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241  Red and Blue Patchwork Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: March 30, 2012 05:22:02 AM
For the IYP swap I made my partner, the fabulous loves2experiment, a purse inspired from her pinterest.  I figured out the patchwork dimensions all by myself.  Eeek.. math!  The colors were also inspired by her pinterest and I love the combination! This was my first attempt at a magnetic closure, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. 

She's a tea lover so I also included a matching tea wallet.
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242  Re: Garden 2012 in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: March 29, 2012 09:37:10 AM
We cleaned up our raised beds and mixed in fresh compost this morning.  This is our first batch of tomatoes, we started them indoors in January.  We planted cucumbers in pots this week and carrots, peas, chard and spinach in our newly refreshed outdoor beds.  I love this time of year!

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243  Creamy Pasta with Fresh Peas in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: March 26, 2012 01:59:56 PM
We harvested our first peas this weekend, so a spring pasta dish made it onto our dinner menu.  

I melted 2 tbsp. of butter then sauteed 4 minced garlic cloves and a thinly sliced leek for approx. 5 minutes.

Then I sliced a few mushrooms and added them to the pan for a few more minutes, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Then I turned the heat off and got busy with the rest of the ingredients.

Here they are: pappardelle pasta, 2 lemons, fresh peas, low fat ricotta cheese and parmesian cheese.  The first thing I did was zest the two lemons into the pan of vegetables.  No lemon juice was used in this recipe, I saved the zest-less lemons in the fridge for another day.

I cooked the peas in boiling water for 2 minutes then scooped them out with a slotted spoon and moved them to the pan of veggies.  The pasta nests went right into the boiling water and cooked for 4 minutes.

I moved the cooked pasta to the pan of veggies and turned the heat on medium.  

I alternated adding large spoonfuls of ricotta cheese with small ladels of the pasta water.  I didn't measure, but think I used about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and 3/4 cup of the ricotta.  I then mixed in 1/4 cup of the parm cheese.  I only cooked this for about 2 more minutes while stirring to incorporate everything together.

It turned out really nice!

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244  Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 26, 2012 01:22:40 PM
I received two awesome packages today!  First up... my package from CraftyMamaBee.  One of my themes was really to receive something that my daughter collects, and I know nothing about... the Venture Brothers.  She's obsessed and I am clueless.  CraftyMamaBee sent these fantastic magnets, my daughter is going to flip over them!  She also sent a notebook that was popped right into my purse to replace the one I recently filled.  Thank you so much, CraftyMamaBee!

Now for my second fantastic package... I raise and collect sheep and bee themed items, bebedechocolate hit both of those themes with a needlebook (which I really needed) featuring an adorable sheep print.  I collect sheep related fabrics and don't have this one yet so score!  She also sent bee themed stickers.  Thank you so much bebedechocolate! 

This was a great swap, I'm looking forward to the next one.   Smiley
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245  Re: Buying fleece from farm? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: March 20, 2012 01:35:57 PM
We have texel sheep.  Here's our Beatrice.  Gotcha covered, Belladune!

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246  Re: Garden 2012 in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by MissingWillow on: March 19, 2012 08:51:40 AM
We got an early start on peas in our greenhouse.  I'm making cheesy pasta with peas, mushrooms and leeks for dinner tonight.

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247  Re: Make My Collectible Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 14, 2012 12:02:18 PM
My motto is everything is better when it glows in the dark.  I received the most amazing papercutting from silentblair!  One of my collectible themes is Game of Thrones.  She did a House Stark direwolf. Isn't it fantastic??  I am in seriously awe of her skills.  I just love it, thank you so much Blair!   Grin

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248  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: March 10, 2012 03:54:53 AM
Beautiful quilt, Mellerific and how fun to outfit a burlesque entertainer, smashu.  TSM I really admire your TM patch skills.  SheepBlue I love your taxidermy.  That peacock feather necklace is stunning, hgddm.

I finished my #23. Alter an Altoid tin.  It was in a garden theme for the Make My Collectible Swap

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249  Re: Winter Hippy Swap - Hippy New Year (SIGN UP 01/06/12- 01/21/12 SEND BY 02/25/12) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: March 04, 2012 06:48:00 AM
How about gungaroos (kathak ankle bells)?  They're either bell braids or padded tied ankle wraps embellished with bells.  They couldn't be too hard to figure out. 

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250  Cooking Challenge - Sweet Easter and Spring Treats in Dessert by MissingWillow on: March 04, 2012 06:27:09 AM

All of you fabulous bakers, it's time for a cooking challenge!  The subject is Sweet Easter and Spring Treats.  You can make dessert, chocolates, cookies, a bunny cake, cupcakes, Easter basket goodies - anything sweet that celebrates Spring.  

The Rules:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-You must be posting your 2012 goodies, prior years are not eligible.

-Your entry must be sweet, not savory.

-Each participant may enter just once.

-This contest will be open for entries from April 8th through April 15th, 2012.  The contest will be closed to entries on midnight Sunday, April 15th.  Challenge entries may be posted at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=447.0.  Select New Topic in the upper right corner of this page.  
Send TroubleT or MissingWillow a PM if you have any questions or difficulties posting.

-Voting will be open from April 15-22, 2012

The winner of this challenge will be able to select a prize from us at Craftster.org -- any one item from our online shop at http://www.shop.craftster.org/
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