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421  Fairy Mini Art Quilt (pictures, pictures, everywhere) in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: August 14, 2009 04:12:14 PM
This is my first completed quilt project! I actually ended up not quilting it since I did so much embroidery on the crazy quilting part and added beads and buttons. This was for the mini art quilt swap, and my partner has now recieved!

I used Alexander Henry's Sprites of Tilbrook fabric line in the purple colorway, and also Sultry by Basic Grey for Moda.  I don't embroider very much but kittykill gave me some pointers (and loaned me a stitch book and some floss in a color I didn't have! She rocks!)

And I pieced the back a little.

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422  Book Club and Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED; Sendouts Oct 30, 2009) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: August 11, 2009 10:24:20 PM
Swap name: Book Club and Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Swap Co-Organizer: Nymeria
Sign-up date range: August 11, 2009 to August 25, 2009, 9 pm Pacific
Date to send item by: October 30, 2009


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

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

Age requirement? 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is for book lovers to have their own book club, mixed with a craft swap! To join this swap you need to want to discuss the book we are reading together. We will do this via a closed group on Facebook. You must have a Facebook account or get one to join this swap. We will have discussion topics and questions on the Facebook group, as well as some fun off-topic chit-chat to get to know your partner and fellow group members.

To ensure that everyone has a book they want to read, please sign up for the group that most interests you. After sign-ups, each group will vote for the final book. Each group will read 1 book from the initial choices. Please dont sign up unless you are willing to read any of the books in that particular group. Voting is over and books are chosen. Please sign up for the book and group you want.

We will try to stay on schedule of reading about a quarter of the book every 2 weeks. Please try to check in and be part of the discussion at least once a week. This isnt a requirement as far as feedback for the swap, but it is kinda the point of the book club!  Smiley

We may also try to occasionally set up group chats. This may be tricky to organize, but even a few people together in a live chat is fun!

This swap requirements will be 2 medium items and 1 small item, crafted around your book and your partners tastes.

Group and Book Options:

Classics: The Remains of the Day

1984 George Orwell
This vision of a nightmare future gave us "Big Brother", "doublethink" and the "Thought Police."

Sula Toni Morrison
Describes the friendship between Sula and Nel, two intelligent black women, who are poor.

Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Outrageous humor exposes war's folly in WWII Italy.

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
An elderly butler's life of devotion and self-denial leads to painful reflection.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Ten-year-old Scout sees her lawyer father combat racism with compassion in a Mississippi town.

Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends Forever--A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four--under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy. She later found a fiercely protective "stand-in," her abusive father's outspoken housekeeper, Rosaleen. Ignoring differences in age and color--and the fact that racial hatred seethed during the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina--these two unlikely companions set off on a seemingly aimless pilgrimage that ends at the home of a trio of eccentric bee-keeping black sisters.

Best Friends Forever, A Novel Jennifer  Weiner
Popular television personality Valerie Adler turns to her long-forgotten, Illinois hometown friend Addie Downs when she runs into a bit of trouble involving betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.

The Help Kathryn Stockett
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.


The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian Sherman AlexieBudding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm-town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Not Buying it-My Year Without Shopping Judith LevineThis cold-turkey confession by an award-winning journalist follows her progress and inevitable
relapses over an entire year of not spending.

The United States of Arugula David KampThe wickedly entertaining, hunger-inducing, behind-the-scenes story of the revolution in American food that has made exotic ingredients, celebrity chefs, rarefied cooking tools, and destination restaurants familiar aspects of our everyday lives.

Service Included- Four Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter Phoebe DamroschForget the subtitle Ms. Damrosch never names names. What she does do is tell a delightful story of the opening of upscale New York City restaurant Per Se, a restaurant from uber-famous restauranteur, Thomas Keller.

Science Fiction: Doomsday Book

The Hammer of God Arthur C Clarke
An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and while a starship tries to redirect it, religious fanatics engage in sabotage to ensure that their predicted Apocalypse will come.

The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

Enders Game Orson Scott Card
The Earth is under attack from aliens known as "buggers." The only hope is a brilliant general named Ender Wiggin. The only problem is that he is a child.

Doomsday Book Connie Willis
Kirvin, a History student at Oxford in 2048, is sent back in time to complete her thesis and mistakenly thrust into the midst of the Black Plague in this work about human struggle and redemption.

Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

The Once & Future King -- T.H. White
The magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot, of Merlyn and Guinevere, of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war.

The Eyes of the Dragon Stephen King
A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must do battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of Good to fight for what is rightfully his.

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
The excitement begins when the well-mannered and sensible Alice follows an elusive White Rabbit down the hole to Wonderland.

Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, but by the early 1800s they have lost the ability to perform magic.

Short Story Collections: Carried Away

Lost in the City Edward P. Jones
Young and old struggle for spiritual survival against the often crushing obstacles of the inner city in these 14 moving stories of African American life in Washington, D.C. Traveling street by street through the nation's capital, Jones introduces a wide range of characters, each of whom has a distinct way of keeping the faith.

