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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Tips on Mailing a Terrarium!!? on: October 12, 2010 03:37:07 PM
I want to mail my boyfriend and my brother both a terrarium and they are away at college.
I'm thinking the best way to do it is to package the individual components in plastic bags and they can assemble them themselves with my crafty directions of course.  
(They are roommates (only a tiny bit awkward haha) so I only have one box to worry about.)
I know the jars will be fine, the stones, and probably the charcoal will be fine in bags.
Mailing takes two days (say I send it on Monday, it gets there Wednesday afternoon every time without fail).
But what about the moss and the soil? I think moss and soil should be fine in a plastic bag since thats the way you buy them at a store yes? But I don't want to suffocate them! Poor moss.. And anyways, I believe that moss and soil bags might have air holes in them at the store.
I know that plants will most likely die being in a dark box for two days that is thrown around at the post office so I think they can pick their own and add them.  They live in Southern California so it's not like they don't have selection!  Cheesy

Would moss and soil be okay to mail I guess is my question? (hmm.. oddly phrased sentence)

Also if you have any other ideas to include in my hopefully mailable terrarium (some possibly mailable plants perhaps?), please include them!!

Thank you!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Satinized fondant? on: May 24, 2010 02:13:49 PM
Went to the cake store and asked for Wilton Fondant (doesn't taste that great but works fine). The lady there was like oh no we only sell satinized fondant now! Tasted it and it was SOOO good!!

What is the difference between fondant and satinized fondant? it probably tastes better because it doesn't have all those preservatives in it but oh my god it was just really good! It looked like they maybe make it themselves and sell it or maybe they order it in huge tubs and put it in smaller packages I don't know but I want to know it's secret Huh
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Could I make a poodle skirt out of muslin? on: August 07, 2009 01:38:50 PM
I am in dire need of a poodle skirt... Have to have it by seven tonight. I have five and a half hours! and a lot a lot of muslin. should i just skip that and head to wal-mart to see if they have some felt or should i attempt to make one out of muslin? i would like to use up all this muslin cause i have so much but i just feel like a muslin poodle skirt would be flat and boring..  Undecided thoughts?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wall Letters! Inspired by thankyoulocust (pic large) on: March 18, 2009 10:57:34 PM
I made them too! for my sister
But i was cheap and didn't buy wood letters.
or maybe not cheap resourceful?
i dont' know... I cut up a cardboard box.
But that did allow me to choose my own font for the letters!
Which was way fun!

here we go... the colors are a little off but i think they still look okay.

Whole name:


Whole name again: Look!!  Shocked There's severus snape!! hehe


letter e: my favorite!


and letter m: why i don't know


What i did was go to dafont.com. They have tons of awesome fonts. So i installed one called casual and the put it in microsoft word and printed out one letter per page. in light gray to save some ink. yeah! and then taped those to the scrapbook paper and used my trusty exacto to cut them out. so then i traced them on cardboard and cut those out and rubber cemented them on the cardboard letters. and then trimming lots of trimming! oh and i made a flower too! and just hung them up with painter's tape. ha but thats cool i guess because then my sister can arrange them however she feels. i tried painting them but they don't look as pretty as thankyoulocust's because cardboard has holes you know?

thank you so much to thankyoulocust! you are awesome for coming up with this idea!
let me know what you think! thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swwweeet Fabric... What to do!?!? on: March 18, 2009 10:10:46 PM
i have the most fabulously happy fabric!   Cheesy
i saved it from my mom. She was going to throw it away! *gasp* i can't believe her!
yes so i took my seam ripper (used to be sheets and shams) and now i just have a few yards of this awesome fabric.

Pictures to demonstrate awesomeness:





it's not as dark as in the pictures. pretty much primary color brightness.
and i thought maybe it could make like a cool high waisted skirt or something!
except its FLANNEL! which could work i guess... i'm not 100% convinced as of yet though. and maybe that would look too little kidish?

does anyone think it has potential as any sort of clothing? besides pajama bottoms? if not then i'll certainly turn it into some. but i was hoping for something more exciting!!

ideas?

Thank you!!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mod Podge and Rubber Cement... ??? on: March 15, 2009 09:13:03 PM
Hello!   Grin

I would like to make my sister some wall letter things as per thankyoulocust's thread and tute here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213298.0

But alas I have no Mod Podge.  Sad

However, I DO have rubber cement. Elmer's brand pretty good stuff you know...

So I was wondering if the rubber cement and mod podge are anywhere similar enough that I could use my rubber cement instead? I've never used Mod Podge before and I don't know the consistency or anything else.

If I can't interchange them I will just have to go pick some up. But I thought I would ask you experienced Craftsters your opinion because it would be nice to get started right now. I haven't used these two things enough to know how similar they are.

Oh I also think it would be pertinent to mention that I will be using cardboard letters cut by hand from old boxes instead of the sweet wooden ones from the craft store. Got to recycle what you can! So maybe that is important because it could get soggy or something I don't know.

But anyways...

Thanks a ton for your help!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Some things I've made... (4 pictures) on: February 25, 2009 10:36:36 PM
so i am a serious lurker/obsessive bookmarker.
but i decided what the heck i'll post some things i've made.
which is about four cakes- nothing special here.
haven't worked up the courage to try fondant yet though.
i have a box of wilton in the pantry but i don't really want to ruin a good tasting cake with its not so good taste. haha so i'm waiting  Smiley
anywho....
(hope the pictures work! really crossing my fingers)

first one was for my dad for fathers day last year.
tasted divine and looked pretty too!
chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache:


Mother's day cake (also from last year haha)
mom was on a "healthy" run like she gets sometimes but you can't not make a cake!
so i made carrot to pretend it was healthy  Wink
the frosty got crusty though yuck. not using that recipe again!


This one is mine hehe
made for myself since no one else wanted to  Sad
its chocolate peppermint cake with peppermint frosting and peppermint peppermints on top haha
you can sort of see where it got stabbed by the candles  Undecided


Last one!
made it with my sister - its just chocolate with frosting from a can...
and of course i had to go and write grooy instead of groovy so thats why the v is wonky
the colors were a lot lighter than we'd hoped but whatever that didn't compromise on the taste so i'm not complainin'!


peace!
comments?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lots of Muslin? on: February 06, 2009 04:26:09 PM
So I was going to make a pirate shirt for my brother and I went to wal-mart and bought the most pirate shirty fabric that I could find which was some muslin. So I figured out how much I needed to make two (one for him then one for me) and got one yard of extra because i've never sewn anything but pajama pants before. and those were from an actual pattern. so the lady cut the fabric and i thought wow that looks like a lot once she folded it up but i watched her measure it so i just let it go. so then i came home and i remembered looking on the edge of the fabric board thing (sorry i don't know all the lingo) and it said 108" and i had no idea what that meant because i thought fabric from wal-mart only came in 45" or 60" so i ignored it. came home made the shirts (his looks good! the neck line in the back is quite wonky but i didn't know how to fix it) and then after i was done then i realized what the 108" meant. ha ha.

So now i have 2 or 3 or 4 yards or so of muslin and i wanted to make some cute clothes since i have it left over and you can't waste good fabric! but what clothes could i make out of muslin?

does anyone have any ideas?

ps. i'm pretty beginner in the sewing area but my mom knows whats going on.

Thank you!!  Smiley
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