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1  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)
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/supercrunch-tofu-tacos-50400000127536/

Maple Syrup and Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
http://soletshangout.com/maple-sriracha-brussels-sprouts/

Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas
http://forealslife.com/blog/2012/10/recipe-sriracha-roasted-chickpeas#.UZwAPGOnbD0

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?


2  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.
3  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!
4  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!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) on: February 04, 2014 10:06:18 PM

photo from: http://happymoneysaver.com/send-a-box-of-sunshine-to-brighten-someones-day/


Notes about sending, receiving and getting feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). I will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures. Please PM me.  

Status

Sent
Partner Received
Late w/Communication
Feedback Given

LimeRiot's Group
Belladune <> sarahelise
WeeFreeRhie <> Wildfyre
adrienne_bowers <> kittykill
ChameleonHound <> craftADDchick
silentblair <> SonjaBoo
alteredmommy <> dharma_rebel
FrankSpinello <> MissCrafty29*
kbrison <> watsonc7
gamemom42 > Mountains and Clouds > QueenNinjaMonkey > gamemom42
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Nesting Mat for Spoiled Doxies on: January 12, 2014 06:54:28 PM
We have a couple of spoiled wiener dogs who love burrowing and scratching, biting, chewing and rolling around in blankets. They seem to enjoy this process so much that I decided they needed to have their very own nest making bed. This is the result!


It's really just an envelope pillow case with blankets attached on each side. This allows them to dig and pull and scratch and bury until their little hearts are content! They seem to be enjoying it so far so I thought I'd share the instructions for other owners of spoiled beasties.

Supplies
- 2"x15"x17" piece of foam (you could use any size or even just an old pillow)
- 1/2 yard heavy duty fabric such as upholstery or canvas
- 1 yard of fleece or other cozy fabric
- Scissors
- Sewing machine
- Thread
- Iron



Step 1 - Cut your fabrics

Cut your fabrics to the specs below. If you're using a different size piece of foam or pillow, adjust the other measurements, as needed

From your heavy weight fabric cut:
Cushion top - 1 17" x 19" piece
Cushion bottoms - 2 17" x 13" pieces

From your fleece cut:
Top/bottom - 2 18" x 17" pieces
Sides - 2 15" x 18" pieces



Step 2 - Top stitch cushion bottom edges

Fold over one 17" side of both cushion bottom pieces and press. Fold over and press one more time and then top stitch along the right side fold.





Do this on both of your cushion bottom pieces and then set them aside.

Step 3 - Finish fleece edges

Stitch around three sides of your top/bottom fleece pieces - the 18" side, then the 17" width and back down the next 18" side leaving the last 17" side edge raw. Do this on both of these fleece pieces and then set them aside.

Stitch around three sides of your side fleece pieces - the 18" side, then the 15" and back down the next 18" side leaving the last 15" side edge raw. Do this on both of these fleece pieces and then set them aside.

I tried both a zig-zag stitch and also a blanket stitch on my sewing machine. The blanket stitch ended up looking cleaner and causing less stretching and curling of the fabric. Of course, if you had a serger you could use that. You could even leave all of the edges raw if you wanted - your dog probably won't care Smiley.

blanket stitch on the grey, zig-zag on the green




Step 4 - Make a pillow sandwich

In this step, you'll be putting all of your fabrics together into a big layered sandwich!

Layer 1 - Cushion top piece, right side up



Layer 2 - Top/bottom fleece pieces
For this layer, align the raw 17" sides of each top/bottom fleece piece with the top and bottom edges of your cushion top piece, respectively. Fold over the top of each fleece piece so the bulk is in the middle of your sandwich and out of the way of later stitching.



Layer 3 - Side fleece pieces
Do the same thing for the side fleece pieces aligning the raw 15" edges with the 15" side edges of your cushion top piece. Fold the bulk into the middle so that it's out of the way.



Layer 4 - Cushion bottom pieces
Put the cushion bottom pieces, right side down and finished edges towards the middle, on top of all of the fleece layers.



It's important to be precise with this layering so that you avoid stitching the wrong fleece edge or getting tangled up in the bulk once you're back at the sewing machine.

Once you have everything aligned, pin like mad!!



As you're pinning, double-check that you're not grabbing extraneous fleece pieces in your seam. Each edge should be made up of a layer of your cushion top fabric, one layer of fleece only and your layer of cushion bottom fabrics.



Step 5 - Sew it up

Stitch around the outside of the entire sandwich with a ~1/2 seam. It isn't necessary to leave a gap in the stitching for turning as you'll be able to turn the cushion inside-out through the envelope you made with the cushion bottom fabrics.



Step 6 - Turn it inside out and stuff it

Turn the entire mat inside out through the opening in the cushion bottom. Gently push out the corners with a chopstick and cram your foam in! This might require some folding and squishing and maneuvering but just keep at it until everything fits properly.

Voila!





Beatrice photo-bombed the final pictures I was attempting to take. I think that's a sign that she likes it!



In classic doxie style, her ear needs turning right side out Smiley.



The doxies immediately got the idea of this nesting mat and are now taking turns digging, tugging and rooting around in it. I think I'll need to make another one!

