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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / My new little lady <3 on: July 07, 2013 07:32:34 PM
So I have fiddled with drop spindle spinning which I love (and wrote my psychology research final paper on as mindfulness practice) and then this weekend I stumbled on this gem for just $200. I guess its an indian head. I gave the wood some oil love but other than that it was ready to go.
No reason for this post other than I'm giddy and have to share with people who will get it.
After some youtube-ing I am already off. I have to admit there is a learning curve but I just love it. So ingenious.

And it has a cast iron wheel.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rolled paper chess set on: April 06, 2013 11:56:30 PM

First things first I got the idea from this site http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/rolled-paper-chess-set/ but the post isn't a tutorial really, just specs for the one she made. I tried it but found the pieces were too small and I just knew there is a world of color/texture possibilities to explore.

Its actually quite simple, thats probably why I love it. You can probably get the gist by just looking at the pictures.

You will need:
Pretty paper- I used a block of scrapbook paper that had coordinating colors
Xacto knife
glue stick (The magnum sized glue stick is worth every penny)

The chess pieces are made up of strips of paper rolled onto each other. There are three widths of paper strip for each piece. For simplicity sake lets call them a small (1/4") a medium (1/2") and the shaft (varies). The paper I used was 12" by 12" so each strip was 12" long.

1 shaft piece 1"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
1 medium piece 1/2"x12"
x 8 pawns

Coat the shaft piece generously on the wrong side with the glue stick.

Roll the paper around the toothpick keeping top and bottom as flat as possible.

Coat a medium piece in glue and roll around shaft at the bottom.

Coat 1st small piece in glue and roll around medium at bottom.

Coat 2nd small piece and roll around shaft at top.

Repeat 7 more times.

1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 rooks

Create a shaft as you did witht he pawn. Wrap medium piece around top and bottom.

Wrap small pieces around medium pieces at top and bottom.


1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
2 little pieces 1/4"x6" (I took a small piece and tore it in half)
x 2 knights

First roll your small pieces and set aside.

Roll shaft and add medium and small to bottom to make base.

Wrap medium piece once around shaft just below the top.

Put little rolled piece against shaft and continue to roll medium piece around it.

Wrap final small piece around upper middle piece.


1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 bishops

Create shaft and add mediums pieces at bottom and just below top.

Add small pieces to mediums like so.


1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"

Create shaft and add mediums pieces at top and bottom.

Add smalls to mediums pieces at to bottom and middle of shaft.

1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"

Create shaft and add medium pieces at bottom and just below top.

Add small pieces to bottom medium piece, upper medium piece and just below that.

Repeat entire process in a different color scheme.

Here are some additional pics of the set I made.
Hope you enjoy and feel free to offer suggestions for improvement.
Now I have to make a board.  Undecided

13  COOKING / Dessert / Rosette apple pie on: November 14, 2012 04:58:27 PM
amy friend asked me for this recipe so here goes...snarky comments and all.

First things first the ingredients: when making fruit pies my nan said it best "Don't f#@& around with what God already made delicious." Oh and I use ready made pie crust, I don't do my own dental work either.

We are making a rosette pie today. I wanted to keep the color on the peel (you'll see why) so to keep the "filling" from getting tough I'm slicing the apples as thin as possible, then putting them in a bit of water with lemon juice to keep them from browning.

Pause to administer first aid. There is no blood in the pie I promise.

Since I cut myself I was done cutting apples but I think there is plenty. So the idea is simple arrange the slices around from the outside in. Oh now is a good time to preheat the oven at 400.

Almost ready to bake.

1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, zest of half a lemon, and several good shakes of cinnamon. Cook till syrupy but don't touch it's the temp of the center of the sun.

I used a pastry brush to glaze the apples cuz I didn't want any on the crust. Now off to the oven.

Now isn't that nice. 35 minutes in the oven. Slicing the apples is the hardest part and I'm not going to lie I lost a pint of blood, but I think in the end it was worth it.

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fire Lizard a la Ann McCaffreys Dragon Riders of Pern on: September 21, 2012 03:00:01 PM

A new coworker asked me if I had ever read the Dragonriders series and it made me remember my mom reading them to me as a little girl.

In the books there are big ride-able dragons but there are also small "firelizards" which are like pets. I wanted a fire lizard so bad. Well I got to reminiscing and now that I (kind of) know how to knit I decided to try my hand at making one.

I used a lot of other patterns as a reference point but mostly "sculpted" as I went along.
I used this frog pattern but made the neck longer and once I got to the body I abandoned it all together. http://www.frogvsfungus.com/2012/04/08/knitted-frog-pattern-for-save-the-frogs-day/
And I used this edging pattern for the fins but the yarn I used didn't come out so "finny". http://feraljane.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-only-been-10-months.html
And I used this pattern for the wings. http://tashyys.blogspot.se/2012/06/vingar-till-flynn-swamp-dragon-wings.html
All knitted in a scrap of bamboo/wool I got a year ago in a bargain bin.

 I decided to give him to my coworker as a thank you because she reminded me of some of my fvorite books, but this was the only box I could find at work.

