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1  COOKING / Dessert / Creeper Cupcake Cake on: May 18, 2016 07:47:52 AM
I made this cupcake "cake" for my son's 7th birthday party, which was video game and Minecraft themed:



Desserts from scratch are not my strong point - why is the box ALWAYS better?!?! But I keep trying...

For these cupcakes I used this cupcake recipe and for the frosting, I used this buttercream frosting recipe. Kiddo said the frosting was "too buttery," which I thought was pretty funny coming from a kid who will eat straight butter!

The face was cut from edible paper and just stuck to the frosting. I think the kids had more fun trying the paper than the cupcakes!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Branch Brooches on: May 06, 2016 12:07:51 PM
I made these brooches for my mom and grandma as mother's day gifts. They are made with wood pieces that I've picked up on the beach or on the hiking trail, and other odds and ends I have collected over the years. Some elements came from my husband's grandfather, who was a jeweler.





This one was for my mom. It's made with a little piece of driftwood from the Jersey shore, some copper wire wrapping, gear charms from the local craft store, and some pearls from the grandpa stash. My mom loves the ocean and I think this will be a perfect fit for her.



The other one is for my grandma. It's made from a piece of wood picked up while hiking with my family. I wood-burned a flower design around a central knot and affixed a little garnet bead to the center. Garnet is my grandma's and my shared birthstone, so I think it will be special for her.



Here's a photo of the backs:



And an action shot:



Thanks for looking! Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Macrame Wall Hanging on: May 03, 2016 01:07:16 PM
I've been really digging all the macrame wall hangings taking over pinterest and instagram these days, so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I used to rock hemp necklaces and bracelets in college - how different can it be?

My first attempt humbled me a bit. I had some cotton cord I'd picked up at the thrift store a while ago, and the weight was just not right and the knots were more complicated than they seemed. So, I backed up a bit, picked up some macrame cord at  the store and tried again. This time with better results!



It's just a simple square not spaced out enough to give a subtle flower pattern. I'm really happy with how it came out and am glad to add a hand-made decoration to my home. Cheesy
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Personalized Peg Doll Ornament on: December 22, 2015 07:42:31 AM
Each year, I make an ornament for the grandparents that feature my kiddo in some way. This year, we did a personalized peg doll!

Here are the painted dolls before I attached the string:



They feature kiddo's love for Minecraft, his favorite colors (pink and green), his long-standing mohawk, and his lovely brown eyes. Smiley

Due to the holiday time crunch (seriously, how does this happen every year?), I attached a loop with hot glue to the back of each ornament:



On the tree!



And a couple pics with the real-life inspiration, in order to achieve full appreciation of the personalization. Smiley

Dressed like his likeness!



And his "it looks just like me!" face:



Thanks for looking! Crafty holidays! Cheesy
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Star Wars: The Force Awakens GALLERY! on: November 23, 2015 05:04:53 PM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441270.0

Partners:

puzzled-penguin <-> Treemoon
silentblair <-> jenleahlynn
Abbeeroad <-> dfabbric

Sent
Received
Sent AND Received
Sending late with communication
Contact organizer immediately
Strikethrough = feedback given

The Force is strong with this one! Cheesy
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / Minecraft Zombie! on: November 02, 2015 09:52:08 AM
This year kiddo wanted to be a zombie from Minecraft. But unlike last year's Minecraft skeleton, this year, it had to be full on (i.e. just the head was not going to cut it). At first, this seemed like an engineering nightmare to my non-designer brain, but this awesome post by a fellow Minecraft parent made me believe we could pull it off.

Here's kiddo on Halloween, full-on Minecraft zombified:



We started with A LOT of cardboard. Pretty much every piece was created to size in order to scale correctly for the costume as a whole and to fit my kid. Here's a peek at the process...

Head and torso:



Successful test fit 1:



The torso box was a bit narrow and I ended up cutting the sides to allow kiddo more movement and to make the on/off process a bit easier (kiddo still had to turn his head sideways to get the torso on).

Then I did the legs, complete with knee hinges as in our inspiration post (seriously, if you didn't click the link, go back and check it out)...and test fit #2:



This pic might be before we added the knee hinges - I thought maybe my legs were wide enough not to need them, but re-thought that pretty quick!

