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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / O Beautiful and Beneficent Paper Bead Goddesses.... on: March 13, 2010 12:28:59 PM
I have searched far and wide and avoided sites of pr0n!! I am overcome with silliness! I come to you with a question for which I can has no answer!

What do YOU use to seal/protect/make shiny your paper beads of awesomeness?

Seriously, though.  I have seen some super awesome paper/magazine beads here on craftster, and I have rolled a few that I am super happy with.  but what do you ladies use? 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Upcycled round knitting loom WITH TUTORIAL (pic chunky!) on: December 09, 2009 01:12:05 PM
I really had no idea where to put this, so here it is: My very first tutorial.

I have always wanted one of those Nifty Knitter things, but I didn't want to shell out the cash for one.  So, boredom, a snow day from work, and some junk around the house became:

Minowis's neato Knitter!

DISCLAIMER: I have never used one of these knitting loom thingies before, so I wasn't sure about the details/specs.  this was pulled out of my ear as I went along.  Grin

Step 1: find a can.  DH smokes and rolls his own, so...

take off the lid and the closed end of the can

and I ran out of duct tape (HORRORS!) so I used electrical tape to cover the ends:

96 cents worth of craft dowels from the local supermegamart, which I cut into 4" lengths

filed down the ends, and covered them in tape

time out for the craft inspector

white glue the sticks onto the can somewhat evenly, I also covered the can in black construction paper

all the way around

wrap it all in tape for sturdiness

and it works!!

next time, I would probably make the pegs shorter at the top edge, but all in all, I really like the way it came out. 

thanks for looking!
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Can I turn an Embroidery Frame (Scroll-Style) into a Loom? on: December 06, 2009 03:09:47 PM
I have a very simple scroll-style embroidery frame like this one:

I know that is what my grandmama used to make her rag rugs, but I am clueless!!  Do any of you wonderful, knowledgeable weaver-types have any advice you'd be willing to share on how to get this thing to resemble something to weave on?  I thought of putting nails in it, but I know that she didn't.  

Thank you for your time!

4  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Abilene, Solomon, Salina, or nearby on: November 09, 2009 08:38:53 AM
Are you there?  I'd like to have a crafty get-together!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / question for those who are Jewish on: October 28, 2008 09:07:42 AM
Hi all!

I have a very dear friend who is Jewish and lives in Israel, and I'd like to do a cross-stitch for her.  My idea is to do the first letter of her name (lamed) in a wreath of flowers. Is this ok and appropriate?  I'd rather not make something offensive!  Also, are there any inappropriate colors that I should be aware of?  I was thinking of using black for the character and purple and blue for the flowers.  thanks in advance for any advice you have!  Smiley 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Burda does it again!! Free Plus Pattern! on: June 25, 2008 08:15:21 PM

7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / my favorite veg soup...*contains milk* on: May 13, 2008 12:29:16 PM
I can't tolerate soy very well, so this is made with milk of cow or goat.  if someone tries it with soymilk could they let me know?

3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
3 well washed Leeks; use white and pale green part sliced
4 sliced, large Carrots
2 sliced, large Parsnips
2 peeled and chopped Apples (I used Granny smith)
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) veg stock, preferably the non-tomato-containing kind Or...chicken if that's all you have. 
4-5 cups (1-1.25 L) Milk, any variety
salt and pepper

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, parsnips and apples and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes to soften vegetables. Stir in basil, stock salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Working in batches, pure vegetables in blender or food processor with some of the milk. Return soup to saucepan and stir in remaining milk. Heat through but do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and thin with additional milk, if desired.

EDIT:  I guess I should clarify.  I'm not totally vegetarian, but I DO eat a lot of vegetarian meals. 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / any quillers out there? on: May 13, 2008 12:20:10 PM
and I mean paper quilling.  I do a fair bit of it come the winter holidays, and wondered if I'm as weird as anyone who catches me doing it says I am?
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Kwai, gia minowis. on: May 11, 2008 09:19:16 AM
I recently moved to the midwest from new england and I'm still getting used to the weird climate and people who tell me I talk funny.   Cheesy

I do a BUNCH of crafts, sew, photos, beads, I mess around with the GIMP, xstitch, wire jewelry.

and before anyone asks, it means "long-tail cat." nope, I'm not as creative as you think.  it's my tribal name.  it just looks cool.   Grin
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