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1  pointless but pretty: the cozy mason in Crochet: Completed Projects by misslilamae on: March 25, 2009 09:38:48 AM
yesterday I got the beginnings of an idea, and suddenly the notion of jam jar cozies is irresistibly charming.  Not as an actual cozy for an actual jar of jam (I still think that's a little ridiculous), but as a prettied-up pencil jar or a row of them as tiny planters.  C'mon, picture this with a little african violet nestled inside:

This turned out pretty much exactly as I'd pictured it in my head, and that always makes me happy!

There's no big mystery to the construction: make a circle, then go up, attach fabric + add trim.  The hardest part was crocheting onto the strip of fabric, crocheting off the fabric was easy as pie. It took me one episode of Mad Men and almost to the credits of To Wong Foo (so, about 3 hours).   Grin  Almost all of my craft materials are recycled, so of course it's made with secondhand crochet thread and vintage fabric.

 Now I have a need to see a row of these, all lined up.  I'm off to make some more!
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2  easy + DELICIOUS squash/onion galette in Vegetarian / Vegan by misslilamae on: October 23, 2007 05:24:16 PM
this was SO. DAMN. GOOD.  squash and cheese and caramelized onions, mmmmmmmm.

when i saw deb's post on smittenkitchen.com about her "buttercup squash and caramelized onion galette," a hunger struck me.  i had to make it.  it was a NEED, and therefore a RESPONSIBILITY.


of course, i'm me, so there were a few liberties taken with the recipe (noted below) but sweet holy crackers, people.  this is GOOD.  this is hardcore warm-you-up winter deliciousness.  i want this galette to be my new boyfriend.

things i changed (mostly cos i'm a lazy cook as well as an ambitious one):
- buttercup squash instead of butternut, pre-roasted in advance and then cubed (cube raw winter squash? HELL NO.)
- manchego cheese instead of fontina, 'cos it's what i had
- frozen puff pastry instead of a homemade crust
- and of course it's kind of huge, about 40% bigger than the original.  more leftovers for me!

Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette

For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup ice water

For the filling:
1 small butternut squash (about one pound)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons butter (if you have only non-stick, the smaller amount will do)
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced in half-moons
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
3/4 cup fontina cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces), grated or cut into small bits
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves

1. Make pastry: In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Place the butter in another bowl. Place both bowls in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove the bowls from the freezer and make a well in the center of the flour. Add the butter to the well and, using a pastry blender, cut it in until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make another well in the center. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and water and add half of this mixture to the well. With your fingertips, mix in the liquid until large lumps form. Remove the large lumps and repeat with the remaining liquid and flour-butter mixture. Pat the lumps into a ball; do not overwork the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Prepare squash: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Peel squash, then halve and scoop out seeds. Cut into a 1/2-inch dice. Toss pieces with olive oil and a half-teaspoon of the salt and roast on foil lined (for neatness sake) sheet for 30 minutes or until pieces are tender, turning it midway if your oven bakes unevenly. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Caramelize onions: While squash is roasting, melt butter in a heavy skillet and cook onion over low heat with the remaining half-teaspoon of salt and pinch of sugar, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir in cayenne.

4. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Mix squash, caramelized onions, cheese and herbs together in a bowl.

5. Assemble galette: On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Spread squash, onions, cheese and herb mixture over the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold the border over the squash, onion and cheese mixture, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.

6. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Serves 6.
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3  Re: Shop the Swap - Round 7 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by misslilamae on: October 22, 2007 07:00:50 AM
miss lila mae's StS7 boutique
 Grin OPEN!

disclaimer: my craft studio is closed off from the rest of the house and is smoke- and pet-free.  however, i do have multiple indoor cats and an incense-loving fiance, so sometimes little hints of hair and scent do find their way back there.

if choosing half-point items, remember to pick two so that your total is a whole number.  if you don't see another half-point item that you like, let me know and i can probably make something for you.

