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1  An Overload of Damaged Black Tights in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Quantumphysica on: November 13, 2015 12:49:14 PM
So I wear a lot of sheer black tights. I wear them 4-10 times on average before they're ripped up beyond repair (we're talking top to bottom ladders and holes at the toes that I can fit my entire foot through), and this sadly means that I also throw away a lot of them, generally one pair each week. It doesn't matter what brand I use; the expensive ones don't last much longer than the cheap dollar store kind. I guess I just live a tights-unfriendly life.

However, I feel like a horribly wasteful person sending so much of these to the landfill. Is there any craft I could do with ripped up nylon tights? Or is there a way to otherwise recycle them? Tips to increase how many times you can wear them would be very welcome too (Or if you happen to have found THE perfect brand of near-indestructible tights Please share!)

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Quantumphysica on: October 18, 2015 06:33:06 AM
Loving the mini quilt! Also, embroidering a generic black hoodie is such a clever way to get a unique garment for a reasonable price!

Then, I promised hand cookies, here they are!



And I finally made myself a couple memo boards with elastic! They're old unused canvases I covered in cork board an then in fabric. (I made a tutorial for them in the Home Sweet Home forum, if anyone's interested.)
I'll put up a picture with them on my wall once I get to hanging them!



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3  Memo Board With Elastic (With Tutorial) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Quantumphysica on: October 17, 2015 08:29:06 AM
Lately when I was cleaning my room I found two unused canvases, dating back to when I had delusions of artistic talent. Since I know better now, I decided to repurpose them for something I have more use for: memo boards. This project was super simple, super cheap, and I really love the effect!



You need:

A canvas
Corkboard (I used the AVSKILD cork placemats from IKEA, but any cork tile would work)
Fabric
Elastic
Glue
Hot glue gun
X-acto knife
Pushpins

Instructions:

Cut the cork to size so the pieces cover the canvas



Glue them in place.



Cover the board with fabric of choice; glue stuck in the back with hot glue.





Attach pieces of elastic to the board with pushpins in the back.



I made two to go on the wall above my desk, along with my other memo boards:

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4  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Quantumphysica on: October 17, 2015 08:06:42 AM
That bathroom transformation is awesome! The room is almost unrecognizable! The pancakes look yummy too, and yay, another warm cozy hat! I'm definitely a fan of the colour ^^

Prompt: Raven/Wolf (October)
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: /
Project Name: Hand cookies
Project Link: /
Brief Description: The Wolf stands for loyalty, courage and strength. These gestures represent similar concepts: like the oath gesture (loyalty), the vulcan greeting (strength), and the I Love You sign (because it takes courage to love).
Project Picture:


Prompt: Loch Ness Monster (October)
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Memo Board With Elastic
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441166.0
Brief Description: Memo boards are supposed to feature notes and photographs, so I thought this project fit the prompt well enough.
Project Picture:
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5  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Quantumphysica on: October 14, 2015 12:14:23 PM
Prompt:  Zap (October)
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: 7 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441104.0
Brief Description: This is my version of a mug cake. After a couple tries I've found a good balance of ingredients, and the recipe is so simple and delicious that I just had to share. The recipe and further description is in the project post.
Project Picture:

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6  Silhouette Bookmarks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Quantumphysica on: October 14, 2015 11:41:04 AM
I made these for the Bookmark Swap Round 7



There's an Alice bookmark (Alice in Wonderland), and a Bilbo Baggins bookmark (The Hobbit).



