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1  COOKING / Dessert / Dessert Sushi on: July 11, 2009 09:58:00 AM

dessert sushi! sugar sushi!  candy sushi! Whatever you wanna call it, it's yumm-o and super fun to make. I made these for a party this week and they were a big hit!

I found inspiration for these little pretties years ago at not martha http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/hostesssushi/, but had forgotten all about them until recently, when I also found great posts at Evil Mad Scientist http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/DessertSushi and cucumbersomehttp://cucumber-some.blogspot.com/2008/02/faux-sushi.html. Pardon the tres horrible photos... my kitchen has awful lighting.

Here's a list of supplies I used:

    * Twinkies
    * Zingers (Those raspberry Twinkie-like things with coconut on the outside)
    * Ladyfingers (SO glad I ran into these in the bakery; they worked awesome)
    * Marshmallows
    * Vanilla icing
    * Shredded coconut
    * Fruit Roll-ups/Fruit by the Foot (Good luck finding green; it wasn't as easy as I'd hoped)
    * Some sugary sour apple rope stuff (dunno, found it in the candy store)
    * Swedish Fish-like knockoffs
    * Dried fruit & nuts (mango, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, choc. covered sunflower seeds)
    * Colored nonpareils

I'd highly encourage you to give these a shot. They were pretty easy once you do a couple and wicked fun to make; not to mention shopping for all the "forbidden" sweets! You can totally let your imagination go crazy with ingredients, combinations, and presentations. Have fun!

These little babies were my personal favorite (probably cause they had the most icing!). I was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised at how good everything tasted all together. I confess, many fish were harmed in the making of this recipe.  Grin

This post also blogged at :: http://paperandstitch.blogspot.com/2009/07/something-is-fishy-here.html
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Botched up applique... Help! on: January 03, 2008 06:50:08 AM
Ok, I'm a relatively new sewer and I attempted my first applique the other day on some onesies for a friend's baby shower.  I made the cutest little animal cutouts (I wish I had a picture!) and used Heat N Bond Lite to attach them to the onesies.  Great, no problem!  Then I attempted to satin stitch the appliques.... I must be doing something wrong.  The fish, which had very little detail was not a big problem, although I did have some bunching.  But the lion, which had a bit of small detail to stitch, was horrendous.  The onesie would keep getting caught and pushed under the needle... bunching, putting holes in the onesie... bleck!  I basically ruined it.  I stopped before I ruined any more of them.

Then it occured to me... maybe I need a stablizer on the back, but wouldn't that be too scratchy for delicate baby skin?

I guess my big question is.... can I just straight stitch over the applique so the needle doesn't have to go through the onesie by itself?  I know it could lead to some minor fraying on the edges, but I actually think that would look kind of cute.  Plus, I could whip the rest up in no time if I straight stitch... satin stitch seems to take forever!  (And the baby shower is on Saturday!).

Sorry for such a long drawn out question, but I'm hoping you sewing/applique experts can help a first timer!  What am I doing wrong and what are my options!  Thanks in advance!  Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The Sampler? on: November 01, 2007 09:07:43 AM
Ok, so I'm totally intrigued by The Sampler (www.homeofthesampler.com) and REALLY want one!  I can't find the answer to my question on their website, so I'm hoping a fellow Craftster might know.  My question is this, can I order just ONE Sampler for one month?  I'm just not sure, because the site talks a lot about subscriptions and such... so a full year's worth of Samplers would just be too much hurt on my bank account.   Smiley  Does this question make sense?!  Hope somebody can help and I'm not just being dumb.  haha. Thanks.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Have you seen this anywhere? I've searched and searched!! on: July 18, 2007 09:22:17 AM
Hello... I know this isn't exactly crafty, but I know you're all a great resource.  My fiance and I are doing a sand ceremony at our wedding and I have searched all over for this canister, or one very close to it... (this picture courtesy of knottie bride, jaxlynn.)

Have you seen it anywhere?  I'm in Vermont, so we don't always have the best choices in stores, but I have family in other parts of the country, so if I couldn't order it online, they might be able to help.

I just love this jar, especially because of the lid and the bookplate frame.  Right now I just have an open vase to use, but this would be so much better!  Thanks in advance for your help!  Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Making the guys' pocket squares... Cardboard? Help?! on: June 05, 2007 08:10:14 AM
Ok, so I am making pocket squares for all the guys in the wedding party, coordinated with our colors.  You know the little swatches of fabric sticking out of their coat pockets.....

Anyways, I bought a beautiful teal satin material and I am terrified of sewing with it.  I'm not exactly a super experienced sewer... Cotton, I'm fine with.  Much else, blegh! 

So, my mom had an idea (and she said actually she's bought pocket squares like this for her husband), to bundle and arrange the fabric into a "flourish" that looks nice and then just staple it to a little square piece of cardboard.  When you stick the cardboard inside the pocket, only the pretty flourish of satin sticks out.  So, my question is, do you guys think this will work or have you ever seen anything like it?  Thanks!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / *Sarah's September 22nd Wedding Stuff* on: April 11, 2007 01:13:31 PM
Updated: 10/12/07
WEDDING IS ALL OVER... Poo!  But I have uploaded some pics from our day on PAGE 4!!

Ok, so I've been poking around these boards for a while now and finally decided to start my own thread.  I'm getting married in September and could always use some outside opinions on stuff.  I'm so excited and love to craft my own stuff (even if its just as expensive as buying premade and super time consuming, I love it nonetheless!)  I'll be updating this when I finish something and I'll be posting for advice and critique too!

