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Friday, November 21, 2008

My Favorite Recipe

I have been making homemade cream corn for the last couple of years and this is my favorite recipe I found on the internet.
Ingredients

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen corn kernals, thawed
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( I have never added this to mine, please let me know if you do and how it tastes)

Directions
In a skillet ( I use a big deep pot because I double the recipe) over medium heat, combine the corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper and butter. Whish together the milk and flour and stir into the corn mixture. Cook stirring over medium heat until the mixture is thickened and corn is cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Serve hot.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Dragon's Fiery Breath

On September 11, 2001 before my very eyes,
innocence was consumed by the dragon's fiery breath.
Satan calls forth his pawn's to raise up his army,
to wreak death and destruction.
Those who do the devil's work believing they will be rewarded,
beware, for you, devil's pawn, have been deceived by the prince of lies.
When you stand before GOD on the day of judgement
and watch as your name is struck from the Book of Life,
you hear
Satan's laughter forevermore
as he bornes you down to his domain to receive your just reward.
Everlasting to be consumed and reformed for all eternity
by the dragon's fiery breath.

Written on this day September 12, 2002
Deborah Smith
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I can't believe I found this a couple of days ago, guess it wanted to be published on my blog. I always wondered if I had a copy of it somewhere and even looked for it. Of course the depth of the feelings and emotions I felt is beyond describing. Never forget our eyes being opened when the innocent lives was lost from this tragic atrocity of our fellow man.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

American Cancer Society Fundraiser

"Fuchsia"
All generous donations goes directly to ACS, checks, money orders, credit card, paypal payments are written to "The American Cancer Society", no middleman handleing any payments.

This is an ongoing fundraiser that started a couple of years ago you can read up on it here:


Fiberartists from all around the world have donated their Fiberart for the fundraising. Any research done benefits all humankind not just Americans. I have donated many works of fiberart. Collage Mania II fundraiser starts:
Monday, May 5, 2008 starting at 9 a.m. CSTAll collages available for a minimum donation of $80.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 starting at 9 a.m. CSTAll collages available for a minimum donation of $40.

My donation (above) is done on silk then using Neopastel Artist's oil crayons for highlighting, silk, felt, bonbon wrappers, leather and seed beads then free motion stitching. I am still learning with 3 years of experience.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Instructions on Poetic Postcards "FAT"

Several persons has asked me on how I created my new set of postcards, I will try to instruct, altho I am not computer savy even after 11 years of owning a computer.


This is my 2nd attempt as the 1st attempt has photos and words all over the place, up, down and sideways. Thanks to DebMarie and Carmen from my FAT group for detailed isntructions on how to do this right.

First my poem that will go with the postcards.

July 27, 2007
"Colors" by Deborah Ann Smith

To pick up a pencil and draw with no design in mind,
trying to capture the meaning is so hard to find.

Truly to see hope come alive,
through the struggle we do so strive.

In our eyes sometimes we do fail,
those that love say we prevail.

Yes hope is alive,
we see it all the time,
the colors of you and I and all of mankind.


My supplies:


PhotoFabric 100% silk Habotai 8-1/2" x 11", Kona cotton, original ATC, timtex, stiff craft fusible stabilizer, HeatnBond LITE (this does not gum up my needle), Neopastel Artists oil crayons, baby wipes (great tip by Heidi) black Sharpie pen, Stampabilities Postcard rubber stamp, Inkadinkado ink pad, Coats and Clark hand quilting multicolor thread. Sewing machine with foot off/shank on, iron. I use pressing cloths when ironing my pieces.















I printed a copy of my 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" ATC full size onto a 8 1/2" x 11" ready to print on silk.
I use my template to map out which part will be used in my postcard and pencil trace the outline. Peel the backing off and straighten as much as possible and lightly iron on heat and bond lite (tricky as this will melt into the fabric and give it a different feel and lose cohesion), cut postcard outline made and peel off backing. Place onto cotton and lightly iron to stick. With all the layers and heat and bond if done correctly you will have no problems sewing on your sewing machine. Iron the timtex onto this. I use the black Sharpie to define the lines and circles where I will be free motion embroider. (layers will be: silk, heatnbond, cotton, heatnbond, timtex, heatnbond, craft fusible, cotton. fuse the craft fusible to the cotton first before the heatnbond.)







Now I use my Neopastel oil crayons to color my piece in of color of my choice. This is the really fun part, put color on and use the baby wipe or your fingers to blend the colors in then I cover with the paper backing and iron the top of the postcard. Put more color on until I have the colors I like, light colors and stems and leaves.





Some more fun is fme-free motion embroidery with your thread choice. I free motion the black lines I drew in and the circles, stems and leaves.


I used a poem I made July 2007, made labels of them in different colors and printed them onto cardstock, ironed stiff craft stabilizer onto the back and sewn them onto my postcards.






To make the back of my postcard I used craft fusible stabilizer and cotton. I cut out my pieces 5 x 7 and fused the craft stabilizer onto the cotton and sewn a line down the middle. Once again I used heat and bond lite, fuse the back to the front.










To finish I trim flush to 4x6 or as close as I can to those dimensions and satin stitch the edge. Stamp Postcard, sign, date and sometimes name the piece.



Now here is a base that had gotten messed up printing but still came out beautifull after adding the colors to it.














All the Poetic Postcards together.


I hope the instructions are understandable for you and have fun making postcards!

Debbie

Poetic Postcard swap with "FAT"







Hello my first works of the New Year. Fiberart postcards, I made these for the swap we're doing at one of my groups "FAT" FiberArtTraders http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FiberArtTraders/?yguid=69400433


Poetic postcard swap, I'm swapping 5. These colors are something new to me and I'm really drawn to them.


The next post I will describe how I made these particular postcards and hope you have fun with it.



I dearly loved making these cards and feel more are coming.......


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