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91  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / February Birthday Swap on: January 23, 2012 08:48:41 AM
Calling all February birthday boys and girls!

The February birthday swap will be going up on February 1!  For those who haven't participated before, it's a wish list-style swap.  If you have a birthday in February, you are eligible to post a list.  For those who aren't February babies, you can still join and make a gift for one of our birthday girls or boys!  It is NOT an ongoing list style swap, so you can claim anything from anyone's list. 

Smiley  Any interest?
92  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New scarf for ME on: January 02, 2012 08:03:11 AM
Using the utterly gorgeous handspun Romney I received from ariaya in the last Handspun vs Handmade swap, I decided to make myself a new scarf to wear - it's more an accessory to my outfits than a keep me warm scarf, which is just what I wanted!

Simple scallops that took hardly any time at all to do up - but I think it came out quite well and is a good start to the new year's crafting!
93  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Snowman on: December 17, 2011 09:22:19 PM
I just got my first needlefelting supplies in the Stocking 7 Swap, and they happened to be for snowmen which is as winter as it gets, so I thought I'd submit him for the challenge. Cheesy  Here he is, in all his (tiny) glory.  He's probably about 3" in height, total.

Apparently it's a bit breezy in Snowmanland since his scarf is flying!

And a side views you can see his little carrot nose:

Comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated!  
94  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND! 1 Swap Angel needed for Frugal Living 5 Swap on: December 01, 2011 06:32:58 AM
Swap Name: Frugal Living 5
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390975.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392983.0
# of Flakers Missing Packages: 1

The Frugal Living 5 swap is in need of one swap angel since a package has gone amongst the missing.  I'm pretty certain that illysook lives in the United States (she just moved - if this is incorrect, I will let you know.)  I'd love a two week turn-around time, so sending by the third week of December would be preferred!  Please PM kaz814 if you're interested!  

What winter holiday do you celebrate? Christmas
Would you like to receive holiday-themed frugal crafts? I'm okay with it, but it's not my preference.  I don't have room to save stuff for future holidays.
If yes, what sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you like to get?  Reverently Christian, but cool...maybe something that could decorate my dreary apartment year-round.
What sort of holiday-themed frugal crafts would you not like to get?  candles.  My cat would knock them over and burn the place down.
What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?  I want to save as much money as possible while I'm in Korea so that I can afford the extended job search when I go home next year, plus I'm paying down some debt.
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get? A box of oatmeal would be a real treat.  It costs the earth here in Korea. Warm gloves or mittens would be nice.  I've seen some cute Swiffer covers and I do have one, nice soaps, cat toys and treats, and since it's Christmas, homemade candy.
What crafts would you be willing to make? I like to make scarves and other knitted objects.
What crafts would not like to make? Jewelry, keeping track of all those little beady things annoys the crap outta me.
Is there anything you do not want to receive? Can't think of anything.
What are your favorite colors/patterns?  florals
What are your least favorite colors/patterns? things with weird characters or fashion items printed on them.  Like, I love shoes, but not on my handbag.
Are there allergies in your home?  I'm allergic to nickel.
Are there allergens in your home? I have a cat, her hair gets everywhere.

95  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Review: Singer 4166 on: November 28, 2011 09:42:42 AM
Brand: Singer

Model: 4166

Year: 2008

Cost: It was a gift, but I'd guess my mom didn't pay more than $150/$200 for it.

How long have you had the machine? nearly 3 years

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic Sewing

What are your favorite features?  It's a good, basic machine. It has 66 total stitches, including some nice decorative ones, and a needle up/down button.  It's a pretty sturdy machine, and theoretically, you can do free hand embroidery and quilting (which are not part of my talents.)  It's also not very intimidating and the buttons are pretty intuitive.  I watched the 'how to' DVD that came with it, but I probably could have figured out most of it myself.  It also has a needle threader, though I haven't used it often.

What are some of the unique features it has?  The decorative stitches are pretty nifty, really.  There are some pretty geometric designs and some flowers. 

How well does it run?  Pretty well.  You can tell when the bobbin well needs cleaning because it starts to act up.  For some reason, though, I can't figure out how to do button holes.  I attach the appropriate feet and it just keeps going straight.  I'm sure it's a user error, though I can't figure out why.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself?  No, but I've been tempted to take it in a few times.  If the bobbin well gets too dirty, your stitches will get funky. (Isn't that descriptive?)  Taking the plate off is a bit of a pain, but it's well worth it.  It came with a little vial of oil, too, and I've only had to oil it a few times.  Recently I did take the cover off and clean out the place above the needle, which also helped with how it was running.

