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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 11, 2016 03:15:51 PM
Found this picture
The signs are true but my material has never been that organized
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 28, 2015 01:52:36 PM

I needed a desk side lamp that wouldn't constantly wake my husband so I painted this one's frosted white cover dark metallic blue

My cats were very intrigued by my making catnip squares so I ended up taking pics of them instead of black felt squares filled with catnip and different things like those red mesh vegetable bags

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: December 28, 2015 01:42:23 PM
Hoping this next year is better craft and health wise
Going to list things as I make them instead of a to-do/wish list
I am going to list started projects as WIPs to help motivate me

1. (WIP) love quotes journal for Alex and my 5th wedding anniversary  (goal date March 18th *marriage date* or barring that, April 30th which is our anniversary of the wedding and when we intend to have a party)

Here are some of the things on last year's list that never got finished
*Bleach pin and painted shirt for Alex
*Altering half a dozen skirts (-/6)
*Turn old huge dress into cloak or capelet
*T-shirt skirts (-/2)
*Reorganize garage for art storage and work space
*clean, fold and catalog material,
*make at least 2 skirts (-/2)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: October 31, 2015 09:39:58 PM

I have a quandary that I'm hoping you guys might help me with...I want to make winter curtains....more specifically, curtains to keep the cold and draft out. I went to Joann's today and asked about it, and was directed to the curtain liners section, but they either seemed rather thin or wayyyy exorbitantly expensive. What material(s) would you recommend for this sort of thing? Would a quilted fabric work just as well as some fancy curtain liners? I'm, of course, looking for a more economical option. Thanks!

I have the same trouble plus we have to keep out the light since hubby sleeps days.
A few options I have used include felt lined plastic table cloths between 2 layers of a dense cotton (200 thread count  flat sheets are a good option)
Another is the same but with a dense upholstery material (look for clearances because it will be between the cotton/broadcloth/calico or whatever you use)
Another option might be artic fleece.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: October 08, 2015 12:32:51 AM

Trinalocakary, I have no idea who the plague doctor is but he seems to be living a dangerous life. You're going to have the best Halloween this year.

A plague Doctor was just that, during the black death they dealt with the sick.
The mask was stuffed with herbs to control the smell. 

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: October 07, 2015 03:58:51 PM
My husband is going as a post apocalyptic plague Doctor for Halloween so I made him a Dr bag out of a wicker purse using Duct Tape, matte white and Matte black spray paint, yellow and red craft paint and glow in the dark puffy paint
Original bag


Base painting....flat white then flat black

Nuclear design

Little bit of black flat spray paint to age the detail
Then it is done
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 30, 2015 08:48:55 PM
Let me give you an idea why I seldom ever post recipes for meals I make.  This is how I cook, my grandma called it "Seat of the pants cooking"
My mom gave me 10 pounds of a 14 pound Banana Squash.
The thing is other than zucchini and some summer squashes I have a hard time with high fiber veggies like that but I love to cook and make up recipes. And so I make dishes for my vegetarian mom and friend to enjoy just for the challenge of making something unusual and without meat since most of my cooking for me is meat based.
I buy zucchini and Mexican squash, bell peppers of all colors and onions on clearance then chop and freeze. My mom and I also tend to go early morning shopping and get lots of clearance items so between us I can usually make something interesting.
I made 2 different vegetarian soups with that squash today.

The base of both was 3 medium onions, a quart of chopped zucchini, 1 rinsed can of black beans and 2 cups of water and seasonings (ummmmmm to be honest lots of random stuff) simmered in a crockpot for 3 hours then I added 9 pounds of cooked and peeled banana squash mashed up, 15 oz of ricotta cheese, a cup of milk and a can of mushroom soup.  That cooked on high to a soft boil then I put it on warm.

The first soup I cooked 2 cups of lentils in another crockpot until soft and drained them, I then added slightly more than half the base soup to it and a cup more of milk, garlic powder, seasoning salt and put it on warm (very good, wish I had curry powder or paste)

The second soup I added 3 cans of pinquito beans in a garlic and cumin sauce and half a cup of hot salsa.  That actually added a bit more bite than went well with the sort of sweet squash so I added 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of milk and it was just right. Anyway as soon as it cools I will label qt freezer bags and freeze it for them.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 30, 2015 05:32:27 PM
Trina, I don't know where you found the patience to cut out all those bats. My hands would be cramping like crazy.

My hand was fine for a day and a half but weather change has just the right one mad at me and since usually it's both I am guessing all the scissor work has caught up with me
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 30, 2015 11:02:02 AM
So this happened
I cut out nearly 200 different sized paper bats out of a selection of different black and dark grey patterned scrap book paper including glitter and textured and then I sewed them into 2 garlands using the longest straight stitch on my sewing machine. 
I had used paper that was white on one side for the first garland of around 80 bats so they are mounted against the ceiling and we used clear tacks to hold up some of the larger winged ones.
The second garland of nearly 100 is all black on both sides of the paper so they hang about 8 inches from the ceiling at the lowest.  They are tacked up with clear tacks every 2 - 2.5 feet so the loose hanging bats can, and do, move with every breeze.

My hands behaved all the way through 3 days of cutting, sewing and hanging bats, waited 2 days and now my right hand is all Fibro stiff and sore....grrrrrrrr just as I have been getting motivated again after a different flare up
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: September 30, 2015 10:55:58 AM
These are the finished shelves from last week, they are wall mounted over a cloth covered wall with 3 inch L brackets, and loaded with my collection of tchotchkes (knick knacks)

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