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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / belly dance outfit on: January 30, 2009 02:33:40 PM
i started belly dance lessons this monday.
i managed to talk my husband into the lessons, but not the hip shawl i'd need or anything for the 'student show' that we'll be doing at the end of the classes.

so rather than not having any thing, i made my own.

to get the jingly noises, i went through my beading supplies and hauled out a lot of chain and a lot of little metal charms.

this is one of my favs and tentatively for the student show outfit, depending on what the 'theme' is. a pewter butterfly charm with gold tone chain, and brass and copper butterfly and flower charms.

my oh so easy hip scarf. made a triangle, squared off the top two corners, used scrap materials to make loops and i tie it with a pirate shoelace. this is crushed red velvet, and i'm gonna make a few more in other colors and materials.

my first bra! omg it was soo hard. i wasn't going from a pattern, but from another bra i have. it turned out really well, but next time i think i need to make it a bit bigger. this one is good for most of my arm waving, unless i am bending over, which is when the left boob escapes. (and only the left one, for some unknown reason). its made of a stretchy satin-y material, elastic, ribbon (for the straps) and t-shirt material for the lining.

just a better shot of the whole deal. i didn't make the pants, but i'm working on a black underskirt and a set of white harem pants.
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What is your favorite spaghetti sauce recipe? on: January 27, 2009 02:41:50 PM
i use a spicy and sweet sauce

1/2 cup diced onions
1tsp crushed red peppers
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 small can of diced or small cut tomatoes
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp chili pwd
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb cooked ground meat

simmer onions, garlic and  crushed red peppers in olive oil for about 10 min on med/low
add tomatoes and spices, bring to a boil, simmer on med for about 20 min, stirring occasionally,
add meat, cook for ten more minutes

serve over noodles, (i like to have mine on asparagus, not pasta)
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: share pizza tips (I like to use pitas) on: January 27, 2009 02:36:08 PM
i used naan bread. i've used a garlic naan and a plain.
and tortilla's rock for crispy awesome pizza

my fav pita pizza is alfredo sauce, quick fried green and red peppers and roasted garlic with chedder cheese on top.

pineapple and chicken is good with any sauce.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / awesome rib/wing sauce on: January 27, 2009 02:16:34 PM
my husband loves ribs and he loves wings, and i ... not so much. pre made sauces annoy me, and the ones he loves are too spicey!

so i decided to make my own sauce, all experiment based. and ohh yeah. i love it soo much.

its pretty simple.

1 cup port (i use a chocolate orange port, but anything on the sweeter end of the scale would work)
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup steak sauce (i use hp)
3/4 cup basalmic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, sliced or crushed
3 tbsp sugar

i cook my ribs and wings in the crock pot, so i just mix the sauce with a whisk, add the meat and cook on high until the meat is finished.

what do you guys put on your wings and ribs?
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: flight of dragons purse on: January 08, 2009 06:46:54 PM
she got her own 'dwagon' bag the next day, a pink fleece tote with a purple dragon and a  moon.  i have yet to get a good shot of it, but when i do i'll add it here.

and it is soo roomy. i can fit my ds, my crafting diary, my notebook, 2 trashy romance novels, my wallet, pens and pencils and a snack in it.  or alternatively, 7 my little ponies.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / flight of dragons purse on: January 06, 2009 01:30:47 PM
so i signed on to do artmo, which is one month of art. i'm sewing, making jewelery, soapstone carvings, oil painting, photo manipulating, and scrapping.

on day 3, i came down stairs to find my 4 year old, my purse and my scissors. Sad

so i grabbed my fabric stash, a magazine, come crayons and went to town.

i made a demin and cotton purse in a messenger style with no straps (i have awesome adjustable ones i wanted to add after)  and my first ever kick ass perfect (imo) lining. it has a pocket in the lining and two pockets under the flap.

i wanted odd sized pockets, the big one is just the right size for my ds, or a notebook, and the little one is great for filling with pens or crochet hooks

my flash inexplicably was not much of a flash here. but i've stuffed the pockets with scissors and the remote control.

