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11  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sweet roasted carrot "hummus" on: March 03, 2014 11:33:06 AM

This tasty spread isn't really a hummus, since it doesn't have chickpeas. It does have tahini, which balances the sweetness of the carrots and honey. It's super delicious!

The original recipe is here. My alterations were: using ground cumin and coriander instead of seeds (and not toasting it), and using lime instead of lemon juice. I also didn't really measure any thing, but I know I used less olive oil than the recipe called for.

I peeled the carrots first, because I like to use the peels in veggie stock. I'll probably use more garlic next time, but I'm a garlic fiend.

Serving suggestion: toasty bread and melty cheese!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Doctor Who twirly t-shirt dress (BBC Swap) on: March 03, 2014 11:08:10 AM
I was super excited to craft for ChameleonHound in the BBC Swap last summer. We met at college in 2006, before either of us joined craftster! I knew I had to make something epic.

I already had the base shirt for this dress in my stash, and given CH's fondness for mixing themes, knew she would love it.

These are pictures of me in the dress before I sent it - I made it for CH's measurements, and it fit me pretty well too!

It was all constructed with a mixture of serging and hand sewing (also accidentally cutting through things I wanted and being consoled by my partner).

Dresses with pockets FTW.

The rest of the materials are thrift store t-shirts, in TARDIS-y colors. Twirly!

And here is ChameleonHound's picture from the gallery:

She said I got the fit just right!
13  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / First Try: Snow Dye (No Lie) on: February 16, 2014 04:59:45 PM

This is a project that has been lingering in the back of my mind for at least three years - since I saw it here on craftster! So when I went to visit ChameleonHound a few weeks back, we decided to finally try it. I based my dyeing on this tutorial, which uses powdered dyes instead of liquid.

Here's what I started with, courtesy of Goodwill:

Soak in soda ash solution, and arrange on draining racks:

Cover with snow, and sprinkle on powdered dyes:

And then let them sit and melt for 24 hours! Hand wash until the water runs clear.

Then wash in hot water, and leave to dry (this is the step where you start being rather impressed by yourself, because the things look so cool!):

Everything here was dyed with only three colors - purple, darkish blue, and yellow. Here are my finished products:

ChameleonHound's final shirts: she scrunched them up more, so the dye didn't soak in as much as mine did. I love both ways, and wanna try this one for my next experiments.

For anyone thinking about trying this: I highly recommend it! The method is super fun, and the results are awesome! Love all around!
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / View buddies' posts not updating? on: January 28, 2014 06:44:37 PM
Is anyone else having this problem? When I go to "View buddies' posts," it tells me my buddies haven't posted anything since the 14th, which is definitely not true.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta portraits on: January 28, 2014 06:40:27 PM
I sent these to spikefan in the Hunger Games: Catching fire swap - two characters that she liked.

To get the image, I found pictures of the actors and used a photo editing software to lighten, darken, and sharpen them, until they looked almost like stencils. Then I traced that image in pencil, and used it as a guideline when I painted over it in acrylic paint. I really like this technique!

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Game of Thrones house sigil inchies on: January 23, 2014 05:04:55 PM

I made this set in the Inchie My Theme Round 3, when one of my partner's themes was Game of Thrones. I knew right away what I wanted to do! Most of these are based directly on the official house sigils I found on the HBO website, but the Night's Watch I based on someone else's original design. Khal Drogo's I invented myself.

Here they are ready to send, with the names of all the houses in case you're wondering!

It was hard to sketch so small, but I'm really happy with how they turned out!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Darkside Cowl in blue on: January 20, 2014 02:25:41 PM
I consider this my first "real" knitting project, since I successfully followed a pattern. I'm very proud!

I used Cascade Highland Duo, which was lovely. Here's the free ravelry pattern - it was fairly easy, I was just super worried that I'd lose my place.

My honey got it for Christmas!

18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curly paper snowflakes from book pages on: January 03, 2014 05:51:33 PM
These paper snowflakes are surprisingly simple to make! Here's a tutorial that you can use if you want to try. I made mine a lot smaller so they could be Christmas tree ornaments, so I had to use glue instead of staples.

I used pages from my falling-apart thrift store Shakespeare collection; these ones are made from Coriolanus. Cheesy

They were a bit fiddly to make on this scale - sometimes I used tiny clothespins to hold the curls together as they dried. But I think the result was well worth it!

I also made some colorful ones with plain origami paper.

Thanks for looking!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage lady pincushion on: December 21, 2013 10:16:54 AM

This project is really two pincushions reconstructed into one! The vintage lady topper was part of a pincushion that my grandmother had packed away for a long time, and her fabric skirt was falling apart and leaking sawdust. I wish I had taken a picture before I deconstructed it, but you can get the idea looking here.

The base is from a pincushion that my mom blupaisan made for me a few years ago. It was also past its prime (I had not been very gentle with it  Cry), with the top fabric coming unglued from the base. It was dear to me because she had decorated the base with a map including Sapporo, Japan, which was my first big trip away from home, and an experience I still treasure.

So to merge the two, I ironed some heavy interfacing onto a little section of my chosen fabric, cut a hole a bit smaller than the statue's base, and buttonhole stitched around it. I then installed the figurine, cut a circle of fabric around her, and stuffed it as much as I could, gathering the edges to form a little ball. I weighted the base with a handful of pennies, and glued the stuffed ball on using E600 glue.

I'm glad I was able to create something pretty and functional, while keeping intact the memories of the two original pincushions! (I also found 5 needles the I had lost over the years inside the stuffing of the second cushion, oops!  Shocked)
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pan handler oven mitt on: December 21, 2013 09:50:46 AM

I made this so we wouldn't have to keep reaching for a large oven mitt or a dish towel when using our cast iron (also certain pots). It works quite nicely, and hangs on a little out-of-the-way hook right by the oven.

Its construction is very simple, just a layer of cotton, a layer of special heat-reflecting batting, and a layer of corduroy on the inside, bias tape around the edges.

I hand-sewed everything, because I have a terrible history with sewing bias tape in curves!

I really like how it turned out, and wanted to share! Cheesy
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