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1  DIY Cocktail Cherries in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: May 24, 2016 03:55:18 AM
I found myself at a fancy restaurant with a real cocktail menu last week and was tantalized by 3 words... "House Made Maraschino".  What?  Since the cocktail in question (A French 75) also included champagne it was a no-brainer.  That cocktail cherry ended up being a revelation.  I love cocktails.  I love a good DIY project. I know how to can fruit.  Cherries are in season.  Duh. 
My husband loves a good Manhattan so we've had a jar of Luxardo Maraschinos in the fridge since last Christmas.  They set me back $20 but are delicious.  I foolishly thought Luxardo was the brand but some research taught me Luxardo is a maraschino cherry liqueur.  A trip to the grocery and ABC stores got me me all set. 

Here's the recipe I came up with.
    1 cup sugar
    1 vanilla bean, scraped
    2 cinnamon sticks
    Pinch of nutmeg
    Juice from 2 lemons
    1 cup water
    2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted
    2 cups Luxardo

I brought everything but the cherries and the liqueur to a simmer and cooked it for 5 minutes then added the cherries.  The cherries cooked for an additional 5 minutes until they softened a bit.  I removed the pan from the heat and poured in the Luxardo.  I water bath canned them in sterile jars for 10 minutes.

Then made my own French 75! 
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2  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 24, 2016 03:28:28 AM
PromisedHeartbrk, your kiddo is ADORABLE! 

Quaggy sent me the most amazing package!  She embellished vintage doilies with spooky fabric, aren't these just perfect?  What a clever craft and, yes, the spider web glows in the dark (score!)

The most gorgeous table runner!  And I thought I had a good stash of Halloween fabrics...

Be still my heart!  Zombie sheep placemats!  OMG I almost fell over when I saw these!  They are too nice to use.   Smiley

The table is set, is it Halloween yet??

Fun extras!  Love the cocktail napkins and shot glasses.  Party at our place!

So nicely done!  I have just the place to hang this.

This little guy was lurking at the bottom of the box.

Thank you so much for everything, Quaggy!  Can't wait until we swap again!

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: April 08, 2016 12:52:16 PM
I'm in awe of that machine embroidered hat.  I've been trying to figure out how to get a hat flat enough to stitch it up! 

I've spent the last two days at a sourdough bread class and my freezer is now full.  I brought home the very last dough I made in class and just baked it off here at home and my husband responded 'we're in trouble now...' which I took as a huge compliment.   Cheesy
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4  Diner in an Altoid Tin in Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: April 01, 2016 03:31:21 AM
What's for lunch?  In this little diner, there's only one thing on the menu...  Spam!  Today's special is a slice of fried Spam on a croissant.  Fries please, no chips, with a pickle on the side.  I'll have a Classic Coke.   Cheesy

The croissant was made from paper clay, the spam, fries and pickle are all poly clay.

Thanks for stopping by!
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5  Meet Our Featured Artist in Fiber Arts - Belladune! in FIBER ARTS by MissingWillow on: March 31, 2016 07:54:52 AM
Tell us a little about yourself
I am first and foremost a mother to three beautiful wild children, and a wife to a wonderful man.  Our home is also occupied by three cats a dog and some fish. We (my husband and I) run a plumbing company in a tiny little village (that morphs into a large town in the summer months. Whoop Tourism!), and are involved in many local organizations (but not the same ones.. can you imagine?! we'd be with each other 24/7!   Shocked )   I've always been crafty, and though my passion for making things has waxed and waned over the years I can't imagine a day without some sort of making.

How did you get started in fiber arts?
It's all Craftster's fault.  Wink The story goes like this: One day I got it into my head that I ought to give cloth diapering a try. I was looking at various forums on the subject and having already acquired mad skills in sewing I thought I'd be better off making my own diaper covers. That lead me to a cloth diaper pattern here, and all the wonders that are hidden within these many many pages and projects.  A gorgeous yarn popped up in the Recent Posts thumbnails and I clicked, wondering what they made with it.  Well, blow me over, they made THE YARN. Mind blown, and fingers itching, I bought a drop spindle and some wool the first chance I got and I was hooked. Down into the fibery rabbit hole with me! Now I spin, felt, dye, and more.  Funnily enough, I never did make a cloth diaper cover...


What inspires you?
The medium itself.  The possibilities that wool and fibres present are endless.  The use of resists in wet felting, using the texture of the wool to create interesting yarns, the sculpting process of needle felting... that's just the tip of the iceberg, and I've only managed to cover maybe 1/4 of what's seen above the water.


