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11  Texas / Texas: Northeast / New Fiber Crafters Group -South Fort Worth Area on: August 18, 2007 04:56:19 PM
Texas has a brand new group of Fiber Crafters meeting just on the southern Tarrant County Line in Burleson, Texas.  (Just below Fort Worth and Arlington)

Surrounding areas are Crowley, Joshua, Keene, Cleburne, Alvarado, Everman, Arlington, and Fort Worth just to name a few.We are going to welcome everyone who's into any 'portable' fiber craft, such as:

Spinning
Weaving
Knitting
Crochet
Tatting
Lucet
Netting
Punch Needle
Needle Felting
Inkle Loom
Beading
Etc....

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 7:00-10:00 p.m.
at Mountain Mudd Esspresso Cafe 108 S. Main, Burleson, Tx.

(Schedule and location subject to change as we grow. Check www.fibertherpy.org for updates.)

Directions:
Take the Renfro Street Exit (on your right) off of I-35 headed
towards Waco (will be two exits past Alsbury Exit)

Turn Right at the light Go straight a few blocks and when you cross
over the Rail Road tracks, you'll see a parking lot with the cool old
buildings of Old Town Burleson on your left.

Turn Left into the parking lot and Mountain Mudd is the third or
fourth building in the strip.

There are a number of good restaurants within a block of the coffee
shop, so come and eat before if you wish. (Babe's Chicken, Bar-B-Q,
Frisco's Mexican Resaurant and an old-timey Malt Shoppe)

That's just on the southern Tarrant County Line.  (Just below Fort Worth and Arlington)

Surrounding areas are Crowley, Joshua, Keene, Cleburne, Alvarado, Everman, Arlington, and Fort Worth just to name a few.

Come join us!
-RM
12  COOKING / Dessert / Sickeningly Commercial Birthday Desserts! VERY PIC HEAVY! on: August 11, 2007 04:03:32 PM
Yes, I know.  Commercialism has struck my 4 year old!!!  But, anyway...here's the typically beautiful "bake cake in dome pan, frost lightly, tint and roll out fondant, slap on cake, stick Cinderella Barbie in the top" cake that I made this morning for her party today.

It was fun.  Her eyes lit up.  Gave me a thousand kisses.  Maybe in a couple of years from now she'll want MUCH more interesting themes for her cakes!!!  Looking forward to that!





Made little ones for the girls to decorate with sugars, strawberry malted milk balls and sprinkles.







Here's my daughter's.  Notice how everything is all perfectly arranged and everything? She's 4 and she already shows signs of having my OCD gene!




Tips so you don't have to read all the pages:

If you have played with clay or playdough, you can work with store-bought fondant.  There are lots of tutorials on the internet.  Just search for 'rolling fondant' or look in any modern cake decorating book.

If you don't have one of the dome cake pans (Wilton), then you can use a tall glass mixing bowl, so I've been told. 

Bend the very flexible Cinderella Barbie's legs at the knees and wrap her legs in plastic wrap to keep them held tightly together. 

Wrap the dress so it won't get dirty. 

I removed one slipper to put on my dd's cupcake...since the real Cinderella lost her slipper!

I used cupcakes because the doll cake isn't very large.  I also wanted some place to stick the birthday candle.

It's easier than you think!!!  But, I take the fondant off before cutting the cake.  It doesn't really taste very good.

The fondant is not hard to color.  I used the Wilton paste dyes, since water is the enemy of fondant.  Start out with a little and add gradually...I used about three 'blobs on the end of a toothpick' worth of dye for the whole package of fondant.  And, I have half of the fondant left over after making her skirt!   You knead it just like dough.  It will take a good five minutes of kneading to get the color incorporated.  Make sure you have plenty of cornstarch around for the coloring and rolling.  Powder your hands and work surface frequently or it will start to stick.  I let my fondant sit overnight after I colored it.  It tends to darken up just a shade when it sits, so keep that in mind.

Either the doll must have really flexible legs, unless you plan on adding a two-layer cake underneath the dome cake and keeping the doll's legs straight, since mine would not have fit unless I strapped her legs back at the knees, or you can use a Wilton cake doll made for this kind of cake, or pop the legs off of a cheaper doll.  (Modern Barbie brand legs will not come off!)  I also made the hole too large.  I would not do that next time around.  Keep it a little on the too-small side so that it's more snug against her waist when you put her into the hole.

I found that the Wilton domed cake pan cake isn't tall enough to stick in her whole bottom half.  I used 6.5 cups of cake mix, even though it said that I'd just need 6.  I would go with 7 cups next time, since I still had to make one 10" diameter round cake for the bottom.  I don't know exactly how much more room I would have needed for it to have been enough room for her feet and all without bending her legs.  I tried to pop off her legs at the hip joint at first, like you could with the old Barbies or the cheapies.  Boy, they sure have modified them since I played with my friend's dolls as a kid!  Those legs aren't coming off!  If you wanted to use the whole Barbie without bending her legs or going Texas Chainsaw Massacre on her, I'd say you would have to make two extra round layers for the bottom.  It would then take more like the whole package of fondant to make the skirt.

For the pink cupcakes:
I had left-over strawberry cake batter from the two mixes I used for the doll cake, so I used my mini muffin tin with candy cups as liners to make mini cupcakes.  Then I got the Betty Crocker 'Whipped' strawberry frosting and put it into a piping bag with a large round decorator's tip on it.  I went around the outside first and spiraled upwards toward the middle, ending with a nice pointy peak in the center.

