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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Potting Bench Bar on: May 04, 2019 06:08:15 AM
I made a mini version of our potting bench bar.  The cocktails are made from Ice Resin and the lime/lemon slices are cut from a polymer clay cane. 

2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Make Your Own Horseradish on: April 11, 2019 10:22:55 AM
Weve grown horseradish for years next to our potato bed.  My husband plowed a little to close to our horseradish plant last spring and all of the sudden, our entire bed is full of horseradish plants.  Not a bad problem to have!  Horseradish roots are available right now in our grocery store so I thought I would show you guys how to make your own grated horseradish if you are so inclined. 

Here is a bunch of roots we dug this morning.  The stuff you will find in the grocery store will be a lot cleaner. 

Using both a vegetable peeler and paring knife, I removed all of the skin from the roots.  From here, I chopped the peeled roots into small chunks no larger than a half inch each.

For every cup of chopped root, I added a half cup of white vinegar and a quarter teaspoon of salt.  Into the food processor it went and was processed until it looked like the same consistency of the jarred horseradish you can find in the cooler section of your grocery store.

From here I put it into pint jars (I got 5 from this batch) and popped them into the fridge.  There is nothing like fresh horseradish served alongside a steak.  I tried canning a batch I made last year and found that the canning process took most of the bite out of it.  Were just going to share and enjoy this batch.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Miniature Items Swap? on: April 04, 2019 11:07:19 AM
I have duplicates of many tiny things I use when making dioramas and shrines.  I have discovered that a lot of dollhouse scale items are sold in multiples, like jars, plastic animals, skulls, trophies, tableware, etc.  If you also have a stash of tiny things, maybe we could trade some and include a small crafted item featuring miniatures, too?
4   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Bone Earrings on: April 01, 2019 06:05:55 AM
I made earrings from bones. 

Everythings better when it glows in the dark.  Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox on: September 01, 2018 04:58:26 AM
I had this gorgeous art deco shadowbox and decided to feature some Victorian superstitions inside.  There are so many to choose from! 

I lined the shadowbox with red vellum scrapbook paper.  The chipboard bat's eyes are bits from the inside of a glow in the dark garden stake that I took apart.  My version of a mourning pendant was made from a snippet of doll's hair held in place with a ribbon, a small metal tin with a clear lid and a scrap of pretty scrapbook paper.  The vapours are just a tiny bit of wool from one of our sheep inside a glass bottle. The 'corpse eye coins' are video arcade tokens. The frog is a toy plastic one and the iron nails came from my husband's toolbox.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Dollhouse on: August 15, 2018 10:13:14 AM
I've had one of those ArtMinds wooden castles I picked up at Michaels for years and finally got around to doing something with it.  It was crying out to be transformed into Hogwarts. 

Both stairwells were decorated with paintings set into chipboard frames.

I got this little table at Dollar Tree.  The dishes and turkey are Barbie accessories. 

The castle has a drawer to stash the furnishings away.  It got a reproduction of the Hogwarts dining hall on one side.  The triwizard cup sits on a wooden block.  I think this was a Barbie champagne bucket.  I'm so glad I didn't toss my girls' Barbie stuff when they got tired of it!

Love this guy.

Here is a better view of some of the accessories.  I was thrilled to claim a full set of HP peg people in the Ongoing Wish Swap from jillybeans in 2014.  Yep, I've had this project in mind for a while...  It will make a great first dollhouse for my granddaughter. 
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeydukes Reimagined on: August 04, 2018 09:49:04 AM
Here's a super fun project for Harry Potter fans!  I considered making a single Honeydukes display until I discovered this rotating four room box.  Here's what I came up with.

A spot for the Honeydukes Display Shelf I made a few weeks ago, along with a wall shelf to hold even more candies.

A candy grandfather clock with some fun artwork for the wall.

Of course there needs to be a quiet corner for homework.

And a special section for birthday parties.

8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Szechuan Cucumbers on: July 25, 2018 12:35:28 PM
I keep a bowl of these pickled cucumbers in my fridge all summer.  They are super yummy and can be made as spicy (or not) as you like.

There are just a few ingredients: cucumbers, garlic, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar and sesame oil.

Start by peeling your cucumbers then cut them in half and remove the seeds.  From there, just slice them up.

The sliced cucumbers get tossed with a Tbsp of kosher salt in a colander and set aside at room temperature for 3-4 hours.  This allows a lot of the liquid to be be drawn out of the cukes.  This liquid gets discarded.

Put the cucumbers in your serving bowl and add fresh sliced garlic and hot pepper flakes to taste.  I used a head of sliced garlic and a large pinch of hot pepper flakes.  Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar on top then pour over 1/2 cup of rice vinegar heated to boiling followed by 1/3 cup of sesame oil heated through.  Stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeydukes Display Shelf on: July 11, 2018 10:49:23 AM
Here's my latest creation, a candy display for Honeydukes.  The little jars are filled with microbeads, polymer clay slices, nail art and poly clay red licorice wands and candy canes.  The sugar skulls were made by gluing fine glitter onto skull beads.  The chocolate frog and white chocolate owls are molded polymer clay made with molds that were gifted to me by pottermouth.  She made molds from an owl bead and a Lego frog!

10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Roasted Spring Vegetables with Balsamic and Blue Cheese on: May 23, 2018 10:36:03 AM
Spring vegetables are finally here!  I made a roasted vegetable medley with balsamic dressing for dinner tonight.

My inspiration came from harvesting these beautiful kohlrabi, carrots and beets this morning.

Rather than peeling the beets, I drizzled them with a little olive oil and wrapped them in foil.

After about 40 minutes in the oven at 350F the skins slide right off.  Super easy!

I sliced the carrots and peeled kohlrabi and tossed them with a few sliced garlic cloves, a little olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.  They were roasted along side the beets.

To finish, I sprinkled on blue cheese and made a dressing of 3T. Olive oil, 3T. Balsamic vinegar and 1T. Dijon mustard.
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