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311  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / "Gingerbread" teepee on: January 03, 2010 12:51:24 PM
We did "gingerbread" houses with my little nephews (5, 4, and 18 months) out of chocolate graham crackers. The kids were having a hard time because theirs kept falling down, so I decided to make a teepee instead of a square house. It stayed up really well, and I had a nice flat surface to decorate. I had envisioned an elaborate totum pole with gummy bears and other shapes, but it wouldn't stay together, so my poor little totem just had gum drops and toy soldiers. Just now I thought I should have used a skewer to hold it together instead of just relying on icing. D'oh!

312  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Semi-Homemade Chicken Pot Pie of Deliciousness on: January 03, 2010 10:24:55 AM

I made chicken pot pie the other night and it was perfect for a cold winter night!

This is all you need for delicious semi-homemade chicken pot pie:

2 chicken breasts
stock or broth
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 large carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, cut in half
celery salt
black pepper
poultry seasoning

1 cup chopped carrot
2 small peeled, chopped potatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup white wine
1-2 T cornstarch, mixed into 2-3 T Cold water

1 store bought, refrigerated pie crust

To get the gravy/sauce super flavorful I started with some stock I had made a while ago. When I have extra stock I freeze it in ice cube trays and then stick it in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

I boiled 2 chicken breasts in my stock along with carrots, celery, and onions to make a kind of "double stock." I seasoned with a little poultry seasoning, celery salt, and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. After the chicken was cooked I tossed the veggies and strained my super flavorful stock off and cut the chicken into cubes. While I cooked chopped potatoes and chopped carrots in the newly delicous stock, I sauteed mushrooms and onions in a separate pan until they started to get brown. Then I deglazed the pan with a little white wine and added the diced chicken, and onion mixture into the pot with the stock. I added a cup of frozen peas and then thickened the mixture with a little cornstarch mixed into cold water.

Spread it into a pie plate, topped with a store bought refridgerated pie crust, and baked until golden brown. I should have put an egg wash on the top but I forgot. This made 2 pot pies, I cooked one the other night and froze the filling from the other one to make another night.

313  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / January 2010 Birthday Swap ~LISTS ONLY~ (Join all month) on: January 01, 2010 03:49:37 AM



Questions? Please post here in the discussion/gallery:

Swap name: January 2010 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range:  Jan 1 - Jan 31
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you make a claim

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 16 years old to swap.

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
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - 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:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

1. This swap is list style, like the Ongoing Wishlist Swap, however it is NOT chain style. You can choose any birthday craftsters list that is posted, rather than only being able to pick from the last one posted.

2. This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon, etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of Store Bought Items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.) However you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.

3. If your birthday is in swap's current month, you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the swap questionnaire filled out and wait for approval. While you're waiting, be sure to post in the discussion thread:  

4. Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would like to receive. This is the format for your lists: First post your location and a short bio of yourself, then a list of crafted items you would like, then craft supplies (if any) and lastly you can put a few extras that arent crafted, things like candy or tea. Remember, the more items on your list, the more likely you are to be chosen. The minimum of items to post is five.  Also including your wists is a good way for people to get the idea of your likes and style.  If you have any allergies please type them in red in your bio section.

5. Please post lists only in this thread. Discussion can be done here in the combined discussion/gallery thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332558.0
 Please be sure to post here so that you can be part of the discussion and receive updates

 6. Every birthday participant must make at least one claim. You may have up to two claims at a time, unless you are an FOC or a first time swapper, and then you can claim again once your items are received (not when you mail out). New swappers may only have one outstanding claim; they may claim again after their first claim is received. FOC"s may have 3 outstanding claims at a time. Claims need to be made from the "crafted" and "craft supplies" sections of a person's list. The "extras" are just that--extra items you may want to throw in if you are feeling generous, but claims cannot be solely extras. Keep it crafty :-) (I'm asking that if you are sending mostly supplies, that you craft a little something for the bday babe.)

