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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Little paper snowflake ornament (and a larger one too!) - 8 Big images on: December 20, 2008 04:24:46 AM
I'm a bit of a craft masochist. I see something and decide that it's not nearly small enough, so I scale it down and drive myself crazy trying to get it to work. It took me a good 2.5-3 hours to do this:


(Craftster and/or Photobucket is/are being weird about portrait-style images, so I'll have to make them landscape)

I got the instructions for the non-traditional paper snowflake here. Having been warned by the blog that the end result was "pretty big," and being too cheap to use up six sheets of printer paper just for one flake (though a low supply of printer paper and an impending philosophy paper contributed as well), I made a 1/4th sized version:



Still way too big! (Though it's happily hanging on my closet). Had to go smaller. So I made the 1/64th sized version:





The middle of the small one is a bit wonky, but I'm quite pleased with it. So much so that I feel the need to emphasize the smallness of it and what I had to do to glue the tiny parts together  Wink







Artsy shot for good measure:



Massive post, sorry!  Smiley
These are really quite easy to make if you don't make them so small. I started a 1/16th version and it wasn't very difficult at all (I just thought it was still too big Tongue)
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Featured Project badge of recognition? & Way to see which topics you've viewed? on: December 11, 2008 02:57:25 PM
Yes, I have two suggestions Smiley

First:
   So it might just be me, but often I'll be looking at older projects and think they're fantastic and worthy of hitting "This Rocks!" Since it's old, though, I don't know if it has already been a featured project. I know with the old Craftster layout you could see all the featured projects, but I'm pretty sure you can't do that anymore (I could be wrong and oblivious - I only just realized last week that Craftster's background is meant to be a corkboard with thumbtacks). I don't want to clog up the "This Rocks!" thingamajig, especially if it's an older project.
   There are also times where I'll hit "This Rocks!" on a newer project that I've just come across, only to go to the homepage later and see that the project already currently is a featured project. Then I feel bad for clogging again.
I know some mods write a congratulatory post when a project is chosen, but this could be many pages into the reply that I don't necessarily get around to reading.
   Soooo, I think it would be mighty cool for the mods to put some sort of recognition at the end of the original post itself, so we all know that the fabulous project was once featured.

Second:
   Again, this might just bother me, or I might just be oblivious to an already existing feature (let me know!), but sometimes I'll be looking through topics on a board and see a name that looks like a really neat project and click on it, thinking it's something I haven't already seen, only to discover that I have indeed seen it before. Seeing the "New" button is often handy for determining which threads I haven't checked yet, but once I read through the posts and someone posts a new reply, the "new" button comes back. Something like the "Topic you have posted in" happy face would be handy, but perhaps a little check mark for topics you have viewed at least once? This way you would know straight off if you've already checked out a topic or not, and you can still click the "new" button to see posts you haven't yet read if you still want to look. This would be especially handy for the Craft Challenges. I like to look at every project so I can vote fairly, but I usually end up looking at some of them multiple times because I don't recognize the topic name or some of the names are similar and I can't remember which one I've already seen.

Just my two cents  Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How to measure margarine without small measuring cups? on: February 25, 2008 06:28:38 PM
My high school home ec teacher taught us you can measure butter by filling a large glass measuring cup to the 1 cup line with water, and then by adding butter until it reached the desired amount (ex. if you wanted 1/2 cup of butter, add butter until the water reaches the 1 1/2 cup line); she said this affects neither the butter nor the water.

Can something similar be done to margarine? Even something that leaves the margarine ok, it doesn't matter so much about the water. (I'm a university student in residence and am lacking basic baking supplies and really only plan on baking once). I don't know if the density difference will make it not work, or something along those lines.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Is there a way to quickly locate your own post in a massively popular topic... on: October 09, 2007 10:14:28 PM
...without having to go through the equally large amount of posts in your post history? Especially if you posted quite a while ago, and the post grew large afterwards, and then died off...

Yeah, sorry if I'm being blind and just not seeing this Wink
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / used cue cards? on: April 22, 2007 10:41:21 PM
so, i suck at public speaking and can't form sentences out of mere jot notes, so for my recent speach in english class, i had to write full sentences on cue cards... let's just say it took many more cue cards than i wanted and i now feel bad for wasting them all. so, what the heck can i do with them?

they are about 15.5cm X 10cm, not very thick, white with one pink line across the length and many light blue lines below that. (standard, i'm sure  Smiley)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / help with saving lucky bamboo plant on: September 03, 2006 03:34:46 PM
(not sure if this would go on this board, couldnt really find a different one it could go on. feel free to move it if its wrong!)

i have a lucky bamboo plant that ive had for about a year (it inspired my username  Cheesy). over the summer i figured it would be a good idea to leave it in the windowsill, since i rarely open up my blinds. bad idea, as i recently read that these plants do better in indirect sunlight. so i took it off the windowsill and put it back where i previously kept it, but now one of the stalks is turning yellow. this happens to be the stalk where a stem was broken off at the beginning of the summer, and it was slightly yellow there over the summer, but now the yellow has spread down the entire length of the stallk . none of the leaves or the other stem on the affected stalk is yellow, so i dont really know what could be going on.

is there any crafty kind of way i can save my plant? i dont really want to cut off the affected stalk, as it would ruin the 3-stalk-brings-happiness-feung-shui behind the plant... any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / old perfume spray bottle on: September 02, 2006 12:58:03 PM
i have a little sprat bottle that held some really cheap and overpowering perfume spray/body  ist in it that i just dumped down the sink. i want to reuse the bottle in some way, but how? and whats the best way to get rid of the perfumey smell?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / painting my room turquoise and orange - any ideas? on: September 01, 2006 12:04:13 PM
im 18 and wanting to redo my room a bit... mainly paint it my two favorite colors (turquoise and orange) and move furniture around. thing is, i dont really want just plain orange and turqoise walls, id like to do some sort of technique to make it interesting and fun. right now, my walls are feather painted, so i dont want to do that again. anyone have any suggestions as to what would look neat or any links to good ideas? any help is very much appreciated!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / dried acrylic paint, anyone? (2 moderately big pics) on: May 20, 2006 07:01:22 PM
so i enjoy painting. all i have is acrylic, and my pallet is an old butter container lid. this means the excess paint (i seem to be a bit of a piant-waster) on there peels off quite nicely when dried, and since im an absolute packrat (with oodles of things packed away in my closet waiting to be used -- but thats another story) i feel sick just thinking about throwing the peelings away. i like the swirlyness of the colors.

they arent that thick, and the top part has dips and swirls and thick parts and thin parts, bumps and the likes as the texture, whereas the backpart of them (the part touching the pallet) are nice and smooth, and usually different colors than the top parts (its a small pallet, and im too lazy to clean it often).

some examples (bear with me- first time posting a pic, and the paint was scanned, so the quality might not be that great):


the top part of the paint


the back part of the paint

i usually have ones with nicer colors and combinations, but those are somewhere in that closet...

so, what the heck can i do with them? any ideas appreciated!
thanks
10  COOKING / Dessert / oil in natural peanut butter - mix in, or dump? on: March 31, 2006 12:33:59 PM
i love nautural peanut butter, but i saw for the first time yesterday how much oil is in a new jar (its usually bought by my parents and mixed in, then put in the frige before i notice its in the house). thats a lot of oil! i know that the oil separation is natural, but does anyone know if all the nutrients are in the oil, or in the rest of the peanut butter? i mixed all the oil in, then put it in the frige, but what would happen if i drained some of the oil out?

any help much appreciated - i have food oil issues
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