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1  Re: Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: July 19, 2019 08:08:17 PM
Oh my gosh. Those tassels are HILARIOUS! This whole gallery is a hoot. Such beautiful work, and everyone is so unique! Loving seeing these dolls with their counterparts. Smiley

I received from veghorsegirl while I was away on a road trip, but you'd better believe that opening up that parcel was one of the first things I did when I walked in the door! Little Fluffypants is TOO DARN CUTE! The details are so fabulous. From my Improv t-shirt, to my famous red blazer, to the earrings (which are actual earrings! Such a good idea!), the luscious thick hair, and my monster hat! <3 She's totally adorable and currently hanging out with a Pee Wee Herman bobblehead.

How embarrassing.

Thanks Leah! Smiley

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2  Re: Great British Bake Off Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: June 24, 2019 04:19:37 PM
That hat! That embroidered dish towel! Hokey smokes! And the idea of wrapping everything in dishtowels? Genius!

I received three fabulous hoops today from LeapFeetFirst! I am not an embroiderer (though I've given it a shot and would like to try again) and am ASTOUNDED at such intricate tidy text work! And the sprinkle fabric makes me smile. I'll need to find some of my own for ... well ... no reason, I just feel like I need it. Wink

Thank you Melanie! They will be going up in either the kitchen or the craft room after I'm done ogling that insane stitching awhile longer!
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3  Re: Re: CLOSED - Great British Bake Off Swap (SO 6/17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fluffypants on: May 24, 2019 08:54:59 PM
Ooh, I forgot you did that fluffypants! What was the whole process like (if you have time and want to share  Wink)? I tried to look up the application form for GBBO to share it here for amusement but I guess they have it on lock-down when they're not accepting new apps.

I love to share! Grin It was such a neat experience. And I have trouble ever telling a "short version", haha.

First up was the online application. Lots of questions about what you like to bake, why you like to bake, who you bake for, why you need to be on the show, and a bunch of legalese. There was a spot to upload a video if you so desired, and I figured  what better way to introduce myself? I assumed my odds were better if I went to the effort. I spent days trying to shoot the perfect video, and an evening editing it together. I was really happy with it when it was done, so I got it all uploaded and sent 'er in.

A couple of days later, I got a call for a phone interview. They asked me a lot of questions about specific things and whether I'd done them  lots of more "complex" things, but the only ones I remember specifically were tempering chocolate and making Swiss meringue buttercream. It lasted maybe 20 minutes and I'm sure my heart was pounding the entire time as I racked my brain to remember everything I'd baked in the past year.

Well, a few days after that, I got an invitation to audition in Toronto! I live in a small town about a 2 hour flight from Toronto, so I quickly booked a ticket and went down for  get this  April Fool's Day weekend. I began to wonder whether the whole thing may be an elaborate joke. Cheesy I stayed with my cousin and his partner and their apartment was BOILING HOT. I assembled a sloppier-than-I-would-have-liked cake the evening before the auditions (melting ganache, last minute late night trips to the store, oh my!) and slept on the floor.

The auditions took place at a cooking school, where we brought our bakes, had headshots taken, and baked for the audition judges while they walked around doing interviews. Before beginning, they had a pep talk and then told us to grab the supplies we needed. All of the baking utensils, bowls, etc. were spread out on a table. I recall grabbing what I thought was a set of measuring spoons, only to find out when I got back to my station that they were set out in piles by size, not in sets, and I had grabbed ALL of the tablespoons, hahaha. Oops. (Sabotage!)

We all received a basic scone recipe and had access to a table full of different mix-ins to make our own flavours. When I had been deciding what to bring for my "signature" bake, I was down to either my peanut butter chocolate cake (which won out) or a Finnish coffee bread I learned from my Mummo. So, I decided to take the flavours of the coffee bread and put them into a scone I used cardamom and raisins, and mashed up some blueberries in the glaze, as blueberries always remind me of Finland. They turned out delicious! I have been hooked on scones ever since.

I made friends with a few people at the audition and we made a point to keep in touch on Facebook. One of them even made it on the first season of the show! It was very cool to live vicariously through him. I've applied both years since then, but have yet to make it back to an audition. Hopefully one of these years will be my lucky year. Smiley Even just the audition experience was so fun! I'd love to do it again.

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4  Christmas Stocking Stash Bust (+ an excuse to buy more fabric) in Winter Holidays by fluffypants on: December 19, 2018 08:23:53 PM
Well, I haven't been especially crafty this year... until now! Now I'm making up for lost time.

