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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Would this be a repeat? (Fall Out Boy swap?) on: May 09, 2008 08:06:18 PM
How silly would I look if I suggested a Fall Out Boy swap? Or has that already been done? I just think as a fan it might be fun, thats all...  Tongue

I'm just now doing my first swap though- so if anyone wants to take this and run with it, be my guest!  Grin
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Good place to find chipboard? on: May 09, 2008 01:17:59 PM
I'd like to use chipboard in a project I'm attempting but I'm not sure where to purchase it from. I've checked with all craft, hardware and office supply stores in the area, noone has it.

The cheapest online source is an art supply business, dickblick.com. Its the only place I can find it in a large enough piece for an affordable price... But to be honest, I'd like to avoid shipping costs if possible. I guess I'm just cheap that way.  Cheesy Roll Eyes

Any suggestions?
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / I Heart Zombies Xstitch on: April 10, 2008 06:32:04 PM
I'm about to start a cross stitch chart, its a freebie from Anticraft, on black aida (14 count) with silver lettering and brighter shades of red and blue for the heart... So, here's my question: What should I do with it when its done? I could frame it, I guess, but that just doesn't feel right... It is intended for a friend, and even though I know she'll like it, I don't really see her hanging this on her wall. Or maybe sew the finished product onto a canvas tote or something?

I wish I had it already completed so I could post a photo of it. It looks super easy, so I'm excited to try it out.

Suggestions, please!

Oh, here's the link, if anyone's interested!
http://theanticraft.com/archive/samhain06/iheartzombies.htm
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Making/Paper? on: March 18, 2008 06:09:23 PM
I can't wait to try out the Poppet pattern (but I won't proceed until I have the $$ to become a Friend of Craftster, as promised!) and was wondering whats the best kind of paper to draft your pattern onto? Tissue is too thin and tears too easily. Newspaper works well but has the disadvantage of not being even just a little bit see-through.

I'd like to be able to make outfits for my poppets (there's so many inspiring posts here already- you people are amazing!!) and knowing what type of paper to draw patterns on. I'd also just like to know for general use.

thanks!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Mini Feltie Goodness. Yay! on: March 09, 2008 11:08:42 AM
I recently found this book at my library: Sewing Tiny Toys by Carolyn Vosburg Hall. It's admittedly a little outdated but its full of patterns for tiny felt 'plushies' you can make. All kinds of animals and a pattern for a little girl and boy. I've already made the 3 inch teddybear and a tiny bunny rabbit (just in time for Easter!). They really are adorable so I thought I'd share this find.

I don't have pictures yet of my wee little ones  Cry. I'd like to post them, though, if I get the chance.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / fusible product problems? on: February 24, 2008 11:28:34 AM
I've been trying to sew more lately, and some of the projects I've attempted involve fusible interfacing and the fusible webbing (adheres two pieces of fabric stuff) and I keep having the same problems- it's not sticking. I'm following the packaged directions and I feel like my iron is set to the right temp (cotton setting, typically). I even used the damp cloth as instructed for one of them. Inevitably the backing peels off as soon as the pieces cool off... Any suggestions?
27  COOKING / Dessert / It may be a little late for pumpkin, but this one's still a keeper! on: January 17, 2008 02:26:18 PM
If there's already a recipe like this floating about, please forgive me for not looking closer!  Wink

Got this one from my sister- who got it from her boss's wife, who got it from, etc, etc.... Then, like, 6 more people asked me for a copy of the recipe at our Christmas party. This is one that definately gets passed around!

"PUMPKIN CRISP" RECIPE!
 
1 15 oz.     canned pumpkin puree*
1 c.            sugar
1 c.            evaporated milk
1 tsp.         vanilla
1 tsp.         cinnamon
1 8.25 oz.   butter yellow cake mix**
1 c.            chopped pecans
1/2 c.         melted butter (1 stick)
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except pecans, cake mix and butter. Spread in a lightly buttered 9x13 baking dish. Distribute dry cake mix (** make sure this is a butter yellow mix, not an ordinary yellow cake mix.
They are NOT the same and it will make all the difference in your end product!!) in an even layer over entire surface of pumpkin mix. Top with even layer of pecans (I like to use more than a cup, try 1 1/2 cups for a really nutty result) and drizzle melted butter over surface. Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
Keep a close eye after 25 minutes, the nuts can burn quickly.
 
*You can use a 30 oz can of pumpkin if you wish. It will give you a thicker layer of filling, and I would add a little extra vanilla and cinnamon to compensate. You don't have to add any extra evaporated milk. You can also combine one egg into the pumpkin mix if you prefer a more custard-like filling. Just make sure you bake it thoroughly to cook the egg. If the top is browning too quickly (a.k.a. burning...  Grin) cover with foil while baking.

My sister's copy says to top with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg- I used a box of DreamWhip and mixed the nutmeg in with that. (It was like fluffy eggnog- yummy!  Smiley) and served in a bowl on the side. Super tasty!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tailor's Ham? on: January 05, 2008 09:40:54 AM
I ran across this tool for the first time today- I've never before heard of a Tailor's Ham! I understand it's purpose, but was wondering if anyone has attempted making one before? I'm going to go search for a pattern online (preferably a freebie- after all, the purpose of making it oneself is to save a bit of money, right?  Grin ) But if anyone might, say... have a pattern they could offer...**ahem**  Wink

Seriously, though... any advice is appreciated. They look deceptively simple, but I think the key word here is "deceptively".

Thanks!
-A.B.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / advice on what size? on: September 10, 2007 11:45:49 AM
I'm attempting to sew my mother-in-law some new clothes. She's a larger lady and has only recently bought a new outfit for the first time in eight years. She hates shopping for clothes, but she desperately needs some new stuff- her old things are starting to fall apart!  Cry

We've found a few patterns that she feels would be comfortable enough to wear- as well as some fabrics she's willing to have against her skin (she's super sensitive to textures and wants lightweight fabrics since she gets hot so easily).

This last outfit we picked out together was for an employee banquet at her workplace that was "dress casual"- and since she had nothing remotely dressy, she asked me to take her shopping and help pick something out. I believe we purchased a size 3x in a top, and a 4x in pants. Can anyone tell me what that would be in a numbered size? I bought some fabric to make her a shirt out of, and I'm afraid I didn't get enough. Plus, the pattern only goes up to a 24W!

Also, any advice on enlarging a pattern? I haven't taken her measurements yet- silly me  Roll Eyes- I know that would make a difference, but our schedules just haven't allowed the time for that lately.

Thanks to my fellow curvy craftsters for any advice you might be able to offer!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / maddening book search- please help! on: August 09, 2007 09:55:30 AM
I've been searching for days now for a specific book of knitting patterns- I think they are all hats, I'm not sure. I remember seeing these two ladies- sisters, I think - as guests on one of the knitting shows on HGTV and they were making some really cool, funky, urban-ish hats.

I must have this book!! Please, if anyone knows what I'm talking about... your help is greatly appreciated!! Cheesy
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