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61  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mango Avocado Chicken (or Fish!) on: March 14, 2005 08:39:04 AM
I found this recipe on Epicurious.com ( think that's where, anyway!)


It is so good!

1 avocado, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 mango, diced
2-3 green onions, finely chopped
1 jalepeno, minced
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Just prepare fresh and serve cold on top of hot grilled chicken or fish. It's also good with chips or on its own! YUM! Everyone I've served this dish has loved it. The tastes compliment one another perfectly.
62  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Teaching Workshops for Craft Fair on: February 16, 2005 01:24:41 PM
OK so for the ArtsFest thing that is going down @ OSU, we wanted to hold workshops to help prepare participants for setting up their tables, pricing, etc. Any ideas as to what topics to cover/how to cover them in a fun and/or interactive way?

Thanks a bunch!
63  COOKING / Dessert / Rat Birthday Cake on: January 31, 2005 10:06:19 PM
Okay so this is kind of a combo of baking, sculpture, and painting:

For my rat-obsessed roomate's 21st b-day I made her this cake, of her 2 beloved pet rats Ula Mata (Hawaiian for Red Eye) and Deluxe "feasting" upon her birthday cake.

 

(there's Ula checking out the cake with her on it!)
 




First, I made a regular box cake. Then I ripped chunks of it out to look like it had been partially eaten.

Then, I covered the remainder of the cake in icing and decorated it all boring-like. I pinched the icing at the edges to look bitten.

I made the rats out of brownies sculpted in the shape of rats. Then I covered them with rolled fondant (a kind of icing) and painted them with icing color paste.

Finally, as a last touch, I made little rat turds out of brownies. She LOVED it. It's my first real decorated cake. What do you think?!
64  Ohio / Ohio: Central / OSU Arts Fest: Application added! on: January 26, 2005 10:05:54 PM
I realized I should post something here about this. Please read my post with new updates!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19321.0
65  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Nintendo theme bday party ideas on: January 24, 2005 02:23:01 PM
Okay my boyfriend of over 2 years is having his 21st in June (yes I'm thinking ahead, hahaha!) and I feel as though I need to make it SPECIAL!

He is a Nintendo devotee, and it's only right to have a Nintendo Party. And yes, all parties I am involved with have a theme. A party without a theme is like a midget without a bicycle: short, slow, and never really gets moving.

*cough*

Anyway, here are some preliminary ideas:

       *Mario Cake (got a special pan, thank you ebay!)

        *cupcakes decorated like 1up shrooms (get it?!?! he's a year older! HA!)

        *themed cocktails (Princess Peach schnapps, the Luigi Martini, etc.)

        *Getting a keg and decorating it to look like Bowser

        *Set up a bunch of his nintendo systems then having championships and drinking games
     
  And so on. That's all I've got so far. I wanted to ask you guys for your help in coming up with some cool ideas. Anything involving nintendo (the systems, the games, the controllers, the mario series, zelda, etc) would make his damn day!

Thanks in advance!


       
66  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Men's Tie Quilt on: January 24, 2005 08:47:34 AM
I love making stuff out of men's ties!

I have some beauties (read: uglier than SIN) taht I cannot bring myself to cut up. So I want to use them as the basis for a quilt, filled in with the scraps of their not-so-fortunate bretheren, which I have turned into chockers/wristbands/skirts etc.

I have pics of the start of it, I will post them in the next few days.

I put a classified asking anyone who has some tie scraps laying around to send them to me. I will either trade you or if you're feeling super sweet, I can send you some $$ for shipping.

After I post pics, I'd love suggestions!

Thanks!
67  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / MURAL MADNESS on: December 11, 2004 10:10:44 PM
OKay so murals are my favorite thing ever...

I started this one in my parent's bathroom before I left for college 2 1/2 years ago and it's still unfinished, but no one knows that but me :-D




This is a beach scene I did for my friend a few years ago:



And this is what started it all: my old bedroom(I did it in 9th grade, so the quality of the painting is a little, umm, crappy.



I like, totally put these pimp-ass glow-in-the-dark animal eye stickers I got from the Nature Company. They had tons of cool species, and you couldn't notice them in the light, only after the lights were off. It was cool. My ceiling looks like the night sky and has asstons of g.i.t.d. stars and a moon (and a spaceship!)




Also I was obsessed with the x files and like a huge dork I wrote "the truth is out there" in glow-in-the-dark letters. you can kinda see it. Please don't make fun of me  Cry)



68  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stylin' Men's Tie Purse on: December 07, 2004 06:47:53 PM
I tried making a skirt out of ties. I failed because I forgot to take my butt into account when doing measurements...  Undecided

Long story short, I think polyester seventies ties are the cat's pajamas, so I had to do something with them.

And why not a purse?



Front:



Back:



I rather like the dangly ends of the ties. I was originally gonna chop em off, but I've grown attached. They're kinda funky, I think.

Also, I was thinking of using the tip of one end as a button loop and putting a dress button from a men's suit as a clasp.

What are your opinions? This is a prototype, so I'll be keeping it (SHUCKY DARNS!) But I am making one as a gift for a friend, and also a few to sell. (I can post a tutorial if you guys want when I am making the next and hopefully better one) But what could be improved? Suggestions? Thoughts? Anyone?

I have soooo many ties, I think my next one will be mauve and tan, my friend's fav. colors.

That is all.

Rachel


69  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Celestial Necklace on: December 06, 2004 06:18:15 PM
I made this necklace from a bunch of celestial-themed charms I bought. I also used dark blue glass beads, seed pearls, and assorted shinyness objects I had lying about my "Office of Craftsterbation" that I just got done organizing...



I'm not a big astrology person, but I love astronomy a lot and this is my way of expressing it!
70  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / skull landscape on: November 19, 2004 07:56:53 PM
I have this cool muskrat skull I got as a "gift" from a kid at the summer camp I worked at (I was really excited to get it! all the other kids heard and from that day on I got every bone out of those woods I swear.)

Anyway, I wanted to paint it but since I've been doing the whole semi-abstract thing lately I tried to make it more interesting so I made it into a landscape.

It is acrylic on canvas.

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