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31  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 35 pound rabbit on: April 23, 2012 09:12:04 AM
I have been inspired to do photo shoots with my bunny, Yuki. She has been my creative muse ever since she graced our lives last September.
This Easter, my family won the giant chocolate bunny from a local candy store...so I had big plans to take photos of it with Yuki before it was devoured.

32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hey Girl... *pattern added! on: April 02, 2012 04:10:24 AM
I'm a big fan of http://handmaderyangosling.tumblr.com/  & was inspired to stitch this up for my partner, canamharris in the 'Terribly Important ...' swap, because she's sew crafty like that!

I chose to do an image that included the delicously nerdy glasses to give him that 'oh so hipster smart & sexy' look. Mmmm-hmm!  Grin

Stitching through the canvas was tricky because of the thickness of the fabric. I had a hard time poking the needle through...so this was a labor of love!  Wink

I'm making the pattern available for free to alll who would like to stitch their own! Just cleaning up my original sketch & it will be ready. Cheers & happy stitching!

33  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mario Kart from a cardboard box... on: November 08, 2011 06:31:42 PM
Materials for the car include a cardboard box, hot glue, paint, & good ol packing tape!  Wink

Work in progress:

34  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Whipped Body Butter on: August 16, 2011 09:28:20 AM

I whipped up some of this last week for my sister in law & myself. I was surprised at two things... how long it took to whip & how awesome it was on my body! It was really easy to make, but I thought I'd see it start to thicken after a couple minutes vs. the 10 + minutes it took as I had never made it before. I will be making it again though! We scented it with coconut & it smells heavenly!
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Officially Addicted...oh, yes I am!!! [Soap Making] on: June 29, 2011 08:57:12 AM
I got over my fear of lye this week & finally did it! This is my first batch & to make it a bit complicated I split the batch so I could experiment with a couple scents & learned a lot more than I expected.
This is made with olive oil, coconut oil, and canola oil.

I was shocked at how quickly it showed that trace & after adding scent it was even thicker than pudding! I had to dash to line a pan so I could glop the soap into it before it became totally unmanageable.
This is scented with coconut, sea spray, and a suntan lotion scent blend. I should've covered it better as I got some of that white residue on the top...but I'm learning here....

I used pringles cans for molding these since I wasn't sure if I'd really like the craft & didn't want to invest much into the costs...and I love the size & shape of these little round cakes.
This one was colored with a powdered pigment that had some mica in it...so it shimmers! I likey!  Grin It smells very girlie...with a pink sugar & fig scent!

This bit has no color or scent ...keeping it natural for sensitive skin.

I have neighbors with goats...and am aching to try goats milk soap next...as well as making manly man soap on a rope in bay rum scent!
I could hardly sleep last night thinking about the next batch!  Cheesy

Somebody help me! Another craft & never enough time!!  Undecided
36  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Team Challenge for June - Time to Vote! on: June 28, 2011 08:18:44 PM
Please vote for my 'candy baby ring' #6
... there is no signing up necessary! Just click & run...or stick around & find many lovely colorful items by the talented 'crafting in color' team!

It would be all kinds of awesome to win my etsy team's blog challenge for June!  Smiley
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Take me to the kittens!!! on: June 21, 2011 06:31:22 AM
Let me gush about my latest project please, so I don't explode!
These kitten 'meow mitts' were so fun to knit & my girlie adores them to pieces!
I'd love to share where I found the pattern if that is ok... it was designed by Stephanie Dosen under the name 'Tiny Owl Knits' on etsy & I cannot wait to start my next project from one of her patterns.

It took me a couple days ...like an afternoon one day & an entire evening another day to complete them, although it would've gone faster if I didn't have 'help' from the 4 year old who wants to knit when she grows up. She un-did many rows & even pulled the whole thing off the needles at one point.  Shocked
I don't discourage her interest though.  Wink She told me she wants to knit when she grows up! Huzzah for raising a future knitter!

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / OMG!!! My Hacks are on IKEA Hackers! on: March 29, 2011 04:08:56 PM
I'm running around the room with my pinwheels all aspin because I submitted these to the Ikea Hackers blog & didn't really think they'd really publish them....or at least I convinced myself they wouldn't so I wouldn't get my feelings hurt... but they did!


Here's a corner of my craft room:

I painted the table with left over interior paint from my babygirl's room:

...then glittered it & sealed it with resin (note that any resin meant for sealing bar tops will do)

The end result...one very sparkly shiny...very pink work table!

I slipcovered my stool to make it look like a sushi roll too! See the final result in the first photo.  Grin

I've got perma-grin right now! My cheeks hurt so bad!  Grin

Here's the link! http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/03/pink-glittered-tovik-table-and-vitamin.html
Thanks for the go ahead Pixieval! Come craft in my corner anytime!
39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Terribly Important SOB Swap Round 2... on: March 25, 2011 07:11:36 AM
...for those of us who were so busy with our terribly important things to take part in round 1.  Cheesy
Anyone interested?

Here is the gallery from round 1:
40  COOKING / Dessert / Whoopie Pie Recipe ...You'll Thank Me Later! on: March 23, 2011 07:23:14 AM
I just whipped up a batch of these yesterday as we were lacking something sinfully sweet in our cupboard & I didn't have the ingredients to make the cupcakes I've been longing to do on hand. (note to self: pick up some Baileys Irish Creme)

These are traditional New England Whoopie Pies!

The outer part is like a cross between chocolate cake & brownies.
The filling is a cross between frosting & oreo cookie filling.
Any way you slice them, they're wicked yummy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I FORGOT!!! 2.5 Cups of FLOUR (sorry!)

Cream together everything until it's well mixed & fluffy looking. Drop by spoonfuls onto a well greased cookie sheet. Spread batter out until it's app. 3" across & 2/3" thick. Batter doesn't spread much during the baking process, so the final size will be what you create on the pan before baking.

Bake app. 10 minutes. You'll know when they're done when the surface no longer appears shiny & a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool.


Cream together filling ingredients & then spread filling onto half of your pies & finally add another pie on top to make a 'sandwich'.

*For a lower calorie version of this recipe you may substitute all sugar with 'Splenda' or equivalent sugar substitute...but seriously with this much shortening, you may as well just indulge!

Enjoy! Please share with friends...and if you make a batch, please share your results on craftster!  Smiley
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