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381  Let Go, Let Mum in Stenciling: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: August 18, 2008 03:28:40 PM
So, my siblings and I were heading to my mom's on Friday for her birthday. My sister thought it would be funny if we all wore shirts that said "Let Go, Let Mum" because my mom is such a take charge kind of gal...

So, after a bit of discussion about whether she'd be insulted, we decided to go ahead with it and the task to actually make them landed in my lap! I made them on Thursday and we wore them on Friday. My mom took it like a good sport! And, as she acted as a backseat driver later that day, a whispered, "Let Go, Let Mum" could be heard echoing through the car...

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382  Re: Dotee Doll ROUND TWO Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 18, 2008 03:23:20 PM
I didn't have any mail earlier, which is unusual because I almost always have mail, and it almost always gets delivered by noon. For some reason, I checked again and...feast your eyes on this beauty made by BertaBerta!

I think I'll call her Pumpkin Wink

I love, love, love the wire face. And, it's hard to see in the picture, but it has little beads for eyes threaded onto the wire. Fantastic!

Thanks BertaBerta! I'm so very glad she wasn't lost on the Mass Turnpike!
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383  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Shades of Blue Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 18, 2008 03:19:04 PM
And, you can cross off one more item! I received the beautiful quilted table runner made by redstar13! It almost makes me want to re-paint my dining room. Instead (sigh!), my sister will get it for Christmas- she'll love it!

Thanks so much!
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384  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Signups CLOSED Sendouts 8/18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: August 12, 2008 06:53:56 PM
Nothing like posting my item at the last minute! I'm offering up a Hipster PDA w/a whole stack of pre-punched refill pages. It includes a reference section, monthly calendar pages, decorative paper pages, grid pages, and plain pages with lines on the reverse (AKA index cards). It's made with a Chicago screw type of "hinge," and I could only find small ones. If I have a chance, I'll see if I can pick up something else as an option. I'll probably also make some sort of little pouch to go with it- I need to get a blue zipper, if I go that route.

I hope it's worthy...
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385  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: August 11, 2008 05:16:20 PM
Here's #14! Slowly progressing through my list of patterns to try. I have 27 more patterns picked out, so I should be good for a while! I'd really like to do all 50 using different patterns.

It's the star dishcloth. I had a teeny bit of trouble starting it, but once I got going, it turned out just fine. I forget the name of the yarn- I bought in on a cone at Wal-Mart.

I crocheted this a few weeks ago, but didn't remember to take a pic until today.
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386  Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 08, 2008 12:19:12 PM
Here's what I received from aspatria! It's an adorable embroidered (fantastic stitching!!) magnetic bookmark for the cookbook of all of the recipes from this swap. it'll come in very handy!

Folded up:

The entire outside and the inside!

Venus de Milo Soup
The Venus de Milo is a place that hosts functions (weddings, proms, etc.) near the town I grew up in. They always served a delicious soup, and this recipe is a great re-creation of it. This soup is delicious when sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and served with a crusty bread!

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 cans Veg-All
  • 1 16-oz can tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-In a large pot, crumble the ground beef and then add the chicken broth, the soup mix, the celery and the water.
-Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the beef.
-Add the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 50 minutes.

Meat Pie
When I was in elementary school, my favorite lunch was French meat pie, served with mashed potatoes and gravy. If they served apple crisp for dessert, I was in heaven! This is the best recipe for meat pie that Ive ever tried. The seasonings are all pretty much to taste so you can adjust them to your liking.

  • 1 box Pillsbury pie crust (take out of refrigerator and bring up to room temp.)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • butter, salt, pepper
  • 1/2 jar Heinz brown gravy
  • Bells seasoning
  • Allspice, chives, parsley

-In a skillet, brown the ground beef and pork. Drain well.
-Peel and boil the potatoes. Then mash them with some butter, salt and pepper.
-In a bowl, mix together the meat and the mash potatoes.
-Add the Bells seasoning, allspice, chives and parsley, mixing well. Adjust spices as necessary.
-Unroll a pie crust and line the bottom of a pie plate.
-Pour in the meat mixture and cover with the second pie crust.
-Trim the edges of the crust and cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil to prevent burning.
-Spread a bit of butter on the top and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
-For best results, put in the refrigerator overnight before cutting. Slices may be cut and wrapped individually and frozen. They re-heat very well in the microwave.

Jims Favorite Rolls
When I was in college, I took a bread baking class at the college during the Christmas break. This is the recipe that I have used the most often; I make these rolls for every holiday, and they are my step-dads favorite. The recipe as listed makes a double batch, and only half is supposed to be used for rolls (the other half is supposed to be used to make a coffee ring). But, they are so tasty, I always make the whole batch into rolls! Im including the entire recipe as originally written, just in case youd like to make the coffee roll, too!

