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131  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Embroidered Altoid Tin Pin Cushion on: May 08, 2012 08:12:34 AM
I met Killam Creative last weekend at a crafty get together, she's an amazing papercrafter and a really fun, artistic person!  We agreed ahead of time to make each other something to swap based on a theme, and the one she chose was butterflies.  Since I'm totally not an amazing papercrafter myself, I decided to make her a machine embroidered butterfly pin cushion out of an altoid tin.  I made a tin-sized pillow from the embroidered fabric, lined it with colorful felt and glued it into an embellished tin.  I was surprised to learn she makes and sells hat pins and collects pin cushions so this ended up being a good fit.  I love happy accidents (and Killam Creative).   Smiley





132  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wish Necklace on: April 26, 2012 12:52:09 PM
My partner for the international snack swap received yesterday.  Zzdia had a sweet dandelion necklace on her pinterest.  The day I received her partner questionnaire was the same day I had noticed the first dandelion popping up in our yard.  It was fate!  I sealed some of the fluff inside a tiny glass bottle and added a 'wish' charm.  Too cute!

133  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Bee Fairy on: April 10, 2012 11:52:27 AM
Here's my attempt at altered art.  We raise bees, so I had a few bee related images in my stash.  The background is a piece of scrapbook paper intended to be used as a family tree.  The lady was originally on the front of a greeting card hugging a stuffed peacock.  Inside it said "What midlife crisis?"   Cheesy I've had her forever and was glad to be able to finally use her. 

134  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Meet Our 1Q2012 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Redforkhippie! on: April 09, 2012 03:39:39 AM
We've enjoyed seeing her share the amazing mural work she's done over the years.  We're pleased to announce the 1Q2012 Home Sweet Home featured member is Redforkhippie!


Tell us about yourself.

I live in Tulsa, love Route 66, and have spent the past four years teaching high school (English, math and journalism) to support my beekeeping habit. My husband and I live in a near-zero-energy house with two dogs and a cat who thinks he's a dog.

Your 'Will work for coffee' coffeehouse bathroom redo is fantastic!  What was your favorite memory of the creative experience and how much free coffee have you been able to drink so far?

Thanks. I had a lot of fun with it. I think my favorite part of the whole project was when I first started, and the owners had no idea what to expect. I showed them some other murals I'd done, and of course they saw my car, but you know there's no telling what you'll get when some random person walks into your business and says, "Hey, how about I paint your bathroom in exchange for free coffee?" The look on Stevia's face when I finished ragging the walls and started sketching the postcard -- a picture of the famous Blue Whale in Catoosa -- was priceless.

I didn't keep track of my time very well, but I'm estimating the whole project took between 40 and 50 hours of actual work. I was averaging somewhere around a cappuccino an hour, so I've probably sucked down the better end of four gallons of coffee over the course of the project.



Do you have a another favorite mural or decorative feature that you've painted?

I've done tons of painting projects, but my favorite would have to be one I did in Depew, Okla., in 2005. I didn't really set out to paint murals there. I was chairman of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's historic preservation committee, and we were trying to keep the city from tearing down some historic buildings that had fallen into disrepair. The original goal was just to clean up the buildings, replace the boards that were over the windows, and paint them white or something to make them look a little better. I was covering a big piece of plywood with white paint when I remembered seeing some trompe l'oeil panes painted on boarded-up windows in St. Louis when I was little. I ran inside and asked the owner if she'd mind if I painted a giant stained-glass Route 66 shield on the plywood. While I was working on it, the mayor's developmentally disabled son came along and wanted to help. One thing led to another, and pretty soon the whole thing spun wildly out of control, as my projects have a way of doing. Before the summer was out, we had every kid in Depew out there, doing a sort of paint-by-numbers thing. The mayor and the owner of the building, who are both very artistic themselves, ran with the idea and did some more murals on other windows around town, and they made a special window with all the kids' names on it. It was really great to see everybody come together like that for the benefit of the community.

Have you stopped embellishing your 'Love the one you're with' Honda and does it get a lot of attention when you drive it around town?

I'm mostly finished with the exterior, although I need to redo the hood because it's faded out again. The interior remains a work in progress. I'm starting to run out of real estate on the dashboard, so I've started gluing stuff all over the ceiling, and the button collection continues to grow. Every time I take something from a geocache, it goes in the car.



What is your favorite Craftster project that someone else has posted?

I'm not a huge Whovian, but TARDIS and Dalek-themed projects always crack me up, and I'm a total sucker for sock monkeys. I got on Craftster shortly after the sock monkey challenge a few years ago, and I still laugh every time I think about the Mr. T monkey somebody entered in that. There was also a pretty sweet Cthulhu sock monkey on here a while back, and the most amazing thing I've ever seen was a 15-foot-tall sock monkey stuffed with styrofoam peanuts. I remain in complete and utter awe of that monkey.

Where else on Craftster would we find your projects?

Let's see ... Miscellaneous Topics; Toys, Dolls and Playthings; More Art, Less Craft; Purses, Bags, Wallets; Clothing; and probably several others that I have since forgotten.


135  COOKING / Dessert / Cooking Challenge - Sweet Easter and Spring Treats Open for Entries Thru 4/15/12 on: April 08, 2012 03:10:35 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 is open for entries through midnight Sunday, April 15th.  Select NEW TOPIC in the upper right of this page - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=447.0.  Send TroubleT or MissingWillow a PM if you have any questions or difficulties posting.

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

Prize:
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/
136  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Project Bag on: March 30, 2012 07:09:25 AM
Here's another patchwork bag I made for loves2experiment in the Invite Your Partner swap.  This one is meant to be a knitting project bag, but could be used for most anything.



I had fun selecting fabric from my scrap basket!


The other side. 


I love this fabric in the lining.  I got it on sale at a quilt shop.  It reminds me of halloween for some reason. 
137  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red and Blue Patchwork Purse 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.
138  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Creamy Pasta with Fresh Peas 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!


139  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone mix their own glazes? on: March 09, 2012 04:43:50 PM
We had supplies delivered today to mix our own cone 6 glazes based on some recipes we got from a local studio.  Does anyone have tips/suggestions for the mixing process or how to get the perfect consistency?  We didn't receive MSDS sheets for what we purchased so will do some safety research before we get started.     
140  COOKING / Dessert / Cooking Challenge - Sweet Easter and Spring Treats 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


Prize:
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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