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91  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "primitive" feedbag jordy on: March 25, 2005 04:27:24 AM
I found all three fabrics on clearance and immediately thought of my friend in Scotland who is going to Zambia in two weeks and decided to make her a small bag. I am pleased with the results and not too worried about the less than perfect crazy quilt stitches as she doesn't like things 'too neat - if you know what I mean.' The button whole was my first buttonhole and it didn't turn out very well. Oh well.



92  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pickle Jars and Junky Little Kid's Toys... on: March 23, 2005 01:17:47 PM
If you've got children, you've got lots and lots of dumb little toys...if you are like me you don't want to toss them too quickly - you never know when your child will want a specific toy...my solution to them is to put them in jars and display them in the guest bedroom - fun and neat and someday I will probably keep a jar of the best loved just for ol' time's sake.

93  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-Use those old cardboard picture holders... on: March 23, 2005 01:13:01 PM
Recently, my husbans grandmother passed away and my father-in-law thought I might want the old cardboard picture holders sense I was into photography. Most of the holders still had pictures in them but they were of no significance to the family. So I had the brilliant idea to take photos of my family rough them up so they look like they've been laying around forever and hang them up. I hot glued ribbon to the back and hung them at varying heights along a wall on which I also hung old family baptism dresses and other 'cherished' infant clothing. I even hot-glued buttons to the nail heads.

Wall from the left:

to the right:

Neat tri-fold frame - image toned in PS and printed on photo-canvas:

Girls with Dad - toned in PS and nothing done to it (I figured some photos still come out looking great):

Image printed on granit resume paper and crumpled up and torn:

Image printed on canvas and folded and frade:

I don't know if you've ever noticed how you can sometimes see fingerprints from developers on old shots. After this printed, I simple put a thumbprint on it before it dried:

This one was done in memory of the photos in my Mom's wedding album that we colored on:

These last two were splattered with water:

94  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ladybug Pillow for Daughter's first birthday on: March 21, 2005 12:54:58 PM
I made this ladybug pillow for my daughter's first birthday as the theme will be Ladybugs. I made one prior to this and the poor thing looked like a worm as I didn't take into account the dimensional aspects of polyfil. I used black buttons for his spots. My eldest daughter (who is three) enjoyed helping me stuff him.

95  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / hand made paper with transfer images (image laden) on: March 20, 2005 04:01:55 AM
These are iron on transfers onto paper I made by hand. Most of my paper is either brown paper bags from the grocery store or newspaper.

My eldest daughter:

My eldest again - in a dress made by my mother:

A pink Amaryllis:

Not sure what this flower is:

Ready for storms:

Empty planet:

A favorite shot of my husband about ten years ago in college:

96  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Provencal Beef with Zinfandel for the Crock - great even if you don't like stew on: March 19, 2005 04:39:17 AM
Provencal Beef with Zinfandel
   Source:   Betty Crocker - Come Home to Dinner
   6 slices bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
   3 pounds of beef chuck trimmed and cut into one inch pieces
   1 large onion coarsely chopped
   1 1/2 cup baby-cut carrots
   1 cup red wine
   3/4 cup beef broth
   3 tbsp flour
   1 tsp dried basil
   1/2 tsp dried thyme
   1/2 tsp salt
   1/4 tsp coarse ground pepper
   14 1/2 ounces crushed tomatoes
   8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
   1/2 cup julienne cut dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
   Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Place bacon in crock-pot. Discard all fat except on tbsp
   drippings and fry meat (dredged in flour) in it until brown. Add onions and let fry for about
   another minute. Place in crockpot. Stir in remaining ingredients except mushrooms and dried
   Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours - my crockpot is hot so I cooked about six hours.
   Add remaining ingredients 20-30 minutes before serving.
   Saturday, March 19, 2005
97  COOKING / Dessert / Awesome Hot Fudge Sundae Cake in the CrockPot on: March 19, 2005 04:37:20 AM
I love to cook and bake so I will probably add stuff here periodically as I find new recipes.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
   Source:   Betty Crocker - Come Home to Dinner
   1 cup all-purpose flour
   1/2 cup granulated sugar
   2 tbsp baking cocoa
   2 tsp baking powder
   1/2 tsp salt
   1/2 cup milk
   2 tbsp vegetable oil
   1 tsp vanilla
   1/2 cup chopped nuts
   1/4 cup packed brown sugar
   1/4 cup baking cocoa
   1 1/2 cups hot water
   Grease the inside of the crockpot.
   Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Stir in milk,
   oil and vanilla until smooth. Add nuts. Spread batter evenly in the bottom of a 2 - 3.5 quart
   crockpot (my is a six quart pot so I doubled this receipe).
   Mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa in small bowl. Stir in hot water until smooth. Pour evenly
   over batter in crockpot.
   Cover and cook on high for 2  to 2 1/2 hours.
   Turn off cooker and let cake stand uncovered for 30-40 minutes to cool slightly before serving.
   Serve with icecream and serve sauce from bottom of cake over icecream.
   Saturday, March 19, 2005
98  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Jordy Bag - and fourth sewing project on new machine on: March 19, 2005 04:22:16 AM
I haven't sewn since high school fifteen years ago and now I am addicted. My husband will wish his Mom had never bought a sewing machine for me. And yes, I am old! Sad

The bag. I sewed on a freehand cut felt flower on with button for center. I wanted it to look whimsical and slightly amateur - sometimes I love it, sometimes I think it looks tacky.


Detail of the uneven (purposeful) stitches - do they work?

99  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Photo Canvas Transfers (image laden) on: March 19, 2005 04:11:51 AM
I wasn't sure if these should go in home decor or paper crafts and decided to put them here. These are digital images tranfered to canvas that I pretreated by painting and then distressed with sandpaper. Iron-transfered the image to the canvas (using regular t-shirt transfer paper) and then distressed some more.

I've got several variations on this technique one set I did on paper I made by hand which is  much more labor intensive. My scans of those are filed away. Will pull them up when I feel like digging through stacks of disks and post them too.


My daughter and her best friend in the bath:

My daughter picking clover in the front yard:

My daughter in pink:

The fence at the cemetery where my grandfather was buried:

A gravestone decoration:

Where Angels Fear to Tread - a gravestone decoration:

Someday, my prince will come - so far, I've rubbed his nose raw kissing him:
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