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321  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Book Club and Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED; Sendouts Oct 30, 2009) 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

GALLERY
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326127.0

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.


Non-Fiction: NO LONGER A CHOICE

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

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   







IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria 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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
322  COOKING / Dessert / Fruit Tarts! Easy and Fabulous :) 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)

Recipe:
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

Directions:

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!

323  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery on: July 12, 2009 06:34:25 PM
Link to original thread~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309698.0

Participants:

1. MareMare x1
2. fantasticmio x3
3. craftADDchick x2 (or x3 if needed, thanks!) 2
4. love2teach x3
5. Slingmomma x1
6. crazee_b x 1 (Welcome first time swapper!)
7. tracethekat x2 or3 (Thanks for being flexible!) 3
8. raesmom x3
9. canto_xii x1 (Welcome first time swapper!)



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MareMare --> tracethekat
tracethekat --> MareMare

tracethekat --> fantasticmio
fantasticmio --> tracethekat

tracethekat   --> love2teach
love2teach --> tracethekat

fantasticmio --> Slingmomma
Slingmomma --> fantasticmio

fantasticmio --> raesmom
raesmom --> fantasticmio


craftADDchick --> canto_xi
canto_xi --> craftADDchick


craftADDchick --> love2teach
love2teach --> craftAddchick

love2teach --> raesmom
raesmom --> love2teach


raesmom --> crazee_b
crazee_b --> raesmom

324  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Featured Projects--Quarter 2, 2009 on: July 06, 2009 06:55:16 PM
Featured ProjectsQuarter 2, 2009

Here are the featured projects from the second quarter of 2009. All of these projects were posted in April, May, or June. Many of these were popular projects that have already been rocked or commented on quite a bit, and others might not have gotten quite as much attention the first time around. They were chosen by a combination of votes via the This Rocks button and my desire to highlight awesome, creative projects through a variety of soaps and other bath items as well as make-up and all the other great categories that fit under Bath and Beauty.


First up, the winning entry from B&B Challenge 2! mcook72677 won the Eco-Friendly/All Natural challenge with her entry White Trash Beer Soaps-Ginger Bergamot-Recycled Packaging. Not only did she re-purpose beer, but she made lovely labels for her soaps from recycled grocery bags and magazines!



And this awesome DIY Batman Soap Tutorial by toque that was a Craftster-wide Featured Project recently!




And, in no particular order, more wonderful projects!~

 Soaps since the beginning of (my) soaping experience = lots o pics! by Fraugee728





Zombie Gore Make-up by MysMyers




Cameo Soap by mitchell-b





Aloe & Green Tea Goats Milk Bars by Nifty Crafter





Neopolitan Lip Balm by Tinkswings





Soap Fun in The Summertime by simplyorganic





Ivory Rebatch by anti-emily



The Princess and the Frog by Malibukasey



The Cullens have bitten my bath products  by tinkswings




Watermelon Soapsicle by Addicted to Soap.




Pandan Leaves with Rose Essentials by diy-me-amy


325  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / B&B Challenge 3 ~ Intensely Colorful! on: July 05, 2009 10:15:01 AM
Challenge 3 is here! The theme is "Intensely Colorful." You may interpret that theme any way you see fit, and using any method or product that fits under Bath and Beauty.  Mineral Make-up, Soap, Lotion, Lip Balm, Bath Bombs, Hair Dye....lets see some color!



The rules:

1. Post your entry, including pictures and an explanation of why/how you created your item.

2. Post your entries between August 3 and August 12.  Entries must be posted by August 12, 9 pm Pacific time. After August 12 the voting will go up.

3. There are no restrictions on who may enter, but each person may only post one entry. The entry may consist of a set, but it needs to be one cohesive entry.

4. If you are using an existing recipe you did not create, please alter it at least 25%, and you must credit the source!

5. Post your entry by starting a new topic within this folder.

6. Your entry cannot be something you have posted before.


Prizes: TBA  But at least part of the prize will be some cool colorants and micas!
326  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath and Beauty Featured Member~ Nymeria! on: July 02, 2009 10:36:23 AM
The latest Craftster Bath & Beauty Featured Member is~ Nymeria!



Nymeria has been a member of Craftster since March of 2005, and is a frequent poster on the Bath & Beauty Boards. Not only is she especially helpful to newbies and seasoned soapers alike on the Discussion and Questions Board, but she has compiled many useful lists such as the FAQ List, the EO/FO Thread, and the Colorant Thread. She also helps me keep on top of editing and adding to some other popular threads like The Getting Started and Supplier Links thread!!  



Nymeria makes wonderful cold process soap as well as other bath goodies, and a couple of my personal favorite posts of hers are Eggs and Chocolate and My Dream Hand Cream. And, of course, Next Step Baby Soap, her winning entry in the 1st B&B Challenge, made withbaby formula? Grin



She is also the Cupcake Queen, but the kind you eat, not the kind you wash with while sadly wishing you could eat it! Check theseMargaritaville Cupcakes out!



