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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Awesome quiche and chicken salad. on: August 16, 2007 10:01:25 PM
I threw a bridal shower for my best friend this past weekend.  I wanted to do a brunch style menu so I went to allrecipes.com and searched for recipes that had the highest ratings and best reviews. 

"Clarks Quiche" was the hit of the shower.  It was my first time making quiche and was by far, the best I'd ever had.  I don't like mushrooms so I left those out and just added more onions, ham, and bacon.  People were begging me for copies of the recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Clarks-Quiche/Detail.aspx


The other hit of the day was the chicken salad.  It was so good I even hid some so the guests wouldn't eat it all, hah!  It had dried cranberries in it which were amazing.  It was even better the next day after it sat in the fridge over night:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Holiday-Chicken-Salad/Detail.aspx

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Water bowl for Mina. on: August 16, 2007 09:46:41 PM
I own a "paint your own pottery" studio with 2 friends of mine, so we're fortunate enough to be able to paint whatever we want, whenever we want.  I'm working on a food & water bowl set for my kitty, Mina.  I've finished one so far.  The other bowl will be identical except the colors will be inverted (white dots on a pink background).

I painted the kitty inside the bowl to look just like Mina.  You can't see it in the picture but I painted a spot under her chin, a spot on her butt, and a striped tail just like the real life Mina. Can you tell I'm obsessed with my cat? Smiley



The real Mina:
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / What to do with those pesky shrinky dink scraps? on: August 16, 2007 09:38:11 PM
Turn them into earrings!  I had lots of left over scraps from other craft projects that didn't quite work out.  I put them into small piles, heated them up, and while they were still warm molded them into these funky little shapes.  I burned myself a few times but: no pain, no gain! Smiley

My favorite:


A second pair:


Waste not, want not!
24  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity (New Look) 6587 on: August 16, 2007 09:31:07 PM
I made this a while back but I've only worn it once.  The pattern was very easy and I made it in 2 days (it was only the 2nd time I'd ever even followed a clothing pattern...yes, it was that easy).  I've since made another dress from this same pattern and have started on a third.  It's made out of some mildly itchy vintage fabric that belonged to my grandmother.  I like it but it needs something...fancier buttons maybe?   A belt? 

Front:


Back:



25  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: ugly sew along! (a little image heavy) ;) on: August 16, 2007 09:14:03 PM
I actually really like the way this is turning out.  I still have to finish hemming a sleeve and the bottom of the jacket.  Unfortunately, I've set it aside for now since the hem has to be understitched by hand and my patience was wearing thin.  I'll finish it up sometime this winter because I definitely do want to wear it. Smiley

Ugly fabric I used:


Close up of fabric (it's some sort of leftover burlapish fabric that I can only assume was used to cover furniture in the early 70s:


Front lining (leftover fabric my grandmother made drapes with a long time ago:


Me wearing it:


Another shot of the lining:


I'm going to add a nice old fashioned, sparkly button to the front eventually.  The pattern I used was http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M5244.jpg.  I made view C but didn't like the way it looked with the collar standing up, so I just folded it down.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Hello Potter and Guitar Hero! The Gifting of Co-Workers Continues! on: August 09, 2007 09:03:27 PM
Gaaaaah omgomgomg!  I love the Hello Potter shirt!  Two of my all time favorite things combined into one?  I can't believe I never thought of this before.  You are totally my hero!! Smiley
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! on: August 09, 2007 08:53:15 PM
Oooh the magnetic calender is so cute!  What a great idea!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oops- this should be in discussions- would someone please move it? on: August 09, 2007 08:51:56 PM
It kind of depends on how close your sofa is going to be.  You don't want to be so close that you feel like you're straining your neck trying to watch TV.  Put up a posterboard about where you're wanting to hang the tv, position your sofa where you want it, then sit down and stair at the posterboard for a good 20 minutes.  If it feels comfortable then go for it.
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter t-shirts for opening night on: July 28, 2007 05:30:49 PM
Ah!  I love them both!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: ugly sew along! on: July 07, 2007 04:39:13 PM
Hehe, Fleur, I certainly hope it comes out good. Tongue

I found some ugly burlap flower stuff (looks like sofa coverings from the 70s).  Since I only had a small amount of it I decided to do a bolero type jacket with it and.....it actually looks kinda cool so far.

I only have to hem the bottom of it and the sleeves (hand stitching a blind hem and it's taking for.ev.er.).  AS soon as I'm done I will post up pictures and stuff.

This is fun.  I'm so glad you came up with this idea, green-olives.  Now I'm inspired to try out more patterns with ugly fabric I have laying around. Smiley
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