I'm in - since I'm trying to stash bust this year, I may as well see how many things I can make with it!
And as for the question about crafting... To be honest, I don't remember when I got into crafting. When I was probably about 7, my parents made me a sweet wooden "suitcase" with my name on it, to be my craft supply box. It was full of construction paper, glitter, feathers, pipe cleaners... the stuff young crafters' dreams are made of. This supply box has since blossomed into a craft room (which I can never keep clean). I don't remember any of the first things I ever made, but there is some photographic evidence of young endeavours:
Painting the dollhouse my parents built me for Christmas one year (I'm thinking I might turn it into a bookshelf one day, since I still have it. )
I can see it now: "Mom, I need a garbage bag." "For what, dear?" "A Ninja Turtle Costume!"
And my personal favourite, me being ever so thrilled in my Little Mermaid hat. I drew Ariel on EVERYTHING.
And on that note, 50 projects, eh?
The List So Far:
1. 1 dozen greeting cards - completed Jan. 18 2. At least 6 resin pendants (or more if I have more resin kicking around!) - completed Jan. 10 3. A ninni (just learned about those!) - completed Feb. 1 4. Fabric box instead of a gift bag for my friend's birthday gift - completed Jan. 3 5. Set of two Beatles pillowcases - completed Jan. 4 6. Pillowcase for a gift (blue fabrics) - completed Jan. 4 7. Set of draft snakes - completed Jan. 7 8. Three paisley clutches -completed Jan. 4 9. Frame set of wedding photos with Mambi stickers on the glass - completed Feb. 13 10. Three yellow and black clutches -completed Jan. 6 11. Two heating pads (rice filled) - completed Jan. 7 12. Two blue and white clutches - completed Jan. 8 13. Hair bows - completed Jan. 8, more made Jan. 10 14. Two picture frames decorated with dominoes -completed Jan. 10 15. Six bowls made from mixed Perler beads - completed Jan. 17 16. Finish making wedding thank you cards so we can get them sent out! - completed Jan. 18 17. Repaint cabinet for stereo equipment - finished March 3 18. Wallet to hold my loyalty cards/gift cards - finished March 19. Mario "?" block rear-mirror danglers (Started in... 2009. I've made one and put off making the second three times now, three different ways. Time to settle down and choose one to finish.) 20. Set of paintings using the 3D glasses I've kept from the theatre 21. Finish at least one of the aprons I cut out pieces for two years ago 22. Decoupage "a" & "z" bookends 23. Paint my thrifted mirror 24. Enough earrings to fill my display rack... which is HUGE 25. Enough packs of buttons to fill my small display rack 26. "I Spy" game with sand and shells for Sammy - Finished March 27. Finish painting my craft room desk 28. Cornstarch clay ornaments (almost all of my salt dough ones cracked so I'm looking for an alternative) 29. Pincushion 30. Craft room door (paint and decal) 31. Learn a new lip balm recipe to use up all my balm tubes 32. Plush Jareth or Ludo for a friend's Christmas gift 33. Another dozen cards 34. Bookmarks from scrap fabric 35. Bridal shower invitations for Sammy's shower! - completed May 15 36. New pillowcases for the bedroom (let hubby pick the fabric so it's not too scratchy) 37. At least one felt pillowcase based on a favourite cartoon character 38. Belated bridal shower invites for my friend's mother-in-law and aunt, since they never received theirs but would like them for scrapbooking/memory's sake 39. Make something from my favourite vintage fabric I've been hoarding since college because I can't bear to cut into it 40. Christmas ornament for my niece (maybe celebrating that she's going to be a big sister?) 41. Try making at least one fabric bowl 42. Monkees concert shrine for May contest - completed May 10 43. Disney villains shrine for amc- - completed July 2 44. Dr. Who/Tardis jewelry box for Quotes swap 45. Sirius Black lamp for Quotes swap 46. Darth Vader notebook for Quotes swap 47. Sparkly tray & coasters for drink swap 48. Cap'n Crunch Painting for drink swap 49. Sammy and Tim's wedding cake - completed August 15 50. Labyrinth worm for back of Sammy and Tim's wedding cake
Sweet goodies so far! And I'm about to add to the mix! Dessadoll sent me such an amazing stocking full of my favourite things.
Here's everything all wrapped up together...
The first thing my hubby and I opened were "his" and "hers" stockings! Mine is modelled after the dancing shoes I wore at my wedding; pink converse sneakers. His is a Chewbacca inspired stocking! Love it!
Next up was an adorable painting and two painted wooden ornaments which are already on our tree.
I've been wanting to read "Heaven is for Real", and can always use a new Beatles book! There was also a cute Christmas "D" door/wall hanging, which stands for my new last name, Davis. It's my first Christmas as Mrs. Davis, and I'm excited I have an ornament to commemorate!
Lots of fun Beatles items - buttons, a patch, and pencils, and two big silicone buttons! (I think these are coasters? I'm not exactly sure!)
