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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Free gift with purchase" on: July 28, 2017 05:35:26 PM

This is a gift for my niece-in-law, to go with the Ethel Tote she purchased.
She gave me a lip balm she'd put on Facebook, and told me' "Your money is no good here."
She and my nephew have been married for a bit now, and I've never given her anything.  Embarrassed
(She's a nurse at the local clinic, and that's where I met her.)
Anyway, I decided to make her a bag. I'd shown her some of the bags here on Craftster, and she really liked one of the ones with a bow. She often posts on FB about wine, so that's where the grapes band and handles came from.
Here's a few pics of the progress:

I think it turned out alright. So, what do you think, Craftsters and guests? Not bad, alright, good?
Feedback welcome.
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Latest Swoon "Ethel", with some nifty additions on: July 21, 2017 03:25:08 PM
This is my 3rd "Ethel" Tote Bag.

My niece-in-law (nephew's wife) asked me to make one for her to send to her mom for her birthday.
I decided to add a snap closure and a key-leash

"Well begun is half done":

The handles, snap closure, and key-leash:

And the back:

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Former (favourite) T-shirt on: June 20, 2017 06:35:49 PM

Using her Crafty Majesty's instructions (mostly),
I spent the day making this:

And, having an attack of the clevers, I used the tag to show which way is "front"

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Swoon "Ethel" on: June 12, 2017 09:51:45 PM

The lining isn't in it yet, but here's the next one started.

I have another plain nylon to line it with. Again, I have put both pockets on the outside, rather than one outside and one inside.

The fabric used to be a tablecloth, but never used as one. I've interfaced (interllined) it with canvas. It seems to work well enough, and makes it into a sturdy bag.

Tomorrow, when I've finished it, I'll post the final product.
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon "Ethel" Tote bag -- take 2: relined on: June 05, 2017 06:56:29 PM

This is a free download from the Swoon Sewing Pattern site.
The website says, "A roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag. With a teardrop shape, Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. Its a stuff it in and run out the door kind of bag, designed to comfortably sling over your shoulder. There are a few slip pockets for the small things."

Its dimensions are 13" wide, 10" tall and 5" deep
I admit I was expecting a much larger bag. (Like: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441466.0)
This one is more purse-sized.

I chose a denim for the exterior, and a nylon for the interior. (Don't choose nylon: very unstable and annoying.)
I also chose to use cotton webbing for the handles.
All in all, not a bad bag.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Paracord wrist strap on: May 23, 2017 11:01:40 AM
[Moderator, if you feel this is the wrong category, you have my permission to move it.]

I had seen several of these, and thought them attractive; the price, not so much.
I decided that since I thought myself to be crafty, I would try to make one.
Online, there are lots and lots of different instructions for how to make Paracord _____.
I chose this one.
(I don't have the copyright for listed instructions)

I had the notion that they were very difficult. The above link makes the shown picture very quickly. (I might even go so far as to call it "stupid-easy".) And the end result is just as attractive as the store-ones.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Drawstring Bag on: May 10, 2017 06:56:04 AM
I first borrowed this book from the local library:

I had been skimming through it, and it's written in a friendly, chatty style. I'm not a quilter, but was looking for anywhere that might have a bag. (I think I saw in the index that this had a bag in it.)

Anyway, I found out how much fabric was required, and went and bought it. (Yes, I prob'ly had enough to make it, but a new reason to buy fabric isn't to be passed by.)

I saw a fun patterned corduroy, and brought that, for the contrast, I bought a pink cotton/poly blend.

It took a day to do, but, it turned out nicely:

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A new bag on: March 28, 2017 04:08:18 PM
(Moderator, if this is in the wrong category, you have permission to move)

Kwik Sew 3526, as always.
The main bag body is made from a Table Cloth. (Bought new, and hasn't been used as a tablecloth)
The band and handles are a new, fashion fabric, the interior is a plain broadcloth. Down on the bottom is an elastic, in order to hold it when rolled.

All in all, I think it turned out quite good. (I'm not sure if it's "me", but, I'll see.)

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
39  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Black Midnight Cake on: January 27, 2017 10:24:37 AM

I got this recipe from a friend. it makes a beautifully moist, tasty cake.

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Grease and flour pan(s) (2 x 9" Square or Round. OR a 9x12 Oblong)

Sift together in a large bowl:
2 C. Flour
2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. B. Soda
1 tsp. B. Power
1 tsp. Salt
3/4 C. Cocoa powder

Beat in:
1 C. Milk
2 lg. Eggs
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 C. Oil
1 C. Black Coffee
(The first time I saw it made, my friend poured coffee right from the coffee maker into a measuring cup and right into the batter.)

Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
For Square or Round, bake 35-40 minutes
For Oblong, bake 40-45 minutes.
Test for doneness with a toothpick.

When baked, remove from oven, let stand 10 minutes -- etc., etc., etc.

(Sorry about the picture. It's actually an Oblong, but the picture looks like a small square.)
40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My take on Mom's meatloaf -- with personal adjustments on: December 05, 2016 08:01:15 PM
I found this recipe in a "Taste of Home" magazine.
I use it fairly often. I, of course, adjust it to my family's tastes.
The original recipe is low-fat, & low-salt, but, with my adjustments, the recipe is (prob'ly) back to original fat and sodium,

Here is the recipe from "Taste of Home" website, with my notes added

1 egg white (2 whole eggs)
1 tablespoon steak sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
5 medium fresh mushrooms, finely chopped (we're not into mushrooms, so I skip)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I use Minit Rice instead)
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion (I chop one whole onion into it)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use a small amount of minced jar garlic)
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves (I don't have it, so I skip)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) (I use 2 lbs)
Barbecue sauce, optional (I mix 1/4 - 1/2 C. into the mixture)
I also add 1 Tblsp Beef Flavour boullion dust (OXO soup flavour)

Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients. Mix very well. Press into prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
Yield: 4 servings.

Leftovers can be refrigerated and sliced for sandwiches, or reheated for another meal.
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