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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Animal Specimens made from paper and beeswax (lots of Pics!!!) on: October 10, 2010 07:57:08 AM
A. Ma. Zing.  You are so talented.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Gallery! (NEW SENDOUT DATE 4/7) on: April 15, 2010 07:01:32 PM
I was very excited to open my first swap package!  A generous bounty from Kris Creates!

Here it is all neatly packaged

And my first gift was a gorgeous, soft shawl, that I wore for the rest of the night!

There was a sweet little jewellery box filled with beaded bracelets, a sea-stone necklace, earrings... wow!  They had so many treasures.

Action shots:

A pretty candle holder that makes me want to start up a fortune telling business

an amazing, reversible scarf/sash/headband (it will be all three)!


and TEA! (New favourite)

Thank you so much Kris Creates! I love everything.

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! on: March 21, 2010 10:39:35 AM
This started as an idea for a cover up of my mid 90's black sun on the back of my neck:

I wanted to get a tree, because I love the way a tree grows and evolves (branching, rings, eternal record of it's history tracable within, etc), and I also love trees as symbols in mythology and contemporary culture.
I began to look at "tree of knowledge" imagery, because I am a teacher, and I think that the quest for knowledge is profound, and what separates humans from animals.  I also like Eve's story, and am generally fascinated by female archetypes in mythology.  She is usually viewed as the temptress in this scene, but I think she's the hero.  Ever heard of the quote "well behaved women rarely make history"?
Adam and Eve also factor heavily into my background in art (drawing and painting major) and art history, as well as my Italian Catholic roots.
I found an etching of Adam and Eve, and altered it a bit. 
Anyhow, it's on my back, and it was done by Lizzie Renaud at Speakeasy in Toronto, and I love it.  She did an amazing job of bringing by vision to fruition.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidery felt art on: March 09, 2010 04:24:00 PM
I am going to do this!  So cute.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Gypsy Swap? on: February 14, 2010 08:18:36 AM
This could entice me to my first swap...
6  COOKING / Dessert / Poppy birthday cake on: February 08, 2010 04:25:40 PM

My boyfriend made me a red velvet cream cheese cake for my birthday, but he had to work and only had time to cover it with fondant.  I was thrilled to spend my birthday decorating a cake!  I am new at this, but I wanted to try something a little intricate.  Poppies are my favourite flower, so I went for it.  In hindsight, I think I would have made the fondant a bit thinner to get that crepe-y look that poppies have.  I loved the colours that food colouring past gave, though!
7  COOKING / Dessert / In honour of my upcoming birthday... on: January 07, 2010 07:02:27 PM
I share a birthday with one of my friends who is one year older than me.  We often do a joint birthday party, and last year our mutual friend made us a tongue-in-cheek cake to honour our biological clocks


The cake itself was red velvet with cream cheese icing.  I had five pieces that night alone.

I wonder what kind of cake it will be this year.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Amerinadian Thanksgiving via Nigella and others on: January 07, 2010 06:53:33 PM
We visited New York City during our thanksgiving longweekend in October (and had the planet's best pizza out of Naples), but when we got home we started getting inundated with American Thanksgiving TV commercials and such.  My guy and I REALLY started craving the turkey dinner we had missed.  We decided to do a mid week stuffed chicken dinner.  Holy crap it was good!

I of course turned to my Nigella cookbooks www.nigella.com
to find some recipes.  I improvized a stuffing of sausages, onions and cranberry pumpkin museli bread based on one of her recipes and stuffed a large chicken.  I used her Maple Roasted Parsnips (O. M. G.)
and an amazing brussel sprout slaw from Country Living magazine (my dorky favourite)
Home made cranberry sauce (Nigella) - you just cook them with sugar til they all burst
and boring old mashed potatoes to humour my boyfriend.

Then we finished off the binge with homemade pumpkin pie with homemade crust and whipped cream.  Thanks for the bountiful harvest!

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Pink and White and Peppermint Cottage on: January 04, 2010 05:10:15 PM
heyell yes!  We broke it at my Christmas party.  A little stale after sitting there all month, but good dipped in tea Wink
10  COOKING / Dessert / First time with fondant, and a hobby is born. on: January 03, 2010 03:08:19 PM
My boyfriend loves cake decorating shows.
Back in the fall, for his birthday, we decided to give fondant cake decorating a whirl.  We bought box-mix cake which is his favourite (I know! but it was his birthday cake) and found an easy fondant recipe online using minimarshmallows and icing sugar


and had a little fun!

Levelling the cake with a bread knife

mixing the icing



happy birthday!

Loved it.  He got enthusiastic and wanted to make a Fondant Yule Log when I came across this recipe
in my Martha magazine (I just got a subcription! So excited.)

here is his delicious result (I helped Grin)

And here it is as the feature of the Christmas Sweet table at my party

It is accompanied by my cookie tree, my cookie selection (chocolate barks, molasses cookies and snickerdoodles, and my mint chocolate faves - Martha Recipe,  and my Nigella Lawson Boozy British Trifle, as well as a beautiful chocolate basket my friend brought.  All were very very yummy.

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