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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Abandoned Art Craftalong 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?
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Summer Vegetable Tian 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
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Two Yolks One Egg in Baking? 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
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rare Spool Tree 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
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sea Spool 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
6   / GLASS CRAFTS / First Half 2014 - Glass Features on: June 17, 2014 04:32:24 PM
Here are the projects for the first 6 months of 2014, that received the most votes from the This Rocks button, by you the Craftsters! Smiley

In no particular order:

Painting Glass with Glassline Paints, by Bendog


A tree frog, by Bendog


Mosaic Kitchen Trivet, by LimeRiot


Glass Initial Mosaic, by HSG

Congratulations to all and thank you for contributing to the glass boards here on Craftster. Post more projects for us to drool over. Smiley
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass Initial Mosaic on: May 09, 2014 08:31:47 AM
Made this for a friend's daughter who is getting married.

Glass, glass rods and a fancy frame.
E by HRSG, on Flickr

Thank you for looking Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Washi Tape Coasters on: May 09, 2014 08:28:05 AM
Yes, I've jumped on the Washi tape bandwagon (Thanks Kittykill!).

These are inexpensive coaster that I covered the disk with Washi tape and then sealed with resin. The green ones are my favorite.


This pattern is so retro cool.


These flowers are so pretty.


Thanks for checking it out Smiley :
9   / COOKING / Cooking Features - First Quarter 2014 on: May 07, 2014 05:39:05 PM
These cooking project posts were voted "This Rocks" by you the Craftster member.

January - March 2014

Paneer Marsala Pizza by BertaBerta


Giant Cupcake by patty-o-furniture


Heart Pound Cake by kittykill


Fruit Salad Pirate Ship by sweets4ever


Apple Hand Pies and Bites by LovelyMiss


Enterprise NX-01 Birthday Cake by mrsfibble


Gluten Free Apple Pear Pie by patty-o-furniture


That's A Spicy Meatball! Spaghetti Cupcake by amigurl55


Congratulations to all those featured, and keep rocking those projects! Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hostess Gifts on: April 11, 2014 01:29:33 PM
Needed two gifts for friends who have invited us for meals during Passover. So for under $15.00 I made these two packages.

Got plain wooden and resin cooking tools and painted them in three colors (red for meat, blue for dairy and green for parve). Then took plain burlap canvases and painted the surname initial with a stripe and embellished it with a flower. Wrapped them in a new dish towel tied with a bow and card and done.








Now all they need are pretty gift bags. Smiley Thank you for checking them out.
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