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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow I-Spy Quilt on: October 18, 2013 11:20:17 AM
I've been collecting 4 by 4 inch I-Spy squares for a long time.  When I finally sat down to lay them out, I realized I had enough in each color to make it rainbow-inspired.  This was a collaboration between me and my Mom.  I finished the top and she was responsible for the quilting. I just received a photo of the finished quilt and thought I would share.


Here's another view of the finished quilt top before I sent it off to her.


A close-up of my favorite section.


The back is a combination of outer space, glow in the dark and 3-D fabrics.


32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vincent Price's Living Room on: October 06, 2013 08:15:11 AM
For the One Tiny Halloween Thing swap, we had to list five themes for our partner to consider.  My partner, Ludi, listed some 'normal' Halloween things like bats, cats and skeletons but she also listed Vincent Price.  I couldn't get him out of my mind and considered it a personal challenge.  Cheesy  The item had to fit within a 4 by 4 inch space so I selected an altoid tin to craft with, and came up with Vincent Price's Living Room. 



There's a mid-century metal chair in front of a TV where his Muppet episode is playing.  There are a few of his movie posters on the walls, and a spooky night outside the window.  Popcorn waits on the little cube side table.  We had one of those tables at my house growing up.




He and Kermit are both trying on vampire teeth!  The walls are red suede with wainscoting.  The floor is 'hardwood'.


I knew it needed something else and decided to craft a tingler to put under his chair.  It's either a pet or is lying in wait for him to arrive home...


I got the frame for his portrait and the awesome tiny window from Retro Cafe Art. 
33  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Newbie Craftalong on: September 30, 2013 03:38:19 PM
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34  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Third Quarter 2013 Featured Cooking Projects on: September 22, 2013 01:55:41 PM
3Q2013 Featured Cooking Projects

cake batter decoration: game of thrones & wolverine
by maxxev    


Hobbit Hole birthday cake as my boy requested!
by FoxyBlue 


Rainbow Cupcakes by patty_o_furniture     


Fruit Rainbow by Sweets4Ever


Old Fashioned Dry Sugar Pickles
by beeker     

35  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Haunted Raven House on: September 21, 2013 10:19:27 AM
I made this haunted house for Pottermouth in the Vintage Halloween swap.  She identifies as a Ravenclaw member and I had the most gorgeous raven paper to use as the front facade.  The fences are sprayed with a glow in the dark paint. 



Bats in the belfry?  You bet!  I had the hardest time finding images to put in all of the little windows until I came across a Halloween themed toile paper in my stash.  It worked perfectly.


I love the starry night paper in the cubby.  It's a favorite.



Thanks so much to Pottermouth for allowing me to use her photos! 
36  Category Challenges / Cooking: Challenge Entries / Ideas For Future Challenge Themes on: September 05, 2013 11:39:30 AM
It's been a while since we did the bento box challenge. What kind of challenge would you like to see next?  List your ideas here and I'll get a poll going.

Possible Theme Ideas:

Fall treats
Pumpkin recipes
School lunch recipes
Holiday cookies
New Year's Eve cocktail party recipes



37  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Fig Preserves and Goat Cheese on: September 05, 2013 10:47:26 AM
Goat cheese and figs are a classic pairing.  I was gifted some beautiful fresh figs a few days ago and decided to preserve them so we can enjoy them with our homemade chevre and crackers over the next few months. 
This recipe was adapted from the Ball Book of Home Preserving. You'll need:
8 cups of figs
4 cups water
2 2/3 cups sugar
1 lemon sliced thinly and deseeded.



Here's what we were gifted, aren't they gorgeous?



The first step is to pour boiling water over them to cover and let them sit for 15 minutes.  After that, drain and rinse them.



Bring the water, sugar and lemon slices to a boil.  Hold at a boil for 10 minutes then discard the lemon slices.



Working in batches, boil the figs in the syrup in a single layer for 15 minutes. 


 
See how they shrivel up after boiling?  When the entire batch is done, pour the syrup on the figs, cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature over night.



The next day bring the fig mixture to a boil again.



Process them in sterilized jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes per standard canning instructions.  They will also be terrific on biscuits, and to fancy up cocktails.  Fig Manhattan anyone?   Grin

38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sideshow - Two Headed Pig on: August 01, 2013 02:58:48 PM
My partner for the Sideshow Swap, coocoosnest noted that she likes conjoined, creepy and disturbing things.  My kinda gal!  After much research and consideration, I figured she would enjoy a two headed fetal pig in a jar.  I mean, who wouldn't?   Cheesy 

The banner is printed on cloth, and strung between poles made from candlesticks and chopsticks.  The base is the top of a cigar box. 






The pig is made from polymer clay, suspended in a pimento jar (I do love to make pimento cheese).  I was able to find lots of reference photos for the specimen online. 



The only thing I didn't have in my stash was the light, which I picked up at Michaels in the floral department.

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ornithologist's Curiosity Cabinet on: July 28, 2013 04:49:54 AM
For the recent bird swap, I was inspired to make a curiosity cabinet for my partner goatgoddess.  I blame my inspiration on the oddity research I've been doing for the side show swap!   Cheesy



My favorite part is in the tiny bottle in the lower right of the cabinet.  It's a hummingbird feather that we found in our greenhouse.  The little acorn nest is holding beauty berry seeds from our garden.The bird skull is made from poly clay.


 
This was truly a fun project to make.   Smiley



40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Second Quarter 2013 Featured Cooking Projects on: July 04, 2013 11:49:23 AM
2Q2013 Featured Cooking Projects

I Don't Care That It's Your Birthday by pottermouth    




Decorated Rolled Cake by patty_o_furniture    




40th Birthday Fairytale cake by P_E_S_T    




Lasagna that your wallet AND your friends will love (even the carnivores) by batgirl    




APPLE CHIPS! *with tute!* by pollyprissypants    




Crockpot Guinness Stew by kjlutz    



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