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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: March 24, 2017 12:43:01 PM
I received this adorbs I Love Lucy sock monkey alphabet card from curiousfae today. She says she wasn't sure she liked it being off-set but I think it's just perfect like that. Lucy was a little off-set after all Cheesy.


And that makes me 8/8/7, just 1 more of mine to be received and one more that's coming my way. Fun fun, thanks for this month of awesome ATC swapping!
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2  Re: TM Patch Techniques in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by craftylittlemonkey on: March 23, 2017 11:31:47 AM
That's how I did it this last time as well but I used a layer of felt instead of batting because I wanted them to be very flat. I also embellished before turning the edges over so I could adjust them if the patch had gotten very wonky. I don't mind wonky usually but was after a specific look this time round.




Once before someone asked about corners so I put up a tutorial here:
flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/albums/72157629063435791
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3  Trashed & Wasted, rethinking kitchen scraps in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: March 23, 2017 10:47:03 AM
Bet you've never eaten cinnamon chicharron with whipped lard and buckwheat honey.


This is my good friend Brock. He is amazing. He's a long-time successful restaurateur, brewer, and entrepreneur. In his many years working in the food and drink industry he's seen vast amount of meaningless, unnecessary waste that finally inspired him to do something about it in his home town. He's putting on events to highlight the usability of what we consider garbage in order to get people thinking about how to reduce waste and feed more people good tasting and good for you food. Check this out, it's an amazing movement and a really accessible way to think about our own kitchens and cooking habits.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2017/02/22/toronto-chefs-trashed-and-wasted-raises-awareness-of-food-waste.html

And here's some of what was on the menu at the garbage food fest including such things as pickled tongue and lamb brain on crostini which I am not sure I'd be daring enough to try myself but I love that every bit of food got used and nothing wasted so have a gander:

http://torontolife.com/food/served-torontos-first-garbage-food-festival/

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4  Re: Tea cosy, take 2 in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftylittlemonkey on: March 23, 2017 06:14:59 AM
Well that's easy enough, it's always on the teapot when I come downstairs in the morning. My sweetie makes us tea every day before he leaves for work Smiley.


I can get an action shot of the one I made for my Aunt this Easter too.
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5  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 05:58:17 PM
Oh, I have to clean up before starting something new. I haven't got a table top or seat left never mind not being able to find anything. Plus I am going from paint & glue to fabric, it has to be tidy AND clean or oh boy...

I dont mind kitchen mess, tidying that is satisfying because everything has it's place to go to. This feels awful because the organization & arrangement arent working to take stuff out or put it back. I'm revamping it all today.

It's coming along! BeaG I credit you with the bin inspiration. We're going to the store right now to pick up some more, I am labeling them all as I go for easy findability.
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6  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 05:06:13 PM
Some more ATC's. I have 2 more out for delivery and that's it for the month.

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7  Re: Big batch cooking in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 01:27:23 PM
I just made a gourmet side dish in less than 5 minutes total with frozen big batch items.
Previously sauted and frozen leeks, celery, caramelized onions with mushrooms, pesto, and bacon thawed in a pot with a splash of broth:

Throw in some spinach, salt, pepper, and a bit of green sriracha sauce, just wilt the spinach and stir it all up:


It is seriously delicious and it would have taken hours to prepare from scratch.
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 12:57:46 PM
Aw, thanks. I had a hard time thinking outside the fabric bin myself. I am practicing but it's so hard, and I have so many patterns, and I just like it! LOL, my self-challenge will have to be using only paper for a change. We'll see how I do.

I received 2 envelops today with beautiful cards.


First from Emilywilde who claimed me for spirals (I thought you only claimed me once but I got 2 lovely cards, am I confused about that?), I adore spirograph!

"Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping"
~ Julia Margaret Cameron


"Rame" Balinese for joy and chaos at the same time.


And from bunny1kenobi for vintage circus and bee, both lovely with gorgeous lettering.



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9  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 12:53:50 PM
This gallery is always one of my faves, it gets the most amazing stuff in it all year!

I sent bunny1kenobi some mini things for the awesome apothecary she made and in return she spoiled me rotten with 4 wicked good TM patches. They remind me of her ATC's, she has such a distinct style of her own that is really beautiful. Check these out:

First summer flowers with lace, sequins, beads, buttons, and delicate stitching for the stems and leaves.
The butterfly is so lovely, embellished with beads and perfect stitches, just Perfect!


Next "THIRST" which is stitching over paint on batik.
The mermaid is my favourite, more perfect stitching and dainty golden chain jewelry.


I'm collecting to make a sewing machine cover, it will be so great seeing all these little bits of treasure from friends here. 

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10  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by craftylittlemonkey on: March 22, 2017 07:17:27 AM
Ummm...
This was after one project, the assemblage I just finished. Now granted it was multi-media so I did pull out all sorts of different supplies I might not ordinarily use all at once but...



Obviously the space needs work and not just to tidy this craftastrophe up. We went out and got more bins last night, that's my project for today. Sigh, this has been a never ending process for me. Make a big mess that takes longer to clean up than whatever crafting caused it. I gotta figure this out.
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