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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Tagline advice on: September 29, 2011 04:08:43 PM
I'm working on my crafty business and trying to revamp the banner for my website/etsy store/blog. My current banner looks like this:



I'm thinking of keeping everything except the tagline, but would take suggestions if anyone doesn't like the background, cotton bole, lettering or anything.

The tagline I was thinking of going with is:
     OrganicPatchwork.com (or leave off the .com?)
         Life's a Patchwork

Anyone like that?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / sock yarn baby set on: February 06, 2011 08:40:35 AM
I'm expecting my first baby in 10 weeks and I've been trying to knit up some things for my little one. And I've fallen in love with sock yarn, not really sure why but I just love it. So I've made a few hats and then I decided to try some mittens so the little bugger won't scratch himself and then I had some yarn left so I tried some booties and came up with this cute little set all made from one skein of Patons Kroy FX in Cadet Colors.


the booties are the only thing made from a pattern and I altered the pattern quite a bit, but here's where I found it http://sockpixie.blogspot.com/2008/01/solution-to-sock-knitters-dilemma-magic.html
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / invited to a renaissance wedding, need help! on: July 23, 2010 04:35:21 PM
the hubby and I have been invited to a renaissance wedding for one of his coworkers. While they aren't requiring people to wear period clothing, it is encouraged and since I don't actually know these people, I'd like to wear something at least renaissance-inspired, so as not to stick out like a sore thumb. I'm not the greatest at clothes-making so it would have to be something simple to sew. Any ideas?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hat/hood for my nephew on: July 22, 2010 08:55:59 AM
I know it's summer, but I thought I'd get a jump start and make my little nephew an adorable winter hat. so here it is!


I like the shape of hoods better than hats, they're easier to knit and they keep the ears and neck warm, not just the head. So I made this in seed stitch for the head part and then stockinette stitch for the neck wrap part. It's made of Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn in Walnut. It has three cute blue buttons, so that as he grows he'll hopefully still be able to use it just buttoning less of the buttons.

and here he is in all his cuteness modeling for it. (the photo taken right after this he's bawling and trying to take the hat off because it's too hot!)

It's a too big right now, but hopefully he'll grow into it...
5  COOKING / Dessert / shortbread cookies with lemon curd on: July 22, 2010 06:29:11 AM
So I found this recipe for lemon curd the other day on Chickens in the Roadhttp://chickensintheroad.com/blog/2010/07/15/making-lemon-curd/
It turned out so yummy! see? isn't it beautiful?

But then I had to decide what to do with all that delicious lemon curd, I couldn't just eat all with a spoon, though I was sorely tempted, let me tell you! So I decided to make thumbprint cookies and put the curd in the print. So I found a shortbread recipe http://www.joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html and got to work.

So here you have it, my completely from scratch super yummy lemon curd shortbread cookies

they were so delicious, they're already gone.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Two cross stitched, Mario-inspired onesies on: July 08, 2010 06:30:39 AM
I've just finished two onesies for the cutest baby in the world (my nephew). I had previously embroidered him an Ewok onesie, since my brother is obsessed with Star Wars, so this time when I asked my sister-in-law what theme she wanted, she said old-school mario. so here you have it, Yoshi and a Super Mushroom.



To read more, see my blog http://organicpatchwork.blogspot.com
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / best (inexpensive) fabric for embroidery? on: June 16, 2010 03:40:11 PM
I'm looking for some fabric to do a few embroidery projects. It needs to be cheap money wise, because I have very little money to throw around, but of good quality for stitching. Even a set of tea/flour sack towels that aren't too expensive could work.
What do you guys like to stitch on?
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / crockpot oatmeal question on: June 14, 2010 03:57:56 PM
Hello all - I've got a question for the crock pot fans out there. I've made oatmeal in the crockpot and I've made baked oatmeal with eggs, and I love them both. So I'm wondering, can you make oatmeal in the crockpot with eggs for extra protein?  or would it be really gross? For the crockpot I just throw in a couple of coups of steel cut oats and 4x as much water (sometimes replacing some of the water with apple juice which is delicious!), sometimes adding sugar/brown sugar/honey and cinnamon. I've heard you can also put in raisins or other dried fruit, but I'm not a big fan of dried fruit. '
so what do you think? eggs? no eggs? is there any other way to add protein to oatmeal?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / cross stitching on onesies on: June 11, 2010 04:26:24 AM
I'm fairly new to needlework. I've done some embroidery, but I'm mostly a quilter.
My question is about cross stitch. I'd like to make some onesies with old school Mario characters and I've found some cross stitch patterns for them. Can you cross stitch directly on a onesie? or is the fabric too stretchy? or do you really need the little holes for cross stitch?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / in search of the best coasters on: June 02, 2010 07:14:30 AM
Hello there. I've just moved into a new apartment, and was given a side table and coffee table that my father-in-law beautifully refinished. I don't want to ruin them with sweaty drinks, so I'm looking to make some super-duper coasters to protect them. I've been searching on here and found crocheted (both wool & cotton), sewn, and tile coasters, all of which I could definitely make. My question to all of you is, which of those types of coasters would best protect my lovely new furniture?
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