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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies (made with giblets!) on: November 27, 2008 03:16:57 AM
Ok I lied there are no giblets in these cookies  Wink

They are sugar cookies with vanilla frosting across the top with candy corn stuck in for feathers, then I used orange icing to make two dots that I stuck mini-MM's too for the eyes, then I used the icing to put on a little beak, and on some of them, feet.  The feet were a little too tricky, so I skipped it on most of them.  I made these for my companies pot luck.  I made them last year too and they were a big hit!  Recipe (or design?) from the Pillsbury website http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/ShowRecipe.aspx?rid=40040  Betty Crocker has a similar design this year as well http://www.bettycrocker.com/Recipes/Recipe.aspx?recipeId=46173

Here are mine!





I made a lot more than what is pictured here.  I have to say if you plan on doing these for next year, stock up on candy corn at Halloween time!  It's very hard to find after Halloween, although I did find some at Walmart (and I bought the last three bags  Cheesy)
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dream Until Your Dreams Come True - Aerosmith quote cross stitch on: November 25, 2008 01:42:00 AM
Ok this is the first cross stitch I've made with a pattern that I designed myself... kinda.  I used the caption maker on cross stitch.com.  I made this for my fiance's aunt for christmas, she loves Aerosmith.  It's from their song Dream On.  I need to find a smaller frame for it (or just mat it) but I think it came out pretty nifty.  Don't look to closely or you'll see my mistakes.  Wink




Pretty Dollar General frame.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old shoe boxes given new life - now beautiful decoupaged craft storage! on: November 17, 2008 03:41:30 AM
I have been hoarding shoe boxes for a while now to use in my craft room as craft storage when I finally unpack everything into the new house.  I have a great ikea expedit bookcase (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2916992357_67c7f58cd4.jpg) which I dream of filling up with beautifully decorated shoe boxes.

I finally got off my butt over the weekend and re-did the first two.  I had been looking for really pretty wrapping paper for a long time and I finally found a jackpot at The Container Store.  They have such beautiful wrapping paper! 

Anyway, over the weekend I made these:


Out of two different shoe boxes from the closet. 


The white one came out with quite a few air bubbles, but I don't mind.


Bubbly bottom


Here is the brown one.  I LOVE the paper on this one, I am going to have to pick up a couple more rolls for other projects


Open.  I didn't do the sides because they're not visible from the outside.


Sorry, no before pictures, but I have a progress pic.  This box I had to un-do and lay flat because of the awkward shape. 

Comments/questions/criticism welcome  Cheesy

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Brown/yellow master bedroom with "Always Kiss me Goodnight" handmade wall art on: November 17, 2008 03:17:15 AM
My fiance and I finally decided that since we are in a new BIG house with a BIG master bedroom, we needed a bigger bed.  For the past year and a half, we have been sharing a full size bed (his feet hang over the edge quite a bit  Embarrassed)  So we went to rooms-to-go and got a brand-y new KING SIZE bed.  Of course this required new bedding, which required new curtains, which made me realize how bare the walls were... so the bedroom we just moved into less than two months ago already has had a makeover. 


New bed!  And bedding that I let the boy think he picked out  Roll Eyes  He thinks the bed looks like a big cake.


New wall art - these I finally hung up last night.  They say Always Kiss Me Goodnight.  I did the whole thing in acrylic paint, including the lettering which was done by hand with an acrylic paint pen (the best thing ever made!).  The Me canvas came out a little wonky, its a tiny bit smaller than the others, plus the canvas was stretched funny over the wood on the far right hand side so the paint didnt come out quite right either.  Oh well, I LOVE them.


Work in progress note on the canvases - after I had painted the background on them and was waiting for them to dry, I caught Frank lounging on them  Shocked  Luckily, acrylic paints dry fast and the damage was minimal, only a few cat hairs stuck in the paint. 


This pic shows the new hanging art as well as the curtains.  The curtains are very dark, but there is a reason for this.  The brown curtains are actually black-out drapes.  My fiance and I both work the third shift so we are day-sleepers and need the room very dark during the day to help us sleep.  The black scarf I draped across the top helps keep out those extra bits and slivers of light. 


Curtain detail.  Yes, they need to be ironed  Cheesy


View of the other side of the room.  This pic was taken while the old bed was still there and while we were still unpacking trash bags of clothes.  I love both of my dressers VERY much.  The first dresser, the bigger one with the mirror, I bought with the full size headboard in Massachusetts about 5 years ago.  Fast forward to a couple months ago, my fiance and I are shopping around for dressers because we needed a second one due to a smaller closet, and by some act of fate we found this beauty, what you see holding up my TV.  It's an EXACT match to the set I bought 5 years earlier.  Same detailing, same hardware, same finish, everything.  We found it at a bargain furniture outlet - and get this - it was the LAST ONE they had!  We had to buy the floor model. I LOVE IT!



Here are some before pictures:


Old full size bed which has been relocated to the guest bedroom.  Yes, I still have the sheepskin rug in the same location (MY side of the bed  Grin)


Old window treatments... as pretty as these were they obviously let in WAY too much light for what we needed.


