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321  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / December Bday Swap--needs organizer! on: November 23, 2009 02:18:04 PM
Hey guys, do we have some december bday babes who need extra love because they get a bit forgotten during the holiday rush? I'm organizing november and I'll commit to January and March, anybody up for taking on december?
322  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 2 of 2 Angels Found for Book Club and Swap~Thank You! on: November 13, 2009 08:40:52 PM
Swap Name: Book Club and Swap

Original Thread link:

Gallery thread link:

# of Flakers: 2
Angel for sorbetsurprise: Kerallyn
Angel for trampycouture: cjclark

I need an angel for sorbetsurprise in the Book Club and Swap. I would love if someone who lives in the UK volunteered, so sorbetsurprise won't have to wait too long!

I now need an angel for trampycouture. She is in the USA

The requirements are only 2 mediums and 1 small, and they could be book themed or you could fulfill the swap requirements to make something according to sorbesurprise' tastes and likes. (you could communicate with her)

Please pm me if you would like to angel

323  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bath and Beauty Featured Member--smittenheart! on: November 10, 2009 09:56:29 PM
The next Craftster member to be featured in Bath and Body is ~ the always fabulous smittenheart!

She has been a member of Craftster since January of 2008, and is a frequent poster on the Bath & Beauty Boards.  She posts great projects on the completed projects board and is always one of the first ones to offer help and advice on the discussions and questions board.

These are some of my personal favorite projects of hers:

Paprika Colored Soap

Vanilla Milk Bath

tis the season for layering

Felted sweater owl bag

And, of course, she is the one who brought out the dirty underworld of soaping into the publics eye: soap licking!

Heres a little bit about smittenheart, in her own words:
 I am a mama to two boys - Ryan 11yo and Shane 5yo.I am originally from Hawaii and currently live in Washington DC.I have been crafting since I was 6yo - tearing up old t-shirts to make handbags or wrist cuffs. I have a studio in my basement that serves as an inspiration point for my jewelry making, knitting and soaping endeavors.
  I found craftster.org by chance. My sister in law gave me the link, explained to me what exactly swapping was and I was HOOKED. Craftster has served as an excellent inspirational point for me. I have taken up working with polymer clay and resin because of the AWESOME projects that fellow craftsters have postedsuch a talented group of people!

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Bath and Body items?

A: I started making B&B things when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I was worried about getting stretch marks and I have always had an interest in balms and salves. I went to a bookstore and found a book about soaps, lotions, salves and balms. In the book there was a recipe for making a stretch mark oil. I went to various health food stores for my ingredients went home whipped up a batch and I WAS HOOKED. I WANTED to learn EVERYTHING I could about oil properties and what they could do to my skin.

Q: What is your B&B philosophy (as far as all-natural, animal products, etc)?

A: I dont think I have a philosophy about WHAT are absolutes to use and NOT use. I do believe that you should use what is as easily accessible to you as possible and to NOT get caught up in using something that is unattainable to you. If you can t find that HARD to find oil or butter than use what you can find.

Q: Besides soap, what other B&B items do you make?

A: I also make balms, salves and just recently I have been toying with making body butter.

Q: How did your first soap making project go for you?

A: I cant say that my first of ANYTHING went very well. When I made my first CP soap my hand was trembling so hard I was nervous about any lye getting on me. Even though I had ALL of the precautions I was soo nervous. The soap ended up being usable but I couldnt imagine the process being ANY fun since I was soo nervous. I made my next batch a few days later and that was it. I had found yet another obsession.

Q: What other crafts do you do besides Bath & Beauty? What's your favorite? What do you consider your best craft?

A: ohh..favorite..that s a hard one..lets see probably knitting..it amazes me how you can take a ball of yarn and turn it into something wearable and something that can tailor to your own style..

Q: What are your favorite (and/or least favorite) techniques (oven processing, hmmmm?)

A: favorite techniques..in soaping CP..overall I like making resin jewelry..and yes..least HAS to be by far CPOP..I havent figured that little booger out

Q: You seem to have a bit of an obsession with vanilla. Should we stage an intervention?

A: YES!I seriously CAN NOT help it. Even scents that I dont  think have vanilla in it- do. I am trying to give other scents a try and to expand my horizons

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that you posted?

