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 on: May 25, 2019 01:04:45 AM 
Started by underthemountain - Last post by underthemountain

I was asked if I'd be doing another round of this fun swap at our recent Craftsters Meetup in Asheville, NC.  I took a look back and the last one we did was in 2017!  

Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7


If any of you old geezers want to play please comment below.  I'm thinking of signups in June with a crafting time from Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019.

For those of you who are too young to remember this swap here are some details:

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before June 2019

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have 2.5 months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.

 on: May 24, 2019 08:54:59 PM 
Started by sheepBlue - Last post by fluffypants
Ooh, I forgot you did that fluffypants! What was the whole process like (if you have time and want to share  Wink)? I tried to look up the application form for GBBO to share it here for amusement but I guess they have it on lock-down when they're not accepting new apps.

I love to share! Grin It was such a neat experience. And I have trouble ever telling a "short version", haha.

First up was the online application. Lots of questions about what you like to bake, why you like to bake, who you bake for, why you need to be on the show, and a bunch of legalese. There was a spot to upload a video if you so desired, and I figured  what better way to introduce myself? I assumed my odds were better if I went to the effort. I spent days trying to shoot the perfect video, and an evening editing it together. I was really happy with it when it was done, so I got it all uploaded and sent 'er in.

A couple of days later, I got a call for a phone interview. They asked me a lot of questions about specific things and whether I'd done them  lots of more "complex" things, but the only ones I remember specifically were tempering chocolate and making Swiss meringue buttercream. It lasted maybe 20 minutes and I'm sure my heart was pounding the entire time as I racked my brain to remember everything I'd baked in the past year.

Well, a few days after that, I got an invitation to audition in Toronto! I live in a small town about a 2 hour flight from Toronto, so I quickly booked a ticket and went down for  get this  April Fool's Day weekend. I began to wonder whether the whole thing may be an elaborate joke. Cheesy I stayed with my cousin and his partner and their apartment was BOILING HOT. I assembled a sloppier-than-I-would-have-liked cake the evening before the auditions (melting ganache, last minute late night trips to the store, oh my!) and slept on the floor.

The auditions took place at a cooking school, where we brought our bakes, had headshots taken, and baked for the audition judges while they walked around doing interviews. Before beginning, they had a pep talk and then told us to grab the supplies we needed. All of the baking utensils, bowls, etc. were spread out on a table. I recall grabbing what I thought was a set of measuring spoons, only to find out when I got back to my station that they were set out in piles by size, not in sets, and I had grabbed ALL of the tablespoons, hahaha. Oops. (Sabotage!)

We all received a basic scone recipe and had access to a table full of different mix-ins to make our own flavours. When I had been deciding what to bring for my "signature" bake, I was down to either my peanut butter chocolate cake (which won out) or a Finnish coffee bread I learned from my Mummo. So, I decided to take the flavours of the coffee bread and put them into a scone I used cardamom and raisins, and mashed up some blueberries in the glaze, as blueberries always remind me of Finland. They turned out delicious! I have been hooked on scones ever since.

I made friends with a few people at the audition and we made a point to keep in touch on Facebook. One of them even made it on the first season of the show! It was very cool to live vicariously through him. I've applied both years since then, but have yet to make it back to an audition. Hopefully one of these years will be my lucky year. Smiley Even just the audition experience was so fun! I'd love to do it again.

 on: May 24, 2019 06:17:42 PM 
Started by Powerhouseofthecell - Last post by Powerhouseofthecell
My daughter is pretty rough on her clothes in the summer, so I reconstructed a few of my unloved t-shirts into play clothes.  

Hot pink shirt - Sharpie & yoyo flowers
Light pink shirt - Sharpie & crayon tinting
Cheater tie die - Sharpie & rubbing alcohol "tie dye"

 on: May 24, 2019 12:49:43 PM 
Started by sweets4ever - Last post by BigBangMomma
geekgirl1000100 and I did a personal swap for the Happy Mail swap, and she truly spoiled me! An atc altered playing card, altered library card and tons and tons of gelli prints of various kinds....paper, stickers...things I never would have imagined!

Thank you so much Carlee! I really enjoyed swapping with you!

And behold, the goodies!
First, the pretty envelope and card:

All the goodies:

And the atc apc and altered library ticket:

These will all be fun to play with. Thanks!

 on: May 24, 2019 05:22:38 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by jellybean89
Lemmony has been helping me do yard work - here he is with the some tulips!

(I haven't even started cleaning that flowerbed - it's a mess Tongue)

 on: May 23, 2019 05:58:02 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by jenleahlynn
class/challenge -HOM
house- gryffindor
project- man's best freind

I did a swap with another group. It didn't have a theme so I struggled to decide what to create. Then she sent me pictures of her pets, and I decided to go with colored pencils. That's the medium I'm most confident in. This boy is also loyal and kind, so must be a hufflepuff.

 on: May 23, 2019 03:41:32 PM 
Started by JoyfulClover - Last post by JoyfulClover

Just saw the new teaser trailer for Picard. Any other Star Trek lovers? 


From any of the versions?

 on: May 23, 2019 03:09:38 PM 
Started by curiousfae - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
That little foresty dude is so flipping cool, oh my gosh.

I got such a fabulous card from curiousfae today, oh my gosh, it made my week! When I saw what it was I burst out laughing, then I showed it to the man and he did too Cheesy. If you've never heard the song Business Time by Flight of the Conchords, do yourself a favour and go listen to it.

If that's not enough to crack you up, you should know I sang that song to Kelli at the Asheville meet-up in a bathroom late one night while she was wearing the hilarious "curl cap" she has on in that photo. She said she'd never heard it and that just wouldn't do.

I love it, girl, you are so rad. Midnight comedy serenade for the win!!! Cheesy

 on: May 23, 2019 02:14:32 PM 
Started by The Raging Sloth - Last post by thanate
Audio sent me a redcap!!

Here she is hanging out in my back garden.  (Some day I will remember to take landscape-format pictures, probably the week they fix photo rotation.)

back (look at all those curls!! I love it!!)

Thank you so much, Audio!  This is glorious! 

 on: May 23, 2019 11:53:42 AM 
Started by gaudiknight - Last post by BigBangMomma
I've been really remiss in destashing. The local box craft store is going to of business, so they have been liquidating inventory. I go in every week or so, and come out with loads of embossing folders for the Sizzix I got this year. A few days ago, I got 16 folders for 25 cents each! It's a steal! I now have over 60 or so folders!

But....as a true destash, we've had 1980/90 Mickey Mouse sherts passed down to us years ago and never used them. So, I am making bags for my teacher friend to store individual bags of Legos for students, and we decided this was the perfect time! The fabric and bias tape from stash (I may have to buy more or see if I have enough fabric scraps). I only bought Velcro--the first time ever by the yard!

Here is a picture of three of them!

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