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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hans Christian Andersen 2005! on: July 12, 2005 12:25:37 AM

Although I'm aware of the fact that there's already a fairytale/fable-character swap going on, I am a true fairytale addict and I would love to organize a swap that is a bit more specific.
This year is 'Hans Christian Andersen 2005', the celebration of the writer's 200th birthday. It is celebrated vividly in Europe, and I'd like to bring a bit of the Andersen-magic to Craftster as well..

Apart from being a very strange and interesting man, Andersen gave us some of the worlds most beloved fairytales, like The Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Brave Tin Soldier, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Match Seller, The Snow Queen and The Red Shoes. Contrary to the quite bland way the Grimm Brothers recorded a lot of great old folk tales, the Andersen tales are all original and beautifully written.

In my opinion this is a great subject for a swap. We could make things that celebrate Andersen himself and we'd craft stuff themed around the various fairytales. "Favourite Andersen fairytales" would of course be a question for the swap info.

I know a lot of people are in swaps right now, and this includes myself, so I'm thinking of organizing this with signups in August and the sendout date somewhere in the middle of September.

Who's in? Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Huge pink fluffy bunny on: June 22, 2005 07:23:54 AM
A while ago I was at a loss for ideas concerning a birthday present for a guy I know. He's an artist (http://members.chello.nl/f.dewijs/ this is his portfolio) and eventually I decided to make his trademark character Pink Fluffy Bunny come to life through soft jersey fabric and a whole bunch of poly filling.  Smiley It's huge!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Clay mushroom pendants (+pictures) on: June 22, 2005 06:22:10 AM
Hey all,

Just wanted to share a bunch of pendants I made out of polymer clay. I gave them a glossy finish and I used bronze colored findings to attach them to a thin brown cord.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to attach clay feet to a wooden box? on: June 20, 2005 02:09:24 AM
Hey all,

I want to add a bunch of little polymer clay 'feet' to a small wooden jewelry box. I would like to know that would be the best way to attach those feet to the bottom of the box. Should I use small nails, or would that break the clay? Should I use glue, and if yes, what kind of glue? Or should I attach the clay feet to a thin, flat layer of clay and put that on the bottom of the box?
I'm kind of clueless.  Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Post Secret swap gallery on: June 11, 2005 11:02:40 PM
Post your postcards for the 6 month Post Secret-swap in here!  Smiley

This is the first card I got:

I have to say, it hit home big time. *sigh*

For those of you who weren't involved in this swap: it was inspired by the wonderful Post Secret-project (http://postsecret.blogspot.com/)
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tim Burton Swap on: June 02, 2005 01:04:41 AM
Ack! It seems that Craftster never had a Tim Burton swap before! That's quite unbelievable isn't it? Apart from the gazillion wonderful movie characters to choose from, Burton also has a very recognizable style that lends itself perfectly for crafting.
Anyone of you up for a Burton swap? I'm organizing a Discworld swap right now and if that one goes well, I'd be delighted to organise this one in July.  Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handbound pirate-ish logbook journal on: May 19, 2005 12:41:43 AM
For a recent pirate swap here on Craftster I made a handbound book! Smiley I used a coptic stitch and stained the signatures with tea to make them look aged. I used antique upholstery fabric on the outside and put themed paper on the insides of the cover. The book closes with a string of hemp and a small bead.

8  COOKING / Dessert / Banoffee cake - with picture! on: May 19, 2005 12:33:29 AM

I recently made this Banoffee cake and it was wonderful! I was amazed at how easy those are to make (no cooking involved!), so I thought I'd share the recipe with you all.

You need:
A medium sized spring form cake tin
A plastic bag
A rolling pin
Four tablespoons of unsalter butter, room temperature
A package of chocolate chip cookies
Two or three banana's
Two small cans of condensed milk
Sweetened whipped cream
Cocoa powder

- First put the cans of condensed milk in a large pan full of boiling water off at least three hours. Check and refill the pan with water if necessary.
- After a few hours, take the cans out and let them cool. Open carefully.
- You will discover that the milk has magically transformed into thick, delicious, gooey caramel fudge. Taste some, taste some more and them put it away to prevent yourself from eating all of it.
- Put all of the cookies into a plastic bag and crush them with the rolling pin. Keep on crushing them until you only have tiny, tiny crumbs left.
- Take crumbs out and put them in a bowl. Mix the cookiecrubs with the soft butter and knead it with your hands until it forms a nice ball.
- Put the ball into the spring form and press down. Spread it out evenly on the bottom of the form - now you have a chocolate cookie crumb crust!
- Now slice the banana's lenghtwise and arrange them on the crust, so that you have a layer of banana.
- Then take your caramel fudge, and spread it evenly on the banana layer. Lick remaining fugde off your spoon. Decide that you should spread the stuff even more evenly and lick remaining fudge of spoon again. Repeat untill boyfriend comes into kitchen and tells you to stop
- Finally, top your cake with sweetened whipped cream and a bit of cocoa powder.
- Put your cake in the fridge for about two hours, this will make the crumb crust nice and firm.
- After this, you're ready to eat!

Only for those with a really sweet tooth! Smiley
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Terry Pratchett's Discworld Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 6/30/05) on: May 11, 2005 04:20:17 AM

Swap name: Discworld Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ilonavg

Sign-up date range: 05/11/05 - 06/04/05

Date to send item by: 06/30/2005

Limited to a certain number of people?: Nope

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Of course

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

This is a swap themed around the "Discworld" series by the british author Terry Pratchett. The Discworld books are full of humorous trademarks, memorable characters and imaginative places - enough to get your creative juices flowing! Craft something around the famous Discworld art, or create something original. Anything goes, from stuff decoupaged with Discworld-cover art to DEATH as a plushie toy.
Use common sense when it comes to the amount of items you're making. Two or three time intensive items can be as wonderful as a whole bunch of little stuff, and vice versa. However, please try to refrain from only making one item, hoewever big it is. It's always nice to receive multiple items.
Also, please do not start creating items before you receive your swap partner's details - your partner might have specific likes or dislikes.

If you would like to dig a bit into Discworld, here are some useful links:
http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/discworld/ - Official website
http://www.nl.lspace.org/ - A very informative and complete fansite
http://www.extenuation.net/disc/ - Another fansite

I would also like to add that this is my first time organizing a swap. I'd like you to think before signing up: only jump into this if you're sure that you'll be able to fulfill your swap duties. I'd hate to have flakers on my first swap. If you flake, I'll be forced to send a tall hooded figure and his horse named Binky after you! Smiley

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

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
Favourite Discworld character(s):
Favourite Discworld novel(s):
Other Favourites (cities, guilds, you name it):
Clothing/Jewelry size:
Any kind of items you would like/dislike (for example, you'd like purses and plushies but not stationery and clothing):

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


8 signed up so far:

ilonavg (that would be me)
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Discworld swap on: April 02, 2005 12:12:37 PM
I would love a swap themed around Terry Pratchett's Discworld? Who else?
I have only participated in one swap yet and I'd love to do a new one. I however don't feel too confident in organizing such a swap, as I hardly have any experience in the swapping field. Smiley Anyone who would like to organise it?
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