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31  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: San Antonio crafters??? on: December 18, 2005 12:32:07 PM
Don't give up on San Antonio yet! Maybe it isn't much like where you came from, but it has great food, super nice people and fun times.

Head over to the King William area: THere is a pretty funky vintage clothing/thrift store on S. Alamo by the Blue Star.. I think it is called Jazz. There are lots of goodwills/salvation army's around: scope out the phone book.

There are quilt shops(N. New Braunfels in Alamo Heights), yarn stores (Yarn Barn on McCollough @ Olmos in Olmos Park), fabric stores (JoAnn Fabric & Handcock, look in the book). My suggestion is to go to the Yarn Barn and talk to the ladies in there-- They are professional crafters and will know all the secrets.

Making a new city your own is about establishing connections: make a friend at a craft store and she can let you in on all the great crafty things San Antonio has to offer. If you get discouraged, just grab a margarita!
32  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Butternut Squash on: December 17, 2005 10:51:13 AM
Actually, the initial roasting may take longer depending on how big your guy is. Keep and eye on it... it's hard to mess this up.
33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Butternut Squash on: December 17, 2005 10:50:14 AM
i think the best way to really taste this squash is to roast it:

* Cut it in half (lengthwise) and scoop out the yucky stuff. Rub a little veggie oil on it.

* Put it upside down on a baking dish (or sheet pan w/sides to catch any juices). Cover said dish with foil to ease clean up. Bake at 350 'till it is almost totally soft (30 minutes?).

* Flip the halves over and add some yummy stuff to the cavity. Some ideas:
               maple syrup
               brown sugar
               marshmallows (!!)
               ground pepper

*Bake 'till the whole thing is soft and everything solid (butter, sugar, marshmellows) have melted.

*Scoop out the flesh and goodies from the skin into a bowl. Mash that up and eat hot.

This is obviously not very healthy... Whatever... It tastes awesome...I like this for dessert.
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Embroidered Undies on: December 17, 2005 09:13:44 AM
OHH! That breifs idea is excelent.

While googling pickup lines, I came up with a good one: BoneYard.

Thanks for the help
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: need help! beer can angel? on: December 16, 2005 12:54:47 PM
when we made ours, we used a Lone Star (The national beer of Texas) 'tall boy' can -  you know, the ones that are taller than the rest. We cut two wing shaped pieces out (basically 2 triangles, but fancier shaped and with one side still attached- play around with the wings till you get them just right) and folded them so that they stuck out to the sides.  It's head was the tab top angled so that it stood straight up (the circle being her head). Chop off the bottom so it will fit on the tree. It was fairly abstract, but once we stuck her up there everyone knew what it was. Good luck!

PS: be careful... after consuming that big beer, it can be kinda easy to forget that the metal is sharp...
36  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Embroidered Undies on: December 16, 2005 10:41:20 AM
I have purchased several pairs of undies for my roommate, and I wanted to personalize them with funny icons/words/etc. for her. The only idea I have so far is "Bad Reputation"... I'm having some brain blockage (my creativity has been sucked dry by the rest of my christmas gifts!) so I was hoping you crafty hipsters could give me some inspiration. I'm decent at embroidery, so I think I could try some fairly intricate designs if I need to. Thanks so much!!!!!
37  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simple Quilts? on: December 11, 2005 01:26:25 PM

This is a post on the completed projects board. I think it is along the lines of what you are thinking of. Hope it helps!!
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hand Tying on: December 10, 2005 09:19:03 AM
Hello Y'all!

I'm working on a "quilt" to be given as a gift. It's a copy of the artwork from Bright Eye's "i'm wide awake it's morning"-- large tree appliqud onto a plain background. I was inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35759.0.

I want the finished product to be quite fluffy(think comforter). Should I use super-thick batting? Several layers of moderately thick batting? Is there some special product I have never even heard of that would be perfect for this kind of thing?

I wanted to hand tie the whole thing in hopes that it would help it look a little "poofier" (also, his birthday is in one week). I'm against using yarn for this (it seems like that would look a little too elementary school). What is another good option? Embroidery floss? Quilting thread? How do I know how close together to put the "ties"?

Thanks in advance for your help. Y'all come up with the most amazing stuff- I couldn't think of a better forum in which to ask these questions.
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