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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fairy shirts on: January 09, 2009 05:49:52 AM
I made these shirts for the next-door neighbor girls (16 and 15) for Christmas.

This is Catherine's shirt....

and Chelsea's shirt:

I used Urban Threads fairy designs and painted them with fabric markers.  The cuffs and bottoms are small 'scarves' of boa fur knitted in garter stitch and hand-tacked in place.

Closeups of the fairies below (I was best pleased with how the light pink shirt turned out).

My picture taking is not the best and this type of project was a 'first' for me, so if you're going to comment, please be constructive and gentle (did I mention it's my birthday this week and you're supposed to be nice?)  Wink


32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Post-Holiday gifties! on: January 04, 2009 02:24:07 PM
Once I got the Christmas gifts done, it was time to start on the rest of my projects!

This will be a framed plaque for my cousin's b-day this week

This is for my friend Tiff's new step-granddaughter! It's an Urban threads design stitched onto a peach onesie (which I will never do again, after this I will do the stitching on muslin and applique it on the onesie, it's much easier)!

33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / BARBARA ANN'S INCOMPARABLE OLIVE CHIP DIP on: December 18, 2008 01:29:53 PM
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Yield: 1 to 2 cups
Serves 8-16 at a party (Serves one if I'm present)

To my mind, this is the best chip dip going.  I've never tasted anything store bought or restaurant made that is half as good (or addictive).  With the creamy white of the cheese and the red and green from the olives it's very festive as well!  This is a long-time family favorite and I always beg my big sister Barb to make it for the holidays. 

Tastes better when made the night before; it gives the dip time to get happy with itself in your refrigerator.  Save yourself some disappointment and please double the recipe if youre inviting me to the party, or no one else will get any!  Grin

1 10 oz. jar of green stuffed (Spanish) olives, reserving half of the juice from the jar
1 Pkgs. of  cream cheese (12 oz.), softened
2 tsp. onion powder*
tsp. black pepper
tsp. garlic powder*
tsp. ground celery seed*
Milk or half & half as needed

Prep and Cooking Instructions

With the knife blade of your food processor, pulse olives and juice from jar until you have little bits of olive, but not until it becomes a paste.  Change the blade to the mixer blade, add the cream cheese, onion and spices. Process again until completely combined and smooth, adding milk slowly (one tsp. at a time) as needed until dip is creamy and yields easily to your chips (this is the testing phase and I encourage lots of tests!).
Refrigerate until ready to serve.  The longer it you leave it alone, the better it tastes.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.  Fritos Corn Chips are wonderful with this dip (and may have been the original source of the recipe for all I know); its a match made in heaven!
My sister created this recipe in the sixties, so you can do it up retro style and serve this in a vintage chip bowl with the little glass dip tray that hangs off the side in a little metal hangerIll feel right at home!

*My sister uses garlic salt, onion salt & celery salt, and thats too much salt for my taste, so I use the powdered herbs.  For variety, you can also use 1 small diced garlic clove and 1 tbsp. of minced fresh onion instead of the powders, but they will give a much different (not bad, though) flavor to the dip.

FINAL NOTE:  THIS IS JUNK FOOD!  That means its not supposed to be healthy; reduced-fat cream cheese and skim milk will not give good results in this recipe.

34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me, Crafters! Just bought an antique machine and need how to use on: November 14, 2008 05:08:20 PM

I just bought the holy grail...at least what I consider one.  It's an 1890 New Home Heritage Treadle machine with a beautiful Cherry Coffin Top cabinet.  Found it in a corner of the local Salvation Army thrift shop. 

It's a well-maintained working model with a needle,  original box of tools and five threaded bobbins.  I'm checking the antique sewing machine sites for a manual, but advice from someone who owns and uses this treasure would be incredibly appreciated!  I would love to actually use this machine!
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a beginner knit jumper or dress pattern for a curvy girl (me) on: October 30, 2008 05:26:05 PM
I have been surfing for days for a knit dress or jumper pattern for a beginning knitter, moi, in size XL.

Any ideas for a newbie to both knitting and Crafster?

Thanks for your help!
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