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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Earth symbol journal on: August 27, 2009 04:28:11 AM
I made this for my partner in the Stargate Swap. I saw this fantastic post here less than a week before I had to send, but I was instantly in love with the idea. I had to work frantically on it, but I think it was worth it.

All pictures by my wonderful partner, angelcallie.

I used thick cardboard for the 'frame' and symbol, paper towels to get the old, crackled leather feel, and painted it with acrylics.

This is what the color is more like - forgive the glare, I kinda varnished it within an inch of its life Grin

Closeup of the Stargate symbol for Earth.

The inside.

angelcallie says she'll turn it into a travel journal, which is very appropriate considering it has the symbol for 'home' on it Grin

Original tutorial is by Dave Low, but Urban Threads wrote one too, which has way more pictures and details for each step.
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Yet more inchies! on: August 21, 2009 01:14:07 PM
So, a while ago I did an inchie swap with the amazing malmow. Because I had no camera while I was making my inchies for her, she was kind enough to take pictures for me and crop them and generally prove once more how awesome she is, as she had already mounted and framed them along with other inchies.

Group picture of all the inchies - like I said, malmow took, cropped and sent me pictures, and I sort of built the group pictures, like a puzzle, in Photoshop. That's why the light, size, background color and angle may vary slightly from inchie to inchie.

Pirate/ship themed inchies. I made a lot of themed inchies for this swap! These are all hand-drawn. The two lower right ones are part of a group of four that make up a treasure map - I'd had liked to have enough swap partners to send a map piece to each one, but I only had two, so malmow got half the map (and, yes, one of my favorite movies is Cutthroat Island).

Vaguely music themed ones. I think that the lower ones, the pink ones, are a bit Marie Antoinette-ish, no?

Green-ish embellished inchies. The boat and the dragonfly are little charms, and they're probably my favorites of this group, if not the entirety of these inchies.

And, finally, more random hand-drawn inchies. The bird ones (which I'm in love with) are part of a larger set, but these two are my favorites. I really like all of these.

And, just for fun, here are some inchie bases I sent malmow to play with:

The spotty ones are mostly pastels and splattered watercolor, some ink, and the monochromatic ones are watercolored.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stargate Coasters on: August 12, 2009 06:30:27 AM
I recently organized a Stargate Swap, and I made these coasters for my wonderful partner, angelcallie. They have her real name stenciled on in Ancient - normally I'm not too fond of putting people's names on things, but I have to admit that Ancient writing changed my mind.

Picture by my lovely partner.

And a closeup taken with my crappy webcam.

The stitching is a bit more crooked than I'd like to, because I am in the middle of a move and I had to borrow an old and crappy sewing machine to make those - it was practically chewing the fabric Angry And the stenciling is not perfect, after doing about half of them the stencil I made started warping (I foolishly used a very thin cardstock) and paint was easily bleeding under the edges. BUT I am overall very pleased with them, and Ancient is officially the best language for stencils!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stargate Swap Gallery on: June 21, 2009 12:52:51 PM
Stargate Swap

Main Topic Here

Can't wait to see all the goodies!

Sent & Received
Late With Communication
Feedback Given

25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stargate Swap (Signups CLOSED - Sendouts EXTENDED:6/7) on: May 26, 2009 11:51:50 AM

Swap name: Stargate Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Sinjah
Swap co-organizer: Proxima
Sign-up date range: May 26th June 8th
Date to send item by: June 30th July 6th

Limited to a certain number of people? No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? No

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 (Already have a co-organizer anyway)

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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: 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:
Are you a Stargate Atlantis fan? Perhaps an avid SG-1 follower? Or a classic Stargate movie lover? Then this is the swap for you!
This is a 6 point swap. Dont sweat about the deadline, though, youll have three weeks to complete your crafts.
How to get to 6 points:
3 points = large
2 points = medium
1 point = small

By Time
-Big = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Little = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Big = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Big = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Remember to check in at the board and with your partner at least once a week! Youre also encouraged to communicate as much as possible with your partner and organizer.



[b]Name of swap:[/b] Stargate Swap
[b]Craftster username: [/b]
[b]Email address: [/b]  
[b]Your real name: [/b]
[b]Mailing address including the country: [/b]

[b]Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? [/b]
[b]Confirm that are at least 13 years old: [/b]
[b]Do you have any allergies? [/b]
[b]Do you have any allergens in your home? [/b]

[b]Which one of the Stargate shows do you prefer? Have you watched any of the movies? [/b]
[b]Favorite character(s)? [/b]
[b]Least favorite character(s)? [/b]
[b]Any favorite episodes? [/b]
[b]Any favorite quotes? [/b]
[b]Favorite alien race? [/b]
[b] If you were a character in one of the shows, who would you be? (example: Id be a Wraith scientist trying to make our metabolism able to use normal food so that we wont have to kill people. Id be a Goauld evil overlord. Id be McKays minion. Etc.) [/b]
[b] Do you watch any other shows/movies with SG actors? [/b]
[b] Are you into sci-fi in general or is SG the only show of this kind you watch? [/b]
[b]List your wists, as well as any other stalk-able places youd like your partner to know about, here: [/b]

[b]What kind of crafts do you like to do? [/b]
[b]Is there anything in particular you'd like to receive? [/b]
[b]Anything you [i]wouldn't[/i] like to receive? [/b]
[b]Favorite colors: [/b]
[b]Least favorite colors: [/b]
[b]Preferred materials, if any: [/b]
[b]Describe your style in a few words: [/b]  
[b]Do you collect anything? [/b]  
[b]Shirt size/measurements? [/b]
[b]Would you like to craft more/less than required or include extra stuff? [/b]

[b]Anything else you want your swap partner to know? [/b]

Craft Ideas & Inspiration
Stargate Wiki

List of Participants
1. Sinjah
2. Proxima
3. Catrinau
4. RockDragon
5. ozarkcat
6. RikaHeart
7. TheCraftyCat
8. angelcallie
9. audio-astrophysics
10. Sofiushka

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly bermuda shorts to cute summer skirt on: May 21, 2009 12:28:28 AM
I got this pair of bermuda shorts last year for, like, $2. They were extremely ugly and unflattering, but I really liked the colors and pattern, so I got them with plans of simply cutting off the legs and turning them into short shorts. I never got around to doing it, and then a year passed, and a few days ago I rediscovered them and whipped up this skirt.

