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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Textured Tree Painting on: September 04, 2011 11:12:54 AM

First I textured the branches onto the canvas using Spackle. I like the color changing so I know it is dry for the next step. I used a palette knife.

Soon, it dries white and you have texture.

I chose a pale yellow for a background. It was more neutral and would focus more on the texture. Again, I wanted little contrast.



When that was dry, I highlighted the texture with three different shades of brown. I used the dry brush technique then wiped excess off with dry/damp rag. I also aged the backgound with the brown as well.

My nephew claimed it for his new room. My daughter wants one next.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Berry Baby Bomber on: August 09, 2011 08:03:50 PM
I used Manos Del Uriguay for this hat and accented with a rhinestone button and crocheted flower. I like start without a defined look in mind. I let the yarn guide me. Often when I start out with an idea, I realize that it wants to be a different style instead.

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nuetral Elf Hat on: August 09, 2011 07:57:28 PM
I made two of these elf hats, the smaller one for my nephew. This one the larger one has a drawstring and bow to adjust the fit. Like always I made up the pattern as I went. I love the variations of the browns and greens blending with the cream.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spicy Baby Beret and mittens on: August 09, 2011 07:51:30 PM

I made this set for Fall using Natures Choice Organic Cotton. The yarn is very soft and nice to work with. I think it would work for a boy or girl and be a nice break from blue or pink.

I did not use a pattern for these. I just let it become what it wanted to be.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Driveway Garden on: August 07, 2011 03:08:49 PM
I am another apartment dweller that is determined to find a way to garden. Since, I don't have a sunny patio I took half my driveway and put a 4x4 raised bed and multiple pots. It has it's own challenges. I have to have everything removed before the first snow in order to be able to keep my parking spot cleared. It is also walled on three sides, but luckily faces mostly south.

This is the right side; it has the raised bed, a sitting area, my grill and most of my plants.

On the left of the drive I have some in ground flowers and a few pots. This side is tricky, either it is too shady or they get burnt by the sun reflecting off the car and house window.

The back edges my covered patio. There isn't enough sun for most plants, so it is another sitting area. I do have a few plant just on the edge taking advantage of that space.

When growing in pots, I can mix my decorative with my veggie and herbs. Sometimes weeds as well. It also means I can move things around.

I try to cluster and grow up when possible.

My garden is growing a little slow this year, but I have had a few nibbles. Carrots, beets, radishes, peas, herbs,tomatoes,  and berries.

I love how my plum tomatoes start to blush on one side first.

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise elegance on: February 22, 2011 04:06:57 PM

I tend to like my necklaces on the long side. This one is for a coworker. She wears alot of black, which I accented with silver here, then I needed another color. She likes blues, greens, and purples. I chose turquoise because it pairs so well with black and silver.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wedgewood bird necklace on: February 22, 2011 04:00:35 PM

This necklace started with the porcelain bird. I had the blue beads in my stash and found some more porcelain beads to go with it. My daughter loves the long length of it.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Celtic Triune wrap necklace on: February 22, 2011 04:57:17 AM

I bought the pendant on etsy. I was on my fav list for about a year before I bought it. I had an interesting time finding beads to match it, but I think I got lucky. I found some porcelain beads that had the same colors, green aventurine, tiger-eye, and bronze accents. I used a scroll clasp as it repeated the swirl design on the pendant.

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / toddler slippers on: January 20, 2011 03:50:31 PM
we have been discussing granny square slippers on the destash group. I thought they were cute, but had  my heart set on making baby booties. Unfortunately, I was only able to get down to a toddler size. Next, a pair for my daughter.

30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ginger Beer on: January 05, 2011 06:17:28 PM

I enjoy reading blogs. When Rhonda started her latest batch of ginger beer, I eagerly followed her process. Granted about a week behind. You can find her directions here.http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2009/10/live-traditional-food-making-ginger.html

It needs a little more time but one of my bottles was starting to build pressure, so I decided to sample it. It has a slight tingle of carbonation and bubbles collect on the sides of my glass. I imagine one more day would have been better. It is both sweet and spicy with a hint of alcohol flavor from the yeast that makes the carbonation. I look forward to sampling more in the next few days.
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