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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Giant Crochet Flower? on: December 28, 2009 04:48:29 AM

This question may have been asked before, but I've done some searching and couldn't find anything, so I'll go ahead and ask.  I've finished crocheting a cloche hat, and I'd like to embellish it with a giant layered flower.  I think something approximately 8 inches in diameter - or close - would do.  I can't find a pattern for one, though.  Here are some pictures of things similar to what I'm looking for...


I realize the second image is a felted flower and that the first is actually knitted, but these are about the size I'm looking for.  Do any of you know of a pattern that would do?  I'd appreciate any help - thank you!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What's your favorite salad? Please share the recipe here! on: April 09, 2008 04:46:23 PM

Spring has sprung, and salads are perfect for the sunny seasons!  I know that you cooking craftsters are totally creative, so my question is, what is your favorite salad?  And could you possibly share the recipe here?  I would really like to build my salad repertoire!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cat swallows gouache water-Is he in danger? on: February 27, 2008 09:56:31 AM
I was painting with some gouache, and using a jar of water to clean my brushes. The water was slightly cloudy. I caught my cat drinking the water; is he in danger?

The paint was REEVES brand (who apparently has no website), and is ACMI AP, conforming to ASTM-4236, which apparently means that it is non toxic to humans. Please give me your advice.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How would you drill a hole in a marble? on: February 24, 2008 12:09:32 PM
Hi all!

This has been bothering me for some time-I own some beautiful marbles, but I don't want to cage them in metal wire to integrate them into jewelry.  I really would like to drill holes in them and use them that way.  How would I do this?

5  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas Baking; Ideas Needed! on: November 11, 2007 09:18:28 AM

I'm feeling the holiday itch setting in, and I'm getting giddy about holiday baking!  I've been looking at my Christmas cookie and pie recipes, and the collection is not so great.  To be honest, I really don't want to bake any of them, since in the past, they didn't turn out so great  Tongue.  I really really want to get to baking soon, and was wondering if any of you have some really yummy pie or cookie recipes that are hits, that you'd be willing to share with me.  There are some awesome recipes, and you're an awesome group of foodies; please help!

Thanks so much!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Impossible Pie Ideas? Please help! on: July 18, 2007 05:42:43 PM

I really really love to make impossible pie (but not as much as eating impossible pie  Smiley ).  My current favorite is the zucchini and tomato impossible pie; I've also tried a broccoli and cheese impossible pie, and I liked that one too!  The only problem is, I'm trying to find more recipes, and all I'm getting are meat recipes; and the meat quiche-y texture is a bit creepy, I've found.  You all have so many good ideas; has anyone out there found a veggie impossible pie or at least a non-chicken, non-fish impossible pie they're really crazy about?

Oh yeah, if you've never heard of an impossible pie; it's basically a crust-free quiche that requires less than half the normal amount of eggs of a quiche, made with eggs and bisquick with good stuff baked in (both savory and sweet things).

I'd really appreciate if anyone could contribute; these pies are so easy to make and yummy too! Smiley Grin Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tut: Make your own library-style magazine storage boxes (and save $$$)! on: June 17, 2007 05:16:29 PM

I recently made some magazine storage boxes (like the ones at the library and at Target, which are overpriced  Angry)...

Here's one:

Looks like wood, eh?  Look a little closer...

Nope, not wood.  They're made from some leftover cardboard boxes, construction paper, markers, and, of course, Mod Podge.  Want to make your own?  Gather three small cardboard boxes (book it to your local dumpster or supermarket).  Trace one of your largest magazines on a piece of cardboard.  Then, you can make designs which will embellish your box.  Then, cut out the side of the storage box, and then use this cut-out side as a template to trace and cut another piece of cardboard (to create another side to the storage box).  Next, decide how deep you'd like your storage to be (mine are about four inches deep), and cut three strips with that width to correspond to the height of the side pieces, width of the side pieces, and length of the front of the side pieces.  Then, assemble your box with tape (I use clear packing tape-it's strong!).  If you'd like to decorate your box like mine, here's how:

Take out a few pieces of brown construction paper, two or three brown markers, and a yellow marker.  Draw diagonal stripes along the papers with the markers until you get a darkness of the grain of your liking.  Do this with all of the pieces of construction paper you have (mine required three pieces of construction paper, and is large enough to accommodate a Blueprint magazine).  Then, you will cut the paper into strips, first cut lengthwise a strip, then turn the sheet and cut widthwise with the remainder.  Keep repeating this until you have cut up all of your paper, with various size strips; this will give you two different grains, allowing you to make a wood-like grain.

Now, whip out your Mod Podge and a makeup sponge (the triangular kind), and apply the strips to your box, so that it resembles this:

When you're done, let the glue dry, and then coat with a layer of Mod Podge (the glossy kind makes it look like real wood), and chock it full of magazines!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Yeah, I make my own wall art! on: June 15, 2007 03:15:48 PM

I thought I'd show off some wall art I made over the past few evenings!  Tell me what you think!

A lamp!

A branch!

A neck!

I thought I'd try out the Eric Carle sort of method, so I took a few manilla folders, and created patterns with markers (scented ones, which made it even more entertaining) all over the folders.  Then, I cut out shapes from the patterned manillas (I drew them out on the back of the folders to make sure they were just right), and assembled them like puzzles onto a piece of cardstock; I then popped them into frames, and ta-daa!

Edit:I recently did another image: the back of the neck! Cheesy

Here's how I placed the neck front and neck back (the smaller image was an "I love you" image I cut from a Martha Stewart mag.)...


I always thought it would be amusing to have a nun image on the wall (I apologize if this offends anyone)...

I call her Clarence, AKA the "Super Nun."  Here's Charence's closeup...

New Stuff!

I realize it wasn't made quite like the others, but I didn't want to start up an entirely new thread for one picture; it's made with gouache paint.

Here's an action shot; I apologize for the poor picture quality.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Please help me choose a birthday dessert! on: June 11, 2007 01:56:14 PM

My birthday is coming up, and since my favorite thing in the whole world is to cook (and bake), I prefer to make my own cake on birthdays.  The only thing is, I'd like a switch from the standard b-day cake to something different.  Heck, it doesn't even have to be a cake (perhaps a pie, torte, trifle, a pudding, etc.).

I know you all have great taste in food, and you've likely eaten a cake or cake-related dessert before; what's your favorite?  If you have a recipe and would like to share, please, please, pretty please (with a cherry) share!  You'll make my day (and my birthday too!)

Thanks So Much!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can YOU identify this apron? on: June 07, 2007 12:02:09 PM
     I've been looking for this all over the internet sporadically for months now, and...nada.  I'm trying to find a pattern or at least a name for a specific type of apron.  It's a 1930's-ish type of apron, and it resembles a wrap dress, has no sleeves, and extends to the knee.  Can anyone please enlighten me with the name of this type of apron, before I lose all hope with search engines? Grin
Thanks a bunch!

EDIT: here's a picture of what I'm trying to describe:

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