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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / watchmakers cases on: May 31, 2007 04:51:43 PM

I love these, I really do.......so I have a gazillion, and once I've stored all my beads and misc little pieces, what do I do with the rest?

could I cover them with poly clay and leave the glass part untouched, or possibly paint them?   I'm going to use some as packaging when I sell jewelry at the farmer's market, and I may try to sell some of them individually, but isn't there something crafty I can make with them?  (other than the spice rack)
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / bugle beads on: May 22, 2007 09:48:45 PM
I am looking for a source for bugle beads in large amounts, like kilos or 2 1/2 lbs maybe? 

I can't see paying for those itty bitty packages when I need this many.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / collage help on: May 19, 2007 12:11:44 PM
I have all kinds of wonderful pictures,  clip art, backgrounds and embellishments, but when I sit down to do collage pendants, I am having trouble putting things together.   I have a bunch of hawaiian pieces and I thought I'd put a quote on the back side of the pendant, or make a transparency to put over the picture........but when I make the letters small enough to fit, they are really hard to see.

I have only been able to find 2 quotes online referring to hawaii, which is another problem.  Would it look dumb to have the words 'beach' or 'hawaii' or 'vacation' be the only words on the front?

I love all the ATC pics, but I don't want to copy someone else's work.  How do you get your ideas, and how do you put it all together?

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / soldering supplies and US Mail? on: May 09, 2007 07:37:54 PM
I tried to order some more soldering supplies today, and I was told by the company that they can't ship liquids in the mail.

The only place I can get this stuff is a 4 hour round trip away.

Has anyone had luck mail ordering this flux and patinas?  If so, did they deliver UPS or US Mail?  UPS shipping kills us here, and I want to know if this is a mail regulation, or what.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / big boobs, straight shoulders alterations?? on: April 17, 2007 04:40:54 PM
I have very straight shoulders and big boobs, which means ready to wear (if it doesn't squeeze me) has to be bought several sizes too big, and then the armholes are huge, and the waist is too.

How do I alter ready to wear for this?  If it is a sleeveless outfit I can just take in the top seam to reduce the neckline and armhole gap, but if it has sleeves I'm lost.

For patterns, do I buy big and alter down, or is there an easy way to add boobs w/o adding huge arms and waist?


16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tiki TV Stand on: March 21, 2007 03:55:10 PM
We couldn't find a suitable stand for our tv, so my husband and I built one.
He used plywood and 4 x 4 posts to make a triangular stand with w shelves.  We had the tikis from Target (last year end of season sale 1/2 off!) and picked up hula outfits from Walmart.  We hung the skirts with finish nails, just slipped them over so we can pull them off when we need access to the stuff behind the skirts.  The flowers were also in the hula sets so we just stuck the stems through the space between the skirt and the plywood. Please excuse the moving mess on the sides of the photo.

Looks like I need to move that box back further since it's pushing the skirt out a little bit.

17  COOKING / Dessert / The ultimate chewy soft chocolate chip cookie! on: March 14, 2007 11:46:46 PM
I have been on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie for the longest time.   I worked with a woman years ago who made the best ones I'd had up to then, but she used butter flavored crisco, and as a thyroid disease sufferer, I avoid soy like the plague.  Butter made the best tasting chocolate chip cookies ever, but they spread out too much, and if I underbaked them enough to be soft, they'd fall apart.

I watched Alton Brown's show about the chocolate chip cookie, and I was sure 'the chewy' recipe available on his site was the one.

I tried it, and it was close, but I made a couple of small changes as follows.   

His recipe is here:

I changed the flour amount to 2 cups, then whirled some dry oatmeal in my food processor until it was almost dust.  I added 1/2 c of the powder with the flour.  Instead of the large ice cream scoop, I used a small cookie dropper.  I chilled the dough just enough that it didn't spread out on the parchment paper immediately after scooping.  Then, I put all of the cookie blobs on 1 sheet of parchment on a cookie sheet and popped them into the freezer till the next morning.
I removed them from the paper and put most of them in a ziploc that I returned to the freezer.  The first dozen I baked from frozen at 375, turning the cookie sheet after 5 minutes, and checking again at somewhere between 8 and 10 minutes.  When they are just barely dry/set but not overly browned, remove from oven, and cool the entire sheet on a rack for 2 to 5 minutes more.  Then remove to wire rack to finish cooling (if they last that long.) 

the only thing that could make this better would be if I could make them just a tad thicker, but if I add any more oatmeal it tastes like an oatmeal cookie.

I also have discovered that if I leave the dough in the freezer, some days they bake better at 350, other days they come out fine at 375.   when in doubt, 350 is safer. 

18  COOKING / Dessert / Lost Cookie Recipes--please help! on: February 24, 2007 01:02:27 PM
In my last move I lost some of my favorite recipes Sad

I had one for a soft oatmeal cookie with boiled raisins..it was called 'German Oatmeal Cookies' and I haven't the foggiest where I got it 30 years ago.

I also had one for orange cookies, they were a soft cookie with frosting.

And the last one is Peppernuts.  There are several different spellings, I don't recall which one it was.  Mine had lard and finely chopped or ground nuts, possibly almonds.  There was no anise or licorice in my particular recipe, and again, I have no idea where I got it.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / huge satellite dish on: October 05, 2006 05:45:35 PM
We have a humongous satellite dish at our new house, and we won't be using it for tv, so what might I do to beautify it and find a use for it?

20  COOKING / Dessert / has anybody used the 'original chocolate factory?' on: September 30, 2006 09:39:08 PM
My kids begged me to buy it off a clearance rack for like $10, and now that I finally unearthed it while packing to move, I can't find the instruction/recipe booklet that came with it.  I googled all over the place and can't find one.

Anyone out there with a copy?  Or a general idea how to use this stuff?  I'm pretty sure it involves melting chocolate and tempering it, but I'd like to know for sure what I'm doing.

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