Do you have a creative philosophy?
I suppose I do. Create something everyday, in any medium, even if it's not your preferred.  Making something often leads to the next idea of what to make or another iteration of the same thing in a different medium. Because slowly it becomes a need not just a want. And it doesn't matter if it's hideous, just make it. Keep going and see it through, you may surprise yourself in the end.

Do you have any advice for someone interested in getting into spinning?
Dive in.  Run out and  get a spindle. Or heck, make one from CD's. You don't need a teacher.  There are tutorials here, and all over the place on the internet.   Make mistakes, make something that resembles yarn, and save it. Keep practicing and go back to that first ever proto-yarn and be in awe of where you started.

What is the favorite project you've ever posted?
Just one?! Such a toss up... I'm torn between my crafty Momma cupcakes, my Snailtaur (or more accurately Rlynns.. He was a swap gift!) and my Secret Keeper. Oh! and The Yarn That Craftster made!


Besides Fiber Arts, what other boards on Craftster would we find some of your work?
You can find me on the cooking boards, knitting & crochet boards... embroidery/needlework... sewing... I even played with clay a few times.. And I think there may be one or two of my projects in More art less Craft.. events and holidays.  I certainly don't practice craft monogamy.


What is your favorite project on Craftster that's made by someone else?
I love all the stumpwork embroidery pieces.


What is your favorite spinning method?
Woollen! Because it makes soft fluffy springy yarn.

Needle felt vs. Wet felt?
It really depends! I love both for different projects.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
You have time. There's always time for things you want to do, you just need to notice that you have control over it.

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6  Re: STS Spring Market 2016- Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 29, 2016 01:55:44 PM
Claimed by artsycandice the little pottery heart house and the red heart buttons.

Claimed by greybird - the green bird buttons and the small green round buttons

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7  Re: STS Spring Market 2016- SU March 23-April 3; close May 8 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: March 23, 2016 12:28:47 PM

Missing Willow's Shop is Closed

We are a non-smoking household in Virginia with a hairless cat and a border collie only allowed indoors in his kennel.


Beeswax votive candles (featuring beeswax from our hives!).  1/2 point each

1/3 Cup of Ghost Pepper Blend Flakes from our garden - 1/2 point each.  SUPER HOT!

1/2 yard of hot air balloon fabric.  Appears to be a heavy cotton.

Ghostly Gallery Mini Art Quilt Pattern - 1/2 point

Pottery Button Cards - 1 point each.  
Claim as: Assortment, Shabby Hearts, Red Hearts, Skulls

Claim as: Shabby Flowers, Orange Hearts, Green Birds, Yellow Letters

Claim as: Skulls, Green Leaves, Small Green Rounds, Blue/Green Basket Weave

Pottery!  1 point each
Claim as: Oval, House, Pink Heart Dish, Blue Flower Dish

Books, 1 point each

Claims made from me
MissingWillow to artsycandice pottery house (1 pt), Pottery Button Cards; Red Hearts (1 pt)
MissingWillow to greybird - pottery buttons: Small Green Rounds (1 pt) + Green Birds (1 pt) = 2 pts total

Claims made by me
Artsycandice to MissingWillow
Barn Owl Pendant (1 pt)

Watsonc7 to MissingWillow
Microwave bowl holders (Teal) - 2 points

kwality570 to MissingWillow
Gelli Printed Envelopes and Matching Notecards  
Set 2 & 3 (1 point total)

Starting: 3
Current: 3
Pending: 0
Total: 3
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8  2016 Featured Projects in Fiber Arts in FIBER ARTS by MissingWillow on: March 23, 2016 09:24:32 AM

Needle Felted Fox by PerfectlyBohemian

Pretty Pesky Portrait Pet Pin for a Friend! by Harlan

Fiber paintings - they're just so much fun. by petskin

Batwing Purse by kmac

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9  2016 Featured Projects in Knitting in KNITTING by MissingWillow on: March 21, 2016 03:14:51 PM
Here's a great start to 2016 featured projects from our knitting board!

Harry Potter Inspired Hat and Mitts by raeonix

Sheep Socks...uh, NOPE... by alwaysinmyroom

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10  2016 Featured Projects in Machine Embroidery in SEWING IN GENERAL by MissingWillow on: March 08, 2016 03:03:41 PM
Here is a list of our current 2016 featured projects in machine embroidery.  Thanks to everyone who contributes to this section of Craftster!

Hagrid's Hut by pottermouth

Always Machine Embroidered Hoop  by lindyv321

Owl Embroidery by alwaysinmyroom
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