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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Eight half aprons and boy I'm tired ... Just in the St. Nick of time on: December 20, 2007 07:26:45 PM
After numerous fights with my sewing machine... I finally finished my half aprons for the girls in the office.  I asked them all to describe their kitchens to me, and this is what I came up with.  I also made eight paper aprons to go with them and wrote a little poem too. 

I'm off to box and wrap them up - our holiday exchange is tomorrow!  Maybe I'll get some actions shots?

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help wanted ... fabric for my 'mod' bar - incl. sneak peek photo of course on: July 07, 2007 04:35:01 PM
Hi everyone!  I've looked at just about every fabric website I could and I can't seem to find mod fabric to match the paint colors of the room.  This is the design we painted on one wall.  The colors are by Home Depot Behr - Grass Cloth (light green), Grape Leaves (dark green), Monaco (sky blue) and Ralph Lauren - Broome (tan), and the carpet is chocolate brown.  I'm hoping somebody can help me!  Thanks in advance!  Love ya!

The wall:

The sofa:

Can't wait to show everyone the finished room! 

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Just admit it ... you shrunk it!!! on: June 18, 2007 10:46:56 AM
Hi there everyone!

I experimented with shrinky-dinks and made myself some flash tattoo style pendants ... I borrowed the images from istockphoto.com

Sorry this one is a bit blurry!

Now I don't have to get a 'mom' tattoo, I can just wear this necklace!

Hope you like!  As usual, comments are welcome!  Thanks!
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Ode to Craftster ATC on: November 29, 2006 07:29:48 AM
Hi again!  4th ATC card, straying very far from the vintage look. 

What to do if you want to make a craftster tribute ATC and you want to use shrinky dinks but you don't have any and you don't have any suitable meltable plastic and you don't have a printer?

Cardstock + ballpoint pen + markers + colored pencils + "Glossy Accents". 
Add in a little glue, fabric and felt =

Comments appreciated as I am still really new to making ATCs.  Thanks guys and gals!

PS ... All this was inspired by watching the "Craftster on Gilmore Girls" thread, then watched Gilmore Girls (which I must say is not my kind of show), saw no recognition, and now someone's selling "Knit or Go Home" shirts with the logo on Cafepress.  Now I hope the copyright issue gets resolved quickly and Leah can get what she deserves.  So anyway, yeah, I used the craft skull - how ironic.  But it's an ATC.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabulous Flash Tattoo Tote/Handbag/Purse thing I saw and want to buy/make on: November 21, 2006 12:29:35 PM
OK, so I saw someone at Panera Bread carrying the most awesome bag.  It was clear vinyl and was printed with tattoos!  I should have asked her where she got it, but I didn't.  I've attached a picture for reference (it's not hotlinked).  I have been unable to find the maker of the bag, but I am considering recreating it myself.  Now does anyone have any input on how I should go about it, or does anyone know what I'm talking about and where to find one?

I appreciate any and all help!  Thanks guys!

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Inspired by the ATC swaps, HOdown and craftsters in general on: November 16, 2006 04:18:36 PM
Hi everyone!
I just had to make my first ATC!  Inspiration for the envelope comes from a recent personal swap done by Amaryllisroze for ChloeisCrazy.

L is for Love:  I may give it to my hubby (his name happens to be on it -Jack-, and he's a musician)

Thanks for looking!
17  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Craft Fair in Brooklyn? Dec 9th? I think I'm going crazy ... please help on: November 15, 2006 03:59:39 PM
OK, somebody please tell me I'm not going crazy.  I saw an ad on Craftster for a craft fair as listed in my subject line and I'm pretty sure it was from the makers of Bust magazine.  I see nothing in the NY forum, nothing in the events forum, and when I go to Bust.com, there's nothing like this on their calendar!  What is going on?  Did I dream this up?  I wish I hadn't deleted my whole internet history so I re-find what I know I saw.  So could somebody please find the info that I saw?

Thank you SO much!  I really want to go!!!
18  COOKING / Dessert / One Dough: Three Holiday Cookies on: November 13, 2006 08:40:01 AM
Hey everyone, I wanted to post this recipe here because I think it's just the BEST cookie ever.  The basic dough makes the most yummy sugar cookies, the secret ingredient being ground cloves.  The Almond-Orange cookies are also spectacular!  I did make a slight change to the Chocolate-Walnut cookies (I switched it to Pistachio and I also topped them with store-bought frosting)  I really hope it's OK to post this here.  If not, feel free to delete it.  (but print it out first LOL)


Holiday Cookies: One Dough, Three Holiday Cookies
Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman
Show:    Good Deal with Dave Lieberman (on the Food Network)
Episode:    Holiday Cocktail Party 2005
Basic Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coarse sugar, for sugar cookies only
Chocolate and Walnut Cookies, recipe follows
Almond-Orange Cookies, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cloves in a small bowl. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld beater. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Form dough into a 12-inch log (2 inches in diameter) on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up in the plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Cut 1/2-inch thick slices from the log with a sharp knife and arrange on 2 ungreased large baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.
For basic sugar cookies, sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly puffed.
Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.

Chocolate and Walnut Cookies:
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding the cocoa powder to the flour mixture and folding in the nuts just after mixing the batter. Bake for 15 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

Almond-Orange Cookies:
1/2 orange, zested
1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped in a blender to a coarse flour consistency
24 teaspoons chunky marmalade
1/2 cup sliced almonds, for topping
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding both the orange zest and ground almonds when you add the flour mixture.
When cookies are formed, make a slight depression in the middle and fill each with about 1 teaspoon marmalade. Top each with a good pinch of sliced almonds. Bake for 20 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Won't you be my neighbor *felt pin* on: November 03, 2006 11:55:41 AM
OK, so I know I should be working on a personal swap, but i wanted to make myself a little X the Owl pin out of felt.  (besides, it only took a few minutes)  Does anyone else remember him?  Isn't he cute?

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I have this fabric and this dress ... please help me create a warm wrap on: October 23, 2006 08:50:05 PM
OK lovelies, all my talented friends ... I bought this dress (which I am in love with) which I will be wearing to a wedding this Saturday night.  The wedding is supposed to be outside, and is in Massachusetts, so it will be freezing no doubt.  So I thought, hey, I can slap something together to wear as a wrap/shawl/warm thingy with my dress.  But I have sewer's block or something.  So could someone, maybe several of you ... help me?  The fabric is 72" by 63".  Maybe you could draw on the fabric in "Paint" or Photoshop?  Thanks in advance for any help that you guys give me!  I love you all!

The fabric:

Up close (it's like a velour/velvet with a burnout pattern)

The dress (Isn't it beautiful?):

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