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11  Roasted yam spice bread in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Farnsworth on: April 02, 2010 03:42:04 PM
Because I made this pretty much on a whim, I didn't take any "making-of" photos, I'm afraid.


really good with butter on it!

But! My husband barbecued us dinner last night, and he likes to put yams or sweet potatoes in the coals after we are done with the grill, and roasted yams are really good. We ended up with more than we could eat. It occurred to me that we have carrot cake, pumpkin bread, and sweet potato pie, so why not yam cake or yam bread?

So here's the recipe I came up with. It tastes somewhere between spicy carrot cake and pumpkin bread, and I will totally make this during thanksgiving or Christmas next year, as it tastes rather "holiday"ish.


Cooking it in a Dutch oven gave it a bit of a crust, which is a little weird on a sweet bread, but now I want to try soda bread in this thing!

Adapted from this: http://www.cooksrecipes.com/bread/cranberry_yam_bread_recipe.html

Roasted Yam Spice Bread

"wet ingredients"
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup (can use one kind of sugar and skip the syrup, but it makes the flavors more complex)
2 yams, mashed (I did this by taking roasted yams, pulling off the skin, and mashing, but you could just bake them at 400 F or so until soft, roasting does give it a more caramelized flavor, though)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons melted butter

dry ingredients
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup wheat flour (could use 1 1/2 cup of white if you prefer)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

preheat the oven to 350 F

mix the "wet ingredients" together in a large bowl.

In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the yam mixture into it. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated.

Pour/spoon the dough into a greased bread pan (I used a dutch oven, you could also use a square or round glass pan, or a normal loaf pan)

Depending on the size and material of the pan you use will affect the cooking time. With a dutch oven or other thick metal pan, 25-30 minutes will do.

I imagine that a loaf pan would take 45 minutes to an hour.

Bread is done when a toothpick/fork inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Let cool a bit and enjoy! Or do what I did and wait until your significant other is halfway through eating to tell them it's made out of root vegetables.  He was only slightly surprised, I guess he's used to my baking experiments by now.


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12  Who will love Aladdin Sane? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Farnsworth on: January 11, 2010 07:49:52 PM
I had the idea to make a pendant shaped like the lightening bolt on the forehead of David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" persona. My inspiration came from this, if you aren't familiar  http://i43.tinypic.com/22jate.jpg

Anyhoo, here is the end result!



I rolled some red sculpy and cut it to about the right shape, then made an eyepin out of wire and stuck it in the top.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=320918&ppuser=101677

I made two, but the other one didn't quite look right, so I may make that into a zipper charm or something. We will see.

I didn't want to recharge my dremel, so this got polished with one of those nail buffer blocks, then I used some sparkly enamel paint i have that is supposed to be for cars.

Have another photo for scale!


Shortly after these were baked, the heating element on my oven burned out (literally in a ball of flame) so I'm glad these finished baking first, or my oven's death would have been wasted!
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13  Braaaains in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Farnsworth on: October 12, 2009 07:16:10 PM

Ok, so I couldn't resist the title, what with Halloween approaching and I have noticed that zombies seem to be more popular these days, but I wasn't thinking about either when I drew it Tongue



The rough draft is in this post at the bottom:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321964.msg3713147#msg3713147

I also drew a steampunk mechanic (at least I believe that's what she is) who has no background, any suggestions?

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14  Orbital Cavity, and Oliver! program art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Farnsworth on: September 21, 2009 09:21:34 PM
I am back with yet more medical drawings!

they just make me so... happy.



not the best photo, but oh well.

it is a coronal section of the orbital cavity, so, it's the inside of the skull looking out. I swear my major isn't as creepy as it seems.



my initial outline, and the original illustration by Wolf-Heidegger.



in-between shading



This was a bit of quick program art for when I worked at the school's ESL department. the TA's (including myself) and the students (most of whom are from China) did a production of Oliver! which was loads of fun. I was trying to get the the look of a Dickens orphan, but I didn't want him to look like the boy in the movie.


based on a photo that was either by or of (or both) Immogen Cunningham. Drawn about two years ago.

And heres a WIP of another medical drawing.

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15  stenciled lab coat! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: September 08, 2009 10:30:59 PM
Last year I decided to stencil rather than sharpie my name on my labcoat, which didn't turn out amazingly as seen here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270471.msg3052150#msg3052150 (I seem to have slightly mixed results when using the freezer-paper technique, as my previous posts will attest) but I decided that I wanted to finish decorating my labcoat as I planned last year. I think it was fairly successful Cheesy


Almost like I am flying.



