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361  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 16, 2009 03:39:02 PM
Here is the mini quilt I sent Taoj! The theme was fairies  Grin  RyverChyld counted and  besides mine we are missing 2 other mini quilts from the gallery. If you received or made a quilt that hasn't been posted, please post it, we would love to see it!

Detail of embroidery and beading

The back

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362  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (FINAL ROUND!) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 04, 2009 03:42:22 PM
And here is my final scarf! I love it, now to weave in the ends!

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363  Re: August 2009 Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 04, 2009 03:40:36 PM
I had two packages waiting for me when I got home yesterday!

A killer Mario wallet from our lovely organizer Rhymesworange!

I'm not really sure how it's put together...the Mario is under some kind of clear layer here! So cool!

And, the best part (maybe?!) A mushroom...wait for it...

...Coin pocket!

I also received a wonderful package from Crosswind! Hair barettes that are exactly what I wanted, a gorgeous picture of a beach with driftwood (from where she grew up) and yummy chocolate! I already ate some, it's dark chocolate and milk chocolate together...possibly perfection!

We have season tickets to the Broadway musicals that come to town this year, and for the next one I am going to wear the little bow clips with a skirt I already have! I'll just have to keep my sil from snitching some of these!

Thanks so much ladies, these were great birthday presents!

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364  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 11) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 23, 2009 09:15:17 PM
Grr, I forgot to take pics of the last scarf I had! I did two sections on cuppiecakes scarf because I added a motif and then put a border around it to attach it and then didn't want to make it difficult for laupre to add her section on so I added another section lol!  I have laupre's scarf and am trying to come up with a great pattern for it, I love her colors and it has come along nicely.

here's some late pics, sorry!

Puppygirl's scarf, I used Lion Microspun which I love, it is soooo soft! I don't remember the stitch I used, but it was fun to do and had this cool twisted look!

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365  Pinwheels and Cherries and Prairie Points, Oh My! in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: August 16, 2009 12:45:02 AM
This is my first completed quilt and I am oh so proud!  Grin There's a lot of mistakes, but it's not hideous, so I am happy. My mom's co-worker gave me a charm pack of Oh Cherry Oh! fabric by Moda and I decided it had to be a little baby girl quilt...luckily another one of their co-workers is having a baby girl! The baby shower is tomorrow, so I finished it in the nick of time.

klum78 helped me out a lot! Thanks hon! She found me the pattern on Moda's website and gave me lots of encouragement and tips and website links.
The finished size is around 32" x 32", which is small but fine for a baby.

I'll probably replace these pics with better ones tomorrow in the light, but I was so excited to post I had to do it tonight!
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366  Fairy Mini Art Quilt (pictures, pictures, everywhere) in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: August 14, 2009 04:12:14 PM
This is my first completed quilt project! I actually ended up not quilting it since I did so much embroidery on the crazy quilting part and added beads and buttons. This was for the mini art quilt swap, and my partner has now recieved!

I used Alexander Henry's Sprites of Tilbrook fabric line in the purple colorway, and also Sultry by Basic Grey for Moda.  I don't embroider very much but kittykill gave me some pointers (and loaned me a stitch book and some floss in a color I didn't have! She rocks!)

And I pieced the back a little.

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367  Book Club and Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED; Sendouts Oct 30, 2009) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: August 11, 2009 10:24:20 PM
Swap name: Book Club and Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Swap Co-Organizer: Nymeria
Sign-up date range: August 11, 2009 to August 25, 2009, 9 pm Pacific
Date to send item by: October 30, 2009


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is for book lovers to have their own book club, mixed with a craft swap! To join this swap you need to want to discuss the book we are reading together. We will do this via a closed group on Facebook. You must have a Facebook account or get one to join this swap. We will have discussion topics and questions on the Facebook group, as well as some fun off-topic chit-chat to get to know your partner and fellow group members.

To ensure that everyone has a book they want to read, please sign up for the group that most interests you. After sign-ups, each group will vote for the final book. Each group will read 1 book from the initial choices. Please dont sign up unless you are willing to read any of the books in that particular group. Voting is over and books are chosen. Please sign up for the book and group you want.

We will try to stay on schedule of reading about a quarter of the book every 2 weeks. Please try to check in and be part of the discussion at least once a week. This isnt a requirement as far as feedback for the swap, but it is kinda the point of the book club!  Smiley

We may also try to occasionally set up group chats. This may be tricky to organize, but even a few people together in a live chat is fun!

This swap requirements will be 2 medium items and 1 small item, crafted around your book and your partners tastes.

Group and Book Options:

Classics: The Remains of the Day

1984 George Orwell
This vision of a nightmare future gave us "Big Brother", "doublethink" and the "Thought Police."

Sula Toni Morrison
Describes the friendship between Sula and Nel, two intelligent black women, who are poor.

Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Outrageous humor exposes war's folly in WWII Italy.

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
An elderly butler's life of devotion and self-denial leads to painful reflection.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Ten-year-old Scout sees her lawyer father combat racism with compassion in a Mississippi town.

Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends Forever--A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four--under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy. She later found a fiercely protective "stand-in," her abusive father's outspoken housekeeper, Rosaleen. Ignoring differences in age and color--and the fact that racial hatred seethed during the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina--these two unlikely companions set off on a seemingly aimless pilgrimage that ends at the home of a trio of eccentric bee-keeping black sisters.

Best Friends Forever, A Novel Jennifer  Weiner
Popular television personality Valerie Adler turns to her long-forgotten, Illinois hometown friend Addie Downs when she runs into a bit of trouble involving betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.

