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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / OK, 'fess up - is it a fellow Crafster doing this? Yarn bombing in the news... on: March 04, 2013 07:07:36 PM
I saw this in the paper tonight on the front page of one of the sections in the paper, with a nice big pic of the cute little crocheted hearts.  Looks like someone is leaving a little bit of crocheted love in their neighbourhood.  Makes me think of the art abandonment swap we did last year, and I know at least one other member of that swap lives in the same city as me, and possibly in that area...  I know that there are several Craftsters who live in the same city too - so 'fess up!  I'm dying to know!

52  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kofi's cuff - a Christmas present for my niece on: January 10, 2013 07:56:00 PM
I had this idea for a cuff for our niece for Christmas and it was one of the last items I made, finishing it maybe a day or two before Christmas.  DH did not appreciate the setting of the rivets in the middle of the night  Grin

I had a different design in mind, with textured washers, but the device I was using to punch the holes for the rivets seized, so I had to come up with an alternative, and ended up punch out some smaller circles and etching them to fill out the pattern.

I made a hand cut brass heart and etched it, and made that the focal of the bracelet.  I riveted the different components onto a piece of leather I cut into a 1 and a half inch wide cuff, and added two sets of snaps on as a closure.  I waited so long to make it because I needed to know her wrist size, but she was out of town at the time, so I made it so that it could fit two size choices.  I really hope she liked it.

Here is a bit more posted about it on my blog, with some more pics.

53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another mini book for the new year on: January 10, 2013 07:44:54 PM
These have been making a slow evolution over the past year.  This is my latest version.  It has hand cut copper covers and brass hinge details that are etched, patinaed, and rubbed with Renaissance wax, leather binding, and hand cut, decorated pages that are hand bound.  It is about an inch in size.

There are a lot of little details and steps in making each of these things, and I have made so many of them this past year - but they are addictive!

Here is some more about it posted on my blog.
54  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mini pine bough hoopla on: December 21, 2012 07:39:41 AM
I made this little hoopla for the OTT Winter Holiday swap for La Chapa.  One of her themes was for something with evergreen boughs/pine cones.  I found a stenciled image of pine cones which I thought was cool and translated that onto cotton muslin as an embroidered piece.  It was placed on a 4 inch hoop, so as to fit in the OTT dimensions, and I decorated the hoop with candy striped ribbon I tinted to give a vintage look, and some real pine cones I found near my house when walking the dog. 

I really liked it.  It was a piece that I really enjoyed making, and as such, I was able to start and finish in a day - you know when you are so enjoying doing something, time flies, and you can't put it down - this was one of those, so it was consequently hard to give away too!

Some more notes and pics on it, on my blog.

What do you think?  Comments and criticism welcome as always.
55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Happy, happy, happy... on: December 21, 2012 07:00:25 AM
I made this recently for the November Ongoing Pinterest swap.  I saw a bracelet similar to this on one of the swappers boards and really wanted to make my own version.  The one I saw was a tie on bracelet, and I adjusted it to make one with a clasp that jump rings could be added to to make it adjustable, and added some jump rings to the bracelet as a design feature and also for a more practical purpose, to help how the bracelet will lie on the wrist.

I also highlighted some of the paper components with inked edges to make them stand out more and add some depth, before embedding in resin.

I posted some more information about it on my blog.

I quite like how it turned out.  I may recreate something similar to this for my nieces at some point, when I get around to getting more small bezels like this one. 

What do you think?
56  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Have a very Merry pin-up girl Christmas on: December 21, 2012 05:50:42 AM
I made a bunch of these for my guy friends for our annual get together this past weekend.  I saw this great vintage pin up girl image on a beer can that DH had and thought I had to do something with them.  Anyways, they ended up being well received.

They are made with two stars die cut from the cans, and folded and glued together, with the seams soldered to cover the sharp edges.

I posted some more pics and details on my blog.

What do you think?
57  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath melts ingredients question on: December 07, 2012 02:22:13 AM
So I wanted to make these bath melts


and have the ingredients to make this recipe.

But if I wanted to change them up and make something a bit different, like lemon chamomile (I'm more of a citrus person - so it could also be orange or tangerine), what should I do.  I was going to replace the oil with lemon EO, but could I also add dried lemon zest, or would something like dried lemongrass be better?  Is dried zest OK?
58  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What are you favourite new craft tools - or craft tools in general??? on: December 01, 2012 10:01:09 PM
I was just going through my Christmas list, since DH and the in laws like for me to make a list to help guide them, and thinking of some of things I want, and the things I love, and wondering what tools others love.

