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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: Today at 01:52:47 AM
I really like your coasters. I think hexies are traditionally quilted 1/8" to 1/4" inside each joining seam, but I think you had a better idea for coasters. They look like they will hold up best that way and lay flatter. The edges would probably have curled up the other way. Maybe your little one might like to line them up like puzzle pieces and put them together.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: OMG - I need a drink swap (Sign ups May 23 - June 11, send outs July 10) on: Today at 01:45:02 AM
WOW! Those women look like they MEAN IT! A lot of burnt biscuits in that town, I am sure. I am pondering this swap, too. It looks like it will be a fun one. We shall see if I can catch up on stuff in the next couple weeks.

Ludi, your cactus juice looks yummy. And I believe Smmarrt is correct. The proportions should be similar. I am guessing 10 cactus fruits amount to about 1 Cup of pulp? Most any fruit should work. And the ginger probably replaces the lemon zest for the spice part. I have had Apple-Cinnamon Vodka made about the same way, with the cinnamon being the spice. Steeping longer just gives it a stronger flavour. The syrup helps it ferment a bit more and get stronger alcohol wise.  Grin Yummy. Now to remember the difference between tonic water, soda water, and seltzer to mix it with. The ginger-peach would probably be good with orange juice.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Puddles Pity Party Tribute Shirt on: May 26, 2015 03:56:44 PM
I have been doing more research. Wikipedia states that he is 6' 8" tall! He also did work in Cartoon Network Adult Swim, among many other things. And while fiddling around with my research, I just managed to accidentally confuse my computer, and played "Another Tear Falls" overdubed on itself exactly 1 verse apart. That sounded neat. It has accidentally happened with other songs before, or I can also manage it on purpose by opening two windows with the same song, and starting the second one later than the first. You might like to try that if you become bored with the same songs. Sometimes you need to fiddle with that little red slide button to get them lined up.

You may wonder my fascination with this new found showbiz guy. I am a professional clown (shh. I didn't say that out loud) and also had a clown band. We made our own instruments. I find it fun that in "Another Tear Falls" you will see a guy in the background playing a metal pipe with a mini sledge hammer! How fun.  Wink They are very talented musicians that he is currently with. "I Who Have Nothing" features his wife as the Monkey Zuma girl.

A listener comment stated that they were very suicidal until finding Puddles, and now feel better. He does have an amazing voice. And style. A bit Frank Sinatra like. Thanks for turning me on to this. I will probably become an almost daily listener, too.

Oh, and your shirt surely is neat. I like your take on it. Oh, and I saw that Puddles sells dog crowns that look like they are made from a spray painted Solo cup  Grin Too funny. His T-shirts for sale are not as nice as yours.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Puddles Pity Party Tribute Shirt on: May 26, 2015 01:35:28 PM
Puddles is quite entertaining! I don't quite understand the sax player in that skit, but I'm guessing some inside joke with the troupe?

Your shirt is cute. I agree with your other fans here. It was good to get a laugh. I'll have to catch some more of his clips again sometime.

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Flowerpots for my Audrey 1 and Audrey 2 on: May 25, 2015 02:42:57 AM
Very cute! I love how you striped the rims of the saucers. Very whimsical.

A suggestion for keeping your plants happy..they like a lot of humidity. A shallow tray underneath them with pebbles and water helps. I use aluminum pie trays under my tropical moisture lovers. As the water evaporates, it adds moisture to the air around them. I also found this website to have thorough information: http://www.carnivorousplantnursery.com/info/growing.htm A google of 'carnivorous plants care' brought up many others. I used to have a fly trap. They are cute, and fun to watch. I hope yours help to solve your fly problem.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted star blanket! on: May 23, 2015 11:25:46 AM
Yours has to be the funniest post, yet! We expect sideways, but upside down???  Cheesy I must take up yoga!

