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221  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / LP Bookends (Many Pictures) on: July 10, 2008 09:47:03 AM
Don't you just love easy? I know I do, and here is a craft that was stupid easy.  Grin

My daughter loves 2 things: Music and Books! Here I've combined the two for something functional for her.

Feel free to use this idea for your own books, CDs, DVDs, etc. Smiley
Thanks for checking it out!
222  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mini Guilded Birdhouse Mosaic on: July 10, 2008 09:40:34 AM
Wanted to use up some small tesserae I've had hanging about, and a recent trip to the dollar store brought a fun project.

This was a dollar store ceramic birdhouse I thought the shape was pretty.

Used tiles, glass, wire, beads, porcelain flowers, gold washed grout, beaded chain, acrylic paint and copper tubing.

Piece grouted.

Just need to find a small bird to poke inside.

Thanks for looking, and comments, questions always welcome.  Smiley
223  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rustic Frame for a Special Picture on: July 09, 2008 10:51:49 AM
Saw something similar to this frame somewhere, but I cannot recall. So if you know where please refresh my memory. Smiley

Found this plain rush in the Dollar Tree, and decided to make a frame for this picture.

The picture of my Grandmother, Uncle (left) and my Dad (right) was the last picture taken of the 3 of them before she passed away 3 years ago, at the tender age of 96. It is not a great picture but very sentimental.

It is made of rush and twine. I used a spot of glue to secure the twine from sliding on the bundles. So after the glue dries I will remove the fishing line you see holding it in place.

The photo is a 5x7, so that will give you and idea of the size of the frame.

Close up

Rush pre-paint:

Comments always welcome. Smiley
224  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Shalom Cross Stitch on: July 04, 2008 05:38:48 AM
This is a cross stitch I completed, and am pleased with the outcome. Before posting though I have to give a slight disclaimer to Kittykill...

Warning: French Knots Ahead!  Wink

This shows the colors a bit truer:

And a close-up of the offending French knots.  You have been warned...this means you Kittykill Cheesy

Thanks for checking it out. Smiley
225  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Linen Skirt on: July 03, 2008 11:10:42 AM
This was a first for me, but I've been inspired by all the recons I've seen here.  Smiley

Took two skirts I had, and turned them into this one. Added the flower patch for something different. Which is actually a quilt design piece I also had on hand. The fabric is linen and cotton. So it should be cool and comfy for summer.

Please give me some feedback. Let me know if it is silly looking, or clownish?  Undecided

Close-up of the quilted flower:

Thanks for checking it out. Smiley
226  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Great Summer Skirt on: June 30, 2008 05:48:19 PM
Found this pattern when JoAnn's had a sale, and just got around to using it this last week.

Made skirt F, and it is so easy. Also it is an easy style for summer.

Used a lightweight blue cotton fabric, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Comments, suggestions and questions are very welcome. Smiley

Fabric close-up:
227  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Homemade Calzone...Pssst Easy, too on: June 24, 2008 03:43:47 AM
Made this for dinner last night, and it was so easy, yummy and a hit with the family units.

Rhodes Pizza Dough (see image below)
Cheese (I used mozzarella)
fresh veggies (I used peppers, mushrooms)
1 clove fresh garlic clove
fresh basil leaves
olive oil
marinara sauce for dipping

Roll dough into saucer size circle (about 6-8 inches). Fill with desired fresh veggies and cheese. Fold in half and seal edges firmly, or the cheese will ooze out of control as baking.

Crush garlic clove, and tear fresh basil leaves. Mix in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and brush on tops of calzone. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes, or till nice and golden brown.

One calzone will easily feed 2 people. I made 4 and we only at 2. Served mine with a fresh salad, side of marinara for dipping and called it dinner. Stupid easy. I'm all about easy.  Smiley

228  COOKING / Dessert / Monkey Bread...YUMMY! on: June 22, 2008 11:50:28 AM
Made this for my guests Friday, and it was gone! It is so easy and looks difficult.  Smiley

Monkey Bread
    * 1/2 package of Rhodes Frozen Rolls
    * 1 cup turbinado sugar
    * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    * 1/2 cup margarine
    * 1 cup packed brown sugar
    * 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    * 1/2 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray liberally bundt or tube pan.
2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
3. In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Can be cut or pulled apart.

229  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wrap Skirt and Shirt Combo on: June 16, 2008 11:50:45 AM
Love the ease of wrap skirts and cotton in the summer. So I made this wrap skirt and matching shirt for myself.

Detail of the shirt:

Added a loop onto the wrap skirt to keep the tie in place in the back.

All in all I'm pretty satisfied, but was wondering is it too Geranimalish?  Roll Eyes

All comments welcome. Smiley

230  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Slow Loading on: June 15, 2008 11:35:07 AM
The last few days Craftster seems very slow loading for me. No problems anywhere else, and have done all the usual to try to tackle problems that may be on my end.

Also a few times I've gotten this:

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