7. You may get claimed more than once, but your minimum amount to claim is one.  It is possible you may not get claimed at all. In this case you will not be provided a swap angel; angels are only if you get flaked on. However I do my best to make sure everyone gets claimed by keeping track of how many times each person is claimed. If possible try to pick someone who has been claimed 0 times versus someone who has been claimed 3 times.

8. If it is not your birthday but you would like to send a birthday present out you may do so.  Fill out the non-birthday swapper questionnaire and send it to me for approval.  Birthday swappers who receive a present from a non-birthday swapper must send a snail mail thank you card.  You will not receive feedback until I hear from the other swapper that they have received a thank you card.

 9. When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both the organizer AND the chosen craftster.  At that time, please request the address for where to send it.  After that you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door.

10. It is super important for everyone to keep good communication.  It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#.  It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).  

11. When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen.
(It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.)

12. If you are sending late you must PM me by your send-out date.  If your send-out date comes and goes and you dont PM me, you will receive poor communication feedback.  It should not be my job to hunt you down and find out what is going on.

Please make sure to put December Birthday Swap or something equivalent in the subject line on all communications.  The most important thing to me is communication.  Please PM me when you send and receive, and please reply to my PM's to you in a timely manner.  

If you format your pm's like this, I'll love you forever  Grin
Format for PM's:

Proper label:
"January Bday Swap" and either "Sign-up," "Claim," "Sent," "Received," or "Question"

When sending sent and received pm's include the send-by date, listed in the second post of the main thread, your user name, their user name and the item. Just copy and past the info from the second post if you want!:

Send by January 14
MareMare to kittykill--handmade soap and lotion

Outstanding claims allowed:
FOC's: 3 at a time
First time swappers: 1 at a time
Everyone else: 2 at a time

Become an FOC~


Name of swap-  January 2010 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name & Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
Are you at least 16 years old?  Yes/No
Who and what do you claim for crafting?
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt.  Yes/No
Quiz: What do you have to do if someone who is a non-bday swapper sends you a gift?
Quiz 2: How long do you have to sendout after making your claim?

If it is NOT your birthday and you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:

Name of swap- January 2010 Birthday Swap (Non-Bday Craftster)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address, including country and properly formatted for shipping:
Chosen craftster and item (if you know):
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No
If shipping from outside of US, I agree to provide a copy/scan of my mailing receipt. Yes/No
I understand that I will be getting a thank you card and not a package for this swap.  Yes/No


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

Please make sure to post in the combined Gallery/Discussion Thread to keep up with updates:

Last year's January Birthday Swap:
January 2009 Gallery/Discussion
January 2009 Birthday Swap

Previous rounds of the Birthday swap:
December 2009 Gallery/Discussion
December 2009 Birthday Swap
November 2009 Gallery/Discussion
November 2009 Birthday Swap
October 2009 Gallery/Discussion
October 2009 Birthday Swap
September 2009 Gallery/Discussion
September 2009 Birthday Swap

314  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / January 2010 Birthday Swap Gallery/Discussion on: January 01, 2010 03:46:38 AM
Here's the combined discussion and gallery for the January bday swap! Please keep all chit-chat and pics here.

Link to thread:
315  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap--Now open! on: December 27, 2009 11:22:17 AM
Sign-ups are here:

So, is anyone up for another round of the scavenger hunt motif swap? We had a lot of fun last time! Basically there is a list of categories of motifs (by colors, pattern, shape, etc) and you get to pick which ones

Last time we sent a minimum of 6 motifs, sent from this list, and you may have multiple partners:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Motif uses Front Post Double Crochet
4. Motif uses Bobble Stitches
5. A Lacy Motif
6. A tiny motif (less than 3 inches)
7. Motif is worked in the round
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Motif is asymmetrical
12. A heritage motif.
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. Senders Choice

Here is the first round:


And the gallery:

316  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Calling all January babies! NOW OPEN on: December 27, 2009 10:37:32 AM
Any january birthday swappers out there? I'll be starting up the January bday swap on the first. Be there or...don't get a cool bday swap package!  Wink

Sign-ups are open!
317  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Baked Potato Soup and Mushroom Goat Cheese Ciabatta Bread on: December 15, 2009 09:03:01 PM

I put some Baked potato soup in the crockpot this morning and got the bacon broiled up to prep a super simple dinner for tonight. i like to broil bacon--line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and put bacon on a rack and broil it, turning once. It's awesome and clean-up's a breeze!

