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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / AWESOME Cheese Sauce Tutorial on: December 02, 2010 05:53:12 PM
I have been wanting to make another tut for awhile now. Tonight we were making nacho's and I thought DUH! We make our own cheese sauce and get lots of happy people when we make it for guests. So I am sharing it for all of you to make happy family and friends!

1/4 Stick of butter
1/6th cup of flour (half of a 1/3)
1 cup milk (we use 2% or vitamin D)
1 cup of cheese (Read tut before measuring out)
Paprika and red and black pepper to taste

I also strongly recommend a nylon whisk and non stick pan. This stuff will stick and become like glue when it cools. The nylon whisk is flexible enough to get in all the crevices of the pan, and mix well  without scratching the pan. We got ours at Target for less than 5.00 and use it ALL the time.

Melt Butter in pan on medium heat,

Add Flour and salt and whisk together till smooth:

Remove from heat and add milk then return to heat, (if you do not remove from heat it can scorch in the time it takes to measure milk and add it.)

Stir Constantly till well blended, slightly thickened, and when you stop stirring it starts to bubble. It will be steaming hot.
Here's how you can tell it's thickening properly. the edge of the pan will crust a little and the milk will stick a little:

Add cheese, Do not pack the cheese to measure it (I measured in the same glass that I measured my milk in thus the white specks).

Stir till cheese has melted.

(Yum cheese! I love watching it melt and get stringy.)
We've found this to be the best cheese for flavor as it's mildly seasoned:

But as long as the bag says this:

you are fine.  remove from heat, add seasoning:

 first red and black pepper:

And Paprika:

 and stir in.

Turn burner on low, Serve and enjoy!

I highly recommend you rinse your pan, and soak it before washing. It helps so much(even on nonstick pans)!
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Evil Morbid Unicorn on: September 28, 2010 12:19:00 PM
So this is the second of these I've made and probably my last. It was a commission and I actually really like the unicorn part. I had the perfect yarn for the request and only had to buy yarn for the horn. (also perfect color in my opinion)
The request was as much as possible in black/red to make him look evil.
I think I did pretty well. I honestly think I like this one better as I knew what I was doing a bit better. lol

Used a wide range of techniques on this guy, I crocheted the bear with thread, the unicorn double stranded worsted, the mane and tail were attached and then unraveled for a more whimsical look. The bear's face is painted and so is the unicorn's eyes, which are felt that are painted then glued on. His hooves are glued as well.
His legs and horn have plastic drinking straws in them to add support. And he has steel bb's in his rear to counter weight him. WHEW! That's a lot!

And the one he's based off (which is knit I should add):
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Skirt on: September 27, 2010 02:35:15 PM
This skirt was made from some fabric from my stash. I'd bought 1 yard and it was one of the most expensive fabrics I've purchased. But I loved it so much I had to have it. I'd been struggling with what to do with it. I then thought "DUH, easy elastic waist skirt." So that's what I did. And it came out the perfect length. Clearly I'd been over thinking the whole thing.

I love it but I think I'm going to add pockets as I am lost without them to take my iPod and cell phone into the store. (Please disregard the state my sewing nook's floor is in.)
It's not a bubble skirt though it sort of looks like it in a few pictures. It's just been washed and not ironed. lol
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Button Down Shirts to Circle Skirt on: September 27, 2010 02:27:47 PM
This is NOT my original idea but this beast has taken me over a month to finish and I must show it off!
The Hubs cleared out his stuff and gave the clothing all to me. (he's well trained and appreciates my thriftiness) So I had a bunch of button down shirts that I knew exactly what I wanted to do with. I've been eying Indietut's tut for the piecework button down shirt to circle skirt.
And so I set to work. I used 3 button down shirts, and one pair of stretchy pants from a thrift store rag bag that I'd been saving to make the skirt. I even pieced together strips to make the waistband.

