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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas for making boys clothes and ......? on: August 31, 2007 06:35:24 PM
Sometimes you just have to experiment. I am currently making a cute button down shirt out of mickey mouse Halloween fabric i got last year on clearance. I make my own patterns - basically what i do is take an article of clothing that fits him and trace it onto newspaper for the sizing and i also like to find a larger version of the type of clothing i want to do and deconstruct it, so see where all the seams and fold should go. It never hurts to try.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wooden Drawing Manikin Online on: August 21, 2007 08:37:42 PM
try a local dick blick store or check amazon or ebay for an Armature
(drawing mannequin)
 good luck
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: How in the world do I use Gimp? on: August 21, 2007 08:30:47 PM
I know gimp so if you have any specific questions let me know, i would be more than happy to answer them. i also know many other graphics programs including the dreaded quark Tongue
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Photoshop Graphics on: August 21, 2007 08:25:39 PM
I think a computer art board would be great there are so many resources that are available and most people don't even know. I am always looking for ideas in my work and thoes fancy art mags are like 15 buck each - too rich for me. I wish we could discuss these matters and all forms of art that accompany this. so won't you give us geeky crafters a chance Cheesy

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5  COOKING / Dessert / Faux Food part 1 on: August 21, 2007 03:02:37 PM
For my son's last b-day, i took his 3rd grade class a fun treat. Mini pizzas. i wish i had a picture but i was way too busy making these things. Okay i was being a little lazy considering i bought the generic sugar cookie dough from a tube you can buy at walmart. but it's better then mine so it's okay. I cut and rolled out the cookies so that they were about the size of a frozen juice lid. then bake according to the directions. Right when they come out of the oven, you can use a spoon or something round slightly smaller then the cookies. press down in the middle of the hot cookie - what we are trying to achieve is a slight crust around the edge of the cookie - it keeps the toppings from sliding off. then take some strawberry jam and mix with some powered sugar and red food coloring to get it to look like tomato paste. smear a bit of your "tomato paste" on the cookie. add shredded sweetened coconut to look like cheese - some brands are different shades of white get which ever looks like cheese. I actually went and grabbed a bag of cheese from the cheese aisle and compared the two. For pepperoni i bought cherry chips and i placed about 5 ( can't do too many at a time) on a piece of wax paper on a plate and microwaved just a little then i quickly pulled them out and placed another piece of wax paper over the top and smooshed them with my thumb. when they cool peel off the wax paper and top your pizza! Believe it or not they actually taste pretty good.  Watch for more fun faux food ideas to come in the future.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Fondant for dummies - lol on: August 21, 2007 02:32:36 PM
 Smiley  I love watching people on tv make the crazy fancy b-day cakes. and i wanted to figure out how. and i did.  If you have ever looked a recipe for fondant you know that it can seem alittle scary for novice bakers. Huh  Well my secret is:   Grin  I use plain old caned frosting betty crocker, cheap whatever. The white or vanilla works well. Take one can frosting dump into a bowl ad lots and lots of powered sugar. mix until you get a dough, you don't want it too sticky so add you powered sugar over time until you get the right consistency. you can divide it into smaller balls and add food coloring to make diff. colors. once you add color you have to add more sugar to keep it from getting sticky. when you have a dough ball that is not too sticky and not too dry, place in on a corn starch sprinkled surface - very important. you can dust off the corn starch when you are done. when you roll it out the bigger it is the harder it is to move so start small. Cupcake size. you can cut it out with cookie cutters for decorations or just leave it whole. When you are working with it, it can get really soft- if it does wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a while about 20 - 30 mins. take your cake  and coat it lightly with reg. frosting - something flavored that will be your crumb coat. it keeps the crumbs off the fondant when covering. don't make the fondant too thick - it's really sweet  Tongue and don't make it too thin it will tear when you are covering the cake Sad .have fun and practice. I made up a batch for our xmas cookies last year and the kids loved it, they could use it like play dough to decorate the cookies. after you have layed it over the cake smooth it out with your hands slowly like you are rubbing in lotion. smooth out the bubbles, and the first one never really looks all that great, but just keep trying it gets better. if you want to keep it simple. do it all white and use food coloring like watercolor paints, and paint. don't get it too wet though, it will get sticky or even run. good luck and let me know what you think. I would love to see if this advice helps anyone.  Cheesy
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Make it Go Go Go Go challenge on: August 21, 2007 01:58:18 PM
Okay quick idea. Rem. the old school potato battery from elementary. Well make something that moves using the potato for a battery. Kinda thinking on the green side. Whether it be a lamp or a vibe, be creative.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: hair sticks on: June 28, 2007 04:05:29 PM
I bought good old fashion cheapy chop sticks from walmart 20 for a buck! whoo hoo!  then i used a small pipe saw and cut them down, sanded and filed down the tapered end to a nice rounded point. It;s a bit tricky to ge the clay to stick to the wood. You have to roll a thin snake and flatten it a bit then roll the chopstick like a rolling pin into the clay it will collect and thin a bit, just work it until it's all the way around. Roll firmly, it may take a few tries, but you'll get it. I clear coated it with nail polish after i baked it.  I baked with the stick in it.
9  UNITED STATES / Mississippi / Re: New to Central Mississippi on: June 05, 2007 01:55:52 PM
Oh i so love thrift stores and i know most of them. Um, the best are the gateway rescue mission thrift store in pearl which is just minutes south of jackson right on Hwy. 80 it has lots of funky clothes, furniture, great selection of vinyl records and books. Cheap too. there is a goodwill in pearl as well but not as good. I haven't been impressed by any of the sal. armys down here. And The goodwill in madison on Hwy 51 is great for crazy jewelry, books, clothes, espc. tee shirts, and toys - most of the stuff there is coming from the richer neighborhoods. And there is Hudsons - a chain store with super cheap stuff, but i love a store called "Dirt Cheap" yeah it so is, there aren't any in jackson so you have to go about a half hour north to get there in yazoo city on 49. I have bought brand expensive new picture frames there for like .50 all their stuff is new it's a clearance store and they knock percentages off as time goes by. They even have really nice clothes for super cheap, i have seen gap stuff(brand new) for .25 !!!! most isn't over 7.00 and so worth it. alot of the stuff is returns and open packages so check it well and they have an outlet in the back you can plug stuff in to check it.  By far my best finds there are a thousand dollars worth of solar panels for 160.00 and a white down comforter perfect condition for 40.00 worth 450.00 so worth the drive!  And you will have to check out the fondren district of jackson, lots of artsy and cool stores more expensive then thrift stores but cooler. And they have a natural food store there too.  There is a farmers market in jackson as well. Do you have kids, i know lots more stuff to do with kids, i have 2 boys, but i also know about most of the other attractions as well. And my hubby is really into rc hobbies so i could tell you about that too. anything else you want to know just ask, I've got lots of time. Oh and you will want to sign up for freecycle too, i always find great free stuff there. Grin Cheesy
10  UNITED STATES / Mississippi / Re: Central Mississippi here on: June 04, 2007 04:52:34 PM
Near Yazoo county here!
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