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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teensy Bottle Cap Magnet Shrine on: February 22, 2018 07:45:50 AM
I was lucky to be paired with craftylittlemonkey in the Positive Affirmations swap, and she had magnets and tiny shrines on her questionnaire. It wasn't originally going to be this tiny... but then I decided to use words cut out from an old book, and they looked lost in my larger tin.



Ingredients: Bottle cap, painted black inside. Blue paper, painted with tiny stars. Words cut from an old 007 novel. Golden bangle, fallen from the fringe of a jingly skirt wrap. Stone bunny, in stash FOREVER. Star sparkles inside, round sparkles outside. Bits of purple yarn. Wire charm, received in a craftster supply swap ages ago. And a feather I found outside, I think from a downy or hairy woodpecker.

The magnet on the back came from one of those papermate datebooks with the magnetic closure strap. I cannibalize everything before getting rid of it! In the pictures, it is sticking to a nail in the windowframe. I like finding unexpected places to stick magnets, like running one over your drywall until you find a screw.  Cheesy



I had fun placing all the tiny bits with tweezers! I'm glad clm liked this peaceful little nighttime scene.

2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegetarian Ramen Broth on: February 03, 2018 06:13:01 PM


I've been playing around with this recipe for a while, trying to get a complex broth in a short amount of time. I think this builds a good balance of flavors, and it's become a popular dinner at my house!

This is a recipe for one portion - if you're making for more than one, I would suggest cooking each noodle cake separately from the broth. Here is each ingredient in the order they are added, left to right in three rows:



Spinach: just a couple leaves. Tear it up and put it at the bottom of your bowl. Everything will go on top and wilt it nicely as the soup cools.

Olive oil and sesame oil: a good splash of each. Sorry for the vague measurements with a lot of these, it's the kind of recipe where you just splash stuff in until it looks good!  Wink Heat the oils in a small saucepan.

Shallot: a tablespoon or two minced. Cook it in the hot oil until it starts to brown a bit.

Mushroom: one smallish mushroom chopped up. Add it to the pot and sautee until it starts to soften.

Ginger and garlic: a clove of garlic, minced, and about the same amount of grated ginger. Add them in and cook for only half a minute or so, until they start sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Tamari (or soy sauce): deglaze the pot with a few good dashes of this, probably a tablespoon or less.

Water (not pictured): add one and a half cups of water right after the tamari.

Salt + Pepper: because why not, just throw some in there.

Rice vinegar, brown sugar, and hot pepper flakes: a dash or two of rice vinegar, a pinch of brown sugar, and a smidge and a half of pepper flakes. I hope you're enjoying these measurements. Bring all of this to a boil for however long you can stand to wait around, usually like five minutes.

Frozen veggies: a good handful, I use a mix and some edamame. Dump them in and bring back to a boil.

Noodle cake: add it now if you're making the single-serving recipe. If not, cook each cake in another small saucepan and turn out into your waiting bowls with a little broth on top to keep it warm.

Egg: I like to just crack it right in there once the noodles are pliable enough to separate. My partner prefers a fried egg on top. Some people like a boiled egg cut up as a garnish. If you poach it in the pot, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cover the pot until the egg is set to your liking.



Gently turn the entire contents of your little pot into the bowl with spinach at the bottom. Garnish with some chopped scallion.

It may not be the most photogenic noodle bowl, but it hits the spot for me (a rural Vermonter with no good ramen shop within a 60 mile radius).

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Thing-A-Day February 2018 Craftalong on: February 01, 2018 11:27:46 AM


(Image is a batch of love rocks I made as one of my "things" last February)

Welcome to the third annual Craftster Thing-A-Day! See last year's thread here.

Thing-A-Day is a special craftalong that only runs during the month of February. Our goal is to do something creative every day and take a picture to share! These projects should take around 30 minutes, although they can be longer or slightly shorter if you want. The rules are very loose as this is a personal challenge and not any kind of competition. Putting work into a longer-term project also counts for your thing for a day - for instance, working on a knitting project for half an hour or decorating one page in your altered journal. 

Projects can be as diverse as a painting, a snow sculpture, a granny square, a batch of funny-shaped pancakes, a pair of earrings, or organizing your craft area! Honestly it is up to you what you'd like to count as your "thing" for any given day. Creativity comes in many shades.

If you'd like to participate, make a post where your list will go, and then you can update it with links and/or thumbnail pics throughout the month. I'll have a masterpost of everyone's lists.

