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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Apocolypse Survival Swap? on: March 08, 2012 02:50:49 AM
Probably wouldn't be until later in the year but I wanted to throw the idea out there before I forgot, but I was thinking since its 2012 and the world's ending and all an apocolypse survival swap might be fun.

You could do survival kits, ancient myan type stuff, post-apocolyptic steam punk, weapons to fight off the zombies or robots or however you see the end of the world going down, maybe even celebration kits just in case the world doesn't end.....there's a ton of stuff you could do with this.
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Classy Cannibal Reversable Apron on: March 06, 2012 12:30:31 AM
I've had this idea for a while and thought it kinda fit with the challenge theme so I figured what the hey.

One side of the apron says "I always cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." Which is the more classy side, in my mind something a soccer mom would have hanging in her kitchen.

And the other side is a shopping list for bread, milk, eggs, butter, chianti, fava beans and liver. The only item not checked off is the liver. Its a refrence to Scilence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter wants to eat her liver with fava beans and a nice chianti, so he's already done his shopping he's just gotta find a liver.

The opposite forces here are the nice soccer mom vs a cannibal. Or there's the opposition of the soccer mom being the one that gets drunk all the time whereas Hannibal is a murderer but actually a rather classy man and would never use wine to get drunk, just to enhance the flavor of his meal.

I made the pattern by tracing an apron I already had. As much as I love making cute retro style aprons, these one peice butcher aprons (not sure if that's what this style is actually called, but that's what I call them) are so easy. I drew up the designs then copied it onto the fabric with carbon paper and painted it with acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. Then sewed the whole thing together, easy peasy.

Hope you like it. C&C always welcome.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Breaking Bad Gift Set on: February 25, 2012 09:15:45 PM
Couldn't figure out where to put this which usually means it goes here.

So my friend's birthday was last week and one of his favorite shows is Breaking Bad and since he just got me into the show, I decided to make him a Breaking Bad gift set for his birthday.

There's a shirt with his favorite quote on it, written in sky blue of course.

The Pollos Hermanos air freshner from Gus's car (stawberry scented, Gus seems like a strawberry kinda guy  Tongue ). I need to start making more air freshners, I forgot how easy and awsome they are.

And of course a bag of blue meth candy. My first time making hard candy, I'm quite proud of myself for not turning it into a burnt sugar mess. And it tastes like cotton candy too, since I've read that's what the prop on the show tastes like.

The only thing I whish I'd included was Tio's (Hector Salamanca) bell, but I didn't come up with the idea in time to order one online so he'll probably end up getting that for xmas.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Futurama Swap Round 3 on: February 12, 2012 10:30:14 PM

Post pictures of your futuristic goodies here.

Swap name: Futurama Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ivoryh1632
Sign-up date range: 1/14/2012 to 1/28/2012
Date to send item by: 2/27/2012
Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402000.0

Blue: Sent
Green: Package received
Teal: Sent and recieved
Strikethrough: Feedback given
Orange: Sending late with communication
Red: Problem! Please contact the organizer

Abbeeroad<-------> avocadoeldorado

v3nu5  <------>Luvebuggy99




25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Beheaded Queens Coasters on: January 15, 2012 11:01:07 PM
Made these coasters for a friend for Christmas. Each one has a portrait of a differend beheaded queen. It was inspired by his love of England and the fact that I was watching too much Addams Family (all of Wednesday's dolls are named after different beheaded queens) They're on stone tiles with felt backing. I didn't use a sealant over the pictures so they'll still absorb water, plus if the picture starts to gradually wear off over time it'll just add to the vintage look.

Ann Bolyn

Lady Jane Grey

Marie Anntoinette (my personal fave)

Mary Queen of Scotts

I don't know why some of them look like they have spots on them. Something got on them while they were drying on the table, whatever it was I washed it off, just forgot to take new pictures after. I really like how they turned out. I'm trying to think of other ideas to do for sets, maybe one with Da Vinci sketches.
Thanks for looking! C&C welcome.
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Futurama Swap Round 3 (Send Out Feb27) on: January 14, 2012 02:02:18 AM
Swap name: Futurama Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ivoryh1632   
Sign-up date range: 1/14/2012-1/28/2012
Date to send item by:2/27/2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

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 swaps 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

Participants must meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month.
- Has posted at least 15 times.
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time.
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps.
- Does not have any negative feedback.
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old.
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap.
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap.

Details of swap:
Good news everyone! We have a delivery!....no wait thats not it..Its another Futurama swap! So grab a fresh can of Slurm, dust off the Smell-o-Scope and everyone do The Bender! Now isnt that the perfect way to start off the new year?......Im asking you a question Kif.

This is my first time organizing so please let me know if I make any mistakes along the way. And do I need to say the obvious? Please no flakers, everyone keep in contact on a regular basis, all that jazz.

Participants must check in at least once a week, by posting in this thread, and regularly keep in touch with your partner either by pm or on this thread.

