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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: MORE X-rated hen's cupcakes & a delightful shlong cake! on: October 01, 2008 01:01:04 PM
Oh my god.  Those would be so funny...for the right crowd!  Love the name in semen!  Great job.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Reversible jumpers and a (melodramatic) farewell of sorts on: October 01, 2008 07:37:57 AM
Oh, that's so sad.  Perhaps if you don't have room to sew you can still craft in some other capacity.  You can post the dinners and stuff you make for the little ones!  We're thinking of moving to an acreage and my dream is to convert a barn or shop in to a place where my friends and I can craft and the kids can play safely.  Too bad there aren't more free places like that.  If you lived in Canada you could come to my place!

The dresses are adorable.  Good work!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Magnets for Nutrional Tracking on: September 30, 2008 07:04:23 PM
Thanks for the compliments.  The glue I tried that bled was called Clear Tacky Glue.  I think Tacky Glue is a brand name.  I imagine it would also depend on the type of paper you used- or printer for that matter.  A little too late I thought that I could have covered the pictures with packing tape before I glued them.  The hot glue worked best anyhow.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Magnets for Nutrional Tracking on: September 30, 2008 06:29:12 PM

I don't like a bunch of stuff on my fridge and I couldn't find a way to track my family's nutrition without using a chart.  I'm not obsessed with what we eat, but I do like to know that I'm feeding my daughter everything she needs. Of course it also helps me realize what I'm eating.  Anyhow, after some thought I decided to make simple magnets representing the different servings from each food group.  I used; glass beads or stones that one would use for floral arranging (or decorating), clip art I downloaded, round magnets and hot glue.  I tried to use clear liquid glue but it made my pictures bleed. 
The intent is that when I have a serving of something, I will move a magnet from that group to the other side of the fridge. 
I made a couple of sets and the whole suggested daily serving fits in one little tin.  Cute hey?  I think they would make neat gifts for my friends with little kids.  I might also use two sets for myself, one for my daughter and one for me- poor husband has to fend for himself!

An action shot!

What do you think?
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: HealthiER biscotti on: September 26, 2008 11:45:35 AM
Oooh!  Dipping them in chocolate....that's a great idea!  I did chocolate dipped pretzels last year which were a big hit.  I think I'll try that with some of them, maybe the pumpkin ones as they're less sweet, although...pumpkin and chocolate... does that go?   Maybe white chocolate? Does anyone have a good simple recipe for the chocolate coating?  Everytime I do it the chocolate ends up too thick and too hard, I'd like it to be thinner and not rock hard when it cools.

Oh and yes you bake the biscotti in a flattened loaf first and then once it's cooled a bit you cut them up and bake again.  It's really pretty simple, just takes longer than regular cookies.  There's a picture of the loaves after the first baking on my blog.

Thanks for the compliments and feedback!
6  COOKING / Dessert / HealthiER biscotti on: September 26, 2008 09:29:31 AM
I've been so happy with the way my biscotti has turned out I've gone berserk for biscotti!  The recipes are from a book called one smart cookie.  So far I've made peanut butter biscotti, holiday biscotti (white chocolate, cranberries and walnuts), Milk and white chocolate chip & cappuccino biscotti and power pumpkin biscotti.  I was hoping to package some of them up for Christmas and hostess type gifts.  Any clever ideas on how to package these?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Chinese Silk Brocade Mei Tai on: September 04, 2008 08:40:35 AM
Sorry I guess I should have mentioned that this mei tai is 3 layers thick.  The inside-middle layer is canvas (which the straps are attached to and heavily re-inforced) and the outside, silk, is purely decorative. In some instances people velcro this decorative layer on but I top-stitched it together.  The tutorial that I linked shows all the various layers and such but I didn't mention the construction here. 
The bamboo fabric is twill but is not as warm or bulky as cord which was the fabric used in the tutorial.    I guess I know for next time to be very detailed about how I constructed this.  I thought the reference to the tutorial I used would be sufficient.
 Here is the direct link again if anyone has more concerns http://scanditute.blogspot.com/

So no need to worry - this mei tai is strong!  Perhaps I'll edit my original post to reflect the construction...


Sorry to cause such unnecessary concern!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Chinese Silk Brocade Mei Tai on: September 04, 2008 07:39:36 AM
I've been wanting to make one of these for quite a while.  I used a tutorial mentioned on another thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263750.0  and think it worked out great.  I can see that some of my silk came free from the top stitching thanks to some fraying (top left) so I'm going to hand stitch it back in place.  In the future I might not start with this easy to fray silk on my first attempt!  Oh and I used some natural bamboo twill fabric (which feels much lighter than cord or canvas- but is very strong) for the straps.  I'm going to try one of the pouch slings next... any suggestions?
Due to some concern I wanted to point out that the mei tai body is constructed with 3 layers- the inner layer which the straps are securely attached to- is canvas and very heavy.  The silk brocade is a decorative layer on the back.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Button Cake on: August 28, 2008 11:32:55 AM
That's wonderful!  I love the buttons and can appreciate how much work you must have put in to it!  The pincushion is great!

Fantastic job!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tutu cute! on: August 22, 2008 08:54:22 PM
Those are terribly adorable!!!! I have just tapped back into my creative side that I lost a while back and I have started making tutus and heres the thing, no seweing machine never learned to sew, soooo is there ANY way at all to make a layered tutu without sewing?

-this may be a completely no way no how duh question. sorry if so.

Not a dumb question, just not sure if I'm going to give you the answer you're looking for.  You can make layered tied tutus.  You just need to cut thin long strips (using 3 layers- or 3 strips at a time- works good)  and tie them on to a piece of elastic (the right waist width).  I don't know of a tutorial off-hand but I'm sure you can find them.  They're much easier to tie then they are to sew!  I do both.

Is that what you meant?
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