I've modified this post to include other drawings as well
This past week I've been challenged to draw reptiles for an ATC swap. Sooo...out came my many books and mags, pics I've taken, and so forth. I've created 2 ATCs and one larger pic that I am keeping. Thanks for looking and comments are welcome
Since I've first posted, I've been given a job as a book illustrator! I am freelance, but earn $25 an hour (to start - it goes up to $50 after a few jobs are tucked under my belt). There are few illustrators in my area, so needless to say I am psyched to have this job.
The images are all mine, some are "fan art", others are originals. All will be listed on my site this weekend (got the priliminary work done, now just need to fine tune it all). Most of this is very old - 96-97, but still worth a look IMHO. Thanks again for looking!
Hey all. I am seriously thinking about having a craft night, once a month, with a bunch of people that I know. I have a seperate room for crafting, so thats ok. I need a few ideas for themes, what to ask people to bring (eg. food ideas, and craft items, etc), if we should have music, etc. Also, I would like to invite people from a few online groups that I am a member of - any ideas on how to invite them without appearing crazy, lol? Any and all ideas are great, thanks in advance!
I made some pedants over the past couple of days, from some great gemstone-type beads I got in a huge bag of mixed beads. These are the results - sorry some are a bit blurry Thanks for looking! These will be available on my site shortly (jewelry page).
Well, I have many many many recipes sitting here on my computer, and I thought to myself "Self, wouldn't others benefit or at least enjoy reading these?" So, here are some homemade mixes - I've tried many, others I have yet to try. All were tested by my mother and she makes them all the time. Enjoy! Oh, if you don't see a mix for something you like, here, please let me know - my mom has many more that she has yet to email to me
Homemade Cool Whip
1 teaspoon gelatin 2 teaspoons cold water 3 tablespoons boiling water 1/2 cup ice water 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons oil
Chill a small mixing bowl. Soften gelatin with 2 teaspoons cold water, then add boiling water, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool until tepid. Place ice water and nonfat dry milk in the chilled bowl. Beat at high speed until mixture forms stiff peaks. Add sugar, still beating, then oil and gelatin. Place in freezer about 15 minutes then transfer to refrigerator until ready for use. Stir before using to retain creamy texture.
Homemade Egg Substitute:
3 egg whites 2 T. instant nonfat dry milk powder 1 t. water 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring, optional
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Use as a substitute for eggs.
The Mix: 4 cups raw long-grain white rice 1/4 (one quarter) C. dried grated lemon peel (I had none so used a bit less mixed candied peel) 1/4 (one quarter) C. powdered chicken stock 2 T. dried dill 1 tablespoon dried chives 1/2 t. salt (I omitted this)
Combine all ingredients and store in a large, labeled glass jar or plastic bag. Store in a cool dry place. Use within 4 months.
To make 4 - 6 side servings (2 main course servings): 2 cups water 1 C. rice mix (I had already divided the mix into 1 C. servings in plastic zip loc bags) 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (I added 2 T. of lemon juice - would use more next time)
Bring water and butter to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Stir in rice mix and reduce the heat. Cover and cook until liquid is absorbed - about 15 - 20 minutes. ******************************************************************
PALOUSE SOUP MIX 2-1/2 C. green split peas (16 oz. pkg.) 2-1/2 C. lentils (16 oz. pkg.) 2-1/2 C. pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.) 2 C. alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)--I use brown rice instead 1 C. dried onion flakes (2 3/8-oz. pkgs.) 1/2 C. celery flakes (1 3/8-oz. pkg.) 1/2 C. parsley flakes (1 1/4-oz. pkg.) (Optional: 1-1/2 t. thyme; 1-1/2 t. white pepper) Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Stir before using. Makes 10 C. of mix. TO COOK: Combine 1 C. of soup mix with 4 C. of water or seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1 C. of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas are tender. Add 1/2 t. salt if desired. *********************************************************
TURKEY-NOODLE SOUP MIX
1 C. Uncooked fine egg noodles 1 tablespoon instant minced onion 2 and 1/2 T. chicken-flavored bouillon granules 1 and 1/2 t. pepper 1/4 t. dried whole thyme 1/8 t. celery seeds 1/8 t. garlic powder 1 bay leaf
Combine all ingredients in a small plastic bag; store in a cool, dry place.
