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1  Re: Local Attraction Swap in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: October 02, 2011 07:07:06 AM
Finally posting pictures, I've never taken this long to post pictures and I feel bad.

First up the shirt.

Next up the extras - some snacks from her area: mango candies, pineapple candies and chewy peanut cakes, none of which I have gotten to try yet.  A post card with the description of the crafted item, and a cute flower hair clip.

And last but certainly not least my favorite item, a hand crafted resin pendant, shells picked up from North Shore and volcanic red dirt.  I love anything earthy, so this is totally up my alley.

Thank you for the awesome package Gr33nT3a, sorry it took so long to post pictures.

And Gr33nT3a, has yet to post pictures of my package, hopefully she will get to post some soon because I only got pictures of the jewelry I sent her.   Undecided  Here are the few I took.

A bracelet and earring set that is inspired by the flat oceans we have here in Florida.

And a pair of earrings inspired by The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, where I got her shirt.

I also sent her a shirt (obviously) but didn't get a picture because the shirt changes colors in the sun, so I couldn't get a good picture of it, since it was either raining or dark when it was time to take the picture, and a small jar of pindo palm jelly, because she said she likes getting interesting jams or jelly.
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2  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: July 05, 2011 01:32:08 PM
After much impatient waiting, the mailman finally came and delivered my package from AugustBell today.  Good thing my mom went to check the mail when she did, because the silly postman shoved my package in the mail box, and it was already quite warm when we got it in the house, fortunately nothing melted.  Smiley

So first a group shot.

AugustBell sent me an Accio t-shirt, an adorable Honeydukes box filled with goodies, a tiny embroidery kit, and my favorite item - an adorable crocheted bag in Slytherin colors.

The first thing I pulled out of the package was this t-shirt made by AugustBell with my favorite spell, which I think I told her at some point, I can't recall we exchanged quite a bit of information.  It is a tad bit too large, but I have a friend who is a genius at taking larger shirts and making them adorable by cutting and tying them.  Action shot may come later, but couldn't get one right now.  Also I am seriously tempted to add "boy" at the end because my "love life" has been lacking for the past few years, and I know my friends would get a kick out of it.   Tongue

Next thing I pulled out was the Honeydukes goody box filled with all kinds of goodies for the premiere.  

How cute is that box?  With all the little witch hat stickers, adorable.

And inside I found Quidditch Match Snack Mix (looks like trail mix), Ton Tongue Toffee (which looks suspiciously like peanut brittle, but I won't know until the premiere Wink) and Dementor Attack Relief (Slytherin colored M&M's) which broke out of their bag and fell all over the box.  Either that or the poor postman had a run in with dementors and needed some chocolate, in which case I can forgive him, since he protected my package from those nasty dementors.   Wink

Then I found this cute little Harry Potter tin box (which I have to say were it in my possession, it would have never left) which made the blank embroidery hoop make complete sense.  AugustBell sent me a small embroidery kit with Slytherin colored thread, needles, scissors and extra fabric to keep my occupied while I stand in line.  This might come in handy since I will probably be there way before my other friend I am going with and I don't know him all that well, so should things get awkward I will craft.   Tongue

Last, but certainly not least, at the bottom of the box was this adorable bag in Slytherin colors.  I really do love this, though I have to say it will be staying home during the premiere, it is not quite large enough to smuggle in all the snacks I plan on bringing.  Sad  

And a close up of the little keychain attached the bag.

And at the very bottom of the bag I found this cute little guy, who I suspect escaped off the keychain on the bag.  I may or may not add him back, he could be the first charm for a charm bracelet I have been planning for a while, but just haven't gotten around to ordering the parts for.   Undecided

Again thank you for the package AugustBell, I love everything.  And I sincerely hope you like your package half as much as I love mine.  It truly was a joy swapping with you.  Cheesy
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3  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: July 02, 2011 10:05:00 AM
Shipped my package to AugustBell this morning, and someone decided I didn't pack the package just right, it didn't have enough cat hair or she wanted to visit AugustBell even though I explained the weather was just as hot where the package was going.

I apologize for any extra cat hair your package may have picked up this morning AugustBell. 

P.S. Does this count as a teaser picture?
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4  Graduation Embroidered Button in Needlework: Completed Projects by rorriM_esoR on: April 29, 2011 09:57:44 AM
So tomorrow my crush is graduating from college.  He has invited me to his party and so I wanted to have something small to give him, I didn't really think of something until he asked me what I made for the OTHPT2 swap, where I made embroidered buttons.  He seemed genuinely interested in them and didn't quite understand the concept, so I figured I would make him one in honor of his graduation.  Will he ever have a use for it?  I doubt it, but it just something small to commemorate this great accomplishment.

Now before the pictures let me say that this is no where near perfect, I only just began embroidery a month ago, and haven't done anything since the swap.  This was my first time ever attempting a satin stitch, I think that's the one, and I know there is a mistake in the dolphins tale, it wasn't noticeable until I had already covered the button and it honestly doesn't look as bad in person as it does in the pictures.  The button is 1 1/8 inches, so everything was completely freehanded as a result.  The button is in his favorite color as well as our school color, and it has our school name and 11 for the year he is graduating.  I hope he likes it, and any comments would be welcome.  I am very new to this craft, but definitely loving it.   Cheesy

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5  Re: OTHPT2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: April 06, 2011 07:39:47 PM
Sorry it took so long to post these photos, I wanted to wait to take them until I got some natural light as it was yucky and rainy here yesterday, however I didn't get a chance to take photos until the sun went down today. 

