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1  Re: Wall Art Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: May 31, 2016 01:01:09 PM
My package finally arrived from geekgirl1000100!  she sent 2 lovely landscape pieces, the first a mixed media sunset:


paint, paper, felt and yarn!

and an extra 4x6 cool splatter/abstract landscape


Thank you for the art geekgirl and for organizing Smiley
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2  Re: Wall Art Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: May 30, 2016 01:32:56 PM
I've just caught up on the gallery, so many lovely pieces of art!! 

I also received an amazing encaustic piece from Kwality570 over the weekend, I LOVE the colours and textures! 




close up showing the nifty swirls and the collaged gelli papers

Thanks so much kwality Smiley
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3  Awesome Spam musabi Totoro style! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by alteredmommy on: April 01, 2016 11:29:23 AM
So I've been hearing about the awesomeness of Spam musabi from all my friends who have been lucky to vacation in Hawaii.  Since I haven't been able to visit this happy place myself yet, I thought I would give it a try and warm up my cold winter.  Upon researching Spam musabi recipes on the internets, I saw so many cute Totoro incarnations which totally was something I had to do- I mean this could only make eating spam all the more awesome right?

Happy totoro musabi!


Here's what you need:

Cooked sushi rice (Stir together 2 TBSP rice vinegar/2 TBSP sugar/couple pinches of salt and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds till sugar is dissolved; stir into 2 cups cooked and slightly cooled sticky rice), furikaki rice seasoning (a mix of seaweed bits, sesame seeds and bonito-some kind of stinky fish smelling stuff) and toasted nori sheets.  and for the totoro bits I used mozzerella although any white cheese or egg white omelette would work as well.

After a ten minute struggle to get the Spam out of the can in one big block, slice it into 8-10 lengthwise slices depending on how much Spammy goodness you feel you can stand.  Fry the slices in a non stick pan and brown them up on each side-the beauty of Spam is that it comes with its own fat so no need to add any and no worries about stickage.  You may need to leave the room or breathe through your mouth during this part of the process, eau du spam frying is an acquired taste I think.
Once my slices were browned, I mixed up a sauce and added it to the pan
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/2 cup sugar
I think I would skip the oyster sauce if I ever made this again, or maybe not cook it as long as I did (15 minutes) because it kind of carmelized my slices.  Candied Spam was not necessarily what I was going for...but honestly only enhanced that spectacular pink goodness



Meanwhile, mise en place your Totoro bits so you'll be all ready to assemble.  I used the natural shape of my mozza ball slices cut in half for the belly and a short piece of bubble tea straw to cut out the eyeballs.  I cut thin strips of nori into triangle shapes for the belly, punched out some tiny pupils and made little oval noses.  The not pointy end of a toothpick dampened with water was a great precision tool for placing various body parts.


Since I don't own a musabi rice press I had to Mcguyver a solution-handy Spam can to the rescue!  I lined my trusty can with plastic wrap, put about 4 big tablespoon scoops of rice in (loose packed looked almost to be half a can) then squished it down firmly with my birdie rice squisher-worked perfectly in the rounded corners!  Jimmy your rice out carefully by pulling up both ends of the plastic wrap.  I made all the rice patties at once.

Assemblage:
rice patty
furikake sprinkles
Spam
For the Totoro musabi, place your bits. It would be handy to wrap a thin strap of Nori like a belt under the belly to hold it all together.
For regular spam musabi, wrap your Spam pkg in a cut to size nori sheet.  I made a few regular musabi for the non cute food lovers in my home.  Who knew there were people like that?

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4  Modern Icon-or David longing for Venus in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alteredmommy on: March 29, 2016 03:16:35 PM
I recently returned from a fabulous Icon workshop with Andrea Matus and Michael deMeng in Cortona, Italy.  On the top of my "things I need to do" list has long been a wish to do an art workshop with the Maestro deMeng as well as visit Tuscany so this was a great opportunity to do both!  We spent 2 days on collage with Andrea and even though I've been cutting and glueing for many years, I learned lots of new tricks as well as gilding (I want to gild ALL THE THINGS now) Then another couple of days on the frame assemblage with fragments/stuff I found at an antique market in Arezzo, stuff I brought from home and souvenirs I picked up in Florence.  Again learned a lot about the Dremel (always had one but never used it) and how to use the incredible Aves Apoxy Clay-now this stuff is a revelation!

 
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The finished piece, the outside frame measures about 12" by 20"  I intend to put candles on the top of David and Venus

Detail showing the depth

Collage detail-yummy hand marbled papers I found at Il Papiro in Cortona, Italian dictionary papers and some cut up tin angel wings that I applied and painted

An unfortunate transit accident

Aves Apoxy clay to the rescue!

Repaired and repainted

The outside frame is covered with fragments (4 pieces) on the bottom and the one semi round on top from the antique market that are adhered with Aves Apoxy clay-also used it to sculpt around the pieces to meld them together.  The flat frame showing on the sides has Dap applied on them for texture, all the flatter wood decorative pieces I brought from home, as well as the skull (plastic halloweenie skull, rusted and painted), the clamp ring (painted to look like verdigris).  The rusty disc is an awesome piece of rusty Italian crap I found in the communal class junk box.


Here's my travel blog if you want to look at my food porn and museuming Smiley
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5  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: March 16, 2016 08:00:44 AM
I just returned from vacation to find a wonderful package from my partner HSG waiting for me!  Now that I've found my camera I can post pics of the fabulous stuff she sent (although we agreed to a medium item, somehow a few other things snuck into her pkg Wink )
She made me a gorgeous mosaic house number that I absolutely love!  I've been looking for something different as a house number for literally years and can hardly wait for spring to come so I can hang this baby up


Also included were a couple of cute quilted fabric storage bins (so helpful in my war against the chaos of craft supplies)


And a bunch of nifty extras (including some music sheets and language pages that aren't pictured)


a skeleton garland just hanging out


Thank you so much for swapping with me HSG Smiley
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6  Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! in Winter Holidays by alteredmommy on: December 17, 2015 12:38:30 PM
Love seeing everyone's holiday decorating!  I'm a huge fan of the tree and this year put up 3 out of my current collection of 5 Grin

My absolute favourite lime green tree with this years theme of blue, pink and black


Then there is the Nightmare before Christmas tree in my office with tons of ornaments made by Craftsters


and the "normal tree that looks like a tree" that my kids insist on with all the ornaments they made years ago, family "heirloom" ornaments and ornaments from our travels.  This one is so much fun to check out!


travel ornament collection from Mexico, Ireland, England, Russia, the Netherlands,Germany, Belgium, France, Iceland, Mexico, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Montreal.....I don't always find one from every place we go so some of them are keychains  Cheesy


Happy Holidays Craftsters!
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7  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: October 18, 2015 09:29:37 PM
sold to Lo{ve}! 



thank you Smiley
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8  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: September 29, 2015 07:13:51 PM
sold to artsycandice



Thanks for the claim!
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9  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by alteredmommy on: September 27, 2015 12:55:47 PM
sold to loves2experiment
Red leaves 
6" by 6" acrylic on canvas


10 glitter (halloweenie/xmas colours) to MissingWillow

Thank you!
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10  Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by alteredmommy on: September 27, 2015 10:21:36 AM
I am having such a hard time with photos lately- yesterday after Flickr kept eating my edited photos I just got mad and uploaded small ones Cheesy  What does everyone use for their picture editing/resizing?  I need something free that is not paint.

This is the only leaf painting left
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