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 on: August 27, 2016 01:49:16 PM 
Started by appledainty - Last post by appledainty
I finished this two piece set last week but haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I'm really proud of this set; it's one of the first really big, time consuming pieces I've done. The crane is my favorite part. Cheesy I'm working on some lilies today, a gift for my friend's bridal shower. The kanzashi are done and now I'm struggling with packaging. I'm designing a box for it to go in with my silhouette machine.

Plum, pine, asters and cranes are all popular/lucky motifs for January. Smiley

 on: August 27, 2016 01:05:48 PM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
One last recipe to post!  This time for stuffed peppers!

4 medium green bell peppers, or use multicolored
1 pound ground beef, lean
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large jar spaghetti sauce (about 32 ounces)
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*I added some fresh from the garden cilantro
*I added half a can of diced tomatoes (drain liquid)
*You can add a vegetable into the mix
*You can top the stuffed peppers with some mozzarella cheese
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Brown the beef, adding the chopped onion and cilantro
Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds and fibers
Stuff the peppers with equal portions of the beef and rice mixture
Place the stuffed peppers in the crock pot and cover with spaghetti sauce

Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.  Or until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked and the peppers are tender.

 on: August 27, 2016 12:58:34 PM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
There's more  Grin:

I really like using my crockpot during the summer.  You can get a healthy, hearty meal, without having to deal with the kitchen getting hot.  The first meal I made was crockpot lasagne.  Hubby liked it so much the first time I made it that he requested that I make it again!  (Please accept my crappy photography...I tend to forget to take the in progress/finished photos or before we actually cut into the food.)

Here's the recipe (I made some changes and improvements.):

1lb. ground beef
29 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz. package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
*I substituted ricotta cheese for the ricotta cheese
*I added a half a can of diced tomatoes (drain the liquid)
*I used four chopped up fresh basil leaves from my garden
*I added one chopped garlic clove and 1/4 of an onion to the meat while I was browning it
*I used "oven ready" lasagne noodles...if you use the regular kind, the noodles will be more 'al dente' when it's done cooking
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-Spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray
-Brown the ground beef
-Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef
-Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crockpot
-Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (break them to fit better)
-Combine the cheeses in a bowl.  Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
-Repeat these layers twice.
-Top with remaining sauce and some mozzarella cheese.
-Cover and cook on warm for 6 hours and 45 minutes on high


 on: August 27, 2016 12:32:56 PM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
I'm expecting company to be coming over soon, so I'm going to post as much as I can now, and finish later if I have to.  Here goes:

This box was for my partner in the 'Unbirthday Swap'.  She mentioned on her questionnaire that she liked nesting dolls.  I happened to have some nesting doll fabric in my stash-I had purchased it with the intention of using it to make some TM patches.  I was going to make a nesting doll dottee for her out of it, but the fabric didn't lend itself to that.  So when I was out at Michaels one day with my DD, I saw the wood box and thought it would be a perfect thing to use.  The top is colored with sharpie marker, the dolls cut out of the fabric, and the side of the lid colored with sharpie marker.  I then coated the top with Elmer's glue.  I used the fabric for the sides and used the glue again to both to attach the fabric to the box and a coat over the fabric for durability.  I colored the underside of the lid with orange colored pencil.

This owl was also made for my partner in the 'Unbirthday Swap'.  She mentioned she liked Harry Potter in her questionnaire, so I went with that theme too.  I'm really proud of this.  It's supposed to be Harry Potter's owl.  I studied how a snowy owl looked online several times so I got the way they look done right for this item.  I think I did a really good job with that.  Of course, he has a Gryffindor scarf  Grin, and I used HP themed fabric for the back of the owl.  The pocket holds four pieces of cloth with each of the different Hogwarts houses. They go into the pocket in the back of the owl.  If the sorting hat is busy, then you can just put your hand in the pocket and pull out the name of the house you are supposed to be in!   Grin  (I felt very clever for thinking of that idea as well.  Roll Eyes)

I have a TON of yarn for various reasons, and am very motivated to give back to my Temple, which has done so much for me and my family.  Here's another blanket I made to donate to the Chinese Auction in November.

