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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cheekies/cheekys? on: December 11, 2009 11:36:24 AM
Hi ladies and gents, I have a question.
Last winter one of my very good friends made these cookies she called cheekies/cheekys (not sure how they spelled it) Allegedly it was a recipe from the Aunt of a friend of a friend or something (yeah, haha, one of those!) HEr family is big on their Polish roots, so it miiiight be a Polish cookie. Anywho, our close friendship dissolved a few months ago (no longer speaking) and I never got the recipe.
They were soooo good! I think there was cream cheese involved in the dough. You roll the dough out and cut it into rectangles. Then you make a slit longways down the center of the cookie (not cutting through either end!) You pick up the cookie and pull one end through the slit, so it forms a pretty little twist (think topsy-tail hair style of the 1990's) Bake and then dust with powdered sugar. Thats all. I remember she said they were supposed to be thinner than she made them so they would be crisper. I loved the thicker ones though. Almost like a really yummy pie crust? Or maybe its like kolache dough? I have no clue. If anyone has a clue what I'm talking about it will be a very merry Christmas for the cookie monsters I live with! Thanks!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Autumn Squirrel on: November 11, 2009 08:16:46 PM
This little guy was stitched up for a fall themed towel in TTT4. He's a darling grey squirrel (Akron style!) with a scrumptious ear of festive corn to nibble on. The whole bit is my own design.

Distorted color stitch detail shot:


The towel when I sent it out:



Enjoy the rest that autumn 2009 has to offer!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little Red Riding Hood on: November 11, 2009 08:11:10 PM
Little Red, an original design completely by me. Very much inspired by the general work of the lovely Miss Emily Martin (of The Black Apple.) A design for a towel in the Tea Towel Tour Four that I felt had a fairy tale theme emerging. I love this little girl the best out of all of my work (ever!)

Excuse the terrible image quality and pesky shadow (dorm lighting):


And the girls as far as when I sent the towel off:


Watch out for those mean old wolves!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tinsel Tree on: November 11, 2009 08:06:44 PM
This is a silver floss tree I embroidered last year for the Tea Towel Tour Four swap. I loved this project and it was hard to let it go. It was  PAAAAAAAAAIN to deal with that metallic abomination they call floss but in the end I think it really got the idea across.

This is (unfortunately) the best closeup I have. Terrible dorm lighting. Alas:


And another (bad) shot. This is the whole towel thus far:


Now that I look at these, I think these were taken with the boyfriends cell camera as my digital probably had dead batteries. Too bad these are so grainy, I promise it was awesome!)

Thanks for viewing, have a very merry! Oh, also, you're welcome to use it for inspiration if you choose.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / One womans trash -long post- on: July 29, 2009 09:00:30 PM
The Back Story: So while perusing my favorite thrift store for lovely sheets I found myself face to face with a true treasure. This seemingly boring mass was hanging amongst the skanky old sleeping bags and cheap platsicy comforters. It was a thin quilt made of soft once-white cotton with hand ties of various shades of yellow acrylic yarn. Very homely, it blended decently with the pack. But something about it spoke to me. I snatched it off the shelf and unfolded it to find a true gem. I was so stunned. Someone's adorable antique hand appliqued/embroidered quilt! Here! At goodwill! Just rejected! I snatched it up RIGHT away. I looked around like a mad woman. I touched the stitches. I looked at the color of the tag, looked at the price list on the wall. It read "Quilts $4.00* ~~ *or as marked~~" I feared this quilt would be a dreaded "as marked" but there was nothing there. Daintly refolded and rest under my arm, I finished up my shopping. I must admit, when I refolded it I made sure the embroidered parts were safely tucked away. Only the boring white and mismatched yellow showed. It was MY treasure. Anywho, then it was time to check out. I rest the quilt on the counter at the bottom of my pile. The nice lady rang me out. Guess what I was charged for that quilt. GUESS! Ninety freakin cents! (My student ID knocked off 10%, saving me a roaring 10 cents off of the dollar) Four dollars four schmallers! Woo Hoo! It was meant to be! What a steal! Do you know what I would have paid for that at my favorite antique store?!?!






white on white leaf applique. note the adorable watering can!





Now heres that part where you lovely craftsters come in. First of all, I'd like to inquire your opinions on how to wash this piece. It is cotton, machine bound, hand quilted, and hand appliqued. Also, being an antique some of the embroidery is beginning to dissolve away. Should I leave this as is and risk time quickly leaching the image away? Or should I step in and go over some of the fading lines to save this womans hard work? Its a tough call for me. I think I'm having an ethical struggle. Please share your opinion with me. Thanks for your input!

