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181  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Canadian "55cent" 1 stamp swap? on: July 06, 2010 10:00:44 AM
So I was looking at the 44 cent swap for the Americans, and was thinking how fun it would be.... Only seeing as I'm Canadian, I can't join, But what if there was a swap like that for us Canadians?  What do the rest of you Canadians think?  I could organize, it'd be my first time organizing alone, but it could be fun.

edited to add these links to the American version!
Rd 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310172.0
Rd 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315827.0
Rd 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322956.0
Rd 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353951.0
182  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rarwmmgurggulgurggul - Murloc coasters! on: July 04, 2010 07:47:30 PM
Who doesn't love a baby murloc?
 I made this set of 4 coasters for Dinosaurus Meg in the Be Awesome swap.   They also have a cozie that has +20 to frost resist on it , you know, once they've been chilled by an ice cold drink?  Those baby murlocs need to be warmed some how Cheesy

Coasters- embroidered murlocs, crayon tinted.
Cozy- wet felted and stitched with homespun to give it a more finished look.

comments, questions, critique welcome!
183  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / CRIB SHEET turned pretty dress and then some! (PIC INTENSE!-8-) on: July 02, 2010 04:47:09 PM
So no one said there was a size limit on the size of sheet used.  While a lot of people seem to be using king flats, I went with the smallest fitted sheet possible!
I squeezed a dress (lined with the sheet) little booty cover, cute shoes (Inspired  by this post and the link there in  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348768.0  )  A waist bow, and a headband complete with a flower made of scraps out of that sheet!  All that's left is stuff that went into my scraps to be spun bag they were so small.

Be prepared to Squeeeeee!!!!

"Side view"

Bow detail:

Shoes on:

Shoes off:

Headband with "scraps" flower;

To show the sheet before.  It is sitting on a double sized futon matress

Close up of the the print:

One last picture of uber cuteness, just because I know you want to see it!

Don't forget to vote!

ETA!  I forgot to mention the elastic for the headband and the booty shorts came from the sheet to!! I used as much as I could off that sheet!  Oh and the shoes were hand sewn.  The big ones wanted play outside and I needed something to keep my hands busy Smiley
184  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / "Everything" craft store wholesaler advice and recommendation. on: June 17, 2010 01:08:33 PM
A friend of mine and I are looking into opening an "everything" type craft store.  yarn, ceramics paints, xstich embroidery etc... everything.  We know there is a need for it locally, as all we have is 3 aisle in Walmart craft section,  quilting store,  and a scrap book store.   It's the everything else  we plan on stocking up on, though we would still carry some of the stuff available at the other stores to. 
I know to be professional and welcoming to everyone. And I have a husband who is a buisness owner himself, who has already provided me with all that type of information.  What I'm looking for is recomendation for wholesalers, suppliers and the like.

We are in the very begining stages of it trying to price out suplies and over head costs and location and the like.  But having a more clear idea of what wholesalers charge we could get a more clear picture of the start up costs and find out if it's even feesible.

Thanks in advance for the advice and recommendations ladies (and gents, there must be some of you out there Cheesy )

185  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / fiber friday June 11, 2010 on: June 11, 2010 01:42:18 PM
 Grin  Yay for fiber and yaaaaaaaarn!

This is take 2 on "Shadow Priest"  This was a request from one of my WoW friends, so I modified it a bit by plying it with gold thread.

That's it for this week from me... I have stuff on the wheel, but it is going to be plied twice Cheesy

Happy fiber friday ladies!

186  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / pin woven little clutchy-thingy on: May 11, 2010 08:04:06 AM
So, my sister is in the downy dumps. A lot of crazy things have happened in the past 4 months in her life, so I made her this clutchy-thingy.  I'm going to mail it out today and hope it gets there before I go visit.  It turned out way smaller then I thought it would... but eh, maybe she can put something in it?


A few artsy close  ups of the weave:

I was inspired by this post:
and this thread:

Comments and critique welcome.. This is my first weaving project worth posting (there's another one but oooh... she's ugly...), and i know it's wonky in a few places, but eh... I'm learning!  Also, this has made my want for a real loom stronger...
187  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / birthday crown for my 5 yr old on: May 07, 2010 08:36:13 AM
I was inspired to make a crown for my sons 5th birthday by another poster on here,  but I can't find that post!
But here is mine!

