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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fabulous Footwear Swap? on: November 30, 2009 09:19:30 AM
So I've recently completed a hoodie swap that was so much fun and forgot how fun it is to bejewel and embroider things.  I thought, what would be better to bejewel and embroider than to customize a pair of shoes or boots.  So I think that we would buy our own pair of shoes or boots and then send them to our partners for them to customize however you want for a theme.  I'm a huge fan of Irregular Choice shoes so this is also partially where the idea comes from too.  I love custom funky lookin shoes.  Let me know what you guys think!
2  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Nashville Craft Mafia? on: September 10, 2009 10:44:19 AM
Is this still around?  Would like to join, since I was involved in this sort of thing in Chicago.  Anyone know?
3  COOKING / Dessert / Cook-along 7/20/09-8/2/09 The challenge is Cake!!! on: July 19, 2009 10:19:11 PM
Okay for our inagural Cook-along, the first challenge will be cake.  That means any ingredients you'd like but the final recipe must be a cake or cupcake.  When finished please publish your recipe in this topic and include a photo if you can.  Describe the flavor and how you think it went.  Good Luck!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Setting jewels in pronged settings - easier way then stabbing my thumb on: July 16, 2009 10:34:45 PM
Does anyone know of any tools or techniques to push down the prongs in a way that I'm not stabbing my thumb with the ones that are still up.  I figure there has to be a type of tool somewhere that does this with ease.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I know there is Craft-alongs in the crafty threads, but how bout a Cook-along on: July 15, 2009 10:45:02 AM
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet (I'm new to the board), but how about a weekly cook-along.  Maybe do it along the lines of Iron Chef style, where for a week there will be a featured ingredient and everyone who wants to join uses that in a recipe and posts the outcome and the recipe?  Does this sound like a good idea?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Discount chain? on: July 13, 2009 08:39:31 AM
Does anyone know of a good resource for good discount chains for necklaces.  I'm looking for the nicer gold and silver, so if you know of a retailer, online or otherwise, let me know!!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Simple (but a little timeconsuming) Cherry Crumble on: July 10, 2009 01:21:44 PM
FYI - I don't like to use much extra flavoring besides actual fruit and sugar etc.  What's point of having a fruit dessert if the flavor is overpowered by other spices.  I'm also a little amused with all these commerical recipes that have ingredients that most people don't have on hand.  Almost everyone I know always have these ingredients in their fridge and pantry so it makes an ideal dessert.  Feel free to substitue any peaches, blackberries, strawberries etc for cherries.

So I love love love cherries.  In fact I love anything cherry flavored.  We always have a dirth of them in our house.  One of our favorite treats is Cherry Crumble.  Now mind you I'm not really a dessert something, so I'm not sure if crumble is the correct terminology.  But here it goes.

Preheat oven to 425F

I use a Dutch oven for this, but I'm sure you could use anything oven safe. 

Pit enough cherries to fill the bottom of your cooking vessel with a few layers of pitted cherries.  Because I use a dutch oven I just toss the pitted cherries in there but if you want to use a seperate mixing bowl that's your perog.

Add the following ingredients to the cherries

2TBS Balsamic vinegar - best quality you have
1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar (depends on how many cherries you have - I generally just sprinkle it on until I feel I have a proper amount - its a taste thing, you'll figure it out)
Sprinkle about 1tsp to 1TBS of cinnamon (again it's all about your tastebuds)
Spinkle 1/2 TBS of flour.
Mix this all togethor then let stand while your getting your crumble topping ready.
Ingredients for crumble topping (interesting enough, much of the same)
About 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 TBS Cinnamon
1 stick (1/2 cup) of chilled butter

mix flour sugar and cinnamon togethor.  Cut in chilled butter and continue to cut until you get pea sized particles.  Toss on top of the cherry filling, stick in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the topping is a nice golden brown and viola!  You've got a delicious simple dessert with things you have on hand most of the time.  A little vanilla ice cream on the side too makes it extra nice.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hot Pots and PMC on: July 09, 2009 01:51:47 PM
Can someone give me a little guidence on this stuff.  Until recently I sculpted in different clays and use high fire kilns.  I moved and now there isn't anything convienent to get to.  To boot, our townhouse doesn't have a basement or garage where I could just buy one.  Anyways onto the Hot Pot issue.  So I've been jonesin to make something and thought maybe I'll make some pendants with PMC3.  What I want to know if what generally would be the best method to use to fire these.  Like I said I don't have a garage or basement, so something that could be used indoors without to many issues.  I think Hot Pots are the way to go, but give me your expert opinion on this.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Good Resources for Antique Jewelry Findings, Pendents, Beads etc. on: July 08, 2009 02:59:00 PM
Does anyone know of any good suppliers out there of antique jewelry findings, etc.  Not really looking for vintage suppliers - there are many and I already use them.  But looking for more actual Victorian, Eduardian and Art Nouveau era things.  I found a few, but would love to expand my list of go to suppliers.
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