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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Cooking School" - The Update on: February 06, 2008 01:44:02 PM

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I thought fellow Craftsters might enjoy this idea.  My sister and I have assembled a diverse group of our friends, who all love food, learning and meeting new people.  We meet the third Sunday of each month, each time at someone else's home.  The host gets to pick the theme and recipes and purchases the ingredients.  The attendees get to show up with $10 each to donate to the food costs.  The host has everything set up, Magic Chef style.  We spend a while cooking everything, then sit down and enjoy a great meal and conversation.  This has been a great alternative to a "Leisure Guide" class where you are in a high school home-ec class with a bunch of strangers. 

This is the photo of our "Japanese Day"... which certainly ups the standards for the next round.  We had Chicken Don Buri, Miso Soup and a spinach salad.  And of course, Green Tea. 

Any suggestions for what I should do for my day???  Mine is in 3 weeks...

Okay!  My Class Day was yesterday.  I settled on Crepes, although there were SOOO many suggestions from all of you it was hard to choose.  We has both savory and sweet crepes.  I made the batter ahead of time, and let everyone try making them.  Some disaster crepes occurred in the shapes of elephants and amoebas, but it all tasted great.  Champagne mimosas went well with the whole thing, and other than a million and a half dishes it was a great success.

Crepes, garlic and chive cheese sauce, prosciutto, avocado, gruyere, hot apples and cinnamon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemon, whipping creme, icing sugar, nutella and of course, real Canadian Maple Syrup from Quebec.

The gang:

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Penguins - First Needle Felting Project on: February 05, 2008 09:03:55 PM
I finished these a few months ago, but now am all motivated to post after completing the Resolution Challenge for January.  These are my first attempt at needle felting.  The little guy on the right is the first one, and I had the other two finished the next morning!  Teaching myself to needle felt was my present to myself instead of taking a trip on a long weekend.  (Starving student)  These guys now live at my sisters, where they have a biggest brother that was knitted from the "Pasha" pattern on Knitty.

The dog had to get in on the action... yet again.

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Resolution: Organize the Stash on: February 04, 2008 10:08:43 AM
My crafting resolution is to organize and reduce my knitting yarn and needles.  Over time my stash has grown and GROWN...  My needles were in a confusing jumble causing me to purchase duplicates because I didn't know what I owned!!  Here is the before on my "organizing system":  (haha)



Obviously something needed to be done.  Resolution: find a solution!!  Enter: one OOgley dresser, desperately in need of refinishing.  Note the horrible handles and grime!  The finish was called "Silver Mist"... ugh.


Detail of old hardware:

Somehow this dresser was crying out to be blue.  This caused many looks of skepticism from the BF and other male clerks and salespeople.  (I'm claiming artistic vision, not poor taste)  I removed the hardware, stripped the finish off, sanded it down and then started the dye process.  I chose Aniline dye, as opposed to stain to try to keep some of the wood grain showing.  I ended up dying my hands and face blue at the same time.  Quite the adventure.  Two coats of satin varnish, some new modern handles... and VOILA!  Blue dresser.



In use organizing yarn, the "Lopi Drawer":

The final part of my resolution was to organize my knitting needles.  This was a process of trial and error, and I certainly would change a few details now.  I ended up taking apart the DPN case and removing some layers to make it less bulky. 

DPN case:

Circ. case:

All in all I am very happy with how it all turned out.  I am loving the needle cases, being organized is amazing!  I just put the finishing touches on the dresser last night, so have yet to use it.  Special thanks to the BF for all his help and advice.  Hope you enjoy looking at these!

PS - Seems like my dog likes his bum to be in all the shots!  Managed to crop him out of all but two of the photos!

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