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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Blown glass wavy vase on: September 19, 2017 06:39:40 PM
My first time working with glass produced this nice, solid vase in green and purple.

Shout out to Manchester Hot Glass in Southern Vermont for an awesome lesson and helping me make this piece! They were so great and I'd love to go back for another class.

2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Mug Rug Round 7 - SU closed, SO 10/2 on: August 25, 2017 10:56:10 AM

Mug rug by SusansPassion

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Acadian Driftwood
Sign-up date range: Aug 25 - Sept 7, 2017
Date to send item by: Oct 2, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?  N/A
Additional 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 potatoes 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
- 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Let's swap mug rugs!

  • Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should have enough space for a cup and a snack.
  • Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture, protect surfaces from warm drinks, and be easily washable.
  • Extras are optional, but please discuss this with your swap partner so that no one feels bad for not sending "enough".
  • You can chose to have 1 or 2 partners.
  • Crafting time is a little over 3 weeks.
  • Please remember to send messages to me and your partner when sending and receiving; a forum post may not be noticed.
  • Have fun!!

Galleries from past rounds:

If you want to participate, Please send the below Questionnaire to me (Acadian Driftwood) in a private message.


Name of swap: Mug Rug Swap Round 7
Craftster username:  
Email address:  
Your real name:  
Mailing address including the country (in proper post service format):  

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Allergens in your home? (pets, smoke, etc.?)

Allergies pertaining to this swap? (scents, pets, other?)

Are you able to post pictures of what you receive in this swap?

Type of rug you are planning on making (sewn, knitted, crocheted):

Type of rug you would like to receive (sewn, knitted, crocheted, any):

What styles do you like (vintage, kawaii, spooky, shabby chic, etc)?

Are there any styles that you really dont like?

Favorite colors/color combinations?

Least favorite colors?

Links to Pinterest or other sites?

Any other info that you'd like your partners to know?

Would you like to have one partner or two?* (See notes below for more info.)

*Selecting Two Partners
If you opt for having two partners then you will be paired up twice. This will require that you communicate, craft for and send a mug rug to two different partners. See the example below...

Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner

Person A <> Person B
Person A <> Person C
Person D <> Person E

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


1.  Acadian Driftwood (USA) (1 or 2)
2.  Homerof2 (CAN) (1)
3.  noooitaremybirthday (USA) (2)
4.  curiousfae (USA) (1)
5.  alwaysinmyroom (USA) (2)
6.  JS (USA) (1)
7.  rscowtown (USA) (2)
8.  JoyfulClover (USA) (2)
9.  Bugaboo1 (USA) (1)
10.  EdelC (Ireland) (2)
11.  roler (Japan) (1)
12.  fatewineroses (USA) (1)
13.  Thimbles71 (USA) (2)
14.  cabaute (USA) (2)
15.  dfabbric (CAN) (1 or 2)
16.  kbrison (USA) (2)


dfabbric - curiousfae
fatewineroses - Homerof2
Bugaboo1 - JS
Acadian Driftwood - noooitaremybirthday
noooitaremybirthday - kbrison
kbrison - cabaute
cabaute - alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom - JoyfulClover
JoyfulClover - roler
EdelC - Thimbles71
Thimbles71 - rscowtown
rscowtown - EdelC
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Flower pounding on: August 19, 2017 10:55:45 AM

I tried the flower pounding technique on two cotton handkerchiefs with decent results! It's pretty easy and fun. First collect some flowers and petals (you can also use ferns and other leaves):

Lay them out on your fabric, then tape them down to keep them in place:

If you've got sections of flower uncovered by tape, cover it with a piece of paper or a few sheets of paper towel so you don't transfer the bits with your hammer. And then smash! Try to get as much even coverage as you can over each flower.

Then peel the tape up and gently scrape off leftover bits. Iron the cloth to heat-set the dye.

My first piece was much more subtle, but the pink color didn't transfer well.

I imagine silk or other natural fibers would work well with this technique. I still haven't tried washing them, so I hope they hold up to that. If you try this, I'd love to see your results!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Simple lemon strawberry cake on: June 26, 2017 04:11:53 PM
This isn't my recipe, but it was so delicious and pretty that I had to share it with y'all! Here's where I found it, and I followed the recipe except for using less sugar to toss the strawberries. http://prettysimplesweet.com/strawberry-cake/

The secret to the showstopping look of the cake it laying the cut berries out on top, and then the batter rises all around them.

