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Project Witch... 
Oct. 27, 2012 9:34 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012 4:46 pm
My first attempt at making a kitchen witch was semi-successful, but once I found the directions for using corn husks, the  process seems to be going quite smoothly. Though I've only the two completed witches so far, I do have the bodies/hair of three others... one even has arms!  I also have yet to make some little "aprons" for the new ones - they are "good witches," afterall! 
At the moment, I'm also struggling slightly in the making of suitable hats.  The theory is easy enough, but as the husks dry, they become very brittle and tend to tear... usually exactly where you don't want them to tear!  I might just attempt trying some stiff paper, I thought to save a large white envelope the other day.  The pattern for the husks should work just as well with the paper, which I can then glue as needed. 

I also thought that it was a good idea to use pine needles from our trees for the brooms, but that's a labor of love, to say the least!  Painstaking, and slow going, the corn husk method is once a gain faster, and easier to deal with.

So, crazycook stayed out of the kitchen for the most part today, and worked on the witches...  Once again, thanks for leftovers!  I will have a kitchen witch in the crazykitchen by Thanksgiving, to ward of any evil that may be lurking around. 

Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!
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Oct. 28, 2012 4:35 am
Good morning, Love your witches! They look like friendly ones to me, ones I'd like to have in my kitchen, unlike my old "hag" on my placque. I thought you were making them out of cloth with stuffed bodies. Do you have a Michael's near you? (craft store) I'd bet they have miniature brooms, or perhaps you could google and order some. Maybe you prefer to do it all "from scratch", are there dried grasses in your yard you could tie together making one easier, or a neighbor with hay? For the hats, how about a piece of black felt, it would be stiff enough to hold its shape. To me, the bodies and faces would be the most important thing that I'd want to authenticate/personalize, and you've certainly done a great job with that. Have fun.
Oct. 28, 2012 5:48 am
How cute! I've got all kinds of ornamental grasses in my yard that would work well for your brooms. Too bad I can's send you any.
Oct. 28, 2012 10:46 am
sweet cook, the witch on the right (in the black dress) is a stuffed knee hi sock, with a face of small stitches, and on the right, the corn husk variety. There is a Michael's nearby (but in a nightmare of a shopping center!) so I rarely go there... been 3 yrs, or more! My "new" brooms are using a wooden skewer (kitchen variety) wrapped on one end with a 1" wide strip of husk, then when all tied/glued securely, snip "bristles" with scissors (photo to come...) I am having fun, but you're correct - the stitched face may be better than simple black marker. Each will be different than the ones before, I'll bet, and yes, I'm having FUN with this project! Be well! and happy Halloween!
Oct. 28, 2012 10:51 am
Cat, I'll be your grasses would be great, but alas, the alternate is sooo much easier to work with - sometimes (like yesterday) I couldn't for the life of me stop my hands from shaking - don't know if my "sugar" was off a tad, or what... Good dose of protein ususally helps with that, but didn't want to yesterday... nor some carbs... This morning, oatmeal with raisins/applesauce (chunky-homemade)some cinnamon and a pinch of brown sugar... YUM! I digress... more pics to come when I've a "family" of finished witches to share! Be Well, Happy Halloween!
Oct. 28, 2012 2:01 pm
Unless you have really slim fingers, you're putting a lot of pressure on your hands, working on tiny elements there and that might have caused some finger trembling (my hands would have cramped up!). Also, take care of yourself - don't get so wrapped up with the "girls" that you forget to eat! I'll be watching for the extended "family" to make their debut.
Oct. 28, 2012 6:44 pm
sweet cook, I really think that it was a "sugar" issue (I tend to run LOW when I should be HI...) Maybe oj was called for? Mom was once 5' tall, now shorter, and I do have her "dainty" hands! (Dad's wedding ring slips off my thumb!) Be well... I want to try "Chef John's" pumpkin cinnamon rolls! SOUNDS YUM!
Oct. 29, 2012 11:18 am
Those are adorable! I can't wait to see the whole family.
Oct. 29, 2012 4:46 pm
Thanks, BigShotsMom! Might be the next best thing to cooking right now! be well!!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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