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11  Re: I Want to Learn to (blank) Swap IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON PAGE 7!!!!!! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by semicharm86 on: April 13, 2009 09:16:50 AM
Sorry for the delay, I was out of town for Easter.
Here is the package that I sent doo_leroux:
The full shebang:

and a close up of the sample pouch I made:

I sent a sewing kit with instructions that show me making both a tote bag and a velcro wristlet/pouch. I sent enough fabric and notions for both. If anyone would like a copy of the instructions, I can email you the attachment.
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12  Re: I Want to Learn to (blank) Swap!! in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: April 03, 2009 06:40:53 PM
I had an amazing package waiting on my front step from doo_leroux when I got home from work tonight! I'm so excited to start embrodering!!

and here is a close-up of the awesome instructions book she made me!

She included a thread organizer, a pack of needles, a plastic hoop, 14 skeins of floss, a pack of floss bobbins, 4 packages of patterns--all really cute!!--a tea towel, two pillow cases, the awesome instruction booklet, and a very awesome Decemberists-esque patch to embroder! I can't wait to get started! Thank you for spoiling me so much, doo_leroux!!
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13  Re: The Decemberists! in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: March 24, 2009 09:48:55 PM
This is a long overdue post of the stuff I sent ManifestContent...sorry the photo quality is not very good...

Tote bag, with the quote "Will you stay here, for awhile dear, till the radio plays something familiar" in the corner. I didn't get a good photo of that. On the other side, it says The Decemberists in the corner in white.

Blurry photo of a shinky dink necklace with O Valencia! and a drawing of crossed guns from the Crane Wife booklet.
Shrinky dink of a drawing of the mermaids from the website. A small brass bird also hangs on the chain.

beaded bracelet, with shrinky dink charm that reads "And summer arrives with a length of light"

Sorry it took forever to post photos! This is also the first swap where I've used shrinky dinks for anything, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!
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14  Re: The Decemberists! in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: March 02, 2009 04:25:56 PM
I received my awesome package from ManifestContent today!
awesome painted Decemberists plate:

(I'm going to hang it on the wall in my kitchen!)
very pretty beaded necklace in my favorite colors! the photo does not do it justice, and the letters are kindof turned in the picture so you can't read part of The Decemberists, but in life it is awesome!

Also, she sent a very cool resin button pendant, which I really dig:

and my favorite part, an awesome stenciled Decemberists shirt! It fits perfectly, and here is an action shot:

You can't read very well in the photo, but at the bottom of the whale it says The Decemberists in super cool lettering. I'll take a close-up shot later and post a pic so you can see the awesomeness! Thanks for everything, ManifestContent!!
edited to add close-up of whale stencil:

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15  Bunny bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by semicharm86 on: October 13, 2008 09:13:01 PM
I wanted a bag with a silhuette of a rabbit on it. I seached for some inspiration and came up with mostly bags made from actual rabbits! I was horrified, so I made this bunny bag instead:


The inside of the strap matches the inside fabric. There are 2 pockets inside that are cordory on the outside and the floral cotton on the inside.
The bag is made of this awesome teal cordory I found on sale at JoAnn a few weeks ago, the inside is cotton from JoAnn I got last year and never used, and the bunny is made from felt. I had all the materials on hand, so the whole project only took a little over an hour. It has a ribbon tie closure. I love it, especially because it's big enough to carry a book to work in! Smiley
Comments are very much appreciated!
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16  Really easy and really yummy homemade Chicken Pot Pie! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by semicharm86 on: October 13, 2008 04:48:24 PM

Yum! I have never attempted a chicken pot pie before, but I've been making a lot of apple pies this past month, and it got me thinking about more savory pies with the same crust recipe, so I made this yummy chicken pie. It turned out so tasty that I thought I would share the recipe with everyone!

(I made my own crust with just a simple shortening, flour, salt, and water recipe, but you can just as easily use one of those Pilsbury roll-out pie crusts that they sell near the rolls of biscuits and cinnamon rolls at the grocery store.)

Pie crust
2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter (I used margarine)
I large onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used half & half)
1 bag frozen peas and carrots (16-20 oz sized bag)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. 
2. Place chicken in a large saucepan; add enough cool water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until just cooked through. (This takes about 10 minutes.) Drain the water from the chicken, let cool. Shred the chicken in the pan using 2 forks.
3. Meanwhile, fit the pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate, set aside. Roll out the remaining top crust and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips with a pastry wheel (I use a pizza cutter, haha). Set aside.
4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
Whisk in flour and thyme, cook for 2 more minutes while stirring. Add the broth and cream, whisk until thickened, about 3-4 minutes longer. Remove from heat, and stir in the chicken, frozen veggies, and salt and pepper.
5. Spoon the filling into the prepared pie plate. Arrange the piecrust strips on top in a lattice style, twisting each of the strips to make a pretty spiral. Crimp the edges in to seal.
6. Beat the egg yolk and the water together and brush the pastry with this mixture.
7. Bake the pie until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. This takes about 30-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I'm excited to make this again, but maybe with some broccoli or green beans with mushrooms instead of or in addition to the peas and carrots.
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17  Re: Is It Fall Yet? Gallery in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: October 06, 2008 10:03:26 PM
I just realized that pictures had never been posted for the stuff I sent cacarae a little while back. So here's some photos that I took:
group shot:

detail thumbnails:

(felt fall leave drapery/garland)

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18  Re: Twilight Series Swap, Round 4 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: October 06, 2008 09:51:54 PM
Everyone's crafts are so amazing!!! That jewerly box is such a great idea!
I am finally ready to send my stuff to idignerfherders, after lots of craft disastors and remaking a project. It's ready now, I'm sending tomorrow!
here is a very small teaser of one of the projects i had so much trouble with!!

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19  Re: Twilight Series Swap, Round 4 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: October 06, 2008 01:05:26 PM
My turn!
(My photos never turn out that great, I need a new camera and some photo-taking skills hardcore!)

The front of the most amazing shirt ever!

The back of same shirt:

the shirt is way cooler than a regular tshirt, it's got a boatneck and elbow length sleaves! I couldn't get a good action shot.
super awesome hand painted buttons being modeled by my purse:
(the bite me one is my fav)
super awesome picture frames:

(individual shots)

one side of a cute pouch that held my Bella's bracelet (I'm going to use the pouch for change)

other side

My Bella's bracelet!!!

letter and envelope:

and owl charm extra, because she knew I love owls!

thank you so much, idignerfherders!
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20  Re: Is It Fall Yet? Gallery in The Swap Gallery by semicharm86 on: September 21, 2008 09:58:55 PM
Cacarae sent me a recipie for some delicous pumpkin sugar cookies to go with the pumpkin cookie cutter and orange sugar sprinkles she sent me. I made some tonight and thought I would post the photos! They aren't pretty at all because I'm really not the greatest baker as far as making things look nice goes, but they sure are tasty!

I hope it's ok with cacarae that I post the recipie, because they turned out so well that I wanted to share with you guys!
Moms Best Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger)
In a medium bowl, cream the butter & brown sugar. Stir in the pumpkin. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well. Sift together the flour and spices; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven.

I made a very simple cream cheese frosting to top them with, along with the orange sugar sprinkles from my swap package. yum!
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