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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Baby loves Mama on: October 18, 2014 07:53:48 AM


For a recent swap I did this on theme of elephants. I loooove baby elephants!!  Pen and ink and watercolor.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yin Yang Kitties on: October 05, 2014 06:21:25 AM

Bleach painted this for my daughter.  it took a long time, going back to it again and again so as not to put too much on at a time and have it all blob out.
Here she is wearing it.

holy moly, Rosie, I just saw how long your hair was! Have not seen it down in awhile and lost track of its growing!
thanks for the awesome pics of the shirt.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Kitties playing on a birthday card on: October 05, 2014 06:15:45 AM
Made this cut paper  card for my daughter for her birthday. she is as nuts about kitties as I so it was easy to decide on a theme...


I did this bit by bit at work where there are only a pair of wonky kitchen scissors. I cannot believe it was this successful!




Detail of wee spider hanging from tree


kitty with ladybug




thanks to my daughter Acadian Driftwood for taking wonderful shots and providing them to me.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Tied a feather in his hat and called it cauliflower. on: September 06, 2014 08:01:31 PM


Who needs macaroni when ya got cauliflower?
I had a perfect head of cauli and could not find a recipe with ingredients i had. So I winged it and came up with this little gem that turned out great.


had to put that  pic in there cuz it was so purty.

Fresh out of the oven, I guess I will call it On-a-Whim Cauliflower bake.


Ingredients:
One head cauliflower
Two fresh tomatos
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
5 T butter
2 C whole milk
2 t Old Bay
dash salt and pepper
3 T flour
1 C grated cheese (only thing in my fridge was meunster and a smidgen of Asagio)


cut veggie into small pieces to your liking and steam for 8 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Slice tomatos, about half inch thick.
Heat milk (I used microwave) for 2 minutes. sprinkle Old Bay on top of it.
Melt 2 T butter in saucepan over slo heat and when frothy, sprinkle in flour and use fork to mix.
Cook on lo-ish for 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 of your milk and whisk well til mixture is smooth. In a continuous stream,
add the rest of the milk while constantly whisking.
Add cheese and stir for another minute.
Using the original pot after water and steamer have made an exit, put in veggie,
and pour cheesy mixture over it. Stir a bit.
Pour all into square glass baking dish that has used a bit of butter for greasing it up.
 
 Melt remaining butter and mix well with bread crumbs.
 sprinkle 4 T over cheesy cauliflower then
 Place tomatos all over top.
 Using fingers, distribute remaining greasy crumbs over top.
 Bake 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and lock back door so you do not have to share it with neighbor who smells it. Or, if you are not such a Scrooge, go ahead and share. Next time you wanna borrow her lawn mower, betcha she says yes.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / question about planning for a very large embroidery project on: September 04, 2014 06:07:18 PM


I found a piece of stunning fabric and want to embroider the entire thing. Will end up being the size of a single bed spread.
I want to start in one corner, go across, and continue in a general paragraph type pattern if that makes any sense to ya'll. I will be doing all round pieces all over, with obvious round borders.
My question is... as i go along over the years working on this, and showing how (hopefully) my skills have grown as each circle is created, I will be having this material smashed in the hoop. I expect that in the end, I will have a seriously wrinkled finished piece, complete with hoop marks that I might iron out if anyone can teach me how to do such a thing without wrecking years of work.
thanks!!
Also, if I ever have to launder this piece, is it likely that the colors will run and ruin it? Do folks wash their floss before using it to remedy this?
thanks.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Every pirate wants a balloon on his birthday... on: September 04, 2014 04:26:14 PM

I recently made this cut paper birthday card for a friend.
Front...

Back...

which is from the book Mutiny on the Bounty.

Inside...

It took me awhile to create (as you can imagine) and the embroidery floss rigging was the most challenging. but it was sooo much fun to make!
LadybugsandBumlebees gifted me most of the paper. thank you!!!
Also, a big thank you to my daughter, Acadian Driftwood for her awesome skills at photo taking.
it is my first attempt at pop-up.
thanks for looking.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My utter failure in peeling hardboiled eggs on: September 03, 2014 04:25:03 PM


It seems like I have tried everything! I am boiling water (eggs have been sitting in it). At the boil I turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. makes the perfect egg but I'll be durned if I can peel the bugger! I  plunge it into cold water and begin peeling. Egg is still warm as I work. One out of 6 eggs will peel perfectly and easily, the others will  be as stubborn as they come and tiny shell bits come off at a time and I lose a lot of good egg.
Sure would like some pointers.
thanks!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hungry? on: August 14, 2014 07:26:06 PM

Hunger Games shrine. Knew nothing at all about the book or movie, did some research, then had to turn this dark subject into a Whimsical Shrine.

had a blast!

wood base shaped like book and  opened like book.








i would join a shrine swap again.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The stippled pirate on: August 03, 2014 07:01:57 AM
Here is my second attempt at stippling. I made this for a friend of mine who is crazy about pirates.

I made a lot more dark areas than my other piece. It was fun.  I think my fave part of this is the round border. I want to do more round borders.


I wanted this scene to be happening at night. I knew I could not just create an entirely black background.... not only would it look overwhelming, but it would butt right up against the captain's dark coat. so I started at the moon's edges with darker, then gradually eased out into the night sky. Would love input as to whether this 'worked' or not.
thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Bucky Bauer....um, who's he? on: August 01, 2014 08:06:02 PM

This is what happens when ya do an ATC for a swap and then never get the chance to even claim that person for their awesome theme. Oh, well, I like little Bucky.
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