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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cooking in a Bachelor's apartment? Beginner recipes on: November 07, 2009 06:53:51 PM
I've been warning my man that if we keep having to go out to eat and I can't afford to come over anymore! But he has very little money which leads to very little cooking tools. Recently disaster struck and his mini fridge broke...(when it ices over just unplug it and let it melt....don't stab it at it or you will puncture and ruin it)

He has a small sauce pan with no lid and a small flat cast iron skillet that has a small trace of rust. :/ I can take ten dollars and buy a pan/pot/baking pan if need be.

What I need is a recipe for two that can be eaten in one go or is suitable to leave unrefrigerated until morning. I have some experience cooking...(the somewhat embarrassing part) I'm a kitchen manager at work but I can't cook at home. What I know from being a line cook is unsuitable at home. I can cook a streak, I have very vague memories of Filipino recipes with fish. So I'm not hopeless, I just need detailed instructions. Cheesy

Edit: I poked about and found a pasta strainer, a grater, and a wood bread cutting board.
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Custom paper cutting? on: October 27, 2009 09:20:29 PM
Some one gave me bookcovers intact but with the pages ripped out. I was all geared up to make sketchbooks out of them when I measured the proportions and realized that my paper cutter is not large enough to cut the width of the pages. Is there a place that will custom cut pages for a fair price? I need pages for three different books of different proportions. They would also have a different amount of leaves. I suppose if I needed to pay for something like 50 pages each I can use the leftovers for other journals Smiley
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Etsy seller swap (mods is this okay?) on: October 16, 2009 09:44:45 PM
We all know you can't go posting about your shops on this site...but what if we had a special swap for for online sellers?

The idea is that you swap what you normally sell in your store. You get exposure from your partner posting their items and if we love it it's up to us to follow the link in signature. I would be willing to organize and would be very strict one making sure we don't speak of our own shops.

Maybe we can name it I'd Buy That! I'm thinking a medium sized swap with one week for sign ups and three or four weeks crafting time. Perhaps on the questionnaire we could say in our wants that we want "Something we can wear, something we can use, or something to make my office/home pretty"? What do you guys think?
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Craft knife to help my aching hand on: October 03, 2009 08:48:01 PM
I'm binding a style of book that requires me to cut out a section through card stock with a knife and ruler. I'm currently using a utility knife bought for $1 at the nearest drug store but it's pretty painful. I work in the kitchen at my job so avoiding hand fatigue is very important. Some more info: I am working at my dinner table which is about rib height while I am sitting just to give you guys an idea at what position I am cutting. This utility knife is painful all around and hurts upon first cut so anything that would improve the situation would be great.
35  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / September 2009 birthday swap? Needs organizer on: August 30, 2009 03:32:47 AM
Is anyone willing to host a September birthday swap? I've actually been waiting for my birthday to come around for this but I don't see a swap. I'm going to be busy this month and can't organize unfortunately.
36  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swap with most participants ever? on: August 02, 2009 10:24:51 AM
I'm coorganizing a swap right now that has 53 people...we wanted to know what is the largest amount of people in a swap...Probably besides an ongoing swap and just swaps with regular sign ups. How would I go about finding this out?
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Raeraethejetplane's ATC Gallery- Full of Pizazz! Update Oct. 16th on: July 26, 2009 01:23:52 AM
Everything needs a little pizazz.
Pink Pug Ink. asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to do a personal swap of ATCs. She opened up a whole new world of craft for me, paper craft! I have yet to decide if this is a good thing. I already have a problem throwing things away! Anyways, on to ATCs...these are pictured pretty much in the order I have made them.

Batman and Spayed. The Batman one was my very first and feels cheesy...The second one withthe pug I felt myself flourish and really get the idea of what ATCs are about. These are traded

A view of the backs with Batman on the left and Spayed on the right. The rest of the cards have blank backs and are currently unsigned.

Cupcake Series From left to right: Tough Muff (personal collection), Muffins are Ugly Cupcakes (personal collection), Cherry is a Lie (to be traded at an art show)

Hit me with Music Series Left: Available for trade Right: Personal collection.

That's all I have for now. I don't want to overload the first page with images so I will update in comments as I go along. I will also be posting photos of my new visual journal soon...Does that make me part of the paper craft gang?  Grin

38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Favorite brown ink (pad) for aged look? on: July 25, 2009 03:01:42 AM
So I've mastered inking edges and using a cotton swap to get a softer inked edge. I'm totally fixated on sepia tones right now. I went to the craft store and picked up a brown ink pad by StazOn and it's too dark, like a chocolate brown. What is your favorite brown ink pad to use for an aged look? Think coffee and sepia.

Also I've heard people raving about walnut ink. I still need to do some web searching to learn how to use it and exactly what it is.
39  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wil wearing gloves affect wet felting? Also, help on smooth edges on: July 20, 2009 01:25:20 AM
I did some wet felting last week and got the red dye all over my hands. I looked like I murdered some one. Now I've just done some more wet felting with brown roving and I look like I dug a grave with my bare hands. Presumably to hide the now rotting body. If i wore latex gloves would that be enough friction to wet felt?

I have to say this is my third time and after some failure I am finally getting the hang of it. I know in order to get smooth edges I need to fold over the wool as a felt. But I am having trouble getting the folded over edges to felt with the rest, even when I turn the edges over fairly soon in the process. At best I get a very creased edge. Advice? For now I am needle felting the lumpy edges into place. I've been touching up areas with needle felting but I am hoping to get better so I wont have to.
40  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Is freezer paper thicker than wax paper? on: July 08, 2009 10:31:45 PM
I bought myself wax paper while shopping at Walgreens because that's what they had and I figured I could work it into a lot of crafts. Tried to cut a stencil for a t-shirt and it kept tearing as I was cutting it. Tackyness isn't a concern because I have stencil adhesive spray. I just need something that will hold up to cutting some thin details (I was working pretty lightly) and will resist the bleach when I use the stencil. Is freezer paper thicker?

I have two shirts in case it doesn't work...should I go out to find freezer paper? Is it also called parchment paper? Should I just tack on some wax paper on card stock or will that be bad with the bleach? I''m guessing that if the paper soaks up the bleach it may bleed.
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