I told Audio that I would love something that could work with my 21st birthday trip down to WWoHP this May, and she came up with the perfect idea - a tiny photo album.   I absolutely love it, thank you so much Audio.  I can't wait to fill it up with my favorite pictures from my trip. 

The Front of the Album

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

The Back

Thank you so much again Audio I absolutely loved it and swapping with you was a joy.   Grin  I apologize for not posting detail pics, hopefully these do your beautiful album justice, but if you have better photos please feel free to post them.  Now back to non-crafty related work, i.e. research papers.   Sad
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6  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: March 06, 2011 06:32:39 PM

Back:  I'm going cammping at a festival this summer.  I'ver never camped on my own and i won't know anyone there.  I'm worried I'll spend the whole time being an outsider and not fitting in.  Everyone else who is going is part of this community and the know each other so well.  Sad

I know it's not my parents' fault but it makes me feel better to blame them.

Front: My grandpartents gave me a flower press when I was 8.  I've kept flowers from past crushes and boyfriends for reasons unknown even to me.  I'm ready to move on.

Back: The greenery was given to me during Track-n-field in grade 5 by a boy i loved from grade 3 to grade 8.  I haven't sopoken to him since graduation, we never "dated" or anything.
The brown rose petals (used to be pink) were given to me by my high school sweetheart at semi-formal in grade 11.  We broke up at the end of grade 12, still hang out every now and then in group situations, but it's almost like that era never happened.
The purple flowers... I have no idea where they came from.  I guess it can't be that important.  I just remembered the purple flowers come from my prom corsage.  I dated that guy for 1 year, knowing after 2 months it was going nowhere.  Dumb me!
I'm currently planning my wedding to a guy I met in University.  Ready for the future, letting go of the past.

The envelope with the flower petals.
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7  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: March 03, 2011 03:45:02 PM


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8  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: March 01, 2011 01:36:07 PM

He didn't deserve the chance.

Front: You tore me open without trying.
Back: not all the pieces fit back together again.

My mom has found God.  Refound really she went to a Catholic high school.  As a gay Atheist I hope this doesn't ruin our relationship.
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9  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rorriM_esoR on: February 28, 2011 07:29:30 AM
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10  Yummy GLUTEN-FREE Banana Chocolate Chip & Nut Cookies in Dessert by rorriM_esoR on: August 01, 2010 10:13:15 PM

This is my first ever gluten-free cookie from scratch.  Since my mom was diagnosed with celiac over a year ago, we have been using Pamela's Gluten Free baking mixes, which I will say are good, but nothing beats a cookie made from scratch.  So today I decided was the day I was going to make my mom a gluten free cookie that our whole family would enjoy.  I researched a couple of gluten free "all purpose" flour mixes, and found one that had ingredients that looked relatively affordable and easy to mix and find.  All that I had left to do was find a cookie recipe to tackle, I have gotten relatively good at adapting gluten filled recipes, to gluten free goodness, so I didn't look for a gluten free recipe.  I decided to make something with banana as we had bananas which had gone a little to ripe for eating and I was not in the mood to make banana nut bread today.  So finally I came across this recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, and decided it should be easy enough to make gluten free. 

I followed the recipe as is, just made some changes to the ingredients and doubled the recipe.  I will list the ingredients and measurements I used here as well as the GF "all purpose" flour mix I used.  You can probably use any gluten free all purpose flour, if you have your favorite or buy a mix, but I only know how these cookies taste with the mix that I made, so just a warning that if you use something different your cookies are bound to taste a little different.  Also depending on the mix you use, you may or may not need to add xanthan gum, a binding ingredient which takes the place of gluten in baked goods.  Now if you are new to the GF lifestyle you will notice that it is very expensive, but don't fret over the price, a little goes a long way, and that package that might cost you anywhere from $8 - 13 will last you quite a while, it just depends on how much baking you do, it probably won't be something that you buy every month.

The GF All Purpose Flour Mix (I found it on Gluten Free Mom)
2 parts Brown Rice Flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Organic Brown Rice Flour)
2/3 part Potato Starch (This is not Potato flour, the two are different.  I used Ener-G brand)
1/3 part Tapioca Flour (This is sometimes referred to as tapioca starch, this is the same thing, and I used Ener-G brand)

I actually mixed up a big batch of this, because I bake often, which is contained in an air tight container.

Now for the ingredients.
2/3 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups GF "All Purpose" flour
2 tsp. GF baking powder (check this, some baking powders have gluten hidden in them)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (to be mixed with the other dry ingredients)
1 bag (12 oz) of chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

A little about the cookies, they are very cakey and extremely moist if you cook them the way the recipe says, until the bottom edges are golden brown, however you can get a more cookie texture by cooking them until they are golden brown on the top as well.  Also even though the recipe should have yielded 6 dozen, I got a little over 3 dozen, however my cookies were quite large so it might have to do something with that.  My cookies also took fifteen minutes to bake and I don't know if that is due to the larger size or the different flour, this was my first time cooking these cookies period.

Sorry for the long post, but I know how overwhelming it can be to have to learn how to bake an entirely new way and I wanted to help anyone who also might be experiencing this.  After all 1 out of every 10 people are living with celiac disease, most don't know it, so I figured that there might be some craftsters who would appreciate a regular cookie recipe that has been made gluten free.  If you have any questions feel free to comment or pm me.
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