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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweet & Gothic Lolita Articulated Paper Dolls on: March 02, 2017 07:59:29 AM
It's been a while since I've made some new paper dolls Smiley I figured it was about time. And, I enjoy designing dresses so it gives me the chance to play fashion designer.

I wanted this one to have an Alice in Wonderland/White Rabbit type feel. This one only has two articulated joints - her legs. I kind of wish I had articulated the arms too, though. It was an experiment.

...and I've been on a bit of a purple kick lately, so I wanted to do something purple. I feel like this one is a bit generic, but still turned out ok. This one has arms and legs articulated, but the range of motion on the arms is kind of shallow.

I did a write up on these dolls on my blog, if you're interested in reading more: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/illustration/gothic-lolita-paper-dolls/
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / D & D Serving + Dice Trays on: February 26, 2017 08:56:22 AM
I finished the first of four serving trays with a dungeons and dragons theme.

We're going to use the trays for regular serving use and to roll dice on for our D & D games. My husband wants me to make a liner for his because he doesn't like the loud clacking noise of dice on wood.

I think my favorite part are the lion-type claw feet.

What do you think? Smiley

I wrote a little more on my blog about the finishing process here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects/home-goods/dungeons-and-dragons-serving-tray/
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Refinished Silver Millennium Silverware Box on: January 30, 2017 10:54:05 AM
I recently completed my first refinishing box. I refinished the silverware chest for my family flatware set with a Sailor Moon/Imperium Silver Crystal design.

Here's what it looked like before I got started. Not too bad looking for a box from the 1930s. I started by giving the whole box a good sand, then I painted a darker eucalyptus tone of paint and added a lighter antique sky color over it. I gave the box another sand to give it a weathered/two tone look, then added the stencilled designs.

Once all the paint was dried, I added metal filigree corners and claw feet. Then, I weathered the corners and feet with a little paint and sanding, and finally coated the box with clear wax.

I used some store bought stencils and made some using my Silhouette Curio. I really like how it turned out! It's part of my effort to add nerdy touches to our surroundings. We're going to have some more blatantly nerdy pieces (I eventually want to make a giant Chocobo head to go over out mantle), but I feel like subtle designs like this are good too. We don't even have our own place yet, so small projects like this are easier for me anyway. Hopefully we'll have our own space in late summer.

You can read my more detailed blog post about this project here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects/home-goods/silver-millennium-silverware-chest/ if you're interested. Smiley
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Maple Salted Caramels and Almond Coconut Peppermint Patties on: January 17, 2017 12:57:53 PM
I may or may not have fallen prey to Facebook videos of sweets that you can make for Christmas gifts. :x I made salted maple caramels and almond coconut peppermint patties. The salted maple caramel recipe I have is no longer available on the source website, but you can find the peppermint patty recipe here: http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2013/12/vegan-peppermint-patties/

I also made my own labels for both the caramels and the peppermint patties, which you can find on this blog entry: http://www.appledainty.com/food/baking/holiday-sweets/ the links to the labels are down near the bottom. Cheesy

My Dad loved his peppermint patties, and my husband brought the caramels to work where they were apparently very popular. I added walnuts to some of the caramels and dipped them in dark chocolate as well; those were my husband's favorites.

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Vanilla Extract on: November 18, 2016 09:36:50 AM
I was super inspired by Mistress Jennie's post/tutorial on making vanilla extract: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450442.0

And decided to give it a shot. I am in Canada, so I didn't use the same sources Mistress Jennie did. I got my bottles from Uline. Even though the bottles were cheaper on Specialty Bottle, when you factored in shipping charges it was less expensive through Uline. My vanilla beans came from Silk Road Spice Merchant.  Both these companies had super fast shipping! My items came in the mail two days after I placed my order. It was awesome.

I drew/designed my own labels, printed them onto brown kraft sticker paper, and cut them out with my silhouette curio.

Here's what the bottles look like with the labels on.

And I added some Christmas tags to a few, since some of them are going to be Christmas gifts.

The printer/silhouette files for the labels are available on my website if anyone wants to use them. Cheesy

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Final Fantasy XIV Goobbue Rug on: November 10, 2016 10:27:57 AM
It took me forever to finish this rug, but I think it came out pretty well. Cheesy It is a goobbue from Final Fantasy XIV.

Here's a bit closer on it's buttony eyes.

I added some paint on rubber saf-t-bak to keep it from slipping around too much.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Large Chrysanthemum and Canola Kanzashi on: September 28, 2016 01:33:11 PM
More kanzashi! Smiley I just got back from my first craft show, and I'm kind of looking forward to taking a break from making new kanzashi XD LOL As much as I love making them, I think it'll be nice to do some drawing or rug hooking or sewing instead.

This is a large single chrysanthemum kanzashi. I actually made this flower a long time ago, but the leaves are new - new dye lot, etc. Chrysanthemums are traditionally worn by maiko (apprentice geisha) for the month of October.

And I did a bunch of canola kanzashi too, which was fun because they grow so prominently here in Saskatchewan. Reppin' the province. XD Also, canola are traditionally worn in the month of March.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lily and Clematis Kanzashi on: September 07, 2016 12:00:41 AM
I've only got a few more weeks left before my first craft show. But, I also have two weddings this month. I made this set of lily kanzashi for my friend as a bridal shower gift. She loved them a lot and decided to wear them for her wedding which is this weekend.

I made this set of clematis pins too, which are a motif that geisha wear during the month of June.

I'm finishing up some cherry blossom and narcissus now. Cheesy
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / January Plum, Aster, Pine and Crane Set on: August 27, 2016 01:49:16 PM
I finished this two piece set last week but haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I'm really proud of this set; it's one of the first really big, time consuming pieces I've done. The crane is my favorite part. Cheesy I'm working on some lilies today, a gift for my friend's bridal shower. The kanzashi are done and now I'm struggling with packaging. I'm designing a box for it to go in with my silhouette machine.

Plum, pine, asters and cranes are all popular/lucky motifs for January. Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plum and Camellia Kanzashi on: August 19, 2016 10:14:42 PM
It's been a busy week. Smiley I've been doing a lot of baking because our apple tree has lots of fruit, and lots of crafting because I have a craft show coming up. I've never attended one before so I'm a little nervous. XD Next week I have a bridal shower I'm attending too so I have to cook up something for that.

This week I made this large pink camellia hair fork, which is probably my favorite one so far

And I made some plum hair pins too

Camellias are a popular February motif and plums are worn in both January and February. Smiley
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