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1  COOKING / Dessert / 4th of July "cathedral windows" on: July 05, 2008 06:52:16 AM
Inspired by this topic https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254352.0,  I made a super-festive 4th of July version.  Here it is after unmolding:

And after cutting (with sort of melty whipped cream around the outside edge):

Here's exactly how it was made, and I'll add some recommendations at the end for how I'd do it differently next time.  For the whole thing, you need:
  • 2 boxes of Jello, the 8-serving size, one red and one blue
  • 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 6 envelopes of gelatin (or 3, if you follow my recommendation at the end)
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 C milk
  • 1.5 C cold water, 4 C boiling water

First, make the two jellos in separate 8"x8" dishes, and chill them for at least 3 hours. For each batch:
  • put 1/2 C cold water in a bowl (which should be big enough to hold about 4 cups)
  • sprinkle one envelope of gelatin over the top of the water and wait 1 minute
  • add 2 C of boiling water and one box of Jello, and stir until dissolved
  • gently pour into the 8x8 pan, and refrigerate until firm
  • later, cut into cubes

After the first jellos are done, make the coconut jello.  This is a recipe for "Haupia Gelatin", which is a hawaiian dessert.  I loved this stuff as a kid!
  • Combine coconut milk and sugar in a pan, and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  • In a separate bowl, put 1/2 C water and sprinkle 4 envelopes of gelatin over it.  This will turn into a huge congealed mass, and you'll wish you had added some milk first!
  • Scoop out the congealed gelatin and add to the coconut milk, and stir.  Breathe a sigh of relief that it seems to be melting okay!  Stir until it's completely melted and combined.
  • Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, and refrigerate.  Stir often so that it doesn't set on the edges. When it gets to about room temperature, you're ready to assemble.

  • Get a bowl, or a jello mold, big enough to hold 8 cups (I'm guessing).
  • First, place some jello squares all over the bowl's sides, mixing the colors nicely.  The flat sides of the squares should stick to the sides of your mold nicely. Feel free to go high up the sides with them - you can always rearrange after you pour the coconut jello in.
  • Dump the rest of the squares in, mixing the colors up as you go.
  • Gently pour the coconut jello over the top.
  • Adjust the squares if you need to.  Refrigerate until firmly set.
  • To unmold, place in warm water for a minute or so, dry off the mold, and then invert onto serving plate.  Then, when it doesn't budge, reach under and pry the thing out with your fingers.  Wink

Things I'd change for next time: 
  • I don't think the extra gelatin is needed.  I was worried that it wouldn't be firm enough, but it was too firm!  So, no extra envelopes for the regular jello, and only three envelopes for the coconut part.
  • When doing the coconut jello, I might add some of the milk to the water before adding the gelatin.  Though with only 3 envelopes instead of 4, maybe it won't be a problem next time.

That's it!  Hope someone else tries it and enjoys it as much as I did!  And thanks again to heartofmary for the inspiration!!!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / monogram "birthday book" covers on: February 13, 2007 08:49:38 PM
These look like journals, but they're "birthday books", or perpetual-calendar-type books.  I made these for xmas 2005 for all my close women friends and relatives (and one for myself!).  They took friggin' forever to finish, and I think my printer will never forgive me!!  But hey, I think they're cool, and I hope they will be useful!  (Now if only I was organized enough to use mine!)  

For each month, there's a list of the days where you can list births, anniversaries, etc., and the back of that page is a pocket (for cards or receipts, etc.).  Also for each month, there is another page that has a table on both sides, so you can record what gifts you purchased for whom (so you never buy the same thing two years in a row!).  There is also a similar section at the end, for xmas, with extra gift record pages.  So, it's about 30-ish pages in all.  It's just bound with loose binder rings.  I can give more details on the book itself if anyone is interested.  But I thought I'd just post pics of some of the covers, because I think they're pretty.   Grin

They are all made with Bazill cardstock, Basic Grey papers and monograms, ribbons, and artificial or Prima paper flowers. The papers have inked edges, and I used machine sewing around all the edges and on the ribbons.  Okay, here they are, sort of from beginning to end (when I finally got in a groove!):




