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1  Re: Face Paintings in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: March 26, 2014 09:05:34 AM
Yay!  2013 winner!  Awesome! 
And I'm still practicing, hopefully means getting better and better!

Here's the Little Mermaid I painted on myself.  I won an Honorable Mention award with it at a face painting contest.  I was super happy because I was going up against professionals in the field.

Batman on my creepy practice head from the thrift store

This was just practicing my tiger stripe stroke, but I thought it looked really cool like a sleeve!


Roses on my arm


Thanks for looking!
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2  Gluten Free Apple-Pear Pie in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: March 15, 2014 06:57:17 PM
Had to celebrate PI day with a pie!  But had someone wheat allergic coming to visit, so I took the challenge to make a gluten free pie.  The apple pear filling was a scratch filling that I canned last fall when I had plenty of apples and pears.  It was really good!  Very sweet and cinnamon-y.  I don't have a recipe for it because I don't remember, but I assume I just followed an apple pie filling recipe and used half pears.

Recipe for GF pie crust.  Go to the website for the directions.

Butter Pie Crust
Makes one double crust (or enough for about 8 pocket pies)
12 tablespoons cold butter ( 1 1/2 sticks)
2 cups GF pastry flour blend  --- I used Featherlite flour, basically a rice/tapioca/potato flour mix.
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cold cream cheese
5 tablespoons very cold water

With homemade vanilla bean ice cream ala mode!

Very flaky.  Still a bit crisper than AP flour pie crusts, but for GF it was amazing.  I will use this recipe again, and I think even non-gf would like it. 

Go ahead and try it! Smiley
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3  Hunger Games Clock in CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES by patty_o_furniture on: February 10, 2014 07:51:50 AM

I spend way too much time at our local second hand shop.  I love to find things to repurpose.  Most of the time I buy things with a thought of what they could be, but don't know for sure and it goes into my repurpose box until inspiration hits.  This was not like that.  When I saw this in the store I knew exactly what it what it was going to be. 

Found a clock box.  Not sure what else to call it.  Just a plain wooden box with a clock on one side and a plain metal plate on the other.

These pics the clock was already pulled away and I ripped the metal piece out and sanded off the glue.  And I guess this is the only picture I have that has some scale to it.  The top right is a pencil eraser metal portion.  The box is only a few inches long.

It wanted to become a...

Catching Fire Book Clock

I thought the shape looked a lot like a book, so I painted it to look like the Catching Fire book.

I know this won't make a lot of sense to the non-Hunger Game fans, but briefly the place the characters go is an arena with lots of dangers and shaped like a clock.  Each hour has a different problem to face.  So this clock is painted as those problems--bugs, lightning bolt, killer monkeys, etc and a few ticks of the clock we don't know, so they are represented by fire for the girl on fire.  One of the quotes from the book is "tick tock, the arena's a clock".

I had to make things hard on myself and paint basically inchies to get all the pics to fit.  Some details even got painted with a needle point!  But I loved how they turned out.


This has already found its new home at another craftster's house!  And out of all the things I make for swaps, this one really wanted to stay here, but I relented and sent it on its way. 

Thanks for the challenge!  I love to remake things that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.
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4  Re: Giant Cupcake Cake in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: February 07, 2014 11:19:46 AM
Girl was so impressed with my cupcake cake that she requested one for her birthday, so I got to make another!

Here's devil's food chocolate with oreo filling, and buttercream frosting. 

That filling is sooo good.  I could eat it like pudding.  It was just smushed oreos, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and whipped topping until I thought it tasted good.  I didn't really measure.  But I'm sure there are recipes on pinterest if you wanted to make it with details. 
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5  Re: Hunger Games, Catching Fire Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: January 27, 2014 11:09:42 AM
I received from milkeway! Whoa!  I seriously got nervous and had to go back and look at the front page to make sure this was still a 3 point swap.  I thought maybe I misread when I got this great pile of goodies.

First off scary President Snow gave me a rose and a letter thanking me for volunteering.  And I got a parachute with a cookie and cute bug to keep me company on those long arena nights.

Next a bakery apron.  I've had this on my wishlist forever.  I entered a contest last month and was bummed to get one prize over the apron, but yay now I have my own!  This will be worn.

