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221  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Ikea Lamps - Completed on: May 13, 2008 02:13:19 PM
Getting started on a new mosaic project with these two Ikea Althorn Table lamps I found at the thrift store.  Smiley

Since these will go in the same room the lamps will follow the same design as my glass on glass mosaic seen here.



Here are the lamps before:


The look like the old hair driers they used in hair salons.  Smiley

So far I've painted the bases black.


The shade designs I free handed so they are not identical, but have the same elements. Here are shots from various sides.








Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome. Hope to share more progress shots soon. Smiley
222  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / All Things Vintage: Pick Your Era on: May 06, 2008 01:29:22 AM
Disclaimer: Searched but did not find this swap idea, so if it has already been made 30 lashes with a wet noodle for me.  Cheesy

Otherwise:
A swap with vintage as the theme. Craft in your particular area of expertise. Your partner picks the era they like, but nothing post 1995.
Examples:
20's 30's - Art Deco - Art Nuevo
40's - war era
50's - silver screen
60's - Vietnam, JFK & RFK, Yo-yos, etc.
70's - hippies, Nixon, Woodstock, Desegregation,Hot Pants, etc.
80's - John Lenon Is Shot,Rubik's Cube, Sony Walkman, Reagan, etc.
90's - East and West Germany are re-united, Pre-ripped jeans, Ninja Turtles, etc.

More ideas can be dug up here.

The idea could use some refining, but you get the gist? Anyone interested?
223  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Miscellaneous Occasion/Holiday Crafting on: April 29, 2008 06:16:11 PM
Two times in the last few weeks I've had something to post in the Occasion & Holiday Forum, but with no heading for it to fit under.
#1
#2

I can understand that it would be impossible to create a section for each holiday, but to have a miscellaneous one would hold those that don't fit. Could there be a miscellaneous in the section?  Smiley
224  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magnolia Lunch Centerpieces on: April 29, 2008 06:13:50 PM
Needed to make centerpieces for a lunch I am chairing this Shabbos for a family that is leaving our community. There will be 200 guests, and I am using white linen tableclothes with white/gold china. I wanted the centerpieces to be classic, but people be able to talk to each other without a flower in the way.

Found these white magnolias at the Dollar Tree, and liked them, but they were too white.


To age them, and make them look more real I gave them a tea bath. All 96 flowers...  Roll Eyes


This is the result


And here are all 22 centerpieces waiting for Friday table setup.




Comments or Suggestions always welcome. Smiley
225  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Matzah Lasagna on: April 24, 2008 04:13:05 PM
Yes, another Passover recipe.  Cheesy

This one is also tasty anytime of year.



Matzah Lasagna
2 eggs
1 lb. container cottage cheese
8 oz. shredded cheese
3 whole matzah
1 jar of pasta sauce
pepper, salt and oregano to taste

Beat eggs and add cotage cheese, and spices. Dampen matzah pieces with water. Don't let them get soggy. Put a small amount of sauce on the bottom of an eight inch square pan. Layer matzah, cottage cheese, sauce and cheese three times. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then cut to serve.

Surprisingly there is no taste difference between this, and using pasta. It tastes lighter though. Smiley
226  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Toffee Matzah! on: April 24, 2008 08:52:14 AM
These are some yummy yummers (for those who get the Sesame Street  Swedish Chef reference) !



Chocolate Toffee Matzah
Ingredients
1/2 lb matzos
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
8 ounces chocolate chips
almonds chopped (optional)
Directions
Line a cookie sheet with foil and lay matzah on pan. Melt brown sugar with butter in saucepan; boil until mixture coats a spoon. Drizzle matzah with brown sugar mixture.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 3-4 minutes (watch it will burn easily!!!) until it starts to bubble. Take out of oven, and cover with chocolate chips.

Put back in the oven until the chips start to melt, and take back out. Spread the chocolate to cover the matzah. Freeze until hard, then break into pieces. Nuts can be added on top of melted chocolate if you like.

Hubby is so busted!


Easy and good! Takes about 30 minutes total. Smiley
227  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Challenge: Color My World on: April 22, 2008 11:40:19 AM
This is my entry for the Macro Photo Challenge, and it is from a little diddy I call (actually Chicago sang it best...) Color My WorldGrin



Everything looks better bigger, click link for full size image.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/2434665574_f54fa27f8a_o.jpg

No photo altering except to add border. Smiley

Thanks for looking. Smiley
228  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Matzah Mitts on: April 15, 2008 11:17:35 AM
Made oven mitts for people who are having us for meals in their home during Pesach (Passover), instead of making more food. Goodness knows I'm doing enough cooking already, and I know they all are, too.  Roll Eyes

The fabric looks like matzah so closely it is amazing! Even made myself an apron out of the fabric. Ended up making 8 sets of the square ones, and so far only one of the fingertip mitts. Hope to make more of those, but running short on time.

Overall:


Fingertip Mitt action shot:


Fabric closeup:


These were fun to make. Smiley


(PS - Mods: I looked for a Passover section in the Holiday & Occasion, but alas there was not one. So I posted here, hope it is okay. )
229  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hey, Look what I found! Uhmm...what did I find? on: April 06, 2008 12:06:02 PM
Found 2 3 lb. bags of these pieces of Lucite at the TS, and could not resist. There are loads in these two bags!

Now I'm trying to decide if I should use them for mosaic (and use resin for grout), or what. Jewelry? Ideas? Thoughts? Anyone know the possible origin of these pieces?

The pieces are smooth and solid with no holes or any thing.



Some samples of shapes, sizes and colors:






Here I was laying out some of the pieces just to play with them a bit.


Please, any ideas? Smiley

PS - Yes, thrift stores are like crack for me.  Grin
230  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Photography Challenge? on: April 05, 2008 06:54:36 PM
We obviously have lots of people who do photography, so why not do a challenge?

For me it would not necessarily have to have a prize, but that is just me.

Anyone else be interested or think this is a good idea?

Some possible Themes:
Closed (places that are old, closed or otherwise unoccupied)
Green (or any other colors would do)
smile (capture a smile)
old & new
fabric

Any other ideas are completely welcome. Smiley
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