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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Have A Tomato on: July 28, 2015 03:39:55 PM
Embroidery on printed fabric, approximately 3.5 x 5 inches.  The design is adapted  from vintage tomato crate art, and the words are a play on the famous line from one of my very favorite movies, The Old Dark House, uttered by my favorite actor, Ernest Thesiger, who was a world-class expert in embroidery.  More about this crafty nerd:  http://ernestthesiger.org

The original Have a potato  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vIR1Q5QLg

32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / In Vino Veritas on: July 13, 2015 05:31:02 PM
For rantyhippie in the OMG I Need a Drink! Swap.  Embroidery on printed fabric, glass beads, wool felt, approx 4 x 6

33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Enchiladas Verdes Casserole on: July 13, 2015 05:29:08 PM
2-3 cups slightly crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup homegrown onion, minced
1 T olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 cups cooked and chopped chicken meat
1 cup yogurt or sour cream
1-2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 - 2 cups green chile salsa 
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Cover the bottom of a casserole pan with crushed tortilla chips
Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan; saute onion and garlic, add chicken, cook for five minutes or so, add yogurt and broth.  If it seems too liquid, add some starch of your choice (I used tapioca flour)
Cover crushed tortillas with the chicken mixture; pour the salsa over the chicken mixture, then top the whole thing with lots of cheese.

Bake at 325 F for 20-30 minutes

34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Carpets and rugs on: July 10, 2015 08:41:59 AM
Do any of you stitch rugs or carpets?  I'm thinking I'm going to have to start stitching larger scale things, because my stupid hands are hurting all the time from doing small work.  I really wanted to get into truly tiny, dolls house scale miniature stitchery, but fate seems to have decreed otherwise.  Angry   My favorite historical needleman, Ernest Thesiger, specialized in large projects such as carpets, upholstery, and wall-hangings.  His hands had been blown up in the war, so it's not surprising that he preferred to work large.  My hands have never been injured except I once broke one of my pinkies Roll Eyes so I have no excuse for pain.  Angry  Very annoyed by it, as you can see by the grumpy faces I'm distributing through this post.   Angry

The main problem with stitching rugs is that they will immediately get puked and peed on by our cats.   Cry
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Haunted Mansion Wallpaper on: June 30, 2015 05:49:38 AM
For lindy in the Dark Side of Disney Swap.

In the dark

36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thistle on: June 19, 2015 12:06:02 PM
Teesha Moore-style patch for meowari in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap.  Stumpwork with felt and turkey stitch.

37  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Prickly Pear Liqueur on: June 16, 2015 05:16:49 AM
An infused liqueur made with Prickly Pear Cactus fruits from my yard.  Smiley

10 whole cactus fruits
1 pint vodka
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Singe the spines off the fruits, cut them up and run them through a food mill to smash them but not break the seeds.  Any other smashing or chopping process would probably work.  Put in a wide-mouthed jar with the vodka and lemon zest and steep in the dark for 10 days.  I experienced a time anomaly and only steeped mine about 5 days.  Oh well!   Shake the jar vigorously and then strain the pulp from the vodka.  Discard pulp.  Boil the sugar and water until thick syrup forms, let cool.  Add to vodka, and put back in the dark for 20 days.  Strain again, and decant into a booze bottle.

Prickly Limeade

2 limes, juiced
8 oz water or soda
2-4 oz Prickly Pear Liqueur (to taste; more liqueur makes a sweeter drink)

Over ice in chilled wineglasses, serves 2.  For more booziness, add Vodka.

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cabinet of Curiosities (aka "rest room") on: May 31, 2015 08:53:43 AM
I wanted to post this in Completed Projects because it's finally finished!   Shocked

The thread about the process:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435618.0

Of course it won't ever be really finished because I will keep adding Curiosities.  Smiley
39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Shrunken Head on: May 30, 2015 04:16:26 PM
For a collaborative project.  Embroidered wool felt, plastic eye I made about 25 years ago, animal teeth, dyed faux fur, cotton string; approximately fist size:

40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Tree in Owl City on: May 27, 2015 06:30:35 AM
Here's a dotee I made for Zenersy in the May Music Dotee Swap.  Linen, felt, embroidery, ceramic owl, glass beads.  Approx. 6" total length:

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