A:  Because I had read and read that adding sugar to soap was a BAD idea since it may make your soap sticky and it would NEVER set. This soap ended up being my favorite. It cured well and it is both a soap and scrub.

Red Current and Thyme Tea Sugar Soap

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A: I think that this project has helped soo many people overcome the fear of making soap. Its detailed and the photos are great for people that are visual learners. Seeing how many people have made soap because of the tutorial makes me soo happy and just reinforces the giving and sharing nature of Craftster.

Soap Making Tutorial  by OhHappyDay


Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that you have posted?  

A: It was one of the first projects that I did using resin and photos. This was a present for a friend and she was totally surprised by it. The picture was the inspiration for me to try out using resin and I had soo much fun.

Resin Photo Necklace and Bracelet


Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  And why (with link to project)

A: NEED I SAY MORE! This bag is amazing. I have been obsessed with this bag since I first came across it and though I make felted items I could NEVER attempt making this bag,its too AWESOME!

Shrimp Sushi Bag by ax174


Thanks so much for sharing a little about yourself! And thanks for being a wonderful part of the Craftster community!

If you see someone that you would like to see featured on this board, please feel free to send a pm to myself or Nymeria.
324  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / November 2009 Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Member~ CohesiveChaos! on: November 05, 2009 04:34:25 PM
The next Jewelry and Trinkets member to be featured is ~ CohesiveChaos! She has been a member of Craftster since January of 2007, and is a frequent poster on the various Jewelry and Trinket boards. You can find her all over Crafster though, from quilting and sewing to fiber and crochet! I was actually familiar with her fabulous work as a quilter and didnt realize that she made jewelry!

These are a few of my personal favorite projects of hers:

Gnarly Pink Tree of Life

Chainmaille and Glass Bracelets

A few multi media pieces

Necklace Inspired by Lifesavers

My very first handspun

A teeny tiny purse

Heres what CohesiveChaos has to say about herself:

Im April or CohesiveChaos, a 32 year old mother of 2 and have been married to the love of my life for almost 13 years.  I was very fortunate to be raised in a family of insanely talented and industriously artistic individuals who have always been encouraging and amazing in their desire to teach and share their work.  For me, creating has always been a passion, not something that I am driven to do, but something that drives me.  There is nothing more rewarding in my eyes than to bring something to life from raw materials. Creating is a state of being, and I am constantly creating something.  I go stir crazy if I dont have something constructive for my hands to do.  I remember as a little girl my grandma would say that idle hands are the devils playground, and I think it has stuck with me throughout my life because my hands are always busy.  If I were to post every project I have lying around finished, I would never have any time to create more lol.  I guess you could say Im in it for the experience more than any other reward/purpose.

My User name here on Craftster is exactly what it means organized disarray Which I think is the perfect way to describe any sort of art (or even just life in general).  I have been creating something for as long as I can remember.  

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Jewelry?

A:  I first started making jewelry when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, remember friendship bracelets? I made them for all my friends, my mom taught me how to do all the cool designs in them with the different knots, chevron, adding beads, how to put names in them, it was my consuming force.  I think I probably made 100 of them in the first few months and it didnt take very long before I wanted to know how to make every imaginable type of jewelry I could though at 9 years old; I didnt have the budget for it that I do now.  

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Favorite tools?

A:  I adore working with resin and with clay.  Both offer such great potential for personal interpretation, and limitless possibilities in what can be created from them.  And when the two are combined (either to create molds or to incorporate together) the results are astounding.   I also have an innate love for wire and beautiful beads, beads may be my weakness, and living in the Pacific Northwest, so close to some of the most wonderful bead stores in the world, is a dangerous thing, for my wallet at least, lol.  My favorite tools are probably so basic they seem silly toothpicks, my fingers and Popsicle sticks, I can find a million uses for them in everything I do.

Q: Besides lovely pendants, what other kinds of jewelry/trinkets do you make?

A:  I love working with any material I can get my hands on, I enjoy making chainmail pieces, and beaded pieces that incorporate different styles of chain and beads one wouldnt expect to see together.  I love to make earrings, they are great busy work that I can make while I am watching TV with the family, and most recently Ive been experimenting with ways to make interesting pins and brooches.  

Q: How did your first jewelry making project go for you?

