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41  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!

WHeeeeee!

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!
42  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:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371967.0
43  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.

INGREDIENTS:
I FORGOT!!! 2.5 Cups of FLOUR (sorry!)
1/2 C. SHORTENING
2 EGGS
1 C. SUGAR
5 TBSP. COCCOA
1 C. MILK
1 TSP. SODA
1 TSP. BAKING POWDER
PINCH OF SALT
1 TSP. VANILLA

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.

FILLING:
1/2 CUP SHORTENING
1 TBSP. MILK
1 CUP OF CONFECTIONER (POWDERED) SUGAR
1 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
1 TSP. VANILLA
.5 TSP. ALMOND EXTRACT

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
44  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Etsy shop is stealing from me & maybe you too!!! on: March 13, 2011 09:46:03 AM
This etsy shop "fortheloveofdre" has lifted photos of my items & has undercut my prices... how low is that?

Check out the 'cropped' image of my original custom sprinkles initial ring she's using here (in green)...compared with my original rings (in pink)


And here, she's cropped my photo of my red glitter heart adjustable ring! (mine is highlighted in pink & hers...the copy is in green)


"Latifah Bates" obviously has no scruples or conscience whatsoever to be doing this to me...and the thing is, it's not just me! She's stolen photos from other resin jewelry sellers as well!

Have any of you had this happen? What did you do? How did things turn out in the end? I've been thinking of giving my lawyer a call, but wonder if it is worth the bother.  Huh


45  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I Saw It & Had to Stitch It! Raccoon with a Kitten!!! on: March 02, 2011 05:45:43 PM
Made it awhile ago for a swap & it's off to it's new home.
I'm going to miss it!




*I had some time to add more photos today.
46  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 60 ENTRIES / Catch a Falling Star and put it in a Jar for Safekeeping on: March 02, 2011 05:35:06 PM
I made this for my little girl who has not had the greatest winter season as far as her health goes, so to take her mind of her aches & pains & to get her to fall asleep, I made her a jar of glowing stars as a nightlight...and wasn't planning on entering it in the contest, but why not? It's totally fun!

I just took some clear glittered resin stars I had & tossed them into a canning jar with one of those battery run tealights you'd put in a jack o lantern. It flickers & glows like magic!



Detail shot of the stars...


And she fell asleep in no time at all with her eyelids getting heavier & heavier watching the star jar twinkling.


I hope you like my little project!
 Wink
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Making A Sick Child Smile With a Jar of Fallen Stars on: February 23, 2011 08:14:28 PM
I like looking on the bright side of things way more than dwelling in negativity, however it is sometimes difficult when life throws you those unexpected curves.
My babygirl hasn't been well all winter long it seems. We have undergone a bunch of tests & hope to have some answers this week. A prayer has been answered already in that she doesn't have something I was very concerned about.
Once we do find out what is going on, we can then move forward on the road to wellness.
 Like any mom, I'd do anything to make her feel better. Necessity is the mother of invention!

I thought to take her mind off her discomforts as she's drifting off to dreamland this evening, she might enjoy watching a twinkling jar of stars flickering from her makeshift bedside table.


Best idea I've had all day!   Smiley


The stars are handcast clear resin with a sprinkling of glitter tossed into a jelly jar along with one of those little battery operated tealights! Voila! Almost instant magic!

She fell asleep in about 2 minutes without worries of monsters!  Wink


I think we'll be using the star jar even when she's well!  Cheesy
48  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Girl Scout Gold Award Project Challenge on: February 15, 2011 06:49:43 AM
I'm posting this for a friend, Karen St. Dennis, who has a 15 year old daughter going for her girl scout gold award.
Her grandma passed away from cancer, so this challenge really means the world to her.
This would be a fantastic way to help a girl reach her goal, as well as helping cancer patients right within your own community!
Challenge Details:

My daughter is 15 and she is doing her Girl Scout Gold Award Project knitting and crocheting (or sewing) Chemo Caps and Lap Blankets for cancer patients.  

Deadline is Between March 1 and August 1 of this year:

     We are issuing you a challenge, if everyone we know makes just one cap or lap blanket and donate them to your local hospital or cancer center this would be a GREAT message to send.

there are certain guidelines to follow to do this,
            For caps/hats -
-No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them. (Plus they can itch!!!)
-They should be soft, like baby soft acrylics, or cotton yarns.  I have been working with a 50% cotton/50% nylon yarn and it seems to be soft
- All yarn should be washable and machine dryable compatible, as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.
- Finished hats should be fairly light in weight with little or no seams-
- Styles should be something along the idea of a beanie cap, but I've found some cute patterns for hats with a little bit of brim on it.
- Styles should be fairly "closed" without any gaps or anything.  Chemo patients usually cannot stand sunlight for very long and can get burnt in less than 10 minutes.  Hats are not only for warmth in the winter, but also protection all year round.

           for the blankets -
- No wool or animal fibers, no angora, no alpaca, most hospitals won't allow them
- All yarn should be washable (and ideally drying machine compatible), as cancer patients have compromised immune systems and everything needs frequent washings for sanitation.

- sizes like a baby blanket or 32 x 45 approximately.(sewing works also)

       If you decide to help us with this challenge, please drop me a "Mention" on twitter @handcraftkaren
or email at nkcaj@aol.com to let us know what you were able to complete to bring to the hospital or cancer treatment center.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help this cause.


*I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by a cancer & it would be a great tribute to them.
I will make a hat or a lap blanket to honor my sister's memory...as she passed away from leukemia & I love that it would bring some comfort to someone going through cancer treatment today.


49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ruby Red Resin Glittery Love Hearts! on: February 10, 2011 04:48:29 PM
It's been months and months since I've posted anything fun over here in the jewelry community & I'm just so tickled with how these giant resin hearts turned out that I couldn't resist posting them.



They're handcast resin ...resin poured into molds with glitter added along with the word 'love'.

I wore mine to my son's Valentine's Day party at school & it was a big hit...so I'm definitely feeling the love!
Valentines Day is one of my all time favorite holidays...I always make a big heart shaped cake & last night I made cutout heart & puppy cookies with the kiddos! Good times! Cheesy

50  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Who knows what my kids were eating? on: February 08, 2011 10:36:49 AM

My 4 year old girl loves lip balm so much that she practically goes through an entire tube in a day or two...which has had me extremely concerned.
I've thought to myself, "What's in this stuff?"   Undecided

Deciphering the label on the tube she'd been using most recently, it's practically Greek to me, so I get the idea that maybe mixing up something here at home with all natural ingredients would be possible for a mom like me to do.


I learned the how to & read up on the various oils & stuff that went into doing this from various sites...including craftster & today I whipped up a batch!


I even experimented with various flavors...and my house smells just like I'd made Grandma's Christmas candy! Flavors I used were non flavored, peppermint, sassafras, bubblegum, strawberry, and one blueberry one for my mother in law!  Wink

The lip balms turned out fantastic! They glide on smooth, moisturize well, and taste fabulous! I accomplished what I set out to do! Yay!
I'll definitely be doing this again!  Grin
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