  • 2 packages of yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 3 tsp salt
  • spice to taste- mace (which is what I always use), anise, cardamon seed (crushed)
  • flour

-In a small bowl, mix up the yeast, the water and the teaspoon of sugar and set aside to rise.
-In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, evaporated mil, sugar, melted margarine, salt and spice.
-Add the raised yeast and then stir in flour until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
-Knead on a floured board for 5 to 6 minutes.
-Wash, dry and then grease the bowl and return the dough to the bowl.
-Cover and let the dough rise until double in bulk.

-Knock down the dough and divide in half.

-One half is converted into rolls by cutting off about 1/16th pieces with a knife, rolling each into a sausage about 5 inches long, and tying into a simple knot.
-These are placed on a greased cookie sheet and covered with a dish towel to rise for half an hour.
-They are then baked in a 375 degree oven for about 12 minutes.

-The other half is rolled into a strip about 8 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.
-Cover with the desired filling (A simple one is just a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, but one can also add chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins or even apricot jam).
-The strip is now rolled up carefully, then worked, by roller and by finger pressure, into a sausage about 14 inches long.
-Place on a greased cookie sheet in a circular arrangement.
-With scissors, snip cuts in the outer edge, about halfway through the sausage, at about one inch intervals.
-Cover and let rise half an hour.
-Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
-Place on a rack and while still hot, brush on a mixture of confectioners sugar and milk to make a glaze.

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387  Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 06, 2008 06:33:48 PM
Wow! So much awesome stuff has been received- I see a whole bunch of things that I am going to have to be making for myself. And, there are some awesome books that people got!

I was away at a conference, and when I got home about a half an hour ago, I found my package from EowynUlysses!

Three awesome sounding books:

Lady's Maid by Margaret Forster
On Beauty by Zade Smith
Blind Descent by Nevada Barr

I wish I had had one of them with me at my conference! I couldn't get my laptop to connect to the internet, so a book would have been lovely...

Then, she made me a set of book quotes in frames for me to hang on the wall in my "book room." I also made her something (note cards) with book quotes, so it's kind of funny! And, I had one card that I botched, and it was the quote by Arnold Lobel that she sent me!

The quotes:
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a multitude of counselors" - Henry Ward Beecher
"Books to the Ceiling, books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them." - Arnold Lobel

Thanks for swapping with me EowynUlysses!
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388  Re: Dotee Doll ROUND TWO Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 01, 2008 02:32:31 PM
I received an adorable dotee from teachingjonah today! Her name is Rae and she has the sweetest little face! She's made of a beautiful batik fabric and is covered with little stars and beads. I love her!

Thanks, teachingjonah!
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389  Re: Dotee Doll ROUND TWO Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 31, 2008 08:30:45 AM
Yay! I got the coolest doll from Sarcastra today (and she even included a piece of fabric with the pattern so I could make him an accomplice  Cheesy ). She based her idea on my love of cop and detective shows.

Prisoner Dotee #0142130

And the dangly bits are chains, and beads with a police car charm and a saw charm (handy for jail breaks!)

Thanks Sarcastra! I love it!
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390  The Demon Cherry Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: July 28, 2008 11:53:17 AM
A while back, I saw the Arc Reactor Shirt made by pickled_peppers and knew that I had to have one for my brother's birthday. We decided to do a personal swap for one and when I checked out her wists, she had wisted a wallet in this fantastic cherry pattern and a handbag. I happened to have the exact same cherry fabric on hand, so I offered to make the handbag in the same fabric.

I cannot begin to tell you the troubles I had with this purse! I used a tutorial (sorry, I don't remember where I found it), but the measurements were a bit vague, so I had to do some figuring and finger-crossing. Then, it has a zipper closure, which I was excited to try, but I had misplaced my zipper foot. I finally had to buy a new one, then wait for it to arrive. When it did arrive, it didn't quite fit my machine, but I managed. Along the way, I managed to misplace the supplies more than once and run into other sorts of random obstacles (like my machine suddenly and randomly skipping stitches). And, the night before I finally put the final touches on it all, I pulled my back out!

I decided that the purse was possessed by a demon, hence the name...

But, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. There are a couple of things I'd change should I ever get the courage to make another one, but overall, I'm happy!

Because the pattern on the fabric is busy, it's a bit hard to tell but there are two pockets on the front with buttoned flaps. It closes with a zipper and has a 32" strap. It's lined with black fabric. It's about 7" X 10" X 4" big (or small...).

And, because it was taking me so long, and pickled_peppers was being so good-natured about the whole thing, I also made a little coin purse. It has a little loop so she can attach it to a key ring if she wants.

And finally, the root of all of my problems, the Demon Cherry himself...


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