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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / KitchenAid cleaning questions (dishwasher safety) on: February 04, 2012 05:09:12 AM
Hello helpful people!

I got a KitchenAid for christmas, and it's finally arrived!



Now, I've noted that all parts that have exposed metal in their action-area (wire whisk, shredding drums) are stated to not be dishwasher safe. Has anyone put them in the dishwasher anyway? What happens?

My general guess is that this is either one of those hysterical-don't-touch-things warnings, or perhaps they'll rust. Thing is just that perhaps it won't take all that long before I lose patience and chuck them in the dishwasher anyway. What I fear for most is of course damaging the drums, especially if I manage to cause the bit that goes into the engine to bend, and damage the whole equipment when running.

Most of all, I want to know if I can just go ahead and chuck them in the dishwasher already.

Anyone have any experience of not following the guidelines here? Cheesy
22  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Improve the database query for PMs to reduce latency on: January 18, 2012 02:49:14 AM
It seems that the database query for fetching PMs requests ALL the PMs of a user, to then provide the data from memory. This means that once they're loaded, you can change PM pages quickly, but it unless you only have very few pages, it'll take a shitload of time to do that initial load.

The way it is now could grant an ever so slightly more positive experience for new users if they need to flip pages in the PMs and only have two or three, but how many times don't we go there to check that one new message, and have to wait for the entire history of PMs to load? The change I'm suggesting can't make it that much worse for those few, because craftster apparently manages to hold a whole history of forum activity with decent serving speed, but it would heavily improve things for people who have been here for a while and have several pages of swap dialogue and similar.

And before anyone dismisses this with "delete your crap", let me remind you of one of the many site mottos Cheesy

23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift card/envelope on: July 16, 2011 11:01:01 AM
Went to a wedding today, and they'd requested that instead of gifts people could just give them money towards their honeymoon trip. Since i've been sick I never had time to prepare, so today before the wedding, I had to go get some cash from the machine and put together an envelope/card thingy. I made a paper template, and then cut out the base from a pure white linen-textured folder (from an apartment viewing we went to a few months ago), and decorated it!







I'm quite happy with it, especially as I rarely do paper crafts! What do you think?
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the Slotted Wallet, with ribbon closure on: June 19, 2011 11:40:50 AM
I've made a couple of wallets like the ones posted in this thread (there are written instruction-like text at page 11 or something)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190408.0
but this time the boyfriend wanted a ribbon closure instead of a snap or button. So, I eventually had to get around to making one Cheesy

It's pretty hairy in the photos, I had to snap pics quick before he got off from his shift at work, so he'd be surprised to find it! And yes, that's also why the pics are so blurry  Undecided

Front


Back


Center


There are three slots for credit cards, and a full-depth pocket for receipts and cash (you have to fold bills, as in the original pattern, but it works really well - we almost never deal with cash anyway) The pockets turned out a bit wonky because I had to patch the fabric used for them - it was only a foot long with the pattern the right way up, and I needed approximately one and a half.

Hope you like it! He sure did!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Simple kitty potholders on: January 22, 2011 01:54:31 PM
I got this kit years back to make some for my mom, and I made ONE really wonky one and then no more... the kit was for two, and had enough fabric for three, so now that I was eagerly awaiting partners for the mug rug swap, I finally finished the last two!

The picture sucks, but it wouldn't feel as complete without a post here! Wink



These are really not wonky, the flash just makes it seem that way when the floor lights up like that - I didn't iron after quilting, so they're all bendy due to the batting. The colors are a lot warmer as well. I cut the striped fabric the wrong way (it was supposed to be short stripes) but I think it turned out pretty nice anyway Cheesy (the kit didn't include any actual instructions, just a picture of the finished product, that I imitated)
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitched koi pond on: January 08, 2011 02:43:36 AM
I saw this piece over at xstitchhappy and I immediately knew I had to embroider it to make a bank login set cozy for my mom. (in sweden, almost all banking is done online, including all invoice payments etc, so that gets used at least once per month)

However, it felt wrong that the koi was swimming away! I know that a koi swimming upstream is good luck, but that is clearly a pond, not a stream. And when the surroundings doesn't show you something it's working with, things should always be coming towards you imho, not escaping you. So I turned the design.