PS mods feel free to move. I figured this was a decent place to post because technically it is someones handmade completed project.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Why so serious? on: July 18, 2008 03:55:28 PM
couldn't decide if this goes here or under Halloween. Feel free to move it.

Ok so last night/midnight today the new Batman movie came out. My boyfriend is a cashier at the theater around here and Cinemark let the employees dress up as the Joker. We found out that they could dress up about a week ago so I've had some good time to make his costume.




These are pictures from the dress rehearsal (to see how long it would take to get ready)
He's wearing cream makeup, my eye smudge, and my red lipstick. Oh, and yellow and green hair color spray. We switched from yellow to gold, which looked way more realistic.

We went to Goodwill and bought the following: a tacky patterned blue dress shirt, a light colored suit vest, a light gray suit coat, a long light olive  womans trench coat, navy pinstriped pants, and a green necktie. Then we went to the fabric store and bought a bunch of dye.
I dyed each piece. Colors came out funky. Some things didn't take the dye. Redyed the funky things. Spray painted the vest that rejected color.

Oh! and hes on the news, tall guy lurking in the background.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Rebel Pilot on: July 11, 2008 08:25:38 PM
December 2007 I was faced with a dilemma: What to do for your 4 year anniversary dating a boy who loooooooooooves star wars almost as much as he loves you??
Answer: Make his character in clay, of course. This is Matras. He is... well.. Matt in his rebel pilot garb. He hangs from his review mirror (because his car is Rogue 8 ) or lounges in his cubicle at the office. You never know with those rebels, they get around.



Sculpey, wire in his extremities,  very elementary, much loved and cherished by Matt.


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wall Art on: July 11, 2008 07:36:06 PM
So heres the scene:
Friday night, all alone. Feeling the crafty itch but can't muster the courage to bust out the sewing machine or anything I'm "supposed" to be crafting. -sigh-

Whats that I see over there? No.. no no... left... Yeah! That! Hmmmm...

A pile of vintage pillowcases from Goodwill, a large stretcher I had previously ripped the canvas off of after a few too many failed paintings, a staple gun, staples, scissors, and a hammer. Hmmm... I like where this is going.



LIGHTBULB!!

Snip snip (cut pillow case in half, save other half for later use), staple staple staple, stretch pull, staple staple


Hang on newly painted wall, admire

*it looks a bit crooked but thats just the camera angle.

I love it. This is one of my favorite ways to personalize my home.
Now anyone have any ideas for this gem? Its another pillow case.


Thanks for looking!!
m_m
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / headcrab zombie and a christmas present on: June 23, 2008 05:42:04 AM
i made both of these costumes from scratch for halloween '07.
We've been Featured at geekcrafts.com !!!
here is me and my guy at a university halloween party.


i am the christmas present: silver pumps, red tights, two big ol' boxes taped together and gift wrapped with paper and ribbon, long red satiny gloves, jingle bell earrings, red glitter on my cheeks, and a big gift bow in my hair. it was a success, people stopped and asked to take pictures with me. and, i was the only gift in the whole place!

he is a headcrab zombie from the game halflife, or halflife 2. i don't know, i just make the things. he has on a headcrab i sewed from tan vinyl. there is wire in the long legs for bendy posey fun! the pincher teethy things are from rubber devil horns, i cut them up and e600-ed those mo-fo's in place. it has some varying colors of acrylic paint to look like a "real headcrab" and dried blood. mmm-mm thats good eats!  tied on to his head with a strap of leftover from the shirt hes wearing. a plain white shirt i destroyed with and xacto knife. the organs are made from half of a fake apple, a fake loaf of bread split in half, a wadded up piece of felt, and the ribs are broken plastic hanger bits. woo-hoo for the dollar store! the zombie-like gloves were purchased from a party store. right before the party we went outside and i doused him with fake blood. it was creepy and freezing cold. it looks like the real thing when its coming out of the bottle. i poured it into a small plastic bowl and dabbed it on with a foam brush as well as poured it on for drips.

i'm searching for more pictures of us, there must be full body shots floating around somewhere.
all i have to say is too bad we missed the costume contest, i think we were a hit.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / two painted boxes (image heavy) on: June 22, 2008 09:19:19 PM
just two average wooden boxes from the craft store. painted with gouache.
the first. my birdie box:







number 2. very simple dahlia box. i want to add something to the blank space, not sure what yet. the black on this box is acrylic.



the camera kind of washes out the color. any constructive criticism is always appreciated. Smiley
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