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1  Re: Amazing Hoodie Swap R10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Grousewater on: November 29, 2009 11:03:35 AM
I received from GlitteringPeacock! Not only do I have a gorgeous hoodie now, but she sent some really pretty extras.

This is the back of the hoodie. She went with my vintage carnival theme. I am in awe of her skills, for real... This is a pretty big image, and it's so detailed!

My pretty extras... The crummy picture doesn't do them justice. The earrings are black roses and the necklace is wee antique gold swallows.

Thanks for everything, GlitteringPeacock, especially since you ran into health problems during the swap  Sad.
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2  Re: Adult Swim Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Grousewater on: September 17, 2009 12:15:33 PM
I picked my package from aliceownsj00 up at the post office before class today (I couldn't wait, ha ha), and guys... I have officially been spoiled! For real, this was a really, really great package. She wrote a warning on the outside: "Contents may cause Adult Swim fanatic squeals." So right.

The goods:

Amazing Monarch and Frylock paintings.

Not one, but two Venture Industries official journalist notebooks. That's right: I'm official now.   Grin

Awesome Aqua Teen tote bag! It's got sweet embroidery, plus the lyrics to the theme. It's going to be my new backpack.

Thank you so, so much, aliceownsj00! Everything is so great.
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3  Re: psychobilly/horror punk swap gallery of ghoulish delights! in The Swap Gallery by Grousewater on: April 29, 2009 03:17:33 PM

I received from Meggers today!

First up, we have a zombie pin-up box, with bass cut-outs painted on the sides (the picture of them kept turning out all stupid) and lined with furry leopard print fabric.

It's already housing my sorority pin... I broke the glass box I had for it just a few weeks ago, so the new box arrived at a perfect time!

I got a sweet make-up bag. It's sparkly, lined, and exactly the right size to take my make-up essentials when I go home for the weekend.

I got two hair clips, and I am in love with them... I actually was admiring them in her Etsy a couple weeks ago. (Since my hair looks like poo today, so they are being modeled by my manfriend.)

Awesome hair band! It fits perfectly, and I love that it has the button closure.

She made the cutest werewolf ever. I am a fool for embroidery too, but I didn't even mention that to her. It's like she's psychic or something.

And finally, a whole mess of earrings! This will be great during the summer when I'm waitressing and can only accessorize with earrings.

Whew, that's all of it. I got so much. Thanks, Meggers! This was an awesome first swap!

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4  Re: psychobilly/horror punk swap {CLOSED} in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Grousewater on: April 20, 2009 05:22:45 PM

Yeahhh... I kind of look like the anti-brood. The girl wearing the hexagon besdie me looks pretty mysterious, though, I must say.
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5  Pancakes and chocolate syrup, anyone? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Grousewater on: April 19, 2009 09:32:26 AM

Not that the picture is especially beautiful (or the food itself, for that matter), but as I was making chocolate syrup for pancakes this morning, I got to thinking... Does anyone else do this? The syrup is kind of a chocolate sauce, made with sugar, butter, cocoa powder, etc. (no flour, though). My friends I have met in college had never heard of it and thought I meant dumping cold Hershey's chocolate syrup on pancakes, and my father's side of the family thought that too when my brothers and I would ask for it as kids.

My mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother make this, so I was wondering if anyone else's family had their own version. I would love to know if this is a Southern thing or what!
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6  Recycled Shrinkies! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Grousewater on: April 17, 2009 04:20:51 AM
For a recent swap, I made my partner some horror movie-themed Shrinky Dinks.

Here's a picture she took of one:

Linnea Quigley!

I had never done these before, but I found a tutorial for making them from plastic packaging instead of buying the sheets. It worked really well, so I thought I would share.

    Clean #6 Plastic
    Permanent Markers
    Aluminum Foil
    Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt

1. Obtain a piece of #6 plastic (polystyrene). Most clear containers at salad bars, delis, and grocery stores will work. Just flip it over and look for a 6 inside the recycling arrows. If you ask nicely, theyll usually give you a fresh one.
2. Cut any excess plastic away to make a flat sheet (use both the top and the bottom), and recycle the excess.
3. Draw or write your desired image or text on your plastic canvas using permanent markers. The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness.
4. Pre-heat your oven to 350, and place a rack in the lowest position. Create a tray out of the aluminum foil by bending up the sides. Technically, you could cover a baking sheet with foil, but  the thinner surface allows for more direct heat and quicker shrinking.
5. Place your art in the tray, then use the tongs or an oven mitt to place the foil on the bottom rack.
6. For the first minute your art will curl up all crazy-like, but soon, it will flatten itself out. If you have an oven door through which you can see, then just keep an eye on it. If your door is solid, open it just slightly (as you would do when broiling) after 90 seconds. Total time for a large piece (5-6 starting size) will be about 3 1/2 minutes.
7. Using the tongs or oven mitt, remove the tray. At this point, its still plyable, so if you want to flatten it more, or add waves or bend the corners, do so CAREFULLY within the first ten seconds.
8. Now, you can do as you please. Its still cut-able, sand-able, drill-able, glue-able, and plenty more. Attach it to jewelry, make a luggage label, or even a guitar pick!

