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321  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / November 2009 Birthday Swap. CLOSED LISTS ONLY on: November 01, 2009 12:02:34 AM



Questions? Please post here in the discussion/gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

Swap name: November 2009 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range:  Nov 1- Nov 30
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap, however it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday craftster’s list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted.

2. This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of Store Bought Items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.) However you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few “extras” that aren’t crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC"s may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the “non-birthday swapper” questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

 9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen craftster.  At that time, please request the address for where to send it.  After that you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.

10. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  

11. When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen.
(It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you don’t PM me, you will receive “poor communication” feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

Please make sure to put “November Birthday Swap” or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications.  The most important thing to me is communication.  Please PM me when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

Format for PM's:

Proper label:
"November Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:

Send by November 14
MareMare to kittykill--handmade soap and lotion

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOC's: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~


Name of swap-  November 2009 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting?
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- November 2009 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


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

Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

Previous rounds of the Birthday swap...
October 2009 gallery/discussion
October 2009
September 2009 gallery/discussion
September 2009
August 2009 gallery/discussion  
July 2009  
July 2009 gallery/discussion  
322  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Buried Skulls! on: October 30, 2009 10:44:07 PM
Ok, they're embedded, but buried sounds spookier, right? I had to scoop up some of the skull molds that have been ever so popular around here lately!  I only buy ultra clear mp, so when I want opaque I just add some titanium dioxide. I may have added a little too much, but it created a cool, almost silvery/sparkly look, so let's just pretend I did that on purpose, kay?

For this one I channeled my toy ducks embedded in blue water. White skulls in red....something...is similar, right? I wish I had a dark enough red to look more blood-like, but I think it turned out ok. I love the lil spooky skull sticking out the top!

I usually embed with plastic toys, so didn't take too many precautions with embedding soap in soap. Oops. Next time I think I'll freeze my embed first and pour the rest at the lowest possible temp...I give you~ Partially melted buried skull!

323  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting on: October 30, 2009 10:34:58 PM
These are soooo yummy, and I'm the kind of girl who usually doesn't even bother with a dessert unless it contains chocolate. So the fact that I like these actually says something lol! And I usually don't care for icing/frosting very much, but this rocks!

Here is the recipe!

The changes I made include subbing 3 Tbs. of pumpkin pie spice for her spices, and I just used a whole can of pumpkin instead of measuring 3 cups....so I think I did closer to 4. Oops. Turned out fine! I didn't bother with piping the cookie batter or the frosting, my family is the type to wolf cookies down without really looking at it, so it would just be wasted effort on my part! Also mine were probably bigger than they should have been, so I didn't turn them into sandwiches...I'm sure you get more frosting this way!   Grin  And I added about a cup of finely chopped walnuts, I have to have crunchy texture.

FYI: this recipe makes a ton of cookies, but they don't spread out very much so you can put them really close together on the cookie sheet!

324  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Book Club and Swap Gallery on: October 30, 2009 02:42:43 AM
We have senders!
Original Thread:  

Feedback Left
Sending Late with Communication
Please PM Organizer

Classics--Remains of the Day

maisey rose RE-creations --> sorbetsurprise
sorbetsurprise --> raeonix
raeonix --> maisey rose RE-creations MIA, assuming received
Kerallyn--> sorbetsurprise

Current Best Selling Fiction--Best Friends: A Novel

DesignVigilante --> Shablina
trampycouture--> DesignVigilante
aquamarine007 --> gigglygirl
gigglygirl --> aquamarine007

cjclark --> trampycouture

Science Fiction--Doomsday Book

Feast Your Eyes --> MareMare
MareMare --> Feast Your Eyes
UntouchableFace --> poppymonkey
poppymonkey --> Untouchable Face
carrieme --> tar3820
tar3820 --> carrieme

Fantasy--Alice in Wonderland/Through the LookingGlass

Nymeria --> Banga
Banga --> Nymeria
curiousfae --> vanessow
vanessow --> Zombie_Queen
Zombie Queen --> curiousfae

Short Story Collection--Carried Away

MareMare--> luckdragon
luckdragon --> MareMare
craftADDchick --> freestyle
freestyle --> craftADDchick
325  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 Gallery on: October 30, 2009 01:51:48 AM
We have senders! Original Thread:  

Feedback Left
Sending late with Communication
Please pm Organizer

fabricfriend --> RyverChyld
RyverChyld --> fabricfriend

playswithneedles --> MareMare
MareMare--> magadoo
magadoo --> playswithneedles

AromaRageST --> katcal
katcal --> AromaRageST

eukarya --> GroovyMaryDesigns
GroovyMaryDesigns --> eukarya

Lique --> zen_crafter
zen_crafter --> Lique

Retro_Rose --> RhymeswOrange
RhymeswOrange --> Retro_Rose

pjherbert --> GamerGirl
GamerGirl --> pjherbert

babalina58 --> ellemir
ellemir --> babalina58

CohesiveChaos --> craft minded
craft minded --> Cohesive Chaos

kissing.shadows --> PearliePie
PearliePie --> kissing.shadows
326  Category Challenges / Jewelry and Trinkets: Challenge Entries / Theme Suggestions for Jewelry Challenge! on: October 28, 2009 12:07:36 AM
Hey guys! To get ready for a challenge down the road....how about some suggestions for a theme for said challenge? I'm not feeling uber creative with ideas for themes right now, anybody want to throw out some and we'll do a round of voting afterwards?

