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1  Treasure Chest in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: February 09, 2015 11:16:01 AM
Found a box at the thrift store that was begging to be made into a treasure chest.  I have an under the sea theme event I'm helping decorate for next week, so it will make its way there.  After that will probably keep it for the nephews baby toys.

Just acrylic paint and time!

What is used to look like, plus a mid project pic.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Elsa Painted Pumpkin in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by patty_o_furniture on: November 02, 2014 08:26:01 PM
Down to the wire on this one.  I painted this Halloween day.  Usually have quite a few painted out, but busy busy season this year!  At least it was out on my porch for the trick or treaters.  Went with Elsa because my costume was Anna.  Used acrylics and took about two hours.


thanks for looking
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3  Brownie Cheesecake Cookie Dough Pie in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: October 23, 2014 07:51:52 PM
What's better than dessert?  Dessert topped dessert!
Brownie layer, cheesecake layer with dough dough bits, all in pie form.  This is so good!  But so rich, a tiny piece is a must. 

Signed up to bring a pie to the neighborhood party.  Everyone expects me to make some fancy dessert, so even though I was crazy busy beforehand a store bought pie was a no no.  So I found this recipe on pinterest, made two and took them.  These were the first gone.  I stole a slice before I left at least. 

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie


~For the Brownie Layer
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
~For the Cheesecake Layer
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 12 ounce container Cool Whip, divided
~For the Cookie Dough Bites
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


Unroll the pie crust according to the package directions. Place in a 10 inch pie plate and set aside.
Beat the brownie mix, oil, water, and egg until combined. Spoon into the pie crust. Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil to prevent them from burning. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Beat the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Add the flour and milk and beat again. Stir in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Roll into 56 tiny cookie dough bites. Place on a wax paper lined tray and freeze until hard.
Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Fold in 3 cups of Cool Whip.
Cut the cookie dough bites in half. Reserve 10 balls (20 halves for the topping) Stir gently into the cheesecake filling. Spoon the filling gently on top of the cooled brownie.
Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining chocolate chips. Top with Cool Whip swirls and the reserved cookie dough bites. Cut into 12 pieces of pie. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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4  Smores Marshmallows. Inside Out. in CHALLENGE 103 ENTRIES by patty_o_furniture on: October 07, 2014 12:47:56 PM
Smores Marshmallows.  Inside out.

I'm surely not the first person who thought of this idea, but I haven't been able to find the idea on google, so I'm saying this one is a personal recipe well enough.  Inspired by my love of smores and homemade marshmallows!

These are homemade marshmallows made with homemade graham crackers and chocolate swirls inside.  All the smore makings are on the inside of the marshmallow! Yum.


Homemade Marshmallows:

1/2 cup cold water
3 - 1/4 ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin

2 cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt


2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crushed into large crumbs
1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips


3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Spray a 9X13 (I like thicker mallows so I used a 9X9) pan with pam, then sift a layer of powdered sugar over the whole pan bottom and sides so the marshmallow can release.

Soften gelatin with cup cool water in bowl of stand mixer.

In a medium saucepan put 2 cups sugar, cup water, 1 cup corn syrup, and tsp salt.  Bring to a boil at medium to medium high, stirring.  When boiling, place saucepan lid on top for two minutes to let condensation wash down the sides.  Remove lid after two minutes and clip in candy thermometer.  Allow to reach 240 without stirring this time.

Start mixer on low speed, slowly pour in hot syrup into softened gelatin.  Gradually increase speed to high, beating for 10 minutes until bowl is softly warm to the touch and mixture is white, shiny, and thick.

Stop mixer and add chocolate chips, 2 tsp vanilla, and graham cracker pieces.  Beat again until graham pieces are mixed in well and chocolate is melted and swirled.  

Spatula out sticky mixture into prepared 9X13 pan.  Try to smooth top as best you can.  

Sift a generous amount of powdered sugar over all top.  Let set for 8 hours or over night.

Loosen marshmallow from sides of pan with knife.  Sift powdered sugar over counter or cutting board, then pull marshmallow sheet from pan and place on top.  Using kitchen scissors or knife cut pieces apart and press edges into more powdered sugar.

