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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / BAS-P1 GALLERY on: March 22, 2007 08:46:37 AM
Show off all of those neat lil' buttons here as you get them--or wait until you get them all, then show the group.

Original thread: Button Addicts Swap - Phase 1


SWAP PARTNERS:

missamorphosis --> annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads
annette --> gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews
gsdbooks --> kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews, piratecore
rebeldaisy --> funthreads, stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks
funthreads --> stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl
stacysews --> piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla
piratecore --> Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog
Lady Llanalla --> bronzfrog, stick, penguino, missamorphosis, annette
Queen of the Savages --> kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog, stick
GatsbyGirl --> Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog, stick, penguino, missamorphosis
bronzfrog --> stick, penguino, missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks
stick --> penguino, missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks
penguino --> missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy
kiki*eks --> rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, GatsbyGirl, LadyLlanalla, bronzfrog, stick, penguino,

Sent
Received
Sent & Received All Five/Ten
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Sprinkling of Baby Hats on: March 10, 2007 10:32:57 AM
I've decided to make baby hats for the local hospital. My goal is to donate at least ten each month starting with March, although I crocheted these last month. I've been trying several different patterns, as well as different kinds of yarns, in an attempt to see what works up fast and easy, but still looks adorably cute. So far, these are what has resulted:




I'm also working on getting them sized for both newborn and preemies.

I've tried a few patterns that I didn't like as well, so those hats never got finished. So far, I think I like the blue and pink ones best. Although, I do have a green one with matching booties that is by far my favorite. I want a "model" for the set, so I won't take pictures until I get a doll to dress (which I'm currently on the search for). Sounds silly, probably, but with a new baby coming into the family in August (my SO's daughter), I want to have a few items under my belt.

Enjoy!
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Button Addicts Swap - Phase 1 (Sign Ups CLOSED, Send Out MARCH 30) on: March 08, 2007 09:16:55 PM
Swap name: Button Addicts Swap - Phase 1 (or BAS-P1 for short)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: missamorphosis, with the help of kiki*eks
Sign-up date range: March 9 - 17
Date to send items by: March 30 but sooner works, too

Limited to a certain number of people? No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
***Everyone who signs up must be willing to send outside of their own country to participate in this swap. Since buttons are light-weight, postage shouldn't be that expensive. If possible, and if requested, organizer will try to match swappers with others in their own country but can't make any promises. So if you're not willing to ship to other countries, best to wait for another phase. Also, DC#s are not required for this swap, but it's a good idea to get a valid receipt showing you've sent in case there are any problems.***

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages. Just make sure you can get to the Post Office if you can't drive yourself.

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 - already done. kiki*eks will be helping with the buttons swaps.

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


Details of swap:
This is just a warm up of sorts for the other phases of the Button Addicts swaps. In Phase 1, each swapper will send out ten buttons to 5 different people, with the option to send out 10 to 10. Fifty buttons will be sent in all, as well as 50 buttons received, unless you choose to send out to 10 different people, totaling 100 buttons. If you send vintage or older buttons, just be sure they aren't dirty or damaged; I've seen what sitting in a jar for years can do to a bunch of buttons. Also, buttons can be found just about anywhere. If you're new at collecting them, check craft stores, but also check out garage/estate sales, thrift stores, clothes. Keep in mind that no matter how hard some of them are to part with, you'll be getting "new" ones to add to your own collection. Smiley

Other Phases to follow this swap are:
Phase 2 - Decorate a Button Jar or other container, and include a specified amount of buttons for one partner
Phase 3 - Swap button-created crafts with a partner, where buttons are the main focus
Phase 4 - Swap hand-made buttons with one partner

Each phase is a totally separate swap and will be treated as such. Signing up for one DOES NOT sign you up for all of them. Just because you do one, doesn't mean you have to do all four.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: BAS-P1
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?
Do you want to be considered for swapping just with participants in your own country? (yes, no, doesn't matter)
How many people do you want to swap with--5 or 10?
Are there any specific types of buttons you're wanting to add to your collection? (color, size, shape...etc)
Do you prefer vintage/older buttons or modern/newer ones?
Would you prefer to have 10 buttons all the same or just a variety?
(No guarantees...)
Anything else you want your partners to know?


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.
 
