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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Astrological Zodiac Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 9/21/05) on: July 25, 2005 11:10:38 AM
Swap name: Astrological Zodiac Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PixieSkull
Sign-up date range: 7/24/05-8/18/05
Date to send item by: 9/21/05

Limited to a certain number of people?: NO
Non-U.S. participants allowed?: YES, I will try to match them up
All ages allowed?: YES

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
This swap requires people to give more than just their sun sign. This is intended to be a bit more involved, even if it is just finding the person's ascendant and/or moon sign.
The people must be willing to give their birthdate (month, day, and year) as well as what time they were born (unless that is unknown, then midnight should do) and the city and country in which they were born. If the person wants to e-mail a copy of their natal chart, that could work efficiently as well.
The workload for the swap doesn't have to be too heavy, but I would like to see at least 1 QUALITY item sent to each person.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Name of swap: Astrological Zodiac Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
Full birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy):
Birthplace (city, state/province, country):
Any extra information about your natal chart that you are proud of/find interesting (e.g. ascendant, ruling planet placement, moon sign, triplicities/quadriplicities, etc.):
Anything you absolutely do not need or are sensitive to:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

You DO NOT need to know loads about astrology! Someone with a basic understanding of the topic should be able to make something for their partner.

Here are a few websites to help:

And natal chart websites (all free):
Astrodienst http://www.astro.com/,
Astrolabe http://www.alabe.com/freechart/,
*Astromart http://astro-software.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal
*= my favorite so far

I wrote everyone's names down on little pieces of paper, shuffled, and then put them into groups. I swear this was entirely random because the first two draws I did weren't so random (ex: By where people lived) and then I forgot pedeka joined after I printed out everyone's info, big oops. I like this list, seems like it flows well.
Group 1:
lauriemk --> StephInTheCity
StephInTheCity --> aada
aada --> lauriemk

Group 2:
Rakuette --> MirthFairy
MirthFairy --> Jazzybelle
Jazzybelle --> pedeka
pedeka --> Rakuette

Group 3:
the littlest ninja --> andi_sunrider
andi_sunrider --> PixieSkull
PixieSkull --> the littlest ninja
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Astrology/Zodiac Swap on: July 15, 2005 01:21:18 PM
I've been interested in starting an astrological swap for a little while now, after I saw the Zodiac swap.

I was thinking it could be a themed swap where the swapees could make jewelry, clothing, art, statuettes, etc for their partners. I found a website for a beautiful piece of jewelry (a very expensive piece) that depicted your astrological chart of the time you were born, planets and everything done in beads.

If anyone's interested, reply here and we can get this started with enough interest. August could be busy with people going back to school, but I'm thinking a late August/early September sendout would be ideal. There's no real need to match everyone up perfectly sign-for-sign, but with multiple people of different signs, they would be matched up easily.

Some websites that inspire me to learn more about astrology.
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sugar-free and candida friendly recipes, anyone? on: May 22, 2005 10:09:21 AM
I'm on a restrictive diet to get rid of Candidiasis (a nasty nasty affliction that takes lots and lots of work to get rid of.) Feel free to share or take.

Well, today is my birthday and I've found one cake recipe to try that I'll be able to eat. Wish me luck that it'll taste good and the friends will like it!

"Cake http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/4966/choccake.htm
2 eggs, separated
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (or carob powder)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Stevia powder
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup milk which includes 2 Tbsp lemon juice to thicken (or use yogurt)

Beat two egg whites and set aside. In another bowl beat the remaining ingredients, then add the egg whites.
Bake in 8 x 8" square pan at 350 F degrees for 18-20 minutes.

My comments: It needs something and next time I make it I will add vanilla and maybe double the stevia. If you try it, let me know! Karen

1/8 tsp stevia
1 square unsweetened chocolate
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup skim milk
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In small pot over medium heat, melt chocolate and butter. Add milk, stevia, vanilla. Put cornstarch in a little dish and add some of the milk mixture and blend together until no lumps remain, then pour it back into the pot. Cook until slighly thickened.

Makes about 1 cup."

update: Cake's a little off somewhere, I'm thinking the lemon part... makes sense and will try again.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing by hand... can't quite get it! on: March 25, 2005 12:32:50 PM
I feel like a MAJOR dolt for asking about how to handsew, but it needs to be done. I've already tried asking people but everyone uses machines.

I can't drag my sewing machine with me when I stay at my boyfriend's place because my mom needs it at home, which really sucks because I want to create while I'm there and it's hard without the machine.

Are there any guides to basic stitches and gathers or tips on how to keep straight and consistent stitches? I've tried using chalk/marker lines but then my stitches are all different sizes. I feel like a failure because I can't get consistent and sturdy handstitches.

I will continue to search the internet for help, but I haven't found much. If someone decides to help me, super! If not, I can just keep trying.

15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sweet Potato French Fries recipe on: February 04, 2005 03:05:56 PM
I've been making these for the past few months, and have only recently found the perfect way of crisping them.

*One sweet potato
*1-2 Tbs of oil (I've used both olive oil and vegetable oil, vegetable's best)
*a few pinches of spice
     -I like to use garlic, chilli, organo, salt and pepper
     -The pre-mixed spice containers are put to very good use here, but you may improvise)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees (this varies heavily from oven to oven, some may require more power than mine)
*Cut potato into 1/4" thick french fries, skin and all
*Put fries in a plastic bag and pour the oil and spices in and shake until all covered
*Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven for about 10 minutes
*Turn fries at 5 minute intervals on each side
*Take out, eat warm with ketchup or whatever you wish

I'm obsessed with these, and it's now understood that I must have sweet potatoes on hand at all times. Enjoy Smiley
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftstore job = happy crafter on: January 23, 2005 11:01:14 AM
Just recently I quit one job and was hired at Hancock fabrics 20 minutes later. I'm SO stoked that I get to make a bit of money working around something I love.

So far, all the ladies I've met are very nice and helpful, and I've been in love with our store since I've been a wee child. This is going to be an interesting adventure for me and I'm excited to hear about other people's experiences in craft jobs.

So, a few questions for everyone:
*Does anyone else work at a Hancock Fabrics or similar type craft store?
*Is it a good thing for your own crafting tendencies?
*Do you find your job fun and fulfilling?
17  COOKING / Dessert / Super easy chocolate tofu mousse! on: November 05, 2004 12:39:02 PM
Inspired by firefly's post on a peanut butter tofu cake, I remembered making my chocolate mousse this summer.

I was getting ready for a movie watching party at my friend's house, there were going to be about 10 people there and I wanted to bring a desert that at least I could eat.

I mixed a box of soft tofu in the food processor, added almost a full bag of melted chocolate chips and a little bit of maple syrup to create an airy tofu mousse.

Only one person didn't like it, and he didn't even try it. "I don't like tofu" he said, never even giving it a chance. It was so good that five of us crowded aroung the bowl and finished it off.
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