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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Midori Traveler's Notebook Board on: December 21, 2015 04:54:33 PM
Hi -I have a suggestion on a new board for: Midori Traveler's Notebook, Bullet Journeying and filofax planner/journal.
I'm finding out there is big following for this type of craft and hobby.  Shocked
Here is great Facebook Group Page: of a example of people sharing all the journals they make and sell.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hummus - on the cheap! on: September 19, 2012 10:00:52 AM

Hummus!  Shocked wow, it is so good!

This is the recipe I used in a "Magic Bullet" Blender
1 Can of Chickpeas
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1 Clove of Garlic (You can add more to taste)
Dash of Paprika
1 TBS of Olive Oil

I'll post a updated pic of the finished dip.  Undecided
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Baby Doll Planter on: August 17, 2012 08:26:46 AM

This was a project that I've had sitting in my art room for while. Which I have seen just baby doll head planters. But I wanted to make mine original and a bit more different.

I found this baby doll at the thrift store.

Then with an exacto knife, I cut the very top off the head.

Next I spray painted it. (I didn't purchase water proof or outdoor spray paint, which you'll need if it's going to be out doors. If you keep it indoors you'll need something under it to catch any overflow of water.)

Then I found the perfect plant that does pretty well with minimal work.

FYI: The baby doll was a little top heavy which is why there are rocks behind it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Adding Woman Curves to A Guys T-Shirt on: July 03, 2012 07:37:01 AM
It seems like, (maybe it's just me) that the guys have better deals and finds on cool shirts. If I want a girl fitted version of the same shirt, I have to shell out an extra 10-15 dollars?!!!  Shocked
So if I find a guys shirt I like, then I'll make my own curvy version at a cheaper price. Cheesy --I just have to invest a little "sew" time.

This one is my first reconstructed add curves shirt.

Here is a cool guys shirt, all square and no curves.

Turn it inside out.

I went a head and laid the other template from the other shirt on and traced it with a regular art "white" charcoal pencil, since I'm sewing on a black shirt.

Next cut. (I did cut on the line, b/c when I traced the template I gave my self a little space to get a good mark on the black shirt.
Then sew!

Now I use the scraps as a template for future shirts, on how much to cut.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Kick of Flavor Pretzel Mix on: June 28, 2012 11:15:01 AM

This is my first recipe sharing post. So, I hope this is easy to follow.  Shocked
This isn't mine (From my friend Rosie). But I wanted to share this great dessert/snack recipe.  Cheesy
I make this often, since it does make a lot, we cut down on buying chips and cookies when we're stocked up on these.

First you will need:
  • Two bags of Window Shape Pretzels (Snyder's is a good brand)
  • Two packets of dry Ranch Dressing Seasonings (This one came two together)
  • 1/2 or 1 tsp of Garlic Salt (use 1/2 first -then next time add to taste)
  • One bottle of Orville Redenbacher Butter Flavor Popcorn Popping Oil
  • One - 2 Gal. Zip Lock bag (I use TWO 1 Gal. Zip Lock bags -this recipe uses two bags)

Pour each bag into it's own zip lock bag.

Then add one packet of Ranch seasonings to each bag.

Next add the 1/2 or 1 tsp of Garlic Salt to each bag.

This is the mess part, so be careful. Add half a bottle to each bag.
-I know it looks like a lot of oil, but don't worry the pretzels will soak it up.

Then zip up the bags and mix them gently.
Lastly you have to let it sit for 24 hrs before you eat them. This way the pretzels soak up the oil. I'll flip and mix it gently the next day.


Thanks for stopping by  Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Second Neck Wrap on: December 27, 2011 05:01:52 PM
I used a crossed stitch and single crochet stitch as my free form pattern.
Much more happier with how this one turned out.
I really liked the colored yarn, it was an old ball that I could never decide what to use it for, until now.  Wink

~Thanks for looking

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / OSU Buckeye Colored Purse on: December 27, 2011 04:58:41 PM
My first attempt at a crocheted purse.

