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1  COOKING / Dessert / You have to try my Banana Pudding! on: September 12, 2014 12:10:28 PM
This is hands down the best banana pudding I've ever made/had. My husband was dying for me to make it, so here it is. He says it tastes more like a banana cream pie than pudding, so I guess that's a compliment.  Cheesy

Ingredients:
4-5 large bananas
1 box Nilla wafers (vanilla wafer cookies)
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding (Not banana pudding...Weird, right? Just trust me.)
3 cups + 1/4c. milk
1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups cool whip

Mix the milk & pudding together first, then blend in the cream cheese. (leave it out of the fridge for awhile so it softens a bit to make mixing easier)
Then blend in the cool whip until creamy.

In a deep dish/pan, what have you, line the bottom with the nilla wafers.
Spoon on a layer of pudding mix & smooth it out.
Slice up a layer of banana on top of that.

Repeat these steps until you have come to the top of your dish & have hopefully ended with a layer of fluffy pudding.
With the leftover nilla wafers, I crushed them up & sprinkled on top. I know it's not perfectly pretty, but for what this is lacking in good looks, it more than makes up for in taste! It's banana heaven baby!

Enjoy! Smiley
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Snap Clutch Purse - Batik Patches - by isewcute on: September 07, 2014 05:12:22 PM

This photo is by Loves2Experiment... my partner in a make a friend swap last year. Smiley


I had a great time creating this clutch because I was doing a craft I love...piecing squares as you would for a quilt...and doing something I was completely unfamiliar with...making a snap clutch with a purse frame. One of the things I love most about swaps is that it pushes me to do or try things outside of my normal comfort zone.

For this project, I cut strips of batik fabric & sewed them together, then cut the sewn together strips into yet more strips, then matched up the corners & patterns how I liked them & stitched them into a workable piece of patchy fabric.


Sewing was a little crazy, but the challenging part for me was to fit the fabric piece into the purse frame.  Roll Eyes After a couple of trial & errors...it came together as planned. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Grin


I think it turned out so cute!... or 'sew cute'! Cheesy Best of all, my awesome partner, Loves2Experiment, seemed to really like it!
3   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects - Summer 2014 on: September 02, 2014 10:46:20 AM
Here are some of the amazing featured projects for summer 2014 selected by you & the craftster community by hitting the 'this rocks' button. Thank you all for sharing your amazing crafty creations with us!  Smiley

Beaded Electric Mayhem Bracelet
by calixita


More Spoon Pendants...galaxy themed
by lidehtium


Pixel Heart Necklace + Zombie Hands
by Kaoticat


Fibre Based Jewelry
by Belladune


Peter Pan Necklace
by Deumira


Lazy Super-Duo Bracelet
by Beholderess


Embroidered Pendants
by artsycandice


Gnome Charm Bracelet
by Mistress Jennie






4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Anybody want a peanut? Princess Bride Movie Stitchalong. on: April 01, 2014 06:11:01 AM
I'm so in love with the movie, "The Princess Bride" & have been inspired to stitch up some of my favorite characters & quotes. Would you like to stitchalong with me? Here is Fezzik as played by Andre the Giant & my favorite quote of his, "Anybody want a peanut?"

Print out the pattern & trace onto fabric with a lightbox or against a bright window & stitch up some Princess Bride awesomeness!



Printable pattern here.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization on: February 10, 2014 03:03:08 PM
This is my little girl over the moon with her new vanity I surprised her with today when she came home from school.


This is what I started out with. A couple of flea market finds; a wicker framed mirror and a shelf made from a shutter + leftover paint from painting my daughter's room 6+ years ago.


The mirror had been made to hang vertically & I wanted it to be horizontal which is just a tad wider than my shelf is long, so I added some hardware to the back for attaching it to the wall.


I then masked off the mirror area & began to paint.

Wicker is a total pain to paint in case you might want to try this, you've been warned. Wink You can see I'm using an old ice cream bucket to store the paint in...it's great! Has a handle & is airtight! So much better than messing with the can which had rusted a bit around the lid from being stored for so long in a damp area.

I also painted the shelf with 2 coats.


I mounted the mirror to the wall at my girl's eye level & then hung the shelf directly below it. It's really fabulous for my daughter because it has these great big pegs for hanging her necklaces, bracelets, & little purses from.

She can keep all her lotions, hairclips, hair brush, & whatnots on the shelf...so organized, so cute, so fun! She absolutely loves it!  Grin


I'm so thrilled to have finally completed this project. I've had the idea for a few months now & it's been one of my new year resolutions to get to that 'crafts to do' list hanging over my head.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Grumpy Cat Shrink Plastic Chandelier Earrings on: February 06, 2014 09:48:08 AM


So my latest craft obsession has been working with shrink plastic! I have been wanting to make a pair of Monday earrings to beat the Monday blues. What better subject for such a project than Tardar Sauce aka 'Grumpy Cat'?

This is the brand of ink jet printable shrink plastic I used:


I created the printable art file & lightened it by about 50%. Printed them, cut the pieces out, & punched holes for assembly. Shrank them in the toaster oven set at 275...according to the package instructions. I did one piece at a time to prevent the pieces from melting & sticking together.


