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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / New to felting, is it possible to make ridges? on: November 25, 2012 08:57:57 AM
Hi, I just started felting and am having a great time needle felting different kinds of mushrooms. I made a chanterelle and the shape is right but If I could make the characteristic ridges on the underside of the cap and stem, It would be perfect. Here is a picture of a real chanterelle I found for reference.

I was thinking I could try embroidery floss. but I was just wondering if there was a better needle felting technique to create ridges.

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Substitute for Pie weights? on: November 21, 2012 05:51:16 PM
So today I was blind baking my pie crust for my Thanksgiving pecan pie(yum). I don't bake often enough to buy fancy pie weights for blind baking, so I used some black beans I had in the cupboard. Everytime I do this I think what a waste of perfectly good beans. (as far as I know you can't cook them up after baking them)
So I was thinking about different things one might use as pie weights. The two things I thought of were, river rocks, and glass marbles. The rocks would have to be well washed of course. Does anyone see a problem with baking rocks or marbles for twenty minutes or so at a time?
The worst thing I can imagine is a rock exploding from some trapped water or something. That also seems unlikely.

what do you think?
or a time bomb

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chai Tea! from scratch, I'm hooked luckily the recipe made 2.5 quarts on: November 11, 2012 11:44:47 AM
I made some chai tea yesterday, so worth making from scratch. It is the best chai I have ever had.

This cookbook is amazing as well It has about a million recipes from all across India and all that I have tried have been excellent. Some of them are a little daunting though with exotic hard to find ingredients, and even the cooking techniques are unfamiliar. That's one of the reasons I decided to make the Masala Chai Tea, i had all the ingredients on hand and it is a simple process, although more involved than I would have thought. You boil for exact amounts of times before adding ingredients. Seems a little fussy, but the end result is amazing.
If you like chai I would strongly recommend making it from scratch at least once. It is delicious, comforting and exotic at the same time.

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simple yet elegant pasta recipe, glad I remembered this one on: November 10, 2012 08:38:53 PM
I recently remembered a pasta recipe that I hadn't used in a while. It's just as easy and delicious as I remember

All you need is
can of Roma tomatoes
kalamata olives
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

Just crush tomatoes and mix everything together except Parmesan. Use a fair amount of EVO and salt and pepper. Then while your pasta is cooking just heat your sauce up add cooked pasta and cook together until not runny. Top with shaved Parmesan.
It is so good. Its so simple but delicious. Food magic.

For a step by step check my blog.http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/2012/11/fast-foodie-friday-easy-pasta-dinner-in.html
Thanks for looking!
5  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Free Advertising! Looking for Minnesota crafters to feature on my blog. on: March 10, 2012 10:20:53 AM
Hi fellow Minnesotans,
My blog Making Minneapolis, is a crafty blog with a local theme. I am looking to fill my sidebar heading (Shop local MN Online) with links to online sites by fellow Minnesota crafters (Etsy sites, websites, blogs).
If you are interested you can post your link here or pm me. I will also be having guest bloggers as a regular feature, so again if you are interested let me know. And tell all your crafty Minnesota friends.
Here is a link to my blog

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small Book Made from Vintage Matchbook(Now No Matchbook necessary!) on: February 14, 2012 09:10:08 PM
I was just recently admiring these tiny books https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402443.0 and planning to make my own. When I went to find some light cardboard to use, I came up empty handed. So my brain churned up this Idea for me to make instead. A book made from a vintage matchbook. I call it the matchbooklet.

I love how it turned out! I made another one from scratch, as in no matchbook just using thin packaging cardboard, and with more pages that also turned out cool.(will post later)
I have a tutorial on my blog for the matchbooklet if you are interested.
New Template so you don't need a matchbook http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/2012/03/recycled-crafts-how-to-make-tiny-book.html
I am new to the paper craft boards, I like it here, It is very inspiring to see all the art made from paper!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Collage, it was going to be a card but ended up too large, now it is wall art. on: February 07, 2012 04:40:58 PM
I made this for my hubby and my daughter for valentine's day.

Not sure how it ended up to be fish themed, but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly Christmas sweater nomore, cute legwarmers for sis on: December 27, 2011 03:53:52 PM
I gave my sister these legwarmers for Christmas to help her spread cheer wherever she goes. Been waiting to post this until after I had given them to her, so as not to spoil the surprise. These were super easy to make. The hardest part is getting your hands on an oversized holiday sweater, as they are getting more popular to wear. At least around here.

For a brief how to and a picture of the sweater before, here is my blog page about it
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Use up some of those wine corks you're hoarding(thats right I said hoarding) on: December 21, 2011 08:41:58 AM
Make some cute mushroom ornaments!

10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I can't get my signiture to look right, Can anyone help? on: December 13, 2011 12:55:52 PM
I tried a dozen times and don't know what I am doing wrong.
[url=http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/]My Blog
[url=http://artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/Courgette/]My Shop[/url]

this is what I have right now. there used to be the url code after where it says My Blog but it kept showing up in my signature so I deleted it. I just want it to look simple not a bunch of web addresses.

Thanks for any help
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