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21  Vintage Coin Earrings With Gemstones in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: February 06, 2008 11:36:46 PM
I recently came into a bunch of vintage coins (oh my, how i love Ebay!!!)  and since I've got so many at the moment, I've found a few in pairs that I thought would make great earrings!  They're simple to make (once you've done the legwork of finding and drilling the coins), but I think the effect overall is really striking and interesting.  Here are my 2 favorite pairs:

coins from the former soviet union w/ garnet chips

coins from the Czech republic with large (but still somehow lightweight) smokey quartz droplets

hope you guys like! Smiley
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22  Veggie Lasagna . . . LOTSA Leftovers!!! in Vegetarian / Vegan by hollylynne on: February 06, 2008 11:31:54 PM
I was madly craving Lasagna for some reason the other night, so I stopped at the store and bought a bunch of goodies to make one with.  this was the first time I've done one, so i was totally winging it, but it came out GREAT . . . and it made at least 8 portions so the boy and i had dinners for a while on one recipe's worth Smiley  the carrots and peppers pretty much disappear, so this is a great dish if you've got picky eaters in the house (children . . . or in my case my fiance Smiley).  The recipe is also printed in my blog, but here it is copied below:

Veggie Lasagna:

-1 large can of petite diced tomatoes
-1 large brown onion, small dice
-1 red pepper, small dice
-a big handful of basil, sliced into ribbons
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-3 carrots, grated
-2 smallish zucchini, cut into thin rounds
-about 3 cups of shredded cheese (I used a mixture of mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano and asiago, but just mozz would be fine too)
-1-2 jars of tomato basil pasta sauce (I used 1, but if you prefer a sauce lasagna 2 would be perfect)
-1 large tub of ricotta cheese
-1 large egg
-1 package of no-boil lasagna noodles (about 15 noodles)
-salt and pepper
-olive oil

*In a large stockpot, get the onions and peppers going in a bit of olive oil. Sautee until softened and add garlic, basil, and petite diced tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer while you handle the other prep steps.

*mix together the ricotta, egg, a handful of cheese and some salt and pepper. Set aside.

*prep your carrots and zucchini.

*build the lasagna in a casserole dish starting w/ a layer of noodles and a bit of sauce. Each layer should have the ricotta mixture, a sprinkling of grated carrot and a layer of zucchini rounds, a few scoops of the diced tomato mixture, and a bit of cheese. Make sure to surround the noodles w/ sauce or diced tomatoes, as that liquid is what will cook them! The top layer should be a layer of noodles, followed by sauce and lots of cheese.

*bake the lasagna covered with foil (but w/ room for air to circulate) for 30-45 minutes at 375 or until cheese on top is browned.
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23  Re: ?? What type of wedding are you planning ~ age?? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hollylynne on: February 05, 2008 12:14:23 PM
I'm getting married on March 10, 2009, at Conwy Castle in Wales

I'm 28 and my fiance is 36, we'll be a year older each by the weddng date.  We're only having our parents and his siblings (i'm an only) at the wedding.  The 'reception' will be a nice dinner after the cermony at our hotel (which houses one of the top rated restaurants in Wales).  Pretty much the only 'traditional' element of the whole wedding will be my dress, I want the whole ballgown thing so I'll be doing that!  However, since it can be quite cold in Wales in March and the ceremony will be semi outdoors (the castle is in ruins) I'm going to have a long dress coat made for over top of my gown.
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24  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by hollylynne on: January 27, 2008 08:48:32 PM
congrats on your big decision, craftinator!  I hope everything works out well for you!

In the "big decisions" department, I've got some news to share w/ my fellow Craftsters too  Grin

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25  Super Awesome Black and Red Star Silk Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: November 30, 2007 11:31:45 AM
ok, firstly, THANK GOODNESS FOR CRAFTSTER!!! I made this baby last night (while I was supposed to be recovering from the flu) and since its going to be a xmas present for one of my best friends, i wouldn't be able to show it to ANYONE who would  appreciate it for another month if it weren't for Craftster!!  So thank you guys in advance for looking Smiley

I had an idea in my head to do a zippered purse but with a flap and a clasp covering the zipper.  My friend is a big Longhorns fan (I have no idea about football . . .this is all her!) so I bought this great themed fabric for the lining off of ebay.  I had less than 1/2 a yard of this fantastic black and red silk left over from a shirt I'd made years ago . . . I knew I couldn't get any more of it and it was JUST PERFECT for her so cutting into it was a bit scary! Especially trying out a new bag idea for the first time with no pattern (yikes!) but I think everything came out great!!   I'm totally proud of this bag and I can't wait to give it to her, hope you guys like!!!