Cutting out of the freezer paper. usually I do this by folding it in half so that there is less cutting and so that I get symmetry.


I think ironing is the part of stenciling this material where I run into some trouble, even though I used a pretty hot iron, the edges don't entirely stick to the fabric surface. Maybe I will try this with contact paper some time *shrug*

A fun thing about that ironing board is that it is probably from the 20's or 30's and is made of wood, it is being loaned to us on a semi-permanent basis, and apparently it first belonged to my husband's great-grandma. How cool is that?



peeling! the most exciting and nerve-wracking part.


you can kind-of see why I say I don't have much success on this material, the borders are jagged and I have lumps on the borders. Fortunately, it looks fine from a distance.


mild-mannered TA from the front....


And from the back it's like.. I'm some kind of... microbiology angel? Yeah that was a stretch ><

But I'm fairly pleased with it.

Thanks for looking Cheesy
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16  recovered school planner- 12 pics in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Farnsworth on: August 30, 2009 02:52:16 PM


I bought a cheap planer for school, (which starts tomorrow, aaah!) and decided that since I still had about a day before classes, I had plenty of time to make my planer look sort-of cool. So I kind-of invented techniques as I went forth with no real plan.

It's kind of like a tutorial. Only... more pictures than words.

Here's what I started with:


enter my box of tricks and a cup of tea.


I cut two covers out of thin cardboard


Drew my design (based off of a tattoo-like design that I have used in about five crafts now...) on corrugated cardboard which I then cut out


Glued the pieces onto the cardboard cover with gel medium, and used the medium to fill in the little holes in the cardboard sides.


While waiting for that to dry, I cut a piece of fabric from my stash to cover the spiral binding, using electrical tape to secure the fabric, as that is what I had lying around *shrug*




Painted the covers red after putting gesso on them


and I drybrushed black ink on them. I am not completely happy with this part, but would you believe that an ex-art major did not have black paint in her box of tricks? *sigh* I sealed them with some gel medium once this dried.


I glued the covers on, then glued white paper (it was all I had lying around the apartment..) on the insides.


Finally, I secured the edges with electrical tape (um, because I thought it would look cool?) and went to bed!


Thanks for looking!
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17  How do I get non-blurry results on polyester lab coat? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by Farnsworth on: August 30, 2009 02:21:28 PM
Edit: It turned out pretty well, here's the finished post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320467.msg3693464#msg3693464


I have a slight dilemma.

I am going to be a TA in some science courses at my university, and I want my lab coat to be awesome (leftover effect from when I was an art major I suppose), and I would like to try freezer-paper stenciling tribal-esque wings on the back of it (I tried it before on a t-shirt and liked it http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252225.msg2806728#msg2806728).

The trouble with that is, the polyester fabric is textured, and the last time I tried to stencil my name on the coat, I got blurry results. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270471.msg3052150#msg3052150

I tried it before on a similar fabric and the blurring was even worse.


So how do I do an image transfer onto my lab coat without the blurring? I don't really want to just freehand it with sharpie. Anyone have advice?
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18  New Drawings! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Farnsworth on: August 29, 2009 10:56:41 PM
... New-ish that is.



I actually drew this one some eight months ago, a lovely model with a dreadhawk, and I don't have the link to the original photo.



I drew this one today, it is a right hip joint from two different views.
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19  coral-inspired coiled vase in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Farnsworth on: April 11, 2009 08:41:46 PM
I can't believe I haven't posted this yet, I only made it 6 months ago Tongue



it's hard to get a good profile of this thing, it is very asymmetrical.



*almost* a top view


And today I stuck fake flowers in some of the holes and spouts just to get an idea of what it might look like. I haven't actually used this vase yet, as it has been in a student art show or packed in a box for a while.

thanks for looking!
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20  Jewelry holder out of an 80's bulletin board in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Farnsworth on: April 11, 2009 08:35:35 PM
I have wanted a jewelry holder for a really long time now, and I finally made myself one! This instead of doing chemistry homework Tongue

I refurbished an old bulletin board, which I posted in housewares (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300574.msg3431229#msg3431229) and then today I decided it needed to become an earring holder. So I made use of some trim I've owned a while. The nice part about using push-pins to hold up the ribbon is that I can always change or remove the ribbon Smiley Though I think I will switch to thumb-tacks at some point, it would probably look a little nicer.



I'm moving out pretty soon or I might try to hang this up and attach some nails at the bottom for necklaces. Perhaps at my new residence I will.


here's the before just for fun.



oh and a close up Cheesy

I think my favorite part about this project is that it used only materials I happened to have on hand.
thanks for looking!
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