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1  Re: Gypsy Swap Gallery! (NEW SENDOUT DATE 4/7) in The Swap Gallery by craftylikeafox on: April 15, 2010 07:01:32 PM
I was very excited to open my first swap package!  A generous bounty from Kris Creates!


Here it is all neatly packaged


And my first gift was a gorgeous, soft shawl, that I wore for the rest of the night!


There was a sweet little jewellery box filled with beaded bracelets, a sea-stone necklace, earrings... wow!  They had so many treasures.



Action shots:




A pretty candle holder that makes me want to start up a fortune telling business


AND...
an amazing, reversible scarf/sash/headband (it will be all three)!



AND THEN...

CANDY!
and TEA! (New favourite)

Thank you so much Kris Creates! I love everything.



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2  Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by craftylikeafox on: March 21, 2010 10:39:35 AM
This started as an idea for a cover up of my mid 90's black sun on the back of my neck:

I wanted to get a tree, because I love the way a tree grows and evolves (branching, rings, eternal record of it's history tracable within, etc), and I also love trees as symbols in mythology and contemporary culture.
I began to look at "tree of knowledge" imagery, because I am a teacher, and I think that the quest for knowledge is profound, and what separates humans from animals.  I also like Eve's story, and am generally fascinated by female archetypes in mythology.  She is usually viewed as the temptress in this scene, but I think she's the hero.  Ever heard of the quote "well behaved women rarely make history"?
Adam and Eve also factor heavily into my background in art (drawing and painting major) and art history, as well as my Italian Catholic roots.
I found an etching of Adam and Eve, and altered it a bit. 
Anyhow, it's on my back, and it was done by Lizzie Renaud at Speakeasy in Toronto, and I love it.  She did an amazing job of bringing by vision to fruition.
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3  Poppy birthday cake in Dessert by craftylikeafox on: February 08, 2010 04:25:40 PM
http://www.christarowley.com/Christa_Rowley/Making_Stuff/Entries/2010/1/31_2010.html

My boyfriend made me a red velvet cream cheese cake for my birthday, but he had to work and only had time to cover it with fondant.  I was thrilled to spend my birthday decorating a cake!  I am new at this, but I wanted to try something a little intricate.  Poppies are my favourite flower, so I went for it.  In hindsight, I think I would have made the fondant a bit thinner to get that crepe-y look that poppies have.  I loved the colours that food colouring past gave, though!
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4  In honour of my upcoming birthday... in Dessert by craftylikeafox on: January 07, 2010 07:02:27 PM
I share a birthday with one of my friends who is one year older than me.  We often do a joint birthday party, and last year our mutual friend made us a tongue-in-cheek cake to honour our biological clocks


Amazing.

The cake itself was red velvet with cream cheese icing.  I had five pieces that night alone.

I wonder what kind of cake it will be this year.

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5  Amerinadian Thanksgiving via Nigella and others in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylikeafox on: January 07, 2010 06:53:33 PM
We visited New York City during our thanksgiving longweekend in October (and had the planet's best pizza out of Naples), but when we got home we started getting inundated with American Thanksgiving TV commercials and such.  My guy and I REALLY started craving the turkey dinner we had missed.  We decided to do a mid week stuffed chicken dinner.  Holy crap it was good!

I of course turned to my Nigella cookbooks www.nigella.com
to find some recipes.  I improvized a stuffing of sausages, onions and cranberry pumpkin museli bread based on one of her recipes and stuffed a large chicken.  I used her Maple Roasted Parsnips (O. M. G.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/mapleroastparsnips_84758.shtml
and an amazing brussel sprout slaw from Country Living magazine (my dorky favourite)
http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/brussels-sprouts-slaw-benne-seeds-recipe
Home made cranberry sauce (Nigella) - you just cook them with sugar til they all burst
and boring old mashed potatoes to humour my boyfriend.

Then we finished off the binge with homemade pumpkin pie with homemade crust and whipped cream.  Thanks for the bountiful harvest!