--all handmade by me unless otherwise noted--

ONE HALF POINT EACH -- flower hairpins made from vintage fabrics & buttons
please specify: green, orange, red, purple, multi, brown, navy, pink
button color + design will vary
flowers approx. 1" across

handmade notecards
i received these in a personal swap a while back.
i love 'em, but i'll probably never use 'em - so they should go to someone who will!

ONE HALF POINT EACH -- fabric cuffs
100% vintage materials (except red+white fabric)
approx. 6.5" - 7" long; elastic loop closure

ONE POINT -- felt brooch with vintage buttons, freshwater pearls & swarovski crystal
approx. 2" across

ONE POINT -- felt brooch with vintage buttons, czech glass & swarovski crystal
approx. 3" across

THREE POINTS -- Miss Matilda Millicent Marplethorpe
made from vintage + recycled materials, with shell button eyes, embroidered felt face (with freckles!) and tiny handmade book.
her flower brooch is removable.  Smiley
approx. 9" tall


NOTE: i have a lot of fabric to destash, but i don't want to flood my shop with non-handmade stuff so i'll be listing fabrics as they're claimed.  if you're looking for a certain type of cloth/pattern (velour, florals, jersey, etc) let me know, i might have it!  fabric dimensions are approximate - if you need exact measurements, pm me.  Smiley

ONE HALF POINT EACH -- vintage synthetic fabric
left = polyester, similar to knit but not super stretchy CLAIMED
right = rayon/poly? woven, somewhat slick texture
each piece is at least 1 yd. square

ONE POINT - vintage cotton print
approx. 0.5 yd, full width

TWO POINTS -- vintage floral sheeting
seventies ahoy!
completely uncut double-size flat sheet (about 4 square yds)

full or almost-full logs of acrylic yarn, mostly Caron "Wintuk"
worsted weight, softer than "Simply Soft"
approx. 3.5 - 3.25 oz each
please choose:  red, black, brown, teal, medium blue (2), navy blue, cobalt


SENT 10/22: Lapoli - quilted scarf (2 pts)
REC'D 10/25: Mandajane - vintage fabrics, flower hairpin (2 pts)
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5396/fabricsynth1fs8.jpg (left)
REC'D 10/26: LaughingLark - handmade glasses case (1 pt)
PENDING: Mandajane - vintage curtain panel, flower hairpin (1 pt)
PENDING: LaughingLark - green "lace" fabric (2 pts)

REC'D 10/24: Miss Violaceous - Habu yarn (2 pts)
PENDING: sewknitter - felting kit (2 pts)
PENDING: Paper Tart - 2 small books, box w/ rock, cd holder (3 pts)

starting = 3
pending = 3
current = 1


handspun/handpainted yarn
knitty's "mrs beeton" (i like the original colors, maybe something similar?)
knitty's "fetching" in green
handknit socks
wool roving & felt for needlefelting
vintage beads, buttons, fabric
pretty blank journals/sketchbooks
.mp3 CDs - audiobooks or music for me to try

market bags for grocery shopping
audiobook CDs?
recycled yarn
macrame necklaces, bracelets, etc
dangly earrings
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4  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap 6 !!!!! in The Swap Gallery by misslilamae on: October 15, 2007 03:14:47 PM
wow, everybody's been getting such rad stuff!  my MYB from Diane D'Or arrived on Saturday, but I didn't get to finish unwinding it until last night...  HOLY CRAP, you guys.  there was so much awesome wrapped up my in ball i hardly knew where to start.  so... piccies!

the total haul was:

one skein of super soft handpainted alpaca yarn
the motherlode of knitting patterns...  srsly, wow.
audiobook of "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off"
JAPANESE CRAFT BOOK (this is like GOLD to me!) specifically about reusing/recycling (more yay!!)
cute iron-on name tags for clothing
pretty postcard from singapore
rad leaping tiger patch (rawr!)
weird caveman sucker candy
tiny sewing kit
orange pom-pom trim!!
make-my-own-teatowel kit with patterns, floss & two towels
4 handmade buttons
handknit tissue cozy
handmade pincushion with super cute animal pins
handmade craft totebucket (already stuffed with projects, heehee)

