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1  It fell off the roof...what was I SUPPOSED TA do with it? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: October 04, 2015 08:15:27 AM
I found a narrow slate, still with ye olde naile hole in it. The roof of the barn out back donated it.
I painted one of my daughter's favorite themes on it....birch trees... and fastened a rope lip along the outer edges and two handles for it to become a tea server. Decorated two mugs to go with it.

Every step of the way proved difficult (swear words abounded) so it was over 10 days late for her birthday. But she loved it!
Here is a straight-on pic of the art...

One side of the mugs

and the other

first cleaned thoroughly (slate) then did green background in acrylics. Trees were next layer and they were freehanded. Left bare edges all 'round because I was going to do one continuous black rope loop all around, with two areas of looping up/not glued, to be handles. The adhesive I so carefully researched (then went out and bought) boasted in teeeny tiiiny letters at the bottom "not to be used on polypropelene" which is what the rope was. Dang.

So I switch glues but it did not hold strongly enough to be used as a handle with hot cups of tea.
Looked all over creation for two antique handles that someone on my property had rescued for me months ago off an armoire. He knew I could use them in crafting. The last words I heard from him as I slinked away at the end of a three-hour search were "Now, where DID I put those things??!!"

So I went out and bought two handles (got the last white ones in the whole store) and glued them on. Adhesive said clearly it worked on stone and metal. Woo hoo, my problems were at an end!  Until I picked it all up and one handle came off. I was busy ranting to a neighbor about it when he pointed out that the glue held just fine and that I should reconsider suing the Bulldog Cement company.  He showed me that the slate, as old slates will do when they have fallen from a great height off the barn where they have been happily living for a century -or even at any point in their life whatsoever if they so choose-, had simply 'sloughed off' a layer of itself. Woooooooe is meeee!!

so, on to plan B or perhaps I should say plan Q at this time, drill tiny holes in the slate, dangerously near the edges I will point out (!!) and thread a sturdy stringythingy thru both slate and existing screw holes in the handles.
I drilled without breathing. Apparently that should be included on every set of drilling instructions on the internet, because it worked. I threaded the sturdy cord thru , tied it off, and glued the BaJingos out of it so it would not even consider coming undone.

If you have actually read all that info instead of just glancing at the enchanting photographs, you are entitled to a prize. simply enter your name on the back of a twenty dollar bill and mail it to me and you will receive your prize in ten to fourteen business years.
thanks for looking!!!
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2  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - September 2015 in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 29, 2015 10:06:54 AM
I got me a lady pirate in the mail, courtesy of cmarion3 !!!  She totally rocks.

the details on this dotee just blow me away. I am so so happy with "Jacquotte" as I am calling her

she has amazing fabric all over the place. lacy underlings, skeleton patterned dress, and the hat is incredible!

I love love love her hair. so full and the color cmarion3 chose is perfect. So full of mischievous life!

Check out the wee sword.

details on end of 'tail' include a skull, the key that opens the treasure box, and a dubloon!!
Thank you, cmarion3. Wow, did I smile when I opened that box!!
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3  Re: Fridge Magnet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 15, 2015 03:57:55 PM
Belladune used her incredible felting skills to create these for me....

those are based on my love of turquoise. the egg one is particularly wonderful!  I am amazed that the mags are hidden inside these creations!
Next, a rockin' octopus!

love how she hangs!  I have attempted twice to rectify the sideways pic. Hopefully when it actually posts, it will right itself.
And my fave..... made me squeee,

oh, my obsession with kitties is monumental. I love this little gal!  Incredible details, tail is adorbs.
thank you so much, Belladune!!!!
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4  Green Tomato Pie in Vegetarian / Vegan by blupaisan on: September 11, 2015 10:48:48 AM

Originally I wanted to find a recipe for Tomatillo Pie to use all the wee roundies in my garden. Then I decided to save them for grilling and use my abundance of green tomatoes.

I absolutely cannot do pie crust, so I purchase that and precooked them, pricking and baking for 12 minutes at 350.

