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1  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by HSG on: July 24, 2014 08:27:55 AM
Took my father to the VA today and did a drop of one of the packages I had made. Placed it on a bench on the way inside. Sorry for the cruddy cell photo.


It was 4 coasters and 4 wine glass charms in red, white and blue. The note says:
Abandoned Art for You!

Please, enjoy these homemade coasters and wine glass charms.

Hope it made you smile and brightened your day to find them waiting for you.

If you would like, you can email to let me know you liked them.

HSG@inbox.com


Also wrote on the back, "Thank you for your service to our country". It was gone when we came back out. Made me feel really good. Smiley
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2  Those We Love Mosaic in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: July 23, 2014 01:58:51 PM
Saw this poem and was moved by the words:
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
unseen, unheard, but always near,
still missed and very dear.
Author Unknown


Wanted to make a mosaic using this and here is the final product. Using stained glass, tempered glass, beads, grout and grout tinting.
feather by HRSG, on Flickr

The 4 sides are all mosaiced, and it can also be hung on the wall or be free standing.
feather1 by HRSG, on Flickr

feather2 by HRSG, on Flickr

Finished size is 7 x 7 x 2

Thank you for checking it out. Smiley Comments and questions always welcome.
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3  Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by HSG on: July 04, 2014 11:40:43 AM
So Limeriot mentioned this idea in another thread, and I pounced on it! Smiley Who would be interested in participating in an abandoned art craftalong?

Here is the general idea:
Call it abandoned art, random acts of craftiness or some other phrase. The idea is leaving art behind for someone else to find. You will help brighten their day. Expose them to a handmade gift that they can keep. Open them up to helping art in their community. Etc.!

A few ideas behind this:
* Expose others to your art/craft, and having it live a life beyond its creator.  
* It's a way of sharing work with an unsuspecting patron. In this day and age when money is tight, people can own art of their own. And this is a way of encouraging folks to stay involved in the arts locally.
* This is good random kind act. Make someone's day.
* It is fun and addictive.  

This is how we can do our craftalong:
* All you have to do is make a piece of art.  (As simple or as complicated as you like)
* Write a little note on it explaining that it is a gift.
* In the note mention that if the finder would like to share info about its fate they can contact you directly via email.  Then you can share the info with us here.  If you have an Etsy, storefront or website include that. Even a business card if you have one.
* Photograph what you're leaving behind. Leave it, and walk away before anyone sees you!
* Share your location and photo of your gift with the rest of us.  
It's kind of like a secret swap. You don't know who your partner is or anything about them, except you want to give them a present.

(Thank you to Art Abandonment, for info)
Here are some examples on Craftster of members who have done abandoned art:

Bright and Beautiful Fabric Collage Matchboxes by Leslieshappyheart


6 mini collages & the perfect storm by Knickertwist.


Mosaic Stones
by HSG <hey, that's me! Tongue


Who would like to make someones day and be creative at the same time?  Smiley
Who would like to join?
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4  Summer Vegetable Tian in Vegetarian / Vegan by HSG on: July 01, 2014 04:24:50 PM
Found this recipe and had to try it. Glad, cause it is YUM! Simple to make and a good way to take advantage of fresh vegetables.

Summer Vegetable Tian




You can never have too much cheese!  Grin


Ingredients
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
1 medium potato
1 medium tomato
1 tsp dried thyme
salt & pepper
shredded cheese

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Saute both in a skillet with olive oil until softened (about five minutes). While the onion and garlic are sauteing, thinly slice the rest of the vegetables. Spray the inside of an 88 square or round baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread the softened onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Place the thinly sliced vegetables in the baking dish vertically, in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and thyme. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

This would be good with fresh basil in place of the dried Thyme, too.  Smiley
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5  Two Yolks One Egg in Baking? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by HSG on: July 01, 2014 11:32:20 AM
Was baking a cake and cracked open an egg to find two yolks. Never had this happen before. Ever.


Would you count this as 1 egg for the baking recipe or 2?  Undecided
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6  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: June 29, 2014 05:06:47 AM
Those birds are beautiful!

Received from dharma_rebel and she totally got me. Smiley Sending me two "stinchies".


In her card she said she sent along the birds in hopes I would find a use for them...When I took them out I laid them next to each other,  and thought they belonged together. So that is what I did.


They need some adjusting in the frame, but it is perfect! Look at her amazing tiny stitches in the apple tree.


Thank you dharma_rebel, and to kittykill for organizing the swap! Smiley
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7  Rare Spool Tree in Completed Projects by HSG on: June 26, 2014 05:52:02 AM
Participated in the Altered Spool swap, that was organized by MissingWillow. Got an idea wanted to create something for her related to the spools.

Though we all use spools, Spool Trees are rarely seen. They are hard to grow and have to be cultivated by Unicorns with the help of fairies. So I wanted to make MW a spool tree of her very own, since they will not grow on her farm.

Spool Tree complete with spool tree swing.
spooltree by HRSG, on Flickr

spooltree1 by HRSG, on Flickr

spooltree2 by HRSG, on Flickr

spooltree3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Thanks for checking it out, and let me know if you're able to grow one near you.  Smiley
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8  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: June 26, 2014 03:32:03 AM
So glad it brightened your week, goal achieved!  Knew you liked gardens, and the color purple, so that is what directed me. Hope your daughter is all better.  Smiley

Here is a picture I took to show the size:
IMG_6655 by HRSG, on Flickr

Stitched on 22 count
IMG_6654 by HRSG, on Flickr
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9  Sea Spool in Completed Projects by HSG on: June 22, 2014 09:22:55 AM
Participated in the altered spool swap, and hazelly was my partner. She likes ocean life, sea turtles, star fish, jelly fish, etc. So that is the theme I went with, and this is the result.
Whole thing:
spool by HRSG, on Flickr

back
spool3 by HRSG, on Flickr

front
spool2 by HRSG, on Flickr

Sea turtle pincushion, with shell pins & sign that is a chalkboard.
spoolturtle by HRSG, on Flickr

detail of bottom
spoolclose by HRSG, on Flickr

The spools are covered in sand and glitter. The jellyfish are shrink plastic. The rope for wrapping is hemp, and that is an actual piece of fishing net. The sea turtle was the hardest part figuring out a pattern.
This was a challenge but fun. Once I got my idea formulated it was a matter of placing things in a successful manner. Smiley
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10  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: June 22, 2014 09:13:45 AM
So glad you like it hazelly, cause I adore the one you sent me!

Behold the tree that is a spool!




hazelly did an incredible job on my spool. Smiley

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