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281  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Grandmother's Sewing Basket Finds on: November 22, 2007 06:38:54 AM
My Grandmother passed away 2 years ago at the age of 96. Happily I was lucky enough to get all her sewing stuff! Such treasures in every box. Smiley

Some of the items I'm not sure what they are, but have a good idea. So I hoped to find out for sure from some of my fellow Craftster members. Any help would be awesome! Smiley

Next to this crochet hook is something I don't know what it's use is supposed to be. I know it must be used in tandem with the hook?

The next ones I think are all for tatting, but again I want to make sure. I know the shuttles are for tatting, it is the needle looking things I'm clueless on.

Again, tatting?

My Grandmother did some amazing sewing and crafting. Here are some of the things she used and made that I wanted to share. She was very talented.
Brass stencils used for her embroidery. These are so old, and thin like paper.

The result of the stencils.

Some of her tatting.

Some fun, interesting stuff.
Darning tools:

Tatting patterns from Germany, in German. I think they are form around the 1920's.

282  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegetarian Lasagna, Plus Pull Apart Garlic Rolls on: November 20, 2007 03:22:00 PM
This whole dinner is ready in an hour and 15 minutes.

Helen's Vegetarian Lasagna
1 1/2 jars marinara sauce (26 oz.)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed with all liquid squeezed out completely
4 oz. Cremini or Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
2 medium zucchini, cut in half length wise, then sliced
2 medium yellow squash, cut in half length wise, then sliced
1 8oz. box of oven ready lasagna noodles
2 - 24oz cottage cheese, fat free
kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, oregano, basil and parsley
1 pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Place oil, garlic and onion into a large pan on medium heat. Add a pinch of kosher salt, and some fresh pepper. Let cook till onions are slightly softened. Then add in squash and zucchini. Continue to cook till colors brighten on squashes. (Is that a real word?)

Place sauce into a pot, add pinches of oregano, basil, parsley, and add mushrooms. Simmer on low heat just to warm sauce and marry flavors.

In a pan 11x9x3, place one layer of noodles. Smooth on a layer of cottage cheese. Spread spinach over cottage cheese, then pour layer of sauce, and top with next layer of noodles. Smooth on next cottage cheese layer, veggies go on next, sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese.

Put in oven covered for 50 minutes, uncover then bake till cheese is slightly browned on top. Take out of oven, let stand for 15 minutes, then cut as desired.

  • Use some faux meat
  • Substitute other veggies to suit your taste

While lasagna is cooking make a salad, or open bag-o-salad.

These rolls can be made ahead, and frozen for a few weeks. I usually make a whole packages worth of them just plain, wrap and freeze. Then when I want homemade rolls these are ready. You can make them plain, with butter or you can make them into sweet rolls for deserts.

Pull Apart Garlic Rolls
Frozen rolls thawed, placed into a round aluminum pan. Brush with butter and garlic mixture. Bake till golden brown on 350.

This is the brand I use:

Enjoy!  Smiley
283  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Session Timeouts? on: November 20, 2007 07:12:02 AM
Lately, I've had an intermittent occurance when posting.

When posting I get a red message of Session Timeout at the top of the post. Similar to the location of when someone posts while you're typing. The thing that is odd is that the amount of post time varies.

Just posted a quick reply (long enough to click reply type 7 words, and click post), of less than a sentence, when I clicked to post I received the warning. Seemed a very brief time for a timeout.Other times it happens when I get long winded, which is completely understandable.

Just in case it helps, my ISP is cable. Just thought it maybe worth mentioning. Smiley

/Edit - Just typed slow to test, and no timeout.  Undecided
284  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help with Bag Recon Formerly: Tips and Insight for Sewing Velvet? on: November 19, 2007 04:58:34 AM
Working on doing a recon on an old velvet bag to new velvet, and my experience with velvet is 0.

It would be nice if you have sewing tips or ideas on how to make this as painless as possible. Smiley

Things I need to know would include, but not be limited to:
  • How to press seams? What iron setting to use or is ironing out of the question?
  • Can you use interfacing, or does this change the velvet flexibility too much?
  • Should you use a larger seam allowance for fraying? Is there something I should do to prep for fraying that you would not normally do with other fabrics?

Any information would be most appreciated.  Grin
285  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Glass Lighted Packages on: November 13, 2007 06:51:54 PM
Even though I don't have Christmas, I can appreciate an excellent craft idea when I see one. Found these in searching for mosaic supplies, and thought they were pretty as well as very neat.

They would be pretty easy to make, and could have so many uses.
Glass Lighted Packages:
On a table:

Under a tree:



All these consist of are:
Glass block - Can be purchased from any home improvement store. Come in various sizes and shapes.
Lights - Inserted through the existing hole in the block.
Wrapped - Just like a package with ribbon, bows, flowers, balls, etc.

If anyone does make some, please post the results. I think they are so pretty, and can add some great lighting. Smiley
286  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Mystic Memory? on: November 10, 2007 04:12:19 PM
Has anyone ordered from this online jewelry supply store?
Mystic Memory

Sent an email with some questions on Thursday, and have not gotten a reply. Not sure if I should skip trying to order based on that, so I decided to see if anyone has dealt with them.
Thanks! Smiley
287  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I there a limit for "This Rocks" voting? on: November 06, 2007 04:32:05 AM
Lately, I find I am using the "This Rocks" more often. Think it is because the challenges are turning out some kickin' entry's,but that gave me a thought...

Is there a limit on the number of "This Rocks" votes you can post? Say in a month do you only get 1, 3, 5, 10, etc? Or is it unlimited?

Thanks!  Smiley
288  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic:You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine... on: October 31, 2007 12:37:58 PM
You make me happy when skies...please excuse my singing  Tongue

Here is the latest mosaic I've been working on. It is about 14x14 inches.
Base pieces in place:

With border:

All ready for grout:

Now I'm trying to figure out the best color grout to use. Looking at red, yellow or possibly gray.

Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome. Smiley
289  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 Sisters and a Ladybug Backpack (Long Winded Post) on: October 24, 2007 03:07:09 PM
For those who need instant picture gratification when they click...here you go

That is a transfer that I purchased from a seller on Etsy (Carlasonheim). It looks just like my sisters and I. None of us look alike, at all! See:

One straight blond hair with blue eyes, one straight brunette hair with brown eyes, and me with curly black hair and green eyes. Milkman, mailman and diaperman.

Next comes the backpack part of this novel. I needed a small one for when I run my errands around town, because I walk.
Very plain:

I decided to jazz up my backpack using all these elements. This would mean my Mom and sisters are always watching over me when I'm out walking around doing my errands.

Adding a multi-use pocket was necessary, since the inside was just one pit.

Now comes the ladybug part. My Mom who passed away in 2005 had the nickname of "lady", which was short for Ladybug. So she collected ladybugs, and now my sisters and I do also.

If you're one of the few who read through this whole post, now for the payoff!

It maybe silly for a woman my age to be caring this backpack, but I love it. Makes me smile when I see the image, and the ladybug.  Grin

The finished backpack!

Thanks for reading, and checking out my backpack. Smiley

(Oh, and here is a picture of us with my Mom. Who by the way made every stitch of clothes in the picture, except the green coat my sister is wearing!)
290  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chair Cover Re-Do on: October 18, 2007 01:48:36 PM
Had these chair covers I was tired of, so I decided to reconstruct them.


Reconstructed them to cover these two cushioned chairs:

Then the remaining fabric was re worked to cover 6 chairs like this:

Once they were cut it was fairly simple to get them done. Do have to go back and make the area bigger for the two armed chairs.

Thanks for looking! Smiley C&C always welcome.
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