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11  COOKING / Dessert / Pink Cherry Salt Water Taffy on: June 19, 2013 02:41:51 PM
I have made taffy several times now and I keep getting better at it. My first attempt was a total failure because it got to hard to pull with in seconds and I had to throw it away. This batch is almost perfect. It is still a little hard, but it softens right up after you have in your mouth for a second. I guess I will keep tweaking until I get the soft taffy that I am dreaming of Smiley but in the mean time I have this yummy batch to tide me over.

12  COOKING / Dessert / Peacock Tea Party Cake on: June 19, 2013 02:36:12 PM

I made this cake small so it would be a nice center piece for a small tea party or maybe a romantic dinner for two. The peacock is made out of fondant painted with glycerin mixed with Wilton gel colors. I made the white chocolate accent pieces by putting the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and drawing them out on wax paper.

Here is a pic of the blue marble effect I got with the fondant I covered the cake with:

Here's a detail shot of the feathers:

And here is the finished cake:

13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Blue Heart Doodle on: March 08, 2013 04:43:17 AM
Lately I have been doing a lot of these because I have been trying to draw every day even if it is just a doodle. I was particularly proud of this one  Grin

14  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / My Very First Weaving Project (since 2nd grade): A Mug Rug on: March 02, 2013 03:56:36 AM
I have been wanting to try weaving for a while, so I decided to crack out some cardboard and make me a mug rug. My morning tea is an important ritual in my life, and I have been wanting some mug rugs to make it a more colorful experience. For a while I have been pouring over all kinds of complicated projects plans for building my own loom and weaving complicated patterns, but like I often do I was putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to start simple. It started of really well, the actual weaving part gave me no trouble at all and went a lot faster than I thought it would. Then came time to take it off the loom and all chaos broke loose. I don't even know how half of the mess ups happened but I felt like it was bleeding to death in my hands Cry BUT in the end I was able to cover up many of the mistakes and ended up with something I will be happy to use. Here are my process pics:

First the finished mug rug. The colors are actually neon blue, neon pink, and white but my camera had a hard time picking them up.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Floor Painting: Water Lilies As a Part of A Much Larger Koi Pond. on: February 25, 2013 12:09:52 PM
My GF ErinAquaheart has been laboring for several weeks now on a koi pond floor painting that she was commissioned to do, and she let me help by painting the water lilies. My lilies evolved over time and because of that some of them had to be removed with acetone so that I could paint them all in the final style. That was kind of sad because it resulted in the removal of one of my favorites, but luckily I got a picture of it!

Here is the one that got removed:

Which I can understand why the owner wanted it removed because it looked more like a dahlia really. Here is the final style that they are all in, this one is blue but there are also pink and yellow ones scattered around the floor:

16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sinus Soothing Cold Cucumber Melon Soup With Basil and Mint on: February 25, 2013 12:03:09 PM
This time of year my allergies make me feel terrible so I am always looking for ways to soothe my achy sinuses and sore throat. This cucumber melon soup with fresh mint and basil was even more pain relieving, delicious, and refreshing than I thought it would be! I just put peeled cucumber, cantaloupe, fresh mint leaves, fresh basil leaves, and agave nectar in a blender with some ice and blended it until it was smooth. If you make this yourself don't be shy with the mint and basil they aromatic qualities are very nice and soothing if you are generous with them. Also, the agave nectar is great to add a healing texture to the mix but it also adds a lot of sugar, so I put three to four table spoons plus some splenda packets to make it sweet enough, but if you don't have a problem with sugar you may want to add more agave nectar. This was super tasty and it would be great for a summer brunch or appetizer, or even a refreshing smoothie on the go. I really enjoyed eating it as a soup though, because it is easier to taste all of the flavors and take the time to let it soothe my sinuses eating it one spoonful at a time.

17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract Badger Drawing on: February 25, 2013 11:52:56 AM
Lately I have been on a roll with drawing with a lot of line and pattern. This little badger drawing is something I am proud of. It was fun to do and I really like how it turned out looking earthy and tribal.

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Phoenix Feather Illustration on: February 25, 2013 11:49:02 AM
Ever since I was a kid I have loved line art and op art like drawing, I was making all kinds of elaborate doodles back before "zentangle" was a term on everyone's lips. So lately I have been experimenting with using the op art style of abstract line design, along with subject matter that is more representational. So I made this illustration of a phoenix feather.

19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little Dinosaur Illustration on: February 19, 2013 06:41:09 AM
I have been working on a few smaller projects lately to try different subject matter and to get better in general, so in that experimentation I came up with this little guy:

The pic is a little muddy, sorry about that, but I think you can see most of the details, the colors are a little more vibrant in real life.

Here are some process pics, because I love to see the stages of progress! It's cool to look back it see how it transformed from a sketch to a fully colored illustration.

20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Wild Encounters: A scrapbook page from about Disney's Animal Kingdom on: February 17, 2013 11:49:57 AM
I have been to Disney World twice now with my girlfriend and have yet to scrapbook any of it  Angry So, I got started by making this page of all the characters we met at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We find it exceptionally fun to meet characters and act along with them. It's akin to the kind of fun we have when we go to re-in-actor parks and try and make the re-in-actors laugh.

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