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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Law Student simple craft project? on: March 16, 2010 12:53:16 PM
Next week we are having our annual Poverty Awareness Week at my law school.  I'd like to have some sort of crafty activity that students can participate in for an hour or two that would be useful for those in need.  Last semester we made the knotted fleece blankets which really went well.  But, I'd like to do something else/less costly. 

Ideas that do not require specific skills for non-sewers/non-knitters that would still be useful? 

I was thinking some kind of simple children's toy but I don't know what exactly.

Suggestions please my darling craftsters?
2  COOKING / Dessert / In need of maple walnut fudge recipe on: November 08, 2009 06:06:32 AM
I've never made fudge before, but i put it on my list of 27 things to do before I turn 27.  Maple walnut is my favorite so of course that's the kind I want to make.  I gave it a try last month from a recipe I found online but it ended up a gloopy gross mess that never solidified.

Tried and true recipe? Pretty please?!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favorite Breakfast Recipes on: June 16, 2009 11:10:54 AM
Hello Craftsters,

I'm getting my good friends a pair of breakfast trays for their wedding gift and I want to include a little bundle of breakfast recipes to go with it. 

Favorites?  I'll get it started with one I just winged last week.


2 large potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/4 onion, diced
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
Splash of olive oil

Heat oil in skillet.  Add potatoes, pepper, onion and seasoning.  Cover and cook on medium heat for 20-30 minutes stirring regularly until tender.  Serve with ketchup if desired.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 26th Birthday with Friends back home? on: October 25, 2008 07:22:08 AM
I'm from California and moved away to Connecticut for law school in August.  I'm going back home for the holidays and my birthday(!) and in order to make seeing my scattered about friends easier, my family is throwing a birthday party for me and all the good friends are coming. 

So, I'm not sure what kind of theme to go with?  Most of my friends are around the same age, mostly girls.  I kicked around the idea of doing it little kid style with carebears and pin the tail on the donkey, etc. but I'm not sure if that would just end up being lame.  My birthday is actually Dec. 24th, but the party is on the 20th and I refuse to let it be christmasy. 
I was also thinking some sort of easy crafty activity would be fun, like decorating cookies.

Any suggestions gladly welcome!    ...and because CT doesn't know how to do mexican food, I've also considered a feista theme...

Thanks crafters!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / His & Hers Graduate School Surival Kit? on: June 28, 2008 10:06:37 AM
My good friends just got married, and she's off to Michigan to get her PhD in European history and he is going along for the ride.  I wanted to make them a survival kit for grad school, one little box for her coping with the whole thing and one little box for him having to cope with her coping with the whole thing. 

Ideas so far:
For Her:
*Beaded book thong

For Him:
*Eye mask that says "Turn the light off already, Amanda!" (since she'll no doubt be up late reading)

...wow, I thought I had more ideas than that. Yikes! Suggestions?!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Resizing a dress? on: March 27, 2008 03:03:14 PM
I have this dress that I love.  But, I've lost weight since I got it last year and now its far too baggy and frumpy.  I'm still a big girl of course, just a little less big.  It's a strappy sundress style, lined.  I'm a rather novice sewer, but I'm willing to risk it to wear this dress again.  The zipper is in the side seam.. which seems potentially problematic? 

How should I go about making it smaller?  I've never resized anything before.  I was thinking I'd rip the side seams, pin, sew and cut so that it's snug again and shorten the straps.  But.. zipper?  Yikes.  Any suggestions from my vague rambly description?  Thanks!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Nontoxic sealant? Or some equivalent... on: March 07, 2008 11:11:25 AM
I really need some help, crafters.  I want to take clear glass plates and do a reverse-type collage thing on the underside so that the image shows through on the top of the plate.  But I want the plates to be useful and not fall to soggy pieces when washed off. 

What should I use to protect the images (which will probably be paper)?  Are there any nontoxic sealants that would be safe enough for dishware? 

Thanks for the help, cus I'm clueless  Huh   
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Small Envelope sized thank you gift? on: January 16, 2008 09:28:44 PM
I'm knee high in law school applications and am sending thank you notes to my three professors who were kind enough to write me letters of recommendation.  A friend of mine sent her letter writers $20 gift cards, which seems like buying them off almost and is beyond my current budget right now anyway.  So I'd like to make a small token of gratitude to stick in each envelope.  My initial thought is a bookmark.. either beaded or sewn/ribbon.  But I'm not sure.  I thought theyd be nice since its academic and small, but I'm not even sure how to go about making them so that they look classy and not hokey.

Any ideas?  All three are women, aged between late thirties to late fifties.  One teaches law, another women's studies and the third education. 
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Coffee-related craftedness? on: November 30, 2007 03:16:03 PM
One of my good friends is also very crafty, so I'm trying to make things for her that she doesn't normally make herself.  I made a sweet set of interchangable marble pendants for a necklace.  But she needs more than just that.  She has a pretty fierce coffee addiction so I think that'd be a good angle for me to work.  I don't want to add clutter to her tiny studio apartment. 

So far I'm thinking:
Chocolate dipped spoons to mix in coffee
Peppermint bark

...and that's all I've got.  Weak huh?  Help me!  What else can I make (inexpensively since I'm jobless right now)? It doesn't have to be edible, but it certainly can be.  Thanks craftsters, i heart you all.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favorite Soup Recipe? on: November 08, 2007 01:13:29 AM
With the cold weather upon us, I've been enjoying soup lately.  It can be so healthy and delicious.  But the canned soup is so full of sodium and other unpleasant things that I would like to make some great homemade soups.  I know there's plenty of recipes on the cooking board, but I was hoping to have everyone's favorites all in one thread. 

Soup-er! Please post up your faves.
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