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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Assemblage Art Swap 3 - S/U Jun14 thru Jun23, S/O July31 on: June 14, 2018 07:22:37 AM


Swap name: Assemblage Art Swap:
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: June 15th June 23rd at midnight Eastern Time
Date to send item by: July 31st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

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

Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years old or older.

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

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

Details of swap:

Make one (large) piece of assemblage art for your partner.
Assemblage is the making of 3D (or 2D!) art that oftens involves using found objects
* Shadowboxes, shrines, sculptures, dolls can all be types of assemblage work!  It's a pretty wide-opened interpretation for the purposes of this swap.

*** Large based on time/effort, not necessarily size:

Craftster guidelines:
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
By Price
-Large = $30 or more

We will not be listing themes for this swap in order to give everyone some artistic license in making their piece of art. Please be open to wherever the muse takes your partner and give yourself freedom to play and create ART!! But please keep in mind your partner's absolute dislikes on the questionnaire. And even though we are not listing themes, take the time to look at your partner's profile or pinterest, etc. to see what kinds of things they may like.

Make sure that your art is wrapped with care for for shipping!! It's always disappointing to receive a broken item.

Here are some posts that have samples of assemblage art:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/220606081716486660/
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/mixed-media-assemblage-art
https://www.artsy.net/gene/found-objects/artworks?for_sale=&include_medium_filter_in_aggregation=true
http://mentalfloss.com/article/13046/11-artists-doing-amazing-things-recycled-materials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cdy-DZm00c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmbBIkE53Oc

Here are the previous galleries:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427937.msg5104492#msg5104492
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451997.0

Please Note:
1. PMs should be labeled "Assemblage Art Swap" with the appropriate action - Signup, send, receive.
2. Make an item that you would like to receive. Get to know your partner. Do your best work.
3. I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements in any other ways.
4. Please post in the thread regularly so we know you're still around and kicking; also please communicate upfront with your partner and organizer if there may be/are any issues with late sending. Communication will be noted in feedback.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Assemblage Art swap
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: (YES/NO)

What are your favorite colors?
Any colors/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?
What mediums do you think you may be using for your art piece?
Would you prefer to receive 2-D or 3-D art (meaning would you like something flat/you could hang on a wall, or something that would sit on a shelf)?
Do you have any size limits/preferences? (Here is where you would list if you want something in miniature or don't have room for something 3 foot long.)

Any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?

Pinterest (or other link) to give your partner an idea of what you like:
Anything else you would like your partner to know:

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO geekgirl1000100 VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Braised Beef Ribs on: May 16, 2018 05:09:24 AM


I recently purchased a dutch oven and wanted to put it to good use.  I decided to make brasied beef short ribs.  I had never made ribs before.  I've only ever eaten them if someone else makes them.

The original recipe was a Pioneer Woman recipe and I made a few small edits, including doubling the recipe.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/braised-short-ribs-2716433

8 servings (or 4 if your friends eat like mine!)

salt and black pepper
8 beef short ribs - I had 16
1/4 cup all-purpose flour - omitted as one of the people I was making this for is gluten sensitive and I didn't think it was a necessary step.

6 thin slices bacon, diced - I used a whole pack
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 carrots, diced - even with doubling the recipe, 3 carrots was more than enough and next time I would cut them in larger chunks
2 shallots, finely minced
1 medium onion, diced - left out.  onions are gross!
Added several cloves of minced garlic
Splash of red wine - 1/2 a cup of a caberet savignon
4 cups beef broth (enough to almost cover the ribs) 8 cups
2 sprigs fresh thyme - 4-5 springs
2 sprigs fresh rosemary - 4-5 springs

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Salt and pepper the ribs, then dredge them in the flour. Set aside.
In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until completely crispy and all the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and set aside. Drain off any excess fat.
Add the olive oil to the pan with the bacon fat and raise the heat to high. Brown the ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove the ribs and set aside.
Lower the heat to medium. Add the carrots, shallots and onions (garlic) to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Splash in the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to release all the flavorful bits of glory. Add the broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and bring to a boil. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add the ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add the thyme and rosemary sprigs (whole) to the liquid. Finally, add the cooked bacon. (I didn't add the bacon back in.  I was afraid it would get soggy and I just saved the bacon for breakfast the next day).
Put on a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook until the ribs are fork-tender and falling off the bone, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.(My pan was so full it took more like 3 hours). Remove the pan from the oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes with the lid on before serving. At the last minute, skim the fat off the top of the liquid.

I then used cornstarch and thickened the broth up some.
I served with mashed potatoes.


