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 on: February 22, 2018 11:43:57 AM 
Started by Acadian Driftwood - Last post by blupaisan

this is a card I did that got lost in the mail. It was one of my 'things' amongst the several that I did each day.

 on: February 22, 2018 10:30:18 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Ezri_B
Prompt: February- Sensing/Intuition
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering, meme
Project Name: Alium Free Pizza Sauce
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454358.0
Brief Description: As I've mentioned before my husband has recently found out that he has an allergy/intolerance to alliums (garlic, onion, etc...) we are still in the elimination stage soon to reintroduce, but he's been really depressed with his food options. He loves pizza and I wanted to cheer him up, so I went into the kitchen to wing a sauce so we could make him pizza. It turned out great! I was shocked and delighted. He was over the moon. It will I'm sure become a weekly request. Recipe in link above.
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Prompt: February- judging/perception
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: engineering, meme
Project Name: Frickn' Awesome Peanut Butter Semifreddo
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454360.0
Brief Description: My husband picked a peanut butter semifreddo w/blackberry sorbet at a super fancy restaurant we went to. I don't really care for peanut butter, but gave it a try. It was the best thing I have ever eaten! I had to recreate it at home. It is probably my go-to dessert now. I still need to work on the sorbet, but the semifreddo was awesome! Recipe in link above.
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Prompt:  February Battle Me v You
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: meme
Project Name: Personal Pouch
Brief Description: I made a pouch just for me. Loved this plaid and had to do something with it!
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Prompt: February- Your Personality
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: meme
Project Name: Little FBomb
Brief Description: I swear... way too much. I also have trust issues with people who NEVER swear. This was made as a joke for my husband who was having a bad day with a co-worker he oversees.
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Prompt: February- thinking/feeling
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: meme
Project Name: Big F-Bomb
Brief Description: Hubby's co-worker has continued to annoy him, so as a joke after the little one, I made him a bigger one. This one weighs over a pound and could do some serious damage if they weren't ready for it. Hubby just picks it up and gently tosses it in the air menacingly now. I wish I could see it, his other co-workers think it is hilarious and have requested their own.
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 on: February 22, 2018 10:12:11 AM 
Started by Ezri_B - Last post by Ezri_B
I went to a fancy restaurant and we had a few different desserts. My hubby picked the peanut butter semifreddo with blackberry sorbet. I don't like peanut butter (I know gasp) but thought I'd give it a taste. It was the best thing I had ever eaten in my life! I had to have it and I had to learn how to make it because we could not afford to come to this fancy restaurant often. So I did, and it turned out pretty great. Next time I will try a different sorbet and maybe add a tuile or something for crunch, but it was amazing and probably my go-to for guests in the future.

Peanut butter Semifreddo
8 egg yolks
 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup granulated sugar
 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup heavy whipping cream

-Combine the egg yolks and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a heatproof bowl and whisk until smooth.
-Place the bowl over a saucepan filled with an inch of simmering water (a double boiler). Whisk the mixture slowly and continuously until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 5-7 minutes. It will be fluffy-ish
-Remove the bowl from the pan, and pour the egg mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any small bits of cooked egg.
-Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. It will be incredibly thick.
-In a separate bowl, combine the whipping cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and whip to soft peaks.
-Add 1/3 of the whipped cream to the egg yolk mixture, and mix with the electric mixer until incorporated. This will lighten the peanut butter mixture tremendously, and you should be able to fold the rest of the cream in by hand.
-Add another 1/3 of the whipped cream and fold it into the peanut butter with a spatula, taking care to deflate the cream as little as possible. When mostly incorporated, fold in the remaining 1/3 of the whipped cream.
-Transfer mixture into an 8x8" cake pan, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture, freeze 4-6 hours, until completely frozen. I used a biscuit cutter, but you could cut in squares to serve. Be careful it will melt quickly. It is a semifreddo
-Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the peanut butter mixture, then freeze for 4-6 hours, until completely frozen.

 on: February 22, 2018 10:06:14 AM 
Started by Lothruin - Last post by Lothruin
Some time ago I made a cape for a friend's Little Red Riding Hood costume, but it needed to really use the fabric to it's every advantage, because she couldn't afford to spend too much on yardage. It didn't have to be especially long; in fact it was a sort of Victorian-themed costume, so a shorter cape was appropriate. Here's what I came up with:

This uses exactly 2 yards of 54" wide wool blend suiting material. Below is a diagram, and below that is an explanation of the diagram, which may or may not be self-explanatory.

