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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lazy Microwaveable Bread Pudding on: November 24, 2019 08:27:25 AM
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp. Unsalted cream butter
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
Dash of salt
Dash of ginger (For me, ginger is to desserts as garlic is to main courses,  Grin).
1/2 c. Milk
1 Egg

(Edit: Before the site shuts down, I want to add a few changes to this.  If made with croissants or French brioche, this is so so sooooooo much better).

In a bowl combine ingredients and whisk like your life depends on it, then pour over two slices of torn chunks of sandwich bread.  Let sit for 1 minute, then cover and microwave for 2 minutes. (My microwave is 1000 watts, so probably need to adjust that).  
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Re: 1:12 Scale Halloween themed cat tree on: September 18, 2019 08:59:53 PM
That is crazy! So tiny!

Tiny? Not yet.  I have plans to work on 1:24 to 1:32 scale for earrings, heh.  I attempted it with cardboard, which didn't work too well, but it is still simmering on the burner. (It's the tiny one on the far lower right of the image below).

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Re: 1:12 Scale Halloween themed cat tree on: September 17, 2019 10:41:59 AM
This is super fun! Do you have a 1:12 scale home for it?

No!  I just love making things difficult, and finding ways to simplify and make them easier.  Such as a Modular Cat Tree.  Took me a while, but I was able to solve that.  What's on the burner right at the moment on the Cat trees that I've been working on, simplifying and making the hideaway boxes easier...They are a real "beach party"... Undecided...And as it turns out, any 'L' shapes, such as on this cat tree, are just as aggravating, heh.

Plus, I actually enjoy making them.  Each one is a tad more different than the rest.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 1:12 Scale Halloween themed cat tree on: September 16, 2019 08:58:11 PM


This has been a pain in the horseradish. There's still quite a bit I don't like about it, but there's a lot that I like a lot.  Meh, the first draft. So maybe if I decide to go through the cursing again I'll do better on the next, HAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA! (Maybe if I do, I'll remember to WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING I DO, so I can make a how to...O_o, yeesh)...

Anyway, hope you all enjoy it...

Erf! I keep forgetting this picture has the rubber band still holding the "scratching post" to glue...Anyway, I found some black 800 grit sandpaper, so I'm using that for the scratching post.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Re: Dogs in Disguise Themed Doghouses on: August 17, 2019 10:58:47 PM
Those are great! I hope you make more  Cheesy I would love to see the skunk one since skunks are my favorite animal  Roll Eyes

So far, the best idea I have found for the Skunk doghouse, is a hollowed out log.  Not sure how to go about that, but after I'm done with the finalized designs for the devil doghouse and the flower doghouse, that will be on my next todo list. (I'm putting the shark doghouse off for last, as that one is going to be very very complicated, but I have a really neat idea for it).

Alrighty, This link here has some info about the final design for the banana doghouse.

It definitely is a lot more appropriate sized for this particular dog.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dogs in Disguise Themed Doghouses on: August 14, 2019 08:32:01 PM


My pains have been much worse lately, and I'm bloody exhausted all the darn time, but regardless, I'm getting a few new things done sloooooooowly.

Anyhoo, my wife found these costumed dogs, manufactured or sold by A&A Global Industries, in a quarter machine at our local grocery store. Well, it struck me these dogs could use their own doggy houses. So I started right on that. So far, I have the Devil doghouse good to go (still some kinks to work out), and the Banana doghouse.  I do have concepts for the Shark, Superman, and Flower doghouses, but I'm kind of on the fence what to do about the Skunk doghouse.  Eh, I'll figure something out. 

Anyway, just thought this was fairly interesting and wanted to share them with ya'll. ;-).
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: July 21, 2019 09:48:45 AM
An update to the first post. I finished two necklaces, one with a Sarracenia made from Starburst wrappers (The best color in my opinion), and another with two calla lilies.

(The first post has more information).


8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Re: A Zen Cat Garden? on: July 19, 2019 07:31:54 AM
I see them.

Looks good Cat, bit labour intensive though.
The kids used to have some teeny playmobile kittens. Check aliexpress, they have everything.

That's where we found these cats.  Eh, I guess they'll have to do...

Luckily, as long as I make several of these at one time, I can cut the time down a lot.  The middle three in the first image are what I made in one sitting (with my constant pains, that stretches out to 3 days, heh). The only slow parts were putting the cloth on the hideaways, and wrapping the yarn around the dowels (I don't count gluing times as I can do other things during that time).  If I can figure out a better way of dealing with the cloth and cutting the holes for the dowels, I could cut down the time even more.

Meh, it's an idea, and I think I'm pretty good at it, and at this juncture, I'll take what I can get, HAH!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / A Zen Cat Garden? on: July 18, 2019 10:36:17 PM
Alrighty, this is going to be weird.

Anyhoo, the following image are some of my latest creations, and it got me to thinking, would there be a market for a zen cat garden? Erm! I bet that sounds like I'm trying to sell, I think the more appropriate term would be "would anyone really care for such a thing?"...I think...Anyway, I'm more interesting in everyone's opinions about something of this nature...



Well, a zen garden is a kind of...well...stress reliever which allows a person to modify a garden like scape as a way to relax. It's rather calming, but...um...I do it on full scale, heh.  With a zen cat garden, what it'd be would be various cat trees at 1:12 scale (dual purpose, dollhouses or as a zen garden), which people could move itty bitty kitties around in various cutesy poses...See next image for a few ideas I drew up...



I'd have to heavily modify my cat trees, though, as I'd want the kitties I'd find to be able to be placed inside of the hideaway boxes. (Which I guess brings me to another question, what on Earth are there for tiny cats? As the ones in the first picture are the only ones I've been able to find that are even remotely decent).

Crap! My brain is failing me again...Anyway, what are your-all's thoughts on something like a zen cat garden?

(I hope I don't get reprimanded for this, but ever since last night this has been bugging the living daylights out of me, and I don't think I'll be able to get anything else done until I let this thought run its course).
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: June 22, 2019 09:06:05 PM
Ooooh nooooo!  My wife just told me the ones I made for her have become sticky, and I looked over some of the others I made and sure enough, the Krylon finish I sprayed over them reacts with the polymer clay and makes them fairly sticky.  Craaaaaap!

Edit: Understanding Polymer Clay Glaze, Sealer, Varnish

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Polymer clay, when cured, is vinyl

Welp, now I know I can make records out of the clays, HA HA HA HA HA!

Either way, attempting to make a couple all out of wood to replace the ones I sent out.
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