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11  Re: Hair Accessories Swap in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: August 04, 2011 11:43:08 AM
I received from tabzilla! I love everything, the headbands are just the perfect size and don't squeeze my head at all (which is a must). Funny thing is, I sent her a piece which is, imo, quite similar to one of the item I received ***suspense***

Feather bobby pins:

A large barrette:

Braided and reversible fabric headbands:

Even the cat got spoiled:

Thanks tabzilla, you totally "got" me!
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12  Re: July Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 20, 2011 12:41:18 PM
Kiss Happy Birthday leeska! Kiss

The weirdest thing happened this morning... the mailman rang, so I buzzed him in and waited. No mailman. I figured maybe the buzzer didn't work, usually people call back and I buzz again but he didn't. So, I ran downstairs... no mailman. About an hour later I get a knock at the door - it was a neighbour saying he'd found a package outside. The box was pretty banged up and had obviously been opened. There was also another envelope (empty) addressed to me attached to it.

All that said... I now feel really grateful that I actually received calluna's gift!

She sent this gorgeous handspun yarn (it's hard to capture its awesomeness in a photograph, but it has little sequins in it with some purple, silvery white, teal, and light blue fibers with some navy felted balls). I'm keeping this to make something for moi! Just have to find a nice crochet pattern to really showcase the yarn Grin

Check it out:

Thank you calluna, I really appreciate it! Kiss
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13  Re: Snack Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Geniale on: July 20, 2011 12:22:53 PM
I think I got the best package of all Tongue Check out what eamea put together...

All the goodies together:

A couple of closeups:

She sent (I think I got everything):
Pop Tarts (Choc Chip Cookie Dough and Rainbow Cookie Sandwich), Haribo Gold-Bears, Now and Later (Apple and Pineapple), Tiny Size Chicklets, Brach's Milkmaid (Vanilla, Raspberry, and Chocolate, Butter Rum), Airheads (Watermelon), Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Gardetto's Snack Mix, Slo Poke Caramels, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Sixlets, Butterfield Shoestring Potato Sticks, Bit-O-Honey, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cocoa Roast Almonds (Dark Chocolate), Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars, Granola Nut Clusters (Roasted Cashew), Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix), Frooties (Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry, Cran-Blueberry, and Green Apple), Peanut Butter Bars, Sour Patch (Kids and Watermelon), Betty Crocker Warm Delights (Hot Fudge Brownie Mix), Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, Magic Shell (Cupcake), Snickers (Dark), Milky Way (Midnight Dark), BBBats Taffy (Peanut Butter), Clif Bar (Chocolate Brownie), Larabar (Cashew Cookie), and Dark Chocolate Nibs... whew!

The best part is, although some of the snacks eamea sent are available here, they are ones I've never tried or haven't had in maybe 10 years Wink

And now on to the crafts:

She made a roll for makeup brushes/crochets hooks/etc. (which I'm going to use for my pens and pencils when school starts up again) a folding tote (you did a great job on the zippers btw), a beautiful pendant, and Smurfs (squeel)!

Here is a closeup of the pendant (made with stained glass and polymer clay):

A pic of the Smurfs hanging out with a few of their peers (I didn't have the two you sent yet), they bring my collection up to 46! - Click on the thumbnail to see a bigger photo

Thanks a bunch eamea!!! I can't wait for your package to get there... if they stick to their 4-day promise, you should get it tomorrow Grin

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14  Gemstone Bracelet - Advice Needed in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Geniale on: July 08, 2011 05:01:13 PM
I've been wanting a bracelet made with a whole bunch of different semi-precious gemstones because I just love them so much. I've finally materialised that wish but I'd appreciate your advice on the two different versions of it I've made.

From left to right: turquoise, opalite, sodalite, aventurine, lapis, snowflake jasper, malachite, jade, dragon veins agate, fluorite, amethyst, rose quartz, fresh water pearl, agate, palm wood, unakite, tiger eye, wood, and ox bone. Oops, just realised I switched the order of some beads on the second one! The first order is the one I intend on using though I will most likely switch a few of the beads as I am awaiting delivery of sibinite, coral, and amber beads.

I'm afraid the ball on the first one would come undone and I'm more used to wearing closed bracelets. However, the second one is a little snug but I have more confidence in it... this chain is 18cm whilst in reality, a 19cm one would be ideal.

Which version do you think I should keep?
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15  Re: Cooling Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Geniale on: July 01, 2011 09:29:50 AM
I saw star shaped ice cubes (could you really call them cubes? lol) at bed bath and beyond. if you could get the shape to stand out in the nylon i bet they would be even cuter!

Yeah, I saw penguins and polar bears!

For the stars, what if you used coordiinating thread and defined the corners by going over the diagonals? Or, so the thread would be less obvious, pass it under the nylon in the front, come out at the corner and back under for behind. I don't know if I'm making sense...?

