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1  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
2  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!
3  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!

Pics!









A couple pics from Mistress Jennie:





Thanks for looking!
4  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.

INGREDIENTS:
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!
5  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!
6  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!
7  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!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yoga Mat Bag! on: November 16, 2013 10:58:53 AM
This has been on my to-do list for years. I finally did it!



I've had a ton of this tan canvas duck cloth (think Carhartt) since my BIL thought he wanted me to make him seat covers for his Jeep that never panned out. It's been used in a myriad of projects since it's purchase, but when I came across this awesome tutorial using upholstery fabric, I knew exactly how I wanted to use up the canvas.

The only problem was the color. I knew I could jazz up the fabric somehow, or even use it as a sturdy lining, but exactly what to do was just not gelling in my head. Until LimeRiot posted her now famous toilet paper printing tutorial, and inspiration struck.

Since this is for a yoga mat, and I'm a little bit peace-loving hippie, I cut off the end of the roll and glued it back in to make a peace sign shape:



I dipped it in some white acrylic paint and prayed it would work:



Success!

From there, it was a piece of cake to follow the tute and create the bag! I've had the strap in my stash for years, I think it fits the bag perfectly!

Here are a few more pics, because I'm completely in love with the finished product.











Thanks for looking! Namaste.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Luigi's Mansion Luigi on: November 05, 2013 05:01:06 PM
My son was Luigi from Luigi's Mansion this year!



I used this tutorial for the overalls.



And this tutorial for the hat.



The Poltergust 5000 was made from a gallon water jug spray painted red and embellished with lots of cardboard, duct tape, and hot glue. And a vacuum tube scrounged from hubs work, of course.



Poltergust close up:



And a pic for reference:



Thanks for looking!
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / A Touch of Rainbow Yarn or "Unicorn Farts!" on: October 16, 2013 06:57:00 AM
Even though I'm not a yarnie, I greatly admire all those work with fiber, especially the lovely MamanTattoo, for whom this yarn was dyed. This was my second time dyeing yarn and my first time dyeing wool (I eased in with cotton first). I purchased the yarn from Paradise Fibers and used this AWESOME tutorial. I did have trouble finding lemon-lime koolaid, so I used green food coloring and bumped up the yellow with a few drops of neon yellow food coloring added to the koolaid. Other than that, I followed the tute exactly.

And here are the results!



All hanked up:





Super easy and super fun. I want to make this for all the yarnies in my life, haha.

Thanks for looking!
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