A:  Ive been very lucky with my first attempts at most things.  I made my first beaded jewelry when I was about 13, I bought a spool of fine wire and a bag of seed and bugle beads, I made this extremely intricate necklace, it was a choker done in peyote stitch (though at the time I had no idea what it was called, or even that other people did it) and it had waterfall details in the front.  I entered it in the county fair and took home the blue ribbon.  I wish I still had the piece, it probably attributes to my love of waterfall necklaces.  I really had no clue what I was doing, but was determined not to give up until Id made something I felt was impressive, lol.  

Q: Do you have any Craftster Crushes on other jewelry makers on the board? Who are they?

A:  There is so much talent here on Craftster, its hard to pick just a few.  I admire UntamedMenagerie, she makes me wish I had a nicer scroll saw and a steadier hand.  Japaya is also a big crush for me, her outlook on life, and the vibrancy of color in her pieces fascinates me greatly.  Petalmixer for her fabric flowers.

Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A:  My favorite technique is to experiment, at least I think we can call it a technique, lol.  I love to combine different techniques, and see what happens.  The experimentation sometimes leads to very unexpected results, and enjoy it most when the unexpected result leads to something that catches me off guard.  

Q: Are there any kinds of jewelry or techniques that you want to learn?

A:  I would love to learn to work with glass (hot and warm).  But I have 1 promise to my husband and that is that I would avoid things that require fire.  Im a leftie and slightly accident prone so he worries Id either catch myself on fire, or burn down the house.  I would also love to learn to work with metal grains and cast rings and pendants, but again, that leads to working with fire so until I convince the husband otherwise, these things will have to wait.

Q: You say youre accident prone; have you had any injuries related to jewelry making?

A:  Yes, I have lol, probably more than I should mention. Most recently, I had to make a jewelry set to wear to a formal event, so I wanted to use these oversized resin rhinestones as dangles, and I had to  grind the tips off of them and drill holes for the bails.  As I was drilling the stones (stupidly holding them in my hands as I did it) I felt my hands were slightly numb and didnt take a break like I should have, and I ended up drilling a hole through my finger with a tiny, tiny drill bit.  I tried to hide it, because I didnt want my husband to know what I had done, and the ball was the next night.  But ended up having to go to the ER for X-rays (I hit the bone and did nerve damage) and they had to catheterize the wound to clean out the resin.  Its amazing the damage such a tiny hole created.  I had to wear bandaids on my hand with a ball gown, but made the best of it by explaining it was a wound from the battle of looking fabulous, lol.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

A:  Inspiration can be found everywhere: from the simplest things like the view out the back door, to the vibrancy of a good friends personality or even an outfit you see in a shop window; nothing is off limits.  More often than not, my problem is too much inspiration, I am often overwhelmed by the beauty around me, and I can see the beauty even in things that wouldnt be considered classically beautiful.   I really feel like jewelry should say something about the wearer, as much as it should about the creator.   And much like any piece of art, I think they should say something different to everyone that views them.  I think my best work occurs when I sit down and have nothing in mind other than a desire to make something, and I get to see something come to life that even I didnt expect.  

Q: What other crafts do you do?

A:  I tend to throw my hands into every crafting pool that I can afford to dip my feet in.  My Grandma taught me to sew from a very young age, and clothing design and fashion are probably my strongest suit in crafting, though I dont show much of what I do in that world.  I sculpt, paint, draw, etch glass, quilt, knit, crochet, spin, needle felt, and most recently screen printing.  

Q: What is your favorite J &T project on Craftster that you posted?

A:  Because I think everyone has experienced the pain of having a broken heart, and as we heal, the scars dont make us less perfect, they just add some wabi-sabi (or the perfection of imperfection).  Its our experiences that make us who we are, and we would all do better if we learned to embrace that.

Resin Pendants

Q: What is your favorite J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A:  This is by far and away one of the coolest projects Ive ever seen, and the best use of available materials.  Too fascinating for words! Though I could say the same about any of her jewelry projects, I truly admire this piece.

Lets Recycle by Japaya

Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that you have posted?  

A: I love my little Octopus lamp.  I really had no goal when I started this other than to make something, and watching this piece come to life in front of my eyes absolutely fascinated me from start to finish, he isnt perfect but he is a masterpiece in my eyes.

