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31  COOKING / Dessert / Past bday cakes of my children (Pic heavy) on: April 22, 2010 02:45:45 PM
This is my first post on the desserts board!   Grin I seem to be missing some pics of some bdays but that's ok.  I have plenty to share without them.  Wink
The first one is from my youngest sons 1st bday: cowboy theme.

Here is his smash cake.

My oldest son had 2 parties for his 2nd bday: Spongebob

and Elmo

Middle son's 1st bday: construction/traffic theme-I used several differnt things for dirt and rocks-M&M's, graham crackers, etc.:

and the cupcakes from the leftover batter

Middle son's 3rd bday: Mario themed-made using giant cupcake pan

Star cupcakes from leftover batter-sorry the color is bad in this pic-messed up my camera settings or something.

Thanks for looking!
32  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Questions for T-shirt quilts on: April 15, 2010 10:04:23 AM
I've thouroughly read all of the t-shirt quilt posts I could find here but I still have some questions.  I'm wanting to make a soft t-shirt quilt that will be used daily for couch snuggling.  So the softer the better, but more importantly, the sturdier the better.  It'll probably get washed a lot.

1.  What kind of interfacing should I use to keep it sturdy yet soft?  I've only used interfacing once and totally didn't know what I was doing. Is there a brand you recommend?  I'll probably be buying at JoAnn's, Hancock's, or if I know what I'm looking for, I can buy online.  If I'm going to the store, would it just be best to ask there what they think would work?

2. Should I add cotton borders to my squares for extra sturdiness?  Or will it be sturdy either way with the interfacing? I may do the borders regardless just for looks and because all my shirts aren't the same size. 

3. What should I use for backing?  I've seen a lot of crafters mention fleece.  Love the idea of fleece for the softness but how will it hold up?  I've only made one quilt ever so is fleece going to be trickier for a beginner because of the stretchiness?  What about flannel?  Or any other options?  Speaking of flannel, would a flannel sheet work?  Or would I be better off piecing flannel from a bolt?

4.  The quilting:  I will tie if I have to but I prefer to just machine stitch in the ditch since this is new to me and I lose interest in projects that take too long...they end up shelved and never finished.  Would fleece backing be a poor option for this? 

Thanks for any helpful hints.  If I missed any of the answers to these questions in my search, please direct me. Wink
33  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt (for a baby girl) on: April 13, 2010 10:42:19 AM
Just wanted to thank all of those who helped when I posted asking for advice on doing my first ever quilt!  I made this for my best friend's new baby girl.  I didn't know she was doing the nursery in a jungle theme until I had already bought the fabric so I added some jungle animal appliques.  Turned out pretty well for my first.  I noticed a few flaws of course but my friend didn't notice at all.  Anyway, here it is!



