Happy New Year greetings to all! This project was inspired by my brother-in-law's addiction to small altoids. My non-crafty yet wonderful sister knew to save all the tins and give them to me. I gave the resulting advent calendar to their two girls who are also the best nieces ever. The tins are covered in scrapbook paper, book pages,ink,glitter,buttons,beads,etc. and the back of each has a magnet sheet on the back, so it will stick to the cookie sheet base. They were filled with earrings, M&Ms, little paper stars, wee ornaments for the tree, dollar bill origami, etc. I was in such a rush to get it to them I failed to take pics of the treasures inside.
The work in progress. See the naked ones? they are half the size of a standard altoid tin.
I searched for ugly but all I could find was this rather sad icky little medicine cabinet for $5. No shelves. Horrid little knobs on the false drawer. I also found a cardboard backed cork board for $3. It is pictured with a pretty yellow pillowcase that I thought I would use, but didn't. And those little fruit jars have been waiting in my pantry to be used for something wonderful. I did purchase the contact paper for the inside, but everything else I used was from my stash of treasures. The outside is all hand painted. I replaced the mirror with the cork board which is covered with scrapbook paper, and the center rectangle is a metal panel that I also covered in paper. The inside of the cabinet is covered in contact paper. On with it then..
the before shots
Mounted on the wall
The pic doesn't do it justice, but I love this paper
There's nothing like a batch of sweet dough to teach you the value of patience. The recipe will say "let rise for one hour." But it's not just about time. The dough has to be in a warm cozy spot. So you might have to make one. Put the dough on the top rack in your cold oven and put a pan of hot tap water in the bottom rack. Cover the dough with a dish towel. Close the door. Be patient. Roll out the dough, spread the filling, roll it up, slice. They start looking like this.
And you want to throw them in the oven so you can be gobbling gooeyness in no time. But you put them back in their cozy spot in the oven with new hot tap water , throw the dishtowel over them and close the door. Wait until they look like this:
Bake for twenty minutes and they should look like this:
Drizzle with icing, and suddenly teenagers (who can hear icing being drizzled from miles away) will descend upon those beauties. So you had better be quick with the camera. Or maybe the taser.
I'm entering this for my nieces. Every year they pick a theme and they and my sister create a wonderland of gingerbread. This is based on the classic Dukes of Hazzard tv series.Click on the thumbnails. Enjoy! Boss Hogg Daisy and Uncle Jesse The general Lee..Yeeehaaa!! The chicken coop with outhouse in the background Bo and Luke and they're getting away! Cooter's garage is in the back. I don't remember if there was a Sheriff Roscoe. He may have been eaten before photos.
I was much inspired by all the wooly fabulousness at the enormous Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY a few weeks ago. It was awesome. So much to see. And I made a few little things. I neglected to take pics to indicate scale. Piggy is about 1 1/2" tall, cow about 3", flamingo about 5"?. Enjoy. And plan on going next year.
I have made paper bowls like these http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=71395.msg671168#msg671168before by coiling paper strips but this is a little different. and probably the last because it took so long. The thing that cracks me up is that Lands' end finally quit sending them to me-I was getting one a month. So I picked these up while walking through Sears. This bowl is made from about half of a catalog cut into 1 1/2 in. strips and folded into 1/4 in. strips with about 1/2 in. of fringed edge. Scotched taped ends of strips as I coiled them around. I mod-podged the bottom as I went. Some pics of the process...
folded strips with fringe
the inside before a jillion layers of mod podge
the legs are small coils stretched out, mod podged, and filled with hot glue. It's hard to tell, but the inside is quite smooth which was what I wanted.
could have been an interesting hat.
and one for scale
Well...maybe I'll have to make more with the other half of the catalog. Hope I haven't put you to sleep. Thanks for looking!
This little friend was shipped to New Mexico to my dear sis as part of a very woolly birthday gift. Made from felted wool sweaters- one brown merino wool and a pale yellow cashmere which looks white in these pics.
It's not a bunny without a tail! made from strips of the cashmere sweater.
This guy was fun to make, especially because I made one out of cotton batting first, so I knew what I was doing. sort of.
My dear sister finally got her pkg, so now I can post my flurry of crafting. My apologies--I neglected to take a pic of the sweater before I hacked it up. It was a long sleeved wool turtleneck sweater.
Lining is from an old skirt.
Here's the turtleneck section for the small stuff-my first zipper!
no lining...but the perfect size for a bag of jellybeans.
and a coffee cozy with needle felted lettering.
and I guess I should post the bunny I made her in the toy section, but it was all part of the pkg. I was afraid to send real chocolate to Albuquerque!