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1  COOKING / Dessert / White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake from allrecipes.com on: March 31, 2010 02:41:24 AM
For my boyfriend's birthday I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. And he said yellow. :\ SO I pressed him a bit more and he said he liked cheesecake. I thought 'hmmm... I could make a no bake jello cheesecake' but then I thought 'nay, I'm an accomplished artisan and I can do better. It must be from scratch!' Then I thought, 'ugh but I'm lazy...' so I waited until the last minute and had to run around like a crazy person to finish it. But that's how I do most things.

Anyway, here is the delicious delicious recipe:

 http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/White-Chocolate-Raspberry-Cheesecake

So, I thought I would document the whole thing to post on my flickr and on craftser, but then my aforementioned laziness kicked in. So I only got a few snaps in. The finished product:



SO here's the very beginning of my baking escapade. Raspberries (organic, ain't I fancy?) 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water pre-boil:



Here they go a'boiling. Look how steamy they're getting. It smelled absolutely delicious:



Then to strain the finished boiled raspberry sauce to remove those pesky seeds. It took FOREVER. I mean painfully forever. I had to stir and stir and push and push it through the strainer. This was about the time I decided that photographing the whole process was a bit much. It was worth it in the end, but geez.



And then a whole bunch of mixing, baking, and refrigerating ensued. After which I used extra raspberries and white chocolate to decorate. It was impossible to find white chocolate at my grocery store so I ended up sacrificing an unwitting Easter bunny. I used a cheese grater on that little white chocolate fellow and made little flakes to adorn the top of the cheesecake, as you can see in the picture here:



Sorry bunny.

The recipe called for chocolate cookie crumbs for the bottom crust, but I used chocolate graham crackers which were mighty tasty.

And there you have it. A tasty treat full of love and sweat... well not literally full of sweat, but you know what I mean.
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Marking a topic as read?! on: June 12, 2007 03:56:19 AM
I don't know if I am missing this feature, but I would like to be able to mark individual topics as read in the "replies to posts" feature. I see the "mark all messages as read", but  sometimes I just want to mark one post as read WITHOUT having to open it every time and without marking all the other topics as read.

This problem might also be solved by and large by this suggestion:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175412.msg1818549#msg1818549

But I still think it'd be a nice feature to have on it's own, as maybe I want to mark it as read for now, but any new replies later I might want to know about. Is this already a feature and I am missing it?
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Leather working board? on: June 12, 2007 03:40:37 AM
I would love a board on leather working. I am just starting to try to learn about it, so it would be a great help to have a place to talk with other people about it.

Anyone else?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Which front picture is better for etsy searches? on: May 22, 2007 07:18:53 PM
I was thinking that people may not know when looking at first glance, that my journals are well, journals and not stuffed animals. I mean I rarely read what the title is, unless I am really interested in the picture.

So, I thought I'd try an image that shows the front and inside, so they know what it is as soon as they see it in the searches.

Here is and example of the original standard front view I've been using:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5928447

Here is the updated, open book version:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6026150

I like the simplicity of the original one, but like I said I thought this made it more clear of what my item is.

Any help or suggestions you might have are appreciated.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lewis Carroll: The HUnting of the Snark on: May 22, 2007 10:14:10 AM
This is an image from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll. The drawing is by Henry Holiday. One of my favorite poems AND illustrations. SO I had to make it into a shirt.

I got the idea from _wheres_waldo_'s Alice in Wonderland iron-on that she posted here.

It came out a little yellow, I guess because I left the heat on too long, or the heat was too hot. Not sure. I followed the directions, but I guess I need to tweak them for my own iron's tempermant.

I also had a hard time because I edited out a lot of stuff from the original image, which had a watery background. I was trying not to make it look like a square of water like the original image, but now it's a little choppy crappy looking. oh well...

Here is the original drawing found in the book.
http://spiderbiteboutique.com/snark5.jpg

CLose up, after it's been ironed on:
http://spiderbiteboutique.com/snark3.jpg

WHile I'm wearing it... The shot is taken a little from below, so it ended up hiding his head over the curve of my chest. Whoops!
http://spiderbiteboutique.com/snark4.jpg

ANd the t-shirt on it's own:
http://spiderbiteboutique.com/snark2.jpg


In case any of you were wondering, here is the line from the poem that the image illustrates:

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Steam? on: May 19, 2007 09:51:10 PM
I'm using Avery light tee transfers. It doesn't say anything about steam or water, but my mother says to empty out all of the water from the iron before doing an iron on transfer because the steam is bad for it. Is she right? Should I do it with a dry iron. The package doesn't say to that I can see.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Placement of transfer on shirt? on: May 17, 2007 08:16:30 PM
I heard there was a general rule for how low on a shirt and image should appear, and that it was different for men and women. It's a certain number of inches or something. Does anyone know what that measurement is for women and men?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Leather/suede lacing alternative? on: May 17, 2007 06:57:36 PM
What are some alternatives to the leather lacing they have available for making necklaces and stuff with. I would like to use something like the tandy's suede lace, but have it be an artificial material:

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?number=7372-34

Anybody know anything I could use? Do they make faux suede lace?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / rock beat scissors, scissors beat hand... on: April 11, 2007 06:38:34 PM
I cut myself with scissors yesterday while cutting fabric. I woke up this morning and the cut was all red and sore and filled with pus. eeew....

I cut it back open and tried to get the yuckiness out and then soaked it in hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide cleans out infections right?

Crafting is so hazardous.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Paper Wholesaler on: April 11, 2007 06:15:22 PM
Anyone know a good place to buy paper wholesale?

I'm looking for something that would tea-stain well.

Is a somewhat substantial weight like I dunno 60-80 lb paper.

Something with a bit of texture to it.

I've been using sketch and drawing paper, so something like that would be good. And I am of course willing to buy it in large quantities. Any places? Even if it doesn't fullfill everything I am looking for, anything would be good to hear about.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Please and thank you.
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