my inner pocket, also with remote control.

and then i looked at it and it was kinda plain.
so the next day (cause i finished it at 10 pm) i decided that it needed dragons.
i used photoshop brushes i got from deviant art, the same fabric i used for the lining, and some iron in stabilizer to make 3 appliques, two dragons and a moon.

 all three appliques

close up 1

close up 2

27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - December 19th 2008 on: December 19, 2008 09:24:09 PM
i havn't been able to do much spinning, trying to finish off all my xmas gifts. thankfully, i have a bunch of awesome friends, who all craft, so i spun up some yarn for them!

this was my first time with merino and my first time with firestarr! its about 20 meters of thin yarn, just enough to add  a lacy trim to a shawl or scarf set.

and this is 100 alpaca. i had a ziplock full of fibers from an alpaca farm down the road, they all came from Zed who is the sweetest little alpaca ever.  i got almost 15 meters of yarn out of it, all really skinny. this is a horrible picture, but its the best of the 20 some odd i took.

i have three more bunches to spin up for xmas gifts, and need to get moving!
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / dye mixing on: December 17, 2008 08:05:06 PM
so i've been doing all my dying with koolaid.

i just started adding food colors to get deeper and richer colors.

i was wondering if any one had mixed koolaids to get certain colors?

i'd like to get a grey and a brown, and i know i can probably just play till i get the brown i want, but is there anyway to get a grey with koolaids?

i'm dying the wool to spin into music themed yarns, and i want a grey for spinning 'northern downpour' yarn. its a while a way, i still have to spin up my 'early sunsets over monroeville' yarn and finish the dying and spinning for 'golden'.

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / paint brush rolling case on: December 17, 2008 07:27:43 PM
my parents got me a starter art set for an early xmas gift. it came with oils, acrylics and water color paints.
my dad does oils, and my grandfather did. my grandpa had a carry case for his brushes, but it was ruined not long before he died (he had cataracts and painted in the basement, he thought he put the case on the low shelf, and set it right on top of the wood furnace) my dad inhereted all the paints, the books and the easel from my Grandfather. once he had bought all the brushes, they just live in a cardboard box.

i'm picking up the brushes slowly (because i want the bob ross brushes and they run at 10 bucks or more each) and i want someplace to keep them safe, organized and awesome.

so i grabbed some cammo fabric, some ribbon and made my husband haul the sewing machine into the living room so i could enjoy the big screen (50 inch xmas present) while i sewed

i had a sewing magazine, which i used as a ruler and to set my dimensions, two of my daughters washable crayons, and a bunch of hairpins to use instead of pins (there was an... incident with a pin left in the couch and my husbands posterior, and then all my pins went missing).

all rolled up, and tied.

open, but with the top flap tied down. it has 24 pockets which can hold 2 tiny brushes (it has the ones that came with the paint set in and labeled) or one small or medium brush. (when i get into the big brushes i'll make them their own case)

entirely open.

pockets were labeled with a brass paint marker.

it took me about an hour from start to finish.

30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 12-5-2008 on: December 05, 2008 11:46:37 PM
oh wow! i love the secret sea and sky! so lovely.
squishy candy and ragtag are both so bright and awesome!

my offerings are my second and third from fleece to spin's. I got 8lbs of raw fleece from a lovely friend.

I combed, carded,  and cleaned this bunch about a week ago when my mom was in town. Together i had about 1/4 an oz of yarn, and i needed to do two dye jobs to send home with her for presents.

So i used kool-aid, strawberry and grape and got two lovely bunches of roving.

Time and allergies intervened and i suddenly needed to make something else for the relatives, so i set the roving aside. and i got to pick it up again yesterday!

this is my strawberry splash. I have no clue what the yardage is. It'll be lace trim on a black scarf for a friend.

and  i need to get a few more shots of the grape, but the one that did turn out is this one

i lost my cam this aft and i spent all evening hunting for it so i could get the pics in before midnight! happy spinning till next week ya'll!
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