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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hexagon Art on: January 24, 2015 10:34:04 AM
Hexagon's seem to be popping up everywhere right now so I decided to jump on the bandwagon with some art for my spare bedroom.

What do you guys think? I wanted to draw in the reds, golds and blues that were in the fan above the bed.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Attaching a cover? on: April 26, 2014 06:20:08 PM
I have done some book binding before with loose leaf paper but I have a question about a stack of pages that are already bound with a simple glue seam (like the kind where you can peel the pages away from the stack).

Its thick sketchbook paper that used to be in a book but the cover got damaged so I pulled it out. I wanted to make a simple cover for it but I wasn't really sure how to hold the paper in the cover. What is the most effective way to attach a cover to paper like this?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bunny Nursery on: April 23, 2014 06:40:05 PM
I decided on a purple and brown theme for our little girl's nursery and went with a vague bunny/nature theme in the room.

I sewed the crib skirt and the curtains and my MIL made the crib canopy for me. I can't believe how much work the crib skirt was. I saw the three-tier ruffle style on Pinterest and loved it but I'm not sure I would have embarked on it if I knew it was going to take 3 nights to finish after an exhausting day pregnant chasing after a toddler. Yikes.


The felt board is one of my favourite parts of the room though she won't be playing with it any time soon. I bought way too much felt, I'm not sure what I am going to do with the rest. It was really fun to make though because I just freehanded the whole thing. The photos were all found online and printed and I got the unfinished wood frames from a yard sale. The letters for the name were bought at the dollar store but I painted them to match the fabric in the room.


We already had the chair but I bought a new foam cushion and made a reversible cover for it (the idea being that when I'm done with it in the nursery I can flip it to the underside fabric and put it in the rec room. The reverse side of the fabric came from Ikea and though its really funky the orange/grey didn't really go with my colours. ^.^ I didn't make the log pillow, I was thinking of making one but then I lucked out and found one at our local bargain shop for $14 and I know how much of a pain it is to make cylindrical pillows. I also love the bunny hat for the chair - I got that idea from Pinterest too. I stuffed the ears with polyester fill and a length of wire to give them a bit of shape.


I made this door stop to discourage my toddler from closing the door to her room. Of course that's not the problem at all - the problem is him opening the door it turns out lol. He just likes to pick up the bunny and move it around, oh well. I filled the bottom with rice to give it weight.

I found the driftwood for the clothes hangers at the beach and I attached them to the wall using hook and eye hinges. We used to have a closet in this room, but long before we thought about kids we had converted it into an office and removed the closet to make a walk-in off our bedroom which backs onto this room.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Thread choice?? Advice please! on: June 12, 2012 09:59:12 AM
I'm working on a quilt and I was looking for advice on thread. Everything is ready to go to be quilted but I'm not sure what colour my thread should be!

The quilt has a dark blue squares, light yellow squares and then a variety of patterned squares with blue, yellow and other soft "baby" colours in it.

I'm not sure if I should use two different threads for my quilting. If I go light, it will show up really stark on the dark blue squares and blend more on the other squares, but if I go dark I'll have the opposite. Is this going to look ok? I'm not a very experienced quilter so I'm not sure what is right here.

As a side note, I would say I have an even number of dark and light squares.

Edit:: I decided to just share a picture - duh.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our blue and yellow nursery! on: June 12, 2012 09:19:47 AM
I'm expecting at the end of July so I've been diligently working away on the nursery for a few months now, with some help from the SO. I wish I had a before picture of the room but I can't find one. If you can imagine in it, it was bologna pink. The baby is a boy though, so pink just wouldn't do. I ended up going with a cheery yellow colour.

So.. the parrot on the wall is a construction paper cutout that I made. I also sewed all the crib sheets and the curtains and I am working on a quilt which incorporates all the fabrics I've used in the room. The "stained glass" frames in the window were actually made by my in-laws. The little table my SO made when he was in scouts as a child and my FIL found it in the basement of their house and stained it to match our furniture. The lamp shade I recovered with the same fabric as the curtains. Oh and the "jelly fish" hanging from the windows I made with fabric scraps and ribbons, and I stuffed them with lavender!!! That was a fun project.

