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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / butterfly notecards on: July 25, 2017 04:15:15 AM
I love making notecards/greeting cards. In the Birds, Bees, Buterflies swap I made my partner some butterfly cards based off ones on her pinterest. 

I had a pad of brown cardstock and folded and rounded the corners of the cards and folded and stamped the envelopes.  It was fun digging through my paper stash to find 9 types of red, 9 types of blue, purple, etc.  It also made me realize I have a LOT of paper stash!

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bee Locket on: July 25, 2017 04:06:31 AM
I was recently in the Birds, Bees, Butterfly swap and for the bee theme decided to make my partner a necklace.  My first thought was some sort of pendant and I had a vague idea in mind and went to the craft store to browse the jewelry making section and came across this awesome looking locket.  I didn't know what I was going to do with it but I had to buy it.  I ended up making a little bee scene and adding a bee charm on the outside.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My First TM Patches on: July 25, 2017 04:01:52 AM
I was recently in the Birds, Bees, Butterfly swap and decided to make my partner bird themed TM patches.  She had an additional request of monochromatic.  Which I think made things easier for me because then I had less choices to worry about.  For whatever reason I was stressed out thinking about making them and I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that they didn't have to be perfect and it was ok for the stitches to be messy.  But by the 4th one, I was in the groove and totally see why they are addictive to make!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Exploding Tardis Hoopla on: June 12, 2017 04:17:10 AM
I made this for curiousfae in the filled stitchery swap.  I don't embroidery much and thought this would be a good challenge.  This is the explosing Tardis scene from Doctor Who done in a Van Gogh-ish style.  I've painted this screen several times on coffee mugs and canvas.
Here is what it's supposed to look like: https://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Exploding-Tardis-Poster/dp/B006BEC9HG
I embroidered just using a simple back stitch and used 6 strands at a time (just from pure laziness).  In some areas there are 3,4, 5 different color stitches on top of each other giving the piece a bit of a dimensional look.

And some close ups:

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Assemblage Wall Art on: June 08, 2017 11:25:37 AM
I made this piece for the 4x6 art swap.  It's a 4x6 canvas that was about 1.5 inches deep (I think, I can't exactly remember).  It's wide enough it can stand up on it's own.  Someone had given me something similar on a larger canvas and I loved idea and wanted to try it out.  I layered on thick layers of gesso and started sticking on random bits and pieces I had in my craft room.  Little trinkets, toys, game pieces, beads, found metal objects, etc.  things I've had in jars for a long time but have never ended up using.  I would do a section, let it dry, then add more to it.  Once I had enough items on it I let it dry for several more days and then painted.  I used a lot of distress paints and spray inks.  I would add a layer of paint, let it dry, add more paint. The spray inks helped get into all the little nooks and crannies.  Once I was happy with the paint and it dried, I distressed it with a black ink pad.
It was a pretty fun piece to make and now I want to make another!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini Junk Journal from an Envelope on: June 03, 2017 12:51:43 PM
I made a mini junk journal using a 9"x12" manilla envelope that I had attempted to gelli print but didn't come out nicely.

So the inside cover had a self-made pocket

I slit the bottom of the envelop so that the back cover would also have a pocket

handmade envelope with altered ticket

gelli printed tags

I made a few altered paperclips.  

and lots of pockets

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunkish/Vintage-y Junk Journal on: May 26, 2017 04:50:22 PM
I made a junk journal for Wulf in the Junk Journal Swap.

I was lucky and found the perfect cover in the form of an old teacher instruction booklet from the 1930s.  I tore it in half (!) and extended the spine so that there would be plenty of room for the journal to expand and grow.

I made a couple of embellished paper clips

And an attached bookmark with beads

And to not overload - I made collages of the individual pages.  I mostly kept to a neutral color theme:

And a few close ups:

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Junk Journal Gallery on: May 20, 2017 06:34:04 AM
Original Thread

Has Sent
geekgirl1000100 to Wulf
Wulf to geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss to stellato_escuro
stellato_escuro to LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo to Sinjah
Sinjah to SonjaBoo
Sharalee to stefaniegk
stefaniegk to Sharalee

Has Received
geekgirl1000100 from Wulf
Wulf from geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss from stellafrom_escuro
stellafrom_escuro from LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo from Sinjah
Sinjah from SonjaBoo
Sharalee from stefaniegk
stefaniegk from Sharalee
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipes from novels on: May 10, 2017 10:19:06 AM
My craft group recently had a potluck meetup where you were supposed to bring a dish from your favorite book/movie/tvshow.

