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21  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Made me some "meat" balls! on: October 23, 2007 11:44:44 AM
I've had one heck of a time getting veggie "meat" to hold its shape, i think because of the 'no fat' issue.  the other night i tried out a little theory i'd been working on, baking 'meat' balls instead of trying to pan fry them.  it worked out great!!!  The recipe is in my blog, but here it is below as well: 



Meatballs:
1 package of refridgerated veggie 'meat'
1 egg
1/4 cup of italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt, pepper and italian seasoning to taste

-mix all ingredients in a bowl and form into balls (I got 11)
-grease a casserole dish and lay balls in a single layer along bottom
-bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (balls will begin to brown on top)

This will be a good recipe to add to my repetoire for the holidays!  "meat" balls make great pot luck food Smiley
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Travel Purses, Lotsa Pockets on: October 19, 2007 05:19:27 PM
I stayed up til 3 last night making these, and it was worth it!!    the first is done in a GORGEOUS embroidered silk that i bought from mood in LA using a gift certificate from my birthday (August! It took me that long to work up the courage to cut it!)

The color is even more glowy in person Smiley
Inside zipper pockets!! there's one on each side


Then, my new carry-on! I'm just not up for hauling my massive luggagey carryon this year, so i wanted a big organized tote w/ lots of pockets and zippers instead.  i'm flying to london from LA so I need room for LOTS of reading material, a crochet project, little bottles of moisturizer, an ipod, cameras . . .just stuff! 
The plaid exterior (i'm going to rework the strap to add a clip and possibly quilt some padding into it . . . i screwed up the strap 3x last night and ran out of patience though, so it'll have to wait for another day!

and the pockety goodness! i designed it with a zipper pocket on each side and a divider in the middle with a zipper pocket as well, so 3 total:


hope you guys like them! i can't wait to use them Smiley
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Real Victorian Penny Necklaces! on: October 18, 2007 10:03:07 AM
I got my hands on a batch of genuine Victorian pennies, persuaded my dad to drill holes in them and then started making up necklaces!  I love them to bits, i think having a gorgeous little 100 year old thing to wear around my neck is awesome Smiley  hope you guys like them!


24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Victorian Inspired Slouch Tote on: October 09, 2007 12:14:29 PM
I'm SO proud of this bag! I made it as a holiday/thanks for letting me stay with you gift for one of my best friends who moved away to London a year ago and appears to be staying.  I'm going to visit her in November and I wanted to bring her holiday present along, but I wanted to make sure it was something extra special since a) i never see her! and b) she and her boyfriend are letting me use their spare room while I'm in London thereby saving me buttloads of money  Cheesy  I'm going to make her a few more things (never give an empty purse!) going along w/ the Victorian theme . . . I have a few Victoria pennies that I'm going to make into pendants, so she'll get one of those, and also I'm planning to make her a chunky gemstone bracelet.

On to the purse photos though! The whole purse is made from a heavy tapestry fabric so it has a nice weight to it. It slouches in the middle when its on your arm and full:

i LOVE this ribbon, it was the inspiration for the whole bag!  The clip is salvaged from a lot of junk jewelry from a thrift store - its nice and heavy adding to the whole "weight = expensive feeling" feel of the bag Smiley

And lastly, can I get a drumroll please?, my first ever successful inside zipper pocket!!! SOOOOOOO proud of this one!!!


anyways, i hope she loves it.  i'll be devastated if she doesn't!  it seems to be her style though and the whole Victorian / Edwardian thing is huge right now, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for looking!
25  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / All Veggie "Bolognese" Sauce! on: October 01, 2007 11:58:23 AM
On Saturday night I planned to make a veggie Bolognese using fake ground meat but it turns out I'd accidentally bought veggie deli slices instead of veggie ground meat Sad  Instead, I tried faking a Bolognese using only veggies and the results were really spectacular! I posted the recipe in my blog, but here it is again, I had to share this one! Smiley



Veggie Pasta Sauce:

3 carrots, shredded on the finest grater space
1/2 a leek, cut into a tiny confetti
2 small yellow onions or 1 large one, cut into a fine dice
1 bell pepper, cut into a fine dice
2 celery stalks, fine dice (slice lengthwise a few times, then dice crosswise)
3 garlic cloves, smashed then minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large (28oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 regular (12oz) can of tomato sauce
1 tblsp tomato paste
about 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
about 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tblsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf

- place all ingredients up to and including olive oil in a stock pot and sweat until they begin to soften (about 10 minutes)
-Add remaining ingredients and simmer partially covered for an hour

I served it over whole wheat pasta, topped with cheese and then broiled.  I'd imagine this recipe would be an excellent way to sneak veggies into children, as the end result wasn't very "vegetable-y" at all . . . it tasted like a really yummy, slightly sweet pasta sauce.  I defy any child to detect the presence of celery! Wink 
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Coin and Key Lariats, Newest Beading Projects! on: September 25, 2007 04:11:25 PM
We had a freak rainstorm in LA last weekend and I spent the day with my beads watching the rain out of my front window.  Here are two of my favorite pieces! 

One with a vintage key using glass beads and mother of pearl chips:


and one with a spanish coin using glass, garnet and hematite:


Hope you guys like! Smiley  These are soooo much fun to make,  I could bead things all day long!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Wraparound Necklace (my first beading project!) on: September 20, 2007 11:52:16 AM
I'd wanted a wrap necklace FOREVER but I'd been holding back trying to avoid getting involved in yet another new craft (beading) . . . yesterday though I finally gave in!  The beads are from joann . . .blackish bronze seed beads and chips of amber dyed jasper.  The two charms I bought at a flea market in Hollywood a few weeks ago, the guy who i bought them from said he makes them out of old bullet casings!  I strung everything up on bronze jewelry wire. 
I think the overall effect is kind of Roman . . . I love it!  Hope you guys like Smiley



28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Framing ACEO/ATCs? on: September 11, 2007 10:52:11 AM
Hey Craftsters! I'm not an ATC/ACEO maker, but I recently bought a set of 6 that I want to frame together and give as a gift. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars having mats cut, and besides, I'm a Craftster!  Wink   Do any of you have suggestions for framing these?  I'm fine w/ a store bought frame, its more the matting I'm concerned with.  Can I just adhere them to some kind of board and frame that?  Are there any adhesives you can reccomend? ones to avoid?  What about photo corners . . . any tips on trying those?
Thanks guys!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brick Stitch Button Up Neck Warmer on: September 06, 2007 10:50:41 AM
I finished this the other night! I love it, i think it looks great on and the stitch pattern was super fun and easy to do.  Several months ago I made a full scarf in this stitch pattern for my dad and I'd been wanting to use it again.  Its in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Sage I think.  The buttons were an ebay purchase. 

(very proud of my neck photographing skills, btw Wink)

and here you can see the stitch pattern a bit better
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Corset Laced Tote - Indie Craft Movie Donation! on: September 05, 2007 11:38:22 AM
Donating an item to the Indie Craft Movie http://www.artvscraft.com/indiecraft(11).html has been on my to do list forEVER.  They're collecting items to sell in order to raise money to produce the film. 
Last night I finally had a bit of spare time to sit down and make them something.  I've been doing these corset bags for a few weeks now (the idea came to me while driving . . . I'm not always the most attentive driver! Smiley).  They're pretty easy, just a bit fidgety.  I'm a big fan of fidgety crafts though, so they're fun for me!  I love how they look romantic and edgy at the same time. Hope you guys like Smiley


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