As I can't bring myself to destroy a book, I made them with color copies rather than actual book pages. It has the added advantage that there is no text on the back shining through. (A least, I think that's an advantage. You might think it takes away from the vintage-y feel)
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Quantumphysica on: October 14, 2015 10:36:31 AM
All of these halloween crafts are epic! I wish Halloween was more celebrated in Belgium; here it isn't much of a holiday at all

All your cookies look awesome, butterflyangel! I've made swirl cookies too once, but they were chocolate and vanilla what is the blue filling you used? (I agree that it looks cool, if a bit messy ^^)

As for crafts of my own I perfected my mug cake recipe, with this yummy result:


(I posted the full (and super quick, super easy) recipe in the cooking forum, here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441104.0)

I also got the coolest little gift from my boyfriend:



A hand-shaped cookie cutter! (I'm using a google pic because it's too dark to take photos...) I know these things are relatively common in the US, with Halloween and everything, but here in Belgium they're legitimately near-impossible to find, and I've wanted one forever. Gotta love my hubby! ^_^ (Prepare for tasty severed hands in the very near future!)
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8  7 Minute Chocolate Cake In A Mug! (Tutorial) in Dessert by Quantumphysica on: October 14, 2015 10:09:34 AM
This is such a basic recipe that it has probably been posted here already in some variation or other, but I love it so much that I couldn't resist sharing.





You need:

30g butter
40g dark chocolate (high cocoa %)
1 egg
2 tablespoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
A large, microwave resistant mug (like the one in the picture)
(Optional) A long-stemmed spoon (makes beating the dough and eating the cake easier)
(Optional) Chocolate chips for decoration

Preparation:

  • Put the chocolate (broken in pieces if it's a tablet) along with the butter in the mug. Microwave at 800-1000 Watt for approximately 30 seconds, or until the chocolate and butter have suitably melted. (The specifics of this kinda depend on your microwave. I've made this in several different devices, and it's always slightly different. Never went wrong though!)
  • Beat the chocolate and butter with your long-stemmed spoon until it's a smooth mixture, and no more chunks are visible. Add the egg. Again, beat until the dough is smooth.
  • Consecutively add the sugar, beat it smooth, add the flour, beat it smooth, and then add the baking powder and beat it smooth one last time.
     
    WARNING ABOUT BAKING POWDER #1: Seriously, don't overdo it. A little bit too much and your cake rises out of your mug like it's come alive to make a mess of your microwave. It will still be perfectly edible (you'll also feel like you have more cake, as it will be approximately twice the size of your mug) but the cleanup is a bitch.

    WARNING ABOUT BAKING POWDER #2: Mix extra long after adding the baking powder. It dissolves slowly, and you really don't want tiny chunks of it swimming in your dough when you bake it, it messes with the taste.

  • Microwave it at 800-1000 Watt for about 1min20-1min35 (again, it depends. When you see the cake rising up and forming a nice bulb on top of your mug, it's about done. It might sink back when you open the microwave, but this is no problem.)
  • Add some chocolate chips on top for decoration. You can also jab a hole in the cake while it's hot, and fill it with chocolate chips for extra gooey chocolate goodness.

And to end this for proof and reassurance, this is a mug cake I made with this same recipe, just a little less baking powder than it should have had. Still perfectly delicious, and as you can see, Not Raw. (This is something I had to convince my distrusting family members of xD)

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9  Re: Bookmark Swap Rd 7 in The Swap Gallery by Quantumphysica on: October 12, 2015 06:17:23 AM
I received WizardPupil's bookmarks, and they're so beautiful!

The first one has a yellow tassel, an Art Nouveau-ish sunrise with a stylized version of the Two Trees on one side, and my favorite quote of Hurin from the Silmarillion on the other side.




The second one has a drawing of the swords of several main characters from the Silmarillion on one side, a piece of Fanor's speech on the other side, and a wonderful little Silmarillion book charm dangling from it.






I absolutely love them, and my crappy photos don't do them any justice
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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Quantumphysica on: October 08, 2015 09:39:22 AM
Prompt:  Red Alert (Mad Hatter Day)
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: /
Project Name: Alice in Wonderland bookmark
Project Link: /
Brief Description: A bookmark made for a swap; the silhouette is Alice, the background is a color copy of a page from Alice in Wonderland. (Because I'm one of those people who couldn't destroy a book if her life depended on it)
Project Picture:

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