The colors are very wrong here, primarily the background which is a pale baby blue / turquoise glittery piece. I don't know why the camera won't accept it (daylight is very cold here in winter). The lily pads are sort of right, while the koi is perfect - except that the white stitches are actually white!

The lily pads are still "facing" the same way as in the original design, but I drew the shadows on the other side (didn't turn out perfectly, but I still like it), duplicated one of the pads, and moved the eyes on the koi, using beads instead of stitches, because that did seem perfect Cheesy

I haven't made the cozy yet, but I wanted to share the embroidery, to pat myself on the head for finishing it! Cheesy
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slotted wallet on: January 03, 2011 01:44:10 PM
Finally made myself my own wallet, after having made one for the boy who used it, stopped using it, allowed me to use it, and then promptly wanted to start using it himself just because I was hogging it... Roll Eyes

Which on the plus side of course means that I now have something to suit MY tastes.





Excuse the image coldness, they're cell phone flash photos. The stripe across the black is actually a rich purple and a rich green, not blue and pale moss.

It's based on happyfrog's tutorial which sadly isn't all there anymore. But hopefully it'll be fixed.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tatted Winter-&-Buddha bookmark on: December 23, 2010 08:18:10 AM
Ahh miscellaneous board, we meet again! I still haven't figured out a proper place to put tatted items.

So, I was in the Yule swap, and since my partner has received, I wanted to share this bookmark, because I'm quite pleased with the result, and the silvery thread was incredibly obnoxious Cheesy It's white cotton perle yarn (Flora) with a silver thread wound together with it.



I know Buddha isn't traditionally a part of Yule, but my partner is a buddhist and had listed yule & winter themes in the questionnaire - this being more Winter.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The french memoboard that wouldn't be rushed on: November 23, 2010 04:36:58 AM
One poor quality, staged action pic first, before I start my rant (just grabbing the closest cards I could find)



So about five years ago there was a huge memoboard hype on craftster. You saw them everywhere. Even on Gilmore Girls. They were gorgeous. It wasn't quite like the panta hype or the beaded dolls hype, but it was still a very common sight.

I, of course, was swept along, especially because I needed somewhere to stick the huge collection of postcards lying around that I couldn't put away quite yet. So I bought a $3 frame at the thriftstore, scored some free masonite to use for backing (they always have broken bits lying around at the wood shops that's too small for construction work, but huge if you only need a frame back).. Bought some fabric... and... let it all stand in a corner for five years!

But! Now, all of a sudden, I made it. It's wonderful how crafts sometimes just happen, right? Cheesy

So using some ribbon yarn I'd bought to make necklaces of, and some matching and some contrasting buttons from my stash, I put it all together (I know the ribbons are wonky, but for once I don't care Cheesy )



Having been a bit over-enthusiastic with cutting a bit more away from the backing to make room for the batting and fabric, I then had to get some construction glue to put it all together properly



Pardon my toes supporting the frame.. Cheesy

The red tape is to protect my wallpaper from the nails I attached the hanging with. (the nails were leftovers from ikea furniture)

And finally hanging on my slightly abused wall!


...and just because it amuses me... I tried to take pictures sunday night when it was halfway done, but as soon as I'd snapped one too-poorly-lit photo and was going for a second, this happens and I realize I may as well go to bed Roll Eyes



And it only took me five years to complete! Cheesy (how's that for craft ADD?)
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / (solved) Which issue of Cross Stitcher Magazine was this published in? on: December 14, 2009 11:07:23 PM
I found this when looking for blackwork patterns
http://kellinstitches.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/blackwork-cherry-blossoms/
and I just adore it. She says it's from brittish Cross Stitcher Magazine, sometime in the past six months or so. Does anyone know which issue it's from? I'd love to get a hold of this pattern!

-edit-
I got a reply from the magazine today, in spite of their autoreply indicating it would never happen Cheesy It's from issue 216 but sadly they don't have it anymore. I'll have to try and find it some other way.
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