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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Love Bird Owls on: October 06, 2017 12:24:16 PM
I just love this embroidery design I got from Urban Threads, and decided to use it on an orange linen kitchen towel in keeping with an autumn/Halloween kitchen theme.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Cabinet Of Curiosities on: September 21, 2017 06:27:29 AM
Cackle gave me a French Millinery Cabinet kit for my birthday this year.  I wasted no time assembling and painting it.  When considering what I wanted to display inside I realized I've been collecting things for this my entire life.

I got the little porcelain beaver when I was a teenager.  The crystal skull was purchased on our 25th anniversary trip to Asheville.  I made the zombie display from an HO scale train figure. The green stone glows in the dark (because everything's better when it glows in the dark!)  The shelf below has a glass rubber duck, a copy of the first Harry Potter book and a model of the Enterprise.

The sharks tooth display on the wall was made from treasures I picked up on Daytona Beach when I was a kid. Below that is a metal pin from my first Prince concert during his Purple Rain tour. The jar on the left contains animal teeth, the one in the center is a realistic doll eye I got from Ludi a few years ago. I got the porcelain toad at Disney World the year it opened.

I love the metal box with a vintage sideshow poster. The fighter figurine is one I used often when playing D&D. The metal chocolate kiss was purchased during a visit to Hershey, PA when I was 18.

The shelf on the right has a ouija board and a blue glass amulet I got in Greece.

The little box has black pyramid salt, a jar of preserved ladybugs, a Herkimer diamond crystal and a tiny sheep.  The gravestone is available right now at Michaels.  So is the Tim Holtz resin skull.

The feathers in this section include one from my favorite chicken Nugget and a hummingbird we found in our greenhouse.

I've had this brass diver's helmet forever. The crystal ball is a marble set onto a silver bead.

Towards the back is a polished rock I set for my microscopy class at Georgia Tech, an animal jawbone (thanks again, Ludi!) and a scarab I picked up in Cairo.

And, of course, something to represent Halloween!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Hutch on: July 06, 2017 08:23:40 AM
Seeing lindyv321's awesome Mini Christmas Scene inspired me to post a Christmas project I finished a while back.   This hutch came from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and was very easy to assemble.  The top shelf has a tiny Christmas tree, some porcelain mice I bought at Disney World when they first opened, a book of bedtime stories and a snowman snow globe I made out of poly clay.  The middle shelf contains a jar of starlight mints I made from poly clay, a tiny tea set, a tin of Christmas cookies and a JOY sign made from painted scrabble tiles.  The bottom shelf holds a glitter house village made from poly clay.  The della robbia spray has poly clay oranges and nail art fruit slices.

The wreath is made from beads and nail art glitter I found at Dollar Tree.

The drawer opens and contains boxes of miniature Christmas tree decorations, including lights, tinsel, icicles and ornaments.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Big Improvement on: June 14, 2017 07:21:48 AM
We've been on a spring cleaning binge for the past week or two and came across this print in our attic.  It was something our family inherited but isn't really our style.  I did a little research on it to determine if it has any value and came up empty.  We didn't want to get rid of it and didn't want it hanging in our living room.  I decided to figure out a way to improve it without damaging it just in case it is valuable. 

Here's what I came up with.  Grin  The dragon is an image cut from paper and is just laid on top of the print, not glued.  The frame holds it in place.  Now it's truly something we're happy to display. 
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Egg Rolls on: June 11, 2017 08:30:59 AM
Because of living so remotely, if we want something special for dinner I have to make it.  We felt like having egg rolls last night.  Luckily I found egg roll wrappers at WalMart so decided to give it a try.  It ended up being easier than I imagined. 

I started by sauteing shredded cabbage, carrots, minced garlic and sliced snow peas in a little olive oil until the vegetables were softened.  I would have included bean sprouts if I could find any around here. 

I added a splash of white wine, 2 T. oyster sauce and 2 T. soy sauce to the softened vegetables.  I was going to make veggie egg rolls but remembered I had a dozen shrimp available so I sauteed those separately then chopped them up.

I mixed a T. of cornstarch with a T. of water then added it to the vegetables and cooked that for about a minute until it thickened.

I added the chopped shrimp to the vegetable mixture and placed a few spoonfuls on a wrapper.

It gets folded up like an envelope then rolled upwards.  A bit of water at the top of the wrapper makes it stick to itself.  These were fried for a few minutes on each side in 1/2 inch of oil set on medium high. 

My favorite dipping sauce is a T. of soy sauce, a T. of rice wine vinegar, a splash of sesame oil and a clove of minced garlic. 
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Small Dishes on: May 28, 2017 05:14:09 PM
I adore kiln opening day!  I've been experimenting with a new glaze and made a few small dishes to show it off.  The round one is about 2 inches across.

7   / SEWING IN GENERAL / 2017 Featured Projects in Machine Embroidery on: April 19, 2017 10:58:24 AM
Here is a list of our current 2017 featured projects in machine embroidery.  Thanks to everyone who contributes to this section of Craftster!

Poe Kitchen Towels by lindyv321

VKA Embroidered Patch by amarok

Tron Hat by amarok

Christmas Mug Rug and Ornament by lindyv321

Surprise Winter Stockings by dfabbric

Moon Phase Scarf by MissingWillow

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ghostbusters Altoid Tin on: April 17, 2017 07:10:23 AM
Made for the fabulous gozer, who (obviously) loves Ghostbusters.   Smiley  Peter Venkman and slimer in the ballroom of the Sedgewick Hotel.  The chandelier is made from a piece of vintage jewelry.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pee Wee Big Top on: April 01, 2017 07:13:42 AM
As opposed to Big Top Pee Wee.  Here's a teeny project I made using HO scale figures.  The ringmaster is commanding his dancing bear who's balancing on top of a colorful bead.   Smiley  The circus posters are from a U.S. stamps catalog of a set of commemorative circus stamps they circulated a year or two ago. 

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Moon Phase Scarf on: January 01, 2017 10:52:42 AM
I got out my embroidery machine to make a few holiday gifts this year, including this moon phase winter scarf.  The material is a very soft wool blend.  My original plan was to make it into an infinity scarf but it wouldn't lay right so I went to plan B.   Smiley

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