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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January Birthday Swap 2014 - Gallery and Discussion Board on: January 16, 2014 05:57:37 PM
Made a claim today - I had to finish a huge sewing project first, a super custom kids outfit.  And then it didn't fit the kid because 1. mom measured totally wrong, and 2. the kid grew a ton!   He is 2 and the outfit fits my 6.5yr old but is too small for the 2yr old.  Too bad my kid doesn't like Thomas the Train... and now I get to remake the whole thing.    Cry

Ah well, I'm taking a break and doing some birthday sewing instead! 
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: January Birthday Swap 2014 - (Sign up 01/01/2014 - 01/31/2014) on: January 09, 2014 10:10:05 AM

My name is Leigh-Ann and I turned 28 on the 3rd!  I have a 6.5yr old son, I'm a single mom, and live in Florida.  

I like bright, fun colors (i.e. rainbow colors), I'm allergic to smoke, I'm vegetarian (so no leather, feathers etc).  I wear a size xs, 0-2 but I can provide measurements if you need them.  For shirts, I prefer tank tops, or fitted style shirts, short sleeve please!

Crafted things:

Camera strap with pockets: http://gotosew.com/2013/12/featured-cammy-pack-tutorial/

knit Yoga Socks Pattern here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yoga-socks  

Fingerless gloves for Levi he has really small hands, they are impossible to find for his size - I can send measurments.   He'd love purple, rainbow, or neon. 

Clothes (link is to my pintrest board, I have knit/crochet tops/dresses, skirts, stenciled shirts, dresses - all kinds of stuff): http://www.pinterest.com/leighi123/clothes-for-me/

set of 4-6 coasters:  
Or anything else fun, unique, colorful and functional.  We have an old chest as a coffee table and I need it protected!

Spinning thing to hang on the wall (made from old lazy susan)

Natural lip balm,
preferably "made from scratch"

orange bracelet
: bracelet that is orange or mostly, durable and comfortable for every day wear, and waterproof!

Wall clock for the sewing room - with actual numbers on it and one that works!  

Button lamp shade , for smallish lamp: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/45950858667730476/

Something for my 6yr old Levi (see pintrest for lots of ideas) - its just as much fun for me for him to get stuff!

Anything else on or inspired by my pintrest:


FABRIC!!!  I love fabric.  I really need ribbing (for neckbands, cuffs) right now in a variety of colors.  Also need knits in solid colors or fun, bright gender neutral prints (I'd really like one with big stars on it, but anything will do!).  Wovens like kona or similar or bottomweights in solid colors.   Also semi-solids (small amounts fine for this, mostly for appliques)

glitter/metallic fabric sheets from Hobby Lobby, found near the felt (Hobby Lobby is far from me!)

Embroidery stabilizer, cut away or tear away.

lavender essential oil (even part used is fine)

Sewing patterns for nice kids clothes: Farbenmix, Oliver and S, Ottobre and similar

Sew in tags for the kids clothes I make

fun cookie cutters

curved scissors (for cutting appliques, threads etc).

red gutterman or similar thread (regular sewing thread)

orange machine embroidery thread (true orange, for Brother machine)

the stretchy cord used with cord stops, and more cord stops

any other "fun" colored rainbow loom bands (tye dye, metallic, neon, and glitter and whatnot)

zippers, any size/color/style

1/4" elastic (black or white)

More supplies:



- organic candy/treats (nothing with gelatin in it please, like most gummys)
- easy chapter books for Levi
- magnets, the kind to play with/do science stuff with, not the kind that go on the fridge. 
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January Birthday Swap 2014 - Gallery and Discussion Board on: January 08, 2014 07:07:07 PM
I havent swapped in a long time, but I will sign up
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 11:02:07 AM

So cool, this has inspired me to keep soldiering on with mine (it is travelling with me as I visit various relatives round the country).

I think I've worked out most of the materials but am curious about what you used for your fire rocks, the 'tree trunks' and is the 'paint' just food colouring? I just can't decide which bit is my favourite, maybe the sugar greenhouse - I would have totally burnt myself if I'd tried that.

PS. your kid is adorable.

Rocks are the same edible clay dyed greyish with food color and cocoa.  Trunks are gingerbread "logs ", I kept rotating them as they cooked. I then added water to gingerbread dough to make a paste and painted the logs, then baked a bit more. It gives the cracked look. I sawed off the ends to make them level before gluing together.
Paint is food color or cocoa . I added some water.
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / Re: A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 10:19:11 AM
this is so wonderful and the details are amazing
are the gnomes marzipan?