I served it with fresh whipped cream and a big fresh berry along side.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Subway map of Osaka, Japan on: June 21, 2017 04:45:13 PM
roler always inspires me to embroider the most seemingly obscure things that I end up really loving! Last time it was a moray eel, and this time I reproduced the subway map for Osaka. It was sent in the Filled Stitchy swap.

The main lines are all heavy chain stitch, which gave a nice dimensional look. Each stop on the line is represented with a white seed bead. The background blue lines are other railways that aren't the main city ones.

The satin stitch kanji says "Osaka" and is framed in some floral doodles.

Thanks roler for swapping with me - this is one of my favorite pieces ever!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Ferret Fun House on: June 18, 2017 05:20:24 PM

Our ferrets Lea and Coconut live in a large multi-level cage, but they get a few hours of free-roaming time in the house each day. I created this play house from cardboard with many little tubes going in and out.

First I taped up the boxes, and two of the little tubes, and cut holes where they would all exit.

Then came hot glue mania, where I glued on some stash fabric cut from old sheets and made sure all the tubes still fit.

And still more hot glue for the fabric on each tube, and gluing them all in place. The horizontal exits all got little fabric flaps.  As you can see, it's being thoroughly enjoyed.

Say "bye" Coconut!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reverse applique t-shirts on: May 29, 2017 05:21:21 PM
So among my first posts here on craftster 9 years ago ( Shocked ) was a reverse applique shirt. I've gone back to that technique a few times since then, because it's pretty fun, and satisfying to watch my design emerge when cutting out the little bits!

I sewed this David Bowie shirt for swap:

An MG logo shirt for my mom:

These pictures are after a year of wear, so I'm very happy with how it's holding up!

And most recently this Captain America / Winter Soldier mashup for the shipping swap:

It was a combination of applique and reverse applique, with careful planning on which colors to layer.

Next up, whenever I can motivate myself to actually do it, will be a Prince t-shirt just for me. Smiley
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Birdwatching Photography on: May 27, 2017 10:42:37 AM
In a effort to both improve my photography skills and learn to better ID birds, I've been taking lots of pictures over the past year or so. I mostly bring my camera out instead of binoculars. These photos were only for my own collection, but I wanted to share some I was particularly satisfied with.

So get ready for lots of birds!

Indigo Bunting - two pictures of this cutie, just because they were being so photogenic among the apple blossoms!

Tufted Titmouse - an easy one to identify, but frequent visitors to the feeders, which makes them good to practice on.

American Goldfinch - another easy one, and interesting plumage makes a good contrast.

Barred Owl - I was lucky to spot this one in great lighting, and they stayed so still for me. A+ model, would work with again.

Pileated Woodpecker - this guy was tearing up a stump with the most serious look on his face, it was pretty fun to watch!

Black and White Warbler - my first confirmed sighting of this species, I kind of chased them through the woods for this ID and picture.

Common Merganser - love the "hairdo" on this lady!

Brown Creeper - I don't think the photo is anything special, but it was so hard to get that I'm including it here. This species has been very shy for me.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - I had lots of fun with this one last summer, so here's 4 pics for you. At the Rose-of-Sharon and Tithonia flowers.

OK, well if you made it all the way through, then thanks for letting me share with you!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mug Rug round 7? on: March 14, 2017 06:24:58 PM

I've made a decent number of mug rugs, and two I even kept for myself, but somehow they both found different jobs around the house. I see we haven't had a mug rug swap in almost 3 years - would anyone be interested if I organized round 7?

I'm thinking participants could choose to have one or two partners. It's a craft that can be kept simple or complicated as you like, and shipping is cheap as a small padded envelope.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ricotta biscuits with fresh herbs on: February 25, 2017 03:23:39 PM

This is a moist and savory biscuit (slightly modified from this version) that goes fantastically with my breakfasts and soups. I love the punch it gets from all the fresh herbs!

Ingredients in this photo: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, unsalted butter, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, scallions, ricotta cheese, milk, egg, sea salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.

In a large bowl, sift together 2 & 1/4 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Grate in 5 tablespoons of frozen unsalted butter (it's very easy to mix in this way) and mix with a fork until combined.

Chop 3 scallions, a good handful of parsley, about a teaspoon of thyme, and half as much rosemary. Mix it in the the bowl with 1 cup of ricotta. Stir in 2/3 cup of milk until just combined.

Turn the bowl out onto a floured cutting surface and knead it a couple times. Press it down to about an inch high, then cut into pieces and transfer to a parchment-lined tray.

Beat 1 egg and brush it liberally onto the biscuits, and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.

Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 425 degree oven, until the tops are golden. So so good!

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