A photo of the lining:

An action shot (purse filled with lotion bottles to show how it hangs when full!)

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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26  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by hollylynne on: November 26, 2007 01:18:19 PM
I've been having fun taking new photographs of some of my pieces, playing around with some items I had in the house. There are my two favorites:

(using one of my favorite pieces of art)

(using eggcup holders)

Really I should be spending more time crafting though than re-taking photos! *lol*

your photos look great, love those toes!!! 

incidentally, i took a bunch of new pictures this morning using new backgrounds too Smiley

Using a pile of vintage knit and crochet books:

and using a stack of my beloved 7 inches Smiley
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27  Made me some "meat" balls! in Vegetarian / Vegan by hollylynne on: October 23, 2007 11:44:44 AM
I've had one heck of a time getting veggie "meat" to hold its shape, i think because of the 'no fat' issue.  the other night i tried out a little theory i'd been working on, baking 'meat' balls instead of trying to pan fry them.  it worked out great!!!  The recipe is in my blog, but here it is below as well: 

1 package of refridgerated veggie 'meat'
1 egg
1/4 cup of italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt, pepper and italian seasoning to taste

-mix all ingredients in a bowl and form into balls (I got 11)
-grease a casserole dish and lay balls in a single layer along bottom
-bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (balls will begin to brown on top)

This will be a good recipe to add to my repetoire for the holidays!  "meat" balls make great pot luck food Smiley
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28  Travel Purses, Lotsa Pockets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: October 19, 2007 05:19:27 PM
I stayed up til 3 last night making these, and it was worth it!!    the first is done in a GORGEOUS embroidered silk that i bought from mood in LA using a gift certificate from my birthday (August! It took me that long to work up the courage to cut it!)

The color is even more glowy in person Smiley
Inside zipper pockets!! there's one on each side

Then, my new carry-on! I'm just not up for hauling my massive luggagey carryon this year, so i wanted a big organized tote w/ lots of pockets and zippers instead.  i'm flying to london from LA so I need room for LOTS of reading material, a crochet project, little bottles of moisturizer, an ipod, cameras . . .just stuff! 
The plaid exterior (i'm going to rework the strap to add a clip and possibly quilt some padding into it . . . i screwed up the strap 3x last night and ran out of patience though, so it'll have to wait for another day!

and the pockety goodness! i designed it with a zipper pocket on each side and a divider in the middle with a zipper pocket as well, so 3 total:

hope you guys like them! i can't wait to use them Smiley
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29  Real Victorian Penny Necklaces! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: October 18, 2007 10:03:07 AM
I got my hands on a batch of genuine Victorian pennies, persuaded my dad to drill holes in them and then started making up necklaces!  I love them to bits, i think having a gorgeous little 100 year old thing to wear around my neck is awesome Smiley  hope you guys like them!

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30  Victorian Inspired Slouch Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hollylynne on: October 09, 2007 12:14:29 PM
I'm SO proud of this bag! I made it as a holiday/thanks for letting me stay with you gift for one of my best friends who moved away to London a year ago and appears to be staying.  I'm going to visit her in November and I wanted to bring her holiday present along, but I wanted to make sure it was something extra special since a) i never see her! and b) she and her boyfriend are letting me use their spare room while I'm in London thereby saving me buttloads of money  Cheesy  I'm going to make her a few more things (never give an empty purse!) going along w/ the Victorian theme . . . I have a few Victoria pennies that I'm going to make into pendants, so she'll get one of those, and also I'm planning to make her a chunky gemstone bracelet.

On to the purse photos though! The whole purse is made from a heavy tapestry fabric so it has a nice weight to it. It slouches in the middle when its on your arm and full:

i LOVE this ribbon, it was the inspiration for the whole bag!  The clip is salvaged from a lot of junk jewelry from a thrift store - its nice and heavy adding to the whole "weight = expensive feeling" feel of the bag Smiley

And lastly, can I get a drumroll please?, my first ever successful inside zipper pocket!!! SOOOOOOO proud of this one!!!

anyways, i hope she loves it.  i'll be devastated if she doesn't!  it seems to be her style though and the whole Victorian / Edwardian thing is huge right now, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for looking!
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