If I were to do the art for this again, I would've made it even lighter as they became quite dark after the shrinking process. Check out how much they shrink up!




I attached the limbs with various jump rings & attached an earring hook at the top:

They have a bit of movement because of the dangling limbs & make a little plastic clinky noise while they're being worn.




I hope this project inspires you! My next project with shrink plastic will be my bunny, Yuki. I need to think spring & get over this cabin fever!


Haven't tried working with shrink plastic before? Check out this video tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341442.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx

Here is an easy DIY Valentine jewelry shrink plastic project you can download & make for Valentine's day: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431298.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx
7   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids on: February 04, 2014 08:31:41 AM
Make yourself or your sweetheart a pair of cute-cupid shrink plastic earrings!


What you need:
My cute cupid artwork provided for personal use only
printable shrinky dink plastic for ink jet printers
an ink jet printer
scissors
hole punch
jewelry findings: jumprings & earwires
jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers to open jumprings
lacquer (not necessary, but recommended)

I was inspired to make some valentine earrings & since it's all about the love, I thought I'd share this with y'all if you'd like to make them for yourself, a friend, or a sweetheart.

Here is the ready to print artwork of my cupids (printable file here). I drew one in my sketchbook & scanned it into the computer to work with. You can see I made a mirror image so they aren't flying the same direction. The color looks washed out here because I decreased the opacity by about 40% so once they shrink, they won't get too dark or muddy looking.

This is the brand of shrink plastic I used:


Cut out the cupids & be sure to leave a little bit of white around all the edges.


Punch a hole for hanging before you shrink them...and it saves you having to drill one later. Wink


Now they're ready to shrink!


Preheat your oven according to the shrink plastic instructions. I used my toaster oven at 275 because there is less air flow & I've had much better experiences shrinking plastic in it rather than my large oven.

Place your pieces to shrink on a tray covered with paper. This is just as I put them in the oven.


This is what they looked like after shrinking:

They do darken up quite a bit.

Once they've cooled to the touch, you can give them a protective coating of clear lacquer to protect the ink.
Add the jumprings & ear wires:

I used two jumprings so that the earrings will hang straight:


Now you're all set to rock your super fun cupid earrings or give them as a gift!

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer on: February 04, 2014 06:10:15 AM
We made these for our family superbowl party & they were epic...so good I just have to share with y'all!



Ingredients:
2-3 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 lb. thick cut bacon
1 cup brown sugar
one packet chili seasoning
1/2 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare a tray to bake on. I used a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil & placed a rack on the top & sprayed it with a non stick cooking spray.

Cut the bacon strips into thirds.
Cut the chicken into one inch cubes/pieces
Mix the brown sugar, cloves, & about half of the chili seasoning together in a plastic bag for dredging the chicken.

Completely coat the chicken with the brown sugar spice mix.

Wrap bacon around the chicken & secure with a toothpick.


Place the pieces on the prepared tray.


Bake for about 35 minutes. You can rotate the pieces halfway through baking to crisp up both sides.


Enjoy!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt on: January 03, 2014 07:59:36 PM
The original post that inspired me: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0#axzz2pOF0kWso

I've been wanting to make my little girl a unicorn shirt using this method ever since I first saw the original post.



Here is a tutorial of how I did it.  Smiley

You'll need:
Sharpie pens in any colors you'd like
rubbing alcohol
a t shirt or fabric
sponge brush or watercolor brushes... I used some of my kids' brushes.
a frame of sorts to stretch your fabric so that it doesn't lay flat against any surface.

First I stretched the shirt over a plastic tote lid, so that the shirt itself was raised a bit & not resting flat against the plastic. I figured this would help keep the colors from running where I didn't want them to run. I think if you're doing a small area, an embroidery hoop or q-snap type of frame would work well too.


Next, draw your design on your fabric lightly. The colors are all going to go crazy & bleed into one another, so you don't have to be precise.  Wink


Note: This is what the ink looks like before and after you brush on a little rubbing alcohol.


Then loosely color it in leaving white spaces in between your lines to avoid it getting too muddy looking.


Next, you brush on the rubbing alcohol all over the areas you want the color to explode & run together. Note that it's sometimes going to go where you don't expect it to... as Bob Ross would say, these are happy accidents. Especially on a kiddo's unicorn shirt!  Wink


You can add more color & rubbing alcohol as needed to get your desired effect. I did more linework & shading here...


Finally, you'll want to heat set your sharpie ink before you wash your shirt. I let it dry completely & ironed it.

My little girl loved it! I hope you find yourself inspired to try this method & come up with your own fun designs! Smiley



10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Yuki the Magic Bunny - Christmas Photo Fun on: December 13, 2013 05:53:26 AM
I've been taking fun photos of my bunny over the past couple years & most recently had some fun photographing her for the holiday season. She is usually very agreeable in doing these little photo shoots & is rewarded with a bit of oatmeal & lots of pats when we're done. She's a very pampered house bunny.  Grin





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