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21  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 11, 2017 06:19:08 PM
Smeddley how funny, I did a shopping bag today too! But first a little catch up:

Day 8: Assembled a paper USS Enterprise from a book I've had who knows how long. Part of the instructions had been cut away, but I figured it out!

It's hung so it's flying right towards me when I sit at my desk.

Day 9: Experimented with some notecards from paper scraps.

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22  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 08, 2017 06:54:26 PM
I'm a few days behind in my posting! Thing 6 is a pair of origami hair bows, made form an origami jewelry book I received from my cousin for Christmas. There are so many cute projects in there! I think I'll be trying a few more this month.

Thing 7 yesterday was carrot cilantro soup, very tasty. Made my lunches for the rest of the week.

The glue is still drying on today's thing, so I'm gonna wait on the photo. You'll see soon!
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23  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 05, 2017 04:50:06 PM
AoC and roler it made me smile to see the hoop and the sign. Thank you for sharing them!

ooooh b1k I love that shirt so much! Good call on posting a link instead of an image, because even if your partner doesn't check this thread, I know that browsing the "recent with pictures" section is popular. At least I do that a lot.

Prompt: January Pac Man
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: Veggie Hot Pot with baked cheese biscuit topping
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451550.0
Brief Description: Cheesy biscuits baked right on top of a hearty stew? OMNOMNOM.
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Prompt: February Big Time
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic, Brain Power
Project Name: Scrap fabric rope
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451557.0
Brief Description: Two lengths of hand-twisted rope, one for edelC in the stocking swap from December, and one for me! I spent so many hours sitting with my scraps and my ipod, wearing out my fingers and wrists. Love the product though, and the feeling of using up all those bits.
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24  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 05, 2017 04:12:00 PM
Aww cutest birthday boy! I love the outfit.

Smmarrt, I had fun with string squares last time I tried. Are you using the spray basting stuff? I wondered how well that washed out of the final product.

prim, those are perfect Easter colors! It's cool to see different things made out of the same yarn.

Those cards are super pretty Watsonc7! I feel ya on the honey, I'm so lucky to have beekeeper friends that will trade me for bottles of the good stuff.

My thing 5 today was finishing up a couple yards on this scrap fabric rope that I've been working with on and off for a while. I'm going to call it good now, because I could just keep going forever with my scraps.

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25  Scrap fabric rope in Spinning: Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: February 05, 2017 03:50:20 PM
I found a neat tutorial for using up long scraps of fabric to make twine. Check it out here with video. You use your fingers to make the twist a little bit at a time. And it's pretty strong too! Doesn't come apart when you give it a good tug.

The first length I made for a swap - about 10 yards I think? I don't remember! It was pretty fun, perfect way to occupy the hands while listening to a podcast.

And the second one I just finished, 16 yards for me to keep. I'm still not sure what I'm going to end up using it for, but I just think it looks neat!

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26  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 04, 2017 06:40:09 PM
Another adorable Abbeeroad addition!  Wink Your tiny stitches look very neat.

Watsonc7, I love looking at those masterboards. So much potential in each little area!

Yesterday's thing 3 was another altered book spread (don't look ChameleonHound!), but I wasn't that happy with it. It was one of those days where nothing you do looks right and the paint gets smudged and you somehow step in glue in your socks (please say it's not just me). But anyway, it's a thing that I did so here it is for you all to see!


And for today's thing 4 - Veggie Hot Pot with baked cheese biscuit topping! A delicious recipe that I tried for the first time.

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27  Veggie Hot Pot with baked cheese biscuit topping in Vegetarian / Vegan by Acadian Driftwood on: February 04, 2017 06:30:15 PM

I'd been eyeing this recipe from Linda Fraser's vegetarian cookbook for a long time, and can now report that it's everything I thought it would be and more. The biscuit topping is baked right on the stew in the oven. It's not as complicated as it seems, though it does take a while to prepare and cook - I'd say about 2 hours.