My sister said she likes anything OSU Buckeye colored/themed, so I took her challenge.
I just learned how to make squares, and made the straps separately then sewed them all together. Free form purse pattern.

~Thanks for looking
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Jewelry & Goggles - First Jewelry Recon. Post on: October 21, 2011 08:08:03 AM

This are accessories are for my Halloween costume this year. It was so much fun finding each piece and putting everything together. (I'll update my post with my finished Steampunk costume!)

I first found some metal paint, b/c it would cost way to much to get them made with metal and gear n'such already on it.

So, this paint (on the right) when it dries the color looks like a shiny penny. The other one (left side) was like a dull gold color.


AFTER (I made this into a pin, that will have a heart attached on the bottom hole)



AFTER (Side View)

BEFORE (I'm using the chain (that I painted as well) for the large key and one of the hearts)

AFTER (Back View)

AFTER (Front View)


Here is me at the Mid Ohio Comic Con -Just as a Steampunk CosPlayer, my octopus pin is on my coat.

Let me know what you think & Thanks for looking!  Grin
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spring Top looks more girly now on: September 26, 2011 09:25:07 AM
This top was my sisters and she didn't want it because the sleeves are for someone with skinny arms, other than that it fit fine.

But instead of keeping it, I thought I'd surprise her by altering it so she could wear it again.

I used a stitch remover, which took forever since this material rips very easily.

Then I had our old curtains from our kitchen, that looked like I could use them again for something... well I now I can

As I was sewing the lace to the arms, I noticed they looked a little tube like. So I sewed the lace at angels as it go closer to the arm pit area.

I think it turned out alright, I surprised my sister and gave it back to her with the new sleeves. She loved the top, she just couldn't fit the arms anymore. Now she can.  Cheesy

~Thanks for looking  Cheesy
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Second Altered/Reconstructed Halloween Costume (Pic Heavy) [UPDATED W/Link] on: September 15, 2011 07:10:16 AM
The is my second alterations/reconstructed Halloween Costume.
An adult Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz.
(*I wore this once, three Halloweens ago, but I just made the alterations/reconstructed.)

This is the original costume on the box/bag. The model is wearing a petty coat, which wasn't included.

I added, lace trim to the sleeves (Which I had to open up for a normal persons arm size.)

To the give the skirt some more puff/fluff, I added some pleated trim.

The shoes were a bit tricky, for some reason all the shoe shops during the month of October were not selling red shoes -of any type.
So my last stop was the thrift store. Lucky and to my surprise I found some fabric dye-able shoes. They were already a light blue, which is fine as long as it wasn't a deep color.

Then with some tie-able Christmas bows, I hot glued each of them to the top of the shoe.

My next stop was the craft store, which I found some tubes of glue with red glitter already in it -so NO glitter mess.
!!FIRST - Before you start painting!! I did stuff and old sock or paper towels into the shoes so that no paint/glue gets in the shoe.

So I used an old paintbrush and squeezed some on the shoe and spread it out with the brush.
*Update* Now this glitter, the paint/glue spreads very thick. But the glitter is thin. I had to put many layers on.
+ I would get at least 3 tubes. One for each shoe and the third for touch ups.
As far as it coming off on your hands or clothes. When it's wet, you can wash it off with soap and water. Once dry on the shoes -It's not bad but they are mainly on your feet. When dry there is very little left on my hands but it's not that bad.
I do store them in a bag, when I am storing them in my costume/clothes/crafts closet.
(Hope this NEW info helps.)

At the thrift store I was able to find a mini basket, which at the costume store I wasn't going to pay $25+ for. So with plenty of Christmas bows left over, I just tied one the bottom of both sides of the handle.

I did end up buying the petty coat, because the way the costume was designed -it looks floppy without it. So I am sure it was made that way so you'll buy it.

~Thanks for looking Cheesy

Here is a link for my blog entry about making the shoes http://demiugic.blogspot.com/2011/10/thrifty-guide-to-make-your-own-dorthys.html
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