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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / First gingerbread house. on: January 06, 2011 08:38:40 PM
So I saw the challenge for this month and figured I'll make it not only my first entry into a Craftster challenge but my first gingerbread house. I've done more than my share of baking but no real decorating or anything quite this elaborate. I wanted to do a classic simple design. And in the end it came out a bit more simple than i wanted, what with time running out and my procrastination skills. I just clicked some random link on google for the gingerbread recipe and crossed my fingers! It worked well but I tweaked it a bit so I'm not sure how the actual recipe it. It was more of a guideline. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Childrens-Gingerbread-House/Detail.aspx The roof tiles were of some sugar cookie dough I had frozen and dyed varying shades of blue. I used squished cupcakes for the conical shape of the trees and the shrubs and piped icing onto those. Everything i made was from scratch except the cake mix. I used two types of icing. Standard royal icing for glue and the snowy base and when I made the cupcakes I still have plenty to eat so I mixed up some frosting which I later dyed and used for all the piping. Which turned out to actually be the best frosting ever. Make some. Trust me. http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/desserts/thate28099s-the-best-frosting-ie28099ve-ever-had// The stepping stones were a mix of the frosting, nutella and caramel. I didn't have any brown coloring. Cheesy Snowman arms are thyme and carrot noses are from some leftover candy corn. And finally a dusting of powdered sugar.











2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge...cake! on: May 12, 2008 03:27:12 PM
My boyfriend suggested I enter this one. Because its colorful. All the editing I did was a bit of contrast. And of course my username.




http://www.flickr.com/photos/49963917@N00/2369719827/in/set-72157604295610219/
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / how to make a stuffed donut practical...? on: November 28, 2007 01:15:33 AM
firstly, you get a story! a few years ago my boyfriend and i went to florida to visit his grandfather and his wife. we ended up going to the dunkin donuts often enough that they invited us back after closing to give us a few donuts they would otherwise have to throw out. of course, we happily obliged. and ended up carrying back what turned out to be 25, yes, twenty-five pounds of donuts. no exaggeration. and its kind of been a running joke. so i really wanted to make a bunch of stuffed felt, actual size donuts presented in a donut box as a joke. but with all that work id like for them to be useful also and not get set aside. they're not the kind to need pincushions. they'd be too huge for magnets. too thick for coasters. and i don't see them keeping anything decorative made with them on display really. any ideas?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / New quilter needs help... on: December 11, 2005 01:22:59 PM
I think this got lost in the crash, so here goes again!  Wink (thanks to whoever it was who responded before! though I managed to forget what stuff you mentioned using instead.)

Well in geometry we had to make our own patterns and blocks. And I helped a lot with the quilting itself, otherwise, Im new. But I do have a lot of sewing and whatnot under my belt. I want to make a Slipknot quilt for my boyfriends birthday and Im not sure how to go about it. So far Im just going to put their 'S' on it, maybe their name logo.



I want the background to be a solid piece of black. So, should I cut a "hole" in the black for the 's' and then sew the 's' into place and go about quilting as usual? Or should I just use a solid piece of black and sew the 's' onto it and leave the edges to fray, which I think might look well with a metal-band quilt. Or is there some other technique for doing this that I dont know about? I really have no idea where to go with this.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning....? on: February 27, 2004 12:58:14 PM
Being one who has to try everything I now want to spin. And while I have no sheepy things, I do have a few long haired dogs that Ive since learned are good for using to spin. But, is it worth it? I know itll be satisfying using yarn I made. Does it take so long to have a usable amount that Ill just get sick of it? Smiley

Jessica
How weird is dog-yarn!
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