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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitch or Embroidery? on: November 18, 2014 07:59:13 AM
If you had a lengthy quote to stitch and you wanted the font to be elegant, would you do embroidery or cross-stitch?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snarky Honeymooners 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
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Silhouettes 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
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Piet Mondrian-esk Tardis Mosaic 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
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Bee Happy Mosaic 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
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Quinoa Stuffed Onions 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

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Salvaged Flowers on: August 11, 2014 04:43:33 AM
This challenge needs to happen more often. Maybe then I can clean out more of my stash.  Cheesy

All of the items in this mosaic have been in my stash at least 2 years. But that is between us, don't tell the hubby, please.  Wink

Items used: broken flower pot, rescued tiles, glass rods, globes from light of old fan, a board for substrate, paint, grout, broken tea mug, adhesives and faceted Scatters.








Like the way this came out, and have in mind to use more of the globes for other projects. Smiley
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Those We Love Mosaic 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.
9  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?
10  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
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