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41  Button Bracelets For Your Inner Child in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by avocadoeldorado on: May 15, 2010 01:14:29 PM

I made these button bracelets for an off-craftster swap.  I blame that swap for luring me over to this site.

I tried on the blue one to make sure they'd look alright.  I had to just have faith when it came to the green one, boo to friends with skinny wrists.
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42  Re: Monster Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by avocadoeldorado on: May 15, 2010 01:30:22 AM
Okay, looks like I'm posting first.  I'd like to thank samigurumi for sending me such a beautiful package.

First up we have this seriously cute notebook.

My favourite monster has to be the little punk octopus thing in the corner. My girfriend has named him Dr Squidlington on account of his monocle.

Next we have this fine decorated t-shirt.

How cute can one monster be?  I've already worn this t-shirt twice and it only came through the post on Thursday.

Finally, we have this gorgeous crochet doll.

Samigurumi informs me that he is a bugbear.  I didn't know that when I found him in the package but I did know that he would be getting lots of hugs (and he must give good ones back with all those arms).

I've never swapped before so didn't really know what to expect but I love everything I've received so thank you very much, samigurumi.
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43  Green Sweets Bath Bombs in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: May 03, 2010 11:24:31 AM
I bought some lime essential oil to make bath bombs and was expecting it to smell like lime juice.  Once I opened the bottle, I was reminded of all the green sweets I spurned as a child.  For this reason, I added some sugar stars to the mix.

I added a fair amount of green food colouring to the mix and they looked lovely and E-number heavy when I first made them. Now they've dried out, you can't really tell that I added any at all.  I've learned for next time, though.

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44  Jam! In tiny pots! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by avocadoeldorado on: May 02, 2010 01:58:25 AM
I'm not sure if I'm even posting this in the right place.  The recipes were all nicked from the internets and the quantities meddled with so much that they had to be ignored anyway.  It's really all about the tiny jars.

I made three flavours: rhubarb and ginger, rhubarb and strawberries and strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

I then made little gift boxes for them by hacking up a couple of boxes that had once held clock mechanisms (and by 'once held' I mean I ignored the massive pile of empty boxes I've kept for craft and tipped the contents of a couple of full ones onto my dining room table).  They are decorated using address labels and felt-tipped pens.

The recipes I used are found here:

strawberry and balsamic - http://celebratefood.blogspot.com/2007/08/strawberry-balsamic-jam.html
rhubarb and ginger - http://www.allotment.org.uk/recipe/15/vals-recipe-for-rhubarb-jam/
rhubarb and strawberries - http://gardenopolis.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/no-pectin-strawberry-rhubarb-jam/

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45  Patti Smith T-Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: April 27, 2010 12:52:20 PM
I made this t-shirt for a friend as part of an off-craftster swap (which can be blamed for me joining this site in the first place).  I'm not normally a fan of ~*inspirational*~ quotes but I thought this one was really sweet.  I very nearly made my friend wear a shirt saying "my mother answers all my fanmail" but I couldn't be bothered cutting out the extra letters. Roll Eyes
I really should invest in an iron.  The freezer paper stencil and fabric paint were both fixed with the bottom of a heavy saucepan.  It's a pity that I didn't get rid of all those creases using the same method.
All folded up with a little tag (that I added mostly to prevent my friend from thinking the image was meant to be Bjork or the lady from the Fiery Furnaces).
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46  Rose Petal and Sugared Grapefruit Bath Bombs in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: April 23, 2010 12:54:41 PM

If I'd known how easy it would be to make bath bombs, I'd have started long ago.  These rose petal bath bombs smell gorgeous and I will be looking for excuses to make more and keep my flat smelling lovely.  The only downside to them is having to pick soggy rose petals out of the bath.

Here are my grapefruit and light brown sugar bath bombs.  I took this picture late at night so it doesn't really show them at their best.  These are for my girlfriend as she is a grapefruit fiend.  I love the smell but not the taste of grapefruits so they're perfect for me too.
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47  Somebody went under a dock and there they saw a sock. It wasn't a sock... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by avocadoeldorado on: April 23, 2010 10:14:32 AM
...it was these sock monsters.

I'm sure that craftster is littered with sock monsters but I love them and always want to see more so here are three of mine.  The two striped monsters are attatched to red ribbons so that they can double up as Christmas tree decorations.  The pink one on the far left was a Valentine's present for my girlfriend and is made from a very worn sock.  His name is Footstains and it's probably best not to think about why.
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