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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a couple o' paintings on: November 12, 2005 08:05:23 AM
These are just hangin' around my house, I thought I'd share.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My new-ish re-decoed room... on: December 10, 2004 03:52:03 PM
Here's a thought, instead of adding dots of paint, try blik room decals. They have several styles and can be removed without messing up the wall. www.whatisblik.com has them, delias.com had a few of their styles. Awesome rooms, by the way. The most extraordinary feature of my room when I was your age was the large astroturf "oasis" rug I made to hide the horrible black paint stains I left on the carpet. My parents found out about them just last year when they sold their house. Sorry Mom and Dad!

Another site for room stuff that might fit your style is www.westelm.com.

And oh, yes, sucks to IKEA for not sending catalogs to us geographically undesirable people. *sigh* I'll drive to Dallas for them anyways...
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Stone Wall on: December 10, 2004 03:43:37 PM
Holy crap, awesome idea! I'm doing my dining room in an outdoor style (it's called "camper", it's been my brainchild for three years now, and I finally own a house to put it in! yay!) and I was wondering if you have any tips on how you painted it like that. I may fabricate some rocks out of foam and/or fiberglass, but faux painting will definitely work for now! Any painting tips? Tx.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: eyeshadow cd jewel cases on: December 10, 2004 03:33:08 PM
I'll put a photo in a bit, but what I did with my eyeshadow was this: I took a flat artist's palette (the kind with the hole for the thumb) and glued them on there. I happen to have the kind of eyeshadow that comes in refills, so I just left it in the little plastic cases. Same basic idea, but I feel very fancy, tres makeup artiste when using it. I also couldn't find a decent eybrow brush, so I took a coarse paint brush with a long handle and cut the bristles to an angle. Way cheaper than sephora et al, and I've had it for, um, four years now?
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: guitar strap :) on: December 10, 2004 03:25:45 PM
I am begging for a tutorial! I tried to make one for my little bro last Xmas, and I ended up in a mad dash to Sam Ash (haha, no rhyme intended) to buy him one because I couldn't wrap my brain around how to do it. Now I have an extra strap and nothing to do with it. C'est la vie. BTW, it's way bad-ass, very rock and roll. The Built by Wendy ones seem a little too perfect, too girly for a guy. Yours is better.
16  California / California: South / Re:LosAngeles/So. Cal Area on: November 21, 2003 03:09:20 PM
Other good places to try:

Aardvarks- the one on Melrose= overpriced, a little picked through. The one in Hermosa= really good selections. it's just off of PCH and avenue h, I think. The one in the Valley (Sherman Way, I think)= good stuff, probably the best one to frequent, as it's the least popular one.

There's also a good resale place on Third St in SaMo, it's at the southern end, about three blocks from the mall. I can't remember what it's called, but they have really good stuff. It's a little more than other places, though. Location, location, location, right?

Also, check out the Salvation Army in Torrance. I found the weirdest wackiest stuff there.

Hey, did you guys know that when you donate to Salvation Army or Goodwill, they send some of the clothes to foreign countries? Also, if they get something really good and vintage, they don't resell it. I am not kidding. I did a fashion show for them (to raise money at a benefit type thing) and they have all this great, historic stuff that they keep... Kinda makes you wonder where Great-grandma's mink coat went after all, doesn't it?
17  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re:san antonio on: November 21, 2003 03:00:18 PM
Oh! Just thought of something else- Scrapbook Heaven on Blanco has TONS of great crops and classes. If you're into scrapbooking, that is. If not, check it out anyway, they have tons of great stuff for cardmaking, stamping, so on and so forth.
18  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Re:Houston on: November 21, 2003 02:58:23 PM
I just moved to San Antonio. It's nice, but it's not nearly as rockin' as where I'm from... (Los Angeles) Anyone have any reccommendations for our fair state?
19  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re:san antonio on: November 21, 2003 02:56:42 PM
I'm with you! Whereabouts are you staying in the city/ what crafts are you interested in? If you haven't done so already, check out the Blue Star Arts Complex. Very cool. And! this weekend is the Christmas craft fair at the Freeman Coliseum. I so want to go... It's only 6$ and it's supposed to be huge.
20  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Cheesecake with caramel and candied pecans on: November 21, 2003 02:54:01 PM
I thought you guys might like an easy recipe for Thanksgiving that was a little different from the usual punkin pie... I made this last night for a company party and it was the only thing that was completely gone by the end.

1 1/2 cups ground gingersnap cookies
1 1/2 cups toasted pecans (about 6 ounces)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin
9 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon (about) caramel sauce (like smuckers)

Pecans in corn syrup (again, smuckers. check by the hot fudge, etc.)
Granulated sugar

For Crust: Preheat oven to 350F. Finely grind ground cookies, pecans and sugar in processor. Add melted butter and blend until combined. Press crust mixture onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides.

For Filling: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light. Transfer 3/4 cup mixture to small bowl; cover and refrigerate to use for topping. Add pumpkin, 4 tablespoons whipping cream, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to mixture in large bowl and beat until well combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until combined.
Pour filling into crust (filling will almost fill pan). Bake until cheesecake puffs, top browns and center moves only slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer cheesecake to rack and cool 10 minutes. Run small sharp knife around cake pan sides to loosen cheesecake. Cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
Bring remaining 3/4 cup cream cheese mixture to room temperature. Add remaining 5 tablespoons whipping cream to cream cheese mixture and stir to combine. Press down firmly on edges of cheesecake to even thickness. Pour cream cheese mixture over cheesecake, spreading evenly. Spoon caramel sauce in lines over cream cheese mixture. Using tip of knife, swirl caramel sauce into cream cheese mixture. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Release pan sides from cheesecake.

If you want to skip all the nonsense about crust and a spingform pan, just go get a couple graham cracker crusts from the frozen section. Then you'll have enough filling for two cheesecakes, but you have to reduce the cook time to fortyfive minutes. Very important.

Then, for the garnish, take your pecans and dip them into a bowl with sugar. Lightly coat on both sides, and place on top of you finished cheesecake.
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