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181  COOKING / Dessert / Greek yoghurt...food of the gods?? on: March 20, 2006 11:49:15 AM
Greek yoghurt is just about the nicest food in the world...and the fatfree kind is so deliciously un-fat-free seeming. But what gives it that Greek style goodness? It's so expensive and hard to find...is there a way to "Greekify" normal yoghurt? Is it just strained? I must crack this ancient mystery! Any yoghurt afficianados able to unlock the creamy, dreamy secrets of this heavenly product?
182  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / visiting Portland on: March 20, 2006 10:23:41 AM
Hey There you crafty Oregonos! I am attending a conference at Reed in June (10-17). I'm planning to come out a day or 2 early to check out Portland (and get a tattoo at Atlas!). So I'm wondering...what are the MUST SEE spots in Portland for a crafty gal who has a limited amout of free time? AND can anyone recommend a cheap but cool place to stay for a night or 2 if I come out early? (possibly near Atlas Tattoo if that's even feasible?). I won't have a ton of time due to conference obligations but I've never been out there so I don't want to miss anything awesome that I'll regret later! Thanks!!

*If I see a scooter whiz by at 35 mph with a cackling chicken in a panta on the back I'll KNOW I'm in P-town*  Shocked  Grin
183  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Jimmy the Squirrel on: March 04, 2006 09:04:40 PM
So, I've been learning about felting through the felt-alongs, and I love it! This is my 2nd attempt at a little needle felted creature..Jimmy the Squirrel! I moved to Minnesota in the fall and I'd never seen a black squirrel before. There is one who lives in my street, I've taken to calling him Jimmy. Jimmy will NOT let me take his picture, so I've recreated him in felt! Cheesy





184  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for new Dad?? on: March 03, 2006 08:56:51 AM
Hey There you clever Craftsters! I need help! My brother and I are very close, and he and his wife are kindly providing me with my first nephew in a few weeks! YAY!!! It's the first child in our tiny family and we are excited!! So, I am learning to sew (very much a newbie, but about to take a class) and I bought 2 yards of the cutest retro fabric called "father's day" from reprodepot. I want to make something cool for my brother for Father's day...but what?? Here's where you come in! I need ideas for what to make with my fabric find! Any suggestions for what a new Dad would need? I'd love to hear any ideas to help me celebrate my lovely brother's new role as a Dad! Thanks!!
185  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beaded hair "corset"?? on: February 13, 2006 11:49:23 AM
I saw a woman the other day with the coolest hair thing! I'd love to figure out how to make one. I tried to stalk her and get a better look, but I was afraid of being a weirdo. So...here's my impression. Maybe some clever craftster can help me figure this one out? Her hair was up in the back, seemingly in the regular sort of "french twist"-ish manner many of us use for lazy/hot hair days. But it was secured with what looked like beaded corset lacings. There was a line of seed beads up each side, connected by x's of seed beads like lacings. You could see hair in between, so it wasn't just an embellished barrette. It looked so cool but how on earth was it secured?  It was about the width of a large-ish barrette or comb. Has anyone seen this or know how it would work? I want a pretty hair "corset"!!
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(something like that shape but wider and with more Xs..)
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186  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Dr. Martin Luther King JR? on: January 16, 2006 10:57:36 AM
Hi Fellow Craftster! Today is Dr. Martin Luther King JR Day in the U.S.  I have the day off, so I've been listening to his speeches on the radio all day, and I wondered if anyone has made any crafts directly inspired by Dr. King? I feel inspired by his speeches to create something, perhaps a peace & justice themed collage, so I was wondering if anyone else has a similar inspiration and what they're doing with it?
187  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Karelian Pies??? on: January 13, 2006 01:46:47 PM
When I visited some friends in Finland a while *ahem* ago, I remember eating LOTS of yummy things, but I especially remember eating Karelian pies with egg butter. Does anyone know how to make these? Now that I live in Minnesota I find myself thinking of Finland a lot...is it the snow? The large population of Finns? Who knows! But it's got me craving some yummy Karelian pies! Any recipes? Tips? Ideas? Want to send me some pies? LOL (also happy to hear places to get them in the twin cities, I'm not a great cook!)
 Thanks!
188  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Loose Opal? on: January 12, 2006 11:08:01 AM
A friend of mine from Australia gave me a gorgeous loose opal several years ago. I have been hanging on to it, waiting for just the right idea. Ideally I'd love to have it made into a pendant for a necklace, but I don't do any sort of metal work so I what I think I really need is a good jewelry artist to work with on planning and making the piece. I'd like something delicate and silver, maybe with additional stones, and organic in shape/style. I've seen so much great work on craftster, so I'm looking for either ideas for how to best use my opal, recommendations of artists, or any bits advice you may have. I'm quite open, but I want to end up with something I really, really like. The opal is a weird shape, kind of like a longish squared-off pinkie nail. Wider at one end and tapered on the other, about 3/4" long.
I'd love to hear your ideas! I'll try to post a pic of it when I'm home.

modified to add...I'm in the Twin Cities/Minnesota if anyone has any local recommendations
189  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My version of the cactus pincushion on: January 11, 2006 11:57:38 AM
I was inspired by the invincible stuffed cactus post to make myself a cactus pincushion. Then I saw Minouette has made one as well! Hurray for cacti! So here's my take on the cactus...a cactus pincushion/notion box...tada!

http://portfolio.iu.edu/lshimer/pincushion.jpg

sorry it's blurry...I got a little too close trying to cut out my super messy craft table aka dining room table! I craft on the dining table and eat at my computer desk or the couch, LOL
190  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Hair Extensions storage? on: January 08, 2006 05:36:36 PM
I just made some fun new clip-on (human hair) extensions, and I am trying to figure out a crafty way to keep them smooth and dust/tangle free when I'm not wearing them. I'm thinking of some sort of silky pouch type thing with a cord at one end I clip them to, that I can hang in the closet. Anyone have any ingenius ideas or experience with this? Thanks!
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