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Tips, Tricks and Tools: Steampunk Softies Book Review

I’m interested in the Steampunk genre. So is DD1, who is busy making steampunk style costumes. I’ve had this book on my shelves for a while, even though I haven’t actually made anything from it… yet! The book is Steampunk Softies: Scientifically-Minded Dolls from a Past That Never Was, by Sarah Skeate and Nicola Tedman.

 
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Trick: Magnetic Attachements

I have something that I want to attach to the back of the poppet doll that I am making. I decided that using a magnet is a good way to make the object “stick”, yet make it easily removable. I have some small, super strong, neodymium magnets, and I decided to use one inside the

 
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Trick: How to Turn a Tail

Sometimes the simplest of tools are the most useful! The doll I’m making has a “tail”. It is a thin tube that is sewn, and then turned right side out before attaching to the body. It can be tricky to turn such a tiny thing right side out, but I’ve developed a technique that is

 
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Tools: TofuXpress Review

We eat a lot of tofu! I use it in both sweet and savory dishes. That means I’m doing a lot of pressing, to squeeze the water out of the block of tofu. You probably saw the post here about the standard, low-tech way of pressing it. It works, but it’s messy and leaves me

 
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Tips, Tricks and Tools: Excalibur Food Dehydrator

Published on September 28, 2012 in Tools

I have a special request from a regular viewer! He has asked me about my food dehydrator! A Few Years Ago My daughter asked for a food dehydrator for a gift several years ago. I don’t think she really thought I would get it for her, because of the cost, but I did. She is

 
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What’s For Breakfast: Porridge Cooked in a Thermos

I’m not really a morning person. I’m SO not a morning person, my kids will tell you that breakfast, when they were young, was a big challenge! I usually skipped it for myself, or ate something that wasn’t a good idea. We’ve all been there: Fly out of bed, get ready for work, send the

 
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OMG! I got a Vitamix

Published on September 3, 2012 in Review, Tools

The Kitchen Angel must have heard my plea last Friday! (See post here!) This has appeared in my kitchen. I received a brand new Vitamix 6300 with a 64 oz container! It came from Costco. Vitamix is doing demos of this new model in Costco Stores around the country. The savings is significant when purchased

 
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Cookbook Review: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

There are very few people who are great cooks from birth. Everyone learns along the way. And most cooks, and even the great chefs have tools which got them to where they are now. A very important category of tools is: Cook Books! I happen to have two favorites. The first is a 30-year old

 
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Cool Tool: The Ultimate Glue

One of the reasons I changed Zelda‘s toes was because I wanted to make sandals and flip flops for the dolls. These shoes often have a part that goes between the big toe and the one next to them. I had an idea for flip flops that I tried out: These aren’t perfect, they are

 
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Cool Tool: Freezer Paper

I think freezer paper is one of my all-time favorite crafting tools! I buy it in the largest rolls I can find and I use it for all sorts of things. It is a reasonably heavy white paper that has a plastic coating on one side. What makes it so cool is that you can

 
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