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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crochet & Clay but not together on: March 28, 2014 03:37:00 PM
LOVE the lace necklace. Beautiful design!

thank you! Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crochet & Clay but not together on: March 26, 2014 04:28:51 PM
I have to cycle through my stash of craft items and this time around it was to make necklaces. I wanted to practice some new stitches and decided to create pendants and bibs out of them. The crochet bib was my own free hand, actually my first attempt. The chevron was my first attempt at the stitch. Then in between I played with some clay and made a few triangular beads. The last one I decided to try my hand at lace! I didn't have the correct hook size but I'm very very pleased with how it turned out. Lace sure does take quite a bit longer to do for smaller results but I enjoyed trying it out.

I'd like some feedback if anything stands out about these or if you can see any abnormalities!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Make your own chain! on: March 06, 2014 05:45:07 AM
I enjoy wire wrap jewelry and being able to make my own eye pins and what not. So what took me so long to realize I could make jump rings and use them as chains?! Sometimes things take a little longer to click in my head. I also get a little frustrated at how expensive larger chains can cost when you want to make something a little bolder.

Anyway, jewelry wire, thin marker, flush wire cutters, hammer, and maybe some pliers. BOOM jump rings connected to make a chain. I doubled up on the rings because I wasn't confident in their ability to hold their shape but that hasn't proven to be a problem and I've been wearing this out during the day.

4  COOKING / Dessert / Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies on: February 19, 2014 06:00:59 AM

I moved and don't have access to a mixer and made these by hand. MAN creaming butter and sugar with a fork and masher count as your 'arm day' for the week.  These are great, I brought a bunch to my work and the kids and staff loved it.  Attached is the recipe, enjoy.

2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing

1. In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

2. In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches.  Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

4.  To prepare frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Frost cookies then place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  These are 100 times better chilled, trust me!!

Makes at least 6 dozen

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Water color resin pendants on: February 19, 2014 05:57:52 AM
Those colours are beautiful. Subtle and lovely.

Thank you! I think with water color on such a small scale, anything goes.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Water color resin pendants on: February 17, 2014 09:58:43 AM

So I was inspired by the different resin projects on this forum and I decided to give it a try and see what I can come up with. I have to say, the first time is not the easiest, nor the second, but the third you start to somewhat get the hang of it. I love painting and I find that smaller scale paintings and drawings are more forgiving so I like the idea that I can place them in these pendants. I haven't wire wrapped them yet or placed them on chains but I'm really excited to wear some of my favorite color combinations that came out.

These are tiny water color paintings with some gold accents that really pop under the resin. I can't wait to try out more layers and fix some of the mistakes I made making the first few. You can click through the pictures if you want some additional information on how I made these. Let me know what you think and if you have any resin tips for a first time user. I found that there aren't as many tutorials as I had hoped for that move past the basics.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I want spring and brighter colors! on: February 14, 2014 11:17:55 AM

Happy Valentine's day everyone. Just wanted to share this quick bracelet I made using some leather scraps and a random circular object I found in the apartment. Anyone know what those are called? Anyway I had about 2 snow days and time to make some simple things. My unconscious longing for spring weather, HECK, 50 degree weather is seen as this spring bright color.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day so far!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: spray inked profile on: February 12, 2014 08:54:14 AM
I love this type of work! Theres just so much depth to the way the ink flows.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hair jewelry (this is 1st post - hopefully in the right place :) on: February 12, 2014 08:49:06 AM
Those are great keepsakes and a very giving daughter.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny crocheted heart barrettes on: February 12, 2014 06:31:40 AM
If I were a little girl and I received those with a Valentine card--they would be on my hair by recess. I'm sure they'll appreciate receiving accessories with all the other candy they'll be getting!
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