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6  First time with fondant, and a hobby is born. in Dessert by craftylikeafox on: January 03, 2010 03:08:19 PM
My boyfriend loves cake decorating shows.
Back in the fall, for his birthday, we decided to give fondant cake decorating a whirl.  We bought box-mix cake which is his favourite (I know! but it was his birthday cake) and found an easy fondant recipe online using minimarshmallows and icing sugar

http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm

and had a little fun!

Levelling the cake with a bread knife


mixing the icing


roll


drape


happy birthday!


Loved it.  He got enthusiastic and wanted to make a Fondant Yule Log when I came across this recipe
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/yule-logs
in my Martha magazine (I just got a subcription! So excited.)

here is his delicious result (I helped Grin)


And here it is as the feature of the Christmas Sweet table at my party


It is accompanied by my cookie tree, my cookie selection (chocolate barks, molasses cookies and snickerdoodles, and my mint chocolate faves - Martha Recipe,  and my Nigella Lawson Boozy British Trifle, as well as a beautiful chocolate basket my friend brought.  All were very very yummy.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1089314/WEB-EXCLUSIVE-The-boozy-British-trifle.html
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/molasses-cookie
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/chocolate-peppermint-cookies-living
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7  These Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies stole the show in Dessert by craftylikeafox on: January 03, 2010 02:43:07 PM
I made these cookies for Christmas baking, and everyone who tried them said they were the best cookies they'd ever had.  Thanks Martha!




Here's the recipe.  You're welcome!

http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/chocolate-peppermint-cookies-living
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8  Pink and White and Peppermint Cottage in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by craftylikeafox on: January 03, 2010 12:56:37 PM
At a second hand book store, I came across an early nineties book called "Homemade Christmas" by Martha Stewart.  Good ol' Martha!  I used her cottage template, but then decorated according to my own whims.
This is the Front:


The Side:


The Back:


Pre-assemblage:


And completion:


I had been doing a pink and turquoise theme for all of my cookie decorating to keep it simple and pretty, but when I decided to have a candycane garden, I thought I'd just stick with pink and white colour scheme.  I was going for a bit of a Germanic feel.
Thanks for looking!
C
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9  Shadowboxes - my new thang in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by craftylikeafox on: October 05, 2008 07:54:04 AM
I love shadowboxes.  As a mixed media gal, where else can I paint, make textiles, sculptures, and set up a mini installation?
This is one of a series of pincushions I made out of pictures of victorian children I painted:

(I was merging the sexualization of youth in history and today with the posed sexy victorian baby pictures and embroidered imagery taken from teen magazines... hmmm, cherries, I wonder what that symbolizes...)
And this one is from a planned trilogy of what makes women fab:

It's "Love".  The trilogy will have Love, Fertility & Knowledge.
Stay tuned for "fertility" and "knowledge"

Sorry about the reflective lighting.
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10  Frida Kahlo Inspired Family Tree (Work in Progress) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by craftylikeafox on: September 27, 2008 03:18:50 PM
Frida Kahlo is my favourite painter, and I love her strange, cryptic, symbolically rich "family tree" paintings.  This one is an actual family tree:


And this one is more of a map of her influences:


I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time, and this year I came upon an amazing Persian tree textile while looking for a tree tattoo image (I love the symbolism behind trees)

Anyhow, I began this painting that is a family tree of all of the artists that have influenced my work and make me the person that I am.  It is still a work in progress.  Here are some stages:



The artists/creators pictured are (or will be)
Margaret Atwood (Writer)
Paula Rego (Visual Artist)
Yann Teirsen (Musician)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Filmmaker)
Marlene Dumas (Visual Artist)
Rufus Wainwright (Musician)
Frida Kahlo (Visual Artist)
Shary Boyle (Visual Artist)
Judy Chicago (Visual Artist)
Baz Luhrman (Filmmaker)
Michel Gondry (Filmmaker)

More to come!
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