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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Voting for RRR Challenge through September 20 on: September 11, 2012 11:24:32 AM
It is time to Vote for your Favorite Craft in the RRR Make a Project From Leftover Craft Supplies Challenge. For full details on the challenge look here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412778.0

Scrap Happy Scarf


Beach Necklace

Fall Mum

Union Jack Wall Art
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chicken Pot Pie Recipe on: September 10, 2012 08:41:27 PM
So last week I quick threw together a random casserole for my family, and my husband loved it and said it would make awesome chicken pot pie filling, so I did! And it was so yum!

now.. MareMare started a Bulk Cooking Club the other day which I jumped on and joined, and thought this recipe would be perfect for it! So here is the recipe, and 3 meals for you!

*** disclaimer***
This is best for leftovers, cause the night it is cooked the sauce tends to slide, but when you cut it onto your plate the next day, it really seems to "pie up"

Chicken Pot Pie x2 (or 3 depending on your pie pan size, mine were small so I got 3)
2 or 3 pie pans
4 half boneless skinless chicken breasts boiled then shredded
2 cans cream of mushroom
1 2lb bag of frozen mixed veggies(I used VIP) cooked
Pilsbury refridgerated pie crust, 2 or 1 rolls(I used 2 the first time for top and bottom, after that started just using 1 for top.. saves $$ and calories)
pepper to taste
a couple shakes of minced onion
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

mix all ingredients except pie crust in a large bowl.

If using crust on bottom place in pie pans according to directions on box

Scoop mix into all pans evenly.

Cover with top crust according to directions.

Cook 1 pie:

Put tinfoil over edges of crust for first 15 minutes

Take off tinfoil and place back into oven for another 25 minutes

Freeze other 2 pies by wrapping in plastic wrap and then placing in freezer bag.

Defrost for 1 day before cooking.
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Crochet Hook Case on: September 09, 2012 09:02:51 PM
So here is the thing... I was totally going to make my daughter something for this challenge since it is her first year of school. But turns out.. preschoolers really don't need anything for school! So I made myself a crochet hook case!

I received a nice one a few years ago in a swap, but my mom has that now. Then my hubby  bought me for Christmas one of the nice zip up pleather ones with all the individual slots for your hooks... When my daughter was 2, she ripped all the slots. Since then, my hooks have been traveling in a bag all willy nilly, getting lost constantly. I figured it was time to get them their own case!

I used this pattern, and then I sewed a back onto it with some fabric that has been kicking it in my stash for about 4 years!!

This is the first time I have attached fabric to crochet, and I think I still have a bit to learn about that!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Scrapghan, an Acorn, A Beach Bag, A slouch Hat, and a poncho on: September 07, 2012 02:48:00 PM
So I thought I would try out the new image uploader today and upload some of the crocheted items I've made recently! I never think to upload any of them, and I don't know why, so here they are!
First here is a scrapghan I made about a year ago, and never uploaded.. this was a fun evening project just using up those last bits of yarn that lived in my stash for a million years..  Cheesy Cheesy


A Beach bag I made when we first moved to California in April, I can actually fit snacks, water, 3 beach towels, beach buckets/shovels, my purse, a jacket, a change of clothes for my daughter, and a few other things in here, and the sand shakes out very easy!

This poncho I actually made sometime last year, and just never got around to uploading it, it is so comfy, and I am always in it in my house, and just recently started wearing it outside the house!

I made this acorn the other weekend for my writer's club, something for us to keep our topics in for us to shake about. I tried following a pattern for this one, but lost patience with it because it was waaaayyy too wobbly! I am going to make another acorn to my own pattern and write that down one of these days!

And finally I made this hat the other night, love it! And I love the yarn!

Thank you for looking! I will try not to make it so long between project uploads anymore!
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Stew on: August 31, 2012 04:25:45 PM
Creamy Chicken Stew

This is my familys favorite recipe I make, and it is sooooo yummy! It can easily be made with or without chicken! The vegetables I have listed are ones I never make the soup without, though I add a bit of other things if I happen to have them fresh on hand needing to be used up like: green beans, spinach, or bok choy, but the sky is the limit!
Soup Mixture
5 cups of Vegetable(or chicken) broth
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts boiled and shredded
2 cups peeled cubed potatoes
3 large carrots cut into roughly into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups of sliced bell peppers(sometimes I use frozen, sometimes I use fresh, sometimes minis)
1 cup diced celery
1 medium diced red onion
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Thickening Mixture( if you dont want to do this part, it still tastes good, just not as creamy)
2 cups vegetable(or chicken) broth
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour

Place all ingredients of soup mixture into large pot and bring to boil. When it is at a rapid boil, turn down to simmer, cover, and let set for 20 minutes.

When your timer goes off, set the setting back so it will boil, while you are waiting for it to boil again make the thickening mixture if desired.

In a pan melt butter, slowly whisk in flour 1/4 cup at a time until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth and bring to a higher temp, stir for roughly 2 minutes until thick.