Recently, it has had a glitch if I've used it for more than an hour/hour and a half where it keeps sewing, despite my foot being off the pedal/having pressed the 'stop' button.  To stop it, I've had to lift the presser foot.  Generally, letting it have a time out (possibly in a corner, while I glare at it) has helped.  I don't know if it's just gotten too warm, but this is one of the things that pushed me over the edge into looking into a new machine.

What are your least favorite features?  The instruction book is pretty thin, so it's hard to find out answers or identify some of the feet, as the feet aren't labeled and the pictures leave a bit to be desired (though this is probably not a problem for anyone with experience with sewing feet). I also can't figure out the buttonhole stitch (and it's supposed to be one-touch). It handles several layers of fabric (such as when you make bags) okay, though I've found I have to go really slowly. Also, if you don't thread the bobbin correctly for bobbin winding, it will wind around the post the bobbin sits on. Finally, it's a real pain to lower the feed dogs as it's really hard to raise them back up. 

Would you recommend this machine to a friend?  Yes, depending on their experience.  It's a good first machine, it's not intimidating and you can learn as you go.  Despite my 'least favorite features' issues, it has worked pretty darn well over the past three years.  It is still going and if I hadn't been taken in by the sales pitch of the lady at Joann's, I'd be using it still for several years. 
96  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Gnomie for my homey on: November 06, 2011 05:16:57 AM
Okay so that was bad, but I think my little gnome is rather cute!  My friend collects gnomes, so I thought this would be a perfect birthday gift!

He's made in a few pieces - hat/head/body, the bottom, and the felt beard.  He was great for using up some of my random scraps and he was a quick crochet, too!  I edited the pattern a bit because my safety eyes were larger than 6 mm and I thought he'd look bug eyed otherwise.

97  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bright Colored Afghan on: November 05, 2011 09:24:23 AM
This the biggest crochet project that I've ever done, so I'm rather proud of it.  I made it for my friend's little boy, who will be a year and a half or so at Christmas.  Some granny's daughters came from the Granny's Daughters 2 swap and the rainbow GD's were the inspiration for this afghan.  

I started it back in June, but worked on it very inconsistently since then.  With Christmas coming up, I got my rear in gear and finished it up this past week.  It's super soft now that it's been washed (I was concerned about that, actually) and I hope he likes it!

Comments and critique are welcome!
98  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Seam Allowance question on: October 29, 2011 11:11:56 AM
So I'm finally delving into the world of patterns for something where size matters ... and I have a question.  When they say 'transfer pattern to fabric and cut out' and then 'use 1/2 inch seam allowance' do they mean that where I cut should be a half inch from the line I've traced or do I cut along the line and then sew a half inch from the cut? So will I be sewing on the line or a half inward from the line?

Thanks everyone!  I cut out one part of it and then decided to pause, just in case I was doing it wrong!
99  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tomato Vegetable Lentil Soup (can be vegan/vegetarian!) on: October 21, 2011 12:15:24 PM

One of my all-time favorite soups is based on the Tomato Vegetable Lentil recipe from a cookbook called Soup Makes the Meal.  Over the years, I've changed it so it's more my own - adding some things, leaving others out.  I make it almost every week to take for lunch.  You'd think I'd get sick of it by now, but I haven't!  

Here is my version of Tomato Vegetable Lentil soup!


10 cups of chicken broth (use vegetable to make this vegetarian/vegan!)
1 T olive oil
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, chopped
1-2 potatoes (depending on size), peeled and chopped
1 cup lentils
1 can of diced tomatoes (low sodium if you can)
1/2 cup of rice (uncooked)
1 bay leaf
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. basil
1/4 t. red pepper flakes (or less - adjust to your taste)
1/4 t. black pepper

1. Chop carrots, onions and celery.

2. Put olive oil into stock pot along with chopped veggies.  Add all herbs now, too.  (I do it early so I don't forget!)  Saute until onions are tender.

3. Add chicken (or vegetable) broth and bring to boil.

4. Add lentils and rice.  Simmer 10-15 minutes.

5. Dice potatoes and add to pot.  Simmer 15 minutes.

6. Add can of tomatoes (with juice if you like a tang to your soups!) and simmer an additional 10 minutes.

7.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

This makes at least 10 one-cup servings, but I usually portion mine directly into tupperware to take to work throughout the week!  It tastes even better after reheating!  Oh and serving it with a crusty bread is so yum!

I hope you enjoy!
100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Frugal Living 5 Gallery on: October 18, 2011 12:01:40 PM
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puzzler <-> crescentfresh
kaz814 <-> cinnamon teal
mom2em <-> whileitsraining
pollyprissypants <-> illysook
Alatarial <-> yzzilnoaj
smittenheart <-> ChrissyCrafts
allyourown <-> monnie31
bergman <-> danynn
Miss Barbara <-> 85%confusion
mikknits <-> dharma_rebel
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