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1   / IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / First Half 2014 - Featured Projects! on: July 06, 2014 08:42:43 AM
Congratulations to the talented artists responsible for our latest round of featured Image Reproduction projects!! Thanks to everyone who contributed a project on these boards in recent months. Keep it up!!

Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland Lino Cut and Print
by rockmygypsysoul

You Remind Me of the Babe by lindyv321

Bugs Bones Wings and Things - Emulsion Printing by sheepBlue

Happy Sweatshirt for Dad by suereal

Don't forget to show some love to your favorite projects across Craftster by hitting the "This ROCKS!" button!
2   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Quarterly Featured Projects - Q2!! on: July 06, 2014 08:24:46 AM
Congratulations to the latest round of Miscellaneous featured projects and artists! Thanks for contributing such inspiring work this quarter! Keep it up Smiley.

Bunny Boy with Balloon by pottermouth

Evil Dead Altered Tin by Knickertwist

House in a Shoe by Alittlemusthave

Dragon Book and Game of Thrones Pegsl by Cryssoleil

Mini Altered Tin: Virgin Mary Shrine by rackycoo

AARG! Almost Paradise Altered Spool by alwaysinmyroom

Keep hitting that "THIS ROCKS!" button to tell us the projects that you love!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Baked Eggs in Zucchini Nest on: June 21, 2014 08:56:38 AM
There is a great breakfast place a few blocks from our house that serves the best baked eggs! It's so good, in fact, that the wait is upwards of an hour on the weekends. I crave their yummy dishes but, aint nobody got time for that! I'm also currently OBSESSED with my veggie spiralizer. This dish is the result of both factors.

It takes less than 5 minutes to put together and doesn't require many ingredients. Oh, and it tastes good Smiley.

- eggs
- zucchini
- marinara sauce
- crumbly cheese (feta, goat... whatever)
- heavy cream
- salt & pepper
- green onions or chives (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grease up a ramekin and set aside.

Spiralize a zucchini (or you can just slice it) and make a little nest in your ramekin.

Crack in 2 eggs and add a couple of big spoonfuls of marinara sauce.

Add a splash of heavy cream and sprinkle with cheese. Hit it with some salt and pepper and pop it in the oven!

Bake for 15 minutes. If you don't like runny yolks, give it more like 20 minutes. If you want to be fancy, add some green onions or chives and enjoy (after it cools down Smiley!

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My First Mosaic - Kitchen Trivet on: May 24, 2014 09:00:17 PM
I've always admired the beautiful mosaics I've seen on Craftster and around the web but always felt like it was a craft out of reach because of all of the fancy supplies and steps it takes to make them.

Fortunately, I found an awesome place in our neighborhood, Seattle Mosaic Arts, that offers classes for newbies. A friend and I took one of their intro classes recently and this is the result!

This is a trivet but you could also do wall hangings or garden stones. There were endless jars of beautiful glass to choose from and we didn't have to do any of the messy work! We created the design on contact paper and then the studio did the grouting (in our choice of colors) for us.

It's, by no means, perfect but I had such a great time making it and I think it turned out kinda pretty. I can't wait to go back to apply what I learned to another project. I need another craft hobby like I need a hole in my head but this was just too fun not to do again!

Thanks for checking it out!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Oil Cloth Picnic Placemat Tute on: May 17, 2014 10:13:22 AM
The clouds are parting, the sun is warming the grass, the white wine cravings are kicking in... all signals that picnic season is here!

I made these oil cloth placemats a while back and they've proven to be handy for outdoor dining.

- oil cloth
- bias tape binding
- ribbon
- sewing machine.

1. Start by cutting 2 pieces of oil cloth approximately 16" wide and 12.5" tall for the inside and outside pieces.
2. Cut a 5" x 7" piece to make your cutlery pocket.
3. Fold the top edge of the pocket piece by 1/2" and add a top stitch.
4. Fold over the remaining edges and stitch the pocket to the inside mat piece. Oil cloth is a little tricky to fold so I found it was easiest to top stitch around the whole pocket and then stitch it onto the mat piece - either way works!

5. Use a glue stick to glue the inside and outside pieces of the mat together, wrong sides facing. This will keep the pieces from sliding around while you add your binding.
6. Tuck your inside and outside mat pieces into the fold of the bias tape. Use hair clips to hold the binding in place before you sew. You can also use pins but they can be tough to insert into oil cloth and can also leave holes.

7. As a finishing step, sew a piece of ribbon to one of the short sides of your mat so that you can tie it up in a roll for easy packing.

Now, just pack up your picnic goodies, your new placemats, a bottle of summer wine (optional but recommended) and get outside!

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sriracha Lovers of the World - UNITE! on: April 02, 2014 09:46:07 AM

image from http://robinsbite.com/

I'm OBSESSED with Sriracha. I have at least one meal a day that either contains the hot sauce or is covered in it Smiley.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes...

Asian Inspired Tofu Tacos (could easily be done with meat if you're not into tofu)

Maple Syrup and Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas

I recently ordered the Veggie Lovers version of the Sriracha cookbook. I can't wait for it show up.

I've also been enjoying this blog lately... http://blog.thesrirachacookbook.com/.

Anyone else share my love of the rooster? What are your favorite recipes? Have you tried making your own Sriracha?

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Good Grief - It's Peanuts Peanuts on: April 01, 2014 06:55:34 AM
This project combines my love of Charles Shulz and roasted nuts.

These are peanuts hand painted in the likeness of the Peanuts cartoons! They are hot glued to buttons so they can stand up and act out their favorite scenes from the comic strip. 

The background is painted on watercolor paper so the peanuts feel at home.

For my next project, I think I'll make Lucy a 'Psychiatric Help' booth and Charlie a football... and maybe a sad Christmas tree or a great pumpkin.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spring Saroyan Shawl on: March 24, 2014 10:19:30 AM
My knitting mojo kicked in late this year. Usually I'm busy with projects in the winter months but get tired of stitching once Spring starts to arrive.

This year, I didn't do much knitting until March. When I did pull out the yarn and needles, I was inspired by the changing seasons and was drawn to bright green yarn and leafy patterns!

I used a Malabrigo worsted weight yarn in the lettuce colorway. The pattern is called Saroyan and is available on Ravelry.

This was a fun project - it was simple enough but the leafy lace design kept it interesting. I also love working with this yarn because of the slight color variations.

Happy Spring!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birchbox to Birdbox on: March 24, 2014 10:08:35 AM
I subscribe to Birchbox and while I enjoy getting a new stash of samples each month, what I really love is the box they come in Smiley.

I hang on to them and use them for wrapping gifts or storing little bits and bobs.

This month, I made a little spring painting to cover the top and filled it with some crafty goodies for my friend, kittykill.

I painted water color paper with water colors and some craft paint. I also used gesso, some glitter paper, vintage sheet music and a bird cut from a post card.

I love the natural exterior of the Birchbox so I didn't want to cover that up but I did want to add a little pizazz so I outlined the box top with gold washi tape.

The inside was filled with thread and buttons, bottles, felt, beads and lace, washi tape and other random crafty bobbles.

Thanks for checking it out!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) on: February 04, 2014 10:06:18 PM

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