I decided this year to make (and stuff!) stockings for my coworkers. There are 9 of us in the office and two out of town partners, and then I just decided to make 9 more, because 20 is a nice round number, right? Funny how crafty brains work sometimes. Smiley I was able to use up a lot of odds and ends, but also used it as an excuse to go to the fabric store for cuff fabrics and buy too much of every one I picked out. Oops! Grin

The pattern was great, from Sew Like My Mom. Super easy. These came together over the course of a couple evenings.


Me with my "catch of the day", as my husband called it!

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: May 21, 2018 09:43:21 AM
That denim apron is so clever!
And seeing so many people making reusable gift bags  I'm gonna have to get on that train. Seems like a great stash buster!

My partner received in the Colour in a Box swap so I can share the set of kitchen towels I made! Full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455005.msg5491162#msg5491162

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6  Painted Kitchen Towels (feat. Urban Threads designs & repurposed curtains) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by fluffypants on: May 21, 2018 09:34:37 AM

I was in the Colour in a Box Swap & my partner requested kitchen towels in pink!
I couldn't find any material I liked, but by fluke, I was walking through a liquidation outlet and found stacks upon stacks of these curtain samples for 25 cents each. I bought a pile and headed home to figure out what to do with them.

I found a few pieces of inspiration on her Pinterest from Urban Threads (and elsewhere). I printed the patterns and taped them to my lightbox, and stretched the fabric over. I mixed pink acrylic with fabric medium, and painted all of the lil' details. I'm so happy with how these turned out! They were a bit of a bugger when painting against the grain, but it was fun to see them take shape.

Once they were painted, I cut and hemmed them (well, my mom did, my machine's on the fritz) and heat set the designs. Hopefully they'll last a long time!

Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: Color In a Box Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: May 16, 2018 06:26:52 PM
I received the most spoileriffic package from Mlsocci74! This parcel was so full and so me. Apologies for the weird lighting in the pics.

First up, group shot before opening all the individual goodies!

Here's a shot of just some... SOME! of the amazingness I received. Bowls and measuring cups, a lollipop, crafted goodies, cupcake liners (always handy!) and a beautiful print of one of her photos on wood! Somehow I didn't get an individual shot of the photo, but it's just lovely.

But wait... there's more! A cute "Dream" folding sign, rainbow socks (yay!) and SO MANY SPRINKLES!

Here's a few details.

Check this out. Adorable little cupcake toppers:

More sprinkles than I can shake a stick at:

(P.S.: I LOVE sprinkles).

And this lovely little suncatcher, which is now hanging in my kitchen window.

Thank you so much, Mlsocci! I am completely blown away by this package. Kiss
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8  Re: Color In a Box Swap: Sign Up 3/28/18-4/5/18. Send Out 5/6/18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fluffypants on: April 06, 2018 07:35:38 AM
It's funny how we can all be concerned about sending less than we receive, but I don't think I've ever been upset to receive less than I send! Haha. For me, it's all about the good thoughts and care that someone put in to sending me something they really didn't have to. <3

I said rainbow for my colour, but then I found this pic online of a different type of rainbow colour that I love:

And THEN I started thinking as well about how much I like red and turquoise, and shades of blue/green and, and, and... Grin
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by fluffypants on: March 15, 2018 07:26:00 AM
Oh wow, everyone's projects are great! The dog sweater, the branding, that BAG! The dolls! (I have always wanted to try to mod a doll).

AIMR, you mentioned having some Barbie shoes lying around  what about earrings? Necklaces? I have some cute yellow high heel earrings and always thought of making some from Barbie shoes. Smiley

We just wrapped up a production of Hamlet that I was in, and I'd promised to share a picture of the amazing costumes the director made for the Players! I had no hand in creating these, but have to show off her amazing handiwork. For those not familiar with Hamlet, the Players are hired to put on a "play within a play" scene, during which Hamlet basically tries to get his uncle to admit to murdering the king (Hamlet's father).

The director decided to make the Players into playing cards; the King, the Queen, and the One-Eyed Jack. It was hard not to giggle when the King and I were professing our love and he was wearing that fabulous beard! I actually won a "best deadpan award" at the cast party for being able to keep a straight face through every show, haha. My role was actually a lot of fun; we made the Player Queen very melodramatic, and had choreographed movements to go along with the lines.

I brought giant playing cards for some fun photo ops. Smiley

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10  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by fluffypants on: March 01, 2018 12:20:17 PM
lol I mailed off something to fluffypants that I wanted to make for this swap but the yarn didn't arrive in time!

By the time it did, I totally forgot who wanted the hat!  ha ha I posted the completed project in the 50 projects board and luckily, fluffypants saw it and claimed it!  YAY!  Sorry it is late, but, at least it is still winter! ha ha

YAY! I received my fabulous Mike Nesmith wool hat today. I love it. <3 Thanks AIMR!

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