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321  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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322  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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323  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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324  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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325  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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326  Gardening in the Dead of Winter in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: January 28, 2012 07:38:09 AM
Hey everyone, I thought I'd share what we've learned about greenhouse gardening over the past few years.  It's the end of January, 26 degrees out and this is today's harvest(!)  Hot peppers, baby carrots and golden beets, a huge radish.  At dinnertime tonight I'll also pick spinach, lettuce and mesclun for a salad.  The hot peppers are going in the dehydrator this afternoon.  The peppers are in pots that we moved from our back deck when the weather turned cold.  Everything else is growing in indoor raised beds. 

Two years ago we were trying to keep the indoor temp high enough to sustain potted summer vegetables, tropicals and herbs.  A power failure on a sub zero night killed everything, including my precious saffron.   Sad  Last year my husband put in an indoor raised bed and we didn't use the heater at all.  We enjoyed lettuce all Winter. This year, he added 3 more indoor raised beds and we have the heater set just at freezing.  It rarely comes on and we've got some beautiful things growing in there!

I'm hoping we'll have peas to harvest in a week or two.

Red and gold beets.

An entire bed of potatoes.  When they flower we'll know there are harvestable potatoes inside.

We've even got a few limes growing, despite the cool temps.  Our citrus lives in pots. 

We use a few black rain barrels to hold water, and water the beds by hand.  They also help keep the interior warm by acting as a thermal mass. 

Here's the exterior.  We keep the shadecloth on year round and close it up during the Summer.  It's too hot in there to be of any use.  My husband built it from a kit (he's a genius).  Any questions, just let me know.   Smiley

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327  Skirt Steak Tacos in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: January 27, 2012 12:45:26 PM
One of our refrigerators cut out on us this week.  Since we stock our beef by the half cow, I found myself with a freezer full of defrosting meat.  Luckily, it was the one that holds our stew beef and such (not the ribeyes or filet).  I set out to make a huge batch of stew and a big pot of chili.  By the time I was done with pot pie filling I was pooped and still had a package of skirt steak staring at me.  What to do?  Marinate it for tacos the next night!  Skirt steak isn't known for its tenderness but I figured an overnight bath in a marinade would soften it up and I was right.  I used what I had on hand:

1/4 cup of olive oil
Juice of three limes
Splash of tequila
Splash of the juice from a jar of pickled jalapenos
4 cloves of crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. of oregano
Salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes

The next evening we grilled the steaks, let them rest then sliced them against the grain.

I pan fried a half of a red pepper and a handful of jalapeno slices in a little bit of olive oil.

They were served with warm flour soft flour tacos, sliced avocado, fresh tomatoes and some of my homemade salsa.  There are scores of other things you could serve these with, like cheese, sour cream, lettuce, onion, guacamole, etc.  We (of course) have leftovers.  Beef.  It's what's for dinner.

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328  Fish Platter and Friends in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: January 20, 2012 03:44:04 AM
My adventures in pottery continue...  I made a few serving pieces in class last month.  I'm having fun learning different techniques and playing with glazes.  First up is a platter that I'm giving my Mom for her birthday.  They live on a river and eat lots of fish that my Dad catches. 

I'm planning to use this to serve veggies and dip tonight when friends come for drinks and appetizers.

I really like how the glazes mixed together on this bowl.

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329  Matchbox Valentines in Valentine's Day by MissingWillow on: January 17, 2012 10:02:28 AM
I was inspired by something I saw on Martha Stewart's website.  It was a kid's craft for altering matchbooks and filling them with candy.  I kind of got carried away...  The heart on the top is made of stamped polymer clay with a sparkly doo dad.  Inside of each there's a tiny traditional valentine's day image.  And M&Ms! 

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330  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: January 17, 2012 09:56:12 AM
I finished #44:  Alter a matchbox.  OK, I got carried away...  They're full of M&Ms   Smiley

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