Toys for the kitties, an amazing set of PacMan ornaments (also on our tree already ) and the cutest little stuffed Moomin! <3
I just love him. He's so incredibly well made!
And last but not least, a beautiful infinity scarf - I'm not sure what the method is for this, but it's so cool! I can't wait to wear it.
Thank you so much, Dessadoll - I love every bit and piece of this package!
Without further ado, my lovely package from Elyxandra!
First up is the stocking, which is currently hanging on my desk at work.
The box was stuffed with goodies, all wrapped in cute brown paper with a red print all over. Inside was a cute card that assembles into a fun little Christmas tree, a tin of shortbread cookies, candy buttons, a Hershey's bar from Hershey, Pennsylvania, and a box of Cracker Jack. (The prize in my Cracker Jack was a pirate sticker. )
Then there were two sets of Christmas cards (naughty & nice), some scrapbooking supplies for my wedding guestbook, cute kitchen-themed buttons, and an adorable skate ornament set (in the little tin) including beads with mine and my fiance's initials on them.
Still more goodies! Adorable recipe cards, Body Shop lotion, a card hanging kit with cute clothespins (already hanging in the living room with the two cards we've received so far), wax seals of the letters "M" and "D" (which will be my initials after the wedding!), extra wax sticks, a mini Game of Life keychain, a super fun VW bus catnip toy which I haven't let the kitties at yet, and a lovely snowflake hoopla - the first hoop I've ever received!
Then there was this mysterious little pouch, which she said was based on a design by her Great Grandmother...
And it opened to reveal this awesome travel sewing kit! Love it! Going to stash it in my duffell bag for when we make weekend trips to visit the fiance's folks.
Thanks so much Elxyandra - I look forward to munching on cookies and chocolate this weekend, and crafting up a storm with the supplies!
I recently started learning how to make gumpaste flowers, and wanted to show fellow cakesters my first floral spray! Carnations are so fun to make.
I was surprised at how long the flowers took to make. The calla lilies were quick, but the carnations and roses ended up taking 15 - 20 minutes apiece. (I'm sure they'll get quicker as I make more!) Thankfully it's easy to do one step at a time, and by the time you're done your first step on your last flower, your first flower is usually dry enough to do the second step on.
My biggest tip is to buy green or pre-wrapped florist wire for these babies - wrapping all that wire ain't no fun! I lucked into finding green wire at Michael's after I'd finished wrapping about half my stems... I was one happy lady!
I can't wait to learn how to make more... dahlias and tiger lilies are near the top of my want-to-know-how list!
I received a bundle of awesome from Sloth003 today - so much cool stuff!!
First off, one of my favourites ("Well, I don't know what I expected," hehe) an embroidered lunch bag with a matching snack pouch!
I have to admit, when Slothy messaged me to ask if I took a lunch to work, I kind of anticipated receiving something like this - and was stoked when I opened the package!
Next up, an incredible stitched Tobias pillow which will definitely make it onto the couch with our other TV themed pillows! Next to it are two catnip toys - cutoffs and Lindsey's infamous shirt!
The back of the pillow even has a blue handprint. On top of the pillow, there's a banana change purse (with a quarter inside ), business cards from Barry (which I will be handing out to fellow fans), Gob's bottle of Forget-Me-Nows (homemade lemon Altoids) and a tin of Tobias' Teamocil (mint homemade Altoids - and wow are they curiously strong!)
Last but certainly not least, a shirt with my favourite quote!
This party's gonna be off the hook! And possibly the best part of it? I'M A MONSTER!
Thanks a million, Sloth003! This swap was a blast. Thanks jungrrl for organizing! I think the swap bug has bitten me again.
I wanted to put some of my newer baking adventures all in one spot, so here goes!
Brown & blue wedding cake: made for my friend's wedding, this cake was a chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse in between the layers. It was covered in chocolate ganache before adding the sides, which are slabs of chocolate that I poured, then drizzled blue chocolate over.
Fantasy flower cake: so called because that's what those flowers are called! This was a super moist vanilla cake with cookies n' cream filling, and vanilla buttercream. The flowers and butterflies are gumpaste.
Moominmama cake: One of my favourite book series is the Moomin series by Tove Jannson. They're wonderful books with adorable characters. This cake was lemon, with lemon curd filling, and vanilla buttercream. Moominmama was done as a royal icing runout, as were the shapes around the bottom of the cake.
Tim's Cake: A friend of mine requested my help with a birthday cake for her pilot boyfriend. She knew she wanted a plane and something video-gamey on it, but that was all! She cut out stars with my tiny cutters and made lumas (the stars with eyes) for hours on end, while I made the rest of the cake. Once it was together, I piped the clouds and we filled in the stars. The propellor is missing in this photo - whoops. The cake was vanilla, dyed yellow and blue and done in a checkerboard pan. If I remember right, it was frosted in vanilla buttercream. The plane and stars are a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste.
