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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reuse starbucks teabags TUTORIAL on: September 07, 2011 03:51:41 PM
Well, I just recently started college, and I brought some loose leaf tea but, not a tea infuser, soooo, time to improvise.

As well as my tea I had some starbucks teabags, which are (or at least were, these are from last christmas) made of plastic mesh. I used one of these teabags once and I decided that throwing it away would be a waste, so I made my own reusable teabag. Here's how I did it so you can too Smiley

I suggest using the teabag at least once before doing this.
If you want, take off the tag and the string, but this leaves a small hole. It's pretty small so tea won't really go through, but if it bothers you, just sew it up.
First of all look at the teabag and find the folded side, on three of the sides the mesh is melted together, and on one it's folded. So, tug gently at the seam opposite the folded side until it separates and keep tugging until the top is totally open.
Then thread a needle and sew along each side of the teabag (in the picture you can see). On one side leave the strings loose and tie the ends, so its a little drawstring pouch.
Pour out the used tea inside and pour in about a teaspoon of your own, pull the bag closed and steep away!














Hope this is useful!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Surfboard - Hawaii cake on: June 26, 2011 12:34:42 PM
This last week was my sister's birthday and since she loves surfing, what better than a surfing-themed cake?
I came up with the idea when I found this awesome post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350061.0 some time ago and I enlisted the help of my mother who, although a great baker, had never decorated a cake before.

Since this was our first time working with fondant we didn't know quite what to expect, luckily my mom (she ended up in charge of this part) managed to manipulate the stuff wonderfully.

Our cake was a basic yellow cake which we coated with "bramble" jelly in order to cover it with the fondant. Since we clearly didn't have a surfboard shaped pan we ended up making one in a 9x13 pan and a square 9x9 pan. The former serving as the main body of the cake and the second one being cut up into triangles to make the front and back.

As far as decoration goes we mixed up gel food-coloring and water and painted in a previously outlined combo of hibiscus flowers and funky stripes (this was my job) using yellow, orange, red and green. For the letters we used a small tube of pink icing we bought. After that the fins were molded with fondant and applied using water and later slightly painted with the coloring.

Finally to present our ginormous cake we used a large tray which had been protected with foil first and afterward (as is suggested by the link above) covered with a mix of light brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon to give the appearance of sand. When it was time for the cake to be brought out we picked a couple of hibiscus flowers and along with the eighteen tea-lights celebrated in style.

I'm glad to say that the cake was a success and the birthday girl was very surprised. Also even though most other times I've tried fondant it's been disgusting this one was actually pretty good even if extremely sweet.

Pics:



3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / boring old T into cute fitted tank! first recon ever! on: July 27, 2009 12:20:07 PM
So here it is... my first ever sewn object that i will actually use, and my first ever recon piece. It's the shirt i got my very first sailing regatta, and i decided that it could not just stay in my closet or be used as a rag because of the extremely unflattering look it had, so it got a make-over. Hope you like it!

I used this tute to fit it: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-in-a-shirt/ , and i cut off the sleeves cuz they were way too big and i didn't dare try to fix them.

bonus regatta pic!


logo on the back


before pics:




after pics:





C&C are very welcome!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / laser shirt on: July 14, 2009 01:57:37 PM
So, I've been sailing for almost a year in a Laser 4.7, and I just went to my first stay in a hotel for the weekend regatta and they gave us this shirt. I don't want to keep it the way it is because it is huge, but I like the picture on the back of it. I don't know whether to keep it as a t shirt modified of course), make a tote or what ti make out of it.

When we were given the shirts one of my friends said that it was just another t shirt she would not be able to use. Please help me prove her wrong!!

And now... On to the pictures so that you know what you're working with!

the picture on the back:



the back:



the front (my camera decided it wanted to see blurry)



any help is greatly appreciated!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / BEST BODY BOARD EVER!!!! on: June 22, 2009 07:22:50 AM
Well, before posting any pics i'm going to explain how this all came about.

My best friend is moving to england, so she gave me a bunch of stuff that she won't be able to use or take to england, and one of these things was her body board. We both love the sea and body boarding and all that jazz, and we decided to decorate the board... so basically she was here yesterday and today and we just kinda went crazy all over the board. So now it is covered in memories we've had together and just all the crazy stuff that we make up, and on the back is a message from her and our hands, you'll see...
Don't expect to understand anything and if you find anything offensive it really was not meant for that.







i hope you liked it! feel free to comment Cheesy


Why is it the best body board ever? because it was made by two of the bestest friends ever, and it will stay that way.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / pin cushion from a jar + BUTTONS! on: June 07, 2009 08:17:11 AM
i made this using this tute: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297863.0

i just loved it, so i made one using some fabric that was left over from my sisters blanket, and i filled it with something all craftsters like: BUTTONS!!! so here are some pics Cheesy





hope you like it!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / roy liechtenstein pop art charm on: May 23, 2009 10:32:33 AM
so, i continued mixing roy liechtenstein and shrinky dinks and this si what i got!





i have a problem with the plastic warping a little, you can see that its a bit curved, i don't really know how to fix it or why its happening, if anyone has any advice, it would be very welcomed!! Thanks! and i hope you liked it!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / POP art shrinkys!! on: May 21, 2009 07:57:34 AM
so, i was very inspired by noooitaremybirthday's shrinky jewelery, and even though i can't buy shrink plastic here i did have some left from when i was last in the USA. so, there is this artist i really really like that does amazing pop art, and i figured i could make some pretty cool shrinky things. so, here you have them:

(i photoshopped the images to give them a cool background, but thats all, the picture of the actual shrinky is original)






(the white near the mouth on this one is just the reflection of the sun)

heres a more boring one where you can see the size:

(ignore the FOLIOS on my pinky, i just needed to remember to take paper to school)


they are just made out of shrink plastic, the wire thingy is made out of jewlery wire (I'm sure it has a fancy name, but thats what i call it) and they were drawn on using ultra fine point sharpies. i hope you like them!! I'm planning on making more when i'm done with my exams Cry   but summer is almost here, so i'll have time for craftyness! Grin

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Go Camino!!! on: May 14, 2009 10:54:09 AM
So, last year me and 8 more of my friends went on a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago, in the north of Spain. I'll explain what it is a little, just so you know (maybe you'll want to do it!) it's been around for centuries, back to the middle ages and before, so there are lots of different routes that you can take, the most known being the french route (we did the Portuguese one), and all of them end at the aame place, the cathedral in santiago de Compostela. So, when you start, you can (if you want) get what is called a Credencial del Peregrino, that basically means the pilgrims passport, that acts as proof that you walked 100 km at least (we did a 107) or you can also bike ride or go by horse, but then i think it has to be 200km. Ok, so how the pilgrims passport works is: every day you have to walk, you are not allowed to stay in the same town for 2 nights in a row, so every day you need to have at least one stamp, but you can have as many as you want, your credencial can get stamped at the local church, a local business or the hostels where you stay the night. When you get to santiago you can apply for your compostela, thats like a diploma that proves that you did the Camino.

This is pretty famous in spain, so 9 of us got together, my mom, my sister, my best friend, a friend of ours, my moms friend and her daughter, the cousin of the daughter and a friend of the daughter (i'm sure you didn't need to know all that, but i felt like writing it Tongue) and we set off to walk 107km, its said so easily, but trust me it's hard.

Unfortunately i only thought of making shirts for the team after we had walked, but i gave one to each person in our group, so if we ever go again, i'll make more (i made them practically a year ago, but better late than never)

so here you have them!!
front:




oh, i forgot to explain, that shell symbol is the typical symbol you have to follow, there are markers all along the way with that symbol on them that show you what direction you have to go. we would joke around cuz everytime one of us saw it we would yell THE SIGN!!!! so, ya...

heres the back of the shirt with all our names on it:




action shot


and a bonus group shot once we got to santiago (you have now idea how ecstatic we were!!!)



I hope you liked it!! Wink
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Buying fabric on the net a no-no? on: May 05, 2009 11:26:19 AM
hey! Where i live there aren't many good fabric stores for novelty fabrics o fabric for clothing in general, so i was wondering if it is recommendable to buy fabric over the internet?

In my case, i'm not trying to match the fabric to anything, so i'll live if the color is slightly off. However, i'd like to know that if you do buy fabric over the net: is it fabric you've already seen and felt?  what sites do you go to?  what advantages and disadvantages does it have?

thanks so much for your help!  Wink

hey sorry, just realised that this is the wrong place for this to be, so i tried to remove it but it didn't work, i'm going to start this topic in the sewing in general board. my bad!
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