I think my favorite parts of this skirt are the fact that I left the front pockets in so I have pockets! (YES) and the button panels. Though I do not like the drawstring waist. It's not quite what I wanted and so I'll probably change that to all elastic.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Reflective Cat Harness on: September 14, 2010 08:44:16 AM
We've decided it's unfair to only let one of our two kitties be indoor outdoor so we're letting them both outside.
The problem is Kes want's to go out at night too. Black cat in a dark street not a good idea. (Our street would be better lit if the power company would come fix the street light that has a short in it and keeps burning out bulbs every 10 days)
Anywho I bought her 2 different harness's to make reflective but none fit right. Kes is odd shaped.
So I bought 2 1.00 dog collars gutted them and used satin ribbon and reflective tape and made her a new harness.
She actually likes it a lot and purred when I put it on her.
(she's squinting from the flash and you can see the reflective tape at work!)

(right after I put it on her. She's testing to make sure it fits unlike the previous two store bought ones.)

Geared up now let me out!
Please note this harness is not meant to serve any purpose other than be reflective.
Love to know what you think!
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [RESOLVED] can't quote? on: August 26, 2010 06:58:06 PM
It seems when I click on the insert quote button I can't quick reply with a quote or even regular reply and then click quote. The quote never shows up in the reply box.
I've been having this issue today and it's the first time it's been a problem but wanted to let you all know.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RRRChallenge1: Tank top to Purse For 3.00! on: August 21, 2010 08:16:00 PM
I saw this tut online for a tank top turned into a purse.  I'm making a new purse but it's not done yet and I wanted something different than the old stained one. I made some modifications of course in typical me fashion. Wink
And I made this one!

The tank I got is a clearance OP tank from wal*mart.

I turned it wrong side out and used cotton crochet thread to gather the bottom along the hem. That brought it in pretty tight but not all the way. there was still a small hole where the fabric just couldn't gather any tighter.

So I cut a circle out of felt and covered the hole in the bottom. I machine stitched it in place but honestly hand sewing would have been easier.

Then I carried the bag around for a few days but the straps stretched out from the weight of my junk and the all ready thin straps felt like they were cutting into my shoulders. So I added a grosgrain ribbon around the inside of the straps. Simple fix took less than 10 minutes and the bag is so comfy now.

Also look at all it can hold:

Yes I have a lot of junk and it's all important. Smiley
I am thinking of cutting the bottom about 6 inches shorter and redoing it. then using the leftover fabric to make a pocket. Still haven't decided if I want to line this one or not but I definitely will line the next one!
Hope you enjoy!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3xl Men's Golf T to Small/medium Womens Peasant Top on: August 20, 2010 07:48:18 PM
So I have gone through my stash of t-shirts for fabric/recon's and realized I have way to many. It's actually ridiculous how many I have. Well I recently ADDED to the stash with about 5 of my hubby's shirts that had shrank in the wash lengthwise. Thing is hubby is a 3xl. I am a women's medium or small. Results? Lots of fabric to work with!
So I took a green stripey golf shirt and tried a tutorial I found a "10 minute" peasant shirt reconstruction. Found here:
And While for me it took about 45 minutes still super easy and I will definitely do it again!  I added elastic to the sleeves.
So I think if I'd just done the neckline it would have been about 10 minutes!

(I thought some might like to see my organized chaos craft space.)
I plan to add ties to the sides to cinch it in a bit. And some little tiny bows on the sleeves. Smiley
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ugly dresses In the news! (reconstructed) on: August 20, 2010 02:08:41 PM
Had to share this article with other crafty peeps!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tree Print Top(for layering) on: August 18, 2010 07:07:36 PM

Will update with action pics later!
Made this using this tut:
(Which I found thanks to the super awesome re-done tut listing)

 My version features a more "normal" neckline rather than a deep V. as deep v's bug the crud out of me. Smiley
The top will be worn over a solid black tank top. I have a bra on my mannequin to help with fittings. So you can see that through the shirt but won't when I actually wear it.
The best part? The whole shirt cost me about 4.00! That's including the bias tape. Smiley I love sewing and making my own clothes I couldn't buy a shirt from the thrift store for that price!
I also made the belt, It's elastic velcro and lace.
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