Necronomicon: The Best of HP Lovecraft -- HP Lovecraft
Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.

Carried Away Alice  Munro
Munros incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction. Like the World War I soldier in the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesnt know change her life forever, Munros unassuming characters insinuate themselves in our hearts and take permanent hold.

A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories Flannery OConnor
With an keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O'Conner exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.

If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria


Name of swap: Book Club and Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, FORMATTED FOR SHIPPING:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being paired with someone? Please list:

Do you have any allergens in your house that might prevent someone else from being paired with you? Please list:

Do you understand that we will be using Facebook Groups for this book group?

Communication is very important to me, please certify that you will keep up with timely communication to the organizers and your partner:

Which group do you want to be in? If you truly would like any group and want to be surprised/help the organizer, that is great!

Options are:
1.) Classics: Remains of the Day
2.) Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends: A Novel   
3.) Science Fiction: Doomsday Book
4.) Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
5.) Short Story Collections: Carried Away   


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

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423  Fruit Tarts! Easy and Fabulous :) in Dessert by MareMare on: August 01, 2009 10:02:15 PM
I take goodies into work at least twice a month, half the time store bought donuts, half the time homemade (from a box mix) cupcakes, and very rarely something else if it seems easy enough and worth the effort of making large amounts for my piggy co-workers! I saw this in Real Simple magazine and had to do it!

Fruit Tarts

This includes my changes to the recipe, including doubling it and cutting much smaller pieces to yield more servings.

Servings: 36 small pieces (most people ate at least 2)

1 box puff pastry (16 oz), defrosted
1 large egg, beaten with 1 T water
1 T Granulated sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
Zest of 1 lemon, grated and finely diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 T powdered sugar, divided
2 cups blueberries, washed and dried on paper towels
2 cups strawberries, washed, dried, and thickly sliced


1.  Unfold the pastry and gently cut each piece into the 3 rectangles that it was folded into. (Original recipe was for 1/2 a box of puff pasty/1 sheet/3 rectangles, this uses entire box/2 sheets/6rectangles) Brush each rectangle with the egg wash and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake on parchment paper lined (or flour sprinkled) cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

2. Beat the cream cheese with the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and heavy cream until smooth.

3. After the pastry cools for 15 minutes or so, spread the cream cheese filling on the top. Sprinkle the berries and then a use a shaker or sieve to get a nice layer of powdered sugar on top.

Cut each rectangle into 6 pieces. Store in fridge.

* I was a weensy bit disappointed when I was told these were the best treat I have ever brought in...since they were so ridiculously easy! But first time using puff pastry, and it was very simply and tasty!

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424  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 01, 2009 02:10:11 PM
Lol, that's a lot of ends! I have to apologize for not posting pics yet, they are on my other computer. Maybe if I can get them up to photobucket I will get them on here! I am still all drugged up and stuff but feeling better!  Ooh yay, I did it! Here are the awesome motifs that I got from tracethekat

And some awesome little extras!

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425  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: July 28, 2009 01:51:50 PM
I got my mini-quilt from Taoj! I love it!! Grin

She used my "dress form theme!"

Close-up of the tiny patchwork (which I love) on the top left dress form:

Awesome fancy boa!

Check out the cool embroidery! And the fabric is perfect!

Thanks TAOJ! I am so excited to hang this in my sewing room! I mailed yours yesterday, hopefully it won't take too long to go from the US to Canada!
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426  Re: Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: July 26, 2009 12:20:44 AM
Here are my belated pics of Smmarrt's charm pack! I apologize for taking so long to post them, but I kinda lost some stuff in my craft room. klum78 was over yesterday and she can attest to the fact that it's a giant mess!

My faves are on the bottom row of this pic...can you tell I love teals?!

And besides sending a ton more fabrics than required (thanks so much! Wink ) she also sent this awesome cinnamon ornament! I am not sure where I am gonna put it, but somewhere that I can smell it often!

Thanks hon!
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427  Re: Swap A Yard of Fabric July '09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: July 23, 2009 02:14:10 PM
I claim from Lo{v}e:

12)black and white roses. cotton. FQ
3) batman. flannel. 3/4 yard (27x42 inches)

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made: 3
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 1
Sendouts Received: 1

Most of my fabrics are unwashed, I will list if they are washed for sure!  Also some of my home dec stuff is 56", also listing that, otherwise standard width. I am happy to cut FQ's or 1/4 yd  increments. I can get better pics if you want to see more closely!

