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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Weird Post merger/missing posts on: June 26, 2011 09:16:58 AM

I was trying to go to a bookmark I had for 15-hour Apple Butter  located at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361804.0, but get  "An error has occured" and a message that the topic doesn't exist, so I went into my previously posted messages, and located a link for my reply here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339539.msg4292900#msg4292900 and figured I could go back in the topic to get to the actual recipe...only, you go back to the beginning and the topic from page 1-7 is Dandelion Wine, while pages 8-12 appear to be the discussion about 15 hour apple butter (but missing the original recipe), then about halfway down page 12 it reverts back to dandelion wine. Any idea what happened/where the original apple butter recipe is?

Alternately, anyone remember the recipe? LOL I know I made it last autumn, and I wanted to add it to my cookbook!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Mending Trousers on: June 15, 2011 04:44:14 AM
My husband asked me if I could mend his hiking trousers - specifically, he realised they are a little too long, and he kept standing on the hem and now it's ripped. He asked me to turn up the bottom just enough so he doesn't step on it.  Normally, this is no problem, but I discovered when I grabbed the trousers today that they have a zipper at the bottom of each leg running up about 6 inches to assist with removing the legs (they're convertible trousers-to-shorts).  How can I turn up the bottom so he can still use that zipper short of removing and putting back in the zipper?

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Where to put? on: April 20, 2011 02:01:53 AM
I'm looking for some guidance -

My husband and I have a garden railway and this spring I have finally started working on making some of the scenery for it. The buildings are made from jig stone castings in cement, and some of the animals/people will be fimo. What section should I post photos of the buildings?

And while we're on the subject of the railway - I'm making my own steam engine and an engine out of Tin....where should I post about those? Cheesy
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Our DIY Wedding (5 November 2009) [image heavy!] on: October 26, 2010 01:49:00 PM
I know, I've been away for a while. I don't know why when I was doing all the DIY for the wedding I didn't make myself active again, but I didn't.  And as our first anniversary is coming up, I thought it was time to share the DIY wedding!  We got engaged on September 24, 2009, and picked our wedding date around October 2, so we had ~5 weeks to do it all....including finding a reception site, booking the JoP, and sending out invites! Oh my!  I didn't even know getting married was on Tim's mind when he proposed, and had assumed we wouldn't be getting engaged until Summer 2010, so I had nothing on my mind regarding a wedding, but somehow, we pulled it off!

I bought an "invitation kit" at 50% off from JoAnn that had the invitations and the envelopes, a packet of vellum sheets from AC Moore, some $0.50 ribbon, a butterfly stamp, and a purple stamp pad. I ordered response postcards for "free" from vista print. I stamped out the butterflies while watching TV in the evening over 2 days, and then my mom and I put the invitations together in about an hour. Total cost for invites: $21

(in case you were wondering, we got married on 5 November, but held the reception for my family on 6 November so we used my married name on the invites. We held a separate reception in the UK for Tim's family this past April, using the same invites (obviously with the date/place changed))

My mom, aunt, and I made my dress, though it was mostly my mom. I have a post about it in the sewing section, but here's a finished pic of the dress anyway:

A friend of mine used to arrange flowers, so she helped. I knew I wanted silk flowers so I could use them at the wedding and both receptions.  The theme of the wedding became butterflies, and my husband is a train enthusiast (and a signalman), so I wanted to give him a surprise on his buttonhole.

I wanted something to honour my dad, so I attached a button from his dress uniform:

Tim's buttonhole surprise:

His dad's buttonhole:

Corsages for my mom, his mum, and my aunt:

And the flowers for the attendants (a Maid of Honour and a Best Woman):

For the guest book, I took pages for what will be the wedding scrapbook and made guest pages to sign:


Toasting Flutes:

Gift baskets for Attendants:

Menu (all food was DIY):

The amazing cake my friend made (pics make it look blue, but it was purple):

And I think that covers everything.  Oh, and I made a holder for my bouquet at the reception by adding ribbon to a mug:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / The Fastest Wedding Dress.... on: October 26, 2010 01:25:01 PM
When we got engaged towards the end of September 2009, my mom offered to make my dress, thinking that it would be months off. Then, we sprung on her that actually, we were going to get married on November 5 2009.  So...the dress making began! 

