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1  COOKING / Dessert / muffin recipes needed! on: January 29, 2005 01:28:50 PM
After being a huge fan of Atlanta Bread Company's delicious chocolate chip muffin tops for many years, I bought myself a muffin top pan. Eager to create some tasty muffin tops I went online in search of a recipe.  I found a recipe and followed their directions, but my poor muffin tops came out rather dry.  In another attempt I used the recipe I found for chocolate chip muffins on Ghiraradelli's website.  Unfortunately, these muffins turn out like cookies rather than muffins.  So yet in other words, I am in great need of a good recipe for chocolate chip muffins (or any other kind of scrumptious muffins anyone can recommend).
Please help me! I'm sure there are plenty of good recipes out there, and any help in finding them would be appreciated! Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / ideas, anyone? on: January 28, 2005 04:21:40 PM
i have a guy friend that i want to make a small gift or token for, and i'd like to make something out of safety pins... but my brain is not spitting out any ideas Sad help please!
i know there are heaps of things I could do, but my brain has shut down!... must be that cold i have... haha
any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pop tab watch on: December 20, 2004 09:56:25 AM
i thought that these pop tab bracelets were awesome: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16894.0
so then i thought, hey, why not make a watch...
i just bought a timex watch at target, cut the band off and made a new band out of pop tabs... i used black elastic so it could just be slipped off and on... i gave it to my friend as a christmas present and she loved it! Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help with beading wire for jewelry! on: August 10, 2004 06:43:25 AM
I learned how to make neat daisy chains with seed beads and had a blast making them... i used 32 gauge beading wire (westrim crafts is the brand is used)...and now they are all just snapping! the wire just snaps if you even slighty tug on the bracelet!  Sad i went to michaels to see if i could find some 30 gauge beading wire, but they didnt sell any! then i tried 28 gauge beading wire and it was too thick...in a desperate attempt i bought 30 gauge floral wire, but of course that didnt work, since it was floral wire... i am really upset because the only wire i can use for seed beads is 32 gauge, but the wire i have just snaps! does any one know something i could try or use?Huh?? Undecided
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / wall decorating and a way to show off pictures! on: August 03, 2004 05:46:47 PM
ok, my room was oh-so-boring and i decided that i needed to spiff it up a bit
my first idea came when i was looking through a PB teen mag and saw these awesome feather lights that were like a zillion dollars. there were like a bunch of strands and they were hanging down one wall. i somehow thought i could use tinsel instead.  so after x-mas i bought a bunch of tinsel that was like onsale for 50 cents and came home and all i did was tape the tinsel to the line where the ceiling and wall meet.  i put a bunch of strands on to cover the whole wall and it turned out like this...
and my friend helped me with the other project!  I have a bunk bed set up (except my bottom bed is on the other side of the room) so underneath the top bed is just space. so my dad helped me put in an eye hook at each end of the wood above the last board.  i then took a sheet that matched my bed and slipped a piece of 18 gauge wire through the little part where th fabric is sewed folded over (at the top of the sheet) and i strung the wire through the eye hooks and tightened the wire. so now i have a curtain that i can push over and craft or read in my space. but anyways, then i took another piece of the wire and wrapped it around the board above and tightened it around the eyehook on the other side (so it is slightly diagonal) and i took baby clothes pins and attached pictures to them.
and here is what my room now looks like and i am very happy with it! YAY!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Painting Shoes on: July 12, 2004 05:08:32 AM
I painted these shoes right here... and I would like to put some kind of sealant or something on- can anyone help me with what I should use?

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help! beaded creatures and seed beads! on: June 27, 2004 06:43:40 PM
Does anyone know any good sites or anything that has patterns for beaded creatures (using seed beads), or any good ideas for using seed beads? I have a zillion and i've already made a zillion bracelets and was looking for some creative ideas!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tie wallet w/ tutorial! YAY! on: June 11, 2004 06:23:55 AM
this is my first post so sorry if i do this all wrong Sad and sorry if someone already posted something like this!
i was clicking around on craftster and found a topic where someone was looking for help on making a tie wallet, and someone gave them a link, i went to it, and i printed off the directions and i made it, but i modified it and added some things in (since it didnt even tell you to sew the sides down)
but i thought i'd post this and i hope you all like it- it is REALLY easy, even for me and i'm horrible at sewing! Smiley
*i used pictures of two ties- i hope its not too confusing!

all you need is a regular men's tie, needle, thread, and something like velcro or snaps

first you just cut your tie at the length you want.  I recommend somewhere between 18 and 15 inches (this is measuring from the wide part up the tie)- it depends on if you want a taller wallet, or a smaller one, I cut about 15 or so inches...
then you lay the tie out so the back side is up.  fold about 1 inch of the cut end up so that 1 inch of the good side is over the bad side.
sew it down, but only go through the top layer of cloth
it should look like this:
(the white is the material inside the tie)- it's ok if it doesnt look pretty, because you wont see it anyways Smiley
now flip the tie over onto the good side. fold about 1/3 of the way up.  if you then folded the tip of the tie over it, the tip should just barely hang over
next you are going to sew up the sides.  Start sewing in the middle (at the top of the folded over piece where there is 3 pieces of cloth) and sew down to the bottom of the tie where there is 2 pieces.
when you are done, carefully flip the pouch you have made, inside out. it should look like something like this...
the white line in the middle is where the opening is
now all you have to do is attach you velcro or alternative- just stick a piece on the back tip of the tie, and the other piece on the outside of your pouch!
have fun!
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