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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Beavis and Butthead inspired painting of my friend Jerry. on: December 13, 2011 08:14:12 PM
My friend Jerry loves Beavis and Butthead. So for his upcoming birthday, I did this painting of him in Beavis and Butthead style...I think he's gonna be excited!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Big Lebowski Resin Pendant on: November 22, 2011 11:27:58 AM
I've been wanting to make pendants from all of my favorite movies lately, and this is one of them:


Made from epoxy resin cast in two layers to avoid those pesky air bubbles from getting under the image.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I've been on a Craftster hiatus: First post in two years! on: November 17, 2011 05:15:26 PM
Hey everyone! I'm new to the jewelry board in general, and I used to be an avid Craftster follower, but for some reason it's been almost two years since I last logged in! Anyway, I'm glad to be back, and here's a few resin necklaces I've made recently:

(teeth themed for a dental hygienist friend of mine)



Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First attempt at polymer sushi: a jewelry set. on: December 15, 2009 09:31:23 AM
Hi! I'm not very experienced with polymer clay at all, but I love looking at all the tiny foods everyone has been making! I wanted to make a unique present for a good friend of mine, and sushi came to mind right away because we love to get together and share gossip over sushi.  Wink This is what I made for her:

The whole set

post earrings

wire hook earrings

sushi plate pendant with ginger and wasabi

my favorite, the sushi bracelet! I'm giving her her gifts tonight when we go out for sushi, I'm quite excited!!
Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You'll not feel the drowning--first project. on: May 02, 2009 07:45:31 PM
I recieved an embroidery kit from doo_leroux in the "I want to learn to _____ swap", and this is my first project, a mermaid patch that I sewed onto a purse when I was done. I'm really proud of it, because I really learned alot and I think it turned out alright for my first attempt!

some detail photos:

(this is before all the pattern lines were washed away)

(I'm not as happy as I could be with my work on the words. It seems a little sloppy, so I'll know where to put more focus next time.)

And here's how it looks on the purse:

I used satin stitch, backstitch, and split stitch. There's a few french knots thrown in so I could learn to make them, and I tried chain stitch, but ripped it out because it looked like a mess. I'll have to practice more.
Thanks for looking at my first project!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bunny bag on: October 13, 2008 09:13:01 PM
I wanted a bag with a silhuette of a rabbit on it. I seached for some inspiration and came up with mostly bags made from actual rabbits! I was horrified, so I made this bunny bag instead:


inside:

The inside of the strap matches the inside fabric. There are 2 pockets inside that are cordory on the outside and the floral cotton on the inside.
The bag is made of this awesome teal cordory I found on sale at JoAnn a few weeks ago, the inside is cotton from JoAnn I got last year and never used, and the bunny is made from felt. I had all the materials on hand, so the whole project only took a little over an hour. It has a ribbon tie closure. I love it, especially because it's big enough to carry a book to work in! Smiley
Comments are very much appreciated!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Really easy and really yummy homemade Chicken Pot Pie! on: October 13, 2008 04:48:24 PM

Yum! I have never attempted a chicken pot pie before, but I've been making a lot of apple pies this past month, and it got me thinking about more savory pies with the same crust recipe, so I made this yummy chicken pie. It turned out so tasty that I thought I would share the recipe with everyone!

(I made my own crust with just a simple shortening, flour, salt, and water recipe, but you can just as easily use one of those Pilsbury roll-out pie crusts that they sell near the rolls of biscuits and cinnamon rolls at the grocery store.)


Ingredients:
Pie crust
2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter (I used margarine)
I large onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used half & half)
1 bag frozen peas and carrots (16-20 oz sized bag)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. 
2. Place chicken in a large saucepan; add enough cool water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until just cooked through. (This takes about 10 minutes.) Drain the water from the chicken, let cool. Shred the chicken in the pan using 2 forks.
3. Meanwhile, fit the pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate, set aside. Roll out the remaining top crust and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips with a pastry wheel (I use a pizza cutter, haha). Set aside.
4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
Whisk in flour and thyme, cook for 2 more minutes while stirring. Add the broth and cream, whisk until thickened, about 3-4 minutes longer. Remove from heat, and stir in the chicken, frozen veggies, and salt and pepper.
5. Spoon the filling into the prepared pie plate. Arrange the piecrust strips on top in a lattice style, twisting each of the strips to make a pretty spiral. Crimp the edges in to seal.
6. Beat the egg yolk and the water together and brush the pastry with this mixture.
7. Bake the pie until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. This takes about 30-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I'm excited to make this again, but maybe with some broccoli or green beans with mushrooms instead of or in addition to the peas and carrots.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my first attempt with resin jewelry: sparkles, buttons, birds! on: May 14, 2008 12:53:58 PM
After some research and some drooling over other resin jewelry pieces, I decided to give it a try. I used Castin' Craft and had really great results! I was suprised how easy it turned out to be, and how fun! I used lots of glitter, buttons, and charms to make 3 pendents, and a pair of earrings. I made a ring also, but I somehow must have scooted a popsicle stick into the resin and it stuck in there overnight, so i'll have to try again on that one. haha.
Anyway, here's the photos of my first attempts with resin. The sparkles didn't photograph very well for me, so bare with me here. I think they look really pretty and sparkly in person.

an action shot of my favorite pendant, with clear and blue glitter and a goldtone bird charm.

earrings with pink buttons and lime green glitter.

a high-glare photo of pink glitter with yellow and pink buttons and copper stars. the glare shows the sparkle well though.

yellow glitter with blue and yellow buttons.

a different view of the first one, you can see the bird better here.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sweet treats charm bracelet and cake earrings! on: December 14, 2007 12:23:43 PM
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I made these for a friend at work for her birthday/Hanukkah present, and I thought I would post them here! The bracelet features a chocolate frosted cookie, a slice of layered chocolate cake, an orange frosted yellow cupcake, a piece of blueberry pie, and a wrapped piece of hard candy.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / some crafting for Christmas: tote bags for my cousins. on: December 04, 2007 06:12:38 PM
I got a sewing machine for my 21st birthday a few months ago, and I've been making lots of totes for 3 reasons: I suck at reading a pattern, so these I can make up on my own and be successful; they are the only thing other than a pillow I can make that's functional; and they turn out cute enough that my family is impressed. So I'm making totes for my teenage and preteen cousins for Christmas. Here are the first two:
bag 1, for my 16 year old cousin...



This bag is really big for lots of books, and it's a heavy denim in the inside so it's really durable. I really love this fabric as well!

bag 2, for my 12 year old cousin...


(detail)

(her name is painted in glitter glue on the side, but it's clear glitter so it's hard to see in a photo) The inside is plain green, and there is a pocket made of the same cherry fabric as the outside.
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