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1  COOKING / Dessert / Lolli Pots on: February 09, 2010 09:08:15 AM
These were a neat gift I gave to families with children over the holidays and they all loved them!  Very easy too!  Use candy melts and melt them down in a microwave - pour the melted candy in lollipop molds, add your stick and place in the refrigerator to harden.  These are a great gift for Spring, Easter and Birthday parties!



I also painted the names of each family member on the pots for added personalization!  Great favor gift also using smaller pots and 1 or 2 lollipops!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Garlic Herb Sign on: February 09, 2010 04:52:22 AM
I really like woodburning and also crafting items that are practical and useful.  I designed my Garlic n Herb sign using stencils for the letters and pyro paper to transfer the designs on to the wood.  The pyro paper copies your image using a laser copier and then you can woodburn right through the paper.


After I applied the green paint I took a rag which I had watered down and rubbed the wood to get the green stained affect.  Then I transferred all the designs and woodburned the outlines before filling in the letters.

I used colored oil pencils to color in the garlic...

I will be sealing the entire sign after I add 3 dowels for hanging the garlic and drying the herbs.  There is also a picture hanger on the back for placing on the kitchen wall near my cooking area!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Flowers made from Mini Gourds on: November 04, 2009 04:21:37 PM
I grew many ornamental gourds this year and they are all drying.  They are great for decorating this time of year, but in order to craft with them they have to dry out.  Most times, store bought gourds have a coat of varnish on them and this does not allow them to dry properly.  I drilled a few holes in the bottom last year and was successful.  This year I grew a ton of my own.

I made flowers from the dried gourds by cutting each one in half and shaping petals by cutting them with scissors (they have a thin shell).  If the shell is thicker, they can be soaked in water for a few hours and then cut with scissors.


I drilled a hole in the center bottom and used pipe cleaners as stems; also woodburned the edges for a nice look.  You can paint the gourds or stain or leave them natural.  I used another small gourd for the vase.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need advice on machine purchase! on: May 15, 2009 06:44:15 AM
I currently own an older basic sewing machine and have decided to check out a new machine with embroidery functions.  Since I am a beginner to the embroidery I am looking at the Brother SE350 with the PED basic software; mainly because the reviews I have read mostly sound positive.  I am wondering if I should purchase a machine with more functions at a higher price so that down the road I won't be saying I should have bought that to begin with.  I plan to start small but may end up selling some items in the future depending on how it goes.  Thank you for any advice and suggestions!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden Signs on: April 11, 2009 04:52:38 AM


The garden signs were very easy to make!  The wood pieces are cedar and were left over from our chicken coop construction project and I knew I could put them to use when I saw them just laying around; so I fired up the woodburner and made these signs.  I may add some color to them or just leave them age - the wood will turn a light gray color on its own.  I will either find more wood scraps to use for the posts or may use a nice branch.  The potting shed sign can be secured with a nail or some type of hook on the back.  Smaller signs with the flower or vegetable name woodburned or painted on is another option.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gourd santa and snowman on: December 19, 2008 07:36:11 PM


These are mini ornamental gourds which I let dry and then painted the designs on.  A coat of varnish made them shine and I also drilled a hole up top for the raffia to hang the ornament.  Happy Holidays to all!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Recipe or Seed saving box on: December 18, 2008 06:09:22 AM
I will be using this finished project (finally) for saving garden seeds - the design I transferred onto the cover and woodburned it. Then I used oil pastel crayons and blended colors to give it a more natural look. I did stain the box before I did this and after it was all colored in, added 2 coats of varnish. I may use the same design and woodburn onto a nice piece of wood for a picture for the kitchen wall. This box does measure 8 1/2"x11" so it is bigger than the average recipe box.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Gourd vase on: December 11, 2008 03:36:08 PM

This was my first gourd project and will be a Christmas gift for Mom! I cut the top off and cleaned out the inside first.  Then I transferred the pansy image with transfer paper and woodburned the outline. I used oil pastels to color the flowers and leaves - combining a light and darker color for each individual flower/leaf. I used gel stain on the background and then varnished the whole design.  I will add some dried flowers from the garden (no water should be held in the vase).  I really like the way it turned out! The gourd has to be dried to work on.
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