Hot Pot Ingredients: for most of the big veggies, I'd say you can substitute others that you like if the volume is roughly the same.

Olive oil for sauteing
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 small celeriac bulb, peeled and chopped
6 big carrots, chopped
10 oz mushrooms, quartered
2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
1/4 cup flour
3 cups vegetable stock
1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp fresh thyme
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salt + pepper

And for the topping:
1 stick butter (8 tbsp)
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 oz cheddar cheese, grated
5 tbsp milk, approximately

After everything prepared, you can preheat the oven to 375F.

Make sure the big pot you're using can go in the oven! Or use a fancy casserole thing that I don't have. Smiley

In the big pot, saute the onion and garlic in some olive oil until it just starts to turn brown. Stir in the chili powder and cook for another minute.

Add in your main veggies - potatoes, celeriac, carrots, mushrooms, and leeks. Cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in the 1/4 cup flour.

Add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, and thyme. Season generously with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Then cover the pot, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.

While it's in there, you can make the biscuit topping! Sift the flour and baking powder together, and add the salt and butter. Work the butter into the flour with your fingers, then mix in half of the cheese. Add milk until the dough can hold together enough to shape.

Press the dough down on a cutting board to about an inch high, and cut it into triangles. You can get about a dozen. Brush them with a little milk.

Take the hot pot out of the oven and stir in the beans. Carefully lay out the triangles on top.

Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese with some salt and pepper, and bake (uncovered this time) for about 25 minutes until the topping gets golden and irresistible looking.

Oh my gosh look at that cheesy flaking goodness! It's hard to wait for it to cool down enough to eat!

If you enjoy veggie stews, cheese, and biscuits, you should for sure make this it is wonderful.
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28  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 01, 2017 06:09:35 PM
Here we are folks, day 1! I'm going to try to post my things every day-ish, but if you'd like to save them up and do a bigger post that covers a few days, that's perfect too!

My first thing was to get my craft area in order. As you can see it was a complete wreck... I have no excuse. So I cleaned it all up, and finally hung up my crafty art that I hadn't unpacked from the move. I love it now!

Who else did a thing today?
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29  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: January 31, 2017 06:55:03 PM
I have a few things finished, but only pictures of one at the moment. I'll post this before time runs out, and be back soon with more!

Prompt: January Battle Royale: Minesweeper
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Protest sign
Project Link: -
Brief Description: A small local group is just beginning to form in my area, and our first action was a show of solidarity downtown. I made this very honest sign with cardboard, paint, markers, fabric scraps, and duct tape. Waving to people felt like I was playing minesweeper - with every car, we didn't know if we'd get honk and a thumbs up or... a different finger.
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30  Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: January 17, 2017 04:20:56 PM

(image is a fish care calendar page I drew out as one of my 'things' last February)

Last year Wile E Songdog hosted this craftalong, and since she hasn't been on in a while I'm happy to get it rolling this year!

Thing-A-Day is a special craftalong that only runs during the month of February. Our goal is to do something creative every day and take a picture to share! These projects should take around 30 minutes, although they can be longer or slightly shorter if you want. The rules are very loose as this is a personal challenge and not any kind of competition. Putting work into a longer-term project also counts towards your thing for a day - for instance, last year some of my days were just cutting out triangle pieces for a quilt (which I haven't touched since then, aaaaaa).

Projects can be as diverse as a painting, a snow sculpture, a granny square, a batch of funny-shaped pancakes, arranging your bookshelf by color, or patching your old jeans! Honestly it is up to you what you'd like to count as your "thing" for any given day. Creativity comes in many shades.

If you'd like to participate, make a post where your list will go, and then you can update it with links and/or thumbnail pics throughout the month. I'll have a masterpost of everyone's lists.

Let's brainstorm! I for one desperately need to get back to my quilt that I started one year ago, and I'd also like to do some coloring book pages.
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