Project Name: Starry Night Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428059.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This bracelet idea has been floating around in my head for a while now, but after some prompting from our dear Headmistress pinkleo, I finally got around to putting it together. It is inspired by van Gogh's Starry Night. The bracelet contains 17 charms, including 4 golden Celestial Crystal stars, and 13 pewter and Tibetan silver stars, suns, planets, and of course, the moon.
Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Apple
Project Name: I Love NY Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428060.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This project was inspired by an apple. The Big Apple that is! After I found a charm of the Flatiron Building, I just knew I had to do it. (Seriously. It's a teeny tiny pewter copy of the Flatiron Building!) The charms include a Hot Dog, Taxi, the Flatiron Building, I <3 NY, the Chrysler Building, NYC Subway Token, Camera, Statue of Liberty, Horse & Buggy from Central Park, Post Card, Newspaper, Apple, Ballet Dancer, New York, the Empire State Building, Double Decker Tour Bus, and Chinese Takeout. The beads are glass in shades of red for the Big Apple, black, smokey grey, and yellow for the famous yellow taxis.
Challenge: Detention - September
Project Name: Baking Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428062.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This bracelet has been in the works for ages. I've been collecting charms for months, but just never got around to putting it all together. So finally, here it is! The 17 charms include Sugar, Strawberry, Measuring Cup, Baking Chocolate, Rolling Pin, Cupcake, Stand Mixer, Cake, Bundt Pan, Cookie Jar with dangling Cookie, Spatula, Slice of Pie, Spoon, Croissant, Carton of Milk, Teapot & Cup, & Muffin Pan. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades reminiscent of baked goods including golden brown, caramel, toasty tan, strawberry cream, and just a sprinkle of blue.
Challenge: Detention - October
Project Name: Autumn Fairies Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428061.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This bracelet was inspired by two things... the colors of falling leaves, AND by Craftster's very own Knickertwist! I love her fairy inspired art, and it got me thinking about creating my own ode to the fey. It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms, including an Acorn, Floating Fairy, Mushroom, Butterfly Fairy, Pumpkin, Fairy Riding a Snail, Oak Leaf, Flower Fairy, Tree, Sprite, Leaf Fairy, Apple, Flying Fairy, Leaf, Fairy on the Crescent Moon, and a Tiny Pumpkin. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass and crystal in shades of amber, gold, orange, scarlet and olive green.
Challenge: DA - Fear of a Name
Project Name: Vegan Caramels
Project Page Link: http://www.herbivoredinosaur.com/2010/02/vegan-caramels-with-chocolate.html
Brief Description: Ok, so here's a bit of a tale. It may sound familiar, as pinkleo already posted her DA project, and we were inspired by one another. A few years ago now, I found out I was lactose intolerant. And it sucks. I get really sick by foods that I've eaten for years. One of my favorite things on the planet (besides cheese), is caramel. Specifically my MIL's soft caramels that she makes every Christmas. And this past year I tried *just one* to see if my tummy could handle it. It could not. Not at all.
So I turned mostly to the world of vegan cooking and baking, in an effort to avoid dairy. But I missed caramel. And while I'd had a few commercially produced vegan candies that tasted good, I was nervous about making homemade soft caramels. Because, if I didn't try them, then they were a distant HOPE. A hope that I could have caramel again. But if I did make them, and they were awful, that hope would be dashed. So, I finally got over my fear and tried making these this weekend. And you know what? They were freaking delicious. (Notice the nearly empty plate. Lots had already been eaten.) The recipe was easy, and is linked above. I should also note that I made one minor modification. I used about 1/8 cup maple syrup to replace the same amount of brown rice syrup. I love the very mild maple flavor they added. In an effort to push myself to try a few options, I left some plain, and wrapped them in wax paper. Sprinkled some with sea salt. And then coated some in dairy-free chocolate. They were definitely as good as the commercially produced vegan candies that I liked.
Project Name: Ballet Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428065.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: One of the hardest things for me to do is craft outside my comfort zone. And one of the things I'm not comfortable with is crafting girly items, or things that are pink in any way. I just dislike pink. A lot. So, I worked to get over that this weekend with this. A very girly, very pink, Ballet Charm Bracelet. And you know what? I'm pretty happy with it.