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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Beatles yellow submarine father's day present! on: June 21, 2012 08:41:04 AM
Behold...my dad's epic handmade father's day present!  I must give credit to the artist (Howie Green) who's work this is based on.


2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Commissioned Ornament on: December 16, 2011 12:49:24 PM
I was commissioned to make this Christmas ornament for a friend.  These are the instructions she gave me: "The couple likes dogs and they have a good sense of humor."  I thought it might be pushing the envelope too far to pose the dogs humping, so I went with tongue kissing instead.  Ha Ha  Wink


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Prettying up the DVD shelf on: December 16, 2011 09:03:14 AM
My husband insists on having all of our DVDs on display (like trophies), while I would rather get rid of the boxes and put them in a book to save space and hide the ugliness.  Oh, well...you can't win them all.  So I decided to pretty it up a bit to make it more bareable.  I bought some wooden letters from Michael's and painted them red to work with the colors in our apartment.  Then I hot glued them to black wooden bases, so the words can be switched around.  Then I topped it off with some wedding photos.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath on: December 16, 2011 08:53:19 AM
I made this yarn ball wreath like many of the ones I've seen online, but I decided to go without the ornaments and just use the yarn balls.  I picked yarns with some sparkle to give it some umph.  After buying a bunch of the styrofoam balls as the base for the first bunch of yarn balls I decided to save some cash and use junkmail, masking tape, foil....whatever I could find for the rest.  They ended up looking exactly the same, so if I make another wreath like this I know I wont have to buy the styrofoam.

Close up

The back is a wooden base I bought at michaels and in the spirit of using things I already had, the hanging loop I actually cut a small piece from my wonder woman costume lasso of truth.  haha

I am really OCD about symetry, so this project really challenged me to go random with the placement and the color choice.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas Bunting (pic heavy) on: December 16, 2011 08:18:01 AM
I made this Christmas bunting out of craft felt, a few odds and ends.  I used green bias tape along the top.  I'm pretty proud of it and now I have something that I can reuse year to year....until I get tired of it I guess.

here are some close ups




Questions and comments welcome  Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fabric Christmas Wreath on: December 06, 2011 08:31:35 AM
I made this fabric Christmas wreath out of scrap fabric, polyfil, ribbon, felt, red bells.  The red cardinal is an old beloved, handmade felt tree ornament that I snipped the loop off the top and perched (hot glued) to my new wreath. 

I need to find a more sophisticated way to hang it....right now I'm using a paper clip haha!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kitchen/Foodie Themed Inchies? on: November 22, 2010 09:00:31 AM
Would anyone be interested in a kitchen themed inchie swap?  I think a framed mosaic of inchies featuring foods, cooking implements, and other kitchen related stuff would be really fun on a kitchen wall.  It would start after the holidays, of course. 
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pasta Salad with Tuna and Veggies on: May 04, 2010 03:47:39 PM
I've been trying to figure out a way to enjoy whole grain pasta.  The texture has always bothered me.  I thought I'd try it cold in a pasta salad mixed with lots of other textures, to make it more palatable.  I had some tuna on hand, so I thought I'd add some for protein, and this dish started to come together.  It's a good light and somewhat healthy meal for warm weather.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. whole grain rotini
1 can solid white tuna packed in water
1 roma tomato seeded, cored, and diced
1 stalk celery
1/2 cucumber diced (I like to leave some of the skin on for extra fiber)
1 handfull of green olives cut in half
1 pinch dried thyme
1 pinch dried basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup light mayo
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook and rinse the pasta, chop the veggies, and break up the tuna.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for an hour or so until its nicely chilled and all the flavors have a chance to mingle.  I don't like raw onion, but you could use raw onion or scallion instead of the onion powder.  Capers might make a good addition.  Grated carrot would be good too.



9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelet from clear plastic scarf hanger loop thingie (4 images) on: June 11, 2009 09:44:31 PM
I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of this, but Target sells their lightweight scarves on these clear plastic rings that are the perfect size for a bracelet.  I bought this scarf and set out to make a cool bracelet out of the plastic loop.

I used some rainbow colored cotton yarn.  I just knotted it like I used to make friendship bracelets when I was a kid and secured the knot at the end with some craft glue.
Here are the materials:

Here's the finished product:

Here's an action Shot:

Thanks for looking.  Maybe I'll use ribbon for the next one.  Whadda ya think?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Star Trek Box with Tribble on: February 09, 2009 07:18:01 PM
My mom really likes classic star trek, so I made her this.  I recycled a wooden box I had that was all scratched up.  I sanded off the shelac and painted it with acrylics.  For the tribble I cut the fur trim off a sweater purchased at the thrift store.  Then I hand sewed it and stuffed it with polyfill. 
Here's the top:

Here's the inside:

Here's the tribble:

Here's the whole package:

Thanks for taking a peek.  Comments welcome Smiley
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