A little intro by Nymeria:


My name is Jen and I make soap. I live in Denver with my husband, our beautiful daughter and a spazzoid cat. I describe myself as the epitome of nerddom; I like Warhammer 40,000, am a hardcore video gamer, and get excited talking about baking and soapmaking. I also spend way too much time on Craftster...

Im constantly experimenting with crafts and cooking alike and have discovered many hidden talents and no-so-hidden non-talents. Grin Im still trying to learn to crochet and sew (other than just basic stuff) and practice my paper crafts whenever I get the chance.

But obviously my love is above and beyond: soap. Smiley


Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Bath and Body items?

A: I started years ago because I have very sensitive skin and was tired of wasting money playing the Will this bother my skin? game. I started playing around with a few recipes and was hooked. I managed to get my hands on The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch, and Soap: Making it and Enjoying it by Ann Bramson and those two books were my bibles for years. I soon discovered that I knew a lot of people with similar complaints and started sharing my soaps and it just kinda grew from there. Smiley


Q: What is your B&B philosophy?

A: Dont knock it til you try it! I totally admit to using both beef tallow & shortening in my soaps. Both items get a lot of slack from people as being subpar or whatever. I love them both. I like artificial fragrance oils, but I like essential oils, too. I use whatever I think makes the best for me and encourage others to do the same. A soap made with artificial fragrance oil & shortening can be every bit as luxurious as a bar made with essential oil & palm oil. And yes, I WILL take the Pepsi challenge on that!

Also, research, research, research. Never just take someones word for it, and yes that includes me, lol. Did someone tell you to not use x ingredient because it causes your skin to sprout blue fur? Do some research!! (and I read on Wikipedia, or Someone told me, does not count as research!) Also, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I had a lot of trial and (mostly) errors in my early work because I fell victim to the old wives tales.


Q: We know you make fabulous soap, what other B&B items do you make?

A: Lotions, lip balms, salves, bath fizzies (easily my weakest area Im still new to those), butters, etc. Really if it can go on your skin and means its one less product I need to buy at the store, Ill try to make it! Lotions are probably my big obsession right now. I love making them and experimenting with them. Lip balms are my other tried and true favorite. I make on that is uncannily similar to Burts Bees formula which is awesome in the Colorado winters!


Q: How did your first soap making project (or lotion, bath bomb, etc, insert word) go for you?

A: Actually my very first soap project went pretty well. A gal I knew had given me everything I needed and it was all weighed for me. The only problem was that I took her advice on scenting and put way too much lemongrass EO in. Oh my god it smelled like Lysol! (which is ironic, if you think about it) My second soap attempt was horrible. I didnt have a digital scale so I was trying to estimate where 7.65oz was on my scale it was a disaster. But it smelled great


Q: If you could only use one specialty oil, what would it be?

A: Jojoba. I just like saying the word, ho-ho-bah!


Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A: Not really. My least favorite is definitely layering. I think because Im not good at it. And Im not good at it because I never practice with it because I dont like it. Its a vicious cycle.


Q: If you could only make one soap recipe, what would it be and why?

A: It would be the modified castile soap recipe from Ann Bramsons Soap: Making It & Enjoy It Its like 70% olive oil & 30% tallow/palm/shortening. It makes a great hard bar that is moisturizing and lasts forever. Being a castile soap it doesnt make good lather, but Im not a lather girl. Smiley


Q: Whats your one best piece of advice for beginning soap makers?

A: Do your homework and start slow. You want to go in with a good knowledge base; check out some books, read some threads on here and feel familiar with the process. Start slow and simple; I know the soap recipes with the fancy shmancy oils sound really awesome, but you want to have some experience under your belt first. Nothings worse than a failed batch with expensive oils, and because youre a beginner, you have no idea why it failed (or can even begin to take a guess).

Also, dont get totally frustrated by failures. They happen. Even advanced soapmakers get a bum batch every now and then. Just go back and analyze every step you took and everything you did. Did you forget something? Make a note of it so you wont next time. Its all part of the learning process.

And speaking of that, keep a journal/notebook/scratch pad on your soaping adventures. Did that fabulous FO not smell to fabulous when combined with another? Did it fade? Was there too much, too little? Write it down!! Smiley


Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that you posted? And why?

A: My lavender swirls soap. That is the above recipe from Ann Bramsons book (I think, lol) and I just like how calm it looked.


Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A: Sparklecookies puzzle soap. Its irreverent and makes me smile every time I see it. I think its the bright colors.

A close second is almost any of Malibukaseys nails. Im not a nail girl (the last time I had a manicure was for my wedding, 6 years ago), but the amount of time and skill involved in her projects blows my mind.


Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that you have posted?

