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1  Re: Middle Earth Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mrraawwr on: July 18, 2014 06:29:43 AM
I just received my package from the lovely Samsara, and boy did she spoil me! I think the biggest issue now will be how to keep this all to myself and not have the BF steal it all...

First up is the Witch king of Angmar, which apparently took a lot of time. I can see why, he's amazing! The sword and "mask" seems to be made from polymer clay and the rest is crochet.

A super-duper-mega-ultra-awesome hoop (my first <3) with the white tree of Gondor! Straight off my pinterest I believe Wink

A close up of the very nice stitching.

A silk hanky with Smaug on it. Hand painted, I guess? A beeeaaaauuuutiful painting of omer, who is the most kick-ass character (after owyn) ever, and my BF has a huge man-crush on him. There is also a key-chain with the key to Erebor on it, a shrinky-dink i think? Very nice details on it!

And last, a pair of dwarvish gauntlets. These will be perfect this autumn! Smiley

Thank you so much Samsara! I haven't sent my package yet, and now I'm getting some serious swap anxiety, how will I ever be up to par with this!? And I only have a few hours left, aaaarrrrrghhhh!
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2  Re: Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mrraawwr on: June 30, 2014 12:51:46 PM
Wow, those notecards and the ATC are amazing. I actually pinned them for inspiration! Cheesy

I got my package from stellou today, and boy did she spoil me! I thought I sent her a lot of things, but wow. Without further ado, here's my photobomb (nevermind the ugly tablecloth.. maybe I should ask for a nice tablerunner in my next swap):

An amazing quilt to hang on my wall. I don't know if you can see it, but the quilting itself is shaped like leaves in the tree, mind gobbling! And do note the little gnome to the right.

The back, almost a shame it will be hidden!

I DID GET A KODAMA! Haha, I had completely forgotten I wrote kodamas as one of my faves! But now I have this wonderful bag to sport around town.

The cute lining

A wonderful notebook with a quilted cover - LOVE the colours! Seriously, if I was a button, I'd be that exact button - pearly green shell topped with a vibrant purple bead... True story. (and no, I did not just read that loud in my head with Benedict Crumblycakes' voice)

The inside, wonderful quality paper. I was just thinking today that I needed a new notebook, perfect!

I think stellou might be psychic, as this wonderful mug is a perfect colour match with the rest of my cupboard (all different, but same colour scheme).

A FREAKIN' HOBBIT DOOR! Can it be more perfect? I THINK NOT!

Two little fairies that will go live in my potted plants, a mushroom pincushion - I love that we made one for each other! A cute little bracelet (already wearing it!), and the sweetest little fairy tale...

...with these beautiful illustrations.

I also received some extras in the form of sweets (those bonbons are my favourites!), and glittery stickers - I may have squeled from excitement.

I cannot describe how much I love this package, it fits me so well and all the colours are just perfect for me. I can really tell stellou put a lot of effort into this <3 If I have to pick a favourite, I think it would be the mug - I know I will use it a lot, and I absolutely love having odd, personal cups.
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3  Crocheted stone necklace and beaded dragonflies! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mrraawwr on: June 29, 2014 01:03:39 AM
I've seen these pins where people have crocheted lace around stones to make them like sort of sea urchin-like. I really liked the idea so for the Enchanted Forest swap I wanted to make one for Stellou. But since I'm a geek, I made it with a twist. I also felt that the green was a bit too bright, so I soaked the whole thing in coffee (before adding the flowers and lizard) for a couple of hours to deepen it. I really like the result! Smiley
--EDIT: forgot to mention, it's just a fun thing, but I picked the stone at a riverside in NZ during my travels last autumn.

The back

The front with a small lizard and pressed flowers.

I also made her some beaded dragonflies after a tut i found on pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461619030528205702/). But I added some glittery nailpolish on the wings, because there can never be too much glitter! Cheesy

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4  Green man yoga bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mrraawwr on: June 28, 2014 01:27:40 PM
For the Enchanted Forest swap my partner, Stellou, requested a bag. And on her pinterest I saw a very nifty looking yoga bag. So I drafted my own pattern and got to work on my first bag ever! She also loves Green man, so I decided to appliqu a green man on the front of the bag, with vines going down the straps made to hold the yoga mat. The bag has an adjustable strap and I added a pocket on the inside, with a carbine hook and a strap for keys and such. I then changed the "handle" pull tab on the zipper to a nicer one with beads. I also made two little flowers on the back, to make it a more versatile bag Smiley Cue photobombing:

The front

The back of the bag

The beaded "handle" (what do you call that thing?) on the zipper pull tab

A look of the lining and inside pocket

CC always very welcome! Expecially since I'm not very used to making bags...
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5  Amanita muscaria - mushroom postcard in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mrraawwr on: June 28, 2014 12:56:57 PM
For the Enchanted forest & Woodland creature swap I was paired up with the lovely Stellou. She listed mushrooms as one of her favourites, so the inner geek in me had to do this postcard. Its made with watercolour pencils, permanent marker for the text, some white gouache for the dots and tinted with tea.

Aaaand a cardboard cover so it wouldn't get smashed during shipping:

And if you haven't seen the swap gallery, go check it out. There's some seriously amazing stuff in there!
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6  Re: Fairy Tale Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mrraawwr on: May 12, 2014 08:59:58 AM
Just received my package from rrrat! So thrilled with it, thank you!

