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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Best Manual Cookie Press? on: November 29, 2011 10:26:00 AM
Sorry if this isn't the proper forum, I couldn't find a better one!

I wanted some opinions on what everyone's favorite manual cookie press is? My sister had an electric one she hated and said repeatedly that she'd love a manual one instead, but I have no idea if there are some cookie presses better than others. So, I was hoping someone here had an opinion!

Thank you. Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Always Adorable Buttercup Bag on: December 16, 2010 04:09:29 PM
I remember last year when Made by Rae (http://www.made-by-rae.com/) shared her pattern for Buttercup Bag, Craftster seemed to explode with the wonderful creations. Every single time I saw one, I thought, "That is the most adorable bag pattern. I wish I had someone who would want one." And now I do! I gleefully decided to make this bag for my sister-in-law. I only wish I had remembered that I planned on sewing some interfacing onto the lining (because of course I forgot) since my bag is a tad too floppy. Ah well!

Instead of the button flap, I just decided to sew a single button onto each side.

I used brown satin for the lining and was very pleased to see that it could hold a paperback book with ease.

So, there is my (obligatory?) attempt at the Buttercup bag! Thanks for looking. Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where to find a metal square for a necklace? on: March 25, 2010 12:40:12 AM
I want to make a necklace for a friend's birthday. It's nothing much but a chain and a metal square, and I have looked everywhere for just a plain silver (or "silver") square (no embellishments) and CANNOT find anything that would work! It's driving me crazy!

It's just this:

That's all I want. But I can't find it anywhere. It seems squares are out and circles are in!

I don't want to make one out of wire because the metal has to be sort of flat. There has to be somewhere where I can find this. Does anyone know where I can find something like this? Online, offline, anywhere??

...sorry for sound desperate! Cheesy Thanks for ANY help! Smiley
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Other Fabric Paints with Yudu Machine? on: March 24, 2010 02:57:15 PM
I checked this very helpful thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290075.0), but most of the posts were a year old with unsure answers to the following question:

Is it really a bad idea to use other types of fabric paints (NOT counting Speedball inks, I already know they work well) with the Yudu machine? Does it really destroy the screen, or are they just trying to sell their ink? (As they show on their website)

It may just be me, but their ink seems so overpriced. I was curious if other ("generic") fabric paints were really as detrimental as they make it sound or if it is possible to make them work.

Thanks for the help! Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wooden Sock Blockers on: December 23, 2009 11:48:09 AM
(First, I apologize if this is an incorrect board for this project--even though it's a wooden craft, I thought it related more to knitting! Wink)

My sister had been commenting for a while that she wanted to buy sock blockers, but they were always so expensive. She knits a lot of gifts and that inevitably means socks (though I remind her that she's only knitted me ONE sock and I'm still waiting for the other...), so I decided to make her a set of sock blockers. I only made one of each size, however. Maybe next year she'll get another set. Wink

We jokingly call them "Sock'em Blockers".

The "sizes" go from small, medium, large, extra large. (The extra large is rather... extra large...)

She's knitting this sock for our older brother, so while she was away, I stole it to model it on the large sock blocker.

I used templates I found at a website called CyberSeams (http://cyberseams.com/article/105710/all_things_knitting/how_to_make_your_own_sock_blockers.html) because I'm new to knitting and so had no idea where to start for sock blockers. I cut out the templates they provided, traced them onto wood, and cut (err, sawed?) out the shapes. I also cut 1-inch holes in the middle of each one to (hopefully) speed sock drying time. I used a sander to round all edges and made sure nothing could hook onto the sock and then I sanded it smooth by hand. Then I sealed it very well because my sister and I live in a humid city (in a badly insulated apartment in front of a river), so I had to make sure that moisture couldn't get into the wood.

And this is how the project ended up. I'm quite pleased with it even if they're not perfect. Smiley (Again, I'm not very knitting-socks-savvy, but I think that the arch should be deeper on some of them.) Using power tools is very fun, by the way, but also very scary. Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Poor Girl's Doctor Who Scarf -- First Time Knitter! on: November 08, 2009 11:38:23 AM
"It's a pity about the scarf. Madame Nostradamus made it for me. Witty little knitter. ... Never get another one like it."
The Doctor (Doctor Who: The Ark in Space)

The Doctor's scarf has a multitude of uses (liken it to a towel, if you will), including disarming a gunman, taking measurements ("That's 162.4 cm, correct?" "Show off." "162.4... That's about seven stitches!"), or attempting to determine if an attacking machine is triggered by heat. It's also quite fashionable and quirky, just like the Doctor.

Unfortunately, mine is far less quirky.

This is because I am a first-time knitter and a college student. The former means that I made a whole heap of beginner's mistakes, and the latter means that I am poor and incapable of paying for enough wool yarn to knit a true Doctor Who scarf. I instead used some very soft acrylic yarn. (I do wish I had the money to make a proper wool scarf, but, honestly, crunch the numbers--they aren't pleasant!) But, you can tell that the yellow acrylic is of a much poorer quality than the rest.

And, finally, it's about three to four and two-thirds feet too short. Tom Baker is 6'3" and I am 5'2" and so a 18-20' long scarf is sort of impractical for a girl like me. (And, also a Doctor like him, but I have ceaseless enjoyment from how many times he steps on it, has to flip it over his shoulder, or how far behind him it drags along the ground. But, truly, there is no scarf spiffier.)

