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271  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, on: February 20, 2010 01:53:39 AM


Monty Python Swap (Sign ups February 20 - March 7th, 2010, Send outs April 7th, 2010)

Swap name:  Monty Python Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Co-organizer (if > 24 swappers):  Dragonflywer
Sign-up date range:  02/20-03/07
Date to send item by:  04/07
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?  18 and up
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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Who doesnt want to make their own Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?  Who doesnt have a love of Spam, spam, spam, and baked beans?  Or a lovely snack of cheese from the local shop with the bazouki player?  Or own their own Norwegian Blue?  Do you feel the need to go find the Department of Silly Walks and demonstrate your own fine stroll?

If you love and miss these fine Brits and want to celebrate the years of laughter they have given us through crafting, join in on this swap.  

Original discussion thread


If you want to participate, fill out this information to send to organizer, with the subject title Monty Python Swap:

Swap Requirements - I am thinking of making this a 6 point swap, where one point is a small item, 2 points is a medium item and 3 points is a large item.  At least one of the items should be a large or a medium.  It will be up to partners if they want to make more or not.  Extras not required, and up to individual partners to communicate between each other if they want to include extras.  Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with a bit of spoiling.  Please try to communicate in the thread and with your partners at least once a week, and give the organizer a heads up about progress, when you send/receive, and if possible, please post pics when I have a gallery up.  If you can't post pics, please have your partner do so if they can.

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 you are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)


Do you have any allergies/aversions (please list specifics)?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
Do you have any wists/blogs/links to share for stalking?
What crafts can you make for someone?
Any big wishes/crafts you would like to receive?
Favourite colours, scents?
Please list your top 5 favourite Monty Python sketches/scenes/movies:
Youre top 5 favourite Monty Python quotes:

Are you interested in expanding the scope to other projects that members of Monty Python did beyond the Flying Circus (Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Spamalot, etc)?

If so, which projects/shows?

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

1. Onyxnox
2. MsPremiseConclusion -----> welcome first time swapper Cheesy
3. Retro_Rose
4. knittychick
5. aethelberga
6. Myrna Minx
7. Dragonflywer
8. goodmorningstarshine
9. Angelus
10. ojy

ojy--->Myrna Minx
Myrna Minx--->Angelus

272  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First project of 2010 for me - knit cloche on: January 03, 2010 10:44:59 PM
I made this for a swap - done with a very pretty variegated Berroco Peruvia, and an ombre blue yarn that was a mixture of mohair and silk - so soft.  I had some trouble hand felting it, so I did it in the machine, which gave me issues too, but I was able to shape it as it dried nicely.  I think next time, I will knit the body of it longer as it felted very tightly.

I embellished with some shiny ribbon from Mokuba, and a beaded flower I made last year.

273  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Danged Christmas gnomes - FINALLY done!!!! on: January 03, 2010 10:35:18 PM
I saw this Alan Dart pattern early last year and thought they would be fun to make for some Christmas gifts.  But I hated the actual pattern because they involved knitting straight pieces and sewing them together.  I thought things would be faster, and smoother if I made all the pieces on circular needles instead, so I played around with the pattern to achieve that, and minimize the sewing as much as possible.  Then I got distracted by other things, and procrastinated.  Finally I finished some for Christmas (though two still have to be sent for belated gifts!).

Right now though, after making 7 of them, I am rather sick of seeing them.

They do make me think of a couple of the ZZ Topp dudes though
274  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass pendents - the black and white series on: January 03, 2010 10:18:47 PM
Made some of these today.  Backs are covered with japanese papers, and sealed.

Here is a cherry blossom one I am giving away in a swap

Here are the other ones.  The lighter gray ones are 2 of a series of 4, sort or representing the seasons - Winter and Spring are here.  Summer and Fall got screwed up - but they were very pretty together, so I will try them again.

275  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Monty Python swap? on: January 03, 2010 12:03:04 AM

Who doesn't want a holy hand grenade of Antioch of their own?  Or a nice shrubbery?  Who doesn't appreciate a nice entree of spam, spam, spam, and baked beans?  Or want to be tortured by being forced to sit until lunch in the <gasp> COMFY CHAIR?Huh  Or value the importance of a silly walk??  Or just want a nice snack of cheese once in awhile?

For those who do appreciate these silly, funny Brits as much as I do, who would be interested in a swap?
276  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / HOW DID IT GO???? Were crafty gifts received well?? on: December 25, 2009 10:11:36 PM
I did not get a chance to see how my neices and nephews liked their gifts because it was chaotic at my parents (a mini family reunion was happening with my aunts/uncles, great uncle, etc) and we could only stay an hour because we had to run around.  I hope they liked them (made mittens, stencilled shirts, and glass tile pendents for the girls).

We had our annual Christmas party a couple of weeks ago (most of us had known each other since childhood or highschool).  I did a few gag gift stencilled shirts and they got a good reception.  I did a zombie survival kit with a stencilled shirt for my best friend, and a tote to carry his "survival necessities" in and he loved it.  I gave glass tile pendents to all the ladies at the party and the knit bella mittens for my best (guy) friend's mom and my best (girl) friend and they appeared to like them.  Everyone who has a tree got a needlefelted snowman ornament.