And there you have it!
RM
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / RM's First Mini Sock with First Heel Flap and Gusset Heel! on: July 17, 2007 09:41:00 PM
Well, I made a mini sock last night to test if I could actually make a gusset and heel flap heel.  It was probably more difficult to work the heel on a small scale like this rather than a full-sized sock, so I'm sure I'll be even more happy with the results of my next full-sized project, now that I know I won't be totally lost when it comes to the flap heel!  I worked at such high tension that the k2tog were murder and the yarn had some speckling and stray strands in it, so the blue on the green toe was an unfortunate blob of stray color and the white looks dingy instead of pure white.  Oh well!  I'll spin some hand-spun for my next mini sock!

Thanks for looking!
RM





14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Mermaid Eggs on: June 24, 2007 06:39:21 PM
Ever wonder how Mer-folk reproduce?  Well, after much research on the matter, the consensus seems to be that they would indeed lay eggs!

Handspun and dyed...comes with a needle felted flower with vintage buttons which can be sewn to finished object, or made into a brooch.
53.9 grams
1.9 ounces
Worsted (12 wpi)
193 yards
color fast





Hugs!
RM
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pinwheel Hot Pad/ Potholder - retro on: June 13, 2007 12:55:21 PM
Here's mine:



Here's mine next to motleycruiser's:



I crocheted mine in about two hours of off & on crocheting.  Hers is done in Bernat cotton and mine is Lily brand Sugar n' Cream.  I am guessing that might be the reason that mine is a tad larger than hers.  She also used a nice recycled blue yarn from a sweater for the edging.  Such a nice shade!  The bright blue of the Lily cotton is a bit low-brow to go with the natural yarn, I think.  I believe it would be more suitable to go with a muted tone...or else do it completely in brights.

We should get a Crochet-a-long going for these!  I plan on making some more!!!
RM
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 35 yds. of Alpaca Yarn - what can I knit? on: April 18, 2007 10:56:54 AM
I spun some alpaca fibers and dyed it a nice stripy pattern.  Now, I only have 35 yards of this colorway.  (It's deep purple, natural alpaca tan and dark green.)  What can I make out of that???  I see that all of the baby sock patterns just call for a 'small amount' of yarn, or else they just say 1 skein and don't say how much of that skein you'll actually end up using.

I figure that I may be dreaming that it's enough to make some baby socks, but what else is there?  I don't want to do a washcloth, as the alpaca is a little stinky when wet!

Any suggestions?  I mean, I looked all over the internet for leftover yarn projects and they don't specify how many yards you need either!  Sheesh!

Thanks in advance!
RM
17  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Notification of someone adding you as a Buddy on: March 20, 2007 02:43:56 PM
I did a search and didn't find these two already mentioned on this board.

1.  I'd love to know if someone adds me to their Buddies List.  Not like one where you 'approve' someone adding you...just a notification of addition.

2.  It would also be cool to have a faster way to view the list than going to my profile and selecting 'Edit Buddies'.  There could be another tab in-between MY MESSAGES and CALENDAR, for example, in the little menu bar.

I love me some Buddies!  Grin
RM
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Vintage Fabric Bib on: March 16, 2007 10:05:27 PM
I was given this neat vintage fabric by a lady last year in a swap and low and behold....a few months later, some of it ends up being sent back to her in the form of this bib!  It is the first bib I've ever made and I did just trace around one of my daughter's old bibs to make it, but all in all...I think it's pretty cute! (The colors are more true to form in the first picture.)





Thanks for looking!
RM
19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / UPDATED: RecycleMicol's first ever wheel-spun singles - Now Plied on: February 22, 2007 11:31:09 PM
Okay, "y'all"...

My friend let me borrow her saxony wheel that is over 100 years old today.  I've never spun on a wheel before and this is what I came up with today.  (I got pink roving to ply with some chocolate brown...as I'm liking the combination lately.)  I'll post the finished plied yarn when I get the brown spun and plied with the pink.

Now, I haven't had any training...she just dropped it off and told me how to change the bobbin and such.  I think I'll do much better on a more modern wheel because the little hook thread guides (what are they called?) are all rusted and jaggedy in places and the yarn would catch on them all the time.  Angry   I would file them down to smooth them IF it were my wheel, but it's not.  I don't think she would want to replace them, since they're part of the whole 'antiqueness' of the wheel.



This one is a little blurry...it's one in the morning...so, just lamp-light.



What do you think?
RM
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Worth Your While Apron Swap Gallery - CLOSED on: February 10, 2007 07:40:07 PM
Okay people!  Post pictures of the apron you received for this swap in this thread.  Action shots would be great!  Maybe...

flipping flapjacks in your kitchen apron,
dusting the knick-knacks in your housework apron,
planting a new plant in your garden apron,
passing around the veggie tray in your hostess apron or
painting a work of art in your new artist's smock...
we'd like to see how they look on you!

If you received any 'extras' in your package, although that was not encouraged in this swap, please post those items in the Personal Swap Gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149709.0  (Just to reduce swap anxiety and envy, you understand!)   Cool

Thanks to all the wonderful swappers in this swap!  I can't wait for a round 2!

RM

Original Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=148902.0

Details of this swap:

This is a quick swap for ONE APRON of equal materials to be swapped between partners of equal skill levels.  (Hopefully ending in a swap that was 'worth everyone's while'!)

Note:  For a smooth swap and less swap anxiety, please swap ONE APRON ONLY at this time.  Any kitchen accessories or 'extras' can be swapped in one of the 'Home-maker' themed swaps or through personal swaps.  Thanks for understanding!
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