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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Good Omens hoop (Crowley/Crawly) on: January 07, 2012 04:39:03 PM
Hi everyone!
I made this for the Good Omens One Tiny Thing swap and my partner has received so I can post it here!

I titled it Temptation. For those of you who haven't read Good Omens (which I highly recommend!), this is the demon Crowley (here in his serpent form, Crawly) on a branch of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, with the apple that he will later offer to Eve.

This is the most involved embroidery project I've ever done, and I had so much fun doing it. It's in a four inch hoop. It's my own illustration, based on some photos of snakes hanging out in trees. The snake is filled in with short little stitches. I used variegated green embroidery thread and tried to make the stitches look a little like scales. The tree branch is filled with longer stitches to try and make it look like bark. The apple is satin stitch.

It's all nicely finished on the back with a piece of red felt, but I don't have a picture of that. First time I've ever finished a hoop, though! That was fun, too.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

Edited to add: I forgot to add a link to the blog post I made: http://emilymayhem.blogspot.com/2012/01/temptation.html
You can check out the in-progress pictures there, if you'd like. Cheesy
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Smash books, anyone? on: January 05, 2012 11:55:21 AM
So, this is a slightly different kind of scrapbooking that I've seen a lot of elsewhere on the Internet, but not much of at all here on Craftster!

The concept is very similar to the "junk journals" you might have seen. A Smash Book is just a brand name, ready made (by K and Company), spiral bound book filled with different patterned papers and photos that you use to "smash" in whatever you've got laying around. You can use it kind of like a traditional scrapbook, with more thought out layouts, or you can just stick in whatever you want, wherever you want, on the spur of the moment.

I got two for Christmas, and I'm having a lot of fun with the first one. They come in a few different themes. The one I'm working in is the black one, the Mod Style. They can all be found here, on the K and Company website.

Those are just my first two pages. I'm treating mine a little more like a traditional scrapbook (which I think is good practice, as I'd like to start scrapbooking for "real" soon). You can see some close ups on my blog, if you'd like:  http://emilymayhem.blogspot.com/2012/01/smashing.html.

Are any of you smashing? I'd love to see some of your pages! Maybe we can start a smash-along, if anyone is interested!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / eReader/Tablet Case Swap GALLERY! on: April 06, 2011 07:34:01 PM

Welcome to our awesome gallery of awesome-ness! I can't wait to see what people get. Cheesy

Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375501.0

Sent: (sent)
Received: (received)
Sent&Received: (sent&received)
Feedback given
PM organizer ASAP!

kriSmith (sent&received) -> Thimbles71 (sent&received)
sparrowarms (sent&received) -> dfabbric (sent&received)
PurplePaisley (sent&received) -> Chughes225 (sent&received)
aethelberga (sent&received) -> acquiescent (sent&received)
halblingefrau (sent&received) -> honeyd (sent&received)
puzzled-penguin (sent&received) -> thebakersgirl(sent&received)
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered (sort of pseudo-quilted) self-portrait! on: March 17, 2011 02:06:12 PM
I'm not *completely* sure of where to put this post, but since the most work I did on this piece was the embroidery, I thought I'd stick it here and hope for the best! Cheesy

Anyway, this is a self portrait I did for an art competition!

I cut out the fabric pieces from fat quarters of quilting cotton, fused them to some white cotton I had from a previous project, and outlined them with some embroidery. I was going for a sort of quilted effect.

The zigzag stitching was done with a sewing machine, but it was still a load of work because I currently cannot locate my pedal! I sat there and cranked the sewing machine by hand. I went over each line twice, once forward and once back, letting it be messy (for a bit of "artistic flair").

The thick outline was done by couching. I really like this technique. You lay the yarn or whatever on top of the fabric and make little stitches over it to hold it on. I'm definitely going to use that on future projects.

I got a three out of four in the competition, and I'm very, very happy with how it came out! It took me a few weeks to finish, but I wasn't working every day.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / The Alphabet Series (an ongoing project) on: March 15, 2011 12:54:49 PM
I've done ATCs before but this is the first time I've committed to making a whole series of them. There is one card for each letter of the alphabet. I've got ten done so far, with more planned out. (I have multiple words for some of the letters, as well.) I hope to complete the entire alphabet eventually, and maybe make the illustrations into a little book. That will depend on if I decide to duplicate them, though, since they're technically ACEOs (since they're in my shop on Etsy).

Anyway, here are the ten I've finished! They're pretty simple, just black and white illustrations, but I think they're cute! I'll post the rest here as I finish them.

My favorites are the diamonds and the feathers. People seem to like the bubble tea one, though! (And the woodgrain border around each isn't part of the card, just what I scanned it on.)

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / eReader/Tablet Case Swap (SIGN UP 3/14/11-3/28/11; MAIL BY 4/25/11) on: March 14, 2011 09:13:51 AM

Swap name: eReader/Tablet Case Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thebakersgirl
Sign-up date range: 3/14/11-3/28/11
Date to send item by: 4/25/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

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

Additional Age requirement?

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 is open to anyone who owns and loves any kind of eReader (Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc) or tablet (iPad, Xoom, etc). You will be crafting one case, cover, or cosy (whatever you want to call it!) for your partner's device, along with two extra items. I suggest the extra items be themed around your partner's favorite book/character, but you and your partner may also choose to swap general reading-related items.

