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341  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 (EXTENSION, Sendouts Nov 23) on: September 15, 2009 11:47:12 PM
Swap name: Mini Art Quilt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: September 15 - September 26 at 8pm PACIFIC
Date to send item by: November 14 November 23

Gallery:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326125.0


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

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

Age requirement? 18

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


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 to make a mini quilt for your partner! We are only going to swap the mini quilt itself, no extras required, so we can focus on making the quilt. The size of the quilt should be between 1 and 2 feet square, with any size, shape, and dimensions that fits within those parameters. So 12 x 18 inches is ok, and so is a 15 inch circle, but any one side shouldnt be smaller than 12 inches or longer than 24 inches.

Use whatever methods you want to make a lovely art quilt for your partner! Piecing, embroidery, hand dying fabric, adding beads or charms, etc.

Since this is a longer swap I want everyone to know that they need to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner. Im not going to implement anything as rigid as weekly check-ins, but post try to post to the thread at least every couple of weeks and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we pm you!  

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.  



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Mini Art Quilt Swap 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and 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 (yes/no)

Do you live in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, do you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO
Please state that you understand that communication is very important in this swap, and you need to stay in touch with the organizer and your partner("poor communication" feedback will be given accordingly).

Would you describe your quilting skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

What are your favorite colors:

What are some of the colors in the room of the house you might display this in:

What colors do you dislike:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you like:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you dislike:

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really like (ie, you  have really strong feelings towards paisley fabric or star type quilts)?

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really dislike?

Would you like to receive a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either)

Would you like to craft a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either)

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are you someone that really wants to have one of these themes crafted for you, or are you ok if your partner does a little stalking to come up with other themes you might like?

Are you someone that is really helped by having a set list to craft from, or do you prefer to be a little freer and do some research/stalking?

Would you be ok with your art quilt containing 3d elements such as beads, sequins, charms, etc? This might have to do with how you plan to use it.

Do you plan on or think you might possibly use 3d elements in the art quilt you make?

Do you have an idea what you would use your art quilt for?

If yes, is there anything specific that the sender needs to know/do? (ie, a loop put on it would be good if you plan to hang it, please dont use 3d elements if its for a table, etc)

Do you have any allergies severe enough to prevent you from being partnered with someone? (ie, if you are only a tiny bit allergic to cats like me, dont put it down, but if someone sending something from a house with a cat will make you sick, please list it)

Do you have allergens like pets (specific) or smoking in your house?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

Round 1:  
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302820.0

Round 1 Gallery:    
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306811.0


Round 2 Gallery:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326125.0
342  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini Art Quilt Swap, round 2--Now Open on: September 05, 2009 10:04:56 PM
So, anybody want to discuss another mini art quilt swap? It could be holiday themed or not. Dates? Ideas? Go!

Link to gallery of first round, it's amazing!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306811.0

Link to first round original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302820.0
343  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Craftster calendar--adding challenge due dates? on: August 23, 2009 11:57:43 AM
I would love if in addition to events, the craftster calendar could have dates for the various challenges, not only the monthly ones, but the individual board challenges as well. Dates for submitting your project as well as when to vote!
344  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pinwheels and Cherries and Prairie Points, Oh My! on: August 16, 2009 12:45:02 AM
This is my first completed quilt and I am oh so proud!  Grin There's a lot of mistakes, but it's not hideous, so I am happy. My mom's co-worker gave me a charm pack of Oh Cherry Oh! fabric by Moda and I decided it had to be a little baby girl quilt...luckily another one of their co-workers is having a baby girl! The baby shower is tomorrow, so I finished it in the nick of time.

klum78 helped me out a lot! Thanks hon! She found me the pattern on Moda's website and gave me lots of encouragement and tips and website links.
 
The finished size is around 32" x 32", which is small but fine for a baby.










I'll probably replace these pics with better ones tomorrow in the light, but I was so excited to post I had to do it tonight!
345  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fairy Mini Art Quilt (pictures, pictures, everywhere) 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.

346  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Book Club and Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED; Sendouts Oct 30, 2009) 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

GALLERY
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326127.0

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.


Non-Fiction: NO LONGER A CHOICE

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

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   







IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
347  COOKING / Dessert / Fruit Tarts! Easy and Fabulous :) 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)

Recipe:
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

Directions:

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!

348  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery on: July 12, 2009 06:34:25 PM
Link to original thread~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309698.0

Participants:

1. MareMare x1
2. fantasticmio x3
3. craftADDchick x2 (or x3 if needed, thanks!) 2
4. love2teach x3
5. Slingmomma x1
6. crazee_b x 1 (Welcome first time swapper!)
7. tracethekat x2 or3 (Thanks for being flexible!) 3
8. raesmom x3
9. canto_xii x1 (Welcome first time swapper!)



Sent
Received
Sending late with communication
Feedback Left

MareMare --> tracethekat
tracethekat --> MareMare

tracethekat --> fantasticmio
fantasticmio --> tracethekat

tracethekat   --> love2teach
love2teach --> tracethekat

fantasticmio --> Slingmomma
Slingmomma --> fantasticmio

fantasticmio --> raesmom
raesmom --> fantasticmio


craftADDchick --> canto_xi
canto_xi --> craftADDchick


craftADDchick --> love2teach
love2teach --> craftAddchick

love2teach --> raesmom
raesmom --> love2teach


raesmom --> crazee_b
crazee_b --> raesmom

349  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Featured Projects--Quarter 2, 2009 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


350  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / B&B Challenge 3 ~ Intensely Colorful! on: July 05, 2009 10:15:01 AM
Challenge 3 is here! The theme is "Intensely Colorful." You may interpret that theme any way you see fit, and using any method or product that fits under Bath and Beauty.  Mineral Make-up, Soap, Lotion, Lip Balm, Bath Bombs, Hair Dye....lets see some color!



The rules:

1. Post your entry, including pictures and an explanation of why/how you created your item.

2. Post your entries between August 3 and August 12.  Entries must be posted by August 12, 9 pm Pacific time. After August 12 the voting will go up.

3. There are no restrictions on who may enter, but each person may only post one entry. The entry may consist of a set, but it needs to be one cohesive entry.

4. If you are using an existing recipe you did not create, please alter it at least 25%, and you must credit the source!

5. Post your entry by starting a new topic within this folder.

6. Your entry cannot be something you have posted before.


Prizes: TBA  But at least part of the prize will be some cool colorants and micas!
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