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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along on: January 11, 2013 05:10:34 AM
I'm on an experimenting kick. Tonight's dinner:


Recipe found here.

Verdict: Super yummy. Will definitely be making again. That being said, however, I did end up making some small changes. The biggest change was that I doubled the entire recipe EXCEPT the shells. I still had a few shells left over, and I didn't even stuff them super full. Also, I didn't use enough taco sauce, because I ended up not having enough. Still everyone loved them and they didn't even leave any left overs.

Strange coincidence, I made this same recipe just last week. I also made some minor changes. I believe my shells were smaller than 'jumbo', so I used 24 shells instead of 12 and those filled my 9x13 pan. I didn't double the rest of the recipe.

I made my own taco seasoning instead of buying a packet (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/ this recipe makes one packet) and I also used my own homemade tomato sauce instead of the taco sauce and salsa.

We also liked the dish very much. It does taste very taco-ish!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How to decoupage manaquins? Please help. on: April 21, 2011 11:35:43 AM
Maybe not quite the affect you're going after, but looking at the picture an idea came to me from something I did as a child. I remember using shoe polish once for a similar effect. I had covered a vase in masking tape, put shoe polish on it, let it dry a little, buffed it off, then sprayed on some lacquer.

A quick google search brought this: http://homefree.blogs.com/archive/2008/11/some-masking-tape-some-shoe-polishdah-dahsplendid-surface-effects-with-lots-of-uses.html

I'm not sure what surface you'd be working with, but maybe this inspires you.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Skull Kid from Zelda painting, my best work yet! on: March 05, 2011 06:27:04 PM
Wow, thanks for the close up pics. I had seen some pixel painting art before, and those were solid filled colors, but I absolutely love the shading in yours. I really love how the squares aren't perfectly square; adds a lot of personality!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Skull Kid from Zelda painting, my best work yet! on: March 02, 2011 10:00:16 AM
Love it! I can't imagine the preparation of all those little squares; it must have been a tedious task. The colors are so bright and lovely.

More info please! Looks like acrylic paint? Did you mix them yourself while comparing to the original artwork? Any in progress pics? I'd love to see em. Also, close up of the pixels!!!! Your lines look so clean.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kindle 3 Chairs Sleeve on: January 11, 2011 07:50:46 AM
Nicely done! I looked through your flicker account, and they all look very well constructed. I love the added pocket for headphones. Nice detail on the piping also.

I was hoping to make something similar for an iphone, so thanks for sharing, great inspiration!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: help make this mistake look intentional? on: December 03, 2010 04:57:53 PM
To be perfectly honest, I actually thought it's location was intentional. Since it's the heading and a different colour, in my mind, it sort of gives it a bit more emphasis or something (before I finished reading your post, I spent ages trying to find the spelling mistake).


I think it's really cute the way it is.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Satin stitch on aida? on: December 03, 2010 04:52:53 PM
Not the very best picture, but you get the idea.

I tried the satin stitch without doing the outline, and it looked horrible. So I am doing the outline, then the satin stitch. I'm using 2 threads, going through the holes plus once in between the holes (so it's sorta like as if I'm working on 36 count instead of 18, if that makes sense). Sometimes it's a little difficult to pierce right in between the holes, but the 2 threads seem to fill the space nicely anyway, so I don't think it matters much.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Satin stitch on aida? on: November 29, 2010 06:19:10 PM
Ok, thanks both of you, I think I will try that, with more than one strand, and going in between the holes. I'm working on 18ct, so using more than one strand might fill it nicely without having it look like straight lines.

I'll take a picture and let you know how that worked out for me.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Satin stitch on aida? on: November 27, 2010 05:55:32 PM
I've done quite a bit of cross stitch, but not much embroidery. I'm working on a pattern where the suggested fabric was a cashel linen, but I decided to use regular aida 18ct.

There's a section where I'm supposed to do satin stitch, but I'm a bit stumped on how I'll achieve the satin stitch look on aida cloth. In my mind, the way I see it, the satin stitch will just look like straight lines. Should I be stitching in between the holes to fill in the area?

Here's the pattern http://www.caron-net.com/dec00files/dec00desf1.html if anyone is interested in having a look. It's the section that looks like a square border, in the dark color.

I've searched and watched some videos on the satin stitch itself, but all of the examples I've seen are on cotton fabric that don't have that 'square' aida look.

Any tips or special ways to satin stitch on aida? Much apologies in advance - this question sounds like something pretty basic.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What name do these little pillow things go by? on: October 05, 2010 02:51:40 PM
Ah, yes, thank you! I knew they had a special name.
Would these be normally used as pincushions? Anything else they are used as?
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