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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dairy Free Coconut Watermelon Ice Cream on: July 05, 2017 03:52:21 PM
We've been watermelon eatin' fools so far this summer! Alas, the watermelon I purchased this week was a bummer. It wasn't very sweet or juicy and really just too flavorless to eat plain. I've been finding a few different ways to use it up anyways though (Might I recommend watermelon margaritas? Yum!)

However, I can't always be drinking tequila, so I decided to try out a soft serve type ice cream. Well, at first I was going to make a sorbet, but then I remembered I had a can of coconut milk. This was so delicious, I ate way, way too much of it (but, since it was dairy free I didn't get a tummy ache, yay!) Try it!

1 quart chopped, frozen watermelon
1 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
Simple syrup to taste (my watermelon wasn't sweet AT ALL, so I probably used 1/4 cup.)

Blend everything in VitaMix, adding more frozen watermelon or a drizzle of almond milk if needed. Eat immediately or freeze in a flat container for 1-2 hours. If you freeze any longer than that, you might want to set a timer to scrape it every half hour or so for the first 3 hours. And then when you go to eat it, let it sit on the counter to soften about 10 minutes. Top with shredded coconut if you like!

2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / 5 Ingredient Dishes! on: July 05, 2017 02:53:21 PM
I'd love to see a new cooking challenge for our monthly Craftster Challenge! Maybe something like a 5 ingredient challenge? Make a dish using 5 ingredients (or less). Salt, pepper, and oil are freebies and don't count against the 5 ingredients. Who doesn't want more ideas for yummy, easy dishes??

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Disneyland Skirts for girls on: June 05, 2017 10:59:05 AM
I'm going to Disneyland on Thursday and these are the skirts I've made for my friend's little girls, they are 2 and 4.

I had this Frozen fabric in my stash...not quite enough of it to make skirts but I decided my quilt piecing skills would come in handy and I just added some solid pink cotton to the top.



I bought 2 yards of this Princess fabric a year or two ago on a close-out sale for $3 a yard! I made these two skirts for the girls and 1 for their mom as well! I wanted to use binding for a few of these skirts but couldn't find all my binding (I moved last fall lol) However, I did find this partial package of dark blue binding in a random box, so I used it for a pop of color and also I didn't want to iron another 2 hems lol!



I have 2 more skirts in Minnie fabric I am almost done with, I will add pics when I finish the hems and the waistbands.

For all skirts, including those for me, I did a super simple easy full skirt. I cut the fabric width twice as big as the waist, piecing panels as needed.  For the ones with trim or that were too short I added an extra piece of fabric horizontally before stitching the side seam(s). Then a hem and a simple fold over waistband that I inserted elastic into!

I ended up with 9 skirts, 2 for me, 1 for my friend, and 6 for the girls. 2 yards of fabric I already had for $3 a yard, I spent $10 on elastic and $35 on additional fabric, plus pulled a few bits from my stash. $51 for 9 skirts, of licensed characters no less? Not too shabby! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Disneyland Skirts on: June 05, 2017 10:47:13 AM
I'm going to Disneyland on Thursday! I'm so excited, I haven't been since I was 9! And, I won this trip from a radio station! Who actually wins those things? Apparently I do!  Grin

I had some Disney fabric that I decided to make into skirts for my friend's daughters, I am going with my friend and her 2 yo and 4 yo. Buuuut I needed elastic and I thought I might get enough fabric for 1 more skirt for the girls. Joann had Disney fabric on sale so of course I ended up picking up enough fabric to make myself 2 skirts, along with 10 yards of elastic! (half price, yo!)

I love this one, I had the sunglasses fabric in my stash and decided it would be too cute matched with this Minnie print.




And this skirt shall be worn with black capri lace trimmed leggings. Because girlfriends, it is SHORT and I believe clothes at Disney should probably be family friendly! Turns out my calculations for a skirt didn't take into consideration the fact that this was a directional fabric going the wrong way. D'oh! That's ok, that's why leggings exist!





For all skirts, including for the girls.  I did a super simple easy full skirt. I cut the fabric width twice as big as the waist, piecing panels as needed. Mine I made roughly a little above knee length (the princess one is barely covering my badonkadonk though!) For the ones with trim or that were too short I added an extra piece of fabric horizontally before stitching the side seam(s). Then a hem and a simple fold over waistband that I inserted elastic into!