34  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie in a hurry on: December 03, 2009 12:23:49 PM
Hello!  So I'm working on my first quilt ever and I have managed to succesfully put my quilt top together!   Grin Huge step for me!  It's just a simple block quilt for a friend's baby.  The fabric is 100% cotton and I prewashed it (can't remember what water temp-probably cold) and dried it in the dryer.  Now, since I didn't know what I was doing when I bought the fabric, I thought I bought enough for a backing too but I didn't.  I'd like to have this done by Saturday which is when the shower is.  So I don't have time to get to Joann's for more fabric (JoAnn's is 50 miles away).  The only other place close I can get fabric is Walmart and they didn't have anything that matched.  So I found a sheet that matches.  It's 250 thread count and is 60% polyester, 40% cotton.  Can I use this as my backing if I wash and dry it first or do the top and backing need to be the same fabric type?  Also, I was planning on machine quilting with just my regular presser foot since it's all I have.  I figured I'd just go slow and use some of the tips I've found online and on here for doing so.  Is that gonna work or am I gonna end up with a mess?  I'm just planning on stitching in the ditch so the back will look like blocks too.  Nothing fancy.  Do you think it's ok to go ahead with my plan so I can have this done by Saturday or should I just give her the quilt top for now so she can see what I'm making and then wait until I can get to Joann's to finish?  Thanks so much for your help.  I'm ecstatic that I've made it this far without screwing up so I don't want to ruin anything!   Undecided
35  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Sanding beads on: April 17, 2008 07:04:12 AM
I have a few questions about sanding beads.  I bought some 400 and 600 grit wet/dry sand paper and hand sanded a couple of beads, then buffed on my jeans.  I liked the sanded look but it was hard to do by hand.  My beads are anywhere from 5mm -10mm.  Hard to hold on to.  So I'm considering buying a tumbler but I have a lot of doubts and questions about it.  First, I don't want to spend a lot so I'm thinking a kiddie tumbler.
1.  Is there a "better" kiddie tumbler than another or are they all about the same?
2.  I read that most tumblers require you to fill them 1/2 -3/4 full with beads.  I don't know how big a tumbler is but I usually only do enough beads for one bracelet at a time.  Am I going to have to have extra beads to fill the extra space?
3. Can I mix colors of beads?  For example, will I be able to put black beads and white beads in the tumbler together?  Or will it discolor them?
4.  I am really unclear on how the beads are sanded once in the tumbler.  Do you just cut up tiny pieces of sand paper and just throw it all in there together? 
5. Anything else I should know?
I read glassattic but I was still confused.  Maybe it's my lack of sleep these days.  I'd appreciate any suggestions or thoughts.  Thanks! Huh
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to make a fake cake? on: March 18, 2008 11:16:15 AM
My friend found these listed on ebay and likes them but doesn't want to spend that much.  She asked if I could make them for her any cheaper.  I'm sure it is just styrofoam but what is it covered in?  Or what could *I* use to cover it?  I found some frosting that is not edible and is strictly for decorating display cakes but it's really expensive!  Any ideas?   I thought about plaster of paris but I've never used it before and wondered if it would crack.
Here are the ebay ones.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEBTOX:IT&item=140214455986&_trksid=p3984.cTODAY.m238.lVI
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Pocket rosary? on: March 13, 2008 09:52:39 AM
Hello!  I am not Catholic but I want to make a pocket rosary for someone who is.  I've found a ton of instructions on how to make a regular rosary, but none for the pocket rosary, also called a single decade rosary.  I started to make one with probably 9mm beads and there is no way it would be big enough to wear like a bracelet unless I put a lot of chain between the beads and the medallion.  So here are my questions:
1.  Is is meant to be worn like a bracelet or just slipped over a few fingers?
2.  If it is meant to be worn like a bracelet, is there a standard length of chain that you are supposed to use between the beads and the medallion in the middle?
3.  Do you have to use a crucifix or can you use any pretty cross?
4. Does the medallion in the middle have to have something specific on it?  Like the Virgin Mary?
Thanks a bunch!  Here is a pic of something similar to what I'm trying to make.
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Beads are getting dirty during wear..what to do? on: February 14, 2008 02:09:23 PM
I've been making bracelets with polymer clay beads and metal bead caps.  I made one for myself in a pastel yellow and the "antiquing" on the bead caps left black marks on my beads.  I made another one for my sister in law with orange clay and coated the beads with Varathane.  She wore hers in the shower and everything for a week or two.  Now her beads have a dirty look.  But hers isn't from the caps, it's just from daily wear.  There may be a way to clean it off..I haven't tried yet.  But I'm wanting to start selling my bracelets so I'd prefer to find a way to prevent this.  I thought Varathane was the answer but I guess not.  Any suggestions?  Thanks a lot!
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Walmart has guitar picks! on: October 21, 2007 01:51:45 PM
For those of you that make guitar pick jewelry, I thought you might be interested to know that Walmart carries them.  At least mine does.  The ones I saw were actually in the toy aisle.  They had some that say Girls Rock and some with animal prints.  Also some with a brand name but I can't think of the name right now.  Sorry, I didn't pay attention to how much they cost but the girly ones were really cute!  Just thought I'd share!
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need help designing a memorial tattoo on: October 18, 2007 01:39:51 PM
Hello!  I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this but I'll start here.  If this needs moved, please feel free!  Thanks!
Anyway, my brother in law was killed in a car accident in June.  My husband and I want to get memorial tattoos for him.  I drew what we wanted and took it to the tattoo shop and the artist said it was a little too small to look good.  I'm wanting it on the inside of my ankle so I don't want it huge.  I can take this design and enlarge it but now I'm thinking maybe I'll just go a whole other route.  My reason for coming up with the mustang design is this...Ryan was a huge fan of Ford Mustangs.  When I got my first tattoo he was going to get the mustang emblem (like this one but w/o the circle) at the same time.  As it turned out, he didn't get it when I got mine, he got it later.  The vehicle that he had his accident in was a Ford Lightning.  Although he was my BIL, I considered him a brother.  I don't like Chinese symbols much but maybe Celtic symbols or some other symbol for brother.  I LOVE angel wings but not sure if I want them in this tattoo or not.  I'd like to have his initials and possibly 1976-2007 but I do not care for the traditional banner that you see on a lot of tattoos.  I'm having a brain freeze I guess.  I just can't come up with anything creative.  Any ideas?  I'd so appreciate it.  Thanks!
Here is my original design.  It's just a sketch.  The circle would look like chrome like the horse and would go over the red, white, and blue part.  The lettering would be black.
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