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 on: September 02, 2015 11:39:01 AM 
Started by thecraftique - Last post by thecraftique
This wonderful festival has something for the whole family.  Celebrating harvest and Bergen County, the craft fair will feature the areas best hand crafters.  In addition, the 4H will host animal exhibits and the Master Gardeners. Delicious food vendors will be on hand, a carnival and pony rides will provide fun for the kids and music will bring the whole event together.  This event raises funds for youth programs through the 4H.  Please come out, have fun and support the 4H!

Crafters Wanted!

Visit www.thecraftique.com
or call Patti - 201-280-8359

 on: September 02, 2015 11:27:38 AM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by rscowtown
flygirl88 sent me some awesome postcards with bible verses and inspirational sayings!

Love them all! thanks Leah!! I love the rain verses too!

 on: September 02, 2015 11:06:49 AM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by rscowtown
Just received a sweet long bed pockets thingy from scarlet_nights!

here are 2 pix of it just on my lap in the craft room--in use/action shots later cuz Larry da cable guy is here now upgrading our cable and of course its on my side of the bed.

made of lovely blues/greens fabrics with a big piece to sandwich betwixt the mattresses.
I can't wait to put it on and fill-er up! I think some journals will be finding a new home in a pocket or 2 Smiley

Thanks SN!

 on: September 02, 2015 11:06:14 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Abbeeroad

Exciting news students!! Hogwarts has been chosen to host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge and be entered into the Iron Chef Hogwarts giveaway at semester's end! Prize to be announced shortly - so keep an eye out!

Be sure to stop by The Kitchens for details and to find out what this month's secret ingredient is!

Happy Cooking!

 on: September 02, 2015 10:53:37 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Abbeeroad
Yay Gryffindor!!  Cheesy Cheesy

As host of the Summer of Mischief, I've got a special badge for all those who participated:

And since I think it was only me, the random drawing is rather easy...and it's already been shipped and received! Wink Ah, I love being a witch.  Grin

Mischief Managed magnet by Abbeeroad for the winner of the Summer of Mischief Challenge, Abbeeroad:

Thanks for a great semester!!

 on: September 02, 2015 10:08:06 AM 
Started by dreadlocklove - Last post by dreadlocklove
Buttercup, possibly my favourite type of squash now. Roasted and pured with sauted pear, coconut milk and nectar, as well as some spices.

I just don't have a formal recipe but basically, peel and cube a buttercup squash, toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cube about two or three pears (I only had bartlett at my house but will be trying it with bosc next time) and sautee them in a bit of coconut oil or butter. Drizzle with coconut nectar (I'm sure maple syrup or agave nectar would work just as well) and add some allspice and ginger. Add the squash to the pears, pour in some coconut milk (about one can of full-fat) and water (however much you want to cut the richness and give the preferred texture) simmer for a couple of minutes then puree in a blender. Add salt and/or other seasoning to taste. I garnished with some toasted butternut squash seeds I had as well as with a bit more allspice.

 on: September 02, 2015 09:41:43 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by puzzled-penguin
My fantastic angel package arrived today and it was truly awesome  Grin

Inselaeffchen sent me my very own baby Buckbeak to live with me! He is totally adorable and one of my very favourite swap items I've recieved.

Thank you so much Inselaeffchen for Buckbeak and MistressJennie for arranging the swap  Smiley

 on: September 02, 2015 09:24:23 AM 
Started by Patraw - Last post by Patraw

On August 26th, I bought several secondhand toys and a 4 oz. bottle of white glue (I can never have enough of that stuff) from one of the local thrift stores. The two larger ladies pictured are both 2010 Disney/JAKKS Pacific fairy dolls, Fawn (left) and Rosetta (right), that I believe came from a big Target-exclusive Disney Fairies boxed set (Tinker Bell, Vidia, Iridessa, and Silvermist rounded out that assortment). Fawn's wearing Rosetta's pink dress and Rosetta has Iridessa's yellow outfit on (that's what they were wearing when I purchased them, but I swapped their clothing around after taking this photo--I still need to braid Fawn's hair how she usually wears it too, but I've been too lazy to untangle and comb out her locks). The brown-and-gold robot is a 2004 Hasbro/Takara Transformers: Cybertron Autobot Landmine figure, and the other, smaller doll is a 2002 Bandai/American Greetings Strawberry Shortcake Berry Sweet Princess rendition of the titular girl. And, last, but not least, as he's the focus of this project, is the first 2012 Viacom/Playmates Donatello action figure, which is based on his appearance in Nickelodeon's current, computer-generated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