Baked potato soup recipe courtesy of the always fabulous Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. Recipe here~
I'm pretty sure that any soup you top with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onions is gonna be delicious!

Last night I had some yummy flatbread with wild mushrooms, pancetta, and goat cheese from a local martini bar. It was amazing and I set out to re-create it, because soup and bread is a natural pairing.  Cheesy  A quick trip to Costco for ciabatta bread (I got mini loaves), mushrooms, and chevre and I was a few minutes away from a yummy meal. I just sauteed up the mushrooms until golden, very lightly buttered and garlicked (that's a word, I'm sure of it) the bread, topped with mushrooms, a tiny bit of the aforementioned bacon (a poor girl's pancetta) and cheese and broiled until the cheese was bubbly.

318  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jewelry Challenge Theme--Voting Closed on: December 12, 2009 04:02:25 PM
Jewelry Challenge 1--Colors of the Sea!

January 20-February 10

Posting your project February 3-February 10, 9 pm Pacific

Voting: February 11-Feb 17, 9 pm Pacific

Winner Announced February 18



Thanks everyone for contributing to the Challenge Ideas thread! I've culled the ones that seemed to have the most support and ones that jumped out at me. For ones that were more vague (a seasons challenge) I've picked something to narrow down the category this time around. Continue to add to that thread please for ideas for other challenges! I'll leave voting up for a month and then post the contest rules and whatnot when we have a challenge picked. Happy Voting!
319  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / NES Controller Mini Quilt on: December 04, 2009 11:29:43 PM
I made this mini quilt for my partner Magadoo in the Mini Art Quilt Swap 2!  One of her themes was nintendo/Mario/Zelda and I finally decided on a controller. I used a pebbled looking pattern for the light gray and an animal print for the dark gray, and yummy yummy bamboo blend batting because I love it.  I forget the exact dimensions but it was something like 12 by 30 inches.

I had a little trouble piecing the D-pad since it needed to be outlined in gray and it took me a while to wrap my thick head around that! And it's not as proportional to the A and B buttons as I would like, but overall I think you can tell what it's supposed to be!

I embroidered "start," "select," "A," and "B" but it's kinda hard to see in the pics

Giant Buttons!

Back and binding

320  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND for Birthday Swap--Belgium on: November 28, 2009 03:32:23 PM
Swap Name: November 2009 Birthday Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326286.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0
# of Flakers: 1
Crafster in need of Angel: Riechan
Angel: SaphireFaerie

Unfortunately we need an angel for Riechan in the birthday swap. She lives in Belgium. This swap is list style and although she was originally picked to get a stencilled t-shirt with a quote on it, her angel could choose anything off of her list that is a medium item or items to make the equivalent of an item.

She has a great list to choose from, so hopefully you can find something! Please pm me if you would like to send Riechan a bday present!

Here is her list:

Hello everyone ^^
I'm a 20 year old girl (birthday on 9th of November) living in Belgium (Europe) and am studying architecture at the moment, my 3rd year already.
I am very interested in everything about Japan (the language, culture, music, lolita fashion, ...), I love anime, manga and Japanese drama. I also love fairies, animals (birds, dogs), ... check my wist or blog or wathever  to see what I also like (or just ask  ) One of my greatest hobbies, besides crafting, is singing! I love singing musical, disney, pop, ... music.
The crafts I do are drawing, jewelery, painting, poppet making, papercraft (handbound books), polymar clay (beginner), sewing, crochet (beginner), stencilling.
I always love to try new things.
Due to school I don't have much time to craft but if I have some spare time you can always find me crafting ^^

likes: kawaii, cute, flowers, hot pink, black, silver, polka dots, stripes, red, green-blue, geisha, ...
dislikes: skulls, baby blue, baby pink, itchy yarn, brooches, neon, ...
I am allergic to dust and smoke and I don't have pierced ears (yet) I have pierced ears !! whoot ^^

