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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Some sound business advice on: June 21, 2016 05:26:48 PM
A friend on Facebook posted this. It references Cake making, but I think it's sound advice for all Handmade Crafts.
(Moderator: if this is disallowed, you are permitted to delete.)

http://cakebakermoneymaker.com/the-single-reason-youre-not-making-money-from-cakes-and-5-ways-you-can-change-that/
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hubby's Old-School Gold Totes. on: April 26, 2016 11:06:19 AM
This summer, my husband and a friend of his, are planning on going and finding, "The Mother Lode". Mike's friend has been reading books, poring over maps, and has decided exactly where they are going.
Mike had a thought that since his wife sews, she could make him some bags: "Gold Pokes", they used to be called.  Cheesy
So, he explained and drew me a picture of what he wanted.

Then, just to be sure that I knew what he was talking about, he drafted me a pattern.

I'm not sure if he knew that I had a whole bunch of old leather jackets that I had bought at a discount re-use store;but, he mentioned that having them out of leather would be really great, since that's how the old ones used to be.
So I showed him my leather jackets, and he chose one to make these beasties out of.

The two top ones are fairly large. They were made from the sleeves. (About 12-14" long) The two bottom ones were what Mike was originally planning. (Roughly 4X6")

Then, he was searching in a bag he keeps his cords in, and he realized it would be the right size and shape. So, he showed the bag and explained what he wanted.
This time, I drew up the pattern and explanation for myself.

Because the original little bag was not very heavy duty, he wanted to see what it would look like in a heavier duty fabric. So I made one out of denim.

And, the interior,

(I will make one out of leather -- eventually.)
What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcake Prices on: February 12, 2016 10:10:59 PM
Hey;
I'm just curious. How much do you charge or pay for cupcakes.
I read on a Facebook post somebody charging $24 a dozen. Cute cupcakes certainly, but it sounded high to me ($2/cupcake). Then I google-searched it, and others said $3 to $4 per cupcake. Higher for red-velvet, or carrot, or cream cheese icing.
It's possible I'm totally out of the loop of bake-sales and the like. It seems high priced to me.
Is that what prices are?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chae's Panda Hoody on: February 08, 2016 07:39:50 PM
Some 4 years ago, my daughter asked for a "Panda Hoodie". She'd even shared a link to show what she meant. She loved the idea, but she wanted one made by her Mummy.

Between procrastination and intimidation, I put it off until last month.

What intimidated me was the shoulder band on the back. I wasn't sure how I could make sure it was even all the way across.
Finally, I figured out that if I made it to the under-arm it would be broad enough, and even.
My fabric that I'd picked out for it was the perfect "ripeness", just right-aged.

So, even though it was after Christmas, I cut it out and put it together.

On Friday, I mailed it off. I didn't realize it was a statutory holiday today (Family Day). I was frustrated, because now that it was done, I wanted it THERE already!

She did get it today (stat holiday or no). I was so excited.
Once she opened it, she texted, "omg no way!!"
Then, she sent pictures.

Her from the front (note the black sleeves)

Her with the hood up (little black ears)

And the back view (black shoulders and a little black tail, down the bottom)

Now that it's done, and received, I'm very pleased and proud.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Worth being proud of?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Snoopy: Smile, it makes people wonder ... on: February 06, 2016 05:30:28 PM
I bought, some time ago, a Nurse's uniform shirt. Very cute. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a bag, even then.
I love Queen of DIY's singlet bag tutorial!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
So, I used it to make this:

Close up of the print

I lined it with a simple muslin.

I ripped out the bottom twice -- the 2nd seam I hadn't caught the previous seam close enough in and the raw edge was hanging out.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Calgary Stampede Ribs on: February 04, 2016 06:08:57 AM
I've often made these. When doing the last part of cooking, rather than barbecuing, I stick them under the broiler in the oven.
The last couple times I made them, I left them a touch too long, and they got dark spots on them. (I called it burnt, hubby called it carmelized.)
This time, I was really careful, and I didn't "burn" them.


I got the recipe from "Taste of Home" magazine.
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/calgary-stampede-ribs

It's a recipe that requires 2 days to do "properly". You can do it in one day, if you start early. It really does need the 8-hours in the Rib-Rub to taste best. It will still taste good if you don't, but try starting with the 8-hours or overnight.

Either way, enjoy.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Angel Food Pancakes on: January 12, 2016 10:10:51 AM


I've been on a pancake kick lately. I've tried 3 or 4 different pancake recipes. (I've found that they're all similar. The ingredients don't vary much.) Of the "scratch" pancake recipes, my husband and I like this one best.

1 1/2 C. Flour
2 Tblsp. Sugar
3 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt

1 Egg, beaten
1 3/4 C. Milk
2 Tblsp. Veg. Oil

Preheat griddle to 375*F. Put butter & utensils on table. (Put Maple Syrup container into Hot water, in order to warm, or take chill off)

1. Mix dry ingredients well in a large bowl. Mix egg, milk, & oil in a smaller bowl. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until almost smooth.
2. Let's stand while greasing griddle lightly (or using cooking spray) on the griddle and the flipper.
3. Ladle about a quarter cup of batter onto greased griddle for each pancake.
4. Cook until pancakes are bubbly on the surface and edges are dry. Flip to cook other side.
5. Enjoy hot, covered in butter and syrup.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spiced Apple Muffins on: December 08, 2015 04:28:43 PM

(Another Company's Coming recipe. Very tasty.)

2 C. Flour
1 C. Wheat Bran
2/3 C. Brown Sugar
3 tsp. B. Power
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

2 eggs
2/3 C. Milk
1/4 C. Oil
1 C. Peeled Grated Apple (NOT Granny Smith, or pie-baking types of apples)

Line muffin tin with muffin papers.
Preheat oven to 400*F.

In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients. Be sure that the B. Powder gets well distributed. Push dry ingredients up sides of bowl, making a "well" in the centre.

In a 2nd bowl, beat eggs slightly. Mix in milk, oil, and apple. Pour into dry ingredients and mix only until moistened. Batter will be lumpy.

Divide between muffin papers.

Bake in preheated 400*F oven for 15-20 minutes.
Makes 12-16 muffins.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Space -- a 3rd bag (Kwik sew 3749 on: November 09, 2015 06:24:25 PM
I decided to make one more. I kinda knew which fabrics I wanted, and knew it would be fabulous, but it exceeded even my highest expectations!

Have a look:



(I'll edit in a minute, adding a link to my original post about this space print)
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lemon baked chicken breast on: November 07, 2015 10:27:42 AM
I got this from the premiere issue of "First for Women" magazine. The original recipe called for the entire chicken to be done (as pieces)
I liked the general idea of it, and so refined it to chicken breasts.



6 Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
Lemon juice, to cover
1/4 C. Flour
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Poultry seasoning
2 Tblsp.  Butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a baking sheet with Pam cooking spray.

Thaw chicken breasts. Once thawed, place in a glass or nonmetal bowl and cover with lemon juice. Marinate 1 to 2 hours.  (be sure to turn so that all breasts get marinated somewhat in the lemon juice.) you can even marinate them overnight (be sure to refrigerate)

Drain and discard lemon juice. Pat chicken breasts with paper towel. Mix flour and spices in a plastic bag. Add breasts one at a time to the bag and shake them until coated thoroughly. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

Once all breasts have been shaken with flour and put onto the cooking sheet, drizzle with melted butter.

Bake in pre-heated oven for about an hour. (or until juices run clear when breast is poked with a fork)
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