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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Invitation Plate on: July 27, 2004 08:33:42 AM
This is a cross-post of my original decoupage plate picture frame (sort of) since I got a response from someone about making one as a wedding gift.  I'm offering up a picture of how my invitation plate worked out that I made for my sister-in-law last month.  It's not a great picture, but you get a good idea.

Since I made her invitations for her, I just printed out one of the invites on a regular sheet of computer paper, and trimmed it to fit the middle of the plate.  The edge of the plate is pink & gold scrapbook paper I found at the Dollar Tree.  The back of the plate is painted pink, and then sealed with Krylon Triple-Thick Glaze (I just love that stuff).  All in all, I probably have a dollar invested in the whole thing.  It turned out to be a really nice addition to the cake table.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Plate Picture Frame on: July 22, 2004 04:02:01 PM
I hope these pictures work for y'all as I just got them posted to my webpage on my ISP, which I hate and am convinced they are out to make my life miserable.  Anyway, the first one should show & you can click the URL's for the other two & see them yourselves!

Anyway, I have made many, many a decoupaged plate, and I figured that I would try something different.  When I did the plate, I left a 3 X 3 inch square blank in the center by simply taping a piece of paper in that place so I would know where to stop gluing pictures.  When I finished gluing the pics (I used watered down Elmer's, you could use Mod Podge, etc.), I painted the back (except for the taped-off square) with acrylic paint.  I let that dry & then coated it with Krylon Triple-Thick Glaze.  I cut a piece of clear cellophane to fit the edges of the open square, and then glued it on, and glued some grosgrain ribbon around that to seal the rough edges.  Then, I found a picture of a cute, cute nephew & cut it to fit, with a little extra at the top so I could easily remove it & change it out if need be.

And here you have it:

Back of plate:

Another shot of the front:

3  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Hello Alabamians.... on: July 22, 2004 11:22:36 AM
Haven't heard from anybody lately on the 'Bama board.  I hope everybody is well & having a good summer.  Does anybody have any good crafts going on?  I have been working on some wooden box purses lately.  I have lots & lots of craft & scrapbook paper that I've accumulated and I have used a lot of that, but I want some paper that is less, well, scrapbookish.  I need some unique stuff.  Where's a good place to find neat papers?  I think I would like some old postcards in particular.

I do have one purse I am nearly done with that I really love.  I found a bunch of old advertisements (50's) in a magazine called "Reminisce."  I got a few issues at the thrift store a while back.  It is a really cool magazine;  if you find one, you can find a lot of good pictures to incorporate into paper crafts.  Most of the ads I put on the purse are for cosmetics & feature some obscure actresses of the day, one ad is for Mennen aftershave, and one is for Presto Cookers (how to make a blushing bride a happy wife, or some such nonsense, haw!).  My loving husband is helping me put the hardware on the purse, including some little wooden feet. 
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bacon Bow-Ties on: March 29, 2004 07:23:40 AM
As I have seen a lot of posts lately asking for contributions to their party menus, I figured I would post this very easy and VERY tasty recipe that I've made several times.  It first showed up at my sister's wedding shower, and it looked so weird that we had no idea what it was 'til we tasted it.

Box of Town House Crackers
16 oz. package of cream cheese
Package of Bacon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Cut each piece of bacon into three equal slices.  Smear a Town House cracker with enough cream cheese to cover and top with another cracker, and wrap with one of the third pieces of bacon in the center.  Repeat until you run out of bacon.

Place all of the bacon-wrapped crackers on a baking sheet (don't use a cookie sheet;  the bacon grease will run off into your oven).  Put in the oven.  As the crackers bake, the bacon will "squeeze" the cracker into a bow-tie shape, hence the name.  These will bake for about 15 minutes or until the bacon looks done to you.  Put them on a paper towel covered plate to drain.

You could also use some of the cream cheese with chives if that suits you, but we just think they're awesome plain.  Super fattening with the greasy bacon and buttery crackers and creamy cream cheese, but delicious!
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