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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / You Might Love Sewing If... (Help!) on: October 17, 2011 08:03:15 PM
Hi Everyone!
I am working on a gift for a family member who loves to sew!  Now, I love to craft, but the sewing craft is not my strength... Could I call on your help to come up with a list that will really make her smile?

You Might Love to Sew if...
if the hum of the sewing machine is theraputic.
if you don't notice the late night turning into morning when your project is alllllmost complete....
if you can thead the needle with your eyes closed...

(Ok, so those are not so strong, but that's why I'm calling on your help!!!)
Thanks so much everyone!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / My Most Favorite Cookie Recipie! Cake Cookies! on: April 23, 2009 08:27:44 PM
Hello All!
I have finally found a cake recipie that I can call my own... even though I found it on the side of a Duncan Hines Cake Mix Box!!!  It's on the side of their "Chocolate Fudge Moist Deluxe" Cake Mix...

1 pkg of Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup brown sugar packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, (I didn't add this, didn't have any!)

Preheat oven to 350 F, grease baking sheets, (I use Parchment paper, the stuff rocks)

Place cake mix, eggs, melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl, and stir with spoon until thoroughly blended.  Stir in Chocolate chips and nuts.  Drop by level measuring table spoons onto greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350F for 12 minutes for chewy cookies, [cookies will still be puffed], or 14 minutes for crisp cookies.  (I needed to use 9 minutes to get them perfect.  Maybe my oven's too hot)

Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets.  Remove to cooling racks.

Check out the pics! 

And I've tried other flavors! With *awesome* success!  (The other flavors bake smaller, but just as yummy!)  I took pics of the Marble Cake Mix Cookies:

I also tried Cherry Chip, but I didn't like it as much.  My girlfriend, though, whose favorite cake flavour is cherry chip, really really enjoyed many of them!

This may be a well know recipie, I don't know, but I just *had* to share!!!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Scoop and Bob the Builder Cake - with progress pics! on: April 23, 2009 08:09:56 PM
Hello All!
I finished a cake for a friend's son that I am particularly proud of, (except for the unsmoothness of the fondant), and wanted to share!  I was most proud of the proportions & the "Black Diamond of Illusion" as I call it!  It made my odd triangle shape of cake look like the arm and bucket of scoops digger! 
Too the Pics!

Do you see the "Black Diamond of Illusion"?  Don't mind the parchment paper surrounding Bob... the royal icing wasn't dry enough for the party Sad  (I broke 3 Bob's before resigning to incompleteness).  So, I had to be resourcefull!

The beginning:

Assembly begins:

Notice that the green fondant doesn't quite reach the back corner?  It's worse in the front corner cut off by the photo.... so I decided that would be a great place to put "water" lol!

This is a cheat I often use:  fondant can get heavy, and to make sure that the top piece doesn't weigh down the base, I cut a toilet paper roll to *exactly* the right hight I need, cover it in foil, and carve a hole for it (This pic shows it under the icing):

I love making cakes, but I've only done half a dozen major ones... I can never get the fondant as smooth as the "good looking" cakes that our out there, (and posted on this board!).  But the kids don't mind!  At least the grass and water is smooth!

But ofcourse, after my hours of labour, all the kids really cared about were the chocolate rocks!!! lol!  (They're candy coated chocolate, I found them at the Bulk Barn!)

Thanks for letting me share!  Maybe I'll give some ideas to another cake-making mom or aunt!
Have a great day!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First try at patterned beading! on: February 27, 2009 07:00:58 PM
I'm not sure what to call it, but instead of straight stringing, or attaching looped findings, I tried to step up my game by doing a pattern from "Beaded Fantasies".  Lovely book!  I'm pretty stoked with the results!

Except, I suck at taking close pics.  I have an automatic camera, so I can't choose the focus Sad  I hope my mom likes them!  They're for her birthday!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help! Idea for one yr old's Bday - I want to use an awesome photo I found... on: September 05, 2008 10:15:21 AM
Hello Crafteronies!

I was only just told of a party for my girlfriends one year old for this weekend.  I Always like to make my gifts, and so I first found a post about a toddler's first photo album.  (v.cute!  Iron on photos on a fabric book!).  I went straigt to her facebook, but there just aren't enough photos to use without exluding some of the family. 

But I did find this beautiful pic of the little girl and her daddy standing togther looking at some horses at a farm.  I'm just racking my brain on how to use this pic in a crafty project... a toy, or a decoration for her room.  But I'm having crafter's block.  I'm running out of time, so I thought maybe my fellow craftsters might have some ideas...

Thanks for all your help!

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / The Amazing Technicolor Puppet Theatre! on: April 02, 2008 06:05:35 AM
Hi guys!
I came into this challenge ready to vote for myself, (What a great prize!), but I've already seen about 8 projects that I want to vote for, and it's only day TWO!

Here's my entry... a puppet theatre for my little guy:

The Materials:  Two Table Cloths, (I didn't end up using the yellow), Two packs of electrical tape, (one pictured, I needed to buy a second), Red duct tape, bamboo garden skewers, Star sequins, bristol board and a shiney bag.  (I wish I had figured out how to use those swirly things!!!! They wouldn't install properly Sad )

Some Progress Pics:

All finished:

My son luvin it... (This made it all worth it!!!  Smiley )

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone!

