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631  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / POW! Domino Pendant on: September 03, 2008 09:42:22 PM
So I've never been that good at making jewelry, but after seeing smittenheart's domino pendants and falling in Looooove with them, I decided to give them a try. They looked pretty easy. No complicated beading and bending of wire and such.

I used a collage of images from a powerboat ad in a magazine, of all things (yeah, I know... not very boaty!). This was my result:

632  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Merels Board on: September 03, 2008 09:29:39 PM
I was recently researching ancient games for an article I was writing, and discovered the game of Merels, also called Nine Mans Morris, or a myriad of other names! So, I decided to make a board game for it. I used the good wood from the drawers of a destroyed antique dresser that was on the side of the road (ok, I admit to scavenging... ). My husband cut the square for me (I'm afraid of power tools, with exception to drills and sanders), about 7" x 7", and after sanding, I wood burned the design. A quick coat of varnish and we were done!

633  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Potholder on: September 03, 2008 08:58:01 PM
Ok - safe to post this here, now! I made this as a little extra to go in a swap package, so I had to make sure my partner received first, so I didn't spoil anything.

The swap was vintage aprons, and my partner had mentioned that she liked Mexican Sugar Skulls, but I couldn't find any fabric with that theme! Sooo... I chose a floral print and a matching print that reminded me of the bandanas some of my Hispanic neighbors wear, and worked the sugar skull in by embroidering it onto a piece of white fabric. Then I appliqued the skull to the basic potholder (my first ever applique, so hopefully it won't fall apart!). Anyway, to add some depth, I stitched Swarovski 'sew in' crystals into the center of the eyes, but the sparkley awesomeness doesn't show so well in the picture.

And the matching apron...

Thanks for looking! =)
634  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap (Signups CLOSED, SEND BY 9/30/08) on: September 03, 2008 08:39:04 PM

I *love* these flour sack towels.


i've used them for a couple years now.  Good towels.  And you can get a few different sizes.  And, if just making them for yourself, you can get "seconds" towels even cheaper.  Smiley

I just ordered a set of 10 of the "huck" towels from that site, to use for the swap. (on sale for $7.50 for the set!!!)

I also bought some Bistro Towels at Bed Bath & Beyond, to try out. I'd never heard of them before the other day, as I generally avoid shopping, but... Those are really nice towels... They are smooth cotton on one side for lint free drying, and terry on the other for super absorbent spill picker upperness, and 100% cotton. They didn't shrink when I washed them, iron well, and I think I'm going to like them.
635  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: ProWoman, ProFamily, ProChoice on: September 03, 2008 05:14:22 AM
I just wanted to say that I love the font you chose for the message. What is it called? Also, I'm curious if you graphed this free hand, or if you used a computer, or if you skipped the graph and just stitched away?
636  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap (Signups CLOSED, SEND BY 9/30/08) on: September 03, 2008 03:53:03 AM
What's the trick to get them to work? I have tried and tried and never got a pattern onto fabric with those red pencils.  Embarrassed

I don't know if there is a trick, but what I do is this: sharpen the pencil, press firmly while tracing, set my iron at the highest heat the fabric can stand, use the steam setting, and only move the iron veeeeery slowly across the design. It takes about 45 seconds on each section of the design for a good dark transfer. Pressing for 60 seconds makes it even darker, but I can't reuse the tracing if I do it that long.

There is another brand of the red pencils that I can't make work, no matter what. The design transfer rubs off while I work. So I stick to the Collins.
637  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap (Signups CLOSED, SEND BY 9/30/08) on: September 02, 2008 01:12:57 PM
I use Collins Heat Transfer Pencils with great results - and I use them often. I have a huge collection of vintage embroidery transfer patterns I have collected (I <3 ebay), and rather than ruin the transfer, I photocopy it, then trace the copy with the pencil. Well, I do admit that if I have duplicates, I'll use one set, to save the work of copying and tracing... but usually I'm good about preserving the transfers.
638  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Set of Tea Towels Swap (Signups CLOSED, SEND BY 9/30/08) on: September 02, 2008 06:22:20 AM
Yep - My partner is completely awesome, as well!

And... I know my color scheme to use, so now I need to settle between three different pattern sets I want to use. Amazingly, the colors I selected will work with all three, equally well. Which one? Which one?! Oh well... I'll figure that out soon.

Right now I am tatting an edging for the first towel. By the time I have the edgings done and on, I'll have decided upon the embroidery design.
639  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Grandma Belle's Cookies on: August 31, 2008 03:22:05 PM
Well... at least you weren't the one to let the cat cookies out of the bag...

Sorry. I thought they'd be similar, not the same. I'm sad because I can't eat these anymore. I haven't been able to come up with a good gluten free version. They come out too dry or too fally-aparty. They really are the most addictive cookies ever.
640  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Grandma Belle's Cookies on: August 31, 2008 03:14:26 PM
I  have a recipe that sounds similar... And looks like the pictures.

1 c. butter
1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 c. quick oats
1 c. crushed cornflakes
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans
3 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sugar
1 c. salad oil

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add oil and vanilla, then oats, coconut and cornflakes, mix well. Add soda, flour and salt. Stir in pecans. Form small balls. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with hands or a fork. Makes about 7 dozen
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