So. Most wool-blend suiting comes in the approx 60" widths, which are usually closer to 54" to 56". Buy 2 yards, and make sure you get a cut that's as close to the grain as possible, but everything is approximate anyway, so there's wiggle room.

Start by cutting your fabric as long as it is wide. set aside the extra, which should be about 18", and then even up the square, and either deliberately fray all four edges (this is what I did for this example), or hem or fray-check them, or add any edging decorations. From one corner, measure 18" up both connecting sides, then mark an arc from point to point, with an 18" radius. Set this aside for now.

Now, with the bit you cut away: Cut into three even strips. If you can get three strips 6" wide, then great, but it's more likely you'll get 4" or 5" wide with some scrap left over due to evening out the store cut, etc. Sew these strips together into one long strip. Edge them however you want; ribbon edging, frayed, pinked, etc., but keep in mind they will be gathered a LOT. (In fact, you CAN just use 2 strips, really.) As with the other edges, I left mine frayed.

Now, you're going to run two rows of gather stitches equidistant from both edges, and between 1.5" and 2" apart. (So, if you have a 5" strip, run gathering stitches 1.5" in from both edges, leaving a 2" channel down the middle.) Now, this is a little finicky, but you're going to gather these up to slightly different lengths. Lay your strip down so that the center of the strip lays along the arc you marked on your square of fabric, and gather until both ends of your strips butt up flush with the edges of the cape, and the ruffles lay flat in a smooth arc, always with the center of the channel running along the marked arc. Pin well, and sew the gathered strip down along the gather stitches. (Later, if you have patience, you can pull the gather threads out.)

You're basically done. I just folded the point back about 6" and tacked it down, then ran a big ribbon through the gathered channel and tied in front. It's a super quick project if you just need a "plain" cape. It turns out something a little fancy and swishy and ruffly, without even adding any additional decorations. But simple steps to fancy it up even more include running a fancy edging along all the sides, sewing in a lining in the hood part (inside the arc) or just use two squares of fabric to line the whole cape, adding a tassel to the point in back, etc.

 on: February 22, 2018 09:48:40 AM 
Started by Ezri_B - Last post by Ezri_B
My husband has just learned he has an allium (onion, garlic, chive, green onion, etc.) intolerance maybe an allergy. We are not sure to what severity, so we are still in the elimination process about to step into the reintroduction stage. Anyway, his favorite thing in the entire world is pizza, and he's been super depressed because of this elimination, so I went into the kitchen with no real recipe or plan, just I was making him pizza.... This is what I came up with for a sauce and it was AWESOME! I mean, I'd prefer it with garlic and onion, but for not having it- it was amazing. I also made a sausage but have a bit of tweaking to do for perfection so I haven't posted that yet.

Pizza sauce- Allium free
2 T olive oil
1T butter
1/4 c minced celery
8 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
2 T parmesan cheese
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t salt
1/2 t sugar
1/4 t black pepper
1 small bay leaf
1 t ground fennel

Cook celery in oil & butter until soft. Add all other ingredients and simmer 30-60 minutes until the desired consistency.