3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / another mini scrapbook, all handmade this time (image heavy again!) on: February 03, 2007 06:08:34 PM
This is my favorite of all the mini-albums I've made!!  I got tired of buying the pre-made books, so I tried my hand at making my own.  And to save some time, I used patterned paper to make the pages, so that I only had to make mats for half of the pages (the white backside of the paper).  You can probably tell from the pictures how these are constructed, but just in case, here's a rough summary of how to make the book:

- Take 3 pieces of coordinating 12x12 paper, cut each one in half so that you have 6 pieces of 6x12.  Put aside one of each type (use for making the mats).  Fold the other 3 in half (doesn't really matter which way, but I put the patterned side out) and nest them.  If you like, you can trim them slightly so that they don't peek out from the cover.

- To make the cover, cut one piece of textured cardstock in half.  Again, you'll have two 6x12 pieces.  Fold both of these at about the 1" and 7" marks, so that the edges meet and you have a tri-fold.  In the front cover, you can cut out a "window", where you might put a photo or something.  Then nest the two short folds, and add the patterned paper.  Then bind the spine.  I did the binding in a very low-tech way!  I would have stapled them, but my stapler isn't long enough, so I just poked holes (4 of them, for 2 staples) where the staples would have gone, then manually added the staples.   Smiley  If you look very closely at the middle picture, you'll see that I added two small strips of paper across the middle to hide the staple prongs.

- Secure the 1" flap on the front with a few brads.  Add a ribbon closure by threading the ribbon through the flap area.  (I know, that's a little vague, but I'm sure you can figure it out!

- Then make the mats for the white pages (using the extra patterned paper), and adhere them.  Then add extra embellishments for the other pages if you like.

I hope that's clear enough.  I can try to work up a tutorial if anyone is interested.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / mini scrapbooks - image heavy! on: February 03, 2007 05:45:30 PM
Here are some pages from a mini scrapbook that I made for a friend a couple years ago, for her kid who was turning 1 year old.  I had a great time making them!  Actually, I ended up making um...  4? of these books - I had a lot of friends who had kids turning 1 about the same time!!  I have to say, it's somehow more fun to make the blank pages than it is to actually scrapbook my own photos.   Wink

The books are the 4"x6" ones from Die Cuts with a View.  I made the pages on cardstock backgrounds which were sized to have about 1/4" margins all around.  When I finished all the pages, I adhered them to the books with spray adhesive.

The first image is the "title" page, which has the name of the baby, and the rest are inner pages.  Enjoy!












5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "toggle" blanket toy for babies on: February 02, 2007 10:43:32 AM
Hey, it's my first completed project post!  Yay!  Here are the pics:

Side 1:

Side 2:

Action shot with my daughter, Vada (10 months old):

The idea came from my daughter - she LOVES zipper pulls, hoodie strings and shoelaces, almost more than any store-bought toys!  So, I figured I'd make her a little taggie-blanket-like toy with zippers and buckles and laces, etc.  I went to the craft store and dollar store and picked up a bunch of random things, added some scrap fabric, and there you go!  

The dimensions are about 8" square, and it has two zippers, two hair bands, a dog collar (cut into pieces, but the buckle can be buckled!), several different kinds of shoelaces, some elastic (folded into a loop), some cording (knot tied on the end), and a thinner cord with a wooden bead looped and tied on.  The fabric is fleece on one side and corduroy on the other.

Things I learned:  When sewing hair bands, make sure the metal part is further out than the seam allowance.  (Otherwise it gets in the way when you topstich around, and you might bust a needle on it!)  And next time I'll leave off the wooden bead - I left the cording a bit too long (might have been a choking hazard), so I folded it over and caught it in the topstiching.  But still, I didn't think about the washability when I was making it, and that bead might not hold up under repeated washings whereas everything else should be okay.

Baby's opinion:  She likes it, but still not as much as the real thing.  Wink
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