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231  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / International Year of Natural Fibers on: April 08, 2009 08:14:48 AM
I just discovered that this year is the International Year of Natural Fibers!  Who knew!


Yay for learning more about the fibers we spin!
232  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Linseed oil on moving parts of wheel? on: April 02, 2009 08:47:39 AM
k,  So my spinning wheel needs to be oiled, and amazingly enough (<----read in a sarcastic tone)   there is no one in town that has any oil for the job.  Roll Eyes   I do however have some Linseed oil that I was going to oil the wood of my wheel, and the table (once its been stripped)  with.  Can I use it on the moving parts of the wheel?

thanks in advance!
233  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins---> Recipe included! on: March 26, 2009 01:29:08 PM
So last night, just after supper, I got a phone call.  "hey, we need you to bring a snack to playschool tomorrow.  We've already got crackers and cheese.  maybe you could bring some dessert type stuff?"   Yeah thanks.  Make me bring the long to make stuff And ask for it last minute.... LOL
But anyways,  I did and these are what I made:

I ended up with nearly 48 mini muffins (obviously they are not all in this picture....).  And they were a hit (one kid ate 5.... and only one kid of 10 didn't like them).  Super moist, and maybe just a tad heavy, although thats probably because of the oatmeal. And have I mentioned yet that I made this recipe up on the fly?  Since its my own creation,  I thought I'd share Cheesy

Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins
3 Macintosh apples (peeled cored and chunked)
Sprinkle of cinnamon (to your taste, I used maybe 1 tsp)
2 tbsp water
1 cup milk (heated)
1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking)
2 cups Flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 small eggs
1 Tbsp canola oil

In a small sauce pan combine apples water and cinnamon.  Cook over medium heat until apples are tender.  Smush. (aka turn into apple sauce I used a submersion blender thingy to make my sauce really smooth)  Meanwhile heat milk in a microwave safe glass bowl for 45 seconds.  Add the oatmeal.  In a large mixing bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add all the 'wet' ingredients and the eggs and oil.  Stir until just blended.  Bake at 375`F for 8-10 minutes.  This recipe will give you approximately 4 dozen mini muffins, if you make them into medium muffins, increase baking time.

*You can also add what ever extras you want, like raisins, coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped hazel nuts  etc.   I added raisins and coconut to the second pan of muffins, just to add variety,  some kids don't like raisins (how silly of them! Wink )

Oh and if you don't have a mini muffin tin, and have small children, I totally recommend getting one.  It has been the most used wedding shower gift.  And my almost 4 year old loves mini muffins.  That and there ends up no wasted muffin, as regular muffins are generally to big for toddlers.

Anyway, enough rambling.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I and the kids did.  Please let me know if you try out the recipe.  I'd love to hear reviews!
234  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Monster chalenge 09- Ava, the sky monster on: February 27, 2009 08:58:30 AM
Meet Ava.  Ava is a sky monster.  We found Ava on a sunny day, simply because she got stuck in stormy day mode. 
If you've never heard of a sky monster before, I'm not surprised.  Sky monsters are not a well known type of monster, simply because they normally blend in with the sky (much like a chameleon would change to blend in with its surroundings)  Sky monsters spend their days lounging in the clouds, eating snow and star dust.  They also like to play cloud hockey, they use hail pucks and star nets. 
Well,  on with the picks of Ava the Sky monster.

Trying to blend in with the sky she can see, but failling.

Loungin' at the computer-She's facinated with the idea of such a thing.

a pic of the back:

Now heres the story of her conception.  When this chalenge was announced, I asked my 3.5 year old if I should make a land monster, sea monster or a Sky monster.  He responded Sky monster.  Now that led me down many a path  (including dragons, and that Neverending story flying dog)  and I thought no, it has to have 3 eyes, son agreed.  Originally she was suposed to be sky blue with coulds, but my felting kit still has not shown up in the mail (and I ordered on the 1st.  don't worry its all settled and should be here by monday  :/ ). and all I had was grey on hand so, she's grey, cloudy and moody looking lol.  She's actually my second attempt.  She turned out way better then the first lol.
Anyway.  hopefully you like her and the story behind her.

