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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry from Wood Scraps on: March 21, 2015 11:53:03 AM
I put these under reconstructed since they are made from scraps of wood scrounged from Mr. Road's scrap bucket. A few tweaks with a drill and my woodburner, add some wire, cord, and beads - and voila! - something new from scraps.

I was inspired by the Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap hosted by sheepBlue, so if you haven't checked out that gallery yet, I highly encourage a visit!

Here are my newest pieces inspired by the swap:

Some close ups:

And here are the pieces I made for the swap itself:

For LeapFeetFirst:

For P_E_S_T:

Thanks for looking!!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Capes! on: February 06, 2015 01:04:18 PM
I made these for my friend who as twins, one boy, one girl.

I was going to do wings on the girl cape, but then I thought, girls can be dinosaurs, too! It's so girly, I love it:

The boy version has camo dinos on the fabric - pretty perfect combo:

Here's my kiddo modeling the boy version (he refused to model the girly one):

Ugh - our door is so dusty! Construction dust is the worst - it gets everywhere!

Thanks for looking anyway! Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Metal Frame + Fabric Faux Deer Head on: February 06, 2015 12:56:27 PM
I actually made this a while ago with LOTS of help from Mr. Road. Remember the Faux Taxidermy Swap? Yeah, that's about when this craft was started.

I joined the 2014 Fake Swap Craftalong to give myself a deadline for this and it totally worked...kinda. Mr. Road and I got the piece done, but not mounted and on the wall, so I waited to post. Then I couldn't find my in-progress pics, so I waited to post. Eventually, I realized that if I kept waiting to post it was just never going to happen. So here it is!

Hanging out in our living room:

A head-on view:

Side view:

Here's the one in-progress pic I could find (Mr. Road's metal frame):

There's a layer of batting between the fabric and the frame, and I have pics of that, but who knows where. All seams are 100% hand-sewn.

We love the way he lords over our living space!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Minecraft Skeleton! on: November 03, 2014 01:32:50 PM
Kiddo is obsessed with Minecraft so of course we had have a Minecraft Halloween.

After rotating ideas several times, we settled on this skeleton idea based on an image we found online. The skeleton body is duct tape and I painted the head with varying shades of gray.

The bow is painted foam core that I swiped from the trash pile at work.

Of course, the pumpkin matches.

And because school frowns upon the whole "not being able to see" thing, I made a smaller skeleton head that sits on top of kiddo's head. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Happy Halloween. Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mrs. Weasley's Clock on: September 29, 2014 01:40:14 PM
Made for Mistress Jennie in the IYP swap, who "wants to live at The Burrow." Well, no Burrow would be complete without this Weasley icon!

I transferred the image available here onto a round wooden plaque and painted over the transfer with a combination of acrylic paint and paint pens, then added the hands/mechanism.

Photos courtesy of Mistress Jennie!

And here's an in-progress pic for fun:

Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Art Nouveau Plaque Hooks on: September 28, 2014 06:05:34 AM
I made these for Mistress Jennie in the IYP swap. She had mentioned that she was looking to decorate her bathroom with a art nouveau theme and both of these images were pinned on her Pinterest. I decided I was going to try to make her some kind of wall art in the art nouveau style, then I realized I could make them more functional by turning them into towel hooks/holders.

I started by stitching the images on my machine. My technique for this is basically to stitch over a printed image of the design and then tear away the paper. I embellished the stitching with watercolor paint and some painted beads. The whole thing was stretched over a layer of polyfill and stitched over a wooden plaque. (a la Ludi's embroidery finishing tutorial). I enlisted my husband to forge the hooks for me and then he attached them to the back of the plaque. I love how they came out and I'm pretty sure Jennie loves them, too!


A couple pics from Mistress Jennie:

Thanks for looking!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spaghetti Squash Alfredo on: August 18, 2014 08:54:11 AM
I've been wanting to try spaghetti squash for a long time now. I knew that the only way I could get anyone else in my family to eat it, however, was if I smothered it in cheese. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a shot.

1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
1 Tablespoon butter
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon cream cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tablespoons extra for topping
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh parsley, for optional garnish

I roasted the squash the night before I baked it at 350 degrees F for about an hour. Unfortunately, the next day I realized I did not save my squash skins for re-baking (and lovely presentation), so I used a 9x9 baking dish instead. Other than that I pretty much followed the instructions in the link above.

My squash was also a little over roasted I think and I lost some of the spaghetti-like definition of the squash when I scraped it out of the skin. That aside, it came out amazingly delicious. Even my husband ate it (but not the kiddo).

It looks a bit blob-y in this pic:

But here's the evidence of deliciousness:

The crushed red pepper was an excellent addition. I'm hoping we can make spaghetti squash part of our regular dinner rotation. Maybe I'll even try a recipe with less cheese next time!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scrappy nature spirit doll on: June 06, 2014 03:29:27 PM
I missed the recent Spirit/Intention Doll Swap, but artsycandice graciously invited me to personally swap dolls with her. I wasn't sure how I was going to start making the doll but I knew I wanted to dig into my scrap pile. I started with strips of fabric and sewed them together intending it to turn into the "body" of the doll, but when I was finished it just seemed to say "dress." The rest of the doll fell into place after that. I'm so happy with how she came out.

Thanks for looking!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pocket Alter on: April 24, 2014 07:20:15 AM
This is my first altered Altoids Tin! It was trickier than I anticipated as I wasn't expecting the embossed lid. I guess I'm a little late to the party.  Wink

Anyway, I had a lot of fun putting this together for hawkeyes_girl in a recent personal swap.

Here it is all closed up:

And open, full of goodies:

All the contents:

There's a candle and candle holder, a wand, bowl and offering plate, extra candles, a gazing stone, wooden cauldron, infused oil, and an alter cloth.

I made the candles by melting down an old candle and dipping hemp into the melted wax:

Here's a close up of the wand, which I made with a toothpick, some black hemp, and beads:

It was super fun to put together. Thanks for looking!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Red-nosed Kid Tree Ornament on: January 02, 2014 08:49:01 AM
Every year I make an ornament for the grandparents and great-grandparents featuring their favorite grandkid in some way. This year I combined a couple of ideas I found floating around the Internet to make Red-nosed Kiddos!

I printed out black and white photos of my subject and mod-podged them onto purchased birch rounds. I then carved two stamps for the antlers and hot glued a mini red pom-pom on for the nose!

I did drill a hole in the top and added a red tie after I took the above pic.

Thanks for looking! Happy New Year!
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