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1  Re: Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by roler on: July 10, 2017 10:50:53 PM
BigBangMomma - Those kitties you made are just darling!!  I love how they fit/fill out the squares!  I'm trying to do a couple like that myself but it's definitely harder than just putting the subject in the middle!  You did a great job! 

seeuudee - Oooh, very classy looking steampunk / GoT twinchies!!  Bold and striking!  I think my favorite is the clock.  So much detail, and I love the shiny pieces!  Your colorful set for Witty_Child is fantastic too!  The cupcake is so darn cute and cheeky, and I LOVE that Christmas ornament!  It's just perfect!

bec99 - I love your matching set!  The stars are so evenly cut; I have so much trouble whenever I try to make stars that I am very impressed by that, and I am echoing all the praise for that wonderful rocket!

I received from fatewineroses today, and I am absolutely charmed to pieces!!  Look at these gorgeous little things!!

Eeeee I don't even know where to start!  Both the snail and the gnome look so serene, not to mention cute as a button!  Aaah maybe now I should start an enchanted forest themed collection; originally I was just planning to make a collage mixing everything together but each time I see these wonderfully done pieces I want to give them a themed set of their own so they can really shine!  The rainbow thread for the snail was a great choice; it kinda looks like the iridescent look some shells have!  The Earth is lovely and will go with any number of other themes or mixed collages, and the sparkly felt for the background gives the PERFECT suggestion of stars!! (Not to mention I just love sparkly things.  Magpie here.)  And my absolute FAVORITE is the apple!! That's not just any adorably exuberant apple - it's the apple from the wonderful card game Apples to Apples, one of my favorite party games!!  It will go fantastically with my growing collection of game twinchies!! 
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 10, 2017 12:56:06 AM
Prompt: July Battle - Go Back to Craftopia (via the Young Boy)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Felt Twinchie
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Brief Description:
Much as I hate to abandon the young boy after I promised to help him, I've heard that the "negotiations" involve a lot of pretty shady-sounding bribes, so I think I'm more comfortable heading back to the city to train myself for more future adventures! ;P
I made this for quaggy in the felt twinchie swap, and am putting it behind a cut because I haven't sent it yet.  It does involve magical transportation!
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Prompt: July - Loaves You Guild
Team: Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Sweet Cornbread with Sides
Project Link: I used this recipe for the cornbread - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17292/cornbread-muffins-i/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=12&isMetric=false
Brief Description:
I've been craving cornbread for a while now, so I made one of my favorite recipes.  The only thing I changed was using oil instead of butter; butter can be pretty expensive here, plus oil is just so much easier to add and mix!  The texture came out perfect, and while I think the taste is a LITTLE richer with the butter, it's still really nice this way!  It didn't take the full half hour to put the cornbread together, so I added some sides and made myself an awesome lunch, with bacon, and a tomato salad with miso and mayonnaise dressing.
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 08, 2017 08:38:03 AM
Prompt: June - Handspun Meadow
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Miso Pork with Summer Vegetables
Project Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWM47LUlb5x/?taken-by=katsuyukimoray
Brief Description: I made this dish (or rather, Katsuyuki did!) for a plushie cooking contest on Instagram.  I used the dish, and the photos I took while making it, to enter the contest, so the food itself was more a means to an end!  Follow the link for the recipe and lots of photos of Katsuyuki cooking! Smiley
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 02, 2017 10:57:53 PM
Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap, Community
Project Name: Rainbow Fish Hoop
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452679.0
Brief Description:
I made this hoop for Acadian Driftwood in the Filled Twinchy Swap.  I love how it turned out! Smiley
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5  Rainbow Fish Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: July 02, 2017 10:48:36 PM
I made this hoop for Acadian Driftwood in the Filled Stitchy Swap.

Her list of interests included sea creatures, rainbow colors, and shades of blue, so I decided to go with a fish theme and went hunting for ideas on pinterest.  I absolutely fell in love with the layout of this art piece: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752017767994/  so I decided to make a rainbow applique version of that design. 

Here are a few progress photos:

This is after just cutting out the fish.  Even that step took several hours - I am SUCH a slow crafter!  Thank goodness for Netflix, and patient partners! ;P

Next I stitched each fish on.

Normally I tie off each thread every time I rethread my needle, but I didn't want to flip the hoop over and mess up the layout, so I just left all the ends until I was finished attaching the fish, and then tied them all off at once.  Fortunately this didn't come back to bite me. ;P

Finally, here are a few evenings' worth of embellishment progress:

Partway through I was starting to despair of ever finishing, but when I finally got it done I was super happy with how it turned out! In fact, when I posted it to facebook my aunt wanted to buy it! ;P  I told her it was for a swap, so it's spoken for.  But I really really like this piece and am tempted to try some other versions, maybe with different animals... Sadly I'm not so great at spacial reasoning and layout so the design part is a lot harder for me, but if anyone wants to help me design the layout for a similar pattern, but with eels or octopuses, let me know!! ;P
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6  Re: Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by roler on: June 28, 2017 11:41:11 PM
pioneer9 - Oh my goodness, those are so great!!  I've only seen a tiny bit of Rick and Morty, but I've seen enough to know that those are SPOT ON, and the colors really pop!!  I love the typography of the naughty word, and the simple bold layout kinda gives it this dry delivery that makes me laugh.  And the raccoon!  So cute!  Awesome decision to make his "mask" stick out just a bit over the edge, too! Very arty!!

