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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Manly Meal- filet mignon, potatoes and corn (with potato recipe) on: July 06, 2015 11:46:17 AM
First, I'd like to say that my boyfriend is the one who named it a "manly meal" because "steak and potatoes is as manly as you can get". Roll Eyes
Second, the recipe is adapted from something I used to help my maternal grandmother make when I was a kid. She called it "stewed potatoes" but I'm not sure if that's an accurate description. Huh The recipe can be easily adjusted if you're cooking for more, or less, people.
Also, I don't measure so I'm not sure how accurate the 1/4c water is.

Stewed potatoes for two
You'll need:
Medium-sized skillet
3 potatoes of your favored variety (I used three Russets because it's what we had; it's really delicious with red potatoes)
Butter (I used 1/4 stick; you could also use olive oil instead)
1/4 cup water
Salt & pepper, to taste
Garlic powder or fresh minced garlic, to taste*
Onion powder or fresh minced onion, to taste*
*Preferably the fresh but if the powder is all you have, use it!

Wash, peel and cube your potatoes or just wash and cube them, if you prefer to leave the skin.
Melt the butter in your skillet over medium-high heat. After the butter is completely melted, toss in your potatoes and saute them for about five minutes. Add the water then cover, allowing them to cook for five minutes then season to taste and stir. Cover and allow them to cook for another ten minutes. You should now have melt in your mouth delicious potatoes with a creamy "gravy" of sorts. Enjoy!
Note: you could also use this as a start for making homemade mashed potatoes, as my grandmother sometimes did.
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / To boldly go... on: May 04, 2015 09:01:17 PM
In my boyfriend's office! Lol!
I was showing my boyfriend all the nerdy crochet patterns I had found on Pinterest and he asked if I could make him the Enterprise Smiley

I made it using this awesome pattern from Ravelry. I wanted to get better pics but I can't get him to surrender the ship!
I used an H hook as well as a different weight of yarn so it's bigger than it would be if you follow the pattern to the letter (the pattern calls for an E hook).
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bouquet of roses on: February 03, 2015 02:35:04 PM
This time instead of making the stems, I pulled the heads off some cheap fake flowers I got at the dollar store. I think they look pretty good Smiley
I like them all but the darker pink. It throws off the pic! Lol

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Long stem red rose on: January 29, 2015 01:14:36 PM

I found this crocheted rose pattern and followed it to create the bloom. However, I didn't like the leaf pattern because the leaves beneath a rose bloom do NOT look like that (or at least the ones on my mother's rosebush don't look that way!) That is the sort of leaves found on the stem of a rose. So I made my own pattern:
Chain 10
Sl st in first ch, sc in next ch, dc in next 2 chs, trc in next 2 chs, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, f/o

The leaves are going to curl up/around a bit but that's okay because the real ones do that. I made five but some blooms only have four leaves. Sew them together in a star shape (or a sort of cross if you only do four) then sew them on the underside of the bloom.
For the stem, I chained 38 (I think) then did two rows of dc then folded it in half and sewed down the length. There's a piece of heavy wire (recycled from something or other my dad was doing) to support the bloom.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Freely sharing vintage patterns? on: December 24, 2014 04:30:03 PM
I was doing a search for sweater patterns on Pinterest and found an Etsy listing where someone was selling a PDF of a vintage crochet pattern. I happen to have the book that it came from and was wondering, if I make the sweater and post it on Craftster, would I be able to share the pattern in the post?
I mean, I would think so if someone is selling it but I can't find any information online about the legality of it.
Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places?
Any help would be appreciated because I think a few people might like a pattern for a crocheted hoodie.
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / A Whovian idea I'm just going to toss out there on: November 14, 2014 10:19:42 PM
I may eventually try this myself but right now, I don't have the time or the doll.
On to the idea: Howleen Wolf, of the Monster High dolls, has claw-curled hands and with a full body repaint, she could be the perfect reaching out to grab you Weeping Angel tree-topper. I've seen the ones made from Barbie, and even Ghoulia yelps, who have their faces covered but I just had the idea that a reaching one would be a little scarier.
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Groot amigurumi on: October 18, 2014 01:37:30 AM

While I've yet to see Guardians of the Galaxy, I've heard great things about it.
However, suereal has seen it and adores Groot. She and I did a personal swap and one of the items I made for her was a little potted Groot. I based him on a video clip which another friend linked me. I also tried following a pattern at some point but couldn't make sense of parts of it and the body was much too small for his head. So I improvised and made it up as I went along Smiley
He has no armature, not even in his arms, and is stuffed in such a way that he can be posed however she likes. His arms even hold poses pretty well Cheesy
Though he's not 100% accurate, he's still pretty cute and suereal likes him. And that's what counts Wink

28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pony personas on: September 26, 2014 12:22:44 AM
Though I'm not a huge fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I do love watch the show when I can and I think it's adorable.
Several of my friends over on DeviantArt have had ponysonas for a while and in July I finally drew myself as a pony, Craftina Stitches.

She's modeled after the dark ponies that draw Nightmare Moon's carriage. I chose the dark pony because I'm nearly nocturnal myself and do most of my crafting at night. Her cutie mark is comprised of my favorite crafts: sewing and crochet.

Suereal said she admired Crafty so I offered to draw one for her. She proposed we have a swap then gave me the design ideas and I ran with them, resulting in the beautiful Oddly Enough.

Oddly Enough is a hardy Clydesdale-like pony who loves crafting with glue, which she carries on her head, and googly eyes, which make up her cutie mark. And every crafter needs a good pair of scissors so she carries hers with her tail.

The colored version, which is more refined as the first was just a concept, is going to be sent to suereal when I finish the other item for her swap package.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted hats on: September 25, 2014 11:37:51 PM
Hats that I crocheted for my older sister and her children who live in Michigan.
This one is for my niece, Phiona, who LOVES anything and everything pink:

This one is for my nephew, Logan, who only said he didn't want a pink hat:

Those two hats were made by crocheting rectangles which I then stitched together on their short sides then gathered and stitched up one of the longer sides for the top. I got the idea from a crochet book that picked up at Goodwill but I don't recall the name Huh

This one is for my sister (though I'm wearing it here), MacKenzie, whose favorite color is green:

Her hat started out using a pattern I'd found online but I lost it so I had to make up the rest as I went along since I don't remember where I got the pattern Huh
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Probably a silly question but asking anyway! Acrylic sweater? on: August 18, 2014 04:14:33 AM
A coworker gave me McCall's Crochet Treasury a few months ago and it has a pattern for a crocheted hoodie.
I'm in love with Red Heart's Blacklight yarn and would love to make myself a wild colored hoodie out of it for this winter.
But I've been looking around and most people seem to say not to use acrylic yarn for clothes because it's heavy and gets stiff and scratchy over time.
My question is, have any of you had those issues? I'd hate to put a lot of time into making a hoodie that would only have a couple years of use.
Also, should I just use some of the Vanna's Choice yarn I have? It's an acrylic/rayon blend. Would that be any better?
As you can probably tell, I've never made clothes, just amigurumis and a few wash cloths.
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