1. Baby Koala. Flannel, up to 2 yds

2. Blue and Brown Striped. Flannel, up to 1 yd

3. Blue, yellow, and white Plaid. Seersucker, 2 FQ or up to 1/2 yd. May be 56" wide

4. Green/Neutral Stripes/Plaid. Home Dec Weight, 56" wide, up to 1 1/2 yds. (pictured twice)

5. Solid Red. Home Dec Weight, many many yards, pre-washed

6. Shiny white on white floral. Kind of thick, ? 1 FQ

10. Solid turquoise blue. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 yd plus

11. Blue with construction vehicles. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 FQ

12. Animal alphabet/letters. Cotton, 1/4 yd plus

13. Canned goods. Cotton, vintage?, 1/4 yd

14. Tan with green print. Cotton, 1/2 yd + 1 FQ

15. Green leaves, cotton, 1/4 yd

16. Dark Tealish/Gray dots on Cream background. Home Dec, 56", 1 yd

17. Cream dots on Dark Tealish/Gray background, 56", 1 yd

18. Olive Green Faux Fur Fabric. Many yards available.

19. Asian Pagoda. Cotton, 1 FQ

20. Asian Parasols. Cotton, 1 FQ

21. Creepy. Cotton, 1 FQ

22. Winter Owls. Cotton, 1 FQ

23. Taupe Equestrian. Cotton, 1 FQ

24. Mustard Equestrian. Cotton, 1 FQ
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428  Re: Swap a Yard of fabric- July '09 in New Swap Theme Ideas by MareMare on: July 22, 2009 09:33:38 AM
Here ya go, and I added it to my other post too~

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429  Re: Swap A Yard of Fabric July '09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: July 21, 2009 10:49:02 PM
I claim pixieval for:
26.   1 yard Jersey Knit stripes

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made: 2
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 0
Sendouts Received: 0

Most of my fabrics are unwashed, I will list if they are washed for sure!  Also some of my home dec stuff is 56", also listing that, otherwise standard width. I am happy to cut FQ's or 1/4 yd  increments. I can get better pics if you want to see more closely!

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly004.jpg

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly006.jpg

1. Baby Koala. Flannel, up to 2 yds

2. Blue and Brown Striped. Flannel, up to 1 yd 1/2 yd remaining

3. Blue, yellow, and white Plaid. Seersucker, 2 FQ or up to 1/2 yd. May be 56" wide

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly010.jpg

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly008.jpg

4. Green Stripes. Home Dec Weight, 56" wide, up to 1 1/2 yds. (pictured twice)

5. Solid Red. Home Dec Weight, many many yards, pre-washed

6. Shiny white on white floral. Kind of thick, home dec-ish? 1 FQ

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly012.jpg

7. Cat Silhouettes. Cotton, 1/4 yd only (no FQ)  plus free co-ordinating scraps, pre-washed

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly.jpg

8. Cat Heads. Cotton, 1 FQ, pre-washed

9. Cats. Cotton, up to 3/4 yard, co-ordinates with Cat Heads, pre-washed

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly013.jpg

10. Solid turquoise blue. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 yd plus

11. Blue with construction vehicles. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 FQ

12. Animal alphabet/letters. Cotton, 1/4 yd plus

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly015.jpg

13. Canned goods. Cotton, vintage?, 1/4 yd

14. Tan with green print. Cotton, 1/2 yd + 1 FQ

15. Green leaves, cotton, 1/4 yd

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly016.jpg

16. Dark Tealish/Gray dots on Cream background. Home Dec, 56", 1 yd

17. Cream dots on Dark Tealish/Gray background, 56", 1 yd

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430  Featured Projects--Quarter 2, 2009 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: July 06, 2009 06:55:16 PM
Featured ProjectsQuarter 2, 2009

Here are the featured projects from the second quarter of 2009. All of these projects were posted in April, May, or June. Many of these were popular projects that have already been rocked or commented on quite a bit, and others might not have gotten quite as much attention the first time around. They were chosen by a combination of votes via the This Rocks button and my desire to highlight awesome, creative projects through a variety of soaps and other bath items as well as make-up and all the other great categories that fit under Bath and Beauty.

First up, the winning entry from B&B Challenge 2! mcook72677 won the Eco-Friendly/All Natural challenge with her entry White Trash Beer Soaps-Ginger Bergamot-Recycled Packaging. Not only did she re-purpose beer, but she made lovely labels for her soaps from recycled grocery bags and magazines!

And this awesome DIY Batman Soap Tutorial by toque that was a Craftster-wide Featured Project recently!

And, in no particular order, more wonderful projects!~

 Soaps since the beginning of (my) soaping experience = lots o pics! by Fraugee728

Zombie Gore Make-up by MysMyers

Cameo Soap by mitchell-b

Aloe & Green Tea Goats Milk Bars by Nifty Crafter

Neopolitan Lip Balm by Tinkswings

Soap Fun in The Summertime by simplyorganic

Ivory Rebatch by anti-emily

The Princess and the Frog by Malibukasey

The Cullens have bitten my bath products  by tinkswings

Watermelon Soapsicle by Addicted to Soap.

Pandan Leaves with Rose Essentials by diy-me-amy

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