Diane, thankyouthankyouthankyou.  i completely love everything in here!  now i can't decide which pattern to use with this yummy yarn...

in case anyone else is interested, there's more pictures of the zakka book here -->
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5  Re: laceweight malabrigo -- AAAAAAH!!! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by misslilamae on: October 08, 2007 05:27:01 PM
I didn't have any problems with my worsted malabrigo

sweeeeeeet. that confirms my notion that the laceweight's the finicky one. 

btw, what will you make with your malabrigo?

ta-dahhh!   Grin  i'm about six inches in a basic "arches and columns" scarf  -- i tried to pin it so you could see the lace pattern -- and this baby will be MINE ALL MINE.  yumyumyumyum.  malabrigo is my new supercrush.
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6  vintage jacket recon - in progress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by misslilamae on: August 29, 2007 10:56:08 AM
i found this rad vintage lightweight jacket at a thrift shop a little while ago, but it had to hang out in my closet for a while before i realized it was just too 1970's-tastic for me to really wear it. 


i'd just finished my new dress (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193066.msg2032910;topicseen#msg2032910)
so  you know what that meant...   RECON AHOY!


it's not finished (obvy from the unfinished sleeve + hundreds of pins Wink) but i still wanted to show it off and get some feedback.   Wink
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7  Re: embroidered... bracelets? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by misslilamae on: August 29, 2007 09:31:42 AM
wow, thanks so much, everybody!   Grin

it looks as though you lined the inside of your bracelets with fabric, is that right?  Do they button together at the ends or is a complete circle like a bangle?

~ yep, they're lined with fabric to hide + protect the backside of the embroidery, and they do have a button closure, like so:

(i made the knotted loop too -- tiiiiiiny macrame!)

So I take it from your materials that they are pretty soft?

~ sort of?  yes, they're soft, but they're also pretty stiff from all the embroidery...  kind of like doubled-over cardstock.  bendy, but they still hold the "cuff" shape on their own. 
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8  embroidered... bracelets? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by misslilamae on: August 29, 2007 09:14:36 AM
i was completely torn between the Embroidery and Jewelry categories, so i went for the middle ground...

i'm so inspired by embroidery but i've always been kind of irked with the uselessness of it.  then i was cutting up old shirts for a quilt and had a eureka! moment with the leftover button placket, and it was all downhill from there....  Grin 

freeform embroidered cuff bracelets!  these have totally become my new excuse for watching teevee.

the nitty-gritty:  each one took me about a week of nightly stitching (while watching Deadwood on DVD, so not like i was bustin' ass or anything) and is made up of recycled fabric, a bit of linen, a handful of vintage shell buttons and a whole lotta floss.

i impressed the hell out of myself with these (seriously, i was not expecting so much awesome) so of course i have to show 'em off!   Grin
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9  no, it's not a tacky shell necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by misslilamae on: August 29, 2007 07:56:12 AM
this was commissioned for a friend from arizona, so she can remember the waves.

she picked up the shell at the beaches here, and it already had a hole, perfectly placed.   Cheesy
i sent it off last week and i just heard back that she loves it, yayy!   Grin
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10  thoroughly addicting in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by misslilamae on: August 29, 2007 07:45:18 AM
it started as a frumptastic thrifted  ankle-length "resort dress" with a nasty red anchor stitched on the breast pocket - but the cut was great (and hey, can't beat $3.49!).  my fiance made a face when he first saw it, but he couldn't see the massive potential...

- of course, i was so excited about the recon that i completely forgot to take a "before" piccie. so let's just imagine it's here, ok?  ankle-length frumpy seersucker dress... GO!  got it?  now, on the the AFTER!   Grin

(scarfy head = fresh from the shower.  clean hair is unmanageable hair!)

- about a foot off the bottom
+ super-rad cherry-blossom appliques (from recycled vintage napkins)
+ a belt i made from the leftover dress scraps, assorted secondhand fabrics and antique lace (ties in back + removable) (versatility ahoy! i really <3 the belt)

= omfg my new favorite dress.  i just started wearing dresses this summer and now i don't want to ever take it off.
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