Tiny Octopus Lamp

Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A:  This corset is absolutely stunning: a beautiful balance of mixed materials and techniques and finishing styles.  I love that it encompasses everything beautiful about nature, including the flaws.  Ive been enamored by it from the day it was posted.

Bird Tree Corset by Smicksy

Q: If you could offer any advice to beginning Jewelry Craftsters out there, what would that be?

A:  Advice is my favorite thing! I have a few things Id say:
Keep at it.  Even if youre not perfect the first go around, anything worth doing gets better with practice, and has a learning curve.
Experiment, part of the fun of anything is the ability to make it your own.  And the only way to learn new things is to go for it and try them out.  There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences.
Take notes, if youre not good with memory, keep notes in a binder or spiral, it doesnt have to be fancy, but it can be difficult to remember what worked and what didnt, so keeping notes as you work is the best way to ensure that you will get consistent results. And having notes will keep you from repeating an experiment that didnt work the first time (and will give you a road map for figuring out what might work the 2nd or 3rd).  

Q:  What is your proudest accomplishment with your jewelry making?

A: Aside from being featured here?  Honestly, I guess it would be actually finishing my book on Resin.  Albeit, the publisher went under a short bit before it was done, I still stuck with it and finished it.  I typically dont have the concentration or attention span to stop for photos as I work on anything, so it was a real learning experience for me, and really taught me a lot about not only the processes I follow, but the reasons that I create things.  

Thank you so much April, for answering my questions and sharing about yourself with the Crafster community. And thanks for all the wonderful projects you post!

If you have a Jewelry/Trinket member you would like to learn more about, please shoot me a pm with your nomination.
325  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Homemade Robin on: November 02, 2009 10:00:35 PM
My nephews really really wanted to be Batman and Robin this year. They found a Batman costume pretty easily, but a Robin costume that fit the 4 year old was nowhere to be found. Enter me.

I was mostly concerned with keeping the little booger warm, so everything is fleece--pants, vest, and cape. (and belt). The shirt was a store bought turtleneck, add in a facemask, some arm shields and some accessories for his belt, and he was a happy little guy. And I spent $9 total!

Here's the $20 inspiration...I didn't do too badly, right?   Grin

326  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Halloween Bath & Beauty Challenge! Dates extended! on: November 01, 2009 01:34:12 PM
Hey all, don't forget to enter the B&B Halloween challenge! The dates are extended through the 5th. Enter your soaps, nails, creepy make-up NOW!  Grin

Go here for more info and the board to post your entry on: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=419.0

What are you waiting for??
327  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / November 2009 Birthday Swap Gallery and Discussion on: November 01, 2009 12:05:18 AM
Please keep all discussion and pics here. The main thread is lists only~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326286.0

Birthday Swappers:

(Claims Made/Sent-inTransit/Sent-Received) Gifts coming

bkrenning4 Nov 11 FOC (0/0/0) 1 Gift
NiinaMaria Nov 7 FOC (1/0/0) 1 Gift
Riechan Nov 9  (1/0/1) 3 Gifts
Faren Nov 28  FOC (1/0/1) 3 Gifts
Craftsy Nov 13 FOC (1/0/1) 2 Gifts
uluru Nov 7 (3/0/3) 2 Gifts
PaleAngelLex Nov 5 FOC (1/0/1) 2 Gift
nancy01602 Nov 20 FOC (1/0/1) 2 Gift
edenkitty Nov 25 FOC (1/0/1) 1 Gift
StephanieGravatt Nov 10 (1/0/1) 2 Gifts
scaramouche Nov 27 FOC (1/0/1) 1 Gift
DizzerSpinninRound Nov 17 (2/2/0) 2 Gifts

Non-Birthday Swappers:

SevsOnlyGirl FOC (0/0/0) (no claims, feedback removed)
MareMare FOC (1/0/1)
alwaysinmyroom FOC (3/0/3)
EnginerdLisa FOC (1/1/0)
missdolly  FOC (1/1/0)
Strawberryh FOC (2/2/0)

SaphireFaerie Angel

PM Organizer
Late with Communication


Send by Mon, Nov. 16:
**NiinaMaria to Riechan--a stencilled Tshirt with one of my fav quote
alwaysinmyroom to Riechan--wallet TY card received

Send by Tues, Nov 17:
uluru to Riechan--tree of life pendant and nest ring
Faren to Craftsy--rat t-shirt

Send by Wed, Nov 18:
PaleAngelLex to Faren--embroidered tea towels

Send by Fri, Nov 20:
Craftsy to NiinaMaria--baby food jar pincushion and felt needle book NiinaMaria MIA, assuming received

Send by Sat, Nov 21
alwaysinmyroom to PaleAngelLex--needlebook TY card?