Pour thickening agent into stew, and when it is all mixed in, remove from heat and let cool.

Serve over biscuits for optimal yumminess!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toybox Tuesday 8/28/12 on: August 28, 2012 12:45:58 PM

What toys have YOU been working on the last week?  Please share!  If you've already posted a project thread for them, just post a picture here with a link to the full thread.  Fill the toybox, please!! Smiley

To see previous Toyboy Tuesday threads, check out the Toybox Tuesday Tag here.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Voting:Toys, Dolls and Playthings Challenge: Tutorials Open through Sept 12 on: August 21, 2012 02:50:20 PM
Toys, Dolls, and Playthings Tutorials
Announcing the new Toys Dolls and Playthings Challenge:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.
   Your tutorial must consist of at least 5 photos and 5 steps.
   Completed project photo(s) do not count toward your 5 tutorial photos. So if you are making a very simple tutorial, get creative with your photos. Perhaps you could share the step/photo of you gathering your supplies as one of your 5.
-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme.
- Must be a doll, toy or plaything

-It has to be a current piece. It cannot be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of August 21, 2012 through September 12, 2012

Start a new topic on this board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=338.0

-Voting will be posted from September 12, 2012 through September 19, 2012

-On September 20, 2012

And now the good part!

The Prize:

Donated by Suncatcher Craft Eyes a 5 pack of craft eyes!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pillowcase or How I saved THE blankie on: August 19, 2012 12:33:07 PM
This may just look like another simple pillowcase, but to me it is the most important craft Ive ever made. It is made with 4 years of memories.
My daughters baby blanket finally bit the dust last night, after 4 solid years of sleeping with, the tears and other damage was just beyond repair. We agreed that since she is starting preschool next week, it was time to say goodbye to her security blanket. After getting her to sleep with tears (both from me and her) I decided white blankie was just too much a part of the family to be laid to rest in a junk yard, and so I decided to save part of it.
After doing this type of edges for the pillowcases, I dont think Ill ever make a pillowcase another way.

The satin side of the blanket has always been my daughters favorite, and so that was the side I saved to use for one side of the pillowcase. It is so worn out that it is pretty wonky now, and I have about ten tiny holes stitched up. In reflection, I should have fused this to a cotton to make it sturdier. Maybe one day when she is at preschool I will resconstruct this part.

The other side is made from an antique embroidered pillowcase that I have been holding onto forever. The embroidery chose the theme for the rest of the fabrics.

A closeup of the embroidery, again, not my work here, I just found it this way:

I surprised her this morning with it, I think I have a very satisfied customer:

And this is what the baby blanket originally looked like:

And since Im feeling all sentimental, here we are first day back from the hospital with the blanket.

19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Closed: Challenge: Leftover Craft Supplies Enter through September 10 on: August 13, 2012 09:03:39 AM

You voted for the great theme "Leftover craft supplies"

The Rules:-
 Create anything with any media of crafting from leftover craft supplies.

-you can use any materials you want and make whatever  you want with whatever you want, BUT the FOCUS of the project should be leftover craft supplies.

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.

-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of August 13, 2012 through September 10, 2012

-Voting will be posted from September 11, 2012 through September 20, 2012

-On September 21st the winner will be announced

How to post your project:

Go to: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=408.0
Create a New Topic and post your project there

-Name your project something memorable, starting with "RRR Challenge 1

-Post pictures: from different angles and close-ups that help us see what you made clearly

-Post the story of your project, that could be your inspiration, how you made it, something to let us know how your project came to be.

-Please don't beg for votes.

And now the good part!  

The Prize:
The winner will have a choice of one of these books:
Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed and Organic Materials

Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle your Wardrobe

CraftCycle: 100+ Earth Friendly Projects and Ideas for Everyday Living

Who's Your Dada?: Redefining the Doll Through Mixed Media

Any Questions? Feel Free to ask in this thread!

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Drawstring Backpack from Star Wars t-shirt on: July 31, 2012 05:26:05 PM
I have a friend who LOVES Star Wars and I ran across 3 Star Wars shirts at the thrift store for super cheap, and decided to make her a bag from one, and just gift her the other two for wear/crafting. I just taught her how to crochet(correction, a friend of mine taught her how to chain, I taught her how to single crochet, and the basics of reading a pattern) recently and now she LOVES that too! So I made her a WIP bag. She rides her bike to crochet/knitting night, so I figured it had better be a backpack.

I was kindve bummed, and hope she doesnt mind, but I didnt notice how high up the graphic was, so I ended up sewing through his head a little bit.
 Sad (I stuffed the bag with yarn and a crochet book, so I think shell forgive me)  Wink

I used this tutorial I found online http://justfacs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Drawstring-Backpack-Project.pdf the only things I changed were I used a t-shirt instead, and I used parachute cord because that was all I could find at Michaels, and didnt feel like driving to Joanns for regular cord.  My husband did melt the cord ends for me so the knot wont slip out though.
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