Goop inside....
Peeled sliced green tomatoes, used about 10 medium ones and 15 small pear-shaped ones. Drained overnight because they were pretty darn juicy and I did not want mush at the bottom of the pie. I also mixed in a half cup of breadcrumbs to assist in keeping the juice thing tolerable. It worked.
Mix with a cup of grated swiss cheese, 20 fresh chopped basil leaves, a half cup of uncooked red onion, and a quarter cup of parm cheese. I used the last 2 or so tablespoons of the parm to sprinkle over the top.  All of the above ingredients made two pies.

baked at 475 for 30 minutes.

I am sooooo not a cook so as amazed and thrilled that this came out great, slices came out of the pie without falling apart, and it tastes wonderful!

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5  Re: MDS - August Culinary GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 10, 2015 11:16:53 AM
Wile E Songdog made this STUNNING AND ADORABLE bok choi, tofu, and shroom (what I order at the Chinese restaurant) dotee. It totally and utterly made me squee.

up close...

these are truly the cutest foodie faces on the planet. Check out all the details. Love the stitching all round the tofu square. And the bok choi tops.
I choked up when I first saw this creation. So awesome. thank you sooo much, Wile E!!!!
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6  Inchie House... looks like recess time!! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: August 11, 2015 01:35:35 PM

above is the link to the gallery where lindyv321 posted what I created for her. Theme was Winter inchie houses.

I created a li'l pink schoolhouse in the snow.

There is a very thin pink thread hanging down from the bellfry. One lad builds a snowperson while the rest of the gang does ring around the snowsy.

my favorite kid in the ring is completely off the ground due to his shortness. the pic does not show him and my own pics of this creation are on a camera card that died. Thank you, lindyv321 for the photos!

inner parts of house...

At this time, the ragamuff.... er, the students are learning languages and geography.

thanks for considering such a wee project for this challenge!

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7  Re: July 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion thread in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blupaisan on: August 11, 2015 05:31:03 AM
Not only am I tardy in posting, and the creation is  now wrinkled, but this is my third attempt to post and somehow I press an evil button on my computer and it all disappears. I just might crawl back into bed after this, as yesterday what quite hellish.
SevsOnlyGirl made me this wonderful vintage deer!!

Here is a closer look

Light makes deer look black but it is actually nice deep brown thread

Wow, just as sweet as she can be, and on a piece of fabric with which I can do whatever I want, bag, pillowcase, steeringwheel cover, etc!!

Then, I felt like a kid at Christmas when I saw this....

exactly as I remember it, all parts there, looking fresh and ready for me to play!!  I had forgotten about all the design listings on the inside cover and instructions on how to create them. I am thrilled to pieces!

thank you so much, SevsOnlyGirl.  Both items make me super happy.
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8  Re: July 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion thread in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blupaisan on: August 04, 2015 05:10:54 PM
rubylynns made this stunning hoop for me. She learned I loved.....1) Vintage images, 2) adorable deer, 3) embroidery, 4) vintage pillowcases/sheets. All together, they spell one awesome piece of artwork that makes me very very happy.

each stitch is absolutely perfect. Up close view.../

thank you so very much, rubylynns!!
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9  Re: Gallery for Around the World July Dotee swap in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: July 23, 2015 05:48:00 AM
Rec'd (in person which is always fun because my partner gets to see my face when I open it) from Acadian Driftwood.
She chose my Kenya theme and created a Maasai tribe mommi!!

Oh my goodness, all of the colors and happy faces of this dotee make me smile!!
Up close of the gorgeous necklace, wherein the outermost light and dark strand indicates the border fence...

And her wee baby napping in the sling....

I love the details of the decorative fabric and the tiny button zebra.

rear view...

thank you, thank you, Acadian Driftwood!  just love her!!

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10  Gallery for Around the World July Dotee swap in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: July 22, 2015 05:47:27 AM

status of participants....

sending late with comm
see me after school
feedback given

- dulcet
whatthepuck- [color=green]Wile E [/color]Songdog[/s]
Ludi- LadybugsandBumblebees[/s]
Smmarrt- Sarasmile

spookygrrrly - cmarion3
The Raging Sloth- alwaysinmyroom[/s]
Acadian Driftwood - blupaisan

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