A very before-before.  Before paint and furniture.  Cheesy I love my yellow paint




The kitties appove  Wink


EDITED TO ADD:  I have to give credit to pieknits for the idea for the artwork, I was inspired by her post here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191291.0  Grin

Comments/questions/criticism welcome  Cheesy
25  Texas / Texas: North Central / I need crafty friends in The Colony! on: November 14, 2008 02:05:38 AM
Ok I just found this little section of Craftster (WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!)  so I thought I would post.  I recently bought a house in The Colony with my fiance.  We have been living in the Dallas area for about a year now and I don't really have many friends around here other than a few coworkers and we don't really hang out outside of work.  Be my buddy?

I am 22, I like all kinds of crafts, including but not limited to, beading, embroidery, glass etching, painting, etc etc.  I would love to learn to sew/knit/crochet/dabble in resin-work. 

So who wants to come over and craft?  Grin
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / NSFW - happy f***ing holidays cross stitch on: November 09, 2008 10:13:24 PM

Front page disclaimer due to use of the word fuck  Grin  I think this is hilarious, that I put a "not safe for work" here, mainly because I stitched this entirely AT work, and my manager stopped by my cubical half way through and busted out laughing when he saw what I was making.  But I guess not everybody works third shift and has laid back managers  Cheesy 

Anyway, this is my 2nd attempt at cross stitch.  If you remember my first attempt I posted about a week ago, it was very uneven and I screwed up the border.  I think this one turned out so well because there was no border  Wink  I am quite happy with how it turned out, and I plan to frame it and give it to my MIL for Christmas, because, well, it's perfect for her. 

It still needs to be ironed, butttt....



Blurry attempt at a close-up of stitching

As always, feedback and comments greatly appreciated, thanks for looking Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Penguin lightswitch and outlet covers on: November 05, 2008 02:11:41 AM
Hi folks,

I am doing a penguin theme in my hall bathroom.  It's a little kiddish but it makes me happy  Grin I will post pictures of the entire bathroom once I finish a couple more works in progress for the room. 

Every time I am sitting on the can I feel like the plain dingy white light switch cover and outlet cover are glaring at me.  So I finally took them down, washed them, and modged podged them with lime green tissue paper.  The rug and towels I have in there have lime green accents, so it's not as random as it sounds.   Wink  After the modge podge was dry, I stuck on Sticko glitter penguin and fish scrapbook stickers I had found on ebay, and put 2-3 layers modge podge over those.  I got two sheets of the stickers and I have just enough after this project to decorate the clock also, which I am in the process of modge podging now.

And without further ado, here they are:


Light switch


It's too cute to only have one picture of  Cheesy


Outlet cover - It's in an awkward place on the wall next to the sink and medicine cabinet hence the shadow


*Edited to add* - I am going to paint those horrible screws eventually, so ignore the random half white half rusted eyesores
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / #@%&!! (curses) - Possibly NSFW - My first cross stitch - I think I fixed it! on: November 05, 2008 01:00:42 AM


Disclaimer for the front page because I don't know how strict some offices are and it does have to do with curse words..


Ok - I have never done cross stitch before in my life, nor have I desired to.  However, I was looking for something to keep my hands busy since I quit smoking, and I came across Subversive Cross Stitch, and well... I'm in love.  Plus this is a craft I can work on at my desk at work and is a good excuse to pass on the usual "smoke breaks". 

So I ordered a kit from Subversive Cross Stitch, and got started on this. 



I know I screwed up the upper left hand corner of the border.  I also missed a flower and the whole left hand side should be an entire row over so it's very uneven and wonky because of that.  I had a hard time counting out the spacing on where to start the border.  I still love how it came out though.  Other than those mistake that I am aware of... does it look OK?  How is the stitching?  Too tight, too loose, to close together?  I've never even laid eyed on a cross stitch pattern before I tried this so I am really unsure if it but I think it looks pretty decent.  I ordered a couple other patterns and I would like to give them out as Christmas presents (my future MIL would LOVE the "happy f-ing holidays which I am working on now).  I am working on my 2nd and it seems to be going much better, but any feedback would be greatly appreciated because I see many more of these in my future. 

Thanks guys   Smiley


EDIT: Ok so after much suggestion I think I fixed it!  See the new pic on page 2.
29  COOKING / Dessert / Spider Web Cupcakes on: October 30, 2008 10:34:22 PM
I made this for Halloween last year and they were such a big hit I had to make them again this year!  I brought them to a potluck at work and everybody loved them.  I used a dark fudge chocolate cake mix to make the cupcakes, and I frosted them with vanilla frosting dyed with a jar of Wiltons orange food coloring/gel stuff.  I then used a tube of black decorators gel to draw rings on the tops of the cupcakes, then dragged a toothpick down from the center out to create the "web".  So easy, so fun, so yummy!






These were last years cupcakes.  The orange wasn't as vibrant, but I think the webs came out a little neater.
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sweet Cornbread Recipe - with pictures! on: October 30, 2008 10:29:24 PM
I made this cornbread for a potluck at work and I wanted to share it with you.  It's my moms recipe.  We've made it many many times and it is YUMMY.





INGREDIENTS:

1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/4 cup margarine
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt

Blend until smooth.  Poor into greasted 9 inch square or 13x9 pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Also makes 12 muffins.
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