The case will qualify as one large item, and the two extras should each be small items. Here are the general guidelines for judging item size:

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

~Please take photos of your items before you send. Remember that you must get a DC# when sending, and PM this number to the organizer and your partner upon sending.
~Don't forget to PM the organizer and your partner upon receiving. Take some good pictures of what you received and post them to the gallery as soon as you can.
~Please try to post in the thread at least once a week. This is just to encourage good communication between all members of the swap.

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

Name of 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Will you take photos of your items before sending in case your partner is not able to take their own?
Do you agree to post in the thread at least once a week?
Allergens in your house?
Allergies you have?

For the case:
What device do you own? (Kindle/Nook/iPad/etc)
Would you be willing to swap with a person with a different device?

What kind of case would you like to receive? (A brief description will help with pairing!)
What kind of case would you like to/be able to send?

Favorite color?
Favorite patterns?
Least favorite color?
Least favorite patterns?

For the extras:
What crafts would you particularly like to receive?
What crafts do you do most?
What crafts would you rather not receive?
Favorite book/characters?

Please list any links you would like your partner to have (wist, blog, etc):


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

1. thebakersgirl
2. kriSmith
3. sparrowarms
4. PurplePaisley
5. aethelberga
6. puzzled-penguin
7. acquiescent
8. Thimbles71
9. dfabbric
10. chughes225
11. halblingefrau
12. Honeyd

kriSmith -> Thimbles71
sparrowarms -> dfabbric
PurplePaisley -> Chughes225
aethelberga -> acquiescent
halblingefrau -> honeyd
puzzled-penguin -> thebakersgirl
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kindle/Nook/eReader case swap on: March 08, 2011 09:08:49 AM
I've been seeing lots of cute eReader cases around Craftster and such and I thought it might be fun to do a swap! I have a Kindle, but I figure anyone with any sort of eReader (or tablet, I suppose) could join. We could decide if we want to pair up according to eReader type or go across brands to have some fun. Anyone interested?

8  COOKING / Dessert / Oreo Truffles! on: March 03, 2011 03:57:23 PM
Or whatever you call them: Oreo truffles, Oreo balls, or Oreo cake balls (even though there's no cake!). My friend told me how to make these, and they're pretty easy and taste amazing, so I thought I'd share them! Cheesy

You need:
1 package of Double Stuf Oreos
1 block of cream cheese
chocolate chips, chocolate bark, or almond bark

Makes about 28 truffles.

Crush 3/4 of the package of Oreos, give or take a few. You can do this with a food processor or by hand. I did it by hand. Put a few Oreos in a gallon bag at a time and whack away with a spatula or a spoon.

Add in the block of cream cheese and mix. Use a metal spoon; this stuff gets thick. It helps if the cream cheese is slightly soft, too. Chill the "dough" for about 30 minutes before going to the next step.

Roll into balls about an inch wide. Lay them out on a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil. Then stick them back in the fridge for awhile. The colder they are, the easier it is to cover them in chocolate.

Cover those suckers! Melt your chocolate or almond bark in the microwave or on the stove (be careful not to burn!) and carefully dip each Oreo ball in chocolate. Put them back on the cookie sheet and put that back in the fridge to let the chocolate harden.

Enjoy! Cheesy

The only thing I really had any issue with was covering them in chocolate. You do sort of get the hang of it after a few, though, and there are plenty of tips for covering truffles all over the Internet if you really get stuck. Cheesy

9  COOKING / Dessert / "Edu-cake"--An edible replica of the city of Troy (img heavy) on: January 09, 2010 07:43:54 PM
This was a project for my English class last year. I can't believe I never thought to post it!

The assignment was to find a creative way to present a timeline of the book, The Iliad. My friend Kaitlyn and I decided to decorate a cake with an edible replica of the city of Troy and place the events in the locations that they might have happened. We didn't bake the cake, it was store bought, but we re-frosted the top and built the entire city on top. It's completely edible, and we did actually pass pieces out to our class after the presentation. Cheesy

So here it is! I have tonsss of pictures.
The whole thing, complete:

Bird's eye view, before adding the flags (the events):

The city of Troy:

The Spartan camp:

The city gates:

The inner city:

Mt. Olympus:

The watchtower:

We got about a 95, I think. And our class decided that we should one day start a cake business called "Edu-cakes" (like educate, get it, haha) and decorate cakes based on books and historical events. Haha! Cheesy

Thanks for looking!

P.S. Sorry for the small pictures! I didn't realize they were like that but it's just Photobucket being stupid, I think...I hope everyone can see it well enough. Smiley

EDIT: Forgot to list what we used...in case anyone is curious:
Graham crackers (walls)
Crushed graham crackers (dirt)
Mini Hershey bars (small houses/palace roof)
Mini KitKat bars (large houses)
Ice cream cones (Mt. Olympus and the watchtower)
A fancy cookie stick thing I can't remember the name of (on the tower)
Royal icing (to hold everything together)

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Send me something I can't make" swap? on: October 02, 2009 03:23:37 PM
Say person A can machine sew, but they can't crochet, and person B can crochet but can't sew. In this swap, they'd be paired up so that person A can receive some amigurumi or a hat and a scarf, and person B can get an apron or a poppet.

I seem to remember a swap like this before, but I'm not sure.
Is anyone interested in this? I think I'd really like it, and I can organize if it's a popular idea. Cheesy
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