I won't bore you with all the photos of it step-by-step, but I've got a few hilarious stories to go along with making a wedding dress in 5 weeks:

-JoAnn Fabric "couldn't find" the fabric I wanted, but knew it was in stock when we called one store from another.  Mom and I drove over and found the fabric exactly where it was supposed to be.

-We broke a sewing machine (and still haven't gotten it fixed)

-Zipper foots are not "clip on, clip off" as previously stated in the directions. 

-Helpful when making a dress for a short person to remember this and NOT make it an extra foot long

-Even hemlines? What are those?  My dress dipped in the back, but I didn't care.

Also, I didn't want to be a traditional bride in white, or even in a traditional gown.  I was 30, marrying a 39 yr old, and we were having a very private ceremony with witnesses and parents followed by receptions in the US and UK.  Since I wasn't having any attendants, I wanted to wear the colour! 

This is the pattern I picked:

And a few pics of making it:

We had to use my aunt's ping pong table to lay out the fabric

My mom and aunt hard at work

It took all three of us to put the hem in, as the bottom measured over 200 inches

And, the finished product:

(apologies if this pic was huge)

And, because I wanted Tim to match, I made him a tie:

Which was actually really hard to do. I took one of my uncle's ties apart to make the pattern, but getting that point done and the neck curve was hard!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re-invented Martha Stewart Ornament on: October 26, 2010 12:59:04 PM
I got married in November 2009 (yeah, I've been away for a while!)  and my mom made my dress.  I picked purple for my wedding dress since we were having a small wedding, I don't like white, and purple is my favourite colour.  

While we were at KMart looking at decorations, we spotted this absolutely hideous sewing basket ornament and I thought to myself "I can make this better!".

On the left, the original ugly ornament and on the right, my re-design made to reflect the making of my dress:

I think the only part still original is the basket, spools, and the pin cushion (though I did swap the top for a swatch of dress fabric)! I very carefully peeled it apart to discover that the whole thing was only hot glued together, which made it really easy for me to pull apart and re-do.  I used pins we used while making the dress, and re-wrapped the spools with leftover thread.  The small spool of ribbon was made by making 2 small circles out of card stock and using some scrapbook "pop up" foams to make the middle.  The ribbon wasn't used in my dress, but it was used in other wedding projects. In the back, I glued in one of our match book notebook favours, and I added the two flags as my husband is British and I am American.  

My mom loved it so much, she didn't put it away with her ornaments!
7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Anyone in Lincolnshire? on: October 26, 2010 12:29:55 PM
Hey everyone,

I've not been active in ages, because I was involved in a cross-atlantic relationship that took up a lot of my time.  We got married on 5 November 2009, and I made my move to the UK in January 2010. Now that the dust has settled, I'd like to get back into crafting and was wondering if there was anyone in the area?  I live in a small village about 6 miles north of Lincoln called Dunholme. We have a Quilter's club, but it has closed membership. Booooo. 

I'm also looking for craft stores in Lincoln! 

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / "Mature images" not showing? on: May 02, 2009 09:01:46 AM
My profile is set to show mature images, but while I was looking at a thread containing a mature image, the image was blocked with a message that it was a mature image.  Is there a problem with my settings?

Thread I was perusing when I noticed this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157447.0
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill A Box Spring Cleaning on: March 25, 2009 03:32:11 AM
i've been out of the swapping loop for about 18 months between a few trips and other things, but I was really interested in joining in on another fill-a-box swap,and I remembered we did one back around spring cleaning time.

Does anyone know if I missed the swap or is anyone planning on organizing one? I tried searching, but it didn't look like one had happened recently!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Legwarmers from knee-highs? on: January 24, 2009 09:38:58 AM
Does anyone know how to convert knee-highs into leg warmers?  I bought this great pair of knee-high socks to wear with a skirt, but the foot part is too thick for my shoes, so I thought I could convert them into leg warmers to wear over tights.

I found a blog that converted socks for a baby to wear, but it left the edges raw and I'd rather something smoother.

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