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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Swedish Star Bread on: February 09, 2016 08:09:39 PM
This year I decided it was high time to learn to make bread (after having spent 30someodd years of my life afraid of yeast.) I recently picked up a couple jars of pesto at Aldi on impulse and then ran across this recipe on youtube for Swedish Star bread - so I had to give it a try. I was shocked at how easy it was!

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmukjCE8QsM

I went by the recipe exactly. The only adjustment I made was accidentally cutting it for 8 points instead of 6 and purposely leaving the cheese layer off (I saved one dough round to make a miniature nutella star for breakfast the next morning). I also used the scraps from the pesto star to make a veggie calzone - it was excellent!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cabinet Rehab on: January 19, 2016 08:29:41 AM

I got this cabinet from a friend who was tearing out the kitchen in a local historical home. I'm embarrassed to admit that it sat like this in my craft room/office untouched for about 10 years... It's been on my list of "things to do one day" for as long as I can remember.

Here are the specifics:

I found the old desk top at our local Habitat Restore for about 5 dollars, I had been looking for a piece of countertop, but this was already about the right size and only had a couple of chips near the edge that I was able to camouflage with some brown paint.

The hardware I soaked in a crockpot of soapy water overnight. Thankfully I used an old dip sized crockpot that I've always hated (crock doesn't lift out) because the crockpot was RUINED afterward. If you do this, pick one up at a yardsale or thrift shop, do not use your good crockpot!!! I was thrilled to find the hammered copper handles underneath years of funk and paint! 

The paint I used is Benjamin Moore Advance semi-gloss waterborne alkyd in Wethersfield moss (which is actually pretty close to the original green that the cabinet was painted - happy accident).

I designed the panel motifs myself and ran them through the Silhouette cutting machine and painted them like a stencil with black acrylic paint. I had initially wanted to spray paint them and still think it would've turned out nicer had I done that, but when it's 15 degrees out and you NEED to get a project finished, you improvise.

I realized after I had affixed the first stencil and painted, that the phoenix birds were facing the wrong direction, I'd planned for them to both face inward. Also once the doors were installed, I noticed that the design on the right is about 1/4 inch higher than the one on the left hand cabinet door. I may decide one day to take the cabinet doors off and rehab them again, but for now, I'm pretty please with how it turned out.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Moon and Sun watercolour. on: October 10, 2015 06:53:44 PM
That's really beautiful!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Memorial Pet Portrait on: October 10, 2015 06:52:42 PM

On my computer, it's hard to see what medium you used. Was it color pencils? chalks?

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441039.0#ixzz3oDhsvj00

It's acrylic paint on canvas (12x12)
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Memorial Pet Portrait on: October 10, 2015 02:30:55 PM
Commissioned portrait of a sweet little doggy who passed away earlier this year.

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6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dachshund Portrait on: July 18, 2015 06:16:33 AM
Thanks rscowtown! We used to have 3 dachshunds too - they're just the BEST!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Capricorn Moon and the Latchkey kid on: July 17, 2015 06:05:58 PM
WOW! This is incredibly cool - I also don't understand the words, but the painting is very evocative. Beautifully done.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dachshund Portrait on: July 17, 2015 06:02:22 PM
Completed 7-15-15. 16x20 acrylic on canvas. First pet portrait after a couple years hiatus, and the first time I've ever painted feet. I'm not thrilled with them, he has the cutest floppy feet and I don't think I quite captured that, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased.

Reference photo:
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dog Portrait on: July 17, 2015 06:01:03 PM
WOW! That is incredibly intricate work, I bet it's even more stunning in person with the texture and reflection of the beads. What a special piece this would be to own - really spectacular!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic garden balls on: April 10, 2015 02:49:23 PM
Thank you guys! I believe I have changed my mind again about the blue one - a friend gave me a small LED tap light from IKEA, and it fits perfectly in the base of the globe. I don't typically like light up garden decor for myself, but I'm kindof digging this:

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