I love your star pattern. It reminds me of my Granny and her zig-zag afghans. Your looks like it would be perfect to swaddle baby in...arms, leg flaps, and star top to flip over tiny head. Very wonderful.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY on: May 23, 2015 10:33:10 AM
I missed the swap, too. But am actively keeping an eye here. RaraAvis...you just must post a tutorial for your felted scraps projects. I have been studying a bit about felting.

I know many members here have said they wish to try it. Am I correct in the assumption that you crafted a base form of your elephant, and then felted the pre-felted scraps together right on top to fit it? It does look very wonderfully cute. The legs seem to be separate pieces sewn on after the body and head were joined? I love the red "shoes" and how they puzzle piece together.

And I think I dreamed about that cute button book. A tutorial for that, sarasmiles, would be a wonderful addition to our library of skills here, too. I even thought that gluing on covered buttons might be neat for a different style bookcover. It looks as though you attached the pages together with ribbon, kind of a Jacob's Ladder style? At least that idea comes to mind for me.

I enjoy all the scrappy goodness shared. I never even knew Washi tape existed before seeing it on Craftster. It is fun to work with, and useful in many ways. I can't wait to see more goodies pop up here.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to keep a Clutter Free Home...ha, ha on: May 23, 2015 12:39:51 AM
I have adopted a new plan that seems to be working (mostly) for me. I thought I might share. I didn't create this idea. More like modified it from things I have read over the years.

Every day I am trying to do this:

First is spend 10 minutes per room each day doing something that puts things away, makes a better space for things. I multi task and use speaker phone while on hold, etc. to buy myself this time when possible. I keep common cleaning supplies at the ready (windex, 409, rags, paper towels).

Second is when I am working on a craft or home repair project and complete a section of it, I put everything away. This blends into my first above, because I often incorporate a more convenient way of organizing things since I already have the mess out. I have stayed firm with this rule, so stuff does not pile up out of control. And I wipe the shelf while it is empty.

Third, if I come upon a larger scale organization project, then I allow myself to skip a room or two of the "10 minute rule" for that day. My bathrooms seem easiest to ignore for a day, so that can buy me 20 minutes of additional time where I need it.

The idea is to only spend 1 hour total each day to tidy up. In 10 minute chunks, I don't seem to miss the time. While dinner cooks, I can sneak a 10 minute between stirs, etc.

I wish I could afford IKEA, and all the other fancy organize stuff I see people using here and throughout the world. I use old shoe boxes that I cover and label, jars I have decorated to hold stuff...odd baskets that don't match.  Cheesy but they are functional. And slow but sure, things are finding a valid home and reason to be there. And I am putting those things that I use most often in easier to get to spots. It was driving me crazy to unstack and move things out, only to have to stack them all back.

Just some ideas. When I see the remodel and reorganize shares on here (And I also have been watching YouTube 'How Clean Is Your House' clips. Those are hilarious!) I sigh and hope that someday I will live in such a great castle  Wink Perhaps I have inspired a fellow crafter to also make a 'baby steps toward greatness' goal, like me. It seems to be working so far.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: May 22, 2015 11:48:24 PM

I just can't wait to jump back in!

My name is stillatthetop
I am joining the Quotes, Quotes, Quotes swap.
I will make 1 quote hoopla, just in time for my 'partners' birthday!
It is due by June 24, 2015.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: May 22, 2015 11:10:11 PM
Here are my journal pages for my 'partners'. I had to go old school with scans. Still no computer cord for my camera  Embarrassed

My partner plans to paint a fiery background paper and journal memories about campfires, bonfires, and the time she almost burnt down her woodland fort by cooking bologna on a coffee can  Grin Oh, and her Dad was a Detroit Firefighter and taught her lots of pyromaniac things growing up. More sketches included to illustrate her thoughts.

My partner plans to use a sheet of frosted vellum to journal her favorite ice memories. First time in snow, learning to ice skate, visits for Slurpee treats with Dad (7-11 logo image included), snow skiing. She has pictures that she can add for these and maybe do a few sketches, too.

So, taaa-daa. Only one hour late for deadline. I napped after dinner. Sorry.

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