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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Wrapped Beach Glass Earings on: May 17, 2006 10:27:12 PM
Exactly as the title says Wink I got a bag of beach glass from someone for my fish tanks. I decided that the glass was too pretty to stick into the tanks, so wanted to try my hand at wire wrapping. I have very thin brass coated wire, which is lovely. I wrapped the glass, making a loop at the top. Added 20 light blue seed beeds to the hoop, added the french hook, and voila! Any comments are welcome, and thanks for looking!

ETA: This set I made for my sister Wink

22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Paper CD Case on: May 10, 2006 01:04:58 AM
Well, I spent the weekend making things to try to keep my mind off of the fact that Monday (yesterday), we would have to put our dog to sleep. Combine that with the fact that I forgot about something I was supposed to mail out last month. So, I fiddled a little bit, and decided to make this altered case for CDs.

First, I took the cardboard case from a Ubuntu Linux cd thing, and covered it with wrapping paper. I decorated the inside so that none of the original case was showing. Then I added 2 CDs for a friend (one is PDF files, dover samples, craft things, paper dolls, etc. and the other is music). This is what it looks like Cheesy




I have a second that I have made, using blue foil wrap, wire ribbon, etc. I don't have pics yet, as I have yet to figure out what to put in it (deff. one CD for Mom's day, thinking about gift certificates for the other side).

Thanks for looking!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New Batch of Earings (Img Heavy) on: May 06, 2006 04:21:53 PM
I spent this weekend making earings, and thought I'd show off my first 5 pairs.

All 5 pairs hanging on a lamp:

Pair 1 - Metalic seed beeds & 24 gauge brass coated wire:

Pair 2 - Red metalic seed beads (red basic color with metalic cast-offs) w/hematite rectangle beads & burgundy frosted glass:

Pair 3 - Plain red glass beads:

Pair 4 - Blue metalic beads, Hematite rectangles, blue glass bugle, & blue glass seed beads:

Pair 5 - black glass square beads, frosted & silver glass beads, black seed beads & hematite square beads:

Dangle Action (sorry it's blurry):

4 Additional Pairs:

All 9 Pairs:

I would like to eventually sell these things, so these are what I am trying to practice with. I need to buy more beads, in different colors, sizes, etc. But I am happy with how they look. I have had compliments already on them, and some interested in buying (just not sure how much to charge though). Mainly they are just fun to make I am enjoying the different challenges Cheesy

ETA: additional pics
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / First Project Questions on: March 27, 2006 02:54:18 PM
I've been lurking here for a while, and love this board. Now my questions revolve around what my first project should be. I have tons of fabric to turn into something nice, although I have never really sewed much before (crafts - yes, clothing - no).

So, what type of clothing would be the easiest and most logical first project? I have a sewing machine, although I have yet to figure out how to thread it Huh I wear all sorts of clothing, and really nothing is out-of-the-question for me Wink

Any ideas? Thanks if so Cheesy
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ceasar Crab Spaghetti on: March 09, 2006 11:31:21 PM
Last night I made the most amazing dish - I was shocked that it was actually edible Wink Here's what I did:

First I made a very thick white sauce:

2 TBSP margarine
3 TBSP flour
1 Cup skim milk

Melt margarine, slowly add in flour, wisking all the time. Cook briefly, until starting to brown, on medium heat. Slowly add in milk, again wisking constantly. Continue to wisk until milk is incorporated and no lumps remain. Sauce will be very thick at this point.

Reduce heat to low and Add in:

1 Cup chopped crab meat (your fave) or your prefered seafood
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 Cup Ceasar dressing (I used no name light, use your fave)

Wisk this until the crab is fully mixed in and dressing is blended. Taste at this point, see if you want more crab, dressing, etc.

Now add in:

1/2 Cup cottage cheese

Mix well and keep on low heat. Cover at this point, and do not disturb for at least 5 minutes. After a few minutes, uncover, mix well (cheese should be melted and creamy). Taste and season if you so desire.

I also made the following:

1 tsp margarine
1 small ladle of pasta water (take from pot before you drain pasta)
1 can sliced mushrooms, well drained
1 Cup frozen peas
1/2 tsp dried parsley

Cook on med-high heat, until peas are no longer frozen.

Cook your pasta to your taste, drain well (do not rinse). Add mushroom mix to hot pasta pot, toss in pasta, mix well. Add your sauce (in pot or on the plate, whatever you prefer).

It was simply amazing! I have tons left over (hubby doesn't like crab), and will be having it for my dinner once we get home.

If you try it, please let me know if you liked it, and if any variations you made!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / First Bead Projects on: February 21, 2006 06:03:52 PM
Well, yesterday I found some great beads for dirt cheap at a dollar store. I bought 1 vial, and was very pleased to find that in it inculded many hematite beads of various sizes. They are all glass beads, different sizes, etc.