For now, all I have completed is our Save The Dates.  I just finished my mock up of our invitation last night, so pictures of that will be coming soon too.  Thanks for taking a peek!   Grin 

Here's a list of my crafty To Do's so far:
Save the Dates
Programs - Newsletter style scrolls (like these: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107723.0 from binkey75)
Wedding Party Emergency Kits - One for the girls, One for the guys   
"Through the Years" photo board
Flowers (we're doing silks this weekend! yay!)
Martha Stewart's Pom-Poms for reception decor - did a test run with these and they came out great! Decided to ixnay these.
Make pocketsquares for the groomsmen
"In lieu of favors...donation" - in frame
Tags for our Love Knot bubbles
Handmade cards for each member of wedding party

SAVE THE DATE - postcards
Our photographer threw in an "engagement session", so I have her to thank for the marvelous pics.  Everything else is done in Photoshop/Illustrator.


Here are our invitations!  #10 Backings in Soft White from Paper Source. Vine vellum, thick papers in white and ivory, and white cardstock from Paper Direct.  Designed by moi in Illustrator.  Printed on my trusty HP printer.  Cutting was the worst part... took forever and a day, but well worth the effort in my opinion.  #10 Envelopes with end openings in ivory from Paper and More, my own calligraphy for addresses (not pictured).  Also, these were hugely inspired by these fabulous craftsters and their invites (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44757.0 and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21565.0).

Front with vine vellum (love this stuff!)

Invitation page

Directions, Accommodations, Misc. Info

RSVP Postcard - perforated for tear-off

Back of RSVP Postcard - self inking stamp with our address (time-saver!)


My mom, her friend, one of my bridesmaids, and myself helped do my flowers a few months ago.  We bought high-quality silks and I think they came out fabulous!!

My bouquet!  Wish I had taken a pic when it was all wrapped.  We wrapped the stems with teal ribbon, criss-crossed with thin ivory ribbon and stuck pearl headed pins in the crosses, and left the bottom few inches exposed for a natural look.

Here you can see my bouquet and some bridesmaid bouquets.  We also did corsages and boutennieres.  Wrapped with pretty teal ribbon.


Ok, so it's not crafty, but my dress came in and I had to show it off!  It's Maggie Sottero's Grace.  I love love love it and didn't want to take it off.  I tried on with shoes, earrings, headpiece, bracelet etc.  Found out I don't love the earrings, time to look for or make new ones!  The best part - no alterations needed on the dress except bustle!  Wahoo!  That's not my veil in these pics... you can see that in beauty salon pics.

Mirror shot - you can see back and front in the mirror


Back - it'll be tied up in a pretty even bow on the real day.


Again, not so crafty, but had my run through hair and makeup this weekend and I was impressed at her handiwork!!  That stylist is an angel!   Cheesy

(There's my veil...  Wink)


And, because I'm always looking for decorating/setup ideas for our location, here it is.

Here's what we were thinking for setup - Stantions with tulle making aisles/barracades from the public (it is a public park), chairs, "aisle" between the trees, and arch where Mom and I are standing.  That's Lake Champlain in the background...ahhh..   Smiley

Looking up at our reception hall - it's hiding in there behind the trees.  There's actually three buildings on site.

A pretty house on the property - circa 1790!   Smiley  Will make a pretty place for pics outside.


Pocket squares for all the groomsmen and my hubby-to-be.  I just bought some pretty teal satin and stapled onto thin cardboard, covered staples with more satin and double stick taped!  Voila!  Super easy, but I did make a few test samples with muslin first.  The cardboard can be trimmed on the bottom for each guys different pocket depth, since they are not all wearing the standard-from-the-shop tuxes.

Bubble wands for the ceremony.  This was inspired by some craftster here, but I can't find the link (sorry!).  Printed off the computer, punched and threaded with teal ribbon.  Sorry for the darkness in the pic.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scotty dog softie....awww on: February 13, 2007 05:22:22 AM
I just thought he turned out so cute, I had to post his mug shot.   Smiley  This is from the wonderful pattern at allsorts (http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/05/softie_scotty_d.html).  Thank you!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 Little Wristlets (Zippered with Bangles!) on: February 13, 2007 05:14:00 AM
Thanks to numerous tutes on Craftster (and especially this one from blissbyheather - http://blissbyheather.blogspot.com/2007/01/tutorial-super-cute-wristlet.html), I made these two wristlets.

This was my first attempt with zippers and my first attempt at making any sort of bag.  I just jumped in and started with zippers... I figured it would be a good way to tackle the ugly head-on.   Smiley  I attached bangles for the handles cause I like the way you can just wear them like a bracelet.

Black and white one I made for me...

Black and red one I made for a swap partner...

Thanks for looking!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Is it ok to sew paper? on: January 11, 2007 08:21:30 AM
So I know this isn't exactly a CLOTHING question, more of a sewing question, and I've searched, but not found much info.  Hoping to hone in on you sewing experts for this one...

Is is ok for my sewing machine (brand new!) to sew thru paper?  I'd like to use it for some cards, but don't want to run the risk of messing anything up.  I've seen some things about using a long stitch, but that's about it.  It's probably a good idea to have a "paper" needle-only, right?  Any advice?  I was borrowing a machine from a friend for a while, but now I have my own, so I'm pretty new to the machine sewing world!

Thank you muchly in advance!  Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fabric paper? on: January 03, 2007 12:27:21 PM
I saw this:  http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=52440&sid=31U9Hz1jY7cZCfD-27107237198.50  and would love to know how to "stiffen" the fabric to use for paper crafts.  Could you just use starch or something, or is there some secret recipe?  Thanks.  Smiley
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