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81  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wolf Stocking --Embry Inspired on: December 23, 2010 11:41:50 AM
I have a thing for wolves right now and the Twilight wolf pack, LOL.  So I made myself a wolf stocking.  Everything was from stash! 

82  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Jacob Black Painting on: February 18, 2010 10:13:00 PM
Jacob Black Painting.  It's rather large, you can see the ruler at the bottom.  

It took me around 14 hours
and here is a better pic to see size

Thanks for looking Smiley
Have a great day!
83  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted New Moon Shoes! on: November 15, 2009 01:23:06 PM
Decided to fanci-fy my shoes to wear to the New Moon Movie this week.  If you couldn't tell I'm Team Jacob, LOL!
These babies took me around 15 hours. 

outside edge. 



some making of shots:

Got the idea/design from AyinX from Etsy
84  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Painted Pumpkins on: October 28, 2009 08:20:31 AM
Some pumpkins I painted.  I've been waiting for them to be road kill, but so far so good, LOL.


Jacob Black

Team Jacob


85  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / A Fun Toy Kitchen! (at least for a cat) on: December 05, 2008 02:15:42 PM
My girls have so much kitchen food that we've made, found, and swapped.  So they needed a kitchen!

They are painted white to match the rest of my 4 year old's furniture.  They have blue knobs that turn back and forth to start the oven and faucet.  I painted a fun griddle on the top of the oven too.

The sink has become the new favorite cat bed.

I put a bunch of organizer boxes inside for all their goods.

Here they are all seperated out into food groups (as you can imagine that seperation didn't last long).

They love it!
86  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sensory Game on: November 05, 2008 01:34:33 PM
I've seen this idea in magazines and always wanted to do it.

It's a sensory bag with a lot of little treasures.  The child puts his hand in and feels it and picks the picture it is.  My four year old can do it well, my two year old chooses a toy then looks at it and matches it to the picture.  

I went around the house and collected the loose parts or small toys like old board game pieces, a thimble, clothespin, gi joe, hairbarret.....
I then took a picture of each one, printed it out, and then pasted it on a piece of sturdy paper.
For the bag I made a circle bottom drawstring bag thinking the pieces could be easier to feel with lots of space.
87  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Homemade Laundry Soap! on: October 02, 2008 10:18:44 AM

When I first heard about this challenge I thought it was going to be so hard!  But, by the end of the week I had quite a few ideas.  I went to the store with an idea in mind, but when I found Fels-Naptha soap I decided to try my hand at crafting my own homemade laundry detergent!  I had wanted to do it for a while and thought that this would be a great time to try!  So here it is!


In order to stick with the "edible part" I headed over to the fruit department and grabbed a grapefruit.
I peeled it and dehydrated the bits.



I then cut up my Fels-Naptha Soap bar.  --This is a laundry soap bar, you could also use any gentle soap (Ivory/Castile/....) 
[if you do this cut it up smaller than I did]

The soap bits then got blended in my food processor with the dried grapefruit.

Then measure out 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) and 1/2 cup of Borax and dump in with the soap.  Blend it up good!

TADA!  Your own Hand-Crafted Landry Detergent!  To use it use one Tablespoon per load.

Here is the $$ breakdown:

3.99 Borax
2.99 Washing Soda
1.19 Fels-Naptha Soap
 .69 Grapefruit

with tax:  9.21

after all the math, it comes out to .06 a load. 
If you bought the ingredients on sale and/or used a cheaper bar of soap the price would be much lower.

Then to make sure it works, I smeared ketchup, mustard, chocolate,.... on a cloth then seperated it and washed half with homemade and half with storebought soap.

Looks pretty similar to me!

And there you have it,  Homemade Laundry Detergent!
Thanks for looking!  Smiley

ETA:  Answers....
I am using a toploader machine.
This is a NON-Sudsing detergent.  What cleans is the soap, not the bubbles.
You can't smell the grapefruit.  The fels-naptha bar has a very strong scent.  The mix itself I really don't like the smell of, but coming out of the wash, I love it.  Has a citrus-y smell itself.
88  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Bunny Pretzels on: March 21, 2008 12:05:47 PM
I wanted to make goodies for Easter, but was not ready to give my kids more sugar so I found a recipe for pretzels and made them into bunny shapes.  My four year old has asked to keep a few off to the side for the Easter Bunny. 

Thought it might inspire someone else!

Pretzel Recipe

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 packet yeast
(mix and wait five minutes)

1 Tablespoon sugar
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Mix together. Can add another 1 cup of flour if too sticky (mine was not). Knead.

take about a walnut sized piece and roll it into a long snake about 14 inches long. Pinch one inch ears at the top then roll the rest into a circle.

Beat an egg and brush on, sprinkle with salt.  Bake 425 for 15-18 min
89  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hand Painted, Toy Car Driving Mat on: December 17, 2007 08:58:46 PM
Just got this finished! It's a driving mat for cars. My girls are getting lots of wood cars/trucks/trains for Christmas so hubby and I thought they needed something to play with them on. Everything is painted by hand, and hopefully there are enough places to start some real good imagination play!

You can see the sizing by the sippy cup near the house, I think it's two yards worth of material! Thanks for looking!   Grin

90  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heavy Baby, Waldorf Dolls on: December 14, 2007 09:11:41 PM
Here are my girls special Christmas presents.  They are weighted babies, they each weigh about two pounds.  It makes them very snuggly and the fabric is so soft, so you want to cuddle them!  Hope they love them as much as I do!  Kiss

These are made with Joy's Waldorf Dolls-Heavy Baby Pattern.
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