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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 / Memorial Pet Portrait on: October 10, 2015 02:30:55 PM
Commissioned portrait of a sweet little doggy who passed away earlier this year.
 

reference photo:
4  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.

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5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic garden balls on: April 05, 2015 10:47:31 AM
I ran across a couple light fixture globes at a yardsale for 25 cents each, so I decided to bring them home and turn them into mosaic garden balls. I worked on these during the winter when it was too nasty to go outside, but finally got around to grouting them this weekend. Oddly enough, I loved the blue/white one before I grouted and hated the black/red one - now that they're finished, I feel exactly the opposite. Funny how that works out...

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Makin' my crock rock... on: February 01, 2014 07:23:14 PM
It all started with an ugly crockpot. I've had it since our housewarming party 12 years ago. It served its purpose and I didn't really hate it, but it was starting to look ROUGH. Like "embarrassing to take to a potluck" rough.  So I ran across this tutorial: http://angela-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-crock-pot.html and thought I'd give it a try. Nothing to lose but an ugly crockpot afterall...

Here she is in all her glory (please don't judge how gross she looked before)



Taped off with plastic bags (bottom/inside), masking tape (top/knob) and packing tape (handles). I recommend the packing tape because it tends to go around the curves better than masking tape did.


Planning the layout...


After 50 coats of yellow automotive paint - if I had it to do again, I would have primed it in white to cover the flowers better.


Final vinyls applied and ready for the red.


I just finished early this afternoon and took the vinyl off about an hour ago. I have NOT cooked in it yet (and honestly will probably give it a week or two to cure to be on the safe side.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen towel/potholder sets on: December 08, 2013 08:35:00 AM
A couple of kitchen sets that I made for my best friend (flowers) and my mom.


Also did a peppermill, I have one for my mom as well, but don't know if I want to use the same design, or something different - suggestions?
 
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Backsplash accent tiles on: August 24, 2013 05:20:26 PM


We recently remodeled our kitchen and I have been coveting a cool backsplash. A while back, I took a few pottery classes and really enjoyed working with leaves, so I thought it would be cool to do some tiles with leaves from our garden to use in a back splash (you might be able to spot: sage, rosemary, parsley, Japanese maple, thyme, coleus, watermelon, tomato, cucumber, marigold, creeping jenny, and a few other leaves).

Here are all the tiles together:


Instead of glazing them (which would require another firing that I do not have the patience for), I finished them by rubbing them down with brown shoe polish paste to act sort of like a resist. Then I painted over them with a thin wash of ivory acrylic paint and then washed the paint off of the waxed surface.  I will seal them with a coat of satin finish poly before installation.

Here's what they'll look like with the background tiles:


Update (9/7/13): Grouted, caulked, and complete!
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Birdhouse on: July 06, 2013 08:52:45 AM
I recently made this birdhouse for my mother-in-law. I used a warped old pottery tile I made in class several years ago (textured pieces). Smashed it up and added mirror, stained glass, and flat marbles.


I liked this mix of materials so much I had to make another. This one uses textured glass, pieces of an old patterned dinner plate, and a few flat marbles thrown in for good measure. This one still needs to be grouted.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted carpet squares/welcome mats on: July 06, 2013 08:38:42 AM
Our local Habitat Restore did a class a while back on painting carpet squares. My friend and I went to the class and we've been hooked on painting "rugs" ever since. The carpet squares are $2 each at the Habitat store and it only takes an hour or two to paint them. SO much FUN!

My favorite so far:


This one still needs something. I'm unhappy with how close the lettering is to the edge of the rug too...
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