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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: June 15, 2015 08:27:36 PM
Adorable dinosaur and cute bath wrap. If you do not intend to wear it in public, the velcro should be enough.

A few projects from the last month:
apricot jam:

muesclun protection cages against the cats who mistake these for their toilets.

growing pineapples from pineapple tops

bracelet from short strand of fishing line found on beach and puka (holes) shells and corals.

Surinam cherries cage to protect against hungry birds. They have many berries available for them, but not the cherries.

small upside-down caramel apple pies( tarte tatin):

crispy elegant cookies called Russian cigarettes:

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2  Cascarones in Easter by yoopidou on: April 04, 2015 10:35:41 PM

I  spray painted the eggs after filling and closing them. Then, I painted them with acrylic.
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 04, 2015 10:32:21 PM
Easter projects
One decorated egg to keep:

The cascarones are ready to be cracked upon the family's heads. As they are bound to be destroyed, I decided the painting didn't need to be very neat. I aimed for cute instead.

One carved egg that won't be finished for this Easter but it's in progress.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: April 02, 2015 07:09:13 PM
I love the bookbox. You found the perfect wood for this project!

The hummingbird is very cute. How big are your paintings?

I made a 8 ft giraffe to surprise my daughter for April fools.

And a special dinner for a very picky eater of food he doesn't like: fish with avocado and coffee.

The avocado is removed from the skin and replaced by half a baked potato, the fish is chicken cut in the shape of fish and the coffee is chocolate fondue.
I wonder why nobody trusted me...
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5  Giraffe in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: April 01, 2015 07:27:00 PM

My daughter dreams of the Giraffe Manor in Africa, where giraffes greats you in the morning by entering through the windows. This is way to expensive for a mere mortal. So, for April fools, I created an 8 feet giraffe to put in her bedroom.

It is not very realistic as it was done in a few hours. It is suspended from the ceiling with fishing line.
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 28, 2015 01:50:24 PM
Cool warm socks!
I am always admiring all the handmade socks. It seems so much work.

I put up a dart board but some darts were ending up on the wall instead of the board. I had to save the wall. So I bought four cork tiles to put around the board. I painted them and glued them on a piece of wood.

Then, I noticed there were still a couple holes farther down but I didn't have anymore cork. So, I cut strips of corrugated cardboard and glued them together. Then I painted a beach close to our home.

Here is the wall now. I'm thinking it might look better if I add some decor on the sides.
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 05, 2015 05:49:26 PM
Thank you! Smiley

Alwaysinmyroom, the top is removable but not the bottom. I got overly active with the stapler! So, I made a pad for the bottom.

I also made one for the top to put when I'm not around in hope of preventing the cat to scratch my chair.

Then I sew a cover for the keyboard as she likes to sit on it.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: March 05, 2015 02:14:11 PM
I have been busy giving a fresh coat to the living room.

First, I removed all my craft supplies from there. It still wasn't looking very good. There was too much of a mix of furniture collected other the years but with nothing tying them together. I didn't want to spend much money so buying new furniture and accessories was out. I decided I should use what I already had. Since I had light and dark wood, I opted for a mahogany color and since I already had made covers for some sitting a couple years ago I want with turquoise.

I darkened the pine shelves with mahogany stain. While I was at it, I also put a new coat and the dark furniture so it would hide all the tiny dings and dents they acquired other the years. They look new now. I painted the sofa, the day bed and the armchairs turquoise and made new covers for the pillows. I also painted the low table and the lamps' shafts.

I used an old kid table with peeling off yellow paint to make a new TV stand as the old TV stopped working and we bought a way too big new one(It didn't seem that big in the store!). So I sanded it, painted it, cut and added a shelf for the DVD player and game consoles.

I lightly sanded the rattan chairs and gave them a mahogany stain too. Then, I made new covers for the chair cushions.

While I was sewing the cushion covers, I saw my ordinary old black office chair. I imagined it repainted and with bright patchwork fabric. It took me longer than I thought but here it is.
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 20, 2015 11:36:11 AM
I have decided to count some cooking projects: some new to me recipes, some invented by me, some I very rarely make and some involving a lot of work.
So, I made some puff pastry and it worked. The pastries did puff. I intended to put some sugar dots on them but forgot for the first batch. These we ate as profiteroles with ice-cream inside, the other we ate just like that.

I also made some kind of Fat Tuesday beignets called "merveilles". The last time I made them, they were too heavy and dry but not this time. They didn't last long but we managed to leave one so we could take a picture.

On the garden front, after many years, the vanilla orchid got it's first flowers. As there are no insects to pollinate them, we are trying to do it ourselves. maybe we will get vanilla beans.

I created some jewelry for a friend. I hope she will like it.

I also made a card to go with it.

I managed to keep to my resolution to use mostly what I have before buying new stuff. I have not crafted a lot but I have reorganized and given away a lot of stuff. It's almost like moving inside my own home!
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 03, 2015 08:38:21 PM
Here is my first project of the year, except for basic cooking, taking care of the garden and cleaning up, giving away, throwing in the trash and reorganizing the whole house. All things far are not fun enough to count as crafts for me.
From used curtains with ugly bottom to much better looking ones. I used fabric from my stash, trying to stick to my new rule to buy only what I really need now.

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