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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft My Favourite Book Bookmark Swap? on: May 02, 2010 04:48:21 AM
Clue is in the title really. I have a lot of books to read and as much as I like squares of shiny paper, they don't really cut it in the bookmark region.

Small, quick and easy. 10 day craft time for 3 bookmarkers.

How about it?  Grin
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cherry blossom photography - C&C please! on: May 01, 2010 02:06:54 PM

C&C please. I quite like this photography lark.  Cheesy
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta w/ Garlic Sauce (+ recipe) on: April 25, 2010 10:00:00 AM

I just cooked this up and thought it was worth a mention since it contains my favourite super food: spinach!


1. Make a white sauce using garlic butter or make a white sauce with regular butter/margarine and then add fresh garlic/garlic salt to the sauce.
2. Add black pepper to taste.
3. Pan fry some mushrooms and wilt some spinach in the pan for a few minutes.
3. Boil some pasta, drain and add to the sauce.
4. Stir the spinach and mushrooms into the pasta and sauce mixture.
5. Heat through and serve.

- This is also really good with pancetta!

Not bad for student food, eh? C&C's welcome.  Grin
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / * (Mini) Nerd Swap Gallery of Amazingness * on: April 13, 2010 09:49:14 AM
Welcome!  Grin


lindsay614 --> Shannin --> tracethekat
trampycouture <--> when_im_sixty4
pinkmichk <--> izkapts
Metal Vyxen <--> thingsivemade
Alchamy513 <--> angelofmusic
achgfd <--> Gina At The Disco
yarnorama <--> sarasvati
mandys08 <--> bminks

sent and received
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / -- (MINI) NERD SWAP! --- (SIGN UP: CLOSED) Send by April 20th on: March 26, 2010 01:50:19 PM
(Mini) Nerd Swap Gallery!

"Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests that are age-inappropriate rather than engaging in more social or popular activities."

Welcome to the Mini Nerd Swap R1!

Swap requirements:

3 small items + any extra you and your partner decide to make.

Swap name: (Mini) Nerd Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: yarnorama
Sign-up date range: March 26th - April 5th.
Date to send item by: 10th April
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Additional Age requirement? n/a

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Join the 'Mini Nerd Swap' and embrace your nerdy side. Cheesy The swap goodies can be for you, your partner, parent, child, friend or even pet! (Do we have any nerdy pets out there? I'd love to see some!) This swap will celebrate the nerdy side in everyone - and hopefully the result will be some awesomely nerdy, swap goodies! The swap is 'mini' and stress-free first and foremost!



Swap requirements:

3 small items + anything else you and your partner choose to send.

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

Name of swap
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Tell your partner about your nerdy self:

What are some of your favourite colours, styles, and themes?
What things do you like to receive?
What things don't you like to receive?
What crafts are you able to do?
What crafts do you dislike doing?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Do you have a Wist/blog page where your partner can find out more about you?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

*It is vital that you check in to the swap chat thread AT LEAST once a week, if not more. If everyone gets chatty on the thread and gets to know each other it will enhance the overall swap experience for everyone! Let's work together to make this a great swap* - **In feedback, I will also comment on your communication.**

1. Alchamy513
2. yarnorama
3. thingsivemade
4. pinkmichk
5. achgfd
6. angelofmusic
7. Metal Vyxen
8. bminks
9. Gina At the Disco
10. sarasvati
11. mandys08
12. when_im_sixty4
13. izkapts
14. trampycouture
15. Shannin
16. lindsay614
17. tracethekat


lindsay614 --> Shannin --> tracethekat
trampycouture <--> when_im_sixty4
pinkmichk <--> izkapts
Metal Vyxen <--> thingsivemade
Alchamy513 <--> angelofmusic
achgfd <--> Gina At The Disco
yarnorama <--> sarasvati
mandys08 <--> bminks
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini 'Craft for someone I <3' swap? on: March 21, 2010 06:18:02 AM

I was thinking that it would be nice to do a swap dedicated to those who love us crafters! Cheesy It could be Mum, Dad, Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Grandparents, children, friends or even pets. Whoever you love! - All you have to do is state on the questionnaire who you would like your partner to swap for and then answer questions based on their faves. (:

I've seen some swaps like this on Craftster before, but they were quite big. I hope this can be simple and stress free. Cheesy

As for sizes, I was thinking 2-3 smalls with a 2 week turn around?

What do you think? Cheesy

17  COOKING / Dessert / Arghhhh, Cap'n! - Pirate Ship Cake on: March 20, 2010 06:27:09 AM
Hello Craftsters!

For my nephew Louis' 5th Birthday party, me and my Mum were asked to make him a pirate ship cake. He's obsessed with pirates and the theme of the party was 'Pirates & Princesses'. If you look closely, you'll be able to spot the cannon balls and barrels on deck. Cheesy


- Cake: Victoria sponge with raspberry jam and chocolate frosting.
- Sails: Made with 'net images and (pre-sterilised) knitting needles.
- Flag: Image attached to cocktail stick/tooth pick.
- Guns: Birthday candles!


1) Bake the mix of your choice in 2 loaf tins.
2) Cut the edges off one of the cake loaves and position the main part onto your tray/base.
3) Get the other loaf and cut out two cake 'blocks'. One needs to be positioned at the back of the main boat base you just positioned on your tray.
4) Position the other cake block at the front, cutting offthe two front corners to produce a rounded edge at the front of the ship.
5) Now you should have a basic boat shape, with a sunken 'deck' in the middle.
6) Stick all of your components together with raspberry or apricot jam.
7) Cover the whole boat with chocolate butter cream.
8 ) Eat leftover butter cream.
9) For the cannon balls, I used 'malted milk balls'/Maltesers and for the barrels, I stuck two Rolo's together.
10) Use whatever candy/sweets you like to decorate. I used liquorice for the yellow peep holes on the sides and chocolate toffee for around the deck. I then added birthday candles at the sides to look like guns, but you can go crazy and add whatever you like! Cheesy
11) Finish off with pirate figures and sails. I constructed different square 'sails' of varying patterns with images from the internet and then threaded them (so they were curved) onto the knitting needles and then popped them in the cake.

Thanks for looking Cheesy C&C's welcome. (I also have more pics/instructions if anyone needs them.)

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / --- Themed Bookmark Gallery --- on: July 17, 2009 02:16:26 AM
Post all of your pretties when you get them. (:

Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312362.0
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tree Hugger/I Love Nature swap!? on: July 12, 2009 12:31:47 PM

For the love of Flowers, how about it?! - it could include anything from: flowers; trees; animals; elements; saving the planet/recycling style crafts! etc etc etc - 3 points? There has been tree swaps and element swaps, but this could include both of those - and more!

Say yes.  Cheesy
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini Nerd Swap - Up and running! on: July 12, 2009 12:25:37 PM
To let out your nerdy side. From Mario to Mathematics!. There's been a few fantastic geek swaps, and I thought a mini (3 point) one, would be quick and fun!

What do you think?


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