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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini bottle-ish earrings on: April 18, 2012 10:06:48 AM
I found these really really tiny bottles at the craft store, dark wire already attached, and I knew I had to make earrings out of them (because I'd be too afraid to crush a necklace against something) They're less than an inch high I think, and the cork comes out, so I filled them with beads and attached some hooks!

I broke one of the corks because I'd pushed it down really hard and then decided it was a little too full with beads, so I had to take some out...  Undecided Lesson learned.

And here's the token action shot of geek-faces-daylight-and-tries-not-to-squint-against-at-the-brightness-of-a-cloudy-day

22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pens and Mushrooms stamped notecards on: April 17, 2012 01:53:34 AM
I'm running out of notecards, so I decided to stamp some, inspired by other craftsters who do these things quite often Smiley (Yes, I'm a stalker. Aren't we all.)

The photos are kinda crappy, but I wanted to share anyway!

Nighttime cell phone pic, when they were just completed

Daytime cell phone pics

Yeah, I'm getting a bit of a headache too from the fuzzy cell phone pics, but I'm having troubles the whole it's-such-a-chore part of my huge camera  Lips sealed

I carved the shroom myself many years ago, and the pens is a purchased stamp that I should really stamp on white at some point, and cut out and glue onto paper instead... but that's not what I wanted to do last night, I wanted to stamp and draw with a pen Cheesy So yeah, that's what I've done, cut paper, stamped, distressed the edge with the inkpad, used a glitter gel pen on the pen tips ('cause I didn't have silver..) and a white gel pen on the shrooms.

Decent, no? Smiley
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / A Dovahkiin Easter (giant painted Skyrim candy easter egg for the boyfriend) on: March 29, 2012 11:11:04 AM
In sweden we don't go hunting for chocolate eggs, instead we go looking for a single egg filled with candies. They sell these giant undecorated paper eggs at the craft store, so I immediately wanted to do something more fun than to buy the normal green-with-chickens or green-with-hares things.

Hence, the words of power egg!

The boyfriend's name is quite short, so he only gets two words of power, but there's all this chocolate and cookies and muffins for him to comfort himself with.

Get it? Roll Eyes

Ok, I'll tell you.

It's from the game Skyrim, which we both play, though I'm playing it without any main story (or dragons) and he's beaten the main story and gone on to find more interesting storylines in the game, like the dark brotherhood etc... Cheesy So, in the game, there's all these words of powers that you find carved into great stone walls, as a sort of extra arsenal of spells, to heavily simplify it.

The words here are "Ah", meaning hunter, and "Mir", meaning allegiance. Since the words "animal allegiance" makes animals come fight for you, I guess this would make hunters come fight for you? Roll Eyes

The letters making up the words are Ah, M and Ir, which should make a good euphonic spelling of "Amir". (I was tempted to use the normal A and the double I instead, but then I found the actual words of power, and that was just... better Cheesy )

So, what do you think?
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hemingway chibi / Midnight in Paris cross stitch on: March 28, 2012 05:52:24 AM
...he could also double as Sean Connery.

Anyway, my boyfriend has been wanting me to make him something for his workplace, and when he loved the movie Midnight in Paris so much, I decided to stitch this quote (which he really loved from the movie)

(he doesn't have weird stains on his shirt, that's glare from the glass)

I drew the letters on gridded paper, and started out drawing Hemingway with the aid of the pic of these lovely chibis, but he turned out far too short so I lengthened him a bit. Cheesy I ended up not making him quite like my drawing either, but he turned out pretty good looking! In spite of running out of my mystery gray thread for the shirt, and having to finish off with a different gray dmc thread, which isn't really the same color at all. Roll Eyes

Now he's glaring out from his new home

(I don't know how the boyfriend intends to solve it once he gets his screens, but he says the mini wall partition can be moved, so maybe he'll figure something out Wink )

It's not Hemingway from the movies, because I wanted something more iconic, so I went with the famous turtleneck picture instead. And the final chibi is so nondescript, it could just as well be Sean Connery if you need to stitch one of those instead. Cheesy
25  COOKING / Dessert / Delicious chocolate scones on: March 04, 2012 11:34:23 PM
I wasn't sure whether to post this as a dessert or just "bread", but as they're a little sweet all on their own, and I tend to eat them with tea, I'm just gonna stick them here Cheesy They're delicious as is with some lemon tea, or you can spread some cream cheese and orange marmalade on them!

The table below has deciliters and equivalent in the first column, and cups etc in the second. Unfortunately the tables here don't have outlines, but I hope you can read it anyway!

