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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two Layer Wrap Bracelet on: March 15, 2012 09:30:26 AM
Made of jute cord, nylon thread, glass beads and brass charms.

Took almost three hours to complete, I've worn it a few times and it's holding up well. Will definitely be making more.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Colorblock Bangles on: March 15, 2012 09:06:40 AM
Hi All!
This is my first time over here in the jewelry board  Cheesy
These are so fun to make! Cheap plain bangles + embroidery thread (which I think everyone has a stash of for some reason) and a little bit of liquid stitch and voila! It's cheap, fast, and the result is awesome.

Here is my first attempt, and probably my fave.

Then I couldn't stop! I made three, one has a weird chain in the middle, which I'm not fond of..

I love wearing them stacked!

Thanks for checking it out!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Sponge Toffee! on: November 14, 2011 08:15:16 AM
In my Christmas preparation extravaganza, I got tired of making the same cookies, almond bark, and brittle that I've been making every year. This year I wanted to try something different.

After scouring the grocery store and internet, I decided that candy making was the way to go. Coming from culinary school, I felt that people would be both impressed and awed at homemade candy (as most people are these days!).

So alas here is my homemade sponge toffee! I tried two different recipes and three separate attempts (the first of which was a disaster!) and finally came out with a product I like. Eventually, I'm going to find a way to cut them into more uniform pieces and dip them in melted dark chocolate.. yum!
On to the pictures!

This is what you want as a set-up. Candy thermometer and a very heavy pot.

Beautiful beautiful sugar!

First pour - this stuff gets HUGE! That's a 9x13 cake pan with parchment almost four inches above the sides of the pan. Don't be shy with the parchment.

Beside my morning coffee cup for size comparison. It doesn't stay this big, it sinks down over the next few hours into about two, maybe two and a half inches of deliciousness.

It makes a lot for one batch. I got enough for work, my parents, my sister and her beau, and my man, and still threw out quite a bit from the edges of the pan.

The beautiful crunchy texture! Unlike storebought, it melts in your mouth and weighs barely anything!

It's an amazing recipe and I'm definitely keeping it in my books now!!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Spiced Christmas Nuts on: November 03, 2011 04:52:01 PM
This is one of my favourite holiday treats to make. Similar to a praline, these crunchy spiced nuts are perfect for Christmas Eve snacks!

Christmas Nuts
You will need:
1 pound pecans, walnuts, or mixed nuts
1 egg white, room temp
1 tbsp water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/3 c brown sugar
2/3 c white sugar

Preheat oven to 300F.
I very highly recommend that you use a Silpat for this recipe. If you don't have one, or don't know what it is, you should look it up. They're not too expensive and they are a lifesaver for sticky recipes. If you don't own a silpat, feel free to use parchment paper but make sure you grease it slightly.

1. Mix together both sugars, spices, and salt. Stir to combine, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whip your egg white until frothy but not stiff. You want all of the egg white to be bubbly but not a solid. Add the water and stir to incorporate.
3. Add your nuts of choice to the egg white and make sure every nut gets covered!
4. Toss in your sugar/spice mix and stir! Make sure every nut gets some spicy love.
5. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When your 30 minutes is up, you might think the nuts aren't done because they're still 'gooey'.
Regardless, take them out of the oven and let them cool at room temperature for at least an hour. They'll stiffen up within minutes. Make sure you stir them occasionally so they don't stick together too much. If you end up with clumps, just break them apart with a spoon when they have completely cooled.

They will stay fresh for at least a week in a sealed container or jar. I prefer to put mine into Mason jars.


5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Jingle Wreath on: November 22, 2010 09:57:22 PM
So this was actually last year's major craft.. but being in the Christmas spirit (and forgetting to share last year) I thought I would still show all of you!

Since moving into my own apartment, I haven't found the time to purchase a proper Christmas wreath.
Where I am from, they are something that are mostly given and not bought. The one at my Mom and Dad's came from my kindergarten teacher believe it or not, and they still put it up every year despite the fact that I am now 21.