One of my favourite new tools is an articulated ruler, which makes it easy to measure lengths for something like bracelets.  I saw it as I was whipping through a craft show at the end of the day and grabbed one, it cost me like $3 and I am thinking I would like a couple more to give to other friends, and to have an extra or two to throw into my travel work cases - they would even be handy at work.


Mine is a different brand, but it is essentially the same thing.

I am also in love with the Vintaj metal cutters - they are smaller and slimmer than the big tin snips you get at hardware stores, so I find that they are better at smaller cuts, and fit my hand better - my hands are ridiculously short and stubby, and I find that they get sore and achy now, when handling large awkward tools.


Most of all though, I am in love with the new (to me) oak table in my craft room - it is thick, and heavy, and huge - probably about 5 feet long or so, and 3 feet wide, with two very deep drawers in it.  It was an old piece that my best friend's mom inherited and she used as a kitchen work table.  She was saving it for one of her non-bio kids (like me) to take when they got their own place.  So I took her up on her offer - it was too big as a dining table for us, but when DH let me have our old bedroom for the craft room, I called her ASAP to see if the offer was still up.  It is great as a sewing table, and can handle the smacking from when I am pounding metal with a hammer on the bench block, and so many other things.

As for all around loves - I love my nylon jawed pliers - they seem to smooth out any mistakes made with wire.  I am also in love with my die cutting machines - I have used them so much this past year for so many projects - embossing metal, embossing leather, die cutting aluminum cans, making cards, cutting and embossing materials to make mini books - love my Cuttlebug!

So what are your favourite tools, and favourite newest tools?
59  COOKING / Dessert / It was all about the cake.... on: November 11, 2012 05:49:35 PM
DH had his 42nd birthday this past week, and another friend of ours had his birthday about 4 days after.  I haven't baked anything significant in awhile, but being addicted to Pinterest, I had a couple of cakes I wanted to try for both their respective birthdays.

So for DH, a big fan of mint and chocolate, I made the Andes chocolate mint cake that I pinned in September, from the blog Bird on a Cake.  I have a link to the recipe on my blog.

I am not great with decorating cakes - so it doesn't look at great as the original pin, but it was a lovely moist cake.  I made some minor changes to suit my taste.  DH loved it.  I thought for sure he would share some with friends at work, as he is not a big cake eater, but he kept it for us to eat and finish over the next several days.  It stayed nice and moist, and had really nice flavour so if you like chocolate and mint, I do recommend giving this one a try.

My icing of the cake sucked - but I was proud of how minty green it came out - a combination of Wilton's teal and kelly green gel food colouring.  Also of my own will power - There was a pile of Andes mints and I made the entire cake without eating one single mint!  Amazing, as I adore those minty chocolate wafers!

For the second cake, I saw the Reese's peanut butter/chocolate cake she had on her blog and had to give that a try - our friend, and DH love chocolate and PB. I made some changes to the original cake recipe, as they use the same basic cake recipe, and it has a peanut butter buttercream recipe and some peanut flavouring in the ganache.  This also turned out lovely and moist.  I sent it home with him, but he did let DH have a big slice, as he was salivating over it, and I got a taste and it was quite nice.  Another one that I recommend and likely will make again in the future.  Maybe in another year!

Man, I wish I still had one more slice, with a big glass of milk in front of me right now!
60  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas cards - round 2 on: November 01, 2012 03:44:22 AM
I made two sets of cards this year in total, just because I like options - and this is the second set.  It may be my favourite, sort of.  This is an easel card, so the front cover can be tucked into a popped up band on the bottom, to hold it up when sitting on a surface.  The sentiment can be written on the inside of the top of the card.

It is also A2 sized, and I cut a piece of snowflake patterned paper and adhered it to the front.  It came from a coordinating pack of paper at Michaels.  From plain white cardstock, I die cut the snowflake edge and glued that across the top of the patterned paper, and stamped silver snowflakes, and the message in black.  I used red metallic gel pen to colour in the centre of the message, and silver to highlight parts of it.

I cut a piece from another patterned piece in the pack to fit on the bottom.  I took the Happy Holidays sentiment, trimmed that out, and used that as the popped up band to hold the card front up.  Wasn't happy with that part of it, should have went with my first idea - but what is done is done.

I stamped another message on the inside top, where the sentiment can be written.

I have to say that i really enjoyed making these, and the man of the house appreciated the fact that it was one the quieter crafts I have been doing lately - he did not appreciate the metal dapping and stamping that occured during Ice Road Truckers recently  Roll Eyes  Maybe I should encourage him to buy me some sand bags for Christmas.

Some more about them on my blog
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