I ended up with 9 skirts, 2 for me, 1 for my friend (not pictured), and 6 for the girls. 2 yards of fabric I already had for $3 a yard, I spent $10 on elastic and $35 on additional fabric, plus pulled a few bits from my stash. $51 for 9 skirts, of licensed characters no less? Not too shabby! Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: April 24, 2017 09:49:38 AM
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6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / How did your brain even...? (Jayne's Hat) on: April 07, 2017 10:28:07 AM
I made this little patch/coaster/badge thingie for the recent One Tiny Snarky Thing Swap. My partner liked Firefly so I tried to come up with a different way to make the famous Jayne hat. I decided on super tiny hexies! I found a quote I liked that could go with it from the show and got to it. This badge is right at 4 inches square.

I finished the binding at my quilt guild's Hand Sew Happy Hour, which we have at designer Violet Craft's taproom! (You can also see my long term hexie project in this pic, made with 1 inch hexies and Violet's Madrona Road fabric. It tickles me to work on it there).





The Back:



My proof of concept, I kept showing this to people and asking if they knew what it was.



I think I ended up with 1/3 inch hexies? I kept changing the size to see what would fit within the 4 inch parameters.



I initially was going to embroider the words with my sewing machine but I was having trouble with the touch screen, it needs to be calibrated. Plan B, I just hand embroidered the words onto a background fabric and cut them out and stitched on.





7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Girl Full Moon Lagoon Quilt on: April 06, 2017 04:29:54 PM
I finally finished the baby quilt for my best friend's second niece. She's um, 9 months old now lol! Before 1 year old is always the goal, am I right?

I love these fabrics by my friend Mo Bedell. I thought they were all from her line Full Moon Lagoon, but after looking at them again, I think some might be from Hot House Flowers. No matter, they work together! I rounded it out with several different solids, both Kona and Michael Miller and maybe a Bella or two. I ended up binding it with some Heather Ross Mendocino tiny seahorses (omg, I just had a total brain fart and couldn't remember what they were called...horsefish??).  Grin




For the back I used this awesome panel from the collection. A couple people have told me they like the back better than the front lol! So props to designers who make gorgeous panels ha!

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 2017 QuiltAlong on: April 06, 2017 10:12:59 AM
Welcome to the 2017 Quilt Along! Please join in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion, as well as fill the Quilting Board with beautiful quilts.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 4-8 quilts you will be working on this year, baby sized or larger.

Of course, discussing and sharing in-progress pics of any quilted projects, large or small, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, and whatever smaller projects you are working on this year are always welcome!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists so you can find your "master list" quickly and easily.

How to join the 2017 QuiltAlong:

1.) Make a post introducing yourself (tell us about your quilting likes and dislikes and your quilting journey) along with your list of 4-8 Quilts, baby sized or larger that you are committing to working on this year. They could be started already or quilts you haven't started yet, tops languishing ready to be quilted, or any stage in between.

2.) Check in once in awhile! Tell us what you've worked on, or what you'd like to be working on.

3.) When you finish a project on your list, make a post for it with picture(s) on the Quilting Board AND share it in this QuiltAlong thread with a picture and link to your post on the Quilting Board.


There will be prizes and challenges throughout the year, stay tuned!

Challenge 1: Post a collage or set of pics (personally I love making collages via Picmonkey, it's free and easy) of all the quilt projects you made last year! (since we're starting late this year, feel free to do last year but up until now) I only finished, like 2 lol! If you did more than, say, 8 feel free to just pick your faves.


Past QuiltAlongs:

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread
2015 QuiltAlong Thread
2016 QuiltAlong Thread


Quilt by amazon_warrior in the 2016 QuiltAlong
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Circus Lion Quilt Blocks on: April 01, 2017 01:17:47 AM
Rawr! Who doesn't love a super colorful circus lion?! I bought this sweet pattern on Craftsy from Monday Morning Designs. I just need to embroider some eyes! Circuses are the hottest trend out there right now,  thanks for checking out my project!



10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Circus Elephant Quilt Blocks on: April 01, 2017 01:14:30 AM
What's cuter than a blue circus elephant? How about two pf them?! I bought this adorable pattern on Craftsy from Monday Morning Designs. I just need to embroider some eyes! Loving this hot new circus trend!



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