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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Starlite Mint Trays on: October 14, 2012 12:59:28 AM
I saw this DIY tray tutorial on Pinterest: http://tuttobellablog.com/2011/12/19/diy-serving-tray-2/

I thought I'd try my hand at it. Seemed easy enough and I was at the store anyway so I picked up some Starlite mints. I got a medium sized bag for a little more than $2 at the Commissary.

Try one:

Looks terrible. I think I left it in too long. 10 minutes was too long for this one. The wax paper sticks to the bottom of the tray too, so unless you don't mind a little paper in your mouth, it's not edible. Not even if it turns out badly like this one did.

Try two:

Better. I only used four because I thought I should use a few less and watch it more closely to see how it melted.

Try three:

Much better, but still not as nice as the original poster, I think. The lonely Starlite off to the side was because my Japanese oven blows air through when it is running and kept folding the wax paper over onto my tray. Btw - If I were you I would just cut the wax paper around the edges of the tray rather than try to take it off. This would also help to keep the bottom from being sticky on your hands if you carry it without anything else under it (the top of the try is slightly sticky as well).

Thanks for looking!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Clear glass ball ornaments? on: October 01, 2012 09:52:39 PM
I just recently got stationed over here in Japan and will be spending Christmas here. I have no decorations or anything so I've decided to get a head start on making some! I want to make some ornaments but I'm having trouble finding those clear glass ball ornaments with no decoration/coating? Does anyone know where I can get a few dozen for cheap? I looked on amazon/ebay but either the listing is for way to many or seems to expensive. Any other sites I could look on? Thanks!  Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Marshmallows rather than Marshmallow cream? on: February 26, 2012 03:29:08 PM
So I want to make fudge and the recipe calls for marshmallow cream... But all I have is marshmallows. I know 1c of minis= 7oz cream, but I am not sure how to make the marshmallows blend with the other ingredients.. Basically the recipe says to heat up half the ingredients, (not including MMs) and then mix those in. Will they melt from the residual heat? Should I microwave them and mix them with the other non-heated ingredients first?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My quilt... I don't have a snappy title, unfortunately. on: February 22, 2012 03:31:47 PM
So, this quilt started out as a project for my ex's birthday. I wanted to do something really nice for him. But... then he broke up with me. I didn't want to scrap the quilt because I had already put a lot of time into it by then and fabric isn't cheap. I finally finished it over Christmas leave (except sewing the mitered corners in place -- for some reason I didn't do this when I sewed the binding up). I am actually pretty proud of it. It's not perfect, and it was MEANT to be a Rail Fence quilt (pattern from VictorianaQuiltDesigns), but I messed up with some of my cutting I guess and all my blocks ended up being 6.5"x6" rather than 6"x6"... and although I was doing my best not to half a$$ it, I wasnt going to go back and cut .5" off every block lol, so it ended up like this. It was a PITA (!) to quilt in my sewing machine lol. Next time I will definitely send it out to be quilted or rent a long arm machine. Enjoy the pictures, and sorry this was so long (maybe this is why I never seem to get around to posting projects I do...)

Super sexy mustang modeling my quilt.

Thanks for looking!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Cutting Table on: January 24, 2011 05:05:07 PM
I love to quilt and usually my cutting requires one of those cutting mats that you can use a rotary knife on, but those mats are so expensive (at least in my world... a small one at WalMart was like $10!) So I improvised! I had bought a big table, like the ones in church reception halls, that was pretty ugly from the local Good Will for cheap. Then I decided it was ugly (sorry I can't get the before picture off my phone, but it was a greyish brown, scratched, had paint and a big blue spraypaint spot on it). So this is what I did to it!

Close up of the 1x1 inch cutting mat area.

Close up of my initials.

I am not completely happy with my initials but I had to free hand them as I do not have a stencil for giant letters and I wanted to finally finish this project today.

Table $10
Acrylic paint marker $4
Spray paint $4
So this project cost about $18  Smiley
I used a stencil for the small stars and swirls.

C&C Welcome!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Random Destash Swap? on: December 28, 2010 02:39:12 PM
Not just for one specific craft, but for all craft trinkets you have that you want to get rid of. I don't do every craft but I can pretty much find a use for everything that I get/have in the crafts that I do. Maybe a small or medium flat rate box? Yes? I would be open to a personal swap if there is only one someone in the US interested.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Another word for Knick Knacks? on: December 28, 2010 02:00:34 PM
So I found myself on etsy and wanting to look up tiny trinkets (after an escapade with classifying the tiny knick knack tools my mom keeps in a shadow box in the kitchen [Backstory: I am almost finished with machinist mate A-school for the Navy and  I find it really nifty that I know the names of tools  Roll Eyes] and now I can't remember what the word that Craftsters use in place of knick knacks! What is the word, can someone tell me? People collect them, and they're just tiny little random objects...

Sorry if this post is misplaced...
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hannah's Rag Quilt on: December 26, 2010 12:16:19 PM
I made this rag quilt in about two days, it is baby size for my future daughter. I am not pregnant, nor do I plan to be for a long time but I had no projects to work on and I needed something to work on. So here are my in progress pictures:

My supplies:

Pink monkey fabric:

Green butterfly fabric:

Close up of the letters, made of glittery felt.. You can see the glitter a little bit...

Blocks layed out together:

Almost there! Sewn together:

All snipped and washed and dryed, in all its frayed goodness:

Not sure if you can see but I zigzagged the letters in opposing thread of the block they were sewn to.
Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Making a Quilt Bigger? on: April 20, 2010 09:22:58 PM
Okay so I made this quilt for my boyfriend for Christmas.

He loves it, and it is big enough for him, but he wants it to be big enough for both of us. Right now it is the size of a Queen size bed top. How would you quilters go about this, personally? Would you take out the binding and just add blocks (I have enough to add a row to each side, or to one side and to the bottom -- but then the monogram in the center would be uneven)? Would you leave the binding and make it into one of those quilts that has the corners 'cut' out so it lays flat(Similar to this: http://www.rockymountainquilts.com/files/images/2008/btcollectionchintz_1.jpg)? I don't really want to pull the whole thing apart (it is tied rather than quilted), but I am willing to remove the binding if need be. And if you were going to take off the binding, what would you add to the backing to make it bigger?

Thoughts? Opinions?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom Dress Image Heavy on: March 01, 2010 06:07:10 PM
I am not going to prom, but I made this dress. My friend gave me the idea to do black/purple/silver for a starry night type deal. I got the idea for the skirt from divadivine777 on Etsy. The top (which is connected with snaps to the corset) is from a dress pattern.
Sorry about the crappy cell phone pictures, but I was too lazy to get the camera. I'm lucky I even put the dress on the mannequin to take more photos.
The corset is from Roekthe's tutorial, with a few extra panels in it (I've used her tutorial 3-4 time and always have to add panels. Either I'm messing it up or it's just that I can't corset myself that small without crushing my ribcage.)
Here are the pictures.

The black spots in the back of the skirt are like little pickups. I just twisted the tulle and then sewed it that way. The underlayer has some too. There are also some sequins in the skirt but you can't see them in the photos.
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