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21  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Help! My Spouse is a Carnivore! on: December 11, 2012 08:15:23 PM
Depending on what the side dish is, it could actually be your meal while he has meat as well. risotto makes a filling meal on its own, but it could also be a side dish for your husband. If you make pasta, you can make it then add meat (cooked separately) to it for him when yours is served. quinoa is higher in calories and great for protein as well. There are lots of dishes that use it which could work well for both of you. Theres also a cauliflower "buffalo wings" recipe going around pinterest which is quite good. if you dont like buffalo wing flavour you can use bbq or any other wing sauce you like. It also works well as a sweet and sour chicken sub you just switch the sauce.
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Givers/Needers swap on: December 11, 2012 07:39:24 PM
I'm thinking of organizing another Givers/needers swap after the holidays. I believe it's been a while since the last swap was done. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391396.0 this is a link to round 10 which can give more information about the swap for those who aren't familiar with it. Basically you sign up as either a giver, a needer or both. when filling out the questionaire you write what supplies you can give (ie fabric, paint, clay etc..), how many packages you could send, or the craft supplies you are in need of. The giver mails their unneeded supplies to the needer, and the needer sends a thankyou package in the form of a craft. The thankyou craft requirement is 1 small item, though you could craft bigger if you'd like to.

If noone is offering the craft supplies you need, you will be informed so you can possibly expand on your list of wanted supplies. for this swap, first time swappers can be givers, but needers must have completed at least one swap before this one. There will be two send out dates, one for the givers and another, a couple weeks, later for the needers to send their thankyous.

I will start this swap right after new years if there is interest, I think with the holidays so close it makes sense to wait until afterwards so people aren't so busy. If you're interested you should go through your stash now and set aside anything you can offer so writing the questionnaire will be quick and nothing will be forgotten. 

I might also need a co-organizer so if anyone is interested please let me know...it's ok if you have never done it before I don't mind helping you get the hang of things. This swap tends to get kinda hectic so it would really be appreciated
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Poly Clay Pixel Art: Wonder Woman on: December 11, 2012 07:17:24 PM
I love these...i love pixel art in general, but I like that you use poly clay instead of perler beads which alot of pixel projects are made with.
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Bacon Pecan Cookies on: December 10, 2012 03:40:46 PM
I love savory cookies. Even when i make sweet cookies, i cut back the sugar because I tend to find most recipes too sweet. I've never tried bacon in cookies, or any sweets really...maybe I should since it seems to be the craze right now lol.
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Cuff Bracelet on: December 08, 2012 04:41:20 PM
the first cane i made was huge too, so im glad i picked something i really liked. One of the discs for my extruder is a small rectangle. i used that for my second pixel cane and the size was alot better. the length was 3 times the size of the height so i was able to use it for rows of the pixels. It was a bit of a pain when i only needed one or two pixel spots instead of three but it wasnt hard to cut a bit off the side. this way instead of needing (for a space invaders for instance) 9 pixels for the top row, i would only need 3 (since the small rectangle piece is like 3 small squares side by side)
it saved alot of time as well since you dont have to pump out as many pieces. Just thought i would mention this method instead if you want to make another pixel cane without making so many pieces or such a large cane. I also found since the size of these canes are smaller, you dont have to press the sides as much to make it the size you really need...it made it so there was a lot less chance of distorting the image. 

Sorry for such a long reply i just thought you'd like an easy method that wouldn't produce as much as the huge cane because it's hard to come up with SO many ways to use all the pieces you end up with.
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sticky after glazing? on: December 08, 2012 10:12:56 AM
I also use Varathane...i got a huge container for like 5 bucks. I've done quite a bit of stuff with it and it has never become tacky, unlike the first glaze I used. I learned that the sculpty glaze didn't work well for me before i did too much luckily. For some things I dont want a shiney finish on, I use a spray matte gloss i get from my art store.
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting canes evenly on: December 08, 2012 10:02:57 AM
thankyou, i think i actually have a tissue blade laying around somewhere Smiley
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / cutting canes evenly on: December 06, 2012 08:08:57 PM
I've been fiddling with polymer canes, and Im having a bit of trouble cutting the pieces all the same size. I was just wondering if theres a bit of a trick to it or if i just have to be more careful when cutting. Also what tools do you use when you cut canes. Do you use an exact o-knife or a special kind of knife you get at a craft store. I'm thinking that chilling my canes a bit might make them more firm and make them easier to cut, but i thought ask for any tips first.
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: preserving leaves in polymer clay? on: December 06, 2012 07:51:33 PM
I know there is alot of moisture in leaves so it might not work too well unless you hang it to dry first, kinda like you do flowers. Im thinking that if you hang it to dry, then coat it in liquid clay it would kind soak into the leaf making it almost rubbery. If it all soaks in, you might want a second layer of liquid clay just to protect it more but I think this would work well.
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Geek Swap Sign ups Nov 30-Dec 30 on: December 01, 2012 09:29:01 PM
Oh i didnt realize this was only limited to 20 people...ill have to keep an eye on it. if it fills up, and you get your partners early, would send outs be moved up as well?
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