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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: December 08, 2016 04:54:45 PM
I'm jumping in for the first time! My first project only took about 25 minutes, so I'm content to submit it for a zap.

Prompt: December Zap
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Black bean, butternut, & spinach skillet
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450993.0
Brief Description: A quick and tasty meal with my recipe in the link.
Project Picture:

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2  Black bean, butternut, & spinach skillet in Vegetarian / Vegan by Acadian Driftwood on: December 08, 2016 09:15:29 AM
This is a fairly quick and easy one-pot meal that I found online here and tweaked to fit what I had on hand. It was pretty tasty and satisfying!

I like when food blogs do the ingredients shot - much easier for me to take in than just a written list, so I'll do both here.

Butternut squash - about half a squash, diced
Onion - one, diced
Jalapeno - one, minced
Garlic - 6 cloves, minced
Black beans - one can, drained
Rotel tomatoes - one can (I had homemade from last year)
Spinach - about 4 oz fresh (more than half of the bag in the picture)
Spices - smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, coriander -  1 teaspoon of the first, 1/4 tsp of the rest
Cheese - grated, for topping

Not pictured - olive oil, salt & pepper

In a large skillet, heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil and add the onion, squash, jalapeno, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to your taste, and cook until the onions soften (about 5 minutes).

Add the black beans, tomatoes, and spices and cook until the squash is soft (about 10 minutes). There should be enough liquid for it to be bubbling nicely, but if it seems dry then add some water or broth.

The last minute of cooking, add the spinach and stir it in so it wilts.

Serve hot so your cheese topping gets melty. Yum!

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3  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: December 06, 2016 06:13:46 PM
I received a package from edelC in Ireland in like 4 days, which is amazing to me. Choc full of goodies!! Prepare for many pictures - we were both doing a 'small' size swap, but did some spoiling on top of that.  Cheesy

As exhibited here by the fact that she made TWO stockings, one for me and one for my partner! We'll be using them to fill for each other this year. I adore both of them!

Everything inside wrapped up all prettily, and then unwrapped:

A tiny string of lights and some cute mushrooms:

Tasty treats, with kinder eggs, woo!

A big totoro throw pillowcase and a cute zippered pouch (you nailed it with my themes Edel):

Great texture on the pouch!

A love prayer flag! So sweet.

This entrancing crackled CD clock (it's hard to photograph something so shiny) - my partner loves it, so it may end up in the bedroom. But I'm thinking of stealing it for by my craft desk.

Gorgeous tree of life pendant! Did I mention I was spoiled??

Thank you so much edelC for a wonderful package!  Kiss Even the shipping box was appreciated.

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4  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Acadian Driftwood on: November 03, 2016 02:37:29 PM
ps I have an idea for a christmas stocking for you that I hope you will love. Need to clear my craft space so I can get cracking.

Ooo exciting! I'm going to spend this weekend planning - and trying to get my craft space together. We just moved, so this is what it currently looks like:

Much unpacking and organizing to be done!
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5  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: May 28, 2016 05:43:07 PM
Wulf, I love the seedling with the big tree behind it, like a ghost of its growth potential. Brilliant! I hope SonjaBoo is doing OK - I'll go ahead and post the flag I sent to her as well.

The flower and curlies are reverse applique, and it has a kind of stained glass effect when viewed with light shining through.
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6  Little birdie in the rain - collage painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Acadian Driftwood on: May 13, 2016 09:22:22 AM

blupaisan and I took a collage painting class together - she made this lovely lady while I created this springtime scene.

I found some great handmade papers to use for the branch and foliage that gave me a nice soft texture. And the black parts of the bird are all tissue paper.

The background papers are from an old french book that a local teacher was giving away - I loved the look of yellowed pages. The edges of the canvas are also black tissue paper, kind of like a frame.

Most of what you see is paper layered over a base painting. The paint shows through a bit in places, but it was mostly a guide for where I should lay my colored papers. Here is just the paint layer before I started collaging.

You can see up there a printout of my reference picture - photo of a prothonotary warbler by Paul Jones on flickr.
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7  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: May 08, 2016 04:53:34 AM
Since both my flags have been received, I'll share the one I made for myself - Create!

It's made from a vintage linen hankie, beads, bent wire, and thread. The finished product may look a bit simple, but I really like it. And I didn't want to crowd out that lovely old lacework!

All three of my flags from this swap together! I think they go together so well.

Thanks for a great swap everyone, and for starting me off on prayer flags!
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8  Wisteria over the garden fence - Collage in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Acadian Driftwood on: May 04, 2016 06:33:34 PM
I made this as part of a collage painting class last fall! It was a very fun experience. (In fact I took it again this spring with blupaisan - I still need to post that finished project, but seeing as how I'm just now posting this one from October, you might have to wait a bit!)

The flowers are made from painted pages (text and plain), some fancy handmade and tissue paper, and some fabric at the back.

White papers are from an old Shakespeare collection (these are all from The Tempest if I remember correctly), and the dark text I saved from a gift bag years back. This is why I have trouble getting rid of things, because sometimes I'll find a use for one thing in twenty!

I also put some lace down the rails, and up the sides.

Inspired by this image:

Thanks for checking it out!
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9  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: May 04, 2016 05:59:59 PM
I received this awesome space themed flag from SonjaBoo!

It's perfect for Explore! And it's got all these lovely mixed media elements - fabric, paint, paper, beads, and ribbon.

Thanks for swapping with me! I got a great start on my flag collection. I still have to finish my own, but it should be done by the weekend!
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10  Moray eel cutie in Needlework: Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: May 02, 2016 04:41:21 PM
I made this hoop for the One Tiny Unloved Creature Swap. My partner roler loves moray eels, and even has a cute photo blog of stuffie eels on adventures! So I knew I wanted to create something with that.

I used this photo by Fred Bavendam for reference, and somehow wound up shortening the snout... so I don't know if it looks weird now? But I still like it!

I made tiny french knots for the mottling on the back.

And tiny teeth!

I'm happy I got to stitch this lovely critter for the swap, because I'm sure I would never have thought to do it otherwise.
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