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301  Tribal Belly Dance Tassel Belt in Costumes: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 24, 2012 04:39:56 AM
My partner in the Winter Hippy swap, Samsara, is a tribal style dancer.  I myself am a former tribal style dancer who still enjoys costuming.  I've still got a few of the mirrored belt bases in my stash.  I attached one to a black cotton base, whipped up some wool tassels, embellished with a few beads, cowrie shells bits and bobs and here ya go:

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302  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 03:23:03 PM
Here's something I made for a swap that also meets my #17. Hand build a piece

It's a trinket box for Samsara

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303  Trinket Box in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 03:16:57 PM
I made a trinket box for Samsara in the most recent Winter Hippy swap.  One of the themes she mentioned she likes are lotus blossoms, so I went with that.  The reddish brown is done with iron oxide with no overglaze.  The blue glaze is called Floating Blue.  I like the contrast.

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304  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 10:15:51 AM
Mio that's really awesome!  I love how that came out. 

I just posted a cooking tutorial for paella - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404332.0

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305  A Versatile Paella in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 10:09:26 AM
Paella is one dish my entire family loves and it's awesome enough to serve on a special occasion.  Unlike traditional paella, this version is assembled at the end rather than cooked all together.  That means you can, for instance, set aside a portion without shrimp if someone is allergic, or without sausage if someone doesn't eat pork.  I also love it because I can cook the ingredients ahead then just make the rice and assemble it right before dinner.  I love an impressive, low stress meal!

The first thing I make is lemon garlic mixture that will flavor the rice when it's done.  In my mini chopper, I whirl together:
The zest of a lemon
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
12 garlic cloves
salt & pepper
This goes into tupperware and waits in the fridge for assembly.

This is a fresh chorizo and a fresh andouille sausage removed from their casings, crumbled and browned.  

Smoked andouille sausage links sliced and browned.

Red and yellow peppers sliced, seeded, splashed with red wine vinegar and olive oil then roasted for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once they're cool enough to handle, I peel the skin off.

Sea scallops patted dry and sauteed in a little olive oil just 2 minutes per side.  They were really expensive this week so I cut them in half.

Shrimp peeled, deveined and sauteed in a little olive oil.  I'm always careful not to overcook shrimp.  They just take a minute or two per side.

So... everything above this point can be done ahead of time.  I just gently reheat each component in the microwave right before I stir everything into the rice and lay the chicken thighs on top for serving.  To do the chicken thighs, brown both sides in a little olive oil and butter.  Put them skin side up on a baking pan, season with salt and pepper then put them in the oven at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on how big they are.  They come out crispy and delicious.  

Here's what goes into the rice:
3 cups of long grain rice sauteed in a little butter
6 cups of chicken stock
A pinch of saffron
salt and pepper to taste
Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes, toss 1 cup of frozen peas in during the last 3 minutes of cooking

You can also add steamed clams, mussels, lobster, whatever your heart desires and your pocketbook can handle.  Wink  Enjoy!

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306  Re: 100 Facts About Me Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: February 08, 2012 03:56:25 PM
Here ya go...

Barbara loves the color orange and collects purses...

She loves cupcakes and has an obsession with tote bags...

She loves owls, brown/turquoise and decaf tea...

Her new obsession is sandollars and she loves the scent of oranges.  The candles are sweet orange scented and the soap is orange creamsicle scented...

It was fun crafting for you, Miss Barbara!  I'm going to make more candles.  Thanks for inspiring me.  Smiley
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307  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 03, 2012 12:38:23 PM
I know your partner will just love the Dr.Who items, MeganCrafts!  The Darling Daisy dolls are great meleriffic and how great that you're making toys for charity, Koreena!  I just posted a cooking tutorial (#33 on my list) Roasted Vegetables  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403251.0
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308  Roasted Vegetables in Vegetarian / Vegan by MissingWillow on: February 03, 2012 12:11:34 PM
We're going to visit friends for dinner tomorrow night and I was asked to bring a side dish.  I decided on roasted vegetables.  The carrots, beets and garlic are from our garden.  The rest of the veggies were from our fridge.  To make these - wash, peel, slice your vegetables as desired.  Lay each vegetable in a separate baking dish and splash with a flavored vinegar, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt.  For instance, I used champagne vinegar on the mushrooms, balsamic on the green beans, strawberry vinegar on the carrots, red wine vinegar on the red pepper, etc.  These go in the oven at 350 degrees.  Stir/toss them every 10 minutes, check them after 30 minutes for doneness.  These usually take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the vegetable.

When the red pepper is done, the skin will wrinkle.  When they are cool enough to handle, peel and discard the skin. 

Here they are arranged on a serving dish.  We like these served at room temperature.  I've also roasted butternut squash, eggplant, hot peppers, asparagus and pearl onions using this simple process.  It's always a crowd pleaser.

The beet and carrot tops go our hens.

The rest of the scraps go into our worm compost. 
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309  Tea Wallet Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: January 31, 2012 02:02:45 PM
Have you been wanting to make your own tea wallet?  Here's a tutorial for you.

You'll need 5 by 7 inch cuts of outside fabric, inside fabric and a piece of flannel which will help give your wallet some stability.  You'll also need a 2.5 by 7 inch cut of your inside fabric and a 3.5 by 7 inch cut of your outside fabric.  These will be the interior pockets.  Lastly, you'll need an elastic hair tie and a button to finish your wallet.

Fold over and iron a quarter inch of your pocket fabric.  Sew it down.  Repeat for your other pocket fabric.  If your fabric has an orientation to it, make sure you sew the correct edge. 

Line up and pin your two pockets to the bottom of your interior fabric.  Sew a 1/8 inch seam through all three layers at the bottom to secure them together. 

Now it's time to layer them all together.  Place your outside fabric on the table, right side up.  Then place your interior fabric (with the pockets already sewn on at the bottom) with the right side facing your outside fabric.  This means these right sides will be facing each other.  On top of that lay your piece of flannel.  Mine has animal prints on it.  It doesn't matter which side of your flannel is up, it will be hidden inside when you are done.  Pin it all together.   

Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the layered fabric 'sandwich', leaving about 1 1/2 inches open on one side so you can turn it.  Before you start sewing, decide where to leave the turn opening.  Have a good look at your fabric.  Leave the opening where you want your elastic tie inserted.

Before you turn everything right side out, clip the corners.  Rather than just doing a 45 degree angle, I do a rounded cut. 

Turn it right side out using a chopstick to help with your corners, iron it (very important) and place the hair elastic where you want it.  Pin it in place.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the entire edge, make sure you sew over the elastic twice to make it secure.

It's time to sew your button on, opposite your elastic.  The thread gets hidden inside a pocket. Sweet!

The last thing you should do is sew a seam right down the middle.  Load it with tea, sweetener, pepper flakes, whatever your heart desires.  Pop it in your purse and you're good to go. 
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310  Re: Craft This Tote Round 2! - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: January 31, 2012 01:41:46 PM
Here's the fantastic package I received from texscrapper.  First up is a bee-utiful blue bag with black and white accents.  So pretty.  I especially love the buttons she included at the handles.  There was a matching fabric covered notebook that went right into my purse.  Isn't that a great idea?? 

As an extra, she sent me an etched honey jar straight off of my wist!  My husband and I keep bees, this will be well loved.  Thank you so much for being my partner and sending me such lovely lovely things!
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