If you have questions about this project, just holler!!
7   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Quarterly Featured Projects - 2013 Q4 on: January 09, 2014 08:04:18 PM
Congratulations to our latest round of Miscellaneous featured projects!! Please take a moment to check out these marvelous posts and give a virtual high-five to the artists who helped us close out 2013 on a high note.

Shrieking Shack Musical Globe by patty_o_furniture


Woodland Fairytale Tree House by Ludi


$1 Autumn Wreath by teag


A Birdhouse in Your Soul by noodle-bug


Mousetrap Crime Scene by MissingWillow


Winifred Sanderson's Spellbook by Briseida


Desiderata String Art by cecampbell


Tell us what you love!! Hit the "this ROCKS" button on your favorite projects so we can celebrate them in our quarterly features.
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Box of Sunshine Swap (SU - Jan 17, SO - Feb 18) on: January 04, 2014 10:54:31 AM
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431320.0


photo from: http://happymoneysaver.com/send-a-box-of-sunshine-to-brighten-someones-day/


Winter is upon us and, for many, that means cold temperatures, gray skies and dark days. If you're craving the warm sunshine and bright days of summer and wanting to brighten another members day with a sunshine bomb, this swap is for you!

In the Box of Sunshine swap, we'll be sending our partners a sunshine inspired package filled with bright and cheery crafted goodness!

Swap Details
Requirements:
1. One medium crafted item that is bright and sunny
2. One small crafted item that is bright and sunny
3. Bright and happy package fillers (OPTIONAL)
4. Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required once a week!
5. Have fun!!

Crafted Items Info:
When you and your partner open your packages, you should feel warm - not hot chocolate and flannel blanket warm but barefoot toes in hot white sands kind of warm !! Crafted items should be done in sunshiney colors (yellows, oranges, warm beiges...). Items should be aligned with your partners wishes. Here are some ideas!

- Picnic tray decorated with yellow and orange designs
- Pillow cover quilted with yellow fabrics
- Journal cover with an embroidered sunshine
- Stenciled beach towel with a summer inspired saying
- Painting or wall hanging of a sunset
- Yellow fizzy bath bombs and soap set

If you want to fill your sunshine package with yellow candies or yellow craft supplies or other extras, you can indicate so in questionnaire and be partnered with someone else that wants the same. If you'd prefer to just stick with crafted items, you can select that option too.

Swap name: Box of Sunshine Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: January 4th - January 17th
Date to send item by: February 18th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No limit.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?N/A
Additional Age requirement? No

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
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Questionnaire to Answer:
Name of swap: Box of Sunshine Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Would you like to send and receive fillers and other extras in your package? (YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Please list some ideas for sunshiny goodness you'd be happy to receive:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Do you have any inspirations that would help your partner personalize your package (Pinterest, Wists, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to your organizer. That would be me, LimeRiot.

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). I will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures. Please PM me.  

Swappers:
1. LimeRiot
2. camezzo
3. gamemom42
4. Mountains and Clouds
5. texscrapper
6. emilywilde
7. happylittleclam
8. Ratfinkz
9. FrankSpinello
10. SonjaBoo
11. kittykill
12. kbrison
13. sarahelise
14. craftADDchick
15. Breegy
16. WeeFreeRhie
17. kjlutz
18. JillHogan
19. plaidpineapple
20. Belladune
21. silentblair
22. MissCrafty29
23. dharma_rebel
24. adrienne_bowers
25. Helena Puck
26. Wildfyre
27. Cherie
28. QueenNinjaMonkey
29. alteredmommy
30. ChameleonHound
31. Watsonc7
32. muddy21
33. gala_apples
34. hazelly
35. GingerKnitter
36. crazyda79

Partners
LimeRiot's Group
Belladune <> sarahelise
WeeFreeRhie <> Wildfyre
adrienne_bowers <> kittykill
ChameleonHound <> craftADDchick
silentblair <> SonjaBoo
alteredmommy <> dharma_rebel
FrankSpinello <> MissCrafty29
kbrison <> watsonc7
gamemom42 > Mountains and Clouds > QueenNinjaMonkey > gamemom42

SonjaBoo's Group
GingerKnitter <> texscrapper
gala_apples <> LimeRiot
muddy21 <> plaidpineapple
hazelly <> JillHogan
happylittleclam <> Ratfinkz
Breegy <> emilywilde
Cherie <> kjlutz
crazyda79 <> Helena Puck

9   / IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Image Reproduction Featured Projects - 2013 Q4!! on: January 03, 2014 02:09:59 PM
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!!

Tree Decorations by kawaiihelen


The Howling by Glamis


Naughty Unicorn Tee by bunny1kenobi


Castle Building Blocks by patty_o_furniture


Don't forget to show some love to your favorite projects across Craftster by hitting the "This ROCKS!" button!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mid-Century Mod Christmas Pillow on: December 20, 2013 02:09:01 PM
I made this pillow for my partner in the Vintage Christmas swap. We both like Mid-Century Mod dcor so I stuck with that theme.



The tree design is from a print that I found on the Google machine. I painted the white trees and rocks onto a piece of linen fabric and then stitched on the pine trees using felt and embroidery floss.



I framed the linen piece with black fabric and then added the red circle fabric to make it a little more Christmas'ey feeling Smiley.



Thanks for checking it out! Happy Holidays!!
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