235  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / can this be fixed? (pic included to show you better what I mean :) ) on: February 19, 2009 01:23:11 PM
I've got this gorgeous pitcher, and the spout (that'd be what its called right?) is broken.  Can I fix this?  easily?  by myself?  or do I need an expert?
And if its not fixable, is it possible that I could melt it down and make a new pitcher out of it?  or is that waaaaaaaaaaay to advanced?  And if thats way to advanced what else could I do with it?  I like, and I don't want it to go to waste.

236  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felted Voidwalker on: February 18, 2009 06:55:45 PM
Fellow WoW heads, prepare to be amazed!

isn't he wonderful?!  <3 <3

oh yeah, I made him for a swap, so he is sadly no longer in my hands Sad  But I am going to make another!
237  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / button headband! on: February 18, 2009 06:39:24 PM
So inspried by the many buttoned things all over these boards I made this:

sorry the one pic is so dark....  I was having issues with my camera. 
238  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Yup, I did it too! and an extra :) on: February 15, 2009 08:23:47 AM
So for V-day I also made a book for my hubby with a deck of cards.   Its not as detailed as some on here,  but thats what happens when you have a teething 1 year old and a clingy needy 3.5 year old.  The other difference with mine is that it isn't 52 reasons, its got reasons I love him and some love quotes I've come up with, and found online.  Also, its mostly mushy.

Here are the mushy pics

Also I made a felted heart stuffed with marjoram.  Because apparently marjoram helps to stop snoring.  And he snores... a little.. enough to be annoying LOL

thanks for looking!
239  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / it's been 8 years. but i've still got it! on: February 13, 2009 09:59:46 PM
So yeah.  Its been nearly 8 years since I've made an article of clothing.  And here I am making my Debut on the sewing boards.  *squeeee!!!!*  yes, I'm excited.

My husband and I are going to the Valentines dance here in our little town, and I thought why not spice it up and make something.  I've just found this little shop that sells cotton (it is primarily a quilters shop) And they have a really great selection.  I found these two fabrics, got home and started to drape my dress form like a mad woman so excited about the ideas flowing around my brain.  (this hasn't happened to me with such ferocity in ages, zoiks!  it was exhilarating!)

So here it is,  3 days later (and thats nights after the kids are in bed, so about 5hours in total)(not on yet, because I'm going to wait until I'm all dolled up in it at the dance Wink )

Here it is on!!


neck detail (not on me... oops forgot to take a close up on :/)

The only thing I had problems trying to fix was the way the V in the back kinda sticks out.  But oh well, its really comfy and looks good otherwise.  Maybe i'll try to fix it later... or not.  Smiley
I decided to go with snap closure on the neck, because I found a nice necklace and earing set (cheap at walmart)  that I destroyed for the detail at the neck.  So the circle is the pendant and the diamondy thing is an earring.  It is actualy pink but the pick doesn't show that well.
Oh yeah, the dance was a bust.  Which is really sad, As it was for an organization I'm involved in, and I don't think we even broke even.   Cry  To many things at once in a small town makes for a bad dance. 



Side pleated insert:

I don't know if you can really see it, but there is some topstiching over the brown in a red to match the darker red of the print.   And yes, my serger thread is a horribly off color to the rest of the shirt, but who wants to change serger thread?  not me.  And you can't see it anyway. I'm the only one that knows... and well you too now......  Anyway...  Also I'm going to be looking for a brooch that matches the whole thing to close the collar.  If I can't find anyting.... I'm still not sure what I'll use.  But I'm sure I'll think of something!

Thanks for looking!  <3

240  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Alice in wonderland Card book with POP-UPS!!! {Img thick} on: February 04, 2009 04:19:10 PM
So. I made this for a swap partner.  I had this deck of cards for nearly 8 years trying to come up with the perfect thing to do with it, and then i got a swap partner who was an absolute perfect match for these.  I found some free graphics online (where don't ask, cause I don't remember) added a tiny bit of color, and got to cutting, pasting, and pop-uping. This was the end result:
(this is the 10th page  but it gives the best thumbnail image Wink  )

Apparently I missed a pic of the first page.  But it just had a quote on it.  the one that starts with:  "If I had a world of my own..." etc. etc...

I will admit to inspiration here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227507.0
simply for the deck of cards = book.  So thank you!  My swap partner loves it!

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