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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help me find a no yeast pizza crust recipe? on: April 21, 2010 07:01:20 PM
Okay, usually I try to find my own stuff like this, but I'm not having any luck.  Search is not helping, Google is not helping, and my mounting frustration definitely isn't helping!

Once upon a time when I was in high school I had a great recipe for pizza dough that did not require the use of yeast.  I was convinced that I got it out of my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook, but when I got married she gave it to me, and guess what?  No such luck.  The only one in there uses yeast.  I know that this isn't what I used to make all the time, because I have never (successfully) used yeast in my life.  No reason really, except that I have no luck with it ever.  I always manage to kill it.  Much like I do with plants, but that's another story, haha.  

Anyway, can anyone help, please?  The closest recipe I've been able to find was this weird thing that produced a batter like a big pancake.  That's not what I have in mind, I'm looking for a dough.  Does such a thing even exist?  At this point, I'm beginning to think I'm just going crazy and I DID used to use the yeasty recipe.  Even though my mom has about as much luck with yeast as I do and so it was never around the house growing up.  Hrm.

I will be eternally grateful if someone can come up with something for me!  
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First doll! (Intensely IMG heavy) on: October 16, 2009 12:46:05 PM
First of all, she doesn't have a name yet. Any suggestions? Anyway. Like the title says, this is my first doll ever. I've never even made a stuffie, unless you count a couple of pillows when I was about 12. Her pattern is Runo's Nekomimi doll, found here. http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/nekomimi/ (I know everyone probably knows this, but credit where credit is due, and all that Grin )
I designed her clothing, and you can totally tell that I generally don't make patterns for a reason, lol! The pictures don't really show it, but she's got a little lace shrug. Speaking of the pictures, I'll shut up and put 'em up. Smiley

Hanging out with her new buddy Godzilla Rainbow Dash the styling pony.

Showing her outfit, which looks much better in person.

Back of head...and this is exactly why I don't cut my own hair.

Her crazy hair likes to hide it, but she does have cute little kitty ears!

Detail of her face...yes, she has My Little Pony eyes. Grin I'm a collector, so they surround me and made a good reference, hehe.

Standing shot with Rainbow Dash. She doesn't stand on her own, she's propped against the wall. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Whew! That was a ton of pictures, but I'm pretty proud of her. She has some issues, like the visible stitches on her neck, and her wonky shaped feet, and the cruddy hair (next time, I'm doing the weft thing rather than the directions from the pattern, 'cause that turned out icky).
My biggest peeve, though, was that no matter what I just could NOT get her face to look like the original. What did I do wrong? Help!

I think I covered everything. Constructive criticism is definitely welcome, I want to get better at this! Let me know what you think.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Claddagh card on: October 06, 2009 03:45:38 PM
Sooo, I don't really know what this would be called.  Is it a collage?  Scap-pile?  I dunno.  Anyone?

Anyway, I made this last night for my husband.  He's in the Job Corps which means we're now in a long distance relationship ( Sad ) which means we're sending each other loooots of letters.  Since I'm currently unemployed and living at my dad's house (yuck!) I don't have a lot to say, so at 1 in the morning last night I decided to make him a bit of art instead of useless babble (ok, so there's a little of that on the back side, haha).  I finished about 2:30, which I thought was pretty good considering I really suck at freehanding things and I've never done this sort of thing before.  What do you think?  (Oh, and my flash picked up every stray piece of glue there was...I didn't actually see much of anything when it was in my hands.)

With bits and pieces of the pattern I made.

Getting ready to send it off!

...not sure why the image quality is so lousy.  Maybe I'll mess with it some later.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Ease in commercial patterns...how to determine when altering pattern? on: July 04, 2009 01:45:21 PM
Okay, so here's my specific problem/question.  I just bought a whole bunch of McCall's patterns (yay JoAnn's 4th of July sale, heh) and according to the body measurements, I am several inches larger than the largest size.  So apparently what I need to do is make the pattern bigger, yes? 
But I've never done this, because the last time I sewed I could just blithely make the biggest size and make minimal adjustments (mostly to accommodate my teeny weird boobs) and never had to worry about messing with the actual pattern at all.  I could mess with the muslin or the actual garment, which is something I'm much more comfortable with since it involves pins and basting instead of math, lol. 

But anyway, I have a copy of Barbara Deckert's Sewing for Plus Sizes, and I was going to use the directions in the book, but then I started poking around online and people were making the ease thing sound waaay more complicated than the book did.  So now I'm scared to start without yet more advice. 

For example, a dress pattern I have (McCalls M5094 if anyone's interested, heh) calls the bust measurement under body measurements 40 inches.  The finished garment says the bust should be 42 1/2 inches.  So that would mean 2 1/2 inches of ease, right?  So for my own measurement of a 51 inch bustline, should I be working with 53 1/2 inches?  (Actually I'd probably do more like 54, but whatever).  So that means I'm adding a total of 11 inches to the bust, right?
 Or does it?  Am I adding too much?  Too little?  Using the wrong measurement altogether?  Augh!

Math confuses me.  If I didn't make my question clear, please let me know and I'll try to clarify!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Antique Lavalier...rethinking (first post, and image crazy!) on: April 20, 2008 01:10:40 PM
Okay, so this is my first Craftster post of something I've made, and I'm a little nervous so please bear with me.  First, some backstory.  I'm getting married in June, and suddenly, out of the blue,  my mom calls me and says something like, "you're going to wear the lavalier, right?" and I was like, "..." because I had no idea what she was talking about.  Long story short, it turns out that there's a random heirloom that's been floating around since my great-grandmother got married, that all the women since have been married in, and my mom has been hanging on to it waiting for me. 
Now, this is pretty cool, but the problem is, the thing is gold, and I hate, and I do mean utterly despise gold.  So I set out to find some way to make it so I can feel free to wear my white gold and silver jewelry on the big day, too.  I'm pretty pleased with the results (and more importantly, so is my mom!).

Here's a closeup of the pendant itself.  That's a diamond in the middle, and a freshwater pearl at the bottom.

A couple shots of the full necklace on my board thingie (a piece of packing styrofoam covered in my old wal-mart uniform, haha).  There are clear Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, and Venetian glass teardrops wirewrapped with silver..uh..wire.  The chains are also gold and silver.

Detail of a cluster.

Action shots! (please excuse the bad skin, bah)

Sorry about the image quality, my camera really doesn't like me (and yes, I used a tripod) and my lighting is bad.  Any suggestions on how to make this better in the future?
So anyway, that's that, feedback is not only welcomed, but very much appreciated, and thanks for looking!

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