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41  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 22, 2015 10:30:09 AM
La Chapa has requested the smoke star buttons, thanks so much for the claim!

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42  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 20, 2015 10:36:35 AM
I'm back from a weekend away.  Thanks so much abbeeroad for the claim!  She is getting this card of pottery buttons and a container of hot pepper flakes.

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43  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: September 17, 2015 03:19:00 AM
Loudxmouse nabbed the yellow honeycomb buttons.  Thanks so much for the claim!

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44  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Shops ONLY** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: September 15, 2015 01:55:29 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.

1/4 point items
Pottery Magnets.  Claim as red slice, orange slice, yellow slice, rose flower, green leaf, green flower, green bird heart, blue bird heart.

1/2 point items

Seriously Hot Pepper Flakes (no, seriously!) - 1 available, 1/2 point each

This is our blend of home grown heat.  Contains Ghost, Red Caribbean Habanero, Joe's Round and Joe's Long dried peppers in a recycled container.  I sneezed for 20 minutes just from getting these into the containers.  Use sparingly.   Smiley

Pottery Ring Dishes, 1/2 point each
Claim as bumpy, tic tac toe, orange slice or white

1 point items
Pottery Buttons - 4 button cards

Claim as (clockwise) green birds, green leaves, green hearts, green sunbursts, green swirls

Craft Book: Sweater Renewal - 1 point

1.5 point items
Pottery Buttons - 6 button cards

Claim as rose hearts, rose flowers

Set of Four Fat Quarters : Opal Owl - 1.5 points for all
(one opened up to show larger pattern a little better)

Claims Made From Me:
MissingWillow to loudxmouse honeycomb buttons (1)
MissingWillow to abbeeroad Card of 2 buttons and hot pepper flakes (1)
MissingWillow to LaChapa smoke star buttons (1)
MissingWillow to loves2experiment Two hot pepper flakes (1)
MissingWillow to SpikeFan Glass Lined Pottery Ring Dishes - blue swirl, round ocean swirl, square light blue, square dark blue, square gray, square dark star, square yellow, square orange - 4pts total
missingwillow to loudxmouse -  Buttons: smoke circles (1) & blue flowers  (1)
Missing Willow to EdelC custom claim 2 pts
MissingWillow to kayrun:  Pottery Ring Dish (white), 1/2 point + Monkey Farts soap, 1/2 point
Peppermint Bark - 1 point
MissingWillow to artsycandice - Pottery Ring Dish: bumpy (1/2 point); Pottery Magnets: rose flower, blue bird heart (1/4 point each); Pottery Buttons - 4 button cards: green birds (1 pt) = 2 points total

Claims I Have Made:
RaraAvis to Missing Willow
Package of Glass bugle beads  (.25 points)
Screw Top Bottle Set (.75 point)
Spikefan to MissingWillow
Vinyl Holiday Stamps (0.5)
Two (2) Deathly Hallows Charms (0.25 Each)
alteredmommy to MissingWillow Glitter (1 point)
SheepBlue to MissingWillow Whimsical Photo art - 1 pt
Jillybeans to MissingWillow Four small heart unscented lotion bars (.25 points each, 1 point total)
sheepBlue to MissingWillow Custom Puzzle Piece for MissingWillow (1 pt)
kwality570 to MissingWillow  Monster art: Spike - his favorite drink is Tang and he collects socks  (2 points)
Artsycandice to MissingWillow - Needle-felted eye pin cushion (1 pt) * on hold for MissingWillow
Smeddley to MissingWillow
Four packages of Swarovski Crystals:  0.5 points each, 2 points total
Montana SS8
Crystal Silver Shade SS8
Tanzanite SS8
White Opal Sky Blue SS6
Artsycandice to MissingWillow
Custom eyeball pincushion for MissingWillow (1 pt)
loves2experiment to MissingWillow
custom mitts (2 points)
Smeddley to MissingWillow
Three packages of Swarovski Crystals:  0.5 points each (Store Closing Sale! Spend a point, get a half point free)
1 point total
Crystal Tabac SS6
Sapphire SS6
White Opal SS6
alteredmommy to MissingWillow - Custom hat for 1 point

