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 on: Today at 12:20:57 AM 
Started by GatorWrangler - Last post by roler
Wow, love that package from dfabbric, especially that hat!! It looks great on you, Ludi!  And the bonnet from Ludi is just darling!!  Oh my goodness, so many different pretty things from bec99! That's an awesome package!  The package from GatorWrangler is just amazing!!  LOVE those hats, and the stamp looks really cool and vintage!

Meanwhile, I received from Harvey!  And it's really wonderful stuff!! XD

First, there's this great whimsical Jabberwocky hoopla!

It's so cute and fun!!  I've been really enjoying collecting hoopla lately and this is an excellent addition to my collection!! It'll go whuffling up onto my wall as soon as I find my thumbtacks!

Also, there's this lovely hat:

And amazingly it's not too small for my enormous noggin!  Sorry about the goofy picture; I'm taking a break from a huuuuge work project right now and feeling kind of loopy. ;P  The hat is so well made and the color is just PERFECT for my wardrobe, as you can see with the top I just happen to be wearing!

Harvey also included some really sweet extras from Australia:

Thank you SO MUCH, Harvey!!  <3  I feel really bad that I STILL haven't sent; my work schedule is very unpredictable and recently it's been slamming me hard, but I want to make sure I have a nice package ready before I rush out to the post office.  I hope to get it out soon though!!

 on: June 26, 2016 04:28:17 PM 
Started by Onyxnox - Last post by Onyxnox
Another baked treat I made this weekend, for the Saturday workshop day we had for the Craftster Canada Meet Up in Toronto.  These are cookies that I adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe, that my family has quite enjoyed several times.  They seemed pretty popular this time too so I thought I would share in case any of my new friends would like to make more!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 4 dozen

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 oz (1 1/4 cups) dried cranberries
4-6 oz white chocolate chips
4-6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
(I put 6 oz of each into this batch, it does depend on how much chocolate chips you want, and you can certainly use all milk chocolate, or semi sweet chocolate if you are not a fan of white chocolate chips)

Pre-heat oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with sugars until creamy and fluffy, with mixer.  Add vanilla and eggs and beat until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.  Gently mix into butter mixture until well combined.  Mix in dried cranberries and chips.

On parchment covered baking sheet, using two tablespoons, drop dough onto sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake in middle of oven until tops are golden brown - about 18 minutes.  Let cool on sheet about 5 minutes and transfer to rack to cool fully.

*** these can be made gluten free by subbing in gluten free oats, and baking soda, and using a gluten free flour mix, but I found that it made for a softer, cakier cookie.

 on: June 26, 2016 04:09:41 PM 
Started by Onyxnox - Last post by Onyxnox
For my new IRL as well as on Craftster friends - the recipe for the lemon berry tarts I brought to the tea at craftylittlemonkey's.  I loved our weekend together!

These are super easy to make.  I like my lemon tarts really zippy, but if you found them too lemony/tart, then just cut back the zest to maybe 1 lemon.  They are delicious with any berry.  I have made them with raspberries, blueberries, and mulberries from my tree.  They would be delicious with blackberries, or a combination too.

Lemon Berry Tarts
makes about 20-22

2 dozen 3" frozen tart shells
2 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 pint berries
3/4 cup sugar - scant
2 large lemons

Preheat oven to 400F.

Lay tart shells out on a baking sheet, covered with foil or parchment paper.  Place cleaned berries on the bottom of each shell, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs and yolks with sugar.  Clean the two lemons and dry.  Zest the lemons and add to egg mixture.  Juice the lemons to make about 1/2 cup of juice and add to egg mixture. Beat mixture with whisk until frothy.

Gently pour mixture into each tart shell until about 1/4 inch below tart edge.  Depending on how full of berries your tart shells are, you should have enough mixture to make about 20-24 tarts.