So I made my own labels. I am now a fire lizard breeder  Cheesy

I can't wait to make my next one. You know how it goes, you try something and by the end you have ten ways to improve on it.

Oh and p.s. LOVE the new photo uploading!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sharpie Mugs on: August 13, 2012 07:08:25 PM
I have always wanted to try this. I even got the fancy black ceramic pen but then I saw that you could do it with sharpies! It worked pretty well. The yellow turned brown but thats the color I used least so no biggie. The color is holding, but everything I read says not to put them in the dishwasher.

I made this one for my hubbs whose favorite animal is a fox. He's a teacher and I try to make him something every year for back to school.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first knitted stuffie on: April 01, 2012 08:30:23 PM

I'm still a beginner knitter, but this is my first stuffie. I got the pattern here: http://bysmallmeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/final-rabbit-and-bear-pattern.pdf
It was just hard enough to be interesting (I am sick of knitting cowl scarfs). The dress patter has eyelets but the yarn I used was so thick it didn't come out, but other than that I am quite pleased with myself. 
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Trout or my first hat from a pattern on: February 05, 2012 11:58:39 AM
Well hello there knitting board.

I  have known the basics of knitting for a while but I'm still a beginner. I guess I would put myself in the medium to advanced section of the beginners category. Anyway I was looking for a pattern that was interesting and challenging but not too complicated (sometimes knitting patters look like gibberish to me). I found this great one http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php and it was a good way to use up two leftover skeins.

I highly recommend this pattern if you are a beginner like me who wants to step it up (just a bit).

The pattern was was easy to follow. The only change I made was to the tail. When it was finished I felt like the tail was too small so I made a simple add on of 3 rows of single crochet. Oh and I didn't like the x's for eyes. Who wants a dead fish on their head?

Anyway I love him(?) and am already planning the next one.

18  COOKING / Dessert / Meringue Mushrooms on: January 01, 2012 07:34:37 PM
I found this http://allrecipes.com/recipe/meringue-mushrooms/detail.aspx and couldn't wait to try it.

Little frivolous confections that look like something else, I was all over it. The recipe is great and easy to follow so I won't bore you with step by step details. This will mostly be a slideshow of my little pretties.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / easiest ever cowl neck shawl tutorial on: November 06, 2011 10:28:47 AM
Ok this one is so easy I can't be the first to post something like it. But here goes.

Here is the finished shawl.

All you need is 1/2 yard of 60" long drapey fabric like jersey or some other knit (or a full yard of 45" fabric) and the ability to sew one straight line. I'm not even kidding.

My mom gave me this shawl she got at a clothing swap. We were confused at first about what to do with it but after wearing it for a day I fell in love.

And this is all it is, a long rectangle with one side stitched up leaving room for your head.

The dimensions of the original shawl are 68" long by 23" wide folded in half with a 16"neck hole.
A half yard of textile fabric is 60" long by 22.5" wide. But don't sweat the numbers.
Here is my half yard to compare.

Then I just stitched it up leaving 16" from the fold for my head. I also lettuce edged the seams which isn't necessary but gave it a pretty edge.


And you can wear it different ways. Here it has the seam down the side.

If you don't lettuce edge one of these should take...maybe....90 seconds of sewing. I have made 3 already.
This is one with the seam down the back.

This fabric was $17 a yard but since I only need 1/2 a yard at $8.50 it makes a perfect gift. Thats right all the women in my family are getting versatile cowl neck shawls for Christmas and since the probably won't see this post whey will have no idea how easy they were to make. Wink

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Golden Mean Caliper on: April 13, 2011 10:08:40 AM
Don't know what the golden mean is? neither did I before last night.

I am going to grad school for counseling and I have a really great teacher for archetypal psych. He was explaining how there are repeated themes (or archetypes *wink wink*) in nature. For example take the golden mean which is a ratio 1:1.6 something something something. I think Pythagoras found it but I'm not very clear on that. Doesn't matter. Whats cool about this ratio is that it appears everywhere in nature. To prove it he took out a Golden Mean Caliper and showed us how the ratio shows up on our bodies, and even in the art we were doing.

For example look at you index finger. The length to the tip to the first knuckle: the length of the first knuckle to the last knuckle is the ratio 1:1.6......

I'm not explaining this well but the pictures will help.

Anyway I was looking at this incredibly cool device and thought to myself. I need one of those. I made this one out of cardboard and covered it in paper to make it prettier. I got the middle measurement wrong mostly because I used a drill to make the holes and that was an imperfect process. Picture the middle red piece being longer.

This was just a first draft. A can't wait to get to a hardware store to make one out of stronger material.

Oh and I found the plans here. http://www.quantumbalancing.com/goldenmeantemplate.htm

And I totally think there should be a geek section on craftster.

ug my walls are dirty!

The toe in proportion to the foot.

The foot in proportion to the leg.

Un cooperative cat.

Cooperative dog.

And even a wall hanging. Apparently as humans we just can't help but make things in the golden mean.
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