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31  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 08, 2014 08:37:59 PM
Challenge entry

One more new recipe

I mixed mango, pineapple and passion fruit juice to create a fruit puree to pour on yoghurt.

I used the last passion fruit from the garden. To make it easier to extract the juice, I first put the seeds in the blender for a short time. Then, I used a spoon and a chinois(colander?).
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32  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: January 07, 2014 10:15:22 AM
January Challenge entry

I sure made a mess in the kitchen trying a new recipe. Inspired by the challenge,
1. A new year, a new you---a project that involves organizing or improving your life: a new outfit, a new recipe, a new scarf, an craft supply organizer
I made fresh pasta from scratch.

I dug out a pasta machine found at the thrift store a long time ago and searched the web for a recipe.
Making the dough was quite easy. Rolling it in the pasta machine was fun. Cutting it proved more difficult as it did not always cut completely through but I got some nice pasta nests drying on the table.

Sadly, the drying was not successful. The spaghetti and fettuccine each stuck together, especially the one that had to wait longer before being boiled. After researching it( but too late), I discovered that the dough was likely too wet and I should have added flour.
It still was good to eat but not very pretty, nor thin and yummy like I had envisioned.
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33  Santa's elves' workshop in Winter Holidays by yoopidou on: December 29, 2013 11:09:41 PM

For my partner in the IYP, I created Santa's workshop to fill her Advent calendar. I made the wooden workshop and the trees, and the table out of thin plywood. The furniture is made mostly with balsa. The accessories are made mostly from polymer clay, but also from wire, wood, fabric, paper, cardboard...

The elves are bendable and pose-able. I made an armature with wire. I added heads and shoes with polymer clay and put them in the oven. Once cooled down, I wrapped embroidery floss around the hands shape with a needle. Then, I wrapped wool roving around their bodies and felted the roving with a three needles tool. After that, I sew, cut and, embroidered them some tiny clothes that can be removed.
I made 6 elves who each are in charge of a part of Christmas.
The elf in charge of the mail and the naughty or nice list.

The elf who stuffs the toys. Well, he just had a little accident and fell head first in the stuffing.

The carpenter elf is able to create lots of nice toys with all his tools.

This elf has lots of ribbons, tags and wrapping papers and can wrap toys real fast, and neat too.

The sewing elf has a sewing machine, but he also can sew by hand. He embroiders too and likes to choose fabrics from the many ones he stores on his shelves.

The cooking elf is very busy at this time of the year baking cookies and cakes an candies.

All the elves like to take an afternoon snack together. They talk together while enjoying the baked goods.

Here are some of the toys they made this afternoon.

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34  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 26, 2013 12:52:53 PM
the cuteness and detail of your project are killing me...oh my...seriously, did you post this in more detail in the swap?  Off to look....
Thanks Alwaysinmyroom. I might have put a few. i have a ton of them on my computer! Wink

This year, I decided to make gift tags insted of buying them. Next year, I plan to make them in November, not on the day before Christmas!

First batch: quilling tags

Second batch: watercolors
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35  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 26, 2013 12:17:16 PM
In the IYPswap, I created a miniature Christmas elves workshop to fill her Advent calendar.
Here is the package I sent.

The workshop:

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36  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 26, 2013 12:07:34 PM
I'm in too! Smiley

Done!: 45

1. Cooking:  Fresh pasta from scratch
It was fun and quite easy rolling the dough.
The dough was OK but the fettucine stuck together.

2. Cooking: mango/pineapple/passion fruit puree
A new way to use lilikoi

3. Art: new pencils that have three colors: tri-tone pencils drawing

4. Garden: getting the garden ready for new plants-terraces

5. Backyard: create a flat patio-like area for inflatable hot tub- added bamboo fence

6. Art: first oil pastel
I think I should apply more pastels to get it thicker-not sure though.
at the beach

7. Art: explorations
I have tried melting the pastels. So, I used a heat gun, the heated pastel leaves a thick trace but it cools down very fast.
Then, I tried drawing on an electric grill plate. This works fine. The heat has to be high enough. It leaves a thick layer. It reminds me of Impressionism but it uses pastels like crazy.

8. Cooking:I created this recipe: egg-spinach-mushrooms and bacon

9. Cooking:I created this recipe: egg-zucchini-carrots and more

10. Cooking: Since the terrible burn accident last year with falafels, I had not made any from scratch. I tried again but cooked them in the oven. No oil burns and less fat! It's not as good though but we liked it and ate it all before taking a picture. So, here is why you should not fry falafels made from canned chickpeas as they are too wet.