What are you hoping to accomplish this month? I really need to do some sewing, and I have an embroidery project that's been sitting in my work area for something like 8 months!  Roll Eyes
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vinyl Record Animals on: January 06, 2018 01:47:33 PM
After accepting my dad's old record collection and sorting it into keep/sell/donate, I still had a bunch that were either damaged or just... things no one would want.  Tongue

So I gave one right back to him in the form of this 3D hawk!



The pattern I drew up slots 3 pieces together, but they were a little loose so I ended up hot gluing them in place. I touched up the glue with black paint so it wouldn't be noticeable.



It's now hung above some plants in my dad's office, and looks pretty nice there.



I also made some more simple ornaments to give to family and friends for Christmas - 3 bears, 2 cats, and 1 leopard gecko!







For all of these, I used a woodburning tool with a razor blade attachment to cut through the vinyl, and then a thin tip to burn a small hole for hanging. I smoothed out the edges a bit with 120 grit sandpaper. 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Level Up Your Cooking Skills! on: December 01, 2017 08:15:42 PM

Experiment with new techniques and hone your kitchen skills! Want to try making fresh cheese, canning jams, blending custom spice mixes, baking bread, butchering meat, or even just using an unfamiliar ingredient?

This craftalong is a place to share your successes and failures learning experiences, ask advice, post resources, and chat about the new things we're all trying. The focus isn't as much on specific recipes, but on the skills that can be used in many different ways.

I recently started looking at things in my pantry and fridge and thinking "could I make that?" Things like canned beans - no reason I can't try dry beans, they are cheaper and I would have more control over the taste. I started making my own yogurt, and it's really cool! I want to try so many other things, like cheese, bread, and different kinds of fermentation. Please join me and post your own learning adventures!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Peach - cat portrait on: November 19, 2017 12:55:58 PM


Yesterday I took a class on pet portrait painting. This isn't really my wheelhouse, but I had so much fun! With great advice from the teacher, I was able to paint Peach, the farm cat. We began by tracing some basic lines on the canvas using a projector, and blocking the general colors.



Here you can see my reference photo and what my pallet looked like at the end. I did a heck of a lot of blending to get the highlights on her fur.



Finished piece! Peach lives at the farm from April to November, and then goes home with another employee for the winter. This way I'll have a bit of her with me when I can't see her every week.



Our whole class with their paintings - can you spot blupaisan? Cheesy

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Clear Hanging Plant Shelves on: October 22, 2017 12:25:23 PM


So every time a leaf or branch falls off my jade or christmas cactus I toss it in a little pot. That happens quite a lot when you have a cat who likes to chew on plants and race around crashing into things! And the end result is many, many plant starts waiting for me to decide who to give them to. This summer, they lived out on my screen porch, but I had to take them inside before our first hard frost. I needed a place to put them that got some light, and was also out of the way of cat shenanigans. And the idea for these hanging shelves was born!

I knew I wanted clear shelves that wouldn't block too much light coming in the windows. I asked the folks at the hardware store to cut two 3 ft by 5 in lengths of the plexiglass piece I bought. I carefully drilled 1/4 inch holes for a tiny dowel fence that would keep the plants from easily sliding off if they got jostled.



I bound the fence in place using basic twine, and hung the whole thing with jute. I cut a sapling from the edge of my yard to use as a curtain rod.



In my original plan, I wanted to have one long piece going across both windows supported by shelf brackets. But the plexiglass I got was nowhere near strong enough to cross even one window without bending, and so I came up with the hanging system. Even though it took a bit of a turn, I am very pleased with this project!

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Gemology paper pieced mug rug on: October 06, 2017 04:31:11 PM


My first real paper piecing! Made for Nooo in the Mug Rug Round 7 Swap. The pattern is Gemology by SarahRoseQuilts, which I really liked and will try again in larger projects.



It's hand quilted by stitching in the ditch for all seams, and stitched with fiddly gold thread in the open areas.



I discovered that paper piecing is very satisfying for me, I can get all the joins so crisp.  Shocked Fun project overall!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery on: September 20, 2017 06:46:34 PM

Mug rug by SusansPassion

Swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453018.0

Sent = blue
Red = received
Purple = send and received
Green = sending late
Strikethrough = complete

dfabbric - curiousfae
fatewineroses - Homerof2
Bugaboo1 - JS
Acadian Driftwood - Nooo
Nooo - kbrison
kbrison - cabaute
cabaute - alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom - JoyfulClover
JoyfulClover - roler
edelC - Thimbles71
Thimbles71 - rscowtown
rscowtown - edelC
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Blown glass wavy vase on: September 19, 2017 06:39:40 PM
My first time working with glass produced this nice, solid vase in green and purple.







Shout out to Manchester Hot Glass in Southern Vermont for an awesome lesson and helping me make this piece! They were so great and I'd love to go back for another class.



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