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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Scrubby Soap on: June 13, 2011 09:53:57 PM
Just a simple melt and pour soap.  I used a clear suspension base, orange oil, and ground up pistachio shells (this was a recycling project).  At first I tried grinding them up in the food processor but it couldn't even touch them so I used my Vitamix, which survived but the shells did pit some of the surface of the plastic of the jug so be warned if you have a Vitamix and want to attempt grinding nut shells in it (really you're supposed to use the dry jug/blade but I didn't want to shell out another 125 bucks for a separate pitcher/blade).  The idea was to make a bar a soap that could really clean grime off your hands.  Haven't tried it yet but it was fun and simple to make.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Using a darker aida cloth? on: October 07, 2010 02:23:51 PM
So, if/when I ever finish my current BAP, I want to do a cross stitch of this image (imported into KXstitch, which works beautifully I might add):



I was thinking of going with a black or very dark blue colored aida cloth so I wouldn't have as much busywork but mostly I've only used light colors of cloth in the past.  How much would the background color of the cloth show through or tint lighter-colored stitches if I went this route?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Laptop Sweater on: September 20, 2008 06:04:49 PM
I knitted a laptop sleeve for my laptop to help give an extra layer of protection when I'm walking around in the rain (which is often).  No pattern, as I didn't really like any out there I saw, and I wanted knitted instead of crochet so it wouldn't be too bulky.  If anyone likes it and is interested I can post a tute, it's really not complicated.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kable Knitting Needle Roll on: September 17, 2008 07:24:07 PM
Here is the pattern:

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/kable/kable.html

And here is my finished project:



A little wonky here and there, but functional, and my first try at both cables and felting.  The cables were actually really easy- only the first cable I did felt clumsy and then it was easy.

Tip- if anyone else makes this, I would highly suggest NOT doubling up on the yarn- the finished roll is incredibly thick, like yoga mat thick- part of it was because all my purl stitches were twisted (I yo'd clockwise instead of counterclockwise because I didn't know any better at the time) but I think it would still be too thick even done correctly.  Maybe use slightly smaller needles if not doubling up, and just making sure the measurements were still the same.  I used lion brand wool, and I had to throw it in the dryer to get it to shrink enough (felted it by hand, not doing THAT again  Roll Eyes )
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Folksy.com on: July 30, 2008 10:34:08 AM
This is the UK version of Etsy- I'm not in the UK but I know a lot of you craftsters are so I thought I should post this.  It also has a tutorial section.  Enjoy!

http://www.folksy.com
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Decoupaged Switchplate on: June 27, 2008 03:54:09 PM
I bought a wooden switchplate cover, cut and glued scrapbooking paper to it, added stickers, and washed it over with a coat of watered-down tacky glue.  I think it looks pretty spiffy!

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Butterflies and Flowers- School Folder on: June 25, 2008 08:44:16 AM
I decorated my folder for school- I took a piece of cardstock and cut it to size, then used stencils, markers, and colored pencils to decorate it.  Then I took my scrapbooking edging scissors (don't know what you call 'em) to make the edges wavy, glued the cardstock on my folder, and put clear tape over the front.  I thought it was kind of cute.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Dishcloths on: June 24, 2008 10:32:43 PM
Here are some dischloths I knitted for my mom.  I only use knitted dishcloths from cotton yarn for dishes and kitchen cleaning, since they work so much better than other stuff, so I made some for my mom too.  I just used a variety of reversible pattern stitches.

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Supercook.com on: June 15, 2008 04:01:06 PM
Not sure if I should post this in "cooking" or "links," but I think it fits better here...

Anyway-

http://www.supercook.com

This is an awesome website- you can enter every ingredient you have in your house and it will scour the web for recipes that you can make with what you have on hand- it's pretty awesome and has saved me money on my grocery bills and got me into cooking more.  You can even click on specific ingredients and it will show recipes that only have that ingredient in its list of ingredients.  Also, it makes suggestions for items to buy based on what goes well with what you already have.  Check it out!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tortilla Pizza Pie on: May 04, 2008 01:08:45 PM
I just concocted the yummiest recipe, so I thought I would share.  It's a modification of a layered tortilla "pie" recipe I found on the internet involving cheese, salsa, and refried beans.

My pizza version goes like this:

In a greased pie pan, layer a tortilla, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, ham or canadian bacon, and pineapple.  Do this two more times, and then top with a final tortilla, some pizza sauce, and shredded cheese.  Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  It's awesome!
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