If your partner is within the US, you MUST get a DC and pm it to the organizer and your partner when you send. If outside the US, you need to send the organizer and your partner a copy of the mailing receipt.

Feedback will be given after you send. Please try and post pictures once you recieve. If you dont have a camera, please try to make arrangements with your partner so they can take pictures before they send and post them for you when you receive.

This is a 5 point swap. One item must be medium or large.

Small Item = 1 point
Med Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points

For new swappers there might be a bit of a confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item, so here's a handy guide:

Small = By time, 2 or less hours of crafting. By $$$, $10 or less. By size, Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

Medium = By time, 2 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $10-$30. By size, one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf

Large = By time, 3 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $30 or more. By size, A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse

This is not totally set in stone, but is a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost.
If you and your partner want to discuss different requirements, let that be between the two of you. We just dont want disappointment if you send an awesome package and get the minimum from your partner (even though, obviously, everything sent is going to be out of this world..haha, get it, since they go to space)

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Futurama Swap Round 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Have you watched the 4 movies and 2 new (comedy central) seasons?
Favorite main characters (ie:members of the Planet Express crew):
Favorite supporting/recurring characters (ex: Zap Brannigan, Robot Devil, Lrr, etc):
Least favorite characters:
Favorite Seasons/Episodes:
Least favorite episodes:
Favorite Quotes/recurring themes:
Is there anything in particular you would like to receive?
Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?
What crafts are you best at?
What crafts do you admire?
Favorite colors/patterns:
Least favorite colors/patterns:
T-shirt size:
Bracelet size:
Necklace size:
Do you have any allergies:
Are there any allergens in your home (smoke, pets, etc?)?
Do you have a pintrest/wist/etsy faves/other website that can be used for partner stalking?
Is there anything else youd like your partner or organizer to know?


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

Planet Express Crew Members

Abbeeroad<-------> avocadoeldorado

v3nu5 <------>Luvebuggy99





GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403821.0
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to Make and/or Decorate Sweat Bands? on: January 12, 2012 05:22:47 PM
So I got enlisted to use my "martha skills" to help my friend make hair accesories for her daughter's vollyball team, I swear I'm gonna stop telling people I do crafts. Only thing is its a co-ed team. The girls are easy, just do those ribbon scrunchi things that cheerleaders wear. But we need help thinking of something for the boys on the team. We were thinging of doing sweatbands, both wrist and head bands. But I have no idea how to make or decorate them.

We're in a small town so there's noone that sells stretch terry cloth (and its too last minute to get it online), we could probably find some plain ones at the dollar store and decorate them so that's an option. But does anyone have any ideas? Would making them out of jersey knit look too weird on a boy? Do you think wonder-under-ing some decorations (their name or school mascott) on would work?

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Futurama Swap (After the New Year) on: December 06, 2011 06:15:31 PM
Would anyone be up for a Futurama swap sometime after New Years?
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Virgin Mary/Madonna gift ideas? on: November 21, 2011 09:56:52 PM
Hey, I know a lot of you on here have made some awsome religious icon crafts and I was just wondering if anyone can suggest any ideas for something Virgin Mary/Madonna related I could make for my grandma for xmas. She collects anything Madonna related and loves handmade stuff so I wanna try and make something for her this year but I can't think of anything that would be appropriate for a woman in her 80's.

Thanks for any help!
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Thanksgiving recipes kids can make? on: November 12, 2011 09:29:18 PM
Hope I'm posting this in the right place, let me know if i need to move it.

I teach preschool (3-5yrs with a couple 6 and 7 yr olds on days that there's no school) and ever since our class made ice cream (using that old coffee can technique) the kids have been begging me to do more cooking, so I was thinking of having them make their own Thanksgiving dinner.

We have limited kitchen facilities, just a sink, microwave, toaster and toaster oven. And I want the kids to be able to do as much themselves as possible. Obviously I wouldn't let them put stuff in the oven, but they can do all the measuring, mixing and putting food on a pan.

I haven't done any testing yet but so far I've come up with these ideas-
-instant mashed potatos,
-bisquick buiscuts,
-mini pumpkin pies (I found a couple "no bake" recipies online but I'm not sure if I can find mini pre-baked tart shells, so I was thinking maybe using puff pastry sheets cut into circles and cooking the pies in a muffin tin)
-maybe some kind of cranberry sauce, something simple like just softening frozen cranberries in the microwave with a little sugar sprinkled on top
-and for turkey I was just planning on getting some pre-sliced deli meat

In my mind, I see each kid making their own individual serving of everything in cupcake liners (easier to write their name on what they made so I don't have to hear "hey! that's mine! teeeeeaaaaaacher, they're touching my food!!!") so they'll have a cupcake liner with a scoop of mashed potatoes, one with a handful of cranberries, etc, but my mom thinks that idea's "a bit too much."

So I just want anyone's opinions or C&C on this idea or any other ideas or recipes you guys might have.

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