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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Satin stitch practice on: December 02, 2014 08:01:42 PM


I've never really worked with satin stitch before, just in little bits in larger pieces. I decided to try one piece that was just satin so I could get comfortable with it.



I think it worked - I've definitely grasped satin stitch! There's still room for improvement on my lines, but I like the way this turned out. I made it to a rosemary sachet which smells delicious. 



Thanks for looking!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter... eggplants?! on: September 06, 2014 03:42:24 PM


So I work on an organic vegetable farm, and a few days ago I was out picking specialty eggplants. A few of them had these little growths that made them look like veggie gnomes or something, so I had to take them home with me! Originally I was just going to glue on some googly eyes and take funny pictures for facebook, but I got a bit carried away. The Harry Potter Craftalong has a challenge right now involving eggplants, and I was inspired to turn them into Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I hope you enjoy this little dose of weirdness!



I made Harry a Kale2000 racing broom, and found him a little Hedwig in my bead stash.



I made Hermione a course book (Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2), and found her a Crookshanks from my curio shelf.



And for Ron, I made a broken wand (cat whisker unicorn hair poking out), found him a Scabbers from the curio shelf, and gave him LOTS OF SNACKS.







*flies away on Kale2000*
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / White moth mini art quilt on: July 09, 2014 06:08:45 PM
My partner in the Enchanted Forest swap, La Chapa, said some of her favorite forest critters are moths. This MAQ started to form in my head - a white moth on some kind of foresty background.



I ended up using Eudeilinia herminiata as my reference moth, with three different white patterns in the body and wings, and paint for the grey spots.



I added in some metal charms, and had a different embroidered quilting for each strip of fabric on the background.



One of the strips got painted dots, and another got beads, but mostly it was embroidery.



I used http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/picture-dictionary/ for embroidery reference, and it was great as always!



The antennae were especially fun to do!







This was my first try at a mini art quilt, and I definitely think I'm going to do more!
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Preserving strawberries 3 ways on: July 09, 2014 09:02:47 AM
Hi there! This is pretty much my first go at canning - I did some whole tomatoes last summer which worked well, and thought I'd take a stab at jams and such. I was able to pick a whole mess of strawberries for free at the farm where I work, so I got to fool around with a few different recipes.

I worked from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, which was a great resource for a beginner like me.

First up, basic strawberry jam: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-jam



This uses sooo much sugar, and is pretty sweet. Really delicious, though. I love it with cream cheese!



Then I tried maple strawberry smooch: http://www.bernardin.ca/pages/recipe_page/51.php?pid=384 (not the exact recipe from my book, but pretty much the same)



Mmmm this was my favorite. Great on ice cream, or on yogurt with granola.



And last, strawberry lemonade concentrate: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-lemonade-recipe
This recipe didn't make as much as it said it would - I wish they'd given the measurement for strawberry puree, instead of cups of whole berries, which varies a lot.



Again, very sugary, but tangy too! I mixed it with seltzer to serve.



My one issue with all of these was that I didn't have a good way to skim off the foam before transferring the mixtures into jars. I hope that doesn't effect the preserving too much.

Overall, I'd say it was a great success! I'm ready to can ALL THE THINGS. Bring on the produce!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First try on using a dress pattern - Simplicity 2886 on: May 30, 2014 02:27:34 PM


I made this dress years ago, but never got around to sharing it! I haven't tried any patterns since, though I'd like to try another one. This dress used Simplicity 2886, and some bedsheets I found at Goodwill. I actually really like how they feel, and they make me want to swish around!



The pattern was relatively well explained - there were some fiddly bits that took a while, but I got it right in the end. Very proud of that zipper!



Three cheers for dresses with pockets!



Thanks for looking.  Cool
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Porcelain lady pincushion on: May 30, 2014 01:36:44 PM


After seeing my previous pincushion, my mom gave me two more figurines to use. I made this one for her after she picked out the fabric to go with it.



I'm glad she told me to do a white base (which is a cat food tin), because I think it turned out very prettily. I used lace over paper.



The base on the model lady wasn't as flared as my last pincushion, so it was a challenge to keep her from popping out the top! Luckily there were holes in the base, and I managed to strap her in. Here's a shot of the buttonhole stitch lining the cutout:



I'm very pleased with how this one ended up, and I still have one more figurine to play with! Cheesy

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Release the kraken sampler! on: April 29, 2014 06:08:06 PM
The great and terrible kraken emerges from the watery depths, covered in seaweed, snatching ships from the surface, and... well actually it's rather pretty!



I sent this hoop to my partner in the Hoopla swap round 10, using her theme of The Iron Islands from Game of Thrones.



I learned so many new stitches! Mostly, I found them here: http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/picture-dictionary/



Waaaaay more time consuming than I was expecting. I think it was worth it though!



I like how it ended up not quite round - reminds me of a beach pebble.



I think the backside looked cool too. Smiley



Thanks for looking!

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Community - Troy and Abed in a craaaaft swap! on: April 06, 2014 09:44:28 AM


I would love to organize a swap around the TV show Community - who else is interested? When would be good time for people?
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Post Secret again? on: April 02, 2014 06:30:09 PM


Is there and interest in another round of Postsecret? It was my first swap on craftster, and I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

If you want to browse old galleries, here they are!

Round 1 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201332.0
Round 2 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209347.0
Round 3 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225688.0
Round 4 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235400.0
Round 5 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247388.0
Round 6 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271469.0
Round 7 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282936.0
Round 8 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301959.0
Round 9 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311188.0
Round 10 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317816.0
Round 11 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340112.0
Round 12 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350817.0
Round 13 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354908.0
Round 14 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373622.0
Round 14 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401027.0
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Swirly spring hummingbird on: March 26, 2014 07:39:50 PM
I made this hoop for my partner in the Dreaming of Spring swap - she likes colorful birds, and purple!



I traced the pattern from this site, which as many neat variations.



It was great to practice a little satin stitch, I discovered I actually like it!
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