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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Rainbow Patchwork Skirt! on: April 08, 2009 11:42:31 AM
I loved the ones I'd seen here on craftster, and I just had to make my own.

This wasn't too hard to do, but it was time consuming.  I decided I didn't want a huge skirt, so I scaled it down so it's about a 3/4 circle.  The squares are 4'x4', I used 65 of them for the bottom tier.  I started gathering from the bottom up, purple to light purple to blue, instead of from the top down, and I think this made the gathering process much easier.  What do you think?  (As I hit "preview," a Jpop song called "Rainbows" started playing on my computer! Ha ha! Cheesy)
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Dull serger blades, now what do I do? on: March 27, 2009 08:00:58 AM
I've been working on a rather serger intensive project the last few weeks, and now my blade no longer cuts.  I know I can get a new one through Kenmore, but what I want to know is whether or not I need to replace both the upper and lower blades, or if replacing just the upper will work.  The lower blade costs almost twice as much as the upper, so if I can put off replacing that, it would be nice.  Or, is it possible to sharpen them?  Thanks.
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ceramic Raku Dragons (image heavy) on: March 19, 2009 07:48:32 AM
I made these a few years ago in my college art classes.

This was originally lowfired with a crackle glaze, but I didn't like the outcome, so I reglazed it with a shiny green called "dragonfly."  I like the not quite shiny, not quite grainy finish. 
side view

The next one was inspired by those ceramic cats that look down off the edge off a shelf.  It's raku fired with just the dragonfly glaze I used on the last one.

This image isn't that great, but it shows how far it goes below the ledge.

This one is fired with a glaze called "copper sand."  The spiked ball on the tail is a seperate piece, I knew it would break off in the firing anyway, so I figured I should decide where to seperate it, rather than leaving it to random chance.


back.  This shows the color best.

detail on eggs

tail end by itself

Finally, this was supposed to be a fountain, but I liked the copper raku glaze so much I used it anyway.  Now it's holding dried roses.

Hope you like them!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top from a dress pattern on: March 03, 2009 06:48:39 PM
I made this from an out of print Butterick pattern, but decided that I would get more use out of a top than a dress, since the skirt was a bit too straight for my tastes.  It's a little difficult to see because it's such a dark color, but it's gathered under the bust.  Don't mind the lines, they're from the sun shining through my blinds. Cheesy

35  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / estimating a future size? on: February 26, 2009 11:31:15 AM
I made a dress for a friend's new baby, and it wound up way too big.  I figure I'll give it to her anyway and she can wear it when she's about 18 months.  About how long should a dress for an 18 month old be?
36  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding gift ideas on: February 24, 2009 03:11:54 PM
My sister-in-law is getting married in May, and I'm trying to figure out what to give her.  She said they are asking for Visa gift cards to use on their honeymoon.  Umm.. yeah, I'm sorta, BROKE right now, working 4 hours a week for a month will do that, so that's not happening.  Should I even bother?  She usually likes my handmade gifts, I just feel that asking for money like that is a bit tacky.  So I don't know.  Ideas?
37  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions on: February 20, 2009 08:14:05 AM
I'm thinking about making a quilt for a friends new baby.  I've never quilted before, so I'd like some input.  About how big should it be?  Would it work to use fleece for the backing and leave out the batting?  She lives in California, so it's ok if it's not super warm.  Thanks! Cheesy
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / how can I fix this? on: February 10, 2009 08:50:01 PM
I'm doing this for a swap, so I don't want to give away too many details.  I made what was supposed to be a pendant out of shrinking plastic, but I broke the loop for the jump ring off.  Now what?  I think it's too small to drill a hole in.  Is there something else I can do with it?  It's about an inch long and less than half an inch wide.  I know I'm being vague, but I just can't think of anything to do with this little plastic deal.
39  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / No onion, no tomato recipes? on: January 14, 2009 07:18:05 AM
I'm getting a little tired of the fact that most of the things I make (chili, spaghetti, etc.) are tomato based.  As for onions, well they hate me.  I was at a friends house a few weeks ago, he cut up an onion, half an hour later I walked into the kitchen and my eyes started burning!  So, no chopped onions for me then!  Cheesy

Unfortuantly most all of the recipes I've come across have  at least one of these two things.  What are some recipes you guys like that lack these items?
40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Does everyone who publishes recipes need remedial geometry?! on: January 10, 2009 06:37:48 AM
I have a Betty Crocker cookbook, and one of the recipes tells me to cut a piece of meat into 1/8 inch wide strips, even though the picture clearly shows them to be thicker than that.  And just today I read a cookie recipe that says "roll out a portion of the dough to just under 1/16 of an inch thick" before cutting it with a cookie cutter and putting it in the oven.  Is that even possible?  Wouldnt that burn almost instantly?

What's going on here?  Is everyone trying to get away from the grandma method of preparing things "'till it looks right?" but just making up measurements, not even looking to see how tiny a 16th of an inch really is?
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