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Birdy Bookmark for my Boss! on: March 31, 2008 07:53:45 PM
In my ongoing attempt to craft every gift this year, my most recent challenge was to craft for the owner of the company I work for.  (Small family based business).  He is a Birder, and given that I am new to crafting, I am rather proud of what I came up with!

It says, "Every road tree and field... is a treasure hunt to discover a bird"
I made sure to only download pics of birds found in Ontario, and I put them on shrinky dink!  I would have to say, though, that his favorite part of the gift was the paper I wrapped it in... I folded in a list of the "20 signs that you know you're a birder when..." including, "you know you're a birder when... your spouse says, "it's me or the birds... and you have to think about it"   "... when every family vacation is planned about how many lifers are there"  "... someone yells "DUCK" and you look up and say "Where?!?!"  Or  "... when you hear that a bird flew into the engine of a plane and brought it down... and you feel sorry for the poor bird!"

What a fun gift!  I think he really appreciated the thought I put into it! Thanks for looking!

Nomi >^,,^<
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Made for a 4 yr old... but I want some too! (And yay shrinky dink!) on: March 03, 2008 06:36:41 PM
Hello all!

So for Christmas I rec'd some so-so beads, and thought I would use them for some costume jewelry for a toddler's b-day.  But I had soooo much fun, and they turned out soooo pretty! I discovered that sequins are also awesome.  And my piece du jour, my favorite creation thus far... princess charms from printable shrinky dink!  This was the most talked about prezzie of the day.  That wasn't actually the goal, but I had SO MUCH FUN making this stuff!  I am officially addicted!  Smiley

The better than I thought beads:

The newly discovered dollar store sequin goodness, (I am so making these for me!):

The awesomeness of shrinky dink!:

In proccess shrinky dink.  (I tell ya, if you have never played with this stuff, it is so much fun to watch is shrink!  It is wonderfully rewarding, and I encourage you to try it!):

And the lovely musical jewelry box that I gave it all in:

Thank you everyone for all your inspiration!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beachy Ankelette; moving beyond earrings... on: February 03, 2008 01:25:24 PM
So I learned how to make earrings for some of my friend's Christmas presents.  One of my girls has been accepted to college in AUSTRALIA!  (We're in Canada).  10 minutes away from the beach, what does every girl need?  A sexy anklette, of course! This is my first attempt at jewelry that wasn't earrings, and I couldn't be more proud of myself!

What was so great is that we got over 30cm of snow the day I gave this to her!  I hear it's Summer on the other side of the world Cheesy

PS - the best part... I found the beads at Dollerama!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / My first try, and what I learned... (and cute onsies...) on: January 10, 2008 07:30:51 PM
My first experiment with stenciling was to create some cute onsies for a girlfriend's baby shower.  I had success and failure, and overall a fun time!

I searched high and low for the evasive freezer paper, and have come to the conclusion that at least with plastic I can re-use the stencil!

I argued with my exacto knife and decided to spring for a fancy swivel thing which was worth it's weight in gold!

So without freezer paper, instead I looked for overhead projector sheets.  Finding none, I settled with a set of thin plastic binder dividers, a great price at only $1.77!  To solve the problem of "unstickyness" I went with Elmer's spray adhesive, which can work for a temporary tackyness if sprayed and left to dry for 10min.  I printed my picture, and sprated adhesive to the plastic, waited for it to tack, and stuck it on my paper.  (I first found it still to be too sticky, and the paper stuck too much, so my second try, I first stuck it to my pant leg to make it a little less adhesive).  After the argurment with my exacto knife, (brand new), I tried my new fancy swivel "Shape Express" and it went sooooo much quicker!  And it looked better too!  I re-applied the the adhesive, (it lost it's tackiness over night) and next I mixed my paint with the fabric medium, (as I've been told to do by the great posts around here) and went to work.  My first attempt was pretty dismal.  What I learned:

The fabric medium said one part medium to two parts paint.  I found that when it was closer to half and half, the paint flowed a bit better.  I was scared about seepage (sp?) and didn't put enough down and the edges looked crappy.  So the next try I put too much down, and there was a crappy looking ridge at the edge.  The perfect solution was to put lots down, but then "empty" my sponge brush on paper, and sop up the excess so it was nice and smooth!  Oh, and my first attempt also looked crappy because I didn't wait long enough for it to dry, and since the adhesive was *too* tacky that try, it pulled at the fabric as I took it off and added to the crappy edges.  Patience is a virtue, they say!  Next one I did the pant leg thing again, and waited a good hour before seeing my results!  Oh, and on my two tone stencil, I found that the adhesive stuck too much to the paint below (dry ofcourse) and sort of crapified it a bit.  Next time I'll just leave the paper on those parts.  Easy fix!

So with out further ado...  My first FAILURE: (It looks worse IRL)

My first Success:  

My not quite perfect, but not a failure:

And my iron on just for fun.  Just a side story here.  My girlfriend's hubby wants to name the baby-to-be "Jacques" because of an inside joke from years ago.  My girlfriend HATES the name, but he won't let it go!  Bit of an inside joke...

It says "Hello, my real name is..."  She'll hate it.  He'll love it.  It might never be worn, but the laughs will be worth it!

And my new discoveries:

The cool swivel knife thing, (Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress) took some getting used to.  But once I had it, I FLEW!~

I always get so much help from Craftster.  I don't know if this will help or not, but it might give a few ideas!  Thanks to everyone for all their posts and inspirations!
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