I made 2 things. 

From my favorite series (Discworld) I made Genuine Howondaland Curry from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Most of the recipes in the book are kind of jokes and possibly not edible (like the dip made with cucumber, banana, and tomoto puree  Shocked )
But a few are actually not bad.

This was pretty good.  Not the best curry, slightly on the bland side but certainly edible and really simple.  I would try it again and try to doctor it up some.  Also, I used non-fat greek yogurt and light coconut milk so that could have made a difference since real Indian food is really rich.  Also, I probably needed more salt.  I don't cook with much salt so if I'm not told how much to add then I don't usually put in enough.

Genuine Howondaland Curry
(Taken from the writings of Ponce da Quirm)
from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett

4 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into cubes (I used about 1.25 lbs)
small pot natural yoghurt (I have no idea how much that is.  I used the rest of the yogurt I had in  large container - so maybe 8-10 oz)
1" piece of ginger root, grated
6-8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 a cmall onion cut in large pieces - I don't like onion)
4 fresh green chilli peppers, seeded and finely chopped (I used about 3 medium sized jalepenos)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin (I used 1 Tbs)
1/2 tbsp ground corianter (I used 1 Tbs)
1 tsp turmeric
1 400 mL can of coconut milk
salt to taste
water (I didn't use any water)

The recipe also says you could use a can of tomates instead of the coconut milk, or liquidized cashew nuts
Mix the chicken cubes in a bowl with the yoghurt, half the grated ginger and half the crushed garlic. Leave for at least half an hour or, better, overnight. (I did over night).
Heat the oil in a large pan, and cook the chopped onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is a definite brown.
Stir in half the chillies, the remaining ginger and garlic, and the powdered spices. You should have a paste. Add coconut milk and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture starts to get really dry and the oil starts to come out. (I added half the green chilis here)
When it all looks thoroughly cooked and a nice thick sauce consistency, add the chicken and yoghurt mix, and a splash of water (about half a mug) and some salt. Let it simmer about 30 minutes.
Just before the end (5 minutes) add the rest of the chopped green chillies to taste. Add cilantro on the top.

I also just finished reading the Legends of Muirwood series.  This is a great trilogy if you like fantasy novels. 
The main character works in a kitchen at an Abbey and talks about some of the dishes they make for special occasions. Even though the world in the series was not Earth, the food was very medieval English. 
I decided to make Sambacade - a medieval cheesecake from the 14th century.  I made mini ones just to make it easier to serve/eat. 
It uses elderflower cordial.  You couldn't really taste the cordial at all.  I have ordered some dried elderflowers and will make it again soon.
The white specks you see are bread crumbs. 

225 g rich shortcrust pastry (I used premade mini pie shells - didn't have enough time to make my own crust)
4 eggs, separated
115 g caster sugar
350 g cream cheese
85 g fresh breadcrumbs
3 -4 sprigs of fresh elderberry flowers (if in season) or 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial (I used 2 Tbs cordial)
2 -3 fresh fresh edible flowers, for decoration ( if in season) (didnt have)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Bake pie crust according to instructions.
In a bowl, cream together the egg yolks and sugar until almost white and shiny, then gradually add the cream cheese, beating well after each addition until well blended. Stir in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Stir the cordial into the cheese mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until shiny and stiff, then fold these into the cheesy mixture. Spoon into the pre-baked pastry case. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
SERVE warm or at room temperature with cream or creme fraiche

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery on: April 22, 2017 01:28:38 PM
Original Swap Thread

Post your pocket letter pictures here!

Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer


Lindyv321 <--> quaggy
Lindyv321 <--> curiousfae
noooitaremybirthday <--> curiousfae
bunny1kenobi <--> BigBangMomma
bunny1kenobi <--> sammylouise
BigBangMomma <--> sammylouise
bec99 <--> Homerof2
bec99 <--> jellybean
quaggy <--> seeuuddee
geekgirl <--> seeuuddee
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