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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Doctor Who & Spin Offs ROund 6? on: February 15, 2010 06:19:07 PM
I searched but did not find a suggestion for Doctor Who etc rd 6 - so forgive me if this is a repeat...

My husband and I are brand new fans - we have watched all the new DW & Torchwood eps - and I am all excited to participate in a DW swap since I know that there are plenty of other fans on here!

I've never hosted a swap, but would be willing to co-host one if someone is interested! Would prefer to not have sign ups til March, since I am in a swap now that sends 3/20.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Apprentice Pirate on: February 07, 2008 05:31:10 PM
Tuesday night, I had a great time caucusing for Barack Obama, but I couldn't figure out why my right eye was so blurry. Thought my contact was dirty...several hours and a trip to the ER later....turns out it was a scratch and blister combo. I should be fine by next Wednesday, according to the eye doc. 4 days of eye bandage...my friend Ray suggested I make myself an eye patch, so I did! What with the lack of depth perception, it was a bit tricky! Here's me, with and with out the cover! I plan on making a small collection of cute ones for the same doc to give to kids forced to wear an eye bandage for whatever reason.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Turquoise & Olive Hat on: January 24, 2008 02:55:32 PM
Here is my son, enjoying his after school peanut butter & apples with a kitty named Spike, wearing a hat I made from leftovers. 5 colors.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Green & Black Hat on: January 12, 2008 12:20:24 PM
Action shots, with my son, pretending to be "shy"
It's funny, because he is the opposite of shy! I used the fuzzy variegated type of yarn and a size I metal hook.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 1970 Daisy Scarf on: December 26, 2007 08:43:14 AM
I collect old magazines, and one day my sister-in-law saw this one:

She asked me to make her a scarf like that. I hadn't been crocheting long, but i went for it! As it turns out, the blanket on the front was made with a mini loom, so I just started experimenting, and this is what I ended up with. She was wearing it yesterday, so I took the opp to photo it!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Blanket. For a Giantess. on: December 20, 2007 06:54:54 PM
Hi! I am working on the neverending baby blanket. My friend's wife had a baby girl a few months ago, and I got right to work on my first ever baby blanket. I didn't have a pattern, so I just kinda made one up - it's one row of doubles, alternating with a 4 doubles/1 mesh row. The top and bottom have a mesh row to give it continuance.

Since this was my first blanket I had no sense of proportion. So it's freaking huge! I spread it out on my queen size bed to show the size. I can't wait to finish it and give it to the baby - I figure if it's folded up a few times it will be nice and warm!
The yarn is a slender, fuzzy kind - I included an up close to show it's texture.
Used a size I hook. Thanks a bunch for looking!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf - fringe, turquoise and gray on: December 20, 2007 06:43:13 PM

Size J Hook, mesh stitch.
Thanks for looking!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beastie Boys Tote Bag on: December 15, 2007 11:22:14 AM
I made this a few years ago out of some vintage brown stretchy fabric, scraps, and a very well worn Beastie Boys T-shirt. I gave it to a friend Smiley As you can see, the logo is crooked, BUT the shirt was so old and thin I hesitated to take it off and re-do. It was my first time with super stretchy fabric, and I def. learned it handles way different then non-stretchy!

9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Peanut Curried Tofu & Potatoes - Vegan - dinner party size on: September 18, 2007 12:38:44 PM
This is my favorite "party" meal. My friend is going to videotape me making it for some cooking show contest  Wink It's really easy and hearty, and totally vegan. I'm listing it in dinner party size - it's easy to shrink though, just divide ingredients in half.

1 block extra firm non-silken tofu
2 cans lite coconut milk
1/2 C crunchy peanut butter
1 can bamboo shoots OR water chesnuts (optional)
1/2 potato per guest (generally, I use 4-6)
1 large yellow onion
Yellow Curry to taste
salt, coarse ground black pepper to taste
Serve with:
Brown or Yellow rice - 1 C per guest

So - get out a big ol' skillet with high sides. If you don't have a giantor skillet, just use a large pot.

Heat up some oil m/h, add in garlic, curry, minced onion, chopped potatoes and crumbled tofu. Cook thoroughly while stirring frequently - onions should be tender, potatoes should be browned on at least one side, and mostly tender. Don't let them get squishy yet!

Turn heat down to medium, add coconut milk, peanut butter, let simmer till it's all mixed. Season to taste - should be a nice yellowy-brown color. Add crunchies (water chestnuts or bamboo) if you like them.

Serve with brown or yellow (saffron - not the mexican kind, just the plain kind) rice. I usually use a combo of brown/yellow so it's a bit more healthy and also a bit tastier then plain brown, which after all this time I still haven't developed a taste for...
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Curried Lentil Soup - Vegan on: September 12, 2007 12:09:33 PM
I saw the Golden Lentil Soup recipe, so I thought I would add my own. You can use yellow powder or green paste to taste.

1/2 bag lentils (about 1&1/2 - 2 cups, uncooked)
large yellow onion, chopped
1 TBS minced garlic
Bunch spinach, chopped large OR bag baby spinach
28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
salt, pepper, curry

Boil lentils in large pot 1/2 hour, rinse, return to pot, add water to cover, turn heat to low. While lentils are boiling, heat up oil, m/h, add garlic, curry, then onions. Fry til tender.
Add onions and tomatoes to lentils, add water till it is the consistency you want - but not to the top of the pot. Add curry, salt, pepper to taste. Return to boil. Add spinach, turn heat back down and let simmer 10 minutes.

This soup freezes extremely well, is healthy and lo-fat, and tasty. Not to mention cheap! It's vegan, so anyone can eat it. I brought it to my work last year, and it was gone before I even got my lunch break! If you want to make it heartier, use a potato broth - boil a peeled potato until it's pretty much dissolved. It's a natural thickener.

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