As he's a loose, used figure, Donatello didn't come with any of his original weapons, but, on a whim, I decided to replace them from scratch. Now, that's not something I usually do, as I'm constantly buying toys with missing pieces, so, if I were to attempt to make every one of them "complete" like this, that'd be a never-ending job that would consume vast amounts of time and quickly burn me out. That said, I am rather fond of fabricating toy weapons, and I haven't made any for a while, so, Donny got lucky.

If you buy this version of Donatello new, his bou (pole/quarterstaff) is ready to go, but all the rest of his weapons [naginata (a glaive-like weapon), sansetsukon (three-section staff), and two shuriken (throwing stars)] are still mounted on their sprue tree (which is how they're arranged when they come out of the plastic-injection mold at the toy factory in China), so you have to twist/cut them free yourself. They're also all cast in the same brown color, 'cuz Playmates couldn't be bothered to paint them. Although, to be fair, that's the same approach that the company took with the accessories in their original TMNT toy line back in the late 80s and early 90s, so they may have simply been trying to replicate that look for nostalgia purposes. I did find it particularly disappointing that Don's sansetsukon is one solid piece, rather than the separate, chained elements that it's supposed to be. And lest you think I have unrealistic expectations on that account, I owned a 1989 G.I.JOE Snake-Eyes action figure that came with a fully-functional sansetsukon when I was a kid--if Hasbro managed to do it twenty-six years ago, and with a smaller figure to boot, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect the same from Playmates today.

Anyway, in the interest of "correcting" those gripes mentioned in the previous paragraph, the two improvements I really wanted to make on my weapon set were to fully paint them and to make the sansetsukon work like it's supposed to.

Here are the roughed out papier-mch bou, naginata, and sansetsukon. I fabricated the sansetsukon's chain links from paper clips and I put a metallic veneer on the naginata's blade (using a Pop-Tart wrapper of all things) to make it look more realistic.

I had intended to make the pair of shuriken too, but, after laying/measuring out a template and doing the math, I came to the conclusion that, given their fairly intricate wheel-within-a-wheel design, they'd be more time-consuming and aggravating to fabricate than they were worth for a little side project like this, especially if I gave them a chrome veneer like I did with the naginata blade, so, I nixed them.

Here are the finished results. Donatello is well-equipped to wail on Shredder's Foot Soldiers once again!

Scale comparison with a miniature Donatello action figure I made years ago:

Newsprint, white glue, cardboard from a cereal box, a Pop-Tart wrapper (chocolate fudge--yum!), paperclips, acrylic paint, and pencil.

Bou: 9.6 cm (3.8") long x 0.4-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.
Naginata: 10.0 cm (3.9") long x 0.3-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.
Sansetsukon: 11.0 cm (4.3") long x 0.4-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.

I made all three implements on September 1st.

 on: September 02, 2015 09:22:49 AM 
Started by donniesgirl - Last post by donniesgirl
All right ladies, please check page 1 & make sure all of the sents & received's are up to date & correct.  There have been a lot of PMs & partial sending going around.  

I got a little sidetracked with kbrison's blocks.   Embarrassed  I got an idea after I made that caldonia block for kbrison & have been fiddling with it...

But I promise I will get back to business by this weekend!  Largely because I'm out of white, as was my quilt store last weekend, and that is what I want to use as the outer bits.  Because I'm over myself and am dying to take another stab at The House That Jack Built!

 on: September 02, 2015 08:05:57 AM 
Started by greatwoodcrafter - Last post by greatwoodcrafter
Hello my friends,

Next to my country house, I built a 20' x 40' pond.

If you want to build something like that... see my pictures got during landscaping:

►1: Mark the outline and dig the Garden Pond

►2: Installing Pond Liner and Pond underlay

►3: Fill the Backyard Pond

►4: Edging the Aquatic Garden

►5: Pond Landscaping Design Ideas

►6: Pond Winterizing - Making Pond De-Icer

►7: Tips - Filters Pumps Water Garden supplies

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