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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Slightly cut-up binders on: November 09, 2011 01:36:37 PM
Hi Craftsters!  My coworkers recently purchased 12 binders from the university bookstore just to cut out part of the front panel with the university logo and put it on their machinery.  Now they have 12 binders (of this sort:  http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM74448430P)  each with about 1/3 of their front cover cut out.  The plastic is good quality and fully intact on the back, and the binder ring mechanism is just fine.  So perhaps you could help me brainstorm some ideas to save these 12 binders from a landfill.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Geass Bag on: April 01, 2010 09:37:21 PM
Hello there craftsterites! 
I confess, I have been away from these lovely boards for a long time.  A very long time.  I blame the sweetly seductive Ravelry site for coaxing me away with its multi-variable knitting pattern search engine..... but, I was brought back to my senses when I completed a non-knitting project and thought, "Where shall I post this online?"  And there was Craftster, my first love, welcoming me back to its halls of multi-faceted crafts and reminding me of all the clever uses there are for those boring old household items that I was *horror of horrors* about to throw out! 

But, I digress.  Let's get on to the bag!

This was a request by a friend of mine.  It can be difficult to make things for boys, so I settled on denim fabric for the outside, and a nice soft green flannel for the inside.  I used the classic and wonderfully elegant Nintendo Messenger Bag Tutorial found on this site, and it worked like a charm.  The symbol on the front is from the anime Code Geass.  I stitched it on before sewing the bag together.  It was bigger than I thought it would be, but he's a boy in college and likely needs the extra space for his textbooks and such.  He was absolutely thrilled, so that means this project was a success. 

Onto the pictures of my geeky creation!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Jack Skellington Magnets on: October 21, 2008 12:22:27 PM
Totally cute!  I love 'em!  Got any shots of them glowing in the dark?
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Totoro cookies! on: October 21, 2008 10:44:59 AM
I just tried that fondant recipes myself this weekend.  Was yours incredibly greasy? (or is that just the way fondant is?)  It also wasnt the most easy to work with, but I think I shouldve chilled it alittle bit.  Either way, cute cookies though! Glad you did better than me on my first shot.  Cheesy
Yes, mine was very greasy.  I figured that was just cause I ran out of icing sugar, but maybe it's a greasy recipe in general?  Chilling it didn't help much with that.  I've never tried any other fondant recipes before, so I don't know how it's 'supposed' to be.  Maybe someone who knows more about fondant can enlighten us.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Totoro cookies! on: October 20, 2008 08:52:50 PM
Whee, my first post in the edible crafting section!

It was my birthday a couple weeks ago, so I decided to take on some ambitious food projects for my party guests.  One of these was that I made home-made fortune cookies for the first time, and they turned out pretty good, but my fingers got a little singed since you have to fold them right out of the oven.  I used this recipe and it tasted just like the ones you'd get at a restaurant (and I also strongly endorse their suggestion to fold the cookies using light cotton gloves).  I saved some batter and had each of my guests write a fortune, and made a small batch while they were there with their own fortunes and then passed them out which turned out to be a fun activity.  The baking time on these is the trickiest part since if you bake them too long they're too stiff to fold, but if you underbake them they stay kinda chewy and don't have a good crunch to them.

The cake you see in the picture below was made by my friend for me (she said she didn't want me making my own cake, hehe) and it was delicious!

My favourite project however, was my Totoro cookies.  I made this recipe: Rolled Buttercream Fondant
Having never made fondant before, I was very pleased with how it turned out.  I substituted almond extract in place of the vanilla it called for, which was extra yum!  The base of the cookies were just a plain sugar cookie recipe.  I made each of the little totoros by hand, and they turned out super cute!  Hope you like 'em  =)

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics) on: September 24, 2008 08:07:08 AM
Wisted so hard I think I broke something. Hehe. This seriously rocks! You might have to whip up some quick crocheted 20sided dice so the poor guy can defend himself against the tentacle onslaught! Thanks for giving me another push into actually seriously learning to crochet. This NEEDS to be a featured item (Hear that mods!? hehe).

Great, now I'm thinking how I would go about constructing that die!

You could always download this pattern  if you get stuck 
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics) on: September 22, 2008 09:21:52 PM
This is fantastic!  As a DnDer myself, I totally geeked out when I saw the picture.  Looking forward to the pattern!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery on: June 15, 2008 07:04:44 AM
I received a while ago from RusskiMom, but having gotten a job at a camp up north it wasn't until last weekend that I was actually able to make the trip home to pick up my package.  Here are my goodies!

Bamboo <3 Knitting Needles!  A lovely little notepad, which went right away into my knitting bag because I used to have a little notebook there but I lost it on the plane as I was flying home.  A very pretty handmade calendar, and a stitch counter bracelet which is so classy that I wore it to my brother's wedding.  I actually wisted a similar bracelet not too long ago, and RusskiMom had already made this for me before that!  She knows me too well, hehe.

Next, a wonderful lacquer box (is this the kind known as shkatolka?) to remind me of her.

And lastly, a fantastic bag that is made of felted alpaca on the outside (sooo soft and fuzzy) and a gorgeous fabric lining on the inside with LOTS of pockets.  This has become my new knitting bag and I take it with me everywhere now.  My previous one didn't have any pockets at all, so my stuff was always getting lost inside it.   

Thank you so much RusskiMom!  Everything you chose for me is just perfect.  We seem to have quite similar tastes (just wait until package number 3 arrives from me, lol) and this swap has been amazing.  I hope to visit you sometime in Russia! 
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Retro Video Game Swap Gallery on: April 28, 2008 08:19:29 AM
I received last week from my swap angel!  She sent me a Duck Hunt pillow

and a little Yoshi toy, plus some cool Mario stitch markers.

Thanks for being my angel, gwenyvarr  Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Row Counter Bracelet (Beautiful, if I do say so myself!) on: April 22, 2008 12:05:19 PM
I wisted this as soon as I saw it  Smiley  What a great idea!
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