The Help Kathryn Stockett
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.


The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian Sherman AlexieBudding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm-town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Not Buying it-My Year Without Shopping Judith LevineThis cold-turkey confession by an award-winning journalist follows her progress and inevitable
relapses over an entire year of not spending.

The United States of Arugula David KampThe wickedly entertaining, hunger-inducing, behind-the-scenes story of the revolution in American food that has made exotic ingredients, celebrity chefs, rarefied cooking tools, and destination restaurants familiar aspects of our everyday lives.

Service Included- Four Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter Phoebe DamroschForget the subtitle Ms. Damrosch never names names. What she does do is tell a delightful story of the opening of upscale New York City restaurant Per Se, a restaurant from uber-famous restauranteur, Thomas Keller.

Science Fiction: Doomsday Book

The Hammer of God Arthur C Clarke
An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and while a starship tries to redirect it, religious fanatics engage in sabotage to ensure that their predicted Apocalypse will come.

The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

Enders Game Orson Scott Card
The Earth is under attack from aliens known as "buggers." The only hope is a brilliant general named Ender Wiggin. The only problem is that he is a child.

Doomsday Book Connie Willis
Kirvin, a History student at Oxford in 2048, is sent back in time to complete her thesis and mistakenly thrust into the midst of the Black Plague in this work about human struggle and redemption.

Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

The Once & Future King -- T.H. White
The magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot, of Merlyn and Guinevere, of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war.

The Eyes of the Dragon Stephen King
A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must do battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of Good to fight for what is rightfully his.

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
The excitement begins when the well-mannered and sensible Alice follows an elusive White Rabbit down the hole to Wonderland.

Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, but by the early 1800s they have lost the ability to perform magic.

Short Story Collections: Carried Away

Lost in the City Edward P. Jones
Young and old struggle for spiritual survival against the often crushing obstacles of the inner city in these 14 moving stories of African American life in Washington, D.C. Traveling street by street through the nation's capital, Jones introduces a wide range of characters, each of whom has a distinct way of keeping the faith.

Necronomicon: The Best of HP Lovecraft -- HP Lovecraft
Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.

Carried Away Alice  Munro
Munros incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction. Like the World War I soldier in the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesnt know change her life forever, Munros unassuming characters insinuate themselves in our hearts and take permanent hold.

A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories Flannery OConnor
With an keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O'Conner exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.

If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria


Name of swap: Book Club and Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, FORMATTED FOR SHIPPING:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being paired with someone? Please list:

Do you have any allergens in your house that might prevent someone else from being paired with you? Please list:

Do you understand that we will be using Facebook Groups for this book group?

Communication is very important to me, please certify that you will keep up with timely communication to the organizers and your partner:

Which group do you want to be in? If you truly would like any group and want to be surprised/help the organizer, that is great!

Options are:
1.) Classics: Remains of the Day
2.) Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends: A Novel   
3.) Science Fiction: Doomsday Book
4.) Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
5.) Short Story Collections: Carried Away   


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

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368  Fruit Tarts! Easy and Fabulous :) in Dessert by MareMare on: August 01, 2009 10:02:15 PM
I take goodies into work at least twice a month, half the time store bought donuts, half the time homemade (from a box mix) cupcakes, and very rarely something else if it seems easy enough and worth the effort of making large amounts for my piggy co-workers! I saw this in Real Simple magazine and had to do it!

Fruit Tarts

This includes my changes to the recipe, including doubling it and cutting much smaller pieces to yield more servings.

Servings: 36 small pieces (most people ate at least 2)

1 box puff pastry (16 oz), defrosted
1 large egg, beaten with 1 T water
1 T Granulated sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
Zest of 1 lemon, grated and finely diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 T powdered sugar, divided
2 cups blueberries, washed and dried on paper towels
2 cups strawberries, washed, dried, and thickly sliced


1.  Unfold the pastry and gently cut each piece into the 3 rectangles that it was folded into. (Original recipe was for 1/2 a box of puff pasty/1 sheet/3 rectangles, this uses entire box/2 sheets/6rectangles) Brush each rectangle with the egg wash and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake on parchment paper lined (or flour sprinkled) cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

2. Beat the cream cheese with the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and heavy cream until smooth.

3. After the pastry cools for 15 minutes or so, spread the cream cheese filling on the top. Sprinkle the berries and then a use a shaker or sieve to get a nice layer of powdered sugar on top.

Cut each rectangle into 6 pieces. Store in fridge.

* I was a weensy bit disappointed when I was told these were the best treat I have ever brought in...since they were so ridiculously easy! But first time using puff pastry, and it was very simply and tasty!

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369  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 01, 2009 02:10:11 PM
Lol, that's a lot of ends! I have to apologize for not posting pics yet, they are on my other computer. Maybe if I can get them up to photobucket I will get them on here! I am still all drugged up and stuff but feeling better!  Ooh yay, I did it! Here are the awesome motifs that I got from tracethekat

And some awesome little extras!

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370  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: July 28, 2009 01:51:50 PM
I got my mini-quilt from Taoj! I love it!! Grin

She used my "dress form theme!"

Close-up of the tiny patchwork (which I love) on the top left dress form:

Awesome fancy boa!

Check out the cool embroidery! And the fabric is perfect!

Thanks TAOJ! I am so excited to hang this in my sewing room! I mailed yours yesterday, hopefully it won't take too long to go from the US to Canada!
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