All the goodies! A wooden comb, chocolates (half is gone already, and the rest will go tonight when watching GoT!), wonderful RRH t-shirt (love the purple colour <3), sock magnet with a matryoshka, a small notebook, a necklace with 4 wooden pendants with fairy pictures on them aaaand a wooden bangle Smiley P.S. ignore the DNA-thingy-papers in the background...

Close-up of the t-shirt, love the style! And the wolves expression is awesome Cheesy (notice her basket in the background)

The wooden comb. It says "Novosibirsk", the city rrrat is from Smiley

The bangle. Rrrat wrote in the notebook that she wanted it to be like a magical fairy forest with "wings too big for a dragonfly and horns too small for a deer". Apparently i forgot to take a photo of the other side which has the wings (and a toadstool and a troll-like tail) on it. But you can imagine it Smiley

This is my first swap ever, and I really don't think I could've chosen a better one to join. This has been awesome, and I've gotten so much inspiration from everyone else's work as well! The only bad part is that I can feel an addiction creeping up on me...

Love for Craftster: INCREASED! <3
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7  Vegan, raw, gluten free chocolate "bars" - keep up the good health! in Dessert by mrraawwr on: February 19, 2014 07:56:10 AM
For christmas, my sister gave me a book with Indian ayurveda recipes. Whilst I'm not really into the whole wyurveda thing, I LOVE Indian cuisine and it's entirely vegetarian as well. While studying, I always feel like snacking on something, and as studying can go on for quite some time I prefer something at least kind of healthy so I can eat it without feeling bad. And then I found this:

All the chocolatey, coconutty goodness without any refined sugar och flour or baking. All you need is a food processor (i used a stick blender, but its bowl was a bit too small really..) and maybe fourty minutes or so, including freezing time.

Vegan, raw, chocolate bars:
1 dl sunflower seeds
1 dl pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp crushed flax seeds
4+ tbsp cocnut flakes
20 dried apricots (original recipe called for dates..)
1-2 tbsp water
1 tsp sambal oelek
2+ tbsp dried cranberries (recipe called for gojiberries which is suuuper healthy)
1 dl almonds

Process the seeds until they are like a flour. Add the rest and process until crumbly. Add water until you get a slightly sticky texture. Push into an oven form or something similar, freeze for 30 min and indulge! Or just eat it straight away Wink Keep it in the fridge or freezer.

This recipe can be altered however much you like, depending on what you have on hand. I used apricots as I don't like dates (frankly, I don't like dried apricots eiher) but it doesn't leave much taste, just texture. And as long as you get the right texture and it's sticky enough to press it into shape you can use anything. If you make it a little stickier, it can probably be rolled into little balls of goodness Smiley


EDIT: Suggestions for substituting water: milk, coffee, kahlua (if you're naughty Wink ) or just about anything you think will work with chocolate!

Also, thank you, craftster mods for the feature! Cheesy
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8  First art journal in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mrraawwr on: January 15, 2014 01:38:10 PM
I've recently spent three months in NZ (lovely country!) and was very inspired by an artsy lady I met at a market, she told me about her "technique" to use sharpies and aquarelle paint - if you make a boo boo, you can't change it so just make something nice from it. I used to be very artistic, but for the past..ten years or so I've barely painted/drawn anything. But now it was time for a change!

I've had a sketchbook with very nice thick pages for yeeeeeaaaars and years (embarrassing as I am only 22..). But today I made my first ever art journal and filled the first two pages (not counting the useless sketches i did in it forever ago) with pictures of typical Swedish winter birds.

The cover: old music sheets, acrylic paint, sharpie, decoupage glue and paper (the bird is a cutout!). The text didn't come out as I'd planned, but oh well. Pourquoi pas means why not and it kind of resembles the attitude I should have towards painting!

Great tit: sharpie and aquarelle paint

Eurasian bullfinch: sharpie and aquarelle paint

Constructive criticism is always welcome!
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9  Homemade bagels in Recipes and Cooking Tips by mrraawwr on: May 27, 2013 01:13:30 AM
So a few days ago I decided to make some bagels since I had severe cravings for them and they're not that easy to come by around here... The process was kinda fun, actually. Since you're supposed to boil the bagels before you bake them in the oven. I topped mine with poppy, sunflower and sesame seeds, YUM! Oh, and mine are absolutely huuuuge! I made a double batch but forgot to double the number of bagels it would make, hence, they are twice as big as in the recipe. They make a great lunch though Smiley

The finished product (with cream cheese, spinach and tomato):

In action:

If anybody wants the recipe I used I can fix it, otherwise google is nice Wink
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10  Tea cosy in Knitting: Completed Projects by mrraawwr on: May 15, 2013 12:41:45 AM
I got my first (and so far only) tea pot as a gift when i graduated from high school. But now that I've actually started using this beautiful piece of porcelain I've realised it doesn't hold warmth very well. Enter the tea cosy! So I found a site with lots of patterns (http://tipnut.com/rosy-tea-cosy/) and used the one called "Broken rib" except I didn't decrease my stitches at the top due to my oblong knob, instead I inserted a string so I can pull it closed Smiley

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