A: That would be the Debbie Bliss Pinafore I knitted when I was pregnant. Yes that is all seed stitch. Yes it was on size 4 needles. Yes that thing is going to be preserved for all time!!!! I like it because my daughter looked adorable in it and it was one of those holy cow, I actually did it sort of projects.



Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A: Macksters Jayne Cobb hat. I have made a few of these following her pattern because who can resist the awesomeness?? Like other favorite things, it just makes me smile. Grin

 
Thanks so much, Nymeria, for answering my questions and sharing about yourself with the Craftster community!
327  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pre-cut fabric swap....Charm pack round 2, Layer cake, etc? on: July 01, 2009 11:39:07 AM
We are just finishing round 1 of the Make a Charm Pack Swap, here is the gallery~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309687.0  Discussion/ideas for round 2 or other pre-cut fabric type sets?  In round 1 we did groups of 4 people, each sending out 40 charm squares (5x5 inch pieces of fabric) in a certain theme to each person in their group.
328  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap (Signups Closed, Sendouts Aug 3) on: June 18, 2009 10:26:10 AM
Name of Swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: June 18, 2009 July 2, 2009
Date to send item by: August 3, 2009

Gallery~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
 
Age requirement: 13, per Craftster rules

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

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:

For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 1, 2, or 3 partners. First time swappers are limited to 1 partner. For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 6 different motifs that total at least 25 inches.

This swap is scavenger hunt style, meaning you get to pick your motifs from the variety of options listed below:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Motif uses Front Post Double Crochet
4. Motif uses Bobble Stitches
5. A Lacy Motif
6. A tiny motif (less than 3 inches)
7. Motif is worked in the round
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Motif is asymmetrical
12. A heritage motif.
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. Senders Choice

*Explanation/idea of heritage motif:
An "ethnic" motif. For example, I'm of Irish (25%), Scottish (25%), Lithuanian (25%), and Heinz 57 (25%... but probably a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and who knows what else... Gramps was from Maine from way back) descent. So, a shamrock, or a "plaid" motif, or a flag motif... or a ketchup bottle Wink

Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches.

Other rules: You should use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner(s) indicates otherwise. All tails need to be woven in, unless your partner indicates otherwise. Communication is very important to me, please be sure to send pms to both myself and your partner when you send and receive. Please somehow label all your motifs with the pattern name and source so your partner and other swap members viewing the gallery will know where it came from, because we will want to duplicate them!   Grin


Link to Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309372.0
Link to Round 1 Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293026.0
Link to Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297226.0



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif 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 (yes/no)

How many partners would you like? (1, 2, or 3):

Please list your color scheme, if you have one:

List colors you absolutely do not want to receive:

Do you want to recieve variegates yarns or solids only?

If you are interested in motifs made with other types of yarn(novelty yarns, etc.), please list:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being partnered with someone:

Please list potential allergens in your home or work area:



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.


Resources:
Online:
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/coasters.php
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/smaller_motifs_squares.php
Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson



(motif by fantasticmio in round 1)

Gallery~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0
329  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ on: June 18, 2009 08:51:07 AM
Gallery!  Original Thread found here~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306344.0

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Group 1

MareMare--blues/purples
mambosushi
klum78
imafundork


mambosushi--Asian
MareMare
klum78
imafundork


Klum78--rainbow
MareMare
mambosushi
imafundork


imafundork--batiks
MareMare
mambosushi
klum78



Group 2

MareMare--black/white
mambosushi
Klum78
SimplySandy


mambosushi--Christmas
MareMare
Klum78
SimplySandy



Klum78--brown/red/yellow/blue
MareMare
mambosushi
SimplySandy


SimplySandy--dots
MareMare
mambosushi
Klum78


Group3

MareMare--brown/green
mambosushi
GatsbyGirl
Smmarrt


mambosushi--skulls
MareMare
GatsbyGirl
Smmarrt


GatsbyGirl--west elm contemporary
MareMare
mambosushi
Smmarrt


Smmarrt--dots/stripes
MareMare
mambosushi
GatsbyGirl
330  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Smitten Vanilla, Green Apple, and Grapefruit Tea Rose (don't look Sevsonlgirl!) on: May 28, 2009 03:32:08 AM
Here are the non-disaster soaps from the other day's soaping (mis)adventures.

Smitten Vanilla (named for my girl smittenheart, natch) made with goat's milk, vanilla blossom fo, and vanilla bean flecks. The inside color is from the goat's milk, and the outer color is from the vanilla (oops, that's hard to see but it's super dark brown on the outside). I'll post new pics when the inside finishes discoloring!



Green Apple, I love this fragrance! Colored with neon green pigment.



Pink Grapefruit and Tea Rose~Overcolored with neon yellow, and since I don't have a good pink I combined neon red and neon violet to attempt a pink/red. It's a wee bit too bright  Wink This combo is awesome, if you've never tried floral with a citrus, go for it!

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