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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Great Traveller on: August 21, 2014 08:22:45 AM
Sorry about spamming the board!   Tongue

For sheepBlue in the IYP Swap, embroidery on printed fabric, approximately 6.5 inches tall, based on a portrait by Marguerite Gerard:

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Littlest Plague Doctor on: August 19, 2014 12:36:37 PM
For sheepBlue in the IYP Swap, 4 inches tall.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork Snail on a leaf on: August 19, 2014 12:33:37 PM
2 inches square, for sheepBlue in the IYP Swap



4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anatomical Swap on: August 17, 2014 04:41:24 PM
Like the Science Swap, but just anatomy.  Human or animal.  Could include nudes?  Definitely skeletons and innards.  Illustrations, specimens, models.  Realistic or not?

I can't organize it because I'm not organized, but thought I'd toss the idea out there.  Smiley

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Meeting in the Shadowy Wood on: August 14, 2014 06:27:19 AM
I made this shrine for Cryssoliel in the Whimsical Shrine Swap.  It's approximately 5 inches in diameter, with embroidery on wool felt and sculptural elements of polymer clay.  It has two LED lights.








6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Semi-Paleo-ish Swedish Meatballs on: August 07, 2014 09:46:46 AM
My sister is on a restricted diet in which she can't eat nightshade relatives (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), cheese, wheat products or certain tree nuts. She can eat some non-cheese dairy, and cashews. I've been trying to come up with some recipes I can make for her; here's one using Axis deer meat from our neighbors.

For the meatballs

2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1/2 onion, diced fine
1 pound ground meat
1/4 cup ground cashews (or other nuts)
1 large egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
black pepper
      
For the gravy
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup ground cashews (or other nuts)
1 T tapioca starch or other starch and a little cold water
3 cups broth
1/2 cup sour cream or to taste
black pepper

In a bowl, combine ground meat, onion, ground cashews, egg yolk, allspice, nutmeg and pepper. Using  clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into small meatballs.
Heat olive oil or butter in a large skillet. Add meatballs and cook until all sides are browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in ground cashews until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth, deglazing pan. Mix starch in a little cold water and add to the pan. Cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with pepper to taste. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

Little Visitor Anana has been helping me in the kitchen a lot during his stay with us.  Smiley

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blue-ringed Octopus (stumpwork) on: August 02, 2014 08:46:15 AM
Dimensional octopus for dollface in the Under the Sea Swap.  Wool felt, glass beads, and embroidery, about 7 inches across frame

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Emma Peel on: July 19, 2014 09:54:24 AM
A portrait for a friend of her friend's cat "Emma Peel"  4 inches in diameter.



9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / El Maestro on: July 15, 2014 04:15:53 PM
Portrait sculpture of race driver Juan Manuel Fangio nearly ready for digital scanning (the eyes need to be painted white and the clay powdered).  Features are exaggerated and simplified to read at 1:32, 1:24, 1:43 scales for slot cars.  For my husband's company, Immense Miniatures.




10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spooky Little Jack on: July 11, 2014 09:07:15 AM
Another little jack o'lantern, embroidery on linen with wool felt, 2 inches square

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