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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Face Paintings on: March 26, 2014 09:05:34 AM
Yay!  2013 winner!  Awesome! 
And I'm still practicing, hopefully means getting better and better!

Here's the Little Mermaid I painted on myself.  I won an Honorable Mention award with it at a face painting contest.  I was super happy because I was going up against professionals in the field.

Batman on my creepy practice head from the thrift store

This was just practicing my tiger stripe stroke, but I thought it looked really cool like a sleeve!


Roses on my arm


Thanks for looking!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pi quilt on: March 17, 2014 09:07:34 AM
13  COOKING / Dessert / Gluten Free Apple-Pear Pie on: March 15, 2014 06:57:17 PM
Had to celebrate PI day with a pie!  But had someone wheat allergic coming to visit, so I took the challenge to make a gluten free pie.  The apple pear filling was a scratch filling that I canned last fall when I had plenty of apples and pears.  It was really good!  Very sweet and cinnamon-y.  I don't have a recipe for it because I don't remember, but I assume I just followed an apple pie filling recipe and used half pears.

Recipe for GF pie crust.  Go to the website for the directions.

Butter Pie Crust
Makes one double crust (or enough for about 8 pocket pies)
12 tablespoons cold butter ( 1 1/2 sticks)
2 cups GF pastry flour blend  --- I used Featherlite flour, basically a rice/tapioca/potato flour mix.
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cold cream cheese
5 tablespoons very cold water

With homemade vanilla bean ice cream ala mode!

Very flaky.  Still a bit crisper than AP flour pie crusts, but for GF it was amazing.  I will use this recipe again, and I think even non-gf would like it. 

Go ahead and try it! Smiley
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Harry Potter Snitch Class Valentines & Tute! on: February 11, 2014 05:32:09 PM
Since it's close to Valentines and this monster box keeps getting pinned, I better mention how this was made.  It was so easy!

It's literally just a cereal box that I cut the front at three sides for a flap.
Cut a strip of teeth triangles out of white felt and hot glued it on top-outside so that it would hang over.
Had a rectangle of brown fur fabric and hot glued it on all the outside.
Measured the sides of the box and cut white paper to fit. 
Took a ruler and drew long close line pages on with a pen.
Glued the pages piece(s) on.
Cut a tongue from red felt and glued it to the inside.
Hot glued four google eyes on top.
Made a valentines paper to label the spine.

This was finally just broken down enough to throw away, she kept it for years as a treasure box.  It was her Valentines box at least those two!  She's making a dragon box this year.
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Re: Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization on: February 10, 2014 06:42:56 PM
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Hunger Games Clock on: February 10, 2014 07:51:50 AM

I spend way too much time at our local second hand shop.  I love to find things to repurpose.  Most of the time I buy things with a thought of what they could be, but don't know for sure and it goes into my repurpose box until inspiration hits.  This was not like that.  When I saw this in the store I knew exactly what it what it was going to be. 

Found a clock box.  Not sure what else to call it.  Just a plain wooden box with a clock on one side and a plain metal plate on the other.

These pics the clock was already pulled away and I ripped the metal piece out and sanded off the glue.  And I guess this is the only picture I have that has some scale to it.  The top right is a pencil eraser metal portion.  The box is only a few inches long.

It wanted to become a...

Catching Fire Book Clock

I thought the shape looked a lot like a book, so I painted it to look like the Catching Fire book.

I know this won't make a lot of sense to the non-Hunger Game fans, but briefly the place the characters go is an arena with lots of dangers and shaped like a clock.  Each hour has a different problem to face.  So this clock is painted as those problems--bugs, lightning bolt, killer monkeys, etc and a few ticks of the clock we don't know, so they are represented by fire for the girl on fire.  One of the quotes from the book is "tick tock, the arena's a clock".

I had to make things hard on myself and paint basically inchies to get all the pics to fit.  Some details even got painted with a needle point!  But I loved how they turned out.


This has already found its new home at another craftster's house!  And out of all the things I make for swaps, this one really wanted to stay here, but I relented and sent it on its way. 

Thanks for the challenge!  I love to remake things that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hunger Games, Catching Fire Swap Gallery on: February 07, 2014 08:36:45 PM
Whoa!  That bracelet is amazingly cool.
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/31/14 - Craftster Best of 2013 announced! on: February 07, 2014 11:23:19 AM
Whoa!  Fantastic projects everyone.  I'm so excited to be featured!
19  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Giant Cupcake Cake on: February 07, 2014 11:19:46 AM
Girl was so impressed with my cupcake cake that she requested one for her birthday, so I got to make another!

Here's devil's food chocolate with oreo filling, and buttercream frosting. 

That filling is sooo good.  I could eat it like pudding.  It was just smushed oreos, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and whipped topping until I thought it tasted good.  I didn't really measure.  But I'm sure there are recipes on pinterest if you wanted to make it with details. 
20   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Re: Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids on: February 04, 2014 08:34:39 AM
Awesome!  Love them.
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