Send by Mon, Nov 23
alwaysinmyroom to uluru--birthday surprise!
MareMare to nancy01602--pouches for cables, memory sticks, etc and surprise TY card?
Riechan to uluru--pretty business card holder and surprise Sending Wed.
uluru to nancy01602--birdie themed surprise!

Send by Tues, Nov 24
edenkitty to Faren--wisty surprise!
StephanieGravatt to Faren--small project bags for knitting

Send by Wed, Nov 25
scaramouche to bkrenning4--wisty surprise!

Send by Tues, Dec 1
Faren to StephanieGravatt--Jayne's hat (from firefly)

Send by Wed, Dec 2
EnginerdLisa to edenkitty--bath products TY card?
nancy01602 to uluru--wisty surprise

Send by Sat, Dec 5
missdolly to craftsy--amigurumi animal and UK candy TY card?
Strawberryh to scaramouche--costume jewelry and 4x4 inch fabric squaresTY card?
Srawberryh to dizzerspinninround--felt plus trinkets TY card?

Send My Mon, Dec 7
DizzerSpinninRound to nancy01602--jewelry and surprise
DizzerSpinninRound to PaleAngelLex--circuit board jewelry and surprise

Send by Wed, Dec 9
uluru to DizzerSpinninRound--wisty surprise

Send by Dec 14
**SaphireFaerie (ANGEL) to Riechan--chunky bracelet, marble magnets, plus extras  

Send by Wed, Dec 16
scaramouche to StephanieGravatt--totebag
328  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / November 2009 Birthday Swap. CLOSED LISTS ONLY on: November 01, 2009 12:02:34 AM



Questions? Please post here in the discussion/gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

Swap name: November 2009 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range:  Nov 1- Nov 30
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: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326287.0

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=326287.0

 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 November 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.  

Format for PM's:

Proper label:
"November 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 November 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-  November 2009 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?

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

Name of swap- November 2009 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.

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329  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Buried Skulls! on: October 30, 2009 10:44:07 PM
Ok, they're embedded, but buried sounds spookier, right? I had to scoop up some of the skull molds that have been ever so popular around here lately!  I only buy ultra clear mp, so when I want opaque I just add some titanium dioxide. I may have added a little too much, but it created a cool, almost silvery/sparkly look, so let's just pretend I did that on purpose, kay?

For this one I channeled my toy ducks embedded in blue water. White skulls in red....something...is similar, right? I wish I had a dark enough red to look more blood-like, but I think it turned out ok. I love the lil spooky skull sticking out the top!

I usually embed with plastic toys, so didn't take too many precautions with embedding soap in soap. Oops. Next time I think I'll freeze my embed first and pour the rest at the lowest possible temp...I give you~ Partially melted buried skull!

330  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting on: October 30, 2009 10:34:58 PM
These are soooo yummy, and I'm the kind of girl who usually doesn't even bother with a dessert unless it contains chocolate. So the fact that I like these actually says something lol! And I usually don't care for icing/frosting very much, but this rocks!

Here is the recipe!

The changes I made include subbing 3 Tbs. of pumpkin pie spice for her spices, and I just used a whole can of pumpkin instead of measuring 3 cups....so I think I did closer to 4. Oops. Turned out fine! I didn't bother with piping the cookie batter or the frosting, my family is the type to wolf cookies down without really looking at it, so it would just be wasted effort on my part! Also mine were probably bigger than they should have been, so I didn't turn them into sandwiches...I'm sure you get more frosting this way!   Grin  And I added about a cup of finely chopped walnuts, I have to have crunchy texture.

FYI: this recipe makes a ton of cookies, but they don't spread out very much so you can put them really close together on the cookie sheet!

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