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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge-Dandelion Clock on: April 24, 2008 10:53:54 PM
First time I've ever done a macro shot and this is the only one that didn't turn out very blurry. I used a Kodak Z710 and I cropped the picture, I was very pleased at how the shot turned out.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Raspberry Lemonade Easter Cake. Pic Heavy. on: March 23, 2008 06:17:52 PM
So I looked all over the internet but I couldn't find a Raspberry Lemonade Cake that sounded good, so I did the crafty thing and made up a recipe.

First I'll show you what I used to make the cake.

The Ingredients were:
1 Box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic White Cake Mix
3 Large Brown Eggs
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 1/3 Cups Water
1 Cup Whole Milk
16 Ounce Box of Raspberry Flavored Jello
16 Ounce Box of Instant Lemon Flavored Jello Pudding
16 Ounce Tub of Cool Whip Topping
8 Ounce Tub of Cool Whip Topping
Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue Food Coloring
Crisco-Pilsbury Flour No-Stick Cooking Spray

The Tools I used were:
Lots of Mixing Bowls
2 9 inch Teflon Cake Pans
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Wire Cooling Racks
A Cake Decorating Bag With Multiple Tips (For the First Time)
Teflon Safe Spatula

Mix the cake mix as directed, pour 1/4 of mixed cake batter into a separate bowl and reserve. In the bowl with 3/4 mixed cake batter, mix in Lemon pudding mix and 1 cup of milk. Pour Lemon cake batter into 9 inch pans. Mix 1/3 packet of Raspberry Jello with the 1/4 bowl of cake batter, pour Raspberry batter over Lemon Batter in 9 inch pans. Using a Teflon safe spatula swirl the Raspberry and Lemon batter around to create a marbled effect.

The left is swirled the right is not.

Bake at 350F for 28-38 minutes or until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

The pudding makes the cake a bit more dense than a normal cake mix would be and it tends to crack, I'll give you a tip for decorating further down.

Leave cake in pans and let cool on a wire cooling rack for about an hour, or until completely cool. Once cake has cooled remove the cake from the pans.

Mix the rest of the Raspberry Jello powder with the 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip, scoop Raspberry Cool Whip into your cake decorating bag and use a large starburst tip.

Squeeze a ring of Raspberry Cool Whip around the top of the bottom cake, and fill in the ring with the rest of the Raspberry Cool Whip to create your middle layer, then put the cake for the top layer on upside down so that it will be smooth and flat on top.

Using the 16oz. tub of Cool Whip and a spatula, cover the entire layer cake, so that you will have a blank canvas.

Now you can mix small amounts of Cool Whip with food coloring to put in your cake decorating bag, choose a tip that you like and the sky is the limit, but as a precaution Cool Whip is a hard thing to work with, but it makes for a light alternative for frosting which I needed for this cake.

As you can see my cake is Easter themed, I was running low on white Cool Whip by the end of it so I didn't get to do as much as I wanted but it tasted great and turned out looking pretty cute and very Homemade, lol.

What I took home.

Hope you Enjoy it, and comments are welcomed.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need a curtain! on: February 25, 2008 12:28:24 PM
I moved into an apartment and the light above the sink is a fluorescent light that has no cover and is horrible when standing in front of it. I bought fabric to make a curtain out of, but have no clue how to make a curtain or how to affix it to the cabinet. So what I need help with is, a pattern for a curtain and some advice on how to attach it.

This is the light.

This is the fabric.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Project: Earth Day. Four foot wide planet earth model. Crafting Ideas? on: February 06, 2008 06:45:19 PM
I work at a Wal-Mart and we are doing a big Earth Day project and we need a large planet earth model and a smaller moon model, we would like to suspend it from the rafters so it would need to be light, also management wants it to be about four feet wide and four feet tall and it needs to be made of materials that will stand up to being put in a box and put in storage, since they want to reuse it next earth day.

My first thought was to sew a large sphere out of fabric and fill it full of old plastic shopping bags and the shredded paper, both materials that we send to our recycling center, that we could just keep and use to fill the cloth sphere. We could paint it like the earth with fabric paint but this might take too long. Any suggestions?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Photograph Wreath Thing. on: January 03, 2008 10:08:23 PM
My boyfriend and I, as well as my best friend, moved into an apartment together, and while we've decorated quite abit (having two "Mo's" in the house, it has to have some flare.) We were seriously lacking wall decor. Well we all work at Wal-Mart and he works in the photo-lab and he brought some pictures home that were the normal picture size 4x6 I believe, anywho they were solid black except the white border. He said he wanted to make something for the wall out of them. We have a quasi Asian theme going on in the living room so he wanted it to match. I cam home today to find this.

He put all the pictures into a wreath like shape and began taping them to one another and then we nailed it to the wall with two nails, then he found the Chinese character for home on the internet, after he sketched the shape onto the back of the picture he cut it out with an X-acto knife then tape it to a piece of card stock and cut it to size and we nailed it in the center of the wreathy thing. I really like it alot, and thought I would share his creativity with you all.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Simple 16-Stitch Sewing Machine, 3116 on: December 06, 2007 10:30:28 AM
I'm getting a sewing machine for x-mas and was wondering if anyone has used this model. I really know nothing about them, other than it would make sewing alot easier than doing it by hand (after I learn to use it of course) I'll include the link to wal-mart so you can see a picture, a review would be swell.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / What is the best glue for a lamp shade? on: April 11, 2007 09:27:57 AM
I'm making a lamp shade and I don't know what kind of glue would be good to use that will withstand heat that the light bulb will give off. Please help.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make wrist/arm bands from dress shirt cuffs? on: March 29, 2007 08:59:36 AM
I did a search but could find a how to and I gotta be at work soon, so sorry if I overlooked it before. I received a bundle of dress shirts that don't fit me and I already cut the cuffs off of a couple of them and I was wondering how to make them into wristbands? I'm not sure what kind of paint and/or sealer to use on them, please help.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Isn't life juicy? Fun, with Starburst table. on: March 18, 2007 08:25:42 PM
A few years ago at Wal-Mart I found an ugly clearance table with an apple on it, we spray painted it black shortly after the purchase and it stayed that way for two years, but then things got Juicy! With the help of Mod Podge and a bag of Starbursts I decoupaged the plain old table and made it pretty colorful, hope you all enjoy it.


Applying the Mod Podge.

Lots of wrappers.


Birds eye view of the finished project.

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / OMG a CyCLOCKtopus run for your life! on: February 28, 2007 08:10:06 PM
Its a CyCLOCKtopus, a strange creature with one eye which is actually a clock...with the ability to freeze time with only a glance! Hehe, my first entry.


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