Okay so here's my list:
- Steampunk jewellry (I would love a ring or pendant)
- Kokeshi doll pendant (not to big)
- Nest ring or Tree of life pendant Thankyou uluru!!
- spoon / fork pendant
- chunky bracelet in the colours hot pink/red/black or see my wist...
- a ring with a kanzashi flower on top
- A jewellery holder for my necklaces, bracelets and rings.
- clip-on earrings ( I can't find the findings around here :s) no need any more, I got pierced ears now!
- a kanzashi hair piece, examples on my wist

- a stencilled Tshirt with one of my fav anime characters. (pm me for list  )
- a stencilled Tshirt with one of my fav quotes: Flowers in full bloom do not last foreverThankyou NiinaMaria!! flaked on  
- a corset like this
- !!!Cloth pads for the lighter and heavier days!!! + a pouch to hold them.
- Bloomers: white
- A petticoat (not the linedancing ones, but the less fluffier, more Lolita ones.): white or black
- Knitted/crochet armwarmers with a cute little bow (I'll pm you for colours => should match my new coat)
- Lunascarf : black
- obi belt like this one

- homemade soaps:  Peaches, Chocolate, Watermelon, Green Apple, Strawberry, Liquorice?, creative scents  (I am alsways surprised what soap makers can get their soaps to smell like  ) (no eucalyptus or mint)
- A purse made from manga papers like this
- magic ball of yarn
- Threadcatcher
- A Laptop cozy (pm me for size)
- A Lolita or Victorian dressed poppet: with a normal skin colour and hot pink/purple/black hair
- quilt (this one doesn't have to be big.)
- A wallet like this (I need a smaller wallet when I don't have a large bag with me) Thankyou alwaysinmyroom!!

Anything related to
- help me study my japanese like flashcards (with images), ...
- architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright,...
- Anime/Manga: SKIP Beat, Gravitation, Detective Conan, Snow Fairy Sugar, FMA, Death Note, (pm me for my list)
- Japanese drama: Hana yori dango, Hana kimi, Nodame cantabile, ...
- Lolita (mostly clothing and accessoires)
- Harry potter: Harry, Sneep (potions), Ron, Hermione (see my wist for some ideas)
- Disney: I love Mulan, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Anastacia,...
- one of my fav Japanese actors: Matsumoto Jun (for pictures and stuff, just pm me  )
- my wist: be warned, it's looooong  http://www.wists.com/Riechan

Craft Supplies
- (dark) red, black, white lace (white = preferable eyelet lace)
- FABRIC : Japanese/nice prints/cute[/color]
-  Patterns skirts, dresses and shirts
-  Drawing supplies:  pens, pencils,a white aquarelpaint tube
-  Book: 99 ways to cut, trim and wear your Tshirt !!!
-  glue that I can use to stick my plastic stencils to shirts without leaving a white stain ...
   (something like 3M Craft glue) (can't find it around here)
- Jewellery findings: Ring bases, bead caps, closings, glue-on silver bails ...
- freezer paper (can't find it anywhere in Belgium)
- fabric paint: blue-green, green, yellow, white (no black)
- diamond glaze
- feathers
- different gauges and coloours of wire (I only have 24 gauge silver)
- Craft books on Amazon

- A stamp carving kit (starter)
- A resin kit (starter)  (I have never seen resin around here in the craftstore)
- A soap making kit (starter) I would love to try this and experiment with all kinds of scents and colours!

- candy that's typical for your country/area.
- Gothic Lolita bible, preferably in english (you can't get them in Belgium :s)
- my favourite drink is chocolate milk, so hot chocolate mix would be really nice.
I would like to try many more kinds ^^
-Manga/Japan books on Amazon
- maybe as a little extra, something typical of your country? (I have started a collection with little stuff)
- bentobox/goodies

Thankyou in advance for claiming me
Happy Birthday to the November Birthday girls/boys!!
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