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16  Caramel-Apple Surprise Pops in Dessert by Geniale on: June 15, 2011 06:44:53 PM

Doesn't get much easier than this! A perfectly decadent treat for a hot summer day. If you don't have any popsicle moulds, you can use wooden sticks and disposable paper/plastic cups (just allow to freeze partially before inserting stick). I recommend refrigerating your caramel first so it's firmer and a little easier to work with. To make dulce de leche, I cook (closed) cans of condensed milk in my pressure cooker, filled with water, for 45 minutes; there are also several other methods to make it. You could also use ready-made caramel or make it from scratch. Though I'm not a fan of food colouring, you could add some green or red to the applesauce to make a nice contrast with the centre...

You will need:
- popsicle moulds
- applesauce
- dulce de leche

Pour applesauce into your moulds until 2/3 full (keep in mind they will expand once frozen).

Drop some dulce de leche into the centre and lightly push down into the applesauce. If your moulds are tall and slim, drop smaller quantities and repeat a few times so there is caramel all along the pop.

Fill the rest of the moulds with applesauce. Place sticks and freeze until solid.

Enjoy Grin

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17  Cooling Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Geniale on: June 11, 2011 10:08:52 AM
After seeing this video tutorial, I decided to take the project one step further...

I have a very hard time bearing the heat yet, I spend all summer in the garden for work. As I was browsing the aisles at the dollar store, I saw reusable ice cubes (seasonal section). So, I picked them up along with some nylons and proceeded along with the tutorial, replacing the bouncy balls with the ice cubes. My nylons weren't long enough, so I lengthened the necklace with some matching ribbon (which I actually like better). Now, all I have to do is throw it in the freezer and wait for the heat wave to hit. I put it on and voil! I can also turn it around so the ice cubes are around my nape. I think I'm going to make myself another one to keep at home with the leftover ice cubes. Two stylish and useful necklaces for $2, not bad Wink

Though they were sold out, I've seen round reusable ice cubes too, which would make it pretty much identical to the original necklace. Be sure to share a picture if you make one! Comments are very much appreciated Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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18  Sausage "Chips" in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Geniale on: May 27, 2011 06:19:00 PM
I recently came up with these and they have definitely become one of my favourite snacks... I make them with veggie sausages, but I'm sure they could be made with meat ones, though you may have to adjust baking time.

You'll need 1 sausage (not hot dog ones) and some dip (green ketchup, ranch dressing, cream cheese, mayo, etc.)

Here's how you do it:
1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Slice sausage thinly.
3. Place slices on a baking sheet.
4. Bake 10-15 minutes, flipping slices every 5 minutes (or until crisp).
5. Serve along with dip!

Hope you like them (let me know your comments and criticisms if you try this recipe)  Grin

Image: homemade ketchup and Tofurkey sausage
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19  Baked Onion Rings (Extra Crispy) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Geniale on: May 08, 2011 11:39:20 AM

I love onion rings, but I won't venture with a pot of hot oil for both safety and health reasons. So, I concocted this recipe and tadam: onion rings minus the frying but with all the crispiness!

  • 1 large onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup Panko*
  • 2 tsp steak spice
  • 1/2 tsp oil - make sure ou use an oil with a high heat resistance - like canola (don't use butter or olive oil)
    *Panko are coarse, Japanese-style breadcrumbs; can be subbed with regular plain breadcrumbs.

Preheat oven to 450F; lightly oil a baking sheet.

1. Peel and slice onion into rings. Place onion and flour in a ziploc bag; close and toss until onion are coated.
2. Beat egg whites with water and mustard; mix Panko and steak spice in a separate bowl.
3. Place baking sheet in oven and heat 5 minutes (this is the secret to the extra crunch, technique can also be used for fish 4. sticks or chicken fingers/nuggets).
5. Meanwhile, dip floured onion rings in the egg mixture then in the Panko mixture - making sure they are nicely coated.
6. Remove baking sheet from oven and place the onion rings on the hot sheet (you should hear them sizzle).
7. Bake 4 minutes, turn onion rings, and bake another 4 minutes. Baking time may vary depending on your oven.

Inspired by this recipe.

They are so easy, anyone can make them and flavours can be varied. In my recipe they are quite spicy, so if you prefer more neutral (especially if making for the kids), you can omit (or reduce) the steak spice and substitute salt and pepper; you could also omit the mustard and add a bit more water or some garlic paste.

Let me know if you try them, I'd love to hear your comments!
Enjoy Grin
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20  ipod Nano Sleeve (with earbud pocket) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Geniale on: March 20, 2011 09:54:00 AM
I created this pouch for my ipod Nano (5th generation) in such a way that it can be used or stored without ever having to disconnect the earbuds.

It's a little hard to explain, but here's how it works:
  • You insert earbuds in top pouch, pass the wire (plug end) through a hole at the bottom and into a hole at the bottom of the back pocket, then you connect it to the ipod.
  • For storage, ipod is slipped in back pocket, you pull on the wire so the earbuds are in the top pocket; there is a space between both pockets to tuck in loose wire.
  • To use, untuck wire and pull earbuds out of their pocket and into your ears; ipod can be slipped in and out of its pouch to control it.

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