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21  Our Empty Bowl Project in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 10, 2014 04:36:48 AM
I was approached at the farmer's market last summer by a woman I'd never met.  She asked if I would be interested in helping with something she was organizing to benefit our local food bank called The Empty Bowl event.  It's a grassroots effort to fight hunger where local restaurants donate soup and bread while potters donate bowls.  The patrons receive a bowl of soup and get to take the bowl home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.  You can read about the campaign at http://www.emptybowls.net/.  I donated her very first bowl for the event that day and my husband and I signed up to make 50 more.  

It seemed like a daunting task but we had months to complete them and I figured it would be really great practice on the wheel.  We're almost done (she is picking up our first batch this week, the event is now just around the corner) and I'm pleased to say by the time we're done we'll have donated 75 bowls!  We had a few awesome friends (including a fellow moderator  Wink)who also wanted to contribute to the event so we provided supplies and they got their handbuilding creativity on.  

The majority of these bowls were dip glazed by our community volunteers, who seemed to enjoy their time in the pottery studio.  

Here are a few closeups of some of my favorites.

All boxed up and ready to go!

We also agreed to take clay and our wheel and do some throwing demos during the event.  Thankfully, I'm a lot better at it having completed this project!
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22  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: February 08, 2014 01:43:49 PM
Those are great claims!  I'm sure your daughter is loving her loot, too.   Smiley  Jillybeans claimed me for some Harry Potter peg people.  Could they be any cuter??  She made me Luna, Cho, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Malfoy and Neville.  I love the yarn hair!

She also included some darling Halloween fabric and chess pieces.  Thank you SO much, Jill!!

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23  Jalapeno Popper Soup in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: February 04, 2014 11:16:38 AM
This is probably the best soup I've ever made and has the flavors of those cheese stuffed bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.  It's super easy to make and doesn't have to cook very long to develop the flavors.

4 oz. cream cheese
2 c. chicken broth
4 Tbsp. canned chopped green chilis
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 large roasted and chopped jalapeno peppers (or the equivalent amount of chopped pickled jalapenos)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 slices of cooked bacon

Before I get the broth started, I crisp up four slices of bacon then chop it up and set it aside.  I also roast two large jalapeno peppers drizzled with olive oil in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes, and chop finely when done.  Alternatively, you can chop up some pickled jalapeno peppers if you don't want to mess with roasting them. 

To start, warm the chicken broth over medium heat and wisk in the cream cheese to get it melted.  Stir in the chopped green chilis, roasted jalapenos and garlic powder.  Simmer for a few minutes.  Add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted.  The last thing you add is the heavy cream and chopped bacon and you are good to go.  Parsley garnish is optional.   Smiley  Seriously yummy!

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24  Quilting Featured Projects - 2H2013 in QUILTING by MissingWillow on: January 29, 2014 08:46:43 AM
Here are a fresh batch of new featured projects from the second half of 2013.  

Oh Captain, my Captain
by semel

Craftsy BOM2012 Quilted and Ready
by carolmb

"Flirt"y Baby Quilt Smiley
by armywife116

The Untempered Schism (A Doctor Who Insanity Quilt)
by graverobbergirl

Dandelions and stars
by knitaholic

Birds in the wilderness
by danynn

Steampunk Crazy Quilt
by mouseinmypocket

Denim Hammock
by kcli

Christmas gift for the in-laws
by Padester
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25  Bath and Beauty Featured Projects 2H2013 in BATH AND BEAUTY by MissingWillow on: January 28, 2014 04:39:03 PM
Here are a fresh batch of new featured projects from the second half of 2013. 

Herbal Miracle Salve by patty_o_furniture

by acidtrix

Washi/Duck Tape Decorated Toenails by kcli

Soap Challenge Soaps by tcmatteson

Snickerdoodle Oats 'n Honey, Tomato Leaf, & Shea Luxury CP Soaps by MareMare

Face Paintings by patty_o_furniture

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26  Re: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: January 28, 2014 11:39:04 AM
I received my little masterpiece from Smmarrt.  Sideshow was one of the themes I chose and she absolutely outdid herself!  She immortalized Violet and Daisy Hilton, real life conjoined twins who toured the vaudeville circuit back in the day. 

I adore their green dresses and awesome feather hairpieces, they totally look the part of vaudeville performers.  The trim reminds me of an opulent stage setting.

Here's a poster for their performance.

The other side shows the cost to see the show.

I love the back!  The entire ATB is mounted on spools of thread.

A close-up of them, just because they are awesome.  You did a FANTASTIC job making my ATB wishes come true, Smmarrt!  Thank you so much for the beautiful piece of art.  Kiss
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27  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: January 28, 2014 11:15:10 AM
I received the most fantastic storage pincushion from A2K!  I am constantly searching for one of the two pincushions I already own.  This one's big enough for me not to misplace (I hope) and will hold other sewing needs readily at hand.  She also included some towels that I have machine embroidery plans for...

Pure awesomeness is this little sheep pin she picked up at her local quilt shop.  I am in love with my package, thank you so much, Tonya!

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28  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: January 25, 2014 10:03:28 AM
The butterfly display is beautiful, MissingWillow - can you tell us how you did it?

Thanks guys!  I searched for printable butterflies then adjusted the size to fit inside the shadowbox.  The antenna are flower stamens I've had in my stash forever.  I folded them then pinned and glued them in place.  The names are made up, printed in an old typewriter font and aged with ink.  Here's a closeup.

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29  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: January 25, 2014 06:12:34 AM
I claimed jo_mama for a cruelty-free butterfly display.  Here's what she received. 

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30  Archived Featured Knitting Projects in Knitting: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: January 20, 2014 04:55:29 PM
Featured Knitting Projects - January 2013

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!

   Flamingo Mittens by pseudo_pix
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Knitted Pouf by pieknits

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Leaving Cowl by LimeRiot

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Thanks, everyone, for all your contributions to our Knitting community. Keep the excellent projects coming and remember to hit "this rocks!" anytime you see something worthy of sharing.
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