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.
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.
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."
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! 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!
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?
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. )
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!