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Make Your Own Cookie Clay - How Did You Do That?

Cookie Clay
2 cups salt
2/3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

Mix salt with water in saucepan. Stir and boil. Add cornstarch and cold water. Keep heating if it does not get thick. Roll out dough on board floured with cornstarch. Dry and decorate ornaments.

YOu can use this clay to make Christmas Ornaments, Pendants for handmade necklaces, clay beads and more ...

Buying and Collection Autographs - How did you do that?

Buying and Collection Autographs ...

Question: What advantages does autograph collecting offer as compared to other collectibles?
Answer: Autographs are often called frozen moments in time.Autograph collectors are curators of history. The most personal item that a person can give is his or her signature. Anything that can be signed can be considered collectible. Letters, photographs, documents, memorabilia, books, etc. Not many objects give a collector the opportunity to own a unique or one-of-a-kind item that is actually part of a person who is known by millions of people. That is the main reason why autograph collecting has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in recent years.

Question: What should I consider when collecting autographs?
Answer: Collect autographs that interest you. Dont ever buy an autograph just because it is promoted as an investments or sold under pressure sales tatics. Study the language of autograph collecting. The more you learn, the easier it will be for you to decide which items are genuine and which itemsare not. Use common sense when buying a signed piece. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Buying from reputable dealers, who will help you avoid risks and problems, is most important. Many dealers offer a certificate of authenticity, which is only as good as the reputation of the dealer. If the dealer cannot tell you when and where the item was signed or how it was aquired, go to someone else..

Question: There are many pre-printed autographed photos on eBay. What are these and do they have any value?
Answer: These are usually printed copies of actual signed photos. With today's technology, sellers can easily copy an authentic item with great detail and sell at a drastically reduced price. Beginner collectors or those on a limited budget are usually the target of these sellers. Unfortunately, many buyers are unmindful that the item is a copy because of a very vague description. It is recommend that you avoid these pre-printed copies and be extremely careful when buying autographs online.

Question: What is a COA? Must I have a COA with an autograph I purchase?
Answer: COA is an abbreviation for Certificate of authenticity. Many collectors ask for a COA before they purchase an autograph. But, nevertheless, a COA is just a piece of paper that is only as good as the trust of the buyer and thepromised word of the seller. Always make sure you are buying from someone who knows how and where the signature was obtained and will guarantee the item to your satisfaction.

How to make a bead necklace for boys.

Today I am making little necklaces for Operation Christmas Child. They are being made with pony beads, handmade beads, donated beads and donated string. They are going to cost me (personally) around 10 cents each to make. ... Cool huh! ... Today I am concentrating on making ones suitable for little boys. The boys don't get as much stuff donated as the girls. I try to make them all different. Above is a picture of one of them. You can use up all the extra brown and black beads you have when making for boys.

Layout the beads in the order you want them. Measure a piece of string about 1 metre (or 40 inches) long. Tie a knot near the very end (one end only). Then tie another knot about 23 cm (9 inches) from that. Start stringing the beads as you had them laid out. Tie knots after each group of beads if you want spaces in the design (like the one above). I like the spaces because I think they make the necklace look more interesting. Then finally, repeat the knotting at the end, to match the beginning, and cut off any excess string.

Designing Scrapbook Pages - How Did You Do That?

Layout page using one pre-printed page, some seamless borders and printable letters.

You can create this page quite easily by using some background prints, for the background as well as for the picture frames.  Add some hears and seamless borders.  The banner at the top could be made with torn paper or the edges coule be carefully burnt using a candle.

Click on the images to download full size

Hand Made Candy Beads

These are the latest beads I have been making. They look like candy don't they! They were fun to make. I won't tell you how I made them because you might put me out of business. Some of you clever ones out there could probably work it out yourself, or then again, you may already be making far prettier ones.

I also badly need to improve my photography skills.

Take a minute to read through these ... some very cool facts.

Take a minute to read through these ... some very cool facts ...

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

*The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea, off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next
eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water
in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches.
Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.),
Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

* Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M - 1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited
city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de
Porciuncula--and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang _expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time- The Big Apple. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jewish people in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28.
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio; every one is man made.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4.53 sq. km.