(you can see my ugly scrap crocheted hotpad in this pic.  it was made from scrap leftovers of cotton yarn)
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bird canvas on: May 04, 2018 07:48:17 PM
I made this for the 6x6 art swap.
Its gessod canvas that I covered in sheet music and wood stain and acrylic paint. then cut the canvas and folded the flaps in and nailed down. I added some rolls of sheet music and more nails, sticks,  and some jewelry wire. I also added fake moss, a couple of birds I printed and cut with my cricut. The background sky is watercolor paint.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3 Gallery on: February 09, 2018 08:08:38 AM


Swap name:
Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3

Sent
Received
Sent and Received

Partners:
geekgirl <--> LadybugsAndBumblebees
StudioANF <--> dharma_rebel
Bugaboo1 <--> fatewineroses
calixita <--> ChameleonHound

kansas96 --> momof2 --> zigg13pra --> kansas96
(Kansas sends to momof2, momof2 sends to zigg13pra and zigg13pra sends to kansas)
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Keep Me Warm Swap Round 4 (SU: 1/12-1/19; SO 2/21) on: January 12, 2018 06:29:42 AM
Gallery



Swap name:
Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3

Previous Rounds:
Round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368364.0#axzz2qDPTZcJd
Round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402105.msg4726897#msg4726897
Round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430748.0#axzz2qDMN9Gio

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Jan. 12-19, 2018
Date to send item by:  Feb. 21, 2018

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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


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

Details of swap:

This swap will be a swap of items to keep us warm! Here is how it will work.

Each participant will send their partner items that fall into each of three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory, and Worn Accessory.

Hot Drink: We will be sending the monetary equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix. It is encouraged to buy local, but it is not required.

The next 2 items should be a total of 4 swap points in total (not each)

Hot Drink Accessory: This could be a reusable coffee sleeve, a mug cozy, chocolate dipped spoons, a mug, a bowl etc. This should be a crafted item.

Worn Accessory: This could be any worn item that is used to keep you warm. The possibilities are endless! This could be a scarf, mittens, hat, lip balm, socks, slippers, pajama pants, etc. This should be a crafted item.

The two crafted items should equal four points. The point requirements are as follows:

By Points
Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

DON'T FORGET to send your questionnaire to geekfirl1000100

Questionnaire to answer:
Name of swap: Keep Me Warm Swap Round 4

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):
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens present in your house?

Link to pinterest, website, etc.:

What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you make?
Favorite colors:
Least Favorite colors:
Any sizes that your partner would need to know:


What hot drink would you like to receive?
In this section, only answer questions that apply to the items you would like to receive:
What are your favorite flavors?
Coffee-ground or whole bean?
Tea-bagged or loose leaf?
Hot chocolate-milk or dark chocolate?
Favorite soup mix variety?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of Keep Me Warm? on: January 08, 2018 08:19:50 AM
Anyone up for another round of Keep Me Warm?

The details:
You will send items for three categories, Hot Drink, Hot Drink Accessory (crafted), and Worn Accessory (crafted)

Hot Drink: equivalent of one pound of gourmet coffee (about $10). This could be loose leaf tea, gourmet hot chocolate or coffee, or a soup mix.

Crafted Hot Drink Accessory: such as coffee sleeves/cozies, decorated mugs, spoon rests, a bowl, mug rugs, etc.

Crafted Worn Accessory: something that is worn to keep warm such as scarf, mittens, hat, socks, etc

Total of 4 points of crafted items



7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poppy Hoopla on: December 13, 2017 10:54:24 AM
I made this for dharma_rebel in the 12 days of Christmas swap.  I knew she liked poppies so I found a clipart of a poppy, enlarged it and used it as a rough guideline for my poppy shape.  
It is almost all satin stitch.  It used about 5-6 skeins of embroidery thread.
The center is black felt with straight stitches to hold it down and then the same in yellow for the very center.


(the creepy face in the background is the cover of a boardgame.  I didn't realize it was there until I uploaded the photo!)

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Winter Bird Hoopla on: December 13, 2017 10:53:24 AM
I made this for lindyv in the 12 days of Christmas swap.  I've been trying to improve my embroidery.  I saw this (or something similar) on her pinterest and decided to try it.  It includes satin stitch, french knots, back stitch


head shot

mistletoe closeup

tail feathers
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lots of bags on: October 18, 2017 04:33:34 AM
I recently participated in the Make a Purse and Fill it swap.
I don't have a ton of sewing experience and signed up for the swap as a way to make myself learn some new techniques.
I learned the following things: how to sew in a zipper, how to top stitch, how to make boxed corners, how to make straps, how to make an adjustable strap, how to make reversible bags.  I even improvised a pattern and pieced together 2 separate patterns to make one bag.

For one partner I made a cross over body bag with Beauty and the Beast material.  I had made this last as it was the most adventurous piece I made.
The bag with a zipper:

The back of the bag with a pocket - I inserted a piece of paper to show off the pocket better

Adjustable strap


coin purse - my first attempt at a zipper

And more pouches



A water bottle cozy with strap - my first time making a strap.



A reversible tote.  I loved this material.  I made another similar bag with pirate/skull theme but with longer skinnier straps.  I forgot to get a picture of it.



10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / butterfly notecards on: July 25, 2017 04:15:15 AM
I love making notecards/greeting cards. In the Birds, Bees, Buterflies swap I made my partner some butterfly cards based off ones on her pinterest. 

I had a pad of brown cardstock and folded and rounded the corners of the cards and folded and stamped the envelopes.  It was fun digging through my paper stash to find 9 types of red, 9 types of blue, purple, etc.  It also made me realize I have a LOT of paper stash!




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