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781  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I think I like to decorate cakes on: January 17, 2008 09:05:43 AM
Oooooooooooooh how cute!
I made a Thomas cake something like yours back when my son was little - he'll be 20 this year!  Shocked  (And he still secretly loves Thomas. Cheesy)

Thomas is a great obsession at our house.  My son who is four has gotten the whole family involved.  His latest thing is calling me the OLD SLOW COACH.  This I do not appreciate.  I know he will still love trains when he is 20.

And to lil_abi:  I would have cried!
782  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Natalie quilled on: January 17, 2008 06:38:25 AM
When a friend had a baby, I started this...the circles in the corner match the circles that are painted on her wall.  It was my first time with lettering, I've learned a few tricks since this, but I still like it.  This is my own design too!  My friends say they laugh every time they see it in Natalie's room, so mission accomplished.

783  COOKING / Dessert / I think I like to decorate cakes on: January 17, 2008 06:33:48 AM
So, I always like the finished product...and I love coming up with the ideas, but about half way through the decorating I'm cursing myself for ever starting!!!
I've made a few special cakes for people, these are the only ones I have pictures of though.  I use a box cake mix but I always make my own icing.  I add Almond extract instead of vanilla...and it is so yummy.

This one I found a picture of on the internet somewhere...it was so cute.

784  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: pebble mosaic on: January 16, 2008 08:33:15 PM
What a cool idea. What did you "glue" with?

I used E6000 to glue the pebbles on, then I used a outdoor grout, and finally sealed it with grout sealer.  I wasn't really sure what to use I just tried to use everything that said it was safe for outdoor use.  Although they haven't actually put it in the ground yet, my parents have left it outside all winter and it is holding up great!  Thanks for the nice comments.
785  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: entrelac braid scarf on: January 15, 2008 12:49:12 PM
Ohhhh, I love this, I'll have to try one.  I like the effect the lining on the back makes...plus I bet it adds extra warmth!  Super!!!

786  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: WWFSMD? Cross Stitch for Secular Humanists... on: January 14, 2008 05:40:48 PM
When my photos didn't show up I made them smaller in file size.  I know it says no limit, but once I saved them around 350kb instead of 3MB it has worked just fine....might help??

787  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: French knot sheep on: January 14, 2008 05:38:25 PM
I love these...I may have to steal the idea.  I need to make something for a friend having a baby.  Great work, love it.
788  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Birthday Invite on: January 12, 2008 02:42:23 PM
I love this idea.  I usually have my kids make or at least participate in making their invitations.  although one year my son did make a video invite Sad  I've also had my daughter write one thank-you and copied it (she was four or five at the time and that is a lot of writing)and then let her color/decorate each one. 

Very cute invite!!!
789  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: The rest of my quilling... on: January 11, 2008 06:49:18 PM
Dang if I'm not amazed by your work again!!!  You rock!  I want to know any time saving secrets you have for churning out that much quilling (which looks like it would take about six months! lol)
Thanks again for the nice comments...and
Well, I hope you don't think that I just whip those out everyday.  I just started posting on craftster so I have a backlog of pictures.  
But I have come up with a couple time saving techniques:  

Always make an extra or two...
Like the angels...I made four or five extra when I was making them.  When you already have out the supplies and are in the mode it is easier than starting cold again...then when you are in need of a quick card or gift you have a stash that is ready to glue onto a card or matte or something.  The little things are pretty tough for being paper, if you store them in a hard container where they can't get crushed they will last.

And for the large projects I have found that if you just sit and roll the fill ins while you are watching a movie, say of yellow b/c I know I'm going to do a big ass pencil...I just make all different sizes and shapes and then when you are ready to glue them on you just lay them out and start gluing down.  That saves a ton of time.  My first project I did one at a time, roll, glue, roll, glue, roll, glue.....took way too long.

Hope it helps some.

And to fatgail:  the 'typical' quilling didn't appeal to me, the floral designs and such, I do them but I really like the mosaic effect of the larger projects.  I find that you can find frames that are deep enough to hold the quilling so really, you aren't limited to tiny projects. 
790  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: a smorgasbord of amigurumi goodness--lots of pictures on: January 11, 2008 04:47:12 PM
soooooo neat.  My first thought was, who could I make those for???
Great job.
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