The first city to reach a population of one million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

* The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001, has a population of eighty, twenty less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%,

in Canada: 75%.

The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips and in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

And that's about all you need to learn for today !!


Write it on the back of your envelopes! .


You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices in Texas have
been forced to take down small posters that say "IN GOD WE TRUST,"
The law, they say, is being violated.

Anyway, we heard proposed on a radio station show, that we should all
write "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the back of all our mail. After all, that's our
National Motto, and it's on all the money we use to buy those stamps. We
think it's a wonderful idea.

We must take back our nation from all the people who think that anything
that offends them should be removed.

! If you like this idea, please pass it on and DO IT. The idea of writing
or stamping "! IN GOD WE TRUST" on our envelopes sounds good to us. WE'RE

It's been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, we
have a very hard time understanding why there's such a mess about having "In
God We Trust! "on our money and having God in the pledge of Allegiance.
Could it be that WE just need to take action and tell the 14% to "sit down
and shut up"?

If you agree, pass this on.

Special Diet to help WOMEN cope with the stress that builds during the day

This is a specially formulated diet designed to help WOMEN cope with the stress that builds during the day

1 Grapefruit
1 slice whole-wheat toast
1 cup skim milk

1 small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Tim Tam

The rest of the Tim Tams from the packet
1 tub of Gino Ginelli ice cream with chocolate topping

4 bottles of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family size Supreme pizza
3 snickers bars

1 whole Woolworth's cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)
REMEMBER : "stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts"

Send this to four women and you will lose two kilograms
Send this to all the women you know (or ever knew) and you will lose 10 kgs
IF you delete this message you will gain 10 kgs
Here's some advice for you: Dr. Neil proclaimed the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.
So I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn't finished; and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonay , a bole of Baileys, a butle of Kehuha, a pockage of Tim Toms , tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke, some saltins an a bax a cholates.

Yu haf no idr who gud I fel.

*Peas sen dis orn to dem yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece (p.s.) I do not drink

Stacking Ice Cube Trays - How Did You Do That?

Do you have trouble stacking your ice cube trays?  The trick is to buy two completely different types so that the holes do not line up with each other.  Then alternate the trays one on top the other.

In an embergency, if you only have matching trays, stack them each at a slightly different angle ... similar to the photo so they don't sit in each other.

Fw: can you read this

Don't even think about using spell-check!!!!!!!!

Fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it.


PARENT - Job Description - Read it carefully and think twice.

To those who are parents, you have no choice now whatever you like the position or not. To those who are going to be parent. Read it carefully and think twice.

PARENT - Job Description
This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, none of us would have done it!!!!
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa
Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.00. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 kph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organise social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
Forward this on to all the parents you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do... or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the Job.

How great our parents are!!!



1. Open a new file in your PC.

2. Name it "Housework."

3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN

4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN

5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?"

6. Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly....

7. Feel better?

How to cut your bead sticks into same size pieces every time.

You can make a simple tool that will help you cut your bead stick into pieces of the same size each time.
First you will need a small scrap of timber about 8 inches long, and another small block of mdf to act as a jam or to rest your bead stick against. If you do not have any MDF handy, you could use a domino, or even a piece of tough cardboard. The diagram shows the jam attached with 2 screws, but you could use nails or thumb tacks.
Once you have the block made, draw lines as shown in the diagram to represent the cuts you may want to make depending on what sizes of beads you like.
Then simply place the bead stick against the jam, and keeping your razor blade vertical cut the bead stick on the line. Sometimes I find it better to stand when doing this so I can view the position of the blade from above to make sure it is positioned at the correct angle before I make my cut.
Using a very sharp blade is important to getting a nice clean cut. When it starts getting difficult to make a clean cut, I switch to a new blade.

Remember, this is just a diagram ... so it looks very neat. Yours does not have to look like this to work. It can be rough and crude ... it will work just as well.

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter
'What are you doing?' She asked.
'Hunting Flies' He responded.
'Oh. ! Killing any?' She asked.
'Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,' he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. 'How can you tell them apart?'

He responded,
'3 were on a beer can,
2 were on the phone.'