4 dl1.7 cupswheat flour
3.5 dl1.5 cupssifted rye flour (a mix of 40% rye, 60% wheat)
0.5 dl3.5 tbspdark brown muscovado sugar (raw sugar if you can't find it)
0.5 tspsalt
1.5 tspbaking soda
125g1 stick & ~1 tbspbutter
2 dl0.85 cupsmilk
1dl1.5 cupschocolate chips

1 tbspwater
1 pinchsalt

Turn the oven to 250C / 480F

Mix flour, salt and baking soda

If you're using a machine: Beat butter until soft, add sugar, and then stir with the flour mix.
By hand: Stir sugar into the flour mix, and pinch butter in the flour until fairly evenly divided.

Whisk egg and milk and add to the batter. Only mix until it's evenly divided. Add chocolate buttons and stir only to incorporate.

Divide into four pieces and flatten into circles on a lined cookie sheet.

Whisk the eggbrushing and brush the scones with it.

Put in the oven for 10 minutes.

Serve warm. Any that won't be eaten the same day should be frozen asap.
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / KitchenAid Speed Guide on: February 05, 2012 05:15:00 AM
Not sure if this is necessarily the right category, but I figured it's a better "cooking tip" than it is a "paper craft" Wink

I guess this is something you learn after having had it for a while, but for now, I like having it accessible, and not having to browse through the book to find it, when referencing what is "beat" and what is "whisk", etc. Smiley

So I copied down the text from the manual into a word document, found a pretty little image online (which I posterized in pixlr), and put it on my wall! Much quicker, and rather comforting Cheesy

27  COOKING / Dessert / Four flavors of shortbread on: February 05, 2012 05:02:08 AM
This is the first time I tried out my new kitchenaid! The picture isn't the best, but the lighting is really weird today. Cloudy but very bright due to all the snow.

Almost a double batch of shortbread, in four delicious flavors:
Left/top: Ginger-cinnamon (with some normal sugar added)
Middle: Chocolate chip
Right/bottom: Raisin
and my favorite, the golden row on the top/right: Orange-coconut Cheesy (orange zest and coconut flakes)

I've never made shortbread before, but I've tasted it, so I figured I'd just toss in whatever flavors came to me. Boyfriend approved, and he normally hates ginger, but it goes incredibly well with the cinnamon.
28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / KitchenAid cleaning questions (dishwasher safety) on: February 04, 2012 05:09:12 AM
Hello helpful people!

I got a KitchenAid for christmas, and it's finally arrived!

Now, I've noted that all parts that have exposed metal in their action-area (wire whisk, shredding drums) are stated to not be dishwasher safe. Has anyone put them in the dishwasher anyway? What happens?

My general guess is that this is either one of those hysterical-don't-touch-things warnings, or perhaps they'll rust. Thing is just that perhaps it won't take all that long before I lose patience and chuck them in the dishwasher anyway. What I fear for most is of course damaging the drums, especially if I manage to cause the bit that goes into the engine to bend, and damage the whole equipment when running.

Most of all, I want to know if I can just go ahead and chuck them in the dishwasher already.

Anyone have any experience of not following the guidelines here? Cheesy
29  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Improve the database query for PMs to reduce latency on: January 18, 2012 02:49:14 AM
It seems that the database query for fetching PMs requests ALL the PMs of a user, to then provide the data from memory. This means that once they're loaded, you can change PM pages quickly, but it unless you only have very few pages, it'll take a shitload of time to do that initial load.

The way it is now could grant an ever so slightly more positive experience for new users if they need to flip pages in the PMs and only have two or three, but how many times don't we go there to check that one new message, and have to wait for the entire history of PMs to load? The change I'm suggesting can't make it that much worse for those few, because craftster apparently manages to hold a whole history of forum activity with decent serving speed, but it would heavily improve things for people who have been here for a while and have several pages of swap dialogue and similar.

And before anyone dismisses this with "delete your crap", let me remind you of one of the many site mottos Cheesy

30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift card/envelope on: July 16, 2011 11:01:01 AM
Went to a wedding today, and they'd requested that instead of gifts people could just give them money towards their honeymoon trip. Since i've been sick I never had time to prepare, so today before the wedding, I had to go get some cash from the machine and put together an envelope/card thingy. I made a paper template, and then cut out the base from a pure white linen-textured folder (from an apartment viewing we went to a few months ago), and decorated it!

I'm quite happy with it, especially as I rarely do paper crafts! What do you think?
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