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1  Few more kitchen witches in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: January 14, 2012 12:07:53 AM

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2  Kitchen Witches and Matryoshka Dolls (lil pic chunky) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: January 14, 2012 12:02:16 AM
I've been obsessed with making Russian nesting dolls and little kitchen witches as of late.  My bookshelf is incredibly full and I've been giving them to people left and right.   This post involves several pics.  

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3  Costume - another Day of the Dead skull in Halloween Costumes by CraftyZedral on: November 01, 2008 11:57:24 AM
Yet another Craftster member who loves El Dia de los Muertos.  Amazingly, there was a small Halloween shop in Istanbul, so I was able to get some makeup and the black veil/mantilla I wore.  The skirt and blouse are part of my regular wardrobe.

Here is the makeup. 

The almost-finished look, with the mantilla.

And the finished look.  I don't think my glasses spoiled the effect very much.  Maybe I should invest in contacts for next year.
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4  Delicious dolma - Turkish stuffed vegetables in Vegetarian / Vegan by CraftyZedral on: October 02, 2008 04:52:59 AM
I am currently living in Istanbul and really enjoying myself. The food is amazing!  A favorite of mine is dolma, which is the word for any stuffed vegetables.  They are usually served cold with olive oil, as an appetizer (mezzeler, I believe is the word).  I made dolma today with green peppers and they are so tasty.

For four peppers I used:

about 2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 small onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon

The recipe uses currants as well, a couple of tablespoons, but I didn't have any.  I don't know the word for currants, so I couldn't ask for them in the store!

Cut the tops off the peppers and scoop out the seeds and remove the ribs.   Saute the garlic and onion until soft.  Add everything to the rice and season with salt and pepper to taste.  I also used a couple dashes of cayenne.   Stuff the peppers as full as you can and place in a baking dish.  Add a bit of water so the peppers don't scorch or stick.  I baked mine for about half an hour at 150 C (I would convert that to Fahrenheit if I could remember the formula!) and drizzled them with olive oil.  They are cooling in the fridge now, but I had to taste the smallest one.  You know, for quality control...

Yogurt sauce:
I mixed a couple of pinches of dried mint, some salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice into some yogurt to go with the peppers.  Delicious!

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5  Fruit Salad! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by CraftyZedral on: September 14, 2008 01:04:54 PM
Yes, fruit salad is exciting to me Smiley  I've been living in Istanbul for about three weeks, and one of the nicest things about living here is the produce.  On Saturdays there is a small fruit and vegetable pazar (bazaar) literally across the street from my apartment.  I went yesterday with one of the other new teachers to buy fruit and make this yummy salad.

The salad consisted of nectarines, pears, strawberries, blackberries (which were super tart and needed sugar), and my favorite, fresh figs.  I've never had a fresh fig before.  They just aren't to be found in WVa.  It was so delicious that I think I might have to go back next Saturday.  I don't know more than a few simple sentences yet, but I intend to work on it.  Classes start on Tuesday.

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6  Peet-zah! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by CraftyZedral on: May 02, 2008 06:50:16 AM
I made pizza last weekend.  Okay, so I bought the crust, but I whomped together the toppings myself, and it was really tasty.

First I brushed the crust with some olive oil and sprinkled it with crushed red pepper and garlic powder. I added sesame seeds around the edge.

The topping was a mixture of spinach, mushrooms, garlic and onion.  I used one container of sliced mushrooms, a 10-oz packaged of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry, of course), 3-4 cloves of garlic, and about 1/3 cup finely chopped onion, all seasoned with salt and pepper.

The cheese was Provolone:

I baked it according to the instructions on the tube of Pilsbury dough until it was golden brown and delicious. Smiley

I've been trying to take decent pictures of my food for a while, but these are the first ones that turned out all right.  Thanks for looking.

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7  Yet another goddess-type figurine in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: December 16, 2007 10:47:57 AM
I made this for a friend of mine.  I haven't seen her yet to give it to her, but hopefully I will get it to her by Christmas. Her birthday was the 6 of this month, but I only made it last night.  She turned out almost exactly as I envisioned her and I would like to share her with you all.

The best and neck of her dress is made out of a swirly cane I sliced and ran through my pasta machine.  I used gold beading wire to make her necklace and bracelets.  I wanted to come up with some sort of animal print cane for the dress but I'm not really sure how to make those.  Anyone?

And from the back

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8  Goddess Figures (now with better photo hosting, I hope) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: December 11, 2007 03:51:51 PM
A friend of mine asked me to make a representation of Freya.  I worked from a phone that I found during a google search and this is what I came up wit.  I'm rather happy with the way it came out.  I just wish I could take better pictures of Her.

And here is a version of the Triple Goddess - Maiden, Mother, Crone.  The Moter's pregnant belly and breasts turned out a bit bigger than I had planned. Oops!

All of these figures are made from Sculpey scraps, except the parts you can see.  It's a great way to use up those odds and ends.   Again, I'm sorry my photos are always so fuzzy.  I hope to buy a real digital camera one of these days. Maybe Sandy Claws will bring me on.

Thanks again for looking.  Comments and tips are appreciated.

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9  Incense Holders take 2 (Photos are more accessible now) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: December 11, 2007 03:46:21 PM
Inspired by katy1234 and her post on my previous incense holder thread, I present to you a collection of dreadlocked hippies and a Rastafarian dude.  The incense sticks can look like...well, you know Smiley   Comments are appreciated. Gracias!

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10  Incense Burner in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by CraftyZedral on: November 24, 2007 08:06:51 PM
I started making these a few years ago. While at my parents' house for Thanksgiving, I found a few of my old clay creations.  This incense burner is one of them.  I am working on some more right now.  Just glue the head on a regular wooden incense burner, put the stick of incense in his mouth, and it's rather like an old wizard smoking a loooooong cigar Smiley   My apologies for the poor quality of the photos.  I took some halfway decent photos with my mother's digicam and must wait for her to e-mail them to me, alas, alas.

Thanks for looking.

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