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221  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question on Oven Dying on: May 30, 2009 08:47:53 PM
Okay.  So I have all that fabulous fiber wanting to be dyed.  I only have one pot.  What if I were to get some old pickle jars(which are sitting in my basement), fill them with fiber(pre soaked of course), pour in the dye(carefully and slowly to prevent spilling), and then stick em in the oven.  I can likely fit at least 6 jars in there(if not more), and likely get 2oz in each jar if I stuff it.  Will this work, and if it will, how hot can I go?  about 250?  I think my oven will go as low as 170`F.  And how long should I leave it?  30 mins?
Or, do you think the pickle jars will explode?  I want to dye it all now and I cannot wait for my one sorry pot to do 4oz of fiber at a time. LOL
Hopefully someone out there will have an answer for me!
222  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / weighing wool for a project with no scale! help! on: May 10, 2009 08:01:57 PM
Okay so heres the deal.  I am a camp counselor and run the crafts activity.  This year we are doing felting.  The problem is I'm not sure how much wool to order.  And since I don't have a scale, It is proving to be a difficult task (I've only ever ordered for myself, and then I've never paid attention to the weight, just price LOL).  We have ~75 kids (ages 7-18) who will all be doing either a 2-D 8x10 "picture" OR a felted vessel- about 3-4 inches in diameter, and approx. 2.5 inches high.  Is 6.5 lbs  enough?  this is what I was thinking:

Two shades of each color total weighing(for each color family) .625lbs
Red, orange,yellow, green, blue, purple,
.625 lbs each  black, white
 .5 lbs of each gold, bronze and silver

does that make sense?  hopefully!


Any help will be greatly appreciated!!

~belladune


NVM!  My Lovely hubby got me a scale today after I complained how hard it was to figure out!!!
223  COOKING / Dessert / Mothers day carrot cake on: May 09, 2009 07:12:25 PM
So, with my search for different types of rolled icing (as a request from a friend who didn't like the marshmallow fondant, she wants me to decorate her cakes from now on LOL)   I found this recipe:  http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7060-6-Cream-Cheese-base-fondant.html
  What better cake to try it on then a carrot cake.  And of course I need an excuse to make a cake.  And with Mothers day being tomorrow it was a great one!

close up of the carrots, do the greens look realistic enough?  or do they at least get the point across?


top view.  Doesn't look to bad here.


On this one you can see this fondant cracks easily.  Thats okay for now.  Just more practice with it I think.


As for flavor and texture, the icing is pretty tasty, though next time I skip out on the almond extract.  I've never had luck with that extract, it always tastes weird to me.   It also has a nicer texture then the MMF (which is chewy)  Kind of melt in your mouth~ish.  Lets hope the MIL likes it too, since the cake is technically for her!

comments and criticism welcome, I'm always looking to improve!
thanks for looking!
224  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Wall-e Part-e- ;) Lots of pictures! on: May 02, 2009 02:24:53 PM
Okay, so here it is, all the Wall-e goodness!  My husband thinks I'm nuts to do all this, but really, it was fun!   

Any idea how hard it is to be the photographer AND the organizer?  Really hard, or at least I haven't mastered the balance yet,  But here are the few pictures I was able to snap of the crafty goodness I created for this special occasion!

First off, we have the "Place the plant in the Hollow Detector" game.  Amazingly, 5 of the 7 managed to do it blindfolded..... 



Up next was the pinata, with pull strings, which didn't work all to well anyway..........  We ended up having to break it with our hands, which didn't matter to the kids, because they got the goodies from it anyway.  Also, i've learned that if you do this rushed, put a fan to the balloon It dries pretty quickly that way.



Of course, Le piece de resistance, the Cake!





Thank you to Nikimac, for your help with the itinerary and the idea for the pinata! 
225  COOKING / Dessert / Wall-e Birthday cake on: May 01, 2009 12:39:38 PM
My son is turning 4.  He LOVES Wall-e, ask to watch it every day. His party is tomorrow, so I spent the better part of this morning decorating his cake.  I thought about making Wall-e himself, in 3-D but that seemed fairly daunting(keeping his eyes from falling off? yeah to scary LOL).  So I went with something I felt was more simple, maybe more detailed but simpler.

Anyway,here are the pics
top shot (yes I noticed the oops in the left bottom corner, but to late to fix it.)
 

I couldn't just decorate the top, so the leaves went over the side!