SWAP PARTNERS:

missamorphosis --> annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads
annette --> gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews
gsdbooks --> kiki*eks, rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews, piratecore
rebeldaisy --> funthreads, stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks
funthreads --> stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl
stacysews --> piratecore, Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla
piratecore --> Queen of the Savages, kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog
Lady Llanalla --> bronzfrog, stick, penguino, missamorphosis, annette
Queen of the Savages --> kiki*eks, GatsbyGirl, Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog, stick
GatsbyGirl --> Lady Llanalla, bronzfrog, stick, penguino, missamorphosis
bronzfrog --> stick, penguino, missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks
stick --> penguino, missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks
penguino --> missamorphosis, annette, gsdbooks, kiki*eks, rebeldaisy
kiki*eks --> rebeldaisy, funthreads, stacysews, piratecore, Queen of the Savages, GatsbyGirl, LadyLlanalla, bronzfrog, stick, penguino

Blue = Sent
Purple = Received

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14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Any bread bakers know the secret... on: March 06, 2007 07:48:32 AM
...to making a soft, fluffy loaf of bread using 50/50 flour (wheat/white)?

I've tried several different recipes, and my bread is always edible, but I want a "perfect" loaf of bread or even perfect dinner rolls. I tried baking some hamburger buns the other night, and they're very soft inside, but they're so heavy, I could literally use one as a paper weight! My bread loaves usually turn out similar, although not as heavy, just very dense. I knead as much as I'm supposed to; I try to keep the temperature warm enough for the yeast to do its thing; I let it rest; I cook to directions; all that good stuff. And still, I've yet to make that soft loaf of bread one would be proud to make a sandwich with.

Any suggestions?

I don't use a bread machine. I'd rather do it by hand, so that suggestion is out.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Where to find freeze dried blueberries on: February 19, 2007 02:29:43 PM
Does anyone know where one could find "freeze-dried blueberries"??
I have a recipe I really want to try that says to use these and not to substitute dried blueberries. It says the freeze-dried ones should be in the produce section of the supermarket, but I've yet to seen them.

If I ever find the things and make this recipe, I might pass it along if its worth sharing.

Thanks!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Favorite New $1.50 Hat (img heavy) on: February 19, 2007 02:11:36 PM
Joann's had some of their yarn clearanced to just 75 cents a skein, so I bought the only two of this particular one they had left. It's from their own Sensations Bellezza Collection, called Smania, which is now discontinued. It's a great 65% cotton/35% nylon blend that was easy to work with. At the time I bought it, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, then decided it would make a good hat. I looked at many patterns--even thought about writing one on my own--but having less than 4-ounces of yarn, I was a little limited. Then I ran across this pattern in 24-hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss. I love how it turned out; I'd been wanting to make one where the brim rolled up and with this yarn, this one does just that. It is now my official favorite hat. It's light-weight and colorful--just in time for spring!






 

I haven't figured out how to link pics back to my Flickr account, but there's a couple more there.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Soldier" Cap on: February 16, 2007 07:11:47 PM
This is one of the patterns in the book, Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps, called Soldier. I didn't like the way the pattern was written, so I had to improvise for some of it. Overall, I really like the book and think it has some awesome hat/cap patterns in it.







The "model" is my daughter, who requested the hat be made in military camo colors. I really like how it turned out.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Wire Heart Pendant on: February 03, 2007 10:45:52 AM
I recently made this heart pendant for a swap partner, and since she has received, I thought I'd share it:


The inside of the heart is crocheted with copper wire, while the thicker blue is permanently colored copper shaped to give the heart definition as well as a thicker boundary. The loop is made with the same wire.
19  COOKING / Dessert / Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake - Deelish! on: February 01, 2007 09:58:54 AM
I was looking for a chocolate chip snack cake recipe yesterday, and after none of my cook books had one, I turned to the almighty internet where I found this one: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake. Around our house, oatmeal is always a welcomed ingredient in baked goods, so I thought I'd give it a try. To make it a little more "healthier", I substituted 1/4 cup of the butter for 1/4 cup of natural applesauce. The result was a very moist, very chocolatey snack cake that's quick and easy, and DEELISH! Don't let the oatmeal turn you off (I don't like it by itself): Try this recipe if you like cake and chocolate!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cotton Clouds Yarn on: January 25, 2007 10:47:04 AM
Cotton Clouds Yarn Web Site

Has anyone ever heard of this yarn and actually used it? I found the web site when I Googled "cotton yarn". I'm looking for a 100% --or at least mostly -- cotton yarn that is thinner than Lily Sugar & Cream to make baby hats & other items with. This yarn sounds promising, but I was wanting to know if anyone was familiar with it before I bought any. Thinking I'll probably order their catalog since it also comes with some yarn samples.

Too, any other suggestions as to a good sport weight/baby weight cotton yarn that isn't too expensive?

Thanks!

I did a search in the forums before posting this, but came up empty handed.
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