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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Engravable Gifts for Geeks on: November 11, 2011 09:05:40 AM
I am totally at a loss here. For the holidays, I'd like to engrave something for everyone on my gift list. My immediate family was kind of easy as far as knowing which objects I'd like to engrave. My boyfriend is the difficult part.

I thought I might like to engrave a pocket knife for him. I know he'd love it, but in reality, I can't really see him using it.

Does anyone have any ideas? He likes comic books, video games, and tabletop RPGs.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pickle Question? on: July 17, 2011 08:18:55 AM
Hello Craftster, it's been a while.

Last night, I made my first ever batch of pickles. I'm really stoked about it, but I looked at them this morning to realize that some of the jars have a rogue pickle sitting above the top of the brine. Some of the pickles are still floating around a little, and will eventually settle, but is this a big deal? Am I being really obsessive compulsive? Or, am I going to give all of my loved ones botulism?

EDIT: I guess I should add that I used the cold or raw pack method, not a recipe where you ferment them.

And thanks for your help in advance!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Grimace Cake! on: September 24, 2010 09:05:18 PM
I meant to post this a few weeks ago. A friend recently did me a rockin' solid and I decided she needed a pretty sweet gift. She *loves* Grimace so I made her a special cake. It is (ironically) vegan.

I got the recipe here: http://theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/index.php?RecipeID=124

The frosting is the vanilla butter cream from VCTOTW with a lot of purple food coloring.





He was delicious! Cheesy

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Goth/Gothic Swap Round 2? on: September 08, 2008 04:42:55 PM
I did a search, and I don't think there has been a goth-themed swap since 2005! Shocked Would anyone be interested in this?

I'm thinking maybe band-themed things, goth comics, books, movies, whatever you're into... and lots and lots of black stuff. All crafts would be welcome, of course.

Oh, and FYI, I wouldn't be able to do this until after the first week of October.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Star Wars, Dwight K. Schrute, Drop Dead Fred on: September 08, 2008 10:32:42 AM
I've been making tons of dolls. Here are some of my latest.

A lot of Star Wars guys.


Bears eat beets. Bears, beets, Battlestar Gallactica!


Drop Dead Fred


Thanks for looking! Cheesy
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Post pics of your vegan cupcakes here! on: August 05, 2008 01:57:47 PM
Ever since I bought a copy of VCTOTW, I've been looking for excuses to make cupcakes. Of course, I take lots of pictures. Feel free to go crazy with your cupcake pr0n in this thread!



Chocolate cupcakes with cookies and cream buttercream frosting.



Inspired by this shirt: http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/ladies/9e23/

The actual cupcakes weren't as cute, as you can see. I made the fondant from scratch. Important note for other future fondant makers: Do NOT even ATTEMPT fondant without a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment!



Chocolate cupcakes with peanutbuttercream frosting and homemade ganache. They make housewives go all "When Harry Met Sally."

You know you want me at your next party. Wink
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The polite way to deal with a craft mooch? on: July 23, 2008 08:50:36 AM
I have a friend for whom I have done countless crafty favors over the years, and I never expected anything in return except a"thank you." However, I never even got one of those!

What really bothers me is that I have asked her to do simple things for me in the past, little things that don't require time and effort at all, but she has always ignored the requests. A few months ago, I sent her a treat and promised myself that unless she said, "thank you," that was it, the favor train was rolling out of town. She never did. It had.

But today, upon seeing one of my WIPs, she has asked that I make her one as well! Angry I'm so angry that I can't even think straight. Part of me wants to tell her to fuck off. Part of me wants to say that I've done A, B, and C for her without so much as a thank you; and tell her that I think she takes advantage of the kindness of others (I'm not her only friend that she has done this to). Part of me says the polite thing to do would be to say that I don't knit for non-knitters anymore because they don't appreciate it. And part of me just wants to ignore her.

Anyway, my question is. Do you have any friends like this? What would you do if you were in my shoes? Feel free to vent! Wink

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Doll goggles on: May 23, 2008 06:15:58 PM
OK, so awhile ago a friend asked me to make her this steampunk-type doll, and now I kind of owe her a solid so I'm going to start working on it. The doll needs goggles (of course), and I've been thinking and thinking for how exactly to make a pair. And then I thought to myself, "Craftster, duh. There are far more creative people than you that could help."

I've already tried using rubber washers because they were a good size, but the paint won't stick to them, and I'm afraid they're too smooth for epoxy to really stick to them either. I have some plexi, so constructing lenses won't be a problem. Am I missing something obvious?

Here's a decent pic of what I want the goggles to look like:
http://www.toysoldiersunite.com/files/uploads/DrSteel_ENLIST.jpg

If anyone has *ANY* ideas at all please, please, please help!!!

Lots of thank yous in advance.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ravenclaw scarf - Knitpicks colors on: December 02, 2007 08:05:56 PM
Hello everyone! I had a few questions about knitpicks colors pertaining to Ravenclaw scarves, and was wondering if anyone could help me.

OK, I'm making a PoA-style Ravenclaw scarf. I saw the color cards on hp_knitting, and I've read her recommendations. However, the post was made in 2005 so they don't make some of those colors anymore, and they also have some new colors.

My questions are: What color do you suggest I use in place of Fog? Also, the author of that post suggested Winter Night for the blue, but they've since added Arctic Pool Heather, does anyone prefer this over Winter Night? (It looks like Blue Ink would be perfect, but it won't be added until the 21st, and this is for a Xmas present. Sad)

Please please please help me! Thanks. Cheesy
10  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / Wallingford-area indie craft fair on: October 09, 2007 01:54:08 PM
I hear talk from time to time about indie craft shows in CT, but no one is really going for it.

I'm seriously considering doing this. However, I'd like to have an idea of how many people would participate before I start really getting going on organizing this. (Y'know, why waste my time and effort if no one is interested?)

So, if you would be interested, please let me know. I need you to be serious, though. I don't want to hear a bunch of "maybes" because that means most people will bail when the time comes. If there *are* enough of you out there, I'm willing to give it a go. Maybe we can make this happen once and for all!
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