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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Hat and Blanket on: November 06, 2011 04:08:28 PM
So... is it a rule that when you turn 24/25 suddenly you're surrounded with tiny people? Or is that just me?

Anyway, I love making things for people, and I've found that I really enjoy making baby blankets and hats... they're quick, easy projects, and they're just too cute Smiley


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What fabric is best for lining a dress or skirt made from Liberty Tana Lawn? on: January 27, 2010 07:10:31 AM
I recently went on an ebay spree and bought 5 different liberty prints. The crowning glory was the 6 meters (just over 6 yards) of "Christabelle" (picture of the print included) which I scored for about $40. It's painfully beautiful, and there's more than enough to make a summer dress, but it's so thin that there will be no way to keep it from being see-through.



I would like to make a dress with a fitted bodice and a floaty skirt. At the very least I will need to line the bodice, but I would like to line the skirt as well.

What fabric would you suggest that won't weight down the lightweight cotton lawn fabric and effect the drape?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
-Shila
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Do you think I could make these in something other than a ramekin? on: December 18, 2009 11:16:43 AM
Ok, brief explanation. I've been doing Weight Watchers for 3 months now, and I've lost about 22 lbs. I'm wanting to put together some treats to take to holiday parties, but I don't want to make a bunch of stuff that I can't eat. I've found a few good recipes, but this one in particular presents a problem. That being that I do not own even 1 ramekin, let alone 12.

Does anybody have any pointers on whether or not these could be made in something else... cupcake wrappers, perhaps? Any suggestions would be fantastic!


Pecan Tartlets (taken from the WW website)

POINTS Value: 3
Servings:  12
Preparation Time:  10 min
Cooking Time:  37 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy
 
Part souffle, part tartreally just pecan pie minus the crust. Whatever you call them, they're absolutely delicious.
    

Ingredients
2 spray(s) cooking spray   
3 large egg(s)   
1/8 tsp table salt   
1 Tbsp butter, melted   
1/3 cup(s) dark corn syrup   
2/3 cup(s) dark brown sugar   
1 tsp vanilla extract   
1/3 cup(s) chopped pecans   
24 half pecan halves   

Instructions
Preheat oven to 450F. Place twelve 3-ounce ramekins in a shallow baking pan or on a rimmed cookie sheet for easy handling; coat ramekins with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs with salt. Add melted butter, corn syrup, sugar and vanilla; beat well. Blend in chopped pecans and then spoon batter half way up ramekins; gently place 2 pecan halves on top of each ramekin.

Bake for about 17 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake until a knife or toothpick inserted in center of a ramekin comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove from oven and allow to cool; serve in ramekins with a spoon, either warm or cold. Yields 1 per serving.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My Christmas Wreath on: November 22, 2009 12:21:19 PM
I've been wanting to put up a wreath since the day after Halloween, and I had already bought some supplies to make one when I ran across a very cute yarn wreath online. I already had everything I needed, so I got to work!

This cost about $3 to make. The foam wreath, foam balls, and jingle bells all came from Dollar Tree. The yarn I already had. It's all Lion Brand. There's Lion Brand Homespun in Apple Green and Chili (I think), Jiffy in True Red and either Chili or Paprika (it was scrap yarn, so I don't remember, exactly), and Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Cilantro (the dark stripes).

So, here it is! Let me know what you think!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What is this stitch called and where can I find a tutorial? on: September 24, 2009 08:21:42 AM
Hey everyone! I found a great shawl/neckscarf on etsy, but I can tell it's something I could easily make myself, rather than spend $45.

I've seen this stitch pattern before, but for some reason I can't find any patterns/tutorials on how to do it. I'm not sure what it's called, either.

If anybody on here could give me some help, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.76696889.jpg
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.90713170.jpg

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Update:Ordering 1/4 yard fabric from Purl Soho- Fat Quarter or regular 1/4 yard? on: July 23, 2009 02:07:09 PM
Does anybody have experiance with ordering 1/4 yard of fabric from Purl Soho?

I'm only wanting to order 1/4 yard of the fabric I want for a quilt (since I'm poor and the fabric is spendy) but I can't find anywhere on the site about whether they cut it in fat quarters or regular 1/4 yard strips.

I would assume it's a fat quarter, since that's what the majority of the quilting world works in, but I've learned never to assume stuff like that when ordering online.

What has your experiance been with ordering from them?

Thanks!
Shila
UPDATE: I went ahead and ordered some fabric without calling. You get true 1/4 yard, rather than a fat quarter. They do sell Fat Quarter Packs, but you don't get to pick the fabric.


7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / How to fit pants for ample bums - July 2009 Threads Magazine on: June 04, 2009 05:24:46 PM
There's a really great article in the current issue of Threads Magazine about how to alter a pattern to fit a more ample toosh. I had it suggested to me today by one of the women in the costume shop, as I'm having issues altering a shorts pattern to fit me. I have the big hips/thigh/butt, smaller waist issue. It tells you how to measure the pattern to see where it should fit you, and where to split/spread the pattern to add fabric where it's needed.

It's worth buying the magazine for the article! Trust me!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Necklace and Bracelet set for my bestie! on: May 23, 2009 10:42:53 AM
My best friend's birthday is next week, and I might not get to see her on her birthday, so I gave this to her early.

The necklace was an old shell earring that I just did single stitches around, and then the flowers are Millie flowers from the Roman Sock blog.

Hope you like them! I know that she did!


9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / the endlessly futile gift search for my not so girly mother.... on: April 23, 2009 01:09:42 PM
I have a weird mother. She isn't girly. She rarely wears jewelry, she doesn't like to dress up, she hates shopping, her photo albums are empty... you see where I'm going with this, right?

Maybe this is just my situation, but I get uber-annoyed when I go to look for ideas and every website suggests perfume, jewelry, and flowers.

That is not to say I haven't pulled that card. I've done flowers. I've done her favorite candy. I've even Bath and Body Works-ed it up many many times.

My issue is that I hate these cliche things!

To make matters worse, my older sister is the queen of gift giving. She's closer to my mom (she's got 10 years on me, so it's understandable), and she steals all the good ideas!!!

I think of making my mom soap or candles, she does it at Christmas. I think of making my mom a quilt, she plans a memory quilt with pictures of my mom and my late grandfather and great grandmother (her dad and grandma). She is just too good!

I can't say that I'm upset about it, b/c I'm glad my mom gets cool gifts, but I really want to do something cool for a change!

I'm willing to take any suggestions, as long as they aren't your typical gift ideas

Thanks!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / new stuff I've made: Bracelet and tons of earrings on: February 07, 2009 11:35:41 AM
So, I've been doing my best lately to stay motivated when it comes to making things. It can be hard when you're doing school full time on top of a part time job. But here are some things I've made lately that I'm really happy with.

First is the bracelet. I love how delicate it looks on! (oh, and the leaf happened to be on there while I was using my photo wire to get pictures. I think it looks nice in the photo)



Next are the earrings. I used brass (gold tone), antique brass, and verdigris patina bird charms. I have some with a red patina, too, but I haven't used them yet.





I hope you all like them! I really enjoyed making them!
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