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11  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!
12  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'.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Time Turner and Hermione's Bottomless Bag on: August 11, 2015 06:30:27 AM
I'm going to start this post with a disclaimer - I cannot take all of the credit for this craft. My husband, Mr. Road and craftster persona de6w6it, did MUCH of the work on the time turner. I only offered moral support and the occasional directional nudge.  Grin

This project was created for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing swap. I was partnered (by request) with the fabulous FiberAlchemist and immediately had swap anxiety about what to make her. I think I went back and forth between at least four ideas 50 times. At least. Nothing felt up to the caliber of her crafting and the "Awesome" swap requirements. Eventually I realized that Mr. Road and I could combine our powers to attempt a time turner necklace. (If you're not familiar with Harry Potter, here's a reference image.) Once I got Mr. Road's (cautious) buy-in, we got to work.

The rings of the turner were made from pieces of copper piping that were cut and flattened, then cut "roughly" to three circumferences (there was some finagling come assembly time). The center circle as cut from a flat piece of copper with the time turner center brazed into place.

Here's a pre-assembly pic:



At this point, I got out my stamping supplies and went to work. The center piece was adorned with stars and the outer piece with the quote, "I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do."



From here, things got a little frustrating and finicky, so I lost track of the progress pics, but eventually, it all came together to make this:



Some different views that show the stamped quote:





Each ring moves independently. Here's what it looks like when laid flat:



Obviously the final piece became a bit too large to wear as a necklace, so we decided it was more of a decorative piece and used the appropriate hanging attachment.

Additionally (mostly because I felt that I had not contributed sufficiently to the project at this point), I made a bag to protect the time turner inspired by Hermione's bottomless bag (reference image), but using my own dyed fabric and stash.





Safely tucked away, so it can only be used with the utmost need and care:



Ultimately, we were pretty happy with the outcome, and hope that it found a place in FiberAlchemist's home and heart. Thanks for looking all!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kid Lab Coat for at-home Mad Sciencing on: May 11, 2015 01:18:57 PM
My kiddo is obsessed with at-home science experiments. Pretty much every time I go food shopping I have to stock up on Alka-Seltzer, Mentos, diet Coke, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring, just to name a few favorites. In addition, he has been asking for a lab coat since he first saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (remember the scene where Flint gets his first lab coat? My son does!). Since he's turning six (!!) very soon and we are having a (what else?) science-themed birthday party, I finally got around to making him a lab coat of his very own. His only prerequisite was that it had "inside" pockets - for important science stuff, of course.

Here's the finished product:



I started with this pattern I picked up at the thrift store ages ago (pattern C) and ~2 yards of white cotton:



Some modifications I made to the pattern are as follows: I lengthened the pattern sleeves and the shirt overall and increased the number of pockets from one to six (three outside and three inside). The collar part was confusing and I ended up with extra fabric in the front, which became neat little lapels, so I'm cool with it. Grin



The skull logo just adds a bit of personalization.  Wink



Inside pockets in use:



Poorly-lit picture of a happy kid:



Thanks for looking!
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tie-Dye Fold Experimentation on: April 28, 2015 01:17:55 PM
My kiddo and I had a dye-fest this past weekend, and we decided to try some new folding techniques. I did the folding and my kiddo did all the dyeing! Here are our results, shown off by the master dyer himself. Wink

1. The Bullseye:



2. The Radiowave:



3. The Accordion:



4. The Scrunch:



5. The Box or Zig-zag:



Thanks for looking! Cheesy
16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Buffalo Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Peppers on: April 21, 2015 12:50:02 PM
I've seen buffalo chicken stuffed peppers and buffalo chicken spaghetti squash, so why not buffalo spaghetti squash stuffed peppers?  Cheesy



I had made the chicken variety of this recipe not long ago, so I just substituted the squash and winged it from there. Here's what I did:

1. Roast one spaghetti squash, cut lengthwise and brushed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mine was pretty small, so I did 50 minutes at 400 degrees.



2. Chop and saute some onion and celery in a little bit of oil or butter (or you choice):



3. "Spaghetti-fy" your squash with a fork:



4. Add the squash to your saute pan:



5. Pour in some buffalo sauce. I think I over did it a bit with the buffalo. Depending on the size of your squash, I would recommend starting with a tablespoon or two and going up to 1/4 cup max.



6. Gut your peppers:



7. Fill the peppers with the buffalo squash mixture and top with shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice):



8. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!



They were good, but I will definitely go easier on the buffalo sauce next time. A coworker suggested adding some quinoa, which I think would be delicious. If you try this or any variations, please let me know!
17  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!!
18  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
19  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!
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 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
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