(The pictures are horrible, my room is messy, and my legs are fat, but please bear with me Cheesy)

It was way easier to make than I expected - the hardest part was actually ripping out the ridiculous amount of seams there was. I cut the shorts right above where the inside leg seams meet and turned that part into the top of the skirt, then made the bottom out of the legs of the shorts. There also used to be pockets, which I sadly had to sow down cause they stuck out and looked horrible.

Anyway, I don't think it looks too bad for my first start-to-finish article of clothing ever! What do you think?
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Inchie Storage on: May 12, 2009 02:29:06 AM
Once upon a time, I found a three-pack of these really big matchboxes. They spoke to my crafting soul, and I promised them "I shall buy you and I shall recon you and I shall call you George and love you forever".

To make a long story short, those matchboxes remained un-reconed and sad in a corner of a drawer for four months. Until my inchie addiction came and gave them a new life!

And so, a home for my beloved inchies was born! And look how roomy it is, there are 25 inchies in there and it could easily fit 3-4 times that!
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Jumping on the inchie bandwagon on: May 11, 2009 09:15:36 AM
Oh my God, you guys, these are so addictive! Everyone's saying so, but you don't really believe it unless you spend all your time either making inchies or thinking of what inchies you're going to make next Grin Yes, this is how I spent the past two days. Also, you know how sometimes you make something and you have these scraps, and you manage to force yourself to throw them away despite your terrible hoarding nature because you convince yourself they're too small to be used in anything? Yeah, inchies totally destroy that particular argument, good luck with keeping your drawers clean after that.

All of them together!

These are all made with images I found online, except the musical one and the 'I am an inchie' one (which amuses me far more than it should).

All hand-drawn (except the first one, that's a sticker). The last one is a piece from a page of my math notes Grin

The sun and the orange are stamps I colored. (Anyone else who immediately thinks of Rodney McKay whenever they see, hear, or think the word 'citrus', raise your hand.)

For the construction of those inchies, watercolors, gouache, biro, markers, ink, stamps, scissors, buttons, brads, paper, stickers, and lots of glue, along with two other kinds of adhesives, were used. Possible damage may have occurred to x-acto knives in the process.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two shrugs out of old t-shirts on: April 06, 2009 05:08:01 AM
I found a tutorial for this here, and I was really inspired!

EDIT: There's another tutorial for this here on Craftster, which is easier to understand with better pictures!

I'm wearing it a bit loose here...

...but it can be scrunched up more. (Sorry for the blurriness).

This used to be a men's long-sleeved t-shirt I had; I loved the color and it was so soft and comfortable, but I didn't wear it often cause it was too huge and baggy. Instead of ribbon as the tutorial said, I used a pair of shoelaces tied together, with two wooden beads tied to the ends.

And a girlier, more summery one Grin This was an off-the-shoulders, too-small shirt I've had since forever.

These were so, so easy to make, and they're so comfortable!!
30  COOKING / Dessert / Mini apple pies with creme anglaise on: April 03, 2009 07:08:06 AM
We had a lot of apples, so I decided to make apple pie! Somewhere along the way, I went for mini apple pies, because mini versions of food are win. As for the creme Anglaise, there's no excuse other than the fact that I'm a horrible, gluttonous person Grin

Yummmmmmmmm. And the recipe:

Mini Apple Pies (makes 12)

For the crust
1 cup (220 grams) butter
1/3 cup (75 grams) sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cognac
3 cups (375 grams) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

For the filling
2 apples
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the creme anglaise
1 cup (250 ml) cream
1/2 cup (110 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter

Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well, then add the cognac and the baking powder. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing well, until a smooth dough is formed (mine actually took 3 1/2 cups of flour - you want your dough to be soft and smooth, but not so sticky as to be hard to handle. It should unstick from the bowl and your fingers easily).

Grease a muffin pan, and divide the dough between the cups. Make sure you keep a little for the top (you don't really need a lot)! Press the dough evenly onto bottom and sides of the muffin cups.

To prepare the filling, peel and core the apples and cut in small pieces. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the apple pieces, and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. Stir. Keep cooking on medium heat until the apples are tender. Withdraw from the fire, and spoon the filling into the muffin cups. Make sure to pour the syrup that has formed over the filling! Yum!

Roll small pieces of the dough you kept aside into strips with your fingers, place them over the filling and press the edges to glue them to the crust. You can't really make an actual lattice since the pies are so small, I just used two parallel strips on each pie.

Bake at 350F/175C for around 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

To make the creme anglaise (why, if this cream is English, is its name French? I guess it's one of the mysteries of the universe), heat the cream, vanilla and sugar in a small saucepan on medium heat. Whisk the eggs until smooth. When the cream comes to just a boil, remove from the heat. Pour a little bit of the cream into the eggs, whisk, and then pour the egg mixture into the cream and stir until smooth. Return to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it's thick enough to coat the back of your spoon. Don't slack in the stirring! This is very important! Then remove from heat again, add in the butter, and still well until all the butter is melted and completely incorporated.

And you're done! Pour some creme anglaise over a pie, spend one second feeling bad for it, then enjoy with your tea.
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