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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Seeking pallet fence advice/tips on: May 16, 2013 12:31:01 PM
I have access to a huge amount of wood pallets, and I am planning on fencing in my whole yard with them (about 150 feet, I think).  I saw an article about using 4x4 posts and just sliding the pallets over them, but at my estimate thats about 75 posts, and I don't really have that much money, or want to do that much digging.  Maybe if I fastened two or three pallets together somehow?   I've also never put up a permanent fence of any kind so this is my first go.  I am looking for cheap and fast tips! 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Miniaturists/Shrine makers: How do you organize tiny things? on: July 19, 2012 01:19:29 PM
I have a huge problem. I have a whole craft room and NO IDEA how to organize it.   I dabble in everything, but mostly fiber (needlefelting, fiber processing) and making tiny things.  And anyone who makes miniatures knows that that hobby involves everything from clay to paint to scrapbooking to woodworking to junk collecting.     How do you organize your stuff, particularly found objects that don't have a purpose yet?  I'm looking for something a little more creative than just tossing everything in a box.  I'd like to organize somewhat by project idea, but as for trinkets I've collected here and there, out of sight usually equals out of mind.  I need my things to be accessible and visible so I know what I have to work with.   Does anyone have a genius organization system?? If you do, pictures would be greatly appreciated Smiley
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Easy Mataar Paneer on: July 18, 2012 05:03:53 PM
So I never post in this board (although I should.... I make some excellent food Smiley ) and now I finally remembered to take pictures while cooking and come here to post, and my dinner is on the first page!  But upon further inspection I see that it was posted a year ago, so I will go ahead and post mine as well because I have managed to simplify it pretty well. 

I LOVE Indian food but the recipes can be pretty daunting and full of ingredients I've never heard of.  The pre-made Indian dishes (i.e. tv dinners) and sauces just don't cut it for me after frequenting my local Indian restaurants.   THEN, I discovered Pataks concentrated curry paste, and my life will never be the same.

What you will need:
One half gallon whole milk
Lemon juice- one quarter cup or more
Olive oil
Red peppers
Frozen peas
Tomato paste or sauce
Pataks concentrated curry paste (I've found in most local grocers that have an international section)
Basmati rice (white rice will work, in a pinch)

First, make your paneer (cheese).  Don't freak out, it's super easy. Dump the whole milk in a large pot and heat to a hard boil, stirring almost constantly.  Once boiling, add about a quarter cup of lemon juice and keep stirring.  It will separate and turn into curds and whey.  The whey/liquid will be grayish.  I usually dump some salt in at this point. 

Have your strainer lined with cheesecloth.  Once separated, dump the curds and whey through the strainer.  As soon as it is cool enough to touch (by cool I mean still as hot as you can possibly handle) squeeze the excess water out of the curd.  I usually do this by twisting the cheesecloth at the gathering and pressing it with whatever objects I have laying around- because it needs to still be very hot.

Plop the cheese, in the cheesecloth, onto a plate with a kitchen towel on it. Put a plate on top and press, and then place a heavy object on top to keep the pressure on.  Let this sit while you do the next steps- at least 20 minutes.

What you will have when you are done is this:

Start your rice.

Chop your onions and peppers and saute them in olive oil.  Add garlic at some point.  Chop your tomatoes but don't add them yet.

Remove cheesecloth from paneer and cut into bite sized pieces.  Push onions and peppers aside and saute paneer in the same pan:

Once lightly browned, add tomatoes, a couple large spoonfulls of Pataks, and either tomato sauce or tomato paste and water.  Simmer on low-medium til it's a little bubbly, then add frozen peas and simmer until its bubbly again.  Once it's hot, plop it on top of your rice and enjoy!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Candy stand on: July 11, 2012 06:22:12 PM
I made this for bunny1kenobi in the Ongoing Pinterest Swap:

For size reference:

It took way longer to make than it should have, but I was pretty proud of how it turned out, and have enough leftover candy to make a few more.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster crashing my nook? on: January 18, 2012 08:35:03 PM
So it might just be coincidence, I guess, but I've only had my Nook Tablet for about a month, and Craftster frequently crashes it... I think it tends to be when I click "replies to your posts."  It goes to that page and then freezes when I try to click out of it.  I've tried trouble shooting with the Nook support, but their only advice was to exchange it if it keeps happening.  It took me a while to notice that it was this website, but now that I've started paying attention, it hasn't happened with any others.  I don't know anything about technology so I'm not sure if it could be a problem with my specific tablet or if  other people are having the same problem with craftster on mobile devices  ?
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Peanut Butter Banana French Toast on: March 28, 2011 05:41:20 PM

Probably the best thing ever.

I used a loaf of french bread, because I think that makes the best french toast. 

For the batter:
4 eggs
splash of milk
lots of cinnamon
one smashed up banana

Cook french toast like normal, then cover with peanut butter and syrup.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crafting burnout/motivate me swap on: March 11, 2011 12:44:39 PM
I have burn out.  I hate not making things but lately haven't seemed to be very inspired.  So as I was browsing through the available swap and not really feeling up to joining any of them, I thought a swap to get myself back into the game might be in order.

The idea would be to get to know your partner, what things they like to make and do, what things inspire them, and send a package accordingly, whether handmade or purchased (or handmade and purchased).  I like to needlefelt but am a little sick of staring at my current boring supplies that I have been drawing from forever.  Some fancy new fibers, new tools I haven't tried, a bag full of eyeballs/etc. would be awesome and maybe help get my butt in gear. 

I'm thinking like some crafting spoilage, not just a supply or "I have some extra fiber laying around, I will stuff that in a box and be done" swap.  Like for yarnies, maybe some fancy handspun yarn or handmade knitting needles.... stuff that would be fun to have but most people aren't going to splurge on for themselves. 

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needlefelted dog diorama on: October 15, 2010 09:53:07 AM
This was for Poosel in the Craft My Pet swap. It's a two-walled diorama, the walls are two pieces of foam core board covered in wallpaper.  The black dog is wool and silk, it was really hard to find fiber as shiny as he is!  The rawhide and kong are polymer clay and the garbage can is a creamer cup with a piece of a grocery bag that I candle-melted into shape.

I also included her gecko:

And an outdoor scene with a friend:

I have about a million more pictures, didn't want to get too carried away here. Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Hamster on: September 24, 2010 09:28:01 AM
Just a hamster I made for AlishaMisha in the IYP swap.   It's lifesize, or maybe just a tad bigger than.

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Golden retrievers on: August 21, 2010 04:31:29 PM
The pictures seem a little washed out... sorry.  They are about 6 inches high and made from dog hair, wool and alpaca.

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