Bake in center of pre-heated oven until mixture set and cooked.  About 20 minutes.  Let cool on rack. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

Tip - to get more juice from ctirus when juicing them, try giving them a bit of a zap in the microwave for maybe 20 - 30 seconds, then rolling the fruit against the counter or cutting board, and the palm of your hand to give a gentle squeeze to release the juice, before cutting and juicing.   

More pics on the blog if anyone interested

 on: June 26, 2016 03:40:56 PM 
Started by dreadlocklove - Last post by dreadlocklove
What I created last week:

"Being served at the vegan station this week is a Caesar burger. Enjoy a delicious multi-grain and chickpea patty, topped with garlicky dressing and fresh greens. The choice is yours to create a full sandwich, an open-faced sandwich or to skip the bread altogether and wrap the patty with leaf lettuce. Served on the side in a chilled tomato and vegetable soup."

 on: June 26, 2016 03:33:27 PM 
Started by dreadlocklove - Last post by dreadlocklove
Veggie spaghetti is what's on the menu at the vegan station this week (at work). I''ve prepared this dish using raw zucchini noodles and spinach, an in-house sun-dried tomato sauce, as well as oven-roasted vegetables. Mushroom-walnut balls top the spaghetti and finally, I've garnished it all with some hemp seeds and garden chives.

 on: June 26, 2016 02:58:11 PM 
Started by pottermouth - Last post by pottermouth
Earlier I had mentioned Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous  brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.

Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.

I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)

You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:

There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.

And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog. I loved this project!

 on: June 26, 2016 02:22:30 PM 
Started by aisy - Last post by aisy
Claim your gallery space! Grin Please don't post any discussions or comments in the gallery until everyone has claimed theirs, thank you!

 on: June 26, 2016 02:14:32 PM 
Started by aisy - Last post by aisy

-Once you are approved, please claim a spot in the gallery

Swap name: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: aisy
Sign-up date range: June 26 July 9th
Date to send item by: International: September 17th
                              Domestic: September 21st

* This swap will not be taking first time swappers, sorry
* You must have completed 1 swap with positive feedback.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? 16+(if your under 18 yrs old, make sure you have your parents permission)

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
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that USPS Tracking number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Do you love Halloween? Do you love opening presents? Did you want to do the 13 days of Halloween but couldn't? If you answered yes to any of those questions then this may be the swap for you! This swap is a Mini 13 days of Halloween swap. Instead of opening all your presents at once like in other swaps, we count down the days to Halloween starting with 10/01. You will open day 13 on October the 1st, day 12 on October the 2nd and so on until 10/13.
-You must post in this thread before signing up
-A minimum of 13 items, one for each day.
-At least 6 crafted items must be sent, equal to a small (Under $10 or under two hours to craft)
-Spoiling is okay but do not expect the same in return. If you would like to spoil, please discuss it with your partner!
-You must post in the thread at least once a week
-You must PM both your partner and organizer when you send and receive
-You must post photos in the gallery and if you cant please ask your partner to do so.  We all want to oooh and aaah over the goodies!

Some things to think about:

* I STRONGLY recommend that you have a Pinterest board for this swap, as it helps out your partner greatly. Please keep this updated and have at least 20 items on it. If you do not have a Pinterest board, please have another way to show items to your partner that you like (Etsy favorites, flickr, etc...)

*If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the same country as your partner. We do not need to tempt customs people to keep your package after you have worked so hard on it! Also, if you are sending baked goods you should make this the package that is opened on day 1!

*I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. Things can get wet from rain and/or snow OR things can melt in hot temperatures.

If you want to participate, fill in information and send to organizer aisy

Name of swap: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Round 8
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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no):
Are you willing, if asked by the orgainser or co-organiser, to confirm that you have send your parcel(by either having a dc number or taking a photo of the receipt): YES/NO
Did you post in the topic thread?

Are you allergic to anything (skin/food)?
Do you have any allergens in your house?
Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?
Would you be interested in spoiling?