Leather Look Baked Tubular Beads

Some more baked tubular beads. These beads look very much like leather wrapped with gold thread, but they are not. They were made using the same basic technique as the ones before except I painted them with folk art paint techniques using instructions on how to paint something to look like leather. Nothing very exciting about them, they just look like plain leather beads.

The Magic of Colours in Your Everyday Life

The colours you choose in your everyday life is a reflection of the type of person you are. It reflects your moods and influences how you appear to other people.

Colour has been associated with feelings for hundreds of years. We talk about someone feeling blue, seeing red, bring green with envy, or even feeling off-colour. Children are mostly attracted to bright primary colours, as we get older we seem to be drawn to more subdued colours and neutrals.

With our art and crafts, we are blesses with an increasing number of colours to choose from. Paints, crayons, felt tip markers, water-colours, card stock, scrapbook pages come in such a large variety of colours, it is sometimes difficult to pick and choose.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing colours for making arts and crafts especially those craft items we make for others, either as gifts or to sell, is the fact that we all seem to love viewing colour changes. A new colour combination arouses our interest. If everything in our life was coloured in what we now think to be our favourite colours , we would soon get quite bored with the whole look of it all. So! ... Always feel free to choose the coloursYOU like at this very moment. The card or gift you make today in those special colours will add a new colour scheme to someone elses life and we all need new colours in out life ... enjoy!

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'

It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'
Edmund Burke

In Memorial

This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the

six million Jews,

20 million Russians,

10 million Christians

and 1,900 Catholic priests

who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated while the German and Russian peoples looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'never happened' because it offends some Muslim in the U.S.??????

Don't just delete this. It will take only a minute to pass it along.

The working girls great household tips

Margaret Fulton's way:
Stuff miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice-cream drips.
The Working Girl's way:
Just suck the ice-cream out of the bottom of the cone for Pete's sake. You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!!

Margaret Fulton's:
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
Working Girl's:
Buy a packet of DEB and keep it in the cupboard for up to a year.

Margaret Fulton's:
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
Working Girl's:
Woolworths sell cakes. They even do decorated versions.

Margaret Fulton's:
If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a potato slice.
Working Girl's:
If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, tough! Recite the working Girl's motto: "I made it and you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes!"

Margaret Fulton's:
Wrap celery in aluminium foil when putting it in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
Working Girl's:
It could keep forever. Who eats it??

Margaret Fulton's Cure for headaches:
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Working Girl’s Cure for headaches:.
Take a lime, cut it in half and drop it in a double vodka. Drink the vodka. You might still have the headache, but you won't care!

Margaret Fulton's:
Freeze leftover wine into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
Working Girl's:
Left over wine??? HELLO!!!????

Answers to "Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? "

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? on Squidoo:

It is a policy of my Government to allow chickens who have been historically alienated from the other side of the road to now have access to that side. I am presently in discussion with community leaders in the area to ensure that the chicken is able to cross safely. So the question just does not arise. In fact, ladies and gentlemen, if you observe carefully you can actually see pep in its step.

It is a result of a holistic plan to allow chickens from everywhere to cross the road safely without fear of being kidnapped. I have instructed the police and army to ensure a safe crossing. We need to make the roads safe to cross again. If we were not so vigilant, the chicken may not have come this far.

Brothers and sisters, for so long the chicken has toiled in the vineyards of the other side of the road. It is the result of years of struggle against discrimination that the chicken can now cross the road.

If the chicken is crossing in central Trinidad , its safety cannot be guaranteed."

Secret of Success

Secret of Success
Author Unknown
"Sir, What is the secret of your success?"
a reporter asked a bank president.
"Two words"
"And, Sir,what are they?"
"Right decisions."
"And how do you make right decisions?"
"One word."
"And, sir, What is that?"
"And how do you get Experience ?"
"Two words"
"And, Sir, what are they?"
"Wrong decisions"

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Make your own Plaster Plates for Decoupage Folk Art or Hand Painting

Make your own craft plates - How did you do that?
Easy to make plaster plates to decorate with decoupage, hand painting, folk art, paper macher etc..

