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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / twisted wire tree jewelry holder on: January 03, 2010 01:06:50 PM
I've needed a stand for my jewelry, but I don't have anywhere to set one. So I made one to go on the wall.

I'll hang belts and scarves and hats on the bottom, and my necklaces on the top branches, and earrings in the loops at the end of the branches.

 I'm not sure if I'm done with it yet, I think I want the trunk to be a bit thicker, so I might wrap some more wire around it. I also need to figure out how to hang it on the wall.  Smiley

What do you think?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / amaaazing homemade pizza on: September 01, 2009 08:36:44 PM

My dinner.  Cheesy

I used this recipe for the dough, using mixer, but I bet you could do it by hand as well. http://www.recipezaar.com/Soft-Italian-Bread-Sticks-Abm-104628


    * 1 cup warm water (70 to 80)
    * 3 tablespoons soft butter
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    * 3 cups bread flour (All purpose works well also)
    * 2 tablespoons sugar
    * 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
    * 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    * 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1 packet)

 Pour the warm water into your mixing bowl. Add the sugar, and let dissolve. Add the yeast and let sit for a few minutes, until dissolved. (This is 'blooming' your yeast, to make sure it's good.) Then add the salt and seasonings, if you decide to use real, minced garlic, then it would be extra good. Add in the butter and mix best you can. Dump in a bit of the flour (about half) and mix in stand mixer with dough hook. Continue to add the flour until the dough is ready. (If you need help on this, find a recipe that makes bread dough with a mixer. You want the dough to take just enough flour until it's not sticky anymore.) When the dough is ready, pull it off the hook and leave it in the bowl with a towel covering it for about 30 mins. (You can let it sit longer if you need to)

This made three pizza balls. I stretched it out- I've found the easiest way to do this is to start to pull it apart, then once it's about as big as your open hand, hold it by the edges and rotate, letting it stretch to the floor until it is as big and as thin as you'd like.

Spread a bit of olive oil on a foil covered cookie sheet, and lay out your dough. Brush the edges of the dough with some olive oil, then add your toppings!

On mine, I used Hunts Garlic and Onion spaghetti sauce, reduced down a little bit. If I had planned it out, I would have made some sauce from scratch, but this was very good.

Next I put on some basil leaves, then covered with mozzarella cheese.

Then my actual toppings were:
  • olives
  • mushrooms
  • sundried tomatoes (I won't use these again, they were kinda weird. But I tried it, and expanded my taste bud horizons)
  • italian sausage

It was really good.

*note* I am not a professional baker. I don't really know what I'm talking about with bread. But this is how it works for me. If I explained the yeast or the dough making wrong, please let the rest of us know! lol
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / I am not an artist. Help with easy art? on: September 13, 2008 12:47:04 PM
I want to put art around my house- but I'm really broke. I'd like to do it myself, but I can't draw. At all. I might be able to sorta splatter paint around on a canvas, and draw geometrical shapes.
So anyways, I'm looking for easy art that I can do that looks decent. I don't want to do portraits or anything, or anything that looks real, but more abstract and geometrical stuff. Are there any styles of art that I can do? Or does anyone know of a teaching website that can REALLY teach? (I really really suck, lol)
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / chicken tomato spinach alfredo pizza on: September 07, 2008 01:36:48 PM

Luckily I remembered to take the picture before the rest got eaten... lol.

We usually get this pizza from Papa Johns, but lately they never have the ingredients to make it. (What kind of pizza place runs out of tomatoes?!?!?) So, in rebellion of the unprepared pizza shop, we've decided to make our own. This was the first experiment.

Whenever I cook chicken on the stove, it always comes out really dry. So this time I sorta boiled it- but get this- in lemonade. It was really good, I don't remember where I got the idea, but I saw it in a recipe once. So anyways, I added some kosher salt and italian seasonings, don't ask how much, I just wing it, probably about 1/2 tsp italian seas. and 1 tsp kosher salt for 1 chicken breast.
While I was cooking that, I defrosted (cooked?) the spinach in boiling water. I didn't use much of the spinach, probably 1/3- 1/4 of a cup, and we'll use less next time. I strained the spinach, and mixed it with some alfredo sauce. I used classico creamy alfredo, and I think I'm going to make it from scratch next time, it didn't taste like good alfredo sauce.
So I thinly spread the alfredo spinach mixture on the precooked Boboli pizza crust, and put a generous helping of mozzeralla cheese over that. Then I cut up a tomato into slices, and put that on the pizza too. Then the chicken, drained out of the lemonade, put on decoratively. Into the oven at 375 (although the crust said 450, I thought that was a bit high for my old-usually-burns-stuff oven. 8-9 minutes later and it was really really good. Even though it will be better when I use a better alfredo sauce next time.

Anyways, this was good and you should try it!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] link to pic hosting in profile? on: August 23, 2008 08:44:16 PM
A link to a person's craftster picture hosting page in their profile would be totally useful. Also- in the picture hosting, I'm unable to click on the craftster logo to go back to the home page, and the links in the "my craftster" drop down are blue instead of black like everywhere else.

I use Mozilla firefox v3.0.1 on windows XP Version 2002 with service pack 2.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / painted clock on: August 14, 2008 10:55:43 AM
Just a new paint job- I got this old clock from goodwill for $3.75. It was nice and all, but it didn't match the living room. So I painted the wood bit black, and the gold bit silver. I even took it apart and painted the second hand too.

And here is the before, I realized I hadn't taken a picture of it after I started to paint.
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I can't find a board any more on: February 13, 2008 03:10:10 PM
So, I need help with my sewing machine, but I'm not sure of the right place to post it. I guess I could post my question in clothing, but I remember seeing a board about machines, like how to pick the right one and things like that. Any one know where it is? or should I post my q in clothing, or maybe misc. discussion?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Record coaster set with 45 record holder on: November 29, 2007 09:54:22 PM
My boyfriend and I made these for his brother's xmas present. I'm really happy with how they came out. He scored and snapped the regular record into equal pieces and I hot-glued the cork onto the back and melted the 45.

9  COOKING / Dessert / i have 25 lbs of powdered sugar!!! WHAT DO I DO WITH IT!?!?!? on: November 25, 2007 02:31:58 PM
I'd like to use it for x-mas presents... I've been using it in chocolate covered cherries and I tried butter mints, but I didn't really care for it... I also tried using the powdered sugar in place of granulated sugar, but it tasted a little funny.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / semi-easy pattern/tutorial for 11 y/old girls? on: November 20, 2007 01:55:58 AM
I've been making my own, simple clothes for about 2-3 months now, I'm not too terribly good yet- but I'm learning. I recently wore a dress I made to my bf's sisters wedding, and her two daughters, once they learned I made my dress, asked for dresses for Christmas. Now, my problem is finding a style of dress I can make that doesn't show too much skin. (I'm very big on little girls not dressing like hookers!) It's winter anyway so sleeved dresses would probably be better anyway.

I think my biggest problem will be trying to keep the actual dresses a secret until x mas. Will this be possible, me being unable to have them try them on and alter it and whatnot, especially since I've never made children's clothing before? If I need practice, one of the girls is much craftier (she's so awesome! I hope to be her role model) and I'm fairly certain she'd let me try things on her and she'd give me input on the design and whatnot, but they are very different sizes. Should I just make the dresses with both of them, and have them try them on periodically?

Any advice or attempts to help would be much appreciated.
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