11.Art: new medium; pastel- second try
Hawaiian monk seal on the beach

12. Garden: starting herbs and vegetables from seeds. It seems that some were too old and not all are sprouting.

13. Cooking: breads, breads, more breads
My favorite so far: Parker House rolls. Here, a white roll.

14: Art: art notebook
You can see the pages on the art journal craftalong

15: Cooking: Pasta second try; Success, beautiful separated spaghetti and delicious meat raviolis
16: Just for fun: Cat Whack a Mice

17: cooking: A new salad: beet, orange and goat cheese salad

18: Art: more pages in the art notebook
You can see the pages on the art journal craftalong
19. Outside
bicycle rain cape
20. cooking: blackberry jam

21. Art: many more watercolors for my art journal( see  the art journal craftalong)
22. House: loft space to put away rarely used stuff with a craft studio space under it.
23. Holidays: cascarones

24. Business: black out curtains
25. Just for fun: needle felted Calvin and Hobbes

26. Tutorials: How to needle felt a bendable doll

27. cooking: blueberry jam
28. wood crafts: first attempt at whittling
a kind of mountain goat called a "mouflon"

29. wood crafts: second attempt at whittling
a groundhog called a "marmotte"

30. wood crafts: third attempt at whittling
another kind of mountain goat called a "chamois"

31. wood crafts: first attempt at twig whittling
mountain flowers called edelweiss

32. wood crafts: first attempt at chip carving
welcome sign

33. art:3 new pages in my journal
34. cooking:pluot jams
35. art:a drawing of my uncle
36. cooking:plum jams
37. house:new fitted painted sheet to replace the one ripped by the cat
38. cooking:strawberry jams
39. cooking:cherry jams---failed. The jam caramelized.
40. business:7 etched wine glasses
41. business:9 etched water glasses
42. cooking:guava jams
43. business:tropical lamp shades

44. garden:start again tomatoes and eggplants, passion fruit
45. garden: herbs: curry, basil, oregano, mint
46. business: repair sofa armrests
47. art: Renoir page in my journal
48. craft: black cats

49. art: spray paint

50. craft: witch

51. art: witch sign

52. craft: dragon pumpkin carving

53. craft: monster pumpkin carving

54. cooking: many more jam jars
55. clothing: ladybug top

56. clothing: honu top

57. clothing: cherry top

58. clothing: aloha top

Ideas and inspiration for 2014 crafting:

Art aim for 2 hours/week or more
watercolors ---in progress
art journal ---in progress
glass work

grow many herbs ---in progress
start again tomatoes, eggplant...
bamboo fenceDone
fix and repaint blue slide
bread and pizza oven ?
soufflet or blow pipe

pillow cases
painted sheets
cover my chair with beautiful fabric
library like shelves with ladder

Outside hobbies
chest camera holder
rainproof bag and cape for my bicycle

invent delicious recipes that won't make me gain weight---in progress
lots of jams and curds and syrups---in progress
try new and audacious cooking--- homemade pasta

new curtains
etched glasses
chairs seating to replace ?
sofa's armrests to repair
decorate lampshades

Halloween decors
Primitive Thanksgiving/Fall/Harvest tiny pillows
Advent calendars(start in October)
animal ornaments for the Christmas tree
Christmas gift tags
Cards for Holidays, Easter, birthdays...

more blouses for 2014
Finish WIP: brown, flowery, colorful blue-brown blouses and citrus dress
re-size huge parka to fit me

Wood Craft
wood carving
wood burning
game: piratenbillard or Crokinole or billiard Nicolas
pool table top to put on the table?
wooden locks
compound cuts on the scroll-saw
wooden Lego mini-fig
scroll saw animal
thumb piano
abacus bracelet
Pot Guard
wooden nickels as geocaching swag

Metal craft
Hobo nickel

Just for fun
not so tiny tiny-house- in the making
needle felting
village of books
Cat Whack a Mice Done
Handmade Stamps
letter or zine to read with a magnifier
Alphabet or fun Pompoms

For me

stars necklace
mug rug
finish writing a book

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37  Re: IYP 24 - Fall Fandango Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yoopidou on: December 12, 2013 01:57:09 PM
For Dfabbric's advent calendar, I made a miniature  Christmas elves workshop.

Dfabbric, don't look!

I also sent some Hawaiian chocolates, candies and cookies, but as they were bought, I have no pictures.

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38  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 09, 2013 01:30:26 PM
Lovely shawl. It must drape nicely on your shoulders.

Yes, Taramor, it is inspired by the French and Swiss alps.

I made another advent calendar, this one for my son who loves snowboarding.

It is made of 22 gondolas and two mountains( for the bigger or longer stuff).
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39  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by yoopidou on: December 07, 2013 07:36:22 PM
That1girl, the Tardis hat is fun but my favorite are the owls mitten. The way the owls appear just by 3D is really cool.

Ffrogg526, you were quite productive! I love the sweater. Too bad my husband doesn't like hand knitted anything for himself, I wish i could give love around with knitted projects like you do.

Katara, lovely colors on your wreath.

QueenNinjaMonkey, I hope you will post a picture of all your ornaments together or on a tree. How many have you created yet?

I made a Winter village Advent calendar.

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40  Winter village Advent calendar in Winter Holidays by yoopidou on: December 07, 2013 07:27:21 PM

This year, I made an Advent calendar on a winter theme. everything is built with construction paper and white glue. There's a bunch of trees as they are easy and fast to make, and you need a lot to create a forest.

It is mostly filled with cookies and chocolates, things tiny enough to fit inside the trees and log houses. The bigger items are inside the mountains.

The school with a bell on the roof, a modern log cabin with wide windows, a traditional Swiss chalet.

An A frame log house, a tiny mazot from the Alps, another chalet and a fairy house( or maybe a girl's house?) in the back.
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