Place pieces in a sifter and tap all excess sugar off marshmallow pieces.  Eat as is or drizzle on melted chocolate.  Keep in a covered container.

Tastes just like a smore!  Delish!

For the grahams too:

Honey Graham Crackers
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened   
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Stir in the sifted ingredients alternating with the milk and vanilla. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Divide the chilled dough into quarters. On a well floured surface, roll the dough out one quarter at a time directly on whatever youll cook it (parchment paper, silpat liner, even just the back of a cookie sheet).  Roll paper thin. Divide into rectangles using a knife. Mark a line down the center of each one, and prick with a fork. For a cinnamon flavored cracker, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. *sometimes scoring the crackers again over the cuts after removing from the oven helps to break apart easier.

But the best way to eat these is toasted!

Gooey marshmallow, caramelized outside, warmed chocolate!  So good!
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5  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: September 03, 2014 07:43:15 PM
Afton received an angel package from Bailey.  She lit up seeing it on the couch waiting for her. 

Her favorite was perler Toothless.  She was in awe because of how long it would have taken him to put all the beads on correctly.  Some fun Harry Potter notebooks, can ornaments, bead ornaments, necklace and clipboard. 

Great stuff!  Thanks for the angel!
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6  Failed Cupcakes turned Ice Cream Cake Pops in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: August 19, 2014 06:40:16 PM
Failed Cupcakes turned Ice Cream Cake Pops

Introducing Ice Cream Cake Pops!

This recipe started out as a lovely cupcake batter I've been wanting to try.  I'm always on the hunt for a good from-scratch cupcake recipe.  And I love decorating cupcakes, so thought this challenge needed some pretty cupcakes!  So, here's the recipe/directions.

The recipe looked great as batter, I was impressed.  Very soft and creamy.  I had my hopes up, but I figured that I was whipping way too much air into it with my mixer.  That's how Joy made them though, so I kept going.  *sigh*  They all fell in the oven.  Overwhipping? Insufficient moisture? Altitude?  They died.

I considered coring them and putting some tasty filling in.  But I've done filled cupcakes before.  I almost trashed them and decided to make something else for the challenge, but then remembered a fun cake pop recipe I had saw once.
Sure!  I'll make those instead!

Turned out way cute!  Love the variation of color inside.

For size reference.  So cute and tiny!

Sent most on the way around to neighbors and had lots of fun compliments on them.  Tasted good, but were a lot of work!  I have two dozen rainbow cake balls left in my freezer to play with, but after they are gone I'm not sure the effort of cake pop balls are worth it again.  Maybe.

Either way, the moral of the story is if at first you don't succeed try something else!  Smiley

thanks for looking!

If you want to try the recipe, don't over beat the batter
White Cupcakes:
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and lightly butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions), beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or just until set and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. (Always check a few minutes before the stated baking time. Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

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7  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: August 19, 2014 12:54:30 PM
Figured I'd post what my girlies sent.

Afton sent a wall letter, stenciled shirt, and a duct tape notebook.  Travel water color set, and some funny circus animals that her partner had on their wishlist.

Sariah sent a bunch of minecraft stuff, a big creeper box, shirt, tnt poppers, and stuffy pillow.  And a wall letter and water color set.

Thanks Helena Puck for hosting Smiley 
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8  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: August 12, 2014 01:44:32 PM
Sariah received from idioskosmos.  She loves everything.

Sariah is really into Pokemon right now and with all the added figures, you'd think she'd died and went to heaven.  She screamed each's name.

They even made her into a card!

She knew the pin was a badge right away and she even mentioned how it's like a color wheel (something we've been learning in summer art classes).  Plus this awesome shirt.  The red didn't go through the wash well, but we won't have a problem painting it back in.

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9  Re: Mermaid Carved Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: July 08, 2014 09:40:20 PM
My newest medium has been face painting, and I used this stamp to try out a face design.  Neat!

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10  Re: Mona Lisa Photo Stand In in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by patty_o_furniture on: May 13, 2014 09:37:06 AM
The school also wanted a Kandinsky concentric circles stand in.  It's one of the artists the children were studying too.  The kids will have fun using it as a photo op at their art show.

The original for reference
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