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231  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt mistletoe! Tutorial- PIC HEAVY! on: December 07, 2008 12:39:43 PM
Using only what I had to hand,  I created mistletoe! 

What you'll need:

A glue gun
Green felt
a styrofoam ball
white wool
some ribbon or thread

So to start with I  Made a medium felt ball.  You could use a styrofaom ball if you want, I just didn't have one. (use the method below to make a bigger ball of felt if you wish to use that and not the styrofoam ball)

Then I cut pieces of green felt into triangles that had concave edges:

Put a decent drop of hot glue in the center of a triangle and fold like this,  you'll need to hold it for a bit:

Start to glue your leaves to the ball, it should start to look somthing like this:

Then once you've got your ball completely covered,  start making the mistletoe berries by bunching up a small bit of wool and wet it with warm soapy water.  Roll into a ball like you would when making buns:

Glue those onto the leaves and voila!  la mistletoe!
 You can use ribon to hang it, or what I did was use thread, since I didn't have any appropriate ribbon.

Its really simple to make, and took me about 30 minutes!

Happy crafting!
232  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question for all Ashford Traveler owners on: December 05, 2008 02:32:09 PM
Is there a trick to the tension on the break band, or is it just really finicky?  I have to tweak it throughout my spinning.   I find I either get yarn that feeds to quickly and doesn't twist much or yarn that is sooooo twisty, and doesn't feed fast enough.  Thats all in one chunk of wool too, so nothing is ever very even....  My wheel is 10 years old, but had really never been used (she bought it and then never did much spinning.  I guess she didn't find as fun as I do)  So maybe the age of it makes a difference to the answer of this question.
233  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Cleaning fleece. does it have to be so yucky? on: November 19, 2008 07:25:55 PM
So, I got  a couple 1/2 garbage bags of fleece(alpaca and sheep)  And I started to clean the alpaca, and decided it was kinda gross. It actually made me nauseous.  And this wasn't because of the VM or even the tiny bits of poo (I'm a mom of 2, I deal with poo everyday) but it was the dust that fell from it and that coated my hands.  ( i know, what kind of wimp am I? )  The question is, can I wash it with the VM in it, simply to get out the dirt, then pick out the VM later?  I really love the feel of this alpaca (aside from the dust) its sooooo soft!  gosh I hope tht would work, otherwise I don't know what I could do with it.
234  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / World of Warcraft/ MMORPG swap? on: November 11, 2008 02:54:06 PM
I've never done a swap, I''m still looking for one that I would be intrested in, and while perusing these forums I came across this:   

There was also the Axe cozy in the Teacozy's with Irony challange

With so many responses from other craftsters I think it would be a great swap!  Only problem is I can't organise one.  Anyone out there that can?  I'd love you forever!
235  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Asparagus baby! on: November 01, 2008 09:14:47 PM
nothing to crazy.  Just a cute costume Cheesy
^on the floor so you can see it better

^in the stroller half asleep! lol
236  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / edible halloween decorations on: October 31, 2008 09:42:15 PM
So I was very excited to try marshmallow fondant that I found here, on crafster.  it was a post by Riverwatson

With  halloween just around the corner, it was the best time to try it, since it gave me an excuse to do it and not have people ask 10000000000 questions as to why I was making fancy cakes with no reason.

Anyway.  on with the show!
The ghost cake is two sided.  All I did for him was to bake the cake in a small pyrex bowl and ploped him onto a tuperware container lid.  Then I put that on a beer butt chicken can holder (which has never been used for that purpose, but sooo many others......)  and tossed the fondant over top.  the faces were painted on with Wiltons Black food coloring gel.

This is the pumpkin family.  I bought single serving meat pie tin plates and made the bigger ones that size. Used 2 cakes for each pumpkin.  The smaller ones are 2 cupcakes cut in half (I used the bottom half) and stuck together.  I wraped those in fondant, cut some lines on them so they weren't just orange balls, and made the faces by cutting the shapes out.  I started with all triangles, but then found it fun to  pull the edges around, so you get those odd shaped eyes and mouths.  I used modeling chocolate for the stems, but they look wonky.  I think I need a new recipe for it.  So if anyone has one let me know!

 tips are welcome!! (goodness knows there are things I could have done differently, if only I knew better Wink )

237  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Plying on a drop spindle.. how do I do it? on: October 24, 2008 01:07:09 PM
I've searched these forums, and have yet to find out how exactly I am to ply.  i have a top whorl drop spindle.  Which way do I spin, do I need to do anything fancy? 
Thanks <3 Belladune
238  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Block dying ( I think thats what it would be called...) with wax on: October 07, 2008 08:24:51 PM
Okay, So I bought a bunch of white cotton curtains for the bedrooms in our home.  In my sons room I want to make a border on the bottom of the curtain  to look like a racing flag.  I want the whole curtain to be black (found out on these forums which blacks are the best Cheesy )  But along the bottom I want there to be white squares.  Now, heres the question:
~~~ Can, and how, can I use wax to block the places I want to stay white?  And what kind of wax can I use? ~~~
~~~ Once I've put  the wax on, how do I get it out? ~~~

Any advice would be appreciated Cheesy


P.S.  I might want to do something a little more intricate on our curtains, using the same kind of technique.  Hopefully theres one out there that would be usefull for both projects Smiley
239  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / advice on where to start. practical questions from a noob on: September 27, 2008 03:45:05 PM
I've been looking for a hobby that can also be profitable.  I believe I'm in an area where theres a market for homespun.    The only problem is I don't exactly know where to start.  Here is a list of questions that have come to my mind.

1. Which wheel have you got and why do you like it?
2. do you have a favorite website that sells fibers? (I don't think theres a farm out here that harvest wool)
3. How long do you have to spend at the wheel at a time? (once I get good at it anyway?  I've got 2 demanding boys 3 and <1yr)
4. Does it make much mess? (like, can I set it up in my living room?)  I just see having fibers floating about.....
5. Is dyeing the fiber fairly easy?  I've got 2 large wash basins I think I could use for this.

ummm... well I think thats it for now.  Those 2 demanding boys I mentioned are being demanding lol Wink


240  COOKING / Dessert / 1/2 of 100 on: September 23, 2008 11:35:33 AM
so it was my moms 50th birthday, and I (being the baker of the family)  was in charge of the cake.  I couldn't just make something normal, as the 5-0 requires an amount of joking around. so here ya go 1/2 of 100:

It was just a slab cake cut into the shape you see.  And I'll admit that I used a cake mix and canned frosting....  but hey, sometimes thats just as good eh?

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