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41   / SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing In General Archive of Featured Projects & Members on: December 12, 2013 10:29:37 AM
General Sewing Featured Projects January, February & March 2013

General Sewing Featured Projects January, February & March 2012

42  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Used Wrapping Paper Ornaments on: December 05, 2013 08:52:23 AM
Sometimes the wrapping paper we get is so pretty it is a shame to throw it away. Or if the present is from someone special we may want to save it. This got me thinking...

A while back I made some paper ornaments with tutorial from some zentangles I had made, and wanted to use that idea for this challenge.

Here I have taken wrapping paper and made a paper lantern/ornament. This could be put on a tree, made into a mobile, add many used for a mantle or whatever your imagination can come up with.



Here is the paper used before cutting.


I added pages from and old legal book to have some contrast.


Thanks for looking and if you make any ornaments, please post them!
Good luck to all who enter the challenge. Smiley
43  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic House Number 1214: Chanukah Gift on: December 01, 2013 02:12:28 AM
Very special friends of ours have commented on the mosaic house number I made for our home. So this year for Chanukah I made one for them. Smiley

Their house is brick with gray accents, and that is where the colors come from. The red disks (5) represent each of their children. The white disks represent them, and if you look in the upper left corner there is a heart. That is for all the love in their home and family.


1214-2 by HRSG, on Flickr


1214-1 by HRSG, on Flickr

They were very happy with it and I hope to get a picture of it hanging on their home. Smiley
44  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Royal Flush Mosaic: Or a "Poopla"! on: October 28, 2013 07:18:55 AM
This started as a joke with another mod, but once I thought of it I knew I had to do it. It is a play on a Hoopla, but this is a Poopla! Cheesy

It is a mosaic toilet seat. (new!) Placed words that are commonly used to describe the bathroom on the seat and sealed it. Under the seat in fabric are the words Please, be seated. A mirror under the lid for checking yourself, shaving or whatever. Finally the mosaic on top of the lid with Royal Flush.









Thanks for checking it out, hope you got a laugh out of it. Smiley
45  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Messed Up Hemming With Cuff, help.... on: October 24, 2013 06:45:28 AM
So I hate hemming men's dress pants with a cuff.

In measuring the pants for hemming and cuffing I cut a bit too short for a proper 1 1/2 cuff. From here I can do one of two things:
1. Hem without cuff and call it a day.
2. Sew the cut fabric to the pants and make a cuff to try and cover my goof.
Which would you do, or suggest?  Huh
46  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glass Boards Featured Member : joby560 on: October 09, 2013 02:10:11 PM
So pleased to announce our very first featured member here on the glass boards, joby560! Let's find out more about the member and artist, joby560.

Brief Craftster member facts: Member since May 25, 2009, from Seattle, topics started 291

joby560 has been posting on the glass boards of Craftster since his first day as a member. Always with  pieces that have loads of beautiful bright colors. Makes you smile just looking at them. Does me, anyway.  Smiley My favorites are the wind chimes and fun faces. The faces are so whimsical and the wind chimes unique.


He has even taught kindergarten children how to make nightlights with stained glass, and snow people!!!


1. First, where does the name joby560 come from?
My first name is Joby and the prefix for my phone number was 560 when I joined the site. 


2. How long have you been working with glass, and what sparked your interest in trying it? Do you work in any other mediums?
I have been working with glass for 5 years.  It happened by accident really.  I was in standstill traffic in Seattle.  I was reading the signs on a business window that said "FUSED GLASS CLASSES HERE! ENROLL NOW".  So, I pulled my rig over, went in, asked a few questions and signed up on the spot for the three day class.  Fused Glass and Mosaics are the only two mediums I work with now.


3. From planning to completion how long does a medium project usually take you? What inspires your project ideas?
A medium fused glass project usually takes 2 - 3 days because of the time needed for firing, annealing and slumping. Glass mosaic projects take an average of 2 weeks given the amount of time needed for the adhesive and grout to cure between steps. I wish it was more exciting than that, but it just isn't.  The unimpressive truth is that I scour Pinterest, Google images and Etsy to get my inspiration. 

4. What is your favorite piece you've done so far? Why?
I am drawn to bright, vivid colors.  The more colors in a piece, the better! So this wind chime is my favorite so far.


5. For anyone interested in trying glass fusing, what do you recommend?
Do it!  Take an introduction class.  Start with one of those groovy microwave kilns.  That was the first kiln I tried.  Within a week I was online ordering an electric kiln from Paragon. If you can't afford a kiln, look online for places in your area that may rent kiln space or charge you by the fire if you want to make glass and don't want to invest too much up front. 

 
Fun fact question:
Do you have a pet(s)? Name or names? My most recent pet was an English Bulldog (Stella).  She was a snorer and always needed to be between my feet whenever I worked on glass.  Apparently she liked it, too.


Thank you to joby560 for being our featured member!  You can find more of his work on the glass boards. Smiley
47  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Lost in the Shuffle Post? Check this out! on: October 02, 2013 05:02:06 AM


Ever come across a post on Craftster and think, This is an awesome project! How come it did not get more responses? Me too!

Maybe the day was exceptionally busy and it got overlooked. Maybe there were so many other incredible posts, people were overwhelmed. Maybe it is in a section of C-ster that doesn't get as much traffic. Whatever the reason, let's recognize those projects. Smiley

The purpose of this thread is to share a link to posts you think may have gotten lost in the shuffle. There are a couple of easy rules:
  • One post per day, per person
  • Can't link to your own post

At the end of each week we will see who is the most rockin' of the missed post listed.
48  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Slow and Errors on: September 17, 2013 05:43:20 PM
The last few days I've been having issues with C-ster being slow. Couple of times getting errors like this one:
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Anyone else having issues?
49  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / 2 Recipes Using Green Tomatoes (Nothing Fried!) on: September 16, 2013 07:00:49 PM
We had two tomato plants this summer, but all they seemed to produce were green tomatoes. We could never get the ripe ones before the birds.  Cheesy


As we were removing the plants for compost we found bunches of beautiful green tomatoes. So I had to use them, and these are the 2 recipes:

Green Tomato Bread (Tastes like zucchini bread)
2 cups finely diced green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups agave nectar
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups white wheat flour ( I recommend King Arthur)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray two loaf pans. Mix tomatoes, agave, walnuts, canola oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a large bowl until well blended. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder together in a separate bowl; stir into egg mixture until just blended. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. This is a thick batter. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle of each loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before transferring loaves to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 2 beautiful yummy loafs!


Mexina Salsa Verde
3 green tomatoes
2 fresh jalapeno chilies
1 large red tomato
1 medium onion, chopped ( think next time I will use a purple onion)
1/4 cup lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp. cumin
cayenne pepper (optional and to taste)
Directions:
Place tomatoes and jalapenos in a pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until the tomatoes and jalapenos turn light green, about 15 minutes. Drain well, and place in a food processor fitted with S blade with the onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, cayenne and cilantro. Pulse to desired consistency and chill.


Both were hits with family and company. Let me know if you try them.
Enjoy! Smiley
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another Florist Vase Transformation on: September 12, 2013 02:11:43 PM
Posted another florist vase re-purpose here

This one was way uglier and needed a rescue.


See what I mean?
Here it is all done, and looking a bit classy instead of ugly.


Thanks for checking them out. Smiley
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