Starting Points - 3
Current Points - 3
Pending Points - 0
Total Points - 3
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45  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: August 26, 2015 11:29:29 AM
My spot!  Is it October 1st yet??  Check out these adorable tags Ludi made!   Shocked

Ludi embroidered me the most perfect Jack O'Lantern!  I'm going to display it with the embroidered zombie she got me in a past OTT swap.  Both will displayed all year (!)

Ewww... Gross Ooze!  I think there's a hand in there.  Guess I need to open it to find out for sure.   Cheesy

DAY 3  
Hooray!  I am the proud recipient of one of Ludi's adorable pumpkins.  Lucky me!   Smiley

Today's treat is jar of the most realistic eyeballs I've ever seen!  

The most delicate, most awesome plant specimen!  Perfect for my curiosity cabinet, even though there's a magnet inside which will allow me to display it lots of different places!

Today's treasure is a perfect TM style patch that's the perfect size to be a coaster.  I'm not sure I'll be able to use it as a coaster, it will probably go into my curiosity cabinet, too.  

Just last night my husband and I were discussing locating a large-ish tote bag to take on vacation and look what I opened this morning!  It's the perfect size that we were looking for and she also sent luggage tags from Bat Conservation International.  So cool!

I'm including both tags in today's photo because I forgot to include day 7's in yesterday's photo.  I neeeed a Halloween tree to display all of my tags!  Today I received a TM style zombie patch and fun zombie card!  Love them!

Today's package features two amazing treats.  A really cool book on mummies that has lots of photos inside (along with a spider bookmark) and, you guys, a beaded hanging cat skull adorned with fish and snake vertebrae!  

DAY 10
Ludi graciously agreed to be part of a project I have going on which is an altered puzzle.  I sent her the piece and she sent me back this awesome altered art!  The piece is like 1/2 inch thick now with how the castle is built up.  It's not like anything else I've received and I LOVE it!

DAY 11
Yay!  Ludi sent me a jar market Body Parts that has body parts inside!  Included are a few of the ones she features on her website, which is uber cool!  

DAY 12
You guys... the stitching on this witch is amazing!  I had to take it outside in the sunlight to see if it truly was stitched (it of course is) because it's perfect.  One of my themes was a witch flying in front of the moon.  This is my first Halloween pillow ever.  Love it!

DAY 13
Did Ludi make me a zombie sheep to add to my collection?  You bet she did!  I can't wrap my brain around how it's made and I love it!  Thank you so much for everything, Ludi.  You're amazing!
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46  Re: Rainbow I-Spy Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: July 22, 2015 05:50:45 AM
This went to my grandson shortly after he was born.  He's two now and loves playing on it.   Smiley

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47  Homemade Cocktail Bitters in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: July 20, 2015 04:34:49 PM
For the past few years we've been collecting and experimenting with adding a dash of bitters to cocktails.  They are kind of like the spice rack of the cocktail world and are made by making a liquid extraction from various flavorings.  I am all about DIY in the kitchen.  I find a lot of things you can purchase are much better when made at home and took that philosophy to trying this fun cocktail ingredient.  

The process takes a few weeks but is pretty basic.  Here are the steps:
1. Add flavorings to 2 cups of a neutral alcohol.  Set aside in a jar for two weeks in a dark place.  Shake the jar daily.
2. After 2 weeks, filter out the solids from the flavorings you used.  Put the flavored alcohol in a separate jar and set aside.
3.  Place the solids in a small saucepan and cover them with water.  Heat on your stovetop for 10 minutes.  Place the water and solids in a separate jar after they cool and set aside in a dark place for another week.  Shake daily.
4. Strain the solids and discard them.  Add the remaining liquid to the separate jar of flavored alcohol.  Set this mixture aside for another week.
5. Add a Tbsp. of simple syrup to this mixture.  That's a 50/50 mixture of sugar and water heated until you get a syrup consistency.  
6. Enjoy!