He loved it!  The reason it says birthday man, instead of birthday boy, is because i didn't have the last 'y'  It is made of felt, craft foam, buttons and beads.  He love's my button collection and says "lululah!" (intead of ohlala!)  at all the fancy buttons when we look through it for the prefect button.  It was a great day full of surprises for him!
188  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES / scissor skully pillow on: May 07, 2010 08:07:49 AM
So this wan't my original plan,  my original plan was way more cool then this, but eh, this is pretty cool if you ask me.  I still have the original plan in the make, but it was well to complex for me to finish in time (considering my kids haven't been cooperating with bed time lately)

What I did was trace out the scissors skully logo onto my black fabric, and layer 2 pieces of cotton chiffon behind it.  then with pretty rainbowish sparkly thread (which my machine HATED  it kept snapping, and caused my brain to explode on more then one occasion) I  stiched around and around and around  (until my brain was at it's explosion limit)  After I was done stitching I took the scissors out and cut out the skull and scissors.  Then I turned it into a pillow.

Now I have have craftster love to hug when I'm to tired to craft anymore and to tired to cruise craftster.   Grin

Oh and I don't take any credit for the idea.  There's one dude on Project Runway who does something like this.  It creates really cool demension in his garments.   In my case it just made a cool sparkly pillow.
189  COOKING / Dessert / a couple a cakes! on: April 10, 2010 01:07:34 PM
Easter cake, made with help from my mom.  I was teaching her that fondant isn't actually all that hard!

and my simple birthday cake, made by me Smiley  it's a sponge cake with 2 cans of chocolate betty crocker lol  yes thats the top of the straw i used to hold the cake from sliding..... hey, it was just me the kids and the hubby seeing this one.  I was being lazy lol

 6 layers of yum!

enjoy!  I know my butt grew a few inches this week.....  Tongue
190  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Empanadas! with pic ffffffff-at tutorial! on: March 21, 2010 05:22:26 PM

When I was a child, we would go over to a friends house and would be served empanadas.  I have fond memories of running around on Saturdays playing with them while their father had friends over for "empanada parties" (my words, not thiers Smiley )   It was good times.  So to remember those good times, I often make his recipe.  And I figured I'd share the recipe and the how to with you all, so maybe you can make great memories surrounding delicious food, specifically these empanadas Cheesy

Recipe (slightly altered because before the onion was waaaaay overwhelming and  I like to cut out fat where I can):
Preheat your oven to 375`F

 1 large onion
 1lb of lean ground beef
 1Tbsp Paprika
 1 beef bulion cube
 1/2 cup water
 salt peper and oregano to taste

Fry onion and paprika in a large fry pan. When the onions are softened, add the ground beef.  Cook until well browned.   Add salt, pepper, and oregano.  Add 1/2 cup water and bullion cube and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Extra filling ingredients:
hard boiled egg, cut into smallish pieces (boil this egg while you are cooking the beef!)

While the mixture is cooling make the dough.
~5cups flour
 2tsp baking powder
 1tsp salt
 1cup milk
 1/4lb lard (or shortening, like crisco)

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Scald the milk in a sauce pan and add the lard.  Stir until the lard has melted.  Pour the lard and milk mixture into the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore. Continue kneading with your hands until you get a firm dough (much more firm then a bread. and more firm then a pie crust  Fool around with the measurements abit, to get what you feel is a workable texture)
Here you can see I have everything all lined up and ready to go.

Roll your dough out and cut it into large circles - aproximately 20cm across (or circles of your desired size, you could make these small as appetizers, but here I made them supper serving size)
Place the beef mixture, 2-3 rasins, 1 olive, and 1 piece of hard boiled egg.  Take a egg wash and wet one half of the circle around the edge.

Fold them over so you get a half circle, and pinch the dough together like this.  you get a good seal and no leaking if you do this.

Notice I punched holes with a fork along the top.  this is to let the steam out and so you can be sure they don't explode!  I also use the egg wash on top, for a nice golden brown top.

Lather rinse repeat until you run out of ingredients!

Now they are ready to hit the oven!   Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

If you have left over dough (like I did)  squish it out into weird flower like shapes and dust with cinamon and sugar, bake for 15 mins, and there you go, desert!

and here's one that has a few bites out of it that was temporarily abandoned by my 2 yr old.... Apparently he had better things to do lol  he did come back to finish it though!

Anyway I really hope you try these out, they are quite delicious.  I promise!

To answer a question about the liquid situation:
I did have one question:  when you cook the meat with the onions do you drain off the extra fat and water?  I did because it looked too runny--I used 85% lean meat so maybe it was too fat?
I've always used lean ground beef.   If you have a bunch of liquid that doesn't look like it's all fat (or you just simply don't care if theres a bit of extra fat in there -which is generally where I'm at lol)  You can outright skip the water, and just add and bullion cube.  Then just let it simmer until you've only got a little liquid left.  Sometimes the onion has alot of liquid in it, and sometimes it seems like some ground beef is more liquidy, so you may or may not need the water.

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