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11  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My first glass fusion pendant on: January 09, 2009 06:23:33 PM
My hubby & kids signed me up for a glass workshop as a b-day gift in the fall, I finally used it over the holidays. I could easily become addicted to glass...good thing I can't do it at home....or is there a way to? hmmm...may need to check.
Anyway - this is the pendant I made (the slumped square needs better pics before I can post it)

I think I was the only one in the class that didn't start with a clear square. The only concern is that the corners are still a bit sharp...not sure if anything can be done about that - don't know if I'd wear it anyway - just wanted to make one  Grin
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Diva Box for diva of a niece on: January 09, 2009 06:14:47 PM
I made this box for my 7 year old niece to hold all her secret stuff. I have decorated one box before, but mostly with paint. This was a first with so much other stuff added on.

There are scrabble tiles, iron-ons, an old map (of Florida area where grandparents live), beaded brooch, rhinestone bracelet, tarot card type thingy, puzzle pieces, wood bead and a bunch of paper...I painted the box first - had to be blue since she says too much pink is for woosses.

Not even sure if she's touched it - but I liked how it turned out.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / suggestions for a winter coat on: October 02, 2008 03:42:50 PM
I am going to attempt to make my winter coat this year. It's going to be trench-like and hit around the knee. My question is material. The look and feel I want makes me think boucle or wool tweed. Who here has worked with those? Is it a pain? One better than another? What materials have you used that you liked for outdoor coats?
Thanks a bunch.
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / when a biz "outgrows" handmade... on: September 24, 2008 09:23:44 PM
Ok - This has been bugging me - not necessarily in a bad way.
Most handmade companies start out home-based or at least solo or pair in studio...but once a company is big enough that they are selling tens - hundreds of items a week & are obviously no longer doing it themselves...is it still considered "handmade"? And not just etsy-wise.
No name calling here (I am actually very impressed by these shops and would love to be one someday - maybe, well, maybe not), but there are quite a few big BIG names I see on etsy, trunkt, and even know they are in stores/boutiques nationwide (some worldwide)...
well, i am just wondering how others view this. I know it makes it harder for us little guys (which is all part of the biz). Sometimes it almost feels like there should be separate etsy/handmade fuzion/whatever for homebased -v- send out to seamstresses and such.
So - viewpoints?
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / python top on: September 08, 2008 08:19:14 AM
Hi - long time sewer, first time poster on clothing  Grin

Just wanted to join in & share my first clothing item made on my dress form...and the first clothes that fit right away!!!
I used some scrap python print cotton fabric - wasn't sure how it'd end up - so it was kind of a test - but it fits - so I'm wearing it! animal print so not me, but I don't care!

My "doh!" moment: grabbed the wrong pen to mark buttonholes...so there's permanent red ink on my top...you can see it a little here...(any closer was too blurry)

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / ripply zipper help! on: August 24, 2008 07:45:41 PM
Ok - what did I do wrong? Somehow it's too tight and looks ripply.. are the zipper side pieces too small maybe? anyone encounter this & found a fix? I am about tto try it where the zipper pieces are attached to the lining like a facing - but until then...
thanks in advance  Grin
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First real pastel on: August 24, 2008 06:15:10 PM
I have never really worked with pastels outside of classrooms...but it seemed best (i.e.quickest) when I just had to get it out.
Just wanted to share - it is me & my son when I had, and lost, him.  It's a
b*%&ch, but strong emotions always make me want to create - helps it out.

18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My favorite Tortilla Soup on: August 22, 2008 10:09:42 AM
I finally wandered my way over to this board & thought I'd share one of my favorites. I took from about 6 recipes I had found and smooshed them together using only the parts I liked...enjoy! note: I never measure when I make it, but these are very close.

this pic used chopped chicken instead of shredded - I really preferred the shredded

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast halves without skin, cooked & shredded
                    <easier to shred if boil it in veggie broth>
1 medium onion, chopped
1 whole green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups low sodium chicken or veggie broth
1 cup salsa
2 14-oz cans diced tomato, opt. with green chiles, undrained -or fresh equivalent-
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup light sour cream - optional
1/4 cup cheddar cheese - optional
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2-3 tortillas

1. Cook chicken - either roast, bake or poach - your choice. then shred

2. Preheat oven to 350*.

3. Cut each tortilla in half & cut those halves into 1/4-inch strips. Arrange tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring after 3 minutes. Cool completely.

4. In large saucepan heat oil over med-hi heat.

5. Add onion, green pepper & garlic. Saute until soft, about 3 minutes.

6. Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, salsa, chili powder, basil, oregano, cumin & pepper and bring to a boil.

7. Stir in chicken. Cover & simmer 30 minutes or longer. If soup seems too thick add more broth.

8. Stir tortilla strips into soup.  Serve hot.

9. Top each serving with 1T cheese, cilantro & 1T sour cream (optional)

19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / too disproportionate? on: August 21, 2008 06:29:49 PM
I really like the basic concept with this one & want to work it until it's just what I want - it'll be the first "evening" bag for my shop (once I open)...but need some input from you lovely folks please Grin:
Whether or not it looks strange with such a large handle?

it's a little light in the sun here, but gives size -v- hand

and the inside - still need to tweak the process for the side lining to main attachment

Thanks in advance...
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Giant lizard and a question on: August 20, 2008 06:40:55 PM
OK - this is a completed project and a discussion question - wasn't sure where to put it...but b/c I am proud of my first toy thingy - I decided to put it here..

I made this last Xmas for my son...it's 6ft head to toe (I forget the pattern I used, it was one of the big 3)...anyway - I really liked how he turned out...but what a b$^*h to make!
I want to make a mini one as a buddy this Xmas and am looking for ideas on how to make the triangle attachment process easier (not being 6ft long will help  Grin) - The first time I sewed down the 'center' of the trianlges from tail to head & then back following the outer edges of the triangles.

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