Crafts I already know how to do:
(add more if necessary)

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:
(add more if necessary)

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT  _______________(fill in the blank)!

Supplies you NEVER have enough of:

Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

Your hobbies:

Do you like miniature things?

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Do you wear jewelry/other accessories (be specific...necklaces, bracelets, barrettes...)?

Favorite scents/smells:

Scents/ smells which you do not like:

Do you have a Significant Other(wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc?
      Do you have children?
      Do you have any pets?
      Would you like your SO, children and/or pets to be included in the gift receiving?

SIZES (If you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband, for example, please note it here.)
tee shirt:
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):

Do you have a Pinterest, blog, or any other stalking site? List link here:

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?


Please list 5 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:

Anything Halloween related you do not want to receive:

Symbols/patterns you like (for example vampires, zombies, witches, black cats, ghosts, ect.):
Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Do you wear Halloween themed clothing/accessories?

Halloween Favorites:
Favorite Halloween/Scary movie(s):
Favorite Halloween Creatures (like ghosts, pumpkins, witches, zombies, etc):
Favorite Halloween Candy:
Favorite Halloween Symbols:
Favorite Halloween/supernatural (or other) TV shows/ series:
Favorite scary books:
Favorite animal(s) as they relate to Halloween (black cats, crows, owls, rats, ect):

Will you be having a Halloween Party this year?
Would you like your partner to help make your invitations or decorations (not guaranteed)?

Have you decided on your costume yet for this year?
    If yes, what will you be?

What rooms do you decorate with Halloween decorations:
    General Halloween decorations or themed?
    Specific Colors used in decorating?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts for day 13? (cookies, candy, ect.) YES OR NO

Anything else you would like your partner to know?

Previous galleries:
Round 7
Round 6
Round 5
Round 4

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439669.0#ixzz4CimzzDBd

 on: June 26, 2016 02:13:13 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by AnnoyingBigSister
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Vaporeon sculpture
Brief Description: So for this project we were to turn a craft material into an animal. Vaporeon is a somewhat rare Water-type Pokemon, and is known as the Bubble Jet Pokemon. It's cell structure is so similar to that of water, it has the ability to melt into water and vanish. It also can sense when rain or a big storm is coming. You can get one by raising a Eevee and using a Water Stone on it. I sculpted it with clay and baked it (I also accidentally burned it ^.^'), and then I painted it with acrylic paints.
Project Picture:

 on: June 26, 2016 02:09:12 PM 
Started by AmyLynn98 - Last post by AmyLynn98
Lately as I watch "The Big Bang Theory," I find myself almost coveting the purple jacket that Amy Farrah Fowler wears. I love purple. I don't think Amy's jacket is denim, but it's definitely cotton.

I realized a few days ago that I have an older men's Levi denim jacket upstairs in our attic closet. My husband bought it years ago, and I never understood why. He swore up and down he'd wear it. In the entire time I've known my husband, I've never once seen him wear a denim jacket. I told him he wouldn't wear it, and that I was going to steal it for myself.

Guess who ended up with a nice jacket?

I've worn it quite a bit over the years and just put it away two years ago to trade it out for a jacket my husband did buy me. And had forgotten all about it until I was watching TBBT again a few weeks ago and saw this lovely purple jacket of Amy's.

I love men's jackets because of how roomy they are and they always have plenty of pockets. There's even two pockets on the inside, made from wisely sewing the pocket flaps back. I'd like to point out that even as a kid, with the girl's denim jacket I had, I actually managed to do this with my own jacket, creating more pockets myself.

I picked up a packet of Rit purple dye from Joann Fabric on Thursday and dyed it finally.

Look at it, in all it's purple glory! Look how well it took the color!! I dare say this might be a better jacket than the one worn by my favorite neuroscientist. Smiley I got a "new" jacket for just the cost of the dye, which I had a coupon for, too. Smiley

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