(This tutorial is not mine; it is copy-and-pasted from this website: http://www.curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/2252-DIY-Shrinky-Dinks-)

Happy crafting/recycling.
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7  How NOT to Make Cake Balls in Dessert by Grousewater on: April 05, 2009 05:23:36 PM
Since everyone and their mother is making cake balls right now, I thought I would share my recent attempt.

I am in a swap right now that is psychobilly/horror punk-themed, so I wanted to make some nice zombie-esque baked goods to send along with my package. Luckily I talked to the post office first to learn my package would be traveling way too long for my baking to arrive in any state better than rock hard, but I wanted to try out my idea anyway.

This is a crappy artist's rendering of what things were supposed to look like when finished:

... Sometimes I forget I am not Master of Speed, Time, and Chocolate. This is what we ended up with:

HUGE, ungainly, hideous cake balls!

I disregarded Bakerella's thing about them being about quarter-sized, so there was no way at all I could throw those things on sticks like cupcake pops as I originally planned. They were ridiculously rich to be that large too, such that no one could eat a whole one at once! As far as coating the entire thing in chocolate, at that size, as they were rolled in the chocolate, they were falling apart just because it was taking so long. I ended up just slopping it out of the bowl onto the cake. I thought the white ones looked kind of pretty/less than hideous, though, with the chocolate oozing down like that.

They went really fast despite their ugliness; rooommates, friends, and such stole them out of the fridge every time they came into my apartment that day. I plan to make them more like what I intended soon, since I still have a ton of sticks and white chocolate that didn't get used.
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8  Journal Cover in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Grousewater on: April 30, 2008 07:51:16 AM
Okay, so maybe this isn't nearly as exciting as other people's journals they're making, but at least I found a use for something I was going to throw out. As I was cleaning up my room and preparing to move out (and by that I mean, "I was avoiding studying"), I found a little Mead notebook. I don't really take notes in that small of things, so I made it a neat cover for use as a journal.

It was a fabulous waste of a few hours over a few days. Oh, and that's a Chuck Palahniuk quote. I don't normally read him (the existentialism gets a little disgusting to me after so many pages), but I saw that quote and thought it matched the little Tori Amos postcards I have. I still have four or five postcards left to do something with...
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9  Frame Re-Vamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Grousewater on: April 23, 2008 11:34:29 AM
I heart frames! Anyway...

My brother is graduating from high school and heading out to "seek his fortune," as it were. A gift was in order, so I got to work crafting.

Before. I recieved this frame from something at some point in the distant past and had never used it, mainly because I had no sisters.

After. Tah-dah! A terrifying picture of my brother and me, surrounded by fortune cookie fortunes that I've been collecting for the past three years or so (I still have a bunch left if anyone has any neat ideas for something else). The one outlined in black on the bottom says " Smiley We are very happy together.  Smiley"
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10  Zippered iPod Cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by Grousewater on: April 06, 2008 09:23:42 AM
WARNING: This being my second knitting project, my first sewing/embroidery project (I made that part up as I went along), and not being from a pattern or even having seen an item done like this (excluding Game Boy Advance SP cases, to some extent), those who are good at doing any of these things might want to gouge their eyes out with their own needles as they look at this project. You have been warned...    Tongue

EDIT: Aaaaand this is not on the board with the rest of its cozy brethren. My apologies. I completely missed that somehow.

Anyway, as mentioned in the warning, I made this up as I went along. I needed a case so my little Nano didn't get scratched up while riding around with my keys, and though I could have bought one, why buy when you can create?

Internet love. It's kind of uneven everywhere.

Side view. I didn't even think how much this would look like an Oreo before the zipper was already sewn in. Not that Oreos are a bad thing.

Inside. This is what I figured would make avid sewing and embroidery enthusiasts want to die. Then again, I don't really know what this kind of thing is supposed to look like, so maybe that's normal for a first attempt without any prior knowledge.

So there he is, my little cozy-child. Comments are welcome, as are any tips on needlework. I enjoyed doing it, but I'm pretty sure most of it is not as nice-looking as it could be.
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