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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Glass ornament wreath (complete w/ photos) on: December 20, 2005 02:54:52 PM
Nothing really creative, but it was a tricky project and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / $5 Handmade ornaments on: December 17, 2005 06:31:31 PM
I made this set for a friend. They're just styrofoam balls covered in fabric and ribbon. Cost a little under $5 and were quick to make. I think it's a pretty sweet gift...


3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 2 Digital Art Pieces on: November 05, 2005 04:55:24 PM
These are meant to be viewed as prints.

This one at 11X17 in.:

This one at 8X10 in.:
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / the CLEAREST clear soap base? on: June 11, 2005 06:18:34 PM
I need the clearest possible soap base I can find. AND...

I need to use small plastic bags as molds. If the plastic if fairly thick, (and the soap pretty cool) can I use melt and pour? If not what should I use instead?

(I'm making goldfish-in-a-bag soap)
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Watergate Salad ("Retro" Seafoam Green Desert) on: June 07, 2005 08:10:19 PM
So upon request....Here's my version of Watergate Salad. I've seen a ton of different ways of making this salad. Some of the scarier versions use marshmallows, raisins, carrots and lime jello...mmm yeah. Mine's killer I promise! Definite crowd pleaser! The measurements are very imprecise and flexible, you can throw in more or less of each ingredient based on personal taste and availability.

So you need:

Pistachio Jello Pudding mix (I reccomend Lite)
Cool Whip (Lite here too!)
Canned Pinapple
Chopped Pecans (Walnuts would work too)

So decide how much finished dessert you want to make. I make double because even if there are leftovers (not very often, I'm proud to say) it is even better the second or third day. So if you do want to make a larger amount, double the quantities below OR use bigger tubs of cool whip, more pinapple and the big packages of pudding. Again you pretty much just have to get ration of liquid right, and even if it does end up a little softer than you'd like (It should be the consistency of mouse with chunks of pinapple and pecans!) you can always let it set up a bit in the refrigerator.

Scoop two regular sized tubs of cool whip into a large mixing bowl. Pour in two regular packages of pistachio Jello pudding mix, and two regular sized cans of pinapple..one drained and the other undrained (I like to use one can of crushed undrained and one can of small cubes drained). Mix together until the pudding is dissolved. Fold in your nuts (about a cup). If it seems a little thick, add the remaining pinapple juice. If it seems a little thin, refrigerate until it is the right consistency.

Taste testing is the key! If you think it needs more or less of something, knock yourself out. I like it heavy on the pinapple and nuts, so I always throw in more.

Oh and I use Sugar Free Jello and Lite Cool Whip 'cause it makes it a little less rich (you can eat more!) And because I have quite a few diabetics in my family...not the PERFECT diabetic recipe, but not to bad either.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Cake Mix Cobbler on: June 07, 2005 10:44:13 AM
This is one of the easiest recipes I've ever run across. My Dad passed it on to me (he used it when he was a boyscouts troop leader!)

It's pretty adaptable, the only vital ingredients are: 1 cake mix, and 1 stick of melted butter or margarine, and prepared pie filling (either from a can or something you've cooked yourself...it just needs to be a syrupy reduction)

Take your cake mix (I suggest vanilla, but your could try a cinnamon spiced version or whatever you think would be good). Stick the mix in a large bowl. Mix in the melted butter/margarine with your fingers until mix comes together slightly and is crumbly. (It will be very dry)  Set aside.

Grease your pan (I suggest a large glass baking dish) with your leftover butter/margarine wrapper. And pour in whatever filling you choose to use. Canned pie filling works great (two cans is about right), But if you wanted to use fresh fruit you absolutely could, spice it to your liking (try not adding too much sugar, the cake mix topping is really really sweet and rich!).

Now you can crumble your cake mix on top and pop into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the topping is golden and a little crunchy and the filling is bubbly.

All I know is that the key is the juiciness of the prepared filling. The cake soaks a lot of the liquid up, so you can try baking the fresh or frozen fruit (without cooking it a bit first) but I'm not sure how it will turn out. It's worth a try though! That would be a little healthier and less rich. (If you make it the "normal" way, you'll see what I mean)

Oh and try mixing nuts into the cake mix too!

Hope that made sense, this is a kind of throw it together, trial and error sort of recipe from my dad...so this is as good as it gets! But I'll answer questions is something's not clear.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where can I get e CHEAP jean jacket? on: May 30, 2005 07:36:39 PM
...Can anyone help me? The cheapest I've found is $25 at Old Navy. Finding something online would be great.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with a dirty Yellow 5X7 carpet? on: May 04, 2005 01:52:31 PM
I've got a cheap, yellow 5X7 carpet. It's been in my dorm room all year, so its a pretty dirty here in there (gray scuffy patches from shoes). It's kinda like Berber but the looping is really fat.

 Should I try to clean it? How? Could I make something else out of it? It was like $10, so should I get rid of it?

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Flowery Bulletin Board on: May 03, 2005 10:20:20 AM
I painted this to match my red toille comforter:



Red and Green are my FAVORITE colors together!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Yeah...I love lamp. on: May 03, 2005 10:15:56 AM
Here's my lovely fake flowered up lamp:



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