I hope no one else has this issue, but if you do, this is a great recipe to not feel like such a freak. (Now to find a perfect ketchup recipe)

 on: February 22, 2018 08:09:00 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Acadian Driftwood
Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: WIP It, Meme
Project Name: Persistent Thistle Embroidery
Project Link: Get the pattern here (adult content not in the link, but elsewhere on this website)
Brief Description: Last March, I embroidered the first word of this project and didn't pick it up again until a couple weeks ago. Shocked It took maybe 8 hours on and off to complete. It's going to be a pillow eventually, but that will be a separate project.
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Prompt: January Battle Royale: Les Mis
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: WIP It, Meme
Project Name: Ferret Gate
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Not as elaborate as the June Rebellion's barricade, but sufficient to keep my ferrets from stealing everything that's upstairs. I've had the playpen panels since summer, and finally got around to cleaning and painting them. It hangs on hooks in the doorway, and folds in half to store on more hooks on the hallway wall.
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Prompt: December: All Your Base Are Belong To Us
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic, Meme
Project Name: Bottlecap Shrine
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454356.0
Brief Description: A tiny shrine made for clm in the Positive Affirmations swap!
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Prompt: February: Introverted/Extroverted
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community, Meme
Project Name: Ramen Recipe
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454179.0
Brief Description: I spent a while tweaking this recipe before finally posting it. Ramen for one for the gourmet introvert. Wink
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Prompt: February: Sensing/Intuition
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Meme
Project Name: Live Gently Prayer Flag
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Made for dharma_rebel in the Positive Affirmations swap. I cut a base for the flag, then sewed along from my scrap bin wherever my inspiration took me. I wasn't even sure which quote I was going to use until the end!
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 on: February 22, 2018 07:53:49 AM 
Started by Acadian Driftwood - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
I feel ya PB. I am using the diningroom table for these enormous awkward curtains I've been trying to complete for ages and every day have to clear it off for eating, then clean it well because kids are messy. The ironing board is in the kitchen and the living room is full of fabric etc. It's spilling out all over the place and we had guests the other day, ugh! Not very motivational. I need a bigger table in my crafting space.

I finished this snow leopard dotee on the 11th and it's been received now.

I haven't been very good about keeping my list post up so I went through photos etc and wrote up a timeline of what I've done all month. I have completed or worked on something every single day except for the 8th when I just wasn't feeling it. I fixed up my list post with descriptions and thumbnails. I'm quite pleased with myself so far this Feb. Not too shabby!

 on: February 22, 2018 07:49:39 AM 
Started by tendstowardschaos - Last post by tendstowardschaos
I picked up a dress at Goodwill because I liked the fabric. It's a really soft cotton/linen blend with some decent weight to it.

I took it almost completely apart and re-fitted it into a knee-length, casual dress with a side zipper. My DS suggested I change the color to violet, but I can't bleach out the olive.  Cry I could always dye it a darker color, though...black, navy, dark green. I didn't have matching thread - I just used ivory cotton thread - so I'd like to dye it regardless.

I'd also like to add patch pockets...need to decide between using the same fabric and the fabric I used to face the collar and armholes.

Here's what the original dress looked like:

Thanks for looking! I'm totally stuck, so any opinions on dye color or pocket fabric would be much appreciated!  Kiss

 on: February 22, 2018 07:45:50 AM 
Started by Acadian Driftwood - Last post by Acadian Driftwood
I was lucky to be paired with craftylittlemonkey in the Positive Affirmations swap, and she had magnets and tiny shrines on her questionnaire. It wasn't originally going to be this tiny... but then I decided to use words cut out from an old book, and they looked lost in my larger tin.

Ingredients: Bottle cap, painted black inside. Blue paper, painted with tiny stars. Words cut from an old 007 novel. Golden bangle, fallen from the fringe of a jingly skirt wrap. Stone bunny, in stash FOREVER. Star sparkles inside, round sparkles outside. Bits of purple yarn. Wire charm, received in a craftster supply swap ages ago. And a feather I found outside, I think from a downy or hairy woodpecker.

The magnet on the back came from one of those papermate datebooks with the magnetic closure strap. I cannibalize everything before getting rid of it! In the pictures, it is sticking to a nail in the windowframe. I like finding unexpected places to stick magnets, like running one over your drywall until you find a screw.  Cheesy

I had fun placing all the tiny bits with tweezers! I'm glad clm liked this peaceful little nighttime scene.

 on: February 22, 2018 07:04:12 AM 
Started by Ludi - Last post by Ludi
He he!

Here's a silly cartoon of the Shaw play "Too True To Be Good" 1932

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