These are a few that I was thinking of:

Black and white
Handmade beads (poly, glass, paper, whatever)
Unusual materials (something you wouldn't usually think jewelry was made out of)

Or it could be a strict-ish theme like steampunk, etc??
327  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Baby it's cold outside...winter dinner on: October 27, 2009 10:27:28 PM
I could not get warmed up today for anything! So I decided on creamy warm risotto. Yum. After a quick trip to Trader Joe's for some white wine (why, thank you three buck Chuck!), mushrooms, and canned crab, I was good to go.

My mom thought we should make crab cakes instead of putting the crab into the risotto, and since I freakin love crab cakes I was thrilled. I roasted some acorn squash with garlic and parsley. The risotto I started with 2 slices of diced bacon and has a bit of veggie mix leftover from last night's dinner (green onion, broccoli, button mushrooms) and I added cremini mushrooms, walla walla onions, and spinach. I used Sauvignon Blanc and chicken broth to make it and parmesan to finish it.

328  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Honey, Green Tea, Lavender and Insane Amounts of Shea Butter! on: October 17, 2009 08:45:39 PM
I was getting insanely low on soap (my drying rack looked sad and bare) so I whipped up 4 batches yesterday. While gathering my ingredients I discovered that I had somehow lost a 5 gallon bucket of palm oil. Weird! Luckily Nymeria saved my day and suggested I try using vegetable shortening. I ran up to the grocery store and was back in ten minutes! Yay! I had a great vegetable shortening experience and may add it to my regular recipe!

I usually use a ton of fragrances, colorants, and additives, but I really restrained myself this time! In four batches I used 1 essential oil, 1 fragrance oil, 3 additives (honey, oats and calendula), and 2 colorants (1 natural and 1 pigment)

Oats n Honey, Unscented~I make 2 versions of this, one with an oatmeal/honey/almonds fragrance and one without. This one just smells of the warm honey.

Calendula Green Tea~ I wanted to make something else but couldn't find the right fragrance in my stash. So I went with green tea fragrance oil, green tea powder for colorant, and some calendula petals for a little extra color and texture. The soap is a light olive color right now, but eventually green tea powder does fade to a brownish green.

Lavender~ Classic lavender, made with essential oil and a very light purple swirl.

Shea Luxury~ This is one of my absolute favorite bars to make and use! It has...wait for it...60% unrefined shea butter in it! And I think it's pretty nice looking for an uncolored, unscented bar lol! It's obviously very hard and has great texture, and even though I didn't fragrance it, it has a great nutty/earthy smell from all that shea.

329  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / It's cold and flu season...Classic chicken noodle soup! on: October 17, 2009 08:34:33 PM
I was cold and starving the other night, and whipped up some yummy soup. It's pretty darn basic, I made a quick stock with onion, celery, carrot, and a chicken breast. After straining out the old veggies, I shredded the chicken meat and simmered a little carrot and celery. And I made homemade egg noodles, yum! I like to throw in some fresh parsley, but I was out, so some dried did the trick.

330  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Roasted Veggie Cheesy Soup on: October 05, 2009 07:24:11 PM
Ok, I have to confess that I used...Velveeta in this soup. Not really something I usually cook with, but I was asked to use it up. At the bottom are my changes for how to make it without the Velveeta!

I love making soup and chopping everything up. I find it relaxing to make and then it's delicious to eat!

I roasted a head of cauliflower florets, 1 bunch of broccoli florets , and a head of garlic on two pans at 400 for about 30-40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Whenever I roast veggies I like to throw on a head of garlic!

While that's roasting, assemble and chop the other ingredients:

1 onion, diced
2 tsp raw garlic, minced
2 small potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced

2 cans chicken broth, low sodium especially if you're using that Velveeta!
1 1/2 lbs velveeta (3/4 of a box), chopped
1 cup ham, diced

Saute the onion and garlic until soft but not browned in a large pot with a bit of oil or just some non-stick spray. Add the potatoes and chicken broth to cover and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add the Velveeta and stir until melted. Add in 2/3 to 3/4 of the previously roasted veggies and use your stick blender (a soup making necessity!) and blend until smooth.

Now add back in your reserved veggies (I chopped them a little smaller, into more bite-sized pieces from the florets) and ham, adjust seasoning with black pepper, and enjoy! Delicious topped with oyster crackers!

**I really am not that fond of Velveeta although it makes a nicely easy cheesy soup. Kind of salty though, and a little higher in fat than I really like.  As long as you have the stick blender you can make a nice creamy tasting soup! Sub more chicken broth and a little skim milk and add in just a cup of shredded high quality cheese....swiss or sharp cheddar is yummy!

**Take the roasted garlic and chop it, mix with softened butter and fresh chopped parsley and use for a spread on french bread or store in the fridge to add to pasta, veggies, etc!
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