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21  Re: 4X6 Art Swap - May 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 08, 2017 06:25:27 AM
That's a really pretty piece from BigBangMomma.

I recieved an awesome mixed media piece from loves2experiment.  I really like corrugated cardboard incorporated into artwork and the colors on this piece are great!  thanks so much!
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22  Re: Junk Journal Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 05, 2017 03:25:25 PM
I received a beautiful journal from Wulf.  It's so well done and I love all the pages.
The gorgeous front cover

and back cover

a few of my favorite pages

collages of the rest

Thanks Wulf!
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23  Mini Junk Journal from an Envelope in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by geekgirl1000100 on: June 03, 2017 12:51:43 PM
I made a mini junk journal using a 9"x12" manilla envelope that I had attempted to gelli print but didn't come out nicely.

So the inside cover had a self-made pocket

I slit the bottom of the envelop so that the back cover would also have a pocket

handmade envelope with altered ticket

gelli printed tags

I made a few altered paperclips.  

and lots of pockets

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24  Re: Notecard Set Swap in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: June 03, 2017 12:27:49 PM
dharma - super cute notecards!
smileyyogini - the cacti are nicely done.
Onyxnox - I love doing salted watercolors.  So much fun.  But iy can be hard on your hands when you try and rub the salt off after it dries.

I received from both my partners several days ago.
Onyxnox made some very lovely cards with a watercolor background and stamped images.  These cards are so neatly done - they look professional!

Mlsocci74 sent me an assortment of butterflies (we both send butterfly cards  Grin )
I love the variety.  the shaker card is very clever.  I've done similar things for pocket letters but never thought of doing it for a card.

This one is my favorite

Thanks you guys!
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25  Steampunkish/Vintage-y Junk Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by geekgirl1000100 on: May 26, 2017 04:50:22 PM
I made a junk journal for Wulf in the Junk Journal Swap.

I was lucky and found the perfect cover in the form of an old teacher instruction booklet from the 1930s.  I tore it in half (!) and extended the spine so that there would be plenty of room for the journal to expand and grow.

I made a couple of embellished paper clips

And an attached bookmark with beads

And to not overload - I made collages of the individual pages.  I mostly kept to a neutral color theme:

And a few close ups:

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26  Junk Journal Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 20, 2017 06:34:04 AM
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geekgirl1000100 to Wulf
Wulf to geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss to stellato_escuro
stellato_escuro to LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo to Sinjah
Sinjah to SonjaBoo
Sharalee to stefaniegk
stefaniegk to Sharalee

Has Received
geekgirl1000100 from Wulf
Wulf from geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss from stellafrom_escuro
stellafrom_escuro from LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo from Sinjah
Sinjah from SonjaBoo
Sharalee from stefaniegk
stefaniegk from Sharalee
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27  Re: Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 20, 2017 06:16:10 AM
I received from Seeuudee and life got in the way so I am only now posting pics.

She went with my "recycled" theme.  I love making ATCs and other artwork out of recycled bits and I'm glad Seeuudee had fun with this theme!  She used different wraps, magazines, old cards, and I see some corrugated cardboard too!

Here is the pocket letter

the cards out of the pockets

My favorite!  Home is spelled out using gate symbols from Stargate.  Great show that doesn't get enough crafty love!

I really like these also. Great use of recycled bits

And all the extras

Thanks Seeuudee for a great PL!
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28  Recipes from novels in Recipes and Cooking Tips by geekgirl1000100 on: May 10, 2017 10:19:06 AM
My craft group recently had a potluck meetup where you were supposed to bring a dish from your favorite book/movie/tvshow.

I made 2 things. 

From my favorite series (Discworld) I made Genuine Howondaland Curry from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Most of the recipes in the book are kind of jokes and possibly not edible (like the dip made with cucumber, banana, and tomoto puree  Shocked )
But a few are actually not bad.

This was pretty good.  Not the best curry, slightly on the bland side but certainly edible and really simple.  I would try it again and try to doctor it up some.  Also, I used non-fat greek yogurt and light coconut milk so that could have made a difference since real Indian food is really rich.  Also, I probably needed more salt.  I don't cook with much salt so if I'm not told how much to add then I don't usually put in enough.

Genuine Howondaland Curry
(Taken from the writings of Ponce da Quirm)
from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett

4 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into cubes (I used about 1.25 lbs)
small pot natural yoghurt (I have no idea how much that is.  I used the rest of the yogurt I had in  large container - so maybe 8-10 oz)
1" piece of ginger root, grated
6-8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 a cmall onion cut in large pieces - I don't like onion)
4 fresh green chilli peppers, seeded and finely chopped (I used about 3 medium sized jalepenos)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin (I used 1 Tbs)
1/2 tbsp ground corianter (I used 1 Tbs)
1 tsp turmeric
1 400 mL can of coconut milk
salt to taste
water (I didn't use any water)

The recipe also says you could use a can of tomates instead of the coconut milk, or liquidized cashew nuts
Mix the chicken cubes in a bowl with the yoghurt, half the grated ginger and half the crushed garlic. Leave for at least half an hour or, better, overnight. (I did over night).
Heat the oil in a large pan, and cook the chopped onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is a definite brown.
Stir in half the chillies, the remaining ginger and garlic, and the powdered spices. You should have a paste. Add coconut milk and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture starts to get really dry and the oil starts to come out. (I added half the green chilis here)
When it all looks thoroughly cooked and a nice thick sauce consistency, add the chicken and yoghurt mix, and a splash of water (about half a mug) and some salt. Let it simmer about 30 minutes.
Just before the end (5 minutes) add the rest of the chopped green chillies to taste. Add cilantro on the top.

I also just finished reading the Legends of Muirwood series.  This is a great trilogy if you like fantasy novels. 
The main character works in a kitchen at an Abbey and talks about some of the dishes they make for special occasions. Even though the world in the series was not Earth, the food was very medieval English. 
I decided to make Sambacade - a medieval cheesecake from the 14th century.  I made mini ones just to make it easier to serve/eat. 
It uses elderflower cordial.  You couldn't really taste the cordial at all.  I have ordered some dried elderflowers and will make it again soon.
The white specks you see are bread crumbs. 

225 g rich shortcrust pastry (I used premade mini pie shells - didn't have enough time to make my own crust)
4 eggs, separated
115 g caster sugar
350 g cream cheese
85 g fresh breadcrumbs
3 -4 sprigs of fresh elderberry flowers (if in season) or 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial (I used 2 Tbs cordial)
2 -3 fresh fresh edible flowers, for decoration ( if in season) (didnt have)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Bake pie crust according to instructions.
In a bowl, cream together the egg yolks and sugar until almost white and shiny, then gradually add the cream cheese, beating well after each addition until well blended. Stir in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Stir the cordial into the cheese mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until shiny and stiff, then fold these into the cheesy mixture. Spoon into the pre-baked pastry case. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
SERVE warm or at room temperature with cream or creme fraiche

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29  Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: April 22, 2017 01:28:38 PM
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Post your pocket letter pictures here!

Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer


Lindyv321 <--> quaggy
Lindyv321 <--> curiousfae
noooitaremybirthday <--> curiousfae
bunny1kenobi <--> BigBangMomma
bunny1kenobi <--> sammylouise
BigBangMomma <--> sammylouise
bec99 <--> Homerof2
bec99 <--> jellybean
quaggy <--> seeuuddee
geekgirl <--> seeuuddee
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30  Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: April 14, 2017 10:19:15 AM
to give an idea of scale - here's a pic of the tiny bird next to a quarter Smiley
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