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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Tea cup how-to's? on: January 04, 2009 07:26:19 PM
Hello,
  I am completely and utterly new to using ceramics.  I have used sculpey before, but I know that I cannot use that to make tea cups and so I am lost as to what I should do.  If anyone could point me to a book or website that could get me started I would be very appreciative.

Thank-you very much,
Bailey
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is there a market for fiber art? on: March 13, 2008 03:16:18 PM
Hello ladies and gents!  I'm seriously considering switching majors to fiber arts instead of English because my master plan is to have a fiber farm when I can afford it.  I'm curious though, is there a market for already made yarns and fabrics or do you guys prefer to do it all yourself?  Not that I wouldn't enjoy spinning, weaving, and knitting for four or so years (may end up being more because I'll be a transfer student with English major credits on the quarter system which equals lots of useless credits :[ ).
I suppose it all matters on what the yarn/fabric looks like.  I'd still like to have some opinions from buyers and sellers. Probably sellers specifically. Do you get any business?
Thanks for your help,
Bailey
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Reconstructing a sweater...HELP! on: February 29, 2008 02:35:38 PM
Alright, so I'm pretty confident in my sewing abilities; even with hand sewing.  However, I'm preparing to make a reconed replica of an anthropologie sweater (once my fingers heal) and I'm not sure how to go about stitching the knit to my fabric without having the knit unravel.  Any suggestions?  Please keep in mind I'll be hand sewing this until my sewing machine comes in the mail (honestly who knows when that will be because my mother is a teacher /and/ a softball coach).

Much thanks,
Bailey
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Handsewing? on: January 16, 2008 03:01:27 PM
Okay this is going to sound crazy, but I'm doing a t-shirt recon by hand because, well, I'm a college student and both my sewing machines are a full state and some away.  I'm fine with the fitting because all in all it doesn't matter if that part look professional.  However, I'm concerned when I move up to the collar and the sleeves I'm going to run in to some problems making the stitches even and pretty.
Is there any way you lovely guys and gals know of that can make my stitches look nice?  Not as if it was done by a machine obviously but that doesn't so obviously look like I had to do it by hand?  Any stitches perhaps that would do the trick?  Or am I pretty much stuck just doing it carefully (which I'm not object to by any means)?

I'm still working on taking it in so I'm not in need of a rush response.
Thank-you very much in the meantime,
Charlie
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / What kind of living statue would you like to see? on: September 15, 2007 02:30:17 AM
I'm thinking of giving performance art a whirl.  Problem is, I can't really put my thumb down on a character I like.  I'm moving toward a living doll (a rag doll maybe or a porcelin (sp?)), but I'm equally in to doing a more traditional statue (covered in white from head to toe like the kind you find in Ceasar's Palace).

What do you guys think?  Which would you be more interested in seeing?

Oh and I promise to post pictures once I have a costume :3
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Country top with tutorial [well fed with images] on: August 05, 2007 02:43:50 PM
I bought the most beautiful floral printed fabric a few months ago.  But between school, going to France and Disneyland I hadn't had the time to make anything with it. Until yesterday when I finally decided to cut into it.
Now it isn't anything special, but I like the clothes that you can add to.
Anyways, without further adieu;






That was painless!  Quick and easy just the way I like it.
Action shots:



Hope you like it.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have info on raising sheep? on: July 29, 2007 01:38:49 PM
This has something to do with spinning I swear.

I want to start raising sheep so I can sell the wool to fine crafters like yourself. Wink
The problem is I can't find any info on getting started.  I know it's a bit of a stretch asking for help here, but I'm a little desperate.  Help greatly appreciated.  If there's no hope for me here, that's fine.  I'm going to keep looking on my own and hope that you fine folks can help just a bit.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Bailey's Super Chocolate Hazelnut Candy Cakes on: July 09, 2007 11:10:46 PM
A super long title for a super delicious candy cake.  What is a candy cake you ask?  Well there is a story to that [not to mention the recipe for this curious cupcake].

-Ahem-
Once upon a time there was a girl who was very excited to make one of the cupcakes in her new cupcake book [500 cupcakes by Fergal Connolly].  She bought all her ingredients and scurried on home.  But the girl had a slight problem; she liked to skim her precious recipes and in effect missed a crucial factor.  She threw away the egg yolks and mixed the whites with the sugar [oh no!].  Realizing what she had done the girl stared at her two remaining eggs and gave a good long thought.
"I know" she said, "I'll cut the sugar in half!"  Impressed with herself the girl procede to finish her mix.
Twenty minutes later the girl sampled her, noticeably flat, cupcakes with much accomplishment and proceded to watch her favourite television show.
The next day, the girl's mother tried the cupcakes and shared the same appreciation for the little disks.
"You know," she said to her daughter, "these taste more like candy than cake."  The girl's sister had a cupcake and said, "With all the chocolate and nuts it's like a candy bar." [the girl hadn't mentioned yet that she put twice as much chocolate and nuts ;3].  This gave way to the nickname of the 'candy cake.'

So, they were so gosh darn delicious that we all ate them before I could take pictures, but I'll definitely take some the second time around [or if anyone wants to make them and post pictures, that's great too].

Recipe:
Bailey's super chocolate hazelnut [more candy than cupcake] cupcakes:
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter [sweet butter is unsalted butter]
1 cup (7 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 seperated eggs [DON'T throw away anything, refer to story for why]
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 1/2 oz) chopped, roasted hazelnuts [some hazelnut packages say they are half a cup but you get more like 3 1/2 ounces. I say just put the whole bag in there, these aren't ricecakes]


Preheat the oven to 325F (160C). Place 12 paper baking cups in a muffin pan. Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler, stirring until completely melted. Cool slightly.

Beat the sugar and egg yolks in a medium bowl until thick and creamy. Stir the butter and chocolate, flour, and hazelnuts into the egg mixture.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks, fold into the chocolate mixture. Spoon the batter into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Does direction really matter? on: May 23, 2007 04:58:01 PM
If the pattern instructions to make 2 does it really matter if you place the given pattern upside down or right side up?  I mean the second piece of fabric is the opposite anyways right?
For whatever reason my pattern will not fit on my 3 yards of fabric even though the pattern calls for 2 and 3/8 yards.  The only way I can make it fit is if I turn parts of the pattern over.  I'm scared to cut anything so it'd be great if someone could help.
Thanks in advance.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Stabberback on: May 21, 2007 10:23:58 AM
A character you could say.  Stabberback was a grown girl with a juvinile mind.  Her favourite thing to do is to dress up in wigs, especially long ones which get stuck in her quills.  But she doesn't care; she just goes along, painting on the walls.
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