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1  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: February 03, 2016 08:17:50 PM
What a fun care package Butterflyangel. I like how you decorated the box inside, it will be a surprise when opening it.

I finished January with some cooking and started gardening in February.
I made some guavas and strawberry-guavas jams and a kind of French pate called rillettes.

I also found old stevia plants on sale at the gardening store that I am trying to save. I also started drying some leaves for the next tea.

and I'm quite proud of my creation: the plumeria potatoes.
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 17, 2016 07:59:18 PM
Agreed Underthemountain, stevia is delicious. I had a plant and couldn't resist munching on a leaf every time I passed by. Your creamer seems so good, I would drink it without the coffee, Lindy! Granted, I don't like coffee.

Freakie, the little shoes are adorable.

I went hiking these last two days and picked coffee beans for my husband and strawberry guavas. So, I made strawberry guava jam.

Although he claimed he would neither like nor eat it, guess what my husband put in is yogurt this morning! Wink

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 13, 2016 12:28:42 PM
A couple years ago, I bought a ski jacket at the end of the season. It was for men and size 3X and I'm a woman size medium but it was dirt cheap! So cheap I couldn't pay more than 10 times more for a women jacket my size. It was really too big so I improved it. I used old ski pants to lengthen the sleeves. Since it was orange and black, I turned it into a Tiger jacket. I also sprayed waterproofing on it.

I also made a hat with remnants of fleece from my daughter's teenage fleece creative period and a neck warmer from a piece of white fur that never turned into the owl it was supposed to become.

And that's the result:
with the hat only

and with the hood

The jacket is still too wide but I can put lots of stuff in the pockets. I might improve that for next year.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 09, 2016 02:11:02 PM
Yoopidou's list for 2016

Right now, I want to work on:
driftwood and sea treasures mobile
beach wreath
tops or blouses
paper card
pottery paint it

Projects done: 10

10. gardening/kitchen: stevia drying

9. gardening: stevia planting

8. cooking:  guava jam

7. cooking: strawberry-guava jam

6. cooking: invent a recipe:
plumeria potatoes

5. cooking: rillettes

4. photography- card:

3. clothing up cycling: tiger winter jacket

2. clothing: neck warmer and tiger fur

1. clothing: tiger hat

Ideas and inspiration for 2016 crafting:
Art Aim to create/work/have fun with art every week
cards : one a month
drawing help

grow many herbs
start again tomatoes, eggplant...
fix and repaint blue slide
table for lanai
bread and pizza oven ?

pillow cases
studio corner--in progress
south windows awnings
store for lanai
pottery painting

invent delicious recipes with low starches
find a way to make tasty homemade sausages

new curtains
chairs seating to replace ?

Advent calendars(start in October or sooner)

finish blouses from thrifted ones---WIP
finish dresses from new fabric---WIP

Wood Craft
wood carving
wood burning
wood turning
wood whittling

Metal craft
Hobo nickel

Just for fun
not so tiny tiny-house to finish

For me

stars necklace---WIP
mug rug

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5  Driftwood Christmas in Winter Holidays by yoopidou on: December 10, 2015 06:22:01 PM

I created a Christmas tree from driftwood and decorated it with shells, corals and sea glass, all found on the beach.

Awaiting Christmas are some Hawaiian animals: dolphins, monk seal, crab, sea turtle

a whale too

an outrigger for Mrs. and Mr. Santa

and a visiting reindeer from the North pole

almost all together

a wreath

and a star mobile

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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 10, 2015 04:56:47 PM
I'm at 67 projects now, reached 50 at last!

starry night dress and steampunk accessories

flaky brioche, perfected cake roll and tons of jams

pot guards:

Christmas ornaments and decorations:


star mobile

driftwood cat

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7  Tutorial: fabric plumeria flower in Completed Projects by yoopidou on: October 07, 2015 02:33:33 PM

10 minutes- a couple hours waiting time while drying- 10 minutes

Materials needed for one flower:
3'9" white florist wire (thin wire wrapped with paper) - about 9 inches for one petal
a tiny scrap of fabric - about 6 square inches
fabric glue - I used original tacky glue
white stem wrap tape- optional but will look nicer

some plastic to let your flower dry on it

How to:

Cut 5 pieces of 9" wire. Bend in half.

Wrap the middle around two fingers or around a round tube, the 2 fl oz bottle of glue works just fine.

Remove by sliding off. This is what you get.

Shape it like an oval with slightly pointy ends to create the plumeria petals. Keep the shape flat. Make 5 shapes, one for each petal. You could make any shape and flower that way.

Check the shapes are flat and touch the fabric all around the edge. A tiny space between fabric and wire is OK if you fill it with glue.
Apply fabric glue all around the edge. No need to be very neat, the glue will dry clear.
Leave it to dry completely. This might take a couple hours, depending on your weather.
Once dry, cut the fabric around the shape, thus creating a petal.
Bend the petals slightly.

Put the five petals together, overlapping a little. Twist all the wires together or just one around the others, this will create the stem. Arrange the petals evenly to create the flower.

Wrap stem wire tape around the stem.

Now, you can put it behind your ear and go dance the hula or just enjoy a tropical drink.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: October 06, 2015 11:18:20 AM
I made a French horn pendant. I had it in my mind for a long time but wasn't sure about the horn part. It holds its shape very well in fact.
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9  Wire French horn in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by yoopidou on: October 04, 2015 01:27:29 PM

A little trinket for a French horn player.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: September 29, 2015 11:57:39 PM
I have built the dollhouse and the furniture from the kits but nothing is glued.

I have started taking it apart to make a few changes. First, I will open French doors to the balcony. What good is a balcony that has no door leading to it?

I also made some plumeria flowers that will be part of gifts for my son's Japanese exchange student's family.
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