Close up of the trunk/wall-e (with his cockroach friend) and the leaves.


Also, I'll be posting the whole party on sunday, because this cake is just the start of what I've done for this party, and I felt like it deserved its own post! LOL
226  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Wall-e themed birthday(ideas) on: April 26, 2009 05:10:45 PM
My son is turning 4 and is in LOVE with Wall-e and Eve. 
This is the itinerary so far:

10:30- guests show up
11:00-11:30/45ish [seriously, they are 3/4/5yr olds and there are at least 7 of them... and then their parents... hopefully it doesn't take that long]- Build your own pizza
11:30/45ish-12:00/15ish- Place the plant in the Hollow Detector game  (like pin the tail on the donkey)
12:15-12:45 Eat our pizzas and cake
12:45-1:15 -Games  What kind of other Wall-e themed games can you all come up with? Is this too much, more games after lunch?
1:15-1:45- Gift opening.
2:00 home time.

Does anyone have any better ideas?  I'm going shopping on Tuesday and Have a few ideas for goodie bags.  I really don't like the ones full of junk, but then its hard to keep the price down.  Any sugestions for those? 
The cake is either going to be Wall-e or be wall-e related (yes I'm going to make it myself.)
I don't know otherwise.  Any other ideas would be appreciated! 
 
227  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Alaskan Hand Spinning Cruise on: April 20, 2009 01:12:49 PM
So, has anyone ever heard of these "Craft Cruises"?  I came across this at the joy of handspinning site:
http://www.craftcruises.com/cruise.php?brand=Handspinning%20Cruises&cruise_name=Alaskan%20Explorer&cruise_line=Holland%20America%20Line&cruise_ship=ms%20Westerdam&dep_date=2009-09-06&cruise=21

And heres the clincher my husband has wanted to go on an alaskan cruise for quite some time.  I have absolutely no interest in seeing Alaska(I'm sure its beautiful.  But we live about 12 hour drive from Yukon(which borders Alaska)  I've had enough of the cold.)  And this would be a great compromise!!  I could take some spinning classes,  And he would get his alaskan cruise!   But before I go ahead and get everything together to go do this, I want to know if any spinners/craftsters have ever done one of these cruises?  Or would you do something like this?  The site makes you give your email to get pricing info, so I don't yet know the price.

228  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Foot pin cushion. Hilarious back story included! pic chubby on: April 18, 2009 10:06:40 PM
  Once upon a time lived a crafty maven.  She shared an apartment with her beau.  This lovely young man put up with all the clutter craftiness brought, with very little complaint.  Until one day tragedy struck!  A pin cushion had fallen off the table and onto the floor. ~~ Now this pin cushion was poorly designed, as it was terribly thin, and both sides were mere cloth.~~  The Mavens beau walked past the table and stepped on the pincushion!  He fell to the ground, crying out in agony!  The Maven rushed to his side and tried to remove the mass of pins from his foot.  But alas, she failed.  With a second attempt the pins came free, though the young man was still terribly upset.  The young man did come to forgive the Maven.  And they lived happily ever after.


Now thats a true story.  And it lead to the crafting of this:
Note the hairy toes, and foot-


Side view, complete with pins


Front view


and how it is to be used, pins go in the bottom!



enjoy.  I hope it brings you as many chuckles as it did me!

229  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / chicky family portrait on: April 13, 2009 08:20:24 AM
So I saw this post, by Wayuki: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298179.0
And I just knew I had to make a ton of these chickies for my family.   Its a good thing I have a relatively small family.  LOL  And no, they have no eyes, because I didn't have any black embroidery thread, and live in the middle of nowhere, and its not worth a trip to the city for just some black embroidery thread.   And I kind of just gave it a go with the beaks and wings, because when I started, I had no real crochet back ground. I knew how to dc, sc, trc, and that was pretty much it.  The "bobbles"  for the beaks turned out not bobbles. The family members loved them.  and thats all that matters.  Anyway on with the picture:




The blue ones are the men, The pink are the women, Yellow are the kids and the grey ones are the Grandparents.  They are all arranged in families.

thanks for looking! c+c welcome!
230  COOKING / Dessert / 27th birthday cake on: April 10, 2009 07:13:37 PM
SO I made my self my birthday cake this year.  went with teal and yellow. cause that was pretty much what looked good together from my selection of colors.  I used marshmallow fondant.  I think I did pretty good, for the 2nd go with fondant,   Whatcha think?


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