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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bamboo Tile Pendant on: August 01, 2009 07:42:00 PM
Thanks a bunch for all of your sweet comments, everyone!  Cheesy  I really do appreciate all of the kind words (and any critique on it as well)! <3
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bamboo Tile Pendant on: July 27, 2009 09:32:21 PM
I made this pendant out of a bamboo tile for a swap (not on Craftster) that I was a part of.

Here's the pendant I made for my partner:



I messaged my partner to ask her for her likes and dislikes.  She gave me a list, and I decided to incorporate her preferred themes of white and black designs and patterns like tiles and lace.  I tore up a page from a boring book into very thin strips to get a deckle effect with the layering and glued them together.  I then cut it to fit the pendant and "glued" it down (I used a sealer as my glue).  I cut a piece of toile-printed scrapbook paper to size and glued it onto the backside.  I went through my lace stash to pick out a detailed piece of lace that would complement the text and lightly added some sealer to attach it to the front.

Next came the coating.  I wanted to use something sturdier than a regular sealer, so I mixed up some resin and poured it over the surface and onto the back.  I was able to do this by running toothpicks into the pendant and stuck them into styrofoam peanuts to get it to dry.  Resin is kind of a pain to work with.  It also (obviously) seeps into the paper, but I was okay with it because I love aged/slightly destroyed effects. Wink  I gently blew onto the piece to level out the resin and kept an eye on the pendant to flip it over, so the resin wouldn't drip down the center like a stalactite.  Once it started to harden, I no longer had to babysit it!

To finish the pendant, I loosely followed the directions linked by the organizer @Craftzombie.  I threaded silver-toned wire through the holes and topped it with a hematite bead.

I then packed it all up with a few trinkets into a handmade box blown up from Rachel's matchbox template.



Not a difficult project and my partner was very happy with her pendant!  The pendant she sent me can be found in my blog as I don't feel comfortable showing it here since I didn't make it.  (A little bit more info about the project can be found there as well.)

Thanks for looking!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Little Red Matryoshka Stuffie :D on: July 24, 2009 08:15:13 PM
Your plushies have the sweetest faces and look very nicely made.  Your little red matroyshka is darling and is so peaceful and calm!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dinner No.79 on: July 24, 2009 08:12:59 PM
This is awesome.  My brother glanced over my shoulder and asked if it was real food.  When I told him it was felt, he was like, "Oooh!"

Great job, the presentation is lovely!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Mallows on: July 24, 2009 08:11:33 PM
How sweet of you to make these for your partner!

You did a great job on them as well, and I agree on the adorable packaging. Smiley
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Angora Jellyfish!!! Will kill you with softness.... on: July 24, 2009 08:10:03 PM
Oh my.  HOW CUTE.

I think this jellyfish killed me with cute!  I absolutely *adore* her.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed Oddish Plushie on: July 24, 2009 08:09:16 PM
I forgot to check back on this thread (work has been kicking my butt and making me senile at the same time), but I wanted to thank all of you for all of your sweet, encouraging comments. Cheesy

I'm thinking about making a gigantic mudkip one of these days, but that's a project that will require a bit more thought and planning...

Thanks again. <3
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Playing with color and texture on: July 24, 2009 08:04:40 PM
This is beautiful.  It makes me very happy looking it!
29  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Recipe) on: July 23, 2009 07:15:26 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Ooh, I'll have to try that tip of adding a bit of soy sauce the next time I make it.  I'll definitely eliminate the salt if I add soy sauce to it, though!  Or maybe some Bragg's... Cheesy
30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Recipe) on: July 20, 2009 11:57:44 AM
I made this Mashed Chickpea Salad this weekend.  I was looking through Vegan with a Vengeance and ended up with my own version of Isa's fake-tuna salad.



Mashed Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

    * 2 15 oz. cans of chickpeas, drained
    * 4 tablespoons of vegan mayonnaise (I use Nasoya.)
    * 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
    * 1 stalk of celery, diced
    * 1 apple, diced
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    * Ground black pepper
    * Bread Smiley
    * Sandwich garnishes like lettuce and tomato.

Directions:
1. Mash chickpeas until no beans remain.
2. Add apple cider vinegar, salt, and vegan mayonnaise. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Season with black pepper.
4. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour. Serve on bread and eat!

I actually made the the rosemary focaccia, pictured, as well.  Very easy to make, too!

I left this in my fridge overnight, and the flavors remind me of the tuna I ate when I was little.
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