A simpler cake, learning how to make pinecones and poinsettias with buttercream. This cake was another chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, but also had chopped up peanut butter cups between the layers.
And some cupcake fun!
Strawberry lemonade cupcakes: Looked great but the frosting went as hard as butter in the fridge (and also tasted that way. Blech!).
Mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:
Chocolate cupcakes with caramel filling, caramel cream cheese frosting, and Skor bits. The circles on top were done by rolling out microwaved Kraft caramels, cutting with a cookie cutter, and piping the outlines and letters in chocolate.
Strawberry cupcakes: probably the only times I've used a box mix in the past 3 years - I was in a massive rush to get these done for a baby shower. They're simple, but I thought they were cute!
I got this one out of the book "Hello Cupcake" - needed a Thanksgiving idea! They were ridiculously sweet and while adorable, I'm not sure I'd make them again. The pile of frosting under the turkey was a bit much!
And I'll finish off with some cookies! This was one of my first attempts doing flooded cookies (and it's one of the oldest baking projects here!) I think I did these about 2 years ago. I hadn't quite learned the art of letting the outlines dry completely before adding the colour, hence the mushrooms looking a bit like they're wearing mascara.
I made this cake a year ago or so for a joint birthday party, and had a heap o' fun with it! I got to choose my own theme and run with it. Since I always wanted to make an under the sea inspired cake, I decided this was the time.
The cake itself is a white almond cake, the fish, bubbles and seashells are sugar cookies with royal icing. The corals, weeds, turtle and crab are gumpaste, the tentacle is solid fondant and the sand is made of graham crumbs. The tentacle was a last minute decision and I'm so glad I did it - it really tied the whole thing together.
After deciding on our Calvin and Hobbes costumes for last year, I told my fiance that this year it was his turn to choose who we'd be. After much debate and flip-flopping, he told me he'd always wanted to be Han Solo and Princess Leia - so I sucked it up and made myself a princess gown. Nowhere near as exciting as a tiger suit, but I digress....
Sadly, the only photos I have are photos from work with other people in them! So, here is the best full-length shot I have, with my coworker the Pink Lady:
The only shot I have with the hood up (I didn't think it was sticking out that much - I look like a shy nun!) with the Pink Lady and Sally the ragdoll:
My scruffy-looking nerf herder and I:
And a quick shot from the side, since it's the only thing I have close to one showing the hood down. (Holding the cake I made my fiance, since his birthday was the same day as the Halloween party we attended!)
My dress/gown was sewn out of bedsheets (and completely lined with more bedsheets!) from a pattern I made up as I went along, with guidance on the shape from a costume site. The belt was a last minute dash to the fabric store where I picked up some vinyl and cut it to shape, and sewed velcro on the back. I then cut fun foam pieces in the shapes of the "metal", and covered them in duct tape. I hot glued an unpunched pinback button front onto each piece, and glued them to the belt - then did a little decorative stapling around the edges when they started to fall off, haha.
My hair is done up with two pairs of socks rolled into my buns. I wrapped it as you'd wrap with a bun roller thinger, then pinned it in place and wrapped each bun in a hair net, and pinned some more.
With all the amazing entries this year I feel inadequate even entering, but I had to enter my favourite contest of the year! All grumping about being the Princess aside, I did actually have a lot of fun in the costume, and aside from the tight neckline it was very comfy to wear. We dressed up to hand out candy and the highlight of my night was when I dropped a goody bag in a little boy's bag, and he said "THANK YOU PRINCESS LEIA!" before running off. Too cute. <3
Finally getting up pics of the goodies I received from Lilak Tygress!
First up, a Trivial Pursuit cup sleeve, an Operation box (it had earrings inside but they're at my boyfriend's place - will get a pic soon!) and a sadly broken but beautiful Life mug.
And last but not least, an amazing redone Clue game - the Monkees vs. the Beatles! It features many locales based on songs and other locations (Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Kansas City, Long and Winding Road, Ed Sullivan Show, Liverpool, Tear Drop City, Last Train to Clarksville and Pleasant Valley), and music-related weapons (tour bus accident, choked on a guitar pick, etc).
Thanks for the amazing goodies Lacy, this swap was a blast!
Wonderfully whimsical wine charms, starring the Moomins! Love these.
More Moomins - perfect postcards! (And the card from yzzilnoaj!)
Bodacious baking book for all my yummies! (Also, cute cupcake cups and eerie eyeballs! )
Fabulous fabric, a mod Monkees mug (made by her sister!), two pairs of enchanting earrings (hard to see - they're right in front), marvelous magnets with rad recipes, and a lovely lobster - I've seen these before but never figured out if they were decorative or served a purpose - anyone know?
I can't believe you made the paper beads for those earrings, yzzilnoaj - that must have taken FOREVER!
Thanks a big bunch, everything is flippin' flappin' fabulous!