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1  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Another super fat FBB on: September 04, 2007 06:42:26 PM
I was inspired by this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=185953.0

So I made my own, also using Thick & Quick yarn with an N hook.  Took me exactly 4 skeins.  I wasn't accounting for the weight of the bag with all of my stuff in it when I made the handles, so I think I might redo them shorter and wider.  Aside from that, I looove it. 



2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Awesome quiche and chicken salad. on: August 16, 2007 10:01:25 PM
I threw a bridal shower for my best friend this past weekend.  I wanted to do a brunch style menu so I went to allrecipes.com and searched for recipes that had the highest ratings and best reviews. 

"Clarks Quiche" was the hit of the shower.  It was my first time making quiche and was by far, the best I'd ever had.  I don't like mushrooms so I left those out and just added more onions, ham, and bacon.  People were begging me for copies of the recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Clarks-Quiche/Detail.aspx


The other hit of the day was the chicken salad.  It was so good I even hid some so the guests wouldn't eat it all, hah!  It had dried cranberries in it which were amazing.  It was even better the next day after it sat in the fridge over night:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Holiday-Chicken-Salad/Detail.aspx

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Water bowl for Mina. on: August 16, 2007 09:46:41 PM
I own a "paint your own pottery" studio with 2 friends of mine, so we're fortunate enough to be able to paint whatever we want, whenever we want.  I'm working on a food & water bowl set for my kitty, Mina.  I've finished one so far.  The other bowl will be identical except the colors will be inverted (white dots on a pink background).

I painted the kitty inside the bowl to look just like Mina.  You can't see it in the picture but I painted a spot under her chin, a spot on her butt, and a striped tail just like the real life Mina. Can you tell I'm obsessed with my cat? Smiley



The real Mina:
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / What to do with those pesky shrinky dink scraps? on: August 16, 2007 09:38:11 PM
Turn them into earrings!  I had lots of left over scraps from other craft projects that didn't quite work out.  I put them into small piles, heated them up, and while they were still warm molded them into these funky little shapes.  I burned myself a few times but: no pain, no gain! Smiley

My favorite:


A second pair:


Waste not, want not!
5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity (New Look) 6587 on: August 16, 2007 09:31:07 PM
I made this a while back but I've only worn it once.  The pattern was very easy and I made it in 2 days (it was only the 2nd time I'd ever even followed a clothing pattern...yes, it was that easy).  I've since made another dress from this same pattern and have started on a third.  It's made out of some mildly itchy vintage fabric that belonged to my grandmother.  I like it but it needs something...fancier buttons maybe?   A belt? 

Front:


Back:



6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / My two new (well, new to me) favorite books. on: May 22, 2007 08:15:34 PM
Bead Fantasies I-IV by Takako Samejima

Holy crap, the jewelry in these books are amazing.  There are 4 volumes that I know of, and each is full of gorgeous thingies to make. 

The Art of Painting Pets on Rocks by Lin Wellford

Omg, I wish I could paint like her.  I'm going to give it a try.  I want to paint all my kitties on rocks and keep them in a little basket so I can have them with me always.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / crochet pricing? on: March 27, 2007 07:08:55 AM
I recently opened my own business (a paint your own pottery store) and while I'm at work I crochet to pass the time whenever I don't have any customers.  Well, I've recently had a few people request for me to crochet them items.  One lady wants a throw and another lady wants 3 small clutches for her junior bridesmaids. 

I've never sold any of my work and I have absolutely no clue what to charge for this stuff.  Both said they would pay for all the supplies needed and would pay me for my time, but....I just feel weird about it.  I know a throw will take me a long time to crochet and it just seems strange to charge someone over $50 for one when they can buy one already made for cheaper.  Yet, it would take me so long to do, anything less than $50 justwouldn't be worth it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks! Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long on: January 09, 2007 09:01:24 PM
I'm addicted to buying vintage patterns from thrift stores.  The only problem is I never make any of them.

So, I'd like to have a sew-a-long with anyone else who has some really cool old patterns they've picked up but haven't been brave enough to actually start.  We don't all have to do the same pattern, just as long as its a pattern that's pre-90's.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shadowbox necklaces and more :) on: October 02, 2006 10:37:01 AM
I've been a craftster lurker for a while and am finally going to start posting all my crafty thingamajigs I make! Weee!

I made the 2 shadowbox charms using small scrapbook frames, sheet metal (for the back of theframe), bubbly stickers, tinted resin, and some beads.  The other necklaces are simply huge purchased beads with bubbly stickers and beads glued on them, then covered in varnish to make them look like they're all one piece.  Enjoy!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/rhudasia/misc/Knotty%20Girls%20Club/necklacegroup.jpg
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