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1  Re: Tiki Beach Bar in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: July 19, 2016 08:01:13 PM
Where did you get the drinks?

The empty glasses and tumblers came from Alpha Stamps and I followed this tutorial for the cocktails in the glasses, but converting them into Midori Sours. The drinks in the tumblers are made with Glossy Accents glue, Dollhouse ice cubes, miniature citrus slices made from polymer clay, yellow tinted stamp spray, a toothpick, and seed bead cherry!

Thanks, everyone! I have a great time, usually, with projects, but this one was a blast to complete. Maybe it was all the Cape Cods.
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2  Tiki Beach Bar in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: July 19, 2016 10:05:30 AM
Anyone in the mood for a refreshing summer drink? A really, really tiny one?

I made a little tiki bar scene for Alpha Stamps beach themed month. The hut was constructed from a 5" tall half scale bay window, bamboo poles, and an upcycled bamboo placemat I picked up at the thrift shop. It fit nicely in the 7" x 4" corner room box. The placemat was held together with some nice twine so I used that along with a glass globe to make a boat float.

The tiki heads are cylinders of cardboard that have crepe paper mache features and I lined the inside of them with orange vellum.

And for those that can't make it for a cocktail until after the sun goes down (or for those that are still hanging around), we'll turn the light on for you.

Happy summer!
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3  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 16, 2016 12:04:12 PM
I love the HP goodies too. I hope we get to see separate posts for them, hint hint! patty_oh!, will you even be able to sit on your couch now that it is covered in HP pillows?  Cheesy

kbrison, we are happy to know (and see!) Willa is pleased with her crafts from Emma. She had so much fun making things and was especially proud of the perler teddy.

We received our box yesterday! I wasn't expecting it until today, so they were thrilled when we came home and saw the box, then snatched it up and ran!

Inside the box where countless puppets of all sorts! Lions and tigers and pirates, oh my! We are quite fond of puppets, we were all excited to see these. There are duplicates of all the animals shown in the picture (the large tiger being Ava's favorite, the lamb being Emma's, and I'm partial to the pirates). We'll have loads of fun with these!

We also opened some awesome tie-dyed soap! Lots of it! I love handmade soap, so these bars are a real treat. The dishcloths are all mine, to add to my ever-growing collection of dishcloths. They are beautifully made and perfectly square. Amazing!

The girls saw the ninnis and ran a lap around the house squealing...they really, really love them. They are named Mr. and Mrs. Pumpernickel and have already been adorned with a paper top hat and bow, ready for a teaparty.

We need more cups so we can invite the pirates!

And tucked down in the bottom of the box was something for us to share, but it seems Mr. and Mrs. Pumpernickel have gotten to it first!

Thank you greatly for the thoughtful package and kind words, kbrison. Please send a thank you from us to your crafting buddy, too; she has made two little girls very happy. Now to reclaim the HP coloring book!
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4  Re: Frida's Flowers CAL-FREE Ravelry Pattern in Crochetalongs by pottermouth on: June 30, 2016 02:15:52 PM
Got to whip block 1 out this afternoon:

A perfectly blurry picture, as usual.
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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 29, 2016 12:47:44 PM
The delightful audio has sent me an angel card titled "Reckless Artist", and man! do I love this card! It is full of texture and body, there's shimmery bits, and loads of colour. She's also included a fun card that will live on my workspace, because it is so true. Thank you, audio. You rock!

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6  Mechanical Treasure Chest in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: June 26, 2016 02:58:11 PM
Earlier I had mentioned Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous  brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.

Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.

I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)

You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:

There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.

And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog. I loved this project!
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7  Mermaid's Treasure Mini Houses in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 23, 2016 08:34:15 AM
Alpha Stamps theme this month is "Beneath the Sea"; mermaids, treasure chests, sea creatures, and steampunk! I decorated little houses to hold a mermaid's collection of found items. I'm saving the steampunk part for later.

Oh, so tiny!

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8  Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake in Dessert by pottermouth on: June 20, 2016 02:35:25 PM
Sometimes you can't wait until Autumn to eat some pumpkin, especially when it is decadent cheesecake! It is incredibly easy to make and tastes like a dream. Don't forget the Maple Glaze!


1 1/4 cups ginger snap crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temp.
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups canned pumpkin (16 oz total)
3 eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup (the delicious REAL maple syrup!)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Heavy whipping cream
pecans (optional)

Here's how you do it:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Chuck a bunch of the ginger snaps into a food processor and obliterate those cookies to crumbs. Or place ginger snaps into bags and have your kids pound them to bits. They'll have more on the floor than in the bag, of course, so maybe you need two boxes of cookies if you go this route. Measure out 1 1/4 cups of crumbs and add them to a bowl. Add butter and sugar and mix together. Firmly press crust mixture into a springform pan (mine is about 9"). Set aside. Beat cream cheese for about 4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, eggs, 1/4 cup maple syrup (the good stuff), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. It smells yummy now, but no licking! Pour over crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The edge will spring back when you touch it and the center is soft. Cool and then chill, preferably overnight if you can wait that long. Let's make the Maple Glaze. Combine remaining 3/4 cup maple syrup with 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream in a pan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally with a whisk. Add chopped pecans, if desired. Pour a bit o' glaze over your cheesecake, and enjoy!

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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 18, 2016 09:58:56 AM
I received the best Onomatopoeia card from geekgirl1000100 yesterday. I never would have thought about Rice Krispies, but Snap, Crackle, and Pop are the epitome of the theme! Excuse the photo. That's the quality you get after spilling something on cameras, apparently.  Sad

Thanks for the great card!
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10  January Thru June Featured Projects in CROCHET by pottermouth on: June 16, 2016 06:37:27 PM
Featured Crochet Projects
First Half of 2016

By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Crochet Projects for the First Half of 2016! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Simple vest by wendiek

Sunrise Shawl by meelee514

Oh Scully and Mulder, how I missed you! by anderlance

Wimmy Wam Wam Wozzle! by dooney

Dr Who Gift Set by carolmb

Nerdy Hats by FreakieGeekie

Studio Ghibli/Disney Inspired by milliemouse579
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