The neighbours and DH's aunts seemed to love their food baskets - home baked goodies, the neighbours also got poppyseed loaf wreaths (fresh and hot out of the oven!), and some fruit or lavender jelly, pepper jelly, and peach/pepper relish, packaged in stencilled totes, with snowmen ornaments.  It is gratifying to see that they also had the ornaments I had made preceding years on the trees too (those who had trees).  I sent pendents for his aunts too - his one aunt seemed to like things (I was not there - working, and other aunt wasn't there either).

I did some stencilled T's for DH - Two each of William Shatner and Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry, and the man with no name) -he's a trekkie and Eastwood fan.  He loved them and wore the Dirty Harry one today, and was telling everyone I made it for him.

MIL really loved her snowmen ornaments, and I added them to her gifts.  She was also requesting more of the beaded ornaments I have done in the past.  Also her granddaughter, my other neice, requested my beaded ornaments for her home tree too since they had none.  Her mom - DH's sister, seemed to like her mittens - and they both (MIL and SIL) got a knit gnome that I made and they both seemed to like them too - they did not realise that I had knit them myself.  They really did look cute with their toque covered heads poking out of the stencilled bags I had them in too.

So overall, pretty good reception!

Now the question is what to make for next year??
277  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / For those on the naughty list.... on: December 22, 2009 07:50:18 PM
I made lumps of coal cookies today (along with so so so many more cookies - I went through almost 2 dozen eggs and 6 lbs of butter, etc etc.....)

I took a ginger/nut snowball cookie, and added black colouring paste to the egg/sugar mixture before adding the flour mixture, then pressed in black decorative sugar before baking.  

Edited to add recipe:
Nope - they did not colour my teeth - though I only had one.  When I rolled the cookies, I was pretty impressed that they barely tinted my hands, and the colour washed out right away.  It was made with the Wilton colour gel which comes in black.  I just used a ginger nut snowball recipe because I thought the chopped ginger and nuts would add a bit of coal-like texture and sparkle when bit open - but any cookie that maintains a rounded shape would do.  I contemplated doing it with a pfeffernusse recipe too - since it has anise flavouring, but it did not have the nut/chopped ginger texture to it (though it could if I played with it).

Here is the recipe:
1 cup room temp butter
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup ground nuts (walnut, almond, or pecan)
1/3 cup finely chopped candied ginger
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and beat in to blend well.  At this point I added the black colouring - I estimate that it was probably about 1/8th of a tsp of the gel paste, perhaps a bit more.  Sift together 1 1/2 cup flour, the spices, nuts, and ground ginger.  Add to sugar mixture and mix to blend, adding in remaining flour.  Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Roll into balls (after rolling in black sugar) and place on lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 12 minutes.  If treating as traditional snowballs, rolling powdered sugar and cool on rack.  
278  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I think I found a winning bagel recipe on: November 23, 2009 07:33:07 AM
I have tried bagel making on and off for the past year and I think I finally stumbled upon a recipe and technique that work for me!!!!!

It has a nice chewy skin, that is not too tough.  The inside is soft - but not too bread-like.  It is also not so bland and dense that I have to masticate like a cow chewing her cud to get it to go down.  It bakes up nice and smooth, not lumpy like my first few attempts.  It keeps well, and toasts nicely!  I am very happy with it.

Here is the link to the recipe with my changes to it, and the technique I used:

279  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The great snowman slaughter of 2009! First attempts needle felting on: November 19, 2009 03:40:13 PM
The evil overlord of the North Pole, Santa Claus, has been displeased with his snowmen army for some time.  Recently he has been fearful that they are about to lead a revolt against him, for his ill treatment of his toy making elven minions.  As an example, he has made examples of many of them, beheading masses of them to make an example to the others and cow them into subservience.  Afterall, snowmen minions are not hard to replace - not for the mighty Santa Claus!

To display his control, power, and ruthlessness, he has amassed their heads and placed them on gory display near his sweatshop (oops, um, workshop) to show the others what will happen to those who dare stand up against the Great Lord Claus. 

This is his great Tree of Holiday Doom!!!!!!!!!!!!   

OK, really, they are snowmen ornaments and my first attempt at needlefelting with roving wool.  It just kind of looks creepy, seeing a bunch of beheaded snowmen in a pile Cheesy

I even gave them dimples and a glint in their eyes.

280  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A lot of shirts - preparing for some Xmas gifts, etc - pic heavy on: November 19, 2009 03:22:33 PM
I feel like my eyes are crossed from all the cutting of stencils lately, between these, and the Hello Kitty/pin up girls housewarming present(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328579.0).  

First off I did a couple of William Shatner and Clint Eastwood shirts for DH.  Three are unfinished maybe because I still have to add some quotes to them (maybe)

Then I finished off this shirt for a friend whom I am making a zombie apocalypse survival kit for.



which will be gifted in one of these totes:

and finally, a kid's shirt and hoodie I did featuring Handy Manny, for a personal swap with Slingmomma:

Blue hoody with Manny on the back, and two of the tools on the front pockets:

Gray shirt with Manny on the front and two other tools on the sleeves:

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