Then it was time to commence painting! Everything was primed first, then marked with a 1x1 inch grid:



The arms (per our inspiration post!) were fully enclosed, with "handles" at the end for kiddo to hold.



Now...COLOR!



Last year, kiddo didn't actually wear the skeleton head trick or treating because he couldn't see very well...so this year, I cut a big square out for his face. I think it's cuter this way, haha.



Lots of pics....













Thanks for looking! Cheesy
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Star Wars: The Force Awakens Swap (CLOSED; MAIL BY 12/2/15) on: October 26, 2015 01:51:06 PM
GALLERY


Swap name: SW The Force Awakens Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Abbeeroad
Sign-up date range: October 26 – November 4, 2015
Date to send item by: December 2, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Swap Details:

Craft or craft not, there is no try. Join us in a galaxy far, far away for some awesome Star Wars craftiness! For this swap, we will be swapping THREE points worth of goods with at least the main item being hand-made (you may use The Force to assist you in this endeavor). This could be one large item, one medium and one small, or three smalls. If you are unsure on what constitutes item sizes, please check this post on the Swap FAQs.

Please note that since Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres December 18, 2015, and some swap items may be in preparation for theater going, **start Jedi mind trick** you will do your best to be on time for sendouts in this swap **end Jedi mind trick**.

...

Please send questionnaires to Abbeeroad in a private message (PM) with the title “SW The Force Awakens Swap: Questionnaire” (you may also use the abbreviation “SWTFA Swap” if you like). All PMs regarding this swap should start with the prefix SWTFA (thank you in advance!).

Also, please remember to PM BOTH your partner and the organizer when you send and receive, AND include a tracking number or receipt (for non-us shippers) in your SENT PM.

If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via PM and not to reply with it here)


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: SW The Force Awakens Swap (SWTFA Swap)
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

Person your partner will be crafting for (yourself or other, please specify):

Imperial Empire or Rebel Alliance?

What is your favorite…

Star Wars Episode:
Show/Book/Video Game from the Star Wars Universe:
Character(s):
Quote(s):
Planet(s):
Scene(s):

What are you most excited for in The Force Awakens?
If you HAD to pick a favorite character from The Force Awakens, who do you think it will be?
What is your favorite part of the new trailer?

Anything you'd especially like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive?

What crafts can you do? (i.e. sewing, knitting)
What crafts do you admire? (i.e. sewing, knitting)

What is your favorite...

Color(s):
Patterns/Symbols/Motif(s):
Material(s):

What is your least favorite...

Color(s):
Patterns/Symbols/Motif(s):
Material(s):

Do you have a wist or website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:
Do you have access to a camera and agree to post pictures of what you receive in the gallery and take pictures of what you send (just in case)?

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Previous Star Wars Swap Galleries:

Star Wars swap round 1 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173783.0
Star Wars swap round 2 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255744.0
Star Wars swap round 3 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313602.0
Star Wars swap round 4 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350744.0
Star wars swap round 5 gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408168.0
OTT Star Wars swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378303.0


May The Force be with you!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Yarn Wrapped Necklace with Wood-burned Beads on: October 06, 2015 07:08:58 AM
I made this necklace with some cotton yarn I dyed and some plain wooden beads enhanced with a wood-burning pen.

I wrapped some beading cord with the dyed yarn, making loops at each end for clasp attachment and stringing on some wooden beads. I really love how it came out and will definitely be playing around with this technique more - I have plenty of yarn left!



Here's a close up of the beads:



And a wearing pic for fun and size ref:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wood Prayer Flags on: October 06, 2015 06:56:32 AM
I've been kind of obsessed with my wood-burner lately - I'm seeing every wooden surface as something I can potentially "enhance." Wink

These little guys came out of an afternoon of experimenting with some cheap wooden pieces I picked up at Michaels, my burner (of course), watercolors and stamps, and some twine.



I burned them first, then strategically applied some watercolor paints and stamped the messages in the center. Each flag got three coats with a clear spray sealant and was attached to twine for hanging!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Star Wars: The Force Awakens on: September 18, 2015 07:16:37 AM

Anyone else psyched for this?? While I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, I have to admit that the trailers are making it hard!

If we swap before the release, we could craft swag for the premiere (or whenever you happen to make it to the theater).

Thoughts? Interest? I'd be willing to jump into organizing to make this happen, but I'm not sure interest level - not much buzz about this on Craftster at the mo'.
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