Anyways, the first thing I made was this earing. I will be making it's companion as soon as I get the guts to finish it. It is made with 22 gauge green floral wire (bought it for my bridal flowers, but never used it), 3 rectangle hematite beads, 3 glossy black glass seed beads, and 5 matte black glass seed beads:

Then I decided to make a ring. It's not finished well at all, but it fits and is cute. Eventually I will buy the proper pliers I need and will finish it:

The second ring isn't as nice, but I like the colors:

So, after finding all these beads I've had stashed away for many many years, I decided to recycle some rosaries I had (I have the lovely metal and glass bead ones, but the plastics I took apart). I came up with 2 bracelets that I like, and am wearing now. The black and silver one is slightly larger than it needs to be, so it sits higher on my arm. The black and light pink one fits my wrist perfectly, and closes with a cheap lobster clasp I saved from a toy charm bracelet. Both are strung on the same 22 gauge floral wire:

Thank you for looking, and comments are greatly appreciated Smiley
27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Teriaki Stir Fry with Pink Rice on: February 19, 2006 05:36:22 PM
I was ravenous this afternoon, and decided to try something new. It turned out really good, and now I am stuffed Tongue

Anyways, here is what I did:

1 can sliced mushrooms (well drained, fresh would be nicer but we're out)
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen California mix (broccoli, carrots & cauliflower)
3 TBSP plain peanuts (I didn't chop mine, but you may like it better chopped)
1 TBSP margarine (I'm out of oil, which would be better)
Garlic powder, onion powder & dried parsley to taste

Stir fry these until they are not frozen and a lovely color. Then add in:

1 can sliced beets (save the juice), well drained
3 TBSP (or to your liking) teriaki sauce
1/8 tsp hot chili powder

Continue to heat on medium.

Mean while, cook up some rice (I made 2 cups of minute/instant rice), using the beet juice as part of the required liquid. Also, don't add extra salt to the rice water, as the beet juice is salty enough.

When rice is done, serve together. Very yummy and good. Next time I will omit the peanuts as they were a little soft. This would be awesome with chicken (blsl breat, cooked and sliced). But it was simply devine on it's own Cheesy

Well, hope you will like and/or be inspired Wink
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / 36 Ways To Say I Love You (imgs) on: February 14, 2006 05:42:04 PM
Okies, so I took a hint from another post about different ways to say "I Love You". I thought it was awesome, and wanted to create something for my hubby. I actually forgot about it until about 2 hours ago Tongue

Anyways, it's a little book, heart shaped, with 3 pages inside (for our 3 years together). The front and back are vellum, then I used red, white and tan colored cardstock. Each piece is a different weight &/or textured. On each side is "I Love You" in 6 different languages, and at the bottom is a little sticker. The whole thing is held together with a little diamond shaped split pin. Oh, and I used different pens to write, so that everything is unique Cheesy

Here are some pics I took (he isn't awake yet, so he hasn't seen them Wink ). He's also getting a CD with his favorite love songs (and a few of mine), in a lovely Orca paper CD case (inspired by the awesome post about the origami CD case).

Thanks for looking!


First Page:

Cover & First Page (showing how it opens):

All Pages From Front to Back:

All Pages From Back To Front:

Last Minute Inscription on Back:
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Second Stuffie Attempt (Sorta Img Heavy) on: February 13, 2006 02:59:37 PM
I made this little guy nearly 3 years ago, but just got around to taking pics Tongue It's an angel mouse/rat (whatever you prefer), and he was made out of felt from the dollar store (black and purple, hubby's fave colors), stuffed with felt scraps, mini eyes, wings & invisible thread from dollar store. Total cost to make him: less than 35. The other things (beads and rose quartz) were recycled from old braclets that fell apart more than 10 years ago (yes, I save everything, lol!).

The first one I made was about 7 years ago, made from scraps of my brother's pants (orange & pink; he cut them to shorts, I stole the fabric). I stuffed him with batting left over from my mom's stash. He came out looking like Frankenstien, thus named Frankenstien's Teddy. I don't have pics of that one (can't find it), but it looks similar but without the tail, wings, etc.

I am hoping to make some with fake fur. I just have to scope out cheap old teddy's at thrift stores (I'm no expert, so refuse to pay for new material, lol), ones that I can deconstruct for future use Wink

Anyways, on to pics! Please excuse the hairyness of him - we have many cats and I didn't realize that felt was a hair magnet, lol Wink He stands a mere 9cm tall, and is fully apposable (save for his head):

Thank you for looking and if anyone wants the pattern, I will happily PM the scans for you Smiley
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / First ATCs (Img Heavy) on: February 13, 2006 02:44:46 PM
Well, I kept my promise to myself, and started making Artist Trading Cards Cheesy I was inspired by someone here, and then found a great community via someone here (www.atcards.com). So, here are my firsts - they are getting better (the more time I spend working on them the better they get, lol):

Artist Sig Card (not printed yet)




Enjoy and thank you for looking Cheesy
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