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51  The Doctor is MY Ace of Hearts. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by ChameleonHound on: January 27, 2014 06:09:01 PM
Here is an ATC I made for a personal swap with My_RubySlippers. I saw that she was another Whovian like myself, and that she liked Aces from decks of cards. I came up with this:

She also likes Tim Burton, so I made The Doctor extra skinny in Burtonesque style. And, of course the suit had to be hearts.

Oh, and I couldn't let the back be some boring pattern. Wink

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52  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by ChameleonHound on: January 27, 2014 09:24:15 AM
I like those seat cushions, are they made from t-shirts? That's ingenious.

I managed to decrease my craft stash, specifically my art supplies. I was big into art as a kid, and had collected tons of supplies since then. I had a bunch of big tubs of markers, crayons, colored pencils, and pom poms, as well as a box of tempera paint, a bunch of oil pastels, popsicle sticks, chalk... it was a lot of stuff, and I managed to give most of it away!

All of this stuff went to LUND, a non-profit group here in VT that focuses on early education and women/children's shelters. Feels good to get rid of it, but it feels really good to have found someone who can put it to good, creative use!
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53  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by ChameleonHound on: January 18, 2014 08:00:22 PM
Yay, I finally get to post something! All of my completed crafts so far before this have been for swap partners that haven't received them yet, so I can't post them. (Though let it be known that there has been 1 item, an ATC and a set of inchies completed).

But, today I made myself a calendar! I really needed one to help me organize timelines, and unbeknownst to me, my father got me off of the Audubon mailing list, so no more free labels and calendars.  Sad

It would take up too much room to post all of the calendar pages, but I used photos of Bar Harbor that a friend took - I went to school there, and I really miss it. I bound the edges with some yellow ribbon that I tore off some pj pants. Yay for de-stashing!

Oh, and the sticky notes are reminding me of projects to finish. There are many more below the edge of the picture.  Roll Eyes

On to the next task: finishing this F?@#!^& hat.
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54  Solar Lamp Night Light in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ChameleonHound on: January 09, 2014 09:34:08 AM
I wanted to share with you a project that I made back at the beginning of last year, mostly because it's making me think of warmer things.

This is a night light solar lamp that I put together for the daughter of a swap partner. (She likes butterflies). I wasn't sure exactly how this would come together when I first thought of the idea, I knew I was going to use the glass paint a friend had lent me, and some kind of solar light. So I scouted around, and found a set of lights at Lowes for about $8, the kind you stab into the ground at a campsite or something.

Like these:

I had the original idea of pulling the solar panel out of the light, and putting it in a mason jar with a ring lid (and it was just the right size), but I quickly learned that these lights weren't meant to be pulled all apart. So instead I went to Goodwill and found a vase that was about the right size.

I just used the top part of the lights, and I put a ring of hot-glue on the underside to help it sit on the vase without slipping. (You can also see the kind of light I used).

I then covered the vase with butterflies and a caterpillar out of the glass paint I had. It was simple stuff probably for kids crafts, but it worked rather well. I had to be careful how it dried though, so I didn't get long runny marks.

I thought it looked just okay, until after dark when I turned it on for the first time. Boy was I excited! The effect was just like stained glass!

I strongly encourage you to try it! I saw some instructions on how to do this with stained glass jars and even how to make your own glass paint.

Happy Crafting!
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55  Earl Gray Lemon Squares *with recipe* in Dessert by ChameleonHound on: December 17, 2013 10:43:37 AM
Hi there! I wanted to share with you the most wonderful dessert I recently discovered.

I had found this recipe for Earl Gray Lemon Squares in the June 2012 edition of Cooking Light. Since Acadian Driftwood was coming over to visit and I knew her affinity for lemony goodness, I thought this was a fortuitous time to "Make it so".

With our powers combined, we bring you the most delicious lemon squares to date!:

You know, I'm not even that much into lemon squares normally, and I couldn't stop at just one. The crust was wonderfully crumbly and light, and slightly tea-flavored. The filling was the most wonderful creamy texture, and was SO TASTY. Especially with a cup of tea alongside.

Of course, we had to take a complimentary photo in honor of our favorite Earl Gray consumer.

"Tea. Earl Gray. Hot."

I highly recommend these as a fairly simple and wonderful treat. The next version I'll try for the holidays will be gluten-free so my sister-in-law can enjoy them too; I'll let you know how it works out.

Here's the recipe. Go for it!


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56  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: December 12, 2013 07:32:46 PM
I got two lovely little houses from Rosie 1981!

The green one says "Let it snow". They're so cute! I love the matching bases too.

Another angle:

See the little Christmas tree in the window?

Thank you Rosie! I've got a nice little inchie village now. Smiley
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57  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: December 08, 2013 11:19:49 PM
I got my first inchie house! It's from cmarion3, and it's the Wheel House!

(The wheel actually turns!)

I love it! I especially love the tiny doors on the front. On the inside it says, "In winter, the wheel house draws a different crowd".

I'm excited to start my inchie house village!
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58  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - November 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: December 08, 2013 11:08:32 PM
I got the last November ATC from CDEeeek! It's for my "Local Legends" theme, pretty cool!

And the back is a cork board:

She said she knows one of the Brays from work, and he's a bit wacky. Cool local legend, and a great way to end the month!
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59  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - November 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: December 05, 2013 02:39:14 PM
Lovely antlered lady!

Here's the ATC I sent to irasema, who asked me to post it in the gallery for her. It's for her "vintage packaging/ads" theme.

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60  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - November 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ChameleonHound on: December 04, 2013 08:19:14 PM
Here's a lovely movable ATC from rockingbearranch, and a feather!

And alongside the inspiration for my love of basset hounds Wink
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