The room isn't completely finished, but there's just some things that I won't be getting around to for a little bit so I wanted to post pictures now while I can.
Also, obviously the stroller and the bassinet won't be staying in the nursery, we're just storing them for the time being.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Slant or Straight Needle??? on: June 04, 2012 10:48:58 AM
This might seem like a stupid question but how can you tell if your needle is straight or slanted. I'm assuming that if the needle looks straight, it's straight but I don't want to assume and be wrong.

I've got three different machines and I want to be able to correctly identify it on each. I am working on a quilt and need to buy a walking foot, but each foot I've found online specifies for straight or slanted needle. I've never had to buy presser feet before, my machines all came with an assortment, so I've never been through this.

My machines are:

- 221 Singer Featherweight (1939)
- singer 301a
- a brother circa early 2000's - not sure of the model number

Thanks for the help!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to?? Cuffs, collars and waist bands for sweaters!!! on: November 17, 2011 07:45:49 AM
I prefer to make Christmas gifts when possible.

I am embarking on this year's Christmas project for my SO. Last year I took his absolutely favourite, worn to death and falling apart Tommy jeans and *gasp* dissected them for a pattern. My end result was a perfect replica of his favourite jeans, brand spanking new. He was so delighted. I could make him another pair this year, but I've been there and done that.

He hordes his clothes even after they fall apart. He's attached. He won't let me throw them out and get new things -_-. He owns and still wears about 5 or 6 sweaters (in public) that are frayed, falling apart, full of holes and covered in stains. He does care about his appearance, he just really loves his sweaters. I believe each sweater has enough salvageable material to use in making a patchwork sweater. However, I don't believe that between 6 sweaters there are any salvageable cuffs, collars or waist bands, which were probably the first parts to lose their integrity.

My question today is: How do I make these parts on my own? I understand I need to cut the fabric so the stretch is horizontal, right? But I'm just not sure where else to go from there. Do I need a serger to properly attach them (I don't have a serger but might be able to find one to use)? How tight is tight enough?

Also, with collar bands, I've tried doing them before and I get this weird phenomenon where they want to stick up, how do I do it proper so they lie flat?

Does anyone have any experience in making these parts for a sweater? Or should I just go to the thrift store and find some in good condition?
8  COOKING / Dessert / Brownie Oreo Cookie FUSION! on: October 25, 2011 09:25:35 AM
OK I saw this most fabulous looking delicious dessert at: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/new-recipes/ultimate-chocolate-chip-cookie-n-oreo-fudge-brownie-bar.html

This is what I made Cheesy

Essentially, it is a layer of chocolate chip cookie batter, a layer of double stuffed oreo cookies and a layer of brownie mix, baked in the oven then cut and stacked into a monstrosity of sugary goodness. I used my own tried and true favourite chocolate chip cookie and fudge brownie recipes. The website provides a cookie recipe but calls for boxed brownies, I'm not a fan of the boxed brownie mix.

It also recommends baking it at 350 for 45-55 minutes, maybe its different when you use a box mix but I found this far too long for my brownie mix. Next time I make them I will take them out at 35 minutes, I think that will be sufficient. Chewy brownies tend to get hard when over cooked, always better to under cook them.

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Peaches and Air Bubbles - Confused!?! on: September 02, 2011 07:43:21 AM
I am so confudled right now! I've canned many different things - but never peaches. Well my boyfriend comes home with 14 litres of peaches the other day so here I am canning away.

I decided to make about six jars of Bourbon Peaches (a first time for me) with some of the fruit. I like bourbon, I like peaches, sounds like a good plan. I used a recipe for brandy peaches and substituted bourbon when I realized I had no brandy in my liquor cabinet.

