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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Copper flatware on: March 26, 2012 08:57:23 PM
Hello! I have not logged into Craftster for over 2 years. That is because I have been very busy away at school trying to turn this crafting obsession into a profession! I will be earning a degree in design very soon. I have picked up many interesting skills along the way, travelled across the world, and fell in love with metal working. Slowly I will be re-released to the craftster community-- where it has all started-- hopefully with fresher eyes and higher standards for my own work. Taking a look around, I am so glad that the community is still going strong and vibrant as ever. Thank you all!

But here is a sneak peak of a recent project: Copper flatware.

They are not usable because copper is too soft. It was more of an exercise in forming sheet metal and a study of proportions. Tons more work will be posted when I eventually get my website going. Any feedback is welcomed Smiley
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / breaded, baked zucchini on: August 15, 2009 04:21:54 PM
This recipe is simple and delicious! Sorry I do not have any pictures. We ate them all before I remembered  Roll Eyes

1 medium size zucchini or Italian squash, cut into 1/4 inch slices (on a bias if you're fancy)
1 egg, beaten, put in a shallow dish for dipping

Dry stuff mix, put in a shallow dish for breading
 -2/3 cup of bread crumbs, pre-seasoned if you want
 -3-4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
 -garlic salt, freshly ground pepper, oregano to taste

Arrange your work station in squash slices, egg dip dish, breading dish, then baking sheet for an efficient work flow!

Dunk a slice of zucchini or squash in egg. Let the excess drip. Transfer slice to the breading station and coat both sides with breading evenly. Place on baking dish. You don't have to leave much room, but do not overlap the pieces.
Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes, then flip all the slices and bake for another 10 minutes. (7 minutes the second time if you like your veggies less mushy.)

Enjoy! Even my sister, who hates squash, said that I was the first person to cook acceptable squash.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Salvador Dali Clock on: January 12, 2009 07:10:34 AM
I was inspired by the melting clocks in "Persistence of Memory". It is made of an old clock mechanism, leather, silk and puff paint. My mom helped me sew because I lack sewing machine skillz. The clock actually works as long as the face doesn't obstruct the hands. I put a snap button on the back so it can fold over and stay, such as when it hangs over a stick.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario Piranha Plant Lamp! on: September 01, 2008 03:04:27 PM
It is made of many layers of paper mache tissue paper. Kudos to my sister for helping with the gloop. I got the lamp base from Target and spray painted it green. The spots and lips are painted with acrylic paint. The teeth are bristol board.

compact florescent goodness Smiley

in the dark, it looks more red than in this picture.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Zippy Garlic Dill Pickles (fermented) on: July 23, 2008 08:21:32 PM
Garlic and shallots give these pickles a spicy kick! These are very good and are FERMENTED, not vinegar packed! Because of different levels of bacteria, temperature, etc, each batch will taste a little different. If your pickles come out slimy or stinky, do not eat them. They are spoiled.
While they are fermenting, the water will cloud and you will see floating white bits and bubbles in it. Don't worry.
Your pickles are ready when the skin has turned olive and shriveled. The flesh should be translucent. You can keep pickles in the fridge for up to a half year!

fresh young cucumbers*
    *I recommend young kirby cucumbers. If they are the larger kind, cut it up so it fits in your jar. If your cucumbers are ripe and developed a lot of seeds, scoop the seeds out. Don't use the huuuge cucumbers you use for salad.
kosher salt (it has no anti-caking agents. these make pickles mushy.)
fresh dill, snipped up
pickling spices (a blend of mustard seeds, pepper corns, cinnamon, cloves, and bayleaf you can buy in a jar)
garlic, cut into halves
shallots or onions, cut into petals

very clean glass jars
plastic wrap

1) Make your brine. 1 tablespoon of kosher salt per cup of water.
2) Line the bottom of your jar with dill.
3) Pack in your cucumbers so that there is still enough room between them so you can wiggle them.
4) Put 3 cloves of garlic (halved) and 1 1/2 shallots (petaled) in the jar.
4) Rinse 1 tablespoon of pickling spices a couple of times in cold water to get rid of most of the anti-caking agents. Then put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm up your spices and make it fragrant. Put the warm spices in the jar.
5) Fill the jar with brine 1 cm from the top.
6) Put plastic wrap around the mouth and screw on the lid.
7) The hard part: wait a week.
8 ) If scum forms on top, scoop it out with a spoon. This is yeast.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom bubble dress NOW WITH ACTION SHOTS (img heavy) on: May 24, 2008 10:23:12 AM
Hi everyone! I love all the prom dresses that you put up so I decided to craft my own. Only I can't because I have no sewing/pattern making skills. I designed it and my wonderful mother made the pattern and put it together.

detail of top

Sorry, the pics are kind of blurry because I used auto timer and had to run to the camera.
Thanks for looking and happy prom Smiley

my date's tie was made with the same fabric as the dress.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Purple Mash Potatoes on: April 14, 2008 07:47:27 PM

It's just like making regular mash potatoes!
1. Boil purple potatoes. Peel and mash.
2. Carmelize some onions in oil. Chop up some fresh dill.
3. While onion is carmelizing, mix milk into the potatoes to the consistency you like. You can add a dab of butter too.
4. Mix potatoes, onions and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My mom made me a Bjork swan dress :) on: October 28, 2007 09:33:30 AM
She has more skillz than me.
I'm wearing it with a nude bodysuit.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Those Ikea catalogs that come every year... on: September 03, 2007 07:02:06 PM
They have such pretty prints and colors! We got 4 in the mail last week and we've been using them as coasters for hot pots. I figured that the nice pages can be used to make a paper bag for little gifts. This pattern makes a 4.5 X 9 X 2.25 inch bag.
This is a mini tutorial since most people here know how to make a paper bag Smiley

You need 4 large pieces and 2 smaller bottom ones.
1. Make the pattern. Double your sheets of paper since they're quite thin. Glue with a glue stick. I used the plain yellow page for the insides.
2. Assemble the 3 pieces together. You can tuck the tabs of the bottom piece inside by sandwiching them between the doubled large ones prior to gluing.
3. Make straps by folding two 9 X 1 inch pieces into quarters the long way and stapling them.

Thanks for looking!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Scholarship Opportunity for people who work with wool on: August 27, 2007 01:02:29 PM
I found this ad in a magazine. There is a scholarship for anyone who works with wool (sewing, knitting, crocheting, or felting). The deadline is October 1 and may or may not be only for NY students. Here's information if you want to know more:
Mary Kelly
87 Old Post Rd. North
Red Hook NY 12571

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