And goodness, still more.  Here is an amazing Teesha Moore style embroidered bag with lots of HG goodies all over it.  An embroidered bag is something else I've really wanted!  She got my style well.  There's quotes, and mockingjays, fire dress, pearl to lips, tracker jacker, dandelion, and a bunch of other stuff.  It's great.  I love it.

Everything.  Thanks so much!  I hope my package half compares!
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6  Giant Cupcake Cake in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: January 10, 2014 07:45:19 PM
Been watching too much Cake Boss lately and really wanted to bake a fancy cake.  Decided a cupcake cake would have to do.  And since I bought a giant cupcake pan a few months ago and haven't got to play with it yet, I figured why not!  You don't need a reason for cupcakes, and that goes for any size cupcakes, LOL.

Sweet vanilla cake and buttercream frosting.  Piped roses all over and used valentines sprinkles.

Check out that dark chocolate liner!  Used the same silicone mold and brushed melted chocolate inside.  Dropped the cake right in.

Not quite as pretty after we all tore into it, but it shows the layers and chocolate edging.  It was delicious!  Dark chocolate bar with your cake!

Here's the tutorial I followed:  http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/90/8e/93/908e93c7705a4be4cec2e52bad8456d8.jpg 
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7  Re: Face Paintings in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: January 06, 2014 11:39:53 AM
Just painted this one and wanted to share.  My first cheetah.  Love it!  Grrr!

And girly wanted a dragon over her eye for when we went to see the Hobbit.  Thought it turned out pretty neat and scary.
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8  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: January 02, 2014 08:31:14 AM
Here's a fun snowflake one for January.  I love it.  Very delicate and pretty.

Used a cream colored base and then a shimmery purple and blotted it over the tip and up one side like a triangle.  Then blotted white shimmer over the edge of the purple to fade the line out.  Used a few nailstamps that looked like snowflakes over.  Dotted some purple glitter into the negative space and covered with top coat.  -- It actually sounds like a lot more work than it was. 

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9  Baklava in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: December 29, 2013 04:36:24 PM
This was supposed to be my entry for the sweets challenge.  I was so happy to have it in the oven and looking beautiful.... until I realized I hadn't taken the in process photos.  DOH!  But these are beautiful so you just get to look at them anyway.


Baklava isn't particularly hard, just time consuming.  So if you have about two hours one night and want to impress everyone with your baking excellence, try it out.  The first time I brought this to a family function whatever years back, hub's Grandmother was astounded that a home baker could make such a thing.  It blew her mind.

Recipe:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baklava-II/Detail.aspx
basically is a sweetened nut mixture in between sheets of filo brushed with butter.  Then you make a sugar/honey syrup to put over the top.  I like the look of cloves on top, plus I like the spicy taste, but many people don't so either tell them to discard the clove, or omit. 

I like to put mine in individual cupcake wrappers so it's easy to grab one.

Thanks for looking  Smiley
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10  Better than Robert Redford Dessert in Cooking: Challenge Entries by patty_o_furniture on: December 28, 2013 09:16:57 PM
Better than Robert Redford Cake

This is known by a bunch of different names, but I learned it as Robert Redford.  It's a creamy, nutty, chocolatey, cheesecakey pie and it's extremely rich and delicious. 

I've also made this gluten free before, using a GF flour in the nuts, just make sure your pudding is GF (most Jell-O instant is, just check the label to make sure your specific box is)


1 stick butter
1 c   flour
1 c   chopped pecans

8 oz   cream cheese
1 c   powdered sugar
1 c   cool whip

1 small   box chocolate instant pudding
1 small   box cheesecake (or vanilla) instant pudding
2 c   milk

handful of miniature chocolate chips


Combine butter, flour and nuts. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.
Fill with the following blend - cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip.
Top with the pudding mixture - both pudding packages mixed with 2 cups milk.
Top with rest of Cool Whip and mini chocolate chips

You start with the crust.  It's a nut layer.  Just press it in there evenly.  I always seem to get a thicker layer in the middle so spread it out to the edges well.

Add the cheesecake layer over that followed by the chocolate pudding layer, and then the whipped topping layer.

Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over.  You could also use chocolate shavings, but chips work just fine.

Tada!  Look at those beautiful layers.

Now cut yourself off a big slice. YUM!

So good and rich and it's great to make before the big party.  Could make it in the morning or the day before even.  After that the chocolate chips start to seep, but that doesn't effect the flavor.

Good luck!
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