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31  Results of my 3rd fusing class in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by batgirl on: August 25, 2011 08:54:23 PM
I took another fusing class, and made some earrings, pendants, a small dish, and a soap dish.
I am especially proud of my goofy little glass "notebook paper" pendant. It's silly but fun!
Here's what I made this time:













It's awfully hard to photograph! These classes are addicting, I can't wait to learn more! Any tips, advice, concrit, etc is very welcome.
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32  Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Oil in Vegetarian / Vegan by batgirl on: August 13, 2011 03:35:57 PM
Got a bumper crop of tomatoes? Wondering how to save some tomato goodness for the off season? This is one of my favorite things to do with summer tomatoes. It's also a great way to use slightly over-ripe or otherwise less than awesome tomatoes. Roast them in olive oil!
I am the world's laziest cook, so this rocks on multiple levels. It's easy to make, and just as easy to use later. It also looks fancy, so you can fool people into thinking you rule the kitchen.  Wink
These are similar to sun dried tomatoes, but even better. I use lots of olive oil and freeze them in it. When I am ready to use it I just pull it out (you can set the container in a bowl of warm water to melt if you need to). I put a few spoons full on pasta with some parmesan, use it as bread dipping oil, drizzle over veggies, anything you'd use flavored olive oil in. YUM!

Start with some tomatoes and cut them into halves or quarters, depending on the size. I grew these on my roof!





It's funny because it's true!



Put them in a baking dish and pour on a good deal of olive oil. Measurements don't matter a bit!



Put them in the oven at approx 325 degrees F for around 2-3 hours. I start checking occasionally around 1.5 hours.



Roasting away:



When they are getting a bit black around the edges they're done.



I like to throw some fresh herbs at this point, into the hot oil.



Let it cool, then pour the whole deal into a freezer safe container.



Now you have some amazing infused olive oil and yummy tomato bites that go with almost anything! You can freeze them for several months and pull them out when you crave a taste of summer. Smiley



Bon Apetit!


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33  Re: Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by batgirl on: July 14, 2011 11:47:00 AM
Thanks, EvilSabina! I didn't think about that.

I added some awesome dianthus to the bald spots:

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34  Stuffed Berries: easiest summer dessert ever. in Dessert by batgirl on: July 13, 2011 05:48:34 PM
Strawberry cheesecake? No! Cheesecake strawberries!






I made these for a party recently, and they were so easy and quick to throw together! I was going to take process pics, but I was running late. In any case, they really don't even need a tute.

For raspberries:
Insert a chocolate chip into each berry. I used swirly chips for extra prettiness, but white or milk or dark would all rock.

For strawberries:
I used a little huller device to hollow them out quick-style.
Whip up a box of no-bake cheese cake (or be fancy and make real cheesecake)
Stuff the mixture into the strawberries with a small spoon.
Dip in graham cracker crumbs (they were included with the mix)
That's it!

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35  Re: Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by batgirl on: July 08, 2011 02:58:33 PM
Here are some updates. The more delicate flowers died in the pallet, but the portulacas, petunias, lavender, and rosemary love it. So I did a little replanting. My tomatoes died, and the basil is fading, BUT, I bought a *huge* tomato plant for $12!
I also painted another chair, covered the table with fun utility cloth, and bought some half price geraniums. I really love geraniums.









My cat Grendel, also has his own garden:

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36  Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by batgirl on: June 22, 2011 12:11:16 PM
I live in an apartment above some businesses, so there is no yard at all. I do, however, have a very ugly deck and some rooftop to work with, so with a minimal budget and a touch of spring fever I got to work.

There was already a giant spool table up there, so I added a couple of solar jars, and painted a thrift store chair for a bit of color. Then I made a pallet garden as seen in this awesome tutorial: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

There! Much better!  I also have some veggies growing on the roof in pots. Smiley

The deck:



Pallet garden and chair:



solar jars:



bird station:



roof veggies:

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37  My first fused glass dish in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by batgirl on: June 21, 2011 07:12:05 PM
I have taken a couple of fusing workshops, and I am *hooked*!
This is my first piece bigger than a pendant. As you can see, it isn't perfect, but I am excited anyway. I love working with glass! I can't wait to take another class!



Tips/concrit welcomed
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38  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by batgirl on: March 28, 2011 01:07:00 PM
I made a springy clock:



Also a couple of swap items:



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39  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by batgirl on: March 18, 2011 06:31:47 AM
Here are the inspiration pets! Cheesy





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40  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by batgirl on: March 17, 2011 05:29:14 PM
I received from Pirate Coley, and my hoops are just fabulous!! She combined my love of all things vintage, and personalized the images to fit my pets, and it came out wonderfully! Behold:







Pirate, you totally made my week!! Thank you for being the best partner!! I love these sooooo much!!!
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