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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: December 05, 2019 04:43:33 PM
We took Echo to the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery so she could get a stamp in her Blue Goose Passport book.... Once inside the lobby area, we grabbed some free flyers and then realized we had locked ourselves in! OH NO! And there was no stamp that we could use in Echo's book. Fortunately we snooped some more and found a door that opened to the outside. WHEW!...I'm sure our entire visit is recorded on security footage somewhere. If I go to jail, I will plead TLV30.   Wink   Roll Eyes   Cry


OMG thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty!  If you need a character witness let me know.  Wink

I'm hoping Craftster will be able to continue in some form, too.  I will look into joining Reddit this weekend. 
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Craftster Site Announcement on: December 05, 2019 03:54:48 PM
I don't even know what I was searching for when I stumbled upon this site, but I was stunned at the depth of knowledge here and that it was so willingly shared.  I've participated in several swaps, but my own issues have kept me from creating my own threads so I mostly lurk and learn.  (I'm working on self confidence, but that's a long road. Smiley ) I've met folks IRL I never would have known had it not been for Craftster.  Your user names and avatars are so familiar to me that you seem like friends even though we might never have had direct contact.

Even though I'm not overly active as far as posting I would sure hate to see this community disappear.  I would be perfectly happy to pay to keep the site going.  There are several forums I can think of that are not open for public view to encourage folks to pay and support the site.  Unfortunately I'm pretty much tech illiterate and have no way to actually make this happen, but if it does please let me know!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: November 14, 2019 08:20:57 AM
I LOVE poke cake!  My aunt used to make them!  Could you please post the recipe?  I've never made one and now I want to try! Cheesy
They are so simple it's almost embarrassing.  Bake a white sheet cake as usual.  Once it's cooled for about 10-15 minutes poke holes with a fork all over.  Let it cool completely.  I mix a small package of Jello according to directions, but you can also decrease the water a bit if you like.  Pour it over the cake and refrigerate for a few hours.  Use Cool Whip in place of frosting, and that's it.  I think that back in the day we also used the end of a wooden spoon to make big holes and used pudding in place of Jello.  With that one you have to use a spatula to push the pudding down into the cake.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: November 10, 2019 11:52:20 AM
We've been enjoying fall while we can.  Here's a picture of some trees on the way to a friend's house.


The Science Center had an exhibit on Pompeii.  I liked that everything was an artifact not a reproduction, but seeing the casts of the bodies was sobering.
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The Lemp brewery closed about 100 years ago, and the complex was then home to International Shoe.  Even though it was more recently a shoe place everyone knows it as Lemp.  Anyway, it's now rented out piecemeal rather than one company doing business there.  I went to an estate sale and took some time to drive around the complex, thinking about what it was like to work there all those years ago.


Lastly, DH was wanting a poke cake so I made one.  That was really out of left field because I'll bet it's been at least 20 years since I've made one.  I'm not sure why he suddenly wanted one.  Flobot gave it the sniff test, and it passed.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: October 25, 2019 08:00:12 AM
I love the squirrels tails sticking up like exclamation points!   Grin
And she caught the one mid-bark!  They are fun little critters to watch.

Alisha, I have to repeat what others have already said.  Please get additional help if you can.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: October 21, 2019 02:20:30 PM
Flobot and I are back from Texas.  Here she is on a cloudy day watching my uncle's horses get a snack.


From there we headed south to Ingram in Hill Country.  It's so pretty and peaceful there.  Flobot is pictured with the Guadalupe River and some cool fungus.  I tried to sound authoritative when I told her it was called duck-billed fungus because of it's shape.  I hope she bought it!  Wink



And of course, it's not camp if there isn't a fire in the evening for making smores.


Unfortunately it was dark both times we passed through Dallas.  Their night skyline is fun, but I was driving solo and there were just way too many bugs on the windshield to chance it.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: October 09, 2019 07:11:30 AM
Flobot's adventures begin today!  Within the hour we'll start a 15 hour drive to Texas hill country.  I hope she loves it there as much as I do!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! on: October 05, 2019 02:07:15 PM
Flobot arrived today!  Lucky for me she didn't eat all her snacks along the way, and she doesn't mind if I take her pillow to use as a dish cloth.
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 (SU 9/19 -9/30 SO 10/03 and 2/29) on: September 23, 2019 05:10:38 PM
Just sent in Echo's application.

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 29 Gallery! on: September 18, 2019 01:32:27 PM
Echo is home with such an embarrassment of riches!  Here are all of the things:


Everything was so nicely wrapped, but my old heathen self didn't stop to take a photo of that.  Nope, I just dove right in.  Everything sent was wonderful, but my favorite is the tea towel.  It's exactly the kind I like:  100% natural fiber that actually dries rather than just pushing water around.


Another thing I thought particularly cool is the blue goose passport.  It lists the National Wildlife Refuges, and at most you can get your passport stamped when you visit.  I plan to send this out on future swaps in case there's a refuge nearby.  There's local coffee that smells wonderful and candy that looks tasty plus stickers, magnets, postcards (the otters!), a coin, reusable bags, cups, and so much paper ephemera to look at.  I've only scanned the scrapbook so far.  I want time to savor it and really look at the details.


Thank you so much for being such a generous host!  I feel bad that my box was downright anemic next to yours, but it is much appreciated.  Kiss
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