I don't know if this can count towards the '50 Projects' but I'm going to try anyway!  Wink  My younger DD really ran with the 'Pinterest Mondays' this summer and always wanted to tackle the biggest project she could.  This time, she wanted to make a rainbow layer cake.  As you can see, we used regular white cake mix from a box, and then we used food coloring to make all the colors of the rainbow.  All went well till we baked them.  They seemed to be taking a long time for such a thin cake (you use only 1/2 the cake mix in each pan for each layer, so the layers are thinner than a regular cake).  We did the "crumb" test, and they seemed to be done.  Sadly, they weren't.   Cry  But-there's an upside to this failure....I had used the extra cake batter and put it in a loaf pan and cooked that.  That came out fine so DD used food coloring to color the icing and made a rainbow cake that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 on: August 27, 2016 12:16:03 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by Mountains and Clouds
I'm posting a little bit late, but I received this beautiful card earlier this week from CuriousFae! (for my tarot theme)

I love this interpretation! Thanks, curiousfae!!

Also, I somehow didn't bookmark the gallery (again); there are so many amazing little pieces in here! I'm inspired and might head off to go make some more claims!!

 on: August 27, 2016 11:22:33 AM 
Started by pinkleo - Last post by ActsofCraftiness
I'm prepping a big project dump. Smiley

I've also been making progress on my embroidery floss organization research project. I would be a lot further along if I could manage to stop buying more floss!

 on: August 27, 2016 09:22:27 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by LimeRiot
I received this super cool card from Mountains and Clouds for my Tide Pool theme! It's hard to tell from the picture but it has a really cool texture and a beautiful metallic sheen.

Thank you, Mountains and Clouds! So happy to add this card to my growing ATC collection Smiley.

 on: August 27, 2016 08:49:08 AM 
Started by craftADDchick - Last post by Immaculata
I love the tiny heart fabric Quaggy!

I received from Amazon warrior and Averia this week. These are from Amazon warrior:

and she also sent me a really nice piece of fabric that also happens to match a stitched picture that I made years ago and never actually finished up.

These are from Averia. Look at the pieced ones!!!!

Thank you both so much! Smiley

 on: August 27, 2016 03:25:27 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by seeuudee
So excited for the chocolate frog card exchange Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Bumphing
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blackberry Cordial
Project Page Link (if available): n/a

Brief Description: I love the taste of blackberries, but don't like eating the actual fruit, so this is perfect, so easy to make and so delicious to sit and enjoy whilst watching the game.

1 1/2 cups blackberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring just until the sugar has dissolved and then stop stirring.
Leave to simmer rapidly for 20 minutes and pour into a jelly bag/piece of muslin.
Allow to strain overnight and bottle.
Needs to be stored in the fridge and even then, doesn't last that long, so drink and enjoy!

Needs to be diluted for drinking - still water is ok, but sparkling water/tonic/lemonade is much nicer. Planning to try it with prosecco (or similar) - I think it may be rather nice Smiley

Project Picture:

If you continue to stir past the sugar dissolving, you will not get a clear cordial. It will still taste as good, but it will be cloudy.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Quaffle-pocking
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Old necklaces into new charm bracelet
Project Page Link (if available): n/a

Brief Description: There is a charity shop near my work that sells bags of broken and/or very ugly jewelry really cheap, but the problem is it is a bit of pot luck what you get - sometime you end up throwing half of it away. The last bag I bought had a couple of broken necklaces and a really ugly bracelet, but all were in shades of green. I took them all apart, added in a couple of fairy charms and a heart charm and made a charm bracelet for my god-daughter.

I started by adding a charm on each link, but it felt a little too heavy for a 10 year old, so I changed it to every other link and I am much happier with the result.

Project Picture:

 on: August 26, 2016 07:25:10 PM 
Started by craftADDchick - Last post by quaggy
Here are my hexies from alwaysinmyroom

always also sent fabrics and templates

and from maremare I received the following hexies

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