mostly because it's not quite large enough to see the details, though I think I don't want to see the details, but then I can't really look away because I want to be sure that I don't want to see the details....

So then I go here and it makes it all better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKu_QA8Bn9o

 Grin
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 09:31:29 AM
I'm still still waiting on the one from BatGrrl Sad I hope it's not lost forever!

I just tried to respond to this and either Craftster or Internet Explorere ate the response.  That doesn't bode well, does it?  Well, considering the topic of my card, it would be appropriate if it were lost.  I'll post the pic here as a link, and you can either choose to look at it or not as you see fit.  The sad thing if it's lost is that I'll lose the picture with the appropriately-named plant in it.  I haven't had much luck on the sending end with this swap--two cards remain unaccounted for of the four I mailed together at the same time and location.  It's pretty discouraging.

The goldfish card:

That's goldfish vine in the background.

And while I'm at it, here's the houseplant I sent to knitormiss that also remains at large:

The concept is based on Victorian traditions of ascribing meaning to (flowering) plants to communicate through bouquets.

And since it's the only card I haven't posted my own pictures of yet and don't want him to feel left out, here's another picture of the gnome that little green dragonfly received from me:

The plastic shovel was a really a most fortuitous find.

And now I'm done for the present.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 02, 2007 07:54:05 AM
*happydance*  

My package reached the zipcode early this morning--now it just needs delivering!

Since I already teased sparklypants with this, here's the "Before" images:



"Velveteen" scarf (there's only one scarf, though there are two pictures to establish both its scarfiness and its odd pattern)
Plastic "wild life" animals (basically, African safari animals, with the exception of the bear)
Receiving blanket
Knee-high socks
Fleece scarf with buttons
Mulberry scrapbook (the cover says 8 pages, but it really had 10)
Baby washcloths
Lion Boucl in "Hard Candy"

Whatever did I make with them?

(You can catch a non-revealing teaser at http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42484dollartreefinishedcollage.jpg if you're feeling curious.)  Wink
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / The Peeping Tom: My alcoholic marshmallow drink on: March 27, 2007 01:24:48 PM
(Sorry--no images yet.)

OK, all the Easter Peep craftiness has made me want to share a recipe of mine in time for your Easter parties.  A few years ago, I got it into my head that there needed to be a drink with a marshmallow Peep in it.  Initially, it was my intention to create a drink called "The Flaming Peep."  I learned a very important lesson in the process: soaking Peeps in 151 rum to increase flammability renders them inedible.   Tongue  If you don't presoak the Peep in rum beforehand, lighting a Peep on fire and dousing it in a white Russian is a tolerable drink, but it wasn't the spectacular combination I wanted.  Floating a marshmallow Peep in Kahlua and hot chocolate was rather tasty, but it lacked spectacle.  Finally, we stumbled upon the perfectly punny drink:  The Peeping Tom.

Basically, you start by preparing a Tom Collins.  I generally use a variation of this recipe:  http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink2438.html

Don't skimp on the lemon juice, because it's the sweet-tart nature of the Tom Collins that makes this work.  I also add cherry juice to the drink--I don't measure it, but I pour it in the top until it colors the drink a pretty reddish color.  Garnish your cup with an orange wheel on the rim and, of course, float a Peep skewered between two cherries in the top of the drink.  It's a fabulous visual, it has a clever name, and, as long as you like Peeps in the first place, it's even pallatable.

You can even introduce variations on the theme.  Make a kiddy-cocktail version for a Virgin Peeping Tom.  Add a shot of cherry vodka for a Blushin' Russian Peeping Tom.  You can basically come up with any variation that you please.  What's also nice is that you can get Peeps for multiple holidays now, so we actually mixed these at a fellow graduate-student's Halloween party and used the ghosts to garnish.  Avoid the cocoa-cats or cocoa-bats or whatever variation on cocoa that they have that year--ick!

I'll post a picture later when I can either find one from the Halloween party or get to the store to get the proper ingredients to whip up a pretty Peeping Tom, but I was inspired by the Peep-crafting and felt the urge to share.  I'm tempted to send the recipe to the Peep cookbook..... Cool
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4!! (Sign ups 2/17 to 3/1 - Send out by 4/1) on: March 27, 2007 12:34:00 PM
The show I was directing just ended, so I can now dedicate my undivided attention to crafting!  Most of my items are part way finished, I just need to do all the finishing (the harder part).  I will hopefully send out thursday, but it might not be until friday.
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Take your time Smiley .... sendout's not until April 1, Miss Director*!  (I promised my husband I'd have the apartment cleaned up enough that he can have a buddy over for the pay per view on the first, and since his birthday is also that week, I have to be done with this and my angel package ASAP.  Grin )  Plus, I'm dying to see what you think of some of the things.  For instance, I suspect your reaction to the XXXX XXXXX won't just be, "Oh....a what?  Hmm.  (Walk away.)"   Roll Eyes


*If you say it really fast, it sounds like Misdirector, and I get the image of a mischievious imp changing the markers at a crossroad to lead travelers astray.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: March 27, 2007 08:43:06 AM
The "skein of geese" had me imagining some warped idea of a poor goose rolled up and waiting to be knit into a scarf....
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery on: March 27, 2007 06:44:26 AM
Because I'm kind of a dork, I looked it up--according to the all about site ( http://birding.about.com/od/allaboutbirds/a/aa032700b.htm ), we can call a group of ravens, "A conspiracy of ravens, an unkindness of ravens, a constable of ravens."  They also offer a congress of crows in addition to murder.  Fun, huh?
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