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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / FREE Supply Ideas on: October 12, 2007 09:07:30 AM
I thought "FREE" might get your attention  Cheesy

I was wandering around Lowes the other day (mmmm...Lowes).  I was actually heading toward the paint section 'cause I love paint chips.  And I decided to go check out the wallpaper section.  Well look what I found!  Free sample of wallpaper!  They had them on rolls and you could just tear off what you wanted.

I also found some really inexpensive swatches for blinds.  They were only 25-50 cents for a card.  I bought a swatch of bamboo for an oriental card I'm making. 

It totally made my day.  I had no clue something this wonderful existed.

Hmmm, maybe I should get out more.  Embarrassed
2  COOKING / Dessert / Baby Shower Cake on: September 07, 2007 09:35:55 PM
I made this cake for my sister DeAnna's baby shower.  She did the baby's room in a jungle theme.  It's modeled after the Tiddliwinks Safari collection at Target.

It was damaged a little in transportation.  I think my icing was too thick  It's not my best work but she loved. 

The cake was made with fruit flavored baby food.  It was really moist and yummy.

3  COOKING / Dessert / Wedding Cake on: August 27, 2007 10:53:52 AM
So I've been gone for a while and decided to hop on and see what you kooky people were up to.  And look what I found.  A new forum for Desserts!   Cheesy

Here's a pic of the wedding cake I did for my boss' wedding.  It's a buttercream icing with raspberry filling.  It turned out better than I thought it would.

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Opinions on Dessert-Only Restaurant on: July 17, 2006 07:06:14 AM
I'm in the planning stages of opening a Dessert-only restaurant.  I know this isn't "crafty"  but you guys have such great ideas here and are what I consider my "target market"

Just to give a little background...This is inspired by one of my best friends.  We go out every Monday for an appetizer and dessert.  She was diagnosed with a brain tumor a couple years ago and has the best outlook on life.  Her motto is "Life is too short.  I'll eat dessert whenever I want."   She's honestly my hero.  So, I want my restaurant to be a place where you can just hang out and be with your friends and enjoy great dessert without feeling like you have to eat a salad to be bad. 

I'm thinking mid-scale, yet cozy. Thinking about Moroccan/jewel tone color scheme.  I'll be serving traditional desserts like cakes and pies but also other assorted pastries (very sinful).  I'll serve various beverages from Soda to Wine to Coffee.  My target is the 20 to 40 age range, women and couples.

I live in a college town, where there are a lot of international students.  Also there is a Mercedes Benz plant here so lots of German Engineers are coming into the area.  The area where I want to set up is in the heart of Downtown, very close to the University.  There's going to be a brand new Federal Building in the near future.  So lots of people moving into town.

Here are some names I've come up with so far.  Please tell me what you think about them.  I'd also love to here your ideas. 

Blissful Temptations
Sugar Rush
Tempt Me
Redemption (pay for you sin)
Original Sin

Thanks for your help.  I know you guys will give great feedback or help me come up with something better than what I have.

5  UNITED STATES / Alabama / New Bead Store in Birmingham on: November 04, 2005 07:44:26 AM
I just discovered this new bead store in Birmingham.  It's called Jeweltones.  They've only been open for a couple of weeks of they got some of the most awesome beads. 
I actually live in Tuscaloosa and since Bama Beads closed my choices have been Michaels and Hobby Lobby  Embarrassed
I'm just really excited.  The owner really knows her stuff and was really nice.  Yet another crafty store to fuel my addiction  Cheesy  (ok, I just realized that this sounds a like one of informercials but I'm just so darned excited!)
If anyone's interested I can dig up her card and post her telephone number for ya'll.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Solvy on: October 29, 2005 06:52:43 AM
Has anyone used the Solvy by Sulky?  It's a water soluble stabilizer.  Is it messy when you soak your project?  I'd hate to buy and run my pattern.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / easy way to create white on a dark shirt on: April 13, 2005 12:24:43 PM
I found this on the about.com website.  I thought ya'll might be interested.  I can't wait to try it out!  I know that white-out does not come of clothing as I had a "disagreement" with a bottle last week.  Let's just say that it won and ruined my fav pair of pants  Embarrassed
"I have found a very easy way to create white on a colored shirt. Recently my boy joined the cub scouts, I purchased a t-shirt for him but wanted one for dad(me).  The design on the shirt contained mostly black with some white on an orange T-shirt.  I tried an experiment that worked much better than I thought it would.
Here is how you do it:  Make the iron-on transfer as you normally would. Purchase a small bottle of White-out (liquid paper) and carefully apply the white-out to the transfer paper, going on the lines will not hurt because the ink will cover the white out area. Allow the white-out to dry.  Now iron on the transfer as you normally would, the white-out will sink in to the garment and remain there even during washings. It is that easy."

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