Thanks!  Smiley

The gnomes and most of the colored clay details are an edible clay I made from cornstarch, powder sugar, corn syrup, water and a little flour.  I just threw stuff together until it was the right consistency - it dries hard as a rock and tastes like nasty sweet flour!   If I actually wanted to eat it, I would have used candy clay, which is white chocolate and light corn syrup, it also dries but tastes a lot better, its also more shiny. 
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 01:58:00 AM

I made a gingerbread house based on waldorf tree houses/gnome houses.  Its made from 4 batches of gingerbread, using a few different recipes to give different colors and sturdiness.  The details are made from melted sugar, edible clay (made from scratch of course) and food coloring.  The only non-edible bits are the base (which is a shelf I got out of the closet wrapped in wrapping paper!), some toothpicks and a bit of string.  Everything else is all food! 

I have a tree house with 12 gnomes, a play house, checkerboard, swing, picnic table, bench, book, 2 tables, 4 chairs, fire pit, garden, well/pulley system, ladders, a staircase, sugar greenhouse, a slide and sea saw, and a dock with a fisherman and lake. 

I painted the gingerbread with cocoa and food coloring to make different shades to make it look more like wood.  The posts were also painted with a layer of watered down gingerbread dough and re-baked to give a bark like texture. 

I tried to get pictures from all sides:

This little green gnome is sitting a toadstool table.

Two gnomes sitting at another table on another floor.

A gnome manning the pulley system for the well, and a bright red ladder.

This is the well made from gingerbread and painted.  The rock is holding the string for the bucket/pulley system.  Green archway in the background is one of two.

The pulley system holds this bucket, with a tiny gnome inside!

On the top level, there is the swing off one side.   There is a picnic table with a chessboard and grey gnome, a little playhouse, and another gnome reading a book.

Gnome on a swing

Gnome on a yellow bench.

The little yellow gnome is fishing on the dock.  The fish is hand painted, and there are two more in buckets (the orange/green one made by my 6yr old).  The water is poured sugar over tin foil.   Behind is the path, hand painted with cocoa.

Here is the greenhouse that I made from poured sugar.   There is also a carrot patch and a basket of carrots.   In the background is the staircase and playground.

Here is the fire pit.  Its got "ash" in the bottom, rocks surrounding it (for safety of course), and logs and flame.  The teal gnome is roasting a marshmallow.

Another shot of the firepit, staircase, path and carrot patch.

Here is a 360* video (mute it please!  There is no sound other than my sister watching house hunters!)

I even made a smaller, completely allergy friendly house for my 6yr old Levi to decorate:

I worked on this for over a week, it was a lot of work but lots of fun to do!  Hope you like it!!! 

(and just for fun, here is the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, by Disney)

Thanks for looking!!!

27  COOKING / Dessert / I need a good gingerbread house recipe on: December 19, 2013 03:05:59 PM
Does anyone have a tried and true gingerbread house recipe?   Something that doesn't spread, is sturdy enough to build with, and looks nice when baked (i.e. doesn't crack, or get holes in it)   Something simple and easy.   

I'm not concerned with taste as no one will eat it!
28  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #94 - Gingerbread House Contest 5 - Entries Due Jan 1 - Jan 8 on: December 19, 2013 03:04:11 PM
I'm going to make one this year, I just need to decide on a theme...
29  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #93 - Wrap It Up - Entries Due Dec 2 - 9 on: November 09, 2013 09:10:29 PM
Does it have to be a candy wrapper, or can it be another kind of food wrapper?   (I have a kid with allergies, we can't have most candy in the house)
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A House for Hermit Crab on: November 09, 2013 07:37:39 PM
This year, Levi was debating between a "llama" and a "decorator crab".  I talked him into the crab idea!

I used "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle as inspiration.  This is a type of hermit crab that decorates its shell with various things for camouflage.

It consists of:
- a full body suit/jumpsuit with a front zipper and elastic hood.  Eyes on stalks attached were hand sewn and googly eyes attached to the ends. 
- gloves with cardboard inside to give them a claw shape
- Pull on body sleeve that has a dimensional chest piece, and attached legs with wire inside to give them shape.
- Shell, made from a giant long stuffed tube of fabric swirled into shape.  It goes on like a back pack, and has a waist tie that slips under the body sleeve.   On this is a bunch of decorations including seaweed, gems, starfish (which Levi helped make), a snail, sea annenomes. 

Here is a video of a 360 view, its pretty hard to photograph to see everything!

At the zoo:




Here is is laying down (he was being silly waiting for the zoo train):

And this is just the jumpsuit:

He LOVED his costume and got lots of compliments!   Happy Halloween everyone!    Grin
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