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1  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: September 22, 2014 05:51:00 PM
Here is the other side of the apron. My husband laughed when he came home and I was wearing it.

Picture courtesy of Onyxnox's blog
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2  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: September 21, 2014 04:11:09 PM
Received from my incredible partner, Onyxnox. Smiley She really out did herself.

Here is the whole package:


The magnet says: "Think I am cute when I'm mad? Well, I'm about to become really adorable."  Cheesy

There are two hand towels with cocktail fabric with snaps to hang them from the towel bar.


And here is my apron! Complete with white ric rak!  Grin


Everything is impeccably stitched. The apron fits and I love it has pockets. I am forever looking for somewhere to put my phone when I cook.

Thank you so much Onyxnox. You made this swap so fun Smiley
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3  Snarky Honeymooners in Completed Projects by HSG on: September 20, 2014 06:51:04 PM
Was in the Snarky Housewives swap, and made this for Onyxnox.

She and her husband like the Honeymooners, as well as gin and tonic. from there it was just a mtter of coming up with the perfect way to display my idea. Then I found these two tiny canvases (3x3), with easels. The tiny Barbie phones were from Etsy.
IMG_6829 by HRSG, on Flickr

Side views
IMG_6834 by HRSG, on Flickr

IMG_6833 by HRSG, on Flickr

This was a lot of fun, and I was pleased it came out as I had pictured it.  Thank you for checking it out. Smiley
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4  Harry Potter Silhouettes in Needlework: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 12, 2014 08:48:43 AM
In the IYP pottermouth asked me to swap, exciting! As soon as I agreed I decided not to do anything Potter. I've never read the books or seen the movies, and would not know what was appropriate. Well, that flew out the window. Cheesy

Saw this technique on Pinterest and decided to try it with silhouettes of a picture I found on the interwebzzz.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/112308584428942920/

Here is the resulting hoop:
IMG_6817 by HRSG, on Flickr

And a close-up of the stitching:
IMG_6818 by HRSG, on Flickr

For the back I tried a new technique from the tutorial here. It did not come out as well as I had hoped. Next time think I will try a different kind of stitch.
IMG_6821 by HRSG, on Flickr

There was a learning curve with the technique, but it was fun. Will definitely be using it again.
Thank you all for checking it out. Smiley
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5  Piet Mondrian-esk Tardis Mosaic in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 12, 2014 08:40:22 AM
Made this mosaic for Pottermouth in the IYP swap. She had pinned the image on Pinterest, and with a few adjustments here it is.
IMG_6825 by HRSG, on Flickr

My daughter is a huge Dr. Who fan, and almost talked me into giving it to her. But I told her I would make her one of her own. Don't often make duplicates, but for her I will make an exception. Cheesy

Thank you for looking. Smiley
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6  Bee Happy Mosaic in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 12, 2014 08:36:33 AM
For one of my partners in the IYP swap I made this mosaic. Found the frame in a thrift store, and the details caught my eye.
IMG_6816 by HRSG, on Flickr

The details on the bee wings and body were done with my Dremel. The substrate was also painted blues so there would be sky throughout. Then I tinted the grout in blue, too.
flower by HRSG, on Flickr

Tinted the grout around the flower center to accent the orange.
IMG_6814 by HRSG, on Flickr

Thanks for checking it out.  Smiley
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7  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: September 01, 2014 07:47:47 PM
Received from pottermouth, and she really out did herself. Was so flattered when she asked me to be her partner. Now I am so nervous for what I am creating for her. She is uber talented.

Little less flattering, little more pictures:
Pansy Stumpwork with Ladybug

Side view:


The frame could not be more perfect, and the colors are so vibrant.
Honeybear Pincushion

Honeybear tucus!


The tiny bees are so cute, and the honey pot even has some "honey" on top.
Finally, is a squirrel needlebook with pincushion:

And inside:


Thank you pottermouth! Love each thing even more than the other. Smiley

My two partners are incredible! They are talented and creative.  Smiley
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8  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: August 19, 2014 08:45:15 AM
Neener neener! I'm first to post in the gallery  Grin

pesky pixie really spoiled me. Each item she created has such skill and care. Love them all!

First is a blanket she made that has fleece on one side, and crochet on the other.


I predict many cool days will be spent using this while crafting.

Here is a detail of the SOD.


The butterflies in the corners are movable.

Next are two hot pads she crocheted.




Amazing right?

Here is a fun bottle cover she crocheted, and it could be a vase, too.


Last, but not least. She made me a green shrug, and it is so luxurious feeling! Cannot wait for winter to wear it. Smiley


Here is a detail of the yarns.


So glad I asked pesky pixie to join the IYP. Not only for the wonderful gifts, but it gave me the chance to get to know her, and create for her, too. Hope she goes on to do many successful swaps here on C-ster. Smiley

Thank you pesky pixie! Kiss
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9  Quinoa Stuffed Onions in Recipes and Cooking Tips by HSG on: August 18, 2014 06:44:05 AM
Quinoa is so yummy and good for you, upon seeing this recipe, knew I had to try it. Did however make one change, to try something even more new. Instead of green stuffed peppers I used large vidalia onions.

Quinoa Stuffed Onions
Ingredients:
1 medium onion, finely chopped (actually used the onion from scooping out onions to be stuffed, 1 cup)
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
cup quinoa
3 large carrots, grated (1 cups)
4 - 6 large onions, peeled and hollowed out
QSO1 by HRSG, on Flickr

For a little kick I added Sriracha sauce, about 2 Tbs.
QSO1a by HRSG, on Flickr

To hollow out the onions:
First slice off the top to create an opening. The cut off the bottom enough to make it flat but not all the way through. Then peel off the first layer. Now using a small spoon scoop out the inner most parts leaving about 2 - 3 outer layers. Then salt and pepper inside with a touch of olive oil.
QSO2 by HRSG, on Flickr

Directions:
-Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and saut 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
QSO3 by HRSG, on Flickr

-Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
QSO4 by HRSG, on Flickr

-Preheat oven to 350F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
-Fill each onion with quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover.
QSO6 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bake 15 - 20 minutes more, or until tops of onions are browned and soft. You can also add cheese to the top at this time if you like.
QSO7 by HRSG, on Flickr
Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed onions to serving plate, and pour pan juices on top before serving.

My family loved this for dinner, and it reheats well for leftovers. Bet it could also be frozen and reheated.

So that is my new recipe for the challenge. Smiley

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10  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by HSG on: August 14, 2014 07:08:36 AM
Made these 3 fridge magnets from Graphic45 paper and magnets. Put them in an organza bag gotten from Dollar Tree, and left them at the SPCA yesterday. Smiley


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