Witty_Child - Those sea creatures are DARLING!!  I think I may have to take a hint from a lot of the other swappers here and ask for more sea creatures myself; I could easily make an entire collage of nothing but aquatic lovelies!  You managed to get such a variety in your four animals, and each one is just as cute as can be! Nice to have the unified background too so it's like they're all happily coexisting in one body of water. Smiley

Next, oh wow guys, look what I got from quaggy!!!

She chose four of my favorite animals from my list, and they are all WONDERFUL!
The frog is just as darling as can be, with those huge eyes staring up at me! And his pose is so cute and cheerful too, like he's just revealed a surprise and is waiting for a reaction: Ta-daaah! XD
Giraffes are one of my all-time favorite animals, and this one is just the best with his shiny bead eyes and OMG THAT MANE!!  I love the 3D effect!! He looks beautiful against that particular shade of blue, too.
The kitty has so much character and is even orange like my brother's cuddle monster Cecil, and the bold black lines make it look like a fun illustration; I love the effect!!  The craft cord and bell for the collar are a great touch too!
And last, my favorite... THAT SHOEBILL!!!  I don't think I was actually expecting anyone to choose the shoebill from my list, since it's such a weird, out there animal, but this guy is GREAT!!  The pose, the colors (even the sort of mottled bill!!), and that charming tuft of feathers from the top of his head are all absolutely perfect, and I'm just so happy to have him in my collection!!!

Seriously, quaggy, I squealed out loud when I got these guys, and I love them so much!!  Thank you thank you!!  I've been running behind but I will be getting to work on yours very soon and I hope you like them as much!!
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: June 22, 2017 12:30:01 AM
Prompt: June - Enchanted Spork-in-the-Road
Team: Clan of the Maker
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Project Name: Fajitas
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Brief Description:
The other day I made fajitas for me and the fellow I've been seeing lately.  He'd never had fajitas before and apparently these sort of blew his mind; he ate three of them and could not stop raving about them!  Hooray!  I used my own blend of spices that I've tweaked over the years, and I've gotta say, these things are pretty tasty!  (Btw that is a QUARTER CUP of cumin at the bottom of that pile of spices... I do not aim for subtlety! ;P)
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8  Re: Filled Stitchy Art Swap in The Swap Gallery by roler on: June 21, 2017 02:42:03 AM
I've received my hoop from Acadian Driftwood, and I LOVE it!!

I'd actually totally forgotten what I'd put as possible themes, so this INCREDIBLE Osaka subway map really took me by surprise!  It's sooooo pretty and detailed!  I love the little beads for each station; they really look a lot like the dots on the maps, and the background map lines as well.  The kanji at the bottom read "Osaka", and the flowers on either side of the name are a beautiful touch!  I also really like the choice of background fabric; I tend to prefer non-white backgrounds, and this one not only makes a nice contrast with the bright map colors, it even looks a bit like an old map parchment color, with mottling and everything!  I've shown this to a few friends already and everyone is SUPER impressed with this map!!! Smiley  By the way, I live right where the red and pink lines cross! Smiley 

Thank you SO SO SO much for this, Acadian Driftwood!!  I absolutely adore the city I live in, and this embroidery is SO well done and such a lovely tribute to it!!  What stitch did you do for the subway lines themselves, btw?  They look almost braided?  (I am the most beginnery of beginners so I don't recognize a lot of stitches!)
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: June 19, 2017 01:58:32 AM
Prompt: June - Toothpick Bridge
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Craftster Trading Card
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Brief Description: I SHOULD have finished this during last season, but due to my initial idea totally not panning out, plus general busy-ness, I was super late and definitely spent more than half an hour on it during this season.  Like the precarious toothpick bridge, it was made with many small pieces, although in this case they were pieces of fliers from concerts and other events I enjoy.  The QR code leads to Katsuyuki's instagram. ;P
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: June 19, 2017 01:25:03 AM
Prompt: June Battle - Young Boy
Team: Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Beef Stroganoff
Project Link: I used this recipe - https://aseasyasapplepie.com/healthier-beef-stroganoff/
Brief Description: Sour cream is RIDICULOUSLY expensive in Japan, so I found a recipe that used Greek yogurt instead. This wasn't as thick as I'm used to for beef stroganoff, but it sure was tasty!!  This new-to-me recipe is definitely a keeper!!  (It looks a little odd in the photo because I used chunky mustard and you can see the horseradish bits. ;P)
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