So, I decided to send surprise Christmas mix CDs to friends and family this year. I made the envelopes out of pretty scrapbooking papers with little brads for the closures. I used permanent marker to decorate the CDs, which each read "Merry Mixmas" and the person's name. Added to the envelope were little sequined "hohoho"s and tiny metallic present confetti. I decorated the envelopes with little winter scenes. Oh, and of course they were shipped from the North Pole. Everyone who received one seemed to really like it so far. I just mailed them the other day.
I made some shiny happy sugar cookies for a friend's store's holiday open house. I love how they turned out - just as I planned, although the swirls on the snowflakes were a lot more difficult than I thought they would be.
Hockamama, the icing is so simple. I love it. Plus it has that glossy effect which is great. Combine four teaspoons milk with one cup powdered sugar, stirring until combined (will be thick). Add one tablespoon corn syrup. Add one tablespoon vanilla (or whatever flavor your prefer - you can do almond, lemon, peppermint, etc.). If you want white icing, either use clear extract or set aside a portion of the icing before you add the extract, as it tints the icing which doesn't matter if you're making colors but will make the white less bright.
I'm going to be doing a little crafting class with kids, and one of the things they're going to be doing is making their own aprons (to wear to a cooking class the next day). I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for the best paint to use to decorate aprons with - and also what about using little gemstones and such? I need to know the cheapest way to go about doing this, however I want everything to turn out nicely so if I need to spend a little extra money I will do that.
I made these pumpkin cupcakes for a bake sale, inspired from the book "Hello, Cupcake!" by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. (If you like to bake cupcakes, you MUST check this book out. Brilliant, fun ideas!)
The only part I was sad about was I couldn't find the fruit snacks they suggested for the vines - I would have been able to make them a lot longer if I did. As it was, my roommate found green twizzlers pull-aparts in a variety pack of Halloween candy. She's my cupcake savior!
I've been making a lot of polymer things lately, and I'm a bit obsessed with pumpkins so I figured, why not? Here's a couple of shots of the two types I made. The little set in my hand I made to sit on my desk at work.
I've been busy making little polymer charms - pumpkins and cupcakes and bats and pumpkin pie... and lots of others. Here are some photos. I made most of them into earrings, and I'm really pleased with how everything turned out. I have very minimal experience with Sculpey.
I volunteer with the local animal shelter, and for its annual golf tournament they turn the putting green at the golf course into "Putting for Paws" for the kids. I was in charge of making some boards the kids could putt through. I made three - two dogs and one with kittens. I made them out of the poster board/foam board stuff, and put sticks on the back to prop them up with. I didn't factor in the wind, and they kept blowing down so I had to prop them up against the little flags on the putting green. Otherwise, I think they turned out really well.
I made some pins out of sculpy, but they often seem to fall apart. (Reindeer's antlers fall off, holly berries fall off of leaves, etc.) Any advice? I don't often use sculpy and have no idea how to fix this problem.
I was painting some more "BOO" pumpkins and decided to do a larger pumpkin with a design. I think it turned out pretty cute, but it was hard to photograph because it wrapped around the pumpkin so you couldn't really get the full effect straight-on. Anyway, photos...