Folk artists and crafters who love doing decoupage, folk art painting, or even fine are always on the lookout for new and unusual items to decorate with their particular craft. Items that do not cost the earth but are attractive, cute, adorable etc. are not always easy to find at a bargain price, but you can easily make your own small plaster plates or plaques with plaster of paris using simple plastic picnic plates (the throw-away kind) as moulds.These plastic plates come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I have only used the usual round lunch or picnic plate and the larger oval shaped dinner plates but you can find other shapes as well. There are small round plates that you would normally use for serving dessert or cake. There are also larger ones that are generally used as platters or dishes. These are the kind of plates I am talking about:
Plastic picnic plates or dinner plates are not the only items you can use as moulds. There are so many items out there that you can find at flea markets, and op-shops such as cheap plastic dishes, trays and platters. As long as they are slightly flexible they will work as a mould. Items that are too ridgid do not make good moulds because it would be very difficult to get the set plaster to release from the "mould" when it has set.
Hand painted plate using round plastic plate as a mould.

Decoupage plate using prints from CD #22 and round plastic picnic plate as a mould.

Decoupage plate using prints from CD #18 and round plastic picnic plate as a mould.

Decoupage plaque using decoupage prints
and oval plastic picnic plate as a mould

Oval welcome plaque using decoupage printon a hand painted crackle look background.
Oval plastic picnic plate was used as the mould.

Making the plates or plaques

A couple pounds of Plaster of paris
1 packet of plastic picnic or dinner plates for the moulds
12 guage galvanized wire ... for making the hooks
A small flexible plastic jug or mixing bowl for mixing plaster (about 1 litre)
Old spoon or spatular for stirring
Pliors for bending and cutting the wire
Plastic sheeting or newspaper to protect your work surface
1. Making the Hooks

Cut the wire into approximately 10 cm (4 inch) lengths.
First bend in half by hand, (see diagram below) then bend back the end as shown.The hook must be able to sit
quite deep in the plaster with enough of the loop extending out of the plaster to allow for hanging.When you think you have enough hooks made, go to step 2
2. Lay out the molds ready for pouring
Lay out the picnic plate moulds on a flat work surface that is protected with a sheet of plastic or several layers of newspaper.
3. Mixing the plaster
Fill the small plastic jug 1/2 full with clean water at room temperature.
If the water is too hot, the plaster will set too quickly and if too cold, the plaster will take much longer to set.
Slowly sprinkle the plaster into the water until the water cannot absorb any more plaster and the plaster starts to settle just a little bit above the water level in the jug
Leave the plaster to soak in the water for about two or three minutes
After that time, gently stir the mixture from bottom to top with an old spoon, spatula or your hands so as to break up any lumps but try not to beat or whisk or air bubbles will form in the mixture ... and you don't want that!. When the plaster is well mixed, tap the mixing jug or bowl gently on the table encourage any trapped air bubbles to rise to the surface.
Pour the mixture into the plastic picnic plate moulds to a depth of approximately 1.5 cm (5/8 inch)
Again, lift each plate slightly off the table with both hands and gently tap each one in turn on the table to make any air bubbles rise to the surface. ... next ...Position the hooks in each plate and leave to set for at least 20 minutes or until the plaster has heated up and then cooled again.Once the plaster is set, the "plates" or "plaques" can be removed from the moulds.
Flip the plates over and remove the now hardened plaster plaque from the plastic picnic plate. Place in a open area to dry for a few days before using. To tell if the plaster is completely dry, it should not feel cold or damp to the touch. Do not try to dry them in an oven as this will cause the plaster to weaken.
4. Prepare to be creative
Once the plaster is completely dry, the back and any rough edges of each plate or plaque will need a light sanding to remove any roughness. Once this is done to your satisfaction, Wipe away any dust residue with a damp rag and you are ready to start decorating.
5. Ways to decorate
There are many differen ways to decorate these adorable little plaques or plates.
1. Decoupage with photograps and floral prints to create a unique gift.
2. Decoupage with traditional decoupage prints.
3. Hand paint with folk art techniques and designs.
4. Hand paint with egg temperar paint. This is my most favourige medium to use on plaster. You must experience it to know what I am talking about. The egg temperar goes on like velvet.
5. Fine art in any style. Great little practice pieces when learning new techniques.
6. Any 3D art techniques