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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Miniature Fairy Herb Shop Dollhouse (Edited w/ more pics, now IMAGE CHUBBY) on: July 11, 2008 07:44:18 AM













I made this over the course of several weeks. It's not very big : just 11 inches tall. The outside is covered in real leaves and pinecone bristles, only fitting for a fairy.

Every object inside the house is handmade as well. I had so much fun making this, I can't wait to make another!

ETA: I haven't seen the little guy who lives here, but I believe he is an elderly bachelor: note the single bed and glasses. Hehe.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Bromeliad potting question on: December 04, 2007 11:30:24 AM
I just bought two beautiful tropical-type bromeliads and I want to repot them in shallow bowls. They are in pots that are about 4 inches deep, the bowls are maybe 2 1/2 inches deep. I know the rootball will extend above the rim of the bowl, but I was thinking of anchoring it with netting and/or gravel.  Is this a bad idea? Will it be bad for the plants?

Thanks in advance to the clever and knowledgable craftster who can help me.  Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny doll repaint -Schuyler - girl ninja extraordinaire on: November 29, 2007 12:19:59 PM
Hey everyone. This is the first repaint I've done in years.
I had a yearning to do one a few days ago and was inspired by Schuyler, the daughter of the blogger at http://www.darn-tootin.com/.



Here's the before:



I even made a tiny Big Box of Words out of polymer clay for her:



4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Delicious, authentic (tasting) flour tortillas (HOW TO) on: February 24, 2007 11:47:28 AM
I grew up with a g'ma who makes the best home made tortillas. I've been trying for years to replicate the taste and texture and I FINALLY got it down. I discovered that technique is just as important as ingredients and they're not hard to make at all, if you know how. Here it is:

Put some water on the stove to boil. Meanwhile,

Whisk together:
2 C all-purpose or bread flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp sugar

Dump in 1/4 C Plain yogurt


(This is important!) Don't just stir it around. You will get a bowl of half dry stuff and half gooey mess. What you want to do is use the same technique for cutting the fat into pie crust. Using two butter knives (one in each hand) scoop underneath the yogurt and kind of, um, "fluff" it up, incorporating the flour into it, a little at a time.  After a minute or so of this, the dough should look like bread crumbs with some marble sized chunks. If you have a big chunk, cut it into little pieces. (You could also use lard, which is more authentic, but I think they taste just as good with the yogurt and have like 1/3 the calories.)

By now the water should be boiling. Take it off the stove and drizzle a couple of tablespoons over the flour, to start with. Stir it around, adding water in little bits until it is the consistency of bread dough.

Knead the dough for several minutes, dusting with flour as necessary.

The dough should be soft, stretchy and slightly sticky. Cut it into 8 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls, then let them rest for 10-20 minutes on the counter, with a piece of plastic wrap on top. (This step is also important. You will not be able to roll them out smoothly ifyou don't let the dough rest.)

Put a skillet on the burner, set to slightly higher than medium heat.

Flour your counter and rolling pin and go at the dough balls. The technique for getting a round tortilla is to not roll over the ends. Moosh the rolling pin into the middle of the ball and roll back and forth to about 1/2" from each end. Turn the tortilla 90 degrees and repeat until have a pretty thin round, about 8 inches across. Do not stress it if they are not perfectly round (or round at all). They taste just as good!  Grin

Set the tortilla in the pan. You will notice it shrink as soon as the heat hits it. You can hold it in place  for a couple seconds to keep that from happening (if you've got an iron heart and fingertips to boot) but it's not necessary.

Roll out your second tortilla while the first is cooking. You will notice bubbles starting to form on the one in the pan. This is a good thing! When a lot of the surface area is covered in bubbles, flip it over. I just grab it with my hand, but you can use tongs or a spatula.

Let it cook for another 30 seconds or so, then flip it back over. Now, using a clean dishtowl that's been folded over several times or a pot holder, press the tortilla into the pan. You wanna kinda press a single area for a second or two, then left and press a different part.  Be careful, though and watch out for steam; it will burn you. This is the most fun part because the tortilla will whistle and puff up like a balloon. (Strange, but true.)  When it's all puffy, you know it's done. (That's my new slogan. Heh.)

You will see several dark brown dots and circles on the tortillas. This is normal. However, if the spots are black, they heat is a little too high, so turn it down.

Note: The puffiness is the sign that you've gotten the dough right. If they don't puff, it's not really a big deal. The will probably still taste ok, but the texture won't be quite as good.

Whew, longest post ever. I hope you guys like this tute. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Quilt on: December 04, 2006 08:06:54 AM
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l245/fruitsandlollipops/jqsmall-1.jpg

I didn't realize how HUGE 72" X 90" was when I bought the batting, but there you have it. I used all black and white fabrics (the middle fabric is really a tiny black and white check, so it looks gray.) The diamonds are made from this adorable print of tiny skeletons.

BTW- the edges aren't crooked like that; it's just a trick of the camera lens.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / American Mcgee's Alice in Wonderland Halloween Costume on: October 13, 2006 11:17:31 AM
Hey guys, here's a costume I made for a custom order. I'm really
happy with the way it turned out, so I thought I'd share it:



The back is shirred with elastic thread (learned how to do that here!) so I didn't have to worry too much about getting the sizing right.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress with shirring and zipper - will this work? on: September 10, 2006 09:07:16 AM
I'm making a costume dress to sell on eBay and I was thinking that if the back was shirred with elastic thread that it would fit a bigger range of sizes, thus increasing my market. The dress, however closes with a zipper in the back. (I'd put the shirring in the front or sides, but this would kind of ruin the look of the costume, stylistically.)  Would my shirring idea work? I'm worried that the zipper would end up bumpy or not work properly. Has anybody ever seen/attempted anything like this?

Thanks in advance!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Bleached leaves/skeleton leaves... how do you make 'em?? on: August 21, 2006 05:23:04 PM
Does anybody know how to make these?

http://www.leaflines.com/

I've seen them in several places and sort of hapharzardly tried to make them with very poor results.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Edward Scissorhands Jacket with Corset Back on: May 14, 2006 06:28:34 AM
Here's a jacket I made a while back.

http://www.deadshaman.com/ebay/eshj1.jpg
http://www.deadshaman.com/ebay/eshj2.jpg

I used freezer paper to make the stencil and was really pleased with how well the technique worked. Thank goodness for Craftser!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Lolita Hoodie with lace collar on: May 10, 2006 07:02:41 AM
http://www.deadshaman.com/ebay/lhoodie1.jpg
http://www.deadshaman.com/ebay/lhoodie2.jpg

Here's a hoodie I made that reminds of something Metamorphose would have. It's stretchy terry, so it was really hard to get a good picture. I made it to sell, but it turned out so sweet I wanna keep it!

What do you all think?
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