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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Onigiri earrings! :D on: September 07, 2008 06:10:23 PM
After making onigiri for the first time, [see my post at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266124.0], I was so addicted to cute little onigiri cartoons Grin So, I decided to make earrings! These were made out of ghetto #6 plastic shrinky dinks.

Here they are!






Let me know what you think!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Onigiri! [Rice balls!] on: August 29, 2008 06:33:33 PM
I made onigiri! This is often packed in bento boxes Smiley Onigiri is made by cooking rice, letting it cool for a bit, and shaping it. It can be filled with various fillings, and garnished with nori! Enjoy Cheesy If anyone wants to directions, I can post it Grin


Batch 1. I had literally no experience when I made this.


My first one-- this was kind of a joke Wink


Lovestruck, much?


Kitty!!! Meowwwwww!


Batch 2. This came out much better!


Ninja that failed Cry It was hard, because the colors were the opposite of real ninjas!


The pirateee. He looks confuzzled, much Cheesy


I love pandas Grin
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Summer Cucumber Salad with a Twist! on: August 17, 2008 11:37:05 PM
My grandma grows cucumbers in our backyard every year, and my sister and I recently discovered a delicious salad to cook up so we can eat all the cucumbers. The recipe is tasty, but improvised, because we were trying to clear the fridge. Dill was added because they were leftover from the pickles we made, and shallot replaced the onion that we ran out of. The measurements for the dressing can be modified and eyeballed to your liking.

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers [about 1 foot long each]
2 red shallots
2 sprigs of dill
DRESSING:
3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of fresh or dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
1 teaspoon of Italian Herb Seasoning [optional]
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Wash [and peel if necessary] the cucumbers and cut into slices.
2. Peel and mince the shallots into fine pieces, and place inside a sieve. Blanch the shallots for a few seconds, and rinse with cold water.
3. Finely mince the dill, and throw away the stems. Set aside.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing using a fork or a small whisk.
5. Place cucumbers slices into your serving plate/bowl, and sprinkle the shallot and dill on top.
6. Drizzle dressing on the salad. Chill in the fridge if you want a cold salad. 



If any of you try this, please tell me how it turns out Smiley Recipes like this get invented during summer vacation from school Grin
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Awesome homemade scrub! =D on: July 05, 2008 02:14:25 PM
I recently discovered the best scrub that has worked for me Smiley My recipe was kind of a mixture of many recipes that I saw. After using it on my hands and legs, my skin did feel like baby skin:D

Ingredients:
Salt [Sea salt, kosher salt, etc.]
Honey
Vinegar[White or apple-cider]
Lemon Juice

Directions:
1. Choose a combination of salt. When exfoliating rougher spots, like my heels, I like to use coarser salt, such as coarse sea salt. I use finer salts for more sensitive areas, like my hands. Usually, I use a combination of a little bit of coarse sea salt, and equal amounts of kosher salt and fine sea salt [coarse sea salt that I processed in a chopper]. However, you can use whatever you have on hand. I find that kosher salt alone works very well.
2. Add honey, vinegar, and lemon juice to your salt to form a paste. Again, you can use any proportions you like. I usually add a tiny bit of honey, a quick squeeze of lemon juice, and I add the vinegar until I make my paste. This is all on preference, so if you want your scrub to have a particular scent, add more of that ingredient:) Mess around with the proportions until you find something you like.
3. Scrub! This can get a bit messy, so do this right before stepping out of the tub. Rinse quickly with water, and towel dry. Admire your soft skin:D If you want, you can use a moisturizer afterwards.

Enjoy! If anyone makes this, let me know... I want to see if it worked as well on you as it did for me!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / How do you store citric acid? on: February 19, 2008 07:35:43 AM
I bought a bag of it from Brambleberry, but I don't know how to store it. Can you just keep it in the bag? Or a ziploc bag?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first beanie.. knit with a four-needle apparatus :O (pictures galore!) on: January 20, 2008 10:50:25 AM
So I've been knitting for about 1-2 months now, and the only thing I've made were scarves. I have a really close friend who is 2 years younger than me and lives down the block. After seeing my scarf, she requested a beanie, so here it is :] My mom helped me start it and showed me how to decrease ;]


Detail of the hat


The top


This drove me insane.


My older sister modelling for me...


...Again.


...And again.


And my friend with her new hat Smiley


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first scarves :] Packed with an image surplus =D on: January 13, 2008 11:15:38 AM
My mom taught me how to knit when I was about 8 years old. Now, 5 years later, I wanted to relearn xD I made 2 scarves, with some assistance from my mom (hehe). One is white and gray for me, and the other is a slytherin scarf for my sister. I used Lion Brand yarn from Michaels  Smiley This is my sister modelling. She told me to tell you guys that she's the beautiful and silly model  Roll Eyes













Thanks for looking :]
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / It's a pear in a patridge tree! [With no patridges] on: December 23, 2007 08:49:51 AM


This is our Christmas umm...branch? We found a huge branch down the block, cut it apart, painted it white, strungs lights and ornaments on it, and voila Smiley Oh, and we covered it in glue and sprinkled shiny white glitter on it Wink My sister found the pear outside some store. We also coated it in glitter. Feel free to comment!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 13th birthday??? on: April 07, 2007 01:37:41 PM
My 13th birthday is in May and I dont' know what to do. I live in New York City (Brooklyn) and I plan to maybe go eat somewhere? I would love suggestions for things to do if we don't go eat, or some places in NYC that have good and decent priced food Smiley. Some things that you might like to know or questions I have:
1. My friends aren't into crafting as much as I am, but is there something easy and fun we can do?
2. Where is a good place to eat in Manhattan that is somewhat cheap?
3. I live across the street from park, but it isn't that warm in the end of May
4. If I celebrate it in my house, what are some things that we can do?
5. Where are some good places to celebrate a birthday outside of my house? I was thinking about the Painted Pot (pottery place) but I already went there once when I was little and it's really expensive...

Thanks everyone!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Treble Cleff Charm =D on: April 06, 2007 06:59:08 AM
After being inspired by another post here, I decided to make my own treble cleff charm Smiley

It's not that good, but I just had an urge to make one at like 10:30 last night. Any comments are welcomed!
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