I decided to start with orange bitters as that one's a favorite in our house.  It involved adding the peel of three oranges, 4 cloves, 4 cardamom pods, 6 allspice berries, and 1/4 tsp. coriander seeds to 2 cups of everclear grain alcohol and followed the procedure listed above. My husband likes these better than the commercial orange bitters in a bourbon over ice.  

Here's an in-process shot.  Isn't the color gorgeous?  

I've already started a pear and vanilla version.  I decided to try using vodka this time.  It's got 3 chopped up pears, the zest of a lemon, a cinnamon stick, 6 allspice berries, 4 cloves, some chopped ginger and a split vanilla bean.  It smells like heaven!  This is what that recipe looked like right after the first two weeks.  The jar on the left shows the strained vodka.  The one on the right shows the solids after they were cooked down in water.  

The jar on the left shows the pear and vanilla ones ready to undergo the final process step.  The jar on the right shows the finished orange bittters.

Our homemade orange bitters look right at home with the rest of our collection!
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48  Re: Getting Started With Bees in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: July 07, 2015 12:00:14 PM
It's been three months since we purchased our bees, thought I'd post an update.  One of the hives died off after about 6 weeks.  We think it was probably because of a weak queen.  The other hive is going gangbusters.  We harvested honey this morning and also split our one hive into two.  It was extremely overpopulated in there and the bees were working on making another queen.  Our sourwood trees have just started blooming, we hope to get a second honey harvest in about a month. 

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49  Creamy Pasta with Peas in Vegetarian / Vegan by MissingWillow on: June 26, 2015 01:40:08 PM
We picked the last of the peas from our garden last week and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, make a creamy parmesan pasta from a very versatile recipe.  You could use substitute almost any vegetable, or even use frozen peas.  I modified a recipe from the Silver Palate Cookbook about 20 years ago and find it's a great last minute what's for dinner dish!

Additional ingredients include a cup of heavy cream, a half stick of butter, any kind of pasta you have on hand and parmesan cheese.  From the spice cupboard grab salt, cayenne pepper, dill weed, garlic powder and nutmeg (I grate mine).

The cream and butter go into a skillet on medium low, along with the cayenne, nutmeg and salt.  Start with a pinch of each then taste for balance.

Stir frequently for 15 minutes, scraping the sides of the skillet as it thickens.  At this point, reduce heat to simmer and stir often as you change your focus to the pasta.

At this point I add pasta and the peas to boiling salted water.  These fettuccini nests only take 5 minutes and so do the peas.  If I was using frozen peas, I'd add them now, too.  If you use something like broccoli, I'd add it to the water 3 minutes before the pasta is done.  Want to use zucchini or red pepper instead?  I'd saute those in a little olive oil and add it at the end.  You get the idea!

While the pasta is cooking, stir in a half cup of grated parmesan, a good shake of garlic powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of dill weed.

See how the sauce thickens?

Once the pasta is done, drain it and dump it in the sauce.  Serve with extra parmesan to sprinkle on top.

If you're watching carbs, this sauce works very well over spiralized zucchini noodles instead of the pasta.  If you're a pescatarian, you can add some baked salmon at the end.  Enjoy!
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50  1H2015 Featured Projects for Miscellaneous in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by MissingWillow on: June 26, 2015 09:48:29 AM
Congratulations to the latest round of category featured projects from our Miscellaneous Board. Thanks for contributing such inspiring work!

The Geeks Bedroom by Arachnea

Kitty Mugs by teaandcraft

Miniature Witch House by steiconi

Cheap Metal Etching by Magpirate

Tentacle Critters Can Be Shy Too by sheepBlue

Dottie At The Circus Mini Tin by rackycoo

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