I packed my boiling hot poached peaches into the hot sterilized jars, with the hot syrup and room temperature bourbon. I used a plastic knife to get out any air bubbles, just as I always do. When I was satisfied I gave the jars a firm tap on the cutting board to settle the peaches, wiped the rims and put on my lids and rings. Then I dropped them in the hot water bath and boiled them under 1 1/2 inches of water for about 25 minutes.

I took them out, let them cool, heard them POP! and have nicely sealed jars. However, this morning as I was picking them up to put them away in the cupboard my jostling of the peaches released a bunch of tiny bubbles to the surface of the jar. What's going on here? I've never had a problem with bubbles before. I've also never canned with alcohol before - is this related?

Is this something to do with the alcohol boiling and releasing air? Do I need to worry? Should I reopen my jars, reheat my peaches and re-process or will the high sugar and alcohol content preserve them ok regardless? I definitely have a good seal on all the jars.

Any help would be appreciated!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Wide World of Craftster Canning on: August 18, 2011 12:24:14 PM
I am slowly persevering into the world of canning. I've canned relish and apple butter, it was so much fun and I got raving reviews both times from neighbours, friends and family.

Anyways, as I perused through the various canning threads on the forum, looking for recipes, I thought it would be so nice if they were assembled in one place. I'm really surprised there aren't more threads like that in the food category, as many of the other categories have tutorial listings. Well.. if a recipe isn't a tutorial I don't know what is!

So anything posted here has a recipe in the topic or a link to the recipe. The best part? Craftster pictures and reviews to tell you how it turned out! Also, there are some recipes here we weren't canned (such as salsas and chutney) by the original poster, but can easily be canned!

For info and tips on canning in general scroll to bottom of post!

Fruits, including candied and salsas, etc.


The best way to can PEACHES is with a friend Wink

Canned Tomatoes

Mango Salsa

Golden Peach Salsa

Spiced Peaches in Brandy

Lemons and Sour Oranges

Lemony Meyer Lemon Curd

Vegetables, including salsas, candied, etc.

Candied Jalapenos or Cowboy Candy

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Jams and Jellies

Candied Apple Jelly

Blueberry Jam

Apple Peal Jelly

Kumquat Pineapple Jam

Sauces (i.e. BBQ, etc) - also including Pasta Sauce, Fruit Sauces, Fruit Butters and Chutney

Sweet Christmas Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Apple Butter!

Pear Butter


Another Applesauce

Mango Chutney

Apricot Butter (Recipe on Page 2)

Baby Food

Hot But Sweet Chutney

Plum Butter

How many things can a pickler pickle? (including relishes)

Pickled Jalapenos

Dill Pickles for the Apocalypse

Hot Pepper Hash (i.e. Breakup Hash) [Relish]

Regrigerator Dill Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

Spicy Pickled Yellow Beans

Pickled Baby Artichoke

The Innovative Category: Weird, Unconventional Canning!

Pie in a Jar

Cake in a Jar

Suggestions for Unusual Preserves

Jar Mixes (non canning)

Canning Tips from Creative Crafsters!

"The "secret" to super clear jelly seems to be to add a touch of butter in the end to get rid of the froth!  For years I used the jelly straining bags and it took forever!  The butter tip was part of the instructions by the Ball canning folks--which, btw, I highly recommend their book for anyone who wants to learn simple canning methods!!" - alwaysinmyroom

"Here is a tip to make a quick pepper jelly. Buy a jar of raspberry preserves pour the contents into a saucepan and heat on medium until the jam is melted then stir in a few seeded and finely diced jalapenos. Once it is cool it is great served with cream cheese and crackers or tortilla chips. You can substitute different flavors of jam for the raspberry, have fun creating your designer jam." - Freshair

Tips on making Apple Cider Jelly

"Add some cranberries to applesauce" for a surprise colour and Christmas taste! - detailedlace

Canning Info Websites recommended by crafsters

Processing or not? UK vs. US styles

Decorating your canned goods!

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