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71  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / pictures of button and bead "merit badges" for my crafting ladies on: January 10, 2006 09:30:06 AM

i've been getting together with three other women i work with to do beading and other craft-related work for the past year or two...i decided that it would be fun to make each of us our own little "merit badge" or membership pin or whatever, so i came up with a nine-button square foundation that i wired together with fine silver wire and then i made different beaded icons for each of us that referred either to our personalities or to some project from our past association.  i made the cherry one, above, for myself for no particular reason.  this one with the little butterfly (upside down in the image, i'm afraid, but note the cute little ball antenna!)

is for my friend peita, who taught me how to make balled headpins with a torch and who likes all my crazy bug things.
this heart (actually the beads are dark red, not black...)

is for sandra, the annoying and somewhat judgmental motherly figure who nags, but out of love...
and these flower, the worst picture, but very cute in person

for misha lu, similar to a piece i made for myself when we first started hanging out together that she really loved.

anyway, that was the project, equal parts sweet and totally nerdy.  everyone seems to like their badge and i enjoyed putting them together.  i think i'm going to do some more work with the 9-button "platform" and see what happens...it's the same basic construction as my https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6141 from way back when.
72  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cutting felt with scissors on: December 14, 2005 11:56:14 AM
this might be a lame question, and i'm sorry if it's been covered, but i didn't find it in a search.
will cutting cutting felt dull my sewing scissors, like cutting paper does?  it seems...i don't know--like it feels gross to cut, and i was wondering if i should not use the "good" scissors for it.
73  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / quinoa fruit salad on: September 18, 2005 11:55:56 AM
this turned out really well and it was easy, so i thought i would share it with you all.  quinoa has a ton of protien, so it's great for vegetarians!
i just threw it together, so measurements are guesses, i'm afraid.

2 C quinoa

1 granny smith apple, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C pine nuts
i mandarin orange (i'm sure you could use the canned kind, if you wanted to.) cut into small pieces
about 1/4 cup very thinly sliced onion

1/2 C nonfat vanilla yoghurt (you could use fat kind, i'm sure, but this is what i had)
1/2 C rice vinegar
1/4 lemon flavored oil

toast quinoa in a dry pan until it starts to pop a little bit.  keep stirring so it doesn't scorch!
add 4 C water to the pan, stir well and then cover and boil for about 15 minutes or until somewhat translucent and done-tasting--set aside and let cool.

mix fruit, nuts and quinoa in a bowl.  mix up dressing in a bottle and then mix through salad.  let cool and enjoy.
 i hope.  Smiley
74  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / mountain goats tshirt on: August 28, 2005 01:19:31 PM

from a mountain goats song.  cool if you know the song.  hopefully interesting, even if you don't?
(just the graphic...)
75  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / super tasty wine punch on: July 27, 2005 10:57:19 AM
i was going to post this in the sangria topic, but it's not really the same thing and it IS really really good...
i took

1 big bottle of cheap sutter home chardonnay
1 bag frozen strawberries from the safeway
1 small can pineapple
1 tsp or so of ground cloves
1 tsp or so of ground cinnamon
blend it all together and add some vodka, to desired kick.

i made this sort of randomly with this big bottle of cheap wine that i knew i was never going to drink and it was so tasty!  i assumed it was just a fasttrack ticket to a miserable hangover, but it went surprisingly easy on me.  punches are great when you're going on the cheap because the fruit masks whatever "cheapness" the wine would give away.
anyway, just thought i'd share!
76  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded silver wire bracelet on: July 15, 2005 06:45:31 PM

i threw this together with no plan tonight and i really like it.  it's on super-fine sterling wire--like, 30g?--glass beads and bali silver, just floating in loose baskets of wire--it's much sparklier in person, as everyone says.  Wink
i think i can do better, but it's got a lot of potential!
77  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cool alexander henry skull fabric book bag. on: June 18, 2005 06:34:59 PM
(fabric is cool, that is.  the bag is only average.  Wink )

it's basically between a purse and a bookbag in size--it'll hold a couple library books and a notebook and pens and such.  i think it's pretty cute, if a little monochromatic.  i was resisting the urge to sew with red thread, as i always seem to want to do that, but i couldn't end my love affair with the zigzag stitch.
78  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / scarlet A-pron on: May 18, 2005 08:42:20 PM
i whipped this up tonight, just winging it, and i think it's just cute as a bug. i made the initial by sewing over thin ribbon.
just wanted to share.  Smiley
79  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / little neck scarf with buttons on: May 09, 2005 10:39:45 PM
i love this yarn--it's got a lumpy bit, a smooth green cord and some sort of lavender silky stuff to it...
i think it turned out very nicely...hopefully my friend will like it and not just wonder what it is and what it's for.  Wink
the buttons look a little off center in the picture, but it's my fault as buttoner, i think.  
80  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / lens candle cat thingie. on: May 05, 2005 10:22:57 PM
i have been obsessively taking apart all the broken overhead projectors at the school and spiriting the lenses away...i made this tonight and it's really gorgeous, though i can't seem to take a picture that really shows how coolly the lens distorts the photo...
anyway, i made a tube out of hardware wire and placed the lens at the front, the photo at the back.  easy, but i just thought it was pretty.  Smiley
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