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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Grocery Bag Sloppy Journal on: September 30, 2014 09:38:04 AM
I've always been interested in trying book binding and finally took the leap with this project! I was inspired by this tutorial and my awesome IYP swap partner.



This required a whole stack of grocery bags which I've been hoarding under the sink for months! To reduce the folds and get the crinkled look, I soaked the cut pages in water, squeezed them into a ball and then hung them to dry outside. Once dry, I ironed them flat before folding them into the book signatures.

There are a lot of pages that are plain and can be used for writing or art journaling or scrapbooking or whatever! But I like the pages that have little tattoos that show where they came from Smiley.



Coptic stitch was new to me. I was a bit messy in my execution of it but I think it ended up fitting the sloppy look of the journal so let's just say I meant it to be that way Smiley.



I embellished the cover with cheese cloth, buttons and linen that I stamped with simple carved house stamps I made a while back.



I had so much making this and I'm filled with other sloppy book ideas!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kiss. Love. Laugh. Craft. on: September 29, 2014 08:31:08 PM
I made this tote bag for my splendid partner in the most recent IYP swap, petskin. I always have an extra great time crafting with her since we have similar tastes. If I had more patience for cross-stitching, this is probably something I would have made for both of us! As it was, I only had the crafty fortitude to finish these 4 words Smiley.



I turned the completed piece into a project tote bag. I went a little crazy with the bright fabrics but figured it would be fun to carry in the darker fall and winter months when we all need a splash of color!



The pattern is from SatsumaStreet on Etsy. There are so many happy designs in her shop!!



This project (combined with my great swap partner Smiley) really helped me get my crafty mojo back after a challenging summer. Seeing these words was a good reminder of my four favorite things... kissing, loving, laughing and crafting! What more does anyone need??
3   / 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!
4   / 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!
5  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!

6  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!
7  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.



Supplies
- 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!


8  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?


9  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.
10  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!
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