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31  Holly Elf on the Shelf in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftewoman on: November 01, 2012 04:54:57 PM
It's been a while since I've made a doll. I'd forgotten how fun it is!
Holly is my newest creation. She started as a baby earlier this year and I just didn't have any vision for the doll. I guess I just lost my muse.
A few days ago a friend of mine suggested an Elf on the Shelf challenge. And I was going to start from scratch. Until I saw the little naked, not quite finished doll. And then I knew what to do. I repositioned the legs to a sitting position, resewed the wonky ears, gave her some braids and some hair, and Holly was created!

She's just like my 4 year old daughter. She loves fluffy dresses, and showing off her bloomers. She'll fit right in!
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32  Rainbow tutu and thigh highs in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by craftewoman on: September 13, 2012 04:58:52 PM
My daughter's birthday is next week and I was searching for something to make for her, when she spotted a rainbow tutu on Etsy. So off to the fabric store we went, and bought 10 yards of tulle. While there I spotted some cute ladies' knee socks, and I knew just what to do with them.

The heels were cut out and sewn closed to make them into tube socks. Now she can wear them under her tutu!
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33  Salsa Verde in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftewoman on: September 13, 2012 08:05:57 AM

Salsa Verde
7 Medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 garlic bulb
2 medium jalapenos (or pepper of choice)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Heat a cast iron skillet (or a pan that can take very high heat) on high.
Shuck and clean the tomatillos. Place into the heated pan.
Separate the garlic cloves from the bulb, leaving the skins intact and set aside.
Wash the jalapenos and place into the pan.
When the jalapenos and tomatillos are charred on one side, turn and add the garlic cloves.
Turn all of the ingredients, and cook until they are well charred. When they look like the above picture, they are ready to remove from the pan.
Place the garlic cloves into a paper towel and let them cool. Remove the stems from the jalapenos, and place them and the tomatillos into a blender with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Peel the garlic cloves. They should just slip easily from their skins, and place them into the blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy with corn chips. The best kind? Homemade of course!
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34  Spooky banner in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by craftewoman on: September 13, 2012 08:03:23 AM

Halloween is my favorite holiday second only to Christmas. I love the cooler weather (if you can call the 90's being cooler), the costumes, the makeup, the spooky decorations, and of course the candy. My kids are already asking when we can pull out the skulls and spiders.
 My addition to our decor this year is a banner to hang from the mantel.

It's the details that make this so much fun. The spiderweb and cat, and letters were cut using my friend's die cut machine. All others were cut freehand.

The witch's hat was embellished with a buckle from one of my girl's cast off shoes. I love to save little things like that. It comes in handy with the doll making too.

So are you excited about Halloween?
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35  Revamped lamps in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftewoman on: July 18, 2012 08:19:02 AM
It's amazing what a little spray paint and fabric can do. I bought these lamps at Goodwill for cheap! A spray of Krylon's oil rubbed bronze paint, some $10 shades and some fabric and a glue gun and they're a perfect addition to my home.





Saving more great stuff from a landfill! LOVE it. Saving some green too. Grin
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36  "Bone" replacement faucet handles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftewoman on: June 21, 2012 05:51:59 PM
One of the perils of having so many children is having things in your house broken...frequently . So I wasn't surprised to hear that someone broke the porcelain handle for the faucet, but I was disappointed.
I made a call to my aunt who has some schooling and experience in interior design, thinking that she might know of a place I could go online or maybe a store to replace the porcelain part of the handle.  Her answer to my problem was that I wouldn't be able to buy a replacement, but I could make one!

Initially I thought that I would just make them look like the originals, But that was easier said than done. I wasn't able to get them smooth enough, so I decided to make them look like carved bone instead. There's so many things that you could do to make them unique.
I used an aluminum foil armature, and then sculpted white Fimo plasticine clay which hardens in the oven. After it was cooled, I carved it with an exacto blade, and then painted it with a mixture of cream and brown paint, and wiped it off so that it just stained the clay. Then I used my drill to drill a hole through. There's a square knotch needed to fit the shaft of the handle through, and that was carved with the exacto blade.
Then spearing them on chopsticks, they were dipped in polycrylic twice waiting until the first coat was dry.

The bathroom these go in is decorated in a forest theme. So they go perfectly.

How do you like seeing my reflection in that faucet. Fun huh?
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37  Faux Barn Wood Flag in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by craftewoman on: June 19, 2012 04:54:00 PM

I've had a piece of wood sitting on my back porch for the past year, Originally it was meant for repairing a slat in our gate, but that required redwood, not pine. It had plenty of character for a faux barn wood flag.

The stripes were measured and marked, but painted on without the aid of tape. After the paint was dry, I watered down some brown paint to age parts of the flag.

I'll spare you pictures of the rest of the porch. It's been cleaned up now, but when I took this picture, it was a mess! That's how it is with 5 kids and a mom who's a crafter!
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38  Old Glory Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftewoman on: June 18, 2012 04:18:38 PM

I've been seeing Union Jack lace pillows popping up all over the net, and thought, those are really pretty, but that's not MY flag. And the one day inspiration hit. I'll make one of Old Glory! Here's my version.
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39  Easy Harry Potter style Wands in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftewoman on: June 17, 2012 03:32:33 PM
I know a lot of parents who are looking for summer projects to do with their kids, so when I saw this tutorial, I knew I had to make these wands for my kids. They were great bribes for getting them to get their chores done. They collaborated on how they wanted them to look and what kind of beads to use. I wealded the hot glue gun, and painted them for them.

You can find the tutorial here:

It was less than $2 for a package of chopsticks. There were 20 to a pack, but I ran out of hot glue. This takes a lot. Expect to use 1 long stick or more, per wand. The paint wears off too, I suggest giving them a coat of spray on primer before using the acrylic paint to get it to stick longer.
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40  Dumbledore Cloth Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftewoman on: June 17, 2012 03:23:37 PM
Dumbledore is one of many colorful characters created by J.K. Rowling in her series of books about Harry Potter. I forget sometimes that not everyone has been caught up in the books or movies like my family and I have. David bought the seventh book and laid on the closet floor all night to read, so that he wouldn't disturb my sleep.

umbledore is the headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is wise, old and has a bit of a sense of humor. While researching him, I found that he prefers patterned socks, and favors argyles.

My inspiration for my dolls comes from both the books and the movies. Dumbledore wears a gold under robe, a purple over robe, a gold fez, and purple argyle socks. The time turner that he loaned to Hermione hangs from his neck, and the horcrux ring is on his finger.

This doll is completely original. the patterns for doll and clothes were created by myself. his face is hand painted and needle sculpted.
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