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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Scrap fabric rope 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!

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: cat den... I love them EVERY day, not just the 14th on: February 05, 2017 02:57:16 PM
This came out so well! Sounds like they both really like it, nice job!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: You Have A Booger Hankie on: February 05, 2017 02:55:29 PM
Yayyyyy these are perfect!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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.

25  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Veggie Hot Pot with baked cheese biscuit topping 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.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Double Looped Dog Tug - Tutorial! on: February 04, 2017 02:51:09 PM
Thank you for sharing! I'm going to try one of these this month for the local animal shelter.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 02, 2017 07:08:16 PM
Smeddley, that's a super cute ATC! I like the soft look of the drawing.

emilywilde what a great calendar page! That's going to be so neat all filled in. Crafty cleaning and organizing for sure counts as a thing - I think it can help fuel the creativity. Neat idea for the pen holder!

Watsonc7, I like to think of a messy desk as a sign of activity! And some lovely group of ATCs to came out of it. I like the idea of the masterboards, that sounds like a fun process. I have a shoebox full of big papers, one full of medium scraps, and a box of tiny scraps. Sounds like the project for me.  Cheesy

Abbeeroad your flower inchie is adorable!

My thing today was a fairly simple spread in a shared altered book that I've been working on with a fellow craftster. We usually trade the book after making a bunch of pages in a row, so until I give it back I'll just post a link so you folks can see it if you want.

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 01, 2017 06:42:23 PM
Abbeeroad the necklace looks great! I love using this craftalong to finish up projects like that.

clm, that sounds super cool! I've been thinking about getting a walking foot for my machine. Yay for doing something new!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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.
Project Picture:

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