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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reuse starbucks teabags TUTORIAL on: September 07, 2011 03:51:41 PM
Well, I just recently started college, and I brought some loose leaf tea but, not a tea infuser, soooo, time to improvise.

As well as my tea I had some starbucks teabags, which are (or at least were, these are from last christmas) made of plastic mesh. I used one of these teabags once and I decided that throwing it away would be a waste, so I made my own reusable teabag. Here's how I did it so you can too Smiley

I suggest using the teabag at least once before doing this.
If you want, take off the tag and the string, but this leaves a small hole. It's pretty small so tea won't really go through, but if it bothers you, just sew it up.
First of all look at the teabag and find the folded side, on three of the sides the mesh is melted together, and on one it's folded. So, tug gently at the seam opposite the folded side until it separates and keep tugging until the top is totally open.
Then thread a needle and sew along each side of the teabag (in the picture you can see). On one side leave the strings loose and tie the ends, so its a little drawstring pouch.
Pour out the used tea inside and pour in about a teaspoon of your own, pull the bag closed and steep away!

Hope this is useful!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Surfboard - Hawaii cake on: June 26, 2011 12:34:42 PM
This last week was my sister's birthday and since she loves surfing, what better than a surfing-themed cake?
I came up with the idea when I found this awesome post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350061.0 some time ago and I enlisted the help of my mother who, although a great baker, had never decorated a cake before.

Since this was our first time working with fondant we didn't know quite what to expect, luckily my mom (she ended up in charge of this part) managed to manipulate the stuff wonderfully.

Our cake was a basic yellow cake which we coated with "bramble" jelly in order to cover it with the fondant. Since we clearly didn't have a surfboard shaped pan we ended up making one in a 9x13 pan and a square 9x9 pan. The former serving as the main body of the cake and the second one being cut up into triangles to make the front and back.

As far as decoration goes we mixed up gel food-coloring and water and painted in a previously outlined combo of hibiscus flowers and funky stripes (this was my job) using yellow, orange, red and green. For the letters we used a small tube of pink icing we bought. After that the fins were molded with fondant and applied using water and later slightly painted with the coloring.

Finally to present our ginormous cake we used a large tray which had been protected with foil first and afterward (as is suggested by the link above) covered with a mix of light brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon to give the appearance of sand. When it was time for the cake to be brought out we picked a couple of hibiscus flowers and along with the eighteen tea-lights celebrated in style.

I'm glad to say that the cake was a success and the birthday girl was very surprised. Also even though most other times I've tried fondant it's been disgusting this one was actually pretty good even if extremely sweet.


3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: 1, 2, tattoo my shoes on: September 06, 2009 12:38:52 PM
well, i don't know about comfort, but these are waaay stylish!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: more beach cover-up dresses. on: July 28, 2009 01:47:50 PM
those are all very stylish, if i had the body for it i would wear the last one out also.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's Not Brain Surgery - Quilted Brain Broach on: July 28, 2009 01:45:59 PM
brains are cool!!!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tinted Flour Sack Dish/Tea Towels with Sheldon Comic characters on: July 28, 2009 01:45:07 PM
those are great! I would really love to have a set of those  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Re-Used Fashion (photo hefty) on: July 27, 2009 01:01:02 PM
those all look fab, ur friends make good models too!

kudos to all of you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: laser shirt on: July 27, 2009 12:25:49 PM
thanks for your help! I finally made it a bit better, u can see the final result here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314731.0
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / boring old T into cute fitted tank! first recon ever! on: July 27, 2009 12:20:07 PM
So here it is... my first ever sewn object that i will actually use, and my first ever recon piece. It's the shirt i got my very first sailing regatta, and i decided that it could not just stay in my closet or be used as a rag because of the extremely unflattering look it had, so it got a make-over. Hope you like it!

I used this tute to fit it: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-in-a-shirt/ , and i cut off the sleeves cuz they were way too big and i didn't dare try to fix them.

bonus regatta pic!

logo on the back

before pics:

after pics:

C&C are very welcome!!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flick Beanie on: July 27, 2009 10:46:12 AM
love it
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