So it started as a search for a bell wreath. I fell in love with them early in the season but couldn't find one that would match my Christmas colour scheme. My tree is two greens (one light and one dark) and a cherry-red. I found everything in-store to be too glittery, not the right colour, too glitzy, or too expensive.

A few trips to craft stores and this is what I came up with. The metal wreath base is a typical green wire contraption. I bought a light gauge wire to secure the bells with originally, but soon switched to using cheap ornament hooks. I had one very tiny pair of pliers, and alot of small cuts in my hands after this.
Probably took around ten hours of total work including rearranging the baubles to get them to fit properly. The bows were an afterthought.

This is to size. Not very large, but large enough for me.

The VERY messy back. It's not pretty, but the front is and that's all that matters. It's secure.

And a nice front shot =)

The red baubles are very cheap and they keep popping off of their 'stems'. Not sure how to fix it.. might require some metal glue.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dots, Stars, and Fishbones. on: September 24, 2006 03:56:13 PM

Front View

Open with Stuff Inside

Cash Compartment and Card Holders

Closeup of Fishbone [Just a little decoration <3]

I used hdoglovesyou's tute found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20925.0

It was super easy to make and i LOVE it!
[Sorry for the crap pics. I'll put better ones up tomorow.]
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Not your Average Shirtdress on: July 21, 2006 03:09:05 PM
I found this men's oxford [size XXL] in Zeller's for THIRTEEN DOLLARS.
I fell in love. And said to myself 'oh, what shall i wear?'
Answer- A shirtdress.

Compared to a shirt that fits me properly:

Remove sleeves, measure, basted in place and tried on:

Collar, Buttons, and Pocket:

Sleevies [the truth is, i just removed the other sleeves and this is what i was left with. SO i hemmed them.]

Now, i'm not really that much of a chubbster, i think it's the way i'm standing, it makes the dress look tight.

Some back action [first successful darts ever!]

I'm so proud!
Tell me what you thinkkk <3
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Octo-purse <3 on: May 08, 2006 05:54:53 PM
It's a play on words!
This is a purse i made over two days.
The outside is a striped citrus that i bought awhile back for a summer dress.
The liner (and octopus, which is stenciled and part of the Garanimals font from Dafont.com) is a light green faux-suede that was leftover from my oscars gown.
There are two pockets inside, one that fits my homemade wallet, and one for pens and pencils.
It closes with a velcro strip, and the handle is some belt-weave that was on sale at fabricland.
Onto the photos!
That's the bag.
Sitting down.
Liner and top edge
Inside pocket.
And of course, the workstation (aka- kitchen table.)

Hope you liked it <3
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green Dress on: April 29, 2006 06:11:49 PM
Made this for my school's Oscars. (Just like the real oscars, but not!)
It's McCall's 5001.
I loooove this pattern and the dress. It wore so nicely, it was so comfy and fit SO perfectly.
That's the top, and the sequin-strap. The sequins were a soft gold.
Me and the boy before we left. (he looks like he's wearing eyeliner- he's not.)
This picture is the closest to the real color of the dress.
Ruffle and Hem.

First zipper i've EVER done. Also, a hook & eye clasp.

Whole zipper. The dress looks grey =(.

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / One And a Half Anniversay.. on: January 08, 2006 08:38:43 AM
...and i'm  already behind..
I'm making a canvas for my boyfriend for our 1 anniversary.
It's 8x10, and i've painted the background green, because he likes green.
And i made my stencil of us, it's seven layers. Now, i've never stenciled on canvas before. I don't know what to print my stencils on. I have acetate sheets but my printer ink does NOT dry on them, and i don't have any spray adhesive. I need this done by wednesday!
What do i do??

I'd appreciate any help you guys could offer, i've thought about watering down craft glue but i'm afraid of the green paint coming off..

Thanks.. ;;xx
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