(To insure even distribution of seasonings, each recipe of soup mix must be mixed individually.) Yield: about 1 cup
To make the soup: Combine soup mix, 8 cups water, and 1 carrot, diced, in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in 3 cups cooked, diced turkey; simmer an additional 5 minutes. Yield: 2 quarts
NOTE: For the carrot I plan to add 1 T. diced dried carrots and add 1 can of cooked turkey so that this will be a "just add water" recipe. **************************************************************
INDIVIDUAL OATMEAL PACKETS 3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats Salt Small sized Zip Baggies Put 1/2 C. oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 C. oats. If you're using a food processor, you can do the 1 C. of oats in one batch. Put the following ingredients into each zip baggie: 1/4 C. un- powdered oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats, and 1/8 t. salt. Store in an airtight container.
To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 C. boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water - for thinner oatmeal, use more water.
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 T. sugar, 1/4 t. cinnamon, & 2 T. chopped dried apples.
Sweetened Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 T. sugar or 1 packet 'Equal'
Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 T. brown sugar & 1/4 t. cinnamon
Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar - To each packet add 1 T. packed brown sugar and 1 T. raisins.
Health Nut Oatmeal - To each packet add 2 Tbsp. any kind of wheat germ
Fruit & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 T. non-dairy coffee Creamer and 2 T. dried fruit
Fun Fruit Oatmeal - To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of 'fruit snack' Type dehydrated fruit.
Confetti Oatmeal - To each packet, add 1 t. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.
S'More Oatmeal - add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 T. Milk Chocolate Chips to each packet.
Cookies n Cream Oatmeal - add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 T. non-dairy coffee creamer to each packet.
Exploding Oatmeal - add 1 t. sugar, and 1/2 t. 'Pop Rocks' candy to each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.
Bart-man Oatmeal - add 2 T. 'Butterfinger B.B's' candies to each packet.
3 C (750ml) Quick Cook Oats 8 Plastic Sandwich Bags scant Salt (just a small dash)
Blend one C. of the oats in a food processor or blender until very coarse grind. Into each sandwich bag place 1/4 C. (60ml) quick cook oats, 2 T. ground oats, and a scant of salt.
Add optional flavorings to each bag. See Optional Flavoring Section Above.
Label each bag and place the bags in a large jar or box for storage.
To make a serving, empty packet into a bowl or large cup.
Add 3/4 C. (175ml) boiling water, stir and let stand for 2 minutes.
For thicker oatmeal, use less water.
---------* Special Flavorings *---------------
Add any one of these additional flavorings to each bag to suit your taste.
Dried Fruit & Cream -> 1 tablespoon dry milk (nonfat) and 2 T. chopped dried fruit
Raisins & Brown Sugar -> 1 t. packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon raisins
Spice Oatmeal -> 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 t. cinnamon, and a scant 1/8 t. nutmeg
Wheat Germ & Brown Sugar -> 2 T. wheat germ, and 1 t. packed brown sugar.
I've been on a crafty binge this week, and have made loads of things, from earrings to tags to ATCs Anyways, here are some of the tags/bookmarks I've made (only 4 so far - still making other things as well). So, thanks for looking and comments are more than welcome
Hey all...I've spent several hours going through all of the great tutorials here, but haven't found what I am looking for. I'd like to make a mans wallet for my dad for father's day. I'd like to be collaged with primate pics (his fave), so obviously not made using fabric or juice pouches. Does anyone have a tute or link for ideas on how I can construct this? I am considering just winging it (taking pics on the way), but if someone has already made something similar, it would help to have a starting point. Thanks for reading!