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41  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! on: April 12, 2009 07:23:30 PM
^ Totally understandable.  It is a holiday weekend, after all...

I could be talked into a personal swap.  Nymeria, I'm drooling over your soaps.  Mcook, as you know, I was the lone voter for chocolate mint body butter, and while the key lime pie is *yum* I am a chocoholic.  <dangles knitted washcloths in front of everyone>
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 'Seven Species' Challah Cloth on: April 12, 2009 07:06:35 PM
Amazing work!   Smiley

My Hebrew is a little shaky.  What words did you stitch?
43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! on: April 12, 2009 06:31:10 PM
Wind, I'm so glad you like the washcloths I sent you. Smiley

Smitten, I know you've received from me... I hope you like the washcloths too.

I've also sent to PonyHuetchen.  I'm glad I was able to get her package out the door.  She is overseas, and international shipping is soooooooo sloooooooow... this way, hopefully her package will arrive soon and she won't be left out while we USA-types are ooh'ing and aah'ing over our goodies.

I am also the new proud owner of one of mcook's butter sticks.  It smells so yummy that it set off sugar cravings! Smiley
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: April 12, 2009 05:41:35 PM
you're no longer the nut-magnet on the bus. you're the nut. (generally I can be seen on the south essex first100 bus route between chelmsford and lakeside, crocheting a variety of objects and keeping a toddler entertained with an ipod nano and lots of downloaded barney episodes)


whereas Im the nut on the Glasgow underground at 7am knitting a lilac sparkly cardigan or a pair of "Awsome socks" (black socks with the multi coloured word 'awesome' on them) at 7am dressed in smart business clothes.   Grin

Up until a year or so ago, I was the nut on the commuter rail knitting or cross-stitching at 6:30am.   Tongue  (I changed jobs about a year ago, not entirely by choice... darn economy  Angry )

YKYACW you're knitting, and your husband calls out, "Can you do me a favor?" and you snap back "NOT NOW I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF A CABLE ROW!" and he uncomplainingly does the task himself.
45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bath & Beauty Swap; Sign-ups CLOSED! Send by 04/24 on: April 10, 2009 08:48:06 PM
No problemo -- glad you like 'em!   Cheesy
46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bath & Beauty Swap; Sign-ups CLOSED! Send by 04/24 on: April 10, 2009 07:40:53 PM
I received from crafty and will post pics! I love the hand crocheted wash cloths - how have I lived without them for so long!

Actually, they're knitted.  I couldn't crochet my way out of a wet paper bag open at both ends.  I've tried... and now I use my crochet hooks for rescuing dropped stitches in my knitting.
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Country Details on: April 10, 2009 07:34:08 PM
I won't have another 'why is everything US-centric' ranting, suffice to say I don't assume anything about mail...

But didn't you know?  The entire world revolves around the USA.  </sarcasm>

I always make it a point to include "USA" with my mailing address.  I've even had custom mailing labels printed for my swap packages - they include my first name and last initial (I seldom include my full last name in swap sign-ups, both for privacy reasons and because it's really long), and my full mailing address including "USA".

It might be beneficial to have a reference thread: "This is how addresses are formatted in my country."  For the USA it would be:

Name
House number and street name
City, ST xxxxx
USA

or

Name
Apartment complex number and street name, apartment number
City, ST xxxxx
USA

where ST is the two-letter state abbreviation and xxxxx is the zip code.

So if someone messes up the formatting when posting their address, their partner can still figure it out.
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Passover matzo cover on: April 08, 2009 07:23:01 PM
Tonight is the first night of Passover, and my husband and I hosted a seder for my in-laws.

One of the items that is present on the seder table is a plate containing three pieces of matzo, with a cover on top.  A few years ago, I cross stitched a matzo cover.  Every year, I pull it out for Passover, and I say to myself, "I really should add some flowers or something to this cloth."  And every year, after the seder, I put it back away and forget about it for another year.  LOL.  So it still just says "matzo".

Here's the detail of the cross stitch:


And here's the entire cloth.  See how lonely my stitching looks? Sad


Thanks for looking, and Happy Passover!
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Passover seder on: April 08, 2009 07:15:38 PM
I wasn't quite sure where to post this, as it touches on a few different crafts, so here it is...

This evening is the start of Passover.  On the first (and sometimes the second) night of Passover, families gather for a festive seder, where the story of the Exodus is recounted.  This year, my husband and I hosted a seder with my in-laws as guests.

I prepared a roast chicken and an Indian curry.  My in-laws brought matzo ball soup and a cake.  Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the food.

Here's the table, set for dinner:


One of the required items on the table is a plate holding three matzos and covered by a cloth.  Here's the cloth:


Close up of the cross stitch:


I cross stitched this a few years ago.  Every year I say to myself, "I really should add some cross-stitched flowers or something to the cloth."  And every year I put it back away, and it doesn't come out again until the next year.  So, it still just says "matzo".   Cheesy

And here is the seder plate.


The seder plate is set with horseradish, greens, a hard-boiled egg, bitter herbs, charoset (a concoction of finely chopped apples, walnuts, and wine), and a shank bone.  Note my interesting take on the shank bone, which represents the sacrificial lamb.  Last year, I was setting the table for the seder when I abruptly realized that I didn't have a bone to place on the seder plate.  I grabbed a bit of paper and drew a bone on it.  We were halfway through the service before my FIL realized that the "shank bone" was a drawing.   Cheesy  So I kept it and used it again this year.

Happy Passover to all my fellow Jews. Smiley
50  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bath & Beauty Swap; Sign-ups CLOSED! Send by 04/24 on: April 08, 2009 09:27:40 AM
I just sent out three of my five packages.  For my other two partners, I've ordered some yarn, which will come in early next week.

I was planning to send all at once, but tonight is the first Passover seder, so I had to move all my crafting supplies that have made their way into the living room... and I figured that as long as I was moving my finished washcloths anyway, I might as well move them to the post office Smiley
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