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1  Texas / Texas: Southeast / What's it like in the Rio Grande Valley area? on: April 26, 2009 12:25:33 PM
Hello Texan craftsters!

I am very excited to be relocating to the Rio Grande Valley area--- I was accepted to Teach for America and will be teaching for two years. I don't know what school I'll be teaching in, and I know that the region is huge.

I have NEVER been to Texas. I know I'm in for a pretty big culture shock; I'm coming from Vermont.

I'm interested in finding out what kind of scene there is in the area. Do you have farmer's markets, neat vintage shops, craft stores? What's the night life like? How are the coffee shops, ARE there coffee shops? What's the best kind of food.... Are there community dark rooms? Can you eat and buy products locally? (as in made there and sold there)

What's housing like? anything I should avoid? Do cell phones work?

SOO many questions!

Any insight, tips, pointers, would be great!

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / The Drunken Moon on: January 22, 2009 02:47:58 PM
Hi all!

I've been working with clay for some time.. This guy is my favorite...

He's roughly 18" tall, hand built terra cotta, with an iron oxide and wax finish. He was my first face pot... and continues to be my favorite.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Birchin' Cake Stand and other assorted wedding craft, tons of pics on: December 14, 2007 08:01:33 PM
So! Here's the beginning of it. The wedding is March 1st! Please don't remind me how close that is!

My future brother in law made us an amazing cake stand out of a giant birch log I found. He's such a talented woodworker! And for all of you single 17 and under ladies completely available.  Grin

Here's the cake stand...


The Save the Dates I sent in the summer... the front image embossed and the paper has a subtle snowflake texture. The magnets bugged me, but that was my boy's contribution so the imperfections had to be ignored



(ps Dave, my husband to be!, made the checkerboard table!)

We will be "ringing" in our marriage with jingle bells. I got the snowflakes bells at dollar tree 6 for $1, and then I tied two onto grosgrain ribbon, melting the ends of the ribbon was quite possibly the most fun I've had since registering for presents!  Grin


I had to shorten the string that connected the bells to the ribbon.


Fortunately, Buddy, POM, and TV got me through it!

And lastly... these are what I'm planting the baby Christmas trees I spent hours digging up at Dave's family's Christmas tree farm. Some will just have tea lights, but most will have little balsam firs!


Stay Tunned y'all... there is more to come!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Star Book Centerpieces! on: January 09, 2007 09:57:38 AM
Oh wow! So, I have had a lot of time on my hands today and while I was looking through the DIY networks tutorials I came across this!

STAR BOOKS! They look like they would make the neatest centerpieces and they look fairly simple and cost effect to make. I just know that they will make a great addition to someone's wedding!

Check them out!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Etiquette, Etiquette, Oh how you plague me! on: January 09, 2007 09:47:59 AM
Hello all!

So in planning the wedding of our dreams, my FI and I chose a fabulous, intimate mansion. It provides us with four days of goodness, a quirky setting to get married in, horse drawn sleigh rides, fireplaces in our bedrooms, a grand staircase, DELICIOUS food, and an amazing wedding coordinator!

What it doesn't provide is space. We can fit approximately 80 guests. Now, this brings me to my question.

Is it tacky/anger inspiring for us to only invite our family and our wedding party to the wedding in March and then have a big shin dig for everyone else in the spring? My Mom runs a summer resort, so I could use the facility and chef for cost (the chef would probably be free...now that I think about it). The only reason I'm not getting married there, is my Mom would not be able to relax. So, I'm planning on a huge BBQ (lobster, filet mignon, amazong corn chowder) at the beach for sunset. I'll have favors for everyone there and I'll have an album of the wedding. I might switch up the favors for less intensive projects... any ideas? We probably won't do dancing, but I may ask my fiddler friend to come and play. The evening will probably end with a big bonfire, marshmellows, spiked coffee, and a sunset. It'll be way more casual than the wedding.

Now. Would you hate me forever if I said you could only go to the party for Guest List B? I mean, it sounds like a sweet arse party to me, but ack! I'm going to send the invites to both parties at the same time. Should I do save the dates for both or just the march wedding?

Grr. I hate etiquette. And I just realized that this isn't really craft related.... I guess etiquette is sort of a human relation craft?

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2007 Quilt Blocks of the Month- Updated and Ready to Go! on: January 02, 2007 05:13:40 PM
So! After many months of putting aside, moving, having teeth ripped from my skull, and many other life events I've finally gotten my act together. Many thanks to LibbyK for reminding me that this is a fabulous craftalong and ought to be brought back. Without any further ado here we go.

Basic Idea

This craftalong will be designed very similarly to brilliantly put together first quilt block craftalong. To see some of the beautiful result check it out here.... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=71050.0

Each month I will pick out two (possibly 3) 12" x 12" quilt block for us to try. You can do one or both and your block does not necessarily need to be 12 x 12. We can use this forum as a place to troubleshoot together and most importantly show each other the results!

Because I was slow to get this together we will be running from May to May... or possibly longer. Who knows really!

I have picked the following for May's designs, but in future months I would love to have suggestions for any type of technique to focus on or patterns that you just love! Please, give me input! and delicious cookies... you know or brownies. Or you could just stick to the input.   Grin

For this month I was thinking of the old saying, April showers, bring May flowers

Streaks of Lightening

Rose Bud


For this month I was thinking that simple blocks were in order! It's that time of year when people are busy (ha, as if people are only busy one month of the year...) So simple it is!

Amish Diamond

The reason that Amish quilts are so recognizeable is that they use a limited color palette. Despite the seemingly austere design, the quilts often have very intricate quilting and are considered some of the best quilts in the US.

Waterwheel Variation

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