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1  COOKING / Dessert / Need help making Fleur de Sel caramels on: November 21, 2008 01:10:12 PM
I've now tried twice, am using a candy thermometer and follow the directions as stated. This is the recipe:

    * 1 cup heavy cream
    * 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    * 1 teaspoon fleur de sel*
    * 1 1/2 cups sugar
    * 1/4 cup light corn syrup
    * 1/4 cup water

    * Special equipment: parchment paper; a deep-fat thermometer


Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil parchment.

Bring cream, butter, and fleur de sel to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.

Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel.

Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248F on thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into baking pan and cool 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces, then wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.

OK, so both times I have made this recipe they don't set. They never harden at all and I am left with a pan of tacky goop (that tastes really good though). Why aren't they setting?? I honestly know nothing about making caramels but I feel like if I follow the instructions it should work, no?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Anybody have a newborn handy? I need a measurement on: February 19, 2008 12:01:02 PM
I don't currently have a newborn on hand Tongue but my friend is having one pretty soon and I promised her a layette. I can guess at the height/length but I need a general width of a wee newborn one.

If you have a newborn or one that's pretty close, can you wrap a tape measure around the little imp and let me know how wide one might be?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Flannel receiving blankets to PJ bottoms recon on: September 13, 2007 10:55:06 AM
OK, so, NOT a challenging recon to be sure, but it came out really cute. I got a new machine that came with a gathering foot so I had to try making shirred ruffles around the bottom. I also tried my hand at appliqu, which is harder than I thought Huh

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A-line top and capris on: September 09, 2007 10:21:49 AM
This is my first time making pants. It's SO easy. I also tried my hand at appliqu and I guess it came out OK. I added the heart shaped pocket. The top of the pocket is a little fluttery but all in all it's just as I wanted it and cuter Cheesy It's a gift for a friend's daughter so no action shots but here it is
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Skirt with underskirt, how would you make this? on: September 03, 2007 09:48:29 AM

I'd like to make this skirt. I know the top skirt is shirred, not sure if the underskirt is shirred but it's certainly loose, and not sure if the band at the waist is attached to the underskirt or attached over both after the fact. So I just wondered if you saw this and wanted to make it how would you proceed?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / IKEA has super cute fabric on: August 14, 2007 02:07:46 PM
I was at IKEA yesterday and they have the cutest fabrics. the vast majority of them are for furniture and are therefore too heavy for clothes but they do have quite a few patterns in dressmaker weight (clothing) and they are very affordable at $3.99 a yard. The patterns tend to be BRIGHT and LOUD and LARGE repeats but I found a cute one, this is it, my scissors are there so you can see the size of the repeat

Anyway, just sharing Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 12 yards of tulle for this tutu on: August 12, 2007 09:44:10 AM
Ugh. But it's finally done. I made it for my friend's 7 year old, who's birthday party is in two hours... and I just finished it a few minutes ago Wink I sewed on some beads to make it a little sparkly. Her mom told me she is really into blue, I would have done PINK but I have a 2 year old and she is still really into the pink Wink

Look how HUGE it is. It doesn't even fit onto the seat part of my couch!

Thanks for looking. I hope she likes it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Paisley dress, my first design/homemade pattern on: August 01, 2007 09:09:00 PM
I am really thrilled with how well this came out. I was driving my daughter to school this morning and I got inspiration for a dress. This is how it came out Smiley

Detail of the top

That neckline is a half circle on each side so if you were to look down on the dress the neckline is a complete circle around her neck. I'll try to post some action shots tomorrow.

Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Looking for diaper cover (panty) pattern on: July 20, 2007 01:43:49 PM
Anyone know of a tutorial for a simple diaper cover for under a dress?

I was wondering if something like this might work and then just sew up the sides and add elastic on the waist and legs..

10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Loving this place on: July 18, 2007 06:39:31 AM
Hi, I am Jenn and I just found Craftster and am loving it! I sew and blow glass but I also make hatboxes and tons of other things Smiley

Looking forward to getting to know some peeps
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