Anyway, since I used acrylic I had to alter the pattern a bit. I found the pattern at http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/ and used size 7 needles like suggested, but thicker, cheaper yarn, so I altered the number of stitches from 70 to 45.

I struggled with color changes at first and couldn't figure out why they kept flipping around onto the other side, but, after a few tries, I figured it out and now I'm basically a pro! Wink

I love the tassels, and I preferred them long instead of short. Grin

I did end up putting the scarf on an indefinite hold--see, it's at 14 1/3 feet, but its "goal" is another 3 2/3-4 2/3 feet, at least that's how I judge it by eying the Doctor's scarf. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to continue knitting it and seeing as how it's getting on to winter, I'd truly like a scarf to wear.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share how my first knitting project went. Smiley Now I just need to figure out how to properly weave in the ends... I didn't do it very well!

Oh, and, of course, many thanks to my sister for teaching me how to knit, talking me through problems, and helping me to untangle huge messes of yarn!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What are these? on: August 16, 2009 05:52:58 PM
I bought a sewing basket full of old sewing supplies from a garage sale and these two things were in it. Trouble is I have NO clue what they are. This may be a stupid question, but does anyone know what they are? Are they even craft related? I'd assume they'd be related to knitting, but again I have no idea. Cheesy Any input would be greatly appreciated! Smiley

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Accidental Stitch? Please help? on: June 12, 2009 06:37:55 PM
I'm fairly new to knitting, but with help from my sister, I've got the basics down. Except every single time I finish a row, I accidentally add an extra stitch and neither of us can figure out how I'm doing it. I honestly don't understand what I'm doing. I'm pretty sure I'm not splitting one stitch into two, there's just always an extra stitch when I'm done. You can see it getting wider at the sides.

I was hoping that someone might have an idea as to why this is happening and what I could do to STOP doing it.

So, please, any help would be greatly appreciated!

(Please excuse any poor knitting terminology--as I said, new to knitting! Cheesy)
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Girls from Ba Sing Se (Avatar) on: April 26, 2009 02:57:19 PM
This is my very first cross-stitch, so I would really appreciate some comments and criticism!

This is how dorky I am: I love the cartoon Avatar: the Last Airbender. (It's really hard to admit as a 22-year-old...) And I just love Uncle Iroh. In one episode, he sings this song and since I'm constantly singing it as well, I decided that it would be a fun cross-stitch.

It's about 8x10 inches (at least, it fits in an 8x10 frame)... Sorry for the bad photo, my apartment has the worst lighting! I honestly thought it was a better photo when I uploaded it. I'm terribly sorry it's blurry! (The colors are a dark green, a tannish-gold, and a dark brown.)

Here's a close-up of the symbol. In the show, it's the symbol for "earth". (Ba Sing Se is a part of the Earth Kingdom.)

And, for good measure, here's Uncle singing the song:

((Sorry, kittykill, I re-pictured this because it's linked to my own photobucket account, I didn't want to upload that photo onto Craftster since it's not strictly craft related and so used my photobucket account.))

Yeeeah. I'm a dork. Cheesy

I am entirely unsure if I did anything right. I looked up how to do the basic cross-stitch and backstitch, etc., but I am still unsure of how many threads of floss to use. Should the white be visible behind the threads or is that a no-no?

I used two threads on the letters and one on the backstitching. The letters I "coordinated" by counting and eyeballing from a PDF file on my computer (I obtained a basic pattern of the letters from a website that I cannot find right now) and the symbol was a method of guessing and checking and constantly re-doing by using a picture as a reference.

Thank you for looking! I hope it's not TOO awful! Grin
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Vintage" Purse, Large Tote, and Treat Bag on: April 03, 2009 11:57:57 AM
My older sister's birthday was December 25 and I only just gave her her gifts a few days ago. Roll Eyes But I made her three different bags.

I followed a tutorial from Emma Brennan's book Making Vintage Bags for this one. (Sorry about the blurry photo). It's small, but adorable.

I made this one up as I went along. And I, idiotically, forgot to add some interfacing (or anything) to the handles, so they were floppy and terrible. So, I used fusible webbing and stuck on some pieces of the lining fabric. Except I didn't have enough to match the length of the handles and then had to add a piece. It was awful, but I was convinced that taking the whole thing apart and doing it again would be worse. Embarrassed

Anyway, it's pretty big. I made sure to make it big enough to hold a folder (which is good because when I gave it to her, she mentioned that she doesn't have a briefcase and typically just brings a single file to court (she's a lawyer) and so it was perfect... and THAT was great to hear, considering the ugly handles I'm still beating myself up over...)

The round, gray circle was done by reverse appliqueing and I wanted to do the entire design that way, but ended up making the letters too small, so I kind of improvised with embroidery thread (but it's still, sort of, kind of, reverse appliqueing). I also improvised the gray lines because they were last-minute additions (love fusible webbing). My twin sister came in and said: "What are you doing?" "Improvising." "Good answer." Cheesy

My older sister takes her dogs to dog parks all the time and so I also made her a treat bag for them from plastic bags that are fused together. (They're Albertson's bags, which is perfect because they had the right kind of letters to spell out "Treats"). Fusing plastic bags is great, but they probably release some kind of deadly toxin when you heat them up. Cheesy It's still fun, though... Wink

(Sorry about the pointlessly long post. I always seem to have a story to tell. But thanks for looking! Grin)
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