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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood-burned Horse on: April 07, 2013 05:51:44 PM
Wood-burned horse, 11x13. My husband says his name is Bubblegum.
The separation of the wood planks is way less noticeable in person. And the dark area on the right side is a knot in the wood.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodburned box on: February 22, 2013 09:06:08 AM
I woodburned this Magic the Gathering cardbox as a Christmas present for someone who plays the game.
First picture has goblins on the front, a castle on the top, and a dragon head on the back.
Second picture is the sides- a giant spider and an assassin.



3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bunny Burnin' on: July 27, 2012 02:36:12 PM
I made this bunny silhouette for the latest 4x6 art swap.
It is wood-burned on a piece of basswood.

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Soft Pretzels on: July 25, 2012 09:10:43 PM



I found this wonderful recipe and have been making big soft pretzels like crazy. My husband is nuts for them!

Pretzels

    Makes 6 large pretzels
    1 teaspoon instant yeast
    1 tablespoon malt powder or brown sugar
    2-3 cups all-purpose unbleached or bread flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup warm milk (approximately 110 degrees, which is 1 minute in my microwave)

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until it forms a ball. I start with 2 cups of the flour and mix it together until it forms something like a thick batter, then add more flour a handful at a time until it'll form a nice ball that I can knead by hand.

Either use an electric mixer to mix the dough for 5 minutes or remove it from the bowl and knead it by hand for 5 to 10 minutes until the dough begins to get smooth and satiny.

Before shaping, start preheating the oven to 425 degrees.

Cut the dough into 6 pieces. Roll each one into a short log, cover with a towel, and let the dough relax for 5 to 10 minutes. After it has relaxed you should be able to roll it out and stretch again fairly easily.

I let them relax again and then gave each a third roll and stretch session before they were as long and thin as I wanted (about 18 inches long and about as big around as my index finger). They'll nearly double in width while baking, so it is ok to roll them out quite thin.

Shaping pretzels is simple, once you get a hang of it. Place a rope of dough on the work surface in front of you. Take each end in a hand, loop the dough away from you, and bring the ends back toward your stomach, crossing them about an inch above the rope. Apply a little bit of pressure to make the loops stick together, but not too much because you don't want then to flatten out.

Pretzels don't appear to need to rise again before baking, so you just need to figure out how you want to prep them for the oven.

To eggwash them (my favorite way): Simply place them on a baking sheet, brush them gently with an egg that has been whisked, then sprinkle with coarse salt or other toppings.

To bake them (mostly) dry: Sprinkle or spritz them with a little bit of water so that the toppings will stick, then sprinkle with coarse salt or other toppings.

Place the baking sheets into the oven. I sprinkle the baking sheet with corn meal to keep them from sticking. It took around 15 minutes for my pretzels to get golden and brown. Remove from the oven and eat immediately.
If you save some for the next day, they will be a bit tough. Just put them in the oven for a few minutes to revive them.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / You Made It Yourself: Now What? 29 Places to Sell Your Handmade Creations on: July 25, 2012 06:27:21 AM
I probably have this in the wrong place, but I've looked and looked and really don't know where this would go.

An interesting list of places to sell handmade goods online:
http://smallbiztrends.com/2011/10/29-places-sell-handmade-creations.html

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood burnings on: May 02, 2012 02:20:54 PM
A couple of my latest wood-burnings. Both done on 15 inch wooden cheese box lids.



7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Megaphone Madness! on: August 13, 2011 12:39:05 PM

I picked up a megaphone for $3 at a flea market a while back. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but come on, when was the last time you saw an old megaphone!?

It was in really rough shape, someone had spray painted it with their (or maybe their school's) initials, and not very well.
I forgot to take a picture of it when I started, but I did get one of the inside to give you an idea of its shape.

before:


during:


after:



So, what do you think I should do with it now?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Molly Litcher on: August 05, 2011 03:32:59 PM
My latest woodburning (5x7)

This is little Molly Litcher


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Evil Queen on: August 03, 2011 10:42:09 AM
For my first swap ever, I